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Kumospace - Yang Mou and Brett Martin

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Host virtual meetings with up to thirty participants with Kumospace. The free plan includes all of the site's core features, including unlimited floors and virtual apps. Other features...more
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Host virtual meetings with up to thirty participants with Kumospace. The free plan includes all of the site's core features, including unlimited floors and virtual apps. Other features include the ability to screen share, chat with individuals or the entire group, and customize your workspace. After creating an account, start your meeting by selecting the "Create a Space" button. Next, give your space a name, customize the end of the URL to be shared, and choose an option for your area. Then, share the link to invite others to your virtual meeting. Finally, choose from templates to change the background of your space, add floors, and edit privacy settings for your session and each floor. Privacy options include requiring a password for different floors or setting the floor availability only for use by co-hosts. Learn more about the features of Kumospace and how to implement them by finding videos on their YouTube Channel, located here.
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tag(s): chat (39), communication (135), parent conferences (22), video (240)

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Use Kumospace to set up virtual meetings for many different educational uses. Set up virtual parent/teacher conferences with participants in any location, conduct monthly parent meetings to share the latest classroom news, discuss your current curriculum, and answer questions. Create a virtual "get-to-know-you" session at the beginning of the school year or semester that includes team-building activities. Build classroom community by creating virtual rooms for students to share common interests, as a virtual study hall, or for use when working on collaborative projects.

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Project Zero's Thinking Routines Toolbox - Project Zero Harvard Graduate School of Education

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Support student understanding and develop routines that support learning through the use of Thinking Routines and the specific information offered by Project Zero. Scroll through the...more
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Support student understanding and develop routines that support learning through the use of Thinking Routines and the specific information offered by Project Zero. Scroll through the site to find Core Thinking Routines, Digging Deeper into Ideas, Introducing & Exploring Ideas, and several other topics. Use the filters to find thinking routines by subject area, thinking disposition or competence, or project. After selecting, choose the resource link to view an in-depth explanation of the routine, including a stated purpose, application, and tips for launching the activity. Some links also include student handouts and an educator guide.

tag(s): critical thinking (102), professional development (283), thinking skills (12)

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Bookmark this site and frequently visit as you prepare lesson plans to enhance student learning and understanding of content. This site provides excellent information for professional development, either personally or with peers. Consider exploring one topic monthly throughout the school year to explore and integrate it into classroom routines.
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Pear Deck Flashcard Factory - Pear Deck

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Pear Deck, reviewed here, offers an innovative option for creating flashcards through their integration with Google, Merriam-Webster, and Gimkit....more
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Pear Deck, reviewed here, offers an innovative option for creating flashcards through their integration with Google, Merriam-Webster, and Gimkit. Begin by creating a vocabulary list using your list or adding words and definitions from the dictionary. Select "Play Flashcard Factory" to share with students when your list is complete. After logging in with a Google account, students use the provided link and access code to enter Flashcard Factory. After joining, the site assigns students a partner to work with to create example sentences and illustrations using the vocabulary terms. As a final product, the teacher selects from the flashcards created by students to create a class flashcard set. Print or share the completed set to Gimkit, reviewed here.
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tag(s): flash cards (39), grammar review (30), test prep (70), vocabulary (233), vocabulary development (86)

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Flashcard Factory is an excellent tool for both in-person and remote learning. Use this feature to create vocabulary lists for spelling, science terms, social studies events, etc. Differentiate learning by creating lists for different student abilities or interests. Because students are the creators, they are engaged and more motivated in the learning process. Extend learning by asking students to write short stories or create writing journals using the vocabulary words used in the flashcards. For example, search for vocabulary at Read Write Think, reviewed here, to find the lesson plan for My World of Lists: Building Vocabulary Lists. This lesson culminates with students creating a "My World of Words Journal."

