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OK2Ask: 3 Cool Tools to Build Communication Skills - TeachersFirst

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Communication is a vital skill for students in the 21st century. It encompasses not only verbal and nonverbal exchanges, but also written and digital modes of expression. In this workshop, you'll learn how to use three innovative tech tools to enhance your students' communication skills in various contexts and formats and explore how these tools can foster collaboration, critical thinking, empathy, and global awareness among your students. As a result of this session, teachers will: 1. Explore the multifaceted nature of communication, which encompasses verbal, non-verbal, written, and digital interactions. 2. Discuss strategies for assessing and providing feedback on students' communication skills. 3. Explain the benefits and challenges of using tech tools for communication in education. This session is appropriate for teachers at all technology levels.

tag(s): communication (133)

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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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OK2Ask: Unlocking Literacy: Language Tools for the Science of Reading - TeachersFirst

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Developing oral language skills is crucial for students' academic success and social approbation. This workshop will equip educators with practical strategies that will enrich their students' oral language skills. Join us to explore innovative ways to enhance oral language development in your classroom through the strategic integration of technology. As a result of this session, teachers will: 1. Understand the importance of oral language development to academic success. 2. Design oral language activities that are engaging, interactive, and differentiated. 3. Explore various tech tools available through Microsoft that can enhance oral language skills. This session is appropriate for teachers at all technology levels.

tag(s): reading strategies (98)

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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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AI Photo Generator - Perchance

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AI Photo Generator allows you to generate realistic photos using AI, without signing up or facing any usage limits. It's a free tool designed to create images based on your-input ...more
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AI Photo Generator allows you to generate realistic photos using AI, without signing up or facing any usage limits. It's a free tool designed to create images based on your-input descriptions. The platform is user-friendly and accessible directly through the browser, making it convenient for anyone looking to create custom images quickly.
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tag(s): artificial intelligence (111), clip art (11), images (257)

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Have students write a character description and use the AI Photo Generator to visualize it. They share these images along with stories using Google Docs. Have students research historical figures, then create a modern version of them using the generator. Present these images alongside historical facts in a PowerPoint presentation, linking past to present. Using the different styles, have students use the same prompt and see how the image changes depending on the chosen style.

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Emily Arrow Playlist - Emily Arrow

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K to 2
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This is the YouTube channel for Emily Arrow, who provides resources for children's learning. She offers a blend of children's music and books aimed at fostering creativity and learning....more
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This is the YouTube channel for Emily Arrow, who provides resources for children's learning. She offers a blend of children's music and books aimed at fostering creativity and learning. Her mission is to inspire a young generation of artists, learners, and change-makers through the joy of music. Helping young people navigate *big feelings* the Arrow way: with heart, through art. The videos are hosted on YouTube. If your district blocks YouTube, then they may not be viewable.

tag(s): interactive stories (22), musical instruments (47), poetry (190), social and emotional learning (84), stories and storytelling (42)

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Inspired by Emily's use of the ukulele, students can build simple instruments from recycled materials and then play along with her videos. This engages students in hands-on creation, enhances their understanding of sound and music, and extends to environmental awareness. Have students pick a song from Emily's YouTube channel, write a short story or poem inspired by the song, and share it in class. Use Emily's videos for sing-along sessions. Students can learn the songs, discuss the lyrics, and explore themes. Use the videos during the day to offer brain breaks to your students.

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Scribble Diffusion - Replicate

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K to 12
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Scribble Diffusion uses artificial intelligence (AI) to turn your scribbles into refined drawings. Use the drawing tool to draw any object, then describe your image in the prompt box...more
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Scribble Diffusion uses artificial intelligence (AI) to turn your scribbles into refined drawings. Use the drawing tool to draw any object, then describe your image in the prompt box and click "go." In just a few moments, your idea comes to life in an AI-generated image. Refine your prompt as often as you like until you receive an image to use. Copy the link or right-click to download and save the image to your device when ready.

tag(s): artificial intelligence (111), drawing (60), images (257)

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Anytime students use images, discuss the proper use of copyright. Currently, copyright laws do not apply to AI-generated images; include this in your discussion and consider why this might be true. Create images to use as starters for creative writing projects, to include in multimedia projects, or for students to use as avatars for blogs. Use images created with Scribble Diffusion in digital storytelling projects, such as those created with Canva Edu, reviewed here or with Canva Comic Strip Templates, reviewed here. In art class, use one doodle to create images in different art styles and ask students to compare the different features of each style. Ask students to choose one art style to use in creating drawings by choosing from different options of media and supplies.

