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Twitter Chat: Develop Design Thinking Using Digital Tools - TeachersFirst

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

tag(s): design (91), twitterchatarchive (70)

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

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Reading Treks: Malala's Magic Pencil - TeachersFirst

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TeachersFirst Reading Treks create a virtual field trip of resources about a piece of literature or text using the My Maps feature of Google Maps. This Reading Trek provides inspiration...more
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TeachersFirst Reading Treks create a virtual field trip of resources about a piece of literature or text using the My Maps feature of Google Maps. This Reading Trek provides inspiration and suggestions for using the trade book Malala's Magic Pencil. Told from Malala Yousafza's point of view, this delightful picture book describes how Malala wished for a magic pencil and what she would do with it. As a little girl, she wishes to stop time in order to get more sleep, but as she becomes an older girl, she wants to use her magic pencil to bring peace to the world. Learn how Malala works to change the world without a magic pencil. Use our robust Instructional Guide with students in grades PreK-8. Content correlates to Common Core Standards, ISTE Student Standards, and National Curriculum Standards for Social Studies. Find the entire selection of Reading Treks here.

tag(s): asia (75), cross cultural understanding (146), virtual field trips (60), women (102)

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Investigate many suggested classroom uses for this resource found on the Instructional Guide (PDF). With younger students, use FlipGrid, reviewed here, as a video response platform for students to share how they would use a magic pencil. Use Flipgrid with older students and ask them to generate specific ideas to address local or world issues. Extend learning by asking older students to research cultural concerns around the globe then use Story Maps, reviewed here, to tell their story through combining maps with text, video, and additional interactive content.
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Reading Treks: March, Book One - TeachersFirst

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

tag(s): black history (73), civil rights (130), congress (44)

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

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Learn about Carter G. Woodson, also known as the "Father of Black History" through this short yet informative article provided by the NAACP. The article tells of Woodson's childhood...more
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Learn about Carter G. Woodson, also known as the "Father of Black History" through this short yet informative article provided by the NAACP. The article tells of Woodson's childhood in Virginia as the son of former slaves and takes readers through his work leading up to his development of Negro History Week. Since that time, his work has become a month-long celebration of African-American history.

tag(s): african american (106), biographies (91), black history (73)

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Include this article along with your other resources for Black History Month, studies of famous Americans, or when studying biographies. Engage students by helping them organize information using a bookmarking tool like Padlet, reviewed here. Use Padlet's column feature to sort information by date, location, careers, or more. Padlet also includes the ability to add comments to share additional information or notes. Include this article as part of a larger unit created using TES Blendspace, reviewed here. Blendspace is an easy to use tool for creating interactive online lessons that include videos, websites, PDFs, and more. As a final project and to extend learning, ask students to create and share videos with information learned during the unit. Biteable, reviewed here, and Powtoon, reviewed here are excellent resources to create video presentations.

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CC Search - Creative Commons

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

tag(s): copyright (47), creative commons (24), images (276), photography (146), search engines (60)

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

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EzGIF - ezgif.com

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EzGIF offers a variety of tools for editing and sharing animated GIFs. Use the GIF maker to create animated GIFs using your uploaded images or video. Other tools allow users ...more
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EzGIF offers a variety of tools for editing and sharing animated GIFs. Use the GIF maker to create animated GIFs using your uploaded images or video. Other tools allow users to crop, resize, reverse, split, and add text to your GIFs. Follow the easy directions for each part of the site to upload your image and complete the desired action. When finished, save the image to your computer.
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tag(s): animation (60), images (276), photography (146)

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

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Adobe Spark Video Creator - Adobe Spark

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

tag(s): digital storytelling (149), multimedia (54), video (271)

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

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Image Annotator - Class Tools

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Easily annotate images using "hotspots" created using the Image Annotator. Upload an image from your computer. Click on any spot within your image to add a title, description, and URL...more
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Easily annotate images using "hotspots" created using the Image Annotator. Upload an image from your computer. Click on any spot within your image to add a title, description, and URL link if desired. Add as many hotspots as you want, then save when finished. The Image Annotator requires a password when finished, this allows you the option to return and edit your photo. Share your image by choosing the embed icon, the popup provides links to the URL link, embed code, QR code, or download the web shortcut.

