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Using iPads for Literacy and Research in Kindergarten - Dr. Kristi Meeuwse

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This article shares information on a kindergarten class's use of iPads to research and create digital books based on their exploration of the rain forest. Follow the learning process...more
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This article shares information on a kindergarten class's use of iPads to research and create digital books based on their exploration of the rain forest. Follow the learning process beginning with the research anchor chart and discussion of the different methods students used to demonstrate learning. As a culminating project, students use Book Creator, reviewed here, to create and share digital books based upon their research of rain forest animals.

tag(s): descriptive writing (42), preK (289), Research (33), writers workshop (34)

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Use this article as a starting point to develop a research unit on any topic for students in primary grades. Engage students in the learning process by offering a variety of learning materials that appeal to different learners. Use a bookmarking tool such as Symbaloo, reviewed here, to curate and share online resources with students. Symbaloo is especially helpful for younger students because the linked icons make it easy to organize information into groups and provide a visual clue to the linked information. Enhance learning further using resources found at ReadWriteThink, reviewed here. Search for the Animal Inquiry Interactive, for example, to use in creating a graphic organizer sharing animal facts, including habitat, interaction with others, and more. In addition to using Book Creator, reviewed here, to create students' final projects, consider using WriteReader, reviewed here, for younger students and emerging readers and writers. WriteReader offers unique features, including the option for students to tell a story in their writing, while the "adult" version is shown below with correct spellings.

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News and Media Literacy Resource Center - Common Sense Media

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6 to 12
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This collection of vetted resources provides activities and lessons for current news and social discussion topics. In addition to materials found for specific lessons, scroll further...more
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This collection of vetted resources provides activities and lessons for current news and social discussion topics. In addition to materials found for specific lessons, scroll further down the page to find curated collections for news and literacy, media literacy, and social and cultural literacy. Each collection includes regularly updated resources specially chosen to reinforce and practice each literacy skill. Pay particular attention to activities with a green heart icon; these are the site's favorite resources.

tag(s): journalism (70), media literacy (87), news (260), social media (43)

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Bookmark this site to take advantage of the many curated resources for teaching media and news literacy. Use a curation tool like Padlet, reviewed here, to save and share favorite resources found on this site with students. Use the shelf option in Padlet to create columns and organize information by topic, type of content, or for use by different groups of students. Enhance instruction by asking students to become creators of information as they share their learning. Have students use Canva Infographic Maker, reviewed here, to create infographics to demonstrate different forms of media bias or to share facts learned from news articles. Extend learning even further by asking students to create blogs using Edublogs, reviewed here, to demonstrate how to write and share the news using credible information and factual resources.
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OK2Ask: Keep On, Keepin' On - TeachersFirst

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2 to 12
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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session from April 2020, opens in Adobe Connect. Simple, powerful, and free -- take organizing, note-taking, and collaborating...more
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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session from April 2020, opens in Adobe Connect. Simple, powerful, and free -- take organizing, note-taking, and collaborating to new heights with Google Keep. Learn how to maximize student productivity with great features for capturing ideas, collaborating on projects, curating resources, receiving reminders, and taking notes. See how easy it is to incorporate text, images, audio, and drawings on virtual color-coded sticky notes and checklists. "Keep" your classroom workflow smooth and on task with Google Keep. As a result of this session, teachers will: 1. Learn the basics of using Google Keep for organization; 2. Explore strategies to enhance notetaking and resource curation; and 3. Plan for the use of Google Keep in your classroom for student productivity. This session is appropriate for teachers at all technology levels.

tag(s): Formative Assessment (27), Google (55), organizational skills (106), professional development (261)

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The archive of this teacher-friendly, hands-on webinar will empower and inspire you to use learning technology in the classroom and for professional productivity. As appropriate, specific classroom examples and ideas have been shared. View the session with a few of your teaching colleagues to find and share new ideas. Find additional information and links to tools at the session resource page. Learn more about OK2Ask and upcoming sessions here.
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Grades 6-8 Research Resources for Teaching Remotely on Short Notice - TeachersFirst

