September 12, 2021
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Blended Learning Resources
September 15th is National Online Learning Day, a day to celebrate and demonstrate how students can thrive with the option to learn online from any location. Cultivate these resources to support your online learners and celebrate the future of online (and blended) education in your classroom and beyond.
TeachersFirst's Blended Learning Resources
Blended learning offers students a combination of digital media and traditional classroom teaching. Since some of the instruction is digital, students have more control over the pace. This collection shares blended learning resources.
Twitter Chat: Mixing Up Blended Learning
This curated Wakelet shares the archives from a recent Twitter chat related to blended learning. Read the tweets to learn about the definition and components of blended learning and explore ways to incorporate it in your lesson plans.
Choose a course, view video lessons, and download practice problems, corrective assignments (additional practice for misunderstood concepts or incomplete mastery), and a complete pacing guide. Find student (and parent) resources related to the lessons.
VideoAsk is an asynchronous video conversation tool that creates authentic dialogue using a video format. Follow each step to prepare your recording, then use a URL to share the video with others. Respondents can answer using video, audio, or text.
Distance Learning Lesson
This BrainPop lesson includes an animated video that shares tips for learning from home. Video topics include creating a routine, making a comfortable workspace, practicing digital etiquette when posting information and sharing online, and more.
Vmaker is an all-in-one screen recorder, video recorder, webcam recorder, and video editor. You can create, edit, and schedule recordings without time limits or watermarks. The free account allows unlimited recordings, easily shareable by using a URL.
Resources for Teaching Remotely
This resource includes instructional ideas, tips, and how-tos for remote teaching organized by grade level and content area. Each collection provides general tips, suggested instructional tools, and tools for students to create projects.
Create, teach, and manage online learning with this cool tool. Create a course from scratch or begin with one of the provided templates. Use the links within each activity to personalize the course offering, upload files, and invite your students.
Find 1,000+ interactive reading comprehension exercises to encourage students to think critically, draw inferences, understand scope and global concepts, find or recall details, and infer meanings of vocabulary words. Detailed reports are provided.
Try your hand at taking sections of videos and adding your own voiceover or questions. Search for educational videos from sites like Khan Academy and use the sliders to choose a section of the video to insert your voice and questions.
This Week at TeachersFirst
Registration is now open for our fall 2021 OK2Ask virtual workshops! We invite you to come tweet with us this Thursday during our bi-monthly Twitter chat. We are also sharing a related blog post and kindly request your input on our weekly poll.
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OK2Ask Fall Registration Now Open
Our new season of free OK2Ask virtual workshops starts in a few short weeks! Register now and join us to learn about SAMR, collaboration, social media literacy, computational thinking, Google My Maps, Wakelet, and many more topics and tools.
Thursday, 9/16, 8 PM ET
Twitter Chat: Digging into Digital Literacy
Come and tweet with us using the hashtags #OK2Ask and #TeachersFirst. During this chat, we will discuss the use of digital tools and resources for safe digital communication practices and share strategies to evaluate sources for reliability and bias.
Explore critical thinking approaches to empower students to embrace digital literacy »
Infusing Technology Blog
Including Differentiation in Remote and Blended Learning
Read this blog post that shares ways to use differentiation to offer learners the opportunity to be successful within their ability levels while still providing growth opportunities. Read about remote learning, blended learning, and other forms.
Share your thoughts
This week our poll asks "How much of your lesson instruction includes a form of blended learning?" Share your reply and view the replies of others when you click submit.
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