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Teacher's Buddy - Teacher's Buddy

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K to 12
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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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Ultimate Camp Resource - Ultimate Camp Resources

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K to 12
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Enter the world of Ultimate Camp Resources and find a myriad of songs, games, and more to use at home, at camp, or in a classroom. Download and print all ...more
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Enter the world of Ultimate Camp Resources and find a myriad of songs, games, and more to use at home, at camp, or in a classroom. Download and print all skits, songs, games or just the one you're interested in. Some of the songs even have videos!

tag(s): back to school (63), crafts (54), family (52), makerspace (41), seasonal (18), songs (44), sports (78), summer (29)

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Bookmark this tool for the first week of school or any time that you want to experience some "team-building" in your class. Use this site to find games and activities for classroom icebreakers. Find ideas on this site to build relationships among students. There is even an Art Project section (scroll to the bottom menu to find it) that has lots of crafts for your makerspace! Share this site with parent helpers to find ideas for classroom parties.

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This is a valuable resource, not just for summer! Patricia, NJ, Grades: 6 - 12

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Gibbly - Gibbly

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K to 12
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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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Excel Easy - E-Learning

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K to 12
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Do you need some help with Excel basics and functions? Excel Easy uses fully illustrated tutorials to walk you through Excel sheets from start to finish. Use the links at ...more
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Do you need some help with Excel basics and functions? Excel Easy uses fully illustrated tutorials to walk you through Excel sheets from start to finish. Use the links at the top of the site to select from options starting with the basics, functions, and data analysis. Choose the 300 Excel Examples to find tutorials on any topic quickly. Each tutorial includes step-by-step directions, including images to guide users through each portion of the directions.
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tag(s): computers (106), data (147), Microsoft (83), spreadsheets (23)

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Bookmark this site for your use and for student use on classroom computers. Make it easy to find sites with tutorials by creating a Padlet, reviewed here, to share with students. Use columns to sort tutorials and other helpful sites by topic within your Padlet. If you don't find a tutorial that you need, extend student learning by asking them to create their own using Free Screen Recorder Online, reviewed here, or by creating an explainer video using FlexClip, reviewed here.

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Try an Hour of Code with Khan Academy - Khan Academy

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3 to 12
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Participate in Hour of Code by selecting from different options provided by Khan Academy. Offerings include drawing with Javascript, using HTML and CSS to make webpages, and an Hour...more
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Participate in Hour of Code by selecting from different options provided by Khan Academy. Offerings include drawing with Javascript, using HTML and CSS to make webpages, and an Hour of Databases. All courses introduce beginners to coding through videos, challenges, and a final project. The teachers' guide provides clear guidelines for preparing and implementing Hour of Code activities. In addition, Khan Academy encourages participants to follow up on activities through links to their full coding curriculum.

tag(s): coding (89), computers (106), critical thinking (110), logic (165), STEM (265)

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Although this site is a resource for Hour of Code, it is available at any time. Include the tutorials on classroom computers for students to use during computer center time or as an ongoing STEM activity. Encourage students to revisit lessons and try them again with their newly-found coding skills or ask them to try a different tutorial than the one used during Hour of Code. Ask students to become coding experts by sharing tips and ideas created using a screen recording tool such as Free Screen Recorder Online, reviewed here. Share the recordings on your class website for students to access from any location. Consider starting a monthly podcast designed by students to share coding tips and suggestions with the larger school community. Buzzsprout, reviewed here, offers up to two hours of free podcast uploads monthly. Hour of Code lessons are supported in many languages, including a transcript option for deaf students. Registration isn't required; however, it allows you to track progress and earn badges on the Khan Academy site.

