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Goddard Virtual Tour - NASA

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8 to 12
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Learn about the designs, construction, and missions of the Goddard Space Flight Center. Click on the play button of the welcome box for an overview of the site. Click to ...more
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Learn about the designs, construction, and missions of the Goddard Space Flight Center. Click on the play button of the welcome box for an overview of the site. Click to see the ideas, designs, and the phases of creation and testing of apparatus needed for each of the missions. Click on each of the icons to be acquainted with the processes and to view actual missions.

tag(s): earth (232), engineering (126), moon (74), space (216)

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Use this site as a real world example of the scientific method. Break down the parts of the scientific method and allow students time to evaluate how a specific step of the method is shown by the Goddard scientists. Identify the scientific principles that must be understood to be able to create and complete these missions. Students can write essays or blog posts on how our understanding of space has changed as a result of these missions. Create a letter (or blog) to the editor outlining why space exploration should not be cut given the importance of the findings from these and other missions. Have students create blogs using Throwww (reviewed here). This site allows you to create "quick and easy" blogs to be used one time only. There is no registration necessary!
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Viral Vinnie Presents Gut Instinct - BBC

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3 to 6
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Practice Math, Science and English with Viral Vinnie. Choose one of the topics to get started; then put in initials, choose an avatar, and decide to play against all players ...more
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Practice Math, Science and English with Viral Vinnie. Choose one of the topics to get started; then put in initials, choose an avatar, and decide to play against all players or just known players. There is an option to create a league name with known players. After submitting this information, the questions will start. All questions are multiple choice and earn points for correct answers. Also, the player with the fastest time will be indicated after each question. The questions encompass a wide variety of subjects and difficulty levels. The site originates in the UK, so spellings and word choices are British.

tag(s): animal homes (44), animals (289), cells (104), grammar (214), operations (123), order of operations (36), planets (126), plants (154), problem solving (272), root words (13), vocabulary (325), vocabulary development (125), word choice (27), word study (79)

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This site is perfect to use on your interactive whiteboard as a center or quick review activity. Create a link on classroom computers and allow students to "test themselves" during free time. Send a link to the site home on your class website or newsletter for students to play at home. This is a great site to visit during the summer to keep students fresh. Use the site as an example, and have students create their own multiple choice game for any subject or based on individual research topics.
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Succeeding with Science - Sellafield Ltd.

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1 to 12
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Take a look at this great science site with animations about a variety of topics. Find new interactive modules in the "Latest New" section of the website. Choose an age ...more
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Take a look at this great science site with animations about a variety of topics. Find new interactive modules in the "Latest New" section of the website. Choose an age range to find age-appropriate information and/or simulations. Roll your mouse over the results to see more information about each activity. Be sure to check out the animation about heat and insulation to really understand kinetic theory and movement of heat. The Energy and the Environment module is a great way to understand current and future sources of energy for our needs.

tag(s): adaptations (17), carbon footprint (11), chemicals (41), ecology (135), electricity (90), energy (203), environment (321), friction (13), heat (15), light (49), motion (61), nuclear energy (24), safety (91), senses (29), solar energy (40), waves (24)

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Share some of the animations on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Early elementary teachers may want to set up a science center with one of the interactives for students to watch with a partner. Challenge individual groups to explore specific facets of this site and create a multimedia presentation using one of the many TeachersFirst Edge tools reviewed here.
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Jefferson Lab Teacher Resources - Jefferson Science Associates

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5 to 12
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Jefferson Lab is a tremendous resource for science. It has loads of resources for classroom use, divided by the type of activity. Hands-on activities include the lab's BEAM program...more
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Jefferson Lab is a tremendous resource for science. It has loads of resources for classroom use, divided by the type of activity. Hands-on activities include the lab's BEAM program for 6th-8th grade. There are descriptions of each activity along with a PDF of the lesson, handouts, and worksheets. Most activities also offer an online version. Worksheets, puzzles, and other interactives include items such as vocabulary lists, word searches, and crossword puzzles. Each activity includes a short description and explanation of how to play. Many activities have links to other, similar games. Another portion of the site has videos of science experiments such as shattering pennies and flying rings. Videos are generally under 5 minutes and would work well in most classroom settings. You can subscribe to the lab's YouTube channel and be notified when there are new videos to view.

