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Twitter Chat: FigJam Fundamentals: Designing Dynamic Learning Experiences - TeachersFirst

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This archived Twitter chat is from June 2024 and will open in Wakelet. The title of this chat is: FigJam Fundamentals: Designing Dynamic Learning Experiences. During this chat, participants:...more
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This archived Twitter chat is from June 2024 and will open in Wakelet. The title of this chat is: FigJam Fundamentals: Designing Dynamic Learning Experiences. During this chat, participants: 1. Were introduced to FigJam and its potential applications for simplifying technology integration in the classroom; 2. Provided step-by-step guidance on how to use FigJam effectively for collaborative brainstorming, visual ideation, and lesson planning, and 3. Discussed tips, tricks, and best practices for maximizing FigJam's utility to foster creativity, communication, and problem-solving among students and teachers.

tag(s): artificial intelligence (110), charts and graphs (169), collaboration (89), graphic organizers (50), iwb (33), mind map (27), timelines (51), twitterchatarchive (175), Whiteboard (12)

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Find resources and information about integrating FigJam in the classroom. Share this chat with your colleagues looking for strategies and resources for FigJam.

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Teacher's Buddy - Teacher's Buddy

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Teacher's Buddy offers AI tools just for teachers. The free plan includes ten tools that create lesson plans, generate stories and poems, and adapt coursework for neurodiverse students....more
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Teacher's Buddy offers AI tools just for teachers. The free plan includes ten tools that create lesson plans, generate stories and poems, and adapt coursework for neurodiverse students. After creating an account, begin using Teacher's Buddy by creating a new workspace for your activities. Select an age group and choose from the available tools. Follow the directions to provide the topic and context, and connect to your Google Drive to upload documents if desired. When finished, edit the content as you wish, then save the document to your Google Drive or share using the provided link. Learn more about the different features of Teacher's Buddy by watching the tutorial videos shared on the site. Always verify the accuracy of content generated by AI before using it.

tag(s): adhd (29), artificial intelligence (110), autism (14), Special Needs (54), Teacher Utilities (148)

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Take advantage of the free resources Teacher's Buddy shares to save time and increase productivity. Generate lesson plans based on your curriculum, teaching standards, and documents you use in your classroom, then edit the contents to adapt to your teaching style and students' learning preferences. Use the neurodiversity adaptation tool to generate ideas for adaptations for students on IEPs, with ADHD, or with autism.

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Gibbly - Gibbly

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Generate quizzes, lessons, and gamified assignments using Gibbly and the power of AI. After creating an account, visit Gibbly's library to browse and search for lessons and quizzes....more
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Generate quizzes, lessons, and gamified assignments using Gibbly and the power of AI. After creating an account, visit Gibbly's library to browse and search for lessons and quizzes. Open any item to view and edit questions, print a PDF, or share the link by social media or email. Assign activities for solo play or host a live, synchronous activity. Create quizzes and lessons using the create button; options include manual and AI quiz generators and AI-generated lessons. Build lessons by adding the topic and grade level for the lesson; Gibbly then generates a lesson plan and several options for slides, including background information, discussion questions, and Did You Know information. Free accounts include 20,000 tokens monthly, unlimited hosting of review games, the creation of unlimited quizzes and lessons, and Google exports.

tag(s): artificial intelligence (110), gamification (73), preK (259), quizzes (89), Teacher Utilities (148)

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Use Gibbly to generate lessons and formative assessments that engage students in learning. Assign solo quizzes for students to review classroom information and easily differentiate learning by adjusting the reading level and content of the questions. Host a live quiz before starting a new unit to guide lesson planning based on students' prior knowledge. Use the lesson generator to build lessons, then share the link with students to review after your presentation.

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Gauth AI STEM Homework Helper - Gauth Math

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Gauth uses AI to provide homework help in math and science topics, including chemistry, physics, calculus, and more. Under the menu topic - Subjects, you will also find help with ...more
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Gauth uses AI to provide homework help in math and science topics, including chemistry, physics, calculus, and more. Under the menu topic - Subjects, you will also find help with Literature, Writing, Social Science, and others. To begin, upload a question or an image. Gauth then provides a step-by-step response with a detailed explanation of the answer. Find additional explanations by selecting Copilot, which is built into Gauth's platform, or by choosing from suggestions for related questions. You don't need to register, but doing so will allow access to your search history.

tag(s): artificial intelligence (110), equations (120), literature (218), statistics (116), STEM (265), tutorials (54), writing (317)

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Include Gauth with your other math and science support resources for students. Demonstrate how to ask questions and analyze the responses as a learning tool. Be sure to discuss the ethical use of AI tools with students as a learning tool and not a substitute for completing assignments. Encourage students to provide proper attribution when using Gauth. Share Gauth as a flipped learning tool for students to use as they begin to understand new concepts, then ask students to apply that knowledge to problems without using AI resources. Have students demonstrate how to solve problems by creating a video explanation with Free Screen Recorder Online, reviewed here.