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Webcomics Web Archive - Library of Congress

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8 to 12
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The Library of Congress presents this collection which features comics created explicitly for the web beginning in 2014 and ongoing. Selections include award-winning comics as well...more
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The Library of Congress presents this collection which features comics created explicitly for the web beginning in 2014 and ongoing. Selections include award-winning comics as well as those featured based on significance in the field of comics. Browse through the collection items or use search features to narrow your selection by different criteria including format, date, subject, and location. Please note that all content is provided in its original form and may not be suitable for all ages.

tag(s): artists (78), comics and cartoons (54), politics (113)

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Include this collection in art classes during the study of comic book art. Share comics with students in history classes along with newspaper comics to demonstrate the use of comics to depict historic events or share political beliefs and satire. In literature classes, include this site along with others to share comics depicting characters in novels. Have students create their own comics or cartoons to summarize story events or depict characters and events from history using a comic creation tool like ToonyTool, reviewed here, to create single frame cartoons. Find more uses for using comics in the classroom by viewing the archive of our OK2Ask session Engage & Inspire: Comics in the Classroom, reviewed here.

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The Tumble Podcast - Lindsay Patterson and Marshall Escamilla

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Tumble is a science podcast for kids; however, it is entertaining and informative for the entire family. Topics include timely events like a solar eclipse and thought-provoking questions...more
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Tumble is a science podcast for kids; however, it is entertaining and informative for the entire family. Topics include timely events like a solar eclipse and thought-provoking questions like whether dinosaurs burped. Each podcast episode includes a blog with a transcript and supplemental information such as videos, images, and links to additional resources. Most podcast episodes run between twenty and thirty minutes and are available on several podcast-hosting resources, including Apple, Google, and Amazon Music.

tag(s): animals (284), bacteria (22), birds (45), dinosaurs (40), insects (69), listening (73), molecules (42), oceans (149), planets (112), plants (147), podcasts (81), stars (68), sun (70)

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Bookmark and save this site to find informative podcasts. Podcasts can be an engaging way to promote interest in science topics as part of a listening center rotation or to enhance your current lessons. Enhance learning by downloading the transcript and creating a set of questions using an AI resource such as MagicSchool, reviewed here. Visit MagicSchool, select the Text Dependent Questions generator, add the requested information, and upload the PDF transcript to generate a set of comprehension questions based on the information in the podcast. Extend learning by asking students to create an infographic using free templates found in Adobe Infographic Creator, reviewed here or Canva Education Templates, reviewed here.

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TaleTrove - TaleTrove.com

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TaleTrove is an online collection of user-submitted stories offered in several different formats. Click Good Reads on the top left of the menu and choose from books for young readers...more
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TaleTrove is an online collection of user-submitted stories offered in several different formats. Click Good Reads on the top left of the menu and choose from books for young readers (grades K-3) to browse through book titles. Click on the book icon to choose from different formats to read and hear stories. Options include viewing as PDF, listening to mp3 (audio), or viewing the flipbook. Most stories include all three options; however, a few offer only one or two. Each book also includes a learning guide with suggestions for pre and post-reading discussion as well as ideas for use when reading the book. The Create space menu accesses games, crafts, and other activities to explore and try. Users can submit reviews of the stories available on the site.

tag(s): audio books (23), digital storytelling (144), guided reading (33), preK (258), reading comprehension (142)

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View and listen to stories by opening up two tabs in your browser. Choose one to listen in mp3 format and the other to view using either PDF format or the flipbook reader. View and listen to stories together on your interactive whiteboard or create a link on classroom computers for students to read independently. You could even submit a "review" written by your entire class or have your more able students write one you can submit using a teacher account. Browse for other reading-related activities and crafts. Be sure to include this site on your class web page for students to access both in and outside of class for reading practice.
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Scholastic Summer Reading Home Base - Scholastic

