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Twitter Chat: Digital Equity - TeachersFirst

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This archived Twitter chat is from June 2019 and will open in Wakelet. The title of this chat is: Digital Equity. During this chat, participants will: 1. Define digital equity ...more
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This archived Twitter chat is from June 2019 and will open in Wakelet. The title of this chat is: Digital Equity. During this chat, participants will: 1. Define digital equity and its impact on education, 2. Share resources that aid in creating equitable learning experiences for all students and 3. Discuss challenges with regard to digital equity and brainstorm ways to combat them.

tag(s): professional development (164), twitterchatarchive (66)

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Find resources that serve as resources to creating digital equity in your school community or classroom. Share this chat with your colleagues looking for resources related to digital equity.

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OK2Ask: Strategies for Supporting ELL Students - TeachersFirst

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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session from June 2019, opens in Adobe Connect. As teachers, we need to provide opportunities for students to speak the language...more
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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session from June 2019, opens in Adobe Connect. As teachers, we need to provide opportunities for students to speak the language they are acquiring. In this session, we'll explore strategies that can share our student's voices out into the English speaking world. We'll explore tech tools and activities that give students a voice and help them to connect what they are learning in the classroom to significant experiences in their own lives. Participants will: 1. Understand the concept of student voice in the classroom; 2. Explore tech tools that encourage student voice; and 3. Learn strategies that support English Language Learners. 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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OK2Ask: Fostering Accountability: Media Literacy in the Classroom - TeachersFirst

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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session from May 2019, opens in Adobe Connect. As digital media increasingly replaces traditional media, students must have...more
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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session from May 2019, opens in Adobe Connect. As digital media increasingly replaces traditional media, students must have the skills to think critically about these new types of texts. Media literacy - the ability to skillfully read and write in a wide range of message forms - allows students to identify themes and issues emerging from popular culture. Media literacy standards have been incorporated across content areas and grade levels in all 50 states. Join us to learn more about this information age survival skill. Participants will: 1. Understand the importance of teaching media literacy in the classroom; 2. Explore media literacy resources; and 3. Learn to use the 5 key questions of media literacy when planning lessons. This session is appropriate for teachers at all technology levels.

tag(s): digital citizenship (74), media literacy (72)

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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: Authentic Assessment with Flipgrid, Sway, and more! - TeachersFirst

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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session from May 2019, opens in Adobe Connect. Are you looking for ways to make your formative and summative assessments more...more
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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session from May 2019, opens in Adobe Connect. Are you looking for ways to make your formative and summative assessments more effective? Join us to learn how to use Flipgrid, PowerPoint, OneNote, and Sway, to create authentic assessments throughout your units. Whether it's formative or summative assessment, finding ways to measure students' understanding effectively is crucial to ensure student progress and future success. In this session, we will explore how you can use free Office and Windows products to create better formative and summative assessments that reliably measure student learning, promote critical thinking, and help students develop real-world skills. Participants will: 1. Explore the meaning of the term "authentic assessment"; 2. Evaluate several formats of assessment for their usefulness to assess student learning; and 3. Identify a variety of assessment methods and plan for their use in the classroom. This session is appropriate for teachers at all technology levels.

tag(s): assessment (119), Microsoft (60)

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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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Teleprompt.me - Corey Griffin

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Use your computer's microphone to create an easy to use teleprompter with Teleprompt.me. Copy and paste your script to start with this very easy to use tool. Be sure to ...more
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Use your computer's microphone to create an easy to use teleprompter with Teleprompt.me. Copy and paste your script to start with this very easy to use tool. Be sure to allow the site to access your microphone, and that's it! Start reading your script and the words you speak fade in real time. Change the color of the text to suit your needs and adjust font size. Make a mistake? No problem, click restart to return to the beginning. Another option is to click on any word in your text, all portions of your text before that word fade away.

tag(s): fluency (24), speech (88)

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Telepromt.me is a great addition to any classroom and, will enhance your classroom technology use. Ask students to use this tool for presentations to make speeches more audience-friendly than looking down and reading from a paper script. Help struggling readers practice fluency and focus on individual words using this tool with any reading material. Help students listen to their own speech by asking them to record their reading using Telepromt.me and using Vocaroo, reviewed here, or a screen recording tool like Free Screen Recorder Online, reviewed here. Do your students create podcasts? If so, use this teleprompter when reading from scripted material used in podcasts. Anchor, reviewed here, is an excellent tool for creating and sharing your podcasts.
 

