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Twitter Chat: Inclusive Technology - TeachersFirst

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This archived Twitter chat is from December 2018 and will open in TweetChat. The title of this chat is: Inclusive Technology. Through this chat, participants will: 1. Discuss the need...more
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This archived Twitter chat is from December 2018 and will open in TweetChat. The title of this chat is: Inclusive Technology. Through this chat, participants will: 1. Discuss the need for technology that meets the diverse needs of our learners, 2. Share tech tools that can aid in differentiating the learning environment and 3. Brainstorm possible solutions to the challenge of meeting the needs of all students. Find great tools and resources to create equitable learning experiences.

tag(s): differentiation (50), Special Needs (36), twitterchatarchive (56)

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Find tools and resources to create lessons that incorporate technology, while meeting the diverse learning needs of your students.

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A Teacher's Ultimate Destination for Virtual Field Trips - Education Database Online

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Take a virtual trip around the country or around the world with this expansive list of virtual field trips. Browse the list then choose a link to visit diverse places ...more
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Take a virtual trip around the country or around the world with this expansive list of virtual field trips. Browse the list then choose a link to visit diverse places like the Statue of Liberty, the Louvre, or a tour about cows and the milk you drink. Because each link leads to a different site, it is important to view it in advance to make sure your computer meets any specific requirements for that activity.

tag(s): virtual field trips (55)

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Take advantage of this list of virtual field trips to include with your current teaching units. Visit sites together with your students on your interactive whiteboard or share a link with students to explore on their own. When finished, have students use Thinglink, reviewed here, to modify learning and create an interactive image sharing information learned on their field trip. Include images, videos, and more on their base image. To wrap up your unit, instead of a research report, have students use a multimedia tool like Story Maps, reviewed here, to redefine their learning and create and share a digital story using maps of the location studied.

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Standardized Test Prep - Scholastic

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Learn tips and tricks for building student confidence in test taking for any grade with the advice found on this site. Articles and blog posts provide advice for test prep ...more
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Learn tips and tricks for building student confidence in test taking for any grade with the advice found on this site. Articles and blog posts provide advice for test prep throughout the year, calming student nerves, test-taking skills and vocabulary, and more.
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tag(s): test prep (94)

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Don't wait until just before high stakes testing! Bookmark this site for use throughout the school year as you and your students prepare for any test including standardized testing. Share articles during professional development sessions. Have students create and share their own tips for success during testing with a weekly podcast using Buzzsprout, reviewed here. Ask students to interview teachers, administrators, and fellow students to find the best testing advice.

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Pikwizard - Pikwizard

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Pikwizard provides an extensive collection of beautiful, high-quality stock photos. Use the search feature to find images of nature, people, technology, and more. Scroll through the...more
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Pikwizard provides an extensive collection of beautiful, high-quality stock photos. Use the search feature to find images of nature, people, technology, and more. Scroll through the home page and use filters to find trending photos, the latest uploads, and favorites. Click on any image to download or save. Also, each image includes licensing and attribution information. Pikwizard also links images to Design Wizard, reviewed here, an online app that includes filters and tools for editing images. Sign in isn't required; however, it allows you to add favorites to find later.
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tag(s): creative commons (24), images (279)

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Include Pikwizard with your other image resource bookmarks. Use a bookmarking tool like Symbaloo, reviewed here, to curate image resources for you and your students and save to classroom computers and on your class website. Use images for any digital projects. Find and use images from Pikwizard to create infographics using Canva Infographic Creator, reviewed here, to share data and information about landforms, technology, events in history, and more. Create a class account and mark favorite images for students to use.

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The Science of Snowflakes - Marusa BradaA''''?

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Take a fascinating look at the secret life of a snowflake with this TED-Ed lesson. This lesson includes a video and a series of discussion questions. Take advantage of the ...more
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Take a fascinating look at the secret life of a snowflake with this TED-Ed lesson. This lesson includes a video and a series of discussion questions. Take advantage of the large selection of additional resources offered on the site to explore snowflakes further. Log in to your free account to save and modify the lesson as you desire. If your district blocks YouTube, then they may not be viewable.

tag(s): seasons (36), snow (21), weather (206)

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This lesson is perfect for saving for a snowy day or use during winter lessons. Create your free TED-Ed account, reviewed here, and save this lesson and others for use in your classroom. Before introducing this lesson to students, ask students to share what they know about snowflakes on an online bulletin board like Lino, reviewed here. At the end of your lessons, revisit your bulletin board to add additional information learned and correct previous misconceptions. View the video together as a class, then allow students to research and find answers to the included discussion questions. Create a Google form for students to respond to discussion questions. Ask them to back up their response by including information and/or images found during their research.

