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Olympic Games Paris 2024 - Paris 2024

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This official Olympics site includes everything you need to know to follow the 2024 Olympic Games and learn about the event's history, the participants, and the stories behind each...more
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This official Olympics site includes everything you need to know to follow the 2024 Olympic Games and learn about the event's history, the participants, and the stories behind each sport. Membership isn't required; however, free registration allows you to stream live events, follow the journey of favorite athletes and teams, and access exclusive Olympic news.

tag(s): countries (72), france (39), olympics (40), sports (79)

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Share this site with students and encourage them to learn more about the Olympics by reading informative articles and playing Olympic trivia games. Curate and share articles using Symbaloo, reviewed here or 3X3 Links, reviewed here. Ask students to research and share information about their favorite athletes or teams, then share it using one of the many tools found at Adobe Express for Education, reviewed here, such as posters, videos, resumes, and more. Integrate learning about the Olympics with your studies of countries worldwide as you learn about athletes and the country they represent.

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OK2Ask: Engage & Inspire: Gamification in the Classroom - TeachersFirst

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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session is from July 2024. 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 July 2024. You can register and immediately view the archive of the session.

Are you looking for ways to boost student engagement and motivation? This session delves into the exciting world of gamification in the classroom! Learn how to harness the power of game design principles to create dynamic learning experiences that foster a love of learning. We'll explore the difference between gamification and game-based learning, and equip you with practical strategies and templates you can use to design engaging, independent, and group activities that seamlessly integrate game elements with authentic learning objectives. Discover resources to get you started and unlock the potential of gamified learning in your classroom! As a result of this session, teachers will: 1. Understand the difference between gamification and game-based learning approaches. 2. Identify resources that support the implementation of gamification in your classroom. 3. Develop a plan to integrate gamification into your curriculum. This session is appropriate for teachers at all technology levels.

tag(s): gamification (75)

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The archive of this teacher-friendly, hands-on webinar will empower and inspire you to use learning technology in the classroom and for professional productivity. As appropriate, specific classroom examples and ideas have been shared. View the session with a few of your teaching colleagues to find and share new ideas. Find additional information and links to tools at the session resource page. Learn more about OK2Ask and upcoming sessions here.

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OK2Ask: 3 Cool Tools for Images in the Classroom - TeachersFirst

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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session is from July 2024. You can register and immediately view the archive of the session.

Unlock the power of copyright-friendly images in student projects! In this engaging workshop, we'll explore innovative ways to integrate visually stunning, legally compliant images into your lessons. Dive into the world of digital literacy and learn how to equip your students with the knowledge and skills they need to navigate copyright laws and make ethical choices when using images. We'll introduce you to three amazing online tools brimming with high-quality, copyright-friendly images that are perfect for enhancing student projects and presentations. Discover how to leverage these resources to enhance your lessons while fostering critical thinking about copyright and fair use. As a result of this session, teachers will 1. Identify and learn how to utilize copyright-friendly images. 2. Explain copyright concepts to students. 3. Integrate copyright-friendly tools into lesson plans. This session is appropriate for teachers at all technology levels.

tag(s): copyright (45), images (257)

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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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TeachersFirst: Differentiated Instruction Professional Learning Module - TeachersFirst

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This five-part learning model provides guidance and support to educators as they tailor instruction to meet the many differing needs of their students. Module one begins with a short...more
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This five-part learning model provides guidance and support to educators as they tailor instruction to meet the many differing needs of their students. Module one begins with a short overview of differentiating the learning process and shares several technology tools to support successful differentiation. Other models discuss differentiating the learning environment, products, and content; the final module helps pull all the information together as part of a cohesive learning unit. Professional learning credits are available; follow the provided link to receive a link to the course assessment.

tag(s): differentiation (85), professional development (395)

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Take advantage of the many instructional ideas and resources to support differentiation in your classroom. Visit TeachersFirst to find many other resources for classroom differentiation, such as the archives of online professional learning sessions, OK2Ask: Playlists to Personalize Learning, reviewed here and OK2Ask: Engage & Inspire: Choice Boards for Differentiation Pt. 2, reviewed here.

