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Activity of the Month - Dr. Jean

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K to 1
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This site offers a list of monthly "newsletters" full of teaching ideas and parenting tips/suggestions. Each months activities reflect the seasons and their special holidays. Many...more
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This site offers a list of monthly "newsletters" full of teaching ideas and parenting tips/suggestions. Each months activities reflect the seasons and their special holidays. Many activities include letters, words, and book activities. Besides the basic activity, quite a few of the monthly offerings include downloadable books to print and use, original song lyrics, and links to other related websites. This site is great to use with young ESL/ELL students too who need lots of fun reinforcement with learning the alphabet and pre-reading skills. This site includes many math activities as well.
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tag(s): crafts (41), literacy (103), poetry (228), preK (281), seasons (37), songs (52)

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This site is excellent for enrichment. Share this link on your teacher web page and/or in a parent newsletter for those who trying to encourage the habit of reading and handling books.

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Multicultural Canada: Wayang Kulit - Lynn Copeland, Simon Fraser University

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3 to 12
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This unique site by Multicultural Canada is part of a digitization project that aims to tell the stories of the cultures that make up Canada. Other modules include Chinese, ...more
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This unique site by Multicultural Canada is part of a digitization project that aims to tell the stories of the cultures that make up Canada. Other modules include Chinese, Japanese, Scottish, Indonesian, Italian, Jewish, Vietnamese,and Pakistan collections are included in the learning modules. Detailed lesson plans, related resources, with rubrics are included. IN this module, Simon Fraser University shares their collection of Wayang Kulit, or shadow puppetry from Indonesia. Wayang Kulit often portrays moral or political messages. The university featured the exhibit, Crossing Oceans, Crossing Cultures, which includes the shadow puppets and stories about good and evil, respect, duty, friendship, and loyalty. The website shows some of the Wayang Kulit shadow puppets, as well as providing information on traditional stories. Photographs of several intricate shadow puppets are included. Ideas for projects using a variety of free downloads are suggested. There is also an introductory video.

tag(s): canada (30), myths and legends (25), readers theater (17), stories and storytelling (33)

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In language arts classes, study universal stories and myths while discovering the culture of Indonesia and shadow puppetry. Dramatize the elements of good versus evil, characterization, and plot. Discover a unique twist to Readers' Theater. Storyboarding opportunities allow for a simpler construction of a story performance with fewer background scenery or props necessary. Sound and musical accompaniments can add to the creativity of the performance. Reluctant readers through gifted learners will enjoy the flexibility and creativity of the art of shadow puppetry.

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Sumo Paint 3.0 - Lauri Koutaniemi and Aaro Vaananen

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6 to 12
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Sumo Paint is a free, web-based painting and photo editing application. Without even having to create an account, users can edit images from a URL or personal desktop file. Simply ...more
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Sumo Paint is a free, web-based painting and photo editing application. Without even having to create an account, users can edit images from a URL or personal desktop file. Simply go directly to the site and begin editing images or creating work directly from a web browser (Firefox and Google Chrome only, at the time of this review), or download the app to your desktop. The painting tools included are layering, cloning, blur effects, a magic wand, shape tools, paint bucket, lasso selecting, filters, and the ability to add text. The photo editing tools allow for the adjusting contrast, hue saturation, and color balance. The application works with JPGs, GIFs and PNGs and saves work as a JPG and PNG format. The support tutorials provide tips on how to use these various features. Sumo Paint also serves as a global network of artists and is available in over fifty different languages. Without an account, users can view work but cannot share or post comments. Signing up for a free account will provide artists an opportunity to share their work, comment, view, and rate the work others artists. A free account also grants access to features such as the ability save the layer data incomplete artwork, back up files, and participate in collaborative image creation.

tag(s): design (83), painting (66), photography (160)

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Previous experience with layer-based design software editing such as Photoshop is extremely beneficial. The "Sumo Paint Help" page provides helpful tutorials but individuals without previous training may need additional support.

