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Harvard University High School Science Outreach Program: Scientific Animations - Harvard University

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8 to 12
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Unearth serious biology animations at Harvard's outreach program resource site. The interactive animations are clear enough to be understood by even the biology novice. Biodiversity,...more
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Unearth serious biology animations at Harvard's outreach program resource site. The interactive animations are clear enough to be understood by even the biology novice. Biodiversity, microbiology, evolution, and cancer are some of the topics that are explained here. Simply click on the topic you are interested in learning about. Topics are on the right side of the screen. The animations are engaging and help demystify biology with their straightforward nature.

tag(s): biodiversity (34), brain (68), diseases (72), evolution (102), microorganisms (15)

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Use these animations in your biology or life science classes to help further explain any of the concepts that they cover. Share them with the class on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Have students in their seats direct a student at the interactive whiteboard through the animation. If this type of sharing does not work for you, disperse a link to an animation through your website or wiki. Have students work through the animation individually and answer a teacher-created question set as they do.
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Koshland Museum of Science Life Lab - National Academy of Sciences/Koshland Science Museum

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5 to 12
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Explore the Life Lab and find why we age, characteristics of each stage of development, the science of aging, the anatomy (and images) of the brain, and how memories are ...more
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Explore the Life Lab and find why we age, characteristics of each stage of development, the science of aging, the anatomy (and images) of the brain, and how memories are made. Although this site is slightly text-heavy, there is a lot of great information that is well organized and easy to follow.

tag(s): body systems (56), brain (68), human body (132)

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In your science or health classroom, look at the functions of a system and how it works together. Use as a reference source or use as an example to adapt to your unit of study. Share this site on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Or have cooperative learning groups investigate specific sections/topics and create a multimedia presentation using one of the many TeachersFirst Edge tools reviewed here.
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Surging Seas: Sea Level Rise Analysis - Cimate Central

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6 to 12
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What is the impact of changes in sea levels? Use this interactive tool to show various effects with different feet of sea level rise. There is plenty of data showing ...more
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What is the impact of changes in sea levels? Use this interactive tool to show various effects with different feet of sea level rise. There is plenty of data showing that sea levels have already risen eight inches since 1880. Most people are unaware of the areas of the world that are at risk, though hurricanes may make us temporarily aware. This interactive map gives incredible detail by zooming into neighborhoods and understanding the possible changes that can occur with sea level change. Enter a city, zip code, or click on the US map to begin. Use the slider to change the sea level from 1 to 10 feet. Choose various other data such as social vulnerability, population, income, and property values. The application is based upon two independently written, easily accessible, peer-reviewed papers. Note: An older and still active version of the site can be found here.

tag(s): climate (95), climate change (70), earth (224), earth day (105), environment (325)

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Use this tool to discuss how climate change is affecting sea level, as well as other weather events that have been in the news. Be sure to talk about energy and how it is produced and why all combustion reactions produce carbon dioxide. Research the composition of the atmosphere and why changes in certain gases can cause such a problem. Be sure to have students check out the validity of different sources and sites for accuracy and statistics and data that backs up the viewpoint. Rather than scare students, discuss ways that everyone in the world can create a greener Earth for tomorrow. Challenge students to research and then create multimedia presentation using one of the many TeachersFirst Edge tools reviewed here.

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HHMI - BioInteractive - Howard Hughes Medical Institute

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8 to 12
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HHMI's BioInteractive five lab collection allows you to explore genetics, heart diseases, nerve cells, and the immune system without any mess to clean or supplies to buy! Learn about...more
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HHMI's BioInteractive five lab collection allows you to explore genetics, heart diseases, nerve cells, and the immune system without any mess to clean or supplies to buy! Learn about changing fly DNA or play the role of a doctor's intern to better understand how heart disease works. These activities have interactive lab areas with learning objectives, a notebooking area, quizzes, extra resources, and a help area. They are complete with teaching suggestions and learning objectives. The bacterial identification lab and immunology lab are even available as apps for your mobile devices. Some areas of this site require Shockwave.

tag(s): bacteria (30), body systems (56), genetics (88), heart (43), human body (132)

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Spice up your life science or biology curriculum with these activities. Use them as dry labs prior to the hands-on or classroom "wet lab." Alternatively, they could be used as a substitute laboratory when supplies are low, if students are learning online or from a distance, or if students have ethical objections to using live specimens. Thinking about flipping your classroom even just a little? These activties are great because they can take some of the practice typically done in class to the home setting, allowing you to further delve into student driven experiments and inquiry in the classroom.
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Scientific Method Lab - University of Utah

