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Strip Background - Zygomatic

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Remove and replace the background from images quickly and without registration using Strip Background. Click start, then drag and drop or upload an image from your device. Once processed,...more
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Remove and replace the background from images quickly and without registration using Strip Background. Click start, then drag and drop or upload an image from your device. Once processed, download the new image or use the features available to add a new background color, image, or effect. Choose new backgrounds by uploading an image, or select an image from the site's gallery or Pixabay. When editing is complete, choose "file" and then save it as a JPG, PNG, or WebP. Be careful not to select links that say download; those are advertising links.
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tag(s): editing (88), images (255)

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Before asking students to use Strip Background, demonstrate how to create and save images. Consider recording a tutorial using Free Screen Recorder Online, reviewed here, then sharing a link on student and classroom devices. Discussing copyright and fair use best practices is always an excellent idea when editing images. Use Strip Background to enhance students' presentations and stories. For example, remove the background from a student's picture and then add a background with them in a location or setting that is part of their project. Choose a background image of a city being studied, a different time, or 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 them for weather reports. The ideas for using this tool are only limited by your imagination and that of your students. Include the new images as part of larger multimedia projects created using Canva Edu, reviewed here or maps created using Google My Maps, reviewed here.
 

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Random Art Prompt Generators for Kids - Magatsu.net

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As the title indicates, this site provides random prompts and suggestions for art projects. Two dropdown boxes provide options for participants. The first box offers a choice to generate...more
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As the title indicates, this site provides random prompts and suggestions for art projects. Two dropdown boxes provide options for participants. The first box offers a choice to generate one, five, or ten prompts. The other dropdown includes three prompt options: simple, elaborate, or a combination. After making choices, select the blue button to Get Prompts. Some prompts include a link to Wikipedia for further clarification, be sure to read the author's suggestion for those that lead to artistic depictions of the human body.

tag(s): creative writing (122), drawing (61), painting (57), writing (301)

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Use this generator to create and print ideas for projects to include in an art center. Use the generator for more than art project ideas, select statements that correspond to stories you are reading, science topics, or social studies events. Include ideas in your makerspace for students to create items based on the opinions provided by the generator. Include the ideas generated for students to use with creative writing projects. Ask them to share their writing project using tools found at Adobe Creative Cloud Express, reviewed here, to create videos, graphic designs, or presentations. Instead of relying on a generator, use this as an example, then ask students to develop a bank of story ideas for classroom use. Include ideas on a collaborative Google Document shared on classroom and student devices.

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Narakeet - Gojko Adzic

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Narakeet offers text-to-speech creation with options for choices of over 500 realistic-sounding voices. Registration is not required; upload your script to begin. Choices include the...more
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Narakeet offers text-to-speech creation with options for choices of over 500 realistic-sounding voices. Registration is not required; upload your script to begin. Choices include the design of text-to-speech audio or video from a PowerPoint presentation. After making your selection, take advantage of the available choices to select a language and voice. Then, either upload a file, copy and paste text when creating an audio file, or upload your PowerPoint presentation to create a video. When finished, download the converted file to your device. Free accounts offer you up to twenty projects with maximum uploaded file sizes of up to 10MB. Other restrictions apply to free accounts; this information is available on the pricing page.

tag(s): chinese (44), conversions (38), ELL/ESL (27), german (48), greek (33), italian (28), japanese (47), portuguese (22), russian (25), spanish (103), text to speech (18), video (245)

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Although presentations are uploaded as PowerPoint documents, Narakeet is still easy to use with Google Slides. Upload your Google Slide presentations to the Free Office Online Apps, reviewed here, and save as a PowerPoint presentation. Use Narakeet to share information with world language learners to hear the text spoken in the native language. Use this site with ENL/ESL students to convert small pieces of text to their native language. Use this site with students who have difficulty reading, especially when working with more challenging passages and text. Use the video options to convert student presentations into videos, then share presentations on your class website. Narakeet is also a handy option to use when creating flipped learning lessons. Upload the lesson as a slide presentation, and then convert it to a video file for easy viewing by students.

