July 4, 2021

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Featured EDTECH Resources Reviewed by TeachersFirst

It’s time for summer learning with TeachersFirst! After a year of distance and hybrid learning, this fall offers us an opportunity to draw our students in and encourage them to reinvest in learning. Attend virtual workshops, participate in Twitter chats, and take advantage of our special Google MANIA and Microsoft in Education Days to learn how to use technology to craft engaging assignments your students will be excited to complete.
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Celebrate Freedom and Independence

Happy Independence Day! This week we are highlighting resources related to freedoms. From July 4th, to the anniversary of LBJ’s signing of the Civil Rights Act in 1964, to the Battle of Gettysburg, July is filled with opportunities to celebrate liberty. 

Independence Day Resources

Independence Day is a wonderful time to learn about United States history and government. Use these resources to help your students better understand this holiday and why we celebrate every July. Find resources to share in your classroom next school year.

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Gettysburg by the Numbers

Move beyond dates and facts to aspects that make Gettysburg more meaningful and real. Dig into the numbers to imagine the weather, the clothing, the communications, the people, the weapons, and—yes—the cleanup from three devastating days in July.

Share this infographic with your students »

Turning 15 on the Road to Freedom

Explore this Reading Trek to connect literature, history, geography, and other topics. Lynda Blackmon Lowery shares her story of the historic civil rights march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama. Find many connection and extension activities.

Take your students on a literary journey »

Civil Rights Resources

Skim through this complete list of resources about civil rights. Each reviewed resource includes the appropriate grade level, a description of the resource, and many classroom use ideas. Find inspiration in the suggestions as you plan your lessons.

Scan the list for the ideal tool for your students »

This Week at TeachersFirst

We are so excited to welcome you back for a summer of professional learning! Our OK2Ask virtual workshops start this week (don’t forget to sign up for Google MANIA and Microsoft in Education Day!). We’re also sharing a related blog post and kindly ask for your input on our weekly poll. 

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Summer OK2Ask Virtual Workshops

This Wednesday is our first regular OK2Ask session of the summer! Join us to learn about Symbaloo Learning Paths, and don’t miss Google MANIA on Thursday, which includes five Google-related sessions about Forms, Chrome extensions, Slides, and more.

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Infusing Technology Blog

Take Advantage of Microsoft and Google Assistive Technology to Assist All Learners

July 26 is the 31st anniversary of the Americans with Disability Act—also known as National Disability Independence Day. Read this post to learn about several Google and Microsoft tools to make digital information available to users with disabilities.

Read about resources to help all students succeed »

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Weekly Poll

This week we are hosting Google MANIA. Our weekly poll asks: "Which of these Google tools are used most in your class?" Share your reply and view the replies of other educators after you click submit.

What Google tool does your class use the most? »

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