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Reading Treks: Henry's Freedom Box - TeachersFirst

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Based upon the novel Henry's Freedom Box, this Reading Trek includes a Teacher Guide that uses Google My Maps, reviewed here, as the basis...more
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Based upon the novel Henry's Freedom Box, this Reading Trek includes a Teacher Guide that uses Google My Maps, reviewed here, as the basis for a virtual journey that tells the story of Henry's journey to becoming a free man. 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.

tag(s): civil rights (165), civil war (128), diversity (32), slavery (60)

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Discover the many lesson ideas and activities found in this Reading Trek as an accompaniment to your current lessons for this novel. Incorporate Henry's Freedom Box into units when studying the Civil War, American history, civil rights, or diversity and justice. Include the shared activities along with others of your choosing to create an interactive online lesson using Blendspace, reviewed here. Include videos, quizzes, links to learning activities, and much more in your interactive lesson.
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OK2Ask: Independent Practice and Assessment Strategies with Digital Worksheets - TeachersFirst

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K to 12
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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session is from April 2022. 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 April 2022. You can register and immediately view the archive of the session.

Versatile and adaptable across grade levels and content areas, appropriately designed and infused digital worksheets can contribute to student learning instead of merely keeping your students busy. This workshop will show you how to take your most powerful worksheets and PDFs and turn them into learning activities. Learn to adapt and personalize digital assignments from your existing print materials and build in scaffolding to accommodate learning differences using the free version of PowerPoint Online. As a result of this session, teachers will: 1. Learn the steps of using PowerPoint Online to create digital worksheets; 2. Explore strategies to design digital worksheets that go beyond busywork; and 3. Plan for the use of digital worksheet templates in your classroom. This session is appropriate for teachers at all technology levels.

tag(s): Microsoft (68), professional development (282), worksheets (65)

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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 Big Huge Labs - TeachersFirst

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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session is from April 2022. 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 April 2022. You can register and immediately view the archive of the session.

Provide challenging learning opportunities for your students while promoting innovative classroom instruction by using digital image creation to engage students and deepen their content area knowledge. Students can create posters, trading cards, mosaics, magazine covers, and more that demonstrate their knowledge construction skills. Learn to use Big Huge Labs for classroom projects and personal productivity, and brainstorm with others about ways you and your students can use this tool to demonstrate learning. As a result of this session, teachers will: 1. Learn basic use of Big Huge Labs; 2. Explore three different ways to use Big Huge Labs in the classroom; and 3. Plan for the use of Big Huge Labs in your instructional setting. This session is appropriate for teachers at all technology levels.

tag(s): Creating Media (2), professional development (282)

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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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Take a Virtual Field Trip - Google Arts and Culture

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Where do you want to go, and what would you like to learn? The choice is yours at this virtual field trip offering from Google Arts and Culture. Start by ...more
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Where do you want to go, and what would you like to learn? The choice is yours at this virtual field trip offering from Google Arts and Culture. Start by selecting a subject, exploring all tours, or selecting a country to visit. Other options encourage you to search for answers to life's many questions, see iconic sites, or visit nature. Each field trip is easy to follow; scroll through the site for the information and images.

tag(s): adaptations (10), africa (140), amazon (10), animals (266), archeology (23), architecture (63), aviation (32), california (14), central america (15), chemicals (39), climate change (77), colors (59), coral (9), dinosaurs (38), earth (173), earthquakes (43), ecosystems (66), endangered species (28), evolution (86), first ladies (4), flight (30), fossils (37), france (35), insects (58), inventors and inventions (69), italy (14), machines (14), magnetism (33), martin luther king (39), medieval (28), mexico (28), migration (39), molecules (38), moon (66), peru (7), presidents (115), railroads (12), rainforests (16), respiration (10), romans (31), shakespeare (91), south africa (12), van gogh (8), virtual field trips (66), volcanoes (51), women (104), world war 1 (62)

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Be sure to take advantage of the guide included on this site on how to take a virtual field trip. In addition, the guide offers suggestions and lesson plans for making the most of virtual field trips. Use any of the included field trips as an engaging introduction to many different topics. For example, several different field trips take viewers under the oceans and use these excursions to introduce a unit on ocean animals, climate change, or oceans worldwide. Use Google Jamboard, reviewed here, for students to share notes, questions, and information learned throughout the activity. Instead of assigning a typical research project, ask students to create a virtual field trip using Google My Maps, reviewed here. Learn the basics of creating with Google My Maps by viewing the archive of a November 2021 OK2Ask virtual workshop, reviewed here.

