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Collapsus: The Energy Risk Conspiracy - Submarine Channel

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8 to 12
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Collapsus is a simulation that combines interactivity, animation, fiction, and documentary to look into the future as an imminent energy crisis affects ten young people. Participants...more
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Collapsus is a simulation that combines interactivity, animation, fiction, and documentary to look into the future as an imminent energy crisis affects ten young people. Participants make decisions about solutions to the energy crisis and leave a mark on a national and global scale. Live action footage along with animation helps characters understand each situation while vlog posts offer up to date information about the world and personal situations.

tag(s): energy (198), environment (317), problem solving (272)

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Collapsus is a great way to make students think about and discuss a real-world issue in a science class or even in a government class where you talk about the role of public policy in energy use. Explore and play Collapsus on your interactive whiteboard (or projector) as you debate and discuss choices. Have students explore individually or in groups and compare the impact of different decisions. Use an online tool such as the Interactive Two Circle Venn Diagram, reviewed here, to compare and contrast two different decision choices. Create a quick poll (with no membership required) using using Kwiqpoll, reviewed here, to use when making decisions as a class.
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PeaceMaker - Impact Games

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9 to 12
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PeaceMaker is an interactive inspired by real events in the Israel-Palestine conflict. Download the interactive game and install on most Windows or Mac computers in English, Arabic,...more
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PeaceMaker is an interactive inspired by real events in the Israel-Palestine conflict. Download the interactive game and install on most Windows or Mac computers in English, Arabic, or Hebrew. The game is based on real life events (completed in 2007 and copyright 2010). Click to read the Blog about the game in the context of events today. Once installed, choose one side of the society to lead and work to curb violence and find a path to peace. Along the way make decisions based on events that pop up in the world map. Your choice should lead to satisfying the needs of your people, and work toward a mutually satisfying cooperation with the other side. Be sure to watch the trailer for an overall view of activity components. This trailer and other videos are hosted 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): conflict resolution (8), israel (17), middle east (30), palestine (7), problem solving (272)

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Include Peacemaker in units on current world events or the Middle East to help students understand the complexities in this tumultuous zone. Download and install PeaceMaker onto classroom computers (or request it from your tech department if you do not have admin access). Let students peruse it individually or in pairs. Share the activity on your interactive whiteboard (or projector) and discuss moves together as a class. PeaceMaker would be an interesting opening to any unit on conflict resolution, international conflict, or decision-making skills. You can also discuss the changes in the Middle East since this version was created, asking student groups to read current articles and then create a description of what they would ADD or change in the game to make it reflect the current Mid East developments
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WebRangers - National Park Service

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3 to 8
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Join the National Park Service and become a Web Ranger! Customize your ranger station, earn rewards, and play new activities. Find activities about people, history, nature, science,...more
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Join the National Park Service and become a Web Ranger! Customize your ranger station, earn rewards, and play new activities. Find activities about people, history, nature, science, parks, or animals. Take a virtual hike of hand-picked trails from National Parks. Track daily progress for your real exercise on actual hiking trails if you live close to one of the parks. There is a Teacher's Resource Guide with 50 suggested activities. This resource is also available in Spanish.

tag(s): animals (276), landmarks (26), national parks (16), virtual field trips (48)

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Check out the Teacher's Guide first for many curriculum connections and alignment to Common Core. Introduce one of the WebRangers' multimedia resources to your class on an interactive whiteboard or projector. Students sign up with a pseudonym; no email address is required. Use the Question of the Week during writing time, and have students share their response with a partner. Use the historic portions to accompany the study of US history or even in geography. Use this site as a precursor activity to an actual trip to one of the parks or as you study states and their major landmarks. Use this in science class as you study animals and habitats. Explore the landmarks in your own city or town and create multimedia presentations about them like the ones shown here. In the Teacher's Resource Guide, find the link to their Twitter account.
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Time and Date - Steffen Thorsen

