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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 (87)

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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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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 (276), photography (145), 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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K to 12
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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 (276), photography (145)

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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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You CAN Do the Rubik's Cube Program - You Can Do the Cube

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Can you solve the Rubik's Cube? This campaign is based on the goal of teaching 8-18-year-olds how to solve the Rubik's Cube and gain a sense of accomplishment and pride. ...more
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Can you solve the Rubik's Cube? This campaign is based on the goal of teaching 8-18-year-olds how to solve the Rubik's Cube and gain a sense of accomplishment and pride. Guides share the secrets to solving the cubes in 2X2, 3X3, and 4X4 formats. In addition, the site contains guides for lesser-known versions of the Rubik's Cube. The Educator's Guides include lessons aligned to Common Core Standards as well as STEM/STEAM Standards. Use the information on the site to borrow a class set of Rubik's Cubes for free through their Cube Lending Program, just pay return shipping.

tag(s): critical thinking (124), logic (239), problem solving (293), STEM (217)

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Take advantage of the free lessons and classroom lending program to bring Rubik's Cube problem-solving activities into your classroom. This resource may be the perfect solution for students who struggle academically to achieve success uniquely. Prepare students for the cubes' arrival by brainstorming ideas on how to solve cubes (keep in mind there are different versions). Find a YouTube video with master Rubik's Cube solvers to promote interest in the activities. When the cubes arrive, use them as a problem-solving center by providing the solution guides for students to follow. As students become proficient in solving the puzzle, enhance their learning by asking them to use a video explainer tool like Biteable, reviewed here, to share their tips and successes. Challenge students to share their cube-solving speed by posting a chart for each of them to add their fastest times.
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Adobe Spark Video Creator - Adobe Spark

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K to 12
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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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K to 12
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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...more
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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 (41), organizational skills (109)

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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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Audacity - Audacity

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Audacity is a free, open-source audio editor and recording tool that works across most computer platforms. Follow the links to download the software onto your computer to use with a...more
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Audacity is a free, open-source audio editor and recording tool that works across most computer platforms. Follow the links to download the software onto your computer to use with a variety of recording needs. Create audio using your files or create new files using your microphone or uploaded files.

tag(s): editing (80), sound (104)

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Use Audacity in a variety of ways in your classroom. Let students become familiar with creating audio files by practicing voice recordings and experimenting with Audacity's editing tools. As students become familiar with this tool, use its many features to create background audio for podcasts, to create podcasts, or to record audio instructions for lessons. Ask students to use Audacity to record interviews of parents or other family members. For example, when studying immigration, ask students to record the story of a family member who immigrated to the U.S.

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Free Anime Avatar Maker - Avachara

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Design a personalized avatar using the accessible tools at this avatar maker site. Begin by choosing the gender then start customizing features, including facial features. Add wardrobe...more
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Design a personalized avatar using the accessible tools at this avatar maker site. Begin by choosing the gender then start customizing features, including facial features. Add wardrobe items and accessories as desired to complete the look. When finished, save your completed avatar to your computer as a JPG or PNG image file.
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tag(s): creativity (116), emotions (43), faces (5)

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Create and use avatars similar to how you use Bitmoji, reviewed here characters. Create an avatar for use on your class website or blog. Update your avatar to reflect current lessons, holidays, or events. Use avatars to appeal to students and draw their attention to important information. Design an avatar with an unusual look to use as a creative writing prompt. Have older students (13+) take a picture of a portion of text and add an avatar to share a connection or response to the text (also known as BookSnaps).
 

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dailySTEM - Chris Woods

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dailySTEM is a blog, podcast, and weekly newsletter published by a high school math teacher. The author shares inspiration for finding STEM in the everyday world. The resource section...more
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dailySTEM is a blog, podcast, and weekly newsletter published by a high school math teacher. The author shares inspiration for finding STEM in the everyday world. The resource section of the website includes downloadable activities for families (in English, Spanish, and Arabic), and STEM ideas related to movies, Backseat Boredom Busters, and Isometric Paper for 3D drawings. Stay up to date with the latest news from the site by subscribing to the podcast and the weekly newsletter.

