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Ask Dr. Universe - Website Guidance
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Based out of Washington State University, Dr. Universe teams up with professors, researchers, and experts in the field, to tackle big questions. Explore animated video answers to questions posed by curious questions from students in Washington and around the world. Videos created in partnership with Northwest Public Broadcasting. Though not openly licensed, content is free to view online and listen to via podcast.

Subject:
Applied Science
Environmental Science
Life Science
Physical Science
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Homework/Assignment
Reading
Author:
Barbara Soots
Washington OSPI OER Project
Elizabeth Schmitz
Kimberley Astle
Ellen Ebert
Date Added:
10/15/2020
Assessment: Parent Communications Resources
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Educators and parents can use the Washington Starting Smarter site to better understand the scores and reports for the Smarter Balanced tests, see sample items, and access additional resources.All resources on the site are copyright The Regents of the University of California.  Though the connected resources are free for viewing online, please note that your permitted use of the materials for other uses will vary. Image by StartupStockPhotos from Pixabay  

Subject:
English Language Arts
Mathematics
Material Type:
Assessment
Author:
Barbara Soots
Washington OSPI Mathematics Department
Washington OSPI OER Project
Anton Jackson
Date Added:
03/31/2020
Atlas of the Pacific Northwest
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This 2018 edition is the first to be released in a digital, fully-interactive format, designed to highlight facets of the Pacific Northwest landscape with novel approaches to data presentation. Where previous editions of the atlas were designed to ask and answer questions, this atlas serves as a platform for the geographically curious to explore the region, providing as many critical questions as it does critical answers.

Beyond this page are maps of the familiar and the unfamiliar. Migration maps highlight human movement between the Pacific Northwest and the rest of the United States; a wildfire timeline chronicles the year-to-year spread of modern and historical fires; and the watershed guide abandons traditional political boundaries in favor of natural, hydrological borders. All data in the atlas were gathered from publically accessible sources, compiled using open-source software and coding libraries. This is an atlas designed to be open, responsive, and to satisfy the geographic curiosity of any and all interested.

Subject:
Physical Geography
Material Type:
Data Set
Author:
Institute for Natural Resources
Oregon State University Libraries and Press
Date Added:
10/30/2018
Best Practices for Using Technology with Multilingual Families Toolkit
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This toolkit is designed to help Local Educational Agencies (LEAs) create and maintain effective strategies with multilingual families. We explore and model best practices for the use of technology in teaching, as well as for assessing and communicating with diverse adults. The following guide is applicable for face-to-face, blended, and online instruction, and can also serve as a toolkit.

Subject:
Educational Technology
Material Type:
Teaching/Learning Strategy
Author:
Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction
Date Added:
05/12/2021
Best Practices for Using Technology with Multilingual Families Toolkit (Spanish)
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Este conjunto de herramientas está diseñado para ayudar a las Agencias Educativas
Locales (LEA, por sus siglas en inglés) a crear y mantener estrategias efectivas con las
familias multilingües. Exploramos y modelamos las mejores prácticas para el uso de la
tecnología en la enseñanza, así como para evaluar y comunicarnos con adultos diversos.
La siguiente guía es aplicable para la instrucción presencial, combinada y en línea, y
también puede servir como un conjunto de herramientas para tal efecto.

Subject:
Educational Technology
Material Type:
Teaching/Learning Strategy
Author:
Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction
Date Added:
05/12/2021
Clean up the oil! STEM Project
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Meaningful STEM learning can happen at home as we use our imagination to solve real problems! This STEM project introduces students to the problem of oil spills around the world. The project culminates with students using their imagination to design a solution to the problem.

Subject:
Environmental Science
Life Science
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Author:
Pranjali Upadhyay
Date Added:
05/05/2021
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Common Sense Education Website Guidance
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This guide walks you through the part of the Common Sense website that focuses on K-12 Digital Citizenship curriculum. The lesson plans include everything educators need to begin teaching this content in their classrooms and many have accompanying high-quality videos. There are also engaging games for younger students and an interactive social media simulation for older students. Topics include: media balance & well-being, privacy & security, digital footprint & identity, relationships & comunication, cyberbullying, digital drama & hate speech, and news & media literacy. 

Subject:
Information Science
Communication
Electronic Technology
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Teaching/Learning Strategy
Unit of Study
Author:
Lesley James
Date Added:
11/16/2021
Digital Survival Skills Module 1: My Media Environment
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The information revolution of the 21st century is as significant and transformative as the industrial revolution of the 19th century. In this unit, students – and by proxy their families – will learn about the challenges of our current information landscape and how to navigate them. This unit is split into four modules. These modules can be done sequentially or stand on their own, depending on students’ needs and teachers’ timeframes. In this module (1 of 4), students analyze their own use of online social media platforms and learn how filter bubbles and confirmation bias shape the content of their media environment. 

