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Financial literacy (FL) should be an essential skill taught in the secondary education classroom. We will explore the concepts of FL and how to promote them within social science, economics, and mathematics settings. We will review tools and lesson ideas to teach the basics of money management, such as budgeting, saving, debt, investing, giving, and more. This knowledge lays a foundation for students to build strong money habits early on and avoid many of the mistakes that may lead to lifelong money struggles.
Writing happens in every classroom and in every area of life! Social studies is the perfect place for students to hone their writing skills as they craft evidence-based arguments, explanations, historical analyses, narratives, and more. In this session, we'll help you discover strategies and activities that you can use to help your students foster effective writing skills that they can use wherever they go!
Are you looking for ways to connect with the spirit of Read Across America for your secondary students? In this session, we will discuss a variety of ways you can explore the deeper meaning behind some of the texts of Theodor Seuss Geisel, otherwise known as Dr. Seuss, whose birthday inspired Read Across America. We will look at pieces of writing from Dr. Seuss and Shel Silverstein to compare and contrast social issues; use Jonathan Swift's Gulliver's Travels and Dr. Seuss's The Butter Battle Book to discuss satire; discuss political cartoons during World War II; and more! We will also discuss some technology tools to support these activities, including some templates for students to write their own stories and screenplays!
As educators, we are constantly considering our students' interests when lesson planning, but sometimes struggle to show students how the lesson activities can support them in their adult lives post-graduation. A project-based approach to civics may be the answer when working with older students. Join us as we share engaging activities that you can do with your older students to get them excited about democracy, elections, civics and so much more!
Are you looking for a unique lesson activity to teach your students about important women in history? Join us as we discuss the value of teaching your students about women’s history and how to integrate this topic into classroom discussions and projects. We will dive into how to create a digital scrapbook that highlights the accomplishments of famous women. We'll also review specific ideas to include in the scrapbook such as biographical data, photographs and images, a summary of the woman’s contributions, and more! Let’s create shareable and unique scrapbooks to learn about and honor women’s history!
Many of us have a word wall posted somewhere in our classroom to help our ELL students learn vocabulary. What if you could bring your word wall into the 21st century? Join us as we explore and create digital word walls! In this session, we'll show you everything you need to create digital word walls of your very own and highlight the benefits for your English language learners.
Educators have come to recognize that Google Workspace for Education can transform traditional classroom activities, but did you ever think of using Google Forms to put a spin on your school elections? In this course, we will walk through the steps of how to use Google Forms to create a school election and explore how to incorporate text, images, and videos into election ballots!
There are many online tools that can help your students annotate documents and files. In this course we will go over the value of teaching and growing annotation skills in your students. In addition, we will show you some useful tools that will not only help your students with their annotation, but also provide you with opportunities to provide feedback and corrections to grow your students' skills.
Have you ever wondered how you can use Kami in the Social Studies classroom? Our Professional Development team has got you covered! In this course, we'll explore how to use the different tools within Kami to take pre-existing Social Studies activities to the next level and create interactive activities for your students.
Note: Flipgrid is now Flip! There have been many updates to the functions and look of the platform. In this session, you will notice some differences between the video and the current version of Flip. We are aware of this and are working on updating our courses to reflect these changes.
Flip (formerly Flipgrid) is a great tool for engaging your students through collaboration and discussion. In this session, we will explore how to use the resources available on Flip to teach students about current events. We will use the Discovery Library to search for and view ready-to-use and customizable lessons that will spark conversation. Join us as we share creative tips for students to research and share their ideas on current event topics.
Another presidential election cycle is upon us, and for many secondary teachers, this might be an uncomfortable thought. However, teaching politics does not have to be political! In this course, we'll take a look at teacher neutrality, and how you can best present political issues to your students and engage them in discussion— without being accused of political bias.
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