tag(s): blogs (79), podcasts (62), STEM (217)

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Take advantage of the many ideas found on this site to inspire STEM learning in your classroom and at home. Use the 77 Simple STEM Activities for Families PDF to share weekly tips on your class website for STEM ideas at home. Encourage students to share their activities by taking pictures and videos to share in school. Compile student activities into an online book using Book Creator, reviewed here. Include videos, images, and student explanations of activities in your class book. Enhance student learning by asking students to explain the STEM content behind their activities by creating an animated explanation using Powtoon, reviewed here.
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Cooper-Hewitt Lesson Plans - Cooper-Hewitt & The Smithsonian Institution

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Cooper-Hewitt Lesson Plans shares almost 500 lesson plans for educators from PreK through high school. Topics include all content areas, including the arts and technology. Use the site's...more
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Cooper-Hewitt Lesson Plans shares almost 500 lesson plans for educators from PreK through high school. Topics include all content areas, including the arts and technology. Use the site's filters to search for lessons by content and grade level or sort by newest first to find the most recent additions to the collection. Each lesson is correlated to Common Core Standards and includes attachments with supplemental materials when indicated as part of lesson activities.

tag(s): commoncore (95), preK (283), Teacher Utilities (95), teaching strategies (36)

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Bookmark this site to find lessons to supplement your current curriculum in any subject. As you plan and teach any of these lessons, consider different options for using technology to enhance and extend student learning. Take advantage of the many resources found at Class Tools, reviewed here, for your or your students to create quizzes, graphic organizers, timelines, and more. As you include the lessons into your teaching unit, use bookmarking sites to organize information for your students. Symbaloo, reviewed here, is excellent for use with younger students because of the simple, easy to follow design. For older students, try SearchTeam, reviewed here. Search Team includes tools for you to collaborate and add notes while saving and sharing resources. Extend learning for students of all ages with Edublog, reviewed here. Consider using Edublog for students to write blogs, respond to their peers, and interact with a larger global community.

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Twitter Chat: Using Technology to Develop a Growth Mindset - TeachersFirst

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This archived Twitter chat is from February 2020 and will open in Wakelet. The title of this chat is: Using Technology to Develop a Growth Mindset. During this chat, participants ...more
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This archived Twitter chat is from February 2020 and will open in Wakelet. The title of this chat is: Using Technology to Develop a Growth Mindset. During this chat, participants will: 1. Define "Growth Mindset" and discuss the effect it has on academic achievement, 2. Discuss the role of technology in developing a growth mindset, and 3. Share resources and tools that can help educators encourage a growth mindset in students.

tag(s): professional development (229), twitterchatarchive (87)

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Find resources and information about how to develop a growth mindset and ideas/tools to integrate it into your lessons. Share this chat with your colleagues looking for resources related to developing a growth mindset.

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OK2Ask: Data and Charts and Graphs, Oh My! Let Google Tools Be Your Guide - TeachersFirst

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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session from February 2020, opens in Adobe Connect. Humans respond to and process visual data better than any other type of...more
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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session from February 2020, opens in Adobe Connect. Humans respond to and process visual data better than any other type of data. Whether students are learning to collect, organize, graph, or interpret data, this webinar offers proven tools and strategies that assist learners in developing and applying those skills. Together we will explore and plan for the use of forms to collect data, web resources to access data, spreadsheets to manipulate and graph data, and Google MyMaps to visualize data. Students from beginner to advanced can use these tools to visualize and connect math, science, and social studies concepts to concrete, real-world applications. Let's get students excited about learning and help them incorporate complex data literacy into their world view. This session is appropriate for teachers at all technology levels. Participants will: 1. Understand how to use data visualization in the classroom; 2. Explore digital tools that will assist students with data visualization projects; and 3. Plan for the use of data visualization in the classroom. This session is appropriate for teachers at all technology levels.

tag(s): charts and graphs (196), data (154), Google (50), infographics (50), professional development (229), visualizations (15)

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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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Kitchen Garden Planner - Gardener's Supply Company