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Summer Reading Home Base is a free digital game-based platform that provides a community for readers in grades preK through 8th grade from early May through early September. Sign up...more
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Summer Reading Home Base is a free digital game-based platform that provides a community for readers in grades preK through 8th grade from early May through early September. Sign up to read books and stories, attend author events, play games based on books, and much more. This program encourages students to track reading and maintain a "Reading Streak" to earn additional digital experiences. Visit the parents and educators page to learn more about the program and the safeguards to ensure a safe online experience.

tag(s): DAT device agnostic tool (144), independent reading (86), preK (258), spelling (95), summer (30), writing (317)

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Share Home Base with other suggestions to encourage student reading over the summer; find additional ideas for summer reading programs and options on TeachersFirst Special Topics Page: Summer Specials, reviewed here. Consider curating ideas for summer reading programs and activities by sharing a Wakelet, reviewed here collection with parents and guardians. Help parents understand the benefits of using a game-based platform to encourage reading over the summer by creating a short video using Free Screen Recorder Online, reviewed here to explain how to access this program and the different features provided.

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OK2Ask: Empowering Students: Navigating AI in the Classroom - TeachersFirst

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As artificial intelligence (AI) continues to revolutionize various industries, educators must equip their students with the knowledge and skills needed to thrive in an AI-driven world. AI can help students improve their academic skills, create engaging learning materials, and explore new possibilities for creative expression. This session will empower you with practical techniques and resources to help you effectively introduce AI concepts and tools to your students, fostering critical thinking, creativity, and academic growth. By the end of this workshop, you will have a better understanding of AI and its potential for education, as well as a set of AI tools that you can use to enrich your teaching and your students' learning. As a result of this session, teachers will: 1. Explore diverse ways they can use AI to enhance student learning. 2. Discuss the importance of fostering digital literacy and responsible AI usage among students. 3. Collaborate with peers to share ideas, strategies, and best practices for integrating AI into the curriculum. This session is appropriate for teachers at all technology levels.

tag(s): artificial intelligence (111), professional development (395)

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The archive of this teacher-friendly, hands-on webinar will empower and inspire you to use learning technology in the classroom and for professional productivity. As appropriate, specific classroom examples and ideas have been shared. View the session with a few of your teaching colleagues to find and share new ideas. Find additional information and links to tools at the session resource page. Learn more about OK2Ask and upcoming sessions here.

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Twitter Chat: Building Bridges: Creating Supportive Environments for Multilingual Learners - TeachersFirst

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This archived Twitter chat is from May 2024 and will open in Wakelet. The title of this chat is: Building Bridges: Creating Supportive Environments for Multilingual Learners. During...more
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This archived Twitter chat is from May 2024 and will open in Wakelet. The title of this chat is: Building Bridges: Creating Supportive Environments for Multilingual Learners. During this chat, participants: 1. Examined methods for supporting linguistic diversity in the classroom and promoting inclusivity through multilingual communication, 2. Shared resources and tools for facilitating language acquisition and expression among students with diverse linguistic backgrounds, and 3. Discussed practical strategies for incorporating multilingualism into lesson planning, instruction, and classroom activities to create an inclusive learning environment for all learners.

tag(s): multilingual (67), twitterchatarchive (175)

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Find resources and information about creating supportive environments for multilingual learners. Share this chat with your colleagues looking for strategies and resources for multilingual learners.

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CapCut - CapCut

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CapCut is an all-in-one video editing platform that provides tools for creating, editing, and sharing videos. The website offers various features such as editing tools, AI-driven options...more
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CapCut is an all-in-one video editing platform that provides tools for creating, editing, and sharing videos. The website offers various features such as editing tools, AI-driven options like background removal and color correction, and templates for different social media platforms. You can access CapCut online, download it for desktop use, or use the mobile app to edit videos. The platform also supports team collaboration and provides resources for enhancing video content with music, texts, and effects.

tag(s): digital storytelling (144), social media (54), video (260)

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Have students create short biography videos of historical figures, integrating photos, text, and voiceovers using CapCut. They can document their science experiments through video, using CapCut to add captions explaining each step. This method engages students and enhances comprehension of scientific concepts. Have students craft Public Service Announcements (PSAs) about topics like bullying, the environment, or other social issues using CapCut to edit and share their message. These can be shared on the school's social media accounts. Teachers can use CapCut to create teaser videos that can be used to peak students' interest for an upcoming unit of study.