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mindmaps - David Richard

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Develop mindmaps and concept maps with this easy to use tool that works both on and offline. Follow the tutorial to start and learn the basic tools within the app. ...more
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Develop mindmaps and concept maps with this easy to use tool that works both on and offline. Follow the tutorial to start and learn the basic tools within the app. Use the site's dashboard to select and change font size and color, add and move branches, and move your mindmap anywhere on the grid. When finished, save your mindmap to your computer or cloud storage sites like Google Drive using the provided links. Choose the Export as Image option to download your mindmap as a PNG file.

tag(s): charts and graphs (197), mind map (24)

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Assign students to "map" out a chapter or story. Assign groups to create study guides using this tool. Use this tool for literature activities, research projects, social studies, or science topics. Use this to create family trees or food pyramids in family and consumer science. Have students collaborate (online) to create group mind maps or review charts before tests on a given subject. Have students organize any concepts you study. They can color code concepts to show what they understand, wonder, and question. Have students map out a story, plot line, or plan for the future. Students can also map out a step-by-step process (such as a life cycle or how to solve an equation). Include your mind maps with multimedia projects to create an online book. Book Creator,reviewed here, offers many options for creating digital books including video, images, text, and more.
 

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But Why: A Podcast for Curious Kids - Vermont Public Radio

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But Why? Kids have lots of questions, and this podcast is all about answering them. Some of the diverse questions answered at the time of this review were - Why ...more
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But Why? Kids have lots of questions, and this podcast is all about answering them. Some of the diverse questions answered at the time of this review were - Why Do We Poop and Fart? Why Don't Spiders Get Stuck in Their Webs? Why Do We Celebrate Halloween? Why Do People Get Cancer? Kids are encouraged to send in an audio of their questions through an adult to get it answered. Most podcasts run in length between 20 and 30 minutes, and many will recommend additional resources about the topic. Don't have the time to listen to a podcast? Not to worry, there is a summary right under the audio.

tag(s): podcasts (60)

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Listen to several podcasts together as a class. Enhance learning by challenging students to reflect on their learning and what they would like to learn more about using a tool such as Flipgrid, reviewed here. Then have students come up with their own questions to be answered and submit them on a tool such as Dotstorming, reviewed here, and then to vote on their 3 favorite questions to submit.

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Babble Dabble Do - Ana Dziengel

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Connect the arts and sciences through hands-on exploration with creative projects shared on Babble Dabble Do. Begin by selecting one of the four categories - art, science, engineering,...more
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Connect the arts and sciences through hands-on exploration with creative projects shared on Babble Dabble Do. Begin by selecting one of the four categories - art, science, engineering, or design for kids. Each topic includes many ideas for projects for preschoolers and up. Project ideas all include step-by-step directions with pictures, many also include videos.
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tag(s): design (89), engineering (133), makerspace (22), STEM (199)

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Be sure to add this to your toolbox of ideas for teaching STEAM topics and for ideas to use in classroom makerspaces. In addition to adding this site to your favorite bookmarks, consider creating a board on Pinterest, reviewed here, of sites with ideas for STEAM projects. Share the board with your peers and collaborate on adding STEAM sites as a group. Extend learning throughout and after project activities as you include student work as part of a portfolio on Seesaw, reviewed here. Seesaw offers tools for all ages of students to create digital portfolios including written or audio reflections on work. Instead of just sharing images of student creations on your Facebook page or school web page, help students enhance their learning by creating digital books using WriteReader, reviewed here, to share online for family and friends. WriteReader is a site specially created for use with younger students to share their writing and images.

