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OK2Ask: Tech-Infused Vocabulary Strategies - TeachersFirst

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Engage students and get them excited to jump into learning with tech tools to support direct instruction for vocabulary. Learn to implement direct instruction based on Marzano's strategies to expand vocabulary in all subject areas and increase success in school and on achievement tests. Using the six-step approach, we'll explore tech tools to help bring vocabulary from short-term memory into long-term memory. Discover how to choose tech tools you can use to increase student collaboration and provide data for formative assessments. As a result of this session, teachers will: 1. Review Marzano's strategies for vocabulary instruction; 2. Explore tools for vocabulary instruction; and 3. Understand how to use tech tools to create formative assessments for vocabulary. This session is appropriate for teachers at all technology levels.

tag(s): professional development (314), vocabulary (231), vocabulary development (89)

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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: Tech Resources to Build Classroom Community - TeachersFirst

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This archived Twitter chat is from November 2022 and will open in Wakelet. The title of this chat is: Tech Resources to Build Classroom Community. During this chat, participants: 1....more
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This archived Twitter chat is from November 2022 and will open in Wakelet. The title of this chat is: Tech Resources to Build Classroom Community. During this chat, participants: 1. Discussed the components of building a classroom community, 2. Shared strategies and resources for using technology to foster an inclusive classroom community, and 3. Explored ways to build connections in the classroom.

tag(s): collaboration (87), communication (135), communities (32), twitterchatarchive (143)

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Find resources and information about tech resources to build classroom community. Share this chat with your colleagues looking for strategies and resources on tech resources to build classroom community.

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OK2Ask: Computational Thinking and Coding with Google Tools - TeachersFirst

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It's important for students of all grade levels to have exposure to computational thinking and coding. Learning to code helps students understand problem solving and logic while expressing their creative side. While increasing student fluency in coding technologies helps them prepare for many academic pursuits, it also helps them build perseverance, determination, and grit. Join us to explore a few cool tools that will help as you embark on this journey with your class. As a result of this session, teachers will: 1. Understand the components of computational thinking; 2. Explore Google tools that engage students in coding; and 3. Plan for the use of coding activities in the classroom. This session is appropriate for teachers at all technology levels.

tag(s): coding (77), computational thinking (38), Google (37), professional development (314)

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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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National Museum of the American Indian - Smithsonian Institution

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The National Museum of the American Indian contains an expansive collection of Native American artifacts. In addition, the museum's online offerings share photographs, media, and additional...more
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The National Museum of the American Indian contains an expansive collection of Native American artifacts. In addition, the museum's online offerings share photographs, media, and additional resources for educators and students. Browse through the homepage to view current exhibits and events; online events are clearly labeled, and there is a different section with a link to all online resources. Be sure to visit this site section to find links to various topics, including poetry, Native American women, and much more. Select the link from the dropdown box at the top of the page to view materials provided for educators. Included in the resources for educators is Native Knowledge 360 Education Initiative, reviewed here, which offers many teaching resources, including lessons, media, and professional development webinars. If your district blocks YouTube, then the videos may not be viewable.

tag(s): explorers (61), native americans (85), primary sources (104), professional development (314), thanksgiving (24), westward expansion (36)

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Be sure to bookmark this site for use with lessons on Thanksgiving, using primary sources, or when teaching about Native Americans. Consider using curation tools such as Padlet, reviewed here, or Wakelet, reviewed here, to organize resources for easy retrieval. Padlet and Wakelet are also handy when sharing information and resources with students. As you begin your lessons on American Indians, begin with a formative assessment to gauge your students' understanding of the topic. Use an easy online quiz tool such as Baamboozle, reviewed here, to engage students in your learning activities. As you continue in your lessons, continue to motivate and engage students using Wooclap, reviewed here, to review information either in class or as a homework activity. Instead of testing to assess knowledge upon completing your unit, offer students the opportunity to share their understanding of content in various ways. Examples include creating an infographic using Canva Infographic Maker, reviewed here, an explainer video made using simpleshow video maker, reviewed here, and an interactive map built using Google My Maps, reviewed here.
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TEACHFLIX - Ditch That Textbook

