Grades8 to 12
In the ClassroomIntroduce this map to students as you begin your studies of medieval Africa. Allow them time to explore the map independently, then share ideas and questions created from their explorations. Use Google Jamboard, reviewed here, to gather students' thoughts. For example, within one Jamboard, create frames (slides) for students to post questions, another for important information found, and another for comparisons between medieval Africa and contemporary Africa. Extend learning by asking students to share their understanding by creating maps made with Google My Maps, reviewed here. Use Google My Maps to create virtual field trips that feature links, images, and videos to tell the story of Africa.
GradesK to 12
In the ClassroomAdd this excellent site to your other resources for teaching about the continent of Africa. Consider using a curation tool such as Milanote, reviewed here, to organize your ideas and projects into one location. Add links, notes, images, and more onto one Milanote vision board to make it easy to find and view your resources and ideas. As you implement and teach lessons found on the site, ask students to share their learning using multimedia presentation tools such as Sway, reviewed here, and Adobe Express for Education, reviewed here. Find culturally appropriate images for student use at Fresh Folk, Adobe Express for Education, reviewed here, and Unsplash, reviewed here.
Grades3 to 12
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In the ClassroomBe sure to take advantage of the guide included on this site on how to take a virtual field trip. In addition, the guide offers suggestions and lesson plans for making the most of virtual field trips. Use any of the included field trips as an engaging introduction to many different topics. For example, several different field trips take viewers under the oceans and use these excursions to introduce a unit on ocean animals, climate change, or oceans worldwide. Use Google Jamboard, reviewed here, for students to share notes, questions, and information learned throughout the activity. Instead of assigning a typical research project, ask students to create a virtual field trip using Google My Maps, reviewed here. Learn the basics of creating with Google My Maps by viewing the archive of a November 2021 OK2Ask virtual workshop, reviewed here.
Grades5 to 12
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In the ClassroomBookmark 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.
GradesK to 12
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Want to use technology with your students while maintaining good instructional practices? Then this session is for you! Learn to use the Triple E Framework to select tools from the TeachersFirst database that match your objectives. Technology is not a magic bullet, but you can increase the positive impact of technology in your class using this simple framework and appropriate instructional strategies. As a result of this session, teachers will: 1. Understand how to use the Triple E Framework; 2. Explore digital resources and tools for learning; and 3. Plan a technology-integrated activity for the classroom using the Triple E Framework. This session is appropriate for teachers at all technology levels.
In the ClassroomThe 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.
GradesK to 12
In the ClassroomHelp your students to become global citizens using these engaging resources. Find ways to connect with other schools around the country or even around the world. Share these resources with your colleagues and school parents by emailing the page or sharing the link from your school web page and in your school newsletter.
GradesK to 8
In the ClassroomSave this site for use as an entire curriculum, or use the materials to supplement your current resources. Use the materials to differentiate learning activities for your students. Provide students additional support using content found at lower grade levels or challenge gifted students with materials from a higher grade level. Use Duck Soup, reviewed here, as an alternative to printed assignments and convert any page into an e-sheet gradable activity.
Grades4 to 12
In the ClassroomCity Guesser is an excellent resource to use together as a class on your whiteboard, at computer centers, or as a quick learning activity to teach students about using visual cues and critical thinking skills. Before placing a guess, ask students to share the clues they saw in the video that led to their suggestion. Use City Guesser as an ongoing estimation activity in math class. Create a chart to show the average distance between guesses and actual locations, then challenge students to become more accurate with their guesses. As students discover interesting places, encourage them to research and learn more about the location. Use Google My Maps, reviewed here, to create virtual field trips around the world based on locations previewed in City Guesser.
GradesK to 12
In the ClassroomThis site contains many excellent resources to include within units on animals, plants, or geographic regions. Add the videos or activities within learning activities created using TES Teach Blendspace, reviewed here. In addition to resources found on this site, add links to articles, websites, and quizzes to create a complete learning unit. Use Baamboozle, reviewed here, to create quick and easy learning games to use as a formative assessment or to review materials at the end of your unit. Extend learning by asking students to use Wakelet, reviewed here, to share their learning. Create a template in Wakelet to share with students that include categories for their research reports. For example, if researching an arctic animal, create categories for the student to share information on their home, food, upload images, impact from humans, etc.
Grades6 to 12
In the ClassroomBookmark and save this site for many purposes for geography lessons and lessons about indigenous people worldwide. Engage students in learning by finding indigenous people who lived in or near your location and then exploring the provided links to learn more about their way of life. Instead of using paper and pencil for suggested journal activities, use Telegra.ph, reviewed here, to create simple websites that include student writing and images. Extend learning by asking students to create podcasts using Buzzsprout, reviewed here. Share podcasts that feature information about different indigenous tribes or focus on one tribe through a series of podcasts that discuss the land they lived on, their lifestyle, and the history of the tribe.
Grades5 to 12
In the ClassroomUse these free materials to supplement your curriculum and teaching units. When polling students for short-response questions, use a polling tool such as Answer Garden, reviewed here, to engage learners and encourage them to share ideas anonymously. Answer Garden posts short responses in a word cloud format that encourages students to focus on shared ideas and discover different views. Enhance learning by asking students to share their thoughts through writing blogs using Edublogs, reviewed here. Incorporate blogs into the process as a way for students to share ideas, research, and explore their thinking throughout the projects found in this curriculum. Extend learning by asking students to continue exploring and discovering the role of gender, politics, and other factors in the world around them in various ways. For example, some students might enjoy preparing and producing a podcast using Buzzsprout, reviewed here, others might create a video using Powtoon, reviewed here, and another group might prefer to focus on a specific topic using a timeline tool such as History in Motion, reviewed here, to present a visual timeline of world events.