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Nova Education - PBS

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6 to 12
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Nova Education provides STEM activities and lessons based on the popular PBS series Nova. Information on the site includes articles, videos, and links to external websites. Scroll down...more
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Nova Education provides STEM activities and lessons based on the popular PBS series Nova. Information on the site includes articles, videos, and links to external websites. Scroll down to find filters to sort the content by media types, categories, and newer or older additions. The media types category allows users to find lesson plans, collections, teacher guides, and more. Each lesson plan includes detailed instructions, student handouts, and correlation to Next Generation Science Standards.

tag(s): archeology (25), engineering (120), environment (238), forensics (13), paleontology (28), space (214)

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Enjoy the interactives, videos, and text on an interactive whiteboard or projector. Use selected activities as a center (station). Share the included articles and videos with students to supplement your STEM curriculum. If articles are too difficult for students, use a text leveler tool like the one available at Brisk, reviewed here to match student reading abilities.
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Williamina Fleming: Discoveries and Biographical Resources - Project PHaEDRA

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6 to 12
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Learn about astronomer Williamina Fleming's work with this collection of resources found at the Smithsonian Learning Lab. The collection includes videos, biographies, images, articles,...more
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Learn about astronomer Williamina Fleming's work with this collection of resources found at the Smithsonian Learning Lab. The collection includes videos, biographies, images, articles, and research that tell the story of her astronomy accomplishments, including her discovery of the Horsehead Nebula in 1888. Scroll through the page to view thumbnails of each resource and click to open to view fully. Registration isn't required to use the Smithsonian Learning Lab resources; however, it does allow you to collect and save materials located on the site.

tag(s): 1800s (73), biographies (94), stars (68), STEM (265), women (137)

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Add a link on classroom computers to this collection for students to explore. Add this and other resources to a collection in Wakelet, reviewed here, and share with students. All materials found on the site are available to download, be sure to show students how to cite each resource using the quotation icon found on each item. Ask students to find biographies and collections of other astronomers, female pioneers, or interesting people from the 1800s for a research project. Create a digital class book of your biographies using Book Creator, reviewed here.
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Cecilia Payne-Gaposchkin and the Components of Stars - Project PHaEDRA

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6 to 12
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Learn about the woman whose thesis was declared to be "the most brilliant Ph.D. thesis ever written in astronomy" by exploring this interesting collection of articles and images. Browse...more
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Learn about the woman whose thesis was declared to be "the most brilliant Ph.D. thesis ever written in astronomy" by exploring this interesting collection of articles and images. Browse the site to view thumbnails of forty items and open to view the resources. Download items or share using the provided links. Open a free Smithsonian Learning Institute account to save favorites for further use or create your collections from materials available on the Smithsonian Learning Institute's site.

tag(s): biographies (94), elements (32), scientists (63), stars (68), STEM (265), women (137)

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Share this collection with students to explore when learning about famous Women in History, scientific advancements, or during an astronomy unit. Ask collaborative groups to work together and share information found in the collection. Use a collaborative note-taking tool such as Notejoy, reviewed here, to have students share ideas and information using checklists, adding images and links, and documenting individual contributions to the project. You may also want to show a few videos, or provide a list for students to watch using Youtube videos. Ask groups or individuals to share their learning using a simple video creation tool like CapCut, reviewed here with voice overs and templates. Ask students to include images and require they include proper citations along with their original work.
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Astronomical Observational Images: The Naked Eye through Current Observations - Project PHaEDRA

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6 to 12
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Observation of the universe has changed over time with the development of new technologies. This collection hosted on the Smithsonian Learning Network shares imagery from telescopes...more
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Observation of the universe has changed over time with the development of new technologies. This collection hosted on the Smithsonian Learning Network shares imagery from telescopes and spacecraft that tell a story of how observers view the sky and its objects. The collection contains fifty-five items, including newspaper articles, photographs, and videos. Choose any thumbnail to view, share, and download each resource. It isn't necessary to create a Smithsonian Learning Institute account to access and share the materials; however, creating a free account allows you to save and favorite items and personalize collections.

tag(s): scientists (63), space (214), stars (68), STEM (265), telescopes (10)

