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OK2Ask: More Authentic Learning Activities with Jamboard - TeachersFirst

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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session is from February 2023. You can register and immediately view the archive of the session.

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Keep on jammin' with Jamboard - Google's power-packed whiteboard app. We're back with more great classroom collaboration and integration ideas! Simple enough for even young learners, Jamboard gives students tools to share what they've learned and demonstrate content mastery. Use Jamboard to facilitate active learning strategies that include individual and group work. Come prepared to learn strategies you can use in traditional and remote classrooms across multiple content areas and grade levels. As a result of this session, teachers will: 1. Review the basics of using Google Jamboard for remote learning; 2. Explore strategies that foster 21st-century skills; and 3. Share ideas for using Jamboard in the classroom. This session is appropriate for teachers at all technology levels.

tag(s): Google (38), professional development (319), Whiteboard (7)

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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: Exploring Podcasting's Potential - TeachersFirst

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This archived Twitter chat is from February 2023 and will open in Wakelet. The title of this chat is Exploring Podcasting's Potential. During this chat, participants: 1. Defined and...more
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This archived Twitter chat is from February 2023 and will open in Wakelet. The title of this chat is Exploring Podcasting's Potential. During this chat, participants: 1. Defined and discussed the components of podcasting, 2. Shared tech tools that support podcasting experiences, and 3. Explored ways to incorporate podcasting in the classroom.

tag(s): podcasts (63), twitterchatarchive (151)

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Find resources and information about podcasting. Share this chat with your colleagues looking for strategies and resources on podcasting.

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OK2Ask: Podcasting 101: Using Podcasts in Your Classroom - TeachersFirst

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Looking to change things up in your classroom? Try using podcasts! Improve your students' listening comprehension skills, build academic vocabulary, and strengthen literacy skills with this easy-to-use, research-based instructional strategy. Join us and learn to find appropriate podcasts and use them instructionally. As a result of this session, teachers will: 1. Learn ways to use podcasts as an instructional strategy; 2. Explore podcasts series created for students; and 3. Plan for the use of podcasts in the classroom. This session is appropriate for teachers at all technology levels.

tag(s): podcasts (63), professional development (319)

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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: Engage & Inspire: Flipped and Blended Learning - TeachersFirst

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Do you want to engage your students while still being able 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 tools that support them. Learn to use free teaching resources to deliver instruction digitally while allowing flexibility for student pacing. As a result of this session, teachers will: 1. Understand the instructional case for flipped and blended learning and the differences between the two; 2. Explore tech tools that can deliver digital content; and 3. Plan an authentic learning activity using a flipped/blended learning approach. This session is appropriate for teachers at all technology levels.

tag(s): blended learning (14), flipped learning (9), Microsoft (75), professional development (319), remote learning (61)

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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 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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Break Your Own News - Jon Cresswell

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Break Your Own News makes it easy to customize and download a personalized breaking news image without registration. Use the customization boxes to add a headline and text for the ...more
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Break Your Own News makes it easy to customize and download a personalized breaking news image without registration. Use the customization boxes to add a headline and text for the ticker, select image size, and upload an image. When finished, select download to save the JPG image to your device.
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tag(s): digital storytelling (138), images (253), newspapers (92)

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This site contains some ads that may be distracting; however, a quick lesson on avoiding them and engaging with only the desired content is all that is needed to keep most students from following advertising links. Add a link to the Break Your Own News Generator to your lists of other tools to use with images for many different purposes. One excellent tool for organizing and sharing resources with students is Padlet, reviewed here. Create columns in Padlet to organize different resources and then add links to make it easy for you and your students to find what they need. For example, engage students at the beginning of a new lesson or unit by creating a breaking news image to introduce the content. One example might be for a science lesson featuring simple machines with a headline sharing a runaway object that leads into your study of inclined planes. Extend learning and ask students to become creators and share breaking headlines to discuss new information they learned, share important information about story characters, or create a made-up headline about historical events. Include breaking headline images as part of multimedia presentations built using Google Slides, reviewed here, or Canva Edu, reviewed here.
 