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Georgia Virtual Learning Shared Resources - Georgia Virtual Learning

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Georgia Virtual Learning is the online education headquarters for the Georgia Department of Education and offers over 100 virtual courses for middle and high school students. Choose...more
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Georgia Virtual Learning is the online education headquarters for the Georgia Department of Education and offers over 100 virtual courses for middle and high school students. Choose from studies in all core content areas and the fine arts and world languages. An additional option features courses in CTAE/Electives. These offerings include classes in finance, computer science, fitness, and more. After selecting a course to view, use the module to proceed through the contents. Each module includes an introduction featuring essential questions and interactive content and concludes with final assessments and a module test.

tag(s): art history (75), body systems (42), business (50), chinese (43), drawing (58), environment (218), financial literacy (94), french (71), geology (62), japanese (46), latin (20), music theory (45), narrative (14), novels (26), nutrition (132), oceans (130), OER (35), photography (128), plagiarism (30), poetry (182), psychology (65), robotics (23), romeo & juliet (8), short stories (17), sociology (23), space (204), spanish (97), STEM (225), writers workshop (33)

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Bookmark and save this site as a supplemental resource for your current lessons, as a resource for students to learn about subjects not covered in their current courses, and to differentiate learning for students. For example, provide remediation to high school students by sharing the 9th or 10th-grade literature and composition courses as a review activity or enhance your British Literature unit by assigning a module that focuses specifically on 17th, 18th, or 19th-century British literature. Consider assigning different activities to groups of students to present to their peers. Ask them to use an infographic creator such as the Canva Infographic Creator, reviewed here, as a tool for sharing important information. As a final learning extension, create a digital class book using Ourboox, reviewed here, to share understanding of the content learned. Include text, images, maps, and more in the student-created books.

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Attribution Builder - Open Washington

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This easy to use tool from Open Washington, reviewed here, automatically generates citations based upon user input. Enter information including author,...more
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This easy to use tool from Open Washington, reviewed here, automatically generates citations based upon user input. Enter information including author, URL, title, and other options such as project name and organization, then select the type of citation desired. It isn't necessary to fill in all the boxes; however, filling in as many areas as possible creates a more robust citation.

tag(s): citations (31), digital citizenship (77), plagiarism (30), Research (57)

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Use this easy tool in any subject area when requiring research or attributing information and sources such as images. Recommend this site to students for use at home to build properly constructed attribution of materials. Include this resource as part of your digital citizenship lessons using the section on licensing as a starting point for teaching students about different forms of Creative Commons and Public Domain found on the Internet. Include this site on your classroom computers for students to use at any time to cite resources. Ask students to include attribution for all images and resources whenever creating multimedia projects such as presentations created with Sway, reviewed here, videos made with Adobe Creative Cloud Express Video Maker, reviewed here, or interactive images created using Genially, reviewed here.

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Rawpixel - Rawpixel Ltd.

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Rawpixel offers a massive selection of free images, PNG elements, fonts, and backgrounds curated by the site's graphic designers. Select the Public Domain link to find collections and...more
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Rawpixel offers a massive selection of free images, PNG elements, fonts, and backgrounds curated by the site's graphic designers. Select the Public Domain link to find collections and resources for use with a Creative Commons license. Rawpixel makes it easy to find items using Topics; select the topic link to search collections by trending, popular, or new images. Use the search bar to find specific topics, photos, or boards. Follow the directions to download pictures after creating your free account. Each download also includes attribution information to have when using. Finally, create boards to save images to a collection for later use.

tag(s): creative commons (26), graphic design (49), images (247)

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Include Rawpixel with your other image resources for your professional use and share with students. Be sure to include discussions of proper attribution of images and Creative Commons Licensing. Consider using a curation tool such as Wakelet, reviewed here, or Padlet, reviewed here, to share image resources with students. Ask students to enhance presentations using images and elements found on Rawpixel. For example, when creating presentations on the American Revolution using Google Slides, reviewed here, or Canva Edu, reviewed here, ask students to find a PNG image of a smartphone, then add chat boxes into the phone to depict a conversation between George Washington and one of his generals. This site contains many useful images and graphic design resources; it is worth saving and using in all classrooms!

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Annotate - Simpliphi, Inc.

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Annotate offers several tools that allow educators to use their whiteboards while remaining completely mobile in the classroom. Use the projection feature to project information from...more
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Annotate offers several tools that allow educators to use their whiteboards while remaining completely mobile in the classroom. Use the projection feature to project information from a mobile device onto your whiteboard from anywhere in the room. Free plans offer up to two hours of sharing daily. Add the optional extension to Google Chrome or Microsoft Edge browsers to annotate web pages, take screen captures, and highlight online information. Enroll up to ten students in a course to allow students to follow your screen on their device. Once you create a class, use Annotate to live stream information, take assessments, and schedule homework. Annotate also has a built-in graphing calculator that is handy for math instructors.
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tag(s): collaboration (83), differentiation (65), iwb (32)

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Use Annotate.net as a resource for using your whiteboard while still maintaining the freedom to interact with students in other classroom areas than standing at the front. Move around the room as you use Annotate to find examples of misinformation or difficulty with work, highlight student examples that share innovative thinking, or take advantage of teachable moments as they arise. Hand your device over to students to demonstrate their understanding of concepts or highlight questions they may have.

