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OK2Ask: 3 Cool Tools to Power Up Your Images - TeachersFirst

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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional development session from February 2016, opens in Adobe Connect. Explore, compare, and contrast three different online photo tools. Participants...more
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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional development session from February 2016, opens in Adobe Connect. Explore, compare, and contrast three different online photo tools. Participants will learn about the features of these three tools and then participate in a breakout session to learn more about the tool of their choosing. A question/answer period will be available to help with individual questions. This session is appropriate for teachers at all technology levels. As a result of this session and through individual follow-up, participants will: (1) Learn about and compare 3 different tools for working with images; (2) Evaluate the uses for working with these tools in the classroom; (3) Share ideas for using tools with other participants; and (4) Start a project using one of the given tools.

tag(s): images (279)

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Inspire your lessons with new ways to use images in your classroom. View the session with a few of your teaching colleagues to find and share new ideas. Learn more about OK2Ask and upcoming sessions here.
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Teaching London Computing Resources for Teachers - Teaching London Computing

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Teaching London Computing offers a large variety of resources for computer skills teachers. Download their latest magazine with stories about the most recent research, classroom activities,...more
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Teaching London Computing offers a large variety of resources for computer skills teachers. Download their latest magazine with stories about the most recent research, classroom activities, and more. Be sure to check out the classroom activities for primary and secondary school students. Most don't need any additional materials other than resources linked to the activity. Other areas on the site include magic and computational thinking activities and videos of workshop presentations. The site was created in the UK, so some of the pronunciations and spellings may differ from those in American English.

tag(s): computers (102), logic (246), probability (135), problem solving (292), sequences (15), STEM (199)

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Take advantage of the free activities and resources on the site to promote computer skills and problem solving in the classroom. Choose activities from the site to include during your school's math fair (or hold your own class math fair). Share a link to activities on your class website and encourage students to complete them and share with the class. Have students create an annotated image of their activity including text boxes, related links, and video using a tool such as Thinglink, reviewed here.
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Pixar in a Box - Khan Academy and Pixar

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Pixar and Khan Academy team up to offer an interesting series of learning tutorials demonstrating math, science, and engineering concepts faced by animators as part of the animated...more
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Pixar and Khan Academy team up to offer an interesting series of learning tutorials demonstrating math, science, and engineering concepts faced by animators as part of the animated film-making process. Examples include the use of digital pixel painting using algebra and creating blades of grass in Brave with parabolic arcs. View a short video explanation of the program, then choose from the learner's or educator's guides for specific details on each activity. If your district blocks YouTube, then 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 Online-Convert, reviewed here, to download the videos from YouTube.

tag(s): animation (61), creativity (120), movies (69), STEM (199)

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This site is excellent for enrichment. Include it on your class webpage for students to access both in and out of class. Share the opening video for lessons, then allow students to explore and complete the videos at their own pace. Use this site for enrichment with your gifted students or students interested in art and filmmaking. Challenge students to use concepts presented in the Pixar in a Box tutorials to create their own animated films.

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Sketch Nation Create - Nitzan Wilnai

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Develop and design games and learn programming skills at the same time using Sketch Nation Create. This tool works on the web, iOS, and Android. To get started click the ...more
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Develop and design games and learn programming skills at the same time using Sketch Nation Create. This tool works on the web, iOS, and Android. To get started click the app of choice and then click settings and register. Once registered (no email required) select Create, the Genre, and your choice of Simple, Advanced, or Expert Modes. Choose to draw or import pictures to use for the background, characters, objects, and scenery. Make simple games while learning a little about programming and game design. Click the Getting Started tab to register. Look at the many examples and ideas under Education.

tag(s): coding (72), Computational Thinking (32), computers (102), critical thinking (116), DAT device agnostic tool (177), design (89), game based learning (139), gamification (89), logic (246), problem solving (292), STEM (199)

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If you only have a few computers, introduce this tool using a projector or interactive whiteboard and bookmark it as a learning station with earbuds/headphones. Allow students to explore and learn on their own at classroom computer centers or individual laptops. Sketch Nation is an engaging interactive to learn basic coding skills even for younger students. Encourage learning by telling them to ask three other students first before asking the teacher AND that it is okay if we learn it together. Once students get the hang of beginning programming tips, encourage them to make apps, games, or digital stories for other courses such as videos explaining photosynthesis, book readings from authors, famous battles from history, or different genres of music and art. Have students use a storyboard to write down what they plan to do/draw/say with their creation, and to keep tabs on students and their progress. For creating digital storyboards and to enhance learning see Amazon Storybuilder, reviewed here, or Storyboard Generator, reviewed here. Share this on your website for students to use at home, too. Sketch Nation Create teaches the basics. Those students who show a keen interest in coding could learn more by using a program such as Anybody Can Learn to Code, reviewed here, Kodable, reviewed here, or Codeacademy, reviewed here.

