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TF Update 6/12/2016
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For Your Classroom

Summer is a great time to keep yourself current! What is hot in educational technology? What is happening currently around the world? Take a look at TeachersFirst’s Events listings to find out about contests, summer challenges and more. Find out what is currently “Popular” at TeachersFirst. This page highlights the 25 sites most frequently marked as favorites by our members in the past 60 days. Looking for current event resources? Visit our full listing here.


TeachersFirst BYOT Lesson Plan Contest
TeachersFirst BYOT lesson plan contest will continue throughout June. If you haven’t already learned about this fabulous opportunity, take some time today to learn more. The top 3 winners will receive a $100 Amazon gift card. Click here to learn more.


Professional Development

TF Twitter Chats—Almost Here!
Join us on Thursday (June 16, 2016) at 8pm Eastern for TeachersFirst’s FIRST Twitter Chat. This session will be a Tech Tools Smackdown. Share and compare some of the TeachersFirst contributors’ favorite resources. Join us and help determine which tool is the most popular during our tech tool Smackdown! Sign up NOW to be placed on the email list for Twitter Chat announcements and reminders.


GoogleMania—Save the Date
Thursday July 21, 2016 will be TeachersFirst’s GoogleMania day. This is one event you do NOT want to miss! This all-day PD opportunity will include 9 Google-Tastic topics, each presented in just less than one hour. Watch the Weekly Update for more details!


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


The Sessions May End, But the Learning Continues
Our Spring OK2Ask sessions have come to a close. However, our archives are available for your viewing at any time. No registration is necessary to view the archives. Please be advised that PD certificates are not given for viewing archived sessions. The new SUMMER 2016 OK2Ask schedule will be released soon. Keep watching the Weekly Update to learn about all of TeachersFirst’s summer professional development opportunities.


ISTE Bound?
Are you heading to Denver for ISTE 2016 or do you live in the Denver area? Source For Learning, TeachersFirst’s non-profit parent company, is offering FREE exhibit hall passes. We have a limited amount of free exhibit hall passes for TeacherFirst Members. If you are interested, email teachersfirst@sflinc.org.


TeachersFirst Exclusives

Share TeachersFirst In Your Summer PD Sessions
Are you a professional development trainer, ed tech coach, or graduate professor? If you plan to feature TeachersFirst at a workshop or PD session this summer, you can request materials to share by filling out this online form. As a free service from a non-profit, TeachersFirst relies on word of mouth from connectors like you to “get the word out.”


How Far Will You Go?
This week’s Teacher Poll asks: How far will you travel this summer? Place your vote on the teacher poll on the TeachersFirst home page.

TeachersFirst Features

This week in our Featured Sites:

  • Data USA
  • Beat the Summer Reading Slump!
  • SciTech Daily
  • Global Conflict Tracker
  • Rock the Vote
  • The Migrant Trail
  • Science of the Summer Olympics
  • And more

IMPORTANT NOTE: If you are reading this June 19th, or later, the link above will take you to the Featured Sites for the current week. Find the archived June 12th Features here, and don’t miss our many other recent additions from the link at the bottom of the Featured Sites page.


Let TeachersFirst help to keep you current and fresh in ed tech, current events, and more. Take a look at our featured sites this week to find lots of fresh ideas and current happenings.

Melissa Henning
Educational Content Manager
TeachersFirst/Source For Learning