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Newsmap - Marcos Weskamp

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There are times when a simple idea, augmented by the power of the 'Net,' can transform the way you look at something; this site represents one of those times. Using ...more
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There are times when a simple idea, augmented by the power of the 'Net,' can transform the way you look at something; this site represents one of those times. Using the Google News aggregator to compile a visual representation of the news, news headlines are coded by color into categories (world, nation, business, technology, entertainment, sports and health) and then sized according to the number of articles representing that headline. The result is a one-screen visual image of the moment's most important headlines (updated throughout the day). A simple click allows you to focus on just one category, switch to other nations' headlines, or search the news back in time. Clicking on the headline takes you directly to the story (not to the Google News page). Teachers should be cautioned: the site does not screen the stories, and some links may lead to sources that may not be appropriate for all ages.

tag(s): business (58), diseases (66), news (261), politics (99)

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A quick class warm up covering the news of the day is easy using this site. Use the different nation views to illustrate the relative importance of different issues to different people. Save the site in your favorites so students can keep up-to-date on the news independently. If you require current events presentations or summaries, this site provides a terrific place for students to get started. Share this on your interactive whiteboard or projector as students enter your classroom.
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The Kids Should See This - Rion Nakaya

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K to 8
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This site offers media (found on YouTube, Vimeo, and Flickr) on a broad spectrum of topics, not created for kids but appropriate and interesting for children 3 years old and ...more
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This site offers media (found on YouTube, Vimeo, and Flickr) on a broad spectrum of topics, not created for kids but appropriate and interesting for children 3 years old and up. Media isn't divided into categories. The newest items appear first. However, you can search the site by keyword. Information ranges from animal stories of a dog without legs to video of Ella Fitzgerald scatting. Obviously, this site is updated frequently, so contents will change. Students and adults alike will love browsing for interesting stories and information.

tag(s): news (261), speaking (24), video (253), writing prompts (92)

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Check first to be sure the media are not blocked by school web filtering. Choose one item from the site to share on your interactive whiteboard or projector as a class discussion starter on current topics or as a lead-in to a lesson. (Example: show the YouTube video about order of the planets when beginning an astronomy unit). Share the site with students and let them explore to find interesting topics for research reports. Ask students to choose one item from the site to share with other students as a way to practice oral presentation skills. Use videos or images as writing prompts or blog prompts. ESL/ELL students can practice their language skills by retelling a favorite video. Challenge your students to create their own informative videos on a topic that your class is exploring. Share the videos using a site such as TeacherTube reviewed here.

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Sand Dollar City - DoughMain

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4 to 7
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Sand Dollar City is a virtual computer activity where students manage a candy shop set in an underwater village. Players buy inventory, make store upgrades, handle expenses, etc.,...more
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Sand Dollar City is a virtual computer activity where students manage a candy shop set in an underwater village. Players buy inventory, make store upgrades, handle expenses, etc., while attempting to make their store a success. Through their adventures, they will learn real-world financial concepts including earning, spending, saving, budgeting, banking, smart shopping, credit cards, credit scores, needs and wants, and more. Interactives can only be played by registering with the site using a parent's email address and creating a username and password. The introductory video resides on YouTube. If your district blocks YouTube, the video may not be viewable. You could always view the video at home and bring it to class "on a stick" to share. Use a tool such as KeepVid, reviewed here, to download the video from YouTube.

tag(s): banks (11), financial literacy (80), money (193)

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Create one classroom account using your teacher email and a single user name and password. Record scores weekly as different students try the activity to record growth of the candy shop. Challenge students to increase scores each week by posting recorded scores and making a graph. Send site information to parents and allow students to create accounts at home, then compare student scores each week and challenge them to make the most successful store.
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How To SMILE - National Science Digital Library

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K to 12
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This site is a compilation of many math and science resources along with a social networking component. Currently there are almost 2000 activities, lessons, and videos and the site...more
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This site is a compilation of many math and science resources along with a social networking component. Currently there are almost 2000 activities, lessons, and videos and the site is constantly growing. There are several ways to use the site both as a registered user or without registration. Without registering for the site you can search and access lessons and information through the different search methods such as keywords, subjects, source institution, and more. Free registration allows the site to become much more personalized. After registering, you can make lists of resources for any different topic, share lists or searches with others, add comments, or add your own resources. Most activities on the site are free; however, there are some searches that deliver lessons that are paid - these are clearly indicated and not frequent enough to discourage use of this site. Searches can also filter out any paid activities and return only free items. Teachers may also want to subscribe to the site's blog and newsletter to receive updated information as it is added to the site.

