October 28, 2018
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Write & Share Stories with TeachersFirst!
Get prepared for National Novel Writing Month, National Family Literacy Day, and National Authors Day with these three fabulous finds from TeachersFirst. Find archives of a recent digital writing OK2Ask® workshop and digital storytelling Twitter chat.
OK2Ask: 3 Cool Tools for Digital Writing
View this archive of a recent virtual workshop covering digital writing tools for your classroom. Understand ways different digital writing tools can scaffold instruction as well as how digital writing can increase student engagement.
Twitter Chat: Digital Storytelling
Find new inspiration in this archive of a recent Twitter chat. Through this chat participants defined and discussed the basic principles of digital storytelling. Tech tools were shared that students can use to communicate and share their knowledge.
Digital Storytelling Resources
This curated list of reviewed resources will help you engage and excite students to write! Many of the tools are device agnostic and will work on all devices in both web browsers and apps. Find tools ideal for all grade levels and many subjects.
Fresh Literacy Tools to Enjoy
This week, we've added several new resources to the TeachersFirst collection, including this trio of literacy tools: a Halloween-themed site, Semantris word association games, and the Edji reading tool!
The Halloween Collection
Peruse the lesson plans (correlated to standards), activities, videos and more... related to fear! Find literacy ideas in most of the lessons. Don't miss the classroom use suggestions to learn about a tool for students to create books!
Try your hand at this set of word association games offered as a Google experiment in predicting the use of words by players. The arcade is a quick-thinking game. Looking for a slower start? Try out the Block activity. Demonstrate this on your whiteboard.
This collaborative classroom reading tool allows you to interact with text. Use the site to share text, then have readers highlight and add written and audio comments to portions of text. Readers can add comments within pictures and add responses.
Share the Power of Writing
Engage and excite your students to write with these three diverse writing tools. Find emoji prompts (who doesn't love an emoji), a unique cube creator, and many options at StoryToolz.
What better way to motivate your students, than by using emojis! Start with the provided emoji, then click the "And then.." to add another emoji prompt. Continue adding emojis as long as you like to continue the story. Share finished stories on your site.
Explore four different options for creating and personalizing a printable cube for summarizing or story-telling: Bio Cube, Mystery Cube, Story Cube, or Create-Your-Own Cube. Follow prompts to create the cube. Find lessons, planning sheets, and more.
This writing tool has it all: story generators, word count meters, a readability analysis, a random conflict generator, a title generator, a cliche buster, and more. Choose any topic to begin. Discover classroom use ideas in our full review.
This Week at TeachersFirst
Join us for a variety of professional learning opportunities, including a "Choice Boards for Differentiation" virtual workshop this Tuesday (10/30). Then connect with us again on Thursday evening (11/1) during our #OK2Ask Twitter chat and discuss personalized learning with our K12 team! Also, don't miss our weekly poll to share your literacy experiences with our community.
Tuesday (10/30) at 7 PM ET
OK2Ask: Choice Boards for Differentiation
Don't miss Tuesday's all-new OK2Ask session! Learn about the use of Choice Boards for both instructional and assessment purposes, understand Tomlinson's model for differentiation, and plan how you'll use Choice Boards as part of your instruction.
Thursday (11/1) at 8 PM ET
Twitter Chat: Personalize That Learning!
Use #OK2Ask on Thursday at 8pm ET to join us on Twitter. We'll chat about tech tools and resources that aid in creating a personalized learning environment and help with lesson planning.
What do you think?
Which of the following do you find to be the most challenging part of teaching literacy: motivating students to write, finding books at the right levels, or teaching comprehension and vocabulary?
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