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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 (128), Teacher Utilities (148)

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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 (110), 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 (110), autism (14), Special Needs (54), Teacher Utilities (148)

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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 (110), gamification (73), preK (259), quizzes (89), Teacher Utilities (148)

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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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K to 6
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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 (71), literacy (110), plot (9), podcasts (79)

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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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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 (104), book lists (162), listening (71), podcasts (79), preK (259)

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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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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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OK2Ask: 3 Cool Tools to Build Communication Skills - TeachersFirst

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Communication is a vital skill for students in the 21st century. It encompasses not only verbal and nonverbal exchanges, but also written and digital modes of expression. In this workshop, you'll learn how to use three innovative tech tools to enhance your students' communication skills in various contexts and formats and explore how these tools can foster collaboration, critical thinking, empathy, and global awareness among your students. As a result of this session, teachers will: 1. Explore the multifaceted nature of communication, which encompasses verbal, non-verbal, written, and digital interactions. 2. Discuss strategies for assessing and providing feedback on students' communication skills. 3. Explain the benefits and challenges of using tech tools for communication in education. This session is appropriate for teachers at all technology levels.

tag(s): communication (135)

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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: Unlocking Literacy: Language Tools for the Science of Reading - TeachersFirst

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Developing oral language skills is crucial for students' academic success and social approbation. This workshop will equip educators with practical strategies that will enrich their students' oral language skills. Join us to explore innovative ways to enhance oral language development in your classroom through the strategic integration of technology. As a result of this session, teachers will: 1. Understand the importance of oral language development to academic success. 2. Design oral language activities that are engaging, interactive, and differentiated. 3. Explore various tech tools available through Microsoft that can enhance oral language skills. This session is appropriate for teachers at all technology levels.

tag(s): reading strategies (99)

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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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Emily Arrow Playlist - Emily Arrow

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This is the YouTube channel for Emily Arrow, who provides resources for children's learning. She offers a blend of children's music and books aimed at fostering creativity and learning....more
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This is the YouTube channel for Emily Arrow, who provides resources for children's learning. She offers a blend of children's music and books aimed at fostering creativity and learning. Her mission is to inspire a young generation of artists, learners, and change-makers through the joy of music. Helping young people navigate *big feelings* the Arrow way: with heart, through art. The videos are hosted on YouTube. If your district blocks YouTube, then they may not be viewable.

tag(s): interactive stories (22), musical instruments (47), poetry (190), social and emotional learning (83), stories and storytelling (42)

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Inspired by Emily's use of the ukulele, students can build simple instruments from recycled materials and then play along with her videos. This engages students in hands-on creation, enhances their understanding of sound and music, and extends to environmental awareness. Have students pick a song from Emily's YouTube channel, write a short story or poem inspired by the song, and share it in class. Use Emily's videos for sing-along sessions. Students can learn the songs, discuss the lyrics, and explore themes. Use the videos during the day to offer brain breaks to your students.

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Scribble Diffusion - Replicate

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Scribble Diffusion uses artificial intelligence (AI) to turn your scribbles into refined drawings. Use the drawing tool to draw any object, then describe your image in the prompt box...more
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Scribble Diffusion uses artificial intelligence (AI) to turn your scribbles into refined drawings. Use the drawing tool to draw any object, then describe your image in the prompt box and click "go." In just a few moments, your idea comes to life in an AI-generated image. Refine your prompt as often as you like until you receive an image to use. Copy the link or right-click to download and save the image to your device when ready.

tag(s): artificial intelligence (110), drawing (60), images (256)

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Anytime students use images, discuss the proper use of copyright. Currently, copyright laws do not apply to AI-generated images; include this in your discussion and consider why this might be true. Create images to use as starters for creative writing projects, to include in multimedia projects, or for students to use as avatars for blogs. Use images created with Scribble Diffusion in digital storytelling projects, such as those created with Canva Edu, reviewed here or with Canva Comic Strip Templates, reviewed here. In art class, use one doodle to create images in different art styles and ask students to compare the different features of each style. Ask students to choose one art style to use in creating drawings by choosing from different options of media and supplies.