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Share this collection with students, then allow them time to explore on their own. Be sure to point out and discuss the proper use of citations when using materials from the site. Each item includes an icon with quotation marks which includes proper citation that can be copied and pasted into your document. Ask students to compare and contrast features found within the images using Canva's 4-Circle Venn Diagram Creator, reviewed here. To extend learning, ask students to use Canva's Infographic Maker, reviewed here, to share information about the change in technology used to observe stars over time.
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Georgia Virtual Learning Shared Resources - Georgia Virtual Learning

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5 to 12
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Georgia Virtual Learning is the online education headquarters for the Georgia Department of Education and offers over 100 virtual courses for middle and high school students. Choose...more
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Georgia Virtual Learning is the online education headquarters for the Georgia Department of Education and offers over 100 virtual courses for middle and high school students. Choose from studies in all core content areas and the fine arts and world languages. An additional option features courses in CTAE/Electives. These offerings include classes in finance, computer science, fitness, and more. After selecting a course to view, use the module to proceed through the contents. Each module includes an introduction featuring essential questions and interactive content and concludes with final assessments and a module test.

tag(s): art history (86), body systems (40), business (47), chinese (44), drawing (60), environment (238), financial literacy (92), french (74), geology (64), japanese (47), latin (22), music theory (45), narrative (14), novels (31), nutrition (135), oceans (150), OER (43), photography (123), plagiarism (34), poetry (190), psychology (67), robotics (22), romeo & juliet (7), short stories (18), sociology (22), space (214), spanish (105), STEM (265), writers workshop (31)

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Bookmark and save this site as a supplemental resource for your current lessons, as a resource for students to learn about subjects not covered in their current courses, and to differentiate learning for students. For example, provide remediation to high school students by sharing the 9th or 10th-grade literature and composition courses as a review activity or enhance your British Literature unit by assigning a module that focuses specifically on 17th, 18th, or 19th-century British literature. Consider assigning different activities to groups of students to present to their peers. Ask them to use an infographic creator such as the Canva Infographic Creator, reviewed here, as a tool for sharing important information. As a final learning extension, create a digital class book using Ourboox, reviewed here, to share understanding of the content learned. Include text, images, maps, and more in the student-created books.

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NASA Image and Video Library - NASA

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K to 12
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Do you need "out of this world" images? NASA provides images, video, and audio for non-commercial use, free. Browse through the newest uploads or most popular items to get an ...more
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Do you need "out of this world" images? NASA provides images, video, and audio for non-commercial use, free. Browse through the newest uploads or most popular items to get an idea of included items. If looking for specific topics, use the search bar to locate material by keyword, then use the filters to narrow down by the type of content desired. All items include a link to download to your computer along with links to share by URL or with social media. Be sure to check out the Media Usage guidelines for complete details on the usage of the site's content.

tag(s): images (261), planets (112), space (214), stars (68), video (261)

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Include this site with your other bookmarks for images and space-related content. Use Symbaloo, reviewed here, to share all of your space bookmarks in one easy to find location. This NASA site is an excellent resource for finding images to use with creative writing prompts; display an interesting image from the site for student storytelling lessons. Exchange paper and pen writing journals, and share their writing using Edublog, reviewed here. As students learn about space topics, ask them to find an image on this site then use Image Annotator, reviewed here, to enhance their learning by annotating the image with text, video, and web links to additional information. Extend student learning by having students create a video presentation about space using a video creation tool like Typito, reviewed here. Typito includes templates and additional tools to create professional-looking videos or use your own images and video.

