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Twitter Chat: How to Increase Student Engagement Using Technology - TeachersFirst

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This archived Twitter chat is from September 2019 and will open in Wakelet. The title of this chat is: How to Increase Student Engagement Using Technology. During this chat, participants...more
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This archived Twitter chat is from September 2019 and will open in Wakelet. The title of this chat is: How to Increase Student Engagement Using Technology. During this chat, participants will: 1. Discuss the benefits of using technology to increase student engagement, 2. Explore various apps and websites that foster increased student engagement and powerful learning experiences, and 3. Share helpful resources to begin to incorporate more technology tools into daily lessons.

tag(s): communication (14), Formative Assessment (6), Online Learning (3), teaching strategies (33), twitterchatarchive (48)

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Find resources and information about online learning and how to integrate it into your lessons. Share this chat with your colleagues looking for resources related to online learning.

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The Flat Earth Theory Explained - BuzzFeed

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Do you believe that the earth is flat? This six and a half minute YouTube video discusses the different theories proposed by different groups that the earth is flat, not ...more
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Do you believe that the earth is flat? This six and a half minute YouTube video discusses the different theories proposed by different groups that the earth is flat, not round. The announcer begins with an explanation of the Bedford Level Experiment based upon viewing a boat from the shore to explain that the earth is flat, and then moves through other examples that "flat earthers" espouse. As a final comment, the announcer challenges viewers to research the different ideas and decide for themselves if the earth is flat or round.
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tag(s): earth (226), gravity (53), tides (9)

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This video provides the perfect opportunity to engage students in research to prove something they have always believed - that the earth is round. Challenge students to prove that it is true through their own research (instead of just accepting what they have always been told). Begin eliciting prior knowledge from students by asking them to share their own observations of the earth. Use FlipGrid, reviewed here to post a question for students to share a video discussion of their observations of the earth and their proof that it is round or flat. Enhance learning through differentiation of activities for student research. Offer students different options for recording their findings. Options include creating infographics using Canva Infographic Creator, reviewed here, sharing annotated images made with ThingLink, reviewed here, or with a concept map created with MindMup, reviewed here. Extend student learning even further by connecting your students with experts in your community or through online options like Skype in the Classroom, reviewed here to discuss their findings and pose any remaining questions.

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Where on Google Earth is Carmen Santiago? The Crown Jewels Caper - Google

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Can you track the stolen loot? Follow Carmen Santiago around the globe to help capture the world's greatest super thief. Begin the chase to receive your first assignment and go ...more
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Can you track the stolen loot? Follow Carmen Santiago around the globe to help capture the world's greatest super thief. Begin the chase to receive your first assignment and go to the location provided in the clue. Use magnifying glasses found in the city to interview suspects and collect clues to the next location. Each city stop includes three areas for finding clues to the following site.

tag(s): game based learning (148), maps (295)

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Share a link to this site on your classroom computers for students to use as a geography center. Use the locations contained within the game as a starting point for student research projects. Allow students to choose from different locations for their project using a polling tool like Dotstorming, reviewed here. Dotstorming allows participants to add comments, use this option to let students sign up for their choice of location. Encourage collaboration between groups of students by using Padlet, reviewed here, to correlate a list of links and resources to use. Create a column for each country or location being studied and ask students to share resources as they find them. As students begin to gather facts and information, help organize their thinking by asking them to create infographics using Canva Infographic Creator, reviewed here. Provide a list of topics to include such as population, main imports and exports, climate, etc. Instead of a typical written report, ask students to tell the story of their chosen location using Google My Maps, reviewed here. Google My Maps is more than a map-making tool; it includes features that allow you to add images, videos, and more to take viewers on a virtual trip anywhere in the world. Once students become familiar with Google My Maps, ask them to create their own geography game by providing clues to different locations found on their map.

