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iCivics, Win the White House - iCivics

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Make the presidential election process personal. Run for U.S. president by playing this free interactive online game which is best played on a computer using most current browsers....more
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Make the presidential election process personal. Run for U.S. president by playing this free interactive online game which is best played on a computer using most current browsers. In this lively, colorful simulation, students will experience being part of a campaign, including creating a candidate avatar, selecting either Democratic or Republican issues, participating in debates and developing a media campaign. Choose your level to start: elementary, middle, or high school and complete the easy-to-follow tasks which do involve some reading, especially the debates section. The "Campaign Manager" will lead you through the process ending with your final probability of winning. Loading the game may take a few moments. Sound begins immediately, but may be toggled off. Online assistance is available by clicking the Help button in the top right corner at each step of the game. Also, the Back button in the top left corner allows easy do-overs of sections. Students may play without registering, but will access more content, compete with others and earn badges after logging in. You can have separate accounts for students and teachers, but must have email addresses. An automatic username is generated when registering. The easy to use Extension Pack for Teachers provides more activities and assessments. Registered teachers can message students and create classes to give students a virtual class code to join without needing an email. If students register, they can check their My iCivics accounts to see points and message members of their groups which can be controlled by the teacher.

tag(s): elections (73), presidents (129)

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Start out using this site with your projector or interactive whiteboard with the whole class. Walk through the beginning of the game and demonstrate the built-in help which is useful for students who might need additional guidance. Have individuals play or create small group teams of campaign staff to guide the candidates. Students or groups may play multiple times. After registering, the site will save games and students can send messages. Use the Achievements badges and points for student assessments. Have students research the debate topics and compare the different aspects of the game to real-life examples in the news. An easy to use Extension Pack for Teachers provides more activities and assessments.
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Election 2016: Our Teaching and Learning Homepage - The Learning Network/New York Times

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5 to 12
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Select from the best and most "evergreen" resources for teaching about the 2016 election at this homepage for The Learning Network. Choose from a complete four-part election unit or...more
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Select from the best and most "evergreen" resources for teaching about the 2016 election at this homepage for The Learning Network. Choose from a complete four-part election unit or smaller lesson plans covering topics including comparing candidates and understanding primaries and caucuses. Other portions of the site include classroom discussion questions, articles, and free resources from around the web.

tag(s): elections (73), electoral college (16), politics (98)

In the Classroom

Take advantage of the many free activities and resources found on this site well after election 2016. Modify any of the materials to teach about local and state elections or adapt questions to fit any current topic. Have cooperative learning groups create podcasts discussing the biggest issues surrounding an election. Use a site such as podOmatic, reviewed here.
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Diversity Workshop - USC School of Social Work

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9 to 12
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Diversity Workshop is a training guide for facilitating discussions on diversity and the role of identity in social relationships. Training focuses on two key areas - the concept of...more
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Diversity Workshop is a training guide for facilitating discussions on diversity and the role of identity in social relationships. Training focuses on two key areas - the concept of culture and identity. Different activities offer participants the opportunity to learn about and practice ideas within each concept.

tag(s): cross cultural understanding (115), cultures (105), diversity (36)

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Take advantage of the activities shared within the guide to use as part of community building in your classroom or to teach diversity. Have students create a word cloud of the important terms they learn from this site using a tool such as WordItOut, reviewed here. Before and after activities have students or groups collect ideas and thoughts about diversity using Dotstorming, reviewed here. The Dotstorming application creates free online bulletin boards. Embed Dotstorming on your class website for students to access at home.