In case you are wondering about the title, SMILE is the Science and Math Informal Learning Educators pathway of the National Science Digital Library (NSDL).

tag(s): resources (112), social networking (112), STEM (134), video (253)

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This is a perfect way to organize and sort lessons by topic or age range for future classroom use or to share with fellow teachers. Create a community list of lessons to use within your district. Share this site with other teachers in your building or district as a resource for STEM lessons. Share the video clips on your interactive whiteboard or projector.

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Online Conversion - Robert Fogt

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3 to 12
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This site is the ultimate resource for any measurement or conversion need. Calculators are included for Math, Science, Cooking, Time, and much more. Categories are listed in alphabetical...more
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This site is the ultimate resource for any measurement or conversion need. Calculators are included for Math, Science, Cooking, Time, and much more. Categories are listed in alphabetical order from Acceleration to Weight/Mass. Within each category are the different converters/calculators. For example, after choosing volume, choices include acres, barrels (dry, federal, liquid, and wine), cubic units, gallons, quarts teaspoons, yards, and more. Other interesting conversions include your weight on other planets, your age in dog years, and translations to and from Pig Latin. You are sure to find exactly the conversion for any need within this site along with others to use just for fun!
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tag(s): conversions (23), measurement (159), temperature (29), time (144)

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Following a lesson on conversions, allow students to access the site to check answers. Mark this site in your favorites and share it on your TeachersFirst public age for quick access. Use as a handy resource on your interactive whiteboard or projector anytime that conversions come up in your classroom. Share this site with students through your class web page or TeachersFirst public page as a resource to use outside of class-- even when cooking with mom or dad!

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Money Instructor - Money Instructor

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This site is a wonderful resource for any teacher looking for lessons, worksheets, activities, and articles related to money. Although this is a subscription site, many of the resources...more
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This site is a wonderful resource for any teacher looking for lessons, worksheets, activities, and articles related to money. Although this is a subscription site, many of the resources are free without any kind of registration. You can also register to receive limited access to some of the site's other resources. Categories include basic money skills, earning/spending, saving/investing, and careers/business. Elementary lessons include worksheets, coloring pages, and activities that include printables and online games. Other categories include lessons on taxes, insurance, investing, using an ATM and much more.
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tag(s): business (58), careers (132), financial literacy (80), investing (10), money (193)

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Print off worksheets to use in your classroom. Search for lessons on any money-related topic you are studying in your classroom. Elementary teachers: be sure to check out the lesson "Teaching Elementary Money Skills." In secondary classrooms, check out the lessons on savings and investing, business and career, and more. Create a link to the interactives on your classroom computers to use as a center or for free time.

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Learning to Give - Points of Light Institute

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The goal of this site is to educate youth about philanthropy and giving their time and knowledge for the global good. To do this, they offer over 1400 free lesson ...more
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The goal of this site is to educate youth about philanthropy and giving their time and knowledge for the global good. To do this, they offer over 1400 free lesson plans for teachers, parents, and community leaders. Lessons are coded to state standards and can be searched by grade level, keyword, subject, or academic or philanthropy standard. Some lessons are geared toward private or religious schools and are clearly labeled as such. Lessons include subject, key concepts, vocabulary, objectives, materials needed, approximate time, procedures, extensions, handouts, and much more. An example of a grade 3-5 lesson would be Cool Kids Compost which explores responsible use of resources by gathering data about lunchroom waste. Don't let the concept of philanthropy keep you from exploring the site, there are many great classroom lessons available for all subjects.

tag(s): african american (113), animal homes (41), animals (276), charts and graphs (195), colonial america (107), communities (35), data (148), diversity (36), ecology (135), environment (317), heroes (24), money (193), recycling (57)

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Use this site as a resource for all subject matters, search for subject and browse resources. Share with other teachers in your building or district including teachers of the arts. Get your students involved! Challenge cooperative learning groups to create a multimedia presentation using one of many TeachersFirst Edge tools reviewed here discussing one of the topics at this site.

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EconEdLink

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1 to 12
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Created with input from the National Council on Economics Education, this site offers an eclectic set of lessons, most of which require some web access. They range from the introduction...more
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Created with input from the National Council on Economics Education, this site offers an eclectic set of lessons, most of which require some web access. They range from the introduction of simple concepts for elementary students to studies of economic forecasting for older students.

tag(s): consumers (21)

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Take advantage of the free digital lesson plans offered by this website. Useful for any economics class, regardless of age. The site includes standard criteria and images, which are helpful in preparing the lesson for class use.

