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4 Fun Literacy Activities with Google Docs
Google Docs is a great word processor, but is much more than just that. Although we can certainly use it to type up a report, take notes, or write a story, we can also get creative with the features and functions built into the program to make some fun learning activities.
Earn 2 clock hours
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Adobe Spark in the Classroom
Get your students fully engaged by providing them the tools to create websites, videos, and graphics that demonstrate their learning. Learn to use Adobe Spark's three, easy-to-use components (post, page, and video) while exploring the unlimited possibilities using this tool in every subject area.
Earn 2 clock hours
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Choose Your Own Adventure
Is there a topic that you would like to learn more about that is not already offered in the Professional Learning Portal? This is your chance to earn up to 20 clock hours for your own exploration of a topic of your choice; choose your own adventure and design your own learning plan!
Earn 20 clock hours
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Create Multimedia Timelines
HSTRY.co is a tool for creating great looking multimedia timelines. Insert video, audio, text, questions and interesting facts, then share them publicly or directly with the students who have joined your class. Take it to the next level by having your students create their own timelines of important historical events. Start bringing the past to life with HSTRY.
Earn 2 clock hours
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Creating Collaborative Magazines with Flipboard
Create collaborative, current magazines with this website. Think a Pinterest-like version of a student magazine on whatever topic your class is studying!
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Creating Storybooks with Google Slides
In this workshop we are going to look at another alternate use for Google Slides ... having students create storybooks with Slides. Student writing does not just have to be done in a word processor, but can come to life in an online book with engaging images, colors, fonts, and more.
Earn 2 clock hours
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Digital Annotation with Kami
In this module, examine the struggle to move from print based to digital reading, annotation as an essential reading strategy, as well as using Kami for that purpose in your classroom.
Earn 2 clock hours
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Engagement Strategies
Watch multiple classroom snapshots to examine what strategies the teacher is using to effectively engage students. Take a strategy back to try in your classroom!
Earn 1 clock hour
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Engaging Students With Video Using EdPuzzle
EDpuzzle is an online tool that optimizes the experience of learning from video for your students. EDpuzzle allows you to to add your own commentary and questions to any video you create or find online. Deliver the customized video to your students, and EDpuzzle will track how often students watch, rewatch, and interact with each portion of a given video. Best of all, it’s completely free!
Earn 2 clock hours
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Global Competency: Bring the World to Your Classroom
Explore the concept of global competency and tools that can support virtual interactions that "break down" classroom walls. Try out a concept in your classroom that connects to your curriculum and can increase student engagement and deepen learning.
Earn 4 clock hours
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Google Keep in the Classroom
Google Keep is a lightweight note-taking solution that can help you and your students stay organized. Learn how easy it is to get started and increase students' productivity!
Earn 1 clock hour
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Google Lit Trips on Chromebooks
Lit Trips are downloadable files that mark the journeys of characters from famous literature on the surface of Google Earth. Along the way, placemarks with pop-up windows contain "just in time" resources including relevant media, thought-provoking discussion starters, and links to supplementary information about "real world" references in that portion of the story. The focus is on creating engaging and relevant literary experiences for students.
Earn 2 clock hours
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Google Maps
Online mapping tools, such as Google Maps, are powerful mediums for storytelling. Learn how to master these tools so that your students can interact with the larger world through maps.
Earn 4 clock hours
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Grammar Strategy: Interactive Journals and Anchor Charts
How can you use simple charts and journals to support students' correct grammar use?
Earn 1 clock hour
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Grammar Strategy: Mentor Sentences in Elementary Classrooms
Learn about this specific strategy to use with a text your students are currently working with. This strategy will help them gain understanding of grammar as well as author's craft.
Earn 2 clock hours
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Grammar Strategy: Mentor Sentences in Secondary Classrooms
Learn about this specific strategy to use with a text your students are currently working with. This strategy will help them gain understanding of grammar as well as author's craft.
Earn 1 clock hour
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Learning Walk: Engaging Students in Learning
When going on a half-day learning walk to visit other classrooms, use this module to guide the planning and reflection and earn clock hours for your exploration.
Earn 3 clock hours
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Makerspaces: The Why and The How
In this module, you will explore the purpose behind a Makerspace, how it can enhance the learning in any subject area, and also receive guidance on how to get started in creating your own Makerspace.
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Motivated: Designing Math Classrooms where Students Want to Join in
This module is intended to provide a guide for an individual or collaborative book study of Motivated by Ilana Seidel Horn.
Earn 5 clock hours
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Powtoons
PowToon is a fun and attention-grabbing alternative to PowerPoint. A PowToon is an engaging way to introduce or summarize content and is great for student-created projects.
Earn 4 clock hours
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Seesaw in the Elementary Classroom
Seesaw is a wonderful tool for engaging students in interactive assignments. It stores all student work in one place, so students build a "portfolio" of work throughout the year. It is available as a web app (for Chromebook use) and also has Android and iOS apps.
Earn 2 clock hours
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Teaching Math with Google Drawings
Learn fun and creative ways to address Math Common Core Standards with Google Drawings. Topics include symmetry, angles, polygons, pictographs, line plots, area, fractions, algebra and more. The content will focus mainly on elementary and middle school level math, but the ideas can be applied to other grades and subjects as well.
Earn 2 clock hours
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The 4 Keys to Engagement
Read this article that discussed clarity, context, culture and challenge as the keys to engagement and apply them to a lesson you are teaching.
Earn 1 clock hour
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ThingLink in the Classroom
ThingLink is an online tool that allows you to bring images and videos to life. Use ThingLink to embed text, images, links and additional videos right into an image of your choosing.
Earn 1 clock hour
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Twitter for Educators
Join the over 320 million active users of Twitter, the social platform that can connect you with educators from around the world. This course will walk you through the basics of starting your account, sending Tweets, and finding other educators to follow.
Earn 3 clock hours
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WeVideo: Getting Started
Get your students fully engaged with learning by introducing them to video production. Learn to use WeVideo while exploring the unlimited possibilities of video production for every subject area.
Earn 5 clock hours