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TEACHFLIX - Ditch That Textbook

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Teaching with videos engages and excites students, but finding the right video takes time. TEACHFLIX is a curated collection of videos shared by classroom teachers to put to immediate...more
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Teaching with videos engages and excites students, but finding the right video takes time. TEACHFLIX is a curated collection of videos shared by classroom teachers to put to immediate use in class. Begin by browsing by grade level or content area. If browsing by grade level, open up your choice to view all videos or narrow your selection by specific topics. No registration is required; however, sign up with your email to receive the Teaching with TEACHFLIX ebook to download, which includes suggestions and activities to use with videos. The videos are hosted on YouTube. If your district blocks YouTube, then they may not be viewable.

tag(s): coding (77), computational thinking (38), computers (97), digital citizenship (79), engineering (111), problem solving (219), social and emotional learning (70), STEM (228), video (245), virtual field trips (71)

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Use this curated collection of videos to engage students in lessons in all subjects. Use EdPuzzle, reviewed here, to enhance the video content by adding comments, questions, and more within the video. Create interactive lessons with videos from this collection, formative assessments, and other interactive content using Pear Deck, reviewed here, to present material in a deeper, more robust manner. Upon completion of your lesson, ask students to share learning using a simple web page builder such as Straw.Page, reviewed here.

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Hour of Code - Code.org

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Join students around the globe each December to participate in Hour of Code activities. This site provides all the information needed to get started and join the annual celebration....more
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Join students around the globe each December to participate in Hour of Code activities. This site provides all the information needed to get started and join the annual celebration. Register your event to be included in the global map of events, receive updates, and obtain help finding a local software engineer to inspire students. View the activities area to find beginner and "comfortable" coding activities for preschool through high school-aged students. Use filters to find exercises by content area, type of coding language, and lesson length, and choose from self-led activities or lesson plans. Additional options found at Hour of Code provide detailed information on planning and promoting your Hour of Code event to encourage participation and excitement within your classroom. The videos are hosted on YouTube. If your district blocks YouTube, then they may not be viewable.

tag(s): coding (77), computational thinking (38), computers (97), preK (246), problem solving (219), STEM (228), Teacher Utilities (128)

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Use information on this site to plan and prepare for Hour of Code events at school and within your classroom. Create excitement for your upcoming event by engaging students during the days leading up to your Hour of Code by asking them to share ideas about coding using a word cloud created with Answer Garden, reviewed here. For example, create a word cloud that asks students to provide a short response to the question, "What is Creativity?" Extend student learning after your Hour of Code by providing various coding resources to try during computer centers or as an at-home activity. Ask students to reflect upon their coding experience using Canva Comic Strip Templates, reviewed here, to share their feelings about participating in Hour of Code. Extend learning by creating infographics and asking students to create and share information about coding and computer science careers. Infogram, reviewed here, and Genially, reviewed here, provide easy-to-use infographic creators that include many templates to use as a starting point.

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Try an Hour of Code with Khan Academy - Khan Academy

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Participate in Hour of Code by selecting from different options provided by Khan Academy. Offerings include drawing with Javascript, using HTML and CSS to make webpages, and an Hour...more
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Participate in Hour of Code by selecting from different options provided by Khan Academy. Offerings include drawing with Javascript, using HTML and CSS to make webpages, and an Hour of Databases. All courses introduce beginners to coding through videos, challenges, and a final project. The teachers' guide provides clear guidelines for preparing and implementing Hour of Code activities. In addition, Khan Academy encourages participants to follow up on activities through links to their full coding curriculum.

tag(s): coding (77), critical thinking (105), logic (164), STEM (228)

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Although this site is a resource for Hour of Code, it is available at any time. Include the tutorials on classroom computers for students to use during computer center time or as an ongoing STEM activity. Encourage students to revisit lessons and try them again with their newly-found coding skills or ask them to try a different tutorial than the one used during Hour of Code. Ask students to become coding experts by sharing tips and ideas created using a screen recording tool such as Free Screen Recorder Online, reviewed here. Share the recordings on your class website for students to access from any location. Consider starting a monthly podcast designed by students to share coding tips and suggestions with the larger school community. Buzzsprout, reviewed here, offers up to two hours of free podcast uploads monthly. Hour of Code lessons are supported in many languages, including a transcript option for deaf students. Registration isn't required; however, it allows you to track progress and earn badges on the Khan Academy site.

