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Beautiful.AI - Beautiful Slides, Inc

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Build dynamic, animated presentations easily with Beautiful.AI's smart templates and designs. Use your images or choose from the site's database of millions of stock photos and icons....more
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Build dynamic, animated presentations easily with Beautiful.AI's smart templates and designs. Use your images or choose from the site's database of millions of stock photos and icons. Beautiful.AI places images automatically in the most visually appealing place on a slide; however, it also offers additional choices for placement. Use the share option to add collaborators, or share through public and private options. Export finished presentations as a PDF or PowerPoint when completed.

tag(s): slides (67)

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Share Beautiful.AI with students to use for presentations as an alternative to Google Slides or PowerPoint. Use this tool for your flipped or blended learning lessons and student multimedia presentations. Challenge your writers to create short stories that include their artwork, and publish with slides. Beautiful.AI is a great resource for your BYOD classroom.

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Adobe Spark for Education - Adobe

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Adobe Spark offers this version of it's popular presentation tool, reviewed here, specifically for education. Use Spark to create web pages, video...more
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Adobe Spark offers this version of it's popular presentation tool, reviewed here, specifically for education. Use Spark to create web pages, video presentations, and graphics using the available templates and graphics tools. The Education version provides enhanced data privacy, the ability for students to log in with an existing school id, and school administration of accessibility features. In addition, Spark for Education includes many lessons for all grade levels. Spark is available through your school's Adobe Admin Counsel if your IT team already uses Adobe products. If not, follow directions on the site to set up and begin using this tool.

tag(s): blogs (84), creative writing (169), multimedia (61)

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Use Spark to create videos of student presentations for any subject. Create videos of images taken during science experiments and class field trips to share on your website. Ask students to create infographics explaining facts and information about states, countries, planets, and more. Have students create interactive posters, book report covers, invitations, and flyers to promote school events. Spark offers many possibilities for graphics and multimedia presentations in all classrooms.

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Renderforest - Renderforest

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Renderforest is a video and animation creation tool. Easily create introductions for YouTube videos, animations, and slideshows using the site's free templates. Free accounts allow...more
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Renderforest is a video and animation creation tool. Easily create introductions for YouTube videos, animations, and slideshows using the site's free templates. Free accounts allow you to create an unlimited number of 360p videos up to 3 minutes long, 500mb storage, and a limited number of music tracks. Follow the step by step instructions for adding backgrounds, images, and music or your recordings to create videos. After publishing the video use the provided links to share it on YouTube or social media sites or download to your computer.
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tag(s): animation (61), video (272)

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Use Renderforest for any number of video creation projects in your classroom. Use the intro video tools to add professional looking introductions to your YouTube creations. The animated video tool is a great resource for creating animated video explanations of science projects, world history events, or discussions of characters in novels. Use the slideshow creation tool to share classroom events and pictures from field trips. Have students use Renderforest to create a video, then include their video with other information in a multimedia project using Adobe Spark for Education, reviewed here.

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OK2Ask: TeachersFirst Tech Tools Smackdown - TeachersFirst

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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session from August 2018, opens in Adobe Connect. There are many technology tools available for classroom use, but which ones...more
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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session from August 2018, opens in Adobe Connect. There are many technology tools available for classroom use, but which ones are teachers' favorites? This session will share and compare some of TeachersFirst contributors' favorite resources. Help us decide which tool is the session winner of our Smackdown! Participants will: 1. Learn about and compare some of TeachersFirst contributors' favorite technology tools; 2. Evaluate uses for one or more tools for classroom use; and 3. Share ideas for using resources with other participants. This session is for teachers at ALL technology comfort levels.

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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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Twitter Chat: Keep Calm and Chat: All Things Back to School! - TeachersFirst

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This archived Twitter chat is from August 2018 and will open in TweetChat. The title of this chat is - Keep Calm and Chat: All Things Back to School!. ...more
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This archived Twitter chat is from August 2018 and will open in TweetChat. The title of this chat is - Keep Calm and Chat: All Things Back to School!. Through this chat participants will: 1. Share resources and ideas for a successful start to back to school, 2. Discuss instructional trends or "hot topics" for the 2018-2019 school year, and 3. Share management strategies for how to create an organized and successful start to the year. Find great tools and tips to GOTAGS (Get off to a GREAT start).

tag(s): back to school (60), twitterchatarchive (50)

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Ready or not - - summer is almost over and school is back in session! Learn about tools and tips for getting the school year started right! Share this chat with your colleagues looking for sites and information. Explore the various tools that are shared.

