Teague's Tech Treks

Learning Technology and other Tech Observations by Dr. Helen Teague

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Announcing Lower Prices for PBS TeacherLine Professional Development Courses!

Announcing Lower Prices for PBS TeacherLine Professional Development Courses!
Dear Teachers,
We understand the sacrifices you make every day for your classrooms and your students—and we know that the cost of professional development often falls on your shoulders. That’s why we’ve been working hard to lower the prices of our professional development courses while maintaining the same high-quality experience.
We’re excited to announce that as of today, the cost for every PBS TeacherLine facilitated course has been permanently reduced—some courses have been reduced by as much as 36%.
Thank you for all you do! We are proud to support teachers like you with our free educational resources, affordable professional development, and community events done in partnership with PBS member stations around the country.
Sincerely,
Your friends at PBS TeacherLine

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Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Resources from PBS Learning Media

School’s Out But Learning’s In with these Independence Day Resources from PBS Learning Media

Here are a few of the many favorites available from PBS Learning Media 

Prelude to the Revolution
Grades: 9-12
The American Revolution isn’t a straight path; it’s a complex timeline with twists and turns! Did you know the war didn’t start in 1776, but almost a year earlier?  Explore More

 

Thomas Jefferson
Grades: 3-5
Watch this 60-second video to learn a little more about our third president, Thomas Jefferson. He helped to shape America’s future geographical and political landscape with decisions he made in office and with the Founding Fathers. Explore More

 

What is Liberty? Lesson Plan
Grades: 4-8
In this lesson plan, your students can discover what the concept of liberty means, how it can be personified in an object, and how the concept of liberty has impacted different groups in America. Explore More

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Assigning Peer Reviewers in Canvas LMS

Doing Peer Reviews and want to assign learners a partner (or two) to review?

The Canvas LMS has a shortcut! In the Canvas LMS, create the peer review dynamics in an automated fashion in the assignment’s settings to quickly automate peer review partners. See the photo below*

 

 

*This photo and my thanks to our great PBS TeacherLine Canvas guru Reed for showing us the path! Reed is also the Assistant Director, Digital Education Services for PBS Education.

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Summer Learning Resources from PBS Learning Media

Summer is here! And PBS Learning Media is ready with lots of lessons and activities when you need a break from the pool, the beach, the lake, the basketball court, or the mall!

Don’t see what you like here? Search the vast resources at PBS Learning Media

 

Go Outside and Kick a Curveball
Grades: 6-12
Ever seen a ball curve or bend in the air during a soccer game and wondered what exactly makes it curve? Have your students watch this video and test it out themselves! Explore More
Go Outside and Garden!
Grades: 3-6
Creating a sustainable garden is great way for students to get outside! In this video, they will explore plant choice, companion planting, composting, water conservation, and more. Explore More

 

Go Outside on a Summer Adventure!
Grades: PreK-2
These five-day, thematic, multimedia activity plans can be implemented in just about 20 minutes each day. Practice and build math skills with PBS KIDS daily or weekly. Explore More

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Updated Sharing Resources found by Learners in PBS TeacherLine’s Library of Congress course

PBS Teacherline’s course, Teaching with Primary Sources from the Library of Congress begins today (April 18), and I am grateful to facilitate this course!

This is a resource-rich course for educators, administrators, parents…anyone who wants to learn more about the Library of Congress and their resources. We also delve a bit into the topic of copyright, a timely topic at any time.

This post will be updated frequently as an archival record of the resources that we, as a class collective, discover as we explore the resources at the Library of Congresshttps://www.loc.gov/. Please feel free to join our participatory partnership- leave a comment, share a resource you find, and/or the way(s) you will include Library of Congress resources in your instructional practice.


LOC portico

Library of Congress Blog: Selecting primary source documents for your classroom:
Part I
http://blogs.loc.gov/teachers/2011/07/selecting-primary-sources-part-i-knowing-your-students/
Part II
http://blogs.loc.gov/teachers/2011/07/selecting-primary-sources-part-ii-considering-historical-context/

Library of Congress Blog: Finding and use primary sources:
http://blogs.loc.gov/teachers/2012/05/library-of-congress-search-making-it-easier-to-find-and-use-primary-sources/

April 26 Update:
Jackdaws resource (David): https://www.jackdaw.com/p-292-japanese-american-internment-camps.aspx
BreakoutEDU:  https://www.breakoutedu.com/gamesold1/  (David)

April 27 Update: (Teague)
Interactive Primary Source Analysis Tool: http://www.loc.gov/teachers/primary-source-analysis-tool/  
May 5 Update: 
Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for Media Literacy Education: (Maureen)  http://cmsimpact.org/code/code-best-practices-fair-use-media-literacy-education/ (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.Copyright and Primary Sources: (Maureen) http://www.loc.gov/teachers/usingprimarysources/copyright.html (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.

