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DIY - DIY Co

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1 to 12
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Discover a free online portfolio or collection place specifically created for children to showcase things they make: projects, work, videos, and pictures. Upload videos or pictures...more
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Discover a free online portfolio or collection place specifically created for children to showcase things they make: projects, work, videos, and pictures. Upload videos or pictures of the projects from your computer or iOS app to the website. With an animal avatar identity and different name, children are not identifiable to outsiders. When a project is shown online, viewers can add stickers to show support. An Android app is "planned." Parents or teachers have a dashboard for reviewing all activity on the account. Students under 13 must provide a parent email for their parents to verify tha they give permission for the membership.

tag(s): portfolios (29)

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Leap into the age of technology by making your student portfolios digital. Use DIY for student portfolios of class projects, explorations at home, and family fun. To get started, make a whole-class account to share class accomplishments. Then move to having each student create his/her own. The digital portfolio includes an extra bonus: parent involvement. Using parent emails, the work shared brings a close home-school connection going beyond just parents to extended family and friends. Have basic standards and requirements for posting to encourage quality control. Excite and motivate students using this easy portfolio. Use for an after school club, such as book club, photography club, Lego club, Odyssey of the Mind, chorus, or news team to keep a digital record of events, ideas, or projects. During science fair or any long-term project, record step by step progress. Use as a presentation tool, data notebook, or reflection tool. Teachers of gifted (or teachers who have gifted students in their class) can encourage these students to start collecting a portfolio of their best work, especially projects that go beyond the regular schools curriculum or school year. If a student has a special interest in poetry, rocketry, or forestry, encourage him/her to start documenting accomplishments with explanations, pictures, and links.

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Unscrew America - Lesley Chilcott

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3 to 12
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Unscrew America provides information about the benefits of switching to energy efficient light bulbs. It provides resources, videos and links to help you transition to more energy efficient...more
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Unscrew America provides information about the benefits of switching to energy efficient light bulbs. It provides resources, videos and links to help you transition to more energy efficient living.

tag(s): electricity (89), energy (199), environment (317), light (46)

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Use Unscrew America to introduce your students to a unit on energy and the environment. View the site using a your LCD projector and/or interactive whiteboard. The site uses mouseovers so you will have to see if your whiteboard supports that. Group students and have them research the differences between CFL and LCD bulbs. Have them create a presentation on why to use these bulbs using Google Presentation Creator, reviewed here.
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TeachersFirst's Resources for Infographics - TeachersFirst

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4 to 12
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Find a targeted collection of infographic resources including tools for creating them, collections of great infographic examples, and sites with professional information for teachers...more
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Find a targeted collection of infographic resources including tools for creating them, collections of great infographic examples, and sites with professional information for teachers planning to use infographics for student projects and assessments.

tag(s): infographics (42)

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Join the21st century trend of infographics as a way to share a lot of information, quantitative data, and relationships in a compact but effective visual space. Help students learn and construct meaning using infographics. Share this collection on your class web page as a starting point for students.

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TalkMiner - FXPAL

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4 to 12
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Talkminer is a search engine specifically for video lectures, webinars, webcasts, and presentations. Save time searching for videos that contain exactly the information you need! Search...more
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Talkminer is a search engine specifically for video lectures, webinars, webcasts, and presentations. Save time searching for videos that contain exactly the information you need! Search for the exact phrase you need (cell mutation, for example). Talkminer will not only list all the videos, webcasts, etc. that have that phrase, but when you view the item, it will display each frame that has your keywords. Talkminer searches WITHIN the video, webcast, etc. identifying your keywords. No more searching by title, hoping the video will have what you need. Better yet, no more watching the entire video just to find out it doesn't HAVE exactly what you need!

tag(s): search engines (65), slides (64), video (262)

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Use short clips in any grade level to provide background knowledge to your students. Use Talkminer to illustrate a concept you are teaching. If you use PowerPoint or another presentation tool, embed the clip you want directly into your presentation. You can use a tool like Clip Nabber reviewed here to do this. During student research, have them use Talkminer and keywords for their topic to hear expert opinions and take notes for their report. This will give you the opportunity to teach them how to cite a video or webcast for their Works Cited. Students could also embed clips from the videos in their own presentations. You might want them to create their presentation using authorSTREAM reviewed here.
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Nova Science Now Education - WGBH Educational Foundation