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Password Folder - PasswordFolder.net

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Password Folder allows Windows users to create password-protected folders on their PCs using downloadable software tools. Once downloaded and installed, add a password to protect any...more
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Password Folder allows Windows users to create password-protected folders on their PCs using downloadable software tools. Once downloaded and installed, add a password to protect any folder in three clicks. Begin by selecting the file to download to your device and following the installation and setup directions. Once installed, select any folder and add a password; protected folders turn red and then display a lock icon to indicate they are locked. To open a protected folder, click open as usual and enter the password. Use different passwords for each folder, or select the "One password for all folders" option to lock multiple folders with one password.

tag(s): digital citizenship (79), internet safety (109), Teacher Utilities (128)

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Add Password Folder to your Windows device for many different uses. For example, protect sensitive student files, private data, or financial information. In addition, use a password when sharing files with parents to ensure that only authorized viewers access personal information. Adding a password to folders also provides an extra layer of security if your device is hacked.

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My Social Media Life - Common Sense Education

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This lesson provides resources for guiding middle-school students in learning about the role of social media in their lives, especially the effect of social media on relationships....more
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This lesson provides resources for guiding middle-school students in learning about the role of social media in their lives, especially the effect of social media on relationships. The lesson plan takes approximately forty-five minutes to complete; however, an alternative suggestion shares a fifteen-minute quick activity. Resources provided include a slide presentation, video, student handouts, and family take-home information. Also available is the correlation to Common Core ELA, CASEL, AASL, and ISTE Standards. You will need to sign in to access this free lesson and resources.

tag(s): digital citizenship (79), social and emotional learning (70), social media (46)

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Bookmark and save this lesson plan for use with lessons on media literacy, social media, or social-emotional learning. Engage students by creating visual mindmaps or flow charts using Coggle, reviewed here. For example, create a mind map with different social platforms and ask students to share the pros and cons of using each tool. Use a flow chart to share suggestions on how to address common issues that occur through the use of social media and relationships. As a final activity, ask students to create interesting video presentations using Typito, reviewed here. Typito's drag and drop interface includes free templates, drag and drop features, and the ability to personalize and share content easily.
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Resources related to Source Reliability/Checking Sources - TeachersFirst

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As educators, we must teach our students how to make sure the resources they are using are reliable. This collection includes information and resources related to checking sources and...more
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As educators, we must teach our students how to make sure the resources they are using are reliable. This collection includes information and resources related to checking sources and determining if a source is reliable and credible.

tag(s): media literacy (90), Research (66)

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We have included resources for all grades. Remember, our "In the Classroom" suggestions with each reviewed resource, give you ideas about using these tools in your classroom.

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OK2Ask: 3 Cool Tools for Images - TeachersFirst

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

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When using projects for alternative assessment and feedback, you'll find that students can express themselves more creatively when given tools to share what they have learned. Come to this session to learn about three tools students can use to work with images for their projects. We'll discuss digital citizenship expectations and explore tools that allow students to responsibly repurpose digital resources. You might even find a tool that is useful for your own purposes when creating learning objects! As a result of this session, teachers will: 1. Understand the tenets of copyright and digital citizenship that apply to remixing and reusing images. 2. Explore three tools and how each can be used to alter and change images; and 3. Plan for the introduction of creative image tools in the classroom. This session is appropriate for teachers at all technology levels.

tag(s): copyright (43), Creating Media (5), digital citizenship (79), images (251), professional development (312)

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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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Georgia Virtual Learning Shared Resources - Georgia Virtual Learning

