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BBC Bitesize - BBC

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K to 12
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BBC Bitesize is an educational support site designed for students in the United Kingdom. Although much of the material is labeled based on United Kingdom grade definitions, the site...more
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BBC Bitesize is an educational support site designed for students in the United Kingdom. Although much of the material is labeled based on United Kingdom grade definitions, the site is very easy to use for students in any location. Begin by selecting from three main grade bands - primary, secondary, and post-16. Within each grade band, narrow down choices even further by age. If looking for a specific content area, scroll down to almost the bottom of the home page to select "view all subjects." Content includes quizzes, videos, articles, learning guides, and more. Registration isn't required, but it allows you to save items as favorites.

tag(s): game based learning (150), quizzes (93), video (267)

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Bookmark and save this site to take advantage of the many resources on this site to supplement classroom instruction in any topic. If you teach history, use Bitesize to provide information to students from the British perspective. Add links to games or quizzes on your classroom website for students to practice at home. Use Padlet, reviewed here, to organize and share resources with students. Organize games and online activities into columns based on different topics to make information easy to find. Have students compare and contrast British terms and units of measurement with your system of measurement and common phrases. Use a Venn Diagram creator like the one found at Class Tools, reviewed here, to show comparisons with the British examples. If working with older students, enhance learning by using Fiskkit, reviewed here, as a tool for collaborative discussions of the articles found on Bitesize. Share the URL of an article using Fiskkit and ask students to highlight portions within the story to discuss the content.

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CleverPDF - CleverPDF

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CleverPDF is your one-stop site for managing PDF documents. Choose from 27 tools to convert to and from PDF documents, reorder pages, extract images, and much more. Select the tool...more
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CleverPDF is your one-stop site for managing PDF documents. Choose from 27 tools to convert to and from PDF documents, reorder pages, extract images, and much more. Select the tool you need, upload your file, and choose from additional options based on the function selected. Scroll down within each of the tasks to find easy to follow step-by-step directions for converting and saving your file. CleverPDF also includes a downloadable application for use on Windows and Mac computers for converting files without an Internet connection.

tag(s): conversions (31), images (272), worksheets (64)

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Be sure to bookmark this site on all classroom and personal computers for use throughout the year. If you have a large PDF file but only need a page or two, use CleverPDF to extract it for you. Convert PDF files to Word or Pages when working with a document that needs editing. Convert student work into PDF then convert into a book using Flipsnack, reviewed here. Flipsnack even includes a handy page-turning effect! This is a helpful utility for students entering contests or completing applications offered only in PDF form. Help students create a more organized and appealing portfolio by converting all items to one standard file type such as PDF. PorfolioVillage, reviewed here, is an easy to use tool for creating and sharing portfolios, include student-created PDF documents to share any work document.
 
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Wheel of Names - Martin Omander and Google

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K to 12
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Do you need to make random selections of names, items, places, or other items? This tool is for you! Customize the slices on the wheel to include names and/or images. ...more
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Do you need to make random selections of names, items, places, or other items? This tool is for you! Customize the slices on the wheel to include names and/or images. Because Google hosts this wheel, it allows you to save customized wheels onto Google Drive for easy access anywhere. Another handy option offers you the ability to import names from a spreadsheet or Twitter users by importing a hashtag. Although the Wheel of Names allows you to add as many names as you like, the maximum number of names showing at any time will be 48. If there are more, the names change each second until starting to spin the wheel.

tag(s): classroom management (145), preK (281), Teacher Utilities (86)

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Use the Wheel of Names to randomly call students during class discussions. Add images instead of names to make the wheel more interesting. In addition to the obvious use for calling names, use this random wheel in a variety of different ways. Add dates onto the wheel when reviewing events in history, review vocabulary, instead of student names add character names from novels for students to discuss, add books to determine the next read-aloud, the list goes on and on! Be sure to save the wheel with the names of class members so that it is ready to go at any time.

