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OK2Ask: 3 Cool Tools to Amp Up Collaboration - TeachersFirst

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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session is from October 2021. You can register and immediately view the archive of the session.

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Learning is always better together! Explore, compare, and contrast three free online tools for collaboration with peers and students. Discover the differences between collaboration and group work and discuss ways to foster collaboration in the classroom. Share the positives of collaboration and strategies for encouraging participants when faced with difficulties with peers and begin to develop a collaborative activity to fit your individual needs. As a result of this session, teachers will: 1. Understand the difference between collaboration and group work; 2. Explore three online tools for collaboration; and 3. Explore ways to use these tools for collaboration in the classroom. This session is appropriate for teachers at all technology levels.

tag(s): collaboration (81), professional development (259), student-centered (4)

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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: Level Up Learning with Gamification - TeachersFirst

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This archived Twitter chat is from October 2021 and will open in Wakelet. The title of this chat was: Level Up Learning with Gamification. During this chat, participants: 1. ...more
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This archived Twitter chat is from October 2021 and will open in Wakelet. The title of this chat was: Level Up Learning with Gamification. During this chat, participants: 1. Defined gamification, 2. Explored gamification strategies and resources, and 3. Shared Gamification integration ideas.

tag(s): game based learning (157), gamification (79), twitterchatarchive (117)

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

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OK2Ask: Tech Integration Made Easy with Wakelet - TeachersFirst

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Looking for a free, multifaceted tech tool to introduce to your students? Look no further - you've found Wakelet! Learn to use Wakelet in a variety of ways in your classroom: tell stories, create collections with instructional activities, have students create digital portfolios or collect other digital evidence, or use Wakelet to engage your students in authentic learning experiences. Join us to see how you can enhance instruction with Wakelet. As a result of this session, teachers will: 1. Learn basic uses of Wakelet; 2. Explore three different ways to use Wakelet in the classroom; and 3. Plan for the use of Wakelet in instruction. This session is appropriate for teachers at all technology levels.

tag(s): curation (5), professional development (259), student-centered (4)

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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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WordWanderer - Marian Dork and Dawn Knight

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WordWanderer is a fascinating experimental visual tool that seeks to improve your experience with a text. See how it works by selecting from texts included in the dropdown box or ...more
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WordWanderer is a fascinating experimental visual tool that seeks to improve your experience with a text. See how it works by selecting from texts included in the dropdown box or copy and paste the text of your choosing. After making a selection, click the "wander" icon to use the tool. Hover your cursor over any of the words to highlight additional words connected to the original. Click on a word to view a list of uses of that word within the text. Select words and draw lines to view connections within the text. Use the options box to select types of speech to include in your visual or to hide common words. Be sure to look at the help box to understand the three different views offered within the WordWanderer interface.

tag(s): parts of speech (42), reading strategies (55), vocabulary (233), word clouds (13)

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Use WordWanderer to explore and introduce many different types of text. For example, paste in a portion of a novel or chapter from a science or social studies text to share with students. Use the different features to explore connections between words and discuss vocabulary. Ask students to paste text from their work into this tool as a means for exploring their work in depth. Ask questions such as how often some words appear, can you find different adjectives, or did you use the same one too often? When finished, have students analyze their work by sharing the interactions found on WordWanderer by creating a screen recording using Free Screen Recorder Online, reviewed here.

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The Role of Women - Stanford History Education Group

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Students use a political cartoon as a starting point to determine how the evidence supports a historical argument. The focus of the 1912 cartoon is on the shift of women ...more
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Students use a political cartoon as a starting point to determine how the evidence supports a historical argument. The focus of the 1912 cartoon is on the shift of women from more traditional roles at home and their move toward non-traditional places in the workforce. Register for a free account to access the materials, including directions for the assessment, a rubric, and links to Library of Congress materials.

tag(s): 1900s (51), comics and cartoons (44), womens suffrage (33)