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Mars 2020 Perserverance Rover - NASA

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3 to 12
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Stay up to date and learn about the Mars 2020 Perseverance Rover mission as it explores the surface of Mars. Follow links to learn about the four science objectives of ...more
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Stay up to date and learn about the Mars 2020 Perseverance Rover mission as it explores the surface of Mars. Follow links to learn about the four science objectives of the mission, view the timeline, and learn about the spacecraft. In addition, view raw images taken from Mars, observe a weather report, and listen to sounds from Mars' surface. Be sure to visit the site often throughout the mission as content is updated with the latest videos and observations.

tag(s): mars (26), space (214), STEM (265)

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Include a link to the Perseverance Rover site on classroom computers for students to visit and view the latest updates from Mars. Consider using Google Jamboard, reviewed here, to create an ongoing class journal sharing observations and findings. Ask students to add a sticky note with new findings and information after exploring the site. Enhance learning by asking students to design a spaceship or rover that would explore one of the other planets. Use Google Drawings, reviewed here, as a starting point for students to create their drawing. Ask them to add text boxes with descriptions of their spaceship/rover and the reasoning behind their design. Extend learning by asking students to brainstorm ideas on applying Perseverance's design features to improve everyday items used at home and school. Have students share their thoughts using an animated video explainer tool such as Renderforest, reviewed here.

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Upschool - Richard Mills and Gavin McCormack

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K to 12
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Upschool provides many free learning opportunities aligned with Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The core of Upschool's content includes a selection of 10-week and short courses...more
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Upschool provides many free learning opportunities aligned with Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The core of Upschool's content includes a selection of 10-week and short courses with topics such as The Solar System and Beyond and The Importance of Mountains. Additional learning opportunities include Social Scenarios, Comprehension Corner, SDG Challenges, and Teacher Training. Upschool also has a library of over one hundred books submitted by authors with a special message to share. Read the books online or download them as a PDF for free. Many of the books also include teaching resources such as task cards.

tag(s): animals (284), antarctica (29), careers (139), climate (81), earth (184), explorers (66), food chains (17), gifted (65), glaciers (17), journalism (72), mountains (10), oceans (150), Online Learning (42), photography (123), planets (112), plants (147), rainforests (18), social and emotional learning (83), solar system (109), sustainability (43), weather (165), writing (317)

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Share Upschools 10-week and short courses with students to complete as individualized learning projects. Encourage gifted students to select courses that meet their interests and develop a personal learning plan based on the content. Each course includes accompanying materials for parents and teachers to support student learning. Use Whiteboard.chat, reviewed here as a collaboration tool for students while taking courses provided on the site. Create a board for each "cohort" to share ideas, ask questions, and add resources. After completing courses, ask students to share their learning through a method of their choosing. Examples might include podcasts shared using Spotify for Podcasters, reviewed here or videos created with Typito, reviewed here.
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Who Did It? - Building Lab Skills with Forensics - TeachersFirst

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6 to 12
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"Who Did It?" uses an introduction to forensics as a tool to build analytical and laboratory skills in students who are still mastering scientific method. This is a large ...more
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"Who Did It?" uses an introduction to forensics as a tool to build analytical and laboratory skills in students who are still mastering scientific method. This is a large unit: there are eight different activities including a DNA web quest and lab session. Each activity is based on a different "crime" and type of forensic analysis. The culminating project is a lab practical. Complete rubrics and printable handouts round out this unit.

tag(s): forensics (13), scientific method (47)

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Mark this unit in your Favorites to inspire students with scientific inquiry. Add new dimensions to the unit with technology options, such as keeping a lab journal on your class wiki and documenting steps with digital pictures. Students could also upload and "narrate" their lab pictures on Thinglink, reviewed here.
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OK2Ask: 3 Cool Tools for Digital Reading - TeachersFirst

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3 to 12
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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session is from February 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 February 2024. You can register and immediately view the archive of the session.

