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Project-Based Learning - TeachersFirst

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Project-based learning is a dynamic teaching method that encourages students to gain knowledge by working to actively explore problems and investigate authentic and complex questions...more
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Project-based learning is a dynamic teaching method that encourages students to gain knowledge by working to actively explore problems and investigate authentic and complex questions or challenges. This curated list includes project-based learning resources for all grades.

tag(s): problem solving (233), Project Based Learning (9)

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Find new tools to try in your classroom to create project-based learning! Each review includes classroom use ideas. Read the details of each tool and find the ones that will work best for your students.

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IWitness Activity Library - USC Shoah Foundation

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This activity library includes over 400 ready-made lessons and activities in various languages that focus on teaching about the Holocaust. These resources are a companion to the main...more
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This activity library includes over 400 ready-made lessons and activities in various languages that focus on teaching about the Holocaust. These resources are a companion to the main IWitness site, < a href="/single.cfm?id=14082">reviewed here. Use the filters to narrow resources by type, language, or subject area. Lessons are also correlated to several different standards, including ISTE and Common Core. After selecting an activity, view a summary and click the download link to access all links for lesson materials such as videos and a PDF teaching guide.

tag(s): civil rights (142), difficult conversations (37), empathy (24), holocaust (37), social and emotional learning (43)

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Include lessons from the IWitness site with your lessons related to the Holocaust and when teaching about prejudice and empathy. Increase comprehension of the complex ideas related to the Holocaust and prejudice using mind maps to organize and clarify information for students using a digital mind mapping tool such as MindMup,reviewed here. MindMup offers various tools that make it easy to build simple mind maps for use with younger students or enhance learning in more complex ways by adding links to documents, videos, and images. Extend learning by asking students to design and produce podcasts using Buzzsprout, reviewed here, to tell the story of the Holocaust and share stories of how to build empathy for others.
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Oral History Activity: Uprooted! Japanese Americans During WWII - California Museum

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This distance learning lesson uses four oral history videos of persons that lived through incarceration camps to teach the story of discrimination toward Japanese Americans during WWII....more
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This distance learning lesson uses four oral history videos of persons that lived through incarceration camps to teach the story of discrimination toward Japanese Americans during WWII. The content is correlated to Common Core Standards and California Content Area Connections. A set of discussion questions accompanies each of the videos in the first portion of the lesson. During the second activity, students dig deeper into the symbolism and feelings evoked from watching the videos. The California Museum also provides a playlist of videos to accompany these activities, learn more about them here. The videos are hosted on YouTube. If your district blocks YouTube, then they may not be viewable.

tag(s): cross cultural understanding (139), difficult conversations (37), japanese (42), oral history (12), world war 2 (131)

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Use the videos and lesson activities included on this site as part of any unit on discrimination, WWII, and American History. Engage students in learning as you start your unit using Google Jamboard, reviewed here. Ask students to add sticky notes or text to a prompt that asks them what they understand about discrimination or events during WWII. Instead of providing a worksheet for students to respond to the questions included in this activity, use edpuzzle, reviewed here, to add questions and discussion activities within each video. Extend learning further by asking students to create blog posts using Edublogs, reviewed here, to discuss discrimination against the Japanese during WWII and reflect upon how that impacts Japanese Americans in current times.
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Wikipedia Timeline Generator - Class Tools

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Create an instant, editable timeline from Wikipedia pages with this handy resource from Class Tools. Input a name or event into the search bar and watch your timeline come to ...more
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Create an instant, editable timeline from Wikipedia pages with this handy resource from Class Tools. Input a name or event into the search bar and watch your timeline come to life as you scroll through events in chronological order. Customize your timeline using the edit feature to add additional information or delete unwanted occurrences or information. Share your timeline using the included links to social media sites, send by email, or use the print icon to print your timeline.
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tag(s): timelines (46)

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Bookmark and save this handy tool for many classroom uses. Displayed through a visual timeline, this is an excellent way for students to look at information and provide context through the order of events. Create a timeline to share on your interactive whiteboard when studying historical characters and events. Use the editing tool to narrow down information by specific dates or delete items irrelevant to your lesson. Ask students to compare and contrast people or events to help them get perspective on events leading up to important moments in history. For example, create a timeline for Thomas Jefferson and another for Alexander Hamilton and ask students to compare and contrast important events in their lives and consider how these impacted their view on America's founding principles. Have students share their reflections and information on a simple webpage created using Carrd, reviewed here. Expand learning further by asking students to use a presentation tool such as Sway, reviewed here, to demonstrate understanding. Ask students to include a link to their Wikipedia timeline along with images, Venn diagram comparisons, and other information found during their research. You can even use this tool for classic novels! Try searching Gone With the Wind..