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Twitter Chat: SEL: Strategies to Support and Empower Learners - TeachersFirst

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This archived Twitter chat is from January 2023 and will open in Wakelet. The title of this chat is: SEL: Strategies to Support and Empower Learners During this chat, participants:...more
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This archived Twitter chat is from January 2023 and will open in Wakelet. The title of this chat is: SEL: Strategies to Support and Empower Learners During this chat, participants: 1. Discussed ways to develop self-awareness and self-management skills, 2. Shared resources that help students use social awareness and interpersonal skills to establish and maintain positive relationships, and 3. Explored ways students can develop empathy.

tag(s): social and emotional learning (72), twitterchatarchive (151)

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

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OK2Ask: TeachersFirst Tech Tools Smackdown - TeachersFirst

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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session is from January 2023. You can register and immediately view the archive of the session.

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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session is from January 2023. You can register and immediately view the archive of the session.

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

tag(s): classroom management (131), professional development (319)

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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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Wriddle - Tech4Learning, Inc.

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K to 2
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Wriddle is a literary development tool for young learners. After creating educator and student accounts, students access Wriddle and use the whiteboard to draw pictures, add text, and...more
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Wriddle is a literary development tool for young learners. After creating educator and student accounts, students access Wriddle and use the whiteboard to draw pictures, add text, and create a recording. Students log in using the provided link, a QR code, or integration with several learning management systems, including Google Classroom and Canvas.

tag(s): literacy (99), spelling (93), Teacher Utilities (132), vocabulary development (91), writing (301)

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Demonstrate to younger students how to log in and access their Wriddle accounts. Be sure to print out QR codes, access information, and send a copy home for students to use at any time. Then, ask students to create a Wriddle to share ideas on a story character, discuss the setting in a book you read, or draw an item that matches a letter of the alphabet. Finally, share students' Wriddle drawings with parents during conferences to demonstrate and discuss their literacy development. If computer access is an issue, use the included option to print students' work.

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Free Comic Strip Maker - Adobe Express

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Easily design and share comic strips using one of the many templates available from Adobe Express. Select any shared templates on the home page to begin, or sign in to ...more
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Easily design and share comic strips using one of the many templates available from Adobe Express. Select any shared templates on the home page to begin, or sign in to your Adobe Express account and select comic strips from the template options. Searching through the templates is most accessible by viewing only free designs. After choosing a template, use the dashboard to add and modify the contents of the comic strip. Options include changing backgrounds, adding text and images, adding shapes, and much more. When finished, download your design as a JPG, PNG, or PDF document. Then, use the publish option to create a link, share to Google Classroom or Teams, or choose from other social media sharing options.

tag(s): comics and cartoons (48), graphic design (50)

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Engage students by using the templates to display the day's vocabulary word, the math puzzle of the week, or a concept your students are learning in social studies or science, for example. Have students create comic strips for dialog-writing lessons, summarizing, predicting, and retelling stories. Use comic strips for literature responses. For pre-reading students, create a comic of pictures and tell the story based on the pictures/scenes. It's a good idea to require students to create a rough draft of their comic using Printable Comic Strip Templates, reviewed here. Make a class book of the comics created throughout the year. That book is likely to become a class favorite! Use comics to show the sequencing of events. For example, when studying characterization, they create a dialog to show (not tell) about a character. World language and ENL/ESL teachers can assign students to create dialog strips as an alternative to a formal assessment. Have students share all of their comics on your interactive whiteboard or projector.

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Creative Writing Exercises - J G Web Publishing

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WritingExercises provides numorous writing resources for the classroom or anyone who would like to practice writing. Over twenty pages include word exercises, games, plot generators,...more
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WritingExercises provides numorous writing resources for the classroom or anyone who would like to practice writing. Over twenty pages include word exercises, games, plot generators, and scenarios to assist writers with story content. WritingExercises.co is free and will get students' creative thinking started with the click of a button.
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tag(s): creative writing (122), digital storytelling (138), game based learning (167), writing prompts (58)

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Teachers could use this resource to supplement their writing curriculum in infinite ways. Engage your students in the writing process by using the random word or plot generators to create interesting stories that students may not have thought of on their own. Enhance your student's problem-solving and spelling skills with anagram games and the scrabble trainer. Writers can choose the length of words to find and practice with or without a timer. Use image generator for free-writing exercises or descriptive writing practice. Change the picture by clicking on the side of the image. Images are sourced from Unsplash and are appropriate for any age group. Replace paper and pen writing journals, and enhance learning by asking students to write their prompts and ideas in an online blog making it a writing journal. Use a tool like edublog, reviewed here. Using an online writing journal, students can finish up at home, and parents can view their writing. Edublog offers tools for creating class and individual blogs.

