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Teaching NGSS Engineering Design Through Media - PBS LearningMedia

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K to 12
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Teaching NGSS Engineering Design Through Media offers a large collection of media-based resources to bring engineering (and Next Gen Science) to students at all grade levels. Think...more
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Teaching NGSS Engineering Design Through Media offers a large collection of media-based resources to bring engineering (and Next Gen Science) to students at all grade levels. Think of design as problem solving by applying science and math. Begin browsing by choosing from grade level options for descriptions of activities including grade level and type of resource offered. Each activity includes additional resource links, correlations to Next Gen Science Standards, and support materials. Discover the most popular resources by viewing the number of times other users designated them as favorites. Learn about wind powered vehicles, mechanical arms, designing a skyscraper, and much more. Everything on the site is free; however, after viewing three resources you will be prompted to create your free account. Account creation offers the ability to save and favorite resources.

tag(s): architecture (83), energy (207), engineering (128), problem solving (289), robotics (26), STEM (168), structures (25)

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Use this site on a projector or interactive whiteboard to discuss and informally assess prior knowledge as you start your study of many different STEM-based topics. Use this site for enrichment or to help non-readers understanding concepts through video. Include it on your class web page for students to access both in and out of class. Have students create a simple infographic sharing their findings using Easel.ly, reviewed here or Venngage reviewed here. Have students create a word cloud of the important terms they learn from this site using a tool such as Wordle reviewed here, Tagxedo reviewed here, or WordItOut reviewed here.
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Made By Milk Carton Construction Contest - Evergreen Packaging

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K to 12
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Enter the Made By Milk Contest (a design and building challenge) for a chance to win up to $5,000 for your school or simply to learn. Offered each spring and ...more
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Enter the Made By Milk Contest (a design and building challenge) for a chance to win up to $5,000 for your school or simply to learn. Offered each spring and fall, this contest is sure to inspire creativity in all participants. Simple rules make it easy to participate. Create a design using 100 or more milk cartons. Take pictures of the completed project, and include a short essay explaining why your school should win. Be sure to check out the Past Winners page for ideas on what it takes to create a winning entry. (Hint: earn extra points if reward money is to be used for green projects.) Even if you do not want to join in the contest, the challenges offer wonderful STEM projects to try within your school or at home.

tag(s): architecture (83), counting (109), grants (19), STEM (168), structures (25)

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This project is perfect for individual classroom participation, Art Clubs, or after school clubs. Incorporate this project into your math class and have students count the number of cartons used, estimate how many cartons needed, or calculate how long it will take to gather the number of needed cartons. Join in the challenge in conjunction with a science unit on structures or a physics unit at much higher levels. Include as part of your nutrition unit to help students understand the importance of dairy in a healthy diet. Share this information with your PTO/PTA as a possible "makers movement" idea for an evening of fun and learning, even if you never enter the official contest. Let your gifted students (or a school service club) organize and plan a mini-version of the contest within your school, perhaps using the smaller milk cartons from the cafeteria. Make re-using milk cartons a creative event for Earth Day.

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Science Fair Coach - Maille

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3 to 12
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Looking for some new ideas (and tips) for the science fair? Check out the free material available on this blog created by a PhD in Oceanography who works as an ...more
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Looking for some new ideas (and tips) for the science fair? Check out the free material available on this blog created by a PhD in Oceanography who works as an environmental microbiologist. She created the site to coach parents and kids through the science fair process. You will not only find ideas to use for a science fair project, but also the steps to follow to complete a project successfully. Find some great ideas that you can tweak to fit your needs and interests. Find many great ideas for data to collect and explanations of the variables involved in the scientific method. There are great tips for students doing projects, including questions to expect from judges!
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tag(s): science fairs (26), scientific method (66), STEM (168)

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Use information from this site to help students who struggle with te concepts of creating and carrying out a good science fair project. Assign science fair projects as extra credit for students to pursue individualized experiences and knowledge or as a regular part of the curriculum for scientific method. Even if you don't do a full science fair, use ideas form this site to help students envision scientific method through specific examples. Have them make a graphic organizer that shows the progression of steps involved in science investigations. Use a site such as Canva, reviewed here, to create visual graphic organizers. Share this link on your class website during science fair time.

