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7 Stupendous Back-to-School DAZE Resources

Printable by Donna Sawyer

It is back-to-school time for you, so hit the ground running with 7 power-packed online resources for EVERYTHING you need to get learning in gear. Grab this one-page quick reference for quick links to hilarious group games that break the ice, 101 things you can do the first three weeks of class, 8 ways to save money on classroom supplies, and TONS more! Crack open this PODL today!

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A Flipped Vocabulary Lesson: 3 Easy Steps to Teach Academic Vocabulary for the Common Core

Printable by Donna Sawyer

The most reluctant teachers can use 3 technology-rich, research-based steps to clarify the meaning of unknown and multiple-meaning words and to make academic vocabulary from the Common Core State Standards relevant to the lives of students. Free, high-interest online tools, peer review, and a bit of intrigue spice up the learning outside of class while giving the teacher more time in class for formative assessment and active problem-solving. This one-page quick reference saves time and links teachers to a wealth of free multimedia tools and research-based instructional strategies. (Grades 4-12)

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A PODLS Power Drive: Student Self Assessment

Printable by Donna Sawyer

A one-page student reproducible captures student-led formative assessment in one simple, but powerful visual of a road map. This infographic can help students acquire a clear vision of the learning target, guide student self-monitoring and reflection, show progress over time, and alert teachers to adjust ongoing teaching strategies.

A POP Quiz for Educators on Responding to School Technology Abuse

Printable by Donna Sawyer

Test your ability to investigate and respond to cases of school technology abuse with a 16-question POP Quiz! How well can you spot violations of school law or school policy? When should you discipline for cyber-misconduct? Crack open this PODL today!

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ANT Eater

Printable by Donna Sawyer

ANTs, or Automatic Negative Thoughts, can invade your brain and cause you to believe things that aren't true about yourself. Discover which species of ANTS you have and learn how to get rid of them.

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Brainy Spray Paint

Printable by Donna Sawyer

What happens every time you have a thought? Your brain sprays powerful chemicals that set off a chain reaction. Learn more about this reaction, and then master a special technique to take control of stressful thoughts.

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Bullying: The ONLY Answer to the Problem

Printable by Donna Sawyer

Is peer aggression improving in our schools? NO. "Traditional attempts by schools to change bullies, or to teach them a lesson, are not only futile but actually make the problem worse." (Dr. Gordon Neufeld, Developmental Psychologist) What are we missing? What can we do? This 26-page resource explains why traditional approaches do not work and outlines a two-pronged approach that educators can use to get REAL results. It also includes free online multimedia resources, eBooks, and legal information, along with a bonus collection of online safety sites featuring simulations, games, strategies, video galleries, and some very cool tools. [NOTE: Workshop Participants receive a free download code as part of the training.]

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Class Action: A Rapid Response Kit for Investigating School Technology Abuse

Printable by Donna Sawyer

"Class Action: A Rapid Response Kit for Investigating School Technology Abuse" is packed with practical strategies and ready-made resources for quickly responding to cases of school technology abuse. Some of the resources include: Suggested Steps for Responding to Violations of School Law or School Policy, A Template for Preparing Your Custom Action Plan, A List of Quick Links to the Law, One-page Quick References for Investigating Sexting, Search and Seizure, Student Cyber-Speech, and Accessing Electronic Communications During Investigations, A Policy Scavenger Hunt to Expose Teachers to Your Policies, A List of Free High-Quality eSafety Sites, and MORE.

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Class Action: Workshop Participant Resource Guide

Printable by Donna Sawyer

This participant resource guide, called "Class Action: A Rapid Response Kit for Investigating School Technology Abuse," is packed with practical strategies and ready-made resources for quickly responding to cases of school technology abuse. Some of the resources include: Suggested Steps for Responding to Violations of School Law or School Policy, A Template for Preparing Your Custom Action Plan, A List of Quick Links to the Law, One-page Quick References for Investigating Sexting, Search and Seizure, Student Cyber-Speech, and Accessing Electronic Communications During Investigations, A Policy Scavenger Hunt to Expose Teachers to Your Policies, A List of Free High-Quality eSafety Sites, and MORE.

