TeachersFirst - Featured Sites: Week of Nov 30, 2014

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Attack on Pearl Harbor - Holt, Rinehart, and Winston

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6 to 12
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This interactive map depicts the Japanese invasion of Pearl Harbor with animations and short quizzes. Read short descriptions of events in chronological order and click on indicated...more
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This interactive map depicts the Japanese invasion of Pearl Harbor with animations and short quizzes. Read short descriptions of events in chronological order and click on indicated areas on the map to view additional information on people, places, and ships. Proceed through the interactive by providing correct responses to quiz questions for each section. Although there is a Video link, there doesn't appear to be an active video at this time.

tag(s): japan (61), pearl harbor (12), roosevelt (16), world war 2 (142)

In the Classroom

Share this activity on your interactive whiteboard (or projector) as a quick overview of events at Pearl Harbor. If you flip your classroom, have students watch at home before coming to class. Have students create an annotated image describing Pearl Harbor events including text boxes and related links using a tool such as Thinglink, reviewed here. Have students create maps of World War II events using Animaps (reviewed here). Students can add text, images, and location stops. Have students use Fakebook (reviewed here) to create a "fake" page similar in style to Facebook about President Roosevelt, the Japanese Commander, or sailors stationed in Pearl Harbor.
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LifeSaver - The Resuscitation Council (UK)

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7 to 12
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Lifesaver is a crisis simulation that fuses interactivity and live-action film to teach CPR in a new way. View different crisis simulations while reacting within acceptable limits....more
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Lifesaver is a crisis simulation that fuses interactivity and live-action film to teach CPR in a new way. View different crisis simulations while reacting within acceptable limits. Scores give feedback at the end of each scenario. In addition to the simulator activities, view answers to medical questions related to CPR and choking by scrolling down to choices at the bottom of the home page. This simulator works on any device. However, the CPR demonstration does offer more ease in the free app versions than on a personal computer. This site was created in the UK. American English speakers may notice some slight spelling differences. Tip: you must check that you accept the terms to "Enter" the site!

tag(s): DAT device agnostic tool (199), heart (43), medicine (67)

In the Classroom

Use Lifesaver as part of your heart health unit. Allow students to explore the site and participate in simulations while challenging them to increase scores with continued play. Include it as part of a child care unit in FACS. Share with your school nurse or health professional for use with professional training sessions. Share this link on your class website for students to view (and share with families) at home. Download the free app available for all mobile devices for even better use of this site. Moving the app up and down to do CPR demonstrates the technique much better than options on a personal computer. For an extra research challenge, have students compare this UK-based CPR training with U.S. Red Cross or American Heart Association training to see if there are any differences.
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Shutterbugs Wiggle and Stomp - Smithsonian Science Education Center

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K to 1
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Grab your "virtual" camera and stroll through the zoo to learn how to use science words to describe movement and motion of various zoo animals. Each step of the way ...more
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Grab your "virtual" camera and stroll through the zoo to learn how to use science words to describe movement and motion of various zoo animals. Each step of the way shows three animals in action. Listen to each question then choose the correct response. Click the arrow to continue through the entire activity. This interactive is similar in format to an audio book. Key terms are in bold. Text is provided in addition to the audio. When finished, return to the main menu to find a printable certificate with a list of words learned.

tag(s): animals (276), DAT device agnostic tool (199), preK (281), vocabulary development (126)

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Create a link to this game on classroom computers for use as a learning center. Share a link on your class website or newsletter for students to play at home. Use this site to learn basic sight words in addition to action verbs. Use an online flashcard maker, like Flashcard Stash (reviewed here) to create flashcards to practice verbs.
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Collapsus: The Energy Risk Conspiracy - Submarine Channel

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8 to 12
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Collapsus is a simulation that combines interactivity, animation, fiction, and documentary to look into the future as an imminent energy crisis affects ten young people. Participants...more
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Collapsus is a simulation that combines interactivity, animation, fiction, and documentary to look into the future as an imminent energy crisis affects ten young people. Participants make decisions about solutions to the energy crisis and leave a mark on a national and global scale. Live action footage along with animation helps characters understand each situation while vlog posts offer up to date information about the world and personal situations.

