TeachersFirst - Featured Sites: Week of Nov 20, 2011

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Decide Already - Sprout Box

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3 to 12
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Decision-making is easy and fun with this online tool. Just submit a question, propose answers, send out the question to peers, and wait for responses. Criteria to be included in ...more
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Decision-making is easy and fun with this online tool. Just submit a question, propose answers, send out the question to peers, and wait for responses. Criteria to be included in responses can also be added to help respondents make informed decisions. After the question is set up, add contact emails to send out the question. This probably works best with students that have school email accounts already set up for use.

tag(s): polls and surveys (48), questioning (31)

In the Classroom

Teach one of the highest levels of Bloom's Taxonomy (evaluating) using this tool. Have s student operator open it on a projector or interactive whiteboard and have the class determine criteria for decision making, such as how to choose the best location for a field trip or decide on the best book to read. Ask how they choose books for independent reading, and have them develop their own criteria as a class. Send out questions for students to decide on classroom events such as field trips - offer 2 or 3 choices along with criteria to consider when choosing. Offer to allow students to choose the next read-aloud book to be used in the classroom, choose student of the week or month recipients, activities for classroom parties, etc. Use this site to start a class debate on historical choices that may be considered controversial (i.e the use of the atomic bomb). Share this with other staff in your building and use the site to make decisions on professional development topics, dates for get-togethers and more. Include this link on your class website for groups to use in making project decisions or to simulate political process and the ways legislators make decisions.

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Women @ NASA - NASA

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6 to 12
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This website includes a stunning collection of over thirty videos and essays from women who contribute to NASA's mission in many different ways. The stated goal for the site is ...more
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This website includes a stunning collection of over thirty videos and essays from women who contribute to NASA's mission in many different ways. The stated goal for the site is "we hope that these stories will inspire girls everywhere to reach for the stars, and explore the myriad of opportunities available to them through pursuing careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics." Each story includes a biography, story and video about the woman highlighted. Stories include information about their background, academic degrees, and current work and future goals with NASA. The site includes a blog, Twitter feeds, and a Facebook page which you can subscribe to.

tag(s): careers (132), scientists (68), space (205), women (101)

In the Classroom

Share this site with students when researching careers or space exploration. This is a perfect site for Women's History Month! Use information from the site for students to use as a model for researching career information. Have students use a tool such as Woices (beta) (reviewed here) to put a fictitious radio news story on a woman they learned about from this site. Woices also includes map features, so be sure students share the location where their researched woman is originally from.
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Hinterland Who's Who - Wildlife in Canada - Environment Canada

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3 to 12
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This site has been created to identify wildlife and environmental issues in Canada. It is a must-see for those looking for information on animals and useful to teachers in any ...more
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This site has been created to identify wildlife and environmental issues in Canada. It is a must-see for those looking for information on animals and useful to teachers in any country! The species portion of the site contains information on hundreds of animals divided into categories such as birds, insects, etc. After selecting a category, a list of animals included is shown. After choosing an animal, a fact sheet is provided. Each fact sheet includes a description, habitat information, range, feeding, breeding, resources, and conservation information. All of this information has access to a link for easy printing. Don't miss the neat videos located at "Who Tube." There is also an extensive section for educators with projects, lessons, and curriculum information that can be easily adapted for any classroom need.

tag(s): animal homes (41), animals (276), environment (317), habitats (84)

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Bookmark and save this site to use with any animal research or projects. Introduce the site on your interactive whiteboard or projector and allow students to explore on their own. Have students choose an animal from the site to research then make a multimedia presentation using one of many TeachersFirst Edge tools reviewed here. Use questions from the Issues and Topics section during classroom debates and discussions on the environment.
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SAS Curriculum Pathways - SAS institute Inc.

