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Twitter Chat: Ideas for Infusing STEM - TeachersFirst

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This archived Twitter chat is from June, 2017 and will open in Storify. View this archive to learn tips and tools to use when teaching STEM. Learn what STEM means ...more
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This archived Twitter chat is from June, 2017 and will open in Storify. View this archive to learn tips and tools to use when teaching STEM. Learn what STEM means (also referred to as STEAM). Browse the strategies offered by the chat moderators and participants.

tag(s): professional development (156), STEM (153), twitterchatarchive (23)

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Do you teach STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math)? Check out this archived chat for tools and tips to use in your classroom. Share this tool with your colleagues interested in learning more tips and tools to use in STEM lessons.

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Wild Weather Kitchen Experiments - Stephen Lewis and Dr. Janet Sumner

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Investigate and recreate wild weather with these simple experiments explained in short videos. Four five-minute videos demonstrate how to create avalanches, dust storms, floods, and...more
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Investigate and recreate wild weather with these simple experiments explained in short videos. Four five-minute videos demonstrate how to create avalanches, dust storms, floods, and tornadoes. Each video discusses the weather phenomenon and how it naturally occurs. After the explanation, videos include instructions for recreating the weather presented using items commonly found at home.

tag(s): floods (9), tornadoes (18), weather (195)

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Include these short weather videos as part of any weather unit, then perform the experiments together in class. Challenge cooperative learning groups to create videos of their experiment and share them on a site such as TeacherTube, reviewed here. Have students use a mapping tool such as Zeemaps, reviewed here, to create a map with locations vulnerable to different types of extreme weather. With Zeemap you can add audio stories and pictures!

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The Hidden Worlds of the National Parks - Google Arts & Culture

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4 to 12
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Follow National Park Rangers on a remarkable journey in these 360-degree videos. Guides take viewers into the most interesting, yet unknown, places in six different park locations....more
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Follow National Park Rangers on a remarkable journey in these 360-degree videos. Guides take viewers into the most interesting, yet unknown, places in six different park locations. Choose a park to begin your journey, then after a short introduction, explore locations dragging the mouse or cursor around to view these sites from every angle. As you explore, guides provide additional information on each location.

tag(s): alaska (26), hawaii (8), landforms (47), national parks (20), states (164), video (276)

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Share this beautiful site and images on an interactive whiteboard or with a projector, then have students explore on their own. This site can be included with many different geography units to teach landforms found around the United States. Use as a starting point to learn more about our National Parks and Parks Service. Have students create an annotated image of other interesting geographic locations including text boxes and related links using a tool such as Thinglink, reviewed here. Challenge cooperative learning groups to create videos of behind the scenes information from your hometown, then share them on a site such as TeacherTube, reviewed here.

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Pierre de Coubertin in Search of a Sustainable Stadium - The Olympic Museum

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6 to 12
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Follow the founder of the modern Olympic Games, Pierre de Coubertin, as he observes the impact of building an Olympic stadium on the economy, the environment, and social implications....more
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Follow the founder of the modern Olympic Games, Pierre de Coubertin, as he observes the impact of building an Olympic stadium on the economy, the environment, and social implications. Learn more about terms such as sustainable development, then make choices as you plan and develop a stadium.

tag(s): architecture (84), olympics (49), sustainability (20)

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This site is perfect for use during any Olympic Games, but is also a great addition to any unit on the environment. Have students explore on their own to learn more about the thought process that goes into designing and constructing a large building. Use an online tool such as Interactive Two Circle Venn Diagram, reviewed here, to compare and contrast areas before and after the construction of the stadium. Challenge students to create a presentation using slides, reviewed here, to present their view on the proper placement and design of a stadium located near your town. Older students or more experienced technology users could use Ignite, reviewed here, for this presentation. Ignite creates unique multimedia projects using layers and incorporating collaboration.