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The Power of Great Apps and Google - Google for Education

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Explore the many apps that integrate with Google to save time and increase productivity. Use the included filters to find apps by topic, age range, categories, and languages. Many resources...more
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Explore the many apps that integrate with Google to save time and increase productivity. Use the included filters to find apps by topic, age range, categories, and languages. Many resources are Google Classroom add-ons, allowing teachers and students to use the tool within Google Classroom. Not all tools are free; however, most offer a free component.

tag(s): Teacher Utilities (150)

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Take advantage of the many apps available for integration with Google to enhance current tech tools used in your classroom. Use the provided filters to find "just right" resources for your grade level and content and to provide support for multilingual learners.

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Father's Day May Not Be Easy For Some Students - Share My Lesson

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Not all children have fathers in their daily lives, and Father's Day can be difficult for them. This PDF resource shares ways to present Father's Day activities that are less ...more
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Not all children have fathers in their daily lives, and Father's Day can be difficult for them. This PDF resource shares ways to present Father's Day activities that are less likely to be difficult for students without fathers.

tag(s): fathers day (11), holidays (167), professional development (395)

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Share this resource or the PDF with fellow teachers, staff, and your administrators. You must be logged in and then click the download arrow on the right under Resources.

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Father's Day Activities - Share My Lesson

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Share My Lesson presents several activities to honor fathers, father figures, or other significant persons in students' lives. Each lesson has the suggested grade level, and titles...more
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Share My Lesson presents several activities to honor fathers, father figures, or other significant persons in students' lives. Each lesson has the suggested grade level, and titles include Father's Day Fun Facts, Kid Lit Crafts and Activities for Father's Day, a writing activity, and more.

tag(s): fathers day (11), holidays (167)

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Choose an age-appropriate activity for your class and introduce it on your whiteboard. Include the activity on your webpage so parents can help students with ideas for the project.

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Origins of Father's Day - History

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See the left menu on this page and click Origins of Father's Day to learn the history of this holiday. Learn why it took 58 years after Mother's Day became ...more
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See the left menu on this page and click Origins of Father's Day to learn the history of this holiday. Learn why it took 58 years after Mother's Day became an official holiday for Father's Day to become an official holiday.

tag(s): fathers day (11), holidays (167)

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First, create a reading guide for your younger students and weaker readers using Read Ahead, reviewed here. Next, introduce this article to the class on your whiteboard. Engage students by reading the title Father's Day: Controversy and Commercialism. Then, pair stronger readers with a weaker reader to read both articles and create a timeline using one of Canva's Timeline Infographic Templates, reviewed here. For older students, you could also have them create an AI timeline using MyLens, reviewed hereto compare their timeline to the MyLens timeline.

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5 Father's Day Ideas for Elementary Students - HMH

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Find a variety of Father's Day activities and lesson plans, including a list of books featuring fathers. These are intended for K-5 students but can easily be adapted for students ...more
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Find a variety of Father's Day activities and lesson plans, including a list of books featuring fathers. These are intended for K-5 students but can easily be adapted for students up to grade 8.

tag(s): fathers day (11), holidays (167), summer (30)

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Before school concludes, introduce this site to the class and let them know the link will be on your class website to share with their families after school is out. Try suggesting something interactive for the students to create besides the paper craft. For example, have students create online books about their fathers using Bookemon, reviewed here.

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Humy - Humy.ai

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Chat with over 1,000 historical figures, from Tutankhamun to Michael Jackson, with Humy's chatbots, or Humies. Create an account, then visit the Humies to search for specific characters...more
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Chat with over 1,000 historical figures, from Tutankhamun to Michael Jackson, with Humy's chatbots, or Humies. Create an account, then visit the Humies to search for specific characters or scroll through options that include diverse groups such as Greek Gods and Space Exploration. Select a character to begin your conversation and ask questions. Additional tools found on Humy include lesson planning and question generation tools. Visit the collections to find options to edit and share curated collections. The free subscription consists of 300 credits (approximately 25-30 chat conversations) and access to over 40 history collections; however, activating a collection uses many more credits than individual chat conversations.

tag(s): american revolution (83), art history (87), artificial intelligence (111), authors (105), black history (128), chat (41), civil rights (198), civil war (135), DAT device agnostic tool (144), environment (238), great depression (29), greeks (32), presidents (122), religions (77), renaissance (33), space (214), Teacher Utilities (150), women (138), world war 1 (73), world war 2 (151)

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Take advantage of the free account provided by Humy to generate conversations on your interactive whiteboard with historical figures to introduce new lessons and units and engage students in upcoming activities. For example, before reading The Giver by Lois Lowry, select her name from the Humies to have a conversation to learn about her inspiration for writing the book and allow students to ask questions about her writing style and how she developed her storytelling skills. Use the chat conversations as a starting point for research projects on historical figures or periods. Ask students to share their projects by creating websites with Google Sites, reviewed here or by using Google My Maps, reviewed here to create an interactive story based on locations on the map.

