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OK2Ask: TeachersFirst Exclusives that Spark Curiosity in the Classroom - TeachersFirst

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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session from March 2020, opens in Adobe Connect. Explore four free TeachersFirst exclusive resources that spark curiosity and...more
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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session from March 2020, opens in Adobe Connect. Explore four free TeachersFirst exclusive resources that spark curiosity and support classroom instruction. Let TeachersFirst help you save time and assist you with creating engaging learning experiences for your students. Enhance reading comprehension across content areas with our library of pre-made virtual field trips that immerse students in literature and build context and interest in the characters and their journeys. Support geography and mapping skills in grades 2-6 with the weekly episodic adventures of Geo and Meri. Build cross-cultural understanding and practice digital writing weekly with XW1W. Explore a web-based, interactive infographic of the Battle of Gettysburg designed to raise questions and invite connections for students in grades 5 - 10. This session is appropriate for teachers at all technology levels.

tag(s): professional development (231)

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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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Grades 6-8 eBooks Resources for Teaching Remotely on Short Notice - TeachersFirst

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Remote teaching doesn't have to be complicated. Get off to a great start with this collection of free eBook resources to use and share with students in grades 6-8. These ...more
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Remote teaching doesn't have to be complicated. Get off to a great start with this collection of free eBook resources to use and share with students in grades 6-8. These resources include links to public domain eBooks, audiobooks, Kindle books, and podcasts. Enjoy new ideas in this collection to find ideas for summertime reading suggestions just for teachers.

tag(s): audio books (24), ebooks (36), podcasts (62), professional development (231)

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Take advantage of your remote teaching lessons to offer a variety of reading suggestions to your students. Browse through the free books offered and create a list of suggestions based on your knowledge of student interests and abilities. Encourage communication and collaboration between your students through the use of Padlet, reviewed here. Use Padlet to share links to your book suggestions, then ask students to add comments and reviews.

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Grades 6-8 ELA Resources for Teaching Remotely on Short Notice - TeachersFirst

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This Wakelet collection provides resources to fill in instructional gaps with tools and tips that require little guidance for student use. The "General Tips" share a path to getting...more
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This Wakelet collection provides resources to fill in instructional gaps with tools and tips that require little guidance for student use. The "General Tips" share a path to getting started and recommendations for implementing remote learning activities. The "Instructional Tools" shares a free tool that incorporates seamlessly into at-home learning. "Show What They Know" provides resources for formative assessment along with guidelines for using the assessment tool.

tag(s): assessment (130), Learning Management Systems (25), literacy (111), professional development (231)

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Discover the many recommendations and tools found in this collection to provide a variety of learning opportunities to your students. When using CommonLit, reviewed here, use the classroom feature to assign topics by student ability or interest. Don't forget to use the site's large Spanish library that includes reading passages and questions as a resource for Spanish speaking students.

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Coronavirus Resources: Teaching, Learning and Thinking Critically - New York Times and Katherine Schulten

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Stay up to date with the latest information for working, at school or home, using the information found online at the New York Times. Resources include weekly quizzes, writing prompts,...more
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Stay up to date with the latest information for working, at school or home, using the information found online at the New York Times. Resources include weekly quizzes, writing prompts, interactive graphs, and much more. Suggested prompts employ information found on the front page of the newspaper as the starting point for KWL (what you know, want to know, what you learned) charts, and exploration of graphs and charts. Additional activities include questions that promote critical thinking and debate, along with links to resources to use within these debates.

tag(s): diseases (78), Online Learning (15), professional development (231)

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Be sure to bookmark this site as an important resource for lessons about the coronavirus and also as a resource for implementing online teaching activities. Incorporate ideas and activities found on this site into a blended learning system such as ActivelyLearn, reviewed here or TES Teach Blendspace, reviewed here. Both of these sites include features to create remote lessons with text, videos, and quizzes and provide educators instant feedback on student understanding. As students develop an understanding of the effects and makeup of the coronavirus, use the Image Annotator found at Class Tools, reviewed here to upload and label an image sharing their knowledge. For example, have younger students upload a picture of their home, then label different surfaces with a short sentence on how they can spread or receive germs. For older students, ask them to use the Image Annotator to label the different areas found in the community that leads to the spread of disease.
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K-12 Student Project Resources for Teaching Remotely on Short Notice - TeachersFirst

