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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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CapCut - CapCut

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CapCut is an all-in-one video editing platform that provides tools for creating, editing, and sharing videos. The website offers various features such as editing tools, AI-driven options...more
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CapCut is an all-in-one video editing platform that provides tools for creating, editing, and sharing videos. The website offers various features such as editing tools, AI-driven options like background removal and color correction, and templates for different social media platforms. You can access CapCut online, download it for desktop use, or use the mobile app to edit videos. The platform also supports team collaboration and provides resources for enhancing video content with music, texts, and effects.

tag(s): digital storytelling (144), social media (54), video (261)

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Have students create short biography videos of historical figures, integrating photos, text, and voiceovers using CapCut. They can document their science experiments through video, using CapCut to add captions explaining each step. This method engages students and enhances comprehension of scientific concepts. Have students craft Public Service Announcements (PSAs) about topics like bullying, the environment, or other social issues using CapCut to edit and share their message. These can be shared on the school's social media accounts. Teachers can use CapCut to create teaser videos that can be used to peak students' interest for an upcoming unit of study.

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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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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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Service Learning Action Guides & Lesson Plans - EarthEcho International

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This page provides action guides and lesson plans introducing students to service learning through citizen science projects based on monitoring water quality. Each action guide provides...more
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This page provides action guides and lesson plans introducing students to service learning through citizen science projects based on monitoring water quality. Each action guide provides students with a roadmap to participating in service projects, beginning with investigating resources and interests and finishing with telling the story and reporting data. Lessons (available in English and Spanish) provide background information, objectives, student handouts, and assessments. Additional extension resources include illustrated stories that share the importance of observation and the crucial need for healthy waterways.

tag(s): citizen science (27), pollution (51), water (101), watersheds (8)

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Share the illustrated books with students as a class read-aloud, or share the link with students to read independently. Each book includes discussion questions; add these to a Google Form, reviewed here to assess understanding or create a Google Slides, reviewed here
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Citizen Science Projects - National Geographic Education

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Discover the many ways to become involved in citizen science projects through local and large-scale observations and activities by visiting the ideas shared on this page from National...more
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Discover the many ways to become involved in citizen science projects through local and large-scale observations and activities by visiting the ideas shared on this page from National Geographic Education. Ideas and links include opportunities to participate in a bird census, monitor local bodies of water, collect weather data, and more. Click on each project's shared link to learn more about its activities and how to participate.

tag(s): animals (284), birds (45), butterflies (14), citizen science (27), ecosystems (73), life cycles (22), oceans (150), photography (118), planets (112), plants (147), stars (68), STEM (265), weather (165)

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Add this page to your bookmarks for citizen science opportunities for you and your students to participate in. Find additional ideas by visiting TeachersFirst's Citizen Science Resources Special Topics Page, reviewed here. Include citizen science projects to extend learning by building them into your current science lessons. Create free scientific observation journals at Canva Storyboard Templates, reviewed here for students to record, organize, and share information. Ask older students to share data by creating graphs on Displayr, reviewed here or use Google's Data Gif Maker, reviewed here when working with younger students.

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OK2Ask: Multilingual Magic: Enhancing Communication and Expression for Diverse Learners - TeachersFirst

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Are you looking for effective ways to support your multilingual students' communication and learning? By the end of this workshop, you'll have a toolkit of edtech strategies that will enhance both your teaching and student success. You will also have the opportunity to network with other educators and share your ideas and experiences. Join us as we empower educators to create inclusive learning experiences that honor and celebrate linguistic diversity! As a result of this session, teachers will: 1. Discover how to leverage various digital tools to facilitate language acquisition and develop communication skills. 2. Dive into the benefits of incorporating audio-based strategies to support multilingual learners. 3. Generate practical ideas for fostering the development of communication skills in a culturally responsive classroom environment. This session is appropriate for teachers at all technology levels.

tag(s): multilingual (67), 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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Butterfly Counts - North American Butterfly Association

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The Butterfly Counts section on the North American Butterfly Association website outlines a citizen science program that tracks butterfly populations through annual counts in the U.S.,...more
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The Butterfly Counts section on the North American Butterfly Association website outlines a citizen science program that tracks butterfly populations through annual counts in the U.S., Canada, and Mexico. It details how to participate in or start a butterfly count in a specific area, aiming to gather data for environmental research and increase public awareness about butterflies.

tag(s): butterflies (14), citizen science (27), data (147), maps (207)

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Based on research from the site, have students design a school garden to attract butterflies, documenting their project using a website tool like Carrd, reviewed here. Employ an animation tool like Brush Ninja, reviewed here to have students create an animation showing the lifecycle of a butterfly they learned about. Have students use a digital presentation tool like Google Slides, reviewed here to create a virtual exhibit on different butterfly species, incorporating findings from the butterfly counts.