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Kumospace - Yang Mou and Brett Martin

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K to 12
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Host virtual meetings with up to thirty participants with Kumospace. The free plan includes all of the site's core features, including unlimited floors and virtual apps. Other features...more
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Host virtual meetings with up to thirty participants with Kumospace. The free plan includes all of the site's core features, including unlimited floors and virtual apps. Other features include the ability to screen share, chat with individuals or the entire group, and customize your workspace. After creating an account, start your meeting by selecting the "Create a Space" button. Next, give your space a name, customize the end of the URL to be shared, and choose an option for your area. Then, share the link to invite others to your virtual meeting. Finally, choose from templates to change the background of your space, add floors, and edit privacy settings for your session and each floor. Privacy options include requiring a password for different floors or setting the floor availability only for use by co-hosts. Learn more about the features of Kumospace and how to implement them by finding videos on their YouTube Channel, located here.
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tag(s): chat (39), communication (135), parent conferences (22), video (239)

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Use Kumospace to set up virtual meetings for many different educational uses. Set up virtual parent/teacher conferences with participants in any location, conduct monthly parent meetings to share the latest classroom news, discuss your current curriculum, and answer questions. Create a virtual "get-to-know-you" session at the beginning of the school year or semester that includes team-building activities. Build classroom community by creating virtual rooms for students to share common interests, as a virtual study hall, or for use when working on collaborative projects.

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Project Zero's Thinking Routines Toolbox - Project Zero Harvard Graduate School of Education

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K to 1
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Support student understanding and develop routines that support learning through the use of Thinking Routines and the specific information offered by Project Zero. Scroll through the...more
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Support student understanding and develop routines that support learning through the use of Thinking Routines and the specific information offered by Project Zero. Scroll through the site to find Core Thinking Routines, Digging Deeper into Ideas, Introducing & Exploring Ideas, and several other topics. Use the filters to find thinking routines by subject area, thinking disposition or competence, or project. After selecting, choose the resource link to view an in-depth explanation of the routine, including a stated purpose, application, and tips for launching the activity. Some links also include student handouts and an educator guide.

tag(s): critical thinking (102), professional development (282), thinking skills (12)

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Bookmark this site and frequently visit as you prepare lesson plans to enhance student learning and understanding of content. This site provides excellent information for professional development, either personally or with peers. Consider exploring one topic monthly throughout the school year to explore and integrate it into classroom routines.
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Pear Deck Flashcard Factory - Pear Deck

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Pear Deck, reviewed here, offers an innovative option for creating flashcards through their integration with Google, Merriam-Webster, and Gimkit....more
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Pear Deck, reviewed here, offers an innovative option for creating flashcards through their integration with Google, Merriam-Webster, and Gimkit. Begin by creating a vocabulary list using your list or adding words and definitions from the dictionary. Select "Play Flashcard Factory" to share with students when your list is complete. After logging in with a Google account, students use the provided link and access code to enter Flashcard Factory. After joining, the site assigns students a partner to work with to create example sentences and illustrations using the vocabulary terms. As a final product, the teacher selects from the flashcards created by students to create a class flashcard set. Print or share the completed set to Gimkit, reviewed here.
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tag(s): flash cards (39), grammar review (30), test prep (70), vocabulary (233), vocabulary development (86)

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Flashcard Factory is an excellent tool for both in-person and remote learning. Use this feature to create vocabulary lists for spelling, science terms, social studies events, etc. Differentiate learning by creating lists for different student abilities or interests. Because students are the creators, they are engaged and more motivated in the learning process. Extend learning by asking students to write short stories or create writing journals using the vocabulary words used in the flashcards. For example, search for vocabulary at Read Write Think, reviewed here, to find the lesson plan for My World of Lists: Building Vocabulary Lists. This lesson culminates with students creating a "My World of Words Journal."

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Chromebook Simulator - Google

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The Chromebook Simulator provides tutorials, offers the ability to connect to your Chromebook, and the option to check email offline. This site also includes an option for troubleshooting...more
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The Chromebook Simulator provides tutorials, offers the ability to connect to your Chromebook, and the option to check email offline. This site also includes an option for troubleshooting Chromebooks by using a link to reset the hardware in your Chromebook. Other features allow you to install and manage apps and connect Chromebooks to Android phones and WIFI networks.

tag(s): computers (101), tutorials (47)

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This site is a must-have for all Chromebook classrooms! Include a link on your Chromebooks for students to access efficiently to find tutorials, print, and manage files. Also, be sure to share this link on your class website and in newsletters to parents as a tool for them to use at home. As you use Chromebooks, evaluate difficulties encountered by students in using their computers. Ask students to create video tutorials using Free Screen Recorder Online, reviewed here, for students to watch and use to become proficient in the different features available.

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Twitter Chat: Images - TeachersFirst

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This archived Twitter chat is from April 2022 and will open in Wakelet. The title of this chat is Images. During this chat, participants: 1. Discussed ways to use images ...more
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This archived Twitter chat is from April 2022 and will open in Wakelet. The title of this chat is Images. During this chat, participants: 1. Discussed ways to use images in the classroom to enhance instruction, 2. Explored image resources for students and teachers, and 3. Shared image integration ideas for the classroom.

tag(s): copyright (43), curation (27), images (247), twitterchatarchive (130)

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Find resources and information about integrating images in the classroom. Share this chat with your colleagues looking for strategies and resources on using images in the classroom.

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