Need Lesson ideas? Why Reinvent the Wheel- Save time and use Teachersfirst.com

TeachersFirst.com

What is it: TeachersFirst is a rich collection of lessons, units, and web resources designed to save teachers time by delivering just what they need in a practical, user-friendly, and ad-free format. Busy teachers, parents, and students can find resources using our robust search tools. Sign Up (Free)

Sign up for our weekly Update emails to learn more the latest additions and weekly features in TeachersFirst: Email sign up only.

Tips for using TeachersFirst

Search
For just-in-time teaching resources, use the search box to enter a specific curriculum concept or a professional topic. You can narrow a search by adding an additional term or specifying a grade range for your search. The most effective search terms are the same ones you use as curriculum headings or terms included in standards, such as fractions, climate change, plants, civil war, or alphabetization.

Browse
For teaching inspiration or simply to explore the breadth of our resources, try the subject grade search. Our thousands of reviewed resources and original lessons/units include practical tips and original teaching ideas from Thinking Teachers like you.

What’s in a review?
Reviews include a teacher-friendly description and “In the Classroom” section with ideas for implementing the resource in your classroom. We even include project ideas and pragmatic tips about things that will work well (or areas to avoid). Small icons tell you about site content, such as video, and standards and about plugins you may need. Read other teachers’ comments and ratings of resources or add your own—if you sign up for FREE TeachersFirst membership. Click the resource title to open it in a new tab (or window) without losing your search results.

The Tabs:
Classroom Resources includes anything you would use with students in the classroom. You can find over 16,000 educator-reviewed web resources, searchable by subject/grade or keyword. You can also find lesson plans/units, ready-to-go content you can share on student computers, a projector, or interactive whiteboard, and special topic collections of web resources. Everything we offer will show up via keyword searches, or you can simply browse. We even offer just-in-time collections organized into a classroom planning calendar.

TeachersFirst Exclusives includes ready-to-go, projectable classroom activities, lesson and unit plans, special topic collections, and professional pages written exclusively by the Thinking Teachers of TeachersFirst. TeachersFirst Exclusives are created by experienced teachers who know the realities of the classroom.

Professional Resources includes everything you need to do save time and be a better teacher. Included are time saving tools, bulletin board hang-ups, collections and tips to help with professional challenges such as differentiating, help with rubrics, curriculum-connected reading lists, tutorials on using wikis and blogs in the classroom, and much more. You can also access OK2Ask, TeachersFirst’s free, online “snack sessions” for teacher self-directed professional development.

What’s Hot shares the latest and most popular content. See our weekly Update, featured sites, recent member comments, our Editor’s blog, acclaimed TeachersFirst Edge reviews of the hottest web 2.0 tools, and other frequently changing content.

 

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eLearning Delaware WINTER 2014 Courses

Happy New Year! The eLearning Delaware WINTER 2014 session of online professional development courses begins Wednesday, January 14 (http://www.dcet.k12.de.us/elearning) and registration is currently open in PDMS!
 
eLearning Delaware is pleased to continue offering professional development for Common Core and Personalized Learning. The Winter 2015 session offers 2 Common Core courses: ELA (Focus on Writing) and Math (Mathematical Practice). Learn more about the Personalized Learning series of courses athttp://www.dcet.k12.de.us/elearning/plseries.shtml.
 
eLearning Delaware (eLDE) Courses Offered in Winter 2015
 
** Differentiating Instruction in the Classroom
** Digital Citizenship
** Exploring the Common Core Standards for Mathematical Practice
** Finding, Organizing, and Sharing Educational Resources on the Web
** Implementing ELA-Literacy Common Core: Focus on Writing
** Intel Teach Elements: Designing Blended Learning
** Intel Teach Elements: Project-Based Approaches
** Intel Teach Elements: Thinking Critically with Data
** Visual Learning Strategies for the Classroom
** Introduction to Personalized Learning
 
eLearning Delaware: Winter 2015 Session Summary
** Access PDMS through IMS (https://login.doe.k12.de.us) to Register
* Registration is Currently Open
* Registration Closes: Tuesday, January 13 at 5:00PM
* Online Courses Begin: Wednesday, January 14, 2015
* Online Courses End: Tuesday, March 3, 2015
 
eLearning Delaware uses a Web-based model to provide effective professional development opportunities that lead to gains in teachers’ content knowledge, improvements in their teaching practices, and an increase in the achievement levels of their students. There is no $ cost associated with the eLDE online courses. The only “cost” is your time and effort. The courses are designed to take 3-5 hours per week or 30 hours total to complete (you will receive re-licensure hours upon successful completion). Plus, the courses are entirely online (no face-to-face sessions). Each facilitator-led course runs for seven weeks with an orientation week followed by 6 weeks of content where there are specific readings, activities, and an online discussion each week.
 
Registration (https://login.doe.k12.de.us) is currently open for the WINTER 2015 session which runs from Wednesday, January 14, 2015 to Tuesday, March 3, 2015.
 
More information, including a syllabus for each course, can be found at http://www.dcet.k12.de.us/elearning
 
Registration on PDMS (https://login.doe.k12.de.us to login to IMS and get to PDMS) is currently open and will close on Tuesday, January 13 at 5:00PM. Course offerings are dependent upon minimum (12) and maximum (24) enrollments.
Let me know if you have any questions about the courses or registering!
~Melissa
 
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Tech Tools to try this Holiday Season!