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An absolutely fantastic site. If you teach econ, you need this site. , OH, Grades: 10 - 12

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Classroom Jeopardy - superteachtools.com

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Looking for an easy to use free jeopardy game? Look no further than this site. Download the application for free or create the activity to be played online. View and ...more
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Looking for an easy to use free jeopardy game? Look no further than this site. Download the application for free or create the activity to be played online. View and try activities already created online. If you like your project you can save it to a folder on your computer. There is a short video in the "How To" section that will walk you through the process of making, saving, and playing a Flash Jeopardy game. Those of you who have used the PowerPoint Jeopardy will find this flash version much less time consuming to create and to recreate new Jeopardy games.

tag(s): grammar review (37), matching (24)

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Use this great resource to create Jeopardy games for any content area. This resource is perfect for use on an interactive whiteboard or projector with a student emcee. Use for vocabulary/terms, identifying parts of anything, and reviewing for any curriculum topic. Use as an opener to a unit to determine what students already know. Play as a review game to assist learning for all students. Encourage students to create the clues and answers to their own Jeopardy review games as a creative way to review and reinforce. Learning support teachers may want to have students create review games together.

You or your students can copy and paste the HTML code for any game on your web page, wiki, or blog for easy access to any Flash Jeopardy Game.

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PRIME Mathematics Encyclopedia (Platonic Realms Interactive Mathematics Encyclopedia) - B Sidney Smith

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3 to 12
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This site is an in-depth encyclopedia of mathematical terms. It is designed to be browsed alphabetically and you can input search terms in the box at the left-hand side of ...more
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This site is an in-depth encyclopedia of mathematical terms. It is designed to be browsed alphabetically and you can input search terms in the box at the left-hand side of the page. Search terms can be further refined by choosing either elementary or advanced level, and by choosing math topics to be included with the result. Some definitions include links to other explanations or outside links with more information.
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tag(s): dictionaries (56), probability (130), problem solving (272), vocabulary (324)

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Create a link to the site on classroom computers to use as a student resource. Provide students with the definition of terms and challenge them to find the term being defined. Share this site with students and allow them time to explore the site. Create a scavenger hunt and ask students to search for different terms on the site.

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Yacapaca! - Chalkface Project

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4 to 12
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This easy to use site allows you to make interactive online quizzes or use pre-made quizzes sorted by subject. You can upload classes, assign quizzes, and receive scores (if students...more
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This easy to use site allows you to make interactive online quizzes or use pre-made quizzes sorted by subject. You can upload classes, assign quizzes, and receive scores (if students are registered.) Current quizzes available range from Drama to Law to Math (and all core subjects). The format allows for any topic, and the enjoyable characters help to maintain student interest. Note: This site was created in the United Kingdom and follows the curriculum of the United Kingdom. You may notice slight spelling/pronunciation differences.

tag(s): assessment (100), quiz (85), quizzes (97)

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You can create and/or assign quizzes for any topic. You need not register students to simply assign an activity, but registration is required to keep and report scores. You simply check which countries to include to narrow activity searches, so decide whether alternate spellings might be an issue for your curriculum topic. Students can use quizzes either at home or in school. Use this site to help students review concepts and receive immediate feedback on their performance. There is a direct link in the quizzes to send a link to registered students or to share on social networking sites such as Facebook, iGoogle and Blogger. Assign small groups of students to create their own quiz for any topic you might be studying. Students can challenge their peers as a review.

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Sant Ocean Hall Coral Reef Interactive - Smithsonian, NOAA, and Operand

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Enter the world of an interactive coral reef that is in jeopardy! The coral reef, located in the Caribbean, is now facing a dilemma of increasing tourism and putting the ...more
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Enter the world of an interactive coral reef that is in jeopardy! The coral reef, located in the Caribbean, is now facing a dilemma of increasing tourism and putting the coral reef in jeopardy, or taking away the economic growth that could be possible for the island residents. Choose a character; an owner of a family hotel, a lifelong resident, or a tourist, and make your decision. This engaging interactive, allows you to watch how each perspective affects the coral reef. Additional links listed add a deeper understanding of the problems presented.

tag(s): coral (12), ecosystems (88), marine biology (33)

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Use this interactive coral reef in a study of nonrenewable resources, conservation, or ecosystems. Put the site on the interactive whiteboard or projector and watch your class jump into the water! As a starting point for Socrates seminar, debates, and persuasive writing, this site offers a great variety of passionate debate! Using this site as a model, have your students make a similar situation with other ecosystems. Have students create other scenarios for non-renewable resources, arguments for alternative energy, or even bring closer to home with a local dilemma. In writing class, develop an interactive based on the book Hoot by Carl Hiaasen. Why not have students create a Prezi presentation (reviewed here), simple to use with endless possibilities. Use the model for other scenarios and develop other story ideas. Use a problem based learning scenario into ways humans affect the environment. These activities will engage every learner!
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Understanding Economics and Money: TeachersFirst Editors' Choices - TeachersFirst

