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Social media in education offers students the ability to connect with learning groups and easily find useful information. As educators, it is pivotal to teach students the benefits of using social media, as well as the proper (and safe) way to use these types of tools. This collection provides professional learning for educators using social media in the classroom, tools to organize and share social media, plus some social media favorites (such as Twitter and Pinterest). View our collection to find a tool useful for you or your classroom. Plus, our “In the Classroom” suggestions offer ways to integrate the tool in your lessons.
 

 

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FANschool - FANschool

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6 to 12
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Engage students in learning and staying involved with current events through a fantasy-sports type of games and challenges. Students draft teams of states, countries, events and earn...more
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Engage students in learning and staying involved with current events through a fantasy-sports type of games and challenges. Students draft teams of states, countries, events and earn points when their choice is mentioned in the news. Select from several games, including FANpolitics, to draft states or legislators and follow current news and legislation. Choose FANgeopolitics to draft countries and compete against classmates. At FANspecies players can earn points by selecting animals and researching species to find those most commonly observed in the wild. Sign up for your free account to begin. Free accounts allow one commissioner with up to 35 players. Follow the prompts to choose your game and options, including start and end dates. Invite players by sharing your league's URL or the token provided after creating your league.

tag(s): branches of government (54), cross cultural understanding (138), elections (74), game based learning (157), media literacy (83), politics (100), social media (43)

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FANschool is an incredibly interesting way to engage students in current events and is relatable to students who already participate in fantasy sports leagues. Create a league for your class that lasts for a set time, such as a semester or 9-week grading period. Continue with the fantasy sports theme by asking students to create weekly podcasts using Buzzsprout, reviewed here, to provide updates on the latest news and information. Be sure to read some of the suggestions on FANschool for how other educators use this tool to explore media bias methods, raise awareness of global citizenship, and involve students in understanding political issues.

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Teachers' Guide to Cranky Uncle - John Cook

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6 to 12
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How do you teach students to understand and build resilience against misinformation? Try using this game created by George Mason University scientist, John Cook, that uses cartoon personifications...more
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How do you teach students to understand and build resilience against misinformation? Try using this game created by George Mason University scientist, John Cook, that uses cartoon personifications of climate science denials. The game is available to play on any browser or download the app from the Apple Store or Google Play. By teaching how others use fake experts and cherry-picking information to spread disinformation, this game engages players as they employ critical thinking skills to build points and learn how to separate fact from myth. The Teacher's Guide features all you need to know to understand how to set up the game for your class, the basic premise and information found in the game, and classroom activities that accompany the game's features.

tag(s): DAT device agnostic tool (167), digital citizenship (71), game based learning (157), internet safety (114), media literacy (83), social media (43)

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Add this game to your toolkit of lessons and activities when teaching Internet safety and media literacy skills. The Teachers' Guide already includes many ideas on integrating the game into classroom lessons and includes using technology to enhance and extend learning. Use these ideas as a starting point to build student engagement and help them understand the real-world applications for the information found in the game. For example, use the suggested Padlet, reviewed here, activity to compile quiz questions as suggested in Activity 5. After completing that activity, have students create their own videos, fake social media posts, or news articles that contain misinformation and create quiz questions for their peers to complete. Adobe Spark for Education, reviewed here, is an excellent tool for students to use when creating websites, videos, flyers, and infographics. As a final project, and to extend learning, have students share what they learned with others by producing podcasts using Buzzsprout, reviewed here, or digital books for younger students using Book Creator, reviewed here.

