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TF Update 4/10/2016
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Celebrate Poetry All Month Long for National Poetry Month!
Did you know TeachersFirst is packed with poetry resources? Just take a look at our CurriConnects Poets and Poetry Book List and you'll see endless options for poetry books, biographies of poets, and poets' books about writing to make poetry more approachable and enjoyable for readers of all interests. And speaking of poetry, Poem In Your Pocket Day is coming up fast (April 21). What poem will you carry in your pocket (or on your phone or tablet) to share with your class?

MySciLife — Seeking Middle School Science Teachers for Summer 2016 Bootcamp!
MySciLife® — SFL’s social learning environment for middle school science — is recruiting interested teachers for next year. If you or one of your friends is a creative middle level (grades 6-9) science teacher who enjoys student-centered learning, please read the details, then submit the interest survey. Spaces are limited.

Professional Development

*** Registration Now OPEN *** FREE Virtual Workshops - OK2Ask® Spring 2016 Season Is Here!

Our OK2Ask professional development workshops are off and running for Spring 2016. These FREE, online workshops are offered weekly on Tuesdays at 7pm EDT. Please read our FAQ for general information about certificates, etc. Be sure to also read the detailed descriptions and suggested technology comfort levels BEFORE you register for the best match for your learning needs.

Some of our fabulous NEW OK2Ask topics this spring season include:

The complete OK2Ask Spring 2016 schedule can be found here.

Keep OK2Ask Annoucements In Your Inbox!
To continue receiving OK2Ask virtual workshop registration news and announcements, please be sure to join our NEW OK2Ask mail list.

TeachersFirst Exclusives

Globetracker Updates: Geo and Meri Locate Louie
This mission of Globetracker is quickly coming to an end. By the end of April, Geo and Meri will finally find Louie: the missing mapmaker. If you've been following this 7-month mission, don’t miss the ready-to-go review resources for your projector or interactive whiteboard. You'll find the Interactive Review link is live on the right sidebar.

Earth Day Coming Soon! Don't Miss Our Living Green Booklist
Looking to engage and involve your students in both the understanding of scientific concepts surrounding Earth Day and in environmental activism? Then don’t miss our CurriConnects Living Green booklist. CurriConnects offers Lexile® leveled lists to find books related to curriculum topics or subject areas. You'll also find many resources about Climate Change to use in all grade levels on our Climate Change Special Topics page.

Vote! Which is Your Favorite Classroom Tool?
What type of tool is your favorite to use in the classroom? Maybe you prefer sites that allow for gamification or game based learning. Or possibly you are on the lookout for tools to differentiate or to use to create study guides. This week’s Teacher Poll asks: What type of tools do you use the most with your students? Place your vote on the teacher poll on the TeachersFirst home page.

TeachersFirst Features

Featured Sites this week include these reviewed resources:

  • Guide to Pinterest
  • Badge List
  • Tiny Tap
  • Today I Learned
  • Go! Ask, Act, Achieve
  • Making the Grade
  • Space-Time
  • Youglish
  • And more

IMPORTANT NOTE: If you are reading this April 17th, or later, the link above will take you to the Featured Sites for the current week. Find the archived April 10, 2016 Features here, and don't miss our many other recent additions from the link at the bottom of the Featured Sites page.

The TeachersFirst Team