tag(s): energy (198), environment (317), problem solving (272)

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Collapsus is a great way to make students think about and discuss a real-world issue in a science class or even in a government class where you talk about the role of public policy in energy use. Explore and play Collapsus on your interactive whiteboard (or projector) as you debate and discuss choices. Have students explore individually or in groups and compare the impact of different decisions. Use an online tool such as the Interactive Two Circle Venn Diagram, reviewed here, to compare and contrast two different decision choices. Create a quick poll (with no membership required) using using Kwiqpoll, reviewed here, to use when making decisions as a class.
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Jessica's Pattern Block Templates - Jessica Brown

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K to 4
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Find many resources for using pattern blocks at this site. Choose from many different pattern block templates sorted by categories such as holidays, vehicles, and alphabet. Click any...more
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Find many resources for using pattern blocks at this site. Choose from many different pattern block templates sorted by categories such as holidays, vehicles, and alphabet. Click any template to view the PDF for instant printing. When printing, do NOT "scale to fit page." Be sure to print at 100% or the actual size. The site is designed for use with standard pattern block pieces. However, if you don't have any, no worries! Select the Printable Blocks link for many print-and-cut options to use.

tag(s): geometric shapes (163), manipulatives (41), patterns (85), problem solving (272)

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Liven up your math centers with the many different templates found on the site. Print any template on cardstock and laminate for long-time use. Create take-home bags for students to work with pattern blocks at home. Share a link to this site on your class website for use at home.
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Live - pics.io

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4 to 12
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Share and discuss photos or other images in real-time using Live. No registration is required. Live works only on Chrome and Firefox browsers. Drag and drop or upload images from ...more
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Share and discuss photos or other images in real-time using Live. No registration is required. Live works only on Chrome and Firefox browsers. Drag and drop or upload images from your computer to Live to begin a session. Be sure to allow access to your computer's microphone for online conversations, or use the chat box if you prefer. The real power of LIVE is being able to "narrate" and discuss images orally, though. Copy or tweet the link to share the URL for your session. Once participants enter the session, the site's tools allow options for drawing using the brush tool, watermarks on images, and zooming in and out to share features of images.

tag(s): images (266)

In the Classroom

Use Live as an alternative to other screen sharing tools to maintain quality when discussing images. Use it with your 1:1 art class to discuss design principles and techniques in images or works of art. Suggest students use Live when collaborating on group art or media projects. Students can create or alter group products such as logos for their mock companies or political party. World language classes can use an image to spark conversation and vocabulary practice using this online tool, even if they are not in the same location! Set up a LIVE session with a partner class at another school for sharing images and the stories behind them. Share an image of a student's work using a Live session during a parent phone conference.

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PeaceMaker - Impact Games

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9 to 12
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PeaceMaker is an interactive inspired by real events in the Israel-Palestine conflict. Download the interactive game and install on most Windows or Mac computers in English, Arabic,...more
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PeaceMaker is an interactive inspired by real events in the Israel-Palestine conflict. Download the interactive game and install on most Windows or Mac computers in English, Arabic, or Hebrew. The game is based on real life events (completed in 2007 and copyright 2010). Click to read the Blog about the game in the context of events today. Once installed, choose one side of the society to lead and work to curb violence and find a path to peace. Along the way make decisions based on events that pop up in the world map. Your choice should lead to satisfying the needs of your people, and work toward a mutually satisfying cooperation with the other side. Be sure to watch the trailer for an overall view of activity components. This trailer and other videos are hosted on YouTube. If your district blocks YouTube, they may not be viewable. You could always view the videos at home and bring them to class "on a stick" to share. Use a tool such as KeepVid, reviewed here, to download the videos from YouTube.

tag(s): conflict resolution (8), israel (17), middle east (30), palestine (7), problem solving (272)