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3 to 12
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Discover a reorganized, teacher-packaged collection of Nova resources for bringing science, technology, and engineering to the classroom. Find standards based, classroom resources based...more
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Discover a reorganized, teacher-packaged collection of Nova resources for bringing science, technology, and engineering to the classroom. Find standards based, classroom resources based on programs from Nova and other PBS programs. There are teacher guides, teacher interactives, and teacher videos. Topics include anthropology, archaeology, earth science, engineering, environmental science, forensic science, geography, health science, history, life science, math, paleontology, physical science, science and society, space science, and technology. At the time of this review, the website is still in BETA version and is not all inclusive in each subject. Find a TV programming schedule to help planning and resource gathering.
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tag(s): archeology (32), engineering (125), environment (317), forensics (27), paleontology (41), space (206)

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Enjoy the interactives, videos, and text together on an interactive whiteboard or projector. Use selected activities as a center (station). Include as resources for your curriculum. Use as a model to make a wiki for your current topic of study for a group project or classroom project. Not familiar with wikis? Check out the TeachersFirst Wiki Walk-Through. Use this format to spice up your classroom blog.
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Money Island - Young Americans Bank

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4 to 9
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This enchanting virtual world teaches about money and how the economy works while taking quests to destinations like the Eiffel Tower and Atlantis. Build knowledge and skills in three...more
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This enchanting virtual world teaches about money and how the economy works while taking quests to destinations like the Eiffel Tower and Atlantis. Build knowledge and skills in three major areas: saving and spending, earning and investing, and using credit wisely. Further financial literacy topics include how to spend, grow, and give money. Learn the difference between wants, needs, and taxes. Discover different types of income; gain an understanding of interest; how to use credit wisely; and how to build wealth. Detailed lesson plans and activity suggestions for the classroom are included, as well as a specialized area within Money Island where teachers and parents can see what students are learning and track progress. Teachers can create an account stating the number of students in the classroom. Each student will receive an access code allowing him to save a game and continue playing at a different time.

tag(s): financial literacy (80)

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Demonstrate how to use the site on your interactive whiteboard (or projector) and then allow students to explore on their own. Before using the site, challenge students to create a word cloud of terms about [a topic on this site] using a tool such as Wordle reviewed here and then create a new Wordle at the end of the unit. Use the lesson plans and articles on the site as a supplement to current curriculum. Share articles from the site with groups of students. Have each group present content from the articles through "talking pictures" to illustrate content using Fotobabble reviewed here.
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Discovery Education: Turf Mutt - Discovery Education

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K to 5
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This environmental site from Discovery Education provides handouts, videos, puzzles, and lessons (aligned with standards) to help you to become a steward of the environment. The site...more
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This environmental site from Discovery Education provides handouts, videos, puzzles, and lessons (aligned with standards) to help you to become a steward of the environment. The site is designed to make learning science engaging and purposeful for elementary students. The site is hosted by a rescue dog named Lucky.

tag(s): communities (35), environment (317), pollution (66)

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Use this site to teach about environmental responsibility. Use the lessons to help your students learn more about their community. Watch the videos on an interactive whiteboard or projector and then have a class discussion. Have students find their region on the map and read about how they can help the community they live in. In older grades, have students make a multimedia presentation using one of the many TeachersFirst Edge tools reviewed here or traditional paper/pencil posters with an environmental message to post in the community.
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101 Questions - Dan Myer

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2 to 12
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At 101 Questions, look at the image or video, and then write a question for the picture. The question can only be 140 characters total. You can also click to ...more
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At 101 Questions, look at the image or video, and then write a question for the picture. The question can only be 140 characters total. You can also click to skip a picture. Submit your own picture or video, and get points for the perplexity it inspires, or even join the top 10 lists. Save images to your favorites and classify by tags using your membership. Note that the public can participate so some responses may not be appropriate for younger viewers. Preview and monitor or have an adult operate the site together.

