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DIY chart builder - CUI WEI

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7 to 12
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DIY Chart ("Do it yourself") is a simple online tool used to create interactive charts and graphs from any data. This tool is useful to teach the graphing of complex ...more
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DIY Chart ("Do it yourself") is a simple online tool used to create interactive charts and graphs from any data. This tool is useful to teach the graphing of complex concepts online. though not as simple as other chart creators, the detailed and sophisticated charts are able to be embedded or printed for presentations and projects.
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tag(s): charts and graphs (195)

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You will want to play with this tool before using it in class. Use anywhere numerical data is collected and is best shown on a chart. Collect data in a science, survey, or math class and display it using different graphs to discuss the advantages and disadvantages of using each graph type. Use for quick creation and sharing of created graphs. Create charts together easily on an interactive whiteboard when introducing the different types.

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wickED - Science Interactives - Ministry of Education, Wellington, New Zealand

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4 to 8
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Enjoy learning about the earth's geography with these engaging interactives. This site includes six different interactives that show the earth's make-up and more about plate tectonics...more
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Enjoy learning about the earth's geography with these engaging interactives. This site includes six different interactives that show the earth's make-up and more about plate tectonics and rock formation. Explore about the rock cycle or a lab to find out what the earth is made of. Each activity gives just enough information to pique interest and allow for further exploration. If you are using a Mac, you will need to download the free Shockwave plugins to make the interactives work on your Mac. Download the Shockwave plugin here.

tag(s): plate tectonics (23), rock cycle (9), rocks (49), volcanoes (61)

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This site would be perfect to use when introducing a unit on rocks and the rock cycle, plate tectonics, or heat and pressure within the earth. Allow students to explore the interactives and compose questions that they would like to have answered. Challenge students to create a word cloud of terms from one of the interactives using a tool such as Wordle reviewed here. Continue to add to the Wordle throughout your unit.
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Educreations - Educreations, Inc.

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6 to 12
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Use Educreations' simple web-based whiteboard (works in any browser that supports flash) or the iPad app to record lessons and share with your students. Create your course(s) and control...more
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Use Educreations' simple web-based whiteboard (works in any browser that supports flash) or the iPad app to record lessons and share with your students. Create your course(s) and control privacy settings from the beginning. Make the content pubic, private to your students, or private to all within the school. Create a lesson by using the online whiteboard and your microphone. Easily upload images from your computer and switch between whiteboard screens. Click on the Students tab to provide a link for students to be able to find your course. Students can self-register using the unique classroom code. Each lesson has a unique URL you can share, as well. Students can access your lessons via the web or an iPad. You can remove students from registration lists in this section.
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tag(s): homework (44), video (254)

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Use this resource to create homework help for students to peruse when they are stuck on their own trying to complete assignments. Create mini lessons for students to review or learn the material they may have missed. Consider allowing students to use your account to write a script and record mini lessons for use by other students. Even two recordings of the same lesson is valuable as information can be explained differently from more than one person. Be sure to include this link on your class website for students (and parents) to access at home.

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World Population Clock - Galen Huntington

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6 to 12
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This World Population Clock offers a world population counter. It is not perfect but it is an effective tool to show just how dramatic and quickly the population is growing. ...more
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This World Population Clock offers a world population counter. It is not perfect but it is an effective tool to show just how dramatic and quickly the population is growing. "Freeze" the site and resume the counter later to show just how big changes can take place in small amounts of time. The calculator can also estimate the population at a chosen date.

tag(s): 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 website on your interactive whiteboard (or projector) for students to see. Explain the concept of a population counter, and pause the clock. Have students copy down the number in their notes. Continue with class discussion and activities. With five or so minutes left in the class, bring the students back to the website and quickly unfreeze and re-freeze. Have students compute the change in population during their class. This site offers a real connection to the concept of population growth, easy for students to SEE.

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Animaps - Animaps

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8 to 12
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Use Animaps to go beyond Google's My Maps, adding animation. You can add text, multiple location stops, and images to maps. Maps that you make can be shared with anyone ...more
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Use Animaps to go beyond Google's My Maps, adding animation. You can add text, multiple location stops, and images to maps. Maps that you make can be shared with anyone or kept private. Connect your Animaps to Facebook and Twitter for direct photo and map sharing. This tool's major advantage is that it adds the factor of time to the map.

tag(s): map skills (79), maps (287), timelines (62)

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To use this tool, create an account and start playing with the features. There are also tutorials and showcases featured on the site to show what can be done. This would be great for creating time lines in social studies class, showing different places and teaching geography and social studies together. Foreign language students could create maps explaining culture aspects of the language or trace the origins of language. Assign students in math or family consumer sciences to be travel agents and plan vacations, including the costs of the trip.