Digital or online reading is different from reading print. Digital reading often includes a research component that is not linear, so when reading online, students need to clarify their purpose and then evaluate and synthesize information. Come learn about the processes involved in digital reading and explore three tools that will help you teach critical strategies to your students. As a result of this session, teachers will: 1. Understand skills and processes involved in digital reading. 2. Explore tools that help students find, evaluate, and synthesize what they read. 3. Plan for digital reading instruction in the classroom. This session is appropriate for teachers at all technology levels.

tag(s): digital reading (16), professional development (394), 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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Exploring by the Seat of Your Pants - Joe Grabowski

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6 to 12
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Bring science, exploration, and conservation into your classroom through virtual field trips with scientists and leading experts around the globe sponsored on this site. Choose from...more
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Bring science, exploration, and conservation into your classroom through virtual field trips with scientists and leading experts around the globe sponsored on this site. Choose from their many monthly options shared via satellite. Find events by scrolling through offerings on the home page, select from map locations, or use the calendar view to browse by specific dates. Most sessions are about 45 minutes long; however, additional options offer full day and week-long events. Watch events virtually or sign up for a camera spot to interact with the session presenters. Don't worry if you are unable to attend a session, view any previous activities on the site's YouTube channel.

tag(s): animal homes (56), animals (284), conservation (85), ecology (100), explorers (66), oceans (150), space (214), STEM (265), virtual field trips (79), water (101)

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Take advantage of these free sessions to bring real-word conservation and science lessons to your students. There are three ways for your class to enjoy the sessions. The first one is to "Tune in live! Any number of classrooms can watch the events live on YouTube and even send in some questions using the chat sidebar." The second one is "Grab a camera spot so your class can appear on the screen and interact with the speaker. We generally have 5-7 classrooms joining in this way each hangout." The third viewing choice is "Every hangout is recorded directly to YouTube, we have a growing library of past events that can be viewed by classrooms anytime on our channel." See more explanations to the viewing options by clicking the wavy red lines in the upper left corner and then click For Teachers. Begin by watching virtual field trips (viewing option 3), then expand your activities in additional sessions by signing up to participate and interact with the presenters. Prepare for student questioning by brainstorming ideas. Engage students by sharing ideas using an online bulletin board tool like Pinside, reviewed here. Save and share ideas on your class website. As students research information for your upcoming topic, enhance learning by using a collaborative bookmarking tool like Raindrop.io, reviewed here, for all students to share websites with their peers and add comments. Prepare your students further for interactions with researchers by watching videos from previous broadcasts using playposit, reviewed here, to add questions for students into the YouTube videos and encourage students to add comments discussing each issue. Most of the online tools suggested above will help students document their learning during remote or distance learning sessions.
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Let's Listen to a Podcast - Shanon McClintock Miller

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Dive into a curated collection of captivating podcasts handpicked by Shannon McClintock Miller, a distinguished District Teacher Librarian at Van Meter School in Iowa. This resource...more
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Dive into a curated collection of captivating podcasts handpicked by Shannon McClintock Miller, a distinguished District Teacher Librarian at Van Meter School in Iowa. This resource offers an array of podcasts carefully selected to engage and enlighten listeners across various interests and topics. Shannon collected these podcasts from reputable sources such as Common Sense Media and the World Read Aloud Day site. Additionally, she visited Jeff Glade Tech, whose exceptional curated lists of podcasts cover every age level, topic, and occasion. This choice board will be updated regularly, but you may encounter occasional broken links due to the dynamic nature of online content.

tag(s): listening (71)

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Integrating Shannon McClintock Miller's Choice Board for Podcasts into the elementary classroom can significantly enhance listening comprehension skills and encourage literacy development (read more about podcasts in the classroom here). Introduce the choice board of podcasts to students and encourage students to explore the podcasts based on their interests. Facilitate discussions about the podcasts, allowing students to share their favorite episodes and insights with their peers. You can use tools like Flip, reviewed here where students can record video responses discussing their favorite podcast episodes, or Padlet, reviewed here which offers a digital bulletin board for students to share insights and reflections. Integrate some of the podcasts into existing units of study as supplemental resources. For example, assign a relevant podcast from Julie's Library to complement a reading lesson. You can then provide guiding questions or reflection prompts to help students make connections between the podcast content and what they're learning in class. Here's a great blog post on Questioning Strateties that can help you craft those. Wrap it all up by giving students an opportunity to create their own podcasts. Choose from several free resources to create your podcasts. Spotify for Podcasters (was Anchor), reviewed here, Buzzsprout, reviewed here, and PodOmatic, reviewed here. This can be a great collaborative project where students work together to produce podcasts on topics of their choice or related to the unit of study. Find opportunities for students to share their podcasts with a wider audience, such as the school community or caregivers!