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SciJinks: Its All About Weather! - NOAA/NASA

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3 to 12
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SciJinks offers informative articles and games geared toward middle school students as they learn about weather, satellite meteorology, and Earth science. Use the list on the left side...more
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SciJinks offers informative articles and games geared toward middle school students as they learn about weather, satellite meteorology, and Earth science. Use the list on the left side of the page to choose from topics, answers, find games, learn about people, and much more. Select the Topics section to find many ideas for use in science classrooms including content aligned to Next Generation Science Standards.

tag(s): atmosphere (29), careers (136), hurricanes (40), oceans (150), science fairs (26), scientific method (67), scientists (70), seasons (38), space (218), weather (195)

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Although geared toward middle school students and educators, anyone who teaches weather will want to take the time to explore this site for student and teacher resources. Use the educators section to find activities, science fair ideas, and content aligned to standards. Share the people portion of the site during your career exploration activities. Share a link to games and activities on classroom computers and your class website. Upon completing activities, have students create an online or printed comic about an element of weather, climate, meteorology, or any aspect of Earth science. Use a tool such as Printable Comic Strip Templates, reviewed here, for a nontech rough and final draft. If you're new to using technology with your students, or teach younger students you may want to use Comic Creator, reviewed here, for their final drafts. For more experienced, older students try Write Comics, reviewed here.
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Wild Weather Adventure - NOAA/NASA

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2 to 7
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Race around the world in your research blimp to play against your friends or the computer as you answer weather and map-related questions. Different levels provide choices for easy,...more
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Race around the world in your research blimp to play against your friends or the computer as you answer weather and map-related questions. Different levels provide choices for easy, medium, and hard multiple-choice questions. The first blimp to cross the finish line wins!

tag(s): hurricanes (40), weather (195)

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Include Wild Weather Adventure as a center activity as part of your weather unit. Encourage students to choose questions from different levels of difficulty. Share a link to the game on your class website for students to play at home. If you are new to integrating technology in your class, you may want to have students create a simple infographic sharing their learning using Piktochart, reviewed here. If you are more experienced having your students use technology, you may want to give them a choice to report out thier learning with a custom poster, presentation, flyer or infographic, using Canva, reviewed here.
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Vanishing: The Extinction Crisis is Far Worse than you Think - CNN

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This CNN interactive takes an in-depth look at vanishing species around the globe along with the reasons for their disappearance. Scroll through to discover how humans are causing species...more
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This CNN interactive takes an in-depth look at vanishing species around the globe along with the reasons for their disappearance. Scroll through to discover how humans are causing species to go extinct at a rate 100 times faster than normal. Watch videos as scientists describe physical changes occuring on the earth's surface, view interactives demonstrating animal habitat changes, and more.

tag(s): animals (288), conservation (126), earth (232), earth day (112), endangered species (39), habitats (84)

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This site is perfect for use on interactive whiteboards as an introduction to any unit on animals, habitats, or earth conservation. Explore together, then allow students to explore in depth on their own. Have students either individually or as groups choose a topic found on this site to research further. If you are new to integrating technology you may want to have students create a presentation using Slidestory, reviewed here. Looking for something different? Have students use Microsoft Sway, reviewed here, to create an interactive presentation including charts, videos, and images.

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Beach Chair Scientist - Ann McElhatton

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Discover science while enjoying the beach and the outdoors with Beach Chair Scientist's blog. Read the latest posts on the site's homepage featuring titles such as "Seven silly science...more
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Discover science while enjoying the beach and the outdoors with Beach Chair Scientist's blog. Read the latest posts on the site's homepage featuring titles such as "Seven silly science sea words." To find specific topics, scroll down the page to find links to archives and categories including Citizen Science and Environmental Education.

tag(s): animal homes (44), birds (52), environment (318), fish (27), oceans (150), reptiles (14)

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Share this site with students as part of your study of biomes or the ocean. Have students create online posters individually or together as a class using a tool such as Genial.ly, reviewed here, or for those new to integrating tecnology try PicFont, reviewed here, to share information about ocean animals or conservation of the oceans. Be sure to check out the Resources & More section for lesson plans and links to other resources about the ocean.

