TeachersFirst - Featured Sites: Week of Aug 27, 2023
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Grades3 to 12
Many technology tools are available for classroom use, but which are teachers' favorites? This session will share and compare some of TeachersFirst contributors' favorite resources. Help us decide which tool is the winner of this session's Smackdown! As a result of this session, teachers will: 1. Learn about and compare some of TeachersFirst contributors' favorite technology tools; 2. Evaluate one or more tools for classroom use; and 3. Share ideas for using resources with other participants. This session is appropriate for teachers at all technology levels.
In the ClassroomThe archive of this teacher-friendly, hands-on webinar will empower and inspire you to use learning technology in the classroom and for professional productivity. As appropriate, specific classroom examples and ideas have been shared. View the session with a few of your teaching colleagues to find and share new ideas. Find additional information and links to tools at the session resource page. Learn more about OK2Ask and upcoming sessions here.
GradesK to 7
In the ClassroomBe sure to check the schedule often for upcoming events and add them to your calendar to take advantage of the opportunity to participate in the Storyvoice activities. Also, remember that recordings are only available for 24 hours following the event, so including them on your classroom calendar is crucial. Prepare for upcoming events by sharing stories from the featured author as a read-aloud or in reading centers. Have students prepare questions to ask during Storyvoice activities, then have your class vote on which questions to have available to share with the author using a voting tool such as Poll Everywhere, reviewed here. Have students write a thank-you letter to the author as a final activity. Find templates for friendly letters and a letter generator tool at Read Write Think, reviewed here.
GradesK to 12
tag(s): coding (85), computational thinking (39), computers (102), digital citizenship (80), engineering (116), problem solving (220), social and emotional learning (72), STEM (245), video (252), virtual field trips (78)
In the ClassroomUse this curated collection of videos to engage students in lessons in all subjects. Use EdPuzzle, reviewed here, to enhance the video content by adding comments, questions, and more within the video. Create interactive lessons with videos from this collection, formative assessments, and other interactive content using Pear Deck, reviewed here, to present material in a deeper, more robust manner. Upon completion of your lesson, extend learning by asking students to share their learning using a simple web page builder such as Straw.Page, reviewed here.
Grades2 to 12
In the ClassroomEngage students in the design process and makerspace thinking by sharing the resources found on Innovation Generation. The Educator Guide includes several student handouts; use PDF Converter, reviewed here, or another file conversion tool to enable digital document annotation instead of paper versions. Enhance the learning process using Google Jamboard, reviewed here, to offer collaborative opportunities for students to share ideas and reflections based on the recommended questions and activities in the Educator Guide. As a final learning extension, develop a collection of makerspace activities for students to interact with within your classroom. Browse through the Makerspace Resources Special Topics page located here, to find many ideas and resources to get started.
Grades6 to 12
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In the ClassroomThere are various uses for this flight simulator, from a simple flight for exploring the land below to learning more advanced aviation skills. Your students can experience different parts of the world using the Geo-fs flight simulator. Use this site to learn the geography of a region or study various landscapes. Teachers can create a virtual field or lit trips by making a flight plan for their students to follow. Create a challenge or virtual race for your students to complete; the possibilities are endless!
Grades3 to 12
tag(s): adaptations (14), africa (134), amazon (10), animals (271), archeology (24), architecture (63), aviation (35), california (15), central america (15), chemicals (39), climate change (84), colors (63), coral (10), dinosaurs (37), earth (178), earthquakes (43), ecosystems (70), endangered species (26), evolution (87), first ladies (4), flight (30), fossils (40), france (37), insects (67), inventors and inventions (69), italy (15), machines (14), magnetism (35), martin luther king (41), medieval (31), mexico (29), migration (44), molecules (39), moon (70), peru (6), presidents (117), railroads (12), rainforests (16), respiration (10), romans (33), shakespeare (90), south africa (11), van gogh (8), virtual field trips (78), volcanoes (55), women (116), world war 1 (67)
In the ClassroomBe sure to take advantage of the guide included on this site on how to take a virtual field trip. In addition, the guide offers suggestions and lesson plans for making the most of virtual field trips. Use any of the included field trips as an engaging introduction to many different topics. For example, several different field trips take viewers under the oceans and use these excursions to introduce a unit on ocean animals, climate change, or oceans worldwide. Use Google Jamboard, reviewed here, for students to share notes, questions, and information learned throughout the activity. Instead of assigning a typical research project, ask students to create a virtual field trip using Google My Maps, reviewed here. Learn the basics of creating with Google My Maps by viewing the archive of a November 2021 OK2Ask virtual workshop, reviewed here.