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Include this assessment as part of any American History lessons focused on the changing role of women and lessons about life in the early 1900s. Use the ideas found in this quick assessment with other political cartoons of the time. Running for Office - Cartoons Of Clifford K. Berryman, reviewed here, is a resource for finding additional cartoons from the early 20th century. After students spend time assessing the features that make up political cartoons, enhance learning and ask them to create their own cartoon using Comic Strip Templates from Canva, reviewed here. Extend learning by sharing student-created cartoons using Story Maps, reviewed here. Use Story Maps to share and compare the political feel of the time period through stories told across the country.
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Evaluating Art as Historical Evidence - Stanford History Education Group

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Studying art to understand history provides a means for understanding the past through visual representations. Stanford History Education Group shares this list of lessons and assessments...more
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Studying art to understand history provides a means for understanding the past through visual representations. Stanford History Education Group shares this list of lessons and assessments that use art to teach about a wide range of world and United States history topics. Select any of the provided links to access downloadable lesson materials and activities. The lessons include teacher and student materials; assessments include a printable assessment, rubric, and links to necessary primary documents.

tag(s): american revolution (74), art history (73), artists (72), assessment (119), china (58), civil rights (149), civil war (130), comics and cartoons (44), declaration of independence (12), egypt (43), france (33), japan (53), mexico (27), native americans (81), nazis (9), thanksgiving (27), womens suffrage (33)

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Bookmark and save this list for use throughout the year with many different history lessons. Include these art activities to provide context and visual perspective to important events. Use a curation tool such as Padlet, reviewed here, to create an ongoing resource for students to use for review and as a guide for understanding history through a wider lens. For example, when using Padlet, choose the timeline feature and add a piece of art onto the timeline. Upload videos, text, and additional images to create an interactive timeline that tells a story through art. As a final project, ask students to share their learning using Sway, reviewed here, to write a reflective piece on the use of art throughout any period in time. Have students include student work, images, links, maps, and more in Sway projects.
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Thomas Nast's Political Cartoons - Stanford History Education Group

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Using two cartoons created by Thomas Nast, students analyze the content to learn about northern attitudes toward freedmen during Reconstruction. Download this lesson that offers an...more
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Using two cartoons created by Thomas Nast, students analyze the content to learn about northern attitudes toward freedmen during Reconstruction. Download this lesson that offers an instructional plan that guides students through evaluating and discussing the messages found in each political cartoon. This lesson includes downloadable materials for teachers and students. Free registration is required to access the PDF materials.

tag(s): 1800s (58), civil war (130), comics and cartoons (44)

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Use cartoons to engage student learners and as a resource for providing deeper context to complicated issues such as Reconstruction. Upload images of each cartoon onto an interactive whiteboard tool such as Whiteboard Chat, reviewed here, that provides many tools for sharing and creating digital annotations. Upload each cartoon and add student comments and use drawing tools to draw attention to specific portions of cartoons. As a culminating project, ask students to create political cartoons representing different views of Reconstruction. Use Canva's Comic Strip Templates, reviewed here, as a starting point for templates and ideas or have students create cartoons from a blank slide.
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Manifest Destiny - Stanford History Education Group

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This lesson guides students through primary sources and present-day textbooks to explore the central historical question of what motivated American territorial expansion in the 1840s....more
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This lesson guides students through primary sources and present-day textbooks to explore the central historical question of what motivated American territorial expansion in the 1840s. Materials for download include a teacher's guide, student materials, primary source materials, and an accompanying PowerPoint. In addition, the Teacher Materials include a lesson plan that includes several optional extension activities. All materials are free; registration is required to view and download all of the materials.

tag(s): 1800s (58), native americans (81), westward expansion (35)

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Bookmark and save this site as a resource to include with American History lessons. Engage students in the optional learning activities through the use of technology tools such as Google Jamboard, reviewed here. Use Jamboard to create templates to accompany the discussion activities for students to list the similarities and differences between the textbook information and what is found in the primary documents. Enhance student understanding of the concepts by creating a visual timeline using History in Motion, reviewed here. Tools included with History in Motion offer the ability to use maps as a starting point to create paths and add icons and links to tell the story of historical events. Extend learning further by asking students to create videos using Biteable, reviewed here, to share their responses to the final activity of evaluating the painting, "American Progress." Ask individual students or student groups to create a video sharing their ideas on the importance of this artwork and their judgement as to its representation of westward expansion in a good light.
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OK2Ask: Engage & Inspire: Digital Escapes with Flipgrid - TeachersFirst