tag(s): creative writing (169), creativity (111), images (269), writing prompts (93)

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Creative fluency begins here! Set up a whole class account. Use this site in language arts: discover main idea, details, cause and effect, or even an inspirational writing prompt. Find ways to group images together based on characteristics or attributes. Use in gifted or enrichment situations, for inspiration for problem-based learning. Sequence the images to find ways to form a logical plot. Find ways to make Perplexors out of the given image. In math, write short word problems to accompany images or videos. Find ways to illustrate vocabulary definitions with examples and non-examples. As a morning work challenge, find questions, details, or even other questions. As a writing challenge, look for the image that conveys the mood or feeling you are trying to convey. In science, submit examples to illustrate scientific concepts. Use to generate scientific method style questions based on the given image. In social studies, find images to convey feelings represented by the time being studied. Challenge students to make a historical statement or political statement by finding and adding to an appropriate image. ESL/ELL students can use this site to help acquire conversation/questioning skills. In world language class, have students generate questions in their new language, even if they do not post them. In art, find mood, theme, style, or self expression images. Be sure to monitor the blog content. Put similar content on your own classroom blog. Challenge students to create their own 101 question images or videos to share on your class blog, inviting viewers to respond with questions in the comments.

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Edublog - Edublogs.org

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K to 12
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Blog your way into the latest social technology using Edublogs. Use the free service to set up a blog as a student, teacher, or campus. This education friendly tool avoids ...more
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Blog your way into the latest social technology using Edublogs. Use the free service to set up a blog as a student, teacher, or campus. This education friendly tool avoids some of the "public interaction" that can offer inappropriate content. Upgrade to more advanced features, to include more options. The additional information on blogging makes this site very valuable even if you already have a blogging platform. Find a plethora of advice, tutorials, pdfs, and lesson plans for blogging. This site is a great reference site for all who are beginning to use blogs, or even look for more varied and effective ways to log with students, or even other classes. Compare this tool to other free blogging tools mentioned in TeachersFirst's Blog Basics for the Classroom . This is a device-agnostic tool, available on the web but also available for free as both an Android and iOS app. Use it from any device or move between several devices and still access your work. App and web versions vary slightly.
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tag(s): blogs (89), DAT device agnostic tool (159)

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Save this site as a favorite for all of your blogging needs. Find very informative instructions on blogging, and follow the student blogging challenge lesson plans. ) Use this tool easily in your Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) classroom since all students will be able to access it for free, no matter what device they have. Peruse through the various subjects and discover how other teachers use blogging in their classrooms. Using the given PDFs on blogging start up, parent guidelines, incorporating into subject areas, and adapt to make them suitable for you. Look at a variety of examples to help devise your own unique style to meet your students' needs.

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NetSmartzKids - National Center for Missing & Exploited Children

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K to 8
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NetSmartz''''® is an interactive, Internet safety resource that uses 3-D activities to teach how to stay safe. Games, videos, and activities provide information using three characters...more
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NetSmartz''''® is an interactive, Internet safety resource that uses 3-D activities to teach how to stay safe. Games, videos, and activities provide information using three characters - Clickie, Nettie, and Webster. This site has more than just your typical topics, such as: Inbox Defender Don't Open That File: A Computer Virus Game, The Password Rap, and much more. Router's Birthday Surprise is a new addition to the site and it includes a teacher's guide for classroom use along with an ongoing activity that can be saved and revisited at a later time. Although this site states that it is designed for ages 5-17, our editors found most of the activities were designed for elementary and middle school ages.

tag(s): computers (92), internet safety (103)

In the Classroom

Use this site to reinforce and teach Internet safety rules. Ask students to complete a quiz on Internet safety before allowing computer access. Provide those who pass with NetSmartz UYN club cards provided on the site to use as a "computer driving license." This is a great site to share on your class wiki, blog, or website for families to peruse together.
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Mugeda - mugeda.com