tag(s): atoms (57), electricity (90), elements (37), experiments (73), magnetism (37), microscopes (13), periodic table (52), planets (126), puzzles (207), solar system (123), STEM (148), video (273)

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Show videos from the site as an introduction to new units such as studying static electricity. Share this site with students and allow them to explore online activities on their own. BUild excitement for STEM related careers by having students explore and report their favorite discoveries. Have students complete an online activity then create a talking avatar using a photo or other image (legally permitted to be reproduced). Their avatars can explain science concepts demonstrated in the activity. Use a site such as Blabberize (reviewed here) for talking avatars.
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Mother Nature Network: Earth Matters - MNN Holdings, LLC

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4 to 12
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Find information and recent news about the environment, energy, animals, weather, environmental politics, and more. Search various topics through the drop down menu. Click on headlines...more
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Find information and recent news about the environment, energy, animals, weather, environmental politics, and more. Search various topics through the drop down menu. Click on headlines in the Latest News section. Images found in the Photo Galleries are impressive. Search through videos and articles, as well as blogger columns.
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tag(s): animals (289), climate change (65), earth (232), earth day (112), energy (203), environment (321), natural resources (60), nuclear energy (24), politics (100), solar energy (40), space (216), weather (195)

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Click on each topic for more information. For example, Choosing Energy shows latest news related to energy alone. Use the spectacular images as writing prompts or to encourage discussions. Find incredible photographic lists to use as a writing prompt and for further research. Research more information under the Learn more section. Use the information for research, understanding issues involved with the environment, for questioning the natural world, and to encourage action. Reading specialists can find informational reading passages to use for practice with reading comprehension. Clear out clutter on the page with the article using the Readability tool, reviewed here. Then share the article on interactive whiteboard for students to use the pens to annotate main idea, etc. In science class, have students read an article of choice and create a public service announcement type assignment. Consider using Tildee, reviewed here. With Tildee students can use text, screen shots, and video to develop their public service announcement. Be sure to provide a link of this site on your website or a classroom computer for easy access.
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Zoodles - Mark Williamson & Rich Humphrey

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K to 3
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Zoodles offers a safe web platform for kids that includes fun and educational games, videos, and activities. The BASIC membership to this tool includes countless activities in a variety...more
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Zoodles offers a safe web platform for kids that includes fun and educational games, videos, and activities. The BASIC membership to this tool includes countless activities in a variety of subject areas. Many of the activities come from other sites (Starfall, PBS kids, etc.). But this is a nice compilation of subjects and activities. The safety in this program is that once it is downloaded and opened, children don't view the regular computer toolbars anymore. Thus they can't search the web on their own. To exit the program, click QUIT and OK.

There is a parent play-along mode that helps guide learning experiences in a more personal way. Zoodles has been created to work on virtually any type of computer, including tablets and smart phones. Games are searchable by age (toddler to 8 yrs old), and subject. Many games will also have parent ratings with the educational and fun value of the activity. Creating an account is easy and requires simple user information including email and the child's age. This is used to populate age-appropriate games. There is a premium membership with more features.
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tag(s): addition (239), body systems (58), constitution (83), counting (120), grammar (214), numbers (201), operations (123), phonics (72), preK (291), subtraction (199)

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Create 2 or 3 (or more, as needed) classroom accounts with different age levels to provide diversity for students. Each account then be bookmarked on classroom computers for student use. Share this site through your classroom blog or newsletter as a resource for learning games at home. Use activities from the site on your interactive whiteboard or projector as a classroom activity. Provide this link to parents to use on rainy days or during the summer.
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24/7 Science - The Lawrence Hall of Science