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Strip Background - Zygomatic

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Remove and replace the background from images quickly and without registration using Strip Background. Click start, then drag and drop or upload an image from your device. Once processed,...more
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Remove and replace the background from images quickly and without registration using Strip Background. Click start, then drag and drop or upload an image from your device. Once processed, download the new image or use the features available to add a new background color, image, or effect. Choose new backgrounds by uploading an image, or select an image from the site's gallery or Pixabay. When editing is complete, choose "file" and then save it as a JPG, PNG, or WebP. Be careful not to select links that say download; those are advertising links.
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tag(s): editing (88), images (253)

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Before asking students to use Strip Background, demonstrate how to create and save images. Consider recording a tutorial using Free Screen Recorder Online, reviewed here, then sharing a link on student and classroom devices. Discussing copyright and fair use best practices is always an excellent idea when editing images. Use Strip Background to enhance students' presentations and stories. For example, remove the background from a student's picture and then add a background with them in a location or setting that is part of their project. Choose a background image of a city being studied, a different time, or a far-away setting like the moon, then place your student image on top. Resize the image to fit the scene. Include this image as a starter for class projects. Use images on top of book covers for book talks, create images for story characters and heroes, or use them for weather reports. The ideas for using this tool are only limited by your imagination and that of your students. Include the new images as part of larger multimedia projects created using Canva Edu, reviewed here or maps created using Google My Maps, reviewed here.
 

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Narakeet - Gojko Adzic

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Narakeet offers text-to-speech creation with options for choices of over 500 realistic-sounding voices. Registration is not required; upload your script to begin. Choices include the...more
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Narakeet offers text-to-speech creation with options for choices of over 500 realistic-sounding voices. Registration is not required; upload your script to begin. Choices include the design of text-to-speech audio or video from a PowerPoint presentation. After making your selection, take advantage of the available choices to select a language and voice. Then, either upload a file, copy and paste text when creating an audio file, or upload your PowerPoint presentation to create a video. When finished, download the converted file to your device. Free accounts offer you up to twenty projects with maximum uploaded file sizes of up to 10MB. Other restrictions apply to free accounts; this information is available on the pricing page.

tag(s): chinese (44), conversions (38), ELL/ESL (27), german (48), greek (33), italian (28), japanese (47), portuguese (22), russian (25), spanish (103), text to speech (18), video (244)

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Although presentations are uploaded as PowerPoint documents, Narakeet is still easy to use with Google Slides. Upload your Google Slide presentations to the Free Office Online Apps, reviewed here, and save as a PowerPoint presentation. Use Narakeet to share information with world language learners to hear the text spoken in the native language. Use this site with ENL/ESL students to convert small pieces of text to their native language. Use this site with students who have difficulty reading, especially when working with more challenging passages and text. Use the video options to convert student presentations into videos, then share presentations on your class website. Narakeet is also a handy option to use when creating flipped learning lessons. Upload the lesson as a slide presentation, and then convert it to a video file for easy viewing by students.

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Twitter Chat: SEL: Strategies to Support and Empower Learners - TeachersFirst

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This archived Twitter chat is from January 2023 and will open in Wakelet. The title of this chat is: SEL: Strategies to Support and Empower Learners During this chat, participants:...more
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This archived Twitter chat is from January 2023 and will open in Wakelet. The title of this chat is: SEL: Strategies to Support and Empower Learners During this chat, participants: 1. Discussed ways to develop self-awareness and self-management skills, 2. Shared resources that help students use social awareness and interpersonal skills to establish and maintain positive relationships, and 3. Explored ways students can develop empathy.

tag(s): social and emotional learning (72), twitterchatarchive (151)

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Find resources and information about social and emotional learning. Share this chat with your colleagues looking for strategies and resources on social and emotional learning.

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OK2Ask: TeachersFirst Tech Tools Smackdown - TeachersFirst

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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session is from January 2023. You can register and immediately view the archive of the session.