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Media Literacy Clearinghouse - Frank W Baker

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Media Literacy Clearinghouse provides resources for teaching about media and media literacy using teaching standards and non-print, media texts. Browse through the site to find the...more
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Media Literacy Clearinghouse provides resources for teaching about media and media literacy using teaching standards and non-print, media texts. Browse through the site to find the latest information, or search by type of media or concepts. Use the teaching standards link to find content sorted by topics including health, math and science, art, and social studies.

tag(s): advertising (34), journalism (64), media literacy (72)

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Bookmark this site as an excellent resource for planning for and teaching about media literacy. Include information from the Clearinghouse using lessons created with ActivelyLearn , reviewed here. ActivelyLearn offers tools for creating interactive, critical thinking lessons using materials found on their site and your own while providing you feedback on student responses and learning. As you continue with lessons on media literacy, collaborate with students on how to interpret online information using Fiskkit, reviewed here. Use Fiskkit to replace paper and pencil by sharing the URL of online articles and have students highlight and comment on any areas. Use this in lessons asking students to identify false or misleading information or to highlight areas that provide facts and information to support a claim. As students become familiar with online cues for understanding media, ask them to use Free Screen Recorder Online, reviewed here, to modify classroom technology use by creating a short video tutorial of their own sharing insights and information from an online article.
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How to Create an Infographic - Canva

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This beneficial article shares step by step tips for creating and designing infographics. Begin with ideas selecting and defining your topic and learn about layouts, organizing content,...more
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This beneficial article shares step by step tips for creating and designing infographics. Begin with ideas selecting and defining your topic and learn about layouts, organizing content, and selecting colors based on color psychology. In addition to design tips, this site provides several examples of infographics and their use.

tag(s): data (158), graphic design (41), infographics (52)

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Infographics are an excellent way for students to share learning. Take advantage of the tips in this article to help your students learn how to create interesting and informative infographics on a wide variety of topics. Use Canva's Infographic Maker, reviewed here, to make infographics to retell events in a story, demonstrate the connection of places and people, show different points of view, and much more. Include student-created infographics within larger projects. Ask students to create a webpage using Webnode, reviewed here, that includes their infographic. Be sure to point out that many of the same tips shared for creating infographics applies to web page construction.

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Teaching with Primary Sources - Almetria Vaba

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Discover how to use PBS Learning Media's primary source library through three activities shared on Teaching with Primary Sources. Topics include an interactive scrapbook of the Seattle...more
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Discover how to use PBS Learning Media's primary source library through three activities shared on Teaching with Primary Sources. Topics include an interactive scrapbook of the Seattle World Fair, an investigation of presidential decisions using documents from the Presidential Library, and exploring the Civil Rights Movement using Library of Congress sources. Each activity includes correlations to National Standards. View state standards after creating your free account.

tag(s): civil rights (125), presidents (135), primary sources (99), Research (13), slavery (69)

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Take advantage of these free investigations to incorporate into your current lessons or as a starting point to introduce the use of primary sources. Consider using the PBS activities as an alternative to a typical research paper by taking advantage of technology tools to enhance learning. Have students create a bibliography of sources using Google Docs or Microsoft Word. Share a citation tool such as RefMe, reviewed here, for students to use when citing and creating bibliographies of online documents. Encourage students to collaborate and discuss primary sources using Fiskkit, reviewed here. Copy the URL of an online resource into Fiskkit and share with students. Students then click on portions of the article to highlight and discuss relevant information found. Encourage students to delve further into any topic using Ted-Ed Clubs, reviewed here. This site allows you to create clubs with up to 50 members. Members participate in up to 13 sessions based on TED Talks by collaborating and discussing topics of interest.
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Journey North - Journey North

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Journey North is a citizen-science program for collaborating and documenting the migration of animals and insects. Become involved by adding your images and sightings, or follow the...more
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Journey North is a citizen-science program for collaborating and documenting the migration of animals and insects. Become involved by adding your images and sightings, or follow the site to view the observations of others through maps, images, and descriptions. Choose from a diverse selection of animals, including whales, earthworms, and many others to begin. Within each topic find information about the animal and their migration habits along with links to additional resources. Take your journey a step further and choose the live cam link to view webcams and animal videos from around the world. Make sure to check out the educator's section to find vocabulary, reading, and inquiry activities.

tag(s): animal homes (67), animals (322), insects (73), migration (61), scientists (71)