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Stem in 30 - Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum

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5 to 10
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Stem in 30 is an interactive classroom offering 30-minute webcasts for middle school students. Interact with scientists by asking questions, participate in polls, and receive resources...more
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Stem in 30 is an interactive classroom offering 30-minute webcasts for middle school students. Interact with scientists by asking questions, participate in polls, and receive resources for follow-up activities. Don't worry if you can't attend, view the archives of all past presentations to enjoy at your convenience. Previous topics include Moon Rocks!, Time and Navigation, and WW1: How History Shaped Technology. Most archived recordings include correlation to Next Generation Science Standards. If your district blocks YouTube, then the videos may not be viewable. You could always view them 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): earth (228), earth day (112), ecology (135), ecosystems (88), flight (36), mars (41), molecules (43), space (206), STEM (123), world war 1 (53)

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Share webinars on your class website for students to view at home. Check the site's homepage for upcoming webinars, then participate with your class. Check Twitter to see if your class can follow any of the presenting scientists. If you are lucky enough to live in the Washington, DC area, contact the museum to attend a live taping. After viewing a webinar, have students create a multimedia presentation using Voicethread, reviewed here. Voicethread allows users to narrate a picture. Challenge students to find a photo (legally permitted to be reproduced), and then narrate the photo as if it is a news report. STEM in 30 is also a great resource for gifted students to get involved with their own challenges and pursuits.

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Weather Underground - Hurricane and Tropical Cyclones

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6 to 12
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Stay current with information about the latest hurricanes and tropical cyclones. Find articles about the potential threat of current hurricanes, Hurricane Preparedness, and Cyclone...more
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Stay current with information about the latest hurricanes and tropical cyclones. Find articles about the potential threat of current hurricanes, Hurricane Preparedness, and Cyclone Energy. From the drop-down menu on the right read various articles about Storm Surges, find Blank Tracking Charts (in PDF format), Online Resources, and more. Also find a Hurricane Archive with tracking maps and aerial photos for past hurricanes. From the top menu find many other weather issues, information about wild fires, and much more.

tag(s): disasters (39), hurricanes (35), weather (187)

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Introduce the class to the most current hurricanes forming with a projector or interactive whiteboard. Challenge students to find similar hurricanes from the past and ask them to make a prediction about the current one. Have them prove their predictions using a tool like the interactive Venn Diagram Three Circle,reviewed here, or the Interactive Two Circle Venn Diagram, reviewed here.

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Civil Rights Movement Interactive Map - NewseumEd

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8 to 12
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This interactive map includes links to newspaper coverage of civil rights stories from around the nation beginning with 1954 through 1965. Choose any year to view several front pages...more
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This interactive map includes links to newspaper coverage of civil rights stories from around the nation beginning with 1954 through 1965. Choose any year to view several front pages with coverage of major events. Read each front page by clicking "view larger image". For additional information on similar topics, scroll to the bottom of the page to find links to more artifacts.

tag(s): black history (59), civil rights (117), newspapers (94)

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Share a link to this site on your class website and allow students to explore on their own. Discuss their findings and interpretations of media coverage of civil rights events in class. Use an online tool such as Interactive Two Circle Venn Diagram, reviewed here, to compare and contrast media coverage in two different cities. Ask students to investigate newspapers from additional locations, then create a presentation sharing their findings using Prezi, reviewed here.

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Making a Change: The First Amendment and the Civil Rights Movement - NewseumED

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Explore how the First Amendment influenced the Civil Rights Movement through this collection of resources from Newseum. The collection includes three teaching units with topics of Historical...more
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Explore how the First Amendment influenced the Civil Rights Movement through this collection of resources from Newseum. The collection includes three teaching units with topics of Historical Connections, Media Literacy, and Civics & Citizenship. In addition, an interactive timeline beginning in 1791 demonstrates the Civil Rights journey. A Google Civil Rights map includes links to important American newspapers and their coverage of civil rights events and leaders. Be sure to sign up for your free NewseumED account for complete access to all materials.

tag(s): black history (59), civil rights (117), constitution (79), journalism (45), newspapers (94)