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Bingo Card Creator - Two Teachers, LLC

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K to 12
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Create and find customized Bingo cards with words or pictures using Bingo Card Creator. This easy to use tool also allows you to personalize Bingo cards with options for color, ...more
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Create and find customized Bingo cards with words or pictures using Bingo Card Creator. This easy to use tool also allows you to personalize Bingo cards with options for color, size, and font choices. Use the search option to find Bingo cards from the site's library, then select to customize and make it your own. If the library doesn't contain what you need, select the option to create your own from scratch. When finished, print as many cards as needed. Bingo Card Creator scrambles cards so each player has a unique game piece. Registration with your email address is required to create and print cards, then save to your account.

tag(s): game based learning (150), printables (40), Teacher Utilities (86), worksheets (64)

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Create and play Bingo in a variety of ways. Practice sight words, math facts, or use cards as an ice-breaker activity. As a tool for personalized learning, add a variety of learning activities then allow students to select a Bingo card then complete their choice of activities to earn a Bingo with their selections from the offered choices on the card. Make Bingo cards with dates in history, science terms, or vocabulary and ask students to use ThingLink, reviewed here, to share their learning. Have students take a picture of their Bingo card and add text, images, or audio to different areas in the card using ThingLink to share their understanding of the topic. As a culminating learning activity, ask students to create their own learning game using Scratch, reviewed here, using information from their research, (lab, a novel, math exploration, etc).

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

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5 to 12
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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 (19), search strategies (25)

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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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Classkick - Andrew Rowland and Peter Do

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Classkick is a classroom learning management system that offers several tools for guiding instruction from lesson planning through assessment. Create or customize lessons using your...more
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Classkick is a classroom learning management system that offers several tools for guiding instruction from lesson planning through assessment. Create or customize lessons using your own resources or combine with content available on the site's library. Deliver lessons to students for use on any device and monitor progress in real-time. Classkick includes a private chat for students to ask for help privately and also contains options for peer to peer feedback. This site also includes a number of video tutorials and resources for implementing the tool in classrooms and a variety of ideas on how to use it.

tag(s): Learning Management Systems (22), Teacher Utilities (86)

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Use Classkick to differentiate instruction based on students' current performance. Many students are motivated to learn at their own pace using online tools, and Classkick is an option providing lessons in a different format than currently available. If not using Classkick whole -class, it provides many options for helping and enhancing learning for individual students, use for homework, or as a temporary option for providing instruction to home-bound students. As students learn through this type of management system, ask them to use a portfolio tool such as PorfolioVillage, reviewed here, to document and reflect upon their learning process.
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Twitter Chat: Tips, Tools, and Strategies for Digital Writing - TeachersFirst

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This archived Twitter chat is from November 2019 and will open in Wakelet. The title of this chat is: Tips, Tools, and Strategies for Digital Writing. During this chat, participants...more
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This archived Twitter chat is from November 2019 and will open in Wakelet. The title of this chat is: Tips, Tools, and Strategies for Digital Writing. During this chat, participants will: 1. Define digital writing and discuss its place within new digital literacies, 2. Explore strategies that support learning across subject areas, and 3. Share tips for using tech tools to support multimodal literacy.

tag(s): digital storytelling (147), process writing (43), twitterchatarchive (51), writing (363)

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Find resources and information about how to integrate digital writing into your learning environment. Share this chat with your colleagues looking for resources related to limited technology.

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Slido - Slido.com

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Slido is an instant question/answer and interactive polling application. Create an account to begin using Slido. The free account allows you to crowdsource questions, share three polls...more
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Slido is an instant question/answer and interactive polling application. Create an account to begin using Slido. The free account allows you to crowdsource questions, share three polls per event, and brainstorm ideas. After creating your session and questions, provide participants with the code to access your event. Other features include a word cloud option created from audience responses and the ability to crowdsource questions and upvote favorites, so they move to the top of the list.

tag(s): Formative Assessment (8), polls and surveys (49), quizzes (93)

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Use Slido to engage students and for use as a formative assessment. When introducing a new unit, use Slido as a pre-assessment to determine student knowledge and guide instruction. Use the anonymous feature to make it easy for students to ask questions in real-time without having to raise their hand and identify themselves. Share Slido with students to use during presentations to interact with peers.