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DreamBuilder

Printable by Donna Sawyer

Three steps and a reproducible Dream Sheet can help students turn small goals into big dreams. As John Goddard says, "If you really know what you want out of life, it's amazing how opportunities will come to enable you to carry them out."

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Fight or Flight: Feel Like Running Away?

Printable by Donna Sawyer

Do you have a student that gets so upset that he or she tries to run away? Help kids who are suffering from anxiety learn a coping strategy that literally activates the vagus nerve, triggering a cascade of calming effects to nearly all the organs in the chest and abdomen.

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Gateways to Evidence on Proven Programs

Printable by Donna Sawyer

Before spending a dime of your school's money, review these free online gateways to study the characteristics of technology uses that research indicates are producing significant results.

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Global Trade-Trade-Chat Cards

Printable by Donna Sawyer

This is one of several PODLS that form a colossal Global Awareness Kit bursting at the seams with connections to the Common Core State Standards, quick and easy lesson ideas, activity cards, handouts, and engaging website collections.

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I Can't Burial

Printable by Donna Sawyer

Conduct this "I Can't" Burial to help students eliminate negative thinking. The reproducibles are ideal for activities leading up to Halloween. (Exercise caution, however, as some students may have experienced a recent death in the family.)

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Icebreaker: Compare / Contrast

Printable by Donna Sawyer

This icebreaker warms up small groups as they compare and contrast the lesson's key concepts and enduring understandings. The activity employs synectics for promoting creative thinking and provides productive processing time, which is essential if we expect learners to make meaning out of new information.

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Information and Technology Skills Color MiniPosters: Databases

Printable by Kay Wheeler and Donna Sawyer

A Blast from the Past: Kaleidoscope's popular color mini-posters are back! Quick and easy activities, vocabulary lists, diagrams, word searches, fill-in-the-blanks, matching, and more, address a variety of technology topics. Coming Soon: NEW Mini-posters Aligned with North Carolina's Information and Technology Essential Standards

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Information and Technology Skills Color MiniPosters: Multimedia

Printable by Kay Wheeler and Donna Sawyer

A Blast from the Past: Kaleidoscope's popular color mini-posters are back! Quick and easy activities, vocabulary lists, diagrams, word searches, fill-in-the-blanks, matching, and more, address a variety of technology topics. Coming Soon: NEW Mini-posters Aligned with North Carolina's Information and Technology Essential Standards

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Information and Technology Skills Color MiniPosters: Word Processing

Printable by Kay Wheeler and Donna Sawyer

A Blast from the Past: Kaleidoscope's popular color mini-posters are back! Quick and easy activities, vocabulary lists, diagrams, word searches, fill-in-the-blanks, matching, and more, address a variety of technology topics. Coming Soon: NEW Mini-posters Aligned with North Carolina's Information and Technology Essential Standards

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Information and Technology Skills Color MiniPosters: Societal Issues

Printable by Kay Wheeler and Donna Sawyer

A Blast from the Past: Kaleidoscope's popular color mini-posters are back! Quick and easy activities, vocabulary lists, diagrams, word searches, fill-in-the-blanks, matching, and more, address a variety of technology topics.

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Information and Technology Skills Color MiniPosters: Spreadsheets

Printable by Kay Wheeler and Donna Sawyer

A Blast from the Past: Kaleidoscope's popular color mini-posters are back! Quick and easy activities, vocabulary lists, diagrams, word searches, fill-in-the-blanks, matching, and more, address a variety of technology topics. Coming Soon: NEW Mini-posters Aligned with North Carolina's Information and Technology Essential Standards

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Internet Safety Education in Three Simple Steps

Printable by Donna Sawyer

Plan for Internet Safety Education in three simple power steps using free high-quality online resources. See page two of your download for a one-page quick reference. The results are amazing!

