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WorldABC - WorldABC

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Get the facts on any country with this deceptively simple-looking site. Choose from the alphabetical list of nations to select a country. Following a short introductory description...more
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Get the facts on any country with this deceptively simple-looking site. Choose from the alphabetical list of nations to select a country. Following a short introductory description of the country scroll through to view color-coded facts divided into a lengthy list of categories including geography, government, people and society, and more.

tag(s): communication (8), countries (80), data (158), energy (207), population (64), transportation (42)

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Bookmark this handy site for use in any Social Studies classroom. Find information at any time about any country. Use this site as a starting point for research projects, then have students dig further to find images, literature, and more for the country they are researching. Have student use a bulletin board tool like Lino, reviewed here, to keep track of the resources they've discovered for their country. Challenge students create maps using Zeemaps, reviewed here, with information found at WorldABC and on their bulletin board. Students can add text, images, and location stops! As a culminating activity, have students individually or in groups create a Symbaloo Learning Path, reviewed here, featuring videos, quizzes, and information about a country studied.

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Trench Warfare Simulation - Mr. Harms

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9 to 12
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Try to break the stalemate on the Western Front with this interactive simulation. Use strategy and problem-solving skills to gain victory over the enemy. Download the materials in a...more
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Try to break the stalemate on the Western Front with this interactive simulation. Use strategy and problem-solving skills to gain victory over the enemy. Download the materials in a zip file including student and teacher instructions, a battle calculator, and a Western Front Map. Be sure to watch the video for a demonstration of how to use the materials as a battle simulation. 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 Freemake Video Converter, reviewed here, to download the video from YouTube.

tag(s): battles (20), france (38), world war 1 (56)

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Directions on the site provide two ways for using the simulation - as a whole class activity or by dividing students into groups competing against each other. Be sure to take some time to try out this simulation before sharing with students; even when viewing the video, the directions may not be easy to follow. This would be an excellent project for gifted students. Provide them the link to the site and the materials and allow them to learn how to use the simulation and teach it to fellow students. Using this site as a resource, have gifted students create their own simulation for other famous battles. Invite students use a mapping tool such as Zeemaps, reviewed here, to identify locations of battles during any conflict. Zeemaps allows students to create audio recordings AND place a marker location (on a map) where the story takes place.

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TeachersFirst Reading Treks - Make Learning a Journey - TeachersFirst

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K to 12
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Your students can visit the world and build their background knowledge when they choose to read a book in conjunction with Reading Treks. Find fiction and informational books at every...more
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Your students can visit the world and build their background knowledge when they choose to read a book in conjunction with Reading Treks. Find fiction and informational books at every reading level. Each Reading Treks unit has a downloadable PDF with Common Core State Standards, ISTE Standards, Grade Level, Ideas and Activities for using the Reading Trek in class, and a list of Helpful Resouces. There is also a Google Maps (KMZ) file. Under the About TeachersFirst Reading Treks on the home page find step-by-step instructions for when you're ready to use a Reading Trek. TeachersFirst is just getting started creating Treks for books. Do you have a suggestion? Select Suggest a Trek from the left menu to let us know about it. We'd love to hear from you!

tag(s): independent reading (130), maps (292), reading comprehension (124), reading lists (79)

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These units are perfect for use with a whole-class novel, literature circles, or individual reading! Ask student's to keep a journal about what they are reading and learning using an easy virtual journaling tool such as Penzu, reviewed here. With Penzu you can add images or your own artwork as illustrations. If you are conducting literature circles a good tool to use for small group assignments and communication is Simply Circle, reviewed here, or Edmodo, reviewed here. For students to share their book with their peers, challenge them to design an interactive multimedia poster using Genial.ly, reviewed here. As an option, and for a real challenge, have students design a music track to go with parts or all of the book using Booktrack, reviewed here, and share the link on their poster.