Grades6 to 12
In the ClassroomTake advantage of these free sessions to bring real-word conservation and science lessons to your students. There are three ways for your class to enjoy the sessions. The first one is to "Tune in live! Any number of classrooms can watch the events live on YouTube and even send in some questions using the chat sidebar." The second one is "Grab a camera spot so your class can appear on the screen and interact with the speaker. We generally have 5-7 classrooms joining in this way each hangout." The third viewing choice is "Every hangout is recorded directly to YouTube, we have a growing library of past events that can be viewed by classrooms anytime on our channel." See more explanations to the viewing options by clicking the wavy red lines in the upper left corner and then click For Teachers. Begin by watching virtual field trips (viewing option 3), then expand your activities in additional sessions by signing up to participate and interact with the presenters. Prepare for student questioning by brainstorming ideas. Engage students by sharing ideas using an online bulletin board tool like Pinside, reviewed here. Save and share ideas on your class website. As students research information for your upcoming topic, enhance learning by using a collaborative bookmarking tool like Raindrop.io, reviewed here, for all students to share websites with their peers and add comments. Prepare your students further for interactions with researchers by watching videos from previous broadcasts using playposit, reviewed here, to add questions for students into the YouTube videos and encourage students to add comments discussing each issue. Most of the online tools suggested above will help students document their learning during remote or distance learning sessions.
Grades8 to 12
In the ClassroomTake a "window walk" together with your students as you explore the large variety of art found on this site. Use a tool such as WordClouds, reviewed here to create and share word maps with features of art found in the different museums. Use this site to begin your exploration of different time periods in British history. Enhance learning by having students create an animated timeline including images and videos to share art from around the world during the same time frame or to demonstrate British art throughout the years. Use a timeline tool such as Time Graphics Timeline Maker, reviewed here that allows you to create interactive timelines.
GradesK to 12
tag(s): agriculture (48), animals (271), careers (135), constitution (84), design (83), energy (130), england (49), explorers (61), holocaust (40), lincoln (57), nutrition (133), pi (25), planets (110), shakespeare (90), spain (11), STEM (245), virtual field trips (78), weather (160)
In the ClassroomImmerse your students into your studies with a close-up in-depth look through virtual field trips. Visit places where time, money, and mileage inhibit your dreams for bringing your students into wondrous worlds. Find ways to visit where your class has never gone before. Find ways to motivate your most reluctant learners. ENL/ESL learners will appreciate the visit. Reach all types of learners through a class visit. Use field trips as a whole class anticipatory guide, a center activity, a home connection, or even as extra credit. Challenge your gifted students to be guides in their own learning by choosing topics of interest. Then transform their learning and ask these students to share research findings in a video with discussion questions to go with the research and with links to outside resources using a tool such as Vibby, reviewed here. Be sure students create a script to read from before beginning to produce their own video.
Grades6 to 12
In the ClassroomTake advantage of this beautiful site to engage and interest your students in Ancient Egyptian history. Consider sharing it on your interactive whiteboard to view together as you introduce your unit on Ancient Egypt, then allow students time to explore on their own. Be sure to point out the text with detailed information on each location. If you have struggling readers or ENL/ELL students, share Text to Speech Reader, reviewed here, with them. Just copy and paste any text in the reader to hear it back in English or your choice of several other languages. Replace handing students a list of vocabulary words for your unit, by using WordSift, reviewed here, to review vocabulary. Copy and paste any text into WordSift to view a personalized word cloud, visualization, related images, and contextual sentences. Offer students the option to demonstrate an understanding of Ancient Egypt and modify their technology skills by creating a virtual field trip using Google My Maps, reviewed here. Whether teaching and learning in your classroom or remotely you may want to use one of the following tools for students to report their learning. Use Google My Maps to include important places in Egypt along with images, video, and text explanations of events. When studying Ancient Egypt within a broader timeframe, ask students to use StoryMap JS, reviewed here, to create an animated timeline of any era in history or show a progression of events until modern times. eStory offers tools to create an animated timeline to share historical scenarios and bring history to life using maps, images, and primary source materials.
Grades6 to 12
In the ClassroomIdeal for use on an interactive whiteboard or for students to access individually, this virtual tour has many features. You can explore the buildings, zoom in on items in the buildings, access stories and discussions that highlight features of the property and the daily lives of those who lived at Mount Vernon. Enhance learning by having students share their impressions of and questions about Mount Vernon and more with video, using a tool like Flip, reviewed here. Flip provides a means for video responses to a question along with comments from peers. There are additional links to lesson plans and other student resources.
Grades8 to 12
In the ClassroomInclude this Machu Picchu Virtual Tour with your study of South America, Incas, or early explorers. Take a virtual field trip to this historic site from the comfort of your classroom. Replace paper journals by asking students to write blog entries about the questions and impressions as they view the tour. Use a blogging tool such as Telegra.ph, reviewed here. With Telegra.ph you just click on an icon to upload images from your computer, add a YouTube or Vimeo, or Twitter links. This blog creator requires no registration. Enhance learning by having students use Fakebook, reviewed here, to create a "fake" page similar in style to Facebook about one of the earlier settlers of Machu Picchu.
GradesK to 12
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