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Storytime from Space - Global Space Education Foundation

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Story Time from Space is an educational project that features astronauts aboard the International Space Station (ISS) reading children's books, combining literature with science lessons...more
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Story Time from Space is an educational project that features astronauts aboard the International Space Station (ISS) reading children's books, combining literature with science lessons from space. The website has a collection of videos where astronauts read various storybooks, making it an engaging way for children to learn about space and science. Along with the story readings, the site provides science experiments and demonstrations conducted in the space station's microgravity environment. This site contains lesson plans and student worksheets. The videos are hosted on YouTube. If your district blocks YouTube, then they may not be viewable.

tag(s): digital reading (16), motion (49), newton (21), space (214)

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Have students watch experiments conducted in space to understand how microgravity affects various situations. Then, in groups, have students brainstorm and plan simple science experiments that could be conducted in space. Next, using a storyboard template from Canva found here, have students outline their experiment, hypothesize results in space versus on Earth, and present their ideas to the class. Have students write letters to an astronaut, asking questions about space, life on the ISS, or the books read. Have students watch an astronaut read a children's book aboard the International Space Station and then draw their favorite part of the story or an experiment shown in the video. They can use a digital drawing tool like Tux Paint, reviewed here to illustrate their ideas. These drawings can be compiled into a class science journal and shared with parents or other classes.
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SciGirls Connect! - Twin Cities Public Television

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SciGirls Connect! provides resources to connect and encourage girls to engage in STEM (Science, Math, Engineering, and Technology) activities including videos, interactives, and hands-on...more
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SciGirls Connect! provides resources to connect and encourage girls to engage in STEM (Science, Math, Engineering, and Technology) activities including videos, interactives, and hands-on activities. Browse the site to find resources divided into topics including technology, role-model profiles, and various science themes. Additional information provides resources for teachers including participation and lesson guides. SciGirls Connect! places a heavy emphasis on providing resources in Spanish, these include Latina role-models and Spanish versions of most content.

tag(s): animal homes (56), animals (284), careers (139), earth (184), engineering (120), environment (238), graphic design (49), heart (27), nutrition (135), space (214), spanish (105), STEM (265)

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Bookmark SciGirls Connect! as a resource for finding interesting classroom activities for both girls and boys. Consider creating an after-school club for girls to explore different STEM careers and activities; if possible, bring in female STEM leaders from your community to help host the club or provide ongoing activities and support. Encourage the use of technology by incorporating and embedding digital tools throughout your STEM lessons. For example, instead of asking students to take notes using pencil and paper, use Google Docs or Microsoft Word. As students continue through their learning activities, use editing tools in these office products to add comments, images, and additional information. Be sure to demonstrate how to view editing changes to your students so that they can look back and reflect on their work throughout the process. Encourage your students to reflect upon their work both during individual activities and throughout the year with the use of a digital portfolio tool like Seesaw, reviewed here. Use Seesaw to create individual accounts for students to take pictures, add video, and add written commentary as part of their reflection and assessment of activities. Really enhance student learning and technology use by letting them become the teacher. Extend learning and technology use by asking students to create podcasts using Anchor, reviewed here, to teach others about concepts in science and technology, or share information about STEM careers. In addition to podcasts, you can also extend technology use and learning by asking students to use a video explainer tool like Adobe Express Video Maker, reviewed here to demonstrate and share the procedures of experiments.
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NASA Science - NASA