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Teaching with videos engages and excites students, but finding the right video takes time. TEACHFLIX is a curated collection of videos shared by classroom teachers to put to immediate...more
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Teaching with videos engages and excites students, but finding the right video takes time. TEACHFLIX is a curated collection of videos shared by classroom teachers to put to immediate use in class. Begin by browsing by grade level or content area. If browsing by grade level, open up your choice to view all videos or narrow your selection by specific topics. No registration is required; however, sign up with your email to receive the Teaching with TEACHFLIX ebook to download, which includes suggestions and activities to use with videos. The videos are hosted on YouTube. If your district blocks YouTube, then they may not be viewable.

tag(s): coding (77), computational thinking (38), computers (97), digital citizenship (79), engineering (111), problem solving (219), social and emotional learning (70), STEM (228), video (245), virtual field trips (70)

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Use this curated collection of videos to engage students in lessons in all subjects. Use EdPuzzle, reviewed here, to enhance the video content by adding comments, questions, and more within the video. Create interactive lessons with videos from this collection, formative assessments, and other interactive content using Pear Deck, reviewed here, to present material in a deeper, more robust manner. Upon completion of your lesson, ask students to share learning using a simple web page builder such as Straw.Page, reviewed here.

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gotLearning - Mike Rutherford

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gotLearning is a platform for students and teachers to discuss and share student learning and educational goals. Upload documents, add videos, or scan items to begin the collaborative...more
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gotLearning is a platform for students and teachers to discuss and share student learning and educational goals. Upload documents, add videos, or scan items to begin the collaborative process. Documents open up inside a learning conversation that offers several options for creating ongoing discussions and feedback between teachers and students. Students use the app to scan and upload work to the platform. Use the educator dashboard to share and monitor assignments and to differentiate work that fits the needs of students easily. The free option for the school year 2022-2023 includes adding up to eight classes and 150 students within an account and integrates easily with Google Classroom.

tag(s): collaboration (87), DAT device agnostic tool (136), Formative Assessment (45), Teacher Utilities (128)

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Use gotLearning to focus on student learning using formative feedback and collaboration based on students' work. One advantage of using this site is that it helps students to organize and share work through one tool instead of trying to manage it within notebooks or folders. Include other support staff, such as counselors, special education instructors, and ENL/ELL teachers, as part of your learning conversations to provide a holistic approach to student learning. Share student growth documented on gotLearning with parents during conferences to help support upcoming learning goals.

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Geography Games - Crazy Games

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Try these geography games that test your knowledge of country locations, flags, and locations found in the Old and New Testaments. Choose any of the games to view the directions ...more
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Try these geography games that test your knowledge of country locations, flags, and locations found in the Old and New Testaments. Choose any of the games to view the directions and begin playing.
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tag(s): countries (69), flags (17), game based learning (167), states (119)

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Before sharing with students, consider demonstrating how to play and avoid ads on your interactive whiteboard. Then, add a link to student computers to use during computer centers to become familiar with the locations of states and countries and learn how to identify nations' flags. After learning about geographic areas, ask students to choose a country or state to research. As students learn about their selected country, use Google Jamboard, reviewed here, to create a template for students to add facts and information by creating a frame for each country or state. Finally, extend learning using Google My Maps, reviewed here, to create an interactive map with links to each location that includes images, videos, and descriptions of the site written by students.

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Twitter Chat: Flipped Classroom Strategies for Active Learning Innovation - TeachersFirst

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This archived Twitter chat is from November 2022 and will open in Wakelet. The title of this chat is Flipped Classroom Strategies for Active Learning Innovation. During this chat, participants:...more
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This archived Twitter chat is from November 2022 and will open in Wakelet. The title of this chat is Flipped Classroom Strategies for Active Learning Innovation. During this chat, participants: 1. Defined and discussed the basic elements of a flipped classroom, 2. Shared tech tools and resources that support flipped classroom experiences, and 3. Collaborated on ideas for integrating flipped classroom experiences.

tag(s): flipped learning (8), twitterchatarchive (143)

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OK2Ask: Engage & Inspire with Hexagonal Thinking - TeachersFirst

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Hexagonal Thinking can be both a metacognitive and collaborative strategy that helps students to construct knowledge. Students can use this strategy to organize concepts presented in class and determine how they are interrelated with concepts students have already grasped. Attend this session to learn about hexagonal thinking and how to use it in instruction. As a result of this session, teachers will: 1. Understand how hexagonal thinking supports knowledge construction; 2. Explore three ways to use hexagonal thinking in the classroom; and 3. Plan for the use of hexagonal thinking during instruction. This session is appropriate for teachers at all technology levels.

tag(s): collaboration (87), professional development (314), teaching strategies (35)

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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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Biographies with BrainPop Jr.- Jackie Robinson - BrainPop Jr.