In the Classroom

Include Peacemaker in units on current world events or the Middle East to help students understand the complexities in this tumultuous zone. Download and install PeaceMaker onto classroom computers (or request it from your tech department if you do not have admin access). Let students peruse it individually or in pairs. Share the activity on your interactive whiteboard (or projector) and discuss moves together as a class. PeaceMaker would be an interesting opening to any unit on conflict resolution, international conflict, or decision-making skills. You can also discuss the changes in the Middle East since this version was created, asking student groups to read current articles and then create a description of what they would ADD or change in the game to make it reflect the current Mid East developments
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Story of the Web - Jack Schofield

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5 to 12
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Celebrate 25 years of the World Wide Web with this retrospective in interactive form. Scroll through to read about the first ideas and learn about the explosive growth and important...more
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Celebrate 25 years of the World Wide Web with this retrospective in interactive form. Scroll through to read about the first ideas and learn about the explosive growth and important events throughout the years. Choose auto-play to watch the timeline unfold or scroll at your own pace. As you progress through the story, watch for links to web stories. Viewers of the site share their personal memories each step along the way. Hover your mouse over the right side of your screen to link to the entire report in PDF format.

tag(s): computers (95), internet safety (109), inventors and inventions (101)

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Story of the Web is perfect for use on your interactive whiteboard or projector in a unit on technology and invention or in a computer literacy class. Share this site with students who have grown up on the Internet to provide an understanding of how quickly technology has developed. Compare it to the development of a human being over 25 years! Have students create a simple infographic sharing their findings using Easel.ly, reviewed here or Venngage reviewed here. Use an online tool such as Interactive Two Circle Venn Diagram (reviewed here) comparing communication 25 years ago to the present.
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Animated Trigonometry - Jason Davies

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10 to 12
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Watch as the point revolves around the unit circle to see the graphs of each trig function at this visually stimulating site. As the point on the circle revolves, the ...more
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Watch as the point revolves around the unit circle to see the graphs of each trig function at this visually stimulating site. As the point on the circle revolves, the graphs of sin and tan project. Sin the "wave" is projected horizontally and cos projects vertically. This site was created using Javascript and works on all browsers except Internet Explorer.

tag(s): animation (63), charts and graphs (195)

In the Classroom

Animated Trigonometry is perfect for use on your interactive whiteboard (or projector) to demonstrate graphing of trig functions. Challenge students to create their own graphs of each function then compare to points found on the animation. Be sure to include a link to this site on your class website or blog for students to view at home.

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Life Skills - Barclays

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8 to 12
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Life Skills, created in the UK, offers programs for entering the 21st century work force. Begin by choosing the student or teacher portal. Student information includes People Skills,...more
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Life Skills, created in the UK, offers programs for entering the 21st century work force. Begin by choosing the student or teacher portal. Student information includes People Skills, Managing Money, How to Gain Work Experience, and more presented through videos and interactive activities. Access lesson plans, worksheets, and online activities through the teacher registration. Registration is free with email. The site was created in the UK, so some of the pronunciations, spellings, and use of currency will differ from those in American English. The principles are the same, once you figure out slight terminology differences.

tag(s): careers (132), financial literacy (80)

In the Classroom

Help students appreciate that career planning is an ongoing process that includes education, aptitudes, and personality in order to find a "good fit." Life Skills is a great resource for helping students get more concrete information and insight into the sometimes vexing question of "what I want to do when I grow up." Use it in guidance classes or as part of a budgeting and life planning section in Family and Consumer Science or business classes.
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Solve My Math - solvemymath.com

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5 to 12
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Solve My Math offers a wide selection of math calculators, games, and information for all different levels of math. Use the drop down box to choose a math category such ...more
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Solve My Math offers a wide selection of math calculators, games, and information for all different levels of math. Use the drop down box to choose a math category such as general math or complex numbers and trig. Some calculators offer only a solution while others show step by step ways to obtaining answers. Choose Math Courses for a basic overview of math content sorted by topic. The Math Games section offers games for learning basic math skills. Spend time exploring how the site is organized so you can avoid clicking the ads!
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tag(s): addition (251), calculators (41), charts and graphs (195), decimals (133), division (172), fractions (239), numbers (204), probability (130), statistics (122), subtraction (208)