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Creative Writing Exercises for Children - J G Web Publishing

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Creative Writing Exercises for Children is a wonderful, free resource for creating writing prompts for elementary school-aged children. The site is easy to use and has features such...more
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Creative Writing Exercises for Children is a wonderful, free resource for creating writing prompts for elementary school-aged children. The site is easy to use and has features such as a story title creator, character creator, story starters, random words, and much more! Children (or teachers!) that might be having trouble thinking of writing content will be able to get started on their stories in no time!
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tag(s): creative writing (122), digital storytelling (138), short stories (19), writing (301), writing prompts (58)

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There are many ways elementary school teachers could use this resource in the classroom. The Story Title Ideas page creates a title using "the" and chooses an adjective and noun for you. Teachers could also use this feature to teach parts of speech by creating simple sentences where students can label the parts of speech. A second Story Title 2 page generates a story title. Students can press the orange "press here" button until they find a topic that sparks their interest. A fun way to practice writing sentences can be found on the 'Make Up a Sentence' page. Three words are generated, challenging students to write a sentence using all three words. 'Make Up a Sentence' would be an engaging way to begin a writing lesson. Replace paper and pen writing journals, and enhance learning by asking students to write their prompts and ideas in an online blog making it a writing journal. Use a tool like Seesaw, reviewed here. Using an online writing journal, students can finish up at home, and parents can view their writing. Seesaw offers tools for creating portfolios.

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Witeboard - Slack

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Witeboard is a free and simple-to-use online whiteboard. Begin using the whiteboard without registration; click and draw! Then, use the tools at the bottom of the screen to change colors,...more
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Witeboard is a free and simple-to-use online whiteboard. Begin using the whiteboard without registration; click and draw! Then, use the tools at the bottom of the screen to change colors, add lines, add text, and more. Next, use the two lines at the bottom left of the whiteboard to find additional options that allow you to switch to a blackboard, include shape detection, and download and save the board as an image. Another option for sharing your board is using the share link at the top of the page; this option makes the board collaborative by including multiple participants. Registration isn't required; creating an account allows you to access previous boards on any device.

tag(s): collaboration (87), iwb (31), Whiteboard (7)

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Save the link to Witeboard to use for many different classroom options. For example, when working with small groups of students, use Witeboard to draw and share ideas on your mobile device. When students are working on computers, ask them to use Witeboard to demonstrate their understanding of math problems or draw a quick response to stories they read. After creating their response, have students save their work as an image and add it to your Google Classroom assignments or your learning management system such as Seesaw, reviewed here. Ask students to collaborate in teams to create collaborative whiteboard explanations and share their thinking with classmates.

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Free Video Downloader Online - Geekersoft

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K to 12
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Convert and download YouTube videos to any device using the Free Video Downloader Online. First, find and copy the video link on the URL of your web browser (this is ...more
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Convert and download YouTube videos to any device using the Free Video Downloader Online. First, find and copy the video link on the URL of your web browser (this is different than copying the link to share - you want to see the word "watch" in the link you copy). Next, click download to begin saving to your device, then choose from many different options for the type and size of the file to download. Additional download options include saving as an MP3, JPG thumbnail, or caption. For the final step, a preview will appear after selecting an option for download; pick the three dots in the video preview and choose the option to download. Then, view the download videos on your current media player, such as QuickTime.

tag(s): movies (54), multimedia (40), video (245)

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Many schools and districts block YouTube; use this resource to download videos for classroom viewing. Share videos on classroom devices for students to view anytime, even when Internet access is unavailable. Use this tool to download and save videos you wish to show students, especially if they are blocked at school. Save video conversions to a USB stick for easy viewing on many devices.

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Geekersoft PDF Converter Online - Geekersoft

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Follow the simple steps to convert any PDF document to various formats or convert documents to PDF, then download it to your device. Fortunately, this site doesn't require registration...more
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Follow the simple steps to convert any PDF document to various formats or convert documents to PDF, then download it to your device. Fortunately, this site doesn't require registration and is ad-free! Begin by selecting formatting options that include PDF to JPEG, PDF to PPT, PDF to Excel, and more. Scroll down the page to find options for converting documents to PDF. After selecting the type of conversion desired, upload or drag your document to the workspace. When the conversion is complete, save the document to your device.

tag(s): conversions (38), editing (88), worksheets (68)

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Bookmark and save this site for any number of classroom uses. Convert PDF worksheets to Word documents, then edit and change information to fit your needs. Differentiate learning by adapting information on a PDF document to fit the learning needs of students that need additional support or provide extended education for gifted and advanced learners. Take advantage of file converters such as this one to create unique class books. For example, after converting a PDF template to a Word document for students to create a newsletter about features of different states, convert each student's word document back to a PDF file using PDFaid, reviewed here. Then upload all class newsletters into one document using Flipsnack, reviewed here to create an online flippable book.
 