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K to 12
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Sometimes educators need short notice ideas for student projects that try to fill in instructional gaps with limited guidance or teacher support. This collection shares ideas and resources...more
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Sometimes educators need short notice ideas for student projects that try to fill in instructional gaps with limited guidance or teacher support. This collection shares ideas and resources to get you started with student projects, especially in remote learning situations. Browse through to find a variety of tools for students to "Show What You Know" for web-based formative assessment.

tag(s): assessment (130), Formative Assessment (16), professional development (231)

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Explore the free tools shared in this Wakelet collection to find formative assessment ideas for any grade level or subject. Take advantage of the tips, OK2Ask archives, and blog posts to learn more about the shared resources and how to incorporate them into your lessons.

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Twitter Chat: Twitter Chat: Tips, Tools, and Strategies for Curating Resources - TeachersFirst

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This archived Twitter chat is from March 2020 and will open in Wakelet. The title of this chat is: Twitter Chat: Tips, Tools, and Strategies for Curating Resources. During this ...more
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This archived Twitter chat is from March 2020 and will open in Wakelet. The title of this chat is: Twitter Chat: Tips, Tools, and Strategies for Curating Resources. During this chat, participants will: 1. Discuss curation strategies and their use in education, 2. Share resources and tech tools that assist both teachers and students with curation, and 3. Explore ways to incorporate the use of curated resources in the classroom.

tag(s): bookmarks (56), twitterchatarchive (89)

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Find resources and information about how to use tech tools to support strategies for curating resources. Share this chat with your colleagues looking for tips, tools, and strategies related to curating resources for students and teachers.

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Reading Treks: Refugee - TeachersFirst

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TeachersFirst Reading Treks create a virtual field trip of resources about a piece of literature or text using the My Maps feature of Google Maps. This Reading Trek provides inspiration...more
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TeachersFirst Reading Treks create a virtual field trip of resources about a piece of literature or text using the My Maps feature of Google Maps. This Reading Trek provides inspiration and suggestions for using Refugee, written by Alan Gratz. Use the robust teaching guide with students in grades 6-9 as they learn about the struggles of Joseph and his family as they escape from Nazi Germany. Content correlates to Common Core Standards, ISTE Student Standards, and National Curriculum Standards for Social Studies. Find the entire selection of Reading Treks here.

tag(s): europe (73), germany (30), immigrants (27), immigration (68), world war 2 (146)

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Take advantage of the many ideas offered on this Reading Trek to enhance and extend student learning. Use virtual field trips offered online to take students to places around the world to learn more about world populations and immigration. This TeachersFirst Special Topics page provides a curated list of free virtual field trips from around the world. Offer students a variety of digital storytelling tools to share their knowledge of immigration. Some free options include Wakelet, reviewed here, UtellStory, reviewed here, and Google My Maps, reviewed here.
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OK2Ask: Digital Storytelling 201 - TeachersFirst

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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session from March 2020, opens in Adobe Connect. Get ready for World Storytelling Day by joining us for this session. You (or...more
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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session from March 2020, opens in Adobe Connect. Get ready for World Storytelling Day by joining us for this session. You (or your students) have a story idea, but now what do you do? We'll review the Digital Storytelling Process and then talk about using tech tools to create your product. Digital stories can be used for instruction as well as formative and summative assessments. You will also get some ideas for classroom management while students are working on digital storytelling projects. Participants will: 1. Understand the Digital Storytelling Process; 2. Explore a technology tool for digital storytelling; and 3. Plan for the use of digital storytelling in the instructional setting. This session is appropriate for teachers at all technology levels.

tag(s): digital storytelling (146)

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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: Using Technology to Support Universal Design for Learning (UDL) Principles - TeachersFirst

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This archived Twitter chat is from March 2020 and will open in Wakelet. The title of this chat is: Using Technology to Support Universal Design for Learning (UDL) Principles. During...more
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This archived Twitter chat is from March 2020 and will open in Wakelet. The title of this chat is: Using Technology to Support Universal Design for Learning (UDL) Principles. During this chat, participants will: 1. Discuss UDL principles and strategies; 2. Share resources and tech tools that support UDL principles; and 3. Explore ways to promote the use of UDL principles when planning instruction.

tag(s): Accessibility (8), twitterchatarchive (89)

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Find resources and information about how to use tech tools to support universal design for learning (UDL) principles. Share this chat with your colleagues looking for resources related to school to home communication.

