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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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OK2Ask: 3 Cool Tools for Digital Reading - TeachersFirst

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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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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 (215)

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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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Litmaps - Litmaps Ltd

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9 to 12
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Litmaps offers tools to search and discover relevant academic papers and visualization of the results using literature maps. The literature seed maps display relationships between articles...more
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Litmaps offers tools to search and discover relevant academic papers and visualization of the results using literature maps. The literature seed maps display relationships between articles in the visualization and trace cited materials. Choose any cited article to view the author(s) and abstract. Free accounts allow for up to 20 search inputs and include 1 Litmap visualization with a maximum of 100 articles.

tag(s): professional development (394), Research (83)

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Use Litmaps as a professional tool for researching current teaching frameworks and strategies. For example, if you are investigating the Science of Reading, search for that term to learn more about the academic research done on this topic.

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Let's Listen to a Podcast - Shanon McClintock Miller

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1 to 5
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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 (69)

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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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K to 5
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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 (215)

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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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OK2Ask: Sway Cool Student Projects - TeachersFirst

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2 to 12
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Harness the power of Microsoft Sway to create dynamic, multimedia-rich student projects. Explore the versatility of Sway and learn how to craft compelling "show what you know" assignments that are applicable to a wide range of grade levels and subject areas. In this workshop, you'll learn how to use Microsoft Sway to create and share digital stories that showcase your students' learning. Whether it's a book report, an interactive webpage, a portfolio, or a curated collection of artifacts, Sway can breathe new life into student projects, fostering creativity, critical thinking, and digital literacy. As a result of this session, teachers will: 1. Understand the potential of Microsoft Sway as a versatile tool for student projects. 2. Plan a "show what you know" project using Sway. 3. Produce an exemplar to accompany their project description. This session is appropriate for teachers at all technology levels.

tag(s): Formative Assessment (69)

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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: Tech Tools Smackdown: AI Tools - TeachersFirst

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K to 12
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The bots are battling it out in this AI-themed Tech Smackdown! Our TeachersFirst contributors will showcase their favorite classroom AI assistants in an epic showdown. From creative bots, to time-saving bots, to student-engaging bots, to organizing bots, these artificial intelligence dynamos will digitally duel for the title of most valuable AI. With new AI tools emerging faster than you can say "machine learning," finding the top tech can be a challenge. Let our tech-wise teachers be your guides in this fast-paced, fun session! The future is now - come see which classroom AI education tool will be crowned king! As a result of this session, teachers will: 1. Compare and contrast the most popular AI-powered education tools to discover which ones are most effective for classroom use. 2. Evaluate the strengths and limitations of leading AI learning tools to determine which provide the greatest benefits for students. 3. Discuss implementation strategies and best practices for leveraging AI tools to enhance teaching and optimize student outcomes. This session is appropriate for teachers at all technology levels.

tag(s): artificial intelligence (106), professional development (394)

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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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Piktochart AI Infographic Generator - Piktochart

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3 to 12
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Piktochart's AI-powered infographic generator creates infographics from your text within ten seconds. Registration isn't required to make up to four free infographics monthly; however,...more
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Piktochart's AI-powered infographic generator creates infographics from your text within ten seconds. Registration isn't required to make up to four free infographics monthly; however, registration allows you to create up to ten monthly infographics and edit the content created by Piktochart. Describe your topic by entering text into the chat bar, then click to generate infographics. After your design appears, choose from several templates to change the style of your infographic. Registered members can change images, text, font, and more. When finished, share your design using the link, embed code, or as an image in PNG format.

tag(s): artificial intelligence (106), infographics (57), posters (44), presentations (17)

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Quickly create infographics as a schema activator or lesson introduction by typing in the topic of your lesson. Discuss the information shared on the infographic and ask students to share additional ideas that support their current understanding of the content. Share the infographic creator with students to include with multimedia presentations, book reports, or oral presentations. Students can create infographics about a classroom topic, relationships, definitions of significant terms, lab information, and more. If you use literature circles in your classroom, making an Infographic about a novel the group read would be a great conclusion for the lit circle project. It might also entice others in the class to read the novel. Post the infographics on your web page for all your students and parents to enjoy. To challenge your gifted students, have them research and create infographics depicting the challenging issues or "flipsides" related to your curriculum topic. Here are some suggestions: Major court cases and matters involving freedom of speech (during your Constitution unit), risks and benefits of nuclear power (in a physics class).

