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OK2Ask: 3 Cool Tools for Digital Reading - TeachersFirst

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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session from August 2020, opens in Adobe Connect. Digital or online reading is different from reading print. Digital reading...more
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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session from August 2020, opens in Adobe Connect. Digital or online reading is different from reading print. Digital reading often includes a research component that is not linear, so when reading online, students need to clarify their purpose and then evaluate and synthesize information. Come learn about the processes involved in digital reading and explore three tools that will help you teach critical strategies to your students. As a result of this session, teachers will: 1. Understand skills and processes involved in digital reading; 2. Explore tools that help students find, evaluate, and synthesize what they read; and 3. Plan for digital reading instruction in the classroom. This session is appropriate for teachers at all technology levels.

tag(s): professional development (260)

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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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Why Do We Need the Dewey Decimal System? - Emily Foster and the Oakland Public Library

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This blog post explains the different categories of the Dewey Decimal System, including descriptions of subcategories found within each of the ten main categories. Also, the author...more
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This blog post explains the different categories of the Dewey Decimal System, including descriptions of subcategories found within each of the ten main categories. Also, the author shares why it is necessary to include subcategories as a means for locating specific information within broad category topics. Another point stated in the blog discusses the need to make numbers longer because much of the information found in today's libraries hadn't happened at the time of the system's creation.

tag(s): classification (29), media literacy (87), Research (33)

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Use this blog post as a starting point for student research into a variety of topics. For example, ask students to find and share examples of books that include items or events not thought possible when the Dewey Decimal system was created. Ask students to visualize future events and how they would be classified. Use an online organization tool like Padlet, reviewed here, to create columns for each category and ask students to create a post sharing a possible item that might fit in that category in the future.

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Making Dewey Fun! A Roundup of Ideas, Games, and Activities - Kathy Cool

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This blog post shares several free ideas for spicing up lessons on the Dewey Decimal System. Ideas include creating word clouds, Pictionary games, sorting activities, and more. Use...more
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This blog post shares several free ideas for spicing up lessons on the Dewey Decimal System. Ideas include creating word clouds, Pictionary games, sorting activities, and more. Use these ideas to fuel your imagination on how to make your Dewey Decimal System activities into interactive and meaningful lessons.
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tag(s): classification (29), media literacy (87), Research (33)

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Create word clouds for each Dewey Decimal category using any number of free online word cloud creators. WordArt, reviewed here, includes tools for customizing colors, fonts, and shapes. Ask students to create a WordArt creation for each classification, then print and display as a reminder for students to use when browsing for library materials. Challenge students to "show what they know" by playing online quizzes. Baamboozle, reviewed here, is an easy to use quiz tool for team play. Search Baamboozle for games that already provide practice on the Dewey Decimal system or create your own.

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Bob the Alien Discovers the Dewey Decimal System - Capstone Publishers

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Follow along with Bob, the alien, in this video journey documenting how he learns about the Dewey Decimal System to use in his research about spiders. The wordless video uses ...more
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Follow along with Bob, the alien, in this video journey documenting how he learns about the Dewey Decimal System to use in his research about spiders. The wordless video uses animation and text to teach viewers how non-fiction materials are categorized in the library.

tag(s): classification (29), media literacy (87), Research (33)

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Share a link to this video on classroom computers for students to view as part of a library learning center. Send students on a scavenger hunt using GooseChase, reviewed here, to find books within each of the Dewey Decimal categories. GooseChase is a digital scavenger hunt that offers tools for adding images and recording the findings of groups during a scavenger hunt. Divide students into collaborative groups to create infographics using Canva Infographic Maker, reviewed here, to share information about the individual Dewey Decimal categories. Share each of the infographics on your class website or include them in a digital book using Book Creator, reviewed here. With Book Creator, you can include student-created infographics, videos, audio recordings, and more to provide students with a complete overview of how to use the Dewey Decimal System to find library materials.

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The Dewey Decimal Classification System - Lenny Dutton

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This YouTube video explains the reason why the Dewey Decimal Classification system was created and also describes the different categories of the system. The video touches on why the...more
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This YouTube video explains the reason why the Dewey Decimal Classification system was created and also describes the different categories of the system. The video touches on why the system is broken down into subgroups to provide an additional organization structure within each group.

tag(s): classification (29), media literacy (87), Research (33)

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Include this video along with your other activities when teaching about the Dewey Decimal System. This YouTube video was created using Powtoon, reviewed here, an easy to use video creation tool. Challenge students or groups of students to create their own explanation video of the creation of the Dewey Decimal System and how to use it to find information in the library. Extend learning further by asking students to create monthly podcasts using Buzzsprout, reviewed here, to share additional information about non-fiction materials in the library. For example, take a category each month and have your students share information about what to find in the category along with some suggested books to use for school projects or personal reading.