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Use any or all of the units and interactives with any Civil Rights lessons; this site isn't just for Black History Month! Share with journalism students as they explore the role of the press in shaping and telling the story of a nation. Have small groups or pairs of students make a multimedia presentation exploring the First Amendment and the role of the press using a tool such as Ignite, reviewed here. With the web-based Ignite, you can include text, images, and video. The iPad app allows you to add audio, too. To illustrate different press coverage around the nation, have students create maps using Animaps, reviewed here; students can add text, images, and location stops!
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'What's News?' Video Lesson - NewseumED

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From love to war, life to death, and romance to hate, this video presents significant events of our time to demonstrate how the news touches every facet of our day. ...more
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From love to war, life to death, and romance to hate, this video presents significant events of our time to demonstrate how the news touches every facet of our day. In addition to the video, find an Acitivity (lesson plans) with before and after viewing questions, a list of historical figures and their relation to the issue from the period, a viewing guide worksheet for students to fill in, and extension activities. All of these are downloads in PDF or Word formats. Scroll to the bottom of the page to find additional activities.

tag(s): journalism (45), news (261), newspapers (94)

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Using the Activity lesson plan/viewing guide, share the before viewing discussion with the class. Consider giving all students a chance to voice their opinions (even the shyest ones) by using a tool like Backchannel Chat, reviewed here. Then, show the video to the whole class, or "flip" the class and have students watch it at home. Either way, the viewing guide questions could be inserted into the video using a tool such as EDpuzzle, reviewed here. After the video, use the discussion questions and Backchannel Chat again. Next, have students (or small groups) choose one of the extension activities to complete and share with classmates. Lastly, have students (or small groups) choose one of the extension activities to complete and share with classmates.

The reviewers at TeachersFirst have some suggestions for online tools to use for those final (extension) projects: Items 1 and 2 suggest creating a video newscast or newspaper. Consider starting with Sports Network 2, reviewed here, where students take on the role of a news show producer. Also, Be An Editor Game, reviewed here, gives students practice in the basics of newspaper editing. Possibly follow these up with Pulitzer Center Lesson Plans, reviewed here, that shows students how to identify global issues.

If you don't feel comfortable showing student faces on the Internet via video, you may want to have them create a radio show instead; for that use either Youth Radio, reviewed here, or Radionomy, reviewed here.

Item 3 includes a timeline. Have students create a multimedia timeline (it can include video, audio, images, a quiz, interactive questions, and comments) using Hstry, reviewed here. Items 4, 6, and 7 suggest making a collage. An easy online tool such as Fotojet, reviewed here, will make beautiful collages for your student projects. Item 5 suggests you use Facebook. If your district blocks Facebook, use Fakebook, reviewed here. For managing projects like #8-10 use a tool like Google Keep, reviewed here, and a presentation tool like Sway, reviewed here.
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Believe It or Not? - NewseumED

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Use the lessons, discussion questions, and news articles provide by NewseumEd to help young adults understand what media literacy is and to tell the difference between good and bad...more
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Use the lessons, discussion questions, and news articles provide by NewseumEd to help young adults understand what media literacy is and to tell the difference between good and bad information. Though the lessons seem to center around a visit to Newseum and their galleries, there is a lot to be learned just by examining and discussing the materials presented here. There are discussion questions, media issues to think about, suggested in-class activities, and worksheets. Find a Unit plan with lessons that are standards aligned and Common Core compatible. The Unit plan and worksheets are available in both PDF and Word document formats.

tag(s): media literacy (56), news (261)

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Take advantage of the free lessons, discussion questions, sample articles, and worksheets offered for use in your classroom. Divide students into small groups and assign different discussion questions and activities to each group. Challenge the small groups to create a slide presentation using Swipe, reviewed here, demonstrating information learned. With Swipe students can add videos, images and documents making them all interactive.
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Nature Video YouTube Channel - Nature.com

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Nature Video YouTube Channel brings you the best and latest science news and information videos. Browse through to view the most recent and popular uploads or choose the playlists to...more
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Nature Video YouTube Channel brings you the best and latest science news and information videos. Browse through to view the most recent and popular uploads or choose the playlists to view specific content. Playlists include topics such as technology, astronomy, and health. Be sure to subscribe to receive updates about new content. If your district blocks YouTube, the videos may not be viewable. You could always view them 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): animals (277), anthropology (11), cells (102), climate (92), human body (119), planets (122), stars (61)