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Twitter Chat: Images - TeachersFirst

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This archived Twitter chat is from April 2022 and will open in Wakelet. The title of this chat is Images. During this chat, participants: 1. Discussed ways to use images ...more
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This archived Twitter chat is from April 2022 and will open in Wakelet. The title of this chat is Images. During this chat, participants: 1. Discussed ways to use images in the classroom to enhance instruction, 2. Explored image resources for students and teachers, and 3. Shared image integration ideas for the classroom.

tag(s): copyright (43), curation (27), images (247), twitterchatarchive (131)

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Find resources and information about integrating images in the classroom. Share this chat with your colleagues looking for strategies and resources on using images in the classroom.

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OK2Ask: Engage & Inspire: Gamification in the Classroom - TeachersFirst

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Gamification is an advanced pedagogical strategy that facilitates students' ownership of their learning goals. Learn to design independent and group learning experiences that use authentic learning activities to bring game design and game elements to the classroom. Explore resources and strategies that foster student engagement with gamification methods. As a result of this session, teachers will: 1. Learn the difference between gamification and game-based learning. 2. Explore gamification strategies and templates; and 3. Plan for the use of gamification in the classroom. This session is appropriate for teachers at all technology levels.

tag(s): gamification (79)

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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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Swing Your Partner: The Basics of Square Dancing - The Kennedy Center

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Square Dancing is considered a uniquely American dance form, although it has strong roots in 17th Century English and French dance forms. This lesson for grades 3-5 uses the inquiry...more
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Square Dancing is considered a uniquely American dance form, although it has strong roots in 17th Century English and French dance forms. This lesson for grades 3-5 uses the inquiry process to introduce students to square dancing and guide them through completing a "Kids Guide to Square Dancing." As a final project, groups of students create an instructional video and perform a square dance for their peers. The lesson includes links to videos, supporting lessons, and suggestions for making the instructional video presentation. The videos are hosted on YouTube. If your district blocks YouTube, then they may not be viewable.

tag(s): dance (23), process writing (38)

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Use this lesson as an alternative to typical informational writing prompts. Engage students in learning about square dance as you introduce the first activity that asks students to share what they know about square dancing using an interactive whiteboard tool such as IdeaBoardz, reviewed here. For example, create a board with two sections - use one section for students to share what they know and the second section for sharing what they would like to learn. Use Padlet, reviewed here, to organize resources for students to use when researching the guide to square dancing. Include a column for videos, another for music, and another with tips on how to write an instructional guide. Enhance the video portion of lessons using playposit, reviewed here, to add comments that highlight specific portions of the video such as types of dance steps or choreography.

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The Kennedy Center Ballet Collection - The Kennedy Center

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This extensive collection from The Kennedy Center features many lessons, media resources, and articles relating to ballet. Use this site to learn about ballerinas as athletes and discover...more
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This extensive collection from The Kennedy Center features many lessons, media resources, and articles relating to ballet. Use this site to learn about ballerinas as athletes and discover the history of ballet and its influence on cultures, politics, and art. Scroll through the home page to find articles on bringing community connections through dance, learn how to prevent injuries, and prepare for a visit to the ballet. The videos are hosted on YouTube. If your district blocks YouTube, then they may not be viewable.

tag(s): dance (23), russia (33), stories and storytelling (34)

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This is an excellent site to use when introducing students to ballet as a form of dance or as an option to use with girls who are interested in athletics and sports. Consider including resources found on the ballet site as part of a storytelling unit or sharing ideas with students for finding role models when writing biographies. As you share information from this site and others, consider using curation tools such as Symbaloo, reviewed here, and Wakelet, reviewed here, to share information with students in an organized manner. Add information from this collection into an interactive lesson using Blendspace, reviewed here. Include videos, articles, quizzes, and documents as part of your interactive lesson.