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Take advantage of this site to teach students about animal migration and the activities of scientists. Include a link to the site on classroom computers to follow updates and record sightings. Even if you don't participate by sharing information on the site, consider using the site as a model for observations in your area. Use Microsoft Office or Google Docs to create a spreadsheet to record sightings including dates, images, and the person doing the sighting. As students view different animals, encourage them to research and learn more about them and share their learning by creating infographics using Canva Infographic Maker, reviewed here. Extend classroom technology use by having students include their infographics on webpages created using Carrd, reviewed here. Carrd is a simple yet attractive-looking tool for creating websites for even less tech-savvy users. Redefine classroom technology use and learning and ask students to use Story Maps, reviewed here to design an interactive map including images, text, and other multimedia to tell the story of migration.
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Life on the Plantation - Scholastic

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Learn about an escape from slavery through the Underground Railroad with this interactive and materials from Scholastic. Begin the journey with a series of interactive slides that include...more
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Learn about an escape from slavery through the Underground Railroad with this interactive and materials from Scholastic. Begin the journey with a series of interactive slides that include featured text and related activities. Other materials available include a teaching guide, writing activities, and a printable transcript. Investigate further on this site to find related activities featuring Harriet Tubman and abolitionists on the Underground Railroad.

tag(s): civil war (149), slavery (69), underground railroad (12)

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Use this Scholastic site as a starting point for lessons in the Underground Railroad, slavery, and the Civil War. Make it easy for students to find all of your lesson resources in one place by using a bookmarking tool like Symbaloo, reviewed here. As students become familiar with events, use the timeline tool found on Class Tools, reviewed here, to help them visualize the sequence of activities. Help students focus on keywords and content found in the text by copying and pasting the text into a word cloud using TagCrowd, reviewed here. Save and revisit your word cloud throughout the unit to identify common themes throughout all materials used. If you teach older students, modify classroom technology use by asking them to create an animated timeline using History in Motion, reviewed here, including links to web resources, time-period maps, and videos. Have younger students create digital books using Book Creator (Chrome and app), reviewed here, to tell the story of the Underground Railroad in their own words. Book Creator also includes tools for adding images, videos, and drawings and can be used for a variety of assignments in any classroom that is integrating technology as an enhancement, modification, or transformation. Share student-created books as part of your digital class library on your class website.
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Solar System Exploration - NASA

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Take a journey deep into the solar system with this engaging site from the Planetary Science Communications team at NASA. Choose a destination within the solar system to explore facts,...more
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Take a journey deep into the solar system with this engaging site from the Planetary Science Communications team at NASA. Choose a destination within the solar system to explore facts, information, and images or scroll down the home page to read about the latest news about the solar system. Dig deeper into the site to learn about careers in space, space missions, and much more. Some portions of the site also feature a downloadable app for 3D exploration of planets, moons, asteroids, and more. Stay up to date with the picture of the week and monthly skywatching tips.

tag(s): explorers (70), moon (81), planets (140), solar system (124), sun (75)

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Use this site to offer students the opportunity to explore our solar system through interactives, facts, and informative articles. Introduce the site on your interactive whiteboard then allow students to explore on their own. Because the site is dense with content, you might want to provide students specific areas and content for exploration. As students learn about different pieces of the solar system, ask them to share information using PostIt, reviewed here, a labeling tool; have students use an image and create notes about information learned. For example, find a free image to use of the sun and add notes with interesting facts, including distance from the earth, the temperature on the sun, and more. Use PostIt to create an image for each planet either together as a class, or have students create their own. Use the information learned to create a lively learning game using Baamboozle, reviewed here. Baamboozle is a quick and easy two-team quiz creation game that keeps track of the score as you play. Have older students create their own quiz game for classmates to play based on the material they learned from this site and others. Take student learning a step further and modify classroom technology use by asking them to create books about the solar system using Book Creator (Chrome and app), reviewed here. Book Creator includes features for students to easily create digital books using their own text, videos, and images. Use BookCreator for a variety of assignments in any classroom that is integrating technology as an enhancement, modification, or transformation. Be sure to include your students' books on your class website as part of your digital library for students and parents!

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Nepris - Nepris, Inc.