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The Dewey Decimal Rap - Mr. Scooter

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Learn about the Dewey Decimal number classifications through this light-hearted rap presentation. "Melville Dewey" shares how libraries organize non-fiction materials by introducing...more
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Learn about the Dewey Decimal number classifications through this light-hearted rap presentation. "Melville Dewey" shares how libraries organize non-fiction materials by introducing the general classifications category topics. Follow along with the text shared below the video.

tag(s): classification (29), media literacy (87), Research (33)

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Include this video along with your other lessons on the Dewey Decimal system using ActivelyLearn, reviewed here. Differentiate instruction easily using AcitivelyLearn to create assignments based on student interests and abilities. Challenge students to create their own presentations to teach the Dewey Decimal systems using Biteable, reviewed here, and share on TeacherTube, reviewed here.

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Civic Online Reasoning - Stanford History Education Group

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Civic Online Reasoning offers free curriculum collections providing lessons on how to evaluate online information. Lessons incorporate imagined scenarios that challenge students to...more
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Civic Online Reasoning offers free curriculum collections providing lessons on how to evaluate online information. Lessons incorporate imagined scenarios that challenge students to follow a series of activities to assess related online information. Sources used in the lessons are fictional accounts that often cite real sources and information. Each lesson includes teacher and student materials, along with presentation slides. Civic Online Reasoning also includes a video library that offers supplemental lessons, examples of classroom use of the site's tools, and crash courses related to understanding and finding appropriate digital information.

tag(s): evaluating sources (17), internet safety (120), journalism (70), news (260), social media (43)

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Supplement your current digital information lessons using the curriculum provided on the site. Register for a free account to access all of the provided materials. Use Padlet, reviewed here, to supplement information using real online information. For example, after completing a lesson on evaluating the source of information, ask students to post a link to an online article, and document their research into the source of information. Ask students to create infographics using Canva Infographic Maker, reviewed here, to share steps in how to evaluate online information. Extend learning further by offering students different options in presenting research about online disinformation. Have one group use Google My Maps, reviewed here, to share the location of sources of disinformation while another group creates podcasts using Buzzsprout, reviewed here, to share tips on how to evaluate online information.
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OK2Ask: Around the World Using Google Search Tips & Tricks - TeachersFirst

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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session from April 2020, opens in Adobe Connect. Join us for this light-hearted session where you take the role of a student...more
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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session from April 2020, opens in Adobe Connect. Join us for this light-hearted session where you take the role of a student working on a real-world connection project. Learn to use Google search tools like a Ninja as you prepare and submit your project. The tips and tricks presented in this session will help empower your students as they use research strategies to locate information and resources for projects and other creative work. This session is appropriate for teachers at all technology levels. As a result of this session, teachers will: 1. Understand how effective search strategies assist with student research; 2. Plan for the introduction of search strategies in the classroom; and 3. Create a project exemplar to share with students. This session is appropriate for teachers at all technology levels.

tag(s): digital citizenship (78), Google (55), media literacy (87), professional development (260), Research (33), search strategies (26)

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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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Open Educational Resources (OER) - TeachersFirst

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Open educational resources (OER) are tools/resources that are available to use freely, with open licenses to media, images, text, and more. OER could include readings, videos, audio...more
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Open educational resources (OER) are tools/resources that are available to use freely, with open licenses to media, images, text, and more. OER could include readings, videos, audio clips, textbooks, exams, online courses, lesson plans, and more that are openly licensed. An open license means that you can use these tools at no-cost and access, use, adapt or redistribute to others. These tools are useful for research, learning, teaching, and assessing. View our collection to find a tool for your classroom.

tag(s): images (273), OER (33), Online Learning (16)

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50 Mini-Lessons for Teaching Student Research Skills - Kathleen Morris

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This PDF provides quick and useful tips for teaching research skills to students from the middle primary grades through high school. The author offers a variety of topics, including...more
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This PDF provides quick and useful tips for teaching research skills to students from the middle primary grades through high school. The author offers a variety of topics, including searching, clarifying, and citing sources, and then gives ideas for activities to teach the skill. The information on the site is concise and to the point, making it perfect for use as a resource in all classrooms.

tag(s): citations (34), Research (33), search strategies (26)