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Tall Tweets - Digital Inspiration

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Up your Twitter game with Tall Tweets! This free, easy to use tool creates animated GIFs from Google Slides. Sign in with your Google account to access your slides, then ...more
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Up your Twitter game with Tall Tweets! This free, easy to use tool creates animated GIFs from Google Slides. Sign in with your Google account to access your slides, then choose a slide presentation from your Google Drive. Tall Tweets process your presentation by creating an image for each slide. Once converted, use options to select the width of your GIF and length for each image to appear. Use the sequence of slide option to change the order of slides or choose images to include in the GIF. After making selections, create your GIF to download or share via Twitter. Be sure to watch the Getting Started Guide video for an explanation of how to use this site and options for customizing your GIF.

tag(s): animation (61), images (265), slides (52), twitter (42)

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If using Twitter, use Tall Tweets to enhance messages in a variety of ways. If not using Twitter, Tall Tweets is an excellent tool to help you start. Of course, even non-Twitter users will love this site to download images onto your computer. Pique student's interest in upcoming lessons using Tall Tweets to create an animated GIF of portions of your slide presentation. Encourage parent participation and collaboration by tweeting a GIF of classroom activities, including students involved in learning activities (of course, be sure to understand and adhere to your district's privacy policies). If you teach older students, ask them to tweet out a preview of their upcoming classroom presentations. Use Tall Tweets when working on professional development activities to share successes or upcoming professional development opportunities. Ask students to create Google Slides for any classroom purpose - create slides with different types of animals, share facts about states or countries, or demonstrate math problem-solving tips. Create your GIF from the slides and have students share them onto a Padlet, reviewed here, as a collaboration activity with their peers. Ask students to use Google Slides to organize information to explain an activity, for example, a science experiment, then create an animated GIF from the slides. After organizing their information, enhance classroom technology use and ask them to create an explainer video using My Simpleshow, reviewed here, featuring the steps and science learned in the experiment. Take student learning even further using Wakelet, reviewed here. Ask students to use Wakelet as part of their reflection on their learning experience by including text, images, the slide presentation, and animated GIFs created using Tall Tweets. If students used Twitter to share their GIF, use Wakelet's features to include their Tweet directly into the Wakelet presentation.
 

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CheckMark - EdTech Team

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CheckMark is a Chrome extension for providing feedback on Google documents. Download and install the extension and enable it to work with your browser. Highlight text found in Google...more
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CheckMark is a Chrome extension for providing feedback on Google documents. Download and install the extension and enable it to work with your browser. Highlight text found in Google Docs or Slides then select from the frequently used comments or insert your own. Comments include mentions of passive voice, spelling, grammar, and more. Also, CheckMark tracks the repetition of each comment in the document. Be sure to watch the video tutorials to understand and use the included features.

tag(s): editing (76), rubrics (31)

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Install CheckMark on your Chrome browser as a time-saver and aid to providing feedback to students with a focus on improvement instead of providing a written grade. Have students use CheckMark to review their work before turning it in for a final grade. Ask them to take a screenshot of the initial findings and include it with their final draft. Enhance classroom technology use with an easy website creator like Hashify, reviewed here, and have students reflect on their work and changes made.

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Twitter Chat: Using Images in the Classroom - TeachersFirst

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This archived Twitter chat is from May 2019 and will open in Wakelet. The title of this chat is: Using Images in the Classroom. During this chat, participants will: 1. ...more
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This archived Twitter chat is from May 2019 and will open in Wakelet. The title of this chat is: Using Images in the Classroom. During this chat, participants will: 1. Discuss the impact images can have with regard to engagement and learning outcomes, 2. Share resources for successful usage of images in the classroom and 3. Share technology tools useful in creating and using images with your students.

tag(s): digital citizenship (74), images (265), resources (105), twitterchatarchive (66)

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Find resources and explore ways to use images and pictures in the classroom. Share this chat with your colleagues looking for sites and resources related to using images to create meaningful learning experiences.

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Suan - Shlomo Kraus, Eyal Datz, and Avi Schneebaum

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Create and share mixtapes using content from YouTube and SoundCloud with Suan. This entertaining site makes it easy to decorate, build, and share music without ads or messages. Type...more
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Create and share mixtapes using content from YouTube and SoundCloud with Suan. This entertaining site makes it easy to decorate, build, and share music without ads or messages. Type in the name of your first song to search and choose your source from YouTube or SoundCloud and click to add to your list. Add as many songs as you like and rearrange as you please. Use the icons under the cassette to change the cassette's appearance, and add doodles, stickers, and text. Save your mixtape to your account then share using social media links or copy the URL to share.