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Science of Golf - NBC Universal Media, LLC

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6 to 12
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Bring Physics concepts into focus with videos (and lesson plans) about golf. Topics included range from the Math of Golf Scoring to Water Conservation to Volume, Displacement & Buoyancy...more
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Bring Physics concepts into focus with videos (and lesson plans) about golf. Topics included range from the Math of Golf Scoring to Water Conservation to Volume, Displacement & Buoyancy and more! Click any video to bring it up in a "cue card" you can "flip" to read a summary and key terms. There is also a transcript tab. Open full screen from the card view. Although the larger NBC Learn site requires a subscription, this area is free.
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tag(s): conservation (130), energy (207), friction (14), sports (97), STEM (168), water (130)

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Be sure to place this link on your classroom page for students to view the videos and build their understanding of physics concepts. Show these videos at the beginning of a new unit or to reinforce a concept just learned. Share the video on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Encourage your students to create their own investigations into golf or another sport. Measure or record golf swings, etc. to further show understanding of the material. Be sure to view videos on how the understanding of physics has led to better golf equipment! This is STEM applied to sports, a topic sure to interest many students.
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My NASA Data - NASA

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3 to 12
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What better way to learn science than by "doing science"? My NASA Data provides satellite images, charts, and graphs to analyze information from real world problems. Where to start?...more
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What better way to learn science than by "doing science"? My NASA Data provides satellite images, charts, and graphs to analyze information from real world problems. Where to start? Best place is the Lesson Plan tab. Here, find a variety of lessons that can be used in any classroom. Lessons are sorted by High School, Middle School, Elementary. View climate change lessons, Stand alone lessons (a great way to get started), and 50 or 90 minute lessons. Find great ideas that are multi-day projects. Each lesson plan features outcomes, pre-requisite knowledge, tools, National and AP standards as well as Virginia State standards. Be sure to use the linked vocabulary they provide and view all the lesson links. The included background information, procedures, student questions, and extensions are invaluable in planning the lessons. Be sure to go to the bottom of each lesson page to click on the Teachers Notes and to even view the lesson without the standards.

tag(s): charts and graphs (199), data (158), scientific method (66), scientists (70)

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For younger grades, learn about "Basic Line Plots" or "Creating a Bar Graph." There are many other lessons including "The Sun's Energy," "Solar Power," and "Seasons." For Middle School Students, identify "Aruba Cloud Cover Measured by Satellite," "Is Grandpa Right, Were Winters Colder When He Was A Boy," or "Does Humidity Affect Cloud Formation?" Older students can discover "Variable Affecting Earth's Albedo," "March of the Polar Bears: Global Change, Sea Ice, and Wildlife Migration," "Carbon Monoxide and Population Density" or "Hurricane Research." Though there is a large amount of lessons that coordinate with environmental issues, be sure to click on all the lesson plans to view all the possibilities. There is an unbelievable amount of topics to choose from that can fit in any science curriculum or many other type of classrooms at any age. History classes can use "1492: Using Data to Explain a Journey." Be sure to test out all links at school to be sure it is not blocked by your school filter.

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TackTile - Doug Keith

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5 to 12
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This one-stop source is a curation of images and videos to engage students in science. Registration is required to access the collection. Created by a teacher, TackTile is an easy,...more
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This one-stop source is a curation of images and videos to engage students in science. Registration is required to access the collection. Created by a teacher, TackTile is an easy, efficient way of finding great science starters from around the Internet. Choose from science subjects: Chemistry, Biology, Geology/Earth Science, Astronomy, Engineering, and Physics. Choose a topic within the subject area (such as Volcanoes and Igneous Rocks in Geology). Each topic is divided into subtopics. View the tiles in each subtopic. Tiles are captioned with information that relates to the subtopic. Below the tiles are Activity and Demonstration Ideas to use with each subtopic. Click on any tile to view in a pop-up window. View the images directly or download easily from TackTile. Copyright information is included with the images. Videos can be played directly within the pop-up window or click to view on YouTube. If your district blocks YouTube, they may not be viewable. You could always view the videos 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): animals (309), atoms (55), biodiversity (35), biomes (117), cells (104), chemicals (42), earth (230), earthquakes (47), electricity (89), energy (207), engineering (128), forces (43), life cycles (24), magnetism (38), matter (59), moon (72), motion (62), natural disasters (20), natural resources (59), plants (166), rock cycle (9), rocks (50), solar system (119), sun (70), volcanoes (64)