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Once Upon a Picture - Sam Daunt

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Once Upon A Picture is a dedicated platform aimed at enhancing classroom learning through visual stimuli, fostering creativity, and encouraging active student participation. It offers...more
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Once Upon A Picture is a dedicated platform aimed at enhancing classroom learning through visual stimuli, fostering creativity, and encouraging active student participation. It offers a vast collection of curated images and illustrations, carefully selected to inspire imagination and stimulate discussions in the classroom. Additionally, the site provides engaging writing prompts derived from the visuals, promoting creative writing skills and literacy development among students of all ages. Alongside these features, Once Upon A Picture offers reading comprehension activities, including literal, inference, deduction, and prediction questions designed to improve critical thinking and analytical skills.

tag(s): critical thinking (112), thinking skills (15), visual literacy (2), visual thinking (7), writing prompts (58)

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Incorporating Once Upon A Picture into classroom activities can amplify any lesson! Utilize Quizlet, reviewed here for vocabulary-building exercises. Teachers can create vocabulary sets based on themes or elements in the Once Upon A Picture images. Try Book Creator, reviewed here for digital storybook creation. Students can draw inspiration from Once Upon A Picture's visuals to craft engaging narratives combining text, images, audio, and video to share with the broader classroom community!

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Crayola Education Sustainability Resources - Crayola

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Crayola Education Sustainability Resources is a comprehensive platform designed to support educators in integrating sustainability and environmental consciousness into their teaching...more
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Crayola Education Sustainability Resources is a comprehensive platform designed to support educators in integrating sustainability and environmental consciousness into their teaching curriculum. With a wide range of colorful and engaging materials, this site empowers teachers to help students learn how to take action toward a more sustainable future. The site features interactive lesson plans, printable activities, and creative projects encouraging students' recommendations. Additionally, it provides resources for teachers to incorporate art-based learning strategies into sustainability education, fostering students' creativity and critical thinking skills. Reviewing and aligning any materials or activities from external websites with your school's policies and guidelines, including considerations for student privacy (FERPA) and online safety, is always recommended.

tag(s): conservation (86), environment (238), simulations (9), sustainability (43), virtual field trips (80)

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Elevate your STEM lessons by incorporating Crayola's comprehensive lesson plans and resources. This connection strengthens the understanding of concepts related to sustainability in science and technology. Immersive Experiences: Take learning to the next level with interactive simulations or virtual field trips. These engaging tools provide opportunities for students to explore environmental concepts more immersively. Want to extend this beyond the classroom walls? Organize eco-friendly art exhibitions or community projects that showcase the sustainability themes explored through Crayola's resources. If you have the bandwidth and resources, consider partnering with local environmental organizations to involve caregivers and the broader community.

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LeVar Burton Reads Podcast - Stitcher Studios

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LeVar Burton Reads is a podcast where LeVar Burton brings short stories to life through engaging narration. The purpose of the site is to provide access to a curated selection ...more
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LeVar Burton Reads is a podcast where LeVar Burton brings short stories to life through engaging narration. The purpose of the site is to provide access to a curated selection of captivating short stories read by the acclaimed actor and host to entertain and inspire listeners. The podcast features a diverse range of stories from various genres, including science fiction, fantasy, and literary fiction, allowing listeners to explore new authors and narratives. Each episode includes a high-quality reading, followed by Burton's personal reflections and insights on the story's themes and characters. The site also offers an easy-to-navigate interface, making it simple for listeners to browse episodes, read summaries, and access additional content such as author interviews and behind-the-scenes details. One consideration is the need to review each episode beforehand to ensure the content is suitable for a specific student audience, as some stories may contain mature themes or language.

tag(s): listening (73), literacy (110), podcasts (81)

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Play episodes of "LeVar Burton Reads" during class to spark interest in literature. Pair the podcast with Padlet, reviewed here to facilitate class discussions where students can share their thoughts and reactions to the stories. Additionally, you can incorporate the podcast into your curriculum by assigning specific episodes that align with your current topics. Follow up with a writing assignment where students analyze the story's themes, characters, and narrative techniques. Utilize tools like Google Docs, reviewed here for collaborative writing and peer reviews! Lastly, welcome students to listen to the podcasts at home and share them with caregivers, family, and friends. You could suggest specific episodes or themes that tie into what they're learning and provide guidance for initiating discussions or activities based on the podcast.

