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OECD Better Life Index - OECD Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development

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8 to 12
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Explore statistics and data about what it takes to be happy in different locations. If you could live anywhere in the world, where would you have the best life? Of ...more
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Explore statistics and data about what it takes to be happy in different locations. If you could live anywhere in the world, where would you have the best life? Of course, it all depends on what you think contributes to a better life. The OECD presents the opportunity to choose from among 11 indices related to happiness. Rank them in order of importance to you, and then see graphically which countries in the world have the best quality of life based on those considerations. Want to have a high income? Then the United States ranks first in that category. Is the cost and quality of available housing what matters? Norway ranks first in that category. Other indices include Environment, Education, Safety, Work-Life Balance, Health, and Jobs. A slider bar on each index allows you to select your priorities and then watch as the countries realign themselves according to your preferences.

tag(s): communities (38), cross cultural understanding (122), environment (322), politics (97), safety (92)

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A great classroom discussion starter, and perfect for displaying on an interactive whiteboard, the Better Life Index allows students to consider and debate what makes for a "better life." And once (or if) they can reach a consensus on those factors, where could that life be found in the world? Of course, once you discover that people are healthiest, for example, in Australia, what does that mean? Why are they healthy there? What community, government, and institutional factors make Australia healthy? Do they make choices other countries don't? This is a wonderful tool for guiding discussion about the public policy decisions made by citizens and governments, and how those decisions affect the quality of life. It would also provide powerful information for persuasive writing or debates. If you talk about utopias and dystopias, this is another way for students to decide what the criteria are for each. If you study world cultures, this site can provide a whole different lens to promote crosscultural understanding. Assign students to compare and contrast factors that matter most to them across multiple countries. Gifted students who are designing an "ideal civilization" can find meaningful data here to use as part of their plans.

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Comics Head - Next Wave Multimedia

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4 to 12
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Create one frame cartoons or entire comic books -- easily! Start by uploading a funny picture and create a comic from that. You can create your comics anywhere from any ...more
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Create one frame cartoons or entire comic books -- easily! Start by uploading a funny picture and create a comic from that. You can create your comics anywhere from any device and access them from the same device or any other. The drag and drop interface ensures ease of creation. Choose from a variety of options for characters, layout options, backgrounds, props, captions, and special effects. Choose options to use and drag and drop them onto the comic page. Simply undo or delete objects, move objects backward, forward, add text captions, and zoom in and out of the page. Register with the site (email required) to save, share, and print out creations. You can create a single page comic or full book length comics. You can download as a pdf or even share as an ebook! Some of the instruction videos are hosted on YouTube. If your district blocks YouTube, they may not be viewable. You could always view the videos 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. Mobile apps are available, including "lite" (free) versions.

tag(s): comics and cartoons (65), DAT device agnostic tool (177), digital storytelling (151)

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In classes with younger students, use a whole class account under teacher control. In a BYOD classroom, let students set up their own accounts and use the app versions. When studying characterization, create a dialog to show (not tell) about a character. Use the dialog box (bubbles) to explain the sequence of a story, a science concept, or school news! Create a political cartoon. Why not use the comic strips for conflict resolution or other guidance issues (such as bullying). Emotional support and autistic support teachers can work with students to create strips about appropriate interpersonal responses and/or feelings. Sometimes it is easier for students to write it down (or create pictures) than use the actual words. World language and ESL/ELL teachers can assign students to create dialog strips as an alternate to traditional written assessments. Let your creative (or gifted) students take the comics even further by making them into entire books!

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Random Acts of Kindness - Random Acts of Kindness Foundation

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K to 12
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Inspire people to practice kindness and pass it on to others. The Random Acts of Kindness (RAK) Foundation is a non-profit organization founded upon the powerful belief in kindness....more
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Inspire people to practice kindness and pass it on to others. The Random Acts of Kindness (RAK) Foundation is a non-profit organization founded upon the powerful belief in kindness. It is dedicated to providing resources and tools that encourage acts of kindness. Discover inspirational quotes, kindness ideas, and share your own ideas. Explore lesson plans, classroom materials, projects, ideas for courses, and RAK clubs. Discover research, videos, and stories about random acts of kindness. Sign up for the newsletter or join the blog.

tag(s): classroom management (157), emotions (37), service projects (27)