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Wind Energy Virtual Lab - 3M and Discovery Education

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6 to 12
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Your challenge at the Wind Energy Virtual Lab is to build a high efficiency, low-cost turbine supplying energy to 400 homes. Follow the steps to choose the appropriate location, design,...more
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Your challenge at the Wind Energy Virtual Lab is to build a high efficiency, low-cost turbine supplying energy to 400 homes. Follow the steps to choose the appropriate location, design, and material for your turbine and view the results. When finished, the lab displays up to three design attempts for comparison of outputs. Be sure to download the Teacher's Guide including explanations of the different lab components and ideas for classroom use.

tag(s): conservation (126), energy (202), weather (195)

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Share the Wind Energy Virtual Lab on an interactive whiteboard or with a projector. Then let students explore and design turbines on their own. Ask them to take a screen shot of three designs and compare the results. Have them discuss their findings on a podcast using a site such as podOmatic, reviewed here. Have students create a simple infographic sharing their findings using Easel.ly, reviewed here.
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JuxtaposeJS - Knight Lab

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Compare and contrast two images with JuxtaposeJS photo slider, no registration required. Begin with links to your two images, JuxtaposeJS recommends using two pictures of the same size....more
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Compare and contrast two images with JuxtaposeJS photo slider, no registration required. Begin with links to your two images, JuxtaposeJS recommends using two pictures of the same size. Add labels and photo credits and choose from personalization options. Once uploaded, use the slider bar to adjust the viewing portions of the two images. Embed your finished image using the code provided after publication.

tag(s): history day (24), images (274), local history (14), photography (161)

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Use JuxtaposeJS to highlight then and now images of any location or building. Compare current cities to images taken many years ago. Compare and contrast pictures of major war battles to how they look in the present. Highlight changes in photographs over time. Compare and contrast changes in plants or animals. It may take some practice getting images to align properly; however, it is worth the time to create the visual presentation provided by this tool. Upload finished images to your class or student's websites. If you don't have a website, try a simple web page creator like Carrd, reviewed here, or newhive, reviewed here.

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2 Minute Geology - Nick Zentner and Tom Foster

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2 Minute Geology is a YouTube playlist featuring short, informative videos discussing geological features from around the world. Topics include petrified wood, the Seattle earthquake...more
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2 Minute Geology is a YouTube playlist featuring short, informative videos discussing geological features from around the world. Topics include petrified wood, the Seattle earthquake fault, and more. If your district blocks YouTube, the videos may not be viewable. You could always view them at home and bring them to class "on a stick" to share. Use a tool such as Freemake Video Converter, reviewed here, to download the videos from YouTube.

tag(s): earthquakes (50), floods (9), geology (81), rocks (50), volcanoes (65)

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

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Google Earth VR - Google Earth

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Take a virtual tour of several of the world's most famous places with Google Earth VR's preview gallery. Begin by selecting from landmarks such as the Rome Colosseum or Hoover ...more
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Take a virtual tour of several of the world's most famous places with Google Earth VR's preview gallery. Begin by selecting from landmarks such as the Rome Colosseum or Hoover Dam. Move around with your cursor to see the 360-degree view, or watch as the preview takes you on tour. Be sure to click on the square icon near the bottom of each show to open up each virtual reality to a full-screen view.

tag(s): china (67), cultures (110), italian (34), mountains (14), renaissance (34), rome (27), virtual field trips (50)

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Immerse your students in 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. Find the means to motivate your most reluctant learners. Small groups or individual students can focus on one of the tours and use as a starting point for additional research. ESL/ELL learners will appreciate the visual tours. Reach all types of learners through a class visit. Use these virtual reality tours 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! For other virtual tours, try Listly Virtual Field Trips, reviewed here.