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K to 12
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Time and Date is your one-stop resource for anything concerning time zones, calendars, and weather. View current time for any place in the world, explore time zone maps, and create...more
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Time and Date is your one-stop resource for anything concerning time zones, calendars, and weather. View current time for any place in the world, explore time zone maps, and create and print personalized calendars. Explore the short news articles. Calculators and timers offer countdowns to any date. Find the number of days until a chosen date or tell the date in X number of days. Other options allow you to find the weather anywhere in the world, explore sun and moon phases, and browse through upcoming holiday events. There are also many free apps available to specific sections of this site (see the Apps link). There is a LOT here to explore!
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tag(s): calculators (41), calendars (44), DAT device agnostic tool (199), moon (72), sun (71), time (144), time zones (8), weather (188)

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Bookmark (or save in your favorites) Time and Date on your classroom computers for students to use throughout the year. Find out the local time and temperature in countries as you study them, count down the number of days until spring break or the end of the school year. Use the stopwatch or timer/alarm for timing class activities. Create a personal classroom calendar. This is a perfect addition to your Calendar Math lessons in elementary school. Share the site on your interactive whiteboard (or projector) as you count how many days you have been in school, daily weather, or a countdown to a special occasion. The possibilities are endless using all of Time and Date's features! Include time/date conversions for online conferences you will hold with parents who are deployed or traveling in different time zones. Share meeting dates/times for Skype sessions using the time conversions so everyone is "on time." Humor your fellow teachers by warning them of the upcoming full moon and its supposed effect on student behavior!

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Novels on Location - novelsonlocation.com

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6 to 12
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Find novels by choosing the geographic setting using this map-based resource. Click on any feather on the globe to view a novel set in that location -- along with a ...more
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Find novels by choosing the geographic setting using this map-based resource. Click on any feather on the globe to view a novel set in that location -- along with a short Amazon summary. To search for a particular novel, use the keyword search located near the top of the page. At the time of this review, options include over 500 books pinned on the map.

tag(s): literature (275), maps (287), novels (24), setting (11)

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Use Novels on Location to find novels corresponding to geography and cultural lessons. Use this site as an example to create your own novel locations map. Share the locations using Google Earth (reviewed here). Challenge your students to choose novels from several different locations to compare and discuss the role of setting in the themes of the novels.

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Animals Past and Present - University of Illinois Extension

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3 to 6
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Take an in-depth look at animals that have roamed the Earth from 65 million years ago through today with this interesting site. Begin with the introduction to find some incredible ...more
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Take an in-depth look at animals that have roamed the Earth from 65 million years ago through today with this interesting site. Begin with the introduction to find some incredible facts about the lack of life on early Earth and a timeline. Then explore early life in the planet's seas using images of fossils and descriptions of climate and earth changes leading to the formation of other forms of life. Other sections explore the World of Dinosaurs, Frosty Animals of the Ice Age, and Today's Animals and Their Distant Cousins. The site is also available in Spanish.

tag(s): animals (276), dinosaurs (57), fossils (44), illinois (9), mammals (32)

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Use this site as an anticipatory set or "activator" to introduce a unit or lesson on animals on a projector or interactive whiteboard. Use this site as a learning station or center. Pair weaker readers with others to help with text-heavy portions. Divide students into cooperative learning groups to explore the site, and have them create a simple infographic about an animal and its relatives sharing their findings using Easel.ly, reviewed here, or Venngage reviewed here. Have students create online animal posters individually or together as a class using a tool such as Web Poster Wizard, reviewed here, or PicLits, reviewed here.

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Form Time Ideas - Jonathan Hall

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5 to 9
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Form Time Ideas offers a constantly changing selection of daily quick activities in many subjects. (For American teachers, "form time" is roughly equivalent to "homeroom" time.) Choose...more
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Form Time Ideas offers a constantly changing selection of daily quick activities in many subjects. (For American teachers, "form time" is roughly equivalent to "homeroom" time.) Choose the Home Page to view a mix of topics such as Brainteasers, In the News Today, and Word of the Day. Select links to choose activities for only specific topics such as literacy, numeracy, or news. Easily print any page using the link in the top right corner of each section. If finished early, refresh the page for a new set of activities! You can also click on the button under each question to only refresh that particular question/statement. The site was created in the UK, so some of the pronunciations and spellings may differ from those in American English.

tag(s): grammar review (37), literacy (103), news (261), numbers (204), riddles (15), substitutes (21), vocabulary (324)

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Form Time Ideas is perfect for daily review and bell work as students arrive in class or as a quick review at the end of class. Print out different pages for use during quiet times or send home for absentee students to complete. This site is excellent for enrichment. Include it on your class web page for students to access both in and out of class. Substitutes will love the handy ideas on this site!