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7 to 12
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NASA Science is the home base for sharing science news, resources, and information from the first-most science authority, NASA. Choose from many different areas to explore this comprehensive...more
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NASA Science is the home base for sharing science news, resources, and information from the first-most science authority, NASA. Choose from many different areas to explore this comprehensive site. Browse the home page for an overview of recent additions that include the latest tweets, countdown clocks, and Science by the Numbers. Dig deeper by choosing specific portions of the site including Science Topics and Science News. If your school blocks YouTube the videos may not be viewable.

tag(s): earth (184), explorers (66), solar system (109), space (214), STEM (265), sun (70)

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Become acquainted with the information shared on this site to use within your current lessons on space and science. View videos together on your interactive whiteboard or have students view videos at home and share questions and their thoughts in class. Include information from this site with other web resources to share with students. Use a bookmarking site like Raindrop.io, reviewed here, to share online resources collaboratively. In addition to saving bookmarks, Raindrop.io allows you to add comments to saved resources. Work together as a class to create resources for researching science topics. Instead of just watching videos, increase and enhance student learning through the use of a site such as playposit, reviewed here. playposit offers tools for adding both student and teacher comments to online videos. Use this resource to point out important information, ask critical questions, and challenge student thinking. Instead of assessing student learning of your science topic through tests or research projects, offer students the opportunity to share learning by creating their own game based on their research using a game-creation tool like Scratch, reviewed here.

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Purdue University Kids STEM Degree - Purdue University

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Purdue University offers STEM "degrees" for kindergarten through middle school students available for completion individually or as a class. Select a grade level band from the six options...more
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Purdue University offers STEM "degrees" for kindergarten through middle school students available for completion individually or as a class. Select a grade level band from the six options to access the ten videos required. After watching the short videos, complete the accompanying quiz to receive a code. Collect all ten codes and complete the form to request your certificate of completion. Videos cover various STEM topics, such as seasons, fossils, and the environment. The videos are hosted on YouTube. If your district blocks YouTube, then they may not be viewable.

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Use this site to offer your students STEM "degrees" in several ways. As a class, complete an activity weekly as an introduction and review of science content by including the video as part of a computer center activity. Work together to complete the quiz for each video, then request a certificate to recognize your class's accomplishment. Another option is for students to work toward achieving certifications on their own. Share this site on your class newsletter for students to complete over the summer as an exciting way to engage in science activities and earn a STEM degree. One benefit of having the option to choose from different grade levels is the ability to differentiate learning by offering various courses to students based on their interests and abilities. Some students may choose to earn several degrees in different grade levels. Support and encourage students to pursue STEM degrees by taking pictures of completed degrees and adding them to your class website. Extend learning by asking students to research one of the topics, then share a presentation with peers using Canva Edu, reviewed here. Canva Edu offers many options for creating and personalizing presentations including slides, infographics, and flyers.

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Tomorrow Classroom - Wix

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Tomorrow Classroom provides learning tools for students aged 13-18 including web creation, design, and coding. Students create portfolio websites, capstone projects, passion projects,...more
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Tomorrow Classroom provides learning tools for students aged 13-18 including web creation, design, and coding. Students create portfolio websites, capstone projects, passion projects, and more using these lessons. Begin by creating a teacher account or logging in to your current Wix account and completing the registration questions. Create a class by importing students from Google Classroom or Microsoft Teams, or invite students by email. Educators can access a Curriculum Guide, Design Journal, and downloadable class kits and lessons for each activity. Four courses are available - Intro to Wix and the Web, Web Creation, Web Design, and Web Development. Lessons provide alignment to ISTE Standards for Students.

tag(s): computers (106), editing (90), graphic design (49), images (261), Online Learning (42), STEM (265), tutorials (54)

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Use the courses provided on this site as part of your computer science program or as a learning activity for students interested in website design. You can also use the learning tools and courses as part of an after-school program. If time isn't available to offer all the courses, take advantage of the available materials to teach some of the individual components, such as Lesson 1--What is the Web? This activity teaches students to look at the components of websites to understand the message delivered and what makes them attractive to viewers. Find free website creation tools at TeachersFirst Edge Web Page Makers, found here.