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The Kennedy Center Dance Collection - The Kennedy Center

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Discover the culture and history of dance worldwide and its importance in telling stories through movement and music using this rich and varied collection of resources. This site contains...more
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Discover the culture and history of dance worldwide and its importance in telling stories through movement and music using this rich and varied collection of resources. This site contains groups, lessons, information from featured artists, and more, covering many dance genres. In addition, media resources feature videos that teach dance, provide information on dance companies worldwide, and visit featured artists.

tag(s): chinese new year (5), cross cultural understanding (148), cultures (100), dance (23), hispanic (21), jazz (15), native americans (82), poetry (181), stories and storytelling (34)

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Take advantage of the many free resources on this site to add dance to music lessons and cultural units and enrich topics featuring people and places worldwide. Each resource includes tags, and the lessons include suggested grade levels, use these links to find additional resources for classroom use. As you include information from this site, use an online whiteboard tool such as Google Jamboard, reviewed here, to engage students in learning. For example, add a link to a video from the site about a featured artist and ask students to share their learning or post questions to explore further. Ask students to share their understanding using one of the many tools found Adobe Creative Cloud Express for Education, reviewed here. For example, ask students to create a website of a featured dance style, while other students create a video sharing dance and cultural information about their chosen group of people or country.

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Twitter Chat: HyperDocs - TeachersFirst

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This archived Twitter chat is from April 2022 and will open in Wakelet. The title of this chat is HyperDocs. During this chat, participants: 1. Defined and discussed the components...more
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This archived Twitter chat is from April 2022 and will open in Wakelet. The title of this chat is HyperDocs. During this chat, participants: 1. Defined and discussed the components HyperDocs, 2. Explored tools and resources to create HyperDocs, and 3. Shared classroom integration ideas for HyperDocs.

tag(s): twitterchatarchive (131)

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

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OK2Ask: Believe the Hype! Using HyperDocs for Innovative Instruction - TeachersFirst

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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session is from April 2022. You can register and immediately view the archive of the session.

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HyperDocs aren't just the "new Webquest" - they are a mechanism for flexible lesson delivery designed for differentiated activities that engage students. Maximize student time-on-task and encourage student voice with these technology-integrated lessons. In this session, you will learn to plan and design HyperDoc lessons using ready-made templates and frameworks. As a result of this session, teachers will: 1. Learn about creating and using HyperDocs; 2. Explore sample HyperDocs and templates; and 3. Plan for the use of HyperDocs in the classroom. This session is appropriate for teachers at all technology levels.

tag(s): Google (29), professional development (283)

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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: Transform Your Lesson Plans with Triple E and TeachersFirst, Part 2 - TeachersFirst

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As you reflect on how you integrate technology into your instruction to support curricular objectives, it is important to evaluate lesson effectiveness. Join us as we take a deeper dive into the Triple E Framework which helps educators evaluate the effectiveness of technology use in students' achievement of learning goals. We will provide strategies and tools to help you understand whether the technology implemented in your classroom impacts learning in a deep and meaningful way. Learn to analyze lesson plans and apply the Triple E tools to inform your practice so you can design and teach better lessons using technology. As a result of this session, teachers will: 1. Understand how to use the Triple E rubric; 2. Explore technology-integrated lesson plans; and 3. Plan for the use of technology in the classroom. This session is appropriate for teachers at all technology levels.

tag(s): frameworks (2), professional development (283)

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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: Triple E Framework - TeachersFirst

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This archived Twitter chat is from March 2022 and will open in Wakelet. The title of this chat is:Triple E Framework. During this chat, participants: 1. Defined and discussed the ...more
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This archived Twitter chat is from March 2022 and will open in Wakelet. The title of this chat is:Triple E Framework. During this chat, participants: 1. Defined and discussed the Triple E Framework 2. Explored strategies to implement the Triple E framework in the classroom, and 3. Shared tech tools and resources that support the use of the Triple E framework.

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Find resources and information about the Triple E Framework. Share this chat with your colleagues looking for strategies and resources on the Triple E Framework.

