August 1, 2021
As summer winds down and you start thinking about back-to-school plans, explore these free PD opportunities to help engage and inspire your students this fall! Learn about assessments and projects at an upcoming workshop, vet integration ideas with our tech coaches during a Twitter chat, or check out the OK2Ask archives to catch up on sessions from Google MANIA and MIE Day!
Get Off to a Great Start!
August has arrived, and it’s time to get ready for a great start to your new school-year! In this section, we’re highlighting several resources and ideas for the first week of school and sharing tools related to classroom management.
This Week at TeachersFirst
Join us this week for professional learning workshops on Tuesday and Wednesday, and come tweet with us on Thursday during our bi-monthly Twitter chat! We are also sharing a unique reading option, a related blog post, and our weekly poll.
Tuesday, 8/3, 6 PM ET
This workshop will introduce you to a wide range of projects designed with Sway. Learn the basics in minutes and translate your new learning into powerful formative and summative student projects that focus on content rather than bells and whistles.
Wednesday, 8/4, 6 PM ET
Digital Escapes are the online version of immersive games where teams discover clues, solve puzzles, and accomplish tasks to escape from the game site. Explore a collection of Digital Escape examples and learn how to use the strategy in the classroom.
Thursday, 8/5, 8 PM ET
Come and tweet with us using the hashtags #OK2Ask and #TeachersFirst. During this chat, we will discuss strategies to empower students with Microsoft 365 and explore strategies and resources for using Microsoft Edu to enhance instruction.
Find books for your students and yourself
Join the Audiobook Listening Copy (ALC) program for complimentary audiobooks offered by Libro.fm. Simply create your free account and fill out the form on the page to complete your application to receive new (and free!) audiobooks every month.
Infusing Technology Blog
Engage with this blog post that highlights communication strategies and resources that will help you to establish a classroom community and connect with your families and students. Learn about communication tools and screencasting strategies.
Share your thoughts with our community
This week our poll asks "When does (did) your school return for the new school-year?" View the replies of other educators after you click to submit your choice.
Six More Educational Resources
Discover an additional six areas of TeachersFirst to use in your back-to-school lessons.
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