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Epic! For Educators - Suren Markosian and Kevin Donahue

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K to 6
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Epic! offers thousands of high-quality free books for educators teaching grades K-7. Create an account using your education email to begin. Add up to 30 student profiles to your account...more
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Epic! offers thousands of high-quality free books for educators teaching grades K-7. Create an account using your education email to begin. Add up to 30 student profiles to your account to receive personalized recommendations based on reading ability and interests. Students can freely access books on any device, but only during the school day. Educators receive feedback including time spent reading, page flips, and books read. Students earn badges and rewards as they reach milestones. Resources include classroom posters, lesson plans, teacher tips, presentations, and letters to parents in PDF format. Find educational videos by Smithsonian, Blue Wonders, Animal Wonders, and Encyclopedia Britannica. Epic! also offers titles in Spanish. Tutorial videos reside on YouTube as do some of the educational videos. If your district blocks YouTube, the videos may not be viewable.
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tag(s): classroom management (127), DAT device agnostic tool (142), ebooks (38), movies (51), reading lists (80), video (254)

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Create your free educator account and share with students as part of your reading activities. Adjust reading preferences and profiles as students increase skills or change interest in reading materials. Be sure to share with parents to use at home. What a wonderful, engaging way to keep students accountable for reading at home and for remote learning.
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ReadM - ReadM

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K to 4
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ReadM is a reading app that uses artificial intelligence (AI) to support and encourage practicing reading skills. Use the contact form to request a teacher's account or sign in to ...more
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ReadM is a reading app that uses artificial intelligence (AI) to support and encourage practicing reading skills. Use the contact form to request a teacher's account or sign in to view as a student. Student accounts include a dashboard that shares the number of coins won by reading, reading speed, number of books completed, and time spent reading. Students select books from the library that offers three different reading levels. Click on each word to hear the pronunciation, or use the microphone to read a sentence at a time and receive feedback on accuracy. Teacher accounts provide instant feedback on students' performance and reading progress. Use your teacher account to assign groups by reading level and grade, use your voice to record content for students, and create and add books using AI tools.

tag(s): artificial intelligence (87), digital reading (15), fluency (24), literacy (106), multilingual (63), reading comprehension (142), reading strategies (96), Teacher Utilities (146)

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Use ReadM to engage and support new readers and to assist multilingual learners of any age. Include ReadM as a literacy center for students to practice reading skills and assign different reading levels to differentiate instruction as needed. Enhance student learning by using ReadAhead, reviewed here to create a guided reading activity. Share ReadM with parents to use as a reading practice tool at home or to demonstrate reading progress as demonstrated on the teacher dashboard. Extend learning using some of the many available literacy resources and interactives on Class Tools, reviewed here.

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Nearpod - Nearpod

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5 to 12
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Use this free slide-based multimedia app to put lessons and other material on any web browser OR iOs and Android devices. Build your presentations using pre-made templates. The site...more
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Use this free slide-based multimedia app to put lessons and other material on any web browser OR iOs and Android devices. Build your presentations using pre-made templates. The site does offer ready-made presentations (some free). The interactive, pre-made videos and text presentations are from Ted-Ed, Khan Academy, Nearpod, and others. Some include questions to answer as you work through the presentations. What is the best part of Nearpod? There are now three different presentation modes.

When in the "live presentation" mode (in person or remote web conferencing), teachers control the lesson's pace, and students do not move to the next screen until advanced by the teacher. With the "student pace" mode, students progress through independently, whether at home or in class. The third mode is "front of the class;" you project your presentation, and the students do not use their devices. Use the teacher version of the app to push out the presentation to your students. For the first two modes, every student uses their own student app to follow the screens and answer the questions. This provides immediate feedback about every student. The feedback can be emailed to the teacher for later review. This formative assessment tool is invaluable and a unique part of the app. The tool also includes drawing for students to work out problems. Teachers can identify students who are not "on task" and not working within the app when a little red light pops up. Absent students can complete the assignment at home.