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Remy's Life...Interrupted - GZM Shows

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Remy is an eleven-year-old superfan of the popular Six Minutes podcast, available from GZM Shows, reviewed here and now has a podcast to discuss life,...more
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Remy is an eleven-year-old superfan of the popular Six Minutes podcast, available from GZM Shows, reviewed here and now has a podcast to discuss life, her family, and what it is like being quarantined during the pandemic with her family in Pine Hollow, New Jersey. Listen to all or some of the one hundred and eighty episodes to hear Remi share how she and her family adapt to life under quarantine and find ways to maintain relationships with family and friends. This podcast is available on most popular sites such as Apple Podcasts, Amazon Music, and Spotify.
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tag(s): digital storytelling (144), listening (71), literacy (110), plot (9), podcasts (79)

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Add this podcast to your collection to share with students. Podcasts are an excellent way to teach comprehension and listening skills using age-appropriate, engaging content. Use Diffit, reviewed here to create supplemental learning materials for any episode using the episode's link. Choose from various tools, including multiple choice and short response questions and other free options. After Diffit creates the learning activity, share it with students by printing worksheets or exporting it to Google Forms or Google Docs. Use Remy's podcast as a model for students to create podcasts sharing their adventures using a simple podcast creation tool such as Red Circle, reviewed here. Record episodes using Vocaroo, reviewed here and download to your computer to upload as episodes in your podcast.

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Julie's Library - Julie Andrews and Emma Walton Hamilton

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Julie Andrews (yes, from The Sound of Music and Mary Poppins!) and her daughter share and read their favorite children's books in this engaging podcast filled with music and activities....more
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Julie Andrews (yes, from The Sound of Music and Mary Poppins!) and her daughter share and read their favorite children's books in this engaging podcast filled with music and activities. Select any episode link to begin playing the podcast, read additional information about the authors and illustrators, and find the weekly activity accompanying it. Podcasts are available on the site or on several different podcast players, including Apple and Spotify.

tag(s): authors (104), book lists (162), listening (71), podcasts (79), preK (259)

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Include these podcasts and others as part of listening centers to engage students in reading and model how to read with expression. Find additional podcasts for students at TeachersFirst Special Topics Page: Educational Podcasts for Students, reviewed here. Encourage students to practice reading using Animate from Audio, reviewed here that lets students choose an animated character and create a recording. For example, ask students to select a favorite part of a book, choose a character, and personalize a background before creating a recording to share with others as a way to practice reading in an engaging manner. Share students' recordings on your class website or learning management system to celebrate their reading accomplishments.

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Skype a Scientist - Sarah McAnulty, Ph.D and David Jenkins, Ph.D.

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Skype a Scientist connects classrooms and groups with scientists for live Q&A and scheduled live-stream sessions. Visit the Livestreams link to find upcoming sessions and reserve your...more
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Skype a Scientist connects classrooms and groups with scientists for live Q&A and scheduled live-stream sessions. Visit the Livestreams link to find upcoming sessions and reserve your free ticket. If you and your class can't attend, archives of all sessions are available on YouTube. You can find them by visiting the provided link. Visit the signup section on the site to learn how to find a scientist and request a private session for your class; this process takes about a week, and teachers connect via email to set up a convenient time for your chat. Scientists are available in many different fields and languages.

tag(s): scientists (63), skype (2)

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Take advantage of the opportunities shared on this site to connect with scientists in many different subject areas. For example, use the filters and search bar to locate scientists in the field of earthquakes, hurricanes, or animals to enhance your science lessons. Help students prepare for virtual visits with scientists using a virtual whiteboard such as Stickies.io, reviewed here to add sticky notes with suggestions for questions to ask your scientist as you brainstorm ideas for participating in the activity. Create a second whiteboard for use during the session so that students can share information they have learned. As a final activity and to extend learning, use Site123, reviewed here to create a website that shares information learned from this experience and additional information students learn through research-based upon this experience. When complete, share a link to your website with your scientist!