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Advertising Game - FunEnglishGames.com

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4 to 7
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This game teaches you how to create brochures that captivate and grab the attention of readers through the effective use of content and imagery. Begin by choosing a theme for ...more
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This game teaches you how to create brochures that captivate and grab the attention of readers through the effective use of content and imagery. Begin by choosing a theme for your advertisement and follow the prompts to make selections for the best use of titles, text, and images. If you select the wrong option, the game provides feedback on why it isn't the best choice for creating the most effective advertisement.

tag(s): advertising (37), media literacy (77)

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Use this game to help students understand the different components of effective advertising, then apply this knowledge to any project involving images and text. Engage students by beginning with a simple voting tool like Dotstorming, reviewed here. Dotstorming offers a voting tool that includes images and comments. Share different advertising images with students on this tool and have students vote on the most effective design and share comments on why this is their selection. Have students locate online advertising that fits into different categories (appeal to senses, emotion, etc.) and share it on Padlet, reviewed here. Use the column feature in Padlet for students to separate information into the various categories. Enhance student learning by asking students to become the teacher and create a screencast using Free Screen Recorder Online, reviewed here, to share tips and secrets for creating effective digital advertisements. Once students have learned about different features of effective advertising, extend learning by asking them to use their skills to create their own flyer using a graphic design tool like Canva, reviewed here. Use Canva to create book covers for novels, flyers to advertise upcoming historic events, or as an announcement of their latest scientific discovery.
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Gzaas! - Gzaaz.com

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K to 12
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Do you need to make a big, bold statement on your computer screen or whiteboard? Gzaas! will do it for you. Type your message, then Gzaas! it. After submitting your ...more
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Do you need to make a big, bold statement on your computer screen or whiteboard? Gzaas! will do it for you. Type your message, then Gzaas! it. After submitting your message, use the default look or choose from several options to customize your message. Change the background, text color, font, and more. Gzaas! allows you to use up to 40 characters in your text.

tag(s): graphic design (42), images (272), iwb (30)

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Although Gzaas! is a very simple site, it offers many opportunities for enhancing classroom instruction. Use Gzaas! to create a welcome message as students enter the classroom, share a motivational quote, provide starting instructions for the day's tasks, or to simply post sight words. Create a message introducing a new topic as a springboard for discussion. Leave a message on your interactive whiteboard during class work time with information needed for students to complete their task. Use Gzaas! as an exit ticket activity and have students create a message on their mobile device sharing something they learned as they leave class.

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Whimsical Mind Maps - Whimsical

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Whimsical Mind Maps is a visual presentation tool offering concept maps in a variety of formats. Create appealing flowcharts, wireframes, sticky notes, and mind maps through the use...more
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Whimsical Mind Maps is a visual presentation tool offering concept maps in a variety of formats. Create appealing flowcharts, wireframes, sticky notes, and mind maps through the use of templates and intuitive editing tools. After signing in to your account, begin creating your mind map by choosing a template for your chosen format. Each format includes a dashboard with items to add and edit onto your page. Select the sharing icon to enable and disable features, including password protection, allowing comments, and creating a shareable link. Be sure to view the examples found on the site, including the interactive model on the home page to get a feel for the features available to you. Free accounts offer you the ability to create up to 4 free boards.

tag(s): charts and graphs (205), mind map (25)

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Assign students to "map" out a chapter or story. Assign groups to create study guides using this tool. Use this tool for literature activities, research projects, social studies, or science topics. Use this to create family trees or food pyramids in family and consumer science. Have students collaborate (online) to create group mind maps or review charts before tests on a given subject. Have students organize any concepts you study. They can color-code concepts to show what they understand, wonder, and question. Have students map out a story, plotline, or plan for the future. Students can also map out a step-by-step process (such as a life cycle or how to solve an equation). Use the wireframe option to create interesting images mimicking screen displays found on computers, phones, and mobile devices. Enhance and extend student learning by asking students to include their "map" as part of a final presentation created using a multimedia presentation tool like Wakelet, reviewed here, or as part of a digital book created using Book Creator (Chrome and app) Book Creator, reviewed here.

