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Twitter Chat: Exploring Podcasting's Potential - TeachersFirst

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This archived Twitter chat is from February 2023 and will open in Wakelet. The title of this chat is Exploring Podcasting's Potential. During this chat, participants: 1. Defined and...more
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This archived Twitter chat is from February 2023 and will open in Wakelet. The title of this chat is Exploring Podcasting's Potential. During this chat, participants: 1. Defined and discussed the components of podcasting, 2. Shared tech tools that support podcasting experiences, and 3. Explored ways to incorporate podcasting in the classroom.

tag(s): podcasts (59), twitterchatarchive (148)

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Find resources and information about podcasting. Share this chat with your colleagues looking for strategies and resources on podcasting.

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OK2Ask: Podcasting 101: Using Podcasts in Your Classroom - TeachersFirst

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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session is from January 2023. You can register and immediately view the archive of the session.

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Looking to change things up in your classroom? Try using podcasts! Improve your students' listening comprehension skills, build academic vocabulary, and strengthen literacy skills with this easy-to-use, research-based instructional strategy. Join us and learn to find appropriate podcasts and use them instructionally. As a result of this session, teachers will: 1. Learn ways to use podcasts as an instructional strategy; 2. Explore podcasts series created for students; and 3. Plan for the use of podcasts in the classroom. This session is appropriate for teachers at all technology levels.

tag(s): podcasts (59), professional development (315)

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The 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.

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OK2Ask: Engage & Inspire: Flipped and Blended Learning - TeachersFirst

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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session is from January 2023. You can register and immediately view the archive of the session.

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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session is from January 2023. You can register and immediately view the archive of the session.

Do you want to engage your students while still being able to give extra support to those who need it? Then you need to use flipped and/or blended learning! In this session, we will simplify these instructional models and introduce tools that support them. Learn to use free teaching resources to deliver instruction digitally while allowing flexibility for student pacing. As a result of this session, teachers will: 1. Understand the instructional case for flipped and blended learning and the differences between the two; 2. Explore tech tools that can deliver digital content; and 3. Plan an authentic learning activity using a flipped/blended learning approach. This session is appropriate for teachers at all technology levels.

tag(s): blended learning (14), flipped learning (9), Microsoft (75), professional development (315), remote learning (61)

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The 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 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.

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Harriet Tubman: Conductor on the Underground Railroad - TeachersFirst

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Follow along on this Reading Trek virtual journey of resources about Harriet Tubman's life. This Reading Trek includes a Teacher Guide that uses Google My Maps, reviewed...more
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Follow along on this Reading Trek virtual journey of resources about Harriet Tubman's life. This Reading Trek includes a Teacher Guide that uses Google My Maps, reviewed here, that will help students understand the life and times of Harriet Tubman. Activities correlate to Common Core Standards, National Standards for Social Studies and Visual Arts, and Social Justice Standards. In addition to teaching ideas for working with the map, this Reading Trek also includes extension activities and links to additional helpful resources. Find the entire selection of Reading Treks here.

tag(s): african american (101), black history (107), civil rights (176), diversity (34), racism (71), slavery (66), women (108)

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Include some of the suggested classroom uses for this resource found in the Instructional Guide (PDF). This book and the suggested activities work well as part of lessons on racism, slavery, and African-American history. Consider using the historical information from the book and other primary sources to create timelines with your students showing the important events during the story. Find various free online timeline creation tools located here. Use Adobe Creative Cloud Express Video Maker, reviewed here, to have students create simple videos using just photos and their own voices.
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Juneteenth - The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History

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This site shares several Juneteenth teaching resources provided by The Gilder Lehrman Institute. These resources include a video conversation with an author of a Juneteenth book, links...more
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This site shares several Juneteenth teaching resources provided by The Gilder Lehrman Institute. These resources include a video conversation with an author of a Juneteenth book, links to curated primary source documents, and a four-lesson teaching unit. Many shared documents also include explanations and insights from Gilder Lehrman curators.

tag(s): civil rights (176), emancipation proclamation (9), slavery (66)

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Include the resources found on this site with your current Juneteenth resources. Consider organizing and curating your resources using Wakelet, reviewed here. Create a Wakelet collection for your professional use and a collection to share and collaborate with students. Engage students in learning using Perusall, reviewed here, to digitally annotate and discuss the primary source documents shared on the Juneteenth site. Use Perusall to create a flipped learning activity and have students view shared documents and provide comments and questions about the information. As students learn more about emancipation and Juneteenth, encourage them to learn about and share the stories of those featured in these lessons and their research. Enhance learning by having students produce podcasts that bring the stories of enslaved people to life using a free podcasting tool such as Buzzsprout, reviewed here. Buzzsprout includes many features that support easy use by students and educators, such as the ability to schedule the release of episodes on your choice of date and time and the option to add links to show notes.
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Break Your Own News - Jon Cresswell