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Reading Treks: Charles Darwin's Around-the-World Adventure - TeachersFirst

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Take a virtual field trip with this Reading Trek based upon Jennifer Thermes' book Charles Darwin's Around-the World Adventure. This Reading Trek includes a Teacher Guide that...more
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Take a virtual field trip with this Reading Trek based upon Jennifer Thermes' book Charles Darwin's Around-the World Adventure. This Reading Trek includes a Teacher Guide that uses Google My Maps, reviewed here as the basis for a virtual journey that includes maps that are embedded into illustrations to tell the story of Darwin's five-year voyage aboard the HMS Beagle. Additional suggestions include ideas for using this book with lessons on using maps and extension activities for several core content areas. Teaching suggestions are correlated to National Curriculum Standards for Social Studies, National Core Standards for Visual Arts, Next Generation Science Standards, and Social Justice Standards.

tag(s): animals (284), continents (33), darwin (13), ecosystems (74), plants (147), preK (259)

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Take advantage of the many lesson ideas in the Teachers' Guide to bring this story to life and provide activities that correlate with the book's theme of adventure and exploration. Help students understand the timeline of Darwin's adventure using MyLens, reviewed here to create a timeline that includes the dates of his voyage created using AI or build a timeline as you read the book using ReadWriteThink's Timeline builder tool, reviewed here. Work together as a class to create an adventure story using Book Creator, reviewed here. Add student drawings, voice recordings, and maps to your digital book, then create a link on classroom computers for students to read over and over again!
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Citizen Science Resources - TeachersFirst

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Citizen science is a quickly growing way for regular people to participate in scientific research. Citizen scientists help move science forward by gathering and sharing data, making...more
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Citizen science is a quickly growing way for regular people to participate in scientific research. Citizen scientists help move science forward by gathering and sharing data, making observations, and teaming up with professional scientists. It also opens the scientific process to more people and helps everyone better understand and appreciate scientific discovery. Citizen science offers students many opportunities to participate in hands-on, real-world science projects. Students can observe wildlife, track weather patterns, and identify celestial bodies. Students learn that science is for everyone, not just scientists, as the students develop critical thinking and observation skills. Skim this collection of resources to learn how students can meaningfully contribute to community citizen science projects and activities.

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Share these resources with your students to learn about many citizen science opportunities. Share a link to this collection on your school web page and in your school newsletter (or email). Find resources to incorporate into your lessons to encourage students to get involved in citizen science activities.

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3 Great Lesson Plans on Copyright - Common Sense and Bronwyn H.

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Using the three lessons in this article, help your students learn about and respect the need to understand copyright and fair use. Let's Give Credit for second grade teaches students...more
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Using the three lessons in this article, help your students learn about and respect the need to understand copyright and fair use. Let's Give Credit for second grade teaches students why it is essential to give credit and how to give credit the right way through role-playing activities as detectives. A lesson plan for fourth graders guides students through the rights and responsibilities involved with using images. The Four Factors of Fair Use provides middle school students a framework for understanding fair use, copyright, and domain. Create a free account to access the lessons and materials shared. All lessons correlate with national standards, including ISTE, Common Core ELA, and CASEL.

tag(s): copyright (46), digital citizenship (90), STEM (265)

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Include the shared lessons and activities as part of your digital citizenship curriculum. Use the provided handouts to guide students toward extended learning and discussion of proper digital citizenship practices. For example, second-grade students complete a Digital Citizens Report handout, and as an extension, ask students to create a list of credits for some of their commonly used online sites such as PBS Kids Reading Games, reviewed here or Scratch, reviewed here.
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