Teaching – Miscellaneous Resources


General Teaching , Pedagogy

5 Scaffolding Teaching Strategies to Try Today
Teachers already have a lot on their plates, so I can see that scaffolding may not be at the top of their list, but if you don’t scaffold a lesson, then it’s like teaching a child to ride their bike without the training wheels on.
6 Scaffolding Strategies to Use With Your Students
Support every student by breaking learning up into chunks and providing a concrete structure for each.
Bloom’s Digital Taxonomy
Bloom’s Digital Taxonomy Verbs For 21st Century Students
Applying the classic Bloom’s Taxonomy to digital learning.
Differentiated Instruction: Resource Roundup
In this collection of tools and advice from Edutopia and the web, find resources to help you adjust instruction in response to diverse learner needs and interests.
Essential Questions
Article with examples from teacher and author Jamie McKenzie.
The Powerful Effects of Drawing on Learning
This short video from Edutopia presents study finding that all students remembered more when drawing information, no matter what type of learner they are, and offers four ways to make use of drawing in the classroom.
Resources to support the SAMR Model
Kathy Schrock offers insights about the SAMR model, its relation to Bloom’s Taxonomy, and how to use it, plus a host of links to further resources.
Teaching Students to Embrace Mistakes
Mistakes are the most important thing that happens in any classroom, because they tell you where to focus that deliberate practice.

Character Education

ASCD: Character Education
Links to recommended books, articles, and online classes about character education.
Center for the 4th and 5th Rs
From SUNY Cortland, the Center serves as a regional, state, and national resource in character education.
CHARACTER COUNTS!
Nationwide nonprofit initiative to support nonpartisan, nonsectarian character education. Includes information a “How To Get Started” section, discussion forum, online resources, suggested reading, materials to order, and more.
Character.org: The Character Education Partnership
Resources for character education programs including free online quarterly newsletter, publications for ordering, and a database of links searchable by either organization or publication definitions.
Curriculum for Equity
Curriculum for Equity is a developing body of knowledge that supports educators, researchers and others in their efforts to help create a fair, just and inclusive world.
Dealing With Bullying
Article and links to further information from TeensHealth.
Edutopia: Resources to Fight Bullying and Harassment at School
Discover websites, organizations, articles, planning guides, lesson plans, and other resources dedicated to preventing bullying and harassment. Last update October 2016.
Edutopia: Social and Emotional Learning
A list of resources for educators and parents.
Good Character.com
Character Education and Social Emotional Learning: Lesson Plans, Activities, Programs & Resources.
Internet4Classrooms: Character Education
Annotated links to various resources on character education, listed by grade level.
Students’ Broken Moral Compasses
As my students seemed to crave more meaningful discussions and instruction relating to character, morality, and ethics, it struck me how invisible these issues have become in many schools. By omission, are U.S. schools teaching their students that character, morality, and ethics aren’t important in becoming productive, successful citizens? (July 2018)
Teaching Tolerance
Teaching Tolerance publishes a semiannual self-titled magazine that profiles educators, schools and programs promoting diversity and equity in replicable ways. In addition, the program produces and distributes free, high-quality anti-bias multimedia kits.

Copyright & Plagiarism

Free Plagiarism Checkers
Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for Media Literacy Education
Helps educators gain confidence about their rights to use copyrighted materials in developing students’ critical thinking and communication skills. With slides, videos, FAQs and more.
The Educator’s Guide to Copyright, Fair Use, and Creative Commons
Understanding digital copyright is an essential skill we need to understand and teach our students. With this post, we hope to dispel a few myths and pull together a complete list of resources for teachers and students to use when blogging and working with content online.
Paper Rater
PaperRater will check the spelling and grammar of submitted text and run a plagiarism detection search as well. It offers a free version and a premium one with more features.
Plagiarism.org
Our mission is to support the education community with a comprehensive set of resources to help students write with integrity. Site includes section of Teaching About Plagiarism resources.
Plagiarism Software Unveils a New Source for 11 of Shakespeare’s Plays
For years scholars have debated what inspired William Shakespeare’s writings. Now, with the help of software typically used by professors to nab cheating students, two writers have discovered an unpublished manuscript they believe the Bard of Avon consulted to write “King Lear,” “Macbeth,” “Richard III,” “Henry V” and seven other plays.
Exploring Plagiarism, Copyright, and Paraphrasing
A lesson plan for middle school.
Teaching Copyright
Provides lessons and ideas for opening your classroom up to discussion, letting your students express their ideas and concerns, and then guiding your students toward an understanding of the boundaries of copyright law.
Teaching Students to Avoid Plagiarism
…I do believe we can cut way back on less deliberate instances of plagiarism by teaching students the skills to avoid it.
Top 10 Free Plagiarism Detection Tools For eLearning Professionals (2017 Update)
Discusses ten plagiarism detection services with a brief discussion of the pros and cons of each.