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Teach early elementary learners about civil rights activist Jackie Robinson with this free BrainPop Jr. unit. Easily incorporate both reading and history standards with these ready-made...more
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Teach early elementary learners about civil rights activist Jackie Robinson with this free BrainPop Jr. unit. Easily incorporate both reading and history standards with these ready-made activities. The site includes a short, engaging video, comprehension quizzes, an interactive mind map creator, as well as writing, drawing, and discussion topics.

tag(s): biographies (95), black history (101), civil rights (170), digital writing (3), mind map (25), sequencing (18)

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This unit would be great to supplement your reading and history lessons. Using the wordplay section, students learn five new vocabulary words by reading the word and definition, then using the interactive features to draw a picture, use it in a sentence, and act it out. Next, have your class work together using the interactive mind map to practice sequencing or to further explore concepts learned in the video. When finished, mind maps, drawings, and writings can all be printed or saved as images.

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Biographies with BrainPop Jr.- Harriet Tubman - BrainPop Jr.

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Teach early elementary learners about abolitionist Harriet Tubman with this free BrainPop Jr. unit. Easily incorporate both reading and history standards with these ready-made activities....more
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Teach early elementary learners about abolitionist Harriet Tubman with this free BrainPop Jr. unit. Easily incorporate both reading and history standards with these ready-made activities. The site includes a short, engaging video, comprehension quizzes, an interactive mind map creator, as well as writing, drawing, and discussion topics.

tag(s): biographies (95), black history (101), civil rights (170), digital writing (3)

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This unit would be great to supplement your reading and history lessons. First, using the wordplay section, students learn five new vocabulary words by reading the word and definition, then using the interactive features to draw a picture, use it in a sentence, and act it out. Next, have your class work together using the interactive mind map to practice sequencing or to further explore concepts learned in the video. When finished, mind maps, drawings, and writings can all be printed or saved as images.

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Indigenous Peoples of the Americas - The Kennedy Center

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This diverse collection of resources provides many opportunities to experience the culture of Indigenous Peoples of the Americas through visual arts, dance, music, and more. Resources...more
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This diverse collection of resources provides many opportunities to experience the culture of Indigenous Peoples of the Americas through visual arts, dance, music, and more. Resources include lessons for grades K-8 that focus on learning about indigenous people through integrating the arts with science, social studies, and language arts. Other resources include videos that feature Native Americans discussing their crafts through interviews and storytelling. The videos are hosted on YouTube. If your district blocks YouTube, then they may not be viewable. Lessons correlate to National Core Arts Standards, Common Core, and Next Generation Science Standards.

tag(s): cross cultural understanding (149), cultures (121), dance (25), holidays (127), native americans (85), north america (14), stories and storytelling (36)

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Print lesson plans during Native American Month, as a supplement to social studies lessons about cultures and states, or during geography lessons. Lesson plans are available in PDF format or as Google Documents; save any lesson to your Google Drive as a copy of the original document and edit it to fit your curriculum or adapt it as desired to fit current lessons. Use any or all materials found on this site as a personalized learning lesson for students to complete in person or remotely. For example, add a video, poem, and reflective activity, and additional materials to a SchoolStack, reviewed here, an activity that offers students a choice of learning materials and activities. Consider asking students to work in collaborative groups to research indigenous people based on their interests. For example, have a group explore dance, another their art and sculpture, and a group that researches geographic locations of the different tribes. Ask each group to share their learning by creating simple websites made with Telegra.ph, reviewed here. Telegra.ph provides simple website creation tools without all the distractions of backgrounds, templates, and other distractions. Easily add text, images, and links to any Telegra.ph site.
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OK2Ask: Build Community in Your Classroom with Tech Tools - TeachersFirst

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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session is from October 2022. You can register and immediately view the archive of the session.