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Plan and design your perfect kitchen garden with the easy to use tools found on the Kitchen Garden Planner. Use the drop-down boxes to select a width and size for ...more
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Plan and design your perfect kitchen garden with the easy to use tools found on the Kitchen Garden Planner. Use the drop-down boxes to select a width and size for the grid to place plant options. After choosing the size of your garden, add items by dropping and dragging plants of your choice into your grid. Scroll through the provided list to select from a large variety of fruits, vegetables, and herbs starting with Alpine Strawberries through Winter Squash. Save completed gardens to the site or use the links to print or email your garden plan.

tag(s): nutrition (169), plants (175)

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Use the garden planner in a variety of content areas. In math, use the grid system found on the site to reinforce multiplication and addition facts. In science, ask students to create vegetable gardens or fruit gardens as they learn about different types of plants. Have older students research planting zones to create a garden appropriate for your location or research methods used for organic gardening. After learning about plants and gardens, have students use a comic creation tool like ToonyTool, reviewed here, to create single frame cartoons. Create cartoons with gardening tips or plant facts.

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OK2Ask: Tech Integration Made Easy with Flipgrid - TeachersFirst

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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session from January 2020, opens in Adobe Connect. Input and expertise from peers can help students learn and grow. Learn to...more
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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session from January 2020, opens in Adobe Connect. Input and expertise from peers can help students learn and grow. Learn to use Flipgrid, a video discussion platform, to increase student voice in your classroom. This tech tool can enhance social learning through sharing short videos centered around a topic. Getting started is easy, and after this session, you will be ready to use Flipgrid to encourage every student to share what they know. Participants will: 1. Learn to create a basic classroom Flipgrid; 2. Understand ways to use Flipgrid to increase student voice in the classroom; and 3. Plan for the use of Flipgrid in the classroom. This session is appropriate for teachers at all technology levels.

tag(s): Formative Assessment (16), Microsoft (70), professional development (229), video (275)

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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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QRickit QR Codes - Denso Wave Inc.

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Create and share QR codes from any device using the free resources from QRickit QR Codes. Use the dropdown box to select the type of code you wish to create ...more
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Create and share QR codes from any device using the free resources from QRickit QR Codes. Use the dropdown box to select the type of code you wish to create from the many available options, including links to websites, playing a YouTube video, viewing a Google Map location, and more. Fill in the blanks to add relevant information then choose QCreate to view and download the QR Code image. When finished, QRickit provides an option for embedding the code into a flyer, select this option to personalize and create your flyer that is ready to print and use.
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tag(s): gamification (80), qr codes (19)

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Create a QR code that directs to your class website or blog. Include it on handouts for Back to School night. Create a QR code scavenger hunt for students or make a webquest more engaging. Add QR codes to documents for students to check their answers. Further, develop knowledge of a topic by adding a QR code to a site that expands upon what is in the textbook. Create a data chart accessible via a QR code. Students can access the data and manipulate the information. Have students create a book trailer or review and affix a QR code to the outside of the book. Students may be more apt to read a book that has been reviewed by another student. Make a display completely interactive with a QR code that describes the assignment, the process, the research, students' reactions, and more! Add extra help information to any assignment that asks students to solve problems. Create an online help tutorial accessible via a QR code, and place the code beside a similar problem. Link a QR code directly to a Google Map. Place QR code contact information for you and your school on contact cards to give to parents. Attach QR codes to physical objects around the room to provide information about the object. Instead of copying/pasting links in a newsletter, put them into QR codes for easier access by readers. Post QR codes to resource sites and new articles on your BYOD classroom bulletin boards for students to access information on their tablets or smartphones. As a time-saver, post a QR code to the class wiki or web page.
 

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Excel Easy - E-Learning

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Do you need some help with Excel basics and functions? Excel Easy uses fully illustrated tutorials to walk you through Excel sheets from start to finish. Use the links at ...more
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Do you need some help with Excel basics and functions? Excel Easy uses fully illustrated tutorials to walk you through Excel sheets from start to finish. Use the links at the top of the site to select from options starting with the basics, functions, and data analysis. Choose the 300 Excel Examples to find tutorials on any topic quickly. Each tutorial includes step-by-step directions, including images to guide users through each portion of the directions.
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tag(s): computers (108), data (154), Microsoft (70), spreadsheets (24)

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Bookmark this site for your use and for student use on classroom computers. Make it easy to find sites with tutorials by creating a Padlet, reviewed here, to share with students. Use columns to sort tutorials and other helpful sites by topic within your Padlet. If you don't find a tutorial that you need, extend student learning by asking them to create their own using Free Screen Recorder Online, reviewed here, or by creating an explainer video using FlexClip, reviewed here.

