June 14, 2020

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The novel coronavirus is changing the way we teach, and TeachersFirst® is ready to help. Our upcoming issues are full of the same great resources you’ve come to expect—and new ideas on how to use them in the era of distance learning.

Summer Learning for Teachers

Your professional learning experience may look a bit different this year as we learn to navigate a new normal. This week, we’re excited to share a few of TeachersFirst’s professional learning and development resources to grow your skills this summer and beyond.

Grades K-12

OK2Ask® Free Virtual Workshops

OK2Ask® is TeachersFirst's series of live, self-directed virtual workshops for teacher professional learning, development, and exploration. Join us for these hands-on sessions this summer or explore our archives any time.

Grades K-12

Infusing Technology Blog

Whether you’re looking for some new tools to try, to gain a deeper understanding of various frameworks, or to learn about the latest trends in edtech, the Infusing Technology blog has it all.

Grades K-12

OK2Ask Twitter Chats

Our bi-monthly Twitter chats are a great place to connect with other educators and learn from our edtech coaches. Join us this Thursday, 6/18, for our chat, “Dive into Deep Learning: Communication.”

Discover a Plethora of PD Topics

Each of the resources in this section offers an eclectic mix of professional learning and development topics. We have included videos, blogs, and self-paced professional development courses so you can tailor your learning to fit your personal style. 

Grades K-12

Cult of Pedagogy

Although this blog is simple in appearance, it’s rich in content and resources. Browse by general topics, including classroom management, instruction, technology, leadership, and book reviews.

Grades K-12

GCF Learn Free

Ideal for teacher professional learning and as a source for lessons for secondary students, GCF Learn Free offers a large selection of topics ranging from technology basics, to software training, to career planning. Don't miss the teacher guides!

Grades K-12

Complimentary Professional Development Courses

Capella University offers more than 20 free online professional development courses for educators. Earn 25-50 clock hours of PD certification at no cost by completing courses such as “Flipping Your Classroom” or “Digital Citizenship.”

Learn a New Tool

Spend some time this summer learning more about Hyperdocs, Pinterest, and codeCampus. Find new classroom implementation ideas for all technology comfort levels in the resources and reviews for each tool. 

Grades K-12

HyperDocs

Learn about what HyperDocs has to offer and how to incorporate this site into your lessons. Topics include pedagogy and best practice, examples to use and modify, engaging with Hyperdocs, and other helpful categories.

Grades K-12

The Guide to Pinterest for Educators

Divided into eight sections, this handbook is an outstanding guide for using Pinterest as part of your professional teaching plans. Each section is short, simple to read, and discusses the basics of pinning, organization, collaboration, and more.

Grades K-5

codeCampus

Learn how to code this summer in just a few hours with codeCampus. Sign up to receive four free lessons to help prepare you to teach coding to your students. The lessons at the site are aligned with standards and simple to follow.

This Week at TeachersFirst

As we continue to focus on summer opportunities for professional learning, we’re excited to share our summer OK2Ask® registration information, suggestions for summer reading (for you!), and a summer book study opportunity. We also welcome your input in our weekly poll. 


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Read all about the Triple E Framework

Summer Book Study

Join us as we read "Learning First, Technology Second" by Liz Kolb. Our book study, which runs from July 7 - August 12, will introduce you to the Triple E Framework for technology evaluation.

Click to learn more about the requirements and benefits »


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Peruse the summer sessions

Summer OK2Ask®

Summer is the prime time to check out our FREE OK2Ask virtual workshops. Workshops will run twice a week (most weeks) and include new offerings that focus on Google tools and Microsoft in Education. See the full schedule and register to save your spot!

Learn together with our virtual tech coaches »


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Summer reading - - for you!

Honing Your Craft During the Dog Days of Summer

Teachers have plenty of good reasons to relax this summer. It’s time to re-energize your spirit, reaffirm your dedication to the profession, and grow your skills with books, professional learning opportunities, videos, and other resources.

Get inspired this summer »


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Share your thoughts

Weekly Poll

This week our poll asks: “How would you prefer to get your digital professional learning this summer?”

View other educators' replies after you submit your response »

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