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Interactive Games: Science Lives Here - The Royal Institution

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Learn about science, engineering, and the natural world with this large variety of interactive games. Scroll through to view all game topics, or use the drop-down box to limit your...more
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Learn about science, engineering, and the natural world with this large variety of interactive games. Scroll through to view all game topics, or use the drop-down box to limit your search by subject. Content offers a broad range of choices including animals, genetics, and space.

tag(s): animals (288), biodiversity (35), cells (104), genetics (95), gravity (49), human body (127), insects (71), medicine (70), nutrition (159), periodic table (51), plants (153), ponds (7), rainforests (13), solar system (121), space (218), stars (65), STEM (153)

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Introduce a new concept through games offered on this site. Share this site on your interactive whiteboard or projector, then allow students to play on their own. Have students create blogs using Throwww, reviewed here, to share information learned. Throwww allows you to create "quick and easy" blog to be used one time only; a unique URL is provided, and this site is as easy as using a basic Word program!
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Google Earth Showcase - Google Earth

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Google Earth presents this showcase library of tours, videos, and imagery from planet Earth and beyond. Choose from diverse topics including the Hubble Telescope, Mars, Hereos of Google...more
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Google Earth presents this showcase library of tours, videos, and imagery from planet Earth and beyond. Choose from diverse topics including the Hubble Telescope, Mars, Hereos of Google Earth, and 3D imagery to begin your journey. Each category leads to several video presentations sharing the world with us. If your district blocks YouTube, the videos may not be viewable. You could always view them at home and bring them to class "on a stick" to share. Use a tool such as Freemake Video Converter, reviewed here, to download the videos from YouTube.

tag(s): climate (90), explorers (64), heroes (24), landmarks (27), mars (42), moon (73), oceans (150), space (218), stars (65)

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Bookmark this site to use throughout the year with lessons on climate change, oceans, explorers, and much more. As an end of the year project, allow students to choose their area of interest from this showcase. Then, have students watch videos, and create a simple infographic sharing their findings using Easel.ly, reviewed here. In language arts, during a study of heroes, use an online tool such as the Interactive Two Circle Venn Diagram, reviewed here, to compare and contrast features of Heroes of Google Earth against cartoon heroes.

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How the Sun Controls Nature - The Solar Centre

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4 to 12
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This blog entry from the Solar Centre discusses how the sun influences animals in every environment. Several infographics demonstrate the sun's effect on marine life, daylight movement...more
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This blog entry from the Solar Centre discusses how the sun influences animals in every environment. Several infographics demonstrate the sun's effect on marine life, daylight movement of animals, and nocturnal adaptations of many animals. Be sure to check out other blog entries from the Solar Centre including 20 Ways the Sun Benefits Our Health. The site was created in the UK, so some of the pronunciations and spellings may differ from those in American English.

tag(s): adaptations (17), animals (288), solar energy (40), sun (72)

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Share information from this blog with students as part of any plant or animal unit, or as you explore the sun as part of our solar system. Have students dig deeper into the sun's influence on animals, then have them create their own simple infographic sharing their findings using Venngage, reviewed here.

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iExploreSTEM - University of Iowa

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iExloreSTEM is a volunteer community dedicated to bringing STEM activities and festivals to local communities in and near Iowa; the ideas and resources can apply to any state. The site...more
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iExloreSTEM is a volunteer community dedicated to bringing STEM activities and festivals to local communities in and near Iowa; the ideas and resources can apply to any state. The site includes information and resources for planning STEM festivals and creating safe activities. Scroll down the page to find several sample activities listed by discipline including architecture, engineering, and more. Other useful resources include links to STEM career information and STEM links to specific states.

tag(s): animals (288), architecture (84), engineering (127), environment (318), plants (153), STEM (153)

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Take advantage of the free activities, videos, and other resources throughout the year. Be sure to bookmark this site to search for resources for any lesson. Share a link to specific lessons and activities on your class website for use at home. Include STEM career information with any career exploration unit. After completing STEM activities, challenge students to create a presentation using Prezi, reviewed here, to share their results and learning process.