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iPanic Button - A Critical Response Kit

Printable by Donna Sawyer

Download this Internet Safety "Critical Response Kit for Worried Caregivers" and keep the one-page quick reference on hand if you suspect that technology abuse is threatening the emotional development of a child.

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Literacy and Technology: 'Have you Heard?' Trading Cards

Printable by Donna Sawyer

Use "Have You Heard?" trading cards as an icebreaker to expose teachers to a variety of free online tools for using technology and digital media to enhance their reading, writing, speaking, listening, and language activities in the classroom.

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Multiplayer Games and Simulations

Printable by Donna Sawyer

This is SERIOUS PLAY! Download a chart of free online multiplayer games and simulations where students can work collaboratively on missions to the moon, live among a pack of wolves, participate in government, or travel back in history to interact with other cultures. Drawing on research from around the world, Daniel Pink outlines the fundamentally human abilities that are essentials for professional and personal success. Creative play is one of the key essentials of the Conceptual Age. Even Albert Einstein remarked, "Combinatory play seems to be the essential feature in productive thought."

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People and Cultures Photo Activity (Legal Size Paper)

Printable by Donna Sawyer

This is one of several PODLS that form a colossal K-2 Global Awareness Kit bursting at the seams with connections to the Common Core State Standards, quick and easy lesson ideas, activity cards, handouts, and engaging website collections.

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Responding to School Technology Abuse: A One-Page Quick Reference

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This one-page quick reference suggests critical steps for responding to school technology abuse and is designed to spark important conversations among school staff about school law, policies, discipline, and more. Download the FULL Kit, called "Class Action: A Rapid Response Kit for Investigating School Technology Abuse," for practical strategies and ready-made resources, such as: A Template for Preparing Your Custom Action Plan, A List of Quick Links to the Law, One-page Quick References for Investigating Sexting, Search and Seizure, Student Cyber-Speech, Accessing Electronic Communications During Investigations, A Policy Scavenger Hunt, and Free High-Quality Internet Safety Sites.

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Secure Your Home Computer

Printable by Donna Sawyer

You absolutely must protect your equipment from malicious technology attacks in the form of viruses, spyware, and other nasty code designed to steal your personal information. Linda Criddle, author of Look Both Ways, remarked in a recent seminar on CyberSecurity: "Over one-third of you have already had your identities stolen. You just don't know it yet."

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Student Achievement Data Workspace

Printable by Donna Sawyer

Download this student achievement data worksheet as a starting point in gathering evidence of critical instructional needs. Achievement data is one of the four types of data needed to reveal strengths and weaknesses in the system and focus goals. A comprehensive assessment plan makes use of multiple sources of information, including achievement data, demographic data, program data, and perception data.

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Technology Integration Made Easy: A One-Page Quick Reference

Printable by Donna Sawyer

The integration of technology into traditional classroom instruction presents an array of problems for teachers: lack of time to explore and learn, lack of access, lack of scaffolding and support, and inadequate professional development to name but a few. To make technology integration easier, you can download this one-page, three-step process embedded with hyperlinks to match Common Core learning targets and instructional strategies with powerful and useful technological tools. Methods for formative assessment are included. Get results fast with this power-packed technology integration quick reference.

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The EZ Button: Take the DIS Out of Discipline

Printable by Donna Sawyer

This simple three-step framework takes the stress out of discipline while providing a consistent response which gives the adult time to cool down, gather information from a professional database, and then assemble an effective plan to address the misbehavior. Step #3 links you to a free online database with step-by-step directions for handling over 120 misbehaviors. Kiss classroom management worries goodbye!

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The Stew Pot

Printable by Donna Sawyer

Based on Dr. Marzano's explanation of "bracketing," this simple idea helps kids set aside distracting or troubling thoughts in order to focus on learning.