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Student research projects are perfect for use in remote teaching lessons, and this collection of resources provides tips and instructional tools perfect for at-home learning. The sites...more
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Student research projects are perfect for use in remote teaching lessons, and this collection of resources provides tips and instructional tools perfect for at-home learning. The sites contained in this Wakelet collection include a safe search option and an organizational tool for student use. Learn how to use these tools and get ideas for use with the links shared to TeachersFirst blogs and Special Topics pages.

tag(s): professional development (261), Research (33), search engines (62)

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Share ideas found in the collection with students to use from start to finish with research projects. Encourage student collaboration using Fiskkit, reviewed here. Fiskkit is a tool for sharing and commenting on online articles. Share articles found during research and ask students to highlight important content and share their thoughts with peers.

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Grades 3-5 Research Resources for Teaching Remotely on Short Notice - TeachersFirst

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Take your remote teaching activities to the next level with these research resources for grades 3-5. Each suggestion includes information about the online resource and how to get started....more
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Take your remote teaching activities to the next level with these research resources for grades 3-5. Each suggestion includes information about the online resource and how to get started. Additional resources include links to TeachersFirst blogs and other primary source links with ideas for classroom use.

tag(s): professional development (261), Research (33)

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Incorporate videos, articles, and quizzes found in the National Geographic link as part of an overall learning experience using TES Blendspace, reviewed here. As students complete their research projects provide a variety of options for sharing their learning. Ideas to include as options include Adobe Spark, reviewed here, My Simpleshow, reviewed here, and Anchor podcasts, reviewed here.

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Open Educational Resources (OER) - TeachersFirst

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K to 12
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Open educational resources (OER) are tools/resources that are available to use freely, with open licenses to media, images, text, and more. OER could include readings, videos, audio...more
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Open educational resources (OER) are tools/resources that are available to use freely, with open licenses to media, images, text, and more. OER could include readings, videos, audio clips, textbooks, exams, online courses, lesson plans, and more that are openly licensed. An open license means that you can use these tools at no-cost and access, use, adapt or redistribute to others. These tools are useful for research, learning, teaching, and assessing. View our collection to find a tool for your classroom.

tag(s): images (273), OER (33), Online Learning (16)

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Use these tools to help students to find and use open educational resources.

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Research Resources - TeachersFirst

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This curated list of resources provides free tools related to research. Today's students must learn the valuable skill of research. Research will be required in future studies, and...more
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This curated list of resources provides free tools related to research. Today's students must learn the valuable skill of research. Research will be required in future studies, and possibly a future career. Research requires planning, execution, and digging deep. Students must learn to raise the right questions about what they are listening to, watching, or reading. They must learn how to decipher quality research from mediocre and find the best places for GOOD research. This collection of resources includes lesson ideas, activities, and resources for teaching research skills.

tag(s): citations (34), media literacy (87), Research (33), summarizing (17)

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Use these tools to help students to understand research, summarizing, citations, and more. Find tools for students to use to research when doing projects or studying for an exam.

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Twitter Chat: Inclusive Technology - TeachersFirst

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K to 12
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This archived Twitter chat is from December 2018 and will open in Wakelet. The title of this chat is: Inclusive Technology. Through this chat, participants will: 1. Discuss the need...more
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This archived Twitter chat is from December 2018 and will open in Wakelet. The title of this chat is: Inclusive Technology. Through this chat, participants will: 1. Discuss the need for technology that meets the diverse needs of our learners, 2. Share tech tools that can aid in differentiating the learning environment and 3. Brainstorm possible solutions to the challenge of meeting the needs of all students. Find great tools and resources to create equitable learning experiences.

tag(s): differentiation (57), Special Needs (45), twitterchatarchive (93)

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

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Twitter Chat: Start the New Year Strong: Strategies for Effective Classroom Management - TeachersFirst