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Use Suan to create mixtapes for classroom use in many situations. Create a mixtape with soothing music to play during quiet times or to calm students after active periods. Use this site in music class to put together mixes of genres, composers, or instruments being studied. Find music from different eras or podcasts to create a mix to introduce the period to students. Ask students to create music mixes from their own material shared on SoundCloud as part of a course portfolio. Enhance students' technology use in class by including the URL to their mixtape in a presentation created using Wakelet, reviewed here; ask them to include video, images, and original student work.

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Thematic - Thematic, Inc.

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Find free music for YouTube video backgrounds with Thematic. Thematic offers a large variety of content shared by original artists for free use on YouTube, Instagram, and other platforms....more
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Find free music for YouTube video backgrounds with Thematic. Thematic offers a large variety of content shared by original artists for free use on YouTube, Instagram, and other platforms. Browse the site to find or filter by genre, mood, tempo, and more. Save and organize selected music for your projects or download to your computer as an mp3 file. Copy the included information to credit the file's author within your presentation. Use your Google account to register as a content creator and connect your YouTube and other social media accounts.

tag(s): copyright (45), multimedia (50), sounds (67)

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As you introduce this site to students, it is the perfect opportunity to remind students of the importance of providing proper credit when sharing media online. Share a link to Thematic on your class website for students to use when creating video presentations (with proper credit, of course). Ask students to create a slideshow using Renderforest, reviewed here, or other presentation software as a substitute for a written book report or research paper. For example, as students learn about states of matter ask them to find images on a sharing site like UnSplash, reviewed here, demonstrating the different properties and transformation of matter. Have students add text information to their slides and upload their slide presentation to YouTube as a video including background music found on Thematic. Be sure to have students include a slide with credits for all images and music included in their video. On a professional level, use this site to find background music when sharing images from your classroom with parents.

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OK2Ask: 3 Cool Tools for the Primary Classroom (K-2) - TeachersFirst

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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session from May 2019, opens in Adobe Connect. Explore, compare, and contrast three different online tools designed for early...more
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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session from May 2019, opens in Adobe Connect. Explore, compare, and contrast three different online tools designed for early learners. Participants will learn about the features of these three free tools and then explore ways to use them in the primary classroom. A question/answer period will be available to help with individual questions. Participants will: 1. Explore primary tools to use in the classroom; 2. Start a lesson plan using one of the given tools; and 3. Collaborate with other participants on ways to use the given tools in the classroom. 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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OK2Ask: Cool Chrome Extension: Insert Learning - TeachersFirst

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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session from May 2019, opens in Adobe Connect. The Google Chrome browser offers users the ability to customize the browsing...more
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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session from May 2019, opens in Adobe Connect. The Google Chrome browser offers users the ability to customize the browsing experience and tailor it to individual needs or preferences. Insert Learning is a Chrome extension that can help teachers create differentiated lessons using web page content. Come to this session to learn to use the Insert Learning extension to create engaging lessons for your students. Participants will: 1. Understand what Chrome extensions are; 2. Learn to use the Insert Learning extension; and 3. Plan for the use of Insert Learning in the classroom. This session is appropriate for teachers at all technology levels.

tag(s): Formative Assessment (2), Google (36)

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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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Write and Improve - Cambridge English

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Write and Improve provides practice and instant feedback on writing responses to prompts. Choose from one of the many provided topics to begin. Narrow down options based on writing...more
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Write and Improve provides practice and instant feedback on writing responses to prompts. Choose from one of the many provided topics to begin. Narrow down options based on writing levels from beginner to advanced. Writing choices range from postcard responses to longer articles. After writing your response, select the link to receive feedback. Feedback includes a graph of your writing level and tracks revisions. Create a free account to save your work and access all material on the site. This site was created in England so some spellings and pronunciations may be different from the American usages.

tag(s): creative writing (162), descriptive writing (40), differentiation (51), letter writing (18), persuasive writing (52), process writing (43), writers workshop (36), writing (364)

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Feedback on this site is based on the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) scale, learn more about it here. Include this site with your other resources for practicing and teaching writing as you challenge students to improve feedback scores. Take advantage of the different levels to differentiate practice for all students. Ask students to analyze their writing before hitting the feedback button as a self-reflection tool. As students improve writing, use a digital portfolio tool like Seesaw, reviewed here, and upload all revisions. Also, use Seesaw for students to share their thoughts on their writing and individual progress.