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Become a "RAKTIVIST" and start a kindness raid on unsuspecting communities, classes, or schools! Give children power and voice through their actions. Partner this with character education programs to make a difference in all the lives you touch. During social studies, find ways kindness has changed the world. Look for times in which kindness was thwarted, such as during civil wars, dictatorships, or wars. Start a research project on world leaders who have changed the world through nonviolence, education, or generosity. Explain the power of nonprofit organizations and all the lives affected. Look into your own community and school to find needs that are waiting for active, caring participants. Create school or classroom rules to promote the power of kindness. Challenge student to create "kindness" commercials. Share them using a tool such as SchoolTube reviewed here. Emotional Support or Autistic Support teachers may find some of the ideas here helpful for talking about how others feel and ways to show kindness in a very deliberate way.
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e-learning for kids - Depression - Dr. Nick van Dam

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2 to 8
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Even the youngest person can feel down at times. If the sadness continues for too long, however, get some advice for dealing with depression at e-learning for kids. Go on ...more
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Even the youngest person can feel down at times. If the sadness continues for too long, however, get some advice for dealing with depression at e-learning for kids. Go on a journey with Lenny and Emma, and help them make choices to deal with their sadness. There are four different options to choose from, and each one gives the positives and negatives for that choice.

tag(s): emotions (37), social skills (21)

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Use this site with individual students on a case by case basis or in a health unit on emotions. Also, setting up rotating stations where students can learn about other social/emotional skills in a week is a good idea. To see other offerings from this same site, check out e-learning for kids - Life Skills, reviewed here. The text portions might be challenging for ESL/ELL and younger students. Partner stronger readers to help or navigate as a class on a projector or whiteboard. Put a link for this site on a classroom webpage or blog for parents and students to use at home.
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e-learning for kids - Life Skills - Dr. Nick van Dam

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3 to 8
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Explore fifteen Life Skills lessons ranging from Emotions to Stress to Choosing the Right Career. One of the activities, Dunkin' Doc, is a Jeopardy type word game for words associated...more
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Explore fifteen Life Skills lessons ranging from Emotions to Stress to Choosing the Right Career. One of the activities, Dunkin' Doc, is a Jeopardy type word game for words associated with school, communication, emotions, relationships, and family. Another area of the site, You and Others reviews peer pressure, fitting in, and cliques. Read and learn about self image and puberty in Growing Body and Personal IDM.

tag(s): bullying (51), careers (139), child development (25), emotions (37), family (57), human body (132), stress (14)

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Initially, share this site on an interactive whiteboard or projector as part of a relevant health unit , guidance class, or career unit. Suggest this site when students have clashes with others or are experiencing stress in their family life. If you have computers for at least half the students in your class or you are lucky enough to work in a "Bring Your Own Device" school, you might consider sharing the site with everyone and have them use Today's Meet reviewed here, to ask questions. Next set up rotating stations where students can learn about several social/emotional skills in a week. The text portions might be challenging for ESL/ELL and younger students. Pair your weaker readers with strong readers as necessary.
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No Bullying - Treze Ltd.

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5 to 12
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No Bullying is an online forum offering advice, counseling, and resources for the prevention of bullying. Select content specifically geared toward teens, educators, parents, or health...more
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No Bullying is an online forum offering advice, counseling, and resources for the prevention of bullying. Select content specifically geared toward teens, educators, parents, or health educators. Information includes articles and videos offering advice on stopping bullying and reacting to bullying. Other resources include a large database of facts, statistics, and stories about victims of bullying. Be sure to check out the Cyber Safety portion of the site offering information on Internet safety and cyber bullying.

tag(s): bullying (51), internet safety (111)

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Use No Bullying as the starting point for individual or group projects or lessons on bullying. Bookmark and save this site as a resource to address bullying concerns in your school or classroom. Share this site with parents as an important resource for discussing bullying and Internet safety with their family. Include this site on your class web page for students and parents to access as a reference. Have students create a simple infographic sharing their findings concerning bullying using Easel.ly, reviewed here or Venngage reviewed here. Challenge students to create an antibullying presentation using Prezi (reviewed here).
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A really informative website offering an extensive range of bullying advice and stories. This website covers all types of bullying and is a great resource to help support the teaching of Internet Safety and the importance of dealing with bullying. Michelle, , Grades: 0 - 12