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K to 12
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This archived Twitter chat is from January 2019 and will open in Wakelet. The title of this chat is: Start the New Year Strong: Strategies for Effective Classroom Management. Through...more
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This archived Twitter chat is from January 2019 and will open in Wakelet. The title of this chat is: Start the New Year Strong: Strategies for Effective Classroom Management. Through this chat, participants will: 1. Share effective strategies to strengthen classroom management skills, 2. Explore ways to promote a supportive classroom environment, and 3. Discuss technology tools that assist in managing and encouraging positive student behaviors. Find great ideas and resources to help create and maintain effective classroom management strategies.

tag(s): classroom management (145), teaching strategies (38), twitterchatarchive (93)

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

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Vocabulary Development Resources - TeachersFirst

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K to 12
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This collection of reviewed tools and resources from TeachersFirst promotes vocabulary development and skills for students to improve and master daily vocabulary, subject matter terms,...more
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This collection of reviewed tools and resources from TeachersFirst promotes vocabulary development and skills for students to improve and master daily vocabulary, subject matter terms, speech/language vocabulary, and ESL/ELL language.

tag(s): vocabulary (290)

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Browse this collection when you have students who seem to need extra vocabulary reinforcement or choose one or two tools to use repeatedly each time you introduce new terms. Share specific links or the entire collection for students to find "what works" to help them master vocabulary before the test. Mark this collection in your favorites to have differentiation strategies at your fingertips.

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OK2Ask: Digital Differentiation with Symbaloo Learning Paths - TeachersFirst

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K to 12
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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session from February 2018, opens in Adobe Connect. Differentiate your instruction with Symbaloo Learning Paths, interactive...more
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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session from February 2018, opens in Adobe Connect. Differentiate your instruction with Symbaloo Learning Paths, interactive gameboard-style virtual lessons. Create pathways for students to learn at their own speed and infuse them with formative assessment questions, review material, and branching to construct personalized learning paths. Join us and learn how to create a learning path from scratch or by altering one created by another teacher. Learning paths provide real-time progress data and can include resources, articles, videos, and quizzes. Don't miss this opportunity to make learning fun and effective for all learners. Participants will: 1. Learn to create a basic Symbaloo Learning Path; 2. Understand how to use Symbaloo Learning Paths to differentiate classroom instruction; and 3. Plan for the use of Symbaloo Learning Paths in the classroom. This session is appropriate for teachers at all technology levels.

tag(s): differentiation (57)

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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: Free Microsoft Tools to Make Learning Accessible and Inclusive - TeachersFirst

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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session from February 2018, opens in Adobe Connect. Making a learning environment accessible for everyone is critical to a successful...more
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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session from February 2018, opens in Adobe Connect. Making a learning environment accessible for everyone is critical to a successful inclusive classroom. Today's classrooms are diverse and include English Language Learners and students with learning challenges, whether they have been identified or not. Every teacher needs to be able to create and deliver content in a way that is accessible to each student. Fortunately, teachers already have free technologies at their disposal to assist with this. Join us as we explore strategies and tools that facilitate an inclusive learning environment. Participants will: 1. Understand the importance of accessibility; 2. Explore Microsoft tools that can be used to create accessible materials; and 3. Identify an easy new habit, hack, and/or tool they can adopt to help make the material accessible for their students. This session is appropriate for teachers at all technology levels.

tag(s): Accessibility (10), differentiation (57), Microsoft (80), Special Needs (45)

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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: Make the Most of Your TeachersFirst Membership - TeachersFirst

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K to 12
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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session from January 2018, opens in Adobe Connect. Inspire technology integrated lessons for student learning based on web-based...more
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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session from January 2018, opens in Adobe Connect. Inspire technology integrated lessons for student learning based on web-based resources. Learn about the features and benefits of your free TeachersFirst membership. This session will briefly share how to find and use resources on TeachersFirst to help you save time. Remember, it is OK2Ask questions at any time! Participants will: 1. Explore TeachersFirst membership features; 2. Identify and share resources to support classroom instruction; and 3. Prepare to use the features of TeachersFirst membership to maximize student learning. This session is appropriate for teachers at all technology levels.

