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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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TeachersFirst Reading Treks - Make Learning a Journey - TeachersFirst

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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 (294), 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 (294)

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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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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 (308), 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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Anyplace America - AnyplaceAmerica.com

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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 (294), 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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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 (322)

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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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Capital Toss - ABCya

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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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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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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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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)

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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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Twitter Chat: Social Studies When Time is Limited - TeachersFirst

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K to 12
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This archived Twitter chat is from May, 2017 and will open in Storify. View this archive to learn tips and tools to use when teaching social studies. Find ideas about ...more
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This archived Twitter chat is from May, 2017 and will open in Storify. View this archive to learn tips and tools to use when teaching social studies. Find ideas about how to incorporate more social studies when your time is limited during the school day. Browse the strategies offered by the chat moderators and participants.

tag(s): professional development (162), twitterchatarchive (29)

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Is your social studies time limited? Check out this archived chat for tools and tips to use in your class to make social studies stretch past the limited time allotted. Share this tool with your colleagues interested in learning more tips and tools to use in social studies lessons.

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EarthCam Live Webcam Network - EarthCam, Inc

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Discover what is happening all around the world, live as it takes place. EarthCam's network includes live webcams featuring weather, traffic, animals, and more. Discover webcams by...more
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Discover what is happening all around the world, live as it takes place. EarthCam's network includes live webcams featuring weather, traffic, animals, and more. Discover webcams by topic or explore popular offerings. Scroll further down the home page to choose webcams on a clickable map by location. Because webcams may feature streaming from inside homes or contain other personal information, do not have young children access them without supervision. Previewing all videos before sharing with the class would be wise.
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tag(s): cultures (108), globe (15), maps (294), webcams (7)

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This site would be an excellent addition to any science, social studies, or world cultures class. Teachers click on a webcam in different parts of the world to see things like weather and basic geography. In early elementary, use webcams to introduce the world visually with a projector or on an interactive whiteboard. Select specific webcams and create shortcuts on classroom computer desktops for students to "see what's happening" on a certain continent as you study the seven continents. Use animal webcams for students to observe animal behavior and keep a "lab journal" of what they see. Use this site to visit different areas that have been effected by natural disasters. Share the videos on an interactive whiteboard or with a projector.

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Open Parks Network - Clemson University and the National Park Service

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The Open Parks Network offers over 350,000 digitized images of cultural heritage objects and 1.5 million pages of literature from the National Park Service. Use the keyword search to...more
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The Open Parks Network offers over 350,000 digitized images of cultural heritage objects and 1.5 million pages of literature from the National Park Service. Use the keyword search to find specific information, or scroll through the home page to browse by parks or collections. Also, use the Explore tab to find resources located on maps. Use the "Draw Bounding Box" option to narrow your search to any particular boundary.

tag(s): images (274), national parks (20), primary sources (92)

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Bookmark this site to use throughout the year to find images and other primary sources for United States locations. Encourage your students to use this tool for projects. Include this site on your class webpage for students and parents to access as a reference. Challenge students to find a photo (legally permitted for reproduction), and then narrate the photo as if it is a news report. Have students create a multimedia presentation using Voicethread, reviewed here. This site allows users to narrate a picture.

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

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

tag(s): alaska (24), hawaii (8), landforms (48), national parks (20), states (165), video (278)

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

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The True Size of... - James Talmage and Damon Maneice

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The True Size of...uses Google Maps and drag and drop technology to allow you to compare the size of any two countries. Because normal maps have a certain amount of ...more
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The True Size of...uses Google Maps and drag and drop technology to allow you to compare the size of any two countries. Because normal maps have a certain amount of distortion, sometimes it's hard to see real size differences on a standard map. Just type in the name of any county. Once highlighted, drag the country to any location on the map to compare. Hover over the country to view statistics with the actual size. When finished, right click and start over.
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tag(s): area (73), countries (80), map skills (81), maps (294)

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The True Size of... is perfect for use on an interactive whiteboard or with a projector. Use to demonstrate size differences in countries. Have students use this site when presenting reports of nations around the world. Have a new student from another state or country? Use this site to begin a discussion of the comparable size of where they came from to where your classroom is located. This tool would be especially valuable when explaining the concept of map scale or square miles/meters. Use The True Size of... to compare locations students read about in Globetracker's Mission, reviewed here, or books they are reading. Include it in discussions about the impact of a country's size on its culture in world language or cultures classes. Use an online tool such a Canva, reviewed here, to create a Venn Diagram to compare and contrast different countries.