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Change Begins at School - Morningside Center for Teaching Social Responsibility

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Morningside Center provides resources for K-12 educators that encourage social responsibility and help develop social and emotional skills. The site was created following 9/11 to help...more
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Morningside Center provides resources for K-12 educators that encourage social responsibility and help develop social and emotional skills. The site was created following 9/11 to help teachers address sensitive issues that arose in the aftermath of the tragedy. Select the Classroom Resources section to find and filter TeachableMoments lessons. Sort by topic area, subject, and grade level or search by keyword. Each lesson includes instructions and background information as well as links to supporting material. The site is constantly updated with lessons relating to current events. Many activities include links to YouTube videos, if your district blocks YouTube; then the videos may not be viewable.

tag(s): bullying (52), climate change (67), conflict resolution (6), disasters (37), diversity (32), elections (74), holidays (130), politics (100), racism (58), religions (57), social and emotional learning (43), women (96)

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Engage students in any of the provided lessons by starting with a simple poll using Updwn, reviewed here. For example, ask students if they are familiar with the topic discussed, have experienced a similar emotion, or display an image on your whiteboard and ask students if they know what it represents. Enhance learning throughout any of the lessons by sharing additional resources using a curation tool such as Padlet, reviewed here. Add links to videos, articles, or online activities related to the lesson's content. As you complete lesson activities, extend learning by asking students to share their understanding by creating digital books using Book Creator, reviewed here, flyers made with Adobe Spark for Education, reviewed here, or infographics created with Canva Infographic Creator, reviewed here.

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Gez.la Virtual Trips - gez.la

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Gez.la uses open-source resources to share over 150 virtual trips around the world. Take a virtual trip to visit museums, historical places, zoos, and more from your computer. Use the...more
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Gez.la uses open-source resources to share over 150 virtual trips around the world. Take a virtual trip to visit museums, historical places, zoos, and more from your computer. Use the placemarks on the map to select a location, or use the filters to choose by type of tour or location. Choose your tour from the list for a short description of the content, then select the link to go to the virtual tour.

tag(s): virtual field trips (67)

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Take advantage of this site to visit places where time, money, and mileage inhibit your dreams of bringing your students into wondrous worlds. Find ways to visit where your class has never gone before. Small groups or individual students can focus on one of the tours and use it as a starting point for additional research. ENL/ESL learners will appreciate the visual tours. Reach all types of learners through a class visit. Use these virtual reality tours as a class anticipatory guide, center activity, home connection, or extra credit. Challenge your gifted students to guide their own learning. Extend learning and challenge students to create their own virtual tours using Google My Maps, reviewed here. Google My Maps includes tools for you to add routes, images, videos, and more to create virtual field trips anywhere in the world.

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Twitter Chat: OK2Ask Campfire: Digital Storytelling Strategies and Resources - TeachersFirst

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This archived Twitter chat is from March 2021 and will open in Wakelet. The title of this chat is OK2Ask Campfire: Digital Storytelling Strategies and Resources. During this chat, participants:...more
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This archived Twitter chat is from March 2021 and will open in Wakelet. The title of this chat is OK2Ask Campfire: Digital Storytelling Strategies and Resources. During this chat, participants: 1. Defined and discussed the basic elements of digital storytelling, 2. Shared tech tools and resources that support digital story experiences, and 3. Explored ideas to integrate digital storytelling across your curriculum.

tag(s): digital storytelling (128), twitterchatarchive (106)

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Find resources and information about digital storytelling. Share this chat with your colleagues looking for tools and resources on digital storytelling.

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Official NORAD Santa Tracker - North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD)

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The NORAD Santa Tracker is much more than a resource for tracking Santa's travel around the world on Christmas Eve; it is also an area to play games, watch movies, ...more
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The NORAD Santa Tracker is much more than a resource for tracking Santa's travel around the world on Christmas Eve; it is also an area to play games, watch movies, and learn about NORAD during the holiday season. This site is only available for a limited time each year during December but is part of a tradition that began in 1955. Select the library to learn about Santa, his sleigh, and holiday traditions. Visit the music stage to listen to traditional holiday music or choose the Theater to watch movies about Santa and NORAD. Be sure to return on December 24 to begin tracking Santa's journey around the world. The videos are hosted on YouTube. If your district blocks YouTube, then they may not be viewable.

tag(s): christmas (45), holidays (130)

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Include this site as a center activity during any December teaching unit on holiday celebrations around the world. Use the site to introduce a unit on Holidays Around the World and for a final project enhance learning and have students use Google My Maps, reviewed here, to create a virtual field trip around the world featuring some of Santa's stops and local traditions. Browse through the TeachersFirst Christmas Resources Special Topics Page, found here, to find additional holiday season resources to include in your unit. Create a class book together using Book Creator, reviewed here, to share holiday celebrations and traditions from around the world.

