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OK2Ask: Engage & Inspire: Choice Boards for Differentiation - TeachersFirst

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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session from October 2020, opens in Adobe Connect. Help students focus on building knowledge, understanding, and essential skills...more
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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session from October 2020, opens in Adobe Connect. Help students focus on building knowledge, understanding, and essential skills by empowering them to choose how they will meet their learning goals. Learning Menus or Choice Boards allow your students to complete equally active, interesting, and engaging assignments that demonstrate their comprehension of the presented material. This session will help you learn to create and use differentiated choice boards based on Tomlinson's model for differentiation. As a result of this session, teachers will: 1. Understand Tomlinson's model for differentiation; 2. Learn about the use of choice boards for both instructional and assessment purposes; and 3. Plan for the use of choice boards as part of instruction. This session is appropriate for teachers at all technology levels.

tag(s): differentiation (57), Formative Assessment (26), professional development (260)

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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: Digital Citizenship: How to teach it and Resource Round-Up - TeachersFirst

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This archived Twitter chat is from October 2020 and will open in Wakelet. The title of this chat is Digital Citizenship: How to teach it and Resource Round-Up. During this ...more
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This archived Twitter chat is from October 2020 and will open in Wakelet. The title of this chat is Digital Citizenship: How to teach it and Resource Round-Up. During this chat, participants will: 1. Discuss the importance of digital citizenship, 2. Explore tools and resources that support digital citizenship, and 3. Share tips and strategies for integrating digital citizenship in the classroom.

tag(s): digital citizenship (78), twitterchatarchive (93)

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

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OK2Ask: Engage & Inspire with Edpuzzle Student Projects - TeachersFirst

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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session from October 2020, opens in Adobe Connect. Looking for an engaging and unique way for students to demonstrate competency?...more
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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session from October 2020, opens in Adobe Connect. Looking for an engaging and unique way for students to demonstrate competency? Try Edpuzzle student projects. This free and flexible online tool helps students show-what-they-know while honing real-world skills. Annotating video provides students with opportunities to practice communicating complex ideas and creating authentic media. Allowing students to reflect on what they've learned and their learning process using a nonstandard assessment measure provides a more accurate assessment of what the students know. Plus, it's just fun! As a result of this session, teachers will: 1. Explore Edpuzzle student projects; 2. Create an exemplar to share with students; and 3. Plan for the use of Edpuzzle student projects as part of instruction. This session is appropriate for teachers at all technology levels.

tag(s): Formative Assessment (26), professional development (260), video (272)

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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: Tech Integration Made Easy with Screencast-O-Matic - TeachersFirst

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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session from October 2020, opens in Adobe Connect. Recorded screencasts can support a flipped/blended pedagogical approach,...more
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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session from October 2020, opens in Adobe Connect. Recorded screencasts can support a flipped/blended pedagogical approach, give activity instructions to students, or help parents support students who are struggling with an assignment. Using Screencast-O-Matic, you can quickly create a screencast that enables you to respond to student needs. Learn best practice use of screencasts to support instruction and put screencasts to work in your educational setting tomorrow! As a result of this session, teachers will: 1. Learn how to use Screencast-O-Matic; 2. Share ideas for the use of screencasts; and 3. Plan for the instructional use of screencasts. This session is appropriate for teachers at all technology levels.

tag(s): professional development (260), teaching strategies (38), video (272)

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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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Free Templates - Template.net

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Choose from over 100,000 ready-made templates for use with many different programs, including Word, Google Docs, Adobe, WordPress, and more at Free Templates. Register using your email...more
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Choose from over 100,000 ready-made templates for use with many different programs, including Word, Google Docs, Adobe, WordPress, and more at Free Templates. Register using your email to begin viewing and downloading templates to personalize. Select options by file format or type of publication desired. Use the keyword search to find specific content; for example, use Education & Free to find a variety of templates (over 1,000) for use in educational settings, including flyers, brochures, and posters. Select the file to download, then choose the free option. This option requires that users give credit to the source of the template and provides wording to copy and paste onto digital sites or print copies.
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tag(s): graphic design (43), graphic organizers (44), posters (46)

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Bookmark and save this site as a time-saving option for a variety of classroom uses. Share with students to use when creating class projects. For example, choose a brochure for students to use to create and share book reviews, state research projects, or to document a science experiment. Include completed templates on larger presentations using Sway, reviewed here. In addition to presentations created using these templates, be sure to include videos, images, and more within students' Sway presentations.
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Open Up Resources - Open Up Resources

