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OK2Ask: Microsoft Teams Basics and Best Practices for Use in Remote Learning - TeachersFirst

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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session from October 2020, opens in Adobe Connect. Microsoft Teams is a great all-in-one hub for the collaborative classroom....more
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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session from October 2020, opens in Adobe Connect. Microsoft Teams is a great all-in-one hub for the collaborative classroom. This "basics" session will introduce you to channels, tabs and posts which are the foundation of communication and collaboration in Microsoft Teams. When used with remote learning best practices, these building blocks can help you create a welcoming environment for your students. Join us to make the best use of these tools to provide structure for your remote learning environment. As a result of this session, teachers will: 1. Learn about Microsoft Teams settings and options; 2. Understand how to use channels to foster student communication; and 3. Plan for the use of Microsoft Teams to support instruction. This session is appropriate for teachers at all technology levels.

tag(s): Microsoft (80), professional development (261), remote learning (18)

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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: Choice Boards for Differentiation - TeachersFirst

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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session from October 2020, opens in Adobe Connect. Help students focus on building knowledge, understanding, and essential skills...more
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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session from October 2020, opens in Adobe Connect. Help students focus on building knowledge, understanding, and essential skills by empowering them to choose how they will meet their learning goals. Learning Menus or Choice Boards allow your students to complete equally active, interesting, and engaging assignments that demonstrate their comprehension of the presented material. This session will help you learn to create and use differentiated choice boards based on Tomlinson's model for differentiation. As a result of this session, teachers will: 1. Understand Tomlinson's model for differentiation; 2. Learn about the use of choice boards for both instructional and assessment purposes; and 3. Plan for the use of choice boards as part of instruction. This session is appropriate for teachers at all technology levels.

tag(s): differentiation (57), Formative Assessment (27), professional development (261)

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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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Social Justice Standards: Unpacking Identity - Tolerance.org

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Delve into the essential questions of how identity develops and how it affects our relationships with this professional development topic from Teaching Tolerance. This lesson teaches...more
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Delve into the essential questions of how identity develops and how it affects our relationships with this professional development topic from Teaching Tolerance. This lesson teaches the five identity anchor standards and how identity affects relationships in a school and classrooms. Use the charts as a reflection piece to focus on your identity and learn through school-related scenarios on how to apply and teach anti-bias standards to students.

tag(s): character education (56), cross cultural understanding (148), difficult conversations (22), empathy (9), identity (12), professional development (261), racism (40)

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Use this course as an introduction to understanding bias and identity from both a personal and professional level. Adapt information from this course to include in your lessons on racism, empathy, and difficult conversations. For example, use the images and charts in the application section to identify and understand that first impression and physical characteristics don't always provide a complete picture of another person's identity. Include these activities as part of a larger teaching unit using a learning management system such as Crio, reviewed here. Crio includes many options for building interactive lessons that promote critical thinking skills through various response formats, media options, and teacher feedback.

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Mini Lesson: Identity Iceberg - Anti-Defamation League

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This 15-minute interactive lesson for educators explores the concept of identity and the challenge of avoiding stereotypes as a way to recognize bias. Load the mini-lesson to begin...more
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This 15-minute interactive lesson for educators explores the concept of identity and the challenge of avoiding stereotypes as a way to recognize bias. Load the mini-lesson to begin the self-paced interactive activity. As you engage in the mini-lesson, learn about self-identity through activities that engage you in considering different parts of your identity, both seen and unseen. Application activities guide viewers further by providing specific methods for getting to know others without bias or forming opinions based upon looks.

tag(s): character education (56), empathy (9), identity (12)

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Use this interactive as a professional guide to understand the concept of identity and stereotypes and as inspiration on how to guide students through the topics of empathy, bias, and racism. This mini-lesson uses Padlet, reviewed here, for you to share your thoughts and reflections upon the lesson. Use Padlet as part of your lessons for students to share their thoughts and reflection as part of your ongoing discussions. Ask students to share examples of bias found in the media on a Padlet and discuss strategies for recognizing bias. Extend learning further by asking students to create infographics sharing different ways to recognize bias and use of stereotypes. Canva Infographic Maker, reviewed here, has a large selection of infographic templates for students to use and modify. When finished, share infographics on your class web page or as part of a digital collection shared on a webpage created with Carrd, reviewed here.