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Newsfeed Generator - Class Tools

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Use this interactive to create a "race against time" newsfeed that challenges students to take notes efficiently. Follow the directions to create a list of items to add to your ...more
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Use this interactive to create a "race against time" newsfeed that challenges students to take notes efficiently. Follow the directions to create a list of items to add to your newsfeed, then add images if desired. Your newsfeed automatically plays and advances through your list; however, it also provides an option to pause during the feed. When finished, use the URL or QR code to share your Newsfeed Generator or use the embed code to embed to your website.

tag(s): game based learning (161)

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Add the Newsfeed Generator to many classroom lessons. Share a newsfeed on your whiteboard to engage students at the beginning of a new unit. Provide a set of clues and use their responses to gauge prior understanding. Create newsfeeds to announce field trips, locate areas of interest for social studies lessons, or point out locations in novels and other reading material. Have students create their own newsfeed as an activity for sharing a favorite location, where they were born, or to begin a biography of a famous person or series of historical events such as the civil rights movement. In science class, have students create a newsfeed sharing traits of different habitats or environmental disaster sites. Embed or provide a link to your newsfeeds or those created by your students into any multimedia presentation such as those created in Sway, reviewed here, or within online books created with Book Creator, reviewed here.

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Bakpax - Jose Ferreira

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Bakpax uses AI (artificial intelligence) to read handwriting and grade assignments using your uploaded tasks or activities found on Bakpax. Create an account, enroll your students in...more
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Bakpax uses AI (artificial intelligence) to read handwriting and grade assignments using your uploaded tasks or activities found on Bakpax. Create an account, enroll your students in your virtual classroom by connecting to Google Classroom, or manually add information. Use the Discover area to find and assign activities to students or upload images or PDF files to your account. Bakpax also offers a "magic" option, email your assignment to the site, and it will upload for you. Students can complete work online or submit finished assignments by taking a picture with a mobile device and uploading them to Bakpax. Be sure to view the videos and frequently ask questions to learn more about using and sharing Bakpax with your students.

tag(s): assessment (118), quiz (62), Teacher Utilities (107), worksheets (65)

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Although Bakpax isn't able to automatically grade longer writing assignments, it is useful for lessons that require a shorter response or fill-in-the-blank responses. Share activities with students to use as a lesson-starter or to provide additional practice with new skills. Create a practice bank of worksheets and share with parents requesting additional work for students. Enhance learning by asking students to record a FlipGrid, reviewed here, that shares their thinking and problem-solution process. Flipgrid includes the option of including a whiteboard within responses, ask students to use the whiteboard as a teaching tool to explain their responses to an assignment.

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Adobe Education Khan + Create Activities - Adobe Education and Khan Academy

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Adobe Education and Khan Academy have partnered to share guided activities for all grade levels from kindergarten through higher learning. Activities begin with Khan Academy created...more
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Adobe Education and Khan Academy have partnered to share guided activities for all grade levels from kindergarten through higher learning. Activities begin with Khan Academy created materials to build knowledge through activities that encourage creation, self-expression, and immersion in the topics provided. Select any topic to view a description and correlation to ISTE learning standards. Topics include math, language and literature, science, and social studies. Sign in to download each lesson to your computer that provides for links to all activities and tutorials for using technology tools included in the activities.

tag(s): branches of government (54), cells (83), digital storytelling (128), environment (232), genetics (72), geometric shapes (143), grammar (137), landmarks (16), map skills (57), molecules (42), multiplication (137), Online Learning (16), parts of speech (41), problem solving (233), Research (52), social and emotional learning (43), STEM (214), stories and storytelling (27)

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Bookmark this excellent site to use as a resource for finding and developing lessons for both in-person and online learning. Lessons found on this site includes links to videos and articles found on the Khan Academy website, use bookmarking and collaborative resources such as Symbaloo EDU, reviewed here, or Padlet, reviewed here, to share the Khan Academy links along with other helpful resources for students. Use a word cloud tool like WordClouds, reviewed here, to motivate and encourage students to think about the topics shared at the beginning of your activities. If you prefer to use additional multimedia resources in addition to the Adobe products shared in the lessons, browse through the TeachersFirst Edge Tools, reviewed here, to find additional tools for creating videos, webpages, collaboration, and much more.
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Joystock - Joystock Royalty Free Music

