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Twitter Chat: Assessment Tools and Resources - TeachersFirst

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This archived Twitter chat is from November 2020 and will open in Wakelet. The title of this chat is: Assessment Tools and Resources. During this chat, participants: 1. Discussed indicators...more
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This archived Twitter chat is from November 2020 and will open in Wakelet. The title of this chat is: Assessment Tools and Resources. During this chat, participants: 1. Discussed indicators that learning is taking place to drive instruction, 2. Explored tools and resources that can be used to assess students, and 3. Shared strategies to integrate assessment tools and strategies.

tag(s): assessment (116), Formative Assessment (17), twitterchatarchive (101)

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Find resources and information about assessment tools and resources. Share this chat with your colleagues looking for tools and resources for assessment.

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Crossword Clues - CrosswordClues.com

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Crossword Clues is a helpful tool for solving crossword puzzles and much more. Use the Crossword Solver feature to enter the clue and number of letters to receive suggestions for ...more
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Crossword Clues is a helpful tool for solving crossword puzzles and much more. Use the Crossword Solver feature to enter the clue and number of letters to receive suggestions for puzzle answers. Play Crossword Boss to challenge your ability to answer crossword questions quickly or use the Anagram Solver to unscramble letters to find matching words and phrases.

tag(s): crosswords (19), puzzles (176)

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Save this site to encourage students to test their skills on higher-level puzzles, using only as a last resort to find answers. Use the recent clues list for you or your students to create puzzles using the crossword generator from Class Tools, reviewed here. Have students develop puzzles to review vocabulary terms, important information from novels, or test their knowledge of historical figures. Include their puzzles on your website for students to access from home.

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Smithsonian Open Access - Smithsonian

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"What will you create?" asks Smithsonian as they share a digital collection of over 3 million items available to download without use restrictions. Materials include images and data...more
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"What will you create?" asks Smithsonian as they share a digital collection of over 3 million items available to download without use restrictions. Materials include images and data from across Smithonian's varied resources, including museums, the National Zoo, research centers, and more. Find information with keywords in the search bar or explore featured platforms such as Smithsonian Learning Lab, 3D Voyager, or Developer Tools. After obtaining search results, use filters to narrow down the results to fit your needs. For a better understanding of how others use downloaded materials, explore the remixes found on the site.

tag(s): art history (77), images (264), primary sources (101), Research (49), sculpture (20)

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Think of Smithsonian access as your virtual museum of downloads to use without copyright restrictions. Search and find images to use for any need. Use the images in newsletters, teaching materials, student projects, digital books, and more. For example, include images on shared Google Slides, reviewed here, and ask students to annotate features using text or the drawing tool. Share the site with students to use when creating webpages using Site123, reviewed here, or to create posters in Canva Edu, reviewed here.

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Text Giraffe - FlamingText.com

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Create a unique and appealing logo easily with Text Giraffe logo creator. Type in your text or headline to generate dozens of logo choices. After selecting a logo, choose from ...more
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Create a unique and appealing logo easily with Text Giraffe logo creator. Type in your text or headline to generate dozens of logo choices. After selecting a logo, choose from the provided size options and download it to your computer using the right-click on your mouse and save.
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tag(s): design (86), drawing (65), graphic design (43), images (264)

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Use Text Giraffe in a variety of ways to engage students and bring interest to any project. Have students design a logo to include as part of written presentations. Include a logo as part of a Google Slides presentation, < a href="/single.cfm?id=18896">reviewed here. Use in Google Slides to design an image that includes their logo then save as a JPG for use within other projects such as digital books or infographics.
 

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Canvas - Instructure, Inc

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Canvas is a free learning management system that provides tools for delivering instruction through course modules. Use the included features to set up your class, add students, add...more
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Canvas is a free learning management system that provides tools for delivering instruction through course modules. Use the included features to set up your class, add students, add assignments, distribute quizzes, and access the online grade book. Use the included calendar to add assignment due dates, upcoming events, and other important information. Canvas also includes ePortfolios for students to share and display their work as part of the learning process. Be sure to visit the tutorials included on the site to learn how to add classes and assignments, and also to understand how to adjust privacy settings to meet your requirements.

tag(s): Learning Management Systems (24), portfolios (20), remote learning (13), Teacher Utilities (100)

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Use Canvas to deliver remote instruction or as a supplemental tool for in-school instruction. Create courses to differentiate learning opportunities for students. Provide advanced courses for gifted learners, or add additional resources for students that need additional instruction in any content area. As students become familiar with using Canvas, encourage them to use the ePortfolio feature to share their educational accomplishments and reflect upon the learning process.