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typing.com - teaching.com

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Learn and teach typing with typing.com. Take advantage of the site's free practice games and typing tests without registration. Register using your email to keep track of your progress...more
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Learn and teach typing with typing.com. Take advantage of the site's free practice games and typing tests without registration. Register using your email to keep track of your progress and print completion certificates. Sign up for a teacher account to access a full typing curriculum along with the ability to view grades and track student progress.
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tag(s): game based learning (139), keyboarding (39)

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Use typing.com as a classroom computer center or as a computer lab activity. Challenge students to complete exercises and earn badges. Create a link to the site on your class website for students to practice at home.
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E.A.K. (Erase All Kittens) - Drum Roll

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Erase All Kittens is an online activity that teaches HTML coding. As you play, learn how to build ledges, add boxes, and more as your friend Arka endeavors to save ...more
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Erase All Kittens is an online activity that teaches HTML coding. As you play, learn how to build ledges, add boxes, and more as your friend Arka endeavors to save the missing kittens. Short demos and tips throughout the activity guide players on how to add and edit code. Erase All Kittens works best in Firefox and Chrome browsers. This review is for the free DEMO only; click Play E.A.K. to get it.

tag(s): coding (72), Computational Thinking (32), computers (102), critical thinking (116), logic (246), problem solving (292), STEM (199)

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Introduce Erase All Kittens on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Allow students to explore and learn on their own at classroom computer centers or individual laptops. Provide a link to Erase All Kittens for students to access at home. Create a bulletin board for students to post achievement levels. Transform learning by having student "coding experts" create video tutorials using Screencast-o-matic, reviewed here, and share them on a site such as TeacherTube, reviewed here.

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CS Unplugged - CS Education Research Group

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Find hands-on learning of computer science concepts (often without technology) with this collection of free learning activities including interactives and puzzles. All materials are...more
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Find hands-on learning of computer science concepts (often without technology) with this collection of free learning activities including interactives and puzzles. All materials are through Creative Commons licenses for easy copying, sharing, and personal adaptation. Download all activities for free in a book download or explore individual activities by topic, and then download in PDF format available in several languages. Other options include videos to view individually or by topic on activity pages. Topics covered include Binary numbers, Images Representation, Text Compression, Information Theory, Searching and Sorting Algorithms, Routing and Deadlocks, and Cryptography, among others. Also, check out the section for teachers under the Community tab. This section includes many additional resources and learning programs. The videos are in English, French, Swedish, Korean, and Chinese. If your district blocks YouTube, the videos may not be viewable.

tag(s): Computational Thinking (32), computers (102), cryptography (5), data (155)

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Make technology understandable and available to everyone, without the need to use technology. Use CS Unplugged as one of your STEM stations/centers during science lessons. Use CS Unplugged as an excellent resource for students who want to learn about computer science on their own. CS Unplugged is a great tool to share with students considering a major in computer science in college or wondering about computer careers. If you teach computer science courses, CS Unplugged could be useful for locating review materials to share with your students.
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Curiosity Machine - Iridescent

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Curiosity Machine connects scientists and engineers with young people to help design and create projects together. Create an account to begin using features on the site. Discover challenges...more
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Curiosity Machine connects scientists and engineers with young people to help design and create projects together. Create an account to begin using features on the site. Discover challenges to build on your own, including categories such as aerospace, robotics, engineering, and more. Find inspiration by watching videos of scientists and engineers sharing their inventions. Share your finished projects as inspiration for other aspiring engineers and scientists.

tag(s): aeronautics (13), computers (102), engineering (133), gifted (81), makerspace (22), oceans (164), problem solving (292), robotics (25), STEM (199)