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Bookmark this page to use as a reference when teaching research skills. Consider using this site as a beginning outline of research skills to teach throughout the year then divide each topic into a unit for planning purposes. Use digital tools to reinforce and enhance the lessons. For example, when using the ideas for teaching how to clarify questions, begin with choosing a topic idea. It states to write as many questions as you can for an idea such as koalas. Gather student ideas on your whiteboard, then create a word cloud using Wordsift, reviewed here, to highlight recurring ideas and thoughts. Use this information as a starting point for research, and ask students to share online information into Padlet, reviewed here. Ask older students to use Fiskkit, reviewed here, as a collaborative tool for sharing and discussing online articles. Fiskkit includes tools for sharing online articles and adding highlights and notes with others. Upon completion of research projects, ask students to share their learning using a multimedia presentation tool like Adobe Spark, reviewed here. Have students include original work, images, videos, and more to share their research projects.
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Primary Sources Resources - TeachersFirst

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This curated list includes resources for all grades, compares primary to secondary sources, and countless other topics. Primary sources offer direct (firsthand) accounts about events,...more
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This curated list includes resources for all grades, compares primary to secondary sources, and countless other topics. Primary sources offer direct (firsthand) accounts about events, people, works of art, and more. Remember our "In the Classroom" suggestions give you ideas about how to use these tools in your classroom.

tag(s): primary sources (100), Research (33)

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Use these tools to help students to understand primary sources, research, and more. Find tools for students to use to research when doing projects or studying for an exam.

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Checkology - The News Literacy Project

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Checkology offers interactive lessons to teach students how to evaluate and judge news and news sources. Lessons include real-world examples; many feature journalism experts as the...more
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Checkology offers interactive lessons to teach students how to evaluate and judge news and news sources. Lessons include real-world examples; many feature journalism experts as the digital guide. Participants view videos, take polls, and respond to quizzes within the lessons. The free account includes access to four news literacy lessons along with access to a limited amount of teacher resources.

tag(s): journalism (70), news (260), newspapers (98), social media (43)

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Integrate these free lessons with your other activities when teaching students how to evaluate and judge online information and other news sources. Consider assigning lessons for students to complete on their own, then come together as a class to discuss the content. Add a link to a lesson on a Padlet, reviewed here, and share with students. Ask them to add comments onto the Padlet including links to additional examples of the featured topic. Ask students to compare and contrast information from two sources using a Venn Diagram. Create a Venn Diagram using resources found at Class Tools, reviewed here. Challenge students to become the reporter and enhance their learning by writing their own news article to post as a blog at Edublog, reviewed here. Ask them to include some misinformation within their blog, and then have other class members find and respond to the shared content. Extend learning by having students become the teacher and share their tips and tricks for evaluating news and creating a digital book for other students using Book Creator, reviewed here. Ask them to include videos sharing their tips, written examples of misinformation, and add their Venn diagram to demonstrate different ways facts are used in articles to mislead readers.

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Research Resources - TeachersFirst

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This curated list of resources provides free tools related to research. Today's students must learn the valuable skill of research. Research will be required in future studies, and...more
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This curated list of resources provides free tools related to research. Today's students must learn the valuable skill of research. Research will be required in future studies, and possibly a future career. Research requires planning, execution, and digging deep. Students must learn to raise the right questions about what they are listening to, watching, or reading. They must learn how to decipher quality research from mediocre and find the best places for GOOD research. This collection of resources includes lesson ideas, activities, and resources for teaching research skills.

tag(s): citations (34), media literacy (87), Research (33), summarizing (17)

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Use these tools to help students to understand research, summarizing, citations, and more. Find tools for students to use to research when doing projects or studying for an exam.

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Virtual Field Trip Resources - TeachersFirst

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This collection of reviewed resources includes our best virtual field trips. Peruse the list of websites and many suggestions for ways to use them in teaching almost any subject or...more
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This collection of reviewed resources includes our best virtual field trips. Peruse the list of websites and many suggestions for ways to use them in teaching almost any subject or grade. Be sure to read the "In the Classroom" suggestions for examples of ways to use virtual field trips as part of a lesson or unit.

tag(s): virtual field trips (78)

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This collection includes virtual field trips for all grades. Each review includes several classroom use ideas. Get out your projector (or interactive whiteboard) and take your students on an adventure. Have students go on a "field trip" with a partner or independently on laptops or other devices. Explore the activities suggested.

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OK2Ask: Fostering Accountability: Media Literacy in the Classroom - TeachersFirst

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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session from May 2019, opens in Adobe Connect. As digital media increasingly replaces traditional media, students must have...more
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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session from May 2019, opens in Adobe Connect. As digital media increasingly replaces traditional media, students must have the skills to think critically about these new types of texts. Media literacy - the ability to skillfully read and write in a wide range of message forms - allows students to identify themes and issues emerging from popular culture. Media literacy standards have been incorporated across content areas and grade levels in all 50 states. Join us to learn more about this information age survival skill. Participants will: 1. Understand the importance of teaching media literacy in the classroom; 2. Explore media literacy resources; and 3. Learn to use the 5 key questions of media literacy when planning lessons. This session is appropriate for teachers at all technology levels.