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RecordCast Screen Recorder - PearlMountain Ltd

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RecordCast Screen Record is a free, easy to use screen recorder that doesn't require registration or downloads. RecordCast is more than a screen recorder; it also includes editing tools...more
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RecordCast Screen Record is a free, easy to use screen recorder that doesn't require registration or downloads. RecordCast is more than a screen recorder; it also includes editing tools to add text, music, and transitions after downloading your recording. Use RecordCast's options to record your entire screen or just a tab or application. When finished, save to download to your device. Although registration isn't required, it allows you to save recordings and export completed videos in different formats for easier sharing.

tag(s): tutorials (44), video (249)

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Use this handy screen recording tool in a variety of ways in your classroom. Record tutorials for students to demonstrate how to access and use online sites, create recordings for substitutes to explain how to find and use the software on your computer, or make a how-to demo on where to find information on your class website to share with students and parents. Help students understand how to use the different features of documents, such as creating a tutorial showing students how to format cells in Excel, add comments to a Google document, or find and insert images in slides. Share this site with students to use when analyzing websites as part of your ongoing digital safety lessons. Ask them to include a video as part of a larger multimedia presentation. After exporting their video, ask students to include it within a presentation created using Sway, reviewed here, or Adobe Spark for Education, reviewed here.

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OK2Ask: Microsoft Teams Basics and Best Practices for Use in Remote Learning - TeachersFirst

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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session is from October 2020. You can register and immediately view the archive of the session.

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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session is from October 2020. You can register and immediately view the archive of the session.

Microsoft Teams is a great all-in-one hub for the collaborative classroom. This "basics" session will introduce you to channels, tabs and posts which are the foundation of communication and collaboration in Microsoft Teams. When used with remote learning best practices, these building blocks can help you create a welcoming environment for your students. Join us to make the best use of these tools to provide structure for your remote learning environment. As a result of this session, teachers will: 1. Learn about Microsoft Teams settings and options; 2. Understand how to use channels to foster student communication; and 3. Plan for the use of Microsoft Teams to support instruction. This session is appropriate for teachers at all technology levels.

tag(s): Microsoft (54), professional development (217), remote learning (13)

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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: Digital Citizenship: How to teach it and Resource Round-Up - TeachersFirst

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This archived Twitter chat is from October 2020 and will open in Wakelet. The title of this chat is Digital Citizenship: How to teach it and Resource Round-Up. During this ...more
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This archived Twitter chat is from October 2020 and will open in Wakelet. The title of this chat is Digital Citizenship: How to teach it and Resource Round-Up. During this chat, participants will: 1. Discuss the importance of digital citizenship, 2. Explore tools and resources that support digital citizenship, and 3. Share tips and strategies for integrating digital citizenship in the classroom.

tag(s): digital citizenship (71), twitterchatarchive (101)

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Find resources and information about teaching digital citizenship and resources. Share this chat with your colleagues looking for tools and resources on digital citizenship strategies and resources.

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Free Templates - Template.net

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Choose from over 100,000 ready-made templates for use with many different programs, including Word, Google Docs, Adobe, WordPress, and more at Free Templates. Register using your email...more
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Choose from over 100,000 ready-made templates for use with many different programs, including Word, Google Docs, Adobe, WordPress, and more at Free Templates. Register using your email to begin viewing and downloading templates to personalize. Select options by file format or type of publication desired. Use the keyword search to find specific content; for example, use Education & Free to find a variety of templates (over 1,000) for use in educational settings, including flyers, brochures, and posters. Select the file to download, then choose the free option. This option requires that users give credit to the source of the template and provides wording to copy and paste onto digital sites or print copies.
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tag(s): graphic design (43), graphic organizers (42), posters (43)

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Bookmark and save this site as a time-saving option for a variety of classroom uses. Share with students to use when creating class projects. For example, choose a brochure for students to use to create and share book reviews, state research projects, or to document a science experiment. Include completed templates on larger presentations using Sway, reviewed here. In addition to presentations created using these templates, be sure to include videos, images, and more within students' Sway presentations.
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Open Up Resources - Open Up Resources