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Looking for a fun and engaging way to teach a lesson? Digital Escapes made with Flipgrid will fit the bill. Digital Escapes are online versions of immersive games where teams discover clues, solve puzzles, and accomplish tasks to escape from the game site. They're an exciting, fun, and effective learner-centered teaching strategy you'll reach for again and again. Learn how to implement this instructional strategy in your classroom and about the many benefits of this approach, such as developing problem-solving skills, fostering a growth mindset, encouraging collaboration and teamwork, and promoting access to content knowledge. As a result of this session, teachers will: 1. Understand Digital Escapes as a learner-centered instructional strategy; 2. Explore a collection of Digital Escape examples to understand how to use this strategy in the classroom; and. 3. Plan for the use of Digital Escapes in instruction. This session is appropriate for teachers at all technology levels.

tag(s): Microsoft (64), professional development (259)

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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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Global Citizenship Resources - TeachersFirst

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Encourage your students to be global citizens with the resources shared in this collection. Global citizenship helps students to understand both world events and their role within the...more
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Encourage your students to be global citizens with the resources shared in this collection. Global citizenship helps students to understand both world events and their role within the international community. When students begin to become global citizens, they learn to respect universal values such as peace and the human rights of all people. Use this curated list to start your class discussion of global citizenship.

tag(s): collaboration (81), cross cultural understanding (145)

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Help your students to become global citizens using these engaging resources. Find ways to connect with other schools around the country or even around the world. Share these resources with your colleagues and school parents by emailing the page or sharing the link from your school web page and in your school newsletter.

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Brother Against Brother: Books to Help Teach Civil War - TeachersFirst

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Share stories and events about the Civil War using the books, virtual field trips, and videos shared on this curated list. Each book includes a summary and suggested teaching activities....more
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Share stories and events about the Civil War using the books, virtual field trips, and videos shared on this curated list. Each book includes a summary and suggested teaching activities. In addition, browse through the extension activities to find additional suggestions to support student learning about the Civil War. Information is correlated to AASL National School Library Standards and ISTE Standards for students.

tag(s): book lists (123), civil war (130), underground railroad (8)

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Create a list of suggested books for students using Padlet, reviewed here. Encourage students to add comments in short book reviews for other students to use as a resource. Enhance learning by incorporating books found on this list into your other resources to create a learning unit using Blendspace, reviewed here. Use Blendspace to add videos, articles, quizzes, and more to create engaging multimedia lessons.
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OK2Ask: Social Media Literacy: Purposeful Practice in Every Classroom - TeachersFirst

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As educators, we can prepare every child to be influential by helping them understand how to leverage the power of social media. While students intuitively understand the mechanics of social media platforms, using them in a responsible, purposeful way to build influence is not instinctual and must be taught and practiced. Learn to develop your students' social media savvy by using practice spaces focused on digital citizenship, critical thinking, persuasion, and communication skills. Explore online and offline strategies and tools to create safe, authentic learning experiences for students in grades 2-12 in any content area. As a result of this session, teachers will: 1. Learn the importance of responsible social media use by students; 2. Understand the purpose of using social media practice spaces as part of regular instruction; and 3. Explore both paper-based and digital practice spaces that can be used with students. This session is appropriate for teachers at all technology levels.

tag(s): digital citizenship (73), professional development (259), social media (46), student-centered (4)

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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: Social Media Literacy - TeachersFirst

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This archived Twitter chat is from October 2021 and will open in Wakelet. The title of this chat is: Social Media Literacy. During this chat, participants: 1. Identified the main ...more
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This archived Twitter chat is from October 2021 and will open in Wakelet. The title of this chat is: Social Media Literacy. During this chat, participants: 1. Identified the main purpose and objectives of media literacy, 2. Discussed the impact of social media on media literacy skills, and 3. Explored social media literacy strategies and resources.