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Tour Creator - Google

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Create and share virtual tours with Tour Creator. Tour Creator's features offer you the ability to include 360-degree photos, highlighted points of interest, and image overlays. Use...more
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Create and share virtual tours with Tour Creator. Tour Creator's features offer you the ability to include 360-degree photos, highlighted points of interest, and image overlays. Use your 360-degree images or use those found on Google Street View. Begin creating a tour from a blank page or one of the site's templates. Follow the directions to add images and descriptions. Choose the "See Other Tours" link to view examples created by others. View finished tours on any device or with virtual viewing devices.

tag(s): design (89), images (276), virtual field trips (77)

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Create interactive games around your school, campus, or community for your students to complete. Send students on scavenger hunts to explore geometric shapes, nature, and history. Extend learning by having students create games for a field trip or visitors to explore your community. Have students create virtual tours of geographic locations. For example, have students create a tour of Gettysburg battlefields when studying the Civil War or use a 360-degree image taken by students to identify landforms or types of architecture found nearby. Include your virtual tours within presentations designed using Story Maps, reviewed here, to create an interactive look at any topic using maps, multimedia, and images.

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OK2Ask: Engage & Inspire: Flipped and Blended Learning - TeachersFirst

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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session from January 2020, opens in Adobe Connect. Do you want to engage your students and have time in class to give ...more
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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session from January 2020, opens in Adobe Connect. Do you want to engage your students and have time in class to give extra support to those who need it? Then you need to use flipped and/or blended learning. In this session, we will simplify these instructional models and introduce a tool that will support both. Blendspace allows you to create interactive lessons that deliver instruction digitally while allowing flexibility for student pacing. Engage and Inspire your students with this free teaching resource. Participants will: 1. Understand the instructional case for flipped and blended learning and the differences between the two; 2. Explore a tech tool that can deliver digital content; and 3. Plan an authentic learning activity using flipped/blended learning. 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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Twitter Chat: Tech Tools to Enhance School to Home Communication - TeachersFirst

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This archived Twitter chat is from January 2020 and will open in Wakelet. The title of this chat is: Tech Tools to Enhance School to Home Communication. During this chat, ...more
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This archived Twitter chat is from January 2020 and will open in Wakelet. The title of this chat is: Tech Tools to Enhance School to Home Communication. During this chat, participants will: 1. Discuss the importance of school-to-home communication, 2. Explore strategies on how to strengthen communication with families, and 3. Share tools that can be used to share information with students and their guardians.

tag(s): back to school (62), communication (24), parents (58), twitterchatarchive (87)

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Find resources and information about how to use tech tools to enhance school to home communication. Share this chat with your colleagues looking for resources related to school to home communication.

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ProWritingAid - Orpheus Technology

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Improve your writing with this Chrome browser extension. Follow the directions to download the extension and begin using it. In addition to highlighting grammar and spelling errors,...more
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Improve your writing with this Chrome browser extension. Follow the directions to download the extension and begin using it. In addition to highlighting grammar and spelling errors, this add-on also provides suggestions for improving the clarity of wording. Other features include highlighting sentence length variations, passive voice, and more.

tag(s): editing (80), grammar (202), proofreading (25), spelling (161), writing (359)

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Use this excellent, free browser extension to improve your writing and your students' writing. Never send home a newsletter with spelling or writing errors again. Install the browser onto all classroom computers for students to use for editing purposes with all written work. Ask students to take a screenshot of their initial work and include it with the final project. Have students analyze their writing for common errors and reflect upon a plan to make improvements. Compile a list of common writing errors made by your students and use that information as a basis for writing lessons. Extend learning by asking students to write and produce podcasts using Buzzsprout, reviewed here, to share an ongoing series of writing tips and suggestions.

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