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Access high-quality math and language arts resources on Open Up Resources. Register on the site to view and gain access to course materials. Select the grade level and choose the ...more
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Access high-quality math and language arts resources on Open Up Resources. Register on the site to view and gain access to course materials. Select the grade level and choose the teacher, parent, or student materials. The math curriculum supports grades 6-8 and high school content; ELA is available in grades K-8. Content is divided into units and lessons and includes all materials except assessments. Provide additional information related to your school affiliation to gain access to available assessments. Other options include downloading resources as a print file or import into a Microsoft OneNote Class Notebook.

tag(s): data (144), decimals (119), exponents (43), factoring (30), fractions (220), guided reading (38), measurement (159), OER (33), transformations (16), writing (295)

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Include this site to supplement your current ELA and math curriculum. Use the resources to differentiate instruction for gifted students in lower grades or as remediation for struggling students in older grades. Be sure to take advantage of the family materials providing explanations of math content and strategies for problem-solving. Use the student materials for differentiating instruction or as homework. Have students share their math explanations, reading strategies and more with video explanations using a tool like FlipGrid, reviewed here. FlipGrid provides a tool for video responses to a question along with comments from peers. Extend learning by asking students to create and share their own math problems, along with suggestions for learning. Use a tool like Sway, reviewed here. Sway is a presentation tool that offers multimedia options, including text, video, and images.
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Twitter Chat: Active Learning Strategies and Resources - TeachersFirst

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This archived Twitter chat is from October 2020 and will open in Wakelet. The title of this chat is: Active Learning Strategies and Resources. During this chat, participants will: 1....more
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This archived Twitter chat is from October 2020 and will open in Wakelet. The title of this chat is: Active Learning Strategies and Resources. During this chat, participants will: 1. Define and discuss the components of active learning, 2. Share tech tools that support active learning strategies, and 3. Explore ways to incorporate active learning in the classroom.

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Twitter Chat: Creating a Classroom Community - TeachersFirst

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This archived Twitter chat is from September 2020 and will open in Wakelet. The title of this chat is: Creating a Classroom Community. During this chat, participants will: 1. Discuss...more
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This archived Twitter chat is from September 2020 and will open in Wakelet. The title of this chat is: Creating a Classroom Community. During this chat, participants will: 1. Discuss the components of building a classroom community 2. Share strategies to help students with difficult conversations, and 3. Explore ways to build empathy in the classroom.

tag(s): communities (36), twitterchatarchive (101)

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Find resources and information about building a classroom community. Share this chat with your colleagues looking for tools and resources on building a classroom community.

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International Storytelling Center - The International Storytelling Center

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Discover the power of storytelling through the work of the International Storytelling Center. The center's work includes three main categories: performance, preservation, and practice....more
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Discover the power of storytelling through the work of the International Storytelling Center. The center's work includes three main categories: performance, preservation, and practice. Although many events are part of paid admission to the Storytelling Festival, the site contains many free resources. Start with the "Storytellers" link to learn about featured storytellers that include links to their websites. Select the area entitled "Initiatives" to find Freedom Stories and the Learning Library. Freedom Stories is an ongoing series that features performances and discussions focused on the topic of the Black Heritage of Appalachia. The Learning Library is an area for educators that includes lessons, storytelling toolkits, stories in action, and other classroom resources. The videos are hosted on YouTube. If your district blocks YouTube, then they may not be viewable.

tag(s): authors (97), digital storytelling (132), stories and storytelling (28)

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Take advantage of this site's many storytelling resources to teach and share the art of storytelling with your students. Watch videos together and discuss how storytellers use different techniques to engage an audience. Use EdPuzzle, reviewed here, to create interactive video lessons by adding questions and notes to featured videos to guide students as they watch storytellers in action. As you encourage students to learn about storytelling, use activities found at ReadWriteThink, reviewed here, to help students plan and create stories. For example, use this lesson to create book trailers instead of book reports to guide students through a digital storytelling activity. As students gain confidence in storytelling, ask them to create a podcast series featuring their work. Buzzsprout, reviewed here, is a simple to use podcasting tool that offers up to two hours of free uploads per month.
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Black Illustrations - John D. Saunders