The free version of Nearpod for Educators is called Silver; you get 100 MB of storage, 40 students per session/lesson, access to 20+ formative assessments, 7,500 pre-made interactive lessons, 1,000 pre-made interactive videos, 40 students can sign up per lesson, and more. How many lessons and videos will depend on your storage.

tag(s): assessment (147), classroom management (127), DAT device agnostic tool (142), differentiation (83), Formative Assessment (70), gamification (74), Learning Management Systems (22), multimedia (43), Online Learning (39), personalized learning (9), playlists (10), remote learning (61), slides (45), Teacher Utilities (146), teaching strategies (41)

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This is an exciting way to begin iPad (or BYOD), blended learning, or remote learning integration into the classroom. Initially it may be difficult to determine the best pacing of the lesson, the ability to slow down the advancement of the next screen allows more time to digest the information. Be aware that students needing more time may be very frustrated as the screen may advance before they are able to finish. Start small by uploading presentations and using JPEG and other images. Add interactive elements such as polls and videos. Grab students attention by using the first slide to deliver a piece of humorous information. Create guided learning stations and push out several presentations to different devices as students move through the various lessons to be learned. This technique can be helpful for struggling learners. Use this tool to help reinforce the most difficult parts of the lesson. Use the app to create schedules for training, clubs, and more. For English, learn about grammar rules, sentence structure, and other elements necessary for good writing. For ENL/ESL classes and world languages, practice various vocabulary words and learn tenses of verbs. Learn vocabulary and basic scientific concepts in any science class or facts about historical periods in history classes. This app is a valuable tool in any classroom.

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Random.org - Dr. Mads Haahr

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K to 12
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Do you need to choose items in a truly random way? If so, this site is for you! Random.org offers many different categories for receiving randomized information. Choose from the ...more
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Do you need to choose items in a truly random way? If so, this site is for you! Random.org offers many different categories for receiving randomized information. Choose from the links for random lists, coin flippers, dates, passwords, dice rolls, and much more. Follow directions on each page to set the form and receive results. There is also an app for both Android and iOs devices.

tag(s): DAT device agnostic tool (142), gamification (74), probability (97), resources (87)

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Use Random.org to generate any kind of list you need such as groups for field trips, random dates for history research, and random places on a map. Use the name generator to select a student to do an activity or to answer a question. Allow students to use the name generator to choose the classmate who comes next. Use the generator tools as part of your probability unit to chart how often names or coins appear with random selections.

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Prezi - Prezi

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3 to 12
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Prezi is a visual, "zoomable" presentation tool. It is similar to PowerPoint and Keynote, but there is so much more to Prezi! You can graphically arrange a large amount of ...more
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Prezi is a visual, "zoomable" presentation tool. It is similar to PowerPoint and Keynote, but there is so much more to Prezi! You can graphically arrange a large amount of content, such as a big idea with its supporting information. It creates very dynamic presentations. See samples by clicking "log in" then "Explore" (instead of logging in). Choose a background, follow the instructions and prompts of the program, and before you know it, you will have your very own Prezi to share. If you like to see directions, watch the quick intro video. You can also view Prezis created by others and use them as templates for your own work. Check out the sample created by the TF Edge team here. This tool works in ANY device's web browser, from iPod to Android to laptop. Collaborate on a Prezi with other Prezi members in real time using the Share function. Have a "meeting" to work on the same Prezi in real time. There is a free "edu enjoy" level of membership (requires a school issued email and verification) that allows you to keep your Prezis private, out of public sharing. The regular "enjoy" membership is free for only one month, and its Prezis are public. After 30 days you will be asked if you want to upgrade or continue with the free Prezi, which has File storage limits for free accounts.

tag(s): graphic organizers (47), slides (45), visualizations (11)

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You could map your entire lesson, chapter or unit in one Prezi. Once you introduce the concept with this tool, you can go back to it often with your students as you move to different parts of the unit. It would provide a great way to connect prior knowledge with the next step if you share this on your interactive whiteboard or projector throughout the unit. Or you could post it to your web page or give kids the URL so they can review as often as they need it. Try having the students map a concept or chapter with this tool. In history class, create timelines of relevant events, or in science or math class have them map steps in a process. Have students create Prezis for different events, and then have them post the link to their product on a class blog or wiki. Add a peer review component and require students to comment on at least two other Prezis. The possibilities are endless!