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OK2Ask: Transform Your Lesson Plans with Triple E and TeachersFirst Part 2 - TeachersFirst

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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session from March 2020, opens in Adobe Connect. As you reflect on how you integrate technology into your instruction to support...more
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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session from March 2020, opens in Adobe Connect. As you reflect on how you integrate technology into your instruction to support curricular objectives, it is important to evaluate lesson effectiveness. Join us as we take a deeper dive into the Triple E Framework. We will provide strategies and tools to help you understand if technology implementation in your classroom impacts learning in a deep and meaningful way. Other frameworks help us understand connections between learning and technology, while the Triple E Framework helps us evaluate the effectiveness that technology use has on student achievement of their learning goals. Learn to analyze lesson plans and apply the Triple E Measurement tool to inform your practice to design and teach better lessons using technology. Participants will: 1. Understand how to use the Triple E rubric; 2. Explore technology integrated lesson plans; and 3. Plan for the use of technology 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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Reading Treks: Bud, Not Buddy - TeachersFirst

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TeachersFirst Reading Treks create a virtual field trip of resources about a piece of literature or text using the My Maps feature of Google Maps. This Reading Trek provides inspiration...more
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TeachersFirst Reading Treks create a virtual field trip of resources about a piece of literature or text using the My Maps feature of Google Maps. This Reading Trek provides inspiration and suggestions for using Bud, Not Buddy with students in grades 3-7. Take advantage of the robust teaching guide. This historical fiction novel takes place in Grand Rapids, Michigan, during the time of the Great Depression. Content correlates to Common Core Standards, ISTE Student Standards, and National Curriculum Standards for Social Studies. Find the entire selection of Reading Treks here.

tag(s): civil rights (135), cultures (116), great depression (31), michigan (4), racism (21)

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Encourage students to work through the layers of the Great Depression and Life in the 1930s, exploring these periods of history using primary sources. Use this curated list of primary source resources to engage students in learning about the past through comparisons to current day life. Use an online tool such a Creately, reviewed here, to create diagrams, mindmaps, and other visual graphic organizers to compare and contrast the different periods. Engage students as they explore events shared in the book through the use of bite-sized podcasts using Synth, reviewed here. Synth is an easy to use audio tool that encourages students to share their thoughts and learning reflections in 256 seconds or less.
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Talk to Books - Google

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Talk to Books uses artificial intelligence to ask questions and find responses from within books. The answers include the passage containing the response along with a citation, including...more
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Talk to Books uses artificial intelligence to ask questions and find responses from within books. The answers include the passage containing the response along with a citation, including the author's name and date of publication. Click on the link to view the passage within the book or to go to the Google Books link. Sample questions provide ideas and examples of how to use the site.

tag(s): search engines (62), search strategies (27)

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Take advantage of this site to find specific resources to use within classroom lessons. One example on the site asks, "Why did World War 1 happen?" Responses link to several passages discussing the start of World War 1 and provide alternatives for students to review and discuss as they look at the causes of World War 1. Use a browser extension like Webnote, reviewed here, for you and your students to add comments and notes to any webpage. As you find particularly interesting articles, enhance learning by using Fiskkit, reviewed here, as a collaborative tool for sharing and discussing online articles. Fiskkit offers tools for highlighting and sharing information within online articles. Ask students to include and reference information found through the Talks to Books within any presentation. Extend student learning by having them use a tool like Wakelet, reviewed here, to present information. Wakelet is a presentation tool that offers resources for sharing websites, images, links to Twitter, and more.

