February 11, 2018
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Prepare for Digital Learning Day
This year's Digital Learning Day (DLD) is the sixth since its grassroots debut. Join thousands of educators and students across the country on February 22nd who will use the day to demonstrate how technology can improve student learning. The DLD-inspired resources below emphasize high-quality instruction, provide access to challenging content, and offer opportunities for learning anytime and anywhere!
Digital Learning Day
Visit the official site for Digital Learning Day. Learn more about this annual event. View exemplary models, showcases, lesson portals, and more using links provided. Sign up as a participant for Digital Learning Day and start planning your events!
Digital Citizenship Resources
What better time to teach (and remind) students about topics related to digital citizenship! Peruse this curated list of resources, related to digital citizenship. Find tools, tips, and treasures for all grades complete with descriptions and class ideas.
Try your hand at this site, providing a variety of games and activities to teach keyboarding and typing skills. Each lesson includes skills practice, a review including targeted practice, and a final skills test. Share on your class website for practice.
Navigate your way through these free case studies to explore the real-life applications of emergent technologies. Many studies correlate to standards. Register (for free) to access the lessons: videos, articles, and guiding questions. See our full review.
Let's Get Digital!
This trio of edtech is designed to inform, organize, and assist students (and educators) as they (safely) search the web using Google technology, check facts online, and use the dictionary to learn new tech terminology!
Use this Google technology search engine for safe and moderated searches for kids. Use filters to view images, videos, facts, and more. In addition to the search feature, also explore KidzTube, games, and cool facts just for kids. Share on your website.
Web Literacy for Student Fact-Checkers
Use this ebook to determine the truth of online statements. Each chapter discusses specific information on how to find deleted pages, who paid for a website, and using context clues to determine truthfulness in statements. Discuss the importance of truth.
TechTerms Computer Dictionary
Look up the definitions of Internet and computer terms in easy to understand language. Search by phrase or word. You can also browse through recent additions to the dictionary. Try your hand at the monthly quizzes (perfect for the projector).
Create Your Way to Digital Learning Day!
A room escape maker, a simple video maker, and an animated video creator are creative and engaging tools that fit perfectly into Digital Learning Day activities! Teacher-based reviews for this edtech trio include classroom ideas, suggested grade levels, and tech-difficulty details.
Room Escape Maker
Get your students excited to learn by sharing this escape room maker! You must solve a series of puzzles using hints and strategies to find your way out of the locked virtual room. There are ready-to-go games or create your own! Instructions are provided.
Known as "the world's simplest video maker," Biteable allows you to choose from many animated features, color combinations, and photo scenes to personalize videos. Simply drag and drop images, add text, and choose colors and sound for the video timeline.
Create animated videos and emojis with this unique tool! Follow the prompts to choose backgrounds, sounds, and add text. Find classroom use ideas in our full review. This is device agnostic, so available on the web and also as an app for Android or iOS.
This Week at TeachersFirst
Join our K12 team for Thursday's Twitter chat at 8 pm ET to discuss ways to Tackle the Engineering Design Process with Students! Valentine's Day is just around the corner, too, and our sweet list of classroom resources is sure to be one you love!
Tackle the Engineering Design Process with Students
Twitter Chat - Thursday 8pm ET
Join our K12 team this Thursday (2/15) at 8pm ET to Tackle the Engineering Design Process with Students! Learn to define and understand the Engineering Design Process, how to work through the 5 steps of the cycle, and more!
Brain candy for your class
Happy Valentine's Day
Find sweet treats for your students in this special holiday collection all related to Valentine's Day! Interactives for math and language arts are included, as well as sites related to history, world languages, images, and more!
What will you do this DLD?
Does your class do anything extra to recognize Digital Learning Day? Vote in our weekly poll and view others' responses.
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