August 9, 2020
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Back to school season is here, and many teachers are preparing to meet their students’ needs in new learning environments. TeachersFirst is here to help with a collection of free resources and professional learning to help you plan for online, in-person, or hybrid instruction. Only a few summer OK2Ask® workshops remain, including an encore offering of our popular Microsoft in Education Day
Celebrate Books on Book Lovers Day
Today, August 9, is Book Lovers Day. It is the perfect day to put away your phone, take a break from work, and relax with a good book. This week we're highlighting a few of our favorite book collections, to help you find new reading materials for your students and yourself.
CurriConnects Book List - Adventures in Summer
Although this summer may have looked different than past summers, you can still travel aboard a cruise ship, explore a mysterious island, learn about summer weather, and meet some tiny creatures living in hotels when you go on a summer reading adventure.
Make reading a family journey with our TogetheREAD collection. We highlight a new topic each month and recommend books by age level. Find a book at the ideal level for each of your family members.
Just Free Books
Find free books using this aggregator of digital libraries, including Gutenberg, Google Books, Wikibooks, and archive.org. There are different reading options, including audiobooks and PDFs. Some books are available in other languages.
Discover New Reading Opportunities
Engage your students with unique reading experiences beyond a physical book, including podcasts, reading for rewards, and interesting articles. Use these tools to connect with learners who may benefit from hearing the text and other features.
Camp BOOK IT!
Camp BOOK IT! is a summer home reading program where students, grades K-6, earn monthly rewards for achieving reading goals. It isn't too late to enroll and motivate young readers to set and reach goals!
Book Club for Kids
Try out this free, 20-minute podcast for middle school students that includes a new book discussion, author interview, and celebrity reading every week. The site also offers links to curriculum guides for several books and more and other resources.
Kids Press - Kid Reporters' Notebook
Find news articles, written by kids about current events, both nationwide and in the writer's hometown. Find articles related to the pandemic, rights of immigrants, racial equality, animal rescue opportunities, healthcare, and even new TV series.
Increase Reading Fluency & Understanding
Use the tools shared in this section to empower students to overcome reading obstacles. Find tips and tools to share with your students during reading.
BeeLine Reader Collection
Find over 100 books and stories available as downloadable PDFs that use BeeLine Reader technology to highlight and wrap text to improve focusing and tracking while reading. There are stories available for all grade levels, many include lesson ideas!
Transform any text into a guided reading activity using vocabulary, keywords, and phrases. Create a presentation to highlight critical components of a text passage. Choose keywords or phrases, add your vocabulary list, and share the link with students.
Share text with your students and have readers highlight and add written and audio comments. Readers can also add comments within pictures, collaborate, and even select a specific part of an image to respond to.
This Week at TeachersFirst®
Join us this week for the final virtual workshop in our summer series, plus a full day of Microsoft learning opportunities. We also feature a timely blog post related to a book that may be of interest to you, and kindly ask for your reply to our weekly poll.
Spark curiosity in your students
OK2Ask® Virtual Workshops
This Tuesday (8/11) is our final OK2Ask virtual workshop of the summer season. Join us at 6 PM ET for “TeachersFirst Exclusives that Spark Curiosity in the Classroom.” Discover new ideas from our edtech coaches and prepare for the new year.
Learn more about FREE Microsoft Tools
Microsoft in Education Day (Encore!)
We’re excited to announce an encore presentation of our Microsoft in Education Day workshops! Join us this Thursday (8/13) for action-packed sessions about Microsoft Teams, Fliphunts, PowerPoint Online, and student-centered tools for assessment.
Pick up a book today
Infusing Technology Blog
As we celebrate Book Lovers Day, we want to introduce you to a fabulous book for your professional development. Read this recent blog post to learn about using technology in the classroom, while keeping the learning and content at the center.
Read or listen to your favorite book
This week our poll asks: "What is your favorite way to 'read' a book?" Do you prefer to read a book on a tablet or to turn the pages and feel the paper? Maybe your favorite is to listen to an audiobook or podcast? Tell us your choice.
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