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This week we feature a variety of summertime resources for you and your students. Whether you are enjoying your first few weeks of summer or your final few weeks of school, check out our collection of Summer Sparklers to share with students, information about our National Parks (perfect for planning a summer trip), and a tool for sharing and organizing volunteer opportunities this summer (or anytime).
Whether you want to create something, ignite new learning, or hold on to what you already know, you will savor these safe, teacher-reviewed resources. Share this list on your class website or blog -- summer will never be "boring" again!
Planning a trip to a national park? Access this comprehensive site to plan a park visit, explore nature, and get involved as a volunteer. Post a link to this site for families to use when planning park visits during the summer.
Share, organize, and document volunteer opportunities this summer. Once registered, begin importing and creating lists of volunteers, share opportunities to any group, collect registrations within the site, and send updates via the messenger.
Read - Write - Type
This terrific trio supports reading, writing, and typing skills. Each site offers additional practice for students to strengthen their skills this summer.
Great for reading fluency and comprehension, this powerful technology helps all ages with visual tracking by displaying text with a subtle color gradient and wrapping from the end of one line to the next. Watch the introductory video to learn more.
Improve your writing skills with timely feedback. Choose from one of the many topics provided and narrow options based on skill levels from beginner to advanced. Choices range from postcard responses to longer articles.
Build keyboarding skills with free online games and typing tests. The bubble game with lower case letters is simple enough for all ages, since students need to recognize single letters. As students progress, try the word games and typing tests.
Create, Code, & Connect This Summer
Just in time for summer, these three tools each offer a new adventure to explore. Create your own music, learn how to code, and get connected with science.
Create and share mixtapes using content from YouTube and SoundCloud at this entertaining site that allows you to decorate, build, and share music without ads or messages. Students can create a playlist for a family picnic or reunion.
Learn computer programming even if you have no prior coding experience! Games progress in difficulty starting with a simple puzzle and increase through creating a pond game with text-based programming. Start at the beginning or with a game at your level.
Connect and encourage girls to engage in STEM activities this summer. Browse the site to find videos, interactives, hands-on activities, and resources divided into topics including technology, role-model profiles, and more.
This Week at TeachersFirst
This week, as we pause to remember those who served, explore our Memorial Day inspired collection of resources. Then, join us on Tuesday (5/28) to discuss media literacy in the classroom. Check out our Infusing Technology Blog for a recent post about virtual field trips. And, last but not least, we invite you to share with us about your favorite summer tech tools in our weekly poll.
A Day to Remember
Honor and remember those who served with these resources you can use to connect classroom curriculum to Memorial Day. Find ideas for a single lesson or an entire unit.
Explore tools to share with your class »
OK2Ask® Virtual Workshop Tuesday at 7pm ET
Join us to learn strategies for planning engaging media literacy lessons. Understand the importance of teaching media literacy in the classroom. Explore media literacy resources. Learn the 5 key questions for planning successful media literacy lessons.
Learn strategies for fostering this information age survival skill »
Infusing Technology Blog
With summer upon us, many families like to visit museums. If physically making the trip is not possible, a virtual visit is an ideal alternative. Discover a variety of virtual trip options and ideas for making the most of your visit in this blog post.
Take a virtual trip to a museum! »
Share Your Thoughts
We want to know which kind of tech tools you want to share with your secondary students this summer. Do you want tools that create projects (such as animation or podcasts), or tools to use to review basic skills, or tools to connect?
Share your thoughts here »
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