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Kid's Search - Kids Search

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Kid's Search is an ad-free, kid-friendly search engine and website. This platform uses Google Safe Search filters and other partners to manage search results by blocking out inappropriate...more
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Kid's Search is an ad-free, kid-friendly search engine and website. This platform uses Google Safe Search filters and other partners to manage search results by blocking out inappropriate content. In addition to web search features, use this site to find popular images, videos, and games for kids. Other features include quick links to calculators, translation tools, and homework helper sites.

tag(s): internet safety (122), preK (283), search engines (59)

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Consider making Kid's Search your homepage on classroom computers, or add this site as an easy to find bookmark for students to use. Share this site with students on your interactive whiteboard to demonstrate the different features and how to use them. For younger students, consider creating how-to videos using Free Screen Recorder Online, reviewed here, to demonstrate how to access different portions of the site. Be sure to share this site with parents to use at home; include a short demonstration during Open House or Meet the Teacher events to share the available features. Take advantage of the Online Safety Guide section to share Internet safety tips in your weekly newsletter or for use with student online safety lessons. Have students create their own internet safety tips using a comic creation tool like ToonyTool, reviewed here, to modify their technology use and learning, and then share their comics with other classrooms.

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Safety Land - AT&T

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Meet Captain Broadband and help him capture the villains of Safety Land! This approximately 15-minute interactive is an excellent introduction to online safety for kids ages 6-11. Answer...more
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Meet Captain Broadband and help him capture the villains of Safety Land! This approximately 15-minute interactive is an excellent introduction to online safety for kids ages 6-11. Answer questions correctly about cyberbullying, hacking, privacy, inappropriate images, and meet up requests and capture the cybercriminal and send him to Safety Land jail. Upon successful completion, certificates are available.

tag(s): cyberbullying (47), digital citizenship (74), internet safety (122)

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Introduce Safety Land to students on an interactive whiteboard or with a projector. Bookmark this site on classroom computers for use at any time. Be sure to include a link on your class web page for students and parents to access from home. Use Safety Land as an introduction for any lessons or units for on online safety. As a substitute for paper and pencil have younger students use a video response tool like FlipGrid, reviewed here, to reflect on their learning and share tips for their peers. Older students could use Flipgrid, too, or to extend technology use, at the end of your unit, have students organize what they've learned into a storyboard with SuperNotecard, reviewed here. Students can then use their storyboard to organize a presentation for their peers sharing safety tips. With their storyboards students or student groups can create online books sharing cybersafety tips using Book Creator, reviewed here. BookCreator presents a variety of levels for technology use depending on teacher requirements for the book or even student ability; it allows for adding narration, videos, text, and links to help explain what different cybersafety tips. As a modification to the above, instead of using Book Creator, challenge students to create a multimedia presentation with a tool like Adobe Spark for Education, reviewed here, or Powtoon, reviewed here.
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Read. Inquire. Write. - University of Michigan

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Read. Inquire. Write. is a free curriculum using investigations to support middle school social studies learning through inquiry-based lessons; also, this site provides many supports...more
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Read. Inquire. Write. is a free curriculum using investigations to support middle school social studies learning through inquiry-based lessons; also, this site provides many supports for English Language Learners within the activities. Use the provided literacy tools to guide students in analytical reasoning and argument writing within the 5-day investigations. Each investigation includes all materials needed including teacher's guides, student packets, rubrics, student models, and a PowerPoint presentation. Also, all activities provide video models demonstrating methods to encourage student thinking and investigative responses. Each lesson includes correlation to Common Core Standards. Registration is required to download materials from this site. Videos reside on YouTube. If your school blocks YouTube, they may not be viewable.

tag(s): civil war (145), colonial america (108), concept mapping (18), debate (46), democracy (16), evaluating sources (15), greece (29), inquiry (29), maps (293), mexico (31), middle east (42), native americans (80)