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OK2Ask: Tech Integration Made Easy with GooseChase - TeachersFirst

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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session from October 2019, opens in Adobe Connect. Want to implement formative assessment that encourages collaboration, increases...more
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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session from October 2019, opens in Adobe Connect. Want to implement formative assessment that encourages collaboration, increases student engagement, and gets kids moving around? Learn how to make that happen with GooseChase scavenger hunts. Use it in any subject and at any grade level (as long as they can read the missions). The possibilities are limited only by your imagination and creativity. When designing a mission, choose whether participants will submit a photo, a video, a text response, or check-in at a particular location. Participants will learn how to create a new game from scratch and how to use teacher-created templates from the Game Library. Brainstorm with other workshop participants how you and your students can use GooseChase scavenger hunts in the classroom. Participants will: 1. Learn basic use of GooseChase; 2. Explore three different ways to use GooseChase in the classroom; and 3. Plan for the use of GooseChase in the classroom. This session is appropriate for teachers at all technology levels.

tag(s): Formative Assessment (8), professional development (191)

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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: 3 Cool Tools for Literacy in the Primary Classroom - TeachersFirst

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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session from October 2019, opens in Adobe Connect. Using multiple senses is a particularly effective strategy for teaching early...more
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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session from October 2019, opens in Adobe Connect. Using multiple senses is a particularly effective strategy for teaching early literacy. Help your students achieve success in literacy activities that use engaging, free technology. Learn to provide multiple ways for your early learners to gain knowledge and literacy skills. Pairing these effective tools with literacy instruction will spice up your primary classroom. Participants will: 1. Explore three free educational tools to support literacy instruction in the primary grades; 2. Learn to use tech tools to support the language arts instructional cycle; and 3. Plan an authentic learning literacy activity that uses a digital tool. This session is appropriate for teachers at all technology levels.

tag(s): ebooks (34), literacy (105), professional development (191), reading strategies (58)

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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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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 (19)

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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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Teacher Utilities Resources - TeachersFirst

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Technology offers teachers many management tools for classroom procedures, communication, design of the classroom, and more. This collection highlights what we call "Teacher Utilities."...more
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Technology offers teachers many management tools for classroom procedures, communication, design of the classroom, and more. This collection highlights what we call "Teacher Utilities." These are any tools that make the job of the teacher slightly easier to manage. Some examples of tools in this collection include timers, learning management systems, lesson plan builders, classroom design tools, and many more. Remember our "In the Classroom" suggestions give you ideas about how to use these tools in your classroom.

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Find new tools to try in your classroom, for communication with families and more. Each review includes classroom use ideas. Read the details of each tool and find the ones that will make your tasks easier to manage.

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Headliner Voices - Headliner

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Headliner Voices is a text to voice app using the voices and likeness of celebrities. Type in your text up to 300 characters and choose a celebrity. The site includes ...more
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Headliner Voices is a text to voice app using the voices and likeness of celebrities. Type in your text up to 300 characters and choose a celebrity. The site includes several options, including Mark Zuckerburg, Ellen DeGeneres, and Beyonce. Click the play arrow to hear your text in the celebrity voice or choose the option to make a video. Share videos using the URL provided, download to your computer or share on Twitter.

tag(s): text to speech (17)

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Although the videos created using the site are rough in appearance, use them to engage students at the beginning of a lesson or as a quick summary to conclude an activity. Use with ESL/ELL students to hear text in a variety of voices. After listening to phrases spoken on the site, ask students to practice by recording on their computer or mobile device. Have students use Free Screen Recorder Online, reviewed here, to share the celebrity version of the text, then record themselves.

