Grades3 to 8
tag(s): addition (239), animals (290), climate (92), decimals (132), differentiation (49), division (169), ecosystems (89), energy (203), estimation (46), forces (45), fractions (237), game based learning (113), human body (126), landforms (46), light (49), matter (60), measurement (160), minerals (17), multiplication (223), number lines (23), percent (83), place value (56), plants (155), probability (130), problem solving (274), rocks (50), solar system (122), sound (105), subtraction (199), weather (194)
In the ClassroomExcite your students with the Jams! Share the Jam videos on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Have students sing along and learn more about science and math. Especially younger students will enjoy this feature. Create a link to the site on your classroom website or blog for students to use for review and practice at home. Use the many topics available to differentiate for all students in your classroom. Create learning centers using this site or use it in on individual laptops. Print out the quizzes for students to take as an assessment.
Grades3 to 12
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In the ClassroomCreate a link to this playlist on classroom computers for students to view during center time or share a video of the week on your interactive whiteboard. Use these for journal prompts, quick writes, or topics to research. Have students create an annotated image of information learned including text boxes and related links using a tool such as Thinglink, reviewed here. To share a single video from this site without all the YouTube clutter, use a tool such as SafeShareTV, reviewed here, and create a shortcut to the SafeShare page directly on the desktop.
Grades6 to 12
In the ClassroomBookmark the American Archive of Public Broadcasting for use as primary source material for classroom lessons. Browse by topic or keywords to find videos to share on your interactive whiteboard or share a link on your class website for students to view at home. Have students use Fakebook, reviewed here, to create a "fake" page similar in style to Facebook about an important figure from America's recent past. Have students create timelines (with music, photos, videos, and more) using Capzles, reviewed here, to demonstrate what they learned from one of the radio programs, videos, or exhibits.
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In the ClassroomFlip your classroom and use a video as homework. Have students take notes on the material and write down questions they still have and topics that confuse them. Or, use a tool like EdPuzzle, reviewed here, for students to pause videos and ask or answer questions right on the video. These activities can uncover misconceptions. Show the video to the class, and then discuss the concept at length. To share a single video from this site without all the YouTube clutter, use a tool such as SafeShareTV, reviewed here, and create a shortcut to the SafeShare page directly on the desktop. For more advanced classes, provide time for students to choose a video to view and research the underlying concept.
GradesK to 8
tag(s): earth (231), electricity (90), energy (203), engineering (126), heat (15), human body (126), life cycles (24), magnetism (37), matter (60), minerals (17), moon (74), recycling (57), rocks (50), solar system (122), sound (105), space (217), STEM (150), sun (72), video (274), water (130)
In the ClassroomFlip your classroom and use a video as homework. Have students take notes on the material and write down questions they still have and topics that confuse them. Or, use a tool like playposit, (formerly eduCanon), reviewed here, for students to pause videos and ask or answer questions right on the video. These activities can uncover misconceptions. Show the video to the class, and then discuss the concept at length. To share a single video from this site without all the YouTube clutter, use a tool such as SafeShareTV, reviewed here, and create a shortcut to the SafeShare page directly on the desktop. For more advanced classes, provide time for students to choose a video to view and research the underlying concept.
Grades4 to 12
In the ClassroomShare Plants Map on your interactive whiteboard or projector to locate and discover different kinds of plants. Click the map to find species near you. If you are lucky enough to have a school garden, Plants Map is the perfect site for planning, documenting, and sharing your garden with your students and community.
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Grades7 to 12
tag(s): 20th century (53), architecture (85), authors (121), business (58), differentiation (49), endangered species (39), equations (153), financial literacy (80), greeks (30), human body (126), inventors and inventions (95), logic (238), medicine (70), mental math (29), numbers (201), photography (162), poetry (224), psychology (64), short stories (24), surrealism (4), weather (194), women (92)
In the ClassroomHighbrow is perfect for differentiated learning. Allow students to choose their own topic and sign up for a course. When complete, choose another topic and start a new course. Have students create commercials for finished courses using Powtoon, reviewed here, and share them using a tool such as TeacherTube, reviewed here. Challenge students to create a course after a unit of study as a final assessment. Be sure to include this site on your class webpage for students to access both in and outside of class for personal use.
Grades4 to 12
In the ClassroomIntroduce Knewton on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Students can sign up using the URL for your Knewton class, or by you putting in either their email, Knewton username, or account information. There is a very detailed FAQ section where you can learn all about the teacher dashboard and monitoring student progress. You could use this tool as a daily bell ringer assignment or at a center. You could also assign this for homework. Once students finish the selection, the tool will present another to work on right away. You may want to specify how many selections you want the students to complete on Knewton in each class session. Knewton will allow you to continue in the same area the next time you sign in. Working on these assignments through the year will improve your students' skills and literacy in Math, English, and Biology. Remember, History will be added soon. Post the link to Knewton on your class web page for students to use at home.
GradesK to 12
In the ClassroomBookmark NISE as a resource for finding STEM lesson plans and activities. Some of the lesson plans include theater plays and scripts, take advantage of these to incorporate the arts into your STEM lessons making them STEAM. Share NISE activities with students for use with math and science fair projects. Be sure to include a link to activities on your class web page for parent use at home. Share the Professional Development section with your administrator and fellow teachers.
GradesK to 12
In the ClassroomUse this site as the starting point for individual or group projects. The site grants permission for educational download and use of the images (NOT on a web page), provided you include the copyright information with each image. Have students create sets of images to illustrate a report or make graphic organizers illustrating families of animals from your area and their classifications into kingdom, phylum, etc. By letting students choose their own animals and examples, the task will have more meaning to them. Individuals can set up memberships (click My ARKive) to make "scrapbooks" of images and information. Membership requires a valid email address (info about your registration is sent there), so a whole-class or teacher account may be the easiest way to use it. Create a link on classroom computers for students to explore on their own. If your students are creating an online poster or digital story to present their research, this is an excellent opportunity to point out the copyright on this site and challenge students to find the same information on a website they can use with proper citation.
Grades5 to 12
In the ClassroomListen to weekly podcasts together in class to stimulate discussion and interest in science topics. Assign the weekly podcast as listening homework. Have students create a series of questions to ask each other about issues discussed on the podcast. Have cooperative learning groups create podcasts demonstrating their understanding of one of the concepts. Use a site such as PodOmatic, reviewed here.
Grades6 to 12
In the ClassroomShare videos on your interactive whiteboard or projector to introduce or reinforce concepts. Be sure to share a link to videos on your class website for students to use at home for reference. Use videos as a model, and challenge cooperative learning groups to create their own videos and share them on a site such as TeacherTube, reviewed here.
Grades5 to 8
In the ClassroomShare Lifeboat to Mars on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Allow students to explore on their own. Challenge students to complete different levels and share their game strategies with other students. Have students create a simple infographic sharing their findings using Easel.ly, reviewed here. Be sure to include a link to the site on your class blog or web page.
Grades1 to 12
In the ClassroomWhat a delightful tool to use for impromptu speeches in any class or improvisation in a drama class. Consider uploading images for your curriculum topic to Flickr, reviewed here, and creating a specific tag or tags for the images, and then use pechaflickr as a review tool. Pechaflickr can be a great lesson starter, particularly on those dreary days when kids don't want to work. For lower level kids, it is a brain exercise for such things as an alphabet game (which is more difficult than it first seems!). In an ELA or ESL/ELL class have students create a complete sentence for as many pictures as they can, trying to improve the number of sentences written each time, or they can choose one of the sentences to create a story.
Grades2 to 12
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