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Cosmo Learning - CosmoLearning.com

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6 to 12
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Cosmo Learning aggregates an extensive library of subjects (42 total), courses (thousands to browse), video lectures, documentaries, images, books and other multimedia in dozens of...more
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Cosmo Learning aggregates an extensive library of subjects (42 total), courses (thousands to browse), video lectures, documentaries, images, books and other multimedia in dozens of subjects, all from sources all over the world. Their goal is to be a free online school. Subjects range from Anthropology to Entrepreneurship to Political Studies to Veterinarian Medicine. Find specific content using the search feature. You can also search using links to academic subjects or type of materials such as courses, documentaries, videos, or images. Registration isn't required, but allows you to save and rate features on the site. Be warned: there is a LOT to explore at this site! If your district blocks YouTube, videos may not be viewable. You could always view the videos 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): anthropology (11), archeology (32), architecture (83), business (58), engineering (128), environment (322), geology (77), german (68), marine biology (32), medicine (71), paleontology (41), politics (97), psychology (67), religions (67), sociology (22)

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Use materials from Cosmo Learning as part of any unit or lesson plan. Use materials on the site for flipped lessons or share with gifted learners as an enhancement to current course content. Using the flipped classroom format is helpful if YouTube is blocked at your school. Share lessons on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Teachers of gifted can share this with their students whose interests fall outside typical school curriculum to encourage independent study or projects. Provide the link to this site on your class wiki or website for students (and families) to access anytime.
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Noodle - Noodle

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9 to 12
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Combine an intangible product like a college education, an overload of data, and anxiety about choice, and you have the perfect niche for a website which claims to simplify it ...more
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Combine an intangible product like a college education, an overload of data, and anxiety about choice, and you have the perfect niche for a website which claims to simplify it all for you. Noodle is one of the newest websites of this kind. But Noodle's difference is that it is a hybrid: part search engine and part college curating platform. Rather than creating its own content about each of the more than 3000 post secondary institutions in the US, Noodle pulls its content from a collection of existing sources: the colleges' own websites, general education sites, and other college search sites. It's no coincidence that Noodle's CEO is also the founder of The Princeton Review. The beauty of Noodle's platform is that it collects information from the student who has set up a personal profile, and then tailors the search based on the student profile. Profiles can be established using Facebook login information, which is often problematic for in-school use. It can also be established using an email address. Once the student has entered his or her personal information, (including test scores, GPA, and family income information), Noodle suggests the student's chances of admission to a given college and has tailored information about college costs taking into consideration the likelihood of receiving available financial aid.
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tag(s): college (48)

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Noodle certainly deserves to be among the college search sites bookmarked on any high school college counseling center's resource list. Other educators who focus on college and career readiness will also find Noodle a good resource to recommend. Noodle works best when combined with an individual student profile, so students will need to establish their own accounts and then come back to that account for ongoing research. Noodle promises that it will not sell student information from those individual profiles. However, Noodle can also provide a quick overview of any college simply by searching on the college name or from preset categories without establishing an individual account.

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Jobs in 2020 - US News and World Report

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6 to 12
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US News and World Report checks in with projections on jobs for the coming decade. Education for its own sake is certainly a laudable goal, but in a tight economy, ...more
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US News and World Report checks in with projections on jobs for the coming decade. Education for its own sake is certainly a laudable goal, but in a tight economy, keeping an eye on changes in the job market can help you make better choices as you pursue that education. Read about the job fields to watch, about the areas of the US where the economy is expanding, and about the kinds of education and job training that will be required to secure those jobs.
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tag(s): careers (139), STEM (168), thinking skills (17)

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When students cry, "Why do I have to know this?" and "When will I ever USE this?" this site can alert them to the skills and competencies required for jobs in the next decade. Help motivate students to connect the work they do in the classroom with growing and emerging job and career fields. Because of the projected growth in tech and STEM fields, this is a great site for demonstrating the relevance of classroom work in these skill areas.
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Power Poetry - Power Poetry