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Nepris is a mostly STEM-based resource that connects teachers with experts without having to leave the classroom. Choose from a variety of resources, including live industry chats,...more
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Nepris is a mostly STEM-based resource that connects teachers with experts without having to leave the classroom. Choose from a variety of resources, including live industry chats, virtual volunteer opportunities, and archived video sessions. The Career Explorer shares video sessions featuring popular career choices in engineering, computer design, video game creation, and more. Create an account to bookmark favorites and participate in live sessions

tag(s): careers (148), computers (101), engineering (131), financial literacy (109), graphic design (41), STEM (208)

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Include Nepris with your other bookmarked sites for career exploration and STEM lessons. Use the provided templates to request sessions with subject matter experts. Browse the video library to share sessions on your interactive whiteboard with students or to find specific topics that match students' interests. Include items from this site and others and build a webmix using Symbaloo, reviewed here, for students to explore on their own based on their career interest or topics they want to learn. Have students share their findings by creating a digital book using Book Creator, reviewed here. Use Book Creator to add videos, images, drawings, and more to highlight and share students' knowledge of their topic. Use BookCreator for a variety of assignments in any classroom that is integrating technology as an enhancement, modification, or transformation.

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Essential Questions in Teaching American History - Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History & John McNamara

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This document contains 163 essential questions for guiding instruction in American History. Question topics range from broad concepts like "Do political parties serve the public interest...more
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This document contains 163 essential questions for guiding instruction in American History. Question topics range from broad concepts like "Do political parties serve the public interest and further the cause of democracy?" to more focused topics such as " Was the Great Depression inevitable?" Be sure to check out the related site content included on the page to find other information available on the Gilder Lehrman Institute website.

tag(s): 1800s (52), 1900s (45), american revolution (89), civil rights (125), civil war (149), cold war (31), constitution (92), elections (78), great depression (28), russia (37), terrorism (46), world war 1 (57), world war 2 (144)

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Although it appears simple, this document is an excellent resource to bookmark for anyone who teaches American History. Print and save this document to focus on essential questions as you plan your lessons. Consider using an online platform like ActivelyLearn , reviewed here, to find and share quality lessons and learning activities with your students as they relate to these essential questions. To enhance learning and classroom technology, ask students to respond to questions found on this list by creating a website using Jimdo, reviewed here, and include their response along with supporting material including documents, videos, and more. Ask individual students or groups to modify technology use by creating a timeline of events using Timeline JS, reviewed here, to visualize and document events based on the essential questions. For example, if answering "Was the Great Depression inevitable?" ask students to build a timeline including important causes including World War 1, bank failures, the Dust Bowl, and more to demonstrate the many causes of the Great Depression.
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Google Drawings - Google

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Google Drawings is a collaborative drawing tool included with your Google Drive account. To find it, select "new", "more", then choose Google Drawings. Use the tools found on the site...more
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Google Drawings is a collaborative drawing tool included with your Google Drive account. To find it, select "new", "more", then choose Google Drawings. Use the tools found on the site to add shapes, lines, text, and more. Import images from your drive or save Creative Commons images for use. Use the share option to send the links to other users to edit (be sure that your settings allow users with the link to edit the document). To view the revision history for any drawing select "file" and "see the revision history." Images automatically save to your Google Drive and can be downloaded to your computer by saving in a variety of formats including jpg, pdf, and png. Use the publish option to create an embed code and embed into your website.

tag(s): collaboration (51), drawing (73), images (269)

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Take advantage of this easy to use tool for a variety of classroom uses. Upload images and use the text tool to add digital annotations. Ask students to add digital annotations to images, for example, different landforms or to share as an assessment. Use the shape tool to create quick and easy timelines. This is perfect for use as a quick activity on your interactive timeline to help students understand the sequence of a story or a timeline of historic events. Create graphic organizers and mind maps easily by using the shapes tools, drawing lines, and adding text with links to additional information. When working on group projects, suggest students collaborate together to create and annotate images to include with a final multimedia presentation. Use Google Drawings to easily create infographics to share information on any topic.