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6 to 12
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Try this interactive lab to learn about the scientific method as a process and about the history of astronomy. The story lines are engaging and accurate. The scientific method is ...more
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Try this interactive lab to learn about the scientific method as a process and about the history of astronomy. The story lines are engaging and accurate. The scientific method is really all about problem solving, and we can all benefit from developing strong problem solving skills. Be sure to allow pop-ups before starting this interactive.

tag(s): scientific method (67), scientists (69), stars (64)

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This activity would be great for use in any science class where students are able to read the content. The scientific method portion of the interactive could be integrated into your webpage so that students can refer to it throughout the school year when studying for quizzes, tests, and final exams. The astronomy portion of the interactive would be great in an Earth and Space science unit or in an astronomy course as an introduction.
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Windfall - Persuasive Games, LLC

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5 to 12
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Try this strategy activity for building wind farms and creating profitable, clean energy. Learn about clean energy while having fun. Research locations for great wind conditions and...more
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Try this strategy activity for building wind farms and creating profitable, clean energy. Learn about clean energy while having fun. Research locations for great wind conditions and find suitable places near residential areas by looking at land values and political consequences. As turbines are built, they are connected to the energy grid where energy can be sold for renewable energy credits. There are three levels to the game. (Each level uses a different region.) See the tutorial for extra help.
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tag(s): electricity (92), energy (207), natural resources (58)

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Try this challenge through the link on the site or embed the game in a class wiki. As part of a unit on the environment or energy, use this activity to discuss what needs to be considered for any energy creation and specifically for wind energy. Discuss what was learned by the game and whether these facts are also true for other energy sources. Then, compare and contrast the costs and issues with each of these different energy sources. Use an online tool such as Interactive Two Circle Venn Diagram (reviewed here) to visualize the comparisons.
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Inhabitat - Inhabitat, LLC

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7 to 12
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Find technological improvements and enhancements that make a difference in today's rapidly changing world. This site's mission statement is "Good design is green design." Search articles...more
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Find technological improvements and enhancements that make a difference in today's rapidly changing world. This site's mission statement is "Good design is green design." Search articles about improvements in architecture, interiors, energy, technology, transportation, fashion, art, and kids. Read blog posts about advancements in each of the categories. Below the posts are related topics of additional interest. This site appears to be updated often, so be sure to check back.
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tag(s): ecology (138), environment (325), inventors and inventions (92), persuasive writing (57), resources (107)

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When discussing environmental topics, be sure to share this link on your class website or on a class computer for students to access information about great technological breakthroughs. Use when students are researching technological advancements of their choice. Challenge individual students or cooperative learning groups to read one of the articles and report their findings to the class, making connections to some of the topics you study. Have students create a simple infographic sharing their findings using Easel.ly, reviewed here or Venngage reviewed here. If you teach about advertising techniques inventions, challenge your students to select a "product" from this site to create a new advertisement using a specific technique. The innovative ideas will spark their interest! Use articles from this site for reading comprehension selections that will interest even the most reluctant readers. The articles are also useful prompts for persuasive writing or debates.

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Morphbank - Morphbank

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7 to 12
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Find a growing database of high quality images used by science researchers. Photographs also include those taken under the microscope. You can use these images as long as you include...more
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Find a growing database of high quality images used by science researchers. Photographs also include those taken under the microscope. You can use these images as long as you include the copyright information from the copyright link. These are beautiful images for use in science!

tag(s): cells (99), images (278), microorganisms (15), photography (157)

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Use these images of organisms and nature to illustrate concepts or ask visual questions. Use in student projects, on wikis or blogs, or anywhere a great picture is needed. Use to generate essays about the different types of organisms or have students make a "wanted" poster that discusses the habitat and niche of the various organisms. Use pictures when discussing characteristics of life or the classification of various organisms. Create simple drag and drop sorting activities for interactive whiteboard using these images to assess class understanding of different characteristics or classifications. Use this activity with one of the student centered activity formats from our Hands Off, Vanna ideas for student centered use of your interactive whiteboard.
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BioLogica - The Concord Consortium

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8 to 12
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Use interactive features to promote inquiry and scientific reasoning. Work through the activities and build a body of knowledge in the process. View Weblabs, 3D cells, and more! Download...more
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Use interactive features to promote inquiry and scientific reasoning. Work through the activities and build a body of knowledge in the process. View Weblabs, 3D cells, and more! Download the program onto a Mac or PC. Some of the activities require QuickTime and/or Java. Be sure to watch for messages asking you to "allow" them to run.

tag(s): cells (99), dna (64), genetics (88)

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Use as a learning center in your classroom along with other activities. Share the 3D cells on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Provide this link on your class website for students to access both in and out of the classroom.