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Koji - Koji

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K to 12
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Koji is an interactive content creator for use with all types of social media. Create games and quizzes by creating a template or remixing one of the thousands of available ...more
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Koji is an interactive content creator for use with all types of social media. Create games and quizzes by creating a template or remixing one of the thousands of available models found on the website. Choose an existing game and click the remix button to begin. Customize the options, including text, sound, images, and game features. Publish and share using the game link or directly into social media using the provided links.

tag(s): coding (75), game based learning (157), gamification (76)

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Find templates by browsing the templates found on the home page, or choose the option to see what others are remixing to find examples to use in the classroom. Modify quizzes to include on your class website for quick review and practice on any device. Choose a "tap to reveal" feature to share before introducing a new unit. For example, before starting a unit on national landmarks, quickly create several "tap to reveal" games with United States landmarks and publish one a day on the week before the start of your unit. Have students create quizzes and games to review classroom material, then share the games with all students on your class websites. Share with students interested in software and coding applications, encourage them to create games that interact with current classroom materials. Koji includes options for viewing the source code for advanced coders to use in creating and modifying their interactives.

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Civic Online Reasoning - Stanford History Education Group

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6 to 12
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Civic Online Reasoning offers free curriculum collections providing lessons on how to evaluate online information. Lessons incorporate imagined scenarios that challenge students to...more
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Civic Online Reasoning offers free curriculum collections providing lessons on how to evaluate online information. Lessons incorporate imagined scenarios that challenge students to follow a series of activities to assess related online information. Sources used in the lessons are fictional accounts that often cite real sources and information. Each lesson includes teacher and student materials, along with presentation slides. Civic Online Reasoning also includes a video library that offers supplemental lessons, examples of classroom use of the site's tools, and crash courses related to understanding and finding appropriate digital information.

tag(s): evaluating sources (15), internet safety (114), journalism (66), news (238), social media (43)

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Supplement your current digital information lessons using the curriculum provided on the site. Register for a free account to access all of the provided materials. Use Padlet, reviewed here, to supplement information using real online information. For example, after completing a lesson on evaluating the source of information, ask students to post a link to an online article, and document their research into the source of information. Ask students to create infographics using Canva Infographic Maker, reviewed here, to share steps in how to evaluate online information. Extend learning further by offering students different options in presenting research about online disinformation. Have one group use Google My Maps, reviewed here, to share the location of sources of disinformation while another group creates podcasts using Buzzsprout, reviewed here, to share tips on how to evaluate online information.
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YouTube - YouTube, LLC

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K to 12
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YouTube is a video hosting platform for viewing and sharing videos with over one billion users around the world. Content ranges across all subjects and interests. Use YouTube's search...more
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YouTube is a video hosting platform for viewing and sharing videos with over one billion users around the world. Content ranges across all subjects and interests. Use YouTube's search feature to locate videos for any content and age ranges. You are also able to upload your own videos. After uploading videos, YouTube offers basic editing tools to remove portions of your video, add music, and add end screens. Use the share option to share the link to your video using social media or obtain the embed code to include on a website or blog. Be sure to check on your school's policy and use of filters before using YouTube in the classroom.
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tag(s): video (240)

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YouTube provides opportunities for a variety of classroom uses. Create your own YouTube channel to provide instructional videos for your students. Make a playlist of videos that support your teaching and allow students to learn from different viewpoints. With proper permissions, have students create videos sharing their learning and understanding of concepts and share them on your class webpage. Flip learning by having students watch videos at home to provide context before classroom lessons. Are there too many ads and distractions on YouTube videos? Use Safe YouTube, reviewed here, and generate an ad-free version of the video. Use YouTube videos to create an interactive learning experience instead of passive learning by using a site such as EdPuzzle, reviewed here, to modify any video to your lesson. Add questions, clip out unneeded portions of the video, and add comments and information by adding a recording in your voice. One big bonus when using EdPuzzle is that YouTube videos are viewable through EdPuzzle even if YouTube is blocked through your district.