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4 to 12
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Try this high interest animation tool without expensive programs, downloads, or installations. Mugeda is a free, cloud-based HTML5 animation platform, where you can create, share, and...more
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Try this high interest animation tool without expensive programs, downloads, or installations. Mugeda is a free, cloud-based HTML5 animation platform, where you can create, share, and publish HTML5 animation. Basic tutorials guide you to create content with easy to follow instructions. Animation applications include; games, ads, cartoons, tutorials, or persuasive commercials. Use tablets, PCs, smartphones, or tablets. Note that HTML5 works on iPads and iTouches, where most Flash-based sites do not.

tag(s): animation (65), comics and cartoons (74), DAT device agnostic tool (159)

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Bring along Mugeda in your bag of tricks to capture and intrigue all of your students. Use Mugeda to illustrate class content, support debate, persuade, and entertain. The possibilities are endless! Add the creations to your website to share with your community. Use on school news programs to add student content without cost, and make information available for all levels of student abilities. Create commercials for your content or to convey information. In history classes go back in time to envision popular opinion that made history happen. Use during campaigns to promote your side of the debate. Science fairs will never be the same. Highlight projects to create anticipation. Send messages to students using the embedded tool. This programming tool has applications in all subject areas. Gifted students, ELL/ESL students, and remedial students will be captivated by this high interest way of expressing themselves.

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NOVA Body and Brain - NOVA/PBS

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3 to 12
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Find great information and interactive activities about the human body and brain on this exciting site. Choose from tabs along the top from Body and Brain as well as Nature, ...more
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Find great information and interactive activities about the human body and brain on this exciting site. Choose from tabs along the top from Body and Brain as well as Nature, Planet Earth, and more. Click on the NOVA Education tab to find great lessons and ideas to use these materials for a variety of subjects and ages. View video clips as well as slide shows and other information. Preview these resources before sharing in class. Some parents/communities may consider some material controversial or inappropriate for younger students.
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tag(s): carbon dioxide (17), carbon footprint (11), earth (228), environment (317), human body (121), nuclear energy (24), nutrition (153), solar energy (38), space (206)

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Discover some terrific lessons about a variety of topics. For example, under Environment find a great lesson for Capturing Carbon: Where Do We Put It? Find background information to understand the material and questions for discussion that can be used with your class. Find additional resources along the side.
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The Incredible Adventures of the Amazing Food Detective - Kaiser Permanente

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2 to 6
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Health Detective is an interactive site developed by Kaiser Permanente to teach kids how to make healthy choices. Choose a character name to begin. After a short video the activity...more
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Health Detective is an interactive site developed by Kaiser Permanente to teach kids how to make healthy choices. Choose a character name to begin. After a short video the activity begins and players choose healthy foods to go into the backpack. Other information on the site includes a teaching guide, healthy tips for families, and a family profile chart for healthy goal setting all available to download in PDF format. To go directly to the interactive, click on the link that says "Psst! Grown-ups can find more information on raising healthier kids here too!"

tag(s): fitness (50), nutrition (153), obesity (18)

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Create a link on classroom computers for students to use this site as a center or in a computer lab setting. Display the activities on your interactive whiteboard (or projector) to play as a class. Share a link on your classroom website or blog for students to play at home. Have students create online posters on paper or do it together as a class using a tool such as Web Poster Wizard (reviewed here) or PicLits (reviewed here.
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American Indian Response to Environmental Changes - National Museum of the American Indian

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4 to 12
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This site documents how four Native American communities are responding to changes in the environment where they live. Through videos and primary sources, you can explore these four...more
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This site documents how four Native American communities are responding to changes in the environment where they live. Through videos and primary sources, you can explore these four Native American cultures. Each tribe's section is broken down into the following areas: Getting Started, Meet the People, About Our Homeland, Our Environmental Challenge, Our Strategies, and Our Future.

tag(s): environment (317), native americans (78), natural resources (59)

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Project this site on an interactive whiteboard and watch the videos on each of the tribes. If you have laptops available, have students navigate on their own. Have the class take the included interactive quizzes to see what they've learned. Group students and have each group read about a different tribe. Then using the online story project planner, have students create a presentation about their tribe that can be uploaded to the site. Be sure to visit the teacher area for lesson plans, links and other resources.
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Ship-2-Shore Education/ Mapping Plastic Marine Pollution - Algalita Marine Research Foundation