As part of a book project, have your students show the setting of a novel they are reading, with images that annotate their impression of what the setting looks like. Have students create visual current events, especially for events that take place over time, such as the primaries and Presidential Elections.

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CAST Science Writer - CAST, Inc.

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6 to 12
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Get help writing science reports. Follow the steps of a science report, already broken down to show where all the information goes. This tool includes sentence starters and checklists...more
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Get help writing science reports. Follow the steps of a science report, already broken down to show where all the information goes. This tool includes sentence starters and checklists that are helpful when editing and revising a report. Follow the process of creating a draft, revising the report, and final editing. Use the text to speech tool found in the resource to hear your report being read back to you, a powerful way to hear whether it makes sense. The site states "This tool is geared toward middle school and high school students." However, there are activities applicable to upper elementary grades.

tag(s): science fairs (25), scientific method (64)

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Be sure to place this link on the school blog, wiki, or class website for easy access throughout the year. Demonstrate in class or use as a group. Share the site on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Students will find it a great resource. Knowing when to discuss information is difficult for most to decide when writing a lab report. After creating a report, have students discuss or create a display that shows where information needs to be placed in a lab report.
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This resource is described as being for students in grades 6 through 12, but the interface has animated "helpers" that would be more appropriate for younger students. The breakdown of report writing into sections also seems a bit simplistic--also more appropriate for younger students. I think it would be better to describe this resource as being for grades 2-5. Note from the editorial team: The site states that this tool is designed for middle school and high school students. However, after further review, we agree that it would be useful in the elementary grades. We have adjusted our review based on your recommendations. Rita, WA, Grades: 6 - 12

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Show(R) USA - SHOW(R)

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See a new way to look at the USA (or the World, or Japan). This site resizes countries on the map in relation to various issues: population, resources, employment, religion, ...more
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See a new way to look at the USA (or the World, or Japan). This site resizes countries on the map in relation to various issues: population, resources, employment, religion, death, business, the environment, and more. Each main topic also has numerous sub-topics to explore. Maps adjust to correspond to data. For example, click on "unemployed" on the U.S. map and you see the states in proportion to the number of unemployed workers. Mouse over the state and you can see the percentage of unemployed workers. A list on the right ranks states from 1 to 50 for the percentage of unemployed (or other specified topic). New maps/topics are constantly being added, and you can make suggestions as to what types of maps you would like to see.
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tag(s): agriculture (55), elections (75), energy (198), environment (317), infographics (42), maps (287), politics (99), population (60), religions (61), resources (112), sports (97)

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When studying a specific topic in class (unemployment, AIDS, drunk driving, religion, energy resources, crops, etc.), share this site on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Ask students why certain state or countries might differ from others. Are there issues that appear to be related, such as alcoholism and unemployment? Is it cause/effect or simply a coincidence? During election years, explore political leanings/polls and other statistics from this site. Have cooperative learning groups explore a specific topic (or state) and possible reasons for the data. To show what they have learned from this site, challenge groups to create an online graphic to share using Tabblo reviewed here. Have students make a multimedia presentation using one of the many TeachersFirst Edge tools reviewed here. Remember that you can always take screenshots of a map using PrtScrn key in Windows (then paste it where you want it) or using Command+Shift+4 on a Mac to save the image on your computer. Use the screenshots in explanations and presentations.
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My Susthouse - Mysusthouse

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3 to 9
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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 (198), environment (317), nuclear energy (24), population (60), solar energy (38), STEM (134), 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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FORA.tv - FORA.tv

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9 to 12
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FORA.tv's claim to fame is as the Web's largest collection of conference and event videos. These videos come from sources such as universities, think tanks, and other intelligent discourses....more
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FORA.tv's claim to fame is as the Web's largest collection of conference and event videos. These videos come from sources such as universities, think tanks, and other intelligent discourses. While one can sign up for this service, it is not required. Joining for free does have some perks such as the ability to rate or comment on videos. At the time of this review, there were over 10,000 FREE videos. An additional 500 videos were available for a FEE.