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Research shows that students who feel safe and included are more likely to be academically motivated. Take time to focus on supporting and facilitating students' sense of belonging in the classroom. Join us to explore tools that will help students communicate and collaborate, support their social and emotional needs, and build a safe and inclusive environment. As a result of this session, teachers will: 1. Learn community-building strategies; 2. Explore tech tools that support communication and collaboration; and 3. Plan to use community-building strategies in the classroom. This session is appropriate for teachers at all technology levels.

tag(s): communication (135), communities (32), professional development (314), social and emotional learning (70)

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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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Picryl - GetArchive

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This site states that it is "the world's largest public domain media search engine" and provides access to millions of public domain objects to view and download. Use Picryl to ...more
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This site states that it is "the world's largest public domain media search engine" and provides access to millions of public domain objects to view and download. Use Picryl to search for specific items such as Abraham Lincoln or Abraham Lincoln's papers. Sort information to view just text, images, or collections. Additional filters allow you to narrow down the time frame to include or select from suggested tags. Picryl also offers over 2,000 collections featuring various topics that range from lighthouses to glassblowing. After choosing an item, use the download link to save it to your device and access information to credit the source. Registration isn't required; however, it provides access to source URL information and allows you to create collections from resources found on Picryl.

tag(s): creative commons (27), images (251), primary sources (104), search engines (51)

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Share this link with students and make it available on classroom computers. Consider using a curation tool such as Skloog, reviewed here or Symbaloo Edu, reviewed here to share Picryl and other sites easily with students. Picryl provides an excellent opportunity to include lessons on copyright and fair use. Find many resources that teach and provide an understanding of fair use at the TeachersFirst Copyright and Fair Use Resources Special Topics Page located here.

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Women's History Resources - Women for Education, Advocacy & Rights (WEAR)

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Read, learn, and teach about women's role models in various careers found on this Women's History Resources. Begin by clicking to open the link to learn more to find featured ...more
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Read, learn, and teach about women's role models in various careers found on this Women's History Resources. Begin by clicking to open the link to learn more to find featured jobs sorted by topics, including science, medicine, and others. Each thumbnail link directs you to a PDF document featuring a short description of a woman role model in the field and her primary accomplishment(s). Write-ups are added weekly; check back often for additional role models featured on the site.

tag(s): careers (132), women (108)

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Include this site with other resources that feature women role models, topics for biographies, and career exploration information. Although each write-up is relatively short, use the information as a starting point for students to research and find additional information about the career or the featured woman. Consider using a curation tool such as Padlet, reviewed here, as a resource to share information and sources with students. Enhance student learning by sharing organizational tools that make gathering and sharing information easy, such as Workflowy, reviewed here. Workflowy includes tools for adding links, images, and files to one workspace. Add tags, nest information, and lists using drag and drop features, or share and edit information with collaborators. To extend student learning, ask students to use Wakelet, reviewed here, to share their learning. Ask students to include links to research, videos, and online articles along with their work. Search Wakelet to find many examples to use as a guideline for presentations.
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Native American Heritage Collection - PBS LearningMedia

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Learn about Indigenous art, history, and culture with the PBS LearningMedia Native American Heritage Collection. This collection of teaching resources includes videos, lesson plans,...more
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Learn about Indigenous art, history, and culture with the PBS LearningMedia Native American Heritage Collection. This collection of teaching resources includes videos, lesson plans, media galleries, learning interactives, and more! Open each resource in this collection and find entire lessons already created for you. Share items quickly with your students with the share to Google Classroom or sharing links. Teachers can use the site's included Lesson Builder to create detailed lesson plans customized just for them. A free account is required to download and save resources.

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Use this collection during Native American Heritage month to dive deeply into studying America's Indigenous people and culture. Teachers can enhance learning by downloading videos and creating interactive questions using tools such as Edpuzzle, reviewed here. Resources from this collection include support materials that you can use with Kami, reviewed here, or upload to your learning management system. Many included resources have comprehension or discussion questions that classes can discuss digitally with tools such as Google's Jamboard, reviewed here.
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iThrive Sim: Follow the Facts - ithrive games

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iThrive Sim: Follow the Facts is a digital role-playing simulation game with situations that help students in high school social studies, history, and humanities classes to strengthen...more
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iThrive Sim: Follow the Facts is a digital role-playing simulation game with situations that help students in high school social studies, history, and humanities classes to strengthen civic and social-emotional learning (SEL). The digital simulations are designed to support student-driven learning, and the student's actions determine the storyline. Students will play as journalists reporting on a breaking story. To get the truth, they need to find credible sources, collaborate with peers, and report the story with accuracy and without bias. Registration with a school email address is required to play. This game was designed to function within school firewalls. If you have trouble accessing it, please contact your school's IT department. iThrive Sim: Leading Through Crisis scenario is centered around topics that may be sensitive for some students. Consider offering alternatives or providing extra support if needed.