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Be sure to take advantage of the free educator units offered with membership. Share project ideas with students as ideas for a school science or engineering fair. Share this site with students interested in exploring careers in science or engineering. Encourage students to enhance their learning by using a visual blogging tool such as Telegra.ph, reviewed here. With Telegra.ph you just click on an icon to upload images from your computer, add a YouTube or Vimeo, or Twitter links (no registration required), to document their progress while completing projects. Have gifted students choose projects from the site to complete as enrichment within different learning units.
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Alfa Typing - AlfaTyping

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Learn and practice typing skills through games, lessons, and demos at Alfa Typing. This site includes sixty lessons in English and fifty in Russian. Registration isn't required to play...more
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Learn and practice typing skills through games, lessons, and demos at Alfa Typing. This site includes sixty lessons in English and fifty in Russian. Registration isn't required to play the games. Registration allows you to create unlimited classes, monitor student results, and create your own personalized courses. Be sure to take one of the three typing tests first, this opens access to playing games. See the introductory video tutorial or their very thorough FAQs section. If your district blocks YouTube, the video may not be viewable. You could always view the video at home and bring it to class "on a stick" to share. Use a tool such as Online-Convert, reviewed here, to download the video from YouTube.

tag(s): computers (102), game based learning (139), keyboarding (39)

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Everyone can benefit from learning to type faster. Introduce this site on your interactive whiteboard or projector by showing the 2-minute video tutorial. Remember to have students take the typing test, and then have them practice their touch typing independently. Have older students keep their results in a word document or a Google Doc. Be sure to watch and see that students are using the proper touch typing position (no two finger typing!). Share this site with your students who are struggling with handwriting. Offer students the opportunity to learn to type in addition to writing!

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O2 Internet Safety for Kids - O2 and NSPCC

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Provide kids with a safe online experience with tips and information from O2 Internet Safety for Kids. Choose from several different categories including meeting strangers online, online...more
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Provide kids with a safe online experience with tips and information from O2 Internet Safety for Kids. Choose from several different categories including meeting strangers online, online addiction, safe downloading, and more. Each category includes a short video and specific information about keeping kids safe online, including what to do if each proper behavior is compromised. If your district blocks YouTube, then they may not be viewable. You could always view the videos at home and bring them to class "on a stick" to share. Use a tool such as Online-Convert, reviewed here, to download the videos from YouTube. The site was created in the UK, so some of the pronunciations and spellings may differ from those in American English.

tag(s): cyberbullying (45), digital citizenship (68)

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Although this site was created in the UK, the message is universal and information included is relevant to all classrooms, regardless of location. Include this site on your class webpage for students and parents to access as a reference. Use information from the site as part of your online safety lessons. Have students create an annotated image, including text boxes and related links using a tool such as Thinglink, reviewed here, to demonstrate online safety.

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Digital Citizenship Toolkit - Microsoft

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This free Toolkit from Microsoft is an excellent resource for high-quality materials to complement your Internet safety unit. Download PDFs and brochures about digital citizenship for...more
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This free Toolkit from Microsoft is an excellent resource for high-quality materials to complement your Internet safety unit. Download PDFs and brochures about digital citizenship for any age group. Find topics titled Digital Citizenship Begins with You Factsheet, Help Kids Stand Up to Online Bullying Brochure, DigiDucks Big Decision Book Sample, and more.

tag(s): digital citizenship (68), internet safety (117), Microsoft (59)

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Use the PDFs in your class or during professional development. Take advantage of the many free resources and ideas on this site. Bring some technology into the presentations by challenging small groups of students to transform the PDFs presentation into an interactive learning tool for younger students or their peers. Ask them to add questions, feedback, more images, etc. so the PDF becomes a student-created tutorial on an aspect of digital citizenship. Of course, students will be graded on the accuracy of their information as well as their creativity. Think of it as inverse teaching. Have students extract the information (with proper credit of course) and create their tutorial using ePubEditor, reviewed here, or Zeetings, reviewed here. Prepare a rubric before you start or use our Rubrics to the Rescue to find one that shares your expectations for this project.
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Excel Easy - excel-easy.com

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Excel-Easy provides step by step tutorials for using Excel for beginners through advanced users. Click on each of the tabs on the top of the page to get an overview ...more
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Excel-Easy provides step by step tutorials for using Excel for beginners through advanced users. Click on each of the tabs on the top of the page to get an overview of the features included in Excel software. Within these tabs, choose links from the right side of the page for additional details and tutorials with images. To find specific examples such as formatting cells for decimal points or locking cells, be sure to review the tab with 300 examples with clear explanations of how to complete tasks.
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tag(s): spreadsheets (21)

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Make a shortcut to any activity on this site on classroom computers and use it as a center. Be sure to include this site on your class web page for students to access both in and outside of class for reference. Bookmark this site for your own reference when working with Excel. Choose a new feature to learn together as a class each month from the explanations provided on the site.