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Flip your classroom and use a video as homework. Have students take notes on the material and write down questions they still have and topics that confuse them. Or, use a tool like eduCanon, reviewed here, for students to pause videos and ask or answer questions right on the video. These activities can uncover misconceptions. Show the video to the class, and then discuss the concept at length. To share a single video from this site without all the YouTube clutter, use a tool such as SafeShareTV, reviewed here, and create a shortcut to the SafeShare page directly on the desktop. For more advanced classes, provide time for students to choose a video to view and research the underlying concept.

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National Geographic Kids - National Geographic

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National Geographic offers this kid-centric site as a companion to National Geographic Kids and Little Kids magazines. The focus is on information about animals, geography, and the...more
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National Geographic offers this kid-centric site as a companion to National Geographic Kids and Little Kids magazines. The focus is on information about animals, geography, and the natural world presented in a fun and engaging format. Use this busy interactive site for free, register to gain access to more content. Buttons on the home page lead to short videos, images, stories, polls, news bites, games, and activities. The site includes heavy advertising for the magazine subscriptions. A search box at the top right allows for exploration of the extensive content. Students may submit photos or comments to the "My Shot" picture gallery all of which are selected to be posted by site administrators.
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tag(s): animals (277), countries (77), endangered species (38), environment (317), plants (143), reading comprehension (114)

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This site is perfect for interactive whiteboards or projectors. Display the site on your whiteboard to use as a learning center for students. Select videos for lesson introductions or flipped or blended learning activities. For language arts, practice finding the main idea or summarizing stories using these interesting informational texts. ESL/ELL learners can also find accessible news stories here. Choose words from stories to include with weekly spelling tests or as vocabulary builders. Assign different stories to groups of students to summarize and present to the class. Challenge cooperative learning groups to create videos about any article on the site. Upload images (use Creative Commons or other copyright-safe pictures) and use Moovly, reviewed here, for this project. Then share the videos on a site such as TeacherTube, reviewed here. Use the site for learning games that will appeal more to younger students. Preview all video since some feature animals hunting which may upset some students.

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OK2Ask: Go to the Edge: Tour of TeachersFirst Edge Tools - TeachersFirst

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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional development session from July 2016, opens in Adobe Connect. Go to the EDGE with TeachersFirst! What is the Edge? Cutting edge tools used...more
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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional development session from July 2016, opens in Adobe Connect. Go to the EDGE with TeachersFirst! What is the Edge? Cutting edge tools used to create: list-makers, timelines, mind maps, and more. Learn about the various Edge categories and what they mean. Have time to explore the Edge on your own. Find inspiration and timesaving tools in this fast-paced session! As a result of this session and through individual follow-up, teachers will: Explore the edge categories and tools available at TeachersFirst. Find more ways to save time using TeachersFirst for planning lessons. Have free exploration time to find materials relevant to his/her classroom needs. Prepare to plan and implement a student-centered, curriculum-related use of the resource(s) of choice as part of an upcoming teaching unit. Plan how to use one of the edge tools to organize, communicate, or create in your classroom. Remember, it is OK2Ask'® questions at any time! This session is appropriate for teachers at all technology levels.