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Use calculators on the site to solve math problems. Show students how to find the appropriate calculator while avoiding the many ads. Ask students to demonstrate the problem solving process but use this site as a self-check. Share a link to Solve My Math on your class website for students to access at home. Create a link to games/interactives on classroom computers for use as a math center.
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Memidex - Memidex

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7 to 12
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Memidex is a free online dictionary and thesaurus that will work on any computer or device that can access the Internet. A clear, simple, uncluttered layout and the fast access ...more
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Memidex is a free online dictionary and thesaurus that will work on any computer or device that can access the Internet. A clear, simple, uncluttered layout and the fast access time make it a desirable choice for quick word access, especially when using a mobile device. Some of the features include auto-suggest for searches, definitions from many different references, etymology references, audio references, adult filtering, no obscure abbreviated labels, and audio pronunciations in North American and British English. Be aware: this site includes some words that are not appropriate for the classroom. There is an adult filter for obscenity, ethnic slurs, and other words deemed offensive. Read more about the adult filter by clicking on the link in the descriptive paragraph on the home page. If mobile devices don't have Java and cookies enabled, the filter won't work on them. Be sure students know the rules and boundaries when using this site.
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tag(s): dictionaries (56), pronunciation (44), thesaurus (24)

In the Classroom

Use Memidex on your interactive whiteboard (or projector) to explore word origins, definitions, and more. Set this site as the home page on classroom computers for student use. Be sure to share this site with parents for use at home too! In addition to defining the word or phrase, the dictionary has click-able audio recordings to hear how the word is pronounced in North American and British English. This site could be very useful for ESL/ELL students. Talk with your district technology department about including the adult filter as part of the security settings on servers. Any settings you "save" will only save on the computer being used.

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WebRangers - National Park Service

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3 to 8
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Join the National Park Service and become a Web Ranger! Customize your ranger station, earn rewards, and play new activities. Find activities about people, history, nature, science,...more
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Join the National Park Service and become a Web Ranger! Customize your ranger station, earn rewards, and play new activities. Find activities about people, history, nature, science, parks, or animals. Take a virtual hike of hand-picked trails from National Parks. Track daily progress for your real exercise on actual hiking trails if you live close to one of the parks. There is a Teacher's Resource Guide with 50 suggested activities. This resource is also available in Spanish.

tag(s): animals (276), landmarks (26), national parks (16), virtual field trips (48)

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Check out the Teacher's Guide first for many curriculum connections and alignment to Common Core. Introduce one of the WebRangers' multimedia resources to your class on an interactive whiteboard or projector. Students sign up with a pseudonym; no email address is required. Use the Question of the Week during writing time, and have students share their response with a partner. Use the historic portions to accompany the study of US history or even in geography. Use this site as a precursor activity to an actual trip to one of the parks or as you study states and their major landmarks. Use this in science class as you study animals and habitats. Explore the landmarks in your own city or town and create multimedia presentations about them like the ones shown here. In the Teacher's Resource Guide, find the link to their Twitter account.
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Biomimicry Design Challenge - Biomimicry 3.8 Institute

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10 to 12
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Looking for a challenge that can really make a change? The Biomimicry Design Challenge encourages participants to solve real-world problems as teams, basing their ideas on nature's...more
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Looking for a challenge that can really make a change? The Biomimicry Design Challenge encourages participants to solve real-world problems as teams, basing their ideas on nature's own "design." Past challenges include Transportation and Water. You must be in a degree program to participate in the actual challenge, but anyone can read about current and past challenges. Read the Challenge details including judging criteria. View the Submission Gallery and past challenges to get ideas for your own challenge. Refer to the Biomimicry in Youth Education resource, reviewed here, for more information about the basics of Biomimicry.

tag(s): STEM (134)

In the Classroom

Use ideas from these challenges to plan a challenge at your school. Use the challenge to spark teams of students to think outside the box and be innovative in solving some of today's problems. The challenge would be a perfect way to excite Gifted students about science and engineering. Use the judging criteria to develop your own scoring of student projects. Display student designs during a school-based Science or STEM Fair. Have students make a multimedia presentation using one of the many TeachersFirst Edge Multimedia tools, reviewed here.

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