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Access high-quality math and language arts resources on Open Up Resources. Register on the site to view and gain access to course materials. Select the grade level and choose the ...more
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Access high-quality math and language arts resources on Open Up Resources. Register on the site to view and gain access to course materials. Select the grade level and choose the teacher, parent, or student materials. The math curriculum supports grades 6-8 and high school content; ELA is available in grades K-8. Content is divided into units and lessons and includes all materials except assessments. Provide additional information related to your school affiliation to gain access to available assessments. Other options include downloading resources as a print file or import into a Microsoft OneNote Class Notebook.

tag(s): data (154), decimals (127), exponents (45), factoring (31), fractions (233), guided reading (42), measurement (169), OER (33), transformations (17), writing (356)

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Include this site to supplement your current ELA and math curriculum. Use the resources to differentiate instruction for gifted students in lower grades or as remediation for struggling students in older grades. Be sure to take advantage of the family materials providing explanations of math content and strategies for problem-solving. Use the student materials for differentiating instruction or as homework. Have students share their math explanations, reading strategies and more with video explanations using a tool like FlipGrid, reviewed here. FlipGrid provides a tool for video responses to a question along with comments from peers. Extend learning by asking students to create and share their own math problems, along with suggestions for learning. Use a tool like Sway, reviewed here. Sway is a presentation tool that offers multimedia options, including text, video, and images.
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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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Hamilton Education Program Online - Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History

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Hamilton Education Program Online uses digital resources for educators to guide students through research using primary resources to create a performance piece such as a poem or song....more
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Hamilton Education Program Online uses digital resources for educators to guide students through research using primary resources to create a performance piece such as a poem or song. Included is a video welcome from Lin-Manuel Miranda, highlights of past student performances, video clips featuring scenes from the play, and a selection of primary documents that correlate to classroom activities.

tag(s): american revolution (88), poetry (223), songs (51), washington (28)

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Include this resource with your remote learning resources for teaching social studies. Engage students in learning about the founding of the United States through the music and words of Hamilton. Include activities available through this site along with your selected videos, documents, websites, and more to create a complete online lesson using ActivelyLearn, reviewed here. Have students use Canva Edu, reviewed here, to create posters for the play using information learned from the primary sources included with this site. Extend learning even further by challenging students to write a play about the American Revolution using ActiveTextbook, reviewed here, to create an interactive experience with videos, images, and more. For students who prefer drama and music presentations, ask them to share their learning with podcasts using Buzzsprout, reviewed here. Have students create podcasts telling the story as if they were a participant in the revolution and share their stories from different points of view.
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OK2Ask: Tech Integration Made Easy with Edpuzzle - TeachersFirst

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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session from September 2020, opens in Adobe Connect. Use Edpuzzle to transform your classroom activities by engaging students...more
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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session from September 2020, opens in Adobe Connect. Use Edpuzzle to transform your classroom activities by engaging students and deepening content area knowledge using instructional videos. Learn how to select a video, make minor edits, and add questions to bring additional context to content area instruction and monitor students' progress. Brainstorm with others how you and your students can use Edpuzzle in your classroom. As a result of this session, teachers will: 1. Learn the basic use of Edpuzzle; 2. Explore three different ways to use Edpuzzle in the classroom; and 3. Plan for the use of Edpuzzle as part of instruction. This session is appropriate for teachers at all technology levels.

tag(s): Formative Assessment (26), professional development (260), video (272)

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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: Active Learning Strategies and Resources - TeachersFirst

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This archived Twitter chat is from October 2020 and will open in Wakelet. The title of this chat is: Active Learning Strategies and Resources. During this chat, participants will: 1....more
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This archived Twitter chat is from October 2020 and will open in Wakelet. The title of this chat is: Active Learning Strategies and Resources. During this chat, participants will: 1. Define and discuss the components of active learning, 2. Share tech tools that support active learning strategies, and 3. Explore ways to incorporate active learning in the classroom.

tag(s): twitterchatarchive (93)

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

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OK2Ask: 3 Cool Tools That Support Growth in the K-8 Classroom - TeachersFirst

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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session from September 2020, opens in Adobe Connect. Want to use an engaging and challenging learning platform to bridge content...more
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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session from September 2020, opens in Adobe Connect. Want to use an engaging and challenging learning platform to bridge content knowledge gaps for your students? Come to this session and learn about three tech tools that will help you reach every student at their level. ReadTheory and Prodigy will help find and fix missing skills in English and Math, while Freckle Education can be used in all four core content areas. Learn how to leverage these free, adaptive online tools to improve student outcomes. As a result of this session, teachers will: 1. Learn about content area tools to use in the classroom to bridge knowledge gaps; 2. Understand how to use assessment data to guide intervention; and 3. Collaborate with other participants on ways to use these tools in instruction. This session is appropriate for teachers at all technology levels.

tag(s): professional development (260)

