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OK2Ask: Authentic Assessment with Office 365: Forms, Sway, and More - TeachersFirst

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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session from May 2018, opens in Adobe Connect. Are you looking for ways to make your formative and summative assessments more...more
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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session from May 2018, opens in Adobe Connect. Are you looking for ways to make your formative and summative assessments more effective? Join us to learn how to use Office 365 tools, including Forms, PowerPoint, OneNote, and Sway, to create authentic assessments throughout your units. Whether it's formative or summative assessment, finding ways to effectively measure students' understanding is crucial to ensure student progress and future success. In this session, we will explore how you can use Office and Windows products to create better formative and summative assessments that reliably measure student learning, promote critical thinking, and help students develop real-world skills. Participants will: 1. Explore the meaning of the term "authentic assessment"; 2. Evaluate several formats of assessment for their usefulness to assess student learning; and 3. Identify a variety of assessment methods and plan for their use in the classroom. This session is appropriate for teachers at all technology levels.

tag(s): assessment (118), Microsoft (43)

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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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Young Scientist Lab - Discovery Education and 3M

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K to 8
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The Young Scientist Lab features materials for parents, students, and teachers to explore a world of scientific innovation and opportunities. Materials for teachers include lesson plans,...more
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The Young Scientist Lab features materials for parents, students, and teachers to explore a world of scientific innovation and opportunities. Materials for teachers include lesson plans, interactives, and challenge support materials. For students, the site provides activities and features on scientists at work. The Family Activities section consists of several engaging experiments to perform at home for students in grades K-8.

tag(s): careers (144), data (162), forces (49), light (53), magnetism (39), recycling (62), rockets (17), sound (106)

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Add this site to your science lesson resources. As students complete activities ask them to create blogs describing their experiments and results. Pen.io, reviewed here is a simple tool for creating and sharing blogs for all grade levels. Have students share their science experiments through weekly or monthly podcasts using a podcasting tool like Podcast Generator, reviewed here. Don't forget to ask students to include both failures and successes when discussing their experiments!
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Dollar Street - Gapminder

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Think of everyone in the world living on one street; the poorest people are on the left and the rich on the right. Everyone else falls somewhere in the middle. ...more
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Think of everyone in the world living on one street; the poorest people are on the left and the rich on the right. Everyone else falls somewhere in the middle. That is the setup of Dollar Street, a searchable, visual database sharing income features from 264 families from around 50 countries and including over 30,000 photos. Take a quick tour to learn how to use the interactive and understand financial guidelines used based on income per month. Use the drop-down boxes to select specific criteria including the number of beds, homes, or family snapshots. An additional dropbox allows you to select specific countries to view.

tag(s): cross cultural understanding (124), cultures (109), family (59), financial literacy (90), globe (17), homes (11)

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Most teachers will want to bookmark this site to use in many different situations. Share Dollar Street on your interactive whiteboard to compare and contrast your community and living situation to those around the world. When reading books mentioning other countries, look up financial information using this site to help students understand typical living situations. Use Dollar Street as a starting point for research projects. Ask students to create a virtual field trip to their chosen location using Google My Maps, reviewed here. Google My Maps includes tools for labeling stops on a map as participants follow locations created.

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Healthy Relationship Middle School Educators Toolkit - Love is Respect

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This 25-page booklet provides a guide for middle school educators for teaching about violence and domestic abuse. Information includes guidelines for distinguishing between healthy...more
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This 25-page booklet provides a guide for middle school educators for teaching about violence and domestic abuse. Information includes guidelines for distinguishing between healthy and unhealthy relationships along with warning signs of abuse. Also, this guide provides suggestions for helping students in unhealthy relationships.

tag(s): conflict resolution (10), school violence (14)

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Take advantage of the information shared in this free booklet for use in classroom lessons on violence or during counseling sessions. Create a link to this booklet on your class website for parents to access. Several portions in the booklet include scenarios and questions for discussions. Challenge student groups to create weekly podcasts addressing common social issues along with suggestions for dealing with them. Podcast Generator, reviewed here, offers free tools for podcasting.
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101 Ways to Teach Children Social Skills - Lawrence E Shapiro, Ph.D

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This book features information and activities for teaching social skills to students with a particular emphasis on those with social problems. Divided into nine major sections, the...more
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This book features information and activities for teaching social skills to students with a particular emphasis on those with social problems. Divided into nine major sections, the author suggests using information as part of a social skills curriculum or as a foundation for addressing specific issues like managing conflict and addressing feelings. In addition to teaching suggestions, this book includes activity sheets to use with students.

tag(s): conflict resolution (10), emotions (36), problem solving (296), social skills (22)