Challenge students to learn about the tools professional designers use today. Select and then project video help tutorials to the whole class. Before sending students off for independent practice, demonstrate how to use the image editing and painting tools on an interactive whiteboard or projector. The videos in this section link to YouTube, so systems that block YouTube access may not be able to access this without a work-around. If your school blocks YouTube, consider accessing this site and previewing the video at home, using a tool such as KeepVid reviewed here to download the videos from YouTube to bring it in "on a stick" for class use. Rather than a traditional report, challenge students to write articles and create magazine covers for biographies, history or science reports using Magazine Cover Maker reviewed here. Have students create icons for logos for websites. Have students create artwork for CD labels for portfolios or multimedia projects using CD Cover Maker reviewed here. Post a link to Sumo Paint on your class website for student access outside of school. The beauty of this free cloud based software it that students can start a project in school, collaborate on a single image, and continue to work on it after school hours.

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Trimble SketchUp - Google

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8 to 12
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With Google SketchUp, users can create 3D models of homes, shacks, sheds, decks, design wood work projects, and even imagine and visualize space ships. Once a user has navigated this...more
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With Google SketchUp, users can create 3D models of homes, shacks, sheds, decks, design wood work projects, and even imagine and visualize space ships. Once a user has navigated this tool, it becomes fast to use, flexible, and fun! The pile of possibilities is sky high (and higher in the spaceship case!). Your creations can be shared online and/or added to Google Earth to get a picture of what your creation would look like in real life from the sky! For more information about Google Earth click here. Beyond a doubt, this is a very cool tool to use for learners, amateur architects, and professionals alike!

tag(s): architecture (83), design (83), drawing (78)

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To introduce yourself to the program, check out the training video. There are templates that you can use to create your designs and they are offered in both metric and English measurements. The application is reminiscent of basic paint programs. Perhaps the best way to learn how to create with this tool is to take some time to "play" with it. The editors at TeacherFirst strongly recommend working your way through a sample before you implement this in a class. It gives your students a great model to visualize your expectations, and it will give you the hands on experience that you can use to help them. Another way to implement this is to roll it out to your students and have them "play" with it. You may learn more from them than you could have ever anticipated. Another neat feature of this program is that it allows you to Google search for previously constructed 3D models and download them directly into SketchUp on your computer!

As part of a multidisciplinary unit in science, technology, economics, math, social studies, and English classes, use this site to create a culminating design project. In English classes, have students create a written grant or design proposal. In economics, have the students discover how to construct the project for the best possible cost. Have the final design project be a new museum or historical/tourist attraction to commemorate a local hero/heroine. In math and science classes, have the students "build" the project with accurate measurements. Then as follow up, have students use Google Earth reviewed here to predict the environmental impact of the new construction. Or, in technology education or industrial arts class, use this as a way to submit project drafts for construction.

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Topmark Interactive Whiteboard Resources - Topmarks

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K to 12
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This wonderful collection of interactive whiteboard activities is designed for students ages 3 to 18. Topics include Math, Literacy, Science, Physics, History, Art, Music, and Religion....more
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This wonderful collection of interactive whiteboard activities is designed for students ages 3 to 18. Topics include Math, Literacy, Science, Physics, History, Art, Music, and Religion. Within each topic are categories to help narrow down search results. Activities contain a short summary, a link to the resource, and some have objectives. Because this is a British site, be aware that some vocabulary and content may be unfamiliar to American students, so preview carefully before using.

tag(s): descriptive writing (41), energy (198), environment (317), forces (45), grammar (216), literacy (103), literature (275), map skills (79), maps (287), novels (24), persuasive writing (55), poetry (228), preK (281), religions (61), rhythm (20), rivers (21), seasons (37), shakespeare (131), speeches (17), spelling (168), water cycle (33), weather (188)