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This tool has great ideas and ready to use images and videos from around the Internet. Use as a starter activity to engage students and "hook" them into the lesson. Use the images or videos to discover misconceptions, find prior knowledge before beginning the lesson, or just to interest students in the topic. Show the image or video on an interactive whiteboard or projector. Be sure to share this site (with a log in) on your class website for students to use when preparing individual or group presentations. Use resources in these tiles to engage students in creative writing about science or to explain the concepts learned at the end of the unit.
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Build with Chrome - Google Chrome and LEGO

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K to 12
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Note on this resource: "While you will no longer be able to add new buildings here, please continue to explore the world of builds..." A worldwide virtual LEGO playground, ...more
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Note on this resource: "While you will no longer be able to add new buildings here, please continue to explore the world of builds..." A worldwide virtual LEGO playground, Build with Chrome offers online LEGO bricks to capture your creativity. Jump right in or take some lessons in the Build Academy from master builder, Vitruvius. Vitruvius guides you through a series of increasingly complex tasks as you unlock more bricks along the way. You must sign in to Google Chrome to publish your completed projects. You will also receive a URL to share your creation! If you do not have a Chrome account, you can take screenshots of the different views to save what you built. Explore other builds through a clickable Google Map. Choose a plot anywhere in the world to build! At the time of this review, Build with Chrome works only on the Chrome web browser and up-to-date Firefox browsers. It also works well on Android mobile devices. iOS mobile devices using the Chrome Browser do NOT support Build with Chrome. (Apple and Google are in competition, remember.) Piece together your ideas using Build with Chrome's collection of colorful bricks.

tag(s): architecture (83), creative writing (167), creativity (121), engineering (128), geometric shapes (172), structures (25), tessellations (6)

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Allow your students to explore a virtual LEGO playground without having to keep the plastic bins organized! Create a whole class account if your students do not have their own emails or use the Gmail sub account trick explained here. Challenge them to see how large a building they can build with only a limited number of bricks. Have your students build two dimensional tessellations or something that represents a geometric shape. Teach basic math concepts such as volume or multiplication by counting brick units. Your students can select a place in the world to build and research the architectural designs associated with that location. Challenge your students to build a design to fit that geographic environment. Encourage your students to locate and research different historical monuments or buildings around the world and recreate them using the virtual LEGO bricks. Have your students research the ecology and climate of where they are building. Your students can construct creations for humans or animals that live in that ecosystem. Integrate writing with your students Build with Chrome creations. Have them write descriptions and explanations of their designs. Your students can also write stories about events that may have occurred at the building they created. Assign your students different regions around the world and challenge them to build a cultural center for the area. Use the Google Maps interface to travel around the world as students use Swipe, reviewed here, to present information of their Build with Chrome building and the culture. Create your own town with the buildings created by your students. Create a newspaper for your town using a site such as Zinepal, reviewed here. Click to "Start with a blank e-Book." This is a great tool for cross-grade activities in a gifted program or sharing among students in several schools.