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Many technology tools are available for classroom use, but which are teachers' favorites? This session will share and compare some of TeachersFirst contributors' favorite resources. Help us decide which tool is this session's winner of our Smackdown! As a result of this session, teachers will: 1. Learn about and compare some of TeachersFirst contributors' favorite technology tools; 2. Evaluate uses for one or more tools for classroom use; and 3. Share ideas for using resources with other participants. This session is appropriate for teachers at all technology levels.

tag(s): classroom management (131), professional development (319)

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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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Free Comic Strip Maker - Adobe Express

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Easily design and share comic strips using one of the many templates available from Adobe Express. Select any shared templates on the home page to begin, or sign in to ...more
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Easily design and share comic strips using one of the many templates available from Adobe Express. Select any shared templates on the home page to begin, or sign in to your Adobe Express account and select comic strips from the template options. Searching through the templates is most accessible by viewing only free designs. After choosing a template, use the dashboard to add and modify the contents of the comic strip. Options include changing backgrounds, adding text and images, adding shapes, and much more. When finished, download your design as a JPG, PNG, or PDF document. Then, use the publish option to create a link, share to Google Classroom or Teams, or choose from other social media sharing options.

tag(s): comics and cartoons (48), graphic design (50)

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Engage students by using the templates to display the day's vocabulary word, the math puzzle of the week, or a concept your students are learning in social studies or science, for example. Have students create comic strips for dialog-writing lessons, summarizing, predicting, and retelling stories. Use comic strips for literature responses. For pre-reading students, create a comic of pictures and tell the story based on the pictures/scenes. It's a good idea to require students to create a rough draft of their comic using Printable Comic Strip Templates, reviewed here. Make a class book of the comics created throughout the year. That book is likely to become a class favorite! Use comics to show the sequencing of events. For example, when studying characterization, they create a dialog to show (not tell) about a character. World language and ENL/ESL teachers can assign students to create dialog strips as an alternative to a formal assessment. Have students share all of their comics on your interactive whiteboard or projector.

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Felt - Interactive Map Creator - felt.com

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Felt is a free map creator that makes it easy for anyone to create and work with maps. Under the Use Cases tab on the top right, you'll find Education ...more
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Felt is a free map creator that makes it easy for anyone to create and work with maps. Under the Use Cases tab on the top right, you'll find Education with ideas for teaching with Felt. Easily share your maps with others by sharing a link or embedding them in another tool. Felt's simple toolbar makes it easy to map data or routes and add notes, links, or images. Pinning locations, adding notes, coloring specific areas, clipping out any location to emphasize, and adding layers to your maps allows you to map just about anything you could imagine! You must be at least thirteen years old to create a free account to create maps. This site is currently in a public beta version.

tag(s): map skills (55), maps (208)

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Visualizing data and creating maps just became easier for teachers and students. Help your students understand current events worldwide by creating a map and embedding it on your classroom website or learning management system. For example, use maps in science to track migration patterns, explore climates, or map weather events. Teachers of students aged 13+ years can have students create and edit maps in real-time from anywhere. Build upon your student's knowledge by adding layers to your maps to show new information. Teachers of younger students can create maps for student viewing to map a story or show animal habitats.

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Witeboard - Slack

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Witeboard is a free and simple-to-use online whiteboard. Begin using the whiteboard without registration; click and draw! Then, use the tools at the bottom of the screen to change colors,...more
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Witeboard is a free and simple-to-use online whiteboard. Begin using the whiteboard without registration; click and draw! Then, use the tools at the bottom of the screen to change colors, add lines, add text, and more. Next, use the two lines at the bottom left of the whiteboard to find additional options that allow you to switch to a blackboard, include shape detection, and download and save the board as an image. Another option for sharing your board is using the share link at the top of the page; this option makes the board collaborative by including multiple participants. Registration isn't required; creating an account allows you to access previous boards on any device.

tag(s): collaboration (87), iwb (31), Whiteboard (7)

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Save the link to Witeboard to use for many different classroom options. For example, when working with small groups of students, use Witeboard to draw and share ideas on your mobile device. When students are working on computers, ask them to use Witeboard to demonstrate their understanding of math problems or draw a quick response to stories they read. After creating their response, have students save their work as an image and add it to your Google Classroom assignments or your learning management system such as Seesaw, reviewed here. Ask students to collaborate in teams to create collaborative whiteboard explanations and share their thinking with classmates.