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Explorer Classroom - National Geographic Society

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Participate in live, interactive events that feature National Geographic explorers to hear behind-the-scenes stories of explorers around the globe. Events focused on an audience of...more
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Participate in live, interactive events that feature National Geographic explorers to hear behind-the-scenes stories of explorers around the globe. Events focused on an audience of four to eight-year-olds are typically held on Monday mornings, while events for students aged nine to fourteen are held twice on Thursdays. Browse the site to find upcoming events conducted in English and Spanish, focusing on conservation efforts, human history and culture, storytelling, and more. Choose any event to register to participate. Past events are available on YouTube by visiting the link at the top of the website. Find additional learning opportunities National Geographic provides by visiting the Educational Resources link.

tag(s): animals (284), conservation (85), cultures (132), explorers (66), oceans (150), stories and storytelling (42)

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Sign up to view and participate in live sessions with your students to learn about modern-day explorers, history and culture, and wildlife worldwide. If unable to attend, visit the YouTube site to find over three hundred videos to view on demand. Use Timelinely, reviewed here to engage in and extend learning while viewing video sessions by adding comments, links, and more within the video timelines. For example, add questions at different points of the sessions, place a link to a map of the location discussed, links to additional information, or add a link to a quiz or form for students to complete at the end of the video.

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OK2Ask: Tech Made EZ with FigJam - TeachersFirst

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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session is from May 2024. You can register and immediately view the archive of the session.

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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session is from May 2024. You can register and immediately view the archive of the session.

Don't miss this opportunity to unlock the full potential of FigJam in your classroom! FigJam is a free online whiteboard that allows you to create, share, and collaborate on ideas with students and colleagues. Join us for an interactive workshop where you'll discover innovative ways to engage students, foster collaboration, and elevate instruction across various content areas and grade levels. As a result of this session, teachers will: 1. Identify the potential uses and benefits of implementing FigJam in your classroom. 2. Learn how using features like shapes, sticky notes, images, and team editing can boost engagement. 3. Explore templates for brainstorms, concept maps, visual notes, and storyboards. This session is appropriate for teachers at all technology levels.

tag(s): collaboration (89), Whiteboard (12)

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The archive of this teacher-friendly, hands-on webinar will empower and inspire you to use learning technology in the classroom and for professional productivity. As appropriate, specific classroom examples and ideas have been shared. View the session with a few of your teaching colleagues to find and share new ideas. Find additional information and links to tools at the session resource page. Learn more about OK2Ask and upcoming sessions here.

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OK2Ask: 3 Cool Tools to Build Communication Skills - TeachersFirst

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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session is from May 2024. You can register and immediately view the archive of the session.

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Communication is a vital skill for students in the 21st century. It encompasses not only verbal and nonverbal exchanges, but also written and digital modes of expression. In this workshop, you'll learn how to use three innovative tech tools to enhance your students' communication skills in various contexts and formats and explore how these tools can foster collaboration, critical thinking, empathy, and global awareness among your students. As a result of this session, teachers will: 1. Explore the multifaceted nature of communication, which encompasses verbal, non-verbal, written, and digital interactions. 2. Discuss strategies for assessing and providing feedback on students' communication skills. 3. Explain the benefits and challenges of using tech tools for communication in education. This session is appropriate for teachers at all technology levels.

tag(s): communication (136)

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The archive of this teacher-friendly, hands-on webinar will empower and inspire you to use learning technology in the classroom and for professional productivity. As appropriate, specific classroom examples and ideas have been shared. View the session with a few of your teaching colleagues to find and share new ideas. Find additional information and links to tools at the session resource page. Learn more about OK2Ask and upcoming sessions here.

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OK2Ask: Unlocking Literacy: Language Tools for the Science of Reading - TeachersFirst

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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session is from May 2024. You can register and immediately view the archive of the session.

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Developing oral language skills is crucial for students' academic success and social approbation. This workshop will equip educators with practical strategies that will enrich their students' oral language skills. Join us to explore innovative ways to enhance oral language development in your classroom through the strategic integration of technology. As a result of this session, teachers will: 1. Understand the importance of oral language development to academic success. 2. Design oral language activities that are engaging, interactive, and differentiated. 3. Explore various tech tools available through Microsoft that can enhance oral language skills. This session is appropriate for teachers at all technology levels.

tag(s): reading strategies (99)

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The archive of this teacher-friendly, hands-on webinar will empower and inspire you to use learning technology in the classroom and for professional productivity. As appropriate, specific classroom examples and ideas have been shared. View the session with a few of your teaching colleagues to find and share new ideas. Find additional information and links to tools at the session resource page. Learn more about OK2Ask and upcoming sessions here.

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