“Fair Use Is a Right” featuring the Dramatic Chipmunk: (Brent)
http://archive.cmsimpact.org/fair-use/video/fair-use-right-featuring-dramatic-chipmunk 
The Constitution of the United States: The Teacher’s Guide: (Brent)
http://www.loc.gov/teachers/classroommaterials/primarysourcesets/constitution/

The Bill of Rights, ca. 1920. [Between and Ca. 1930] [Photograph] (Brent) Retrieved from the Library of Congress, https://www.loc.gov/item/2012645734/ (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site..

“Miranda v. Arizona” (Brent) http://www.loc.gov/law/help/digitized-books/miranda-v-arizona/miranda-learn-more.php (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.

Block, H. (1987) “Let me jog your memory”. , 1987. 2/20. [Photograph] (Brent) Retrieved from the Library of Congress, https://www.loc.gov/item/2012641944/  

CMSI: http://cmsimpact.org/code/code-best-practices-fair-use-media-literacy-education/ 

ACLU: https://www.aclu.org/issues/free-speech/intellectual-property (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.

DMCA: Retrieved from: https://www.congress.gov/bill/105th-congress/house-bill/2281 (Links to an external site.)

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Weekend Ed. Quote ~ May 4

“With all of technology and software programs available, as an educator, it is important to emphasize the importance of proper ways to cite resources.” ~Maureen, teacher enrolled in PBS TeacherLine’s course, Connecting with Primary Sources from the Library of Congress

 

 

 

 

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Weekend Ed. Quote ~ April 26

 “I think that when we choose our sources, and formulate our questions, we need to pay real attention. For we are beginning the process of making our history.” ~Brent, teacher enrolled in PBS TeacherLine’s course, Connecting with Primary Sources from the Library of Congress

 

 

 

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Sharing Resources from the Library of Congress

PBS Teacherline’s course, Teaching with Primary Sources from the Library of Congress begins today (April 18), and I am grateful to facilitate this course!

This is a resource-rich course for educators, administrators, parents…anyone who wants to learn more about the Library of Congress and their resources. We also delve a bit into the topic of copyright, a timely topic at any time.

This post will be updated frequently as an archival record of the resources that we, as a class collective, discover as we explore the resources at the Library of Congresshttps://www.loc.gov/. Please feel free to join our participatory partnership- leave a comment, share a resource you find, and/or the way(s) you will include Library of Congress resources in your instructional practice. 


LOC portico

Library of Congress Blog: Selecting primary source documents for your classroom:
Part I
http://blogs.loc.gov/teachers/2011/07/selecting-primary-sources-part-i-knowing-your-students/
Part II
http://blogs.loc.gov/teachers/2011/07/selecting-primary-sources-part-ii-considering-historical-context/

Library of Congress Blog: Finding and use primary sources:
http://blogs.loc.gov/teachers/2012/05/library-of-congress-search-making-it-easier-to-find-and-use-primary-sources/

April 26 Update:
Jackdaws resource (David): https://www.jackdaw.com/p-292-japanese-american-internment-camps.aspx
BreakoutEDU:  https://www.breakoutedu.com/gamesold1/  (David)

April 27 Update: (Teague)
Interactive Primary Source Analysis Tool: http://www.loc.gov/teachers/primary-source-analysis-tool/  
May 5 Update: 

“Fair Use Is A Right” featuring the Dramatic Chipmunk

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Weekend Ed. Quote ~ April 6

“We also know that increasing vocabulary knowledge has a direct impact on comprehension and plays a role in overall school success.” ~Robert Marzano, Marzano’s  Six-Step Vocabulary Process, Marzano’s Top 10 Characteristics of Effective Vocabulary Instruction  

This week’s quote is courtesy of Paula, in PBS TeacherLine’s course, An Introduction to Underlying Principles and Research for Effective Literacy Instruction

Vocabulary Word cloud

 

 

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Weekend Ed. Quote ~ March 31

 “Reading furnishes the mind only with materials of knowledge; it is thinking that makes what we read ours.”       ~John Locke

bookAndMug

#NationalReadingMonth

 

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