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10 X 10 - Jonathan Harris

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Current events at the global level are updated hourly on this visual grid of words and pictures that highlights leading international news. Click on a thumbnail photo to read the ...more
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Current events at the global level are updated hourly on this visual grid of words and pictures that highlights leading international news. Click on a thumbnail photo to read the related story. More compelling than a scan of the daily headlines, this ever-changing, unbiased site would be an excellent addition to a daily discussion of world events.

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Beyond the Fire - Teen Experiences of War - Independent Television Service

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Use this site to help students understand the true cost of war. The real-life experiences of 15 teenagers, living in seven war zones, are documented in interactive segments that include...more
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Use this site to help students understand the true cost of war. The real-life experiences of 15 teenagers, living in seven war zones, are documented in interactive segments that include text, movies, and a "World Traveler" commentary board. Students can acquire "passports," pick up travelogs, and make virtual trips to these war-ravaged parts of the world.

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Take advantage of the free lesson plans and classroom activities hosted on this site. The lessons and stories could be used to cover perspectives of specific wars or to discuss the negatives of modern warfare. This would be useful for a US government or World History classroom.

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The Reach of War - New York Times

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Students and teachers in search of broadly-based information on the Iraq conflict and its implications will do well here. The Times has an advantage in having regular, first-hand reporting...more
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Students and teachers in search of broadly-based information on the Iraq conflict and its implications will do well here. The Times has an advantage in having regular, first-hand reporting that goes beyond headlines and photos to examine issues and atitudes.

tag(s): iraq (32)

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Use this site as a resource during a unit on current events in the Iraqi political spectrum. Students can use this as a source for a current events report during the unit or for additional research for a project or paper. This would be a great resource for a government or World history course.
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What the World Thinks of America - Guardian Unlimited

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Current Events, U.S. Government, U.S. History - Use this site to generate some heated discussion in your classroom, if you dare, and bring a global view to the 2004 Presidential ...more
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Current Events, U.S. Government, U.S. History - Use this site to generate some heated discussion in your classroom, if you dare, and bring a global view to the 2004 Presidential election. Although this resource was created for the 2004 election, the information is valuable for teaching about elections in general and for comparing elections as part of U.S. history. Summary articles and survey results from polls conducted throughout the world provide insight into peoples' opinions of the policies, president and people of the United States.

tag(s): foreign policy (16)

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Although the information is a little out of date, this could be useful for discussing the impact of globalization on American Politics. Share the site on the interactive whiteboard or projector, using it to start a discussion as to why this is important. Teachers can also use the information as a writing prompt. Pull up the results of the poll on the interactive whiteboard and have students write a short essay as to whether or not the results surprised them, what this could mean, and how this impacts foreign relations. This would be useful in either a civics or history class.

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FactCheck - Annenberg Public Policy Center

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This searchable, nonpartisan site analyzes and comments on the claims and statements made by U.S. politicians. TV ads, political debates, interviews, and speeches are carefully examined...more
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This searchable, nonpartisan site analyzes and comments on the claims and statements made by U.S. politicians. TV ads, political debates, interviews, and speeches are carefully examined to uncover distortions, misstatements, and mangled facts. A great resource to incorporate into a lesson on the 2008 election process. This site requires Flash. You can get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page.

tag(s): elections (78), news (265)

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After presidential debates, go to Fact Check to see what was true and what was "stretched." Have students use this site for research about the candidates.
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Mount St. Helen's Teacher's Corner - National Park Service

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Here's a collection of resources that teachers can use to help students understand the effects of an active volcano on the surrounding habitats. You'll also find a nice collection of...more
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Here's a collection of resources that teachers can use to help students understand the effects of an active volcano on the surrounding habitats. You'll also find a nice collection of information on the history of the volcano itself. Worth a visit if you're planning a unit on volcanoes or national forests.

tag(s): forests (29), volcanoes (65)

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Science teachers will love all the summary tables and resources offered on this site. In teaching about Mt St. Helens, many of the summary tables can actually be cleared and printed to allow students to use them as a graphic organizer to follow along a lecture. This site is also great for refreshing the events of that day as well as the volcanic history of the mountain. Save this site as a favorite on your classroom computer for easy reference.