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StoryLab - Adventure Cow

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Write a story and create interactive choose your own adventure games with StoryLab. After signing up using email and verification of your account, begin a story with the start page....more
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Write a story and create interactive choose your own adventure games with StoryLab. After signing up using email and verification of your account, begin a story with the start page. Add links to items in your story to direct readers to different parts of the adventure. Be sure to watch the tutorial videos and visit the help pages for step by step directions on creating and sharing your games.

tag(s): creative writing (169), writing (363)

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Share StoryLab with students as an alternative to traditional story-writing projects. Because StoryLab features may not be intuitive to all users, consider sharing this site with a few tech-savvy students first and let them be the experts to help other students in creating books. Have older students create choose your own adventure books to discuss events in history. For example, when learning about Civil Rights, have students share options for what might happen if Martin Luther King hadn't been assassinated. Use these stories as a basis for student podcasts about moments in history and how different events shaped and changed history. Podcast Generator, reviewed here, includes features for recording and sharing podcasts.

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SummarizeThis - Iris Reading

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Do you need a tool to quickly summarize long chunks of text? SummarizeThis is the answer. Just copy any section of text from online, PDFs, word documents, or where ever ...more
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Do you need a tool to quickly summarize long chunks of text? SummarizeThis is the answer. Just copy any section of text from online, PDFs, word documents, or where ever and paste it into SummarizeThis. Click the link to summarize, and the result appears immediately.

tag(s): learning disability (18), Special Needs (35), summarizing (17)

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Introduce SummarizeThis to students working on research projects as a way to quickly determine the content and viability of using websites. Use to differentiate instruction with students. Use with learning support students as a resource to make content more accessible. Use the summaries when teaching how to summarize in an ELA class. Compare the summary you create as a class or in small groups with the "automated" one. Are there subtleties or important distinctions that this tool misses? As a challenge for your more critical thinkers, have them try to figure out what signals the tool uses to create its summary.
 

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Twitter Chat: Digital Storytelling - TeachersFirst

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This archived Twitter chat is from August 2018 and will open in TweetChat. The title of this chat is - Digital Storytelling. Through this chat participants will: 1. Define ...more
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This archived Twitter chat is from August 2018 and will open in TweetChat. The title of this chat is - Digital Storytelling. Through this chat participants will: 1. Define and discuss the basic principles of digital storytelling, 2. Share tech tools that can be used for students to communicate and share knowledge, and 3. Share resources to help with lesson planning which incorporates digital storytelling. Peruse the tools and suggestions from our lead moderator and all participants.

tag(s): twitterchatarchive (50)

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Tell a story... digitally! Learn new tools and tips for using digital storytelling in your classroom. Share this chat with your colleagues looking for sites and information related to digital storytelling. Explore the various tools that are shared.

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Twitter Chat: Infusing Global Learning Experiences - TeachersFirst

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This archived Twitter chat is from July 2018 and will open in TweetChat. The title of this chat is - Infusing Global Learning Experiences. Through this chat participants will: ...more
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This archived Twitter chat is from July 2018 and will open in TweetChat. The title of this chat is - Infusing Global Learning Experiences. Through this chat participants will: 1. Discuss the tenets of global learning initiatives, 2. Share ways to utilize technology to facilitate global learning experiences, and 3. Explore ways to provide students with an audience beyond the classroom to share their knowledge. Read the many comments and suggestions by both the moderator and other participants.

tag(s): twitterchatarchive (50)

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Learn new ways to infuse global learning experiences. Share this chat with your colleagues looking for sites and information for their classroom. Explore the various tools that are shared.

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Twitter Chat: Technology and the 4Cs - TeachersFirst

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This archived Twitter chat is from July 2018 and will open in TweetChat. The title of this chat is - Technology and the 4Cs. Through this chat participants will: ...more
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This archived Twitter chat is from July 2018 and will open in TweetChat. The title of this chat is - Technology and the 4Cs. Through this chat participants will: 1. Define and explore the 4Cs of education, 2. Share ways to integrate technology into 21st-century lesson planning, and 3. Share tech tools to facilitate higher order thinking and deeper learning. Learn more about the 4Cs and how to incorporate creativity, critical thinking, collaboration, and communication in your classroom!

tag(s): collaboration (32), communication (13), creativity (119), critical thinking (118), twitterchatarchive (50)

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Are you looking for new ideas and tools for using the 4Cs in your class? View this archive with your team or colleagues looking for sites and information about using the 4Cs in the classroom. Explore the various tools that are shared by our edtech coaches.