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Celebrate Urban Birds - Cornell Lab of Ornithology

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Celebrate Urban Birds is a project by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology that involves urban communities in birdwatching and conservation activities. The website offers resources for learning...more
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Celebrate Urban Birds is a project by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology that involves urban communities in birdwatching and conservation activities. The website offers resources for learning about birds, gardening for wildlife, and using arts to connect with nature. It encourages collaborative science through data submission on bird observations and provides mini-grants for community projects.

tag(s): birds (45), cities (17), citizen science (27)

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Have students use the website to identify local birds and then observe them in their schoolyard or backyards. Have students record their sightings and behaviors using Google Forms, reviewed here. then your class can review and create an infographic of the data using Infogram, reviewed here Using guidance from the site, have your class design and plant a garden that attracts local birds, documenting the process and bird visits on a blog. After studying birds on the website, students create artworks inspired by what they've learned and display them digitally on a platform like Artsonia, reviewed here.

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Headliner - Headliner

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Headliner converts audio podcasts into YouTube videos and automatically transcribes the video's audio into captions. Register for an account to begin using Headliner, then choose from...more
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Headliner converts audio podcasts into YouTube videos and automatically transcribes the video's audio into captions. Register for an account to begin using Headliner, then choose from options that include manual and automatic audiograms, transcribe audio or video, caption a video, or use the advanced editor. Headliner also offers several templates, or you can upload your own. After choosing, follow the steps to select an aspect ratio, upload your video file, select a transcription language, and edit the portion of the video to transcribe. When ready, click to create your project and add additional items such as background audio, additional text or media, and more. To finish your project, choose to export your work and leave the tab open as your video generates. When complete, choose from several options to download your video, share to social media sites, or share using the URL of your project. Free accounts allow up to five projects monthly without watermarks, unlimited watermarked applications, and the ability to export videos in 1080p.

tag(s): multilingual (67), podcasts (79), text to speech (19), video (261)

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If your class is creating podcasts, use Headliner to convert podcasts to videos on YouTube to make them easier for some listeners to access. Adding transcripts provides options for making any of your videos more accessible to listeners of any language. For example, if your school has a large Spanish-speaking community, post videos and podcasts in both languages for everyone to view. This tool also works well when creating videos in other formats such as Animate from Audio, reviewed here. Animate from Audio doesn't automatically include captions, use Headliner to add captions in any language to videos created by you and your students when using this tool.

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WE Library of Resources - WE Charity

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The WE Library of Resources offers learning modules to support and encourage student empowerment as part of our global community. Register with your email to access the WE Virtual Learning...more
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The WE Library of Resources offers learning modules to support and encourage student empowerment as part of our global community. Register with your email to access the WE Virtual Learning Center, then use the links to find lessons, courses, and videos that share ideas for teaching gratitude, making connections, and building healthy relationships. Click on any lesson to download the PDF. Most lessons include correlation to Common Core Standards and ideas for differentiation.

tag(s): conservation (85), cross cultural understanding (155), emotions (47), financial literacy (92), french (74), mental health (34)

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Discover the many ready-to-go free lesson plans for use in your classroom for all different subjects. Collaborate with another classroom in a different country to complete lessons and compare understanding of different cultures. During lessons, have students or groups collect ideas and findings using Padlet, reviewed here. The Padlet application creates free online bulletin boards.
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OK2Ask: Engage & Inspire: Animate Your Voice with Adobe Express - TeachersFirst

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Bring your instruction and student projects to life with animation! In this workshop, you'll learn how to use Adobe Express Character Animation, a free and user-friendly tool that lets you easily create engaging animated videos using your own voice or audio files. By the end of this session, you'll have the ability to create short, visually striking animations that capture students' attention and bring hard-to-grasp concepts to life. You'll leave equipped to create learning tools that are simple to make and fun to watch, revolutionizing the way you approach teaching and igniting students' curiosity about any subject matter. Don't miss out on this opportunity to make your instruction pop! As a result of this session, teachers will: 1. Explore innovative ways to seamlessly integrate character animation into instructional materials. 2. Examine real-world examples of character animation in educational contexts. 3. Become proficient in navigating the application's interface. This session is appropriate for teachers at all technology levels.

tag(s): animation (62), 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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Figjam - Figma

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Figjam is an online collaborative whiteboard with many built-in versatile tools for classroom use. The whiteboard offers infinite space to add templates, drawings, and areas for conversations...more
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Figjam is an online collaborative whiteboard with many built-in versatile tools for classroom use. The whiteboard offers infinite space to add templates, drawings, and areas for conversations and projects. In addition, interactive elements allow members to react to ideas with emojis, high-fives, and stamps. Create an account to begin using Figjam and access all of its features. Create your Figjam board by selecting the purple "+Figjam Board" link near the top of the home page. Add features to your whiteboard by choosing from the many options available, including drawing and writing tools, a timer, and an AI generator to create items such as timelines and mindmaps. Share your Figjam board with others by copying the link, sending an email, or copying the embed code onto a webpage.