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Bookmark this resource for use when teaching social skills to students. Share information with school counselors and other professionals as part of your ongoing training in meeting the emotional and social needs of students. During lessons, compile student ideas and suggestions onto an online bulletin board like Lino, reviewed here. Include the bulletin board on your class webpage for students to review at home. Include student work, including video reflection, into an online portfolio using a tool like Seesaw, reviewed here. Seesaw allows you to upload video, images, and drawings to an ongoing individual portfolio. Have older students develop a game teaching players how to make good choices and deal with difficult situations. Use Scratch, reviewed here, to create the game.
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Woo! Kids Activities - woojr.com

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Find crafts, activities, and printables for kids at Woo! Search for materials by holiday, age group, or by using the keyword search bar. Resources just for teachers include lesson plans,...more
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Find crafts, activities, and printables for kids at Woo! Search for materials by holiday, age group, or by using the keyword search bar. Resources just for teachers include lesson plans, templates, and poetry starters. Be sure to check out the recipe section for snack ideas and kid-friendly meal suggestions. This site does include some distracting advertisements.
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tag(s): holidays (141), poetry (221), preK (289), worksheets (64)

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Use Woo! as a starting point for lesson ideas and activities, then go beyond worksheets to challenge your students. Ask your students to create their own templates and review materials using Google Documents. Incorporate game-play into your lessons using Bamboozle, reviewed here. Baamboozle is a quick and easy game creation tool that creates multiple types of games for two teams. Incorporate questions into videos using Playposit, reviewed here. Students and teachers can comment and add responses directly into this video resource.
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Describing Words - describingwords.io

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Do you need help finding interesting adjectives? Describing Words is your answer. Enter any noun into the search box to create a list of possible adjectives (and phrases!) to include....more
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Do you need help finding interesting adjectives? Describing Words is your answer. Enter any noun into the search box to create a list of possible adjectives (and phrases!) to include. Click any word in the list to view a definition and select additional related words. Sort your list by usage frequency or by uniqueness. Other links provide more resources for related words to the one used initially.

tag(s): creative writing (168), parts of speech (67), writing (368)

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Include a link to Describing Words on classroom computers for student use with any writing projects. Have students create online posters individually or together as a class using a tool such as Web Poster Wizard, reviewed here, or PicLits, reviewed here, to share alternatives to overused adjectives. Have students share the results of their search on Describing Words using Thinglink, reviewed here, to annotate an image.

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Google Help - Google Support

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Explore educational videos providing help with Google products on this YouTube Channel. The site provides playlists offering support for Chromebooks, protecting and using Google accounts,...more
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Explore educational videos providing help with Google products on this YouTube Channel. The site provides playlists offering support for Chromebooks, protecting and using Google accounts, using Gmail and Drive, and much more. Choose individual videos or select playlists by topic to find up to date help in using Google tools. If your district blocks YouTube, the videos may not be viewable. You could always view them at home and bring them to class "on a stick" to share. Use a tool such as ClipGrab, reviewed here, to download the videos from YouTube.

tag(s): Google (31), video (280)

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Bookmark this site on classroom computers for easy reference when working with Google products. Have students create their own support videos using a tool like Powtoon, reviewed here, or My Simpleshow, reviewed here, for any technology issues that arise in your classroom. Remember, you can take screenshots (Printscrn button on Windows or Command+Shift+4 on Mac), and include those in a video. You will need to convert the screenshot to a JPG. This can be done easily and quickly using CloudConvert, reviewed here. Share the students created videos using a tool such as SchoolTube, reviewed here.

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Commaful - UsePencil, Inc

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Commaful provides short stories and poetry presented in picture book style. Scroll through to find a story or choose from different categories including humor, poetry, and romance....more
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Commaful provides short stories and poetry presented in picture book style. Scroll through to find a story or choose from different categories including humor, poetry, and romance. After selecting a story, the content pops up in the form of a book with an image background. Click to continue reading, images change throughout the story. Share your original work by creating an account and following directions to upload content. Note: Some stories contain inappropriate language and content. Be sure to preview material before sharing with students.

tag(s): creative writing (168), poetry (221)

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Share stories from this site with students as inspiration for creative writing and poetry projects. Be sure to preview all material before sharing with students. Before publishing student writing, have peers provide collaborative feedback using FlipGrid, reviewed here. Flipgrid allows students to record video discussions on any topic easily. When complete, have students publish their work using this site or Book Creator, reviewed here. Book Creator offers tools for creating online books that include video, images, and audio recordings.