Flipped Classroom

5 Videos on Making Flipped Video Lessons
Links to videos on making flipped video lesson from the Free Technology for Teachers blog. (February 23, 2015)
6 Myths of the Flipped Classroom
Article for college teachers discussing misconceptions about flipped learning. (Inside Higher Ed, May 2014)
An Easy Way to Create Your Own Captioned Flipped Video Lessons
Here’s the outline of how you can use Google Slides and screencasting to create a captioned flipped lesson.
Edutopia: Flipped Classroom
Blog articles, videos, and discussions about the flipped classroom.
Flipped Learning Network
The mission of the Flipped Learning Network™ is to provide educators with the knowledge, skills, and resources to successfully implement Flipped Learning.
Media Making Toolkit
Are you interested in integrating media making into your classroom? … Find instructions, videos, worksheets and rubrics for implementing media-making projects with students. From KQED
Teacher’s Guide to Flipped Classrooms
Overview of where the Flipped Classroom movement began, how it is implemented, and links to further information and useful resources for flipping.
TES Teach
Interactive lessons, projects, presentations, & more. Combine all types of digital content and your files to create a lesson Includes large library of lessons already made, ability to integrate quizzes into lessons, and option to log in with your Google account. (Formerly ‘Blendspace’.)
Three Tools Students Can Use to Add Annotations to Videos
One way to flip the standard flipped classroom model is to have students find and annotate videos that then submit to you. The following three tools can be used by students for that purpose. Or teachers can add annotations themselves. (Free Technology for Teachers, March 2016)

Game-Based Learning

ASU Center for Games and Impact
Our commitment is to grow our understanding of game-enabled innovations for impact through use-inspired initiatives, scaling out the impact of these products at the same time building capacity of others to leverage lessons learned.
BreakoutEDU / BreakoutEDU Digital
In Breakout EDU games, players work collaboratively to solve a series of critical thinking puzzles in order to open a locked box. Each Breakout EDU starter kit can be used to play hundreds of games. The Digital section has some free to play online games.
ClassTools: Free Flash Games for Educators
Create free educational games, activities and diagrams in a Flash! Host them on your own blog, website or intranet!
Edutopia: Game-Based Learning
A round-up of blog posts by Edutopia contributers on the topic of game-based learning.
edWeb.net: Game-Based Learning
A community for discussing aspects of games-based learning in the classroom. Includes free monthly webinars and archives.
Filament Games
Filament produces a numbner of quality educational games.
Flippity
Easily turn a Google™ Spreadsheet into a Set of Online Flashcards
and Other Cool Stuff
including Jeopardy style quiz shows, scavenger hunts, crossword puzzles, and other review games and tools.
Game-Based Learning Talk
A blog on the theory and practice of game-based learning.
Why Your Brain Loves Video Games
A SlideShare presentation on how games reward and instruct their players to make learning engaging.

Media Literacy

Center for Media Literacy
CML works to help citizens, especially the young, develop critical thinking and media production skills needed to live fully in the 21st century media culture. The ultimate goal is to make wise choices possible.
Common Sense Media
As a non-partisan, not-for-profit organization, we provide trustworthy information and tools, as well as an independent forum, so that families can have a choice and a voice about the media they consume. Mainly review of movies, tv shows, games, and other media.
Crash Course: Media Literacy
A series of short videos explaining what media literacy is, where we need to be aware of media messages, propaganda, and how to apply media literacy knowledge to future technologies.
Fact Checking
See our News page for fact-checking sites and information.
MediaSmarts
Although aimed primarily at parents and educators, this site has information for anyone interested in issues of media and society. Includes a “Media Issues” section with discussion of issues including violence, stereotying, online hate, and information privacy.
The Persuaders
FRONTLINE takes an in-depth look at the multibillion-dollar ‘persuasion industries’ of advertising and public relations and how marketers have developed new ways of integrating their messages deeper into the fabric of our lives.
PR Watch
Investigating and exposing public relations spin and propaganda, and by promoting media literacy and citizen journalism, this site includes detailed analysis of advertisements and PR of all sorts.
Project Looksharp
“Project Look Sharp is a media literacy initiative of Ithaca College to provide materials, training and support for the effective integration of media literacy with critical thinking into classroom curricula at all education levels.” Topics include US History, Global Studies, Health, Environment, Psychology, General Media Literacy.
Propaganda Critic
Describes and illustrates techniques and uses of propaganda.
Propaganda Techniques
Propagandists use a variety of propaganda techniques to influence opinions and to avoid the truth. Often these techniques rely on some element of censorship or manipulation, either omitting significant information or distorting it.
SourceWatch
We provide well-documented information about corporate public relations (PR) campaigns, including corporate front groups, people who “front” corporate campaigns, and PR operations.
Understand Media
Here you will find a wide array of resources to help you understand the way media works, and how you can become an active consumer of media. Includes materials for students, parents, teachers, and the general public.
Visual Literacy Today
Visual Literacy Today is an ongoing conversation about visual literacy, a field of study and practice that explores how we see and interpret images, how we use visuals to convey meaning and what it means to be literate in a digital age.