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Whiteness Project: Millenials in Dallas, Texas - Whitney Dow

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The Whiteness Project features a series of interviews with millennials from Dallas, Texas. The short video interviews share their understanding of their whiteness. At the end of each...more
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The Whiteness Project features a series of interviews with millennials from Dallas, Texas. The short video interviews share their understanding of their whiteness. At the end of each interview, a statistic providing context is shared to encourage the viewing audience's self-reflection. View all of the statistics used on the site by selecting the data link at the top of the page.

tag(s): character education (56), civil rights (142), cross cultural understanding (148), cultures (116), difficult conversations (22), empathy (9), racism (40)

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The Whiteness Project provides a unique and interesting resource for introducing and discussing difficult topics in the classroom, including racism, prejudice, bias, and empathy. Share this site with students and provide them time to listen to some of the conversations and the provided statistics. Encourage students to choose one statistic as a starting point for additional research. For example, one piece of data shared is the number of adults who have two or more races in their background. This provides a starting point for researching race in your community, state, or in the country. As students complete research, ask them to share their findings in a multimedia presentation using a tool like Sway, reviewed here, to add graphs, charts, images, and video that support their findings.

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Code Switch - National Public Radio (NPR)

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Code Switch is an NPR podcast featuring conversations about race that air several times each month. The podcast includes a wide variety of topics ranging from politics to sports and...more
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Code Switch is an NPR podcast featuring conversations about race that air several times each month. The podcast includes a wide variety of topics ranging from politics to sports and much more. The podcast hosts include award-winning journalists from a variety of races to share their perspectives on current issues. Podcasts range in length from approximately 20 minutes to just under one hour. Each podcast link includes a transcript, download link, and embed code.

tag(s): black history (77), character education (56), difficult conversations (22), native americans (88), racism (40)

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Include this podcast as a resource for lessons on racism, bias, or when facing difficult conversations in the classroom. Be sure to sign up to listen to the newest podcasts on your favorite resource and scroll through the archives to find relevant recordings beginning in 2016. As students listen to podcasts, use Google Slides, reviewed here, to create a reflective document for students to share important information from the podcast along with any questions or information for further research. Use the podcasts as a model for students to create their own podcasts on any topic. Search ReadWriteThink, reviewed here, to find many tools to help students develop interesting podcasts including rubrics, podcast tutorials, and a lesson plan for teaching with podcasts. When students are ready to record and share their podcasts, Buzzsprout, reviewed here, is a free podcasting tool that provides options for scheduling broadcasts, adding chapters, and much more.

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Antiracism/Diversity Bookroom - unknown

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This Google Slide presentation features an online bookroom with shelves full of links to YouTube video readings of books featuring Black characters. Click on any book to view the YouTube...more
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This Google Slide presentation features an online bookroom with shelves full of links to YouTube video readings of books featuring Black characters. Click on any book to view the YouTube recording, some created by the author and illustrator. Make sure to click on other objects in the room, including the picture frames, pillow on the chair, and the poster to view additional videos, including a master class featuring Maya Angelou. The videos are hosted on YouTube. If your district blocks YouTube, then they may not be viewable.

tag(s): black history (77), book lists (136), civil rights (142), identity (12), racism (40)

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Include this slide with your other resources used when teaching racism or discussing self-identity. Share a link with students to use as part of a reading center to offer various read-alouds during center time. For younger students, use Symbaloo, reviewed here, as a bookmarking tool to share other videos, books, and activities as part of your unit on racism or bias. Include videos and books from this presentation as part of a learning unit created using TES Teach Blendspace, reviewed here. Add quizzes, videos, documents, and more to create digital lessons that easily adapt to any student's ability levels. Use this presentation as a model to create an interactive bookroom using books, videos, and additional materials of your choosing. Use The Brown Bookshelf, reviewed here, as an excellent starting point to find additional books featuring Black voices.