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Votes for Women - The 19th Amendment - TeachersFirst

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Votes for Women - The 19th Amendment is part of the TeachersFirst Help! I lost my media/library specialist collection found here...more
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Votes for Women - The 19th Amendment is part of the TeachersFirst Help! I lost my media/library specialist collection found here that features topics and resources that focus on integrating research with technology. Information begins with a short introductory paragraph about the 19th Amendment and extensive background information. The Activities section shares suggested book lists, primary sources, and a WebQuest research project. Continue down the site to find Extension activities that incorporate research skills into additional classroom opportunities such as debates and documentary creation. Ideas found on this resource include correlation to ISTE and AASL National School Library Standards.

tag(s): 1900s (55), constitution (85), women (104), womens suffrage (35)

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Begin by browsing through the many suggested classroom activities found in this resource. Organize a suggested book list or research resources for students using a curation tool like Symbaloo, reviewed here, as means for organizing information into one place. Sort items in your Symbaloo by using the color-coding option for the icons. For example, make book suggestions blue, primary source links yellow, etc. As students prepare to share their research and final projects, provide options for sharing information. Suggest students make a presentation with Google Slides, reviewed here, a video using Adobe Creative Cloud Express Video Maker, reviewed here, or a multimedia presentation created with Sway, reviewed here.
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Josh Funk Books - Stuff for Kids - Josh Funk

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Author Josh Funk's Page for Kids offers several activities and resources for his young readers to accompany his entertaining books. Discover new books by viewing book trailers, learn...more
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Author Josh Funk's Page for Kids offers several activities and resources for his young readers to accompany his entertaining books. Discover new books by viewing book trailers, learn about characters with the character cards, or play songs from books such as Mission Defrostable and Pirasaurs!. In addition, this site includes downloadable coloring pages and activity kits for many of his books.

tag(s): authors (100), preK (237), printables (35), songs (44)

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Take advantage of the many resources shared on Josh Funk's site to introduce young readers to his books using these engaging activities. Consider sharing this site on your interactive whiteboard with students before sharing the link, as navigation might be difficult for some students. Make it easy for students to find the different activities using Symbaloo, reviewed here, to add links to the different features. Take your Symbaloo a step further, using color backgrounds to help students easily find items by the type of activity. For example, use a yellow background for all video links and a blue background for songs. Extend student learning after reading Josh Funk's books by asking them to write book reviews. Search Read Write Think, reviewed here, to find age-appropriate templates and printables for student use. Extend learning further by asking students to create digital books using WriteReader, reviewed here. WriteReader is ideal for use with young students due to the many supportive features built-in, including audio recording, safe image search, and areas for student writing with an area for adding conventional spelling below.
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OK2Ask: Transform Your Lesson Plans with Triple E and TeachersFirst, Part 1 - TeachersFirst

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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session is from March 2022. You can register and immediately view the archive of the session.

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Want to use technology with your students while maintaining good instructional practices? Then this session is for you! Learn to use the Triple E Framework to select tools from the TeachersFirst database that match your objectives. Technology is not a magic bullet, but you can increase the positive impact of technology in your class using this simple framework and appropriate instructional strategies. As a result of this session, teachers will: 1. Understand how to use the Triple E Framework; 2. Explore digital resources and tools for learning; and 3. Plan a technology-integrated activity for the classroom using the Triple E Framework. This session is appropriate for teachers at all technology levels.

tag(s): frameworks (2), professional development (283)

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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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Certify'em - Gleeda Software, LLC

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Certify'em is an add-on to Google Forms that automatically generates personalized certificates. Follow the instructions to install and authorize the add-on before using it. After installation,...more
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Certify'em is an add-on to Google Forms that automatically generates personalized certificates. Follow the instructions to install and authorize the add-on before using it. After installation, personalize Certify'em within any form to create a certificate upon completion of a minimum score. Free accounts allow members to make their templates or choose from those shared on the site. Your Certify'em account also maintains a record of all exam attempts.

tag(s): assessment (123), Teacher Utilities (124)

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Certify'em is an excellent addition to every Google Forms members' toolbox. Create and share certificates with students for successful completion of quizzes and tests. Use Certify'em as a means for differentiating instruction by allowing students to take a pre-assessment test before starting a new unit. If they obtain a certificate, offer an alternative extended learning activity. Use this add-on to "certify" students for various classroom needs, such as learning safety procedures before starting a science lab activity or to "certify" students to take care of class pets.