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K to 6
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24/7 Science by The Lawrence Hall of Science has interactives and hands-on activities for elementary school students. Some (such as Oobleck) are even appropriate for the pre-kindergarten...more
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24/7 Science by The Lawrence Hall of Science has interactives and hands-on activities for elementary school students. Some (such as Oobleck) are even appropriate for the pre-kindergarten crowd. The game section contains 25+ online educational interactive related to space, seasons, car design, body functions, Whale Sounds, and more. The hands-on activities area has numerous science learning activities that may require supervision: How Old is Your Penny?, Measure Yourself, Parachute Drop, Oobleck, and others. Be sure to scroll down past the activity, as many of them also include suggestions for related videos. The site contains a link to an educator's section that is coming soon.

tag(s): animals (289), human body (126), measurement (160), planets (126), plants (154), preK (291), seasons (39), STEM (148)

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Share activities on your interactive whiteboard with students. Then allow them time to explore and practice on their own. Create a link on classroom students for students to try the educational "games," then journal about what they learned. Use these activities for Science nights at your school or as part of a STEM family focus. This is a great site to include for summer sites for students to explore!
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Sun Moon Scope - Sunaeon

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4 to 12
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Use this well designed 3D simulation to show the position of the sun and moon from any point on Earth. See the positions instantly in real time or choose a ...more
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Use this well designed 3D simulation to show the position of the sun and moon from any point on Earth. See the positions instantly in real time or choose a past or future time. Hover over the Moon to view the current moon phase. Sunrise and sunset times are also given. Choose different locations on Earth (it gives you the latitude and longitude) to see the differences. There is a lot of information hidden in the interactive, so explore carefully (and ignore the ads on both sides of the page).
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tag(s): map skills (81), moon (74), seasons (39), sun (72), time zones (8)

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The change in seasons is a difficult concept for students to understand. Use this interactive tool to show the sun's position at various times of the year and how the sunrise and sunset times change. This is terrific to share on an interactive whiteboard or projector, then have elementary (or even middle school) students "act out" the roles of sun. moon, and earth by moving about the room. Turn down the music to avoid distraction. Show how sunrise and sunset are also different at various points on the globe. Allow students the opportunity to play with the tool first and ask them what they notice and what questions they have. Inquire together to understand the various concepts. Share on an interactive whiteboard or projector with a student emcee to run the inquiry. Be sure to include this site with your study of map skills, longitude, and latitude so students can see how our maps and nature's actions fit together.
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Powering the Earth - CNN

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7 to 12
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Use this beautiful Infographic to identify the energy consumption and carbon dioxide production of various countries over the years. Click on the names of the regions of the world to...more
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Use this beautiful Infographic to identify the energy consumption and carbon dioxide production of various countries over the years. Click on the names of the regions of the world to gain en even better perspective of the significance of the data. At the time of this review, the Infographic only included data through 2007.

tag(s): conservation (128), earth day (112), energy (203), environment (321), population (62), solar energy (40), sustainability (19)

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Use this at the start of an Ecology or Environmental unit to determine and notice trends and generate questions for research. Share the site on your interactive whiteboard or projector. The Infographic is simple yet powerful and sure to begin the discussion of relevant information needed for understanding past and present energy use and questions that need to be asked and answered for our future. Assign cooperative learning groups different geographic areas to investigate. As an extra challenge, ask students to research more recent data to find out whether the trends in this site have continued. Challenge groups to create an online poster using a site such as Padlet (reviewed here). Share posters as part of Earth Day or other environmental events.
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Game Up: Brain Pop Games - Game Up Brainpop games

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K to 12
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This new "freebie" from Brainpop goes beyond the usual videos and quizzes. It includes several engaging interactives, some created by Brainpop and others linked to outside sources....more
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This new "freebie" from Brainpop goes beyond the usual videos and quizzes. It includes several engaging interactives, some created by Brainpop and others linked to outside sources. Game Up, a free area of Brain Pop, is a collection of free online games that are linked to Common Core and State Standards. Science, math, social studies, and health activities provide challenge for every learner. This free gem also includes activities for grades K-3 and ESL/ELL students. Some of the topics (at the time of this review) included: Drake Equation, Court Quest, Cell Command, Blood Typing, Make Me Sick, The Diabetic Dog Game, and Food Fight.
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tag(s): branches of government (49), cells (104), debate (45), diseases (69), fractions (237), game based learning (112), logic (237), matter (60), myplate (28), nutrition (156), oceans (154), planets (126), plants (154), puzzles (207), solar system (123), supreme court (22)