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Carbon Footprint Calculator - Carbon Footprint Ltd.

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5 to 12
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Answer the questions on each of the tabs to determine the amount of carbon dioxide you are responsible for emitting by the products you choose and your lifestyle. You are ...more
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Answer the questions on each of the tabs to determine the amount of carbon dioxide you are responsible for emitting by the products you choose and your lifestyle. You are given the options to measure/calculate using money spent or gallons (or other form of measurement). This calculators is quite detailed.
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tag(s): carbon dioxide (15), carbon footprint (11), climate change (70)

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Have each student use the calculator to determine their total. Compare students in the class and the types of activities that cause a greater amount. Ask questions as to why some activities raise the carbon footprint more than others. Research the reasons for a better understanding of what causes a carbon footprint. Discuss ways that families could take action to reduce their carbon footprint. Most students are unfamiliar with carbon offsets. Discuss what these are and whether they are important or needed. Create a campaign or contest to reduce the carbon footprint of your community and make a change for the future. Have students create a word cloud of the important terms they learn from this site (or things that will increase your footprint) using a tool such as Wordle (reviewed here), Tagxedo (reviewed here), or WordItOut (reviewed here). Create infographics using the class footprint stats and a simple infographic tool such as Easel.ly (reviewed here).

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Medpedia - Medpedia, Inc.

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7 to 12
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Medpedia is a database of articles about a variety of medical conditions. Using this Wikipedia-style tool, you can find interesting information, pictures, and related information and...more
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Medpedia is a database of articles about a variety of medical conditions. Using this Wikipedia-style tool, you can find interesting information, pictures, and related information and resources. Begin by asking a medical health question or click on See All Articles to browse them alphabetically.

tag(s): diseases (72), medicine (70)

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Use these articles for research when discussing genetic disorders, infectious disease agents, or any other research topic. Health classes and biology classes can use this as one source for research projects. Be sure to include this link on your class site as places to find information.

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Koshland Science Museum Challenges - Koshland Museum of Science

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4 to 12
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Empower your students to get involved and solve some of the world's pressing problems. Join Koshland's Museum of Science Challenges. Join in by learning new skills, thinking critically,...more
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Empower your students to get involved and solve some of the world's pressing problems. Join Koshland's Museum of Science Challenges. Join in by learning new skills, thinking critically, and solving a problem. Challenges include background information. Look at the past challenges and discover the critical thinking and unique problem solving that won. Peek into future challenges to lead your students in new directions. Find resources, lesson plans, activities, virtual field trips, and web quests. Share your challenges and solutions on Facebook.

tag(s): brain (68), climate change (70), critical thinking (120), diseases (72), dna (64), energy (207), light (51), pollution (65), problem solving (294), space (221), water (134)

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In your classroom, offer challenges first as a problem based learning situation. Have students discover the background information and thought processes involved. Using these skills, apply to your own community. Start challenges at your school, community, state, or country level. Create a challenges competition at your school. Explore the teacher resources that apply to your classes.
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VCISE: Drosophila - Science Courseware

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9 to 12
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Discover the principles of genetic inheritance with this online tool. Use fruit flies to obtain and analyze data about various traits. Propose hypotheses, design experiments, and analyze...more
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Discover the principles of genetic inheritance with this online tool. Use fruit flies to obtain and analyze data about various traits. Propose hypotheses, design experiments, and analyze and interpret data. Non-"users" can login as a guest. Notebooks of activities and information cannot be saved as a guest. To learn more click on the "Tour" button. There is also a link to standards for all of the individual US states. Teachers can register (free) for the project here to obtain a class code for students to register and use enhanced features.

tag(s): genetics (88)

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Learn the various techniques for using fruit flies for genetics and create your own experiments to analyze. Experiment before discussing the principles of genetics. Students can record their observations to share with the rest of the class.
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What is nano? - Nanoscale Informal Science Education Network

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K to 12
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Interested in learning more about the vast nano-sized world? Easy to understand, basic information coupled with current advances give you a taste of what is possible with nanotechnology....more
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Interested in learning more about the vast nano-sized world? Easy to understand, basic information coupled with current advances give you a taste of what is possible with nanotechnology. Be sure to navigate near the bottom right side of the page where there is a tab labeled DIY Nano. Here are some sensational activities to assist in visualizing and experimenting with nano-scale! Thoughts will charge as you think, learn, and wonder about nano-science! The site includes activity and classroom ideas for grades K-12.