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Use activities offered on the site on your interactive whiteboard or projector either as a whole class activity or use your whiteboard as one of the learning centers in your class. Share with parents on your blog or classroom newsletter as a resource for practice at home.
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Musical Fraction Bars - Phil Tulga

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3 to 8
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This site connects your knowledge of fractions and length to musical pitch through many visual explanations and hands-on activities. The introductory page explains using fractions to...more
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This site connects your knowledge of fractions and length to musical pitch through many visual explanations and hands-on activities. The introductory page explains using fractions to create notes on a scale along with an interactive activity to create your own song using the fraction bars. Be sure to visit the page with instructions on creating your own fraction musical tubes using PVC pipe. You can even play your own song using virtual musical tubes right on the site! Other interesting parts of the site include drum notes from Ghana and ancient melodies from Mexico.

tag(s): fractions (239), musical notation (35), songs (52)

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Share this site on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Have students create their own fraction tubes using PVC pipe (or drinking straws) based on instructions on the site. Create a link on classroom computers for students to explore tones created by fraction tubes (virtually). Share this site with the music teacher to use when coordinating math and music lessons.
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Deviant Art Muro - Scott Jarkoff, Matthew Stephens, and Angelo Shift

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9 to 12
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Create graphic murals on the computer. DeviantART muro's drawing tool runs in a web browser. It will introduce students to a slightly more complex art making process. DeviantART muro...more
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Create graphic murals on the computer. DeviantART muro's drawing tool runs in a web browser. It will introduce students to a slightly more complex art making process. DeviantART muro has six free drawing tools, color wheels, erasers, fill bucket, eyedropper, and cropping features. This drawing site also provides various tool sizes, allows for opacity adjustments, and color gradation. There are also wonderful online tutorials that range from how to use Photoshop to advanced 3D modeling.
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tag(s): design (83), drawing (78), graphic design (35), painting (66), photography (160)

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Some previous experience with layer base design software editing is beneficial but not completely necessary. The DeviantART muro drawing tools have a higher level of sophistication, and yet are intuitive to use. There are filters and layering options within the free version. It is possible to import photographs or scanned images into various layers. Save individual files or export student work as a web page. Unfortunately, the export process does not result in a useful file format. Consider having students take a screen shot of their work instead. Clicking the devaintART logo will take students to the public art space. Here the general public has the ability to submit imagery. Although students will not be able to comment or post without an account, they can view submissions easily.

Introduce this site on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Then have students explore this site independently or in small groups. Use this site as the starting point for individual or group projects. The mural format lends itself to the drafting of school murals or stage backdrops. Consider using this long online drawing space to tell visual stories or map out a character's or historical figure's journey through time. Post a link on your class website to DeviantART muro for access outside of school.

Although users can access the muro creator without signing up for an account, high school students may want to participate in the deviantARTs free social networking site. This may be the personal learning network for juniors and seniors in high school considering a career in the arts are looking for. Students age 16 and older will benefit from an online profile account where they can create personal galleries, develop fans, and find collaborators for projects from across the globe. High school students considering jobs in graphic design, animation, film, illustration, or computer arts can build a professional portfolio to submit to employers, art schools, or potential clients. Users will also benefit from the deviantART critique section that provides constructive criticism from viewers beyond their immediate brick and mortar school. Students will need to create an account in order to use these services. If your students submit their own content (according to school policies, of course), take the time to teach safe ways to submit, commentary etiquette, and the potential for cruelty or rude behavior by anonymous viewers. You may want to monitor the discussion boards for a week or two before deciding if they are appropriate for your school situation.