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AWESOME RESOURCE! Patricia, NJ, Grades: 6 - 12

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Zip Lookup - esri.com

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6 to 12
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What does your zip code tell you about the demographics and lifestyle of your community? Find out with Zip Lookup. Type in any zip code for quick information on the ...more
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What does your zip code tell you about the demographics and lifestyle of your community? Find out with Zip Lookup. Type in any zip code for quick information on the "Tapestry" of your area. View the top three demographic segments of the community such as "Boomburbs" or "Savvy Surbanites." Use the drop-down box for an explanation of each segment. Click on tabs to further narrow down information such as income, age, and population density comparing each zip code to the county, state, and the entire United States.

tag(s): communities (35), demographics (19), population (60)

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Use Zip Lookup to compare and contrast any areas of the United States using several different categories. Use this site as an anticipatory set or "activator" to introduce a unit or lesson on states and communities on a projector or interactive whiteboard. Include it in discussions of politics and election strategies or local and state government. Have students create a simple infographic sharing their findings using Easel.ly, reviewed here or Venngage reviewed here. Have students create maps using Animaps (reviewed here). Students can add information learned using the zipcode, other text, images, and location stops.

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Earth Null School - Cameron Beccario

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6 to 12
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Earth Null School is a visual compilation of winds plotted at many, many locations around the globe, updated every three hours. In addition, the globe shows ocean surface currents updated...more
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Earth Null School is a visual compilation of winds plotted at many, many locations around the globe, updated every three hours. In addition, the globe shows ocean surface currents updated every five days and ocean temperatures, updated daily. Click and rotate the globe to view any area in the world. Scroll in and out to zoom in on any location. Choose the word "earth" at the lower left side of the screen to view controls and additional data. Controls allow you to view data from previous days, adjust from air to ocean currents, and add overlays for temperature, humidity, and more.

tag(s): climate (92), oceans (148), temperature (29), weather (188)

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Introduce Earth Null School on your interactive whiteboard or projector during a unit on weather. Then have students explore this site independently or in small groups. View and track information from this site for your school's location. If you Skype with a class in a different location, Earth Null School is a perfect addition to comparing and contrasting weather information with your partner class! Use an online tool such as Interactive Two Circle Venn Diagram (reviewed here) to compare weather at any two locations.

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eduXtive - Cool & Free Learning Games for Kids - eduXtive.com

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1 to 12
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Looking for free, educational, Flash-based activities? Go to eduXtive and find a variety of activities from preschool to high school. Categories include: Art, Brain, Financial, Geography,...more
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Looking for free, educational, Flash-based activities? Go to eduXtive and find a variety of activities from preschool to high school. Categories include: Art, Brain, Financial, Geography, Keyboarding, History, Basic Math, Algebra, Fractions, Geometry, Memory, Colors and Shapes, Preschool, Numbers, Responsibilities, Puzzle, Science, Skills, and Strategy. Don't miss the Protein Synthesis Race. Follow the DNA quiz to Amino Acid Match. The great variety in activities will keep you discovering new and exciting material every time you visit. Be sure to look at the extensive tag list at the bottom of the home page to find all "game" categories. Watch out for some advertising links. Some appear to be part of the site.
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tag(s): brain (72), colors (79), dna (69), energy (198), fractions (239), game based learning (103), geology (81), keyboarding (38), numbers (204), preK (281), puzzles (208), rocks (49)