Videos can be shared through email, embedded, or linked with the URL by copying and pasting it to your own blog or website. Video content is categorized into business, environment, politics, science, technology, and culture. Each category has numerous sub-categories available. Please preview anything before you share it with your students. At the time of this review there was a subcategory "Sex" which may not be appropriate for most classrooms. But always preview! Teachers may want to share ONLY specific video links.
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tag(s): business (58), cultures (105), elections (75), energy (198), environment (317), evolution (100), genetics (90), investing (10), news (261), politics (99), psychology (64), religions (61), sexuality (14), stock market (13), sustainability (19), video (254)

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Search to find videos relevant to the subjects that you are teaching. Videos are thought provoking and suggest different viewpoints. Once you select a video, show it as an inepth look into a topic you are already studying. Share the video and start a class discussion about the viewpoints of the video and the students' own viewpoints. From here, students could write a position paper from their own side or do further research for a class debate. Challenge your students to create their own video about topics being discussed/learned in class. Share the videos using a tool such as SchoolTube reviewed here.
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Virtual Volcano - Discovery

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4 to 11
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Learn about plate tectonics, the inside of a volcano, and the different types of volcanoes. Be sure to click on the various icons to learn more information useful for understanding...more
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Learn about plate tectonics, the inside of a volcano, and the different types of volcanoes. Be sure to click on the various icons to learn more information useful for understanding about volcanoes. Click on the link to build your own volcano and choose the viscosity of the magma and amount of gas found in the volcano. Your volcano will be one of the three types of volcanoes. Start the eruption and click the informative buttons along the side to learn about the events in an eruption. There is a comment portion of this site (bottom), so be sure to preview comments if you plan to allow students to explore on their own.
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tag(s): plate tectonics (23), volcanoes (61)

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Use this interesting site to learn about a volcano. Have students create models of the volcanoes they created virtually to show in the classroom. Assemble a variety of different resources to share with others about the various types of volcanoes, how often they rupture, and how people around the world cope.
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Storybooks - Math/Science Nucleus

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K to 6
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Looking for some FREE, animated storybooks about science? Here you will find storybooks on electricity, the life cycle, the solar system, technology, weather (such as earthquakes and...more
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Looking for some FREE, animated storybooks about science? Here you will find storybooks on electricity, the life cycle, the solar system, technology, weather (such as earthquakes and volcanoes), the rock cycle, the water cycle, and more! The lessons even have a recommended grade level (K-6). Depending on your curriculum, you may find useful materials at other grade levels. Some have audio; others have video; and a few are just simple animations. This is a MUST-SEE site for any elementary (and early middle school) science class.

tag(s): animals (276), ecology (135), electricity (88), environment (317), human body (121), life cycles (25), light (46), plants (145), plate tectonics (23), rocks (49), space (205), stars (61), water cycle (33)

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Try incorporating some of these interactive stories in your existing science lessons, especially ones where you need to make a stronger connection between the content and life. Have older students read the story via a link on your website. With younger children, display stories on the interactive whiteboard and read through the story with them or have them partner read at a center. Talk about the stories relevance to the science that they are learning, and have students look for proof that the stories are scientifically accurate.

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Quarked! - The Quarked! Project and Professor Alice Bean

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2 to 12
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QUARKED! Adventures in the Subatomic Universe has a wide range of engaging multimedia and hands-on materials to introduce the exciting world of particle physics to students...more
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QUARKED! Adventures in the Subatomic Universe has a wide range of engaging multimedia and hands-on materials to introduce the exciting world of particle physics to students ages 7 and up (and their families). This highly interactive site offers videos, games, and a club with downloads based on three themes. Themes include "How Small is Small", "Quarks: Ups, Downs, and the Universe", and "How Do You Find Out About Something You Can't See?" Topics vary from electricity to matter to shapes and much more. Lesson plans, organized by theme, can be done in any order. Some of the featured "games" include Matter Mechanics, Photon Invaders, and Height Chart. Videos even explain connections between subatomic particles and healthy eating! Many other interactives are also available.

tag(s): atoms (56), electricity (88), geometric shapes (163), matter (58), measurement (157), molecules (43), nutrition (154), solar energy (38)

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Visit the site as part of your classroom study of physics. Share videos and/or interactives from the site on your interactive whiteboard to complement existing lesson plans or plans from the site. Then allow students to explore on their own. Provide the link to this site on your desktop for students to visit during indoor recess (in elementary school). In older grades, be sure to list this helpful link on your class website for students to access both in and out of the class. Have students investigate specific activities or information available on this site and create online books using a tool such as Bookemon, reviewed here.
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Big Think - Big Think