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

tag(s): art history (80), body systems (41), business (50), chinese (43), drawing (60), environment (220), financial literacy (91), french (73), geology (63), japanese (46), latin (20), music theory (46), narrative (14), novels (27), nutrition (133), oceans (135), OER (43), photography (129), plagiarism (31), poetry (185), psychology (65), robotics (24), romeo & juliet (8), short stories (18), sociology (23), space (206), spanish (102), STEM (228), writers workshop (33)

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

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Chromebook Simulator - Google

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

tag(s): computers (97), tutorials (47)

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

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Google Digital Literacy & Citizenship Curriculum - Google and iKeepSafe

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Google and iKeepSafe present a three-part standards-based curriculum teaching digital literacy and citizenship for middle school students. Each class focuses on a different component...more
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Google and iKeepSafe present a three-part standards-based curriculum teaching digital literacy and citizenship for middle school students. Each class focuses on a different component of safe online use. For example, the first class explores how to evaluate the credibility of online information, the second focuses on maintaining a positive online reputation, and the final course teaches students how to avoid online tricks and scams. All courses include a printable lesson plan, student handouts, and links to videos included in the lessons. The videos are hosted on YouTube. If your district blocks YouTube, they may not be viewable.

tag(s): character education (74), digital citizenship (79)

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Incorporate the videos and lessons into your current digital literacy curriculum as needed, or use them as a stand-alone curriculum to address digital literacy lessons in your classroom. Engage students as you begin lessons using an interactive whiteboard such as IdeaBoardz, reviewed here, to create a digital KWL class response instead of using the printable KWL handout included in the course. Enhance instruction when using the shared videos using playposit, reviewed here, to create an interactive learning environment that places comments, questions, surveys, and polls directly onto the video. Extend learning by asking students to become the instructor using a video conversation platform such as Threadit, reviewed here. For example, ask students to use the tutorial template to create lessons to share with younger students on different aspects of digital literacy. The template is customizable and includes a step-by-step outline for creating a video tutorial featuring one or more speakers.
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OK2Ask: Engage & Inspire: Basic Spreadsheets and Forms for Real-World Problem Solving - TeachersFirst

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

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Prepare your students to use today's digital tools to solve tomorrow's problems. Join this session and learn to use forms and spreadsheets for basic data collection and analysis. You'll learn to use these tools to design authentic learning activities that provide support while facilitating deep learning. Return to the classroom prepared to help your students take on challenges and communicate their findings. As a result of this session, teachers will: 1. Learn the basic use of spreadsheets; 2. Explore authentic ways to include forms and/or spreadsheets in instruction; and 3. Plan for the use of forms and/or spreadsheets in the classroom. This session is appropriate for teachers at all technology levels.

tag(s): charts and graphs (165), Microsoft (74), professional development (312), spreadsheets (23)

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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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Teachers' Essential Guide to Cyberbullying Prevention - Erin Wilkey OH and Common Sense

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This guide provides clear information and resources for educators at all grade levels on learning about and addressing the issue of cyberbullying. Learn about the definition of cyberbullying...more
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This guide provides clear information and resources for educators at all grade levels on learning about and addressing the issue of cyberbullying. Learn about the definition of cyberbullying and understand statistics on the prevalence and types of cyberbullying. Other tips share how to identify and intervene when recognizing instances of bullying. In addition, this guide provides grade-level-appropriate teaching resources to use as part of the Common Sense K-12 Digital Curriculum, reviewed here.

tag(s): character education (74), cyberbullying (41), digital citizenship (79)

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Include information from this site when planning and preparing your digital citizenship lessons and curriculum. As you gather resources to include with your studies, use a curation tool like Milanote, reviewed here.