If you have gifted students n your class, offer Prezi as one alternative for sharing extensions to the regular curriculum. If they already know the material, have them investigate a related process or example and share it in the form of a Prezi.

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KidCitizen - Congress, Civic Participation, and Primary Sources Project

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K to 5
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KidCitizen is a series of interactive episodes for students in grades K-5 using primary source documents to explore and learn about civic matters. Also, the KidCitizen Editor lets you...more
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KidCitizen is a series of interactive episodes for students in grades K-5 using primary source documents to explore and learn about civic matters. Also, the KidCitizen Editor lets you customize existing episodes or create game-based activities with primary sources you choose. The Getting Started Guide provides an excellent overview of the online tools and how to get started producing your episodes.

tag(s): american flag (7), communities (36), congress (39), DAT device agnostic tool (142), national parks (27), symbols (15)

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KidCitizen works across all devices, share a link to episodes on classroom computers for students to watch as a learning center activity. Flip your classroom and have students view at home before discussing concepts in class. As students interact with content in the episodes, take advantage of the many resources found at Classtools, reviewed here, to create concept maps, quizzes, and online games. If you teach younger students, create additional interactive games with your own content using Oodlu, reviewed here. Ask older students to create their own games using Oodlu. As a final project, have students create books using WriteReader, reviewed here. Write Reader is a very easy to use tool for even young students and includes features for sharing invented writing along with correct spelling. For older students, consider using Book Creator, reviewed here that features more robust digital storytelling tools.

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Canva for Education - Canva.com

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K to 12
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Canva presents a simple way to design almost anything with drag and drop technology. Create custom timelines, posters, business cards, infographics, presentations, badges, flyers, charts...more
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Canva presents a simple way to design almost anything with drag and drop technology. Create custom timelines, posters, business cards, infographics, presentations, badges, flyers, charts and graphs, and more using a custom layout or a blank page. Begin by choosing the type of design you want to create. Choose pre-made templates or design your own. Upload images from your computer or your Facebook account. Change your background, add text, and personalize as desired. When complete, choose link and publish to save and download your creation as an image or PDF file or copy the link to share via URL. For creating charts and graphs go to the Features tab. There are iOS & Android apps (free) available for this tool. Canva has recently made the desktop application available for Windows as well as Mac OS. Note: you must register (with email and password) before you can access this site.
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tag(s): DAT device agnostic tool (142), graphic design (50), images (268), posters (46), slides (45)

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This site is perfect for enhancing, modifying, or transforming classroom technology in the classroom depending on the requirements of the assignments. Create a slideshow, invitations, or photo collages for any classroom presentation. Share what you created on your website or blog for students to review or for students who were absent. Deliver blended or flipped lessons using Canva Edu by adding links to videos, assessment information, and other learning activities. In the younger grades, teachers would be the ones creating the project. However, older students could easily create their own Canva presentations. Have students use this online tool as they would any presentation tool or image enhancing site. Use this site for research projects about famous people from the past and present. Have cooperative learning groups create presentations about science or math topics. Have students create presentations to "introduce" themselves to the class during the first week of school. Link or embed the introduction presentations on your class wiki or website and have others guess who they are. Use this tool with your 1:1 art class for students to practice design principles and techniques. Create 2 to 5 circle Venn Diagrams. Share student projects with parents and others via URL. Be sure to demonstrate HOW to use this tool on your interactive whiteboard or projector.