tag(s): digital citizenship (78), media literacy (87)

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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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Fake It To Make It Game - Amanda Warner

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Learn about how and why fake news is created and distributed with this game where players earn money by spreading false news. Begin by selecting a guide for the game ...more
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Learn about how and why fake news is created and distributed with this game where players earn money by spreading false news. Begin by selecting a guide for the game and choosing a financial goal. Follow the game to create your site and choose from different payment and options for monetizing information, while at the same time working toward optimum credibility. As the game continues, players select options for sharing their fake news to gain the maximum number of shares and likes. Throughout the game, follow your progress to your financial goal chosen at the beginning of the activity.

tag(s): journalism (70), news (260), newspapers (98), problem solving (284)

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More than ever, understanding the use of media to manipulate readers is a critical skill. Use this game as a supplement to lessons on verifying news sources and fact-checking. Help students discover trigger words found in fake news articles by creating lists of sensational words. Replace word lists with a word cloud creator like Wordsift, reviewed here, to help visualize the use of trigger words found in online news. Have students find fake news online to analyze for misrepresentations of facts. Instead of doing this as a pencil and paper project, ask students to transform their learning and use ThingLink, reviewed here, to share an image of the article and add links, images, and videos to "debunk" false information. As students become more familiar with recognizing fake news, have them use a comic creation tool like ToonyTool, reviewed here, to modify their learning by creating single frame cartoons with tips for avoiding false information then share these comics on your class or school webpage.

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Twitter Chat: The Modern School Library - TeachersFirst

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This archived Twitter chat is from April 2019 and will open in Wakelet. The title of this chat is: The Modern School Library. During this chat, participants will: 1. Discuss ...more
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This archived Twitter chat is from April 2019 and will open in Wakelet. The title of this chat is: The Modern School Library. During this chat, participants will: 1. Discuss the role of the school library in the 21st-century school, 2. Discuss technology tools that assist in promoting student learning in the library and 3. Share resources and ideas to support learning and teaching.

tag(s): makerspace (33), professional development (260), twitterchatarchive (93)

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Find tools and resources to learn more about the modern school library. Share this chat with your colleagues looking for sites and information. Explore the various tools that are shared.

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LMGTFY - Jim Garvin

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Have you ever told anyone, "Let me Google that for you?" That is what LMGTFY is all about! This site allows you to demonstrate how to Google (and much more) ...more
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Have you ever told anyone, "Let me Google that for you?" That is what LMGTFY is all about! This site allows you to demonstrate how to Google (and much more) terms, then send a link with a step by step demonstration on how to complete the search. LMGTFY has grown beyond Google and now offers users the ability to select from several popular search engines including Bing, Yahoo, Ask, and DuckDuckGo. The drop-down box provides choices to search the web, images, video, and more. After making selections and entering a search term, click to get the link or choose preview to view the information.

tag(s): browser (7), search engines (62), search strategies (26)

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Use LMGTFY to teach students how to use search engines effectively. Create links demonstrating searches using different terms and different search engines and have students analyze the results. When students create multimedia presentations of research projects, ask them to include a screen share using Free Screen Recorder Online, reviewed here, to show their search method using LMGTFY. This site is perfect to use with young students to demonstrate proper search techniques.

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Graphic Organizer Resources - TeachersFirst

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This collection of reviewed resources includes tools for creating graphic organizers and many suggestions for ways to use them in teaching almost any subject or grade. Be sure to read...more
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This collection of reviewed resources includes tools for creating graphic organizers and many suggestions for ways to use them in teaching almost any subject or grade. Be sure to read the "In the Classroom" suggestions for examples of ways to use graphic organizers as part of a lesson or unit.

tag(s): graphic organizers (44), mind map (25), venn diagrams (20)

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Whether you call them concept maps, mind maps, KWLs, or graphic organizers, these visual diagrams show relationships between concepts and provide a powerful tool for learning and connecting new ideas. Use graphic organizers to help your visual learners build reading comprehension. Find something for all grade levels in this collection.

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OK2Ask: Effective Feedback for Student Growth - TeachersFirst

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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session from April 2018, opens in Adobe Connect. If you wonder how to use tech tools to give your students better feedback,...more
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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session from April 2018, opens in Adobe Connect. If you wonder how to use tech tools to give your students better feedback, then this session is for you. Helpful feedback can come from a variety of sources. Learn to guide students in self-reflection and peer feedback. Use tech tools to facilitate teacher and community feedback. Help students understand the value of feedback from multiple sources and realize the growth potential of embracing both positive and negative responses. Participants will: 1. Learn components of effective feedback, 2. Explore methods for providing feedback to students; and 3. Plan for the instructional use of feedback mechanisms in the classroom. This session is appropriate for teachers at all technology 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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