January 13, 2019
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Inventions & Inventors
Get ready for Kid Inventors' Day with these collections and resources for all grades. Find book lists, curated lists, and more all related to innovative inventions and noteworthy inventors.
CurriConnects Book List: Inventors & Inventions
Inspire your students with this curated collection of books about inventors and inventions throughout history. Some inventors may be lesser known while others are the more typical ones found in curricula.
TeachersFirst's Inventors & Inventions Resources
A perfect companion to science or social studies activities, this collection helps teachers, parents, and students learn about inventors and inventions. Find ideas for invention conventions and projects!
Science of Innovation
Navigate this series of 17 videos by NBC Learn for an immersive look at different innovations such as bionic limbs or 3-D printing. Each video is about five minutes in length and includes a written transcript, lesson ideas, and rubrics.
Da Vinci - The Genius: Inventor's Workshop
While this entire site has amazing information and resources, scroll towards the bottom to find the gold! Here you will find the Inventor Workshop, Gadget Anatomy, Inventions Quiz, Mirror Writing, and a place to start sketching your own invention.
National Hobby Month
Celebrate the fun things students do in their spare time with these resources just in time for National Hobby Month, which falls in January. Organize online resources and materials for yourself and your class with the three hobby-handy tools shared below.
The Guide to Pinterest for Educators
Pinterest allows you to organize and find endless, new ideas for your hobbies. The eight (8) sections of this guide cover the basics of pinning, organization, collaboration, and more. Discover the power of using Pinterest in the classroom.
Create crossword puzzles or word searches, or find many free options at this site. Complete the crosswords online or use the provided links to print or save as a PDF. Search crosswords by grade level, subject, or holiday.
Create a customized page to include your favorite websites, social networking sites, and more. Choose from over 20 widgets such as bookmarks, weather, calculators, or currency converters to personalize content.
Make Space for MakerSpaces
Got a MakerSpace in mind for your classroom? Then this archived Twitter chat full of exciting MakerSpace ideas, dedicated resource collection, and MakerSpace pedagogical framework will inspire your "maker-making" mindset!
Learn about the MakerSpace movement and mindset. Engage your students, challenge their minds, and teach cooperative learning. Activities and ideas are included for all grades. Remember: there is no right or wrong way to do a MakerSpace.
Twitter Chat: Make That MakerSpace!
Find tools, digital options, and resources to create or expand a MakerSpace in your classroom or school. Review the basic components of a MakerSpace and how to integrate technology into your MakerSpace.
Makerspace for Education
Learn the basics of the MakerSpace pedagogical framework through materials and tutorials for using MakerSpaces in the classroom. Find MakerSpace lessons and challenges and view videos to deepen your understanding.
This Week at TeachersFirst
Join us on Tuesday (1/15) as we kick off our first Winter 2019 OK2Ask session. Then come back Thursday (1/17) evening to chime in during our Twitter chat showcasing handwriting tools and resources. Last, but not least, our weekly poll awaits your hobby-themed thoughts!
Tuesday (1/15) 7 pm ET
OK2Ask: Classroom Collaboration with Google Tools
Join us this Tuesday (1/15) for our Google Tools virtual workshop featuring classroom collaboration. Discover simple yet powerful activities to increase student engagement across grade levels and content areas.
Twitter Chat - Thursday (1/17) 8 pm ET
Handwriting Skills: Necessary or Not?
Chime in during our upcoming Twitter chat this Thursday (1/17) at 8 pm ET. Our coaches will share resources to better understand the influence of handwriting on other developmental skills. Use hashtag #OK2Ask to join the conversation!
Share your thoughts
January is National Hobby Month. What kind of hobbies do you enjoy? Do you prefer to be outside or quietly reading a book? Share your thoughts on our weekly poll.
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