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Digital Citizenship Progression Chart - Mike Ribble

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The Digital Citizenship Progression Chart provides clarity and an organized path for teaching the main concepts of digital citizenship starting with kindergarten and through high school....more
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The Digital Citizenship Progression Chart provides clarity and an organized path for teaching the main concepts of digital citizenship starting with kindergarten and through high school. This resource is organized using the nine themes of digital citizenship, such as digital access, digital commerce, and more. This resource provides a visual tool for use across grade levels and topics. In addition, information includes correlations to the three guiding principles of safe, savvy, and social digital users. To learn more about the nine themes of digital citizenship and the three principles, use the Nine Elements tab from the top menu. Download an updated copy of the progression chart for personal use using the link at the bottom of the page.
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tag(s): character education (74), digital citizenship (79)

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Scroll to the bottom of the page with the chart to download the updated copy of the progression chart to view and understand the general guidelines for teaching digital citizenship across all grade levels. Some themes include ideas for demonstration of learning and teaching ideas. Build upon this spreadsheet by adding additional activities and resources that fit into your curriculum. Use this document as a professional development activity to help all staff understand the progression of skills across grade levels, then break it down into smaller pieces by grade levels. Using the grade-level specific portions, work together with peers to find and share resources that teach and reinforce the appropriate concepts. Consider using an collaborative tool such as ClickUp, reviewed here, to organize your work with your peers. Use ClickUp to create a schedule, to-do lists, share documents, and more. Share your completed list of resources and grade-level progressions on a spreadsheet similar to the progression chart when finished.

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Digital Citizenship: Technological Literacy - PBS Learning Media

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Proper use and understanding of using technology responsibly are essential for all students to acquire. This offering from PBS Learning Media focuses on Digital Citizenship concerning...more
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Proper use and understanding of using technology responsibly are essential for all students to acquire. This offering from PBS Learning Media focuses on Digital Citizenship concerning technological literacy. Each of the fifty-three included videos helps students understand concepts such as understanding the role of influencers on social media, editorial accuracy, and why many people are susceptible to disinformation. Each video is relatively short in length, running from around five to fifteen minutes. Look for the icon with "SM" located at the bottom of some of the descriptions; these videos include additional support materials for use in the classroom.

tag(s): digital citizenship (79), internet safety (109), journalism (69), social media (46)

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Take advantage of the many videos and resources found on this site to include with your digital citizenship lessons. Engage students in learning about digital citizenship using playposit, reviewed here, to add notes, questions, and student-teacher interactions to any video. Enhance the learning experience by including these videos and your other resources into a digital lesson using Blendspace, reviewed here. Extend learning by asking students to share their learning using different technology tools. For example, have some students create a podcast using Buzzsprout, reviewed here, while others create and share video presentations made with Animoto, reviewed here.
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Deceptive Detective - Common Sense

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Deceptive Detective is a colorful poster available to download as a PDF that provides questions to ask when looking at news sources. Prompts encourage students to consider the source...more
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Deceptive Detective is a colorful poster available to download as a PDF that provides questions to ask when looking at news sources. Prompts encourage students to consider the source of information, its presentation, date of publication, and more. Select the link above the poster to view the file in its entirety. This poster is part of Common Sense's News & Literacy Toolkit, reviewed here.

tag(s): bias (18), computers (97), internet safety (109), journalism (69), media literacy (90), news (230), social media (46), STEM (228)

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Print this poster to display in your classroom or computer lab after discussing the information with your students. Use Padlet, reviewed here, to break down the questions found on the poster and share student findings. For example, begin by evaluating a website together as a class. Create a column on your Padlet for each question, then add students' responses in the appropriate column. As students become proficient at evaluating online resources, ask them to use Canva Infographic Maker, reviewed here, to create infographics sharing the validity of websites and online news resources based upon the questions found on the Deceptive Detective poster. Extend learning by asking students to become the instructor through the use of podcasts. Use Buzzsprout, reviewed here, to create bi-weekly or monthly student-created podcasts sharing tips for evaluating websites, how to recognize fake news sources or suggestions for useful resources for student use.
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OK2Ask: MakeCode: Bring Computational Thinking into Any Classroom - TeachersFirst