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Break Your Own News makes it easy to customize and download a personalized breaking news image without registration. Use the customization boxes to add a headline and text for the ...more
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Break Your Own News makes it easy to customize and download a personalized breaking news image without registration. Use the customization boxes to add a headline and text for the ticker, select image size, and upload an image. When finished, select download to save the JPG image to your device.
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tag(s): digital storytelling (137), images (254), newspapers (91)

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This site contains some ads that may be distracting; however, a quick lesson on avoiding them and engaging with only the desired content is all that is needed to keep most students from following advertising links. Add a link to the Break Your Own News Generator to your lists of other tools to use with images for many different purposes. One excellent tool for organizing and sharing resources with students is Padlet, reviewed here. Create columns in Padlet to organize different resources and then add links to make it easy for you and your students to find what they need. For example, engage students at the beginning of a new lesson or unit by creating a breaking news image to introduce the content. One example might be for a science lesson featuring simple machines with a headline sharing a runaway object that leads into your study of inclined planes. Extend learning and ask students to become creators and share breaking headlines to discuss new information they learned, share important information about story characters, or create a made-up headline about historical events. Include breaking headline images as part of multimedia presentations built using Google Slides, reviewed here, or Canva Edu, reviewed here.
 

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Strip Background - Zygomatic

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Remove and replace the background from images quickly and without registration using Strip Background. Click start, then drag and drop or upload an image from your device. Once processed,...more
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Remove and replace the background from images quickly and without registration using Strip Background. Click start, then drag and drop or upload an image from your device. Once processed, download the new image or use the features available to add a new background color, image, or effect. Choose new backgrounds by uploading an image, or select an image from the site's gallery or Pixabay. When editing is complete, choose "file" and then save it as a JPG, PNG, or WebP. Be careful not to select links that say download; those are advertising links.
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tag(s): editing (87), images (254)

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Before asking students to use Strip Background, demonstrate how to create and save images. Consider recording a tutorial using Free Screen Recorder Online, reviewed here, then sharing a link on student and classroom devices. Discussing copyright and fair use best practices is always an excellent idea when editing images. Use Strip Background to enhance students' presentations and stories. For example, remove the background from a student's picture and then add a background with them in a location or setting that is part of their project. Choose a background image of a city being studied, a different time, or a far-away setting like the moon, then place your student image on top. Resize the image to fit the scene. Include this image as a starter for class projects. Use images on top of book covers for book talks, create images for story characters and heroes, or use them for weather reports. The ideas for using this tool are only limited by your imagination and that of your students. Include the new images as part of larger multimedia projects created using Canva Edu, reviewed here or maps created using Google My Maps, reviewed here.
 

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Random Art Prompt Generators for Kids - Magatsu.net

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As the title indicates, this site provides random prompts and suggestions for art projects. Two dropdown boxes provide options for participants. The first box offers a choice to generate...more
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As the title indicates, this site provides random prompts and suggestions for art projects. Two dropdown boxes provide options for participants. The first box offers a choice to generate one, five, or ten prompts. The other dropdown includes three prompt options: simple, elaborate, or a combination. After making choices, select the blue button to Get Prompts. Some prompts include a link to Wikipedia for further clarification, be sure to read the author's suggestion for those that lead to artistic depictions of the human body.

tag(s): creative writing (123), drawing (61), painting (57), writing (301)

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Use this generator to create and print ideas for projects to include in an art center. Use the generator for more than art project ideas, select statements that correspond to stories you are reading, science topics, or social studies events. Include ideas in your makerspace for students to create items based on the opinions provided by the generator. Include the ideas generated for students to use with creative writing projects. Ask them to share their writing project using tools found at Adobe Creative Cloud Express, reviewed here, to create videos, graphic designs, or presentations. Instead of relying on a generator, use this as an example, then ask students to develop a bank of story ideas for classroom use. Include ideas on a collaborative Google Document shared on classroom and student devices.

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BioMotion Lab Walker - BioMotion Lab

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Walker is an interactive demo demonstrating human walking patterns based on walking data from 50 male and 50 female walkers. Dropdown controls offer options for viewing patterns in...more
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Walker is an interactive demo demonstrating human walking patterns based on walking data from 50 male and 50 female walkers. Dropdown controls offer options for viewing patterns in several areas, including gender, weight, nervousness, and state of happiness. Additional options include adding lines or pausing the walking pattern at any time in the demo.

tag(s): animation (60), human body (90), inferencing (6)

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This site isn't just for use by scientists; it provides an excellent interactive for students to use to promote inferencing skills. For example, the model defaults to a combination of male and female walkers, showing students the male-only pattern and then the female-only pattern. Use these differences to compare and contrast the different models. Encourage students to consider why they are different based on gender or why they are different based on the person's state of mind. Ask students to record examples of their gait in similar situations, then share their findings using a presentation tool such as Google Slides, reviewed here, or Animaker, reviewed here. Use this animation as a starting point for an independent research project with gifted students, ask them to compare the gaits of humans vs. animals, and analyze differences and similarities.