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Free Video Downloader Online - Geekersoft

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Convert and download YouTube videos to any device using the Free Video Downloader Online. First, find and copy the video link on the URL of your web browser (this is ...more
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Convert and download YouTube videos to any device using the Free Video Downloader Online. First, find and copy the video link on the URL of your web browser (this is different than copying the link to share - you want to see the word "watch" in the link you copy). Next, click download to begin saving to your device, then choose from many different options for the type and size of the file to download. Additional download options include saving as an MP3, JPG thumbnail, or caption. For the final step, a preview will appear after selecting an option for download; pick the three dots in the video preview and choose the option to download. Then, view the download videos on your current media player, such as QuickTime.

tag(s): movies (54), multimedia (40), video (244)

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Many schools and districts block YouTube; use this resource to download videos for classroom viewing. Share videos on classroom devices for students to view anytime, even when Internet access is unavailable. Use this tool to download and save videos you wish to show students, especially if they are blocked at school. Save video conversions to a USB stick for easy viewing on many devices.

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Geekersoft PDF Converter Online - Geekersoft

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Follow the simple steps to convert any PDF document to various formats or convert documents to PDF, then download it to your device. Fortunately, this site doesn't require registration...more
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Follow the simple steps to convert any PDF document to various formats or convert documents to PDF, then download it to your device. Fortunately, this site doesn't require registration and is ad-free! Begin by selecting formatting options that include PDF to JPEG, PDF to PPT, PDF to Excel, and more. Scroll down the page to find options for converting documents to PDF. After selecting the type of conversion desired, upload or drag your document to the workspace. When the conversion is complete, save the document to your device.

tag(s): conversions (38), editing (88), worksheets (68)

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Bookmark and save this site for any number of classroom uses. Convert PDF worksheets to Word documents, then edit and change information to fit your needs. Differentiate learning by adapting information on a PDF document to fit the learning needs of students that need additional support or provide extended education for gifted and advanced learners. Take advantage of file converters such as this one to create unique class books. For example, after converting a PDF template to a Word document for students to create a newsletter about features of different states, convert each student's word document back to a PDF file using PDFaid, reviewed here. Then upload all class newsletters into one document using Flipsnack, reviewed here to create an online flippable book.
 
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Twitter Chat: The Power of Genius Hour - TeachersFirst

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This archived Twitter chat is from January 2023 and will open in Wakelet. The title of this chat is: The Power of Genius Hour. During this chat, participants: 1. Discussed ...more
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This archived Twitter chat is from January 2023 and will open in Wakelet. The title of this chat is: The Power of Genius Hour. During this chat, participants: 1. Discussed the components of Genius Hour, 2. Shared tools and resources that support Genius Hour experiences, and 3. Explored ways to incorporate the Genius Hour strategy in the classroom.

tag(s): Project Based Learning (14), twitterchatarchive (151)

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Find resources and information about Genius Hour. Share this chat with your colleagues looking for strategies and resources on Genius Hour.

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AI PNG Enlarger - Background Generator

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Enlarge PNG images up to 16 times without losing quality using this download for Windows operating systems. Follow the directions to download this program to any Windows 7 or newer...more
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Enlarge PNG images up to 16 times without losing quality using this download for Windows operating systems. Follow the directions to download this program to any Windows 7 or newer system. Once installed, you upload PNG or JPG files individually or in batches to enlarge images for multiple uses.
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tag(s): editing (88), images (253)

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PNG images often lose quality when enlarged; using this program offers the opportunity to retain image quality for multiple applications. For example, increase the size of PNG images when creating presentations made with Google Slides, reviewed here, or to include images on web pages created on sites such as Carrd, reviewed here. Share this site with students for book reports, research presentations, or any other digital writing projects to enhance the quality of finished work and provide additional options for including images.
 