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Twitter Chat: The Power of Genius Hour - TeachersFirst

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This archived Twitter chat is from January 2023 and will open in Wakelet. The title of this chat is: The Power of Genius Hour. During this chat, participants: 1. Discussed ...more
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This archived Twitter chat is from January 2023 and will open in Wakelet. The title of this chat is: The Power of Genius Hour. During this chat, participants: 1. Discussed the components of Genius Hour, 2. Shared tools and resources that support Genius Hour experiences, and 3. Explored ways to incorporate the Genius Hour strategy in the classroom.

tag(s): Project Based Learning (14), twitterchatarchive (151)

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

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AI PNG Enlarger - Background Generator

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Enlarge PNG images up to 16 times without losing quality using this download for Windows operating systems. Follow the directions to download this program to any Windows 7 or newer...more
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Enlarge PNG images up to 16 times without losing quality using this download for Windows operating systems. Follow the directions to download this program to any Windows 7 or newer system. Once installed, you upload PNG or JPG files individually or in batches to enlarge images for multiple uses.
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tag(s): editing (88), images (255)

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PNG images often lose quality when enlarged; using this program offers the opportunity to retain image quality for multiple applications. For example, increase the size of PNG images when creating presentations made with Google Slides, reviewed here, or to include images on web pages created on sites such as Carrd, reviewed here. Share this site with students for book reports, research presentations, or any other digital writing projects to enhance the quality of finished work and provide additional options for including images.
 

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Journalism in Action - PBS Newshour Classroom

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Learn about ten critical historical events as an investigative journalist using this interactive site created for middle and high school students. The events, starting in the 1760s...more
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Learn about ten critical historical events as an investigative journalist using this interactive site created for middle and high school students. The events, starting in the 1760s and the early republic, continue to gender equality from the 1850s to the present. Each activity includes primary sources that provide perspective on how these cultural events affected civic life. Begin each activity with an introduction that includes an overview, essential questions, and information about relevant journalists during that period. Next, begin the investigation by examining primary sources and completing the included social media activities. The final portion of each event looks at the outcome reported by journalists and offers an opportunity for users to create their own front-page news story. Educator Guides provide guidance for using these interactives and their correlation to national standards. Registration isn't required; however, it is highly recommended as it allows you to complete case study questions within the site and save progress. If your district blocks YouTube, then the videos may not be viewable.

tag(s): 1700s (35), 1800s (64), 1900s (58), 20th century (49), american revolution (76), civil rights (176), civil war (128), immigrants (31), immigration (62), journalism (71), mental health (31), presidents (116), Research (67), vietnam (32), womens suffrage (36), world war 2 (138)

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This site is a must-have for middle and high school social studies teachers. Allow several days for students to complete individual case studies; if time is an issue, assign portions of a case instead of completing the entire activity. Another option is to share a case study as an ongoing flipped learning activity to complete over two or more weeks or as a supplement for gifted students to use as an independent learning activity. If assigning as a long-term activity, ensure students complete the registration and save their work. Then, as students complete the final activity of writing a news story, share their articles as a PDF using PDF Convertor, reviewed here, then upload all of the PDFs to the PDF to Flipbook Converter, reviewed here, to create a flippable magazine that includes all student-written articles.
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Writer's Workshop - TeachersFirst

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What is a writer's workshop? How do I get started? Where can I find resources? This exclusive resource from TeachersFirst answers these questions and much more. Begin with a quick ...more
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What is a writer's workshop? How do I get started? Where can I find resources? This exclusive resource from TeachersFirst answers these questions and much more. Begin with a quick overview of how to set up a writer's workshop and suggestions for incorporating the writing process into your workshop. Next, visit the links that include a grade-by-grade look into having the writer's workshop in primary classrooms. In addition to links with ideas by grade level, this section also includes ideas for differentiation and links to helpful digital resources. Lastly, visit the Downloadable Resources and Planning Sheets link, which contains an assortment of printable organizers, templates, and printable documents.

tag(s): creative writing (122), descriptive writing (38), expository writing (32), letter writing (17), paragraph writing (14), persuasive writing (55), writers workshop (33), writing (301)

