February 23, 2020

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Celebrate Digital Learning

Digital Learning Day, February 27, 2020, highlights the use of digital technology in learning, the innovative and forward-thinking use of technology in the classroom, and the importance of empowering our students to do research, create projects, and use digital tools. Below are a few resources to help you discover innovative practices and introduce high-quality digital learning to your classroom. 

Grades K-12

Digital Learning Day

If you are looking for a place to begin your Digital Learning Day activities, check out this site that spotlights the day. Sign-up your class (or yourself) as a participant, view exemplary models, showcases, lesson portals, and more using links provided.

Grades K-6

e-learning for kids: Computer Skills

View the free offering of keyboarding and computer skills available at this site for young learners. The modules progress through keyboard mastery including speed and accuracy. View additional lessons for instruction about specific computer programs.

Grades K-12

Free Training Tutorials

Peruse these activities for typing, math, spelling, and life skills geared toward elementary and middle school students, but useful for high school also. Learn more about Microsoft Word and Excel. View video and interactive tutorials, plus much more.

Grades K-12

Microsoft MakeCode

Learn computer science and basic coding through these tutorials and hands-on learning projects for all ages. There are introductory courses, video tutorials, and activity ideas for coding by creating games, making toys and crafts, and more.

Take a Virtual Field Trip

Virtual field trips offer us the chance to show our students the world without leaving the classroom. We can connect with experts, view landmarks, and even travel back in time. 

Grades K-12

Virtual Field Trips

When visiting museums and famous landmarks are not in your school's budget, the next best thing is taking students to visit locations around the world—virtually! Explore the world with this collection featuring virtual field trips.

Grades 4-12

Tour Creator

Create and share your own virtual field trips and tours with Tour Creator. The site's features offer you the ability to include 360-degree photos, highlighted points of interest, and image overlays. You can begin a tour using a template or blank page.

Grades K-12

Google Map Treks

Take your students on a journey to various locations around the world: Mt. Fuji, Taj Mahal, Venice, Galapagos Islands, and many other locations. Each destination includes maps with place markers to explore, historical data, and other information.

Be Creative with Digital Media

Digital media is available in many formats (audio, video, digital stories, posters, and so much more). This Digital Learning Day, be inspired to create digital media with your students.

Grades K-12

Tools to Create Media

This curated selection includes some of the best tools for creating media in the K-12 classroom. Find tools to create Augmented Reality (AR) experiences, podcasts, infographics, photo collages, posters, videos, badges, digital stories, and others.

Grades K-12

Boomy

Use artificial intelligence to personalize and create original music, even if you have never created songs before. The more songs you create, the more Boomy personalizes offerings based on your preferences and style choices.

Grades K-12

Image Annotator

Easily annotate images using "hotspots." Begin by uploading an image from your computer. Click on any spot within your image to add a title, description, or URL link. Add as many annotations as you want, then save and share when finished!

This Week at TeachersFirst

Just in time for Digital Learning Day, you'll find a host of ideas for celebrating the day in our recent blog post. If you are attending the Pennsylvania Educational Technology Expo and Conference (PETE&C), please join our sessions on a range of topics. Finally, we kindly ask for your participation in our weekly poll about how you use digital tools with students. 


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Infusing Technology Blog

Get Involved In Digital Learning Day!

Digital Learning Day is February 27th. Find numerous suggestions for engaging your students in digital learning in this timely blog post. You'll find links to helpful resources from the Digital Learning Day website and TeachersFirst!

Jumpstart your Digital Learning Day planning »


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Are you heading to Pittsburgh?

Connect with Us at PETE&C

This year PETE&C is in Pittsburgh, PA. If you are attending the conference, stop by one (or all 3) of our sessions. Topics include: Game-Based Learning, Low-Tech STEM, and Digital Storytelling.

Search for Melissa Henning in the program to find session details »


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Share your experience

Weekly Poll

This week our poll asks: What type of digital tools do you require your students to use for your class the most? Think about what is required. Do you require tools that assess, tools to create projects and media, or tools to read and review content?

Share your response and see how others responded »

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