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Twitter Chat: Curation in the Classroom - TeachersFirst

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This archived Twitter chat is from March 2022 and will open in Wakelet. The title of this chat is: Curation in the Classroom. During this chat, participants: 1. Discussed curation ...more
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This archived Twitter chat is from March 2022 and will open in Wakelet. The title of this chat is: Curation in the Classroom. During this chat, participants: 1. Discussed curation strategies and their use in education for student projects, 2. Explored ways to incorporate the use of curated resources in the classroom, and 3. Shared resources and tech tools that assist both teachers and students with the curation of resources.

tag(s): curation (27), twitterchatarchive (131)

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OK2Ask: 3 Cool Tools for Curation - TeachersFirst

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Want to help students work on their critical thinking skills? Teach them to be curators! Curation is a skill that supports student knowledge creation and encourages analysis. In this session you will learn the basics of curation for digital learning and how to integrate curation into class projects. Leave with an example collection that demonstrates what you've learned about the topic. As a result of this session, teachers will: 1. Understand the dual approach to curation; 2. Explore three tools students can use to curate web-based items; and 3. Learn how the use of curation can support student knowledge creation. 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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Reading Treks: Currents - TeachersFirst

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This TeachersFirst Reading Trek, based upon the novel Currents authored by Jane Smolik, provides a virtual field trip of resources using the Maps features of Google Maps. The...more
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This TeachersFirst Reading Trek, based upon the novel Currents authored by Jane Smolik, provides a virtual field trip of resources using the Maps features of Google Maps. The Reading Trek includes a map link, KMZ file, and PDF guide for using the resources in the classroom. The list of ideas includes suggestions for working with maps based upon the novel and extension activities. In addition, find several additional resources suggested for further consideration. Activities are correlated to Common Core Standards, National Curriculum Standards for Social Studies, National Core Arts Standards for Visual Arts, and Next Generation Science Standards.

tag(s): 1800s (61), civil rights (165), immigration (58), novels (26)

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Use the suggested activities as a guide to teaching Currents as part of your reading instruction curriculum, or integrate the book into Social Studies content when teaching about immigration. Use a timeline creation tool such as the ones found at Canva's Timeline Infographic Templates, reviewed here, to help students visually represent the events and interactions of the three main characters within the story. Use the model shared in this Reading Trek using Google My Maps, reviewed here, and ask students to create a virtual field trip of other novels or events studied. In addition to adding pinned locations, ask students to add photos and videos to enhance their storytelling through maps.
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Promoting STEM Through Literature - Judy Bowling & Kerry Guiliano

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This site shares several children's books and resources for incorporating STEM lessons and the design process. Begin by selecting the link to use these resources; the linked document...more
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This site shares several children's books and resources for incorporating STEM lessons and the design process. Begin by selecting the link to use these resources; the linked document provides a five-step guide to using the activities. Next, select any book title to access the resources, including a Design Thinking Journal for each student, a book card, and additional materials to accompany the book. Finally, use the dropdown boxes at the top of the page to find additional information about design thinking and curriculum connections.

tag(s): book lists (125), inquiry (23), literacy (94), Problem Based Learning (12), problem solving (215), STEM (225)

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In addition to the suggestions for STEM-related literature, the Design Thinking Journal is an excellent addition to any classroom for use with many other projects. Include ideas from the site in your Maker Space activities, learn more about Maker Spaces and find additional ideas at the TeachersFirst Maker Spaces Special Topics page with reviewed resources. Enhance learning by encouraging students to share Maker Space projects by sharing them on a website or blog created using Edublog, reviewed here. Ask students to share their problem-solving journey using the Design Thinking Journal information when designing projects.

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