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Learning to Give - Points of Light Institute

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K to 12
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The goal of this site is to educate youth about philanthropy and giving their time and knowledge for the global good. To do this, they offer over 1400 free lesson ...more
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The goal of this site is to educate youth about philanthropy and giving their time and knowledge for the global good. To do this, they offer over 1400 free lesson plans for teachers, parents, and community leaders. Lessons are coded to state standards and can be searched by grade level, keyword, subject, or academic or philanthropy standard. Some lessons are geared toward private or religious schools and are clearly labeled as such. Lessons include subject, key concepts, vocabulary, objectives, materials needed, approximate time, procedures, extensions, handouts, and much more. An example of a grade 3-5 lesson would be Cool Kids Compost which explores responsible use of resources by gathering data about lunchroom waste. Don't let the concept of philanthropy keep you from exploring the site, there are many great classroom lessons available for all subjects.

tag(s): african american (113), animal homes (41), animals (276), charts and graphs (195), colonial america (107), communities (35), data (148), diversity (36), ecology (135), environment (317), heroes (24), money (193), recycling (57)

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Use this site as a resource for all subject matters, search for subject and browse resources. Share with other teachers in your building or district including teachers of the arts. Get your students involved! Challenge cooperative learning groups to create a multimedia presentation using one of many TeachersFirst Edge tools reviewed here discussing one of the topics at this site.

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A Victorian Christmas - TeachersFirst

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4 to 8
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This collection introduces Victorian Christmas customs and offers several activities which students can complete to show their understanding of Christmas celebrations from over a century...more
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This collection introduces Victorian Christmas customs and offers several activities which students can complete to show their understanding of Christmas celebrations from over a century ago.

tag(s): christmas (64), holidays (147), victorian (21)

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Save this site as a favorite on your desktop and use it to add supplementary activities to your classroom before Winter Break. Many of the sites can be used as webquests, classroom activities or Learning centers. This could be a great way to mix the holidays into content, comparing today's celebrations to those of the 19th century.

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Make a Victorian Cornucopia - TeachersFirst

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3 to 10
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This simple lesson activity gives instructions for making a Victorian "cornucopia" Christmas ornament filled with candy or other treats. This Victorian tradition dates back to the 19th...more
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This simple lesson activity gives instructions for making a Victorian "cornucopia" Christmas ornament filled with candy or other treats. This Victorian tradition dates back to the 19th century. The printable pattern is included. See more Victorian Christmas activities on the TeachersFirst Victorian Christmas page.

tag(s): christmas (64), victorian (21)

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Try this easy activity during a Christmas 'Round the World unit or as part of a study of the Victorian Era. Have students take digital pictures of the steps and include them on your class web page or wiki (with captions!) so others can try the activity at home. Make cornucopias as gifts for a visit to a local nursing home or children's home so the activity becomes a service project.

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Parlour Games - Old-Fashioned Living

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What kinds of activities would be found at a 19th century Christmas party? Read and learn about some very popular games played by children and adults during the Victorian era. ...more
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What kinds of activities would be found at a 19th century Christmas party? Read and learn about some very popular games played by children and adults during the Victorian era. Clear, simple instructions are provided and little or no preparation is required

tag(s): christmas (64), victorian (21)

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Use this website as a resource for finding games that could bring history to life during a unit on Victorian England or Christmas. Plan a Victorian Christmas celebration with historically accurate games, food, and decorations.

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A Victorian Christmas - Malcolm Warrington

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Give students a taste of the Victorian celebration with this site showing greeting cards from the Victorian era, and explaining the Victorian origins of many of today's Christmas traditions....more
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Give students a taste of the Victorian celebration with this site showing greeting cards from the Victorian era, and explaining the Victorian origins of many of today's Christmas traditions. We wish the images were bigger, but this is a nicely designed introduction to Victorian celebrations.

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Use this website during a unit on Christmas or Victorian history. Consider having students create their own online Victorian "albums" using a tool such as Mix Book (reviewed here).

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The Frank Lloyd Wright Home & Studio Foundation

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Learn about the history of one of this century's leading architects. This site includes descriptions of some of his most famous works including the Frederick C. Robie House as well...more
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Learn about the history of one of this century's leading architects. This site includes descriptions of some of his most famous works including the Frederick C. Robie House as well as his own home and studio in Oak Park. Take your students on a tour of Wright's home and see where his work began.

tag(s): architecture (83)

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Use the biography on this site as an interactive learning center during a lesson on the famous architect. Divide students into cooperative learning groups, allowing them to all view and analyze the presentation concerning his life. To assess student learning, have students create and share their own concept maps showing what they have learned. Use a tool such as bubbl.us (reviewed here) to create and share the concept maps.