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Game Design Toolkit - iThrive Games

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The Game Design Studio Toolkit is an 82-page downloadable booklet created for teens as a tool for considering societal issues as part of the game design. Access the booklet by ...more
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The Game Design Studio Toolkit is an 82-page downloadable booklet created for teens as a tool for considering societal issues as part of the game design. Access the booklet by sharing your name and email, then download the book as a PDF document. Chapters include a focus on students as changemakers and creating content that provides emotional safety, respect, and a welcoming environment.

tag(s): coding (76), gamification (80), social and emotional learning (70), STEM (223)

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Download and save this document as a resource when teaching coding and game development. Although the booklet guides game development, take advantage of many included activities as part of social and emotional learning. For example, one activity is called This or That. In this activity, students reflect upon individual value choices such as time or money. Use this activity to help students develop persuasion skills and identify personal values, enhancing their learning. Use an online polling tool such as Slideo, reviewed here, to quickly provide feedback on student responses. As a final learning activity, ask students to choose one of the questions to extend their learning and explore further. Ask them to share their information using the tools and templates found at Adobe Creative Cloud Express, reviewed here.
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First 8 Studios - GBH Kids

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First 8 Studios is a digital learning platform with math and science learning activities for early childhood. The science portion includes eleven learning apps, a Teachers Guide, and...more
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First 8 Studios is a digital learning platform with math and science learning activities for early childhood. The science portion includes eleven learning apps, a Teachers Guide, and Family Science Fun activities to promote learning of contents such as plants, ramps, and shadows. The early math activities include ten apps that teach concepts, including subitizing, spacial thinking, and data analysis. The Teacher's Guides have lesson ideas, circle time activities, and suggestions for learning centers and outdoor activities to reinforce concepts. Student learning apps are available for download on the Apple Store.

tag(s): data (132), number sense (70), plants (135), preK (246), simple machines (17), thinking skills (13)

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Share the learning apps on this site with parents for students to practice math skills at home. This site also benefits students who need reinforcement in specific skills as a method for review. Even if you don't use the apps in school, be sure to visit the Teachers' Guides and Family Fun Guides to find many ideas for books, paper play, and on-the-go ideas. Include links to games and activities from this site and others you share with parents using Symbaloo, reviewed here, to organize and make information easy to access.

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Narakeet - Gojko Adzic

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Narakeet offers text-to-speech creation with options for choices of over 500 realistic-sounding voices. Registration is not required; upload your script to begin. Choices include the...more
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Narakeet offers text-to-speech creation with options for choices of over 500 realistic-sounding voices. Registration is not required; upload your script to begin. Choices include the design of text-to-speech audio or video from a PowerPoint presentation. After making your selection, take advantage of the available choices to select a language and voice. Then, either upload a file, copy and paste text when creating an audio file, or upload your PowerPoint presentation to create a video. When finished, download the converted file to your device. Free accounts offer users up to twenty projects with maximum uploaded file sizes of up to 10MB. Other restrictions apply to free accounts; this information is available on the pricing page.

tag(s): chinese (44), conversions (36), ELL/ESL (27), german (48), greek (32), italian (28), japanese (47), portuguese (22), russian (25), spanish (103), text to speech (18), video (245)

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Although presentations are uploaded as PowerPoint documents, Narakeet is still easy to use with Google Slides. Upload your Google Slide presentations to the Free Office Online Apps, reviewed here, and save as a PowerPoint presentation. Use Narakeet to share information with world language learners to hear the text spoken in the native language. Use this site with ENL/ESL students to convert small pieces of text to their native language. Use this site with students who have difficulty reading, especially when working with more challenging passages and text. Use the video options to convert student presentations into videos, then share presentations on your class website. Narakeet is also a handy option to use when creating flipped learning lessons. Upload the lesson as a slide presentation, and then convert it to a video file for easy viewing by students.

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Twitter Chat: SEL: Strategies to Support and Empower Learners - TeachersFirst

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This archived Twitter chat is from January 2023 and will open in Wakelet. The title of this chat is: SEL: Strategies to Support and Empower Learners During this chat, participants:...more
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This archived Twitter chat is from January 2023 and will open in Wakelet. The title of this chat is: SEL: Strategies to Support and Empower Learners During this chat, participants: 1. Discussed ways to develop self-awareness and self-management skills, 2. Shared resources that help students use social awareness and interpersonal skills to establish and maintain positive relationships, and 3. Explored ways students can develop empathy.

tag(s): social and emotional learning (70), twitterchatarchive (148)

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Find resources and information about social and emotional learning. Share this chat with your colleagues looking for strategies and resources on social and emotional learning.

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OK2Ask: TeachersFirst Tech Tools Smackdown - TeachersFirst

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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session is from January 2023. You can register and immediately view the archive of the session.

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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 this session's winner of our Smackdown! As a result of this session, teachers will: 1. Learn about and compare some of TeachersFirst contributors' favorite technology tools; 2. Evaluate uses for 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.

tag(s): classroom management (133), professional development (315)

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The 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.

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