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Bookmark this site and the many resources to include with your other lessons and activities for your writer's workshop. Use Symbaloo, reviewed here, to share and organize student resources. For example, include letter writing templates, links to online dictionaries and thesauruses, and examples of writing projects for students to access easily. Extend learning by asking students to share writing projects by choosing from various multimedia tools. For example, ask emerging writers to share their stories using Write Reader, reviewed here. Write Reader includes options for adding recordings, a place for student writing, and correct spelling on each page. Another digital book creator to share with students is StoryJumper, reviewed here. StoryJumper includes options for writing and sharing collaborative stories and uploading custom images, including custom characters designed by the story author.
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Ditch That Textbook - Matt Miller

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K to 12
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Finding and implementing engaging lessons is difficult and time-consuming; Ditch That Textbook offers practical teaching ideas that adapt quickly to all content and grade levels. There...more
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Finding and implementing engaging lessons is difficult and time-consuming; Ditch That Textbook offers practical teaching ideas that adapt quickly to all content and grade levels. There are three main areas of the site to search for resources - the Blog, Google Ideas, and Resources. Blog content includes suggestions for feedback, gamifying classrooms, and sources for finding free content. Use the keyword search to look for specific information. The Google Ideas section shares material for all things Google, including using Chromebooks. Scroll down the page to find ideas sorted by Google tools and links to videos, templates, and related blog posts. Select the Resources link to find an abundance of free templates, how-to videos, and tools for remote learning. Be sure to dig around at length; there is much more available on this site, including a handful of free online courses for educators. The videos are hosted on YouTube. If your district blocks YouTube, then they may not be viewable.

tag(s): assessment (125), blogs (72), Formative Assessment (48), Google (38), professional development (319)

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This resource is a treasure trove for new and experienced teachers, bookmark and save it for use throughout the year. If you are looking for the latest teaching trends, take advantage of the many templates and ideas shared through the blog. For those wanting to try new ideas, begin with the free templates that make it easy to introduce gamification and interactive activities into any classroom. Ditch That Textbook is an excellent site to use for ongoing professional development. Choose a blog post or activity monthly to discuss with peers and implement in your classroom. Use a curation tool such as Wakelet, reviewed here, to share and discuss resources found on Ditch that Textbook along with your ideas as a way to easily access your favorite ideas.

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Twitter Chat: Tech-Infused Vocabulary Strategies - TeachersFirst

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This archived Twitter chat is from December 2022 and will open in Wakelet. The title of this chat is: Tech-Infused Vocabulary Strategies. During this chat, participants: 1. Discussed...more
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This archived Twitter chat is from December 2022 and will open in Wakelet. The title of this chat is: Tech-Infused Vocabulary Strategies. During this chat, participants: 1. Discussed tech-infused vocabulary instruction, 2. Explored tools and resources for integrating tech-infused vocabulary activities in the classroom, and 3. Collaborated on ideas for technology that enhances and empowers vocabulary interactions for students across the curriculum.

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Find resources and information about tech-infused vocabulary strategies. Share this chat with your colleagues looking for strategies and resources on tech-infused vocabulary strategies.

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Twitter Chat: Hexagonal Thinking for Innovative Connections - TeachersFirst

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This archived Twitter chat is from December 2022 and will open in Wakelet. The title of this chat is: Hexagonal Thinking for Innovative Connections. During this chat, participants:...more
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This archived Twitter chat is from December 2022 and will open in Wakelet. The title of this chat is: Hexagonal Thinking for Innovative Connections. During this chat, participants: 1. Discussed the components of hexagonal thinking, 2. Shared tools and resources for facilitating hexagonal thinking, and 3. Explored ways to integrate hexagonal thinking in the classroom.

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OK2Ask: Tech-Infused Vocabulary Strategies - TeachersFirst

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

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

Engage students and get them excited to jump into learning with tech tools to support direct instruction for vocabulary. Learn to implement direct instruction based on Marzano's strategies to expand vocabulary in all subject areas and increase success in school and on achievement tests. Using the six-step approach, we'll explore tech tools to help bring vocabulary from short-term memory into long-term memory. Discover how to choose tech tools you can use to increase student collaboration and provide data for formative assessments. As a result of this session, teachers will: 1. Review Marzano's strategies for vocabulary instruction; 2. Explore tools for vocabulary instruction; and 3. Understand how to use tech tools to create formative assessments for vocabulary. This session is appropriate for teachers at all technology levels.

tag(s): professional development (319), vocabulary (233), vocabulary development (91)

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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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