April 29, 2018
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Join Us on the EDGE!
For those who seek the thrill of learning cutting edge technology, the 10 tech tools shared in this edition -- tools we collectively refer to as "the EDGE" -- are sure to delight! Before being added to the TeachersFirst collection, each of these tools is reviewed by teachers, for teachers.
Take your students' reading comprehension to the next level, beyond answering basic multiple choice questions. This site asks students to provide responses in short answer form to three questions. Coins are earned as you proceed through the answers.
Chemistry in Minecraft
Start by downloading the teacher guide, complete with lesson ideas. This site offers an update to the popular Minecraft Education Edition. Download the chemistry update to explore elements and compounds and conduct experiments in a virtual world.
Annotate and share images easily! Choose to create or start annotating to upload an image. Use the tools found on the dashboard to size your image and add markers. When you finish, be sure to go to file and save your image. Share via URL or social media.
On the EDGE of Organization
We all know that classroom planning, grading, and teaching time is limited. Use these tools to get organized and to save you time!
Plan, create, and organize lessons correlated to Common Core. Find lesson plan templates and use the site's database to find and incorporate lessons from Khan Academy, CK12, and more. Collaborate with other teachers to share schedules and lessons.
Organize, curate, and share web content using the links at the bottom of the workspace. Easily add lists, mindmaps, folders, and more. Collaborate with others to edit and share. Install the bookmarklet to automatically push the information to your inbox.
Are you looking for a tool that can create lists, spreadsheets, collaborate, and more. Notion uses a concept called blocks to add information. Each block is a single piece of content such as a to-do list or an embedded file. See the review for details.
Create Something on the Edge
Need to create timelines, Venn Diagrams, videos, digital badges, posters, and more? Then the tech tools below can help! Be sure to read our teacher-based reviews for classroom integration ideas.
Badging is a great way to motivate your students! Choose from templates and designs found on the site or upload your images to include with badges. When finished, download to your computer. This site also has the option to design avatars and logos.
This video creation tool is device agnostic (available on the web or as an app). Upload images and videos, and add captions following prompts on the dashboard. After adding content choose your theme, filter, and music options and then publish your video.
Finding a FREE timeline tool can be a challenge! This tool is both FREE and simple. Fill in the title, number of events, and the specific desired dates and corresponding activities. Print the timeline or save your personalized timeline on your computer.
Venn Diagram Maker
Create your own Venn Diagrams! Choose for your diagram to be a 2-circle or 3-circle Venn Diagram. Visit the Teacher Resources for many other options and other free tools to explore. Click to read our full review for more classroom integration ideas.
This Week at TeachersFirst
May is a busy time both in and out of the classroom, but don't forget to take a few minutes to keep your own professional learning fresh! Read all about our FREE PD this week on Tuesday and Thursday. If you only have a free minute this week, be sure to answer our weekly poll and view the results of others!
Join us Tuesday (5/1) at 7 PM ET
Augmented Reality in the Classroom
Catch up with us this Tuesday at 7 PM ET for an all-new virtual workshop. Augmented Reality (AR) allows us to change how we perceive the world around us. Come explore how to integrate AR tools into your classroom!
Join us Thursday (5/3) at 8 PM ET #OK2Ask
Twitter Chat: Formative Assessment Tools
Join our edtech coaches this Thursday (5/3) at 8 PM ET to discuss the instructional goals of formative assessment, share tech tools that assist in formatively assessing students, and explore new ideas for how to best assess your students.
Today starts Screen-Free Week. What does your school do to encourage Screen-Free Week (formerly TV Turn-Off Week)? Share with us and read the responses from other TeachersFirst users!
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TeachersFirst is a collection of curated, classroom-ready content and ideas — including teacher-authored reviews of thousands of web resources. Built-in guidance from seasoned professionals makes effective classroom technology use trouble-free. TeachersFirst is made available free to K12 teachers by The Source for Learning, Inc., a nonprofit that has been providing educational resources for more than 40 years.