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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 (50), images (263), Online Learning (42), STEM (265), tutorials (53)

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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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Ideogram - Ideogram

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Ideogram uses artificial intelligence to generate images from text. Explore images created by Ideogram users by scrolling through the home page and selecting any image to view the prompt...more
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Ideogram uses artificial intelligence to generate images from text. Explore images created by Ideogram users by scrolling through the home page and selecting any image to view the prompt used to create it. Additional links include options to save images as favorites, remix them, or retry creating them. Free accounts allow you to make up to 25 images daily. Enter your prompt in the chat bar and choose from options for size, privacy, and image style. Each prompt generates four images. Open any image and right-click to save it on your device.

tag(s): artificial intelligence (106), creative writing (121), images (263)

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Ideogram is an excellent tool for creating AI-generated images and a valuable resource for learning how to create effective prompts. Scroll through the home page to find images of interest, then open the picture to view the prompt used to make it. Teach students how to write descriptive sentences by creating AI-generated images; students quickly learn how to add specific details to create a desired output. Use Ideogram to engage students in creative writing projects by generating images based on anything their imaginations share. Include AI-generated images in your classroom newsletter, website, or worksheets as an easy resource for adding pictures without spending much time searching for the right photograph. Share this site with students to include images in multimedia projects, such as those created using Sway, reviewed here or edublogs, reviewed here. When using any AI resource, be sure to provide guidance on using AI tools ethically, creatively, and responsibly.

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

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K to 3
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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 (283), continents (33), darwin (13), ecosystems (74), plants (147), preK (257)

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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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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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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 (109), reading comprehension (143), reading strategies (99), 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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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 (109), phonics (50), preK (257), reading comprehension (143), reading strategies (99), 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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Skybrary Collection - Reading Is Fundamental

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K to 5
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The Skybrary collection is part of RIF's digital offerings, providing a wide range of interactive eBooks and educational activities to improve literacy and foster a love of reading...more
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The Skybrary collection is part of RIF's digital offerings, providing a wide range of interactive eBooks and educational activities to improve literacy and foster a love of reading among children. The Skybrary features themed collections of books, fun animations, and engaging narration to help young readers. Additionally, there are activities, a puzzle maker, and a searchable database.

tag(s): book lists (161), ebooks (39), interactive stories (22)

In the Classroom

Have students choose a book from the Skybrary and create a digital story map using one of the graphic organizers found on the site. Using them to outline the plot, characters, and settings, reinforces narrative understanding. Enhance learning by having students create a character trading card using Trading Card Creator, reviewed here. Extend students' learning by creating a video like Adobe Express Video Maker, reviewed here to create a book trailer for a Skybrary book they enjoyed. These trailers can be shared on the library's webpage to help students learn about different books.
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Love Letters for Computers - Hello Ruby

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Love Letters for Computers is a free resource for kindergarten and early elementary teachers that shares materials for integrating computer science into any curriculum. Materials shared...more
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Love Letters for Computers is a free resource for kindergarten and early elementary teachers that shares materials for integrating computer science into any curriculum. Materials shared include videos, teacher and student journals, assessments, and links to related materials. Each lesson offers options for flexibility in length, from teaching forty-five-minute lessons to providing more robust interactions that extend over several weeks. Topics begin with an introduction to computer science, then build with more advanced concepts, including computer software, networks, and AI. If your district blocks YouTube, then the videos may not be viewable.

tag(s): artificial intelligence (106), coding (89), computational thinking (41), computers (106), diversity (38)

In the Classroom

Use the free lessons and activities to supplement your current computer science curriculum or as a stand-alone curriculum if you don't have one. Even if you don't use all of the activities provided on this site, consider using the downloadable student passport to engage students while developing an understanding of computer science concepts. Create class books using the pages from the passport that share completed student responses and ideas to the featured prompts using PDF to Flipbook Converter, reviewed here.
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