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Snorkl - Snorkl

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Snorkl uses AI to generate personalized feedback on students' verbal explanations of assignments. After viewing a question, students create a recording with options for drawing on a...more
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Snorkl uses AI to generate personalized feedback on students' verbal explanations of assignments. After viewing a question, students create a recording with options for drawing on a virtual whiteboard to enhance their responses. After submitting a response, students receive feedback that identifies positive information in their responses and areas for improvement. Use questions from Snorkl's library or create questions to add to your library and assign to students. When assigning activities to your class, options are available to allow students to view their classmates' responses and comments if desired. Students access the assignments by visiting the link provided after creating the assignment or using the join code. As students post responses, teachers receive insights based on the shared answers that describe students' understandings and misunderstandings of the topic.

tag(s): artificial intelligence (111), feedback (9), Teacher Utilities (150), Whiteboard (12)

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Use Snorkl to enhance student learning by providing prompts that encourage students to develop thinking and reasoning skills while sharing their understanding of the topic. Encourage students to use the included whiteboard to provide written responses and drawings in addition to the recorded audio explanations. Differentiate learning for students by creating questions based on students' understanding of the topic. Encourage students to take advantage of the AI feedback provided to rerecord responses that provide additional information that shows a deeper knowledge of the topic.

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OK2Ask: Empower Students as Creators: Using Flip in the Classroom - TeachersFirst

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Empower your students with effective tools that will help them create dynamic projects. In this workshop, you'll learn how to use Microsoft Flip, a versatile platform that allows educators to engage, inspire, and support students throughout their project journey. Leave with the knowledge and skills you need to harness the full potential of Microsoft Flip in the classroom, facilitating enriched learning experiences and fostering creativity among students. As a result of this session, teachers will: 1. Understand the basic features and functionalities of Microsoft Flip. 2. Learn how to successfully implement Microsoft Flip in support of student projects across grade levels and subject areas. 3. Discuss strategies for using Microsoft Flip to accommodate diverse learning styles and needs, ensuring inclusivity and accessibility in student projects. This session is appropriate for teachers at all technology levels.

tag(s): professional development (395), video (260)

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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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WPSU Language Arts Games - PBS Learning Media

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K to 1
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This collection of five learning games encourages students in grades K-5 to explore and interact with text. The Detective's Notebook Game asks students to become detectives as they...more
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This collection of five learning games encourages students in grades K-5 to explore and interact with text. The Detective's Notebook Game asks students to become detectives as they learn inferencing skills. The Fridge Magnet Game teaches students to monitor text and find clarifying words. The Questioning Cube Game helps students create mental connections to text by generating and answering questions. Younger students play The Train Game to develop synthesis skills by grouping words to form sentences and Make Connections provides practice for students to make mental connections between text and information they already know. Each game correlates to standards and includes support materials for educators.

tag(s): infographics (57), literacy (110), reading comprehension (142), reading strategies (98), science of reading (33), vocabulary (236)

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To develop and practice language arts skills, add these games to classroom computers and include them in station rotation activities. Each game includes a set of discussion questions; use these questions as discussion topics in Flip, reviewed here and ask students to share their responses as part of a video discussion. Learn more about the Science of Reading by visiting TeachersFirst Science of Reading Special Topics Page, reviewed here.
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Vocabulary Adventure Cards - Sesame Workshop

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K to 2
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Make learning new words fun for students using Vocabulary Adventure Cards. These digital flashcards are intended for use every day to help kids build their vocabulary, stimulate their...more
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Make learning new words fun for students using Vocabulary Adventure Cards. These digital flashcards are intended for use every day to help kids build their vocabulary, stimulate their imagination, and enjoy storytelling. The cards encourage children to connect the words to their own lives, invite them to think of words to complete stories, and challenge them to name the word being defined when read aloud.

tag(s): flash cards (41), vocabulary (236), Whiteboard (12)

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Conduct an interactive vocabulary hunt. Use your whiteboard to show Vocabulary Adventure Cards, and then have students find related objects in class. Have your students make short videos on Flip, reviewed here explaining word pairs from the site, boosting their vocabulary and digital storytelling skills. Have students choose one of the stories and collaboratively add to the story using new words. Utilize a program like WriteReader, reviewed here.