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Popped - Carbon Studio LLC

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5 to 12
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Popped brings a social media feel to story writing and planning. Write a story or screenplay the same way you text. Create an account and select to begin a new ...more
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Popped brings a social media feel to story writing and planning. Write a story or screenplay the same way you text. Create an account and select to begin a new project, either as a story or movie. Add two characters, upload an image for each character, and your title. Add additional characters at any time as you write the story. Use the edit feature to move text up or down within the story, change the character associated with the text, or delete items. Before creating a story, use Popped's timeline feature to create an outline for your work. When complete, publish your work and share it using the provided links. Be sure to look at options found on this site to turn off mature content since submissions aren't moderated.

tag(s): creative writing (120), digital storytelling (128), writing (284)

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Popped is an excellent tool to help students manage and create storytelling projects. Ask them to use this site to plan original pieces of fiction or to retell events in history through the eyes of different participants. For example, when learning about Civil Rights, have students share options for what might happen if Martin Luther King hadn't been assassinated. Use these stories as a basis for student podcasts about moments in history and how different events shaped and changed history. Use Buzzsprout, reviewed here, as a podcasting tool that offers options such as scheduling episodes for specific dates and times, adding chapter markers to episodes, and adding links, lists, and formatting to your show notes.

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Social Media Test Drive - Cornell University and the Cornell Research Foundation, Inc

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4 to 12
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Social Media Test Drive provides a series of interactive modules offering practice in digital citizenship skills through a social media simulation. Each module includes tutorials, guided...more
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Social Media Test Drive provides a series of interactive modules offering practice in digital citizenship skills through a social media simulation. Each module includes tutorials, guided activities, free-play, and opportunities for reflection. Topics include how to shape your digital footprint, online privacy, addressing cyberbullies, and how to recognize and identify "fake news." The Teacher's Guide provides ideas on using the site along with key terms and information found within the modules.

tag(s): character education (66), cyberbullying (44), digital citizenship (71), social media (43)

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Share these modules for students to complete during any lessons on Internet safety. Ask students to contribute to a collaborative document sharing examples they have seen of cyberbullying or deceptive news practice. Replace pencil and paper notetaking by sharing an online tool such as Webnote, reviewed here, for students to use to take notes on any website. When finished, have them share their notes using the URL created for use in classroom discussions. Reinforce online safety concepts through gameplay using Baamboozle, reviewed here. Enhance student learning by asking students to create a game in Baamboozle for their peers to play to identify best practices in creating a safe online presence. After completing your digital safety unit, modify classroom technology use and extend learning by asking students to create explainer videos using FlexClip, reviewed here, with suggestions on how to identify fake news, how to create a positive digital footprint or ways to support peers when faced with cyberbullying. Share student videos on your class website and with younger students.

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TWiki - Peter Theony

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K to 12
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TWiki is an open-source application for creating and using wikis. Easily add and share information without any coding or programming skills. Think of it as an easily editable page....more
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TWiki is an open-source application for creating and using wikis. Easily add and share information without any coding or programming skills. Think of it as an easily editable page. Download the application to create your wiki. Add text, links, and documents to your wiki pages. Additional features include the ability to view the history of any topic and receive email notifications of changes to any topic. Enhance your wiki with the site's available plugins including a calendar, chart visualizer, slide show module, and others.

tag(s): collaboration (70), wikis (16)

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In language arts or history classrooms use a wiki to create a favorite historical figures page, have students share their favorite person from history along with supporting evidence. Use a wiki to set up a debate between students. For example, create a wiki and ask students to debate the use of homework in schools, the effect of social media on society, or year-round school vs. traditional school calendars. As your class builds and adds to the wiki, extend student learning by having small groups of students select a topic to research further. A nice feature of TWiki is that it allows you to set up collaborative groups where students can share information and ideas about their research. Culminate the research by having students use a multimedia creation tool like Sway, reviewed here, transforming classroom technology by sharing information including text, images, videos, and more. As a last step have the small groups load their Sway creation to their collaborative page on TWiki. For more ideas and information on how to use wikis, visit the TeachersFirst Wiki Walk-Through for a detailed, step-by-step explanation and starter help, including dozens of ideas for ways to use a wiki in your classroom.