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Find the topic area you are studying to accompany your lessons. The activities provide remediation or enrichment depending on your need. Make a shortcut directly to the actual game page for a classroom center to use with younger students. Expose your students to a variety of topics so they can jump right in when you start the content area study. Use the activities as an extra practice or advanced exploration. Add to your class website for students to practice at home. This site can stay on your website all year to accompany so many different subjects and areas.
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Knoema - World Data Atlas - Knoema

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6 to 12
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Just the facts, ma'am. Knoema's World Data Atlas provides a dizzying array of data about the countries of the world. Sort either by country (from Afghanistan to Zimbabwe), or by ...more
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Just the facts, ma'am. Knoema's World Data Atlas provides a dizzying array of data about the countries of the world. Sort either by country (from Afghanistan to Zimbabwe), or by topic (agriculture to water). Look at zoomable, color coded maps, and analyze rankings by topic. The interface is simple and direct, so if you are just looking for a statistic, you will find it quickly and easily. If you are looking at masses of authentic data to analyze or compare, you'll find that too. Click to create comparisons among any 2 to 3 countries. There is an introductory video available, hosted on YouTube. If YouTube is blocked at your school, you may need to view this video at home.

tag(s): atlas (6), data (148), infographics (42), map skills (79), maps (287), natural resources (59), resources (112), united nations (8)

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Bookmark this for student research, whether it be for individual country data or for comparative data by topic. Use the maps on an interactive whiteboard (or projector) to provide a visual representation of the data. This is a great source for authentic data for students to practice their analytic skills, or just to find out what the GDP of Antigua and Barbuda is. This is a resource that will see frequent use. Share it during math units on data, as well, so students have authentic numbers to "play with." Have them write their own data problems and questions for classmates to solve. Challenge your most able student to determine why two countries are so different.
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Your Life on Earth - BBC

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6 to 12
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We know our own lifetimes are but a tiny hiccup in the long history of the Earth. But what HAS happened since we were born? The BBC will tell you. ...more
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We know our own lifetimes are but a tiny hiccup in the long history of the Earth. But what HAS happened since we were born? The BBC will tell you. Simply enter your date of birth (using the day/month/year format) and some other information (you can choose either metric or Imperial/US measurement), and a wonderful series of charts appears! How many times has your heart beat? How old would you be on Venus? How has the Earth changed since you were born? How has humankind changed the Earth since you were born? How many volcanoes have erupted? What's happened to the sea levels? How many endangered species have become extinct? This site is created by the BBC (United Kingdom). American English speakers may notice some slights spelling differences. It is best viewed in Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer 10 and above.
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tag(s): climate change (64), earth (228), earth day (112), earthquakes (48), planets (123), writing prompts (92)

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Look at the various metrics based on your age to gain perspective on many science and history topics. Look at the impact of human behavior on the environment or at the "big picture" of what one human can do in a lifetime. Consider comparing the changes on Earth based on a student's age versus a teacher's age (if you're brave enough to tell!). You can also dial back the clock 100 years, but choose times in modern history for the comparison. Don't forget to use the dropdown menus on each chart for more information. For example, pick any planet to see how old you'd be there. Small groups of students could discuss and analyze different components of the site and present their findings to the larger class. Include this in math class as a way to apply multiplication formulas or conversions. Use observations on this site to spark blog posts of evidence-based writing. Have students make visual representations of their life on Earth as an infographic. To learn more about infographics in the classroom, see TeachersFirst's Now I See!.
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Geography Awareness Week - National Geographic

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5 to 12
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Geography Awareness Week is an annual opportunity for families and schools to engage in educational experiences that draw attention to the importance of place and how we affect and...more
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Geography Awareness Week is an annual opportunity for families and schools to engage in educational experiences that draw attention to the importance of place and how we affect and are affected by it. Launched in 1987, this initiative is celebrated during the third week of November. The Awareness Week site offers support through lessons, activities, films, and print materials to spread the word in your community. Each year offers a different theme. Scroll down near the bottom of the home page to find links to free materials, information on local events, and information on how to register your event and receive free supplies to give away!

tag(s): globe (14), map skills (79), maps (287)

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Have older students pair up with a younger classroom to create and share events for Geography Awareness Week. Celebrate Geography Awareness Week in your classroom or school using supplies and resources provided on the website. View all of TeachersFirst's Editor's Choices for Geography Awareness Week here.

