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TF Update 6/5/2016
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For Your Classroom

Much of your (and your students') lives are spent online. This Weekly Update will focus on making wise choices while online. Our featured sites include sites about copyright, patents, cyber-bullying, and more. Don't miss our special collections of resources about Bullying and Cyber-bulling Prevention and Internet Safety.

SFK K-12 Advisory Council
Nominate yourself today for the SFL K-12 Advisory Council. We are accepting applications now. All applicants must be TeachersFirst Members. Learn more here.


Avoid the Summer "Brain" Slide
Summer is just around the corner. It may have already started for your students. Take this opportunity to share TeachersFirst’s Summer Sparklers. Keep young minds fresh with the engaging, creative, and curricular links on this list.




Professional Development

Final Spring OK2Ask Web Workshop THIS WEEK - Vocabulary Strategies Come and join our FREE online workshop all about vocabulary strategies this Tuesday June 6th at 7pm. Read our FAQ for general information about certificates, etc. Please be sure to read the detailed descriptions and suggested technology comfort levels BEFORE you register.


Announcing TeachersFirst Twitter Chats
TeachersFirst’s FIRST monthly Twitter chat is coming up soon – Thursday June 16th at 8pm (EDT). Join us for a chat about TF Favorites: Tech Tools Smackdown! This session will share and compare some of the TeachersFirst contributors’ favorite resources. Join us and help determine which tool is the most popular during our tech tool Smackdown! Watch for more information in the next Weekly Update!


Summer 2016 Book Club - Register Today!
Registration continues for the Book Club is almost here! We will be reading Integrating Technology in the Classroom by Boni Hamilton. The Source for Learning (our corporate sponsor) will provide the ebook for every one of our participants. TeachersFirst book clubs are a member benefit. To participate in this free book club you must be a TeachersFirst member (see how to register for FREE membership). You also must have participated in an OK2Ask webinar during the 2015 - 2016 school year. Participants who complete all of the book club components will receive a certificate for 45 hours of professional development. Participation is limited to the first 50 eligible TeachersFirst members who sign up. Click here for more information.


ISTE 2016—Denver
Are you planning to attend ISTE in Denver in a few weeks? TeachersFirst has many presentations happening throughout the conference. We hope to see you there!

This is How We Do It: Engaging Students using Social Constructivism
Monday June 27, 11:00am

Daily 5 in Middle School + Technology = Success
Monday June 27, 11:00am

In Search of Creativity: Teaching Science (or anything) to Make Teenagers Think
Tuesday June 28, 10:30am

Digital Storytelling in Content Area Elementary Classrooms
Tuesday June 28, 1:15pm

Differentiate for Middle School Students Using Tech-tastic Tools
Wednesday June 29, 8:00pm

Use Your Tech Coach Toolkit to Differentiate your Coaching (Must pre-register)
Wednesday June 29, 11:45am


TeachersFirst Exclusives

TeachersFirst BYOT Lesson Plan Contest
Join our lesson plan contest today! The contest will remain open through the end of June 2016. Rather than creating an all-new lesson, why not take a favorite and add some BYOT components to the lesson? The top 3 winners will receive a $100 Amazon gift card. Click here to learn more about this fabulous contest


The June theme from TogetheRead is “Journeys!” TogetheRead provides a list of recommended books, questions, and activities designed to build stronger readers. The themes include books for all ages, centered around the same theme. Parents find questions to ask as the family reads, deepening comprehension before, during, and after reading. Included are free and low-cost ideas for activities families can do together, as well. TogetheRead involves the entire family in supporting literacy.


Favorite Summer PD
This week’s Teacher Poll asks: What is your favorite way to earn PD credit during the summer break? Place your vote on the teacher poll on the TeachersFirst home page.

TeachersFirst Features

This week in our Featured Sites:

  • Digital Compass
  • That’s Not Cool
  • NetSafe NetBasics
  • Copyright
  • PlagTracker
  • Photo Pin
  • Patent Office Kids
  • And more

IMPORTANT NOTE: If you are reading this June 12th, or later, the link above will take you to the Featured Sites for the current week. Find the archived June 5th Features here, and don’t miss our many other recent additions from the link at the bottom of the Featured Sites page.

Take time to educate yourself about ways to make wise choices online, for both you and your students. Share resources about “life online” with parents to use (and read) during the summer months. 

Melissa Henning
Educational Content Manager
TeachersFirst/Source For Learning