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Really Great Reading - Really Great Reading

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Really Great Reading shares many resources to support reading instruction using the Science of Reading framework. Visit the free resources link to find summer school training and lessons,...more
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Really Great Reading shares many resources to support reading instruction using the Science of Reading framework. Visit the free resources link to find summer school training and lessons, heart word magic to help students read and spell high-frequency words, and reading assessments to group and monitor student progress. This site also includes a free version of Letter Tile Freeplay Live, an interactive activity that allows players to explore and sound out letters and sounds.

tag(s): literacy (110), phonics (50), preK (258), reading comprehension (142), reading strategies (98), science of reading (33)

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Bookmark and save this site as a resource for learning about and finding activities for reading instruction. Share ideas and articles with parents to support reading activities at home. The Heart Word Magic section includes many short video tutorials to help students learn to read and spell high-frequency words; consider including a video tutorial in your weekly classroom newsletter and on classroom computers for students and parents to review at home and in school. As an alternative to adding information to your classroom newsletter, consider using Wakelet, reviewed here or Padlet, reviewed here to organize and share resources with parents and guardians.

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Treasure Island 2020 - Gen Z Media - Gen Z Media - Lucky Gold-Writer

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5 to 12
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Gen-Z Media (GZM) is a media company that focuses on creating and producing innovative audio programming for families and friends to listen to together. Gen-Z Media provides a comprehensive...more
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Gen-Z Media (GZM) is a media company that focuses on creating and producing innovative audio programming for families and friends to listen to together. Gen-Z Media provides a comprehensive set of classroom materials for 'Treasure Island 2020,' including a Listening Guide, Explore Board, and Choice Board, tailored to engage students before, during, and after listening to the podcast. These resources align with common standards and offer flexible options for educators to facilitate deeper learning experiences. Additionally, parents and educators can rest assured that Gen-Z Media (GZM) maintains strict adherence to privacy guidelines such as FERPA to protect the confidentiality of children's information and ensure a safe and secure listening experience for younger listeners.

tag(s): digital storytelling (144), literacy (110), plot (9), podcasts (81)

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Treasure Island 2020 provides an excellent opportunity for classroom integration by comparing it to the original "Treasure Island" story. Teachers can engage students by discussing similarities and differences between the two versions, encouraging critical thinking and literary analysis. Additionally, educators can use the podcast to support understanding narrative elements such as character development and plot progression, deepening students' appreciation for storytelling structures! By extending learning through activities like creative writing assignments or dramatic retellings, students can explore themes of adventure, friendship, and discovery in both versions of the tale.

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OK2Ask: Multilingual Magic: Enhancing Communication and Expression for Diverse Learners - TeachersFirst

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

Are you looking for effective ways to support your multilingual students' communication and learning? By the end of this workshop, you'll have a toolkit of edtech strategies that will enhance both your teaching and student success. You will also have the opportunity to network with other educators and share your ideas and experiences. Join us as we empower educators to create inclusive learning experiences that honor and celebrate linguistic diversity! As a result of this session, teachers will: 1. Discover how to leverage various digital tools to facilitate language acquisition and develop communication skills. 2. Dive into the benefits of incorporating audio-based strategies to support multilingual learners. 3. Generate practical ideas for fostering the development of communication skills in a culturally responsive classroom environment. This session is appropriate for teachers at all technology levels.

tag(s): multilingual (67), professional development (395)

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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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Mother's Day Lesson Plans and Resources - Share My Lesson

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This collection of Mother's Day resources includes lessons, activities, and book suggestions for teaching about Mother's Day. Select any ideas to access all the resources for each activity;...more
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This collection of Mother's Day resources includes lessons, activities, and book suggestions for teaching about Mother's Day. Select any ideas to access all the resources for each activity; many include videos, printable teacher guides, worksheets, and more. The provided resources come with grade-level recommendations.

tag(s): book lists (162), crafts (54), holidays (167), mothers day (13)

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Add these resources to your current collection of ideas for Mother's Day lessons and crafts. Find more suggestions on the TeachersFirst Special Topics Page with Mother's Day Resources, reviewed here. Visit GoodReads, reviewed here to find lists and book suggestions for additional Mother's Day books to include in your lessons.
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