tag(s): media literacy (85), twitterchatarchive (117)

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

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Halloween Activities for Virtual Learning - What I Have Learned

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Save time searching for educational activities relating to Halloween with this collection. Find lots of engaging active learning ideas and activities for math, science, language arts,...more
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Save time searching for educational activities relating to Halloween with this collection. Find lots of engaging active learning ideas and activities for math, science, language arts, and other subjects. Do you need to beef up your distance learning resources? What I Learned is the place. There are a variety of activities from games to stories, online pumpkin carving, non-fiction writing for bats, crafts, center activities, and so much more you need to see this site for yourself! There are a few items that aren't free, but there are enough free ideas and activities to make this site well worth your visit.
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tag(s): halloween (31), holidays (123), remote learning (45)

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Whether teaching in person in a classroom, using flipped learning, or remote learning (distance learning), you are sure to find the perfect holiday activity to engage your students in any subject. If you are teaching in a classroom, you may want to set up stations for students to rotate through and learn from and enjoy several activities. For remote learning, you can use Unhangout, reviewed here, to set up your stations and have students rotate through them virtually.

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Native American Month Resources for Teachers - Library of Congress

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Start your search for Native American Heritage Month lessons and activities with the resources provided by the Library of Congress. This site includes a Teacher's Guide and primary...more
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Start your search for Native American Heritage Month lessons and activities with the resources provided by the Library of Congress. This site includes a Teacher's Guide and primary source resources from the National Archives, National Gallery of Art, and other national institutions. Lesson focus is on many different types of primary sources, including maps, artwork, and music.

tag(s): native americans (81), primary sources (97)

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Bookmark this site to use not only for Native American Heritage Month but as a supplement for any lessons that include activities that teach about Native Americans. Take advantage of the many free primary source Strategy Guides available at Read Write Think, reviewed here, for teaching with primary sources. For example, search for the Inquiry Charts (I-Guide) Strategy Guide to download and use the printout that helps students focus on the content of any primary source. Create an inquiry chart using Google Slides, reviewed here, or Jamboard, reviewed here, for students to complete as a group. Enhance learning through the use of a video add-on tool such as edpuzzle, reviewed here. edpuzzle offers options to add comments and questions into videos to help students focus on important concepts. Extend learning by asking students to share their understanding of Native Americans using a variety of online tools. For example, ask students to use Google My Maps, reviewed here, to create maps sharing information of different tribes found around the United States. Another option is to use Adobe Spark for Education, reviewed here, and offer students options for creating videos or webpages sharing facts and information learned during your unit.
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If/Then Collection - If/Then

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The If/Then Collection is a free resource for finding and sharing images and videos of women related to STEM topics. Search the collection by media type, discipline, location, or ambassador...more
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The If/Then Collection is a free resource for finding and sharing images and videos of women related to STEM topics. Search the collection by media type, discipline, location, or ambassador name. Another option is to browse through the featured categories found on the home page, including topics such as sports, explorers, and hero videos. Then, share items by selecting the share icon located on each thumbnail image. The required prompt asks you to complete a short form before sharing. The form includes the user's email, the purpose for using the content, and the checkbox agreeing to proper use. Although items on the site are available for free use without crediting the photographer or videographer, proper credit is always encouraged when possible.

tag(s): careers (131), engineering (109), images (255), photography (131), STEM (217), video (241)

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Include this site with your other bookmarks for photo and video resources to use on any occasion. Consider using Symbaloo Edu, reviewed here, or Wakelet, reviewed here, to curate media resources to share with students. Include a link to your Wakelet or Symbaloo collection on your class web page for you and your students to access at any time. Include images from this site with many class projects such as biographies, career research, or science lab reports. Include images in media projects such a video explainers created using Biteable, reviewed here, or presentations made with Sway, reviewed here.