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Use Game Up to introduce, illustrate, review, or assess concepts. Share the activities on your interactive whiteboard or projector for students to operate as a class activity. Use one of the activities as a learning center. Be sure to put this as a link on your website to allow students a great way to reinforce learning both in and out of your class.
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Lab Out Loud - Brian Bartel and Dale Basler

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6 to 12
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This site hosts podcasts created and produced by science teachers Brian Bartel and Dale Basler. The creators discuss science news and science education with scientists, researchers,...more
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This site hosts podcasts created and produced by science teachers Brian Bartel and Dale Basler. The creators discuss science news and science education with scientists, researchers, writers, and notable science figures. The topics range from standard curricular topics to latest science news. Science no longer lives inside the classroom. View the links and notes that accompany the episodes.

tag(s): podcasts (55), scientists (70)

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Use the links and notes to dig deeper into the science topics discussed in each podcast. Find a variety of science topics to discuss from environmental to science breakthroughs to science education. Assign student groups to choose and listen to their choice of podcast during a unit on scientists and scientific method, then report back to the class on what modern scientists are doing that interests them. Have the role-play as one of the scientists or make a Voki recording as the scientist, explaining their research. See a Voki review here.

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Educreations - Educreations, Inc.

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6 to 12
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Use Educreations' simple web-based whiteboard (works in any browser that supports flash) or the iPad app to record lessons and share with your students. Create your course(s) and control...more
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Use Educreations' simple web-based whiteboard (works in any browser that supports flash) or the iPad app to record lessons and share with your students. Create your course(s) and control privacy settings from the beginning. Make the content pubic, private to your students, or private to all within the school. Create a lesson by using the online whiteboard and your microphone. Easily upload images from your computer and switch between whiteboard screens. Click on the Students tab to provide a link for students to be able to find your course. Students can self-register using the unique classroom code. Each lesson has a unique URL you can share, as well. Students can access your lessons via the web or an iPad. You can remove students from registration lists in this section.
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tag(s): homework (45), video (273)

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Use this resource to create homework help for students to peruse when they are stuck on their own trying to complete assignments. Create mini lessons for students to review or learn the material they may have missed. Consider allowing students to use your account to write a script and record mini lessons for use by other students. Even two recordings of the same lesson is valuable as information can be explained differently from more than one person. Be sure to include this link on your class website for students (and parents) to access at home.

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World Science - World Science

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4 to 12
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Find science news featuring the latest research, discoveries, and questions facing science today. Find interesting questions to inspire all of your students to wonder why and continue...more
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Find science news featuring the latest research, discoveries, and questions facing science today. Find interesting questions to inspire all of your students to wonder why and continue guessing. Examples of articles include: Second "Mozart effect" Premature Babies May Grow Faster, Huge Hidden Saturn Ring Found, and New Anti-Cancer Strategy Makes Tumors Age. Latest breaking news and science in images add a greater depth to the site.
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tag(s): animal homes (44), animals (289), diseases (69), genetics (94), news (265), planets (126)

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World Science empowers your students to recognize that they too can ask questions, and they too can understand the latest science questions and answers. Inspire thinkers to find questions and seek answers. Set as your home page and always captivate your students. Use as a reference site to add the latest science news. Subscribe and send to each of your students emails. Reinforce the scientific method in everyday research. Have your classes create their own science news on your website. This is an excellent site for inspiring critical thinking skills and creative thinking. Be sure to include this site as part of your current events and curriculum in gifted and advanced classes.

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CAST Science Writer - CAST, Inc.