Grades3 to 6
In the ClassroomTake advantage of the many suggested classroom uses for this resource found on the Instructional Guide (PDF). This book and the suggested activities work well as part of lessons on racism and living conditions in the 1920s and 1930s on Mexican farms. Consider using the historical information and primary sources from the book to have students create timelines of the important events during the story. Find a variety of free online timeline creation tools located here. Use Google My Maps, reviewed here to create and share custom maps. As students conduct research related to life on Mexican farms during the 1920s and 1930s, use Fiskkit, reviewed here as a collaborative discussion tool. Use Fiskkit to share the link of any online article with students, then the site's tools provide the opportunity to highlight and add comments to areas within the article by users.
GradesK to 6
In the ClassroomEngage students in learning about animals of the Antarctic with these brightly-colored trading cards. Provide a set of cards to different groups of students and create their games based on the facts. For example, have students find the animals with the longest life span, largest or smallest weight, or longest length. Enhance student learning by introducing the TeachersFirst Reading Trek, Mr. Popper's Penguins, reviewed here. Use the trade book, Mr. Popper's Penguins, and the Reading Trek, which includes a virtual field trip of resources that takes students on a learning adventure to the South Pole. Extend learning further by asking students to create interactive images sharing new information learned about the Antarctic. Use the free tools found at Genially, reviewed here, to design interactive images that include links to text, websites, or videos using a Genially template or starting from scratch. Use images found on Unsplash, reviewed here, also search within Genially, or find additional free images at Pixabay, reviewed here, and make sure to provide proper attribution.
Grades5 to 12
In the ClassroomBouncyMaps is an excellent way to help students visualize large numbers and provide perspective to data. Use the embed code found on the site to share on your webpage or download images and data using the provided links. Start a discussion using one of the regular maps and hover over countries to show details. After reviewing a standard map, switch to the BouncyMap to show how it changes based on data. This site is an excellent one to share with students to explore during computer centers or at home. After allowing students time to look on their own, ask them to choose one map that surprised them and discuss their findings. Ask them to research the information further with the goal of trying to learn why there are such differences between countries. When finished, ask students to share their findings by creating an infographic using Canva Infographic Creator, reviewed here, or another free infographic creation tool. When teaching world history, these maps provide context when teaching about major conflicts. For example, when teaching about tensions in the Middle East, refer students to the religious maps to help them understand how different populations of Jewish people and Muslims within that area are key to the conflicts.
GradesK to 12
In the ClassroomReplace some (or all) of your current written Native America resources with the genuine artifacts and stories available for viewing on this site. Use Padlet, reviewed here, to organize important information and resources found on this site to share with students. As students learn about Native Americans, instead of written or oral presentations, ask student groups to create quizzes for their classmates using a quiz-creation tool like Baamboozle, reviewed here. Baamboozle is a quick and easy resource for creating and sharing quizzes for teams of two. As a final project, transform and extend student technology and learning by using Book Creator, reviewed here, to create class books sharing information about Native Americans. Book Creator is a digital book creation site offering the ability to add images, text, video, and more. Be sure to share student-created books on your class website or blog after publication.
Grades2 to 12
tag(s): virtual field trips (67)
In the ClassroomTake advantage of this site to visit places where time, money, and mileage inhibit your dreams of bringing your students into wondrous worlds. Find ways to visit where your class has never gone before. Small groups or individual students can focus on one of the tours and use it as a starting point for additional research. ENL/ESL learners will appreciate the visual tours. Reach all types of learners through a class visit. Use these virtual reality tours as a class anticipatory guide, center activity, home connection, or extra credit. Challenge your gifted students to guide their own learning. Extend learning and challenge students to create their own virtual tours using Google My Maps, reviewed here. Google My Maps includes tools for you to add routes, images, videos, and more to create virtual field trips anywhere in the world.
Grades5 to 12
In the ClassroomUse this game to introduce any unit on geographic changes, climate change, or landforms and geography. Consider sharing and discussing the first pair together as a class and share ideas for how to analyze each pair of images using the information provided, such as dates and options for choices. Include the game as part of a computer center, then ask students to choose one event to research further. For example, choose the images representing changes due to flooding and research flooding issues on rivers near your location. As a final project, enhance learning by asking students to share their findings by creating infographics using Canva Infographic Maker, reviewed here.
Grades4 to 12
In the ClassroomShare this game on your interactive whiteboard and play together as a class. It is an excellent way to practice and reinforce skills in locating cities around the world. Create different options for students to use as a challenge, such as find the largest or smallest population you can create with five different cities, using ten cities that come as close to a population total of 10 million (or some other number) or use only state capitals to come close to a target number of the total population. After playing the different games, ask students to select one location they identified on a map and further research it. Have them share their findings by creating a digital book using Book Creator, reviewed here.
Grades6 to 12
In the ClassroomUse this globe in your classroom as a conversation starter on geography around the world. Before opening up the linked area on this interactive globe, challenge students to identify the location or share their ideas on why that location is considered extreme. Enhance learning by using this site as a model for students to create their own maps that highlight areas of interest or "extreme" places within your state or country using Google My Maps, reviewed here. For more advanced students, share the blog linked in the "About this globe" portion. The blog shares the steps used to code and create this interactive globe. Extend learning by challenging students to create their own 3D globe using Sketchup, reviewed here, that highlights locations and features around the world that relate to your current lessons.
GradesK to 12
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