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K to 12
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Understanding how world economic systems work can mystify even the experts, but all of us need to understand the basics of how an economy functions, especially as current events challenge...more
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Understanding how world economic systems work can mystify even the experts, but all of us need to understand the basics of how an economy functions, especially as current events challenge us to adjust to tough times. This special collection of resources has been hand-picked by the editors of TeachersFirst from among our many reviewed resources on economics and money. These selections were chosen to help students (and families) grasp basic economic principles, personal financial planning, and banking at an age-appropriate level.

tag(s): financial literacy (80), money (193), recession (3)

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Browse these editors' choice resources to find the best for your classroom needs. Don't forget that you can use economics information to teach math concepts. Make your lessons relevant in today's world by connecting the economic concepts as you teach writing, reading, and more. As your students master the concept, have them create a "Kids Guide to the Economy" on a class wiki or make videos on single concepts to be shared via tools such as SchoolTube (reviewed here) or TeacherTube (reviewed here).

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Treasury Direct Kids - U.S. Department of the Treasury

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At this wonderful site, learn about the history of Treasury securities, U.S. debt, and the importance of saving and investing. You can view an old video featuring an ancient superman...more
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At this wonderful site, learn about the history of Treasury securities, U.S. debt, and the importance of saving and investing. You can view an old video featuring an ancient superman talk about buying U.S. savings bonds, try several money interactives, and do money math. Learn about the important history of U.S. borrowing. Viewing old war bond posters is another way to learn history and learn about old styles of graphic design. Graphs of U.S. debt complete another approach to teaching about basic banking and debt. Many wonderful short videos show TV advertisements for savings bonds.

tag(s): advertising (33), posters (36)

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After presenting the basic info on this site, have students make online posters parallel to the old ones they see displayed here. Use an online poster creator, such as Padlet (reviewed here). Have them make their own graphs of funds and debts based on their own finances using Tabblo reviewed here. Use this site when teaching percentages; have students do problems figuring the interest on today's debt. Introduce them to the concept of buying a bond today and have them calculate its accrued interest and how many years it will take to gain face value. Have students in a team create modern day videos to advertise and sell savings bonds. Share the videos using a tool such as SchoolTube (reviewed here).
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TV411 - Math - Adult Literacy Media Alliance

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TV411 offers lessons and games covering math topics from calculating area to reading a pay stub. Each lesson is offered in a slide format beginning with an introduction to the ...more
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TV411 offers lessons and games covering math topics from calculating area to reading a pay stub. Each lesson is offered in a slide format beginning with an introduction to the activity, followed by questions to answer. Upon answering questions, feedback is provided. If the answer was incorrect, an explanation of the correct solution is provided. The site also provides several math games practicing fractions, ratio, data, and percent. Spanish and ESL/ELL teachers will want to note that there is a small sample of lessons available in Spanish on the site. Many of the topics are also applicable in Family and Consumer Science or business classes, as well.

tag(s): charts and graphs (195), financial literacy (80)

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Share this site on your interactive whiteboard or projector as practice or review of current math topics. Provide a link to games on classroom computers for student practice. Spanish teachers may want students to complete a lesson in Spanish to provide real-world language practice. Share this site with parents through your classroom website or blog to provide review materials at home.
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Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade - Emory University

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6 to 12
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This comprehensive site on the African Slave Trade is robust enough for those doing serious research, and accessible enough for those who want an overview and supporting materials for...more
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This comprehensive site on the African Slave Trade is robust enough for those doing serious research, and accessible enough for those who want an overview and supporting materials for a classroom survey. There are lesson plans, an interactive map, links to resources, an image bank, and large, searchable and downloadable data bases of African names, ships used in the slave trade and their voyages, tables of data focused on the number of slaves involved, and timelines.

tag(s): africa (180), black history (59), slavery (72)

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If you are teaching a course that covers the African slave trade, this site will be invaluable. Take some time to browse the interactive maps and timelines, look through the lesson plans, and find images that can be used to supplement reading and discussion. Discover the glossary of terms that could be used for vocabulary work, the tables of information useful for teaching data analysis, and the African name database for genealogy research. Challenge cooperative learning groups to research a specific section of this site and create multimedia presentations. Try Thinglink, reviewed here. This site allows users to narrate a picture. Challenge students to upload a copyright-safe photo, and then narrate as if it were a news report. Another idea: have students create an online presentation using Smilebox, reviewed here, or another reviewed presentation tool from the TeachersFirst Edge.
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StatPlanet