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Data GIF Maker - Google News Lab

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Create and share data with the different GIF formats offered by Google News Lab. Choose from the three theme options - rectangles, circles, or racetrack to begin. Follow the prompts...more
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Create and share data with the different GIF formats offered by Google News Lab. Choose from the three theme options - rectangles, circles, or racetrack to begin. Follow the prompts to add a title and data values. Add data as a percentage or numerical values then customize your GIF by selecting from different color options. When finished, save as an HQ (high quality) or LQ (low quality) GIF. Once created, save the GIF to your computer or share using the provided link.

tag(s): data (155), images (274)

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This tool provides you and your students an excellent resource for engagingly sharing data. Use the Data GIF Maker to create a visual display when collecting data. For example, begin using this tool by polling your class to find out their favorite type of pizza and then enter the data to create a GIF. Use the same data in all three included formats to compare and contrast how the information looks based on the type of chart used. Take this same information and have students calculate the percentages and create GIFs to compare and contrast this information with your original images. Once you and your students are familiar with how to use this site to create GIFs, use it to enhance student learning by including GIFs within your presentations for students to evaluate and to visualize any data. Create GIFs to document student reading logs, the amount of time spent on homework, or time spent on community service. Have students include GIFs when annotating images using ThingLink, reviewed here, or within presentations created with tools such as Sway, reviewed here.

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Twitter Chat: Develop Design Thinking Using Digital Tools - TeachersFirst

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This archived Twitter chat is from February 2020 and will open in Wakelet. The title of this chat is: Develop Design Thinking Using Digital Tools. During this chat, participants: 1....more
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This archived Twitter chat is from February 2020 and will open in Wakelet. The title of this chat is: Develop Design Thinking Using Digital Tools. During this chat, participants: 1. Defined and discussed the components of design thinking, 2. Explored the role of design thinking in education, and 3. Shared resources and digital tools that could help to manage the design process.

tag(s): design (89), twitterchatarchive (89)

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Find resources and information about how to use tech tools to develop design thinking using digital tools. Share this chat with your colleagues looking for resources related to design thinking.

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Reading Treks: March, Book One - TeachersFirst

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TeachersFirst Reading Treks create a virtual field trip of resources about a piece of literature or text using the My Maps feature of Google Maps. This Reading Trek provides inspiration...more
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TeachersFirst Reading Treks create a virtual field trip of resources about a piece of literature or text using the My Maps feature of Google Maps. This Reading Trek provides inspiration and suggestions for sharing the autobiography of Congressman John Lewis. View the robust instructional guide for suggestions to use with students in grades 7-12. Content correlates to Common Core Standards, ISTE Student Standards, and National Curriculum Standards for Social Studies. Find the entire selection of Reading Treks here.

tag(s): black history (73), civil rights (135), congress (44)

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Using the Reading Trek, explore the periods of the 1930s and 1960s using maps and other non-fiction resources. Engage students and use an online organization tool like Padlet, reviewed here, to collect and share resources with students. Organize information within the Padlet using columns to sort content by decade. Be sure to allow comments to encourage student discussion and collaboration. Enhance learning by asking students to create infographics using Canva Infographic Maker, reviewed here. Use the infographics as an alternative to a book report and ask students to share important places, dates, and historical characters to tell the story of John Lewis.
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CC Search - Creative Commons

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CC search is a search tool to find free images that are available under public domain and Creative Commons licenses. Type your search term in the search bar to begin ...more
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CC search is a search tool to find free images that are available under public domain and Creative Commons licenses. Type your search term in the search bar to begin browsing. Narrow your options by using the available filters, including image type, file type, source, image ratio, and image size. Each image includes HTML attribution information to copy and paste onto your web page.

tag(s): copyright (49), creative commons (24), images (274), photography (144), search engines (62)

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Use this image search in a variety of ways for classroom use. Ask students to find images of cells, animals, geographic formations, etc to use with class projects and presentations. Be sure to remind students to use the attribution link along with the photo, especially when publishing on the web. Keep this site as a reference link on your class web page for any time students are creating wikis, blogs, or electronic projects where they need images. They can find just the right picture with CC licensing, and you should require them to include the citation provided! Be sure that students understand the rules for sharing appropriate and inappropriate images and copyright concerns.