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Bing Maps - Microsoft

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Use Bing Maps as your online resource for mapping locations and more. Allow Bing to recognize your location, then find and map directions anywhere. Additional features allow users to...more
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Use Bing Maps as your online resource for mapping locations and more. Allow Bing to recognize your location, then find and map directions anywhere. Additional features allow users to view current traffic along the route. Additional icons offer nearby locations for restaurants, gas stations, and more. Choose different views for viewing maps including road, aerial, and streetside views. Sign in to Bing Maps using your Microsoft account to save and access your collections from any device.

tag(s): directions (19), maps (292)

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If you teach geography, this one's a must. It is also helpful for showing students WHERE a story or news event takes place. In lower grades, use it to show students basics of their community. Teach map skills by showing students their own community. Zoom in on their street or on the school. This site is perfect for sharing on an interactive whiteboard. Set up a class Microsoft account (or use student accounts if permitted). Have students create their own custom route plans to tour historic sites. Challenge math students to plan the most economical route to visit several vacation destinations, including gas mileage and gas prices. Have students create placemarker files of the important places in the life of a famous person or the route traveled by a particular unit during the Civil War. Have student groups create placemarker files to show environmental sites, habitats, landforms, or anything you can place on a map. Share or embed student-created maps using the links and embed code provided.

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Timeline Eons - Maani.us

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6 to 12
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Timeline Eons presents the history of the world from the Big Bang through current time on an interactive timeline. Additional events predict changes to the earth 22,000,000,000 years...more
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Timeline Eons presents the history of the world from the Big Bang through current time on an interactive timeline. Additional events predict changes to the earth 22,000,000,000 years in the future. Scroll left or right to move through developments on the timeline or set the timeline to run automatically. Zoom in to view events or use the search feature to find specific events. Many events feature an illustration or photograph; others include a short video. When viewing on a computer, choose the link with three dots on the upper-left side of the screen to see information on the timeline's features.

tag(s): climate change (68), conservation (130), DAT device agnostic tool (177), geologic time (10), space (221), timelines (62)

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Have students explore the timeline on their own, then research and share information on any given period of time. Encourage students to view future predictions on the timeline as a research project to find the basis of the predictions. Have students create a simple interactive infographic sharing their findings using Easel.ly, reviewed here .

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Habitats - Smithsonian Science Education Center

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2 to 6
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Learn about animal habitats through this interactive where players match animals to their correct habitat. Use buttons to navigate between habitats, then drag and drop animals into...more
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Learn about animal habitats through this interactive where players match animals to their correct habitat. Use buttons to navigate between habitats, then drag and drop animals into their correct location. Upon proper placement, click to learn more about individual animals with pictures and a summary including images and additional facts.

tag(s): animal homes (57), animals (307), coral (11), deserts (15), habitats (90), jungles (5), wetlands (11)

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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. Share this site on classroom computers to use as a center during your habitat or animals unit. Instead of oral presentations of research findings, have students create animated movies online using Powtoon, reviewed here. Have students choose an animal or habitat to research further, either individually or as a group. As a class, use a mapping tool such as Click2Map, reviewed here, to create a map of different habitats and add display markers featuring text, photos, and videos and information about the animals found in each location.
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Our Africa - SOS Children

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Learn about Africa through the eyes of its children with these eye-opening and sometimes heart-wrenching videos and articles. Choose a country to begin your exploration, or select from...more
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Learn about Africa through the eyes of its children with these eye-opening and sometimes heart-wrenching videos and articles. Choose a country to begin your exploration, or select from categories including health and children. Each portion of the site shares information about the topic or country along with one or more videos.

tag(s): africa (169), agriculture (59), climate (94), cross cultural understanding (122), cultures (107), south africa (11), sports (97), women (94)

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Introduce Our Africa to students using an interactive whiteboard or projector. Then have students explore this site independently or in small groups. Have groups research information about the country of their choice and present their findings in a brochure or interactive poster using Sway, reviewed here. Compare and contrast student's living conditions in their country vs. an African child's country using an online tool such as Interactive Two Circle Venn Diagram, reviewed here.
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Anyplace America - AnyplaceAmerica.com