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Twitter Chat: Using Social Media Practice Spaces in the Classroom - TeachersFirst

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This archived Twitter chat is from June 2018 and will open in TweetChat. The title of this chat is - Using Social Media Practice Spaces in the Classroom. Through ...more
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This archived Twitter chat is from June 2018 and will open in TweetChat. The title of this chat is - Using Social Media Practice Spaces in the Classroom. Through this chat participants will: 1. Discuss ways to promote digital citizenship within the classroom, 2. Share tech tools and activities that can be used to allow students to practice social media skills, and 3. Collaborate with other educators to share promising practices around edtech in the classroom. Check out the resources that are shared and try the tips that are provided.

tag(s): social media (30), twitterchatarchive (50)

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Share this chat with your colleagues looking for sites and information about using social media practice spaces in the classroom. Explore the various tools that are shared.

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OK2Ask: Digital Storytelling Pt. 3 - TeachersFirst

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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session from August 2018, opens in Adobe Connect. Using digital storytelling as a formative assessment across subject areas,...more
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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session from August 2018, opens in Adobe Connect. Using digital storytelling as a formative assessment across subject areas, you can meet curricular objectives while engaging learners in cross-curricular writing. Come to this TeachersFirst OK2Ask webinar to explore free options for creating digital stories with your students. Building on our winter and spring sessions, learn how to successfully create a well planned digital storytelling project for your class and create a sample project. Attendance at the previous sessions is not required for participation in this session. Participants will: 1. Explore rubrics for Digital Storytelling assessment; 2. Understand what to look for when choosing a Tech Tool for Digital Storytelling; and 3. Create a project sample to share with students. This session is for teachers at ALL technology comfort levels.

tag(s): digital storytelling (154)

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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: Proven Techniques to Improve Reading and Writing - TeachersFirst

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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session from August 2018, opens in Adobe Connect. Editor and Learning Tools are free tools that implement proven techniques...more
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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session from August 2018, opens in Adobe Connect. Editor and Learning Tools are free tools that implement proven techniques to improve reading and writing for people regardless of their age or ability. Reading research identifies three separate reading skills: decoding, fluency, and comprehension -- the Learning Tools incorporates strategies to strengthen each of these areas. Explore how students can personalize their learning to improve reading skills by reducing visual crowding, highlighting and voicing text, and breaking words into syllables. Learning Tools improve writing skills by letting the author speak and see words and sentences correctly spelled and punctuated. Young writers can concentrate on organizing their thoughts while absorbing the appropriate representation of those thoughts. Participants will: 1. Explore Microsoft's free Editor Tools to help students with the writing process; 2. Discover Learning Tools that help students improve reading skills; and 3. Plan for the use of these tools in your classroom. This session is for teachers at ALL technology comfort levels.

tag(s): descriptive writing (41), fluency (25), Microsoft (39), reading comprehension (127), reading strategies (54)

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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: Level Up Your Google Forms: Differentiate with Branching - TeachersFirst

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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session from August 2018, opens in Adobe Connect. Ever wish that you could provide the just right amount of scaffolding for...more
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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session from August 2018, opens in Adobe Connect. Ever wish that you could provide the just right amount of scaffolding for each student during a lesson? Well, now you can use branching in Google forms. Learn to use the branching feature to provide additional help when a student misses a question, or to provide the just right challenge for those who need to be pushed. Use Google forms for assessment and reteaching and meet the needs of your entire class. Participants will: 1. Learn to create a branching Google Form; 2. Understand applications for use of a branching Google form; and 3. Plan for the use of Google forms in the classroom. This session is appropriate for teachers at an intermediate technology level.

tag(s): assessment (117), differentiation (45), Google (33)

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The archive of this teacher-friendly, hands-on webinar will empower and inspire you to use learning technology in the classroom and for professional productivity. As appropriate, specific classroom examples and ideas have been shared. View the session with a few of your teaching colleagues to find and share new ideas. Find additional information and links to tools at the session resource page. Learn more about OK2Ask and upcoming sessions here.
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OK2Ask: Tech Integration Made Easy with Padlet - TeachersFirst