tag(s): bookmarks (55), digital storytelling (149), images (276)

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Image Annotator offers an endless array of options for classroom use. Create an image with hotspots to share on your whiteboard as an introduction to any new unit of study, or start with a blank image and add hotspots throughout your unit with included links to additional information. Be sure to share the link to your interactive image on your class website. Ask students to create an interactive image as an alternative to a written assignment, have them include links to websites used for their research or to work they created online. Include an image from this site within a larger presentation such as a digital book made with Book Creator, reviewed here, or add images to an interactive timeline created with MyHistro, reviewed here.

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Zapier - Wade Foster

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

tag(s): calendars (40), organizational skills (109)

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

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

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

tag(s): black history (73), civil rights (130)

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

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Meet Carter G. Woodson, a leader in African-American studies. This article tells the story of Woodson's work in bringing African-American stories into the history books after being...more
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Meet Carter G. Woodson, a leader in African-American studies. This article tells the story of Woodson's work in bringing African-American stories into the history books after being primarily neglected until the 1920s. This short article provides an introduction to Carter G. Woodson and his work in bringing the achievements of African-Americans into textbooks.
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tag(s): african american (106), biographies (91), black history (73)

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Include this article with other resources for student use not only during Black History Month but throughout the year as inspiration when writing biographies, studying careers, or learning about influential Americans. Take advantage of some of the free resources found at Class Tools, reviewed here, and ask students to create a Fakebook profile of Mr. Woodson or use the Turbo Timeline generator to produce a timeline of key events. Have students share their learning through a variety of digital tools. Use Carrd, reviewed here, to create a webpage featuring student research and writing. Use Symbaloo Learning Paths, reviewed here, to extend learning by asking students to become the teacher. Have students create a learning path for classmates to teach them about Carter G. Woodson or other famous African-Americans. When finished, your class will have a complete library of biographies to learn from!

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Mary McLeod Bethune - Teaching Tolerance

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Using an excerpt from an interview of Mary McLeod Bethune, this lesson guides students through an exploration of Bethune's life and comparisons to their life experiences. Through the...more
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Using an excerpt from an interview of Mary McLeod Bethune, this lesson guides students through an exploration of Bethune's life and comparisons to their life experiences. Through the use of the provided list of essential questions, students use critical reading skills to build knowledge and make connections. This lesson also includes additional extension activities and prompts.

tag(s): black history (73), civil rights (130), women (102)

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Use the provided link to import this lesson into your Google Classroom account. This lesson is part of a four-part series, use the other lessons to build your unit on black history or famous women. As you add additional resources to your lesson, enhance student learning by using Fiskkit, reviewed here, as a collaborative discussion tool. Fiskkit includes tools for highlighting and adding notes to online articles to facilitate peer discussions. Further, enhance learning by helping students highlight important information from within articles using a word cloud creation tool like Wordsift, reviewed here. Copy and paste any text into Wordsift to highlight and enlarge frequently used words. Use this information to guide students toward significant portions of text. Ask students to use a digital annotation tool such as ThingLink, reviewed here, to add notes, links, and additional information to images. Extend student learning by encouraging them to learn more about Mary McLeod Bethune and other feminists and then creating and sharing podcasts. One easy introduction to podcasts is through the use of Synth, reviewed here. Synth is an audio podcasting tool that uses "bite-sized" audio clips of 256 seconds or less. Have students use this tool to give a "You Are There" presentation sharing events as they happened during Bethune's life, or to share their takeaways of the importance of Mary McLeod Bethune's contributions to women's rights.
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Famous African Americans - Famous African Americans.org

