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Twitter Chat: Hexagonal Thinking for Innovative Connections - TeachersFirst

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This archived Twitter chat is from December 2022 and will open in Wakelet. The title of this chat is: Hexagonal Thinking for Innovative Connections. During this chat, participants:...more
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This archived Twitter chat is from December 2022 and will open in Wakelet. The title of this chat is: Hexagonal Thinking for Innovative Connections. During this chat, participants: 1. Discussed the components of hexagonal thinking, 2. Shared tools and resources for facilitating hexagonal thinking, and 3. Explored ways to integrate hexagonal thinking in the classroom.

tag(s): critical thinking (105), twitterchatarchive (144)

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OK2Ask: Tech-Infused Vocabulary Strategies - TeachersFirst

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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session is from November 2022. You can register and immediately view the archive of the session.

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Engage students and get them excited to jump into learning with tech tools to support direct instruction for vocabulary. Learn to implement direct instruction based on Marzano's strategies to expand vocabulary in all subject areas and increase success in school and on achievement tests. Using the six-step approach, we'll explore tech tools to help bring vocabulary from short-term memory into long-term memory. Discover how to choose tech tools you can use to increase student collaboration and provide data for formative assessments. As a result of this session, teachers will: 1. Review Marzano's strategies for vocabulary instruction; 2. Explore tools for vocabulary instruction; and 3. Understand how to use tech tools to create formative assessments for vocabulary. This session is appropriate for teachers at all technology levels.

tag(s): professional development (314), vocabulary (231), vocabulary development (89)

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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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Twitter Chat: Tech Resources to Build Classroom Community - TeachersFirst

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This archived Twitter chat is from November 2022 and will open in Wakelet. The title of this chat is: Tech Resources to Build Classroom Community. During this chat, participants: 1....more
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This archived Twitter chat is from November 2022 and will open in Wakelet. The title of this chat is: Tech Resources to Build Classroom Community. During this chat, participants: 1. Discussed the components of building a classroom community, 2. Shared strategies and resources for using technology to foster an inclusive classroom community, and 3. Explored ways to build connections in the classroom.

tag(s): collaboration (87), communication (135), communities (32), twitterchatarchive (144)

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OK2Ask: Computational Thinking and Coding with Google Tools - TeachersFirst

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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session is from November 2022. You can register and immediately view the archive of the session.

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It's important for students of all grade levels to have exposure to computational thinking and coding. Learning to code helps students understand problem solving and logic while expressing their creative side. While increasing student fluency in coding technologies helps them prepare for many academic pursuits, it also helps them build perseverance, determination, and grit. Join us to explore a few cool tools that will help as you embark on this journey with your class. As a result of this session, teachers will: 1. Understand the components of computational thinking; 2. Explore Google tools that engage students in coding; and 3. Plan for the use of coding activities in the classroom. This session is appropriate for teachers at all technology levels.

tag(s): coding (77), computational thinking (38), Google (37), professional development (314)

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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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National Museum of the American Indian - Smithsonian Institution

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The National Museum of the American Indian contains an expansive collection of Native American artifacts. In addition, the museum's online offerings share photographs, media, and additional...more
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The National Museum of the American Indian contains an expansive collection of Native American artifacts. In addition, the museum's online offerings share photographs, media, and additional resources for educators and students. Browse through the homepage to view current exhibits and events; online events are clearly labeled, and there is a different section with a link to all online resources. Be sure to visit this site section to find links to various topics, including poetry, Native American women, and much more. Select the link from the dropdown box at the top of the page to view materials provided for educators. Included in the resources for educators is Native Knowledge 360 Education Initiative, reviewed here, which offers many teaching resources, including lessons, media, and professional development webinars. If your district blocks YouTube, then the videos may not be viewable.

tag(s): explorers (61), native americans (85), primary sources (104), professional development (314), thanksgiving (24), westward expansion (36)

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Be sure to bookmark this site for use with lessons on Thanksgiving, using primary sources, or when teaching about Native Americans. Consider using curation tools such as Padlet, reviewed here, or Wakelet, reviewed here, to organize resources for easy retrieval. Padlet and Wakelet are also handy when sharing information and resources with students. As you begin your lessons on American Indians, begin with a formative assessment to gauge your students' understanding of the topic. Use an easy online quiz tool such as Baamboozle, reviewed here, to engage students in your learning activities. As you continue in your lessons, continue to motivate and engage students using Wooclap, reviewed here, to review information either in class or as a homework activity. Instead of testing to assess knowledge upon completing your unit, offer students the opportunity to share their understanding of content in various ways. Examples include creating an infographic using Canva Infographic Maker, reviewed here, an explainer video made using simpleshow video maker, reviewed here, and an interactive map built using Google My Maps, reviewed here.
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Art Games - Crazy Games