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This is a great idea. My school has a lego club and this would be great for the students. Lorraine, VA, Grades: 1 - 3

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Crunchzilla - Crunchzilla

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3 to 12
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Learn basic computer coding skills using this tool. There are three difficulty levels: Code Monster for preteens (or even younger), Code Maven for teens and young adults, or Game Maven...more
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Learn basic computer coding skills using this tool. There are three difficulty levels: Code Monster for preteens (or even younger), Code Maven for teens and young adults, or Game Maven for ages 16+. Code Monster prompts younger students to change various parameters of an already given code. As they enter different parts to the code, the changes in the object can be seen immediately. Simply click on the dialogue bubble and a new lesson will appear. Unfortunately, creations cannot be saved. (Students can screenshot their creations.) Use Code Maven with older teens, though it appears to have the same lessons as Code Monster. Game Maven is the third and most advanced programming tutorial in this series. Use this to teach a little about programming by creating easy games. In all three tools, skip to further lessons by clicking on the dialogue balloons. Use the back button to return to previous lessons. It is also easy to undo a lesson and start a code over with the reset button. In all tools, if you return to the same browser on the same machine, it will return to the last lesson you were on. Note: Be sure to have played with Code Maven prior to using Game Maven as those lessons are needed to understand how to program (unless there is prior coding experience).

tag(s): coding (65), computers (100)

In the Classroom

When discussing computer science and how technology touches all of our lives, be sure to discuss coding and that it is a language that everyone can learn. Show the HTML markup of a page to show what the computer "reads" to form what websites look like. Use these tools to show basics in coding. When students are working, be sure to not rescue them with answers. Encourage learning by telling them to ask three other students first before asking the teacher AND that it is okay if we learn it together. Use other coding programs such as Scratch, reviewed here. Have students create a tutorial or a quick reference guide for using coding. Create a class wiki to share your reference guide. If you want to learn more about wikis, check out the TeachersFirst Wiki Walk-Through. Share this site with your young gamers to lure them into the logical world of coding -- and actually build STEM skills in the process.

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Edheads - Edheads.org

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7 to 12
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This free tool provides math and science interactives that encourage critical thinking. Click to choose an activity: Crash Scene Investigation, Stem Cell Transplant, Design a Cell Phone,...more
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This free tool provides math and science interactives that encourage critical thinking. Click to choose an activity: Crash Scene Investigation, Stem Cell Transplant, Design a Cell Phone, Deep Brain Stimulation, and Virtual Knee Replacement Surgery. These topics are sure to grab your attention! Be sure to check out the Teacher Resource Center to find and submit great ideas. Subtitles can be turned on in each of the activities. Actual photos can be viewed by clicking on the camera icon.
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tag(s): medicine (71), simple machines (35), STEM (168), weather (197)

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Use these engaging activities on an Interactive Whiteboard or on individual computers. Students can record vital information they have learned about each of the interactives to share in a class discussion at the end. Ask questions that connect your class content to the interactives. How is Math or Science useful here? Students can journal what they feel watching these interactives and infer what a person working in that interactive would be thinking or feeling.
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Science and Engineering of the 2014 Olympic Winter Games - NBC Learn

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4 to 12
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Explore ten dynamic videos all related to the winter Olympics. This site, updated in 2014, was created in partnership by NBC Learn, NBC Sports, and the National Science Foundation....more
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Explore ten dynamic videos all related to the winter Olympics. This site, updated in 2014, was created in partnership by NBC Learn, NBC Sports, and the National Science Foundation. View the free videos and explore the engineering, science, technology, and math behind many of your favorite Olympic events. Topics vary from Science of Snow to Physics of Figure Skating to Olympic Movement and Robotic Design. Most videos are 5-6 minutes in length.
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tag(s): olympics (49), STEM (168)

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Use these video clips to bring the Olympics alive in your science or math classes. Great for current events and STEM lessons, these clips are quick and simple - yet full of information. Share the clips on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Or better yet, challenge cooperative learning groups to view one of the videos and create a project to share with the class demonstrating the science (or math) concepts highlighted in the video. For quick projects, create electronic graphics of important words using a tool such as Typogenerator (reviewed here) or Wordle (reviewed here).
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Chemistry Now - NBC Universal Media, LLC

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6 to 12
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Use this free tool to bring Chemistry alive in your classroom. Connect Chemistry concepts with topics that students can identify and connect with. These short videos are sure to engage...more
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Use this free tool to bring Chemistry alive in your classroom. Connect Chemistry concepts with topics that students can identify and connect with. These short videos are sure to engage students in thinking about Chemistry around them and strengthen their understanding of concepts. Though this larger site charges for access, this particular tool is free. When viewing the video, click on the Transcript tab to view the transcript and share with individual students or the class.
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tag(s): atoms (55), medicine (71), molecules (45), periodic table (52)