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This collection, created by a black web designer, includes over forty images of people of color for use with any digital project. They include a diverse selection of skin colors, ...more
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This collection, created by a black web designer, includes over forty images of people of color for use with any digital project. They include a diverse selection of skin colors, body types, and hairstyles to represent a broad spectrum of black images. In addition to individual images, this pack includes pre-made office and medical scenes. The downloaded contents consist of images in a variety of formats, including PNG, JPG, and others.

tag(s): clip art (10), images (264), racism (57)

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Use images from this collection with any digital projects, and be sure to share with students to use with their digital work. These images are perfect to use with any projects that involve discussions and presentations on racism. Use images in a variety of ways such as to include in explainer videos created with Adobe Spark Video Creator, reviewed here, in digital books made with Book Creator, reviewed here, and in multimedia presentations made with Sway, reviewed here.

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Bruce Cameron Novel Study Guide - Macmillan

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Bruce Cameron is the author of the popular book series, A Dog's Purpose. This printable document contains a reading guide that incorporates the series's novels into an integrated lesson...more
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Bruce Cameron is the author of the popular book series, A Dog's Purpose. This printable document contains a reading guide that incorporates the series's novels into an integrated lesson plan. The materials incorporate the three books to use as teaching opportunities for lessons in compare and contrast and to teach about following a plotline throughout a book series. Content includes chapter-by-chapter vocabulary, chapter summaries and questions, and extended learning questions.

tag(s): guided reading (38), independent reading (106)

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Take advantage of this free reading guide to use as a book study in your classroom. Engage students using Baamboozle, reviewed here, to introduce and assess student understanding of vocabulary words. Baamboozle is an easy to use game creation site designed to be played in teams. Extend learning of point of view concepts by asking students to use Witty Comics, reviewed here, to create comic strips sharing different points of view. As a final project, ask students to choose one of the themes found in the study guide as a project-based learning activity. Provide options for sharing their learning such as creating a podcast using Buzzsprout, reviewed here, create a learning game using Scratch, reviewed here, or use Story Maps, reviewed here, as a map-based storytelling tool.
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Safe@School - Lesson Plans and Toolkits - USC Rossier

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USC Rossier's online master's in school counseling program provides this extensive collection of resources for helping you to facilitate discussions about race, racism, and diversity...more
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USC Rossier's online master's in school counseling program provides this extensive collection of resources for helping you to facilitate discussions about race, racism, and diversity with students of all ages. Some of the resources are lesson plans, glossaries, toolkits, and others are activities. You don't have to pursue a master's in counseling to use these resources.

tag(s): african american (98), hispanic (15), racism (57)

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Use these resources throughout the school year, and especially during difficult conversations, including those about racism, come up in class. Review these resources to prepare yourself for spontaneous discussions about race and differences. You may want to start the school year with "Claim It! Creating a Climate of Inclusion Lesson Plan," or skim through the list of resources to find one that will fit your lesson and students.

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Teaching About Race and Racism: Lesson Plans Resources - ShareMyLesson

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Curated by ShareMyLesson, find a substantial collection of PreK-12 lesson plans, activities, and resources to help students critically address the issues of race and racism. Racism...more
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Curated by ShareMyLesson, find a substantial collection of PreK-12 lesson plans, activities, and resources to help students critically address the issues of race and racism. Racism Lesson Plans are in categories: Black Lives Matter and George Floyd (which has an anti-racist reading list for children and adults), Professional Development, and General Racism Lesson Plans and Resources. The latter includes lessons about talking with children about race, stereotyping, white supremacy, segregation, lynchings, anti-Semitism, and too many more to name here. Other categories include Lesson Plans: Stereotyping, Racial Profiling, and Related Collections. ShareMyLesson has put together such a rich collection that you won't need to look anywhere else.

tag(s): african american (98), black history (78), hispanic (15), jews (27), racism (57), segregation (17)

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Before sharing this site with students, find a lesson to use as an introduction. Then, show the lesson and its resources on your interactive whiteboard or with a projector, explaining to students all the parts of the lesson as you proceed through it. After this first lesson, enhance student learning by allowing them to choose what lesson or resource they would like to investigate next. Ask students to use Padlet, reviewed here, to register their preference for investigation. If more than one student is interested in the same lesson/resource, allow them to work together. Challenge students to share their extended learning with their peers in a multimedia presentation using Genial.ly, reviewed here, or Sway, reviewed here. Both Sway and Genial.ly will allow your students to create multimedia projects. With Genial.ly you could allow students to choose the type of interactive media they want to develop.