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Best of Still Photojournalism - National Press Photographers Association

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Inspire your photography students with these award-winning photographs from photo editors, web editors, and photojournalists from around the world. Organized by subject. ...more
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Inspire your photography students with these award-winning photographs from photo editors, web editors, and photojournalists from around the world. Organized by subject.

tag(s): journalism (55), news (265), photography (162)

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September 11: Bearing Witness to History - Smithsonian

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This virtual exhibit provides a collection of stories, images, and objects that represent a material record of September 11, 2001. More than just another 9.11 Web site, this resource...more
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This virtual exhibit provides a collection of stories, images, and objects that represent a material record of September 11, 2001. More than just another 9.11 Web site, this resource sensitively documents the people and stories behind the commonplace objects that survived and were carefully preserved. Audio clips of personal narratives by museum curators are included. This is a thought-provoking, awe-inspiring site that could be used to generate a discussion about the value of material artifacts in historical interpretation. Use with AP or Honors level history students.

tag(s): sept11 (21), terrorism (49)

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The portion of this site with the most impact is the video posted with live footage of the ABC broadcast as the events of 9/11 were unfolding. Open the site on the interactive whiteboard or projector, and play the video for students as a way to introduce the topic. What's nice about it is that it brings everyone to the same page, as some kids may not remember the details or may have forgotten the extreme emotion involved in that moment. It is a very powerful video, and really relays the significance and the pure shock on the part of News Anchors and Civilians alike on that day. Use the video to lead into a lecture or conversation about what followed the report.

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Genesis: Search for Origins - NASA

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Despite its untimely crash to earth, the Genesis spaceship still managed to bring back tiny samplings of raw material from the sun for eager scientists to analyze. This site provides...more
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Despite its untimely crash to earth, the Genesis spaceship still managed to bring back tiny samplings of raw material from the sun for eager scientists to analyze. This site provides an overview of the entire mission, video clips, photographs, and descriptions of the processes scientists are using to investigate the Genesis canister and its contents. Younger students will enjoy the interactive games and activities related to the mission and follow-up investigation by NASA. Be sure to check out the Creator's Kitchen for teacher resources and suggestions.

tag(s): nasa (39), solar system (122), space (217), sun (72)

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Take advantage of the free lesson plans and classroom activities hosted on this site! Use the simulations to teach students about space, space travel, even elements. Great for science teachers of almost all grades!
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A 9.11 Moment - ITS

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How has American life changed since September 11, 2001? This collection of short, reflective videos captures the thoughts and reactions of dozens of individuals, from all walks of life,...more
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How has American life changed since September 11, 2001? This collection of short, reflective videos captures the thoughts and reactions of dozens of individuals, from all walks of life, who ponder the effect of "the tragedy that shook the world." Click on the "video synopses" link to learn about the background and content of each clip. A great primer for class discussions.

tag(s): sept11 (21), terrorism (49)

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Introduce this site on the interactive whiteboard to introduce a unit on 9/11 and the events that followed immediately afterward. Have students explore the site in cooperative learning groups, listening to as many of the class videos as they can in the time allotted. To show what they have learned from this site, challenge students to create an online graphic to share using Tabblo reviewed here. Be sure to include headphones so the various groups don't distract each other.

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Scared of Cyber-Bullies? - CBS News

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School bullying has taken a high-tech twist. This CBS article, with accompanying video and interactive features, describes this alarming trend and provides information for parents and...more
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School bullying has taken a high-tech twist. This CBS article, with accompanying video and interactive features, describes this alarming trend and provides information for parents and teachers on how to protect children and teens from cyber crime.

tag(s): bullying (52), safety (91)

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Though short, this article provides teachers and parents with an awareness as to the extent that cyber bullying can go. Discuss with students the consequences of online-bullying, and use this article to show the effects it can have on it's victims.Encourage students to bring the article home to parents, or take the middle man out and post it on a teacher wiki or webpage to allow parents instance access. This would be an appropriate prerequisite before a project that requires virtual interaction, such as googledocs, (reviewed here), or any other online classroom resource.

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Acronym Finder - Mountain Data

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How often do your students come across unfamiliar acronyms related to current events, science, or computer technology? These pesky words and abbreviations can be a major source of confusion,...more
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How often do your students come across unfamiliar acronyms related to current events, science, or computer technology? These pesky words and abbreviations can be a major source of confusion, but this site helps make sense of the often overwhelming jungle of acronyms. Enter the acronym in question, and be rewarded with a complete list of definitions with links to more specific explanations. The site even addresses slang and "chat" acronyms that are used frequently by kids, but may mystify many teachers!