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Use the Cheeseburger Chemistry series of videos to explain very common Chemistry concepts in the classroom, from the bread of the cheeseburger down to the condiments! View Chemistry all throughout the household including cleaners, fibers and dyes, pain medicines, the chemistry of color and smell, and more. Be sure to use these short videos to garner interest in a topic at the start of a unit. Apply a concept learned to the real world for better understanding. Be sure to place this link on your class page for students to view. Students can view the videos and introduce the material to the class as a version of current events.

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Discovery News - Discovery

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6 to 12
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This renowned science news source is an excellent resource for children, teens, AND adults. Find information from technology, space, humans, earth, history, animals, and adventure....more
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This renowned science news source is an excellent resource for children, teens, AND adults. Find information from technology, space, humans, earth, history, animals, and adventure. Some examples of specific topics include dinosaurs, psychology, evolution, religion, robots, genetics, and much more! Be sure to scroll through the information on the front page where highlighted videos, games, and eye catching headlines are sure to catch your interest. The reading levels (approximately middle school) are obviously too high for young readers, but videos and captions are quite approachable. Please PREVIEW before sharing anything with your students. Some of these topics are not appropriate for the classroom.
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tag(s): archeology (32), dinosaurs (54), egypt (70), evolution (99), genetics (94), news (261), psychology (67), religions (67), robotics (26), space (221)

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Use this site as a resource for current events projects or when discussing news relative to the class content. Find informational texts galore to practice CCSS literacy skills! (If you need a reading level, paste the url for the specific article into Juicy Studio's readability checker, reviewed here.) Have students research what's going on via this news site, and give a brief presentation for a current events assignment or as extra credit. Again, preview any stories that students may be exploring. You may even want to provide the direct ULRs to the stories rather than have students explore the site on their own. Students can either orally present or, for the technologically inclined, create a short video or podcast summarizing the information. Have students create videos and share them using a tool such as SchoolTube reviewed here. Have students write their information in a short summary and include background information that ties the information into the class or teaches something new and relevant. Practice science literacy skills with these engaging stories!
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STEM Behind Hollywood - Texas Instruments

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4 to 10
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Discover the science and engineering behind many Hollywood Themes: Zombies, Space, Forensics, and Superheroes. Choose one of the themes to access information, videos, TI-Nspire downloads...more
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Discover the science and engineering behind many Hollywood Themes: Zombies, Space, Forensics, and Superheroes. Choose one of the themes to access information, videos, TI-Nspire downloads for interactive activities, and more. Each page also features related Math and Science Activities. The current hosts are Mayim Bialik (The Big Bang Theory) and Dr. Z.
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tag(s): diseases (74), forensics (27), space (221), STEM (168)

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Pair this information and the related activities with classroom content, video clips, and data about related events (spreading of disease, space travel, etc.) Create discussions about various technologies, discoveries, and more to engage your students in the topics you are studying. Share the video clips on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Share this link on your class website for students to explore at home and learn more about how Hollywood uses science and math in film, television, and beyond. Include this site in a careers unit so students can see how science can lead to many different careers.
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Population Education - Population Connection

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6 to 12
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Learn about population! Highlights of this site include both world and US population counters. Be sure to check the Classroom tab to search for lessons, find information about population,...more
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Learn about population! Highlights of this site include both world and US population counters. Be sure to check the Classroom tab to search for lessons, find information about population, and even search by themes. Connect activities to your state's latest standards. This site also includes demonstration videos of some of the classroom activities. Click on the Curriculum tab at the top and slide to Population Information. Although the site is selling some teaching materials and workshops, there are free lessons available. There are 15 Infographics highlighting global issues and trends. Find out about carbon dioxide emissions and energy consumption, meat and paper consumption, global undernourishment, and many more issues. The videos are hosted on YouTube. If your district blocks YouTube, then they may not be viewable. You could always view the videos 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): population (64), resources (109)