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Instead of using paper documents, scan the included PDF or Word documents into Google Classroom or your school student/teacher platform to share and assign to students. Be sure to include mentor texts for student use. Enhance student learning by asking students to use highlighting and note-taking tools within their word document to provide documentation for their responses. Although this site includes many high-quality graphic organizers, create your own and using Diagramo, reviewed here, to personalize for your classroom use. Have students use a digital portfolio tool to share their investigations. PorfolioVillage, reviewed here, includes many resources for creating online portfolios and web pages. Consider sharing the activities found on this site with your peers as a model for redesigning lessons you already use in your classroom. Use Padlet, reviewed here, to collaborate and share ideas, activities, and resources as you work toward incorporating inquiry lessons into your classrooms.
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Teachers Righting History - Rosie Rios

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This educational project developed by a former Treasurer of the United States offers a database highlighting historic American women. During her time as Treasurer, Rosie Rios sought...more
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This educational project developed by a former Treasurer of the United States offers a database highlighting historic American women. During her time as Treasurer, Rosie Rios sought input from around the country as part of her efforts to put a woman on U.S. currency. After leaving her office, she developed this site to share the database of information and encourage classrooms around the country to recognize contributions of American women to history. Download the database as a PDF document containing a list of women shared with the treasury and including date of birth, date of death, a one-sentence synopsis, and an image. Also, Teachers Righting History provides a few suggestions for getting started and using the database in classrooms.

tag(s): biographies (86), currency (18), women (101)

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Download and share the database provided on the site as a starting point for many different history projects. Enhance student learning and begin your project by having students choose a famous woman and personalizing a dollar bill with her image using Festisite Money,reviewed here. As students continue researching famous women, share our TeachersFirst History Month Resources located here, as a starting point for finding information. Instead of just creating a list of online resources for student research, extend learning by creating interactive learning activities using a tool like InsertLearning, reviewed here. InsertLearning is a Chrome browser extension that allows you to highlight, add comments, and add sticky notes including video to any web page. Students reply directly within the page and add their own notes. As a final project, expand learning by asking students to use a timeline tool like History in Motion, reviewed here to share information about their research and add context with other historical events of the time.
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Remove Background - Kaleido

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Remove the background from any photo automatically in five seconds with this nifty and easy to use site. Upload an image from your computer or enter the URL of an ...more
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Remove the background from any photo automatically in five seconds with this nifty and easy to use site. Upload an image from your computer or enter the URL of an image that includes people and Remove Background uses AI technology to remove the entire background leaving just the people. When finished, download the JPG file to your computer to use as wished.

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Bookmark this site for many classroom uses. Combine your downloaded image with others using a variety of tools including Google Slides. Choose a background image of a city being studied, a different time, or in a far-away setting like the moon, then place your student image on top. Resize the image to fit the scene. Include this image as a starter for class projects. Use images on top of book covers for book talks, create images for story characters and heroes, or use for weather reports. The ideas for using this tool are only limited by your imagination and that of your students. Use your new images to modify or redefine classroom technology use by creating a ThingLink, reviewed here, presentation that includes text, videos, and more.
 

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Twitter Chat: Teacher Preparation: A Chat for Future Educators - TeachersFirst

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This archived Twitter chat is from May 2019 and will open in Wakelet. The title of this chat is: Teacher Preparation: A Chat for Future Educators. During this chat, participants ...more
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This archived Twitter chat is from May 2019 and will open in Wakelet. The title of this chat is: Teacher Preparation: A Chat for Future Educators. During this chat, participants will: 1. Share helpful tips and information for future educators, 2. Discuss the best instructional practices and methods proven effective in the classroom and 3. Create an opportunity for experienced and future educators to engage in meaningful dialogue.

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Find resources and tips shared from veteran educators. Share this chat with your colleagues looking for input and insight from both new and experienced educators.

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FlexClip - Patrick Ma

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Upload your images and videos to FlexClip to create quick and easy videos. Create your account, then use the storyboard to add pictures and videos from your computer. Customize your...more
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Upload your images and videos to FlexClip to create quick and easy videos. Create your account, then use the storyboard to add pictures and videos from your computer. Customize your video by uploading a music file or record using your computer's microphone. When finished, save your video and download to your device.

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Use FlexClip even with young students to create videos for many topics. Ask students to share pictures demonstrating the before and after of a science experiment, then add student voice recordings to explain the experiment. Modify learning by asking students to use FlexClip to create short videos, then include them with other images and videos as part of a multimedia project or digital portfolio. Seesaw, reviewed here, is an easy to use tool for creating and personalizing digital portfolios. The following tools are great for transforming learning and creating multimedia projects: (click on the tool name to access the review): Adobe Spark for K-12, Animatron, Sway, and Beautiful.AI.

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