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7 to 12
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Create a free account to this great resource site for teachers. After verification of your account, a login code is displayed for use with your students. Students use the login ...more
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Create a free account to this great resource site for teachers. After verification of your account, a login code is displayed for use with your students. Students use the login and type in their name before starting an activity. The site has resources for all subjects in the Middle school and High School levels. Audio support is available for the text. The engaging activities use lower-level thinking skills that engage higher order skills. The products work in the classroom in large part because teachers shape every phase of the planning and production process. This site uses standards and the Common Core to clarify the content in the core academic disciplines. The value of the resource lies in the focus on difficult to explain concepts that are enriched through the use of technology based resources using audio, video, and interactivity. Students "do" and "see" in order to understand the difficult concepts. Lessons have the following parts: classroom activity, web lesson, and project. InterActivities allow students to explore, apply, and analyze using online tools.

tag(s): africa (180), architecture (83), cells (102), europe (75), evolution (100), genetics (90), grammar (216), literature (275), motion (58), numbers (204), operations (126), probability (130), statistics (122), verbs (41)

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Use the more than 200 Interactive activities and 855 ready-to-use lessons to provide technology-rich lessons to teach many of the most difficult concepts in the core subjects. Use the variety of assessment options that are found within each lesson. Note the Quick Launch numbers on the resource you will be using to direct students to the correct activity. Example activities include a Web Inquiry which is a guided and self-paced investigation that is built around a focus question.
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Magisto - Magisto, LLC

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7 to 12
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This "magical," cloud-based video editing service uses your unedited footage and turns it into more exciting short movies to share with others (or random mashups of your footage.) The...more
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This "magical," cloud-based video editing service uses your unedited footage and turns it into more exciting short movies to share with others (or random mashups of your footage.) The technology analyzes the footage using facial recognition. It is able to sort out pets from people as well as backgrounds, landscapes, and behaviors. This is one of the simplest video editing sites around. Simply upload your files, and Magisto does the rest. Uploaded videos are analyzed and edited to remove less interesting parts, including blurry sections or not-so-great footage. Choose from a selection of music to overlay the clip or upload your own. This is a device-agnostic tool, available on the web but also available for free as both an Android and iOS app. Use it from any device or move between several devices and still access your work. App and web versions vary slightly. Like using YouTube? Any video uploaded to YouTube can be edited automatically using Magisto's tools integrated in the YouTube site. Note: Uploading your video footage transfers rights to your content to Magisto!

tag(s): DAT device agnostic tool (196), video (253)

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Use as an easy way to edit videos without using costly programs or difficult, time consuming applications. Use for any video that needs to be edited before placing on a wiki, blog, or site. Use for any student project, videotaping of classroom activities, or tapes of students explaining their experiment. Create a compilation video of short clips from throughout the year to share as an end of the year overview. Take long sections of video from a field trip and use Magisto to shorten to the most important bits. Magisto. Use this tool easily in your Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) classroom since all students will be able to access it for free, no matter what device they have.

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The Eyeballing Game - Woodgears

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4 to 12
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This interactive was intended for woodworkers but works very well in Geometry class. The activity works by showing you a series of geometric figures that need to be adjusted a ...more
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This interactive was intended for woodworkers but works very well in Geometry class. The activity works by showing you a series of geometric figures that need to be adjusted a bit to make them correct. A square highlights the point that needs to be moved or adjusted. Use the mouse to drag the blue square or arrowhead where you feel it is 'right.' Once you let go of the mouse, the computer evaluates your move, so don't let up on the mouse button until you are sure. The 'correct' geometry is also shown in green, so you can see where you went wrong. You will be see each challenge three times. The table to the right shows your score ach time. You can compare your score to the last 500 players or to your last best score.

tag(s): angles (88), geometric shapes (163), puzzles (208)

In the Classroom

This site is perfect for use on the interactive whiteboard. Display the game and challenge students to make adjustments to the shapes. Create a class chart of scores for a class competition. Use the site to review Geometry terms. Create a link to the site on classroom computers for students to practice on their own.
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BrainNook - Nunook