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Site123 - Site123

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It's as easy as 123 to create a blog or build your website with Site123. Click the Get Started button and choose the type of website you want. There are ...more
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It's as easy as 123 to create a blog or build your website with Site123. Click the Get Started button and choose the type of website you want. There are 16 categories ranging from blogs to music, business, photography, portfolio, creative arts, and several others. Next, add the name for your blog or website, and last, sign up with your name and email, or your Facebook or Google account. Once this is done you can start designing by choosing from templates, their royalty-free images (or upload your own), add text, videos, and music. Use your dashboard to add pages and edit at any time, even after you've published your page. An added bonus is that you can create multiple websites and/or blogs under one account and one admin username. Be sure to check out the video tutorials for building your website and all the features available to you, such as approving comments, sharing on social media, and more! If your district blocks YouTube the tutorials may not be viewable. You can then look under the settings tab, the FAQs, or write to a support person (available 24/7).
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tag(s): blogs (70), writing (295)

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Use this site for students to post or collect material for simple projects such as stories, poems, art projects, science lab write-ups, or the week's problem in math. Collect a master list of URLs to student pages on your classroom website, wiki, or blog for easy access. If students are creating pages, check with your district's policy on publishing student work. Create pages for quick link-sharing or upcoming events such as field trips, class party information, school events, science fairs, etc. Students can create simple pages to share links to include in presentations so classmates can participate on laptops. If you are beginning a major creative project such as a literary magazine or research project, Site123 is a wonderful place for writers to collect questions and ideas to be developed later.

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Twitter Chat: Commit to Creativity: International Dot Day - TeachersFirst

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This archived Twitter chat is from September 2020 and will open in Wakelet. The title of this chat is: Commit to Creativity: International Dot Day. During this chat, participants will:...more
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This archived Twitter chat is from September 2020 and will open in Wakelet. The title of this chat is: Commit to Creativity: International Dot Day. During this chat, participants will: 1. Discuss the benefits of creativity, courage, and collaboration 2. Explore strategies for integrating creativity, courage, and collaboration across various curricular areas, and 3. Share tips for participation in the International Dot Day.

tag(s): creativity (98), twitterchatarchive (101)

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Find resources and information about creativity and International Dot Day. Share this chat with your colleagues looking for tools and resources on creativity and International Dot Day.

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Copyright & Creativity For Ethical Digital Citizens - Copyright & Creativity.org

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Digital Literacy is an important topic to teach to students, and understanding copyright is increasingly essential as all students are now publishers and creators. This site provides...more
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Digital Literacy is an important topic to teach to students, and understanding copyright is increasingly essential as all students are now publishers and creators. This site provides a free curriculum for all grade levels to teach copyright and fair use. Choose from one of the three grade-level bands - elementary, middle school, or high school to access the shared lessons. Each of the grade-level content areas includes lessons, slides, videos, and all materials needed to teach the curriculum fully. In addition to the student lessons, Copyright & Creativity also includes an on-demand teaching unit for professionals that is hosted on Canvas, reviewed here. Videos included with the lessons are hosted on YouTube.

tag(s): copyright (43), digital citizenship (71)

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Utilize the free curriculums offered on this site to teach students (and yourself) about the proper use of copyright. If you are unable to download the videos, this site recommends viewing the videos using View Pure, reviewed here, to remove all of the annoying "extras" included with YouTube videos. As you teach lessons and ask students to brainstorm ideas or compare and contrast information, use a graphic organizer tool such as Popplet, reviewed here, to create and save visual displays of students' ideas that include both text and images. Ask students to include a link to their Popplet organizer on Seesaw, reviewed here, along with original drawings, recordings, or other materials created during your unit. As a final project, extend learning by asking students to create a tutorial about copyright based upon their knowledge. Provide a variety of resources for creating the tutorial as a way to differentiate learning. Examples of some tools to include are Book Creator, reviewed here, or Adobe Spark Video Creator, reviewed here, or create an infographic using Canva Infographic Maker, reviewed here.
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