Printables

Certificates
Create a Graph
Simple interface to create, print, and save various kinds of graphs.
CrossWord Puzzle Creators
Discovery Education: Puzzlemaker
Puzzlemaker is a puzzle generation tool for teachers, students and parents. Create and print customized word search, criss-cross, math puzzles, and more-using your own word lists.
Free Online Graph Paper
Print Free Graph Paper
Downloadable and printable graphs in a variety of sizes and colors. Also allows you to specify your own dimensions and create your own graph.
Personal Educational Press
Create free educational worksheets such as flashcards, game boards, and quizzes to print directly from your browser.
Printable Paper
1,792 papers you can download and print for free. We’ve got graph paper, lined paper, financial paper, music paper, and more.
Teacher Planet: Worksheets for Teachers
Your complete guide to FREE online worksheets for K-12 Educators. Find: Worksheets, Printables, Units, Theme Pages, Crosswords, Puzzles, Workbooks, Awards, Certificates, Diplomas and more – We list FREE materials for Teachers.
Teachers Printables
1,356 teachers printables and classroom printables that you can download, customize, and print for free. Choose from attendance charts, grading sheets, lesson planning forms, parent communication forms, office passes, school calendars, and more.
TeAchnology: Free Worksheets For Teachers
We offer over 11,000 free printable K-12 teacher worksheets. We offer a wide range of free teacher resources that can be used for reinforcement and review.
We Are Teachers: Free Printables
Free printables and free downloads for your classroom! You won’t want to miss these free teacher resources that you and your students will love. Make your teacher life easier with these worksheets, rubrics, posters, crafts, and more.

Project-Based Learning

BIE: Project-Based Learning
BIE contributes to Project Based Learning through product development, services, research, and online learning. Includes free online videos, handouts, worksheets, and informative materials as well as some books for sale.
Edutopia: Project-Based Learning
Links to articles, videos, and blog posts describing what project-based learning is and how to implement it in the classroom.
A Great Project Based Learning Checklist for Teachers
A checklist for the essential elements of a project-based learning lesson.
Project-Based Learning
You’ll find all the resources you need to design and manage high quality projects for middle and high school students.
Seven Essentials for Project-Based Learning
Some “projects” border on busywork. Others involve meaningful inquiry that engages students’ minds.
Top 10 Tips for Assessing Project-Based Learning
This classroom guide is intended to inspire and expand your thinking about effective assessment for project-based learning. The tips are organized to follow the arc of a project.
Stripling Inquiry Model
Inquiry-based learning follows a process that progresses through phases, but is recursive and reflective throughout. The six phases and their thought processes are detailed in the following diagram.

Rubrics

Berkeley Center for Teaching & Learning: Rubrics
Describes what rubrics are and how they are used, and offers several examples of various kinds of rubrics.
BIE: Rubrics
Offers several examples of presentation rubrics, both CCSS-aligned and not.
Designing Scoring Rubrics for Your Classroom
An article from the Practical Assessment, Research & Evaluation online journal.
Digitales: Evaluating Projects
Discusses elements of evaluation and allows one to craft scoring guides for various kinds of audio-visual presentations.
Kathy Schrock’s Guide for Educators: Rubrics
Long set of subject-organized links to various kinds of rubrics and rubric-builders, including links to Common Core aligned rubrics.
Know Your Terms: Holistic, Analytic, and Single-Point Rubrics
Describes the different kinds of rubrics and the advantages and disadvantages of each.
Meet the #SinglePointRubric
The practice of using single point rubrics is slowly but surely catching on. The simplicity of these rubrics — with just a single column of criteria, rather than a full menu of performance levels — offers a whole host of benefits…
RubiStar: Create Rubrics for your Project-Based-Learning Activities
RubiStar is a tool to help the teacher who wants to use rubrics but does not have the time to develop them from scratch.
Rubric Builder
Rubric Builder is a tool kit that enables members to construct their own rubrics using an improved interface. … All rubrics are public and are available under a Creative Commons Attribution, Non-commercial, share-alike license.
Rubrics for Bloom’s Digital taxonomy
A set of rubrics from the Educational Origami wiki.
Teacher Planet: Rubrics for Teachers
Lists rubrics by topic and level, plus articles on building and using rubrics, and rubric generators. Includes rubrics on technology and behavior as well as the usual school subjects.
Teach-Nology: Rubrics and Rubric Makers
Over five hundred downloadable rubrics organized by subject, plus tools for creating rubrics, and articles about rubrics and their use.

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