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Bad News - Cambridge Social Decision-Making Lab and DROG

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5 to 12
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How bad can you be? This game teaches you how fake news and disinformation spreads as players take on the role of the bad guy to acquire as many followers ...more
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How bad can you be? This game teaches you how fake news and disinformation spreads as players take on the role of the bad guy to acquire as many followers as possible while raising their credibility ratings. Follow the prompts and make selections on how to spread disinformation and take advantage of others' fears and emotions as you proceed through the game. As you make choices, watch how that affects the number of your followers and learn how to use celebrity and fear to influence others. Throughout the game, players earn up to six badges recognizing accomplishments such as impersonation and emotion.

tag(s): digital citizenship (71), game based learning (157), internet safety (114), media literacy (83), social media (43)

In the Classroom

This game is perfect for use as an introduction to lessons on digital citizenship, media literacy, and social media. Share the site with your students to explore on their own and encourage them to play several different times using the different options provided. Your students won't mind playing over and over; it is easy to get hooked on trying to find the best way to gain as many followers as possible! Once students become familiar with the game and the different options presented for spreading misinformation, ask them to apply their findings to online content. Have them do some online research to find sites or information using tactics such as emotion and the others featured in Bad News. As they research sites and online information, have them add links to the sites they find on a class Padlet. Padlet, reviewed here, offers an option to create columns, use this option then label a column for each badge found in the game and ask students to share a link to their sites in the appropriate column. In addition to adding a link, have students include a comment providing information on why their site belongs in the category. Instead of assessing learning with quizzes or a written report, enhance learning and transform your assessment by having students create infographics to share information learned. Canva Infographic Maker, reviewed here, provides easy to use templates to create interesting and informative infographics. Extend leaning and ask students to become the teacher using Symbaloo Learning Paths, reviewed here, to create an online learning activity teaching others on how to recognize and avoid disinformation found online. Be sure to share your assessment rubric with students as part of your assignment. Find many ideas for implementing rubrics for assessment along with examples and online tools at TeachersFirst Rubrics to the Rescue, reviewed here.

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Online Teen Safety - StaySafe.org

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5 to 12
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This guide shares online safety suggestions for teens and parents by providing basic facts and advice. Starting with tips for protecting hardware and devices from viruses and malware...more
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This guide shares online safety suggestions for teens and parents by providing basic facts and advice. Starting with tips for protecting hardware and devices from viruses and malware the site guides readers through a variety of valuable information. Additional topics include social media, scams and online shopping, and online bullying. Although the site lacks a lot of bells and whistles, it offers a great deal of information related to online safety and provides a starting point for further research.

tag(s): cyberbullying (44), internet safety (114)

In the Classroom

Include the information from this site with your other resources for teaching about online safety. Instead of creating a list of links for students, share safety tips with students by replacing the list using a bookmarking tool like Padlet, reviewed here, to share all resources including videos, websites, and more in one place. Invite students to add their own resources to the Padlet as a collaborative activity on internet safety. Create quizzes using Baamboozle, reviewed here, as a formative assessment during your online safety unit. Baamboozle is a quick and easy quiz creation tool to replace paper and pencil. Divide the class into groups to research the different topics found on this site then let them create their own Baamboozle quizzes for their classmates. Instead of teaching online safety in individual lessons, consider using Symbaloo Learning Paths, reviewed here, to create a learning path including all of your lessons. Have students follow at their own pace and use tools with the Learning Paths to offer differentiation for the abilities and interests of your students. To modify learning and further challenge students, have them create their own internet safety Learning Paths for classmates to complete.

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Headliner - SpareMin

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K to 12
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Create and share videos for social media platforms with Headliner. Add images, text animation, clip audio, add video, and more to personalize content. Choose from several video editor...more
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Create and share videos for social media platforms with Headliner. Add images, text animation, clip audio, add video, and more to personalize content. Choose from several video editor templates or go straight to the video editor to begin creating. Upload videos to add transcript, use the audiogram wizard to make a video from audio, or create a video from a URL linking to an online article. When finished, publish your video and download to your computer.

tag(s): editing (76), multimedia (46), video (240)

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Use Headliners to create and share videos in multiple ways. Set the stage for upcoming lessons by creating a video from an upcoming text, post the video on your class website for students to view before reading. Include the transcription feature when sharing videos of student discussions or classroom activities (with appropriate parental permission, of course). Promote your classroom podcast using the Audio Wizard to share a short preview of an upcoming podcast. As an alternative to a research report, use the Find My Content feature and have students redefine their technology use by creating a multimedia video filled with images and video based on their research.