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4 to 12
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Explore plastic pollution in the North Pacific Ocean at this terrific site. Take a virtual journey on one of the ships that measures and keeps track of marine pollution. You ...more
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Explore plastic pollution in the North Pacific Ocean at this terrific site. Take a virtual journey on one of the ships that measures and keeps track of marine pollution. You will find complete lessons to use in free Google Earth software. There are separate lessons for each grade level 4 through 12. Download PDF Activity Sheets and print for students or students can open the activity sheet on computers and type their responses into the form fields. If you cannot use Google Earth to your school computers, have no fear! Use portions of the lessons online in Google Maps (reviewed here). Voyage files are on Google Maps, and students can access them there. Access the current voyage (2012) through the site's blog. Note that the downloads are "zipped" files you must unzip THEN open in Google Earth or Google Maps. Each placemarker (KML) file has little sailboat icons that open to very detailed information about what was found at that location.

tag(s): environment (317), oceans (149), plastics (9), pollution (66)

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Use your interactive whiteboard and projector to introduce this site and one voyage. Point out all the little sail boat icons. Click to see text and images. Use these lessons as is or adapt for your own use. Consider having students work in groups of four, and have each group explore a different voyage (listed by year). There are a lot of sail boat placemarkers for each voyage. Have the small groups of students investigate the first several days of each voyage together. After that, suggest they split the placemarkers up, take notes about what they learn, and inform each other about what happened on the days they investigated. Once they've investigated their voyage, remix the groups so you have one student from each of the different voyages together. Have them share information and determine what was alike and different for each year. Use a graphic organizer or mind mapping tool such as WiseMapping reviewed here, or Exploratree reviewed here to help students keep track of the information. Once done have students access the additional resources page and click on the comparison mapping button. Have them compare their information to the maps provided. Older students may want to investigate information about careers related to GIS, Conservation, and Marine Biology by using the link at the bottom of the page.
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Mother Nature Network: Earth Matters - MNN Holdings, LLC

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4 to 12
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Find information and recent news about the environment, energy, animals, weather, environmental politics, and more. Search various topics through the drop down menu. Click on headlines...more
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Find information and recent news about the environment, energy, animals, weather, environmental politics, and more. Search various topics through the drop down menu. Click on headlines in the Latest News section. Images found in the Photo Galleries are impressive. Search through videos and articles, as well as blogger columns.
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tag(s): animals (277), climate change (64), earth (228), earth day (111), energy (199), environment (317), natural resources (59), nuclear energy (24), politics (99), solar energy (38), space (206), weather (189)

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Click on each topic for more information. For example, Choosing Energy shows latest news related to energy alone. Use the spectacular images as writing prompts or to encourage discussions. Find incredible photographic lists to use as a writing prompt and for further research. Research more information under the Learn more section. Use the information for research, understanding issues involved with the environment, for questioning the natural world, and to encourage action. Reading specialists can find informational reading passages to use for practice with reading comprehension. Clear out clutter on the page with the article using the Readability tool, reviewed here. Then share the article on interactive whiteboard for students to use the pens to annotate main idea, etc. In science class, have students read an article of choice and create a public service announcement type assignment. Consider using Tildee, reviewed here. With Tildee students can use text, screen shots, and video to develop their public service announcement. Be sure to provide a link of this site on your website or a classroom computer for easy access.
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World Science - World Science

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4 to 12
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Find science news featuring the latest research, discoveries, and questions facing science today. Find interesting questions to inspire all of your students to wonder why and continue...more
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Find science news featuring the latest research, discoveries, and questions facing science today. Find interesting questions to inspire all of your students to wonder why and continue guessing. Examples of articles include: Second "Mozart effect" Premature Babies May Grow Faster, Huge Hidden Saturn Ring Found, and New Anti-Cancer Strategy Makes Tumors Age. Latest breaking news and science in images add a greater depth to the site.
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tag(s): animal homes (42), animals (277), diseases (66), genetics (90), news (260), planets (124)

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World Science empowers your students to recognize that they too can ask questions, and they too can understand the latest science questions and answers. Inspire thinkers to find questions and seek answers. Set as your home page and always captivate your students. Use as a reference site to add the latest science news. Subscribe and send to each of your students emails. Reinforce the scientific method in everyday research. Have your classes create their own science news on your website. This is an excellent site for inspiring critical thinking skills and creative thinking. Be sure to include this site as part of your current events and curriculum in gifted and advanced classes.