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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: Creating a Classroom Community - TeachersFirst

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This archived Twitter chat is from September 2020 and will open in Wakelet. The title of this chat is: Creating a Classroom Community. During this chat, participants will: 1. Discuss...more
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This archived Twitter chat is from September 2020 and will open in Wakelet. The title of this chat is: Creating a Classroom Community. During this chat, participants will: 1. Discuss the components of building a classroom community 2. Share strategies to help students with difficult conversations, and 3. Explore ways to build empathy in the classroom.

tag(s): communities (43), twitterchatarchive (93)

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International Storytelling Center - The International Storytelling Center

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Discover the power of storytelling through the work of the International Storytelling Center. The center's work includes three main categories: performance, preservation, and practice....more
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Discover the power of storytelling through the work of the International Storytelling Center. The center's work includes three main categories: performance, preservation, and practice. Although many events are part of paid admission to the Storytelling Festival, the site contains many free resources. Start with the "Storytellers" link to learn about featured storytellers that include links to their websites. Select the area entitled "Initiatives" to find Freedom Stories and the Learning Library. Freedom Stories is an ongoing series that features performances and discussions focused on the topic of the Black Heritage of Appalachia. The Learning Library is an area for educators that includes lessons, storytelling toolkits, stories in action, and other classroom resources. The videos are hosted on YouTube. If your district blocks YouTube, then they may not be viewable.

tag(s): authors (118), digital storytelling (144), stories and storytelling (34)

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Take advantage of this site's many storytelling resources to teach and share the art of storytelling with your students. Watch videos together and discuss how storytellers use different techniques to engage an audience. Use EdPuzzle, reviewed here, to create interactive video lessons by adding questions and notes to featured videos to guide students as they watch storytellers in action. As you encourage students to learn about storytelling, use activities found at ReadWriteThink, reviewed here, to help students plan and create stories. For example, use this lesson to create book trailers instead of book reports to guide students through a digital storytelling activity. As students gain confidence in storytelling, ask them to create a podcast series featuring their work. Buzzsprout, reviewed here, is a simple to use podcasting tool that offers up to two hours of free uploads per month.
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Black Illustrations - John D. Saunders

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This collection, created by a black web designer, includes over forty images of people of color for use with any digital project. They include a diverse selection of skin colors, ...more
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This collection, created by a black web designer, includes over forty images of people of color for use with any digital project. They include a diverse selection of skin colors, body types, and hairstyles to represent a broad spectrum of black images. In addition to individual images, this pack includes pre-made office and medical scenes. The downloaded contents consist of images in a variety of formats, including PNG, JPG, and others.

tag(s): clip art (10), images (273)

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Use images from this collection with any digital projects, and be sure to share with students to use with their digital work. Use images in a variety of ways such as to include in explainer videos created with Adobe Spark Video Creator, reviewed here, in digital books made with Book Creator, reviewed here, and in multimedia presentations made with Sway, reviewed here.

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Bruce Cameron Study Guides and Activity Kits - Macmillan

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This site for educators includes study guides and activity kits to accompany Bruce Cameron's A Dog's Purpose Puppy Tales series. The activity kits include printable activities for students,...more
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This site for educators includes study guides and activity kits to accompany Bruce Cameron's A Dog's Purpose Puppy Tales series. The activity kits include printable activities for students, such as word searches, mazes, and coloring pages. The teachers' guides share before, during, and after reading and writing activities that accompany each of the books.

tag(s): book lists (136), guided reading (42), independent reading (116)

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Take advantage of the reading guides and activity kits to engage students and enhance reading skills. As a pre-reading activity, create a collage using PhotoCollage, reviewed here, of your students' pets. Ask students to share stories of why their pet is important to them and create a digital class book with Book Creator, reviewed here. Be sure to share a link to your book for students to read and share at home.
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Site123 - Site123

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It's as easy as 123 to create a blog or build your website with Site123. Click the Get Started button and choose the type of website you want. There are ...more
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It's as easy as 123 to create a blog or build your website with Site123. Click the Get Started button and choose the type of website you want. There are 16 categories ranging from blogs to music, business, photography, portfolio, creative arts, and several others. Next, add the name for your blog or website, and last, sign up with your name and email, or your Facebook or Google account. Once this is done you can start designing by choosing from templates, their royalty-free images (or upload your own), add text, videos, and music. Use your dashboard to add pages and edit at any time, even after you've published your page. An added bonus is that you can create multiple websites and/or blogs under one account and one admin username. Be sure to check out the video tutorials for building your website and all the features available to you, such as approving comments, sharing on social media, and more! If your district blocks YouTube the tutorials may not be viewable. You can then look under the settings tab, the FAQs, or write to a support person (available 24/7).
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tag(s): blogs (77), writing (356)

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Use this site for students to post or collect material for simple projects such as stories, poems, art projects, science lab write-ups, or the week's problem in math. Collect a master list of URLs to student pages on your classroom website, wiki, or blog for easy access. If students are creating pages, check with your district's policy on publishing student work. Create pages for quick link-sharing or upcoming events such as field trips, class party information, school events, science fairs, etc. Students can create simple pages to share links to include in presentations so classmates can participate on laptops. If you are beginning a major creative project such as a literary magazine or research project, Site123 is a wonderful place for writers to collect questions and ideas to be developed later.