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Twitter Chat: Using Social Media to Build a Sense of School Community - TeachersFirst

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K to 12
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This archived Twitter chat is from March 2019 and will open in Wakelet. The title of this chat is: Using Social Media to Build a Sense of School Community. During ...more
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This archived Twitter chat is from March 2019 and will open in Wakelet. The title of this chat is: Using Social Media to Build a Sense of School Community. During this chat, participants will: 1. Discuss the need for strengthening and building a united school community, 2. Discuss the benefits of using social media to impact school culture and 3. Share various social media tools and how they can be used to increase community engagement.

tag(s): climate (82), communities (32), social media (43), twitterchatarchive (105)

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Find resources and explore ways to use social media effectively to build school climate, culture, and community. Share this chat with your colleagues looking for sites and information related to social media implementation.

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Apagraph - Artem Rudenko

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K to 12
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Apagraph is a quick and easy tool for combining quotes and images for social media use. Click to start your graphic and type a quote. Select from the included backgrounds ...more
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Apagraph is a quick and easy tool for combining quotes and images for social media use. Click to start your graphic and type a quote. Select from the included backgrounds found at the bottom of the page and choose "next." Add tags and categories if desired, and choose from privacy options before publishing. Your image is ready to share! Be sure to check out the privacy options, images not set to private will be included in the public stream and allows others to like and comment on your image. Use the links found at the bottom of the page to share directly to Facebook, Twitter, or to copy the URL. After publication, locate your image in your stream and use additional links to download to your computer in the format you select.

tag(s): graphic design (44), images (255), quotations (21)

In the Classroom

Create quick motivational or introductory quotes to share on your interactive whiteboard for when students enter the class or to use for a journal prompt. Use Apagraph to create attention-grabbing images to include with your Twitter posts. Share this site with students to use with slide show and multimedia presentations. Transform classroom technology by asking students to include their graphic images when using a presentation tool like Sway, reviewed here, to highlight different portions of their work.

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Twitter Chat: Using Social Media to Increase Student Engagement - TeachersFirst

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This archived Twitter chat is from December 2018 and will open in Wakelet. The title of this chat is: Using Social Media to Increase Student Engagement. Through this chat, participants...more
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This archived Twitter chat is from December 2018 and will open in Wakelet. The title of this chat is: Using Social Media to Increase Student Engagement. Through this chat, participants will: 1. Discuss the benefits of using social media to increase student engagement, 2. Share ways to utilize social media to foster global learning experiences, and 3. Share helpful resources to begin to incorporate more social media into daily lessons. Find great tools and resources to help use social media to engage your students.

tag(s): social media (43), twitterchatarchive (105)

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Find tools and resources to create lessons that incorporate use of social media. Share this chat with your colleagues looking for sites and information related to social media use in the classroom. Explore the various tools that are shared.

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Crello - Depositphotos

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K to 12
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Crello is a visual editor for creating social media images, banners, animated designs, and more. Choose from Crello's extensive library of templates and photos, or use your own. Select...more
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Crello is a visual editor for creating social media images, banners, animated designs, and more. Choose from Crello's extensive library of templates and photos, or use your own. Select the type of media to create to begin a project, open your workspace, and personalize different features. Check out the How to Guide in the lower left corner of the page. Create an account using email to download and share finished projects.

tag(s): digital storytelling (128), graphic design (44), images (255), infographics (51), posters (43), slides (49), social media (43)

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Share Crello with students as a tool for creating posters, infographics, and other visual media for any project. Begin by displaying this site on your interactive whiteboard and demonstrating how to use the different features and discussing how to find the free materials available. Have students create a screencast using Free Screen Recorder Online, reviewed here, to demonstrate how to use the different features of Crello and include their screencasts on your class website for student use at home and at school. Instead of a book report, have students create a simple webpage; use WebNode, reviewed here, and include a banner or poster created using Crello to share their ideas. Ask students to use this site to create an infographic sharing nutrition facts, events in world history, or any other information learned in class.