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Use the "Find a Lesson" search to discover population education activities and information that will be useful in your curriculum or classroom. Find demonstration videos of how to use the lessons within the classroom. Be sure to preview and show the World Population Video (aka: the "dot video") to your classes. Share the video on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Use these resources when discussing population of organisms and then discussing human population.
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Alice - Carnegie Mellon University

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6 to 12
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Alice will have your students in wonderland as they use this innovative 3D programming environment targeted to middle and high school students. Be the director of a movie or the ...more
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Alice will have your students in wonderland as they use this innovative 3D programming environment targeted to middle and high school students. Be the director of a movie or the creator of a video game. 3D objects appear in an on-screen virtual world imagined by the creator and move around according to the directions you give by dragging and dropping tiles. The drag and drop technique provides a more engaging programming experience for first time programmers. Alice provides exposure to object-oriented programming. Alice has practical value for students to learn how computers think. The instructions correspond to standard statements in a production oriented programming language, such as Java, C++, and C#. While using Alice, programmers are able to immediately see how their animation program runs and the behavior of the objects in their animation. Manipulate camera angles and lighting to make further enhancements. Alice is a revolutionary method to teach programming, especially to first-time learners. It allows students to understand programming concepts, a 21st century skill.

tag(s): animation (65), digital storytelling (151), video (278)

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Be sure to check with your Technology Department, as many districts require authorization to download or install new applications. Plan ahead as you request that this application be installed on your classroom or laptop cart computers. Alice provides an opportunity for students to create and learn how to problem solve. Subscribe to the teacher list to receive updates and integration ideas for Alice. The purpose of this list is to provide an easy way to ask questions and collaborate with the Alice teaching community. View and use activities to increase programming knowledge and the use of the Alice program.

Students quickly catch on to Alice when allowed to play and easily see what they can make from it. Provide a simple assignment with defined rules/tasks to learn the tools as well as the drag and drop interface. Have students use a storyboard to organize their creation in order to keep tabs on students and their creations. Build games to review curricular material for assessments. Have students create videos or digital stories to bring a subject to life. Teachers of gifted can turn their students loose to create animations about individual interests or research projects.

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Global Closet Calculator - National Geographic Education

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2 to 10
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Take a tour of your closet to find out where your clothes come from. Discover the concept of interdependence and the extent of our global footprints. Research where raw materials ...more
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Take a tour of your closet to find out where your clothes come from. Discover the concept of interdependence and the extent of our global footprints. Research where raw materials come from and how clothes are made. Consider the implications of manufacturing and transportation to get them to your closet. This interactive includes informative videos complete with transcript. You can save your place within the interactive by "getting a code" that you re-enter on return.

tag(s): natural resources (59), resources (109)

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When discussing the Food and Fiber system (materials used to produce food and the many products we use daily), use this site to gather initial information of where their items come from. As products are no longer made closer to our actual lives, many students are disconnected from the materials and processes used to create everyday products and are unaware of their global footprint. Students can continue research by investigating other items used daily to determine what they are made from, where they are manufactured, etc. Continue this process with the foods that they eat to show how many popular foods are very removed from the whole foods that we should be eating. In geography classes, have students use a reviewed geo/mapping tool from the TeachersFirst Edge to map the path across the globe from raw materials to finished products, just to make one pair of jeans. Discuss the role of natural resources and economics in determining this path.

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American Lung Association - American Lung Association

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6 to 12
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Find information about lung disease and issues related to healthy lungs. Be sure to click on Healthy Air in the subject bar to find information about our health and air ...more
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Find information about lung disease and issues related to healthy lungs. Be sure to click on Healthy Air in the subject bar to find information about our health and air quality, both indoors and out. Some of the specific topic areas include Your Lungs, Lung Disease, Finding Cures, Healthy Air, and Stop Smoking. There are many ideas shared on this site about how to live a healthier lifestyle.
This site includes advertising.

tag(s): air (143), coal (14), electricity (89), natural resources (59), nuclear energy (25), pollution (64)

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Be sure to check out the Power Plant Impacts Page. View the source data linked below the images. Students can brainstorm why the map looks this way and what kind of impacts there are from power plants. Students can research as teams the issues from various power plants and effects on air quality and human health. Share findings with others by creating traditional projects (bulletin board or flyers) or multimedia presentations of the information. Use one of the many TeachersFirst Edge multimedia tools. Compare the air quality of the United States with that of other countries. What factors and government influences contribute to the differences that we see?