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6 to 12
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Get help writing science reports. Follow the steps of a science report, already broken down to show where all the information goes. This tool includes sentence starters and checklists...more
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Get help writing science reports. Follow the steps of a science report, already broken down to show where all the information goes. This tool includes sentence starters and checklists that are helpful when editing and revising a report. Follow the process of creating a draft, revising the report, and final editing. Use the text to speech tool found in the resource to hear your report being read back to you, a powerful way to hear whether it makes sense. The site states "This tool is geared toward middle school and high school students." However, there are activities applicable to upper elementary grades.

tag(s): science fairs (26), scientific method (67)

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Be sure to place this link on the school blog, wiki, or class website for easy access throughout the year. Demonstrate in class or use as a group. Share the site on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Students will find it a great resource. Knowing when to discuss information is difficult for most to decide when writing a lab report. After creating a report, have students discuss or create a display that shows where information needs to be placed in a lab report.
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This resource is described as being for students in grades 6 through 12, but the interface has animated "helpers" that would be more appropriate for younger students. The breakdown of report writing into sections also seems a bit simplistic--also more appropriate for younger students. I think it would be better to describe this resource as being for grades 2-5. Note from the editorial team: The site states that this tool is designed for middle school and high school students. However, after further review, we agree that it would be useful in the elementary grades. We have adjusted our review based on your recommendations. Rita, WA, Grades: 6 - 12

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FORA.tv - FORA.tv

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9 to 12
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FORA.tv's claim to fame is as the Web's largest collection of conference and event videos. These videos come from sources such as universities, think tanks, and other intelligent discourses....more
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FORA.tv's claim to fame is as the Web's largest collection of conference and event videos. These videos come from sources such as universities, think tanks, and other intelligent discourses. While one can sign up for this service, it is not required. Joining for free does have some perks such as the ability to rate or comment on videos. At the time of this review, there were over 10,000 FREE videos. An additional 500 videos were available for a FEE.

Videos can be shared through email, embedded, or linked with the URL by copying and pasting it to your own blog or website. Video content is categorized into business, environment, politics, science, technology, and culture. Each category has numerous sub-categories available. Please preview anything before you share it with your students. At the time of this review there was a subcategory "Sex" which may not be appropriate for most classrooms. But always preview! Teachers may want to share ONLY specific video links.
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tag(s): business (58), cultures (107), elections (77), energy (203), environment (321), evolution (102), genetics (94), investing (10), news (265), politics (100), psychology (64), religions (67), sexuality (14), stock market (13), sustainability (19), video (273)

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Search to find videos relevant to the subjects that you are teaching. Videos are thought provoking and suggest different viewpoints. Once you select a video, show it as an inepth look into a topic you are already studying. Share the video and start a class discussion about the viewpoints of the video and the students' own viewpoints. From here, students could write a position paper from their own side or do further research for a class debate. Challenge your students to create their own video about topics being discussed/learned in class. Share the videos using a tool such as SchoolTube reviewed here.
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Space Race Flash Cards - Speakaboos

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3 to 8
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Visit this beautiful space science site that offers a set of gorgeous flashcards centered around a variety of space topics. Be sure to check out other sections of the site ...more
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Visit this beautiful space science site that offers a set of gorgeous flashcards centered around a variety of space topics. Be sure to check out other sections of the site to view educational cartoon videos, worksheets, games, and other resources.

tag(s): mars (42), moon (74), planets (126), space (216), sun (72)

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Use these as a review. They would also be a great introduction activity to learn about the various objects and other information concerning space. Students will find the activities and flashcards engaging and fun. Use the information learned to have a great classroom discussion about space and related topics. Use these discussions to uncover questions that students may have about space or the planets in our solar system.
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Storybooks - Math/Science Nucleus

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K to 6
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Looking for some FREE, animated storybooks about science? Here you will find storybooks on electricity, the life cycle, the solar system, technology, weather (such as earthquakes and...more
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Looking for some FREE, animated storybooks about science? Here you will find storybooks on electricity, the life cycle, the solar system, technology, weather (such as earthquakes and volcanoes), the rock cycle, the water cycle, and more! The lessons even have a recommended grade level (K-6). Depending on your curriculum, you may find useful materials at other grade levels. Some have audio; others have video; and a few are just simple animations. This is a MUST-SEE site for any elementary (and early middle school) science class.

tag(s): animals (289), ecology (135), electricity (90), environment (321), human body (126), life cycles (24), light (49), plants (154), plate tectonics (25), rocks (50), space (216), stars (65), water cycle (33)

In the Classroom

Try incorporating some of these interactive stories in your existing science lessons, especially ones where you need to make a stronger connection between the content and life. Have older students read the story via a link on your website. With younger children, display stories on the interactive whiteboard and read through the story with them or have them partner read at a center. Talk about the stories relevance to the science that they are learning, and have students look for proof that the stories are scientifically accurate.