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Do you need background music for a multimedia project? This site is for you! Joystock provides royalty-free music downloads in a variety of different genres. Browse through the options...more
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Do you need background music for a multimedia project? This site is for you! Joystock provides royalty-free music downloads in a variety of different genres. Browse through the options ranging from corporate to hip hop to preview and select from the choices offered. Select download to add to your device. Although Joystick is royalty-free, they do require attribution to use it for free legally. Find all attribution information and faqs at the link describing how to use royalty-free music found at the top of every page.

tag(s): copyright (43), digital citizenship (70), multimedia (47)

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Joystock is an excellent resource to bookmark for use in a variety of classroom projects. Share with students to use when creating podcasts, videos, or any multimedia project. Choose a calming tune to play as students enter your classroom or a more lively selection to get students inspired to begin their day. Use music from Joystock when creating videos with online tools such as moovly, reviewed here. For example, use the Travel Promo template found in moovly to create a short video tour of a location studied during geography class. Add music from Joystock to set the appropriate mood and create a professional-looking and sounding video. Don't forget to include Joystock when teaching proper attribution and digital citizenship throughout the year!

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Undraw - Katerina Limpitsouni

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Undraw is an open-source resource for image designs to use with any application. Choose from a huge library of images available in PNG and SVG formats. Use the color generator ...more
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Undraw is an open-source resource for image designs to use with any application. Choose from a huge library of images available in PNG and SVG formats. Use the color generator to customize and change the image color to fit your needs. Although only a portion of each image changes color, the effect is significant and very helpful for various needs. Take advantage of the search feature to browse through the many available images that match your criteria. After selecting an image and color, click to open the picture and choose from options to download to your computer as an SVG or PNG file.

tag(s): clip art (11), images (250)

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Be sure to bookmark this resource for images for a variety of classroom uses. Include images from this site in your class newsletter or website. Select interesting images to use for creative writing prompts. Change the color in an image and ask students to compare the two images and reflect upon how the use of color changes an item's mood or tone. Bookmark this site on classroom computers for students to use with their creative projects. For example, use images in videos created with Animoto, reviewed here, to make travel commercials, explain science experiments, or explain literary genres.

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Twitter Chat: Math Resource Round-Up - TeachersFirst

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This archived Twitter chat is from March 2021 and will open in Wakelet. The title of this chat is: Math Resource Round-Up. During this chat, participants will: 1. Discuss strategies...more
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This archived Twitter chat is from March 2021 and will open in Wakelet. The title of this chat is: Math Resource Round-Up. During this chat, participants will: 1. Discuss strategies to empower students in mathematics, 2. Share tips for using tech tools to support mathematics learning experiences, and 3. Explore strategies and resources to enhance mathematics instruction.

tag(s): twitterchatarchive (106)

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Find resources and information about mathematics resources. Share this chat with your colleagues looking for tools and resources on mathematics.

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OK2Ask: TeachersFirst Tech Tools Smackdown (Global Citizenship Edition) - TeachersFirst

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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session is from July 2020. You can register and immediately view the archive of the session.

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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session is from July 2020. You can register and immediately view the archive of the session.

There are many technology tools available for classroom use, but which ones are teachers' favorites? This session will share and compare some of the TeachersFirst contributors' favorite resources. Help us decide which tool is the session winner of our Smackdown! As a result of this session, teachers will: 1. Learn about and compare some of TeachersFirst contributors' favorite technology tools; 2. Evaluate uses for one or more tools for classroom use; and 3. Share ideas for using resources with other participants. This session is appropriate for teachers at all technology levels.

tag(s): professional development (236)

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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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Fresh Folk - Leni Kauffman

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Fresh Folk is a downloadable library of editable people and objects. Enter your email and download the versatile library of items, including mix and match characters and various objects...more
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Fresh Folk is a downloadable library of editable people and objects. Enter your email and download the versatile library of items, including mix and match characters and various objects to use when creating scenes. After selecting to download the images, all files are saved to your computer in a zip folder, open the folder to access all of the shared items. All images are in PSD format for use with Photoshop. Use Photoshop tools to edit all features of images, including text, color, layers, and more.

tag(s): editing (77), images (250)

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Previous experience with layer-based design software editing such as Photoshop is extremely beneficial.