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The Tumble Podcast - Lindsay Patterson and Marshall Escamilla

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Tumble is a science podcast for kids; however, it is entertaining and informative for the entire family. Topics include timely events like a solar eclipse and thought-provoking questions...more
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Tumble is a science podcast for kids; however, it is entertaining and informative for the entire family. Topics include timely events like a solar eclipse and thought-provoking questions like whether dinosaurs burped. Each podcast episode includes a blog with a transcript and supplemental information such as videos, images, and links to additional resources. Most podcast episodes run between twenty and thirty minutes and are available on several podcast-hosting resources, including Apple, Google, and Amazon Music.

tag(s): animals (284), bacteria (22), birds (45), dinosaurs (40), insects (69), listening (71), molecules (42), oceans (150), planets (112), plants (147), podcasts (79), stars (68), sun (70)

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Bookmark and save this site to find informative podcasts. Podcasts can be an engaging way to promote interest in science topics as part of a listening center rotation or to enhance your current lessons. Enhance learning by downloading the transcript and creating a set of questions using an AI resource such as MagicSchool, reviewed here. Visit MagicSchool, select the Text Dependent Questions generator, add the requested information, and upload the PDF transcript to generate a set of comprehension questions based on the information in the podcast. Extend learning by asking students to create an infographic using free templates found in Adobe Infographic Creator, reviewed here or Canva Education Templates, reviewed here.

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TaleTrove - TaleTrove.com

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TaleTrove is an online collection of user-submitted stories offered in several different formats. Click Good Reads on the top left of the menu and choose from books for young readers...more
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TaleTrove is an online collection of user-submitted stories offered in several different formats. Click Good Reads on the top left of the menu and choose from books for young readers (grades K-3) to browse through book titles. Click on the book icon to choose from different formats to read and hear stories. Options include viewing as PDF, listening to mp3 (audio), or viewing the flipbook. Most stories include all three options; however, a few offer only one or two. Each book also includes a learning guide with suggestions for pre and post-reading discussion as well as ideas for use when reading the book. The Create space menu accesses games, crafts, and other activities to explore and try. Users can submit reviews of the stories available on the site.

tag(s): audio books (23), digital storytelling (144), guided reading (33), preK (259), reading comprehension (143)

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View and listen to stories by opening up two tabs in your browser. Choose one to listen in mp3 format and the other to view using either PDF format or the flipbook reader. View and listen to stories together on your interactive whiteboard or create a link on classroom computers for students to read independently. You could even submit a "review" written by your entire class or have your more able students write one you can submit using a teacher account. Browse for other reading-related activities and crafts. Be sure to include this site on your class web page for students to access both in and outside of class for reading practice.
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Scholastic Summer Reading Home Base - Scholastic

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Summer Reading Home Base is a free digital game-based platform that provides a community for readers in grades preK through 8th grade from early May through early September. Sign up...more
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Summer Reading Home Base is a free digital game-based platform that provides a community for readers in grades preK through 8th grade from early May through early September. Sign up to read books and stories, attend author events, play games based on books, and much more. This program encourages students to track reading and maintain a "Reading Streak" to earn additional digital experiences. Visit the parents and educators page to learn more about the program and the safeguards to ensure a safe online experience.

tag(s): DAT device agnostic tool (143), independent reading (86), preK (259), spelling (96), summer (29), writing (317)

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Share Home Base with other suggestions to encourage student reading over the summer; find additional ideas for summer reading programs and options on TeachersFirst Special Topics Page: Summer Specials, reviewed here. Consider curating ideas for summer reading programs and activities by sharing a Wakelet, reviewed here collection with parents and guardians. Help parents understand the benefits of using a game-based platform to encourage reading over the summer by creating a short video using Free Screen Recorder Online, reviewed here to explain how to access this program and the different features provided.

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OK2Ask: Empowering Students: Navigating AI in the Classroom - TeachersFirst

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As artificial intelligence (AI) continues to revolutionize various industries, educators must equip their students with the knowledge and skills needed to thrive in an AI-driven world. AI can help students improve their academic skills, create engaging learning materials, and explore new possibilities for creative expression. This session will empower you with practical techniques and resources to help you effectively introduce AI concepts and tools to your students, fostering critical thinking, creativity, and academic growth. By the end of this workshop, you will have a better understanding of AI and its potential for education, as well as a set of AI tools that you can use to enrich your teaching and your students' learning. As a result of this session, teachers will: 1. Explore diverse ways they can use AI to enhance student learning. 2. Discuss the importance of fostering digital literacy and responsible AI usage among students. 3. Collaborate with peers to share ideas, strategies, and best practices for integrating AI into the curriculum. This session is appropriate for teachers at all technology levels.

tag(s): artificial intelligence (110), professional development (393)

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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: Building Bridges: Creating Supportive Environments for Multilingual Learners - TeachersFirst

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This archived Twitter chat is from May 2024 and will open in Wakelet. The title of this chat is: Building Bridges: Creating Supportive Environments for Multilingual Learners. During...more
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This archived Twitter chat is from May 2024 and will open in Wakelet. The title of this chat is: Building Bridges: Creating Supportive Environments for Multilingual Learners. During this chat, participants: 1. Examined methods for supporting linguistic diversity in the classroom and promoting inclusivity through multilingual communication, 2. Shared resources and tools for facilitating language acquisition and expression among students with diverse linguistic backgrounds, and 3. Discussed practical strategies for incorporating multilingualism into lesson planning, instruction, and classroom activities to create an inclusive learning environment for all learners.

tag(s): multilingual (67), twitterchatarchive (175)

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Find resources and information about creating supportive environments for multilingual learners. Share this chat with your colleagues looking for strategies and resources for multilingual learners.