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Explore your creative side with the many kinds of music and art-themed games offered on this site. Doodle, practice drawing, or create a bonsai tree using options for colors and ...more
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Explore your creative side with the many kinds of music and art-themed games offered on this site. Doodle, practice drawing, or create a bonsai tree using options for colors and size of your tree. Hover over any of the thumbnails to see the game title, then select to access and play. Some games take players offsite; previewing games before sharing them with students is always suggested.
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tag(s): artists (76), colors (60), drawing (60), game based learning (167), gamification (79), trivia (17)

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Before assigning games with students, use your whiteboard or a screen recording to demonstrate how to avoid ads found on the site. It is also helpful to add a short tutorial for some games to get students started, as most games do not include instructions. Select games on this site, and others, as part of an arts center that features music, art, and drama games and activities. Curate your resources into one place to make it easier for students to find and access them using Wakelet, reviewed here, or another curation tool. Instead of sharing several links onto computer devices, share a link to the Wakelet collection that includes all your resources.

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Fashion Design - Parsons School of Design via Coursera

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Learn about the world of fashion design from the experts at Parsons School of Design by auditing this free four-week course provided by Coursera. Course topics include the fashion design...more
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Learn about the world of fashion design from the experts at Parsons School of Design by auditing this free four-week course provided by Coursera. Course topics include the fashion design process, sustainable fashion, collaborative design, and interpreting fashion trends and forecasting. The system is 100% online and self-paced; start at any time. Learning occurs through watching videos, reading shared articles, and then taking quizzes and submitting short writing activities. An option is available to receive a certificate for a fee to share the successful completion of the course. This course is the second of a three-part series, Transforming the Fashion Business Specialization.

tag(s): careers (132), design (85), fashion (10), Online Learning (35)

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Share this course with students interested in fashion design to get a feel for the industry and the type of courses needed to get involved in the fashion industry. Include the course as part of a project-based learning assignment and ask students to share their learning with peers when finished. Have students use a 3-D design program such as Tinkercad, reviewed here, to create original designs. As a final project, ask students to create and share a portfolio using Bulb, reviewed here, or another website creator that includes templates for showcasing their designs.

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TEACHFLIX - Ditch That Textbook

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Teaching with videos engages and excites students, but finding the right video takes time. TEACHFLIX is a curated collection of videos shared by classroom teachers to put to immediate...more
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Teaching with videos engages and excites students, but finding the right video takes time. TEACHFLIX is a curated collection of videos shared by classroom teachers to put to immediate use in class. Begin by browsing by grade level or content area. If browsing by grade level, open up your choice to view all videos or narrow your selection by specific topics. No registration is required; however, sign up with your email to receive the Teaching with TEACHFLIX ebook to download, which includes suggestions and activities to use with videos. The videos are hosted on YouTube. If your district blocks YouTube, then they may not be viewable.

tag(s): coding (77), computational thinking (38), computers (97), digital citizenship (79), engineering (111), problem solving (219), social and emotional learning (70), STEM (228), video (245), virtual field trips (70)

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Use this curated collection of videos to engage students in lessons in all subjects. Use EdPuzzle, reviewed here, to enhance the video content by adding comments, questions, and more within the video. Create interactive lessons with videos from this collection, formative assessments, and other interactive content using Pear Deck, reviewed here, to present material in a deeper, more robust manner. Upon completion of your lesson, ask students to share learning using a simple web page builder such as Straw.Page, reviewed here.

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gotLearning - Mike Rutherford

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gotLearning is a platform for students and teachers to discuss and share student learning and educational goals. Upload documents, add videos, or scan items to begin the collaborative...more
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gotLearning is a platform for students and teachers to discuss and share student learning and educational goals. Upload documents, add videos, or scan items to begin the collaborative process. Documents open up inside a learning conversation that offers several options for creating ongoing discussions and feedback between teachers and students. Students use the app to scan and upload work to the platform. Use the educator dashboard to share and monitor assignments and to differentiate work that fits the needs of students easily. The free option for the school year 2022-2023 includes adding up to eight classes and 150 students within an account and integrates easily with Google Classroom.

tag(s): collaboration (87), DAT device agnostic tool (136), Formative Assessment (45), Teacher Utilities (128)

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Use gotLearning to focus on student learning using formative feedback and collaboration based on students' work. One advantage of using this site is that it helps students to organize and share work through one tool instead of trying to manage it within notebooks or folders. Include other support staff, such as counselors, special education instructors, and ENL/ELL teachers, as part of your learning conversations to provide a holistic approach to student learning. Share student growth documented on gotLearning with parents during conferences to help support upcoming learning goals.