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Ditch That Textbook - Matt Miller

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Finding and implementing engaging lessons is difficult and time-consuming; Ditch That Textbook offers practical teaching ideas that adapt quickly to all content and grade levels. There...more
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Finding and implementing engaging lessons is difficult and time-consuming; Ditch That Textbook offers practical teaching ideas that adapt quickly to all content and grade levels. There are three main areas of the site to search for resources - the Blog, Google Ideas, and Resources. Blog content includes suggestions for feedback, gamifying classrooms, and sources for finding free content. Use the keyword search to look for specific information. The Google Ideas section shares material for all things Google, including using Chromebooks. Scroll down the page to find ideas sorted by Google tools and links to videos, templates, and related blog posts. Select the Resources link to find an abundance of free templates, how-to videos, and tools for remote learning. Be sure to dig around at length; there is much more available on this site, including a handful of free online courses for educators. The videos are hosted on YouTube. If your district blocks YouTube, then they may not be viewable.

tag(s): assessment (125), blogs (72), Formative Assessment (48), Google (38), professional development (319)

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This resource is a treasure trove for new and experienced teachers, bookmark and save it for use throughout the year. If you are looking for the latest teaching trends, take advantage of the many templates and ideas shared through the blog. For those wanting to try new ideas, begin with the free templates that make it easy to introduce gamification and interactive activities into any classroom. Ditch That Textbook is an excellent site to use for ongoing professional development. Choose a blog post or activity monthly to discuss with peers and implement in your classroom. Use a curation tool such as Wakelet, reviewed here, to share and discuss resources found on Ditch that Textbook along with your ideas as a way to easily access your favorite ideas.

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NASA- First Woman - NASA

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Join fictional NASA astronaut Callie Rodriguez as she journeys into space and becomes the first woman to explore the moon. Callie and her robot sidekick, RT, take a journey to ...more
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Join fictional NASA astronaut Callie Rodriguez as she journeys into space and becomes the first woman to explore the moon. Callie and her robot sidekick, RT, take a journey to the moon. In this interactive graphic novel, readers can experience the trip along with the characters in various ways. Read the story online, print a PDF, or participate in the full XR (AR and VR enabled) version by downloading the First Woman app, available on Google Play or in the Apple App Store.

tag(s): augmented reality (7), graphic novels (4), interactive stories (19), space (206)

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Explore space with NASA's XR graphic novel, "First Woman". This interactive book can be listened to on the website, read online, or downloaded as a PDF and printed. There are QR codes located throughout the book that the reader can scan to walk through life-size scenes from the novel or learn more in-depth about objects that astronauts use in space. In the app, students can collect up to 30 achievements and earn badges by exploring various parts of the interactive content and answering questions. Check back often to read more of Callie's adventures that are coming soon!

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Twitter Chat: Tech-Infused Vocabulary Strategies - TeachersFirst

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This archived Twitter chat is from December 2022 and will open in Wakelet. The title of this chat is: Tech-Infused Vocabulary Strategies. During this chat, participants: 1. Discussed...more
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This archived Twitter chat is from December 2022 and will open in Wakelet. The title of this chat is: Tech-Infused Vocabulary Strategies. During this chat, participants: 1. Discussed tech-infused vocabulary instruction, 2. Explored tools and resources for integrating tech-infused vocabulary activities in the classroom, and 3. Collaborated on ideas for technology that enhances and empowers vocabulary interactions for students across the curriculum.

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Find resources and information about tech-infused vocabulary strategies. Share this chat with your colleagues looking for strategies and resources on tech-infused vocabulary strategies.

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Twitter Chat: Hexagonal Thinking for Innovative Connections - TeachersFirst

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This archived Twitter chat is from December 2022 and will open in Wakelet. The title of this chat is: Hexagonal Thinking for Innovative Connections. During this chat, participants:...more
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This archived Twitter chat is from December 2022 and will open in Wakelet. The title of this chat is: Hexagonal Thinking for Innovative Connections. During this chat, participants: 1. Discussed the components of hexagonal thinking, 2. Shared tools and resources for facilitating hexagonal thinking, and 3. Explored ways to integrate hexagonal thinking in the classroom.

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