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Tour of National Parks Geology - National Park Service

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Explore the many different kinds of geology available for viewing at United States National Parks with this online tour. Choose from various categories to find links to parks with that...more
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Explore the many different kinds of geology available for viewing at United States National Parks with this online tour. Choose from various categories to find links to parks with that geologic theme. Some also include a short description of geologic features. Although this site looks quite simple, there is an abundance of information available for learning about geographic features around the United States.

tag(s): caves (6), fossils (44), geology (81), glaciers (15), mountains (14), plate tectonics (25), rivers (22), rocks (50), soil (18), volcanoes (65)

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Use this site as an anticipatory set or "activator" to introduce a unit or lesson on geographic features on a projector or interactive whiteboard. After sharing, allow students to explore on their own. Share the locations using Google Earth, reviewed here, and have students add placeholders and information about each site.

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Brains On! - Minnesota Public Radio/Southern California Public Radio

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Brains On! is a science podcast for kids. Hosted by different kid hosts, podcasts explore a variety of topics such as animals, space, and volcanoes. Most podcasts run in length ...more
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Brains On! is a science podcast for kids. Hosted by different kid hosts, podcasts explore a variety of topics such as animals, space, and volcanoes. Most podcasts run in length from approximately 15 to 30 minutes. Click the "extras" link to find many supplemental materials including scientist interviews, music, experiments, and mystery sounds.

tag(s): animals (288), earth (232), plants (153), podcasts (55), space (218), tides (8), volcanoes (65), waves (24), weather (195)

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Use Brains On! for your students to listen to in classroom centers. Use for curious students to explore subjects you do not always teach, such as biology, chemistry, or even all about hair! Watch together on your interactive whiteboard (don't forget to share the extras!). Use the podcasts as a model when studying other subjects, giving students structure and ideas for making their own podcasts. Have cooperative learning groups create podcasts demonstrating their understanding of any concepts. Use a site such as PodOmatic, reviewed here.

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Smithsonian Science How Webcasts - Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History

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Bring a Smithsonian scientist to class through live webcasts including the ability to respond to questions in real-time. Choose the link to the schedule to view and register for upcoming...more
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Bring a Smithsonian scientist to class through live webcasts including the ability to respond to questions in real-time. Choose the link to the schedule to view and register for upcoming webcasts. No worries if you missed a session, go to the archives to see all previous sessions and view corresponding teaching resources. Resources include videos, lessons, online activities, rubrics, and more. Each webcast also provides correlation to Next Generation Science Standards.

tag(s): agriculture (57), arctic (45), birds (52), dinosaurs (55), environment (318), fish (27), fossils (44), human body (127), insects (71), mammals (34), minerals (17), paleontology (40), plants (153), rocks (50), solar system (121), space (218), volcanoes (65)

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Take advantage of the many free resources on this site to use in your classroom. Watch webcasts together on an interactive whiteboard, or have students view at home and bring their questions and comments to class. Use this site for enrichment for gifted learners to dig deeper into science concepts. Challenge cooperative learning groups to create their own science videos using a tool like Stupeflix, reviewed here, and share them on a site such as TeacherTube, reviewed here. Have students make a multimedia presentation demonstrating science concepts using Zeetings, reviewed here. Zeetings' features allow for audience participation, polls, video, embeds, web links, and more.
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Science Alive! - Mr. Truss's Science Classes

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Science Alive! is a wiki project created by two middle school classes to share information on science topics of their choosing. After choosing a topic, students created their wiki page...more
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Science Alive! is a wiki project created by two middle school classes to share information on science topics of their choosing. After choosing a topic, students created their wiki page to demonstrate understanding including higher-order thinking skills based on Blooms Taxonomy. View pages by topics on the left side menu bar. Other links include student evaluations of the project along with the teacher's very in-depth reflection of the wiki project and experience.

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Take advantage of this wiki to use as a model for creating a wiki with your students. Be sure to read Mr. Truss's reflections on the wiki project if considering doing a wiki with your students. Not comfortable with wikis? Check out the TeachersFirst Wiki Walk-Through.

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