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This week we feature tools that have recently been added to our Edge collection! The TeachersFirst Edge is where we share tools that go beyond basic content and allow you to create. From virtual questions and online discussions to planning dashboards, discover helpful tools to raise your edtech game.
Practice debate skills such as identifying relevant information and viewing topics from a variety of perspectives with this online discussion platform. Map out pro and con arguments using the interactive tree for an existing discussion or one you create.
This tool provides a 5-step framework to guide district teams in developing and implementing a technology plan. Find guidelines, planning assistance, a readiness assessment, and more. Work is created and shared within a password-protected format.
Created by teachers for teachers, ClassroomQ is a digital alternative for students to request help without interrupting the class flow. The system creates a queue of questions allowing teachers to provide individual support in a timely manner.
Video & Photo Tools
Images can be very powerful teaching aides. Elevate the images you use in the classroom with these tools for editing photos, removing backgrounds, and saving videos.
Save the Video provides options for using videos in the classroom that may otherwise be unavailable due to district filters. Utilize the site's features to download, convert and edit videos and create playlists specifically tailored to your needs.
Change the look and focus of an image by removing the background. Create and combine images by adding your own background or making it transparent. Our teacher review provides several creative ideas for putting this handy tool to work in your classroom.
Don't miss this free, easy-to-use, photo editor. It will become your go-to resource for basic image editing. No registration is required and options allow you to use filters; add text, frames, and shapes; and layer images.
Tools to Curate & Create
Create and curate engaging classroom resources with this trio of tools.
Redefine learning by allowing students to create an augmented reality (AR) experience as an alternative to a book report, research project, or multimedia presentation. Learn AR creation basics with ZapWorks Designer or access all the tools in Studio.
Pindex = Pinterest for educators. This site makes it easy to find, save, and share videos, links, documents, images, and more for classroom use. Assign boards to students; collaborate with other teachers; and assess student learning with the quiz feature.
Make complex topics easy to understand using this 4-circle Venn diagram builder. Free accounts include several template options. Use the 5-step process to build your diagram and personalize it with text, images, colors, and more.
This Week at TeachersFirst
Professional learning can happen wherever you are this summer. Learn how to use a new tech tool in our summer OK2Ask® virtual workshops -- registration is ongoing. Read about SEL (social-emotional learning) for educators in our Infusing Technology blog. And, tell us about your augmented reality experiences in our weekly poll.
OK2Ask Virtual Learning: Summer Schedule
OK2Ask offers free, quality, virtual learning for K12 educators. Join us July 10th to learn how TeachersFirst can help infuse more technology into your lessons. Other summer topics include Google and Microsoft tools, Coding, Primary Sources, and more.
See the full schedule and register today »
TeachersFirst Blog: Infusing Technology
Creating a school culture of wellness and wellbeing is an essential role of a building-level leader. Read about four simple, yet effective, ideas that you can implement this school year to help build a caring and supportive work environment.
Read about social-emotional learning for educators »
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