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iGradePlus Online Gradebook - iGradePlus

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iGradePlus Online Gradebook offers an easy-to-use, FERPA-compliant interface with many options for busy educators. Create a grade book, add classes and students, and then assign students...more
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iGradePlus Online Gradebook offers an easy-to-use, FERPA-compliant interface with many options for busy educators. Create a grade book, add classes and students, and then assign students to the appropriate courses. iGradePlus includes several options to modify or set custom grading scales, such as grade weights for exams, quizzes, or other assignments. Free accounts include adding grades, tracking behavior and attendance, parent/teacher communication tools, custom report generation, and more.

tag(s): classroom management (126), Teacher Utilities (150)

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If your school doesn't provide a required gradebook, consider using iGradePlus. This resource is also helpful for sharing feedback for after-school programs or with tutors to share information on student progress. Modify class information as needed to adjust grade weights to fulfill requirements for special needs and gifted students.

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Twitter Chat: FigJam Fundamentals: Designing Dynamic Learning Experiences - TeachersFirst

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This archived Twitter chat is from June 2024 and will open in Wakelet. The title of this chat is: FigJam Fundamentals: Designing Dynamic Learning Experiences. During this chat, participants:...more
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This archived Twitter chat is from June 2024 and will open in Wakelet. The title of this chat is: FigJam Fundamentals: Designing Dynamic Learning Experiences. During this chat, participants: 1. Were introduced to FigJam and its potential applications for simplifying technology integration in the classroom; 2. Provided step-by-step guidance on how to use FigJam effectively for collaborative brainstorming, visual ideation, and lesson planning, and 3. Discussed tips, tricks, and best practices for maximizing FigJam's utility to foster creativity, communication, and problem-solving among students and teachers.

tag(s): artificial intelligence (111), charts and graphs (169), collaboration (89), graphic organizers (50), iwb (33), mind map (27), timelines (51), twitterchatarchive (175), Whiteboard (12)

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Find resources and information about integrating FigJam in the classroom. Share this chat with your colleagues looking for strategies and resources for FigJam.

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Teacher's Buddy - Teacher's Buddy

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Teacher's Buddy offers AI tools just for teachers. The free plan includes ten tools that create lesson plans, generate stories and poems, and adapt coursework for neurodiverse students....more
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Teacher's Buddy offers AI tools just for teachers. The free plan includes ten tools that create lesson plans, generate stories and poems, and adapt coursework for neurodiverse students. After creating an account, begin using Teacher's Buddy by creating a new workspace for your activities. Select an age group and choose from the available tools. Follow the directions to provide the topic and context, and connect to your Google Drive to upload documents if desired. When finished, edit the content as you wish, then save the document to your Google Drive or share using the provided link. Learn more about the different features of Teacher's Buddy by watching the tutorial videos shared on the site. Always verify the accuracy of content generated by AI before using it.

tag(s): adhd (29), artificial intelligence (111), autism (15), Special Needs (54), Teacher Utilities (150)

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Take advantage of the free resources Teacher's Buddy shares to save time and increase productivity. Generate lesson plans based on your curriculum, teaching standards, and documents you use in your classroom, then edit the contents to adapt to your teaching style and students' learning preferences. Use the neurodiversity adaptation tool to generate ideas for adaptations for students on IEPs, with ADHD, or with autism.