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The archive of this teacher-friendly, hands-on webinar will empower and inspire you to use learning technology in the classroom and for professional productivity. As appropriate, specific classroom examples and ideas have been shared. View the session with a few of your teaching colleagues to find and share new ideas. Find additional information and links to tools at the session resource page. Learn more about OK2Ask and upcoming sessions here.
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OK2Ask: Cool Tools: Tools for Formative Assessment - TeachersFirst

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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional development session from July 2016, opens in Adobe Connect. Explore three online tools that will help you with formative assessment....more
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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional development session from July 2016, opens in Adobe Connect. Explore three online tools that will help you with formative assessment. Understand the three steps in the formative assessment feedback loop. Discuss and learn ways to use formative assessment to increase gains in student learning. Use exploration time to discover and discuss how selected resources can be utilized in your classroom. A question/answer period will be available to help with individual questions. As a result of this session and through individual follow-up, participants will: (1) Understand the three steps in the formative assessment feedback loop to support learning gains; (2) Explore and evaluate the three online tools for formative assessment; (3) Find ways to use formative assessment to increase targeted feedback; (4) Discover ways to set goals to meet targeted learning goals; and (5) Make detailed plans for including formative assessments in daily lessons. Have free exploration time for finding ways to integrate these tools into your curriculum. This session is for teachers at ALL technology comfort levels. Remember, it is OK2Ask'® questions at any time!

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The archive of this teacher-friendly, hands-on webinar will empower and inspire you to use learning technology in the classroom and for professional productivity. As appropriate, specific classroom examples and ideas have been shared. View the session with a few of your teaching colleagues to find and share new ideas. Find additional information and links to tools at the session resource page. Learn more about OK2Ask and upcoming sessions here.
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World Population History - Population Connection

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Watch the growth of human population from 1 CE through 2050 with this interactive map and timeline. A five-minute video provides an overview of population growth, use the drop-down...more
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Watch the growth of human population from 1 CE through 2050 with this interactive map and timeline. A five-minute video provides an overview of population growth, use the drop-down box to view the video in several different languages. Personalize your viewing experience to adjust features on the map with themes, overlays, and map dots. Click on the timeline below the map to view additional information about events throughout time. Choose the menu to find all the resources on this site, including several lesson plans.

tag(s): advanced placement (21), conservation (127), environment (317), population (60)

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Try using this website in science class during environmental science units on human population growth. Start the class by sharing this site on an interactive whiteboard (or projector) for students to see. Provide time for students to look at the material and to generate questions about it. Brainstorm not only questions but what students learned from it. Allow groups time to research the economic and social issues that have caused such a change in population and how people live. Challenge students to make a multimedia presentation using Sway, reviewed here, about what they learned from the different time periods or themes. With Sway, you can have music, photos, videos, and even make it interactive.

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Ready or Not, Let the Games Begin - Esri

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This story map, created for the 2016 Summer Olympics in Brazil, takes you through different facets of preparation for the Olympics. Scroll through to read about the city, construction...more
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This story map, created for the 2016 Summer Olympics in Brazil, takes you through different facets of preparation for the Olympics. Scroll through to read about the city, construction of venues, and difficulties faced including the Zika virus, security, and pollution issues. Images, maps, and graphs all work together to provide an excellent overview of the stage set for the 2016 Summer Games.

tag(s): maps (287), olympics (47), pollution (66), south america (39), sports (95)

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Ready or Not was created using Story Map, reviewed here. Use Story Map to create your own stories for any subject, perhaps an overview of the Olympics at the end of the games or a profile of a notable Olympic athlete. View this story together with your class, then divide students into groups to learn more about Brazil and South America. Include this site with your current events discussions as you compare security threats across the globe, pollution issues, or health concerns such as the Zika virus.

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USA Today Rio Olympics Guide - YouTube - USA Today

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Stay up to date with the latest news and information from the Rio Summer Olympics with these videos from USA Today. Topics include how to watch little-known sports such as ...more
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Stay up to date with the latest news and information from the Rio Summer Olympics with these videos from USA Today. Topics include how to watch little-known sports such as wrestling and archery. Subscribe to this channel to receive updates as new content is added. 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): olympics (47), south america (39), sports (95)

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Share videos with your students as you follow the Summer Olympic games from your classroom. Use the "how to watch" sports videos as a model, then have students create their own videos describing how to watch their favorite sport. Share their videos on a site such as TeacherTube, reviewed here. Research Olympic athletes and their countries, then have cooperative learning groups create podcasts sharing news about the Olympics. Use a site such as podOmatic, reviewed here to complete a podcasting project.