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Kodable - Surfscore, Inc

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K to 4
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Kodable teaches coding to young children through programming logic, sequence, loops, functions, and debugging. Create one free class account for an unlimited number of students with...more
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Kodable teaches coding to young children through programming logic, sequence, loops, functions, and debugging. Create one free class account for an unlimited number of students with twelve weeks of lessons. Find lessons with programming curriculum, explanations of key concepts, and Common Core alignment. You can play without an account; however, results are not saved.
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tag(s): coding (87), computational thinking (41), computers (105), DAT device agnostic tool (142), engineering (117), logic (163), problem solving (225), STEM (256)

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Use this tool to learn basic coding skills. Students will quickly catch on to this program when allowed to experiment while viewing their results. Kodable is great for differentiating for students with different abilities and learning styles. Set Kodable up as a learning center and have students work in pairs to complete the challenges.

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Excel Easy - E-Learning

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K to 12
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Do you need some help with Excel basics and functions? Excel Easy uses fully illustrated tutorials to walk you through Excel sheets from start to finish. Use the links at ...more
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Do you need some help with Excel basics and functions? Excel Easy uses fully illustrated tutorials to walk you through Excel sheets from start to finish. Use the links at the top of the site to select from options starting with the basics, functions, and data analysis. Choose the 300 Excel Examples to find tutorials on any topic quickly. Each tutorial includes step-by-step directions, including images to guide users through each portion of the directions.
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tag(s): computers (105), data (145), Microsoft (84), spreadsheets (23)

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Bookmark this site for your use and for student use on classroom computers. Make it easy to find sites with tutorials by creating a Padlet, reviewed here, to share with students. Use columns to sort tutorials and other helpful sites by topic within your Padlet. If you don't find a tutorial that you need, extend student learning by asking them to create their own using Free Screen Recorder Online, reviewed here, or by creating an explainer video using FlexClip, reviewed here.

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Edpuzzle - edpuzzle

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K to 12
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This tool is a great way to take videos and add your own voice or add questions within the video. YouTube videos are viewable in edpuzzle even if your school ...more
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This tool is a great way to take videos and add your own voice or add questions within the video. YouTube videos are viewable in edpuzzle even if your school filters block them! Search for educational videos from sites such as Khan Academy and Learn Zillion. Use the sliders to choose the video section, then insert your voice or comment on the video. Create a series of questions to go along with your selected video and insert them into the correct part of the video. There is no need for students to watch the whole video to access the questions at the end. Follow the on-screen directions to chop the video for the section you need, add your voice, and choose where to add text-based questions. Create a class and add students into the class either in the dashboard or after creating the video. Use student codes to access the video. At the bottom of the page, on the far right click the "Help Center" button. There is also a short demo video hosted on YouTube. If your district blocks YouTube, find the video you want to use and embed it in edpuzzle. It will be viewable when used through edpuzzle!

tag(s): assessment (147), communication (135), DAT device agnostic tool (142), questioning (32), remote learning (61), video (254)

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Create short review videos or use your own narration with chosen videos to create flipped or blended lessons for your students. Is your school embracing remote learning? This is the perfect tool! Consider the power of students using Edpuzzle to annotate videos to explain the material in their own words. You or your students can use the tool to create and narrate "how-to" videos. Annotate by highlighting the significant features of videos through the creation of voice comments. Students can also create questions to play with each video. Be sure students create a script to read from before beginning their chosen video.

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Using Photographs and Cartoons to Teach About Eleanor Roosevelt - Harry S. Truman Library and Museum

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9 to 12
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These lesson plans provide directions and instructional materials for students to learn about Eleanor Roosevelt using photographs and cartoons. Lessons should take two forty-five-minute...more
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These lesson plans provide directions and instructional materials for students to learn about Eleanor Roosevelt using photographs and cartoons. Lessons should take two forty-five-minute class periods. All resources are included; however, some links to the National Archives don't work. Visit the National Archives: Educator Resources, reviewed here to search and find the document analysis worksheets shared in the lesson. Sample rubrics for the thematic essay are provided as an assessment for the lesson.

tag(s): 1900s (73), comics and cartoons (54), primary sources (113), roosevelt (12), women (135), womens suffrage (43)

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Include this lesson plan as a resource to engage and introduce students to the role of Eleanor Roosevelt in her husband's administration and public reaction to her activities. Find additional primary source documents to use in your lessons at Eleanor Roosevelt: An American Visionary provided by the National Park Service, reviewed here and Children of the Great Depression, reviewed here that includes letters written to Mrs. Roosevelt by children. Find additional resources for teaching with cartoons at Thomas Nast's Political Cartoons, reviewed here and by watching the archive of OK2Ask: Engage & Inspire: Comics in the Classroom, reviewed here. As an alternative assessment to a written essay, ask students to design a political cartoon using the comic strip templates provided by Canva, reviewed here.
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OK2Ask: 3 Cool Tools to Support the Science of Reading - TeachersFirst

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K to 12
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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session is from October 2023. You can register and immediately view the archive of the session.