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

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Prepare your students to use today's digital tools to help solve tomorrow's problems. Pattern recognition, abstraction, algorithmic thinking, and decomposition are core thinking skills that can be applied to any subject. Learn how to integrate these components into any content area using Microsoft MakeCode projects and Hacking STEM lessons--hands-on activities that engage students immediately. As a result of this session, teachers will: 1. Review the fundamentals of computational thinking and how they can be applied across K-12 disciplines; 2. Explore MakeCode and Hacking STEM, two resources that promote computational thinking; and 3. Plan for the use of computational thinking in the classroom. This session is appropriate for teachers at all technology levels.

tag(s): coding (77), computational thinking (38), Microsoft (74), professional development (312)

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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: Classroom Activities to Promote Computational Thinking - TeachersFirst

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

Computational thinking prepares students to understand how to use today's digital tools to help solve tomorrow's problems. Most teachers are already teaching elements of computational thinking without knowing it. This workshop will help participants understand the fundamental tenets of computational thinking, most notably, how this concept combines critical thinking skills with the power of computing to make decisions or find solutions. Learn how to infuse computational thinking into your classroom activities across all core content areas. As a result of this session, teachers will: 1. Learn the fundamentals of computational thinking; 2. Explore activities and resources that promote computational thinking; and 3. Plan for the use of computational thinking in the classroom. This session is appropriate for teachers at all technology levels.

tag(s): computational thinking (38), professional development (312)

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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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Wix Education - Wix

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Wix Education provides a series of courses for educators and students that teach web creation design and techniques. No prior knowledge is required. The introductory course provides...more
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Wix Education provides a series of courses for educators and students that teach web creation design and techniques. No prior knowledge is required. The introductory course provides the basics of using the Wix Editor. The follow-up courses guide members through the process of learning web creation, design, and development. Sign up for an educator account to access and assign each class. You must be a United States resident and teach in the United States or Canada, and students must be thirteen or older. This program aligns with ISTE Standards.

tag(s): business (50), computers (97), design (85), Online Learning (35), STEM (228), tutorials (47)

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Include lessons from Wix Education as part of any lessons for learning about web design. Although the activities are designed specifically for use with the Wix website, reviewed here, the principles and activities apply to any web creation product. Share with students interested in web design to complete an independent project or as part of an after-school program. Extend learning by asking students to share their new talent by designing websites for your classroom or different needs within the school.

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Social Media Resources - TeachersFirst

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Social media in education offers students the ability to connect with learning groups and easily find useful information. As educators, it is pivotal to teach students the benefits...more
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Social media in education offers students the ability to connect with learning groups and easily find useful information. As educators, it is pivotal to teach students the benefits of using social media, as well as the proper (and safe) way to use these types of tools. This collection provides professional learning for educators using social media in the classroom, tools to organize and share social media, plus some social media favorites (such as Twitter and Pinterest).

tag(s): social media (46)

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Explore this collection to find tools for yourself (and your students) to use to connect with others and find information using social media.

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How To Evaluate Websites: A Guide For Teachers And Students (Free Poster) - Kathleen Morris

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This blog post from an Australian educator provides a useful flow chart for quickly evaluating websites using a step by step process. In addition to the printable chart, the author...more
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This blog post from an Australian educator provides a useful flow chart for quickly evaluating websites using a step by step process. In addition to the printable chart, the author includes an expanded discussion on each part of the flow chart that explains the importance of each step.

tag(s): charts and graphs (165), Research (66)

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As mentioned in the blog, it is natural to move around through several sites when conducting research. Having a specific process to use when deciding to spend more time helps students (and adults) become more effective with their time and resources. Share this site and the poster with your students as you discuss Internet search and research methods. Print the poster and have students include it with their research journals to use as a guide. Use this flow chart as a model for students to create their own guides for research using Canva Infographic Maker, reviewed here. Create guides for following the process from start to finish of creating a research report, finding and choosing research items, or evaluating educational games.

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