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K to 5
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Brain Nook is a virtual world where students can practice their mathematics and English skills. Brain Nook provides students with a series of scenarios that they have to resolve by...more
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Brain Nook is a virtual world where students can practice their mathematics and English skills. Brain Nook provides students with a series of scenarios that they have to resolve by answering mathematics and language arts questions. An example scenario requires you to earn coins to buy materials for a vehicle used for exploring the virtual worlds within the site. BrainNook contains over a hundred educational games based on fundamental concepts in Math and English Grammar. The activities cover Math concepts ranging from single-digit addition to 3D spatial visualization, and English concepts ranging from building simple sentences to counting syllables. These interactives are embedded within colorful virtual worlds that students can unlock and explore.

The site is free; however, many portions require registration for a username and password. Parents can also sign up for a paid membership that entitles them to use the Parent Report Center and access to hidden worlds not available with a free membership. Click on the "Membership" link to learn more about what is available. The site is free, and a few activities are available without signing up. However, to have access to more games you must register with an email. There is a premium version with additional reporting tools available for a fee.
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tag(s): addition (251), grammar (216), operations (126), puzzles (208), sentences (52)

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Introduce the site on your interactive whiteboard (or projector) then create links on classroom and computer lab computers to use as a center. Share the link on your classroom website or blog for students to access from home.
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Immune Attack - Federation of American Scientists

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9 to 12
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Immune Attack is a downloadable computer activity created by the Federation of American Scientists for students. Their message states "Immune Attack is a supplemental teaching...more
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Immune Attack is a downloadable computer activity created by the Federation of American Scientists for students. Their message states "Immune Attack is a supplemental teaching tool, designed to be used in addition to middle school and high school biology textbooks. Immune Attack introduces molecular biology and cellular biology in detail that is usually reserved for college students. However, it uses the familiar and motivational video game format to introduce the strange and new world of cells and molecules."

The current download is the second version of the game. The first was edited and enhanced based on the feedback of teachers and the students who used this interactive in the classroom. The download takes about five to fifteen minutes depending on Internet connection. Also, it is Windows-only. You are able to download the program onto a CD and upload it on several computers. No registration is required to download the game. However, if you register, you will be notified of updates and it qualifies you to be a beta tester if interested. The game is fairly complex; however the graphics are great and the game is challenging. Students will probably "get the hang of it" much faster than most adults. There is a key that you can print with the commands to make the vessel do what you want it to do. Educationally speaking, the learning assistant is a great tool! It provides detailed information about different parts of the body and cells.
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tag(s): bacteria (30), diseases (66), hygiene (10)

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Be sure that if you download at school on to school computers that you have sufficient permissions. If downloading is a problem at your school, the file is big (500 MG), it can be saved to a CD and burned so that there are multiple copies as long as the discs are being used for educational purposes. Have students use earphones as they listen/engage in this interactive. The students will love the sound, but you may want to keep your sanity by only listening to one at a time. If you are adventurous enough to master the game, you could demonstrate how to use it on the interactive whiteboard or projector. Or, have students come to your computer and have them operate it in front of the class. To enhance the educational value of the game, have students learn at least three new facts about the immune system each time they are allowed to play in class. You could use this educational tool in science class as enrichment during a unit on cells. If students have completed all daily classwork and are current on all work, allow them the opportunity to try their hand at this game. Or create a stationed lab on microbiology, and have this be a hands on media station at the interactive whiteboard.
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Waterlife - National Film Board of Canada

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4 to 12
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Get swept away in an ocean of images and waves of powerful music in this unbelievable site about the ecology, grandeur, and necessity of the Great Lakes. Visit often because ...more
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Get swept away in an ocean of images and waves of powerful music in this unbelievable site about the ecology, grandeur, and necessity of the Great Lakes. Visit often because clicks can lead to a variety of different places. Learn the different ways the Great Lakes are a necessary resource and how they are currently under stresses affecting humans and many other species. This site requires a bit of bandwidth with the moving images, music, and narration. Be sure to try it out on your class computer in advance and limit the number of computers connecting at the same time. Be sure to check out all the topics, including invasive species, home, political, evaporating, and much more. Take a look at the link "Water Is" to view the list of topics. You will need headphones or speakers for the audio on this site.