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

Are you looking for some excellent free tools to support the science of reading in your classroom? Do you want to learn how to use technology to enhance your reading instruction and engage your students? Join us for this interactive, hands-on workshop exploring three tools that align with the science of reading. Gain practical strategies that will enhance your reading instruction, discover how these tools align with the science of reading framework, and unleash their potential in your classroom. As a result of this session, teachers will: 1. Understand the science of reading framework and its implications for effective reading instruction; 2. Explore three edtech tools that support teaching reading from a scientific perspective; and 3. Collaborate and share ideas with fellow educators on how to leverage the tools to support instruction. This session is appropriate for teachers at all technology levels.

tag(s): reading strategies (96), science of reading (31)

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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: Effective Feedback for Student Growth - TeachersFirst

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1 to 12
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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session is from October 2023. You can register and immediately view the archive of the session.

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

Join us for a workshop designed to empower educators with essential tools and strategies for providing impactful feedback to students and fostering a culture of continuous improvement. Explore the principles and practices of effective feedback and learn how to use the RISE peer feedback model, a research-based approach that helps students reflect, inquire, suggest, and elevate their own and others' work. With a focus on teacher and peer feedback, this workshop will equip participants with the skills needed to enhance student engagement and learning outcomes and support the needs of diverse learners. As a result of this session, teachers will: 1. Understand the significance of effective feedback in promoting student growth and academic success; 2. Incorporate feedback into instructional planning and assessment practices; and 3. Develop proficiency in delivering targeted and constructive teacher feedback that addresses individual student needs. This session is appropriate for teachers at all technology levels.

tag(s): feedback (8), professional development (384)

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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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10 AI Terms Everyone Should Know - Susanna Ray

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K to 12
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What is Artificial Intelligence (AI), and how is it related to machine learning? How does generative AI leverage the power of large language learning (and what is large language learning?)?...more
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What is Artificial Intelligence (AI), and how is it related to machine learning? How does generative AI leverage the power of large language learning (and what is large language learning?)? Find the answers to these questions and more with this informative article that breaks down some of the common buzzwords used to gain an understanding of AI and its impact on society. Each of the ten terms is explained in everyday language including short explanations and examples of the content discussed.

tag(s): artificial intelligence (87), Microsoft (84)

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Use this article to develop your understanding of AI and related terms. Share the information with your peers as part of your professional development activities as you learn about AI tools, discuss guidelines for the use of AI by you and your students, and support your discussions of AI use with parents. Consider sharing this article on your class website to help parents learn about AI. As a school, dig deeper into developing an understanding of AI by choosing to explore one term in-depth each month. For example, begin with term number one, artificial intelligence, and start a conversation with what you, your peers, parents, or students know about AI. Use a word cloud creation tool like Answer Garden, reviewed here as an easy way to collect responses anonymously while still viewing responses in this visual format. Use the embed code to include your Answer Garden poll on your class website if desired. Use that information to guide your activities toward the discussion focus for the following month.

