May 2, 2021

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Featured EDTECH Resources Reviewed by TeachersFirst

Our bimonthly Twitter chats are a great opportunity to share what you’ve learned and get new ideas! Join us this Thursday to explore edtech strategies and tools to empower your ELL and ENL students.
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Leverage May Holidays for Your Lessons

In May, we celebrate mom (May 9) and Memorial Day (May 31). Find inspiration in the collections shared in this section, which include resources for all grade levels. Whether you are looking to create a digital keepsake or find content to share related to these holidays, check out these curated lists. 

Mother's Day

Peruse this collection of reviewed resources to learn about the history of Mother's Day and to find ways to incorporate celebrating the holiday into your curriculum. Find ideas for some free virtual gifts for students to create to thank their moms.

Share ideas with your students »

Memorial Day

Memorial Day, observed on the last Monday of May, honors the men and women who have died while serving in the U.S. military. Explore these resources for ideas you can use to connect your classroom curriculum to Memorial Day.

Discover resources to engage your students »

Reading for Educators

Prepare now for your summertime reading adventures. In this section, we share two unique ways to read and learn whenever it's convenient for you. Personalize your summer professional learning with these offerings. 

Honing Your Craft During the Dog Days of Summer

Unwind and refresh with the many reading suggestions in this article. Learn about some new professional books, preview some children's books, and find a book club (or a class!) to renew your passion after the past year of challenges. Make time for you.

Learn about new books and opportunities »

Infusing Technology Blog

You may be familiar with our blog, but did you know that there are options on the left side of the page that you can use to search for specific topics? You can also scroll down a bit farther and click on keywords in the tag cloud to find relevant posts.

Read about strategies, tools, frameworks, and more »

This Week at TeachersFirst

Events and learning opportunities are blooming this week. Between our virtual workshop on Tuesday (May 4) and our bi-monthly Twitter chat on Thursday (May 6), you are sure to find something new to learn. This week is also Teacher Appreciation Week and National Nurses Week—and we’re grateful for both! Finally, we kindly ask for your input in our weekly poll. 

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Teacher Appreciation Week (May 3–7)

Thank You, Teachers!

This week we pause to thank you—teachers who have made enormous sacrifices and continued to forge ahead through the trials of the last year. More than ever, you deserve appreciation. Find online tools for your students to use to thank other educators.

Skim this collection of free online tools to say thank you »

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Thanking nurses (May 6–12)

National Nurses Week

This week is National Nurses Week and School Nurse Day is next Sunday, May 12. This year, our nurses have gone above and beyond expectation and soared to greatness. We’re sharing a collection of books to help students engage in learning about health.

Read all about medicine and health »

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Tuesday, May 4th, 7 PM ET

OK2Ask: Engage & Inspire: Podcasting in the Classroom

Teachers can use podcasting—creating audio recordings—in all content areas to deliver instructional information or as an opportunity for students to demonstrate what they have learned. Join us for this session to explore podcasting tools and activities.

Plan to use podcasting to support your classroom goals »

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Thursday, May 6th, 8 PM ET

Twitter Chat: Using Technology to Support ELL and ENL Students

Come and tweet with us using the hashtags #OK2Ask and #TeachersFirst. During this chat participants will identify difficulties ELL and ENL students encounter that technology can help alleviate and explore strategies for supporting ELL and ENL students.

Discuss ways to use technology to empower ELL and ENL students »

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Share your thoughts with our community

Weekly Poll

This week our poll asks: "How will your school recognize Teacher Appreciation Week?" Share your response and view the replies of other educators once you click submit.

Plans for Teacher Appreciation Week? »

Six More Educational Resources

Discover an additional six areas of TeachersFirst to use in your lessons.

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Classroom Planning Calendar

BYOD Dream Tools

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Project-Based Learning

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