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7 to 12
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News and information from top thinkers and doers around the world, screened so that it is condensed to that which is significant, relevant, and applicable, that is Big Think. This ...more
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News and information from top thinkers and doers around the world, screened so that it is condensed to that which is significant, relevant, and applicable, that is Big Think. This website is a phenomenal source for information and news. The philosophy of Big Think is that as we "move to the knowledge era" that you will be able to better function if you know more and understand what you know. This website was awarded one of TIME magazine's best websites of 2011 for news and information. Please screen any articles that you wish to share BEFORE sharing with your students. Some content is NOT appropriate for the classroom. This is not a site you want to send students off to explore on their own.
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tag(s): brain (72), business (58), cross cultural understanding (115), environment (317), news (261), politics (99), psychology (64)

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Choose a story that relates to your topic that you are teaching such as science or even music with a story such as "How Music is Good for Your Brain." Share the story with your students. Discuss the writings, and then use it as a platform on how students should approach the things that they are learning in class. This way they develop critical thinking skills and extract the most important information and leave the accessory facts to the side. Assign specific articles to cooperative learning groups to read and explore together. Then have students create a multimedia project to share with the class using one of the many TeachersFirst Edge tools reviewed here.
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Virtual Field Trip - Utah Education Network

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1 to 12
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Save hundreds of dollars spicing up your curriculum with virtual field trips! This site has "field trips" to take, instructions for creating, and resources for other virtual field trip...more
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Save hundreds of dollars spicing up your curriculum with virtual field trips! This site has "field trips" to take, instructions for creating, and resources for other virtual field trip sites. Field trips for; Career, fine arts, foreign language, health and PE, language arts, math, library, media, professional development, science, social studies, and technology are given. There is a plethora of topics - perfect for research and "virtual" travel. The topics are too broad to list all of them, but some include tessellations, dinosaurs, water cycle, medieval times, Civil War, oil painting, and much more! Receive a detailed tutorial for finding instructions on asking permission for field trips, creating virtual field trips, and evaluating the experience. No bus required! At the time of this review, three of the links under "Visit Related Sites" were not working.

tag(s): animals (276), baseball (36), biomes (116), business (58), charts and graphs (195), civil war (145), dinosaurs (57), egypt (67), field trips (12), immigrants (20), immigration (58), japan (61), maps (287), mayans (12), medieval (27), mexico (34), multiple intelligences (11), musical instruments (48), nutrition (154), olympics (47), painting (66), probability (130), religions (61), rocks (49), russia (38), sports (97), statistics (122), tessellations (6), test prep (95), virtual field trips (48), volcanoes (61), water cycle (33)

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Immerse your students into your studies with a close up in depth look through virtual field trips. Visit places where time, money, and mileage inhibit your dreams for bringing your students into wondrous worlds. Find ways to visit where your class has never gone before. Create a personalized field trip to meet your every need with the detailed tutorials given. Find ways to motivate your most reluctant learners. ESL/ELL learners will appreciate the visit. Reach all types of learners through a class visit. Use field trips as a whole class anticipatory guide, a center activity, a home connection, or even as extra credit. Challenge your gifted students to be guides to their own learning. Make your class go global!

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Calculator - Athera Corporation

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K to 12
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Use Calculator.com to access a variety of calculators to use in a classroom or as a reference tool. Choose from standard, fraction, scientific, percent, mortgage, area, units converter,...more
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Use Calculator.com to access a variety of calculators to use in a classroom or as a reference tool. Choose from standard, fraction, scientific, percent, mortgage, area, units converter, as well as other calculators. Note: This site has many ads as calculators are chosen.
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tag(s): calculators (41)

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Use these tools whenever calculators are needed in class. Share this link on your class website for students (and parents) to access at home.

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NobelPrize.org - Nobel Media AB 2011

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4 to 12
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Nobelprize.org is the official website of the Nobel Prize. Here you find information about Alfred Nobel, the prizewinners, interviews, and photos. Videos of interviews of Nobel peace...more
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Nobelprize.org is the official website of the Nobel Prize. Here you find information about Alfred Nobel, the prizewinners, interviews, and photos. Videos of interviews of Nobel peace prizewinners, speeches, ceremonies, interviews, banquets, lectures, announcements, award ceremonies, and documentaries fill the gamut of all of the prizewinners. The Nobel prizes awards are in literature, chemistry, medicine, peace, economics, and physics. Varieties of educational games/activities help explain many of the Nobel Award winners' work. This site clearly explains and illustrates the purpose of the awards, the award winners, and their ideas. Videos give an insider look at each of the winners.