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Heads Up English - Chris Cotter

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4 to 12
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At this site you will find basic skill builders for the beginning level, to complete lesson plans that teach one targeted skill, or lessons that are based with news events. ...more
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At this site you will find basic skill builders for the beginning level, to complete lesson plans that teach one targeted skill, or lessons that are based with news events. Though targeted for the ESL/ELL classroom, all language arts teachers can use the materials found here. Each week, the site owner adds two more 90-minute lesson plans based on a central theme. Click on one of the four different levels that appear across the top of the screen. Articles about teaching techniques are also available free of charge and can be accessed in the same area. All of these are available at no charge, however there are other parts of this site that you must pay to see.
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tag(s): grammar (217), listening (90), news (260), speaking (24)

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Looking for a quick way to share current events with your classes? You'll find just that at Heads Up English. Just download the article and lessons and you're ready to go! You don't need to teach ESL/ELL to benefit from the lessons at this site. Check daily to see if the day's lesson focus is appropriate for your classroom or for students' extra work if you have a mixed class. Share the site with students to use in their free or study time. Use this site also with low-level readers who may find the lessons on news articles interesting. Check the lesson offerings on the far right side of the opening page to find plans for use on holidays.
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Sound Cloud - SoundCloud Ltd.

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K to 12
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SoundCloud is a sound sharing site. Upload your favorite sounds and share using your sound cloud free account. Share via a link or a choice of embed widgets to add ...more
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SoundCloud is a sound sharing site. Upload your favorite sounds and share using your sound cloud free account. Share via a link or a choice of embed widgets to add into a website, blog, podcast, Wordpress, email, instant message, or social network. You can choose to use previously recorded sounds or record your own sounds using this site. Share the sounds on the web, with your group, or privately between users. Use your drop box to receive recorded material from others.
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tag(s): creative writing (169), descriptive writing (42), expository writing (45), sound (100), sounds (68)

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Add the dimension of sound into your language arts classes with SoundCloud! Turn written stories or poetry into works of spoken art. Use SoundCloud recordings of places such as; the city, the forest, the beach, or a cafeteria to bring settings to life. Make and share audio writing prompts. Challenge students to create their own story using sounds. Add sound into projects such as webquests, PowerPoints, podcasts, or blogging to hear the results! Emphasize important messages to your parent or student emails using sound. What a practical solution for ESL/ELL learners. Record and share poetry readings during Poetry Month. Save quarterly recordings of speech articulation students s they can hear their own progress (and you can share it with parents). Check school policies, of course, before uploading any student recordings to the web. Instrumental music teachers can share clips of musical pieces for students to emulate during at-home practice.

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My Susthouse - Mysusthouse

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Explore the concept of sustainability interactively. Listen to information about sustainability and then play one of two games: Environment game (ages 8+) or Building game (ages 12+)....more
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Explore the concept of sustainability interactively. Listen to information about sustainability and then play one of two games: Environment game (ages 8+) or Building game (ages 12+). Follow the information in the videos to help you make decisions on where to live, how to save energy, and other decisions that impact our energy use. Learn how to build a house with alternative energies and materials to increase the sustainability.

tag(s): ecosystems (88), energy (199), environment (317), nuclear energy (24), population (60), solar energy (38), STEM (135), sustainability (19), water (130)

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Use as an introduction and discussion starter to a unit on environment, energy, population, or other topics in art, science, or STEM programs. Allow students the time to peruse the information and games on the site and return to the entire class to share what they have learned. Have students identify information used in the student's own homes, or what they would need to change to make their home more sustainable. Have your students create a public service announcement that can help others save energy and the environment. Consider using Tildee, reviewed here. With Tildee students can use text, screen shots, and video to develop their public service announcement.
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