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8 to 12
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Encourage budding poets with Power Poetry. Power Poetry's mission is to close the literacy gap through poetry. This is a community where young people of all backgrounds come together...more
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Encourage budding poets with Power Poetry. Power Poetry's mission is to close the literacy gap through poetry. This is a community where young people of all backgrounds come together to process their emotions using poetry. Find challenges to write about social issues or to write a poem in only 140 characters. There are tips for writing FanFiction poetry. Find many supportive community members to encourage you to develop your voice. Poets are free to write about any subject; however, there are site guidelines to prevent hate speech and other inappropriate content. Join with a username and email address. On your profile, there is the option of sharing your first name and last initial, profile picture, and a short biography. You can message each other within the site, but this feature can be disabled from account settings.

tag(s): poetry (221)

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Encourage your most avid writers to submit their poetry to this site. Use your whiteboard or projector to show them the "Take Action Guides." There you will find many issues of concern to youth today. Most students will enjoy uniting multimedia, poetry, and activism in one place. Challenge your students to write a poem in 160 characters or 140 characters (the length of a text message or Tweet respectively). Counselors may want to encourage disenfranchised students to join the site and write about their deepest feelings. This is a supportive community that encourages students to develop their own voice.

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Arthur Family Health - PBS Kids

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K to 2
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Come along with Arthur and friends and explore Peanut Allergies, Fitness, Nutrition, Resilience, and Asthma. Browse the topics and resources to find entertaining and engaging resources....more
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Come along with Arthur and friends and explore Peanut Allergies, Fitness, Nutrition, Resilience, and Asthma. Browse the topics and resources to find entertaining and engaging resources. Explore the interactives, quizzes, video clips, tips for both kids and adults, and more. There are also suggested books and a lesson plan with each topic. Some of the topics include suggested apps for mobile devices.

tag(s): fitness (49), nutrition (155)

In the Classroom

Share videos and activities with students on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Allow students to explore on their on using classroom computers. Use the included lesson plans as part of a nutrition or fitness unit or when discussing health issues of classmates. Use the resilience lesson during class meeting time. Be sure to include a link on your class website or newsletter and share with parents. Teachers, in addition to parents, guidance counselors, and nurses could find this site very useful.
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School Robins - EduKey

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K to 12
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Collate and gather "round robin" information using email conversations at School Robins. After creating an account, create an information request for a specific student name...more
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Collate and gather "round robin" information using email conversations at School Robins. After creating an account, create an information request for a specific student name or class. Send the request to chosen staff members by clicking the "Round Robin" button. Once responses arrive, view all information in an easy to view table format. Other options include sending reminders, requesting updates, and uploading a staff or class list directly from your computer. Be sure to view the Quick Start Guide for full details on how to use School Robins. Free accounts allow individual users to send two free Round Robin information requests per month.

tag(s): classroom management (157), parent conferences (24)

In the Classroom

Use School Robins as an excellent communication tool for use with students who see multiple teachers. Send a request to other teachers for information when preparing for parent teacher conferences, IEP conferences or progress reports, filling out report cards, or even when noticing unusual behavior with students. This is an excellent tool for communication collaboration between classroom teachers, learning support teachers, guidance counselors, and more.

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CYKE - CYKE

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K to 12
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Stay up to date with the best research and activities for children's emotional growth and well being. CYKE provides information to parents concerned about their child's emotional health....more
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Stay up to date with the best research and activities for children's emotional growth and well being. CYKE provides information to parents concerned about their child's emotional health. Discover techniques to manage outbursts and emotional meltdowns. Learn about signs that might warn you to seek further help. There is also in-depth information on a range of medical topics. Many conditions are included (ADHD, Bipolar, eating disorders, OCD, substance abuse, Tourette's, and more). Other specific topics include Bullying, Divorce, Sexual Abuse, Grief, Chronic Illness, and more. Also, find interactive stories and games for younger children to explore, at The Land of Cyke. Find videos, a newsletter to subscribe to, a forum for discussion, and more to help support you as your learn how to better help the students in your life.

tag(s): adhd (30), adolescence (12), behavior (46), bullying (51), emotions (37), preK (294)

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Be sure to post this on your website for parents to consult at home. Bookmark this site on your personal computer to use as reference for many emotional health topics, issues, and treatments. There are interactive games for you to use for quiet time activities or rewards (The Land of Cyke) in your Pre-K through 2nd grade classes. Use some of these activities on your interactive whiteboard or projector during class meeting while you are discussing some of these topics in your classroom (such as bullying). Share the site with parents and your school counselor.
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Breakaway - Emergent Media Center