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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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QuizPedia - Stephan Stephensen

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Create and play your own quizzes with QuizPedia's straightforward and customizable design. Play quizzes without registration or register to create and save your own quizzes. Follow...more
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Create and play your own quizzes with QuizPedia's straightforward and customizable design. Play quizzes without registration or register to create and save your own quizzes. Follow the steps to create your quiz on any device. QuizPedia's format allows the use of images as an option for both questions and responses. Additional options let you set the time quizzes are active or set rules for visibility options.

tag(s): assessment (129), DAT device agnostic tool (172), game based learning (160), gamification (80), quizzes (87)

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Pretest students and allow them to "test out" of material they already know. Learning support teachers will want their students to create their own QuizPedia sets for practice and review of any material. Create your own sets of quizzes, or let students do the work for themselves and each other. Take advantage of quizzes previously developed and available to share with students on your class website. Allow students to create a quiz for other students to take following class presentations and reports.

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World of 7 Billion - Population Connection

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6 to 12
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World of 7 Billion provides a broad variety of resources and information for teaching about world population. Discover the ever changing world and United State's current population...more
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World of 7 Billion provides a broad variety of resources and information for teaching about world population. Discover the ever changing world and United State's current population count near the top of each page. Explore the Teachers Resources for activities to use with middle and high school students. Encourage students to participate in the annual video challenge contest sponsored by the site highlighting different global challenges with prizes up to $1,000.

tag(s): conservation (117), environment (296), population (61)

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Encourage students to take part in World of 7 Billion's annual video contest. Benefit from the free lessons for middle and high school students as well as the ideas for school-wide events. Provide time for students to browse through the site and to generate questions about it. Brainstorm not only questions but what students learned from it. Allow groups time to research the economic and social issues that have caused such a change in population and how people live. Challenge students to create a presentation with their findings using Prezi, reviewed here. Have students use a mapping tool such as Zeemaps, reviewed here, to create a map of population changes around the world (with audio stories and pictures included)!
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Gamification Resources - TeachersFirst

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This collection of reviewed resources from TeachersFirst is selected to help teachers and students learn about and use gamification in the classroom. Various subject areas are included...more
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This collection of reviewed resources from TeachersFirst is selected to help teachers and students learn about and use gamification in the classroom. Various subject areas are included in the collection. Explore online workshops to learn more about gamification. Find tools that you can use to gamify your classroom. Remember to start small with gamification and add more to your gamification "toolbox" as you are more comfortable.

tag(s): coding (81), game based learning (160), gamification (80), polls and surveys (45)

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Create your own games for review and classroom activities. As a final assessment, challenge students to create their own games to share with their peers. Use this collection to find the best gamification tools on the TeachersFirst site!

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Prism - Scholar's Lab

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Prism is a tool for "crowdsourcing interpretation" of text. Create your own Prism or browse through Prisms available on the site. To create a Prism, add text and choose options ...more
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Prism is a tool for "crowdsourcing interpretation" of text. Create your own Prism or browse through Prisms available on the site. To create a Prism, add text and choose options for highlighting such as red for demonstrating foreshadowing or blue for feminism. Before finishing, add the title and author and include credit for the work using their drop-down tool providing options. Watch the introductory video, which resides on YouTube, for a full overview of how to create and use Prism. If your district blocks YouTube, the video may not be viewable.

tag(s): collaboration (78), literature (260), reading comprehension (132)

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Use Prism to explore text collaboratively with your students. Paste in portions of any text and have students highlight indicated features or ask them to highlight areas of confusion. Students will need a Prism account; however, their work is anonymous when added to Prisms. Use the completed Prisms to assess student understanding and as a springboard for classroom discussions. Use across the curriculum to highlight and interpret texts in all subjects. Create Prisms for newspaper articles from different sources, have students highlight factual information, then compare and contrast information found using an online tool such as Interactive Two Circle Venn Diagram, reviewed here. If students cannot have their own email accounts, consider using a "class set" of Gmail subaccounts, explained here; this tells how to set up Gmail subaccounts to use for any online membership service. Using Gmail subaccounts will provide anonymous interaction within your class.