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The Work of Frank Lloyd Wright

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Marin County's tribute to the designer of their famous civic center. Tour the inside of this amazing building as well as the grounds that surround it. Take your students on ...more
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Marin County's tribute to the designer of their famous civic center. Tour the inside of this amazing building as well as the grounds that surround it. Take your students on a virtual tour of this architectural wonder.

tag(s): architecture (83)

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Diego Rivera Web Museum

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6 to 12
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This site includes images of a large number of murals and other works by Diego Rivera. Useful as examples for students studying contemporary art, or as an art history resource. ...more
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This site includes images of a large number of murals and other works by Diego Rivera. Useful as examples for students studying contemporary art, or as an art history resource. This site is also available in Spanish.

tag(s): painting (66)

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The Michael C. Carlos Museum

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This site includes Odyssey Online (a cooperative project with Memorial Art Gallery of University of Rochester), a Website-based series of lessons with activities to teach a "tour" of...more
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This site includes Odyssey Online (a cooperative project with Memorial Art Gallery of University of Rochester), a Website-based series of lessons with activities to teach a "tour" of the art of the Near East, Egypt, Greece, and Rome. Elsewhere in the site are images from the museum's collections, emphasizing art of several ancient cultures worldwide.

tag(s): museums (49)

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Collections - San Diego Museum

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The San Diego Museum of Art offers this online gallery of art collections, that can searched by subject, artist, collection or encyclopedia. Each painting is accompanied by a short...more
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The San Diego Museum of Art offers this online gallery of art collections, that can searched by subject, artist, collection or encyclopedia. Each painting is accompanied by a short text that provides more information on the artist, movement and the painting itself. Excellent site to tie art history into social history. Searching through the encyclopedia section allows the user to find movements in history, such as the Counter-Reformation, and art that reflects upon it.

tag(s): artists (75)

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Use this website on an interactive whiteboard or projector as an accompaniment for a history lesson. Look up a history topic your class is working on, and show them the images on the interactive whiteboard or projector to show how art reflects upon society. List the site on your Teacher Web page to allow students to access it in and out of the classroom, as it can also be used for a good starting point for History research papers.

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The Cave of Lascaux

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4 to 12
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This beautiful French site documents the discovery and preservation of the ancient cave paintings discovered in caves outside Lascaux. The site contains explanations of the ancient...more
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This beautiful French site documents the discovery and preservation of the ancient cave paintings discovered in caves outside Lascaux. The site contains explanations of the ancient people who likely created the artwork, its symbolism, and the science behind its preservation. It's an interesting blending of science and art.

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Use this site as a learning center or station during a unit on archeaology or a unit on the emergence of neanderthals in Europe. Have students complete the activity in cooperative learning groups.

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Kodak Online Picture Playground - Kodak

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Kodak has created a site that lets users upload their own pictures, then alter them with a variety of electronic effects. Users can also experiment with photos found elsewhere on ...more
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Kodak has created a site that lets users upload their own pictures, then alter them with a variety of electronic effects. Users can also experiment with photos found elsewhere on the web. The site also has pointers on photography, composition, and photographic technique. Good site to show how image manipulation has changed the role of photography.

tag(s): photography (160)

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Atelier Nord's Artists Web Projects

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Atelier Nord, Norway's first Internet art web site. This web site has images of digital art from 20-25 contemporary Norwegian artists. It could be useful to introduce the digital art...more
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Atelier Nord, Norway's first Internet art web site. This web site has images of digital art from 20-25 contemporary Norwegian artists. It could be useful to introduce the digital art medium or to provide images from cutting edge artists.

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