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EzGIF - ezgif.com

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EzGIF offers a variety of tools for editing and sharing animated GIFs. Use the GIF maker to create animated GIFs using your uploaded images or video. Other tools allow users ...more
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EzGIF offers a variety of tools for editing and sharing animated GIFs. Use the GIF maker to create animated GIFs using your uploaded images or video. Other tools allow users to crop, resize, reverse, split, and add text to your GIFs. Follow the easy directions for each part of the site to upload your image and complete the desired action. When finished, save the image to your computer.
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tag(s): animation (62), images (274), photography (144)

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Share an animated GIF to get student's attention! A cat reading a book is one way to begin reading time! Show any science concept a student should look at several times to see every aspect of the event, better yet, let students create an animated GIF using their own pictures to demonstrate the concept or show the steps of an experiment. Do you want to reveal portions of a video outlining the travels of historical expeditions, addition of the states to the US, or any other historical event captured in a video? Use a looping animated GIF! Every subject could use one of these GIFs to generate interest in a class activity or new content.

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Adobe Spark Video Creator - Adobe Spark

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Create and share professional-looking videos with Adobe Spark's video creator. Follow the prompts to begin your creation using a story template or start from scratch. Add videos, slides,...more
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Create and share professional-looking videos with Adobe Spark's video creator. Follow the prompts to begin your creation using a story template or start from scratch. Add videos, slides, text, music, and more to your video. Easily rearrange, change themes, and add components until satisfied. When finished, publish your video to share or download it to your computer.

tag(s): digital storytelling (146), multimedia (53), video (275)

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Consider using videos in your classroom in a variety of ways. Upload your slide presentations and add audio to create flipped and blended learning experiences for your students. Ask students to create videos as an alternative to book reports or written presentations. Share videos on your class website for students to access when away from the classroom. As you ask students to create videos, use a bookmarking site such as Padlet, reviewed here, to share and organize information for students to use when researching. Include Adobe Spark Videos as part of a larger presentation using Book Creator, reviewed here. Embed your video along with images, text, drawings, and other media into your digital book creation. Book Creator is a Chrome app.

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Zapier - Wade Foster

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Zapier helps you organize and manage your workflow between apps through automated tasks. Create an account and use the guide to find and choose apps you use. Zapier integrates with a multitude of apps, including Dropbox, Gmail, Facebook, Twitter, as well as many other online tools. Connect two or more apps to create an automated action. Choose to create a Zap to select an app and an event. For example, select your Gmail account and create a path to save all Gmail attachments to your Google Drive automatically. Be sure to check out the "Recommended for You" options for an overview of the many ways to organize the workflow between apps.

tag(s): calendars (40), organizational skills (105)

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Use Zapier to manage everyday online work. Have Zapier send you an email each time student blogs are updated, add documents automatically to your Google Drive as they arrive in your email, or get email reminders before upcoming calendar events. The variety of actions makes this a convenient tool for automating any number of activities to save you time and maintain the organization of your information.

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Reading Treks: Turning 15 on the Road to Freedom - TeachersFirst

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TeachersFirst Reading Treks are a way of creating a virtual field trip of resources about a piece of literature or text using the My Maps feature of Google Maps. This ...more
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TeachersFirst Reading Treks are a way of creating a virtual field trip of resources about a piece of literature or text using the My Maps feature of Google Maps. This Trek provides activities correlated to the author's story as she participated in the Civil Rights march from Selma to Montgomery. The teaching guide includes many teaching suggestions for grades 6-12 correlated to Common Core Standards, ISTE Student Standards, and National Curriculum Standards for Social Studies. Find the entire selection of Reading Treks here.

tag(s): black history (73), civil rights (135)

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Take advantage of the many teaching ideas found on the PDF Instructional Guide. Engage and help students understand and discuss online content using Fiskkit, reviewed here, as a collaborative discussion platform. Enhance learning by having students create a Civil Rights timeline of the top ten to twenty events using Timeline JS, reviewed here, and annotate each event with their reasons for choosing it. Timeline JS also allows for students to annotate with music, photos, videos, and more. Use Story Maps, reviewed here, and have students to create digital stories including text, interactive maps, and other multimedia content.
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