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From the little known to the very famous, these people all have something in common: they have all made significant contributions to American history. Though far from complete, the...more
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From the little known to the very famous, these people all have something in common: they have all made significant contributions to American history. Though far from complete, the list has hundreds of names (listed alphabetically by their first names) and a wealth of categories from sports, singers, actors, writers, activists, scientists, politicians, and everything in between. Every person has a picture and a biography. If that isn't enough, investigate this site's engaging blog topics like 6 Must-See Malcolm X Posters, Top 10 Most Famous Black Actors of All Time, Top 10 Richest African Americans, and plenty more.
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tag(s): african american (106), biographies (91), black history (73)

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This is an excellent site to use as part of a biography unit to match biographies to individual student interests. Allow students to choose a category. Have them read several biographies from that category, then research an African American that hasn't been included on this site. Have students use these biographies as a model to write about the person they researched. Instead of writing down information, ask students to use Google Docs or Microsoft Word to begin research. Using these online documents affords many benefits, including the ability to add comments, highlight information, and add links to online information. Once research is underway, suggest that students use a bookmarking tool like SearchTeam, reviewed here, to organize information. SearchTeam includes the ability to add notes to bookmarks, making it easy for students to label and add information for later use. As a final project and to extend student learning, ask students to create their own book using OurBoox , reviewed here, that includes images, videos, and text. Math teachers could have students figure out which category has the most people in it, or what percentage of the site is dedicated to the category they are interested in.

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Audacity - Audacity

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

tag(s): editing (80), sound (107)

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

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Free Anime Avatar Maker - Avachara

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Design a personalized avatar using the accessible tools at this avatar maker site. Begin by choosing the gender then start customizing features, including facial features. Add wardrobe...more
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Design a personalized avatar using the accessible tools at this avatar maker site. Begin by choosing the gender then start customizing features, including facial features. Add wardrobe items and accessories as desired to complete the look. When finished, save your completed avatar to your computer as a JPG or PNG image file.
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tag(s): creativity (115), emotions (41), faces (5)

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

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Book Club for Kids - Kitty Felde

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Book Club for Kids is a free, weekly 20-minute podcast for middle school students. Each podcast includes a discussion of a favorite book along with an author interview and celebrity...more
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Book Club for Kids is a free, weekly 20-minute podcast for middle school students. Each podcast includes a discussion of a favorite book along with an author interview and celebrity reading. In addition to the podcasts, this site offers a variety of information for students and educators, and parents. Select the link for librarians, teachers, and parents to find curriculum guides for several books. Choose the sections with "Writers on Writing" to discover in-depth conversations with several authors. Podcasts are available on most popular podcasting sites.

tag(s): authors (119), book lists (128), book reports (34), literature (263), podcasts (60)

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This tremendous resource is a must-have for all middle school classrooms and libraries! Share the podcasts with students not only to learn about the latest books but also to learn how to improve public speaking skills, learn about the author's techniques and tips, and discover how to share informative book reports. Subscribe to the podcast and have students listen to weekly presentations during center times or as a class. Share the "Books We Love" portion of the site on your class webpage for students to use when looking for reading material. Ask your school librarian to share these podcasts in the media center and look into ordering books of interest to your students. As students learn from these podcasts, ask them to use what they learned to create their podcasts to share with classmates and your school. Have students use organizers found on ReadWriteThink, reviewed here, to organize and plan for their podcasts and book reviews. Help students visualize their written work by creating word clouds with Wordsift, reviewed here, to focus on commonly-used terms within their text and evaluate their usefulness. As a final project, help your students create and produce ongoing podcasts sharing their book reviews with peers. Buzzsprout, reviewed here, and Anchor, reviewed here, both provide free podcasting tools.

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Cooper-Hewitt Lesson Plans - Cooper-Hewitt & The Smithsonian Institution

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

tag(s): commoncore (90), preK (280), Teacher Utilities (90), teaching strategies (34)

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

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

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

tag(s): professional development (200), twitterchatarchive (70)

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

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

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

tag(s): charts and graphs (205), data (158), Google (47), infographics (52), professional development (200), visualizations (14)

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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: Tech Integration Made Easy with Flipgrid - TeachersFirst

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

tag(s): Formative Assessment (12), Microsoft (70), professional development (200), video (271)

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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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