Subject:
Information Science
Journalism
English Language Arts
Material Type:
Module
Unit of Study
Author:
Liz Crouse
Shawn Lee
Date Added:
03/08/2020
Early Learning Climate Science (Pre K-K) Canvas Commons
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In the 2018-2019 school year, Northwest Educational Service District 189 brought together a design team of six Pre Kindergarten - Kindergarten educators through a ClimeTime grant to find play-based, and engaging ways to teach climate science to early learners. This course shares out the findings of the team, including some work around designing for equity and 3-Dimensional Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) alignment. You will engage in activities to use with students including a puddle walk, soil permeability tests, and lesson examples. Phenomenon based lessons will be shared as well as a list of resources and recommended books compiled by our design team.

Subject:
Environmental Science
Environmental Studies
Early Childhood Development
Elementary Education
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Module
Reading
Teaching/Learning Strategy
Author:
Jodi Crimmins
NWESD 189
Date Added:
06/29/2020
Engaging Families and Creating Trusting Partnerships to Improve Child and Family Outcomes
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This four part web broadcast series is aimed at supporting early intervention (EI) and early childhood special education (ECSE) systems leaders with building capacity in personnel and families to develop trusting partnerships. The series features discussions of the role that data play in strengthening family-professional partnerships. Suggestions and resources for designing personnel and family development activities to support partnerships are also shared.

U.S. Department of Education funded Technical Assistance Center - resources are free for online viewing.

Subject:
Early Childhood Development
Special Education
Material Type:
Teaching/Learning Strategy
Author:
Early Childhood Technical Assistance Center
Date Added:
06/16/2021
Familial Artifacts
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Inquiry StructureThis synopsis is laid out in more detail in the outline and lesson suggestions in the following pages. Students are first introduced to the idea of personal primary sources through the linked article and whatever artifacts can be used in staging the question. After students have been introduced to this concept they will then, as homework, they interview relatives to learn what they can about their family history and whatever artifacts in the family connect to those stories. During class, students will be instructed in and practice the media literacy skills that will allow them to research in detail the historical context for their family history. This research into the historical context of their family history will be the summative performance task for the inquiry and is the second week of the unit.

Subject:
World History
Material Type:
Unit of Study
Author:
Ethan Whitney
Date Added:
06/29/2020
Family Engagement Guidance and Toolkit
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The Family Engagement Guidance and Toolkit was developed to support districts, schools, and classrooms with planning for implementation of positive family engagement and participation practices. Each section begins with guided questions that were compiled from considerations and concerns raised by workgroup members.

Subject:
Education
Material Type:
Teaching/Learning Strategy
Author:
Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction
Date Added:
06/16/2021
Family Night: Engineering
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Children in kindergarten through fifth grade and their families are invited to learn more about the field of engineering in this hour-long special program. Family Night: Engineering introduces children to cool careers within the field of engineering that range from building roller coasters to designing artificial heart pumps for children who need them. Children will also get a chance to participate in hands-on engineering activities during the program!

The best part? Everything they need to participate can be found right in your home.

Subject:
Engineering
Career and Technical Education
Elementary Education
Mathematics
Physical Science
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Assessment
Diagram/Illustration
Homework/Assignment
Lesson
Author:
Pennsylvania PBS
Date Added:
11/04/2021
Global Digital Library
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The Global Digital Library (GDL) has been developed to increase the availability of high-quality reading resources in underserved languages worldwide where there is currently a lack of quality early grade reading resources. The site primarily hosts reading instruction books and storybooks for leisure reading, but the GDL will also link to more interactive resources, such as literacy games.

Subject:
Reading Foundation Skills
Reading Literature
Material Type:
Reading
Author:
Global Book Alliance
Date Added:
08/16/2022
Google for Education Tech Toolkit for Families and Guardians
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For educators using Google technology in their classrooms, this toolkit from Google for Education provides videos and best practices for educators to share with their students' families and guardians.Materials are copyright Google. This document from the Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction provides links to the online resources.

Subject:
Educational Technology
Material Type:
Teaching/Learning Strategy
Author:
Barbara Soots
Washington OSPI OER Project
Dennis Small
Date Added:
09/23/2020
Including Voice in Education: Addressing Equity Through Student and Family Voice in Classroom Learning
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This infographic visual provides strategies to create culturally responsive classrooms, learning and understanding student voice and family voice, strategies for supporting student voice for teachers and a deep dive into student and family voice strategies.

Subject:
Education
Material Type:
Teaching/Learning Strategy
Author:
Institute of Educational Sciences
Regional Education Laboratory Pacific
U.S. Department of Education
Date Added:
06/16/2021
Inspired by Nature: 1st grade STEM Project
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Meaningful STEM learning can happen at home as we problem-solve around the house and make sense of intriguing phenomena around us! Join us as we explore plants and animals in nature and use them as inspiration to solve an everyday problem for our family!

