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Body Browser - Zygote Media Group, Inc. / Google

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6 to 12
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The Body Browser (brought to you by Google) is an amazing resource for teaching anatomy and body systems to middle and high school students. The site only requires an up-to-date ...more
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The Body Browser (brought to you by Google) is an amazing resource for teaching anatomy and body systems to middle and high school students. The site only requires an up-to-date browser. It allows you to view a human (male or female) body as either a whole or a system (or even body part/organ) at a time. The navigation is EASY! On the left side of the screen there is a toolbar that you simply click to reveal or unveil a particular body system. There are also labels for all parts of the body. The label function can be turned on and off. This is a truly remarkable tool. No accounts or sign up required. Check out specific organ systems or use the search tab in the upper right corner of the site to find specific muscles, nerves, bones, and more!

tag(s): body systems (57), human body (121)

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Try incorporating this site into your homework and practice activities. Instead of the traditional laboratory manual, share this site with your students so that they can practice naming and identifying different parts of the body. Note that the diagrams are anatomically correct, so immature students will giggle. Share this site on the "big screen" using your projector or interactive whiteboard. This site could be a great money saver as an alternative lab manual for anatomy. Reuse your past year's questions and teach the students how to navigate the site to find their answers. Students will be as fascinated with the modeling site as you are. Considering sharing this resource on your class website. Art teachers may also want to use this site when teaching about figure drawing or portaits.
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Parts Wanted: Advertising for Cells' Organelles - TeachersFirst

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6 to 10
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This lesson plan/project is a creative, engaging way to assess students knowledge and comprehension of cell's organelles and their functions. This lesson plan was one of the winners...more
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This lesson plan/project is a creative, engaging way to assess students knowledge and comprehension of cell's organelles and their functions. This lesson plan was one of the winners in a lesson plan contest sponsored by TeachersFirst in 2002. TeachersFirst editors have since added technology options where appropriate.

tag(s): cells (102), organelles (6)

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Use this plan as is or adapt the idea for other science concepts.

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Big Think - Big Think

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7 to 12
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News and information from top thinkers and doers around the world, screened so that it is condensed to that which is significant, relevant, and applicable, that is Big Think. This ...more
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News and information from top thinkers and doers around the world, screened so that it is condensed to that which is significant, relevant, and applicable, that is Big Think. This website is a phenomenal source for information and news. The philosophy of Big Think is that as we "move to the knowledge era" that you will be able to better function if you know more and understand what you know. This website was awarded one of TIME magazine's best websites of 2011 for news and information. Please screen any articles that you wish to share BEFORE sharing with your students. Some content is NOT appropriate for the classroom. This is not a site you want to send students off to explore on their own.
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tag(s): brain (72), business (58), cross cultural understanding (115), environment (317), news (261), politics (99), psychology (64)

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Choose a story that relates to your topic that you are teaching such as science or even music with a story such as "How Music is Good for Your Brain." Share the story with your students. Discuss the writings, and then use it as a platform on how students should approach the things that they are learning in class. This way they develop critical thinking skills and extract the most important information and leave the accessory facts to the side. Assign specific articles to cooperative learning groups to read and explore together. Then have students create a multimedia project to share with the class using one of the many TeachersFirst Edge tools reviewed here.
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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 (276), baseball (36), biomes (116), business (58), charts and graphs (195), civil war (145), dinosaurs (57), egypt (67), field trips (12), immigrants (20), immigration (58), japan (61), maps (287), mayans (12), medieval (27), mexico (34), multiple intelligences (11), musical instruments (48), nutrition (154), olympics (47), painting (66), probability (130), religions (61), rocks (49), russia (38), sports (97), statistics (122), tessellations (6), test prep (95), virtual field trips (48), volcanoes (61), water cycle (33)

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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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History of Medical Discoveries - The New England Journal of Medicine

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9 to 12
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Explore this interactive timeline about the history of modern medicine. Click on images in the timeline to find historical information and articles. The information pops up so as not...more
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Explore this interactive timeline about the history of modern medicine. Click on images in the timeline to find historical information and articles. The information pops up so as not to be taken away from the timeline. Related articles and other milestones appear along the side of the information. Move the slider at the top to find various time periods or search various fields of medicine.

tag(s): medicine (67), resources (112), timelines (62)

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This site is ideal for use on an interactive whiteboard or projector. Have the students open the site and use the whiteboard tools to do a general overview of the history of medicine. Students can then select specific areas of medicine and find articles to get more information. Have them do an online poster project combining information from here and from their own research using a tool such as Zoho Show (reviewed here). Or have students create their own interactive timelines using a site such as TimeRime (reviewed here).