tag(s): atoms (55), engineering (129), gravity (46), matter (61), measurement (175)

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Teaching nanotechnology theory can be hard. Make the abstract idea concrete with the activities in the DIY Nano section of this website. Use the activities in the lab. In no time at all, students will be wrapping their minds around the tiny world of nanometers and nanotechnology. Encourage students to download the application if they have a smart phone and experiment further at home with their parents. (It's FREE!) This could really ignite a worthwhile career for aspiring scientists!
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Promethean Planet - Promethean, Inc

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K to 12
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Looking for resources to use on your interactive whiteboard? If so, this site is a tremendous resource for all whiteboard users, not just those with a Promethean Board. View, search,...more
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Looking for resources to use on your interactive whiteboard? If so, this site is a tremendous resource for all whiteboard users, not just those with a Promethean Board. View, search, and download from over 60,000 resources in all subject areas and grade levels. Use the Resources tab to search by state standard, content, grade level, or resource type. Register on the site to enable download ability as well as many other features such as saving favorites, reviewing resources, asking questions on the technical forum, following specific users, and uploading your own resources. Each resource includes a short description, grade level recommendation, file format, and size. Another great feature is the slide show included with each download for previewing different pages used on each chart.

tag(s): iwb (32), numbers (197), preK (288), resources (107)

In the Classroom

Before you try any of these activities, think about how you can make the lesson more student-centered. Find ideas in TeachersFirst's Hands off, Vanna! Giving Students Control of Interactive Whiteboard Learning . Browse the site for interactive whiteboard resources to download for classroom use. Bookmark and save favorites for later use. Download any resource, then tweak it to your individual needs. Have questions about creating Promethean Flipcharts? Post your question on the technical board to receive helpful replies. If you have a SmartBoard, be sure to check out the SmartBoard lessons and resources page located here. You will need to download the ActivInspire software (free).

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This is the go-to site for Promethean flipchart downloads. Most files were created by teachers. The only downside is that the files are hit-or-miss. There are many gems, but you might have to browse some not-so-great files to find them. Tim, , Grades: 0 - 6

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Symphony of science - John Boswell

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8 to 12
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This project "spreads scientific knowledge and philosophy through musical remixes." Audio and video snippets of television programs that feature popular scientists and educators are...more
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This project "spreads scientific knowledge and philosophy through musical remixes." Audio and video snippets of television programs that feature popular scientists and educators are used to explain phenomena and theories. The audio and video mashups are set to music. Be sure to check out two of the popular videos: "A Glorious Dawn" and "We are All Connected" to encourage discussion of the topics and themes being "discussed." Some topics may have offer a distinct side of a multi-faceted issue, but the videos will engage you and really get you thinking.
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tag(s): atoms (55), ecology (138), life cycles (24), matter (61), space (221), video (278)

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Provide a link to the site on a classroom computer or class website. Introduce Big Ideas or themes in Science with one of the videos to encourage discussions and generate questions for research. Share the mashups on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Capitalize on gifted students' powerful sense of justice and concern about social issues and spark some truly creative music/science projects by sharing these examples in your gifted program.
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Dr. Carlson's Science Theater - Dr. Carlson Science Theater

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6 to 12
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Find your way to the "home of the best science demonstrations on the web." Included are videos, interviews about chemistry, physics, and science and "Extras." Find videos such Walking...more
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Find your way to the "home of the best science demonstrations on the web." Included are videos, interviews about chemistry, physics, and science and "Extras." Find videos such Walking on Water, The Heisenberg Uncertainty, The Sweat Episode, The Bernoulli Effect, Inertia, Pendulums, Protein Folding and many others. Interviews with scientists give a clearer explanation of scientific concepts. If interested, subscribe by rss feed, email, or iTunes. Videos are mp4 files, so you may need to load a plug-in or "allow" your browser to play them.

tag(s): electricity (92), light (51), matter (61), motion (69), newton (26), optics (15), scientific method (67), waves (22), weather (201)

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Use as a reinforcement or enrichment tool, depending on the students' needs. Embed or link to relevant videos on your website, blog, or wiki for students to view (and review) outside of the classroom. Share the videos on your interactive whiteboard (or projector) and use as an anticipatory guide for science concepts presented -- or even as a review. Use as a creative example of a presentation in a subject area content. Challenge students to create their own videos about a specific science topic. Share the videos on a site such as TeacherTube reviewed here.
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Do Lectures - Talks That Inspire Action - The Chicken Shed