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Promoting STEM Through Literature - Judy Bowling & Kerry Guiliano

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K to 6
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This site shares several children's books and resources for incorporating STEM lessons and the design process. Begin by selecting the book and find a Design Thinking Journal for each...more
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This site shares several children's books and resources for incorporating STEM lessons and the design process. Begin by selecting the book and find a Design Thinking Journal for each student, a book card, and additional materials to accompany the book. Finally, use the box on the right side of the page to find additional information about design thinking and curriculum connections.

tag(s): book lists (158), inquiry (23), literacy (106), Problem Based Learning (13), problem solving (225), STEM (256)

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In addition to the suggestions for STEM-related literature, the Design Thinking Journal is an excellent addition to any classroom for use with many other projects. Include ideas from the site in your Maker Space activities, learn more about Maker Spaces and find additional ideas at the TeachersFirst Maker Spaces Special Topics page with reviewed resources. Enhance learning by encouraging students to share Maker Space projects by posting them on a website or blog created using Edublog, reviewed here. Ask students to share their problem-solving journey using the Design Thinking Journal information when designing projects using Flip, reviewed here. Flip is a video discussion tool with capabilities for sharing student responses through video with other students. Encourage students to respond to each others' videos.

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I have always been looking for resources on stem education. I am glad I have chanced on this; helpful for my class. Much appreciated. Victor, , Grades: 0 - 8

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BLINDSIDED by AI (Part 1) - BAM Education Radio Network

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K to 12
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This video documentary is part one of a three-part series, and it explores the impact of generative artificial intelligence (AI) tools on education. The speaker discusses ideas on implementing...more
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This video documentary is part one of a three-part series, and it explores the impact of generative artificial intelligence (AI) tools on education. The speaker discusses ideas on implementing AI in classrooms and addresses challenges teachers face when learning and using AI resources. Other focus points include redefining intelligence, active-learning skills, real-world connections, and using AI to encourage creativity and innovation. If your district blocks YouTube, the video may not be viewable.
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tag(s): artificial intelligence (87), professional development (384)

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Watch this video as part of your ongoing professional development activities to learn more about AI and its impact on education. Share this video with your peers as you learn together and explore the uses of AI in your classrooms. Subscribe to BAM Education Radio Network's YouTube channel to receive notifications of new documentaries that are part of this series and additional video presentations. Consider including a link to this video on your class website or newsletter to share this information with parents, as they also consider the implications and use of AI in education.

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OK2Ask: Easy and Engaging Projects for Your Reading Classroom - TeachersFirst

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2 to 12
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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session is from May 2021. 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 May 2021. You can register and immediately view the archive of the session.

Tired of giving students the same language arts assignments? Want to switch things up? Join us to look at a few quick and easy ways to refresh your lessons and gauge student comprehension using authentic assessments. Learn to use technology to create an environment that allows students to share important connections they have made between what they have read and their personal lives, other texts, and the world around them. As a result of this session, teachers will: 1. Learn authentic ways to assess reading comprehension; 2. Explore tools for quick and easy in-class reading projects; and 3. Create a project sample for use in your instructional setting. This session is appropriate for teachers at all technology levels.

tag(s): Formative Assessment (70), professional development (384), reading comprehension (142)

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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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Langston Hughes: Artist and Historian - Yale University

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6 to 8
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Students will learn a little about Langston Hughes and the events of his time in the introductory Narrative of this lesson. The lesson explores Langston Hughes' poetry, setting it as...more
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Students will learn a little about Langston Hughes and the events of his time in the introductory Narrative of this lesson. The lesson explores Langston Hughes' poetry, setting it as a "vehicle by which students are exposed to the African-American experience in the United States of the 1920s through the 1960s."

tag(s): poetry (188)

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Using the Narrative and create a guided reading activity using vocabulary, keywords, and phrases with Read Ahead, reviewed here. In pairs or small groups, have students read the short biography about Langston Huges and Jim Crow laws. Read Ahead is perfect for introducing any reading passages to struggling readers, special education students, and ENL/ELL learners. After using this lesson, extend student learning by having them further reseach and present to their classmates some of the events mentioned in the narrative. Ask them to choose a product for their presentation from Genially, reviewed here.