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3 to 10
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Breakaway is an online learning game designed for students ages 8-15 to learn how to deal with real life situations (peer pressure, bullying, and negative stereotypes). Included is...more
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Breakaway is an online learning game designed for students ages 8-15 to learn how to deal with real life situations (peer pressure, bullying, and negative stereotypes). Included is a facilitator's guide which includes learning goals, teaching options, and supplemental activities. Activities provide opportunities for collaboration and group decision making discussions. Learn more at the "About the Game" link. Create a username (email required) to get started with the game.

tag(s): bullying (51), school violence (13)

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Create a link on classroom computers and use as a classroom center. Use the facilitator's guide to choose portions of the game or lessons as applicable in your classroom situation. Choose portions relating to bullying, for example, if that is a problem in your class. Demonstrate how to use this site on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Share this site during your weekly class meeting.
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Discovery News - Discovery

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6 to 12
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This renowned science news source is an excellent resource for children, teens, AND adults. Find information from technology, space, humans, earth, history, animals, and adventure....more
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This renowned science news source is an excellent resource for children, teens, AND adults. Find information from technology, space, humans, earth, history, animals, and adventure. Some examples of specific topics include dinosaurs, psychology, evolution, religion, robots, genetics, and much more! Be sure to scroll through the information on the front page where highlighted videos, games, and eye catching headlines are sure to catch your interest. The reading levels (approximately middle school) are obviously too high for young readers, but videos and captions are quite approachable. Please PREVIEW before sharing anything with your students. Some of these topics are not appropriate for the classroom.
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tag(s): archeology (32), dinosaurs (54), egypt (70), evolution (99), genetics (94), news (261), psychology (67), religions (67), robotics (26), space (221)

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Use this site as a resource for current events projects or when discussing news relative to the class content. Find informational texts galore to practice CCSS literacy skills! (If you need a reading level, paste the url for the specific article into Juicy Studio's readability checker, reviewed here.) Have students research what's going on via this news site, and give a brief presentation for a current events assignment or as extra credit. Again, preview any stories that students may be exploring. You may even want to provide the direct ULRs to the stories rather than have students explore the site on their own. Students can either orally present or, for the technologically inclined, create a short video or podcast summarizing the information. Have students create videos and share them using a tool such as SchoolTube reviewed here. Have students write their information in a short summary and include background information that ties the information into the class or teaches something new and relevant. Practice science literacy skills with these engaging stories!
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Math @Work - Scholastic

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5 to 12
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Math@Work is a web series designed to combine classroom learning with career aspirations. (If the page does not open correctly, try Refreshing/reloading so it jumps directly to the...more
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Math@Work is a web series designed to combine classroom learning with career aspirations. (If the page does not open correctly, try Refreshing/reloading so it jumps directly to the Math@Work section!) The premier episode features Tim Gunn and Project Runway to showcase lessons in short videos in scale, budget, percent, and more. Discover math@work in the fashion industry! Download lessons already correlated to Common Core Standards for each video. Lessons include all materials needed, along with possible student responses. At the time of this review, they are adding new episodes frequently, so be sure to check back often. Be sure to click the full screen option to see the videos without clutter.

tag(s): careers (139), division (159), fashion (10), financial literacy (84), percent (81), ratios (62)

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Click Common Core Lessons to find information or click the link WAY up at the top of the page. Be sure to bookmark this page and check back for new additions as more information is frequently added. These lessons make a great addition to your substitute folder for an easy and fun way to practice math. Include lessons with your career unit or with any math topic contained in the webinars. Post a link to the video on your class website for use as a model and challenge students to create their own math lessons corresponding to different careers. Challenge cooperative learning groups to create videos and share them on a site such as TeacherTube reviewed here.
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STEM Behind Hollywood - Texas Instruments

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4 to 10
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Discover the science and engineering behind many Hollywood Themes: Zombies, Space, Forensics, and Superheroes. Choose one of the themes to access information, videos, TI-Nspire downloads...more
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Discover the science and engineering behind many Hollywood Themes: Zombies, Space, Forensics, and Superheroes. Choose one of the themes to access information, videos, TI-Nspire downloads for interactive activities, and more. Each page also features related Math and Science Activities. The current hosts are Mayim Bialik (The Big Bang Theory) and Dr. Z.
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tag(s): diseases (74), forensics (27), space (221), STEM (168)