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Energy Realities - Energy Realities

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Explore a collection of videos and infographic resources about energy and energy related issues. This site uses National Geographic maps and is sponsored by Slate, New Scientist, The...more
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Explore a collection of videos and infographic resources about energy and energy related issues. This site uses National Geographic maps and is sponsored by Slate, New Scientist, The Economist Group, and Statoil, an oil and gas company. Access a visual guide to global energy needs. Learn about the story of energy use, methods of production, and the focus on sustainability of our planet.

tag(s): coal (14), energy (207), natural resources (59), nuclear energy (25), oil (41), population (64), resources (109)

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Begin the discussion of energy use and production by asking students to list everything they know about coal, oil, and natural gas. Have students list what they know about renewable resources. Students can research this site to determine whether their statements are correct or false and report back to the class about their misunderstandings. Be sure to identify concepts that need to be expanded upon in the classroom. Follow with conservation methods, your own energy use as compared to other countries, and more energy related topics. Use the Infographics as comparison. For example, view a population density map compared to an energy use map for any kind of insights or correlations. Be sure to check out new content such as the video on "Carbon capture and Storage" for greater understanding of newsworthy topics.

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I want to be... - The Ad Council

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Learn about recycling and the vast array of products that are made out of recycled materials. Use the Recycling 101 section to learn about the various types of materials that...more
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Learn about recycling and the vast array of products that are made out of recycled materials. Use the Recycling 101 section to learn about the various types of materials that are recycled, how to recycle them, and the new items they become. In Recycling Journey, follow an item from curbside pickup to the new item it becomes. Visit Do Your Part and share information about recycling with others you know via social media. Put in your local zip code to find opportunities to recycle in your local area.

tag(s): earth (230), earth day (110), natural resources (59), plastics (8), recycling (58), resources (109)

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For Earth Day or everyday, use this site to raise awareness about the energy that is used to create items and how energy can be saved by using recycled materials. Students can research statistics about the various items used in the United States and abroad. Discover why recycling is an important endeavor to combat pollution and energy use. Create a public service announcement for your school or community to learn more about the benefits of recycling. Initiate a recycling campaign and create a center for recycling many items from the school including paper. Classes can tally the pounds of materials saved for recycling. Have students create informational commercials and share them using a hosting service such as SchoolTube reviewed here.

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GE Focus Forward - GE & Cinelan.com

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GE Focus Forward offers a series of 30 three-minute videos featuring stories about innovators. Directed by award-winning documentary film makers, the films range in topics from a "Journey...more
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GE Focus Forward offers a series of 30 three-minute videos featuring stories about innovators. Directed by award-winning documentary film makers, the films range in topics from a "Journey Under the Sea" to a look at the "Secrets of Trees." Hover over any film icon to view a short description of the topic. Click to begin. Share films using social networking buttons within the film. Copy the embed code to embed on any website or blog. Videos are hosted on Vimeo, which is accessible in most schools.

tag(s): environment (322), inventors and inventions (93), medicine (71), mental health (27), nutrition (155), oceans (161), robotics (26), solar energy (39), STEM (168), trees (29), video (278)

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Use this site as an anticipatory set or "activator" to introduce a unit or lesson on a projector or interactive whiteboard. Have students explore this site independently or in small groups. There is one film about sanitation that refers to "poop," so you may want to avoid classroom giggles from less mature students by setting the tone for scientific viewing. Use as any part of a career unit, as a look at explorers and innovators, or when discussing character education. Be sure to include this site on your class web page for students to access both in and outside of class for further practice. Challenge students to choose a topic to further explore and create a multimedia presentation using one of the many TeachersFirst Edge tools reviewed here.

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