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Madden NFL: Football by the Numbers - Discovery Education

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Learn critical math and science concepts through this educational program and interactives all designed around NFL football. Educator resources include lesson plans based on place value,...more
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Learn critical math and science concepts through this educational program and interactives all designed around NFL football. Educator resources include lesson plans based on place value, art, math, and angles. Scenario-based career challenges offer insight into careers as a business analyst or game artist. Download the Educator's Guide PowerPoint presentation with links to standards and information on how to use the site's activities. The interactive guides players through the basics of football and the correlation to math concepts.

tag(s): angles (88), careers (144), measurement (178), place value (56), sports (100), STEM (184)

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Use Football by the Numbers as part of your ongoing lessons in teaching math content, especially to students who have an interest in sports to help them understand how math is used in football. After playing the interactive, ask students to locate and annotate a football image (or an image for another sport) using ThingLink, reviewed here, to identify the use of math in the image. Have students create an explainer video using My Simpleshow, reviewed here, to demonstrate math concepts found in sports.

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Substitutes - Ideas and Resources - TeachersFirst

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Peruse this collection of ideas and reviewed resources selected to help both substitute teachers and regular teachers leaving instructions for a substitute. The list includes useful...more
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Peruse this collection of ideas and reviewed resources selected to help both substitute teachers and regular teachers leaving instructions for a substitute. The list includes useful time-fillers for when plans are not a perfect fit as well as teacher-friendly suggestions to make subbing a positive learning experience for all.

tag(s): substitutes (18)

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Whether you are a substitute looking for some "filler" ideas or a classroom teacher looking for new sites, check out this list of resources. Share this list on your class website for families to use at home. This list includes resources for young readers and secondary students.

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Twitter Chat: Trend-worthy Tech Tools - TeachersFirst

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This archived Twitter chat is from May 2018 and will open in TweetChat. The title of this chat is - Trend-worthy Tech Tools. Through this chat participants will: 1. Discuss ...more
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This archived Twitter chat is from May 2018 and will open in TweetChat. The title of this chat is - Trend-worthy Tech Tools. Through this chat participants will: 1. Discuss current edtech trends, 2. Share popular tech tools for the K-12 classroom, 3. Expand your knowledge of tools that exist for various educational purposes within the classroom. Read the many comments and suggestions by both the moderator and other participants.

tag(s): twitterchatarchive (41)

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Learn new edtech trends and tools for your classroom. Share this chat with your colleagues looking for sites and information about trends in edtech. Explore the various tools that are shared.

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Google Lesson Plans - Google in Education

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Google provides a series of lessons correlated to career readiness and reading standards in three different levels to teach students how to search effectively. Select from topics including...more
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Google provides a series of lessons correlated to career readiness and reading standards in three different levels to teach students how to search effectively. Select from topics including picking the correct search terms, understanding results, and evaluating the credibility of sources. Find additional lessons related to culture, geography, history, and science by clicking the link for "A Google a Day Challenges," reviewed here.

tag(s): Google (31), search engines (61), search strategies (27)

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Take advantage of these free lessons to teach safe and effective search techniques to use with any search engine. Create a classroom Padlet, reviewed here, with columns for students to share tips on using any technology tool. Include a column for search tips, and specific columns for tools or websites commonly used by your students. Have individual or groups of students create their own lessons using Symbaloo Learning Paths, reviewed here, to teach how to use any technology. This tool allows creators to add videos, quizzes, websites, images, and more into a gamification-based learning resource.

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OK2Ask: Tech Integration Made Easy with Flipgrid - TeachersFirst

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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session from May 2018, opens in Adobe Connect. Input and expertise from peers can help students learn and grow. Learn to use...more
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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session from May 2018, opens in Adobe Connect. Input and expertise from peers can help students learn and grow. Learn to use Flipgrid, a video discussion platform, to increase student voice in your classroom. This tech tool can enhance social learning through sharing short videos centered around a topic. Getting started is easy, and after this session, you will be ready to use Flipgrid to encourage every student to share what they know. Participants will: 1. Learn to create a basic classroom Flipgrid; 2. Understand ways to use Flipgrid to increase student voice in the classroom; and 3. Plan for the use of Flipgrid in the classroom. This session is appropriate for teachers at all technology levels.

tag(s): assessment (118)

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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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360 View of Space Shuttle Discovery Flight Deck - Jook Leung

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Take a virtual tour of Space Shuttle Discovery's flight deck through the use of 360-degree panoramic cameras. Use the controls to move around and explore all areas of the shuttle's...more
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Take a virtual tour of Space Shuttle Discovery's flight deck through the use of 360-degree panoramic cameras. Use the controls to move around and explore all areas of the shuttle's flight deck. Be sure to use the link for the full-screen mode for the most precise and "up-close" viewing during your virtual tour.

tag(s): explorers (66), space (227), STEM (184), virtual field trips (55)

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Include this virtual tour with your resources for teaching about space and exploration. Share your links with students using a bookmarking tool like Symbaloo, reviewed here, and include your Symbaloo on classroom computers and your class website. Ask students to create a screen recording while viewing this virtual tour and discuss their thoughts and ideas on the features found on the flight deck. Screencast-O-Matic, reviewed here, is a very easy to use tool for creating screen recordings from any computer.
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Challenger Center - Challenger Center