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Virtual Field Trip - Utah Education Network

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1 to 12
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Save hundreds of dollars spicing up your curriculum with virtual field trips! This site has "field trips" to take, instructions for creating, and resources for other virtual field trip...more
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Save hundreds of dollars spicing up your curriculum with virtual field trips! This site has "field trips" to take, instructions for creating, and resources for other virtual field trip sites. Field trips for; Career, fine arts, foreign language, health and PE, language arts, math, library, media, professional development, science, social studies, and technology are given. There is a plethora of topics - perfect for research and "virtual" travel. The topics are too broad to list all of them, but some include tessellations, dinosaurs, water cycle, medieval times, Civil War, oil painting, and much more! Receive a detailed tutorial for finding instructions on asking permission for field trips, creating virtual field trips, and evaluating the experience. No bus required! At the time of this review, three of the links under "Visit Related Sites" were not working.

tag(s): animals (289), baseball (36), biomes (115), business (58), charts and graphs (196), civil war (145), dinosaurs (57), egypt (70), field trips (12), immigrants (21), immigration (58), japan (61), maps (292), mayans (12), medieval (27), mexico (34), multiple intelligences (11), musical instruments (47), nutrition (156), olympics (48), painting (66), probability (130), religions (67), rocks (50), russia (38), sports (97), statistics (124), tessellations (6), test prep (96), virtual field trips (50), volcanoes (65), water cycle (33)

In the Classroom

Immerse your students into your studies with a close up in depth look through virtual field trips. Visit places where time, money, and mileage inhibit your dreams for bringing your students into wondrous worlds. Find ways to visit where your class has never gone before. Create a personalized field trip to meet your every need with the detailed tutorials given. Find ways to motivate your most reluctant learners. ESL/ELL learners will appreciate the visit. Reach all types of learners through a class visit. Use field trips as a whole class anticipatory guide, a center activity, a home connection, or even as extra credit. Challenge your gifted students to be guides to their own learning. Make your class go global!

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Calculator - Athera Corporation

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K to 12
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Use Calculator.com to access a variety of calculators to use in a classroom or as a reference tool. Choose from standard, fraction, scientific, percent, mortgage, area, units converter,...more
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Use Calculator.com to access a variety of calculators to use in a classroom or as a reference tool. Choose from standard, fraction, scientific, percent, mortgage, area, units converter, as well as other calculators. Note: This site has many ads as calculators are chosen.
This site includes advertising.

tag(s): calculators (41)

In the Classroom

Use these tools whenever calculators are needed in class. Share this link on your class website for students (and parents) to access at home.

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NobelPrize.org - Nobel Media AB 2011

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4 to 12
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Nobelprize.org is the official website of the Nobel Prize. Here you find information about Alfred Nobel, the prizewinners, interviews, and photos. Videos of interviews of Nobel peace...more
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Nobelprize.org is the official website of the Nobel Prize. Here you find information about Alfred Nobel, the prizewinners, interviews, and photos. Videos of interviews of Nobel peace prizewinners, speeches, ceremonies, interviews, banquets, lectures, announcements, award ceremonies, and documentaries fill the gamut of all of the prizewinners. The Nobel prizes awards are in literature, chemistry, medicine, peace, economics, and physics. Varieties of educational games/activities help explain many of the Nobel Award winners' work. This site clearly explains and illustrates the purpose of the awards, the award winners, and their ideas. Videos give an insider look at each of the winners.

tag(s): creativity (119), literature (276), medicine (70)

In the Classroom

Inspire your students to strive for excellence! Show students original, creative, thinking. Let students know they can understand the ideas awarded by trying the educational activities offered. Follow each year's announcements and award ceremonies. Use as an inspiration when beginning your own Nobel Prize winning awards competitions. Encourage students to use critical thinking skills to form opinions based on facts. Gifted programs can easily incorporate many of the ideas into the curriculum. Lead your students to Nobel Award winning thinking.
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