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Snorkl - Snorkl

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Snorkl uses AI to generate personalized feedback on students' verbal explanations of assignments. After viewing a question, students create a recording with options for drawing on a...more
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Snorkl uses AI to generate personalized feedback on students' verbal explanations of assignments. After viewing a question, students create a recording with options for drawing on a virtual whiteboard to enhance their responses. After submitting a response, students receive feedback that identifies positive information in their responses and areas for improvement. Use questions from Snorkl's library or create questions to add to your library and assign to students. When assigning activities to your class, options are available to allow students to view their classmates' responses and comments if desired. Students access the assignments by visiting the link provided after creating the assignment or using the join code. As students post responses, teachers receive insights based on the shared answers that describe students' understandings and misunderstandings of the topic.

tag(s): artificial intelligence (110), feedback (9), Teacher Utilities (148), Whiteboard (12)

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Use Snorkl to enhance student learning by providing prompts that encourage students to develop thinking and reasoning skills while sharing their understanding of the topic. Encourage students to use the included whiteboard to provide written responses and drawings in addition to the recorded audio explanations. Differentiate learning for students by creating questions based on students' understanding of the topic. Encourage students to take advantage of the AI feedback provided to rerecord responses that provide additional information that shows a deeper knowledge of the topic.

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OK2Ask: Empower Students as Creators: Using Flip in the Classroom - TeachersFirst

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

Empower your students with effective tools that will help them create dynamic projects. In this workshop, you'll learn how to use Microsoft Flip, a versatile platform that allows educators to engage, inspire, and support students throughout their project journey. Leave with the knowledge and skills you need to harness the full potential of Microsoft Flip in the classroom, facilitating enriched learning experiences and fostering creativity among students. As a result of this session, teachers will: 1. Understand the basic features and functionalities of Microsoft Flip. 2. Learn how to successfully implement Microsoft Flip in support of student projects across grade levels and subject areas. 3. Discuss strategies for using Microsoft Flip to accommodate diverse learning styles and needs, ensuring inclusivity and accessibility in student projects. This session is appropriate for teachers at all technology levels.

tag(s): professional development (393), video (261)

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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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WPSU Language Arts Games - PBS Learning Media

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K to 1
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This collection of five learning games encourages students in grades K-5 to explore and interact with text. The Detective's Notebook Game asks students to become detectives as they...more
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This collection of five learning games encourages students in grades K-5 to explore and interact with text. The Detective's Notebook Game asks students to become detectives as they learn inferencing skills. The Fridge Magnet Game teaches students to monitor text and find clarifying words. The Questioning Cube Game helps students create mental connections to text by generating and answering questions. Younger students play The Train Game to develop synthesis skills by grouping words to form sentences and Make Connections provides practice for students to make mental connections between text and information they already know. Each game correlates to standards and includes support materials for educators.

tag(s): infographics (57), literacy (110), reading comprehension (143), reading strategies (99), science of reading (33), vocabulary (236)

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To develop and practice language arts skills, add these games to classroom computers and include them in station rotation activities. Each game includes a set of discussion questions; use these questions as discussion topics in Flip, reviewed here and ask students to share their responses as part of a video discussion. Learn more about the Science of Reading by visiting TeachersFirst Science of Reading Special Topics Page, reviewed here.
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Vocabulary Adventure Cards - Sesame Workshop

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Make learning new words fun for students using Vocabulary Adventure Cards. These digital flashcards are intended for use every day to help kids build their vocabulary, stimulate their...more
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Make learning new words fun for students using Vocabulary Adventure Cards. These digital flashcards are intended for use every day to help kids build their vocabulary, stimulate their imagination, and enjoy storytelling. The cards encourage children to connect the words to their own lives, invite them to think of words to complete stories, and challenge them to name the word being defined when read aloud.

tag(s): flash cards (41), vocabulary (236), Whiteboard (12)

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Conduct an interactive vocabulary hunt. Use your whiteboard to show Vocabulary Adventure Cards, and then have students find related objects in class. Have your students make short videos on Flip, reviewed here explaining word pairs from the site, boosting their vocabulary and digital storytelling skills. Have students choose one of the stories and collaboratively add to the story using new words. Utilize a program like WriteReader, reviewed here.

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