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Twitter Chat: Commit to Creativity: International Dot Day - TeachersFirst

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This archived Twitter chat is from September 2020 and will open in Wakelet. The title of this chat is: Commit to Creativity: International Dot Day. During this chat, participants will:...more
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This archived Twitter chat is from September 2020 and will open in Wakelet. The title of this chat is: Commit to Creativity: International Dot Day. During this chat, participants will: 1. Discuss the benefits of creativity, courage, and collaboration 2. Explore strategies for integrating creativity, courage, and collaboration across various curricular areas, and 3. Share tips for participation in the International Dot Day.

tag(s): creativity (115), twitterchatarchive (93)

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Alison - Mike Feerick

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Alison is a free learning platform offering courses for education and skills training provided by the world's leading experts. Find courses using the dropdown boxes at the top of the...more
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Alison is a free learning platform offering courses for education and skills training provided by the world's leading experts. Find courses using the dropdown boxes at the top of the site sorted by Course Categories, Course Types, and Courses for Jobs. Browse the home page to find the most popular courses and most recent offerings. Complete the free registration to begin. Upon selecting a class, view information on the number of modules, topics, and approximate length. Upon completion, Alison provides a certificate or diploma, depending on the duration of the offerings.
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Copyright & Creativity For Ethical Digital Citizens - Copyright & Creativity.org

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Digital Literacy is an important topic to teach to students, and understanding copyright is increasingly essential as all students are now publishers and creators. This site provides...more
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Digital Literacy is an important topic to teach to students, and understanding copyright is increasingly essential as all students are now publishers and creators. This site provides a free curriculum for all grade levels to teach copyright and fair use. Choose from one of the three grade-level bands - elementary, middle school, or high school to access the shared lessons. Each of the grade-level content areas includes lessons, slides, videos, and all materials needed to teach the curriculum fully. In addition to the student lessons, Copyright & Creativity also includes an on-demand teaching unit for professionals that is hosted on Canvas, reviewed here. Videos included with the lessons are hosted on YouTube.

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Utilize the free curriculums offered on this site to teach students (and yourself) about the proper use of copyright. If you are unable to download the videos, this site recommends viewing the videos using View Pure, reviewed here, to remove all of the annoying "extras" included with YouTube videos. As you teach lessons and ask students to brainstorm ideas or compare and contrast information, use a graphic organizer tool such as Popplet, reviewed here, to create and save visual displays of students' ideas that include both text and images. Ask students to include a link to their Popplet organizer on Seesaw, reviewed here, along with original drawings, recordings, or other materials created during your unit. As a final project, extend learning by asking students to create a tutorial about copyright based upon their knowledge. Provide a variety of resources for creating the tutorial as a way to differentiate learning. Examples of some tools to include are Book Creator, reviewed here, or Adobe Spark Video Creator, reviewed here, or create an infographic using Canva Infographic Maker, reviewed here.
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Where to? What next? - National Park Service

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Where to? What next? includes a film and accompanying lesson plans dedicated to the life of American poet, Carl Sandburg. The short (9 minutes) film explores Sandburg's childhood and...more
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Where to? What next? includes a film and accompanying lesson plans dedicated to the life of American poet, Carl Sandburg. The short (9 minutes) film explores Sandburg's childhood and how his love for words developed into a love of poetry and stories. The lesson plans include an exploration of essential questions based on family heritage and future aspirations.

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Include this video and these lesson plans with your current poetry unit. Engage students by creating a Padlet, reviewed here, to learn more about Carl Sandburg and other poets. In your Padlet, post links to poems to read and watch as they are read by poets and entertainers. Find some ideas and examples to use at the Archive of Recorded Literature, reviewed here. Encourage students to collaborate as they plan and create their own poetry by using a shared whiteboard tool such as Draw.Chat, reviewed here. Draw.Chat doesn't require registration, invite collaborators by sharing the link. Use the whiteboard to upload images, create graphic organizers, and brainstorm ideas for poems. Share your class's poetry using Synth, reviewed here. Synth is an audio podcasting tool that automatically creates podcasts with short segments of up to 256 seconds each.

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