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Kidspace - Christian Science Monitor

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Elementary students can safely browse through this growing collection of Kidspace articles to find information about a favorite topic or resources for a school project. Topics include...more
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Elementary students can safely browse through this growing collection of Kidspace articles to find information about a favorite topic or resources for a school project. Topics include history, animals, crafts and activities, language arts, sports, and technology. The fun and informative articles - downloadable as PDF files - are engaging for parents and teachers as well and provide some great ideas for activities in the classroom or a home.

tag(s): news (265)

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Use this site to encourage students to become more involved with current events. Every week assign a group of students a news section to research and report back to the class about. Have students create a multimedia presentation using UtellStory, reviewed here. Challenge students to find a photo (legally permitted to be reproduced), and then narrate the photo as if it is a news report. To find Creative Commons images for student projects (with credit, of course), try Compfight, reviewed here.
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Adventures of Cyberbee

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Library specialist Linda C. Joseph has assembled a useful, interactive, and entertaining collection of resources for students and teachers. Use the "primary source of the month" feature...more
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Library specialist Linda C. Joseph has assembled a useful, interactive, and entertaining collection of resources for students and teachers. Use the "primary source of the month" feature to spark discussions about why such a resource is so valuable. Links to Web treasure hunts, projects, and helpful how-to advice on a variety of Internet-related topics are included.

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Frontline World - PBS

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This site from the PBS Frontline series offers regular reports, video, and images that are extended versions of earlier video reporting. Topics vary, and the editorial slant is not...more
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This site from the PBS Frontline series offers regular reports, video, and images that are extended versions of earlier video reporting. Topics vary, and the editorial slant is not often without its own point of view. That said, the content can be good for getting students to answer the question, "What do you think?"

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Take advantage of these free lesson plans and classroom activities that incorporate math into various liberal art subjects! This is a great way to incorporate interest from all types of learners and in some situations, make the topic easier to understand.

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Schools and Computer Viruses - PBS

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Here's a discussion and lesson plan about computer and biological viruses that asks students to do some critical reading and postulating about virus containment. There's more to this...more
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Here's a discussion and lesson plan about computer and biological viruses that asks students to do some critical reading and postulating about virus containment. There's more to this lesson than initially meets the eye, including some interesting opportunities for discussing virus protection strategies. With a little creativity, this one could be an interesting addition to a biology, computing, or social studies class.

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Take advantage of the free lesson plan on this site! Perfect for a math or science classroom.
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End of Life Decisions - National Public Radio

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National Public Radio's coverage of the legal and ethical issues surrounding "right to die" cases examines the rights of patients and the responsibilities of relatives, the state, and...more
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National Public Radio's coverage of the legal and ethical issues surrounding "right to die" cases examines the rights of patients and the responsibilities of relatives, the state, and health care providers. Grappling with the, "Who decides?" question may be troubling for some students, but can be a thought-provoking process.

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The War After the War - American Radioworks

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A team that includes former National Public Radio correspondents has created an audio-based web site that examines the various political, military, social, and economic issues with...more
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A team that includes former National Public Radio correspondents has created an audio-based web site that examines the various political, military, social, and economic issues with which both Americans and Iraqis must cope in post-war Iraq. It is an impressionistic view, but interesting nonetheless.

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Use this site as a learning center or station during a unit on the Iraq war and the War on terror that has pervaded US foreign politics for the better half of a decade. Because there is a lot of information on this site, this activity would work best with a follow-along or guide. For help creating easy graphic organizers, we recommend using Graphic Organizer Maker, (reviewed here).
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Lesson Plans from the State Department - U.S. State Department

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The U.S. State Department offers a surprisingly rich collection of lesson plans and related information about American history and foreign policy, past and present. The units on Vietnam...more
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The U.S. State Department offers a surprisingly rich collection of lesson plans and related information about American history and foreign policy, past and present. The units on Vietnam and the Cuban missile crisis look particularly interesting.

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There's a wealth of information here; teachers will need to examine it closely to see how it might fit into secondary government or history curricula.
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Who's Who in Post-War Iraq - BBC

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BBC's presentation on the key players in today's Iraq will help teachers and students sort out both the individuals and the many movements and factions that are now vying for ...more
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BBC's presentation on the key players in today's Iraq will help teachers and students sort out both the individuals and the many movements and factions that are now vying for influence in that nation. This one would make a great backgrounder for a discussion on balancing power in Iraq in the effort to build a democratic government there.

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Use this site as a learning center or station during a unit on the War on Terror and the fighting in the Middle East. Because there is a lot of information on this site, this activity works best with a follow-along or guide to highlight for students what's most important. For help creating easy graphic organizers, we recommend using Graphic Organizer Maker, (reviewed here).
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