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The All-Star River Explorers - University of Illinois Extension

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3 to 6
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Discover the basics of rivers and how they form with this kid-friendly adventure. Read and listen to facts about rivers. View and compare maps from previous centuries to today's maps...more
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Discover the basics of rivers and how they form with this kid-friendly adventure. Read and listen to facts about rivers. View and compare maps from previous centuries to today's maps and learn about changes to rivers through natural and unnatural changes. Explore several in-depth sections including River Basics, River Dollars & Sense, and Ooze, Good & Other Nasty Things.

tag(s): ecology (135), explorers (61), maps (287), rivers (21)

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Have students try out this site on individual computers or as a learning center. Turn sound off or on according to your needs. Use this site as an anticipatory set or "activator" to introduce a unit or lesson on a projector or interactive whiteboard. This is a great find for gifted students. Explore the logic or unusual topics (for example, a site where students can do more in-depth investigation related to a "standard" curriculum topic)! This site is excellent for enrichment. Include it on your class web page for students to access both in and out of class.
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The British Library - The British Library Board

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7 to 12
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Visit the British Library website to search through catalogues, order items for research, view exhibitions and connect to information resources worldwide. Explore the many collections...more
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Visit the British Library website to search through catalogues, order items for research, view exhibitions and connect to information resources worldwide. Explore the many collections sorted by subject, time period, region, and more. Many collections feature digitized archives of television and radio news and almost 7 million pages from newspapers across the UK and Ireland. Click the "Discover" link to view Online Galleries featuring virtual books, old maps, and ancient manuscripts. This site is created from the UK. If you are an American English speaker, spellings will be slightly different. This museum is to Britain what the Smithsonian is to the U.S.

tag(s): art history (70), britain (35), england (57), great britain (16), maps (287)

In the Classroom

Create a link to the British Library website on classroom computers for students to explore on their own or with a partner. Use as part of any lessons about British history. Have students find and explore old maps and compare with current maps. Compare the maps using an online tool such as Interactive Two Circle Venn Diagram (reviewed here). View television and radio news archives together on your interactive whiteboard (or projector) to learn about the world from a British perspective about any time period such as World War I or World War II. Explore British authors and poets and view their manuscripts online!
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Asian Art Museum Educator Resources - Asian Art Museum

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5 to 12
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Find a large selection of resources for teaching and learning about Asian art at this resource provided by the Asian Art Museum. Choose from over 100 lessons and activities aligned...more
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Find a large selection of resources for teaching and learning about Asian art at this resource provided by the Asian Art Museum. Choose from over 100 lessons and activities aligned to Common Core Standards. View almost 300 pieces of art and watch over 400 videos presented in an easy-to-use format. Search by keyword or type of resource (In the Spotlight, Most Popular, or What's New). If your district blocks YouTube, the videos 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): art history (70), artists (75), asia (73), china (66), chinese new year (3), cross cultural understanding (115), japan (61), korea (15)

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Introduce this site on your interactive whiteboard (or projector). Allow students to explore on their own or in collaborative groups. Have students or groups collect ideas and findings using Padlet, reviewed here. The Padlet application creates free online sticky note boards. Bookmark and use this site to find resources for Chinese New Year activities. Have students create online posters individually or together as a class using a tool such as Web Poster Wizard, reviewed here, or PicLits, reviewed here.
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Somewhere - Benjamin Netter

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Visit the best places in the world through the eyes of random Instagram users via Somewhere. You don't have to be "connected" to Instagram to view the photos. Simply click ...more
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Visit the best places in the world through the eyes of random Instagram users via Somewhere. You don't have to be "connected" to Instagram to view the photos. Simply click your space bar to view a new location. Read a short description of the location and view a photo. Click the "read more" button to find more information about the location (provided by Wikipedia). Although very simple in concept and format, these stunning images will have you returning over and over for more! If you desire, you can click directly on the image to view it on Instagram. Be sure to preview since Instagram comments are not moderated! (Many schools may block Instagram, so test before assuming you can access this at school).