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CheckiO - CheckiO

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This resource is an excellent online activity to learn Python through coding challenges. Choose a challenge and solve the problem to move onto another challenge. Complete each of the...more
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This resource is an excellent online activity to learn Python through coding challenges. Choose a challenge and solve the problem to move onto another challenge. Complete each of the tasks to gain points and move to the next area. Designed for beginners and experts students will have to stick with it to be able to move past the beginning as the backstory is lost moving from one action assignment to another. The story can be the one item that makes this site different from other coding challenges. After most of the challenges, the solutions are shown. Create an account or log in through Google or Facebook.

tag(s): coding (72), critical thinking (116), problem solving (292)

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Allow students to a variety of different types of coding. Use this site to learn Python. Once students have used several different coding sites, discuss what they learned from the process. Brainstorm and discuss the following: What is the use of learning coding? What are the similarities and differences of the various coding platforms? Use an online interactive Two or Three-Circle Venn Diagram, reviewed here, and here, for the comparisons of the coding programs.

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Intel Teach Elements - Online Professional Development Courses - Intel

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Learn how to engage students through digital learning, integrate technology into any curriculum, and effectively use digital resources in the classroom with these free, online courses....more
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Learn how to engage students through digital learning, integrate technology into any curriculum, and effectively use digital resources in the classroom with these free, online courses. Multimedia contents include animated eLearning tutorials and interactive learning exercises. Begin any of the self-paced courses anytime and complete them at your own pace.

tag(s): professional development (161)

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Gain a better understanding of digital learning tools and techniques by taking Intel's professional development courses. Share with other faculty members as part of your school's professional development. Take a course together with fellow staff members and discuss content and how it works in your teaching situation.
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eEtiquette - 101 Guidelines for the Digital World - Deutsche Telekom AG

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Find answers to 101 do's and dont's in the digital world with this new approach to etiquette. Scroll through the pages to find basic etiquette on email, social networking, and ...more
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Find answers to 101 do's and dont's in the digital world with this new approach to etiquette. Scroll through the pages to find basic etiquette on email, social networking, and computer use. Choose tags within the word cloud to search by topic or find the most popular posts. Download a poster in PDF format with eight pieces of popular advice. This site offers the opportunity for users to post comments; these comments are unmoderated, be sure to double check before sharing publicly.

tag(s): digital citizenship (68), internet safety (117)

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Use eEtiquette 101 as an excellent supplement to your current Internet safety lessons. Choose one tip to discuss each week throughout the year. Have students brainstorm other etiquette advice to include. Share this site during professional meetings as a reminder to staff members of the necessity for all teachers to monitor digital citizenship in their classes. Be sure to share a link with parents to use when discussing online issues with their student. 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 demonstrate Internet etiquette advice.
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Ratatype - Typing Speed Test - Ratatype

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Type a short text to find out your typing speed and earn certificates. Receive silver, gold, and platinum certificates based on speed and accuracy. After typing the selection, the results...more
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Type a short text to find out your typing speed and earn certificates. Receive silver, gold, and platinum certificates based on speed and accuracy. After typing the selection, the results display provides accuracy percentage and words per minute. You must create an account to access and print certificates. However, no account is needed to simply take typing tests.

tag(s): keyboarding (39)

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Share this site on your classroom computer, teacher web page, or in a class newsletter for students to practice keyboarding outside of class or at home. Be sure to demonstrate how the typing test works on an interactive whiteboard or projector before students take tests on their own. Challenge students to improve speed and accuracy through the different levels of certificates.