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Pair this information and the related activities with classroom content, video clips, and data about related events (spreading of disease, space travel, etc.) Create discussions about various technologies, discoveries, and more to engage your students in the topics you are studying. Share the video clips on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Share this link on your class website for students to explore at home and learn more about how Hollywood uses science and math in film, television, and beyond. Include this site in a careers unit so students can see how science can lead to many different careers.
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The Museum of Modern Art - Khan Academy - Khan Academy and The Museum of Modern Art

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6 to 12
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The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), in partnership with the Khan Academy, offers several tutorials exploring the world of contemporary and modern art....more
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The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), in partnership with the Khan Academy, offers several tutorials exploring the world of contemporary and modern art. View information in categories such as Printmaking, Behind the scenes at MoMA, and Performance Art. Each section contains several short videos exploring the topic. The videos are hosted on YouTube. If your district blocks YouTube, then they may not be viewable. You could always view the videos 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): art history (74), artists (78)

In the Classroom

Display and use these very short videos on your interactive whiteboard (or projector) to introduce and explore the world of art to students. Challenge cooperative learning groups to create videos based on other famous works of art and share them on a site such as TeacherTube reviewed here. Do a collaborative project with your school's art teacher, having students write in English/LA class and discuss art in that class. Have older students explore areas of this site to find artwork from time periods studied in Social Studies classes. Display one of the works of art and view the short video. Use the art piece as inspiration for a creative writing project. Use videos during career exploration units to demonstrate the different career options available within the field of art. Create a link to videos on classroom computers for students to view on their own or use the embed code to add a video on your class website or blog for additional exploration. Teachers of gifted who have students interested in visual arts can use this site to take them further, even if art is not your expertise!

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Next Vista for Learning - Rushton Hurley

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3 to 12
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Next Vista offers Learning videos for teachers looking for alternatives to YouTube. At the time of this review, they offered over 1,000 videos (most useful for in the classroom). Videos...more
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Next Vista offers Learning videos for teachers looking for alternatives to YouTube. At the time of this review, they offered over 1,000 videos (most useful for in the classroom). Videos are made by teachers and/or students. Search by three main topics: Light Bulbs, Global View, or Seeing Service. Better yet, use the right sidebar to search by topic: Math, Science, World Languages, History & Culture, Performing Arts, and more.Next Vista offers an extensive collection of career videos to use as a resource for exploring and discovering career opportunities. View videos directly on site or share using the link or embed code provided. Throughout the school year, Next Vista hosts video creation contests for students and teachers. Submit your own videos less than 5 minutes in length using directions provided. They even offer small prizes for winners.

tag(s): africa (172), asia (71), careers (139), computers (100), europe (73), literature (273), musical instruments (49), musical notation (38), north america (18), parts of speech (66), poetry (221), shakespeare (104), south america (38), speech (92), video (278)

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Explore the various topics to share with your students. In the math section, share the "How to Show Your Work" video on your projector or interactive whiteboard. There are useful videos in all sections, offered at a variety of levels. Bookmark and save this site for use throughout the year for student and teacher created videos. Challenge students to create a video to submit for one of the site's contests; who knows, they may win!

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Depression Quest: An Interactive (non)Fiction Game - Zoe Quinn

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9 to 12
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Depression Quest is an interactive story/game that allows you to play the role of someone living with depression. Features include about 150 unique encounters with five endings demonstrating...more
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Depression Quest is an interactive story/game that allows you to play the role of someone living with depression. Features include about 150 unique encounters with five endings demonstrating how well you deal with your depression. The set up is similar to "Choose Your Own Adventure" type stories. Choose play to begin reading the first scenario. Choose from options offered with each portion of the interactive until reaching the conclusion to find out how you managed your life. There is an option to donate to this site, but the activity is free.

tag(s): mental health (27), psychology (67)

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Depression Quest would be excellent for use in high school health classes or even counselor sessions. Treat the topic with sensitivity, since you never know who may be struggling with depression. You will probably want to keep this topic as one of many options for student research and investigation. Try the interactive as a small group option to discuss scenarios and different options. Allow students to complete the activity on individual computers so they can answer individually. Possible have them replay the game to find what would happen if making different choices. Challenge students to create a presentation using Prezi (reviewed here) about depression and other mental health issues as part of a unit in health or psychology class. Share with your school's counselor for use with small groups.

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