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Advise the President - National Archives

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Five past presidents need your help with making serious decisions. Travel back in time to use the deliberation process to become a presidential advisor and provide information about...more
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Five past presidents need your help with making serious decisions. Travel back in time to use the deliberation process to become a presidential advisor and provide information about your chosen best option. Each question includes a top-secret information guide, including background information and a variety of options. The end of the booklet, to be read after discussions, tells the story of the final decision made by each president. Each topic also includes a moderator's guide to facilitate discussion and review of the information and options available.

tag(s): 1900s (45), congress (42), presidents (135), russia (37)

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Take advantage of these free resources to stimulate discussion on events in recent American history. These booklets are also useful in English/Language Arts lessons to teach students how to use information to support their opinion. Before beginning discussions, poll students to find out their first thoughts on possible options provided within each activity using Dotstorming, reviewed here,to enhance classroom technology. Then revisit their answers upon completion of all activities. As you work through the lesson, ask students to modify their technology use and create an infographic using Canva, reviewed here, to share an overview of the problem and possible options or use ThingLink, reviewed here, to create an annotated image with links to additional information. As a final project, ask students to record podcasts using Anchor, reviewed here, to recreate their chosen dilemma and share information used in their decision-making process.
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Decisive Moments in the Battle of Gettysburg - Smithsonian Magazine

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This map uses digital technology to visualize the battlefield at Gettysburg through the eyes of the battle's commanders. The map shows the movement of Confederate and Union troops from...more
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This map uses digital technology to visualize the battlefield at Gettysburg through the eyes of the battle's commanders. The map shows the movement of Confederate and Union troops from July 1-3, 1863. Each included moment contains a short description of the event along with a link to pop-up depictions of the information shared. Change the map view to see the battlefield in a historical or satellite perspective.
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tag(s): civil war (149), gettysburg (26), gettysburg address (18), virtual field trips (56)

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Include this site as a resource for modify your lessons on the Civil War and specifically, the Battle of Gettysburg. Don't forget to use Gettysburg by the Numbers, found here, as an additional resource. As students learn about the Civil War, ask them to modify their technology use by creating an animated timeline using History in Motion, reviewed here. Have them include images, video, text, historical maps, and more in their timeline to share the story of the Civil War.

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Phishing Quiz - Google

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Do you know when you're being phished? Can you spot fake information? Take this quiz to find out your ability to judge real from fake online content. Begin by creating ...more
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Do you know when you're being phished? Can you spot fake information? Take this quiz to find out your ability to judge real from fake online content. Begin by creating a fake name and email, then proceed through a series of eight questions to determine phishing vs. legitimate content. After selecting an answer, the quiz explains to viewers how to validate content based on links found in emails, documents, and more.

tag(s): internet safety (121), STEM (208)

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Use this quiz as an introduction to any online safety lessons or unit. Complete the quiz together as a class on your interactive whiteboard or have students take the quiz on their own. If students complete the quiz individually, compile statistics on individual questions and percentage correct on the overall quiz. Use your statistics to modify technology use by creating a simple infographic and chart using Venngage, reviewed here. Discuss the questions that gave students the most difficulty and use that as a starting point for further lessons. Augment classroom technology by having students share their knowledge of online safety through podcasts using Buzzsprout, reviewed here. Use Buzzsprout to schedule and share podcasts through weekly "chapters" that include links to further information.

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In Pictures - In Pictures, Inc.

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Do you need help learning how to use Microsoft and Google Suite Products? In Pictures provides a variety of tutorials using color accented screenshots. Choose a product to begin, go...more
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Do you need help learning how to use Microsoft and Google Suite Products? In Pictures provides a variety of tutorials using color accented screenshots. Choose a product to begin, go step by step through the tutorial or select a task from the included list. Each tutorial shares complete directions to walk you through the steps to create, edit, and share documents. In addition to Word and Google documents, In Pictures provides tutorials for basic web coding skills and working with VPN software.
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tag(s): editing (79), Google (43), Microsoft (66), tutorials (47)

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In Pictures is an excellent site to bookmark on classroom computers and share with students. Use this site to help students (and you) understand how to complete various tasks when working with a variety of documents. Use In Pictures as a model to demonstrate how to present how-to guides then have students create their own how-to presentation based on your classroom needs. Ask students to create their guides using an easy website creation tool like Carrd, reviewed here, and enhance classroom technology. For example, in science class have students create a step-by-step guide using screenshots and images to demonstrate the scientific process, or for a reading project have students demonstrate skills for reading non-fiction by previewing chapter titles, images, and captions.