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Teachally - EZ Reward, LLC

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K to 12
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Teachally uses artificial intelligence (AI) to create personalized, standards-aligned lesson plans that include enrichment activities and ideas for differentiated learning instruction....more
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Teachally uses artificial intelligence (AI) to create personalized, standards-aligned lesson plans that include enrichment activities and ideas for differentiated learning instruction. Free plans allow teachers to add up to fifty students, including twenty-five AI credits monthly and unlimited lesson plans, rewards, and messages. After creating an account, use the links on your dashboard to add a class, plan and teach, communicate, find templates, and more. Next, use the create lesson option to generate a lesson based on your objectives and standards. Options are available to upload resources and import standards. After developing lessons, use the edit options to adjust the lesson and activities as desired. Return to your lessons to find additional AI generation tools that create images, questions based on Bloom's Taxonomy, choice boards, exit tickets, and more. Teachally has many built-in video tutorials that guide members through the options offered. Always check your results for accuracy when using AI-generation tools.

tag(s): artificial intelligence (87), differentiation (83), Teacher Utilities (146)

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Teachally is a handy tool to use for many different purposes. Use Teachally to find ideas for choice boards, generate questions, and create exit tickets for any lesson. Quickly create a presentation from a lesson using the enrichment tools for flipped or blended learning lessons, and then share the activity on your class website or LMS. Use Teachally's trivia game creator as a quick, engaging formative assessment activity. Many enrichment activities, such as the presentations and trivia game creators, use Google Slides; after saving these slides, edit and change questions and information as needed. Use Teachally's message center to invite parents to the platform, then share updates and bulletins that inform parents about current classroom activities.

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Careers Advice, Choices & Ideas - icould.com

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6 to 12
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icould.com is a career exploration website, built with the look and feel of a social networking site. The interface is modern and will appeal to students who appreciate a multi-media...more
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icould.com is a career exploration website, built with the look and feel of a social networking site. The interface is modern and will appeal to students who appreciate a multi-media approach to learning things. There is a database of videos about various careers, a career survey (which requires registration and login to get the results), and a whole collection of stories about career exploration. You can also access podcasts about careers here, and post comments and read others' posts.

While the site may be useful as one of several career exploration sites out there, be aware that there are social networking aspects which involve user-generated posts and content; preview carefully before deciding whether to bookmark this site or recommend it to students.

tag(s): careers (137)

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Students who have questions about specific careers will find information here that could help them sort out their choices. Consider providing this link on your class website for students to explore. Guidance counselors should definitely save this site in their favorites to share with students unsure of what they could do with their futures.

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I like how the videos are created. I was looking for videos made in the US but this is a good resource nonetheless. Marietta, , Grades: 6 - 8

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The Teaching of the Bill of Rights - Lou Frey Institute

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5 to 12
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The Teaching of the Bill of Rights podcast is shared on Sound Cloud, reviewed here by the Lou Frey Institute and features a discussion with national...more
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The Teaching of the Bill of Rights podcast is shared on Sound Cloud, reviewed here by the Lou Frey Institute and features a discussion with national civic education coordinator Kathleen Munn from the National Archives. The episode shares a conversation about teaching the Bill of Rights using primary source documents found in the archives and how archivists use primary source documents to ground discussions of the Bill of Rights through the actions of real people. Ms Munn also shares teaching ideas such as using Venn Diagrams to help students understand abstract concepts of rights and limits using student rights in the classroom and how they overlap with the Bill of Rights document.

tag(s): bill of rights (28), podcasts (72), primary sources (113), professional development (384)

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Listen to this podcast episode to gather ideas on developing lessons that teach the Bill of Rights in meaningful ways that foster students' understanding using scaffolds to students' frames of reference. Use the podcast as a model for students to create a Bill of Rights podcast as a learning activity. Create ten groups, then ask each group to design and create a podcast with each group discussing one of the original rights using a free podcast creation tool such as Buzzsprout, reviewed here. Visit the National Archives Educator Resources page, reviewed here to find additional activities and lesson ideas. After learning about the Bill of Rights, have students play That's Your Right, reviewed here, a digital card game provided by the Annenberg Institute. Challenge students to increase proficiency by beginning with the easiest level, then try to move successfully to the most difficult level.