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StatPlanet is an interactive map making site that can be used to create thematic maps using data from UNESCO. Examples are provided such as number of cell phones in use, ...more
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StatPlanet is an interactive map making site that can be used to create thematic maps using data from UNESCO. Examples are provided such as number of cell phones in use, primate fossil finds around the world, marketing data, and hiv statistics. The topics vary greatly and offer an eclectic look at the world. Although some countries are highlighted in grey, meaning no data was available. Data can be viewed as maps, bar charts, scatter plots, and line graphs. Upon mouseover, information from each country will be displayed and changes can be animated over time. Selection can also be made of specific countries or areas as needed. When completed, maps can be exported to be used in other programs. This program can also be downloaded so that you can use your own data to create custom maps. There is a demo video and frequently asked questions section to be used for guidance.

tag(s): data (148), environment (317), maps (288), population (60), statistics (122)

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There are countless ways to incorporate this website into many subject areas. Math teachers will love having a way for students to apply data skills in a real world context. During Women's History month, compare statistics of countries and how women are compensated for their pay. In health class, share the HIV occurrences throughout the world. Assign cooperative learning groups one specific area to investigate and present their findings to the class via a multimedia presentation. Have students use a mapping tool such as Mapskip (reviewed here) to create a map of specific locations within their research. They can even include audio "stories" and pictures.
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2010 Census - US Census Bureau

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6 to 12
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Every ten years, the United States participates in a census; the census represents both a raw count of the country's population, but also how that population is distributed demographically....more
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Every ten years, the United States participates in a census; the census represents both a raw count of the country's population, but also how that population is distributed demographically. The US Census Bureau has begun unrolling the data collected during this most recent census. This site will continue to update, so check back often for more. The ability of the Internet and computer data to be distributed widely has changed significantly since the 2000 census, and this site reflects increased transparency and ease of access to this vital information.

tag(s): census (19), demographics (19), population (60)

In the Classroom

First, it's important for students to know that the US Constitution requires a census, and second, that the information gathered is used in a variety of important ways that affect them directly. The first data posted looks at how shifts in population density will change the way various geographic areas of the country are represented in the US government. Consider reading the Director's blog for further analysis of how census data is being used on a local, state, and national level. Of course, the data are perfect for using in math and civics classes for teaching graph reading and creation, and for providing real-life information to use in statistical analysis. A civics or sociology class might download a copy of the census form and consider what the questions tell us about how families live in the 21st century. What questions might students add to a future census form that would reflect how things are changing for their generation?
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Lemonade Stands - Derek Ramey

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4 to 8
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The goal of the Lemonade Stands activity is to maximize profits over 30 days. You choose the price per cup, lemons per pitcher, sugar per pitcher, and ice per cup. ...more
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The goal of the Lemonade Stands activity is to maximize profits over 30 days. You choose the price per cup, lemons per pitcher, sugar per pitcher, and ice per cup. Since the weather is random, you must be careful in deciding how many paper cups, lemons, sugar, and ice cubes to buy. After making your choices, set the game into motion to see the results. Feedback is given at the end of each sales day to help make adjustments throughout the month. The site requires JAVA.

tag(s): money (193)

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Create a link at classroom computers or the computer lab to use as a center during an economics unit. Chart students' results and have a contest to see who can obtain the highest profits at the end of 30 days.

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Where Children Sleep - Daily Telegraph

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2 to 12
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This photo essay shows rooms and conditions where children sleep all around the world. As might be expected, there is great variation in comfort levels, personal belongings, people...more
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This photo essay shows rooms and conditions where children sleep all around the world. As might be expected, there is great variation in comfort levels, personal belongings, people per room, etc. This "gallery" of photos is from a complete hard copy book on the subject. This site offers only a quick glimpse at living conditions, with only 13 photos available at the time of this review. Be aware: this site does include some minor advertisements. At the time of this review all were appropriate, but be sure to check out the site before sharing with your students.

tag(s): cross cultural understanding (115), homes (12), space (205)

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Use this site when discussing economics in the U.S. or the world. Use this site as an anticipatory set or "activator" to introduce a unit or lesson on a projector or interactive whiteboard. Use it to launch a discussion or unit on some of the countries displayed here. Have students create original photo essays online following this model, Slidestory, reviewed here. This tool allows you to narrate the slides and images. Challenge students to find or take photos and narrate the photos as if it were a news report. To find Creative Commons images for student projects (with credit, of course), try Compfight, reviewed here. This website might also be useful for units on world cultures or in world language classes. In upper grades, combine these visual images with visualizations of world statistics from Many Eyes, reviewed here.

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