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Sports Games - Crazy Games

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It isn't always possible to participate physically in sports, so Sports Games provides an online option for sports fans. Choose from a large selection of games based on sports, including...more
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It isn't always possible to participate physically in sports, so Sports Games provides an online option for sports fans. Choose from a large selection of games based on sports, including soccer, basketball, BMX racing, and more. Hover any of the game thumbnails to view the title and select it to go to the game's start page. Some games include options for multiple players.
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tag(s): game based learning (167), sports (77)

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Before starting a new sports unit in your physical education class, share a corresponding game with students to play at home. Playing games allows students to engage with the latest sport and receive a short introduction to some rules. Also, consider adding games from this site to classroom computers as an indoor recess activity when outdoor activities aren't available.

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Math Games - Crazy Games

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Math Games offers a variety of unique games to practice math concepts using problem-solving and logic. These are not your ordinary skill and drill games, but they involve challenging...more
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Math Games offers a variety of unique games to practice math concepts using problem-solving and logic. These are not your ordinary skill and drill games, but they involve challenging players to explore how to manipulate numbers in new ways. For example, the game of Miniaturization asks players to reduce the size of cargo items to fit more units into a shipping container efficiently. Other games involve addition and number puzzle activities.
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tag(s): addition (128), coordinates (13), equations (121), game based learning (167), logic (164), multiplication (123), number sense (71), problem solving (219), time (92)

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This site has quite a few advertisements; before sharing with students, demonstrate how to avoid the ads when playing games. Include games from this site as part of a math center or problem-solving homework activity. Ask students to discuss and share their problem-solving strategies after playing. Extend math learning by asking students to create a weekly or monthly math podcast using Buzzsprout, reviewed here. Use this podcast for students to compare and contrast strategies for solving the different games and share their understanding of the math concepts featured in the games.

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Geography Games - Crazy Games

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Try these geography games that test your knowledge of country locations, flags, and locations found in the Old and New Testaments. Choose any of the games to view the directions ...more
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Try these geography games that test your knowledge of country locations, flags, and locations found in the Old and New Testaments. Choose any of the games to view the directions and begin playing.
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tag(s): countries (69), flags (17), game based learning (167), states (119)

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Before sharing with students, consider demonstrating how to play and avoid ads on your interactive whiteboard. Then, add a link to student computers to use during computer centers to become familiar with the locations of states and countries and learn how to identify nations' flags. After learning about geographic areas, ask students to choose a country or state to research. As students learn about their selected country, use Google Jamboard, reviewed here, to create a template for students to add facts and information by creating a frame for each country or state. Finally, extend learning using Google My Maps, reviewed here, to create an interactive map with links to each location that includes images, videos, and descriptions of the site written by students.

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Twitter Chat: Flipped Classroom Strategies for Active Learning Innovation - TeachersFirst

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This archived Twitter chat is from November 2022 and will open in Wakelet. The title of this chat is Flipped Classroom Strategies for Active Learning Innovation. During this chat, participants:...more
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This archived Twitter chat is from November 2022 and will open in Wakelet. The title of this chat is Flipped Classroom Strategies for Active Learning Innovation. During this chat, participants: 1. Defined and discussed the basic elements of a flipped classroom, 2. Shared tech tools and resources that support flipped classroom experiences, and 3. Collaborated on ideas for integrating flipped classroom experiences.

tag(s): flipped learning (8), twitterchatarchive (144)

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Find resources and information about the flipped classroom. Share this chat with your colleagues looking for strategies and resources on the flipped classroom.

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OK2Ask: Engage & Inspire with Hexagonal Thinking - TeachersFirst

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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session is from November 2022. You can register and immediately view the archive of the session.

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Hexagonal Thinking can be both a metacognitive and collaborative strategy that helps students to construct knowledge. Students can use this strategy to organize concepts presented in class and determine how they are interrelated with concepts students have already grasped. Attend this session to learn about hexagonal thinking and how to use it in instruction. As a result of this session, teachers will: 1. Understand how hexagonal thinking supports knowledge construction; 2. Explore three ways to use hexagonal thinking in the classroom; and 3. Plan for the use of hexagonal thinking during instruction. This session is appropriate for teachers at all technology levels.

tag(s): collaboration (87), professional development (314), teaching strategies (35)

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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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