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6 to 12
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Do Lectures are like TED Talk videos, inspiring talks from people who are changing the world. Choose to view talks about Big Ideas, Challenging Talks, Funny Talks, Informative Talks,...more
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Do Lectures are like TED Talk videos, inspiring talks from people who are changing the world. Choose to view talks about Big Ideas, Challenging Talks, Funny Talks, Informative Talks, Inspiring Talks, and Soulful Talks. Some examples of titles are Why Going Down Mountains is Harder than Going Up and Why is Beauty Such an Important Word? Search by topic (business, creativity, environment, food, sport, technology, or well-being) or by speaker. Learn more about lecturers by clicking the link to their bio, or find similar videos with the links included with each talk. Share videos easily on social networking sites with buttons included with each talk, or use the embed code to embed talks into your blog or website. Even more simply, copy/paste the url for the video to share it.

tag(s): business (58), careers (139), creativity (118), debate (46), environment (325), nutrition (159), psychology (66), sociology (22), video (278)

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Do Lectures are a great place to find inspiration and new ideas for your classroom. Many of the videos connect today's real world with curriculum topics, even in entrepreneurship, health, or family and consumer science classes. Use Do Lecture videos as the perfect supplement or launching point for units of study in your classroom. Find a video that supports the topics happening in your classroom. Share on your website for student viewing. Use on your interactive whiteboard (or projector) for a whole class discussion. Stop the video at various points to discuss or debate ideas included. Challenge cooperative learning groups to create videos in response to videos viewed on Do Lectures or their own topic. Share the videos on a site such as TeacherTube reviewed here. Teachers of gifted could plan an entire unit of study around one video or have students select one to use as the launch point for an independent project.

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Optimist World - Optimistworld.com

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6 to 12
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This site offers many news articles, all positive and upbeat. In addition to current news stories, you will also find articles about charities, organizations that demonstrate social...more
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This site offers many news articles, all positive and upbeat. In addition to current news stories, you will also find articles about charities, organizations that demonstrate social responsibility, sustainable travel, and inspirational events. The reading level is reasonable for high school students. You can comment on any articles you read and read the comments of others. Articles are available in printable form as well as online. The site requires a free and easy registration; why not do a registration for your entire class instead of individual students. A link to "Optimist TV" adds a video component to the news.
This site includes advertising.

tag(s): environment (325), media literacy (65), news (262), sustainability (18)

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Use this tool for you and your students to find articles related to science, social studies, and cultural topics you are studying. Share the TV clips on your interactive whiteboard or projector, for some "happy news" to share with your students. To teach about the subtleties of "spin," have students select, read, and compare two articles on the same subject (possibly one with a more neutral or negative spin?). What makes the article positive? Have small groups of students take turns presenting weekly news. Use articles as practice for finding main idea and other comprehension skills. Create a selection of stories as writing prompts for persuasive writing pieces. Collect news sources related to an upcoming election to follow in a civics/government class. Have students create an online presentation on their selected news topics from categories you've assigned for your classroom news. Use one of the many TeachersFirst Edge tools reviewed here.
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Famous Scientists - famousscientists.org

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6 to 12
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Know your Einstein from your Eddington with this informative site that profiles some of the greatest scientists. Learn about their contributions to science and society and how their...more
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Know your Einstein from your Eddington with this informative site that profiles some of the greatest scientists. Learn about their contributions to science and society and how their discoveries affect us today. Don't click on the underlined words; this does NOT provide definitions. Instead it brings up advertisements.
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tag(s): inventors and inventions (92), scientists (69)

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The reading level of this site is rather challenging. Have weaker readers work together with stronger ones. While discussing scientists and inventors, use this site as a resource for gathering information. Have small groups of students research scientists from the same time period. Have them research their contributions including reactions of others to their discovery or invention. Research why these inventions were particularly important and the scientific knowledge that changed as a result. Have them present their findings to the class by creating a multimedia presentation using one of the many TeachersFirst Edge tools reviewed here. Then, if you would like to take your students critical thinking up a notch, you could have the small groups compare the different inventions and decide how and why the earlier inventions had to come before a later invention could be developed. For this you might want to have students use a collaborative graphic organizer like Canva, reviewed here, and have them report out their thoughts and discoveries to the class.

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