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3 to 12
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The Challenger Center provides lessons and resources dedicated to continuing the work of the Challenger mission and crew after the shuttle tragedy in 1986. Select the STEM Resources...more
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The Challenger Center provides lessons and resources dedicated to continuing the work of the Challenger mission and crew after the shuttle tragedy in 1986. Select the STEM Resources link to find lessons sorted by grade levels. These lessons include the lost lessons of Christa McAuliffe that were supposed to take place during her time in space. Other lessons take students on explorations of space travel through meal planning, finding coordinates, and locating and rescuing a lost teammate.

tag(s): careers (144), experiments (70), explorers (66), gravity (49), moon (74), solar system (122), space (227), stars (67), STEM (184)

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Add the Challenger Center to your resources for teaching about outer space. As you begin your unit, create a Padlet, reviewed here, to organize and share information learned. Have students make flashcards and quizzes to review information learned using a site like Study Droid, reviewed here. As a culminating project, have students create explainer videos of any concept using My Simpleshow, reviewed here.
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Amazing Space - Space Telescope Science Institute's Office of Public Outreach

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This site shares lessons and resources to learn more about the Hubble and James Webb space telescopes. Choose from the many resources sorted by topics including gravity, space history,...more
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This site shares lessons and resources to learn more about the Hubble and James Webb space telescopes. Choose from the many resources sorted by topics including gravity, space history, and more. The Online Explorations offer opportunities to play an interactive card game with solar system trading cards or use real data from the Hubble Telescope to make conjectures about the universe. Additional resources on this site include fully detailed lesson plans correlated to standards, graphic organizers, and up to date information with the latest space telescope related news.

tag(s): gravity (49), measurement (178), solar system (122), space (227), stars (67), statistics (128), STEM (184), telescopes (9)

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Be sure to bookmark this site if you teach space science for the many available resources shared with educators. Take advantage of the free lesson plans and interactives. Share how to use interactives on your whiteboard then let students explore on classroom computers or their own device. Include a link to interactives on your class website for students to access from home. Use an online portfolio site like Seesaw, reviewed here, for younger students, or bulb, reviewed here, for older students to collect artifacts and share their thoughts throughout your space unit. Take student learning a step further and ask them to use an augmented reality application like HP Reveal, reviewed here, to create an augmented reality display of different portions of our solar system.
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OK2Ask: 3 Cool Tools for Building Your PLN - TeachersFirst

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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session from May 2018, opens in Adobe Connect. Interested in learning what you need, when you need it, and in a format ...more
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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session from May 2018, opens in Adobe Connect. Interested in learning what you need, when you need it, and in a format that works for you? As teachers, we know that the standard Professional Development (PD) offered at our schools doesn't always meet our learning needs or learning style. It may be too general, focused on a school initiative, or simply focused on a productivity tool - like the gradebook. Additionally, the timing of the standard PD may not be optimal. Explore three online resources that will meet your personal learning needs and help you improve your craft as a teacher. Join this session and you'll never want for good PD again! Participants will: 1. Distinguish between three types of online Professional Learning tools; 2. Explore three online tools for building your PLN; and 3. Identify keywords and/or educators to incorporate into the use of each tool. This session is appropriate for teachers at all technology levels.

tag(s): PLN (9), professional development (167), social media (25), social networking (113)

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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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Reading Strategies Resources - TeachersFirst

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This curated list of reviewed resources includes teaching ideas and sites to promote proven reading strategies of effective readers. Find engaging texts to use as your class focuses...more
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This curated list of reviewed resources includes teaching ideas and sites to promote proven reading strategies of effective readers. Find engaging texts to use as your class focuses on a particular strategy as well as professional resources to improve your own understanding of this research-based approach to building literacy skills. Don't miss "In the classroom" ideas for specific projects or ideas for before, during, and after reading.

tag(s): reading comprehension (127), reading strategies (52)

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Find new tools and reading strategies to share with your students. Share this list on your class website for families to use at home. This list includes resources for young readers and secondary students.

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Mentoring Resources - TeachersFirst

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This collection from TeachersFirst features resources to help teachers mentor students. Find tools to use with all grade levels. Here you will find tools to help students prepare for...more
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This collection from TeachersFirst features resources to help teachers mentor students. Find tools to use with all grade levels. Here you will find tools to help students prepare for college or a future career, anti-violence tools, ways to empower girls, character building, and more. Use these tools to coach, lead, teach, and mentor in your classroom and beyond.

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Share sites with the entire class or find specific tools that are useful for individual students in your class. This is a great list to share with parents at the beginning of the year, and list on your class website!

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