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Typing Tutor - Ratatype

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Improve keyboarding skills with this free and easy online tutor. Take a typing test to find your typing speed. Register using Facebook or your email. Try your hand at a ...more
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Improve keyboarding skills with this free and easy online tutor. Take a typing test to find your typing speed. Register using Facebook or your email. Try your hand at a series of 15 lessons beginning with home row positions through typing sentences. Use the settings icon to remove the keyboard display for additional difficulty and practice.
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tag(s): keyboarding (39)

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Use the Typing Tutor as a classroom computer center or as a computer lab activity. Challenge students to complete exercises and earn certificates. Consider using a tool like Success Certificates, reviewed here, for creating these certificates. Post a link on your class web page to share with parents for use at home to improve keyboarding skills.

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Microsoft Educator Network - Microsoft

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Be your best with the help of Microsoft in discovering free tools, classroom applications, tutorials, videos, and learning activities. Earn different badges for professional development...more
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Be your best with the help of Microsoft in discovering free tools, classroom applications, tutorials, videos, and learning activities. Earn different badges for professional development to document and certify your expertise. Engage in free self-guided courses to improve and grow even further in your use of technology in education. Engage in free Educast webinars live or go to the recordings of past webinars. Discover Microsoft Expert Educators from around the world. Engage in special opportunities for educators, school leaders, parents, and innovators. Become part of the discussions on the hottest new topics.
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tag(s): computers (102), Microsoft (59), professional development (161)

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Sharpen your technology integration skills and grow in your knowledge with Microsoft. Apply useful tools to your classroom situation. Using tutorials, you can find answers to many common problems. Form a group and participate in classes and blog together. Create lessons aligned to the Common Core Standards using the Common Core Implementation Kit. Develop students critical thinking skills using the Critical Thinking Teaching Guide. Teachers of students with special needs, discover videos and guides for accessibility with definitions of impairment types and more. Chemistry teachers will find Word Add-in, with an easier way to insert, modify, and present chemical symbols and data sources. These are just a few of the guides, videos, and lesson plans. Explore for yourself to see many, many others. Allow students to explore tools and use ones that are useful for them.

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Creative Educator - Tech4Learning

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Creative Educator offers articles, lesson plans, and resources for many different ways to put creativity into the curriculum. Explore four main topics: Creativity, Digital Storytelling,...more
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Creative Educator offers articles, lesson plans, and resources for many different ways to put creativity into the curriculum. Explore four main topics: Creativity, Digital Storytelling, 21st Century Classrooms, and Project-based Learning. Curriculum related areas such as Literacy, English Language Aquisition, and STEM resources will grab your interest. Find a variety of lessons in Language Arts, Math, Science, and Social Studies to integrate technology and pique students' interest.
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tag(s): addition (224), creativity (120)

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Creative Educator, designed for teachers, helps you move past stale worksheets to get inspired! Be sure to look at this site to help you discover ways to integrate technology and creativity into lessons. Work with a partner to make the lessons fit in your situation. Share at staff meetings and offer new ideas. Look for ways to bring a new focus to your gifted students. Give as a resource to students, so they can choose a multimedia product to share the content knowledge they are learning.

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Thinkuknow - Crown

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Stay safe online and know what to do if you need help. Go to ThinkuKnow, a website dedicated to Internet safety for young people. Find safety information, how to have ...more
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Stay safe online and know what to do if you need help. Go to ThinkuKnow, a website dedicated to Internet safety for young people. Find safety information, how to have fun, stay in control, report a dangerous situation, songs, and activities geared toward educating young people about safe Internet use. Grouped by age, find information for 5-7, 8-10, 11-13, 14+, parent, and teacher areas to target the appropriate information. Some videos are hosted on YouTube. If your district blocks YouTube, the videos may not be viewable. You could always view the videos 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): digital citizenship (68), internet safety (117), professional development (161)

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Before you begin work with any tool on the Internet, educate students with the most important lessons, keeping safe! Choose the age group and follow the lessons together as a group on an interactive whiteboard or projector. Continue discussions on your class blog. Add parents to your blog so they can reinforce lessons on Internet safety. Then it is time to introduce the Appropriate Use for Technology permission form, and this will now make sense to kids. Bookmark this site on classroom computers so students can refer to the information. Be sure to offer as a tool for parents to review and reinforce at home. At your technology night, have this up on your projector screen while parents are entering, so all get a needed reminder. Be sure student technology clubs examine and understand the concepts. Have the student technology club make their own videos introducing safety concepts.
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