tag(s): creativity (108), literature (275), medicine (67)

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Inspire your students to strive for excellence! Show students original, creative, thinking. Let students know they can understand the ideas awarded by trying the educational activities offered. Follow each year's announcements and award ceremonies. Use as an inspiration when beginning your own Nobel Prize winning awards competitions. Encourage students to use critical thinking skills to form opinions based on facts. Gifted programs can easily incorporate many of the ideas into the curriculum. Lead your students to Nobel Award winning thinking.
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Kids Talk Radio - Bob Barboza, Kids Talk Radio USA

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Kids Talk Radio is maintained by educational professional, Bob Barboza to help kids learn to listen, speak, read, write, and compute effectively. Originally the project was started...more
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Kids Talk Radio is maintained by educational professional, Bob Barboza to help kids learn to listen, speak, read, write, and compute effectively. Originally the project was started for students in grade 4 to 8, but is expanding for students that are bilingual or at risk in grades 9 through 12. You can view parts of the radio shows via the website, find them on YouTube, or subscribe on iTunes! Kids radio broadcast by students for students. The topics range from news stories around the world to science to music to world cultures and more. Some of the videos are hosted on YouTube. If your district blocks YouTube, then they may not be viewable. You could always view that 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): musical instruments (48), podcasts (52), radio (26), sounds (68)

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Use this to inspire your own students to create their own in school radio programs, or if you can interest your administrators in the initiative, try to start Kids Talk Radio in your school. Use a tool such as PodOmatic (reviewed here). Within science for instance, have students do current reports of controversial science topics. In music, have students create songs and sing them. You can always use this simply as inspiration or join with the initiative.
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Our Amazing Planet - Tech Media Network

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Explore the planet through pictures, articles, and features from the safety of your home or classroom with "Our Amazing Planet." This website provides the latest articles about Earth's...more
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Explore the planet through pictures, articles, and features from the safety of your home or classroom with "Our Amazing Planet." This website provides the latest articles about Earth's land, water, sky, and life. The images are amazingly clear and beautiful with just enough information to be entertaining and fun without becoming too long winded.
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tag(s): animals (276), conservation (127), endangered species (38), environment (317), oceans (148), water (130)

In the Classroom

Great resource for science essay writing or research projects. Have students find a current science issue using this website and start their research by reading the associated article. From there, students could find more articles and even history behind the problem to create a short research paper on the topic. Have students make a multimedia presentation using one of the many TeachersFirst Edge tools reviewed here.

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CIESE Tele-Collaborative Classroom Projects - The Center for Innovation in Engineering and Science Education

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This site provides several collaborative science and engineering projects with various start dates. Projects are available for a full range of grade levels. The target grade level is...more
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This site provides several collaborative science and engineering projects with various start dates. Projects are available for a full range of grade levels. The target grade level is listed with the project. Some projects at the time of this review included: The Global Sun (grades 5-8), Bucket Buddies (grades 1-5), Human Genetics (grades 6-12), Home Lighting in Developing Countries (grades 9-12), and several others.

tag(s): animals (276), engineering (124), genetics (90), light (46), plants (145), scientists (69), sun (71), water (130)

In the Classroom

Use these collaborative projects to teach students more about science and engineering. Even though some of the start dates have passed, teachers can still access the information and lessons. Many projects offer the future dates. If you choose to participate during the time frame or not, you can use the materials to collaborate with a class in the same school or in another state.

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PBS Learning Media - PBS

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K to 12
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This PBS site is a reorganized collection of over 16,000+ public media offerings (including radio and photographs), arranged specifically for preK-12 teachers. You can search by subject...more
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This PBS site is a reorganized collection of over 16,000+ public media offerings (including radio and photographs), arranged specifically for preK-12 teachers. You can search by subject and grade level across many subjects. After viewing three offerings, you must join (for free) to continue. Membership includes the option of saving favorites. You can also find correlations to state standards. The site is still in development, so material is being added frequently.

tag(s): alphabet (92), careers (132), dance (28), data (148), decimals (133), diseases (66), human body (121), mark twain (10), multimedia (56), music theory (43), percent (82), probability (130), problem solving (272), psychology (64)

In the Classroom

Find more details and teacher information under "Customization for States and District" to align the offerings here with your state's standards. Check this site for an introduction to a curriculum topic or unit or when looking for support activities to reinforce concepts. Use this site as the starting point for individual or group projects. Share the interactives as a learning center or on your interactive whiteboard or projector. This is one that you want to save in your favorites.
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