tag(s): artificial intelligence (110), charts and graphs (169), collaboration (89), graphic organizers (50), iwb (33), mind map (27), timelines (51), Whiteboard (12)

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Use Figjam in many different ways to engage learners and support classroom instruction. Google Jamboard, reviewed here is a similar but less robust tool than Figjam and will not be supported after December 31, 2024. Import your current Jamboards into Figjam using the "Import" button so you don't lose access to those files after Jamboard shuts down. When working in Figjam, use sticky notes as a collaborative activity to brainstorm ideas and information as a class. Use the drawing tools and ask students to label places, parts of plants, and more. Use Figjam templates to create all-about-me activities, such as class check-in and exit ticket activities, Frayer Model activities, and much more. Learn more about Figjam's many features and how to get started by viewing this tutorial from Figjam.

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Animate from Audio - Adobe Express

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Make an animated character with your voice using the easy-to-use tools provided by Adobe Express. Choose a character from those provided; options include robots, superheroes, cartoon...more
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Make an animated character with your voice using the easy-to-use tools provided by Adobe Express. Choose a character from those provided; options include robots, superheroes, cartoon characters, and more. Next, click the background link to select a background image from those available on the site, select a color, or upload an image from your device. The final customization option allows you to size the video by choosing from several options customized for use with social media. After making your selections, click record to create your audio recording of up to two minutes in length. After the animation processes, download the final product as an MP4 file or open it into dobe Creative Cloud Express, reviewed here to add filters, text, and additional animations. Registration isn't required to create and download your animations.

tag(s): animation (62), artificial intelligence (110), images (256)

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Take advantage of this engaging site for you and your students to use in many ways. Engage students in upcoming lessons by creating animated previews of forthcoming material. For example, create a short video with hints about geographic features to be studied by including one of them as your background. Ask students to share learning by creating short videos presented as a character chosen from the provided options. Extend learning by asking students to include their animations as part of a larger presentation created using tools found on Adobe Creative Cloud Express for Education, reviewed here, such as videos, pamphlets, and webpages. Use TinyWow, reviewed here to convert your Adobe MP4 video to a GIF, MOV, or MP3 file as needed.
 

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My Cyberspace Academy Lesson 12: Copyright and Plagiarism - Carnegie Mellon University

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The PDF lesson plan from Carnegie Mellon University introduces students to copyright issues, defines new terms, emphasizes illegal actions that could occur when using information from...more
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The PDF lesson plan from Carnegie Mellon University introduces students to copyright issues, defines new terms, emphasizes illegal actions that could occur when using information from the Internet, and provides guidance on safe practices for searching and using information online. It includes learning objectives and materials for teachers to use with students.

tag(s): copyright (44), internet safety (113), plagiarism (34)

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In addition to the existing lesson plan, in small groups, have students use FreeComicMaker.com, reviewed here to create comics featuring heroes who respect copyright laws and villains who disregard them. This project encourages creativity and application of knowledge in a new context extending learning. Then, organize a virtual gallery walk for students to view each group's comics. Utilize a quiz program like Kahoot, reviewed here and use the information from the lesson to create a quiz that focuses on different aspects of copyright. Have students create their own Legal or Illegal trading card utilizing Trading Card Creator, reviewed here.
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Students as Creators: Exploring Copyright - ReadWriteThink and Cassandra Love

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Students as Creators offers a five-lesson series that provides middle school students with a foundation for the ethical use of copyright materials. This site's information includes...more
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Students as Creators offers a five-lesson series that provides middle school students with a foundation for the ethical use of copyright materials. This site's information includes correlations to state and national standards. The resources and preparation section includes printouts, supplemental websites, and educator preparation suggestions. Visit the Instructional Plan to find all of the lessons and student objectives.

tag(s): copyright (44), digital citizenship (90), plagiarism (34)

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The lessons are designed to be co-planned and co-taught by a classroom teacher and school media specialist. If this isn't possible in your current situation, consider asking another classroom teacher to collaborate with you on teaching this unit, or break the lessons into smaller pieces and prepare portions of the lesson in your school library as needed. If you cannot teach all of the lessons, review and save the printouts for use by students throughout the year to determine how to address copyright issues with classroom projects. Save copies of the printouts for students to access on your LMS or class website.
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Planet Bee Foundation - Planet Bee Foundation Programs