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The Trouble Terminator

Printable by Donna Sawyer

This digital robot chomps up troubles to help kids deal with issues that are typically too sensitive or too embarrassing to discuss with a trusted adult.

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The Write Moods Pencils

Printable by Donna Sawyer; Artwork: Judy Monroe

Help students to become aware of and manage volatile emotions with The Write Moods Pencils. Since learning potential is diminished when emotions are running hot, consider a variety of uses for this PODL: word processing activities, journaling, in-school suspension, conflict resolution, and more!

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Tips, Tools, and GUERRILLA Warfare [Internet Safety]

Printable by Donna Sawyer

Attention, all Parents and Teachers: This quick reference contains 9 SERIOUS internet safety messages EVERY student needs to hear, ages 8-18. Embedded links to online resources supplement each message with practical information, videos, tools, and games.

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Trade-Trade-Chat Cards for NC WiseOwl

Printable by Donna Sawyer

Get North Carolina educators up and moving with an icebreaker that guarantees 100% participation and reinforces important background information about NC WiseOwl. NC students can use the resources in WiseOwl for gathering, evaluating, and using information for research, project learning, solving problems and making informed decisions.

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Tremendous Technology Integration Ideas

Printable by Donna Sawyer

No time to waste. Get results fast with this quick reference to some of the best technology integration ideas online today.

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Use Table Totem Poles for Multiple Exposures to Details

Printable by Donna Sawyer

According to the research by Marzano, Pickering, and Pollock in their book, Classroom Instruction that Works, students should have systematic, multiple exposures to details at a deep enough level to understand and recall them. Students must be exposed to details at least three or four times within a two-day span before anyone can legitimately expect them to remember those details or use them in any meaningful way. Use Table Totem Poles to scaffold this process through small group work that sparks loads of laughter and learning.

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Wall-Size Data Team FOCUS Chart [36 x 48 inches]

Printable by Donna Sawyer

This PDF is pre-formatted for printing a 36" x 48" larger-than-life data team FOCUS chart at STAPLES. An oversized chart makes learning visible as data teams pinpoint each learning destination, map the instructional path, apply high-yield strategies, align digital learning tools, and chart results from common assessments.

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Weaving Global Themes into the Common Core - Grades K-2

Printable by Donna Sawyer

This is one of several PODLS that form a colossal K-2 Global Awareness Kit bursting at the seams with connections to the Common Core State Standards, quick and easy lesson ideas, activity cards, handouts, and engaging website collections.

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Your Brain and Sleep

Printable by Donna Sawyer

With new technologies, scientists can now measure the impact of only one lost hour of sleep. It's time to get the facts on sleep deprivation, because you are losing a lot more than sleep. Crack open this PODL and learn what happens to your brain when it doesn't get enough sleep.

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Youth & Technology: 7 Conversations Every Child Needs to Have With An Adult They Respect

Printable by Donna Sawyer

This 27-page guide, with 7 five-minute "scripts" for conversations to have with kids, can literally alter the course of your child's behavior online - for the better. Absolutely no computer experience is necessary for using a script. Draw upon your unique parenting style and personality to adapt the information to fit the needs of the child. These conversations can take place in the car, while washing dishes, or at bedtime. Each "script" comes bundled with quick links to matching video clips, interactive simulations, and additional information for adults like, "The Top 15 Scams Used by Thieves,"10 Ways You're Not As Private As You Think," and "Editor's Choice Parental Control Tools." While this resource is a tremendous timesaver, it accomplishes something far more important by sending the message to kids, "You may know more than I do about technology, but I know more about life and the consequences of your actions. I am responsible for you and that is the most important job I will ever have." This eBook promotes open communication and generates deep, meaningful discussion about the serious UNSPOKEN issues faced by kids 24/7 in a digital world. When we fail to recognize and understand widely accepted online behaviors among youth, we lack credibility--and that is one of the biggest mistakes we can make. You can avoid making that mistake with one simple download of "7 Conversations Every Child Needs to Have."