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Crossword Hobbyist - Crossword Hobbyist Inc

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Create crossword puzzles or word searches, or browse through the variety of free options available on Crossword Hobbyist. Complete the crosswords online or use the provided links to...more
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Create crossword puzzles or word searches, or browse through the variety of free options available on Crossword Hobbyist. Complete the crosswords online or use the provided links to print or save as a PDF. Browse to find crosswords by grade level, subject, holidays, and more.
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tag(s): crosswords (21), puzzles (205), vocabulary (315)

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Create a link to puzzles on classroom computers for students to use for vocabulary review. Have students create and share their own crossword puzzles with classmates. Include student-created crossword puzzles into multimedia presentations of research projects. Encourage students to use vocabulary terms in writing and speaking projects.
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Twitter Chat: Start the New Year Strong: Strategies for Effective Classroom Management - TeachersFirst

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This archived Twitter chat is from January 2019 and will open in Wakelet. The title of this chat is: Start the New Year Strong: Strategies for Effective Classroom Management. Through...more
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This archived Twitter chat is from January 2019 and will open in Wakelet. The title of this chat is: Start the New Year Strong: Strategies for Effective Classroom Management. Through this chat, participants will: 1. Share effective strategies to strengthen classroom management skills, 2. Explore ways to promote a supportive classroom environment, and 3. Discuss technology tools that assist in managing and encouraging positive student behaviors. Find great ideas and resources to help create and maintain effective classroom management strategies.

tag(s): classroom management (149), teaching strategies (28), twitterchatarchive (56)

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Find tools and resources to maintain effective classroom management strategies. Share this chat with your colleagues looking for sites and information related classroom management. Explore the various tools that are shared.

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Twitter Chat: Using Social Media to Increase Student Engagement - TeachersFirst

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This archived Twitter chat is from December 2018 and will open in TweetChat. The title of this chat is: Using Social Media to Increase Student Engagement. Through this chat, participants...more
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This archived Twitter chat is from December 2018 and will open in TweetChat. The title of this chat is: Using Social Media to Increase Student Engagement. Through this chat, participants will: 1. Discuss the benefits of using social media to increase student engagement, 2. Share ways to utilize social media to foster global learning experiences, and 3. Share helpful resources to begin to incorporate more social media into daily lessons. Find great tools and resources to help use social media to engage your students.

tag(s): social media (31), twitterchatarchive (56)

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Find tools and resources to create lessons that incorporate use of social media. Share this chat with your colleagues looking for sites and information related to social media use in the classroom. Explore the various tools that are shared.

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Learning with Santa Tracker - Google

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Google for Education provides a collection of games and lesson plans tailor-made for the December holidays at their site for teachers. Choose from games for social studies, language,...more
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Google for Education provides a collection of games and lesson plans tailor-made for the December holidays at their site for teachers. Choose from games for social studies, language, computer science, and geography. Games include topics like coding, learning other languages, and understanding maps. Further down the home page choose from lesson plans offered in several languages. Each lesson plan is offered for different grade levels and are available in PDF for easy download. Lessons also correlate to national teaching standards.

tag(s): christmas (52), coding (72), cross cultural understanding (127), cultures (111), holidays (138), map skills (80), maps (292)

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Add this site to your tool kit of December teaching resources. Include the games on classroom computers and add to your class website. Replace paper posters and have students share their favorite activities using an on line poster creator like Web Poster Wizard, reviewed here, or PicLits, reviewed here. After practicing coding using the games provided on this site, modify learning by challenging students to create their own game using a tool such as Scratch, reviewed here.
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Elementari - Nicole Kang and David Li

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Create interactive digital stories with Elementari. Features include drag and drop text, illustrations, and shapes. Choose from image filters and a variety of fonts to personalize the...more
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Create interactive digital stories with Elementari. Features include drag and drop text, illustrations, and shapes. Choose from image filters and a variety of fonts to personalize the look of your story. Other tools include the ability to animate illustrations or text and to create interactions by touch. Use interactions to play a sound, go to a new page, or animate a feature. After creating your account begin by selecting the option to write your story. Follow the prompts to add images, backgrounds, audio, and more. When finished, preview your story then publish. After publishing, share using social media links or the provided embed code. Be sure to check out the Curriculum Guide!

tag(s): creative writing (169), digital storytelling (150), writing (364)

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Offer students the option to share their writing using Elementari by adding illustrations and sounds. Elementari allows students the option to upload their own images and sounds before creating a story. From the home page find the upload button at the top of the page. Upload up to 10 5mb images and 10 10mb audio files. Create stories together, as a class, as you move through a unit or topic. Enhance student learning by adding images and ideas your students suggest. Use in a flipped or blended classroom to deliver course information. Assign several student groups a different topic and redefine their learning by having each group create their own version as they learn more about the topic. Challenge gifted students to modify the "standard" class text with the additional material they discover, by going deeper and learning about related topics. In lower grades, create teacher-made digital stories for students to use as a learning tool.

