April 5, 2020

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Featured EDTECH Resources Reviewed by TeachersFirst

The novel coronavirus is changing the way we teach, and TeachersFirst is ready to help. Our upcoming issues are full of the same great resources you’ve come to expect—and new ideas on how to use them in the era of distance learning.  View our Public Health Crisis Collection >>

Science Education in April

Whether you’re teaching remotely or in a classroom, April is a wonderful time to talk about Science. With National Robotics Week and Earth Day just around the corner, now is the perfect time to view our collections of resources and share them with your students and families. 

National Robotics Week

Get students involved using robotics-related tools, videos, interactives, and digital resources to enhance your science lessons and to spark interest in STEM-related fields during National Robotics Week (April 4-12).

National Robotics Week is here (April 4-12) »

Celebrate Earth Day

National Environmental Education Week (April 22-26) and Earth Day (April 22nd) are ideal times to encourage environmental learning and inspire stewardship of our essential resources: water, land, and air.

Engage in environmental learning »

Virtual Professional Learning

Invest in yourself with free, quality professional learning! Refresh your teaching toolbox by joining our upcoming OK2Ask® virtual workshop on Visual Essays and visit our Infusing Technology blog to read about new remote teaching tech tools, using curation for knowledge construction, and many other topics. 

OK2Ask® Virtual Workshops

Join us for a free, hands-on virtual workshop this Tuesday (4/7) at 7pm ET. Understand the components of a visual essay and create an exemplar to share with your students.

Develop real-world communication skills by creating visual essays with digital tools »

Infusing Technology Blog

Dive into our recent blog posts about tech tools, citing media sources, curating for knowledge construction, teaching poetry, and more. New posts are added frequently, so be sure to check back often.

Learn about tech tools and trends for all grade levels »

Raining Resources for April

April offers an eclectic mix of events and holidays to celebrate—Easter, National Poetry Month, Autism Awareness Month, School Library Month, and National Library Week just to name a few. We’ve reviewed and collected the tools you’ll need to plan for and teach about these observances, including a new curated collection to help you address the current pandemic and the unique challenges it presents. 

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Helping you teach through COVID-19

Understanding Public Health Crises

Discover resources that provide information for teachers, students, and parents about pandemics, how they spread, and what you can do to stay healthy. Also featured are teaching tools to support distance learning.

Share these resources with your colleagues and families »

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Increase awareness and understanding

World Autism Month

According to the CDC, approximately 1 in 59 children in the US is diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder. Help increase understanding and acceptance of people with autism and Asperger’s and find practical methods to help these students succeed.

Autism resources for educators and families »

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Find poetry books, biographies of poets, and poets' books about writing

Poetry, poets, craft, and more

Celebrate National Poetry Month and Poem in your Pocket Day (April 30th) with our poetry book list. Find outstanding poetry collections, poet biographies, and books on poetic craft and introduce your students to one of the world’s oldest art forms.

Poets and Poetry for all ages »

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Make time for books and thank a Librarian this April

Honor School Library Month

Do your students need independent reading suggestions? Many libraries are closed, but this collection has you covered with reading recommendations by topic and lessons on information literacy.

Collections include levels, suggestions, and more »

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Activity ideas for every grade level

Easter: Beyond the Eggs

Hop on over to TeachersFirst and check out our Easter Resources list! Incorporate Easter-themed activities into your math classes, social studies lessons, and writing workshops or send them to parents to help with at-home learning.

Egg-citing Resources for Easter »

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Share your thoughts with our community

Weekly Poll

This week our poll asks: What online teaching system are you using to deliver instruction? Are you using a tool that you found on your own (such as Zoom), a school provided LMS (learning management system) such as Schoology, or maybe not online at all?

View the responses of other educators and join the conversation »

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