tag(s): bias (18), game based learning (167), journalism (69), media literacy (90), simulations (6), social and emotional learning (70)

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Engage your high school students with iThrive Sim: Follow the Facts. The game-based simulation includes teacher preparation, pre-simulation, and optional post-simulation activities. The entire simulation takes about two thirty-minute sessions total to play. Teachers should plan for the full simulation and activities to take at least five 45-minute class periods. A complete implementation guide is included. Civics topics include effective sourcing of information, SEL skills include understanding bias and collaboration.

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iThrive Sim: Leading Though Crisis - ithrive games

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iThrive Sim: Leading Through Crisis is a digital role-playing simulation game. The situation helps students in high school social studies, history, and humanities classes to strengthen...more
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iThrive Sim: Leading Through Crisis is a digital role-playing simulation game. The situation helps students in high school social studies, history, and humanities classes to strengthen civic and social-emotional learning (SEL). The digital simulations are designed to support student-driven learning, and the student's actions determine the storyline. Students will play as government officials who need to work collaboratively to analyze the data they receive to make decisions. Registration with a school email address is required to play. This game was designed to function within school firewalls. If you have trouble accessing it, please contact your school's IT department. iThrive Sim: Leading Through Crisis scenario is centered around topics that may be sensitive for some students. Consider offering alternatives or providing extra support if needed.

tag(s): game based learning (167), simulations (6), social and emotional learning (70)

In the Classroom

Engage your high school students with iThrive Sim: Leading Through Crisis. The game-based simulation includes teacher preparation, pre-simulation, and optional post-simulation activities. The full simulation takes about two thirty-minute sessions total to play. Teachers should plan for the entire simulation and activities to take at least five 45-minute class periods. A complete implementation guide is included. Civics topics include the 25th Amendment and the Presidential Cabinet, SEL skills include decision-making.

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iThrive Sim: Lives in Balance - ithrive games

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iThrive Sim: Lives in Balance is a digital role-playing simulation game. The situation helps students in high school social studies, history, and humanities classes to strengthen civic...more
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iThrive Sim: Lives in Balance is a digital role-playing simulation game. The situation helps students in high school social studies, history, and humanities classes to strengthen civic and social-emotional learning (SEL). The digital simulations are designed to support student-driven learning, and the student's actions determine the storyline. Students will play as government officials who must work collaboratively to analyze the data they receive to make decisions. Registration with a school email address is required to play. This game was designed to function within school firewalls. Please contact your school's IT department if you have trouble accessing it. iThrive Sim: Lives in Balance event is centered around topics that may be sensitive for some students. Consider offering alternatives or providing extra support if needed.

tag(s): game based learning (167), simulations (6), social and emotional learning (70)

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Engage your high school students with iThrive Sim: Lives in Balance. The game-based simulation includes teacher preparation, pre-simulation, and optional post-simulation activities. The full simulation takes about 35 minutes to play. Therefore, teachers should plan for the entire simulation and activities to take at least three 45-minute class periods. A complete implementation guide is included. Civics topics include the 10th Amendment and Federalism, and SEL skills include decision-making, compromise, and advocacy.

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iThrive Sim- Digital Simulation Games - ithrive games

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Engage and enhance students' civic and social-emotional (SEL) learning using simulations by iThrive Sim. The simulations are for high school students in social studies, history, and...more
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Engage and enhance students' civic and social-emotional (SEL) learning using simulations by iThrive Sim. The simulations are for high school students in social studies, history, and humanities classes. The digital simulations are designed to support student-driven learning, and the storyline is determined by the actions students take together. The page includes links to three learning scenarios where teachers can preview the game. Registration with a school email address is required to play. The resources on this site are designed for high school students.

tag(s): collaboration (87), flipped learning (8), game based learning (167), Online Learning (35), simulations (6), social and emotional learning (70)

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Teachers can find links to individual games, downloadable curricula for various video games, lesson plans, and teaching resources. These game simulations are designed to build skills in decision-making, understanding bias, compromise, advocacy, and collaboration among students. The games support face-to-face interaction and can also be adapted to the needs of online and hybrid learning environments.

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