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4 to 12
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Anyplace America provides an extensive resource of free topographical maps of the United States. Choose maps by water, land or man-made features, or browse maps featuring each state....more
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Anyplace America provides an extensive resource of free topographical maps of the United States. Choose maps by water, land or man-made features, or browse maps featuring each state. Maps include local information including nearby points of interest, weather statistics, and photographs. Most also include a link to download a color PDF of the featured map. Google and the U.S. Geological Survey provide the maps used on this site.

tag(s): bridges (10), glaciers (17), landforms (48), maps (292), mountains (16), national parks (20), natural resources (59), rivers (25), volcanoes (64), water (130)

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Bookmark this site to use when teaching about landforms, bodies of waters, or geographic features. Be sure to create a link on classroom computers or your class website for students to access at any time. Have students use a mapping tool such as Click2Map, reviewed here, to create a map of local landforms with audio stories and pictures included.
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Build a Biome - Tubehead

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2 to 8
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Learn about six of the world's biomes then build a biome with this interactive activity. Use clues from the notebook and fact panel to choose the correct items to place ...more
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Learn about six of the world's biomes then build a biome with this interactive activity. Use clues from the notebook and fact panel to choose the correct items to place in your biome. When finished, earn postcards for each biome built.

tag(s): biomes (117), environment (321)

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Share a link to this site on classroom computers and your class website for students to play during your unit on biomes. Have cooperative groups choose a biome to explore further and create podcasts sharing features of their biome. Use a site such as Buzzsprout, reviewed here. Have students use a mapping tool such as Zeemaps, reviewed here, to create a map identifying locations of different biomes around the world.
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The Grassland Biome - University of California Museum of Paleontology

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7 to 12
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This short, but informative, site shares information about the grasslands biomes. Learn about the differences between savannah and temperate grasslands. Explanations include detailed...more
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This short, but informative, site shares information about the grasslands biomes. Learn about the differences between savannah and temperate grasslands. Explanations include detailed information on locations, climate, and vegetation found in each biome.

tag(s): biomes (117), climate (94), environment (321)

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Include this site with other resources when teaching lessons about biomes. The text portions may be challenging, so you should pair weaker readers with a partner as they research on this site. Have students create a simple infographic sharing their knowledge about grassland biomes using Visme, reviewed here.

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Grassland - Jeremy M.B. Smith/Encyclopedia Brittanica

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7 to 12
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Explore the grasslands biome in-depth with this article from Encylopedia Brittanica. Read through to learn about the origins of grasslands, the type of environment necessary to maintain...more
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Explore the grasslands biome in-depth with this article from Encylopedia Brittanica. Read through to learn about the origins of grasslands, the type of environment necessary to maintain a grassland, and common uses such as grazing and agricultural production. Be sure not to miss links near the top of the page to View All Media, and to Print, Cite, and Share the article.

tag(s): biomes (117), ecology (138), environment (321)

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Before exploring the site as a class, download images of grasslands and have students identify the biome and its properties. The text portions may be challenging, so you should pair weaker readers with a partner as they research on this site. Include this site as a resource for your biome unit by sharing a link on your class website. Upon completion of your biome unit, have students make an infographic showing what they learned using Visme, reviewed here.

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A Guide to Anthropogenic Biomes of the World - Andrew Petit de Mange & Kelly Kennedy

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Find a guide to understanding our planet through the ways human impact has changed ecological patterns and processes. Choose from the six biomes for a broad overview of information,...more
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Find a guide to understanding our planet through the ways human impact has changed ecological patterns and processes. Choose from the six biomes for a broad overview of information, then dig deeper by selecting one of the subtopics within a biome to view facts as related to climate, population, and land use.

tag(s): biomes (117), earth (230), ecology (138), environment (321)

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Include this site with your class resources when teaching about biomes and ecology. Have students create online posters individually or together as a class to display human impact on your local environment using a tool such as Adobe Spark, reviewed here, or PicLits, reviewed here. Have cooperative learning groups create podcasts sharing ideas on how to reduce the impact of humans on our environment. Use a site such as Buzzsprout, reviewed here.