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Biodigitalhuman - Healthline Networks

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7 to 12
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Use this exceptional tool to look inside the human body in a detailed 3D view. Definitions, descriptions, and common conditions of that structure show in the pop up text. View ...more
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Use this exceptional tool to look inside the human body in a detailed 3D view. Definitions, descriptions, and common conditions of that structure show in the pop up text. View male or female anatomical structures down to the most incredible detail. Use the slider along the bottom to rotate the image 360 degrees. View the videos, health tips, injury or disease causes or symptoms, and other structures. Choose which system to view: urinary, digestive, reproductive, muscular, nervous, or many others. Of course, this site is "anatomically correct."

tag(s): body systems (57), human body (121), medicine (67), reproduction (9)

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Use this resource in an anatomy/physiology, biology, or health class. Use as a resource to understand structure and function as well as common health ailments and their effects. Share this site on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Provide this link on your website for students to use who are studying human body systems. Assign a different "system" to each student (or cooperative learning group). Challenge students to create multimedia presentations on their system using one of the many TeachersFirst Edge tools reviewed here.

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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.
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tag(s): calculators (41)

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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 (109), literature (275), medicine (67)

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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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Geniverse Lab - Concord Consortium

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9 to 12
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Run genetic experiments by choosing genotypes and phenotypes while predicting outcomes and observing the actual results. This tool models genetic principles and is a simulation to show...more
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Run genetic experiments by choosing genotypes and phenotypes while predicting outcomes and observing the actual results. This tool models genetic principles and is a simulation to show genetics and the process of meiosis. This activity specifies that it should be done using the Chrome web browser, though it appears to work in Firefox, as well.

tag(s): genetics (90), meiosis (15)

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Use the simulations as a preview activity to generate questions about the models used. Use to discuss major vocabulary and content needed for understanding of meiosis and genetics. Introduce content and use this resource to create a simulation lab that reinforces the content and engages students into predicting outcomes and creating explanations.

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Kids Talk Radio - Bob Barboza, Kids Talk Radio USA

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6 to 12
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Kids Talk Radio is maintained by educational professional, Bob Barboza to help kids learn to listen, speak, read, write, and compute effectively. Originally the project was started...more
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Kids Talk Radio is maintained by educational professional, Bob Barboza to help kids learn to listen, speak, read, write, and compute effectively. Originally the project was started for students in grade 4 to 8, but is expanding for students that are bilingual or at risk in grades 9 through 12. You can view parts of the radio shows via the website, find them on YouTube, or subscribe on iTunes! Kids radio broadcast by students for students. The topics range from news stories around the world to science to music to world cultures and more. Some of the videos are hosted on YouTube. If your district blocks YouTube, then they may not be viewable. You could always view that 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): musical instruments (48), podcasts (52), radio (26), sounds (68)

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Use this to inspire your own students to create their own in school radio programs, or if you can interest your administrators in the initiative, try to start Kids Talk Radio in your school. Use a tool such as PodOmatic (reviewed here). Within science for instance, have students do current reports of controversial science topics. In music, have students create songs and sing them. You can always use this simply as inspiration or join with the initiative.
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Space, NASA Information and News - Tech Media Network

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3 to 12
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Space.com is your one stop extraterrestrial resource! Featuring current information and articles about all things out of this world, Space.com is a resource full of images, videos,...more
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Space.com is your one stop extraterrestrial resource! Featuring current information and articles about all things out of this world, Space.com is a resource full of images, videos, and interactives. Images here are brilliant and beautiful. Articles are professional and meaningful.
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tag(s): moon (72), nasa (39), space (205), stars (61), sun (71)

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Share the videos and activities on your projector or interactive whiteboard. Try using this website as a resource in art class to have students find a picture and recreate it though their own interpretation. Have students in a language arts class choose a photograph and create a story about how it came to be as a creative writing exercise. Have students in science class use it as a research resource for adding great images to their presentations. Or assign a particular article that relates to an astronomy class, have the whole class read it as homework, and then have them post reactions on a class wiki page. Not familiar with wikis? Check out the TeachersFirst Wiki Walk-Through.
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Biotechnology Institute - Biotechnology Institute

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9 to 12
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Use this site to engage and excite students about the field of life science and biotechnology. Students can use the student resources to learn about biotechnology, prepare for exciting...more
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Use this site to engage and excite students about the field of life science and biotechnology. Students can use the student resources to learn about biotechnology, prepare for exciting careers, or view a variety of resources. Teachers can find great resources for engaging students in inquiry and topics that have applications for their lives. Find lesson plans and biotechnology facts.

tag(s): biodiversity (38), genetics (90)

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Use the many lessons available to pique curiosity in students. For example, the Beano activity brings to life the role of enzymes on various types of canned and dried beans. Find great lesson plans that can be used as is or in portions to add to existing activities to create interest.
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Our Amazing Planet - Tech Media Network

