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November 16, 2015

Thinking Teachers Teaching Thinkers®

This week is American Education Week! Take a deep breath and appreciate being appreciated. TeachersFirst appreciates each and every teacher who discovers us—and the friends that you bring with you!


OK2Ask Free PD with PDU Credit
Registration continues for our final November session. Read our FAQ for general information about certificates, etc. Please be sure to read the detailed descriptions and suggested technology comfort levels BEFORE you register for the best match for your learning needs. Watch upcoming Updates for the 2016 OK2Ask schedule.

3 Tools for Creating Timelines
Tuesday November 17, 2015 at 7pm Eastern


It’s not FAIR!
Our students are the first to cry out when they think something is not “fair.” But understanding Copyright and Fair Use is not nearly as automatic for them. Even the savviest teachers work hard to use digital resources ethically. It is our job to try, and try again until we “get it.” TeachersFirst's Copyright and Fair Use Resources collection offers both sites to help you and your students understand what is/is not good digital citizenship and places to find Creative Commons and other copyright safe images, sound files, etc.. Teachers are not lawyers, but we are obligated to model “fair” use work created by others.


Two Historic Gems
Students enjoy TeachersFirst’s Frontier Forts of the American Revolution because they can “see” and experience what life was like during this era. Middle school and high school students love to dig through the infographics and thought provoking questions in Gettysburg by the Numbers. Share it on any device, including BYOD! There is something for every interest, building beyond dates and data to questions and connections about this Civil War turning point. Mark both in your favorites for upcoming units.


Boys will be... readers!
Finding ways to hook boys in reading can be a challenge. See ideas and strategies from an experienced elementary library/media specialist in Hook the Boys on Reading. Your elementary boys will love you for it.


Source For Learning: VSTE Conference
Are you attending the VSTE Conference on December 6-8 in Roanoke, VA? The Source For Learning is proud to be a sponsor of the VSTE Conference and we hope to see you there!


Calendar Happenings
The TeachersFirst Classroom Planning Calendar offers resources related to events and observations on the calendar all throughout the year.

Are You Available?
This week’s Teacher Poll asks: Do you volunteer in your community? Place your vote on the teacher poll on the TeachersFirst home page.


Featured Sites
This week in our Featured Sites find:

  • 4 Win-Win Math
  • Quizalize
  • Seesaw
  • Engineering
  • TV Archive News Search
  • Story Maker
  • 25 Biggest Turning Points in Earth’s History
  • Free Digital Photos
  • And more

IMPORTANT NOTE: If you are reading this November 22 or later, the link above will take you to the Featured Sites for the current week. Find the archived November 15 Features here, and don’t miss our many other recent additions from the link at the bottom of the Featured Sites page.


Whether you have 1 or 100 parents visiting your classroom during American Education Week, let TeachersFirst be your secret ingredient to successful, technology-infused lessons.

The TeachersFirst Team