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Lesson Ideas and Templates - Pennsbury Educational Technology

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Browse or search through more than 2600 (yes, 2600+!) lesson ideas, Google templates, PDFs, and more to find teaching resources for all grade levels and subject areas. Get a quick ...more
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Browse or search through more than 2600 (yes, 2600+!) lesson ideas, Google templates, PDFs, and more to find teaching resources for all grade levels and subject areas. Get a quick overview of each resource within the list; each item includes the title and link, content area, target grade level(s), and resource type. Also, because the list is extensive, viewers may use the filters at the top of the page to narrow down resources by topic, grade, or type of material. There is also a keyword search for use when trying to find specific terms. After accessing any of the Google documents, follow the directions to create a document to edit and share from your Google Drive.

tag(s): professional development (259)

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Bookmark this site to find teaching resources throughout the year. Use the templates found, and then edit information as needed to fit your curriculum and assessments. Browse through the site to get ideas for creating templates of your own. This site is a curation of ideas from one school district; share this idea with your peers or your technology department to consider creating a tool such as this with materials from within your school district.
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OK2Ask: Tech Integration Made Easy with Genially - TeachersFirst

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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session is from September 2021. You can register and immediately view the archive of the session.

Want to make learning fun and enjoyable for your students? Try Genially! Start from scratch or use a template to gamify a lesson or unit of study and easily create interactive content that your learners will want to explore. In this session, you will learn to make interactive images, infographics, and presentations to engage learners of all ages. As a result of this session, teachers will: 1. Discuss the basic principles of multimedia learning, 2. Explore various ways to use Genially in the classroom; and 3. Plan for the instructional use of Genially. This session is appropriate for teachers at all technology levels.

tag(s): multimedia (46), professional development (259), student-centered (4)

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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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Reading Treks: The Distance Between Us - TeachersFirst

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5 to 9
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Embark on a virtual field trip to follow the journey of Reyna Grande, an undocumented Mexican teen, as she tries to find her identity as both a Mexican and an ...more
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Embark on a virtual field trip to follow the journey of Reyna Grande, an undocumented Mexican teen, as she tries to find her identity as both a Mexican and an American. This Reading Trek provides a robust set of learning activities and extension resources to engage learners in exploring this book through a virtual journey using Google Maps. Use our robust Instructional Guide with students in grades 5-9. Content correlates to Common Core Standards, ISTE Student Standards, National Core Arts Standards for Visual Arts, and National Curriculum Standards for Social Studies. Find the entire collection of Reading Treks here.

tag(s): hispanic (20), identity (24), immigrants (27), mexico (27)

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Take advantage of the many suggested classroom uses for this resource found on the Instructional Guide (PDF). After reading this book and completing the activities found in the Reading Trek, ask students to document their identity using a tool like Story Maps, reviewed here. Use Story Maps to create a map-based story that includes images, text, videos, and photos. Find more ideas for teaching identity at this Discover My Identity Lesson Plan, reviewed here.
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Reading Treks: Farewell to Manzanar - TeachersFirst

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Let TeachersFirst Reading Treks be your guide to a virtual field trip based upon the novel Farewell to Manzanar. Based upon real events, the author tells the story of her ...more
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Let TeachersFirst Reading Treks be your guide to a virtual field trip based upon the novel Farewell to Manzanar. Based upon real events, the author tells the story of her family who lost their home simply because they were Japanese-Americans during the Second World War. Use our robust Instructional Guide and the accompanying Google Map with students in grades 6-12. Content correlates to Common Core Standards, ISTE Student Standards, National Core Arts Standards for Visual Arts, and National Curriculum Standards for Social Studies. Find the entire selection of Reading Treks here.

tag(s): japanese (44), virtual field trips (66), world war 2 (134)

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You and your students will enjoy and learn from the many suggested classroom uses for this resource found on the Instructional Guide (PDF). Consider using the historical information and primary sources from the book to have students create digital books sharing their knowledge of American symbols using Book Creator, reviewed here. Extend learning by asking students to use tools found at Knight Lab, reviewed here, to create timelines, maps, and interactive images sharing their understanding of the treatment of Japanese-Americans during the Second World War.
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