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Explore the planet through pictures, articles, and features from the safety of your home or classroom with "Our Amazing Planet." This website provides the latest articles about Earth's...more
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Explore the planet through pictures, articles, and features from the safety of your home or classroom with "Our Amazing Planet." This website provides the latest articles about Earth's land, water, sky, and life. The images are amazingly clear and beautiful with just enough information to be entertaining and fun without becoming too long winded.
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tag(s): animals (276), conservation (127), endangered species (38), environment (317), oceans (148), water (130)

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Great resource for science essay writing or research projects. Have students find a current science issue using this website and start their research by reading the associated article. From there, students could find more articles and even history behind the problem to create a short research paper on the topic. Have students make a multimedia presentation using one of the many TeachersFirst Edge tools reviewed here.

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CIESE Tele-Collaborative Classroom Projects - The Center for Innovation in Engineering and Science Education

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1 to 12
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This site provides several collaborative science and engineering projects with various start dates. Projects are available for a full range of grade levels. The target grade level is...more
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This site provides several collaborative science and engineering projects with various start dates. Projects are available for a full range of grade levels. The target grade level is listed with the project. Some projects at the time of this review included: The Global Sun (grades 5-8), Bucket Buddies (grades 1-5), Human Genetics (grades 6-12), Home Lighting in Developing Countries (grades 9-12), and several others.

tag(s): animals (276), engineering (125), genetics (90), light (46), plants (145), scientists (69), sun (71), water (130)

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Use these collaborative projects to teach students more about science and engineering. Even though some of the start dates have passed, teachers can still access the information and lessons. Many projects offer the future dates. If you choose to participate during the time frame or not, you can use the materials to collaborate with a class in the same school or in another state.

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PBS Learning Media - PBS

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K to 12
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This PBS site is a reorganized collection of over 16,000+ public media offerings (including radio and photographs), arranged specifically for preK-12 teachers. You can search by subject...more
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This PBS site is a reorganized collection of over 16,000+ public media offerings (including radio and photographs), arranged specifically for preK-12 teachers. You can search by subject and grade level across many subjects. After viewing three offerings, you must join (for free) to continue. Membership includes the option of saving favorites. You can also find correlations to state standards. The site is still in development, so material is being added frequently.

tag(s): alphabet (92), careers (132), dance (28), data (148), decimals (133), diseases (66), human body (121), mark twain (10), multimedia (57), music theory (43), percent (82), probability (130), problem solving (272), psychology (64)

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Find more details and teacher information under "Customization for States and District" to align the offerings here with your state's standards. Check this site for an introduction to a curriculum topic or unit or when looking for support activities to reinforce concepts. Use this site as the starting point for individual or group projects. Share the interactives as a learning center or on your interactive whiteboard or projector. This is one that you want to save in your favorites.
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Mind42 - IRIAN Solutions Vienna

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1 to 12
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Mind 42 is an easy to use mind mapping (or concept mapping) tool. You create the format and easily add links, notes, to do lists, images, or even a Wikipedia ...more
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Mind 42 is an easy to use mind mapping (or concept mapping) tool. You create the format and easily add links, notes, to do lists, images, or even a Wikipedia article. Import the result into documents or perhaps a Skype conversation. Bring mind maps/concept maps to a new level!

tag(s): concept mapping (22), mind map (25)

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This free organizational tool can be used in classrooms at every level. Teachers can use this tool to help organize learning units and share the orgnanization on screen so students see how pieces fit together. Share the unit map with other teachers, students, or parents, to highlight goals, objectives, learning tasks, assessments, and resources. Share before your unit and expectations become very clear. Use as a yearly overview for parents showing units with resources at the beginning of the year at Open House. Let parents see the multiple ways their child will be assessed through the year. Students can use this tool for direction in problem based learning situations. Use this tool in science for collecting data, experiments, or science fair outlines. Use the tool in writing class to make writing guides for narrative or expository writing. In reading, use for predictions, sequencing of stories, inferences, or organizing genres of books each student has read. Have students map multiple ways to solve a single problem in math class. Have students keep daily requirements or schedules with readily available resources as links. Let students enjoy taking notes from content based classes. Have a student scribe create the notes each day and share with the class. Have student groups map the current unit before the test as a review activity.

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iTV Wild - ITV Studios

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K to 8
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Visit the World Wild Web! Find excellent video clips of a vast array of wild animals from around the world. Search for a specific animal or browse through the most ...more
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Visit the World Wild Web! Find excellent video clips of a vast array of wild animals from around the world. Search for a specific animal or browse through the most popular searches. Find related videos, information about the species, details related to the species, and conservation status on each page. Share the clip on Twitter or Facebook or by sharing the clip URL. Try the interactives with your knowledge of animals.