Hello everyone,
Click on the Link below to open up cool tech tools to try! When you hover your mouse over the trees and ornaments you can view several tech tools to explore. Explore the following tools and examples of how to use it in the classroom:
~Padlet
~Edpuzzle
~Plickers
~Tackk
~Thinglink
Happy Clicking,
Melissa

CLICK HERE to open interactive Ed Tech tools for your classroom!

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It’s Not To Late To Sign Up For An eLearning Course This Fall!

Why take an eLearning Delaware online course?

The obvious answer is that as a lifelong learner, you want to increase your skills and knowledge to better help your students achieve higher results. In addition, you will become part of a collaborative learning community and communicate with educators from across the K-12 education arena. A bonus is that there is no $ cost associated with the eLDE online courses. The only “cost” is your time and effort.

Another maybe not so obvious answer is that upon successful completion of the course, you will receive a Certificate of Completion (printed through PDMS) worth 30 clock hours that applies towards the 90 clock hours required for re-licensure.

eLearning Delaware

2014 – 2015

Registration Information

Registration and access to the eLDE courses is through the Professional Development Management System (PDMS) accessible through the Identity Management System (IMS) at https://login.doe.k12.de.us.

Fall 2014 eLearning Delaware Courses

Wednesday, October 1, 2014 to Tuesday, November 18, 2014

The following courses (subject to change until registration begins) will be offered during the Fall 2014 session:

Digital Storytelling in the Classroom
Examining the Common Core Math Content Standards
Exploring the Common Core Standards for Mathematical Practice
Implementing ELA-Literacy Common Core: Focus on Reading
Implementing ELA-Literacy Common Core: Focus on Writing
Intel Teach Elements: Collaboration in the Digital Classroom
Intel Teach Elements: Designing Blended Learning
Maximizing the Power of the Interactive Whiteboard

Introduction to Personalized Learning – eLDE is now offering the Personalized Learning Series (learn more about the entire series of courses by clicking on the link). The Personalized Learning Introduction course is the first course in the series that will be offered during the regular eLDE sessions. The additional modules in the series will be scheduled at other times during the school year.

If you have any questions, please contact me.
~Melissa

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WSD Ed Tech Conference

WSD ED TECH CONFERENCE

Please visit the WSD ED TECH Page located in the  Top Menu Bar of this website.

I created a page just for the conference that includes:

  • Agenda
  • Schedule of Sessions and PDMS information
  • I will also upload all of the Presentations from the sessions once I receive them.

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“Every Kid Needs a Champion”

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Check out these amazing eLearning Delaware opportunities for this summer!

Teachers- Are you interested in some amazing summer PD that you can participate in from home?  eLearning Delaware is providing some awesome online classes this summer that are easy to follow and participate in, at your own pace, on your own computer, and from HOME. If you have any question about the courses or signing up please contact me!

~Melissa

The eLearning Delaware SUMMER 2014 session of online professional development courses begins Wednesday, June 18 (http://www.dcet.k12.de.us/elearning) and registration is currently open in PDMS!

 

eLearning Delaware (eLDE) Courses Offered in Summer 2014

** Intel Teach Elements: Collaboration in the Digital Classroom
** Intel Teach Elements: Designing Blended Learning
** Intel Teach Elements: Educational Leadership in the 21st Century
** Intel Teach Elements: Thinking Critically with Data
** Maximizing the Power of the Interactive Whiteboard
** The Connected Student
** Implementing ELA-Literacy Common Core State Standards: Focus on Reading
** Examining the Common Core Math Content Standards
** Introduction to Personalized Learning
Note on the Personalized Learning Series: The Delaware Department of Education is pleased to announce 5 eLearning courses focused on Personalized Learning. The first of the five courses to be launched is the Introduction to Personalized Learning course (offered this summer). This course is designed to introduce participants to the five Policy Enablers and the 5 Essential Elements of Personalized Learning. As Delaware moves forward with innovative ways to personalize learning for our students, these courses offer a common language, an understanding of the tenants of personalized learning, resources, and opportunities for trial implementation.
 
eLearning Delaware: Summer 2014 Session
** Access PDMS through IMS (https://login.doe.k12.de.us) to Register
* Registration Opens: Monday, June 2, 2014 at 8:00AM
Registration Closes: Tuesday, June 17 at 5:00PM
Online Courses Begin: Wednesday, June 18, 2014
* Online Courses End: Tuesday, August 5, 2014
 
eLearning Delaware uses a Web-based model to provide effective professional development opportunities that lead to gains in teachers’ content knowledge, improvements in their teaching practices, and an increase in the achievement levels of their students. There is no $ cost associated with the eLDE online courses. The only “cost” is your time and effort. The courses are designed to take 3-5 hours per week or 30 hours total to complete (you will receive re-licensure hours upon successful completion). Plus, the courses are entirely online (no face-to-face sessions). Each facilitator-led course runs for seven weeks with an orientation week followed by 6 weeks of content where there are specific readings, activities, and an online discussion each week.
Registration (https://login.doe.k12.de.us) is currently open for the SUMMER 2014 session which runs from Wednesday, June 18, 2014 to Tuesday, August 5, 2014.
More information, including a syllabus for each course, can be found at http://www.dcet.k12.de.us/elearning
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