Include this library of objects for students to use with any digital projects. If you or your students, don't use PhotoShop, edit images using Photopea, reviewed here, then save in PNG or SVG format. Include the multicultural images when creating classroom newsletters, calendars, and worksheets. Ask students to use the images when creating digital books or multimedia projects. For example, include images when making digital books with Book Creator, reviewed here, or include with explainer videos created using Powtoon, reviewed here.

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AnyFlip - Wonder Idea Technology

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Instantly convert any PDF document into a flipbook using AnyFlip. Add links, audio, video, animation, and other interactive features to create multimedia books by adding a few more...more
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Instantly convert any PDF document into a flipbook using AnyFlip. Add links, audio, video, animation, and other interactive features to create multimedia books by adding a few more steps. After creating an account, upload a PDF document of up to 150 MB, and AnyFlip converts your document to a flipbook that can be shared using a QR code or link. Access the advanced functions by downloading the desktop version that is available for Windows or Macs. The downloadable version includes functions for editing book designs, adding multimedia links, creating clickable hot spots, and more. Free accounts allow up to 150 uploads per month and 100G of storage.

tag(s): conversions (32), ebooks (35), multimedia (47)

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Use AnyFlip in a variety of ways in the classroom. Upload multipage PDF documents to create easier to read flip-style books. Download the desktop version for you and your students to create interactive books for any subject. Make books for younger students to teach colors or ABC's. Have students create interactive books to show what they know at the end of any unit. For example, have groups of students create books that share information about the 50 states, make books sharing interactive instructions on completing a lab activity, or use in art class to share information about different styles of art and artists.

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OK2Ask: Assessment with Student-Centered Tools - TeachersFirst

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

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

Are you looking for ways to make your formative and summative assessments more effective? Join us to learn how to use Flipgrid, PowerPoint, Whiteboard, Forms, and Sway to create effective assessments throughout your units. Whether it's a formative or summative assessment, finding ways to effectively measure students' understanding is crucial to ensuring student progress and future success. In this session, we will explore how you can use free Office and other Microsoft products to create better formative and summative assessments that reliably measure student learning, promote critical thinking, and help students develop real-world skills. As a result of this session, teachers will: 1. Understand the purposes of and differences between formative and summative assessment; 2. Explore several forms of assessment for their usefulness to evaluate student learning; and 3. Examine a variety of assessment methods and begin planning for their use in the classroom. This session is appropriate for teachers at all technology levels.

tag(s): assessment (118), Formative Assessment (21), Microsoft (57), professional development (236), remote learning (31)

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The archive of this teacher-friendly, hands-on webinar will empower and inspire you to use learning technology in the classroom and for professional productivity. As appropriate, specific classroom examples and ideas have been shared. View the session with a few of your teaching colleagues to find and share new ideas. Find additional information and links to tools at the session resource page. Learn more about OK2Ask and upcoming sessions here.

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OK2Ask: More Authentic Learning Activities with Jamboard - TeachersFirst

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

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Keep on jammin' with Jamboard - Google's power-packed whiteboard app. We are back with more great classroom collaboration and integration ideas. Simple enough for even young learners, Jamboard gives students tools to share what they have learned and demonstrate content mastery. Use Jamboard to facilitate active learning strategies that include individual and group work. Come prepared to learn strategies that can be used in traditional and remote classrooms across multiple content areas and grade levels. As a result of this session, teachers will: 1. Learn the basics of using Google Jamboard for remote learning; 2. Explore strategies that foster 21st-century skills; and 3. Share ideas for using Jamboard in the classroom. This session is appropriate for teachers at all technology levels.

tag(s): Google (20), professional development (236), remote learning (31)

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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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Photo Joiner Collage Maker - Photo Joiner

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Photo Joiner Collage Maker is a free online tool for creating photo collages, with no registration required. Use the sidebar tools to select the number of images, customize the image...more
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Photo Joiner Collage Maker is a free online tool for creating photo collages, with no registration required. Use the sidebar tools to select the number of images, customize the image size, and add a border. Additional features offer the ability to choose from layout options, add text, and create memes. Use the "Add Images" link to upload images, then drag each photograph onto your design template. When complete, download your collage to your device or share it to social media using the links provided.
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tag(s): collages (21), editing (77), images (250), photography (129)

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Use this tool to create class memories pages for the end of the year and easily create yearbook type effects. Extend technology use in your classroom and use your collages by including them on class pages created using a site like Carrd, reviewed here, or transform classroom technology use with a multimedia presentation created using Adobe Spark for Education, reviewed here. When learning about the features of states or countries, create a collage, then use Story Maps, reviewed here, to create a virtual field trip with your pictures.
 

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