tag(s): ecology (135), ecosystems (88), pollution (66), water (130), water cycle (33), watersheds (16), wetlands (9)

In the Classroom

Use as an introduction to a unit on water or pollution. Use to introduce the chemistry of water (and how life on Earth would not be possible without it) by finding ways that water is affected by other materials and discussing the chemistry behind it. Explore in a civics and government class as a contemporary issue not constrained by international boundaries. Allow students the opportunity to explore on their own and report interesting facts and troublesome points to the rest of the class for further review and research. Use on Earth Day or as part of Earth Week activities. Divide younger students into cooperative learning groups to explore the site. Create letters to the editor, blog posts, and other multimedia or conventional items to portray what they have learned. Have cooperative learning groups create podcasts demonstrating their understanding of one of the concepts and their additional research. Use a site such as PodOmatic (reviewed here). Have students make a multimedia presentation using one of the many TeachersFirst Edge tools reviewed here.
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Science Pipes - The Cornell Lab of Ornithology

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10 to 12
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Use Science Pipes to find graphs and charts of chosen biodiversity data sets. View the most popular or featured pipes on the front page of this site. Pipe your own ...more
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Use Science Pipes to find graphs and charts of chosen biodiversity data sets. View the most popular or featured pipes on the front page of this site. Pipe your own data by registering with the site and logging in. Choose data sets and various ways to compare them. View such parameters as migration data, various states and counties, and species comparison. Determine the types of birds to view and create a graphic using all the parameters piped into that graphic.

tag(s): birds (50), charts and graphs (195), data (148)

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Allow students the opportunity to choose various data and view the charts that follow. Ask questions about various trends noticed and research behavioral and environmental reasons for better understanding. Assign a various types of data and allow time for groups of students to manipulate in different ways to learn how various data sets can be interpreted differently by scientists. From each question asked, use more data sets to learn more about various species of birds or environmental factors.

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SimilarSites - Similar Group

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K to 12
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Looking for an alternative site to one you are unable to access or use? Use SimilarSites to search types of sites and read recommended replacements. View the title, description, and...more
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Looking for an alternative site to one you are unable to access or use? Use SimilarSites to search types of sites and read recommended replacements. View the title, description, and click on the URL to go directly to the site. Click on review to provide a review of the original site being compared. While older students can use this site themselves, teachers of younger students could also find this tool useful as a professional resource to find sources/replacements. The site uses the keywording that site creators provide and other metadata to find the "similar" sites.

tag(s): search engines (65)

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Find similar sites such as for photo editing, etc. when in the need of a new resource. Allow students time to look at the alternatives and make a choice based on their needs and availability. Create a class discussion about certain aspects of the sites being analyzed. Art teachers can use this tool to find artist portfolios to share -- and to avoid sites with art content you had best not to share in a school setting!
 
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Making Books with Children - S. K. Gaylord

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K to 10
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This site offers free book making activities -- the old fashioned way with paper and art supplies. Of particular interest is the project titled Making Books around the World...more
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This site offers free book making activities -- the old fashioned way with paper and art supplies. Of particular interest is the project titled Making Books around the World in which students can make slat books, palm leaf books, accordion books, "papyrus" scrolls, and cloth books of many types. Tips for teachers make the book making projects accessible. Book plans are also available in Spanish.

tag(s): artists (75), book reports (36), creative writing (166)

In the Classroom

Take advantage of the free lesson plan to do final projects on research of a variety of topics. This is a great find for gifted students or ESL/ELL students since it is so varied and flexible. Challenge students to make books as an end of unit project in science, social studies, and math. Have a bookmaking contest in your classroom. Have students make creative books rather than a traditional book report. Share this site together with art teachers. Share this site with parents to use to create books at home.

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