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Gibbly - Gibbly

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Generate quizzes, lessons, and gamified assignments using Gibbly and the power of AI. After creating an account, visit Gibbly's library to browse and search for lessons and quizzes....more
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Generate quizzes, lessons, and gamified assignments using Gibbly and the power of AI. After creating an account, visit Gibbly's library to browse and search for lessons and quizzes. Open any item to view and edit questions, print a PDF, or share the link by social media or email. Assign activities for solo play or host a live, synchronous activity. Create quizzes and lessons using the create button; options include manual and AI quiz generators and AI-generated lessons. Build lessons by adding the topic and grade level for the lesson; Gibbly then generates a lesson plan and several options for slides, including background information, discussion questions, and Did You Know information. Free accounts include 20,000 tokens monthly, unlimited hosting of review games, the creation of unlimited quizzes and lessons, and Google exports.

tag(s): artificial intelligence (111), gamification (75), preK (258), quizzes (89), Teacher Utilities (150)

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Use Gibbly to generate lessons and formative assessments that engage students in learning. Assign solo quizzes for students to review classroom information and easily differentiate learning by adjusting the reading level and content of the questions. Host a live quiz before starting a new unit to guide lesson planning based on students' prior knowledge. Use the lesson generator to build lessons, then share the link with students to review after your presentation.

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Remy's Life...Interrupted - GZM Shows

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Remy is an eleven-year-old superfan of the popular Six Minutes podcast, available from GZM Shows, reviewed here and now has a podcast to discuss life,...more
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Remy is an eleven-year-old superfan of the popular Six Minutes podcast, available from GZM Shows, reviewed here and now has a podcast to discuss life, her family, and what it is like being quarantined during the pandemic with her family in Pine Hollow, New Jersey. Listen to all or some of the one hundred and eighty episodes to hear Remi share how she and her family adapt to life under quarantine and find ways to maintain relationships with family and friends. This podcast is available on most popular sites such as Apple Podcasts, Amazon Music, and Spotify.
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tag(s): digital storytelling (144), listening (73), literacy (110), plot (9), podcasts (81)

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Add this podcast to your collection to share with students. Podcasts are an excellent way to teach comprehension and listening skills using age-appropriate, engaging content. Use Diffit, reviewed here to create supplemental learning materials for any episode using the episode's link. Choose from various tools, including multiple choice and short response questions and other free options. After Diffit creates the learning activity, share it with students by printing worksheets or exporting it to Google Forms or Google Docs. Use Remy's podcast as a model for students to create podcasts sharing their adventures using a simple podcast creation tool such as Red Circle, reviewed here. Record episodes using Vocaroo, reviewed here and download to your computer to upload as episodes in your podcast.

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Julie's Library - Julie Andrews and Emma Walton Hamilton

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K to 5
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Julie Andrews (yes, from The Sound of Music and Mary Poppins!) and her daughter share and read their favorite children's books in this engaging podcast filled with music and activities....more
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Julie Andrews (yes, from The Sound of Music and Mary Poppins!) and her daughter share and read their favorite children's books in this engaging podcast filled with music and activities. Select any episode link to begin playing the podcast, read additional information about the authors and illustrators, and find the weekly activity accompanying it. Podcasts are available on the site or on several different podcast players, including Apple and Spotify.

tag(s): authors (105), book lists (162), listening (73), podcasts (81), preK (258)

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Include these podcasts and others as part of listening centers to engage students in reading and model how to read with expression. Find additional podcasts for students at TeachersFirst Special Topics Page: Educational Podcasts for Students, reviewed here. Encourage students to practice reading using Animate from Audio, reviewed here that lets students choose an animated character and create a recording. For example, ask students to select a favorite part of a book, choose a character, and personalize a background before creating a recording to share with others as a way to practice reading in an engaging manner. Share students' recordings on your class website or learning management system to celebrate their reading accomplishments.

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OK2Ask: Tech Made EZ with FigJam - TeachersFirst

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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session is from May 2024. 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 May 2024. You can register and immediately view the archive of the session.

Don't miss this opportunity to unlock the full potential of FigJam in your classroom! FigJam is a free online whiteboard that allows you to create, share, and collaborate on ideas with students and colleagues. Join us for an interactive workshop where you'll discover innovative ways to engage students, foster collaboration, and elevate instruction across various content areas and grade levels. As a result of this session, teachers will: 1. Identify the potential uses and benefits of implementing FigJam in your classroom. 2. Learn how using features like shapes, sticky notes, images, and team editing can boost engagement. 3. Explore templates for brainstorms, concept maps, visual notes, and storyboards. This session is appropriate for teachers at all technology levels.

tag(s): collaboration (89), Whiteboard (12)

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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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