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Media Literacy - TeachersFirst

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Peruse this curated list to find resources related to media literacy. Media literacy is a set of skills that help people to analyze, evaluate, and create messages in a wide ...more
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Peruse this curated list to find resources related to media literacy. Media literacy is a set of skills that help people to analyze, evaluate, and create messages in a wide variety of media modes, genres, and formats. To become media literate, students must learn to raise the right questions about what they are listening to, watching, or reading. Media literacy education is about helping students become competent, critical, and literate in all media forms so that they can appropriately interpret what they see or hear rather than blindly accepting what they are told. This collection of resources includes lesson ideas, activities, and resources for teaching media literacy skills. Be sure also to check out the media literacy professional learning resources.

tag(s): critical thinking (103), cyberbullying (44), digital citizenship (71), evaluating sources (15), internet safety (114), media literacy (83), news (238), primary sources (98), professional development (233), social media (43)

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Today's messages come in many forms and literacy can no longer refer simply to the ability to read and write. Prepare your students to be literate citizens with this collection. Many are ideal for whole-group instruction, while others would work best on individual devices. Read the reviews to find classroom use ideas with each review. Although the list of tools is mainly geared towards grades 4-8, there are a few resources for the primary grades.

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Above the Noise - KQED

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6 to 12
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This YouTube Channel, created for middle and high school students digs deeper into issues (environmental, health, social and more) affecting their lives. Based on science and research,...more
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This YouTube Channel, created for middle and high school students digs deeper into issues (environmental, health, social and more) affecting their lives. Based on science and research, episodes provide information to help teens make informed conclusions on topics like fake news and social media. The classroom guide for teachers provides discussion questions for use before, during, and after videos along with alignment to Common Core Standards. If your district blocks YouTube, the videos may not be viewable.

tag(s): character education (66), drugs and alcohol (28), social media (43), social networking (83), social skills (24), sociology (22), video (240)

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Take advantage of the classroom guide to explore big questions found within each episode. Subscribe to this channel to receive notifications of new video additions. Use a tool such as Vizia, reviewed here, to add questions directly into the YouTube videos for students to complete as a blended, flipped, or remote learning lesson and before (classroom) instruction. Use a tool such as Voxer, reviewed here, for students to discuss their thoughts on the topic of each video.

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Wakelet - Jamil Khalil

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K to 12
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Create, curate, and share web content with Wakelet. Save online links, including articles, videos, tweets, and more then organize them into collections called wakes. Share collections...more
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Create, curate, and share web content with Wakelet. Save online links, including articles, videos, tweets, and more then organize them into collections called wakes. Share collections with a personalized link or use the embed code to embed anywhere online. Use the keyword search to explore and view wakes created by other Wakelet members. Save information from other wakes to your account for use in your own wakes. To make your wakes more distinctive, add a cover image, background, and choose the layout you prefer. Wakelet works smoothly with many apps such as Microsoft Teams, Google Classroom, and FlipGrid, just to name a few.

tag(s): bookmarks (53), collaboration (70), DAT device agnostic tool (167), multimedia (46), news (238), social media (43), social networking (83)

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The possibilities for using Wakelet in the classroom are endless! Create collections with tips for writing in different genres, current events, information about specific countries or cities, math games, and much more. Have students set up their own wakes as part of a research project. Put together a wake scavenger hunt to introduce a new unit or as a review at the end of a unit. Share wakes on your class web page for student use at home to review and practice class content. Having the ability to have a cover image and background for your wakes makes them much more interesting and easily identifiable, especially for young or visual students!

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