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The British Computer Society Classroom Resources - BT in partnership with Computing At School

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K to 5
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Discover a variety of computational thinking resources for elementary students including lessons, activity sheets, PowerPoints, and downloadable classroom posters. Register for an account...more
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Discover a variety of computational thinking resources for elementary students including lessons, activity sheets, PowerPoints, and downloadable classroom posters. Register for an account using your email to access and save materials found on the site. Browse through activities by grade level or topics. Topics include programming, collaboration, logical thinking, and more. Be sure also to check out the Teacher Resources to find professional development to bring you up to date with the latest computing concepts.

tag(s): coding (76), collaboration (51), computational thinking (34), computers (101), logic (251), patterns (88)

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Take advantage of the lessons and materials on this site to introduce computer and computational skills to elementary-age students. Several activities incorporate music and art concepts; collaborate with your school's special area teachers to teach lessons found on the site. Use a portfolio tool such as Seesaw, reviewed here, to have students enhance and share their learning successes through sharing pictures of projects and written reflections on learning activities. Work together as a class to modify classroom technology by creating a digital book using WriteReader, reviewed here, to feature class learning of computer concepts.

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100 Common English Phrases and Sentence Patterns (With Dialogue) - Michelle Tran

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K to 12
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Although very heavy in advertising, this site contains many helpful English phrases and sentence patterns with included audio, making it useful for English language learners. Scroll...more
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Although very heavy in advertising, this site contains many helpful English phrases and sentence patterns with included audio, making it useful for English language learners. Scroll down to find the list then choose any phrase and select the play arrow to hear several examples of the use of the phrase in both male and female voices. Each link also contains a written list of expressions used in the audio recording.
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tag(s): vocabulary (307), vocabulary development (116)

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Before asking students to use this site independently, share it on your interactive whiteboard to show students how to avoid the advertising and how to select the proper links for playing the audio. Once students are familiar with how to get to the audio, share a link on classroom computers for ESL/ELL students to use when learning English. Ask students to practice using Vocaroo, reviewed here, an online audio recording tool. Use Vocaroo to enhance classroom technology and for students to practice speaking and hearing their work in English. As ESL/ELL students become more comfortable in their new language, ask them to create and share their own list of phrases with other students. Have them annotate an image using ThingLink, reviewed here with their audio recordings sharing descriptions of people, places, or events. Use Thinglink for a variety of assignments in any classroom that is integrating technology as an enhancement, modification, or transformation.

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The Books That Made the Largest Impact on the World - Largest.org

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This site shares a list of 25 books that impacted the world, divided into several time period categories. The list starts with before 1000 CE and the Torah and finishes ...more
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This site shares a list of 25 books that impacted the world, divided into several time period categories. The list starts with before 1000 CE and the Torah and finishes with 2003's The DaVinci Code. In addition to listing book titles, each mention includes a small indication of the type of impact along with a summary of the book. Download a complete infographic with all of the information at the end of the list.

tag(s): book lists (128), literature (264), novels (25), religions (71)

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Keep this list handy as a resource and reminder of books with which students should be familiar. Share this list with students then ask them to create their own list of note-worthy and important books. Replace a written list by using Padlet, reviewed here, to have students add their books to columns with different categories sorted by genre. After choosing a book that they consider to be the most important of all time, modify classroom technology use by asking students to support their argument through a multimedia presentation using Sway, reviewed here, to add text, images, and videos.

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Twitter Chat: Online Learning: Turning it into Student Success - TeachersFirst

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K to 12
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This archived Twitter chat is from September 2019 and will open in Wakelet. The title of this chat is: Online Learning: Turning it into Student Success. During this chat, participants...more
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This archived Twitter chat is from September 2019 and will open in Wakelet. The title of this chat is: Online Learning: Turning it into Student Success. During this chat, participants will: 1. Define online learning and discuss its importance in K12 education, 2. Discuss the impact of students thriving with the ability to learn online, on-demand, and 3. Share resources and websites/apps that provide powerful learning experiences for students.

tag(s): Online Learning (3), resources (106), twitterchatarchive (48)

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Find resources and information about online learning and how to integrate it into your lessons. Share this chat with your colleagues looking for resources related to online learning.

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