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Design for Change USA - Design for Change

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Design for Change uses a virtual platform to engage students and build social awareness through activities that critically look at themes. Create an account to view your dashboard and...more
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Design for Change uses a virtual platform to engage students and build social awareness through activities that critically look at themes. Create an account to view your dashboard and options found on the site. Content is based upon three themes - Racial Injustice, Educational Equity, and Climate Action and is delivered in a content framework of feel, imagine, do, and share. Lessons begin with an empathy warmup podcast. The following steps engage students in understanding the problem of each theme before developing suggested solutions. Download educator toolkits for all activities found using your account dashboard.

tag(s): character education (56), climate (95), climate change (71), empathy (9), racism (40)

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Bookmark activities and podcasts shared in this site to use when teaching about racial bias, empathy, and climate. Download the educator's toolkit to use as an excellent resource for graphic organizers for students to organize information and plan action steps for multiple different uses. As a culminating activity, engage learners to share their ideas by creating digital books using Book Creator, reviewed here. Have students create books that include images, videos, and written text that share their ideas on steps to take to address social issues.
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Spent - Urban Ministries of Durham

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Spent is an online game that teaches the challenges of poverty and the difficult choices facing low-income earners. Throughout the game, players make choices related to income options...more
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Spent is an online game that teaches the challenges of poverty and the difficult choices facing low-income earners. Throughout the game, players make choices related to income options and spending needs. Choices include decisions that affect the health, education, and living conditions of the player's family. The game ends when you run out of money or reach the end of the month.

tag(s): character education (56), difficult conversations (22), empathy (9), financial literacy (108)

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Include Spent as a learning resource to include with your lessons on empathy or difficult conversations. Ask students to spend time playing Spent as a way to explore how choices they make affect their living situation. Ask students to take a screen recording of a difficult choice they make while playing Spent and discuss their thinking behind the option chosen. Use Screencast-o-matic, reviewed here, to record and share student's recordings. If you teach older high school students, use Spent to introduce a research unit into understanding poverty in your community. Have students share their learning using multimedia presentation tools like Adobe Spark for Education, reviewed here, or Visme, reviewed here.

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Making it Meaningful: Interrupting Biased Comments in the Classroom - Rosalind Wiseman

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How do you address racially insensitive, homophobic, or other biased comments in your classroom? This article shares tips for handling these comments through immediate responses that...more
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How do you address racially insensitive, homophobic, or other biased comments in your classroom? This article shares tips for handling these comments through immediate responses that turn into teachable moments. Whether you only have time for a quick response, or if you have time for a more meaningful lesson, these ideas provide opportunities to turn the comments into moments for reflection and change.

tag(s): bullying (54), character education (56), difficult conversations (22), empathy (9), identity (12), racism (40)

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All classrooms face difficult conversations at some point; bookmark this article to use as inspiration on how to address those moments. Even if you don't have time for an extended lesson, encourage students to think beyond the moment by creating a Padlet, reviewed here, that curates and shares resources based upon your conversation. For example, one topic discussed in the article is "bonding" teasing and "annoying" teasing. Ask students to share examples of teasing in a Padlet that has columns for each form discussed. Use FlipGrid, reviewed here, as a platform for discussing difficult moments and ask students to share ways to handle biased or insensitive comments.

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Understanding Empathy - Tolerance.org

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This lesson provides activities for upper elementary students to help them understand the meaning of empathy and includes activities that help them identify ways to become more empathetic....more
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This lesson provides activities for upper elementary students to help them understand the meaning of empathy and includes activities that help them identify ways to become more empathetic. The lessons include real-life situations that ask students to put themselves into others' positions and then rewrite scenarios that demonstrate how others show empathy. Registration on Tolerance.org isn't necessary to print and use materials found in this lesson; however, it allows you to bookmark favorite lessons for use later.

tag(s): bullying (54), character education (56), empathy (9)

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Include this lesson and others found at Tolerance.org as part of your teaching the character trait of empathy. Engage students as you gather responses to questions using Google Jamboard, reviewed here. Post a question onto your Jamboard, then share the link with students and ask them to add sticky notes onto the board with their response. Have students return to the Jamboard throughout your activities to modify or add additional responses. Use the extension activities to encourage students to produce and create scenarios that teach younger students about empathy. Have students use the tools found at Adobe Spark for Education, reviewed here, to create short video presentations, flyers, and engaging web pages to share.
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Developing Empathy - Tolerance.org

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Developing Empathy is a middle school lesson plan that teaches students how to build and put empathy into practice. The essential questions focus on students reflecting upon their ability...more
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Developing Empathy is a middle school lesson plan that teaches students how to build and put empathy into practice. The essential questions focus on students reflecting upon their ability to empathize with others and practice using this character trait with fellow students. This lesson includes printable worksheets for students, including a self-evaluation and practice activity cards.

tag(s): bullying (54), character education (56), empathy (9)