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Planet Bee Foundation, a pollinator conservation and science education leader, invites educators and community members to join their "Bees in Science" program. As part of its commitment...more
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Planet Bee Foundation, a pollinator conservation and science education leader, invites educators and community members to join their "Bees in Science" program. As part of its commitment to citizen science, Planet Bee offers engaging community science projects that empower participants to contribute to pollinator conservation and agricultural innovations. Through initiatives like ZomBee Watch, Native Bee Community Science Project, and Pollinator Safari, participants can become citizen scientists, track pollinator health, and support local bee populations. Educators can register their classes for these projects, providing students with hands-on learning experiences that foster curiosity, scientific inquiry, and environmental stewardship.

tag(s): citizen science (27), insects (69)

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To engage your students, consider using platforms like Flip, reviewed here or Padlet,reviewed here to create interactive discussions where students can share their observations and findings from citizen science projects like ZomBee Watch or the Native Bee Community Science Project. You can then integrate virtual learning experiences and take students on virtual pollinator safaris, allowing them to explore different ecosystems and observe pollinators in their natural habitats. Many Zoos and other organizations have virtual tours you can use. To extend learning beyond the classroom, collaborate with local environmental organizations and/or collect data on your own and identify pollinators in your area.

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The Rainforest Concern - Rainforestconcern.org

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Transport yourself to the rainforest, the richest and most important environment on the planet! Use the links to find out why the rainforest is important. Become acquainted with the...more
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Transport yourself to the rainforest, the richest and most important environment on the planet! Use the links to find out why the rainforest is important. Become acquainted with the plants and animals that call the rainforest their home. Learn ways that everyone can help the rainforest in the For Children section. In addition, find out how much rainforest is being depleted. Solve the Rainforest Riddle and take a Quiz about the rainforest.

tag(s): animals (284), ecology (100), ecosystems (73), environment (237), medicine (55), natural resources (38), plants (147), rainforests (18), resources (88)

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The Rainforest Concern will make a colorful overview introduction to the rainforest. Learn about its features as a class using an interactive whiteboard or projector. As you read about the various animals or plants, discuss what the animals would sound like or what the plants would hear around them. You could use Listen to nature sounds, fall in Love with the Earth, reviewed here. Create a travel brochure about the rainforest with the information that you find on this site. Expand your research to find more information than found on this site. For example, assign a project to find other rainforest plants with the potential for medicinal use. Find other items from the rainforest that are useful to others (and whose harvest does not destroy the rainforest). Create a pledge campaign, informing others and joining in to reduce the purchase of items that destroy the rainforest. Become a plant or animal from the rainforest and write a short story from that organism's point of view including the interaction with other organisms it would encounter. Use one of the many Digital Storytelling tools, reviewed here. Publish the class stories as "Stories from the Rainforest."

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Citizen Sort - Syracuse University School of Information Studies

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Participate in science activities through gameplay with Citizen Sort. Play Happy Match to help scientists classify photos while earning points, and Living Links, an AI-generated activity...more
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Participate in science activities through gameplay with Citizen Sort. Play Happy Match to help scientists classify photos while earning points, and Living Links, an AI-generated activity in which participants identify twenty species of animals in Serengeti National Park. Registration isn't required; creating an account allows users to save their game progress. Citizen Sort also offers a third game, Forgotten Island, but it requires Flash, which is no longer supported by current web browsers.

tag(s): animals (284), classification (21), insects (69), plants (147)

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Citizen Sort is perfect for use on your interactive whiteboard or projector during the appropriate science unit on classification. Play together and discuss options for identifying and classifying living things. Use Citizen Sort as a science center on classroom computers. Be sure to share a link to the site on your class website or blog for use at home. Have students create an online or printed comic demonstrating lessons learned using one of the tools and ideas included in this collection. Have students create an annotated image including text boxes and related links using a tool such as Thinglink, reviewed here.
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OK2Ask: Remix & Reuse Responsibly: Copyright for Digital Citizens - 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.

Students need to understand copyright laws and responsible content creation as they engage in various academic projects and creative endeavors. This workshop will equip you with the essential knowledge and strategies you need to effectively teach copyright concepts to your students. Together, we'll explore the legal and ethical implications of using other people's work and the creative and educational benefits of remixing and reusing content. Discover various tools and resources to help you and your students find, evaluate, and cite free or licensed content for reuse and gain valuable insights that will help you seamlessly integrate copyright literacy into your teaching practices. As a result of this session, teachers will: 1. Understand the basic copyright laws and how they apply to educational settings. 2. Explore strategies for teaching students to remix and reuse content in their projects responsibly. 3. Gain practical resources and tools that support copyright education in the classroom. This session is appropriate for teachers at all technology levels.

tag(s): copyright (44), digital citizenship (90), 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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