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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session from July 2018, opens in Adobe Connect. Transform your classroom activities by learning how to use Padlet. Need to spice...more
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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session from July 2018, opens in Adobe Connect. Transform your classroom activities by learning how to use Padlet. Need to spice up your formative assessment? Looking for a tool to showcase student work that demonstrates comprehension? Want to provide your class with an important discussion and collaboration space? Look no further. You can use Padlet for all of this and more. Learn to easily add a layer of participation in your class that increases student engagement. Join us for this session, and your students will thank you! Participants will: 1. Learn basic use of Padlet; 2. Explore three different ways to use Padlet in the classroom; and 3. Plan for the use of Padlet in the classroom. This session is appropriate for teachers at all technology levels.

tag(s): assessment (117), bulletin boards (20), collaboration (32)

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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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Blended Learning Resources - TeachersFirst

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Mix up your classroom and get blended! If you are new to blended learning, this basically means that the learning is a combination of digital media with traditional classroom teaching....more
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Mix up your classroom and get blended! If you are new to blended learning, this basically means that the learning is a combination of digital media with traditional classroom teaching. Since some of the instruction is digital, students have more control over the pace of the instruction. Peruse this curated list of resources to start blending in your class!

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Explore this fabulous collection to use in your blended classroom. Learn more about blended learning in some of the informational readings.

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Free Image Resources - TeachersFirst

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This curated list of resources provides free image tools. As educators, it is important for us to set good examples of digital citizenship. Image usage is a perfect time to ...more
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This curated list of resources provides free image tools. As educators, it is important for us to set good examples of digital citizenship. Image usage is a perfect time to discuss the important topics of copyright, Creative Commons, and more. Use your discussions related to copyright and Creative Commons to fuel the discussion about digital citizenship. Read the classroom use suggestions for additional ideas about how to implement these tools in your classroom.

tag(s): copyright (46), creative commons (23), images (283)

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Use these tools to help students to understand digital citizenship, copyright, Creative Commons, and more. Find tools for students to use to locate "safe" images to use for projects and even within your own lessons.

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Social Learning Resources - TeachersFirst

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This curated list of resources will help you to maximize the social learning opportunities within your K-12 classroom. Engage students in collaborative learning experiences as they...more
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This curated list of resources will help you to maximize the social learning opportunities within your K-12 classroom. Engage students in collaborative learning experiences as they create, reflect, and demonstrate knowledge in a social context. Several basic components to social learning are observation, imitation, and modeling-- build these into your lessons as you use these tools.

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Share sites with the entire class or find specific tools that are useful for individual students in your class. Bring social learning into your classroom. Share this list on your class website for students to access both in and out of the classroom.

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Kapwing - Eric Lu and Julia Enthoven

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Kapwing is an online video and photo editor for creating and sharing short videos for personal and online use. Use Kapwing directly from the website without downloads or passwords....more
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Kapwing is an online video and photo editor for creating and sharing short videos for personal and online use. Use Kapwing directly from the website without downloads or passwords. Among the many available features this site offers tools for adding text, including filters, change images to video, and much more. Begin by choosing a tool from the drop-down box at the top of the homepage. Upload media from your computer using the provided boxes and choose from options to personalize content as you wish. When complete, save to your computer or create an account with Kapwing to store videos and photos.

tag(s): editing (75), images (283), social media (30), video (272)

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Use Kapwing even with young students to add text to any image, create collages, and edit video. Ask students to create a collage with two pictures demonstrating the before and after of a science experiment. Add text to images to create captions when sharing class projects. Ask students to use Kapwing to create short videos, then include them with other images and videos as part of a multimedia project or digital portfolio. bulb, reviewed here, is an easy to use tool for creating digital portfolios.

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OK2Ask: Microsoft in Education Day - 2 Free Apps for Inclusive Learning: Office Lens & Tran - TeachersFirst

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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session from July 2018, opens in Adobe Connect. Making a learning environment accessible for everyone is critical to a successful...more
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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session from July 2018, opens in Adobe Connect. Making a learning environment accessible for everyone is critical to a successful inclusive classroom. Today's classrooms are diverse and include English Language Learners and students with learning challenges, whether they have been identified or not. Every teacher needs to be able to create and deliver content in a way that is accessible to each student. Fortunately, teachers already have free technologies at their disposal to assist with this. Join us as we explore strategies and tools that facilitate an inclusive learning environment. Participants will: 1. Understand the importance of accessibility; 2. Learn about a free Microsoft tool that can be used to digitize content into accessible materials; and 3. Discover a tool that helps bridge communication gaps and supports accessible classroom learning. This session is appropriate for teachers at all technology levels.

tag(s): Accessibility (3), Microsoft (39), Special Needs (35)

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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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