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CodeSpark Academy for Teachers - CodeSpark

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Teach students to code with the free, engaging activities and curriculum from CodeSpark. Available free to verified teachers and librarians, this program provides all you need to set...more
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Teach students to code with the free, engaging activities and curriculum from CodeSpark. Available free to verified teachers and librarians, this program provides all you need to set up and manage your classroom and monitor student progress. CodeSpark adds new content each month providing an ongoing resource for coding activities for your students.

tag(s): coding (72), differentiation (50), logic (246), problem solving (292), STEM (199)

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Even if you aren't familiar with coding, use CodeSpark Academy as the perfect opportunity for you and your students to "get your feet wet" with coding skills. After sharing and demonstrating the site with students on your interactive board add a link to CodeSpark on student computers. If you don't have enough computers in your classroom, take advantage of the free Unplugged activities available on your Teacher Dashboard for use as a coding center. Don't forget to use this site to find ideas for your Hour of Code activities. Instead of sharing pictures of students participating in CodeSpark activities on your class newsletter, record and share videos of students engaged in problem-solving discussions and enjoying learning how to code.

Have students share their thinking process through blogging as a reflection on their learning and include their writing, images, and video in a digital portfolio using a tool like bulb, reviewed here. As students become more proficient in coding, introduce new programs that provide additional learning opportunities such as Scratch, reviewed here. Scratch includes many different activities for creating games, stories, and animations through coding. Have student experts share their secrets for successful coding by creating video explainers with My Simpleshow, reviewed here. Add these videos to your other resources available for student access.
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OK2Ask: Creativity Cafe: Recipes for Formative Assessment - TeachersFirst

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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session from November 2018, opens in Adobe Connect. Looking for the secret ingredients to make 5-star formative assessment dishes...more
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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session from November 2018, opens in Adobe Connect. Looking for the secret ingredients to make 5-star formative assessment dishes at every phase of the blended learning process? Join us at the Creativity Cafe to learn how the right tool at the right time in the right way can assist you in tailoring formative assessment to your students' differentiated and discriminating palates. We'll outline the different phases of blended learning and share the secret ingredients for formative evaluation for each phase or the process. Participants will explore free formative tools to provide quantitative and qualitative data and understand the importance of effective formative assessment to the success of any student-centered environment, especially a blended class. Participants will: 1. Learn the different phases of blended learning; 2. Explore digital formative assessment tools that support each phase of the blended learning process; and 3. Plan for the use of digital formative assessment tools in the classroom. This session is appropriate for teachers at all technology levels.

tag(s): assessment (118), teaching strategies (28)

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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: Coding 101 - TeachersFirst

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This archived Twitter chat is from November 2018 and will open in TweetChat. The title of this chat is: Coding 101. Through this chat, participants will: 1. Explore the fundamentals...more
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This archived Twitter chat is from November 2018 and will open in TweetChat. The title of this chat is: Coding 101. Through this chat, participants will: 1. Explore the fundamentals of coding and creation, 2. Discuss ways to use technology to inspire our students to problem solve and think critically and 3. Share tech tools to help teachers introduce coding. Find great tools and resources to help create lessons that incorporate coding skills.

tag(s): coding (72), computers (102), twitterchatarchive (56)

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Coding Resources - TeachersFirst

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This collection of reviewed resources from TeachersFirst is selected to help teachers and students learn about coding, and for use as a guide for finding the appropriate tools for use...more
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This collection of reviewed resources from TeachersFirst is selected to help teachers and students learn about coding, and for use as a guide for finding the appropriate tools for use with all grade and skill levels. Nurture problem solving, logic, and creativity. Find resources for just one hour of code or for use as ongoing technology lessons.

tag(s): coding (72), Computational Thinking (32), critical thinking (116), design (89), problem solving (292), STEM (199)

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Explore these resources for use with after-school computer clubs or as an excellent tool when recruiting skilled parent volunteers. Turn the intimidating content of computer programming into an exciting learning adventure for all with these helpful sites!