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Protecting Children's Privacy Guide - Paul Bischoff

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Protecting Children's Privacy is a guide for parents, educators, and caregivers with suggestions for keeping children safe in a digital world. One excellent portion of the guide includes...more
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Protecting Children's Privacy is a guide for parents, educators, and caregivers with suggestions for keeping children safe in a digital world. One excellent portion of the guide includes suggestions for how to adjust privacy settings on computers and mobile devices for popular social networking sites such as Facebook and Snapchat. Learn how to adjust privacy controls on computers and mobile devices, get suggestions for browsing online anonymously, and much more.

tag(s): internet safety (109)

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Share information from this article with students as part of your ongoing lessons in cyber safety. Share a link on your class website as a resource for parents. Have cooperative learning groups create podcasts sharing online safety tips and suggestions. Use a site such as PodOmatic, reviewed here, for a podcasting project.

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Filming a Beluga Whale - National Geographic

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This YouTube video takes viewers behind the scenes to learn about filming Beluga Whales as they gather in Canada each summer. Although the video is quite short, there is extensive ...more
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This YouTube video takes viewers behind the scenes to learn about filming Beluga Whales as they gather in Canada each summer. Although the video is quite short, there is extensive information about the project included in the video summary. If your district blocks YouTube, then the video may not be viewable. You could always view the video at home and bring it to class "on a stick" to share. Use a tool such as KeepVid, reviewed here, to download the video from YouTube.
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tag(s): climate change (64), migration (59), oceans (147), whales (16)

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Share this video on an interactive whiteboard or projector, or ask students to watch at home as an introduction to a unit on ocean animals or climate change. Challenge students to research whales further and learn more about their migrations and interactions as a unit. Have students use Vibby, reviewed here, to grab more information from other YouTube videos to share with the class about whale behavior. Have students create maps using Animaps, reviewed here, to show locations of whales around the world and their migration patterns. Students can add text, images, and location stops with Animaps!

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Rio 2016 Olympics - International Olympic Committee

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Keep up to date with the latest 2016 Summer Olympic news from Rio de Janeiro at the official site of the Olympic Games. Follow individual sports through links featuring background ...more
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Keep up to date with the latest 2016 Summer Olympic news from Rio de Janeiro at the official site of the Olympic Games. Follow individual sports through links featuring background on each event, photo galleries, and features on Olympians to watch. Learn more about the athletes and countries by choosing the respective links. Follow this site for the latest information on results, medal counts, photos, videos, and all things Olympic.

tag(s): olympics (47), south america (39), sports (95), summer (12)

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Introduce this site on your interactive whiteboard and allow students to explore on their own. Create a bulletin board to display the latest medal counts, have students update daily with information from the Olympics site. Have students create a simple infographic on their favorite sport using Easel.ly, reviewed here or Venngage reviewed here. Have cooperative learning groups create daily podcasts to share the latest news from the Olympics. Use a site such as PodOmatic (reviewed here).

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Gauging Your Distraction - Gabriel Dance, Tom Jackson and Aron Pilhofer/The New York Times

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Discover the potential consequences of driving while distracted with this interactive focusing on the impact of driving while texting. Change lanes using your keyboard pad while sending...more
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Discover the potential consequences of driving while distracted with this interactive focusing on the impact of driving while texting. Change lanes using your keyboard pad while sending and receiving text messages. Upon completion of the game, learn your reaction times and how they compare to average response times with and without texting.

tag(s): safety (92)

In the Classroom

If you teach drivers education or health, include this site on your wiki or class website. Share the site with students (and parents) as a valuable addition to the "learn to drive" toolkit. Have students complete the game to learn the consequences of trying to multitask while driving. Have students create commercials about the dangers of texting and driving and share them using a tool such as SchoolTube, reviewed here.
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