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OK2Ask: My Students Need That! Chrome Features & Extensions for Accessibility - TeachersFirst

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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional development session from July 2016, opens in Adobe Connect. No time to comb through Chrome's content? Learn about Google Chrome's accessibility...more
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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional development session from July 2016, opens in Adobe Connect. No time to comb through Chrome's content? Learn about Google Chrome's accessibility features and extensions to best meet you and your students' needs. Google Chrome is the "Magician's Hat" of content built-in the browser. Google Chrome was named because the developer liked fast, and shiny cars. However, the design philosophy was content and not chrome. Chrome has features that are designed for efficiency and ease of use. Chrome is the luxury browser of the web, and it's dashboard rivals that of a luxury car. Explore the Chrome Web Store to learn features and extensions to support and enrich your student's online experience. As a result of this session and through individual follow-up, teachers will: 1. Learn how to locate accessibility features and extensions; 2. Learn how to integrate extensions to best meet your students' needs; 3. Learn extensions and features to support your Google Chrome experience; and 4. Collect extensions to use in your classroom. Remember, it is OK2Ask'® questions at any time! This session is appropriate for teachers at all technology levels.

tag(s): Google (55)

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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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TRAILS: Tool for Real-time Assessment of Information Literacy Skills - Kent State University Libraries

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TRAILS is a free online, interactive student assessment using multiple-choice questions on a variety of information literacy skills based on 3rd, 6th, 9th, and 12th grade standards....more
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TRAILS is a free online, interactive student assessment using multiple-choice questions on a variety of information literacy skills based on 3rd, 6th, 9th, and 12th grade standards. This easy, flexible tool is for school librarians and teachers to identify strengths and weaknesses in the information-seeking skills of their students. TRAILS can be used for formative and summative evaluations in five category areas: Develop Topic, Identify Potential Sources, Use Search Strategies, Evaluate Sources and Information, Use Information Responsibly, Ethically, and Legally.

tag(s): assessment (129), digital citizenship (78), media literacy (87)

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Students can be evaluated in four separate grade-level tests. You must create accounts and new sessions to save student work and have it graded. Individual codes are assigned to students allowing teachers and students to review performance and teachers to generate reports. Questions have been aligned to the Common Core standards.

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R4S: Research for Success - INFOhio

Grades
9 to 12
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Designed as an interactive online course this site helps high school students develop the sophisticated research skills needed for college and careers, an important component of most...more
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Designed as an interactive online course this site helps high school students develop the sophisticated research skills needed for college and careers, an important component of most standards. The formal research process is broken down into six steps: Ask Good Questions, Finding Information, Selecting the Best, Putting It Together, Your Presentation, and Making the Grade. Students work through a variety of activities linked from outside sites, including reading articles, watching videos, and completing worksheets. Each module is introduced by Voki avatars, reviewed here. Several popular research tools, such Zotero, reviewed here, and Evernote, reviewed here, are introduced. If your district blocks YouTube, the videos may not be viewable.

tag(s): citations (34), classroom management (145), digital citizenship (78), evaluating sources (17), inquiry (30), media literacy (87), organizational skills (106), Research (33), search strategies (26)

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R4S would be perfect for use as a blended-learning or the flipped classroom experience for upper high school into the first year of college. You can have students work online, or you can download into your course management system. Have students work through all the steps as part of a research assignment, or use only the parts relevant to them. Teachers need to register to receive the text copy of the helpful teacher's guide. Use the site in any subject or curriculum area.
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Will be integrating this unit into freshman comp at the community college where I teach researched argument, the first English class students are required to complete. Patricia, NJ, Grades: 6 - 12

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