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OK2Ask: MakeCode: Bring Computational Thinking into Any Classroom - TeachersFirst

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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session from November 2018, opens in Adobe Connect. Prepare your students to use today's digital tools to help solve tomorrow's...more
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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session from November 2018, opens in Adobe Connect. Prepare your students to use today's digital tools to help solve tomorrow's problems. Pattern recognition, abstraction, algorithmic thinking, and decomposition are core thinking skills that apply to any subject. Come see how to integrate these components into any content area with Microsoft MakeCode projects and Hacking STEM lessons--hands-on activities that engage students immediately. Participants will: 1. Review the fundamentals of Computational Thinking and how they can be applied across K-12 disciplines; 2. Explore MakeCode and Hacking STEM, two resources that promote Computational Thinking; and 3. Plan for the use of Computational Thinking in the classroom. This session is appropriate for teachers at all technology levels.

tag(s): coding (72), Computational Thinking (32), critical thinking (116), Microsoft (59)

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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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Synth - Brian Lamb

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Synth describes itself as a "bite-sized podcasting platform." Use this site to create audio recordings up to 256 seconds in length, then combine those recordings into a podcast. Think...more
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Synth describes itself as a "bite-sized podcasting platform." Use this site to create audio recordings up to 256 seconds in length, then combine those recordings into a podcast. Think of it as similar to a series of Tweets, but in an audio format. To create a recording, select the Podcast link then add the plus sign to create a podcast. Podcasts start in private mode by default, change sharing options after publishing your work. Synth also provides the opportunity for recording video from your webcam and the ability to add a transcription of recordings into the podcast. Invite participants to contribute by sharing the URL, the session code, or use the embed code to embed into your website or blog.

tag(s): podcasts (60), video (269)

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Before using Synth with your classroom, be sure to practice setting up and sharing podcasts created with this tool. One way to practice is to set up a podcast with teachers in your building or district as a professional development opportunity. Create a "slow chat" discussing ideas for literature, thematic lessons, or professional book talks. Once you are comfortable using Synth with students, create exit tickets for students to reflect, enhance their learning, and discuss the day's lesson. Synth allows students to extend critical thinking by adding web links to recordings. Ask students to share their opinion on any subject and include a web address to support their conclusion. Have students transform learning by embedding a Synth podcast into a multimedia presentation created with a tool like Sway, reviewed here, and create an interactive discussion on the topic. Instead of using your standard pre-assessment materials, replace these with Synth and extend student understanding by sharing their knowledge (or what they would like to learn) as a quick way to gauge what students already know.

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Radiooooo - Benjamin Moreau

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Discover music from all over the world and from over 100 years back in time! Visit Radiooooo and start listening immediately (no registration required) or download the iOS or Android...more
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Discover music from all over the world and from over 100 years back in time! Visit Radiooooo and start listening immediately (no registration required) or download the iOS or Android app. Just select a country (all countries in yellow have music), decade, and mood (from tabs at the bottom) the music will begin. Create a playlist from different countries and decades using Taxi Mode. Create an account to save your favorites, or upload your own favorite music.

tag(s): 1900s (39), countries (83), radio (27), songs (53)

In the Classroom

Social studies will have a heyday with this program! Complement any period in time with its music. Use music from the site as an anticipatory set or "activator" to introduce a unit or lesson on a projector or interactive whiteboard. Play music from the period you are studying during reading or research time. Use during current events for students to hear the music and language of the country of the article. Allow students to explore the site on their own, and then share their findings with classmates. Ask students to exchange paper journals and write about their impressions of the music and make comparisons to their favorites of today using a blog tool like Telegra.ph, reviewed here. With Telegra.ph you just click on an icon to upload images from your computer, add a YouTube or Vimeo, or Twitter links. This blog creator requires no registration. Redefine learning by challenging students create multimedia timelines (with music, photos, videos, and more) using Timeline JS, reviewed here. Any teacher will appreciate Radiooooo. Play music selections quietly during any subject and student work time. Filter distractions by finding instrumentals to play during silent reading time, test taking, lab activities, or any other quiet time during class. World language teachers can use this tool to introduce music from all the countries whose population speak the language they teach. This tool would also be perfect for performance groups such as drama clubs or musicals that need background music. Use background music for poetry readings during poetry month.

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