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I really like this idea. My 5th graders will enjoy this podcast. jenna, , Grades: 0 - 12

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OK2Ask: Google MANIA - Five Strategies for Feedback - TeachersFirst

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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session is from July 2020. 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 July 2020. You can register and immediately view the archive of the session.

In this session, you will learn to see feedback as a teaching opportunity that motivates students to make further progress. Students need descriptive feedback to improve their achievement. Using technology tools to deliver information that is both meaningful and actionable can change students' reactions to feedback. With good information on how their performance compares to the goal, students can become partners in a collaborative effort to better align their work with the instructional objective. Join us to learn five strategies that change the feedback loop in your classroom. As a result of this session, teachers will: 1. Recognize the components of effective feedback; 2. Develop an understanding of the RISE feedback model; and 3. Discover ways to use Google tools to deliver feedback to students. This session is appropriate for teachers at all technology levels.

tag(s): Google (44), professional development (384), remote learning (61)

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The archive of this teacher-friendly, hands-on webinar will empower and inspire you to use learning technology in the classroom and for professional productivity. As appropriate, specific classroom examples and ideas have been shared. View the session with a few 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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CodePen - CodePen

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7 to 12
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CodePen is an online social platform that allows members to write and share HTML, CSS, and JavaScript code snippets, typically for web development and design purposes. Key features...more
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CodePen is an online social platform that allows members to write and share HTML, CSS, and JavaScript code snippets, typically for web development and design purposes. Key features include real-time previews when editing code, the ability to share "pens" with collaborators when working on projects, and a community to provide feedback and collaboration on projects. CodePen encourages social interactions that allow members to comment on projects and follow other members to view their work. Weekly challenges enable participants to build skills and develop new activities.

tag(s): coding (87), computational thinking (41), computers (105), critical thinking (112), problem solving (225), STEM (256)

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Share the weekly challenges with students as an opportunity to learn and develop coding skills. Ask students to work together using "pens" to develop projects. Provide coding lessons in real time using CodePen and ask students to follow along and ask questions during the demonstration. Encourage students to include their work when creating portfolios using about.me, reviewed here by embedding their presentations and discussing the skills used.

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America's Second Independence Day - Juneteenth - TeachersFirst

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K to 12
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America's Second Independence Day - Juneteenth is part of the TeachersFirst Help! I Lost My Library/Media Specialist series reviewed here that shares...more
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America's Second Independence Day - Juneteenth is part of the TeachersFirst Help! I Lost My Library/Media Specialist series reviewed here that shares book ideas and resources for teaching about Juneteenth. This resource includes background knowledge information, activities, book suggestions, and ideas for extending learning. Information includes correlation to ISTE and AASL standards.

tag(s): black history (121), book lists (158), civil rights (193), emancipation proclamation (11), Juneteenth (22), slavery (75), texas (7)

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Use the suggested activities and book lists to find resources for teaching about Juneteenth in your classroom. Include these lessons as part of Black History Month and when teaching about United States history and civil rights. Engage students in learning about Juneteenth by asking them to create interactive presentations using Genially, reviewed here. Search for Juneteenth on Genially to find a template to use when presenting Juneteenth to students or for students to use to share their knowledge on this topic. Extend learning using Figjam, an online interactive whiteboard part of Figma, reviewed here to share additional resources, add polls, diagrams, sketches, and more using Figjam.
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Activities: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - TeachersFirst

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4 to 8
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TeachersFirst offers a chapter-by-chapter set of activities for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. Designed to be used after each chapter, the activities include science searches,...more
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TeachersFirst offers a chapter-by-chapter set of activities for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. Designed to be used after each chapter, the activities include science searches, writing, and art projects suitable for individual or group use. The ideas and activities ask you to respond, extend, discuss, create, and more. There is simply no better way to try new "After Reading" strategies. Don't miss this great collection as a way to encourage anyone to get the most from reading and re-reading a new favorite. Find links to two other sets of Harry Potter book activities on the Intro page.

tag(s): harry potter (9)

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Share this link on your teacher web page or in a parent newsletter, if you don't have time to do all the activities at school. Ask students to design their own activities to accompany other Harry Potter books.

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