Subject:
Life Science
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Provider:
Educational Service District 112
Author:
Pranjali Upadhyay
Date Added:
05/05/2020
Kid's Internet Safety During COVID-19
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Student created presentation to educate kids and communities about safe internet habits and practices.

Subject:
Educational Technology
Material Type:
Lesson
Author:
M.A.S.K team
Padma Agarwal
Rama Shastri
Date Added:
02/19/2021
LMS - Slide Presentation for Families
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This slide deck on Learning Management Systems by the Washington Association of Educational Service Districts is intended to be customized and presented by district personnel to families and caregivers. Materials are available for districts to use with families in nine languages for each of the following learning management systems (LMS): Canvas, Google Classroom, Microsoft Teams, Schoology, and Seesaw.

Subject:
Educational Technology
Material Type:
Teaching/Learning Strategy
Author:
Barbara Soots
Andrew Hickman
Dennis Small
Washington OSPI OER Project
Date Added:
10/21/2020
Making Cents: Financial Literacy Videos for Young Learners
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With this video series, teach teens and pre-teens how to manage their money and foster an entrepreneurial spirit. Visit PBS Learning Media site to download a handout, discussion questions, and view alignment to additional Washington learning standards.
Permitted use from PBS Learning: Stream, Download and Share

Subject:
Finance
Mathematics
Social Science
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Author:
KSPS Public Television
Date Added:
10/16/2020
Math Snacks
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Math Snacks is a fun and interactive educational series. This website contains five animated videos focusing on key mathematical concepts included in the Common Core curriculum for grades 4-8. Each interactive is beautifully illustrated, contains audio, and is supported by supplementary printable resources. All learner resources are available in both English and Spanish. Teacher guides as well as teaching videos support classroom implementation. A powerful supplementary tool for educators teaching about ratios, rates, scale factor, unit conversion, and the number line, as well as a source for children's educational entertainment at home.
Math Snacks was developed by the Learning Games Lab located at New Mexico State University.

Subject:
Mathematics
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Author:
NM State Learning Games Lab
Date Added:
11/30/2018
Math at Home - lessons, environments, training videos, and resources
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http://mathathome.org/ - This informative website is a great resource – both for educators and for teacher trainers/coaches, and even families.
It is a collaboration from University of Illinois at Chicago College of Education through funding by the CME Group Foundation.

Subject:
Mathematics
Material Type:
Teaching/Learning Strategy
Author:
Michelle Roberts
Date Added:
06/18/2019
Move Your Way
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Walk. Run. Dance. Play. What's your move?
Everyone needs physical activity to stay healthy. But it can be hard to find the time in your busy routine.

The Move Your Way tools, videos, and fact sheets on this page have tips that make it easier to get a little more active. And small changes can add up to big health benefits!

No matter who you are, you can find safe, fun ways to get active — to move your way.

Subject:
Health, Medicine and Nursing
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Teaching/Learning Strategy
Author:
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Date Added:
03/16/2020
OSPI COVID-19 Information: Resources for Families
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As schools, students, families, and communities plan for and experience closures, OSPI is committed to providing ongoing guidance and resources as we sort through this unprecedented situation together. OSPI Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Website - check here for the most current guidance from OSPI)

Subject:
Education
Material Type:
Teaching/Learning Strategy
Author:
Barbara Soots
Date Added:
03/28/2020
OSPI Continuous Learning Resource Suggestions
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In response to school closures due to COVID-19, OSPI content experts have curated a selection of links to external organizations providing high-quality online educational materials – courses, lessons, videos, physical and outdoor activity suggestions, etc. Please note that in many cases, these resources are free to use online but are not openly licensed for wide scale reuse and adaptation.

Subject:
Education
Educational Technology
Material Type:
Teaching/Learning Strategy
Author:
Barbara Soots
Date Added:
03/23/2020
PBS - At Home TV Learning Opportunities
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We’re excited to announce a partnership between the public television stations across Washington and OSPI.  Your local public television station is helping support educators, parents and caregivers with a variety of free high-quality, accessible educational media resources. The PBS KIDS 24/7 channel and PBD KIDS programming on the main channel (for young learners ages 2-8) and the WORLD channel At-Home Learning Service (for learners grades 6-12) feature broadcast programming linked to at-home learning resources that can be used by educators to supplement distance learning plans, or by parents to provide added enrichment and support for children’s educational needs. With both channels available free over the air, these educational programs can reach families who do not have internet access or computers at home.

Subject:
Applied Science
English Language Arts
History
Life Science
Physical Science
Social Science
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Lecture
Lesson
Author:
Barbara Soots
Cathryn Burby
Washington OSPI OER Project
Janet Hayakawa
Date Added:
04/15/2020