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PmWiki - Patrick R. Michaud

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K to 12
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Get all of the features of a wiki, but with the look of a website using PmWiki. PmWiki offers a variety of templates, all designed for easy use without coding ...more
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Get all of the features of a wiki, but with the look of a website using PmWiki. PmWiki offers a variety of templates, all designed for easy use without coding or HTML knowledge. Use the site's pre-made skins (themes), add-ons, and password protection options to customize a wiki to fit your needs. Download and install on your computer using the direct links found on the site.

tag(s): social networking (94), wikis (17)

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If you have not tried a wiki yet, visit the TeachersFirst Wiki Walk-Through for a detailed, step-by-step explanation and starter help, including dozens of ideas for ways to use a wiki in your classroom. Before implementing this site with your classroom, take some time to teach students how to edit and add information. This site is not WYSIWYG (what you see is what you get), meaning that when editing a page, you see the markup information. Allow students time to play in the site's "sandbox" as a way to preview and learn how to add information. Create and use a wiki to collaborate and compile information on any classroom research projects. For example, have your class work together to add resources and web links when researching causes of the Civil War, plants and animals found within different habitats, or share math problem-solving ideas and links. Use your wiki for small group projects and ask students to share a synopsis of group meetings along with a compilation of websites and videos used in their research.

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OK2Ask: Facts Are Facts...Aren't They? - TeachersFirst

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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session from October 2019, opens in Adobe Connect. Do your digital natives suffer from "digital naivete"? They may be fluent...more
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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session from October 2019, opens in Adobe Connect. Do your digital natives suffer from "digital naivete"? They may be fluent enough with technology to create and post their own work, but not be aware that everyone who posts online isn't credible. Teaching students to sift through multiple sets of "facts" allows them to learn the difference between propaganda, advertising, and factual reporting. This is a skill that students need in order to be truly digitally literate. In an age of instant information, students need to know how to tell if they can trust a source of information. Join us to learn strategies for helping them. Participants will: 1. Explore tools and strategies for teaching media literacy; 2. Learn strategies that promote critical examination of online resources; and 3. Plan a learning activity that fosters digital literacy. This session is appropriate for teachers at all technology levels.

tag(s): digital citizenship (75), media literacy (77), professional development (191)

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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: Limited Access to Technology: Tips and Resources - TeachersFirst

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This archived Twitter chat is from October 2019 and will open in Wakelet. The title of this chat is: Limited Access to Technology: Tips and Resources. During this chat, participants...more
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This archived Twitter chat is from October 2019 and will open in Wakelet. The title of this chat is: Limited Access to Technology: Tips and Resources. During this chat, participants will: 1. Discuss strategies for maximizing available classroom technology, 2. Explore alternative ways to use tech tools, and 3. Share tips for creating authentic group learning.

tag(s): professional development (191), twitterchatarchive (51)

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Find resources and information about how to integrate technology into your classroom with limited resources. Share this chat with your colleagues looking for resources related to limited technology.

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The Urlist - Burke Holland and Cecil Phillip

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Do you need to share a group of URLs? The Urlist makes it easy to create and share a list of URLs without having to share each one individually. Copy ...more
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Do you need to share a group of URLs? The Urlist makes it easy to create and share a list of URLs without having to share each one individually. Copy and paste each link, then share the URL created, no need to even register! As you build your list, use drag and drop features to re-order items. When finished, give your list a name and description and publish it. Once published, copy the URL from your browser to share by email or however you usually share links. Create a free account if desired to save, manage, and edit your lists.

tag(s): bookmarks (54)

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Bookmark The Urlist to use whenever you want to share a group of links. For example, gather all of your online resources for any unit into one list for your personal use or to share with students on your class website for easy access at all times. Create an account at the site to keep track of your bookmark lists and edit as needed. Ask students to use this site when doing research projects and ask them to include their URL list as part of the final project.

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