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Include this lesson with others as you teach the character trait of empathy and incorporate these ideas into lessons about bullying and bias. As you begin your lesson with the essential questions, use a digital question response site such as Answer Garden, reviewed here, to share student responses. This site offers the opportunity to look at the entire class's responses while still allowing students to provide anonymous thoughts. Take advantage of the suggested extension activities to allow students to use their creativity to share their understanding of empathy in various ways. Some tool suggestions for the extension activities are to create comics using ToonyTool, reviewed here, share videos created with Powtoon, reviewed here, or publish podcasts using Buzzsprout, reviewed here.
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Twitter Chat: Digital Citizenship: How to teach it and Resource Round-Up - TeachersFirst

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This archived Twitter chat is from October 2020 and will open in Wakelet. The title of this chat is Digital Citizenship: How to teach it and Resource Round-Up. During this ...more
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This archived Twitter chat is from October 2020 and will open in Wakelet. The title of this chat is Digital Citizenship: How to teach it and Resource Round-Up. During this chat, participants will: 1. Discuss the importance of digital citizenship, 2. Explore tools and resources that support digital citizenship, and 3. Share tips and strategies for integrating digital citizenship in the classroom.

tag(s): digital citizenship (78), twitterchatarchive (93)

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Find resources and information about teaching digital citizenship and resources. Share this chat with your colleagues looking for tools and resources on digital citizenship strategies and resources.

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OK2Ask: Engage & Inspire with Edpuzzle Student Projects - TeachersFirst

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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session from October 2020 opens in Adobe Connect. Looking for an engaging and unique way for students to demonstrate competency?...more
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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session from October 2020 opens in Adobe Connect. Looking for an engaging and unique way for students to demonstrate competency? Try Edpuzzle student projects. This free and flexible online tool helps students show-what-they-know while honing real-world skills. Annotating video provides students with opportunities to practice communicating complex ideas and creating authentic media. Allowing students to reflect on what they've learned and their learning process using a nonstandard assessment measure provides a more accurate assessment of what the students know. Plus, it's just fun! As a result of this session, teachers will: 1. Explore Edpuzzle student projects; 2. Create an exemplar to share with students; and 3. Plan for the use of Edpuzzle student projects as part of instruction. This session is appropriate for teachers at all technology levels.

tag(s): Formative Assessment (27), professional development (261), video (272)

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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: Tech Integration Made Easy with Screencast-O-Matic - TeachersFirst

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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session from October 2020, opens in Adobe Connect. Recorded screencasts can support a flipped/blended pedagogical approach,...more
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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session from October 2020, opens in Adobe Connect. Recorded screencasts can support a flipped/blended pedagogical approach, give activity instructions to students, or help parents support students who are struggling with an assignment. Using Screencast-O-Matic, you can quickly create a screencast that enables you to respond to student needs. Learn best practice use of screencasts to support instruction and put screencasts to work in your educational setting tomorrow! As a result of this session, teachers will: 1. Learn how to use Screencast-O-Matic; 2. Share ideas for the use of screencasts; and 3. Plan for the instructional use of screencasts. This session is appropriate for teachers at all technology levels.

tag(s): professional development (261), teaching strategies (38), video (272)

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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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Rhythm Trainer - 4four.io

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The rhythm trainer provides tools for learning about and improving rhythm through six different training activities, tempo trainer, and metronome generators. As a new player to the...more
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The rhythm trainer provides tools for learning about and improving rhythm through six different training activities, tempo trainer, and metronome generators. As a new player to the site, begin with the First Steps activity that provides sounds for you to match the rhythm. This activity increases in difficulty as you select correct responses. Registration isn't required; however, creating an account allows you to save progress within each activity.

tag(s): musical notation (39), rhythm (25)

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Share this site on your classroom website for students to practice and explore rhythm in a variety of different ways. Incorporate the activities into a complete online lesson including videos, articles, and quizzes using ActivelyLearn , reviewed here. ActivelyLearn includes tools for students to take notes and complete assessments within the online lesson. Ask students to share their learning by using a screen recording tool like Free Screen Recorder Online, reviewed here, to demonstrate their progress within each activity. Include their screen recording as part of their student portfolio of work using Seesaw, reviewed here.