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

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Use to introduce students to certain species or to discuss how different organisms meet their life needs. Increase the observation skills of your students by viewing clips as they become the head scientist, observing behavior or physical characteristics. Use these videos for elementary students to practice writing observation log as a scientist; then assign student partners to watch and "observe" another video at a classroom center. Answer questions such as: What kinds of habitats do each of these organisms need? How are they all similar or different? Have students create a word cloud of the important information they learn from this site using a tool such as Wordle (reviewed here), Tagxedo (reviewed here), or WordItOut (reviewed here).
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Explania - explania.com

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4 to 12
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Watch hundreds of animated explanations, tutorials, and videos on a variety of questions. Learn about the myth of Santa, the flu, migraines, history of football, how to avoid stomach...more
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Watch hundreds of animated explanations, tutorials, and videos on a variety of questions. Learn about the myth of Santa, the flu, migraines, history of football, how to avoid stomach aches, what is Twitter, and other topics. General subjects include Health, Sports, Software, Work, Technology, and Companies (advertising.) This site is designed for secondary students (and adults). However, many of the topics would be relevant with older elementary students (for example, "How to Avoid Stomach Aches"). Be sure to peruse and preview before sharing the video in an elementary classroom.

Embed the videos easily into your blog, wiki, or site for use with students. This site does allow users to submit their own videos, but this appears to be for a fee and mainly for businesses looking to advertise or promote a service.
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tag(s): advertising (33), animation (63), myths and legends (25), sports (97), twitter (50), video (254)

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Share these short videos on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Find videos related to the content you are teaching. For example, the "What is the flu?" animation gives a great amount of information about colds and flu. Begin your lesson by asking students common statements or questions about what they understand about the cold or the flu. Show the results on a board and then share the video. (Embedding it in a site that you already have is a really great idea.) Identify the actual information to counter the common misconceptions. Find great animations related to technology and using computer and Web 2.0 tools. Divide students into cooperative learning groups to explore the site. Have them report information learned to the others. Challenge groups to create an animated explanation using one of the many TeachersFirst Edge animation tools here.

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Electrocity - Genesis Energy

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4 to 9
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Design and run your own city to balance energy needs, sustainability, and environmental concerns. Be sure to click "How To Play" for an overview of the game. Look at "Finished ...more
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Design and run your own city to balance energy needs, sustainability, and environmental concerns. Be sure to click "How To Play" for an overview of the game. Look at "Finished Cities" to view completed cities for an idea or design. Start a New Game to design and manage the use and production of electricity on your city. Through building choices, understand the various factors that increase or decrease both electricity use and environmental concerns. You can register classes to keep track of your students' cities. Click on Teacher Resources for information and fact sheets on various types of power. There are also downloadable links for a limited form of the game to be installed on a classroom computer if Internet access is limited.

tag(s): conservation (127), electricity (88), energy (198), environment (317), nuclear energy (24), solar energy (38)

In the Classroom

Try this activity at the start or at the end of a unit on energy. Students can use different power sources and identify which created more power and caused more environmental problems. Share findings with the class and identify the advantages and disadvantages of each type of power source. Have students make a multimedia presentation using one of the many TeachersFirst Edge tools reviewed here. Use as a springboard for class discussions and further research. Compare the use of each of these power sources in various countries around the world.
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Decico - Decico.com

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4 to 12
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How do you make a decision and weigh all of the factors? Use Decico. This decision making tool uses a decision matrix technique to look at the problem in context ...more
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How do you make a decision and weigh all of the factors? Use Decico. This decision making tool uses a decision matrix technique to look at the problem in context and calculate favorable alternatives. Select the alternatives you want to compare, choose how you want to compare them, and then compare the generated score. Highest score should be given consideration. Create a login to save your decision matrices. Link, download, or embed the results.

tag(s): concept mapping (22), debate (41), mind map (25), persuasive writing (55)

In the Classroom

Use for many kinds of societal, political, or environmental discussions and decisions, such as paper or plastic bags, drilling or not in ANWAR, etc. Use in literary discussions of alternatives faced by characters. Use in preparation for debates or persuasive writing. Generate a list of actions and alternatives and create the decision matrix. Use multimedia or conventional posters to generate information about the advantages and disadvantages of each position. Try a site like Piclits (reviewed here) or Typogenerator (reviewed here). Create a case study about a real life situation where a decision would have to be made and provide roles for students. Students use the decision making matrix with their assigned role to generate a vote for the issue. Consider using this tool for a project actually occurring in their neighborhood. For example, a field and trees being taken down as well as the changing of the landscape for a proposed development. Use the decision making matrix in Decico to determine why the decision to proceed happened or should happen.

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