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GameOn.World - Jeff Borland and Orkhan Nadirli

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6 to 12
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Increase your knowledge of the world and geography in an entertaining way with GameOn.World. Select from one of the nine categories (Sports, Entertainment, Science, Cities, Facts, People/Things,...more
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Increase your knowledge of the world and geography in an entertaining way with GameOn.World. Select from one of the nine categories (Sports, Entertainment, Science, Cities, Facts, People/Things, and more), and challenge others to join in using the Game I.D. and their name. Play GameOn.World on any device with Internet access; No registration is required! Switch the audio on or off at the bottom of the screen.

tag(s): famous people (23), game based learning (128), sports (97), trivia (19)

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GameOn.World is addictive and not just for teaching geography! It is a whole class activity, so introduce it to your students with a projector and their own devices or classroom computers. The questions are on your large screen or whiteboard, and students answer on their devices. Also, projected on the large screen will be the participant names and results. GameOn is an interactive activity; for instance, for location and timeline games, students respond to questions by moving a marker on a map or clicking a date on a timeline. Use GameOn.World at the beginning of class to engage students immediately. With categories like Sports, Entertainment, Science, Cities, Facts, People/Things, and more, there is something for any student to enjoy and excel in. Use GameOn.World to wrap up the end of class. Students will leave class reluctantly with a smile on their faces! Coming soon to GameOn will be the ability to create your own games, so play what they have, often, and watch for that announcement.

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Where is...? - Backpacker Adventure Club

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5 to 12
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Where is...? is a geography interactive using Google maps. Find the given cities being as precise as possible, then move up in difficulty level as the interactive progresses. In addition...more
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Where is...? is a geography interactive using Google maps. Find the given cities being as precise as possible, then move up in difficulty level as the interactive progresses. In addition to accuracy, speed is also important; players have 10 seconds for each clue. There is also a practice mode that allows players to practice finding locations without levels or scores.
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tag(s): cities (26), countries (80), maps (292)

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Where is...? is an excellent interactive to practice world geography. Create a link on classroom computers for students to play as a center or play together on your interactive whiteboard. Share a link on your class webpage for use at home. Encourage students to share their high scores on a digital (electronic) bulletin board. Use Lino, reviewed here, to create the bulletin board and allow student access from home.

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Capital Toss - ABCya

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2 to 5
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Match capital cities to their states and countries with this entertaining game. Match ten correct to earn different forms of the ball toss. Miss three in a row and the ...more
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Match capital cities to their states and countries with this entertaining game. Match ten correct to earn different forms of the ball toss. Miss three in a row and the game is over.
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tag(s): capitals (25), countries (80), states (165)

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Use this site as an introduction to state or country capitals. Share a link on your class webpage and classroom computers for practice as a center. Take this information a step further and have students create an annotated state image, including text boxes and related links, using a tool such as Thinglink, reviewed here.

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OK2Ask: Tech Integration Made Easy with Sutori - TeachersFirst

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K to 12
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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session from November 2017, opens in Adobe Connect. Transform your classroom activities by learning how to use Sutori. Engage...more
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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session from November 2017, opens in Adobe Connect. Transform your classroom activities by learning how to use Sutori. Engage students and deepen content area knowledge through digital stories. Text, audio, video, discussion forums, and quiz questions bring additional context to content area instruction for your students. Use student-created visual stories and timelines as formative assessment. Brainstorm with others how you and your students can use Sutori in your classroom. Participants will: 1. Learn basic use of Sutori; 2. Explore three different ways to use Sutori in the classroom; and 3. Plan for the use of Sutori in the classroom. This session is appropriate for teachers at all technology levels.

tag(s): digital storytelling (151), timelines (62)

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The archive of this teacher-friendly, hands-on webinar will empower and inspire you to use learning technology in the classroom and for professional productivity. As appropriate, specific classroom examples and ideas have been shared. View the session with a few of your teaching colleagues to find and share new ideas. Find additional information and links to tools at the session resource page. Learn more about OK2Ask and upcoming sessions here.
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OK2Ask: Google Earth Web: Oh the Places You Can Go - TeachersFirst