tag(s): images (266), photography (160)

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Display Somewhere on your interactive whiteboard (or projector) for quick geography lessons using stunning images. Cover up the description when displaying images on your whiteboard and challenge students to guess the location. Display any of the interesting images as a creative writing prompt. Allow world geography, world cultures, or world language students to use Somewhere to find locations to research for multimedia projects. Find many multimedia project options from the TeachersFirst Edge. Create your own world tour "bucket list" as a class!

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TeachersFirst's Editors' Choices for Geography Awareness and Exploration - TeachersFirst

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TeachersFirst's editors selected these resources to inspire interest and explorations of world geography in any classroom from kindergarten through high school. There are many ways...more
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TeachersFirst's editors selected these resources to inspire interest and explorations of world geography in any classroom from kindergarten through high school. There are many ways to view and learn about our world: maps, statistics, photographs, narratives, interactive navigation systems, and mobile apps. Exploring geography and seeing relationships between natural resources, maps, landforms, climate, and human activity can seem overwhelming, but these resources will entice even the most reluctant student or adult to take a new "view" of the world.

tag(s): map skills (79), maps (287), natural resources (59), population (60)

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Mark this one in your favorites for Geography Awareness Week each November. Include the link on your class web page for students to access both in class and at home. Ask students to explore and choose their favorite geography resource, then give a "tour" of it to the rest of the class on your projector or interactive whiteboard.

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EarthEcho International - Philippe Cousteau Jr.

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EarthEcho International offers a collection of videos, lesson plans, and other materials designed to support high-quality classroom experiences and the exploration and protection of...more
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EarthEcho International offers a collection of videos, lesson plans, and other materials designed to support high-quality classroom experiences and the exploration and protection of natural resources. Many are correlated to Common Core and Next Generation Science Standards. Find and choose resources by filtering program offerings, grade levels, and type of activity. Program offerings include topics such as rethinking waste, water quality, energy, marine debris, and much more. Register with your email address for free access to materials.

In addition to teaching materials, follow EarthEcho expeditions with day by day updates from the field, including lesson plans, audio and video materials, and much more. 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): environment (317), oceans (148), recycling (57), water (130)

In the Classroom

Be sure to take advantage of lesson plans and teaching materials found on the site. Create a link on classroom computers and share on your class website for students to explore expeditions on their own. Have students create an annotated image including text boxes and related links using a tool such as Thinglink, reviewed here to demonstrate information found on EarthEcho. Have students create a word cloud of the important terms they learn from this site using a tool such as WordItOut (reviewed here). Have students create maps of explorations using Animaps (reviewed here). Students can add text, images, and location stops!
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Voting America: United States Politics 1840-2008 - University of Richmond

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Find interactive maps examining the results of elections from 1840 through 2008. With US politics increasingly dominated by election year strategizing, a historical look at how Americans...more
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Find interactive maps examining the results of elections from 1840 through 2008. With US politics increasingly dominated by election year strategizing, a historical look at how Americans have voted in both Presidential and Congressional elections can provide useful context. In a democracy, the power of popular elections to affect the lives of all citizens cannot be understated. In order to understand how changes in population--demography and distribution--have affected popular elections, it's important to see those changes in perspective. On this site, you can look at Presidential elections or Congressional elections, as well as population maps focused on African American and White population changes over the time period. Most of the maps are based on an advancing time line that maps data over time. For Presidential elections, there are also more detailed maps for each separate election.

tag(s): congress (33), elections (75), electoral college (16), maps (287), presidents (131), timelines (62)

In the Classroom

These maps, powerful when projected on an interactive whiteboard (or projector), make the impact of changes in population demographics and distribution visual. The maps might also provide a good resource for students studying a particular President or time period. Challenge students to create a newspaper about what they have learned (about the President or time period). Use a tool such as Zinepal (reviewed here). Click to "Start with a blank e-Book."

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