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Fiveable - Amanda Doamaral

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Fiveable offers a small collection of free learning experiences for students preparing to take Advanced Placement (AP) exams. Resources include study guides, live stream learning sessions,...more
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Fiveable offers a small collection of free learning experiences for students preparing to take Advanced Placement (AP) exams. Resources include study guides, live stream learning sessions, weekly study plans, and trivia activities. Visit the Resources dropdown box to access different learning activities. Some resources require you to create a free account; others are available without registration.
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tag(s): advanced placement (25), literature (260), psychology (66), statistics (129), test prep (86)

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Take advantage of the free resources found on Fiveable to guide instruction in your AP classes and to share with students to prepare for AP Exams. Include a link to weekly study plans on your class website to share with students. Encourage students to use online study tools to enhance learning. For example, use Knowt, reviewed here, to create quizzes from your documents and assess learning. Keep students motivated by designing Escape Room activities using Room Escape Maker, reviewed here. Use critical information required to pass the AP exam as questions to solve the puzzle to escape the room successfully. Enhance learning by having tech-savvy students create escape rooms for their peers to use as a study activity.
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Same or Different? - Brian Bushart

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Same or Different? is a blog that supports and shares materials that encourage a discussion-based math platform for elementary students. Use the images found on the site to create math...more
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Same or Different? is a blog that supports and shares materials that encourage a discussion-based math platform for elementary students. Use the images found on the site to create math routines that include the discussion of comparing and exploring features of objects. Learn more about this practice at the About portion of the blog. Click on any image on the homepage to find a collection of images to use sorted by math concepts.
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tag(s): number sense (97)

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Include Same or Different? as part of your math routine to encourage mathematical thinking and discussion in your classroom. Record student responses on your whiteboard or using an online tool such as Google Jamboard, reviewed here. Share a link to your completed Jamboards with students to use as a reference for previous discussions. As students become more proficient in comparing and contrasting images, ask them to complete them on their own before sharing with the class. Insert images within your curated lessons created with a learning management system such as TES Teach Blendspace, reviewed here. Include student work by uploading to Seesaw, reviewed here, to include with their portfolio.

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Hubble Birthday - NASA

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What image did the Hubble Telescope take on your birthday? Find out and learn about the stars and galaxies as pictured by the telescope. Enter your birth month and date ...more
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What image did the Hubble Telescope take on your birthday? Find out and learn about the stars and galaxies as pictured by the telescope. Enter your birth month and date and submit to view a high-quality image with a short description of the location and discussion of the picture. Select the "More Info" link for a more detailed overview and analysis of the image.

tag(s): planets (137), space (233), stars (71), sun (75)

In the Classroom

Use this site to engage students in learning about space exploration and the universe beyond planet Earth. Share images on your interactive whiteboard or have students explore on their own on their mobile devices. Ask students to use one image as the starting point for a research project based upon your curriculum. Encourage students to keep notes using Google Documents or Microsoft Word. Have students use a photo collage creation tool such as PhotoCollage, reviewed here, to combine images with common characteristics or ask them to use ThingLink, reviewed here, to annotate images to discuss features including the location of the image, add links to additional information, and more. As an extension activity, ask students or groups of students to create digital books using Book Creator, reviewed here, about their research. For example, have groups create books about stars, planets, or the solar system that include images, videos, and student research.

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The Museum of Science Engineering Curriculum - The Museum of Science

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K to 12
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The Museum of Science shares a series of engineering curriculums for students in preschool through high school. Each program includes educator resources, hands-on learning units, and...more
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The Museum of Science shares a series of engineering curriculums for students in preschool through high school. Each program includes educator resources, hands-on learning units, and process guides to take students through the problem-solving process. Many of the units include correlations to Common Core Standards, and all include activities using real-world design concepts.

tag(s): engineering (129), preK (289), Problem Based Learning (7), problem solving (284), STEM (218)

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Take advantage of these free resources to bring hands-on STEM activities into any classroom. Some of the curriculums are designed for after-school and summer programs; however, they are easily adaptable to use for in-class activities. Enhance activities by encouraging students to document and share their learning through a variety of methods. Take pictures of each activity as they progress and use a blogging tool like Edublogs, reviewed here, to share images and document the learning taking place. Have students share the story of their activity using a digital book creation tool like Book Creator, reviewed here, to explain the activity and their approach to problem-solving. For younger students, use WriteReader, reviewed here. Both options include areas for adding student writing and images; Book Creator includes additional options for creating images and adding links to outside resources. For older students, consider asking them to create explainer videos using Biteable, reviewed here.
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