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K to 12
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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session from October 2017, opens in Adobe Connect. Dust off your digital passport and join us on a journey using the new ...more
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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session from October 2017, opens in Adobe Connect. Dust off your digital passport and join us on a journey using the new Google Earth web. Learn the key features of Google Earth web and how to incorporate this powerful tool into your classroom instruction. The reimagined version of Google Earth includes features that go beyond the use of maps and satellite imagery. Users can now explore the world with Voyager, Google Earth's showcase of guided tours, and try out the 3D button to view places from any angle. Leave with classroom ideas and lesson planning resources. Participants will: 1. Get acquainted with the key features of Google Earth web; 2. Explore interactive guided tours with Voyager; and 3. Start building your own Tour for Google Earth web. This session is appropriate for teachers at all technology levels.

tag(s): Google (25)

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The archive of this teacher-friendly, hands-on webinar will empower and inspire you to use learning technology in the classroom and for professional productivity. As appropriate, specific classroom examples and ideas have been shared. View the session with a few of your teaching colleagues to find and share new ideas. Find additional information and links to tools at the session resource page. Learn more about OK2Ask and upcoming sessions here.
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StepMap - Ole Brandenburg

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5 to 12
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Create personalized local or world maps using StepMap. Register using your email, then activate your account to begin. Choose from creating a standard map or regional/city map to start....more
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Create personalized local or world maps using StepMap. Register using your email, then activate your account to begin. Choose from creating a standard map or regional/city map to start. Follow the steps to choose an area on the map, colorize specific areas including national parks, add options including latitude and longitude lines, and icons. StepMap also offers the option to upload and add video and images as a link to specific locations. When complete, save your map then share using social networking options, the provided embed code, or download to your computer as a jpg. Watch the video tutorial for information on using this site. 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 Freemake Video Converter, reviewed here, to download the video from YouTube.
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tag(s): continents (49), countries (80), map skills (81), maps (292)

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Use StepMap as a tool for helping students learn the locations of countries. Demonstrate how to use the site, then have students find and locate countries, then label using specific colors. Use StepMap to create a map of locations from a novel, events in history, or interesting locations near your hometown.

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Expedition Arctic - Canadian Museum of Nature

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5 to 12
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Explore the Arctic region and its people together with the experts of the Expedition Arctic team. Use your mouse to move around the interactive map to view images (some in ...more
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Explore the Arctic region and its people together with the experts of the Expedition Arctic team. Use your mouse to move around the interactive map to view images (some in 3D) and videos from various Arctic locations. Explore the collection of artifacts displaying the natural treasures from the region or take quizzes to test your Arctic IQ. You must create an account and login to take the quizzes.

tag(s): animals (307), arctic (46), explorers (64), oceans (161), plants (165), polar (19)

In the Classroom

Include this site with any unit on continents or oceans. Create a link on classroom computers and have students explore on their own. Have students use Fakebook, reviewed here, to create a "fake" page similar in style to Facebook about life during the expedition as a member of the Expedition Arctic team. Have students use a mapping tool such as Zeemaps, reviewed here, to create a map of Arctic locations (with audio stories and pictures included!).

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MetKids - The Metropolitan Museum of Art

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Explore over 5,000 years of art in three exciting ways at this vibrant site from The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Along the menu at the top find Explore the Map, ...more
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Explore over 5,000 years of art in three exciting ways at this vibrant site from The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Along the menu at the top find Explore the Map, where you choose red or yellow markers to explore fun facts and videos about art from all over the world. Next, hop into the Time Machine to learn more about specific time periods, geography, and big ideas such as inventions or creatures. Also find, Watch Videos that teach about celebrations, share art made by kids, or provide detailed directions for creating your art.

tag(s): art history (74), artists (78), inventors and inventions (93), myths and legends (26)

In the Classroom

This site is perfect for use on classroom computers for students to explore on their own. Ask them to find information for a specific period of time or country then share their findings on a timeline (with music, photos, videos, and more) using Timeline JS, reviewed here. Enjoy the videos for creating and sharing art in your classroom. Take a virtual field trip together with your students on an interactive whiteboard or with a projector as you explore the museum together.

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