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OK2Ask: Meet Google Classroom - TeachersFirst

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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional development session from May 2017, opens in Adobe Connect. Want to go paperless? Try Google Classroom, an online tool that incorporates...more
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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional development session from May 2017, opens in Adobe Connect. Want to go paperless? Try Google Classroom, an online tool that incorporates G-Suite apps into a dynamic classroom environment. Learn how to create, distribute, and grade assignments. Understand how to organize class resources, post announcements, and questions. Google Classroom makes it easy to coordinate and organize your G-Suite and tech-infused students projects. This session is appropriate for teachers at all technology levels. NOTE: To participate you must be able to sign into a Google account that has been set up by your school district. You must have access to G-Suite with Google Classroom turned on. As a result of this session teachers will: (1) Set up a basic Google Classroom; (2) Create an assignment and import a document into either a question, announcement or topical post; and (3) Plan for the use of Google Classroom in their setting.

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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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Google Earth VR - Google Earth

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

tag(s): china (63), cultures (108), italian (36), mountains (16), renaissance (31), rome (26), virtual field trips (52)

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Immerse your students in your studies with a close-up, in-depth look through virtual field trips. Visit places where time, money, and mileage inhibit your dreams for bringing your students into wondrous worlds. Find ways to visit where your class has never gone before. Find the means to motivate your most reluctant learners. Small groups or individual students can focus on one of the tours and use as a starting point for additional research. ESL/ELL learners will appreciate the visual tours. Reach all types of learners through a class visit. Use these virtual reality tours as a whole class anticipatory guide, a center activity, a home connection, or even as extra credit. Challenge your gifted students to be guides to their own learning. Make your class go global! For other virtual tours, try Listly Virtual Field Trips, reviewed here.

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Wall of Birds - Cornell Lab of Ornithology

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Wall of Birds is a cool interactive map from Cornell's Bird Academy based on an epic mural Found at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. The site features species found around ...more
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Wall of Birds is a cool interactive map from Cornell's Bird Academy based on an epic mural Found at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. The site features species found around the world spanning 375 million years using content from the All About Birds website, reviewed here. The colorful world map depicts 243 birds, one from each taxonomic family, showing where to find each on the globe. Find extinct species on the mural in black-and-white, and you can zoom in and out and pan to see the progression of evolution that led to modern birds. Click on each bird picture and a window opens with its name, family name, natural history, a sound file of its call, and a map showing where to observe it. A social media aspect lets you vote for favorites and check out a leaderboard.

tag(s): birds (52), evolution (99), map skills (81), maps (294)

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This enticing and engaging site will stimulate interest in birds at any level and works on any device. Explore the world of birds on an interactive whiteboard or projector with your whole class or have small groups or individuals research particular species. The lower right-hand navigational buttons, help explore the map and lead to other content about it. Using the map as an example, have students create their own maps featuring local, national, or international animals using Google Maps, reviewed here, or on paper. Research birds online using Audubon Adventures, reviewed here, or with bird guidebooks. Using a mobile device, have students collect their own bird pictures and calls to share in an online presentation, using a tool such as Sway, reviewed here, or on a Google Map. After watching the "Behind the Scenes" video whose link is in the right-hand corner of the Wall, have students work collaboratively to create a class mural of local birds or other topics.

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bioGraphic - California Academy of Science

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bioGraphic is a stunning multimedia magazine showcasing nature and solutions to sustaining life on earth. Scroll down the home page to browse through the latest articles and be prepared...more
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bioGraphic is a stunning multimedia magazine showcasing nature and solutions to sustaining life on earth. Scroll down the home page to browse through the latest articles and be prepared to be drawn in through the beautiful imagery included! Browse by specific topics such as wildlife, places, or people, or use the keyword search. Be sure to click on the three dots next to the search icon that enables you to choose from specific types of content such as videos, photos, or immersive experiences.

tag(s): animal homes (57), animals (308), deserts (15), habitats (90), multimedia (63), natural resources (59), oceans (161), rainforests (15)

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Even if you don't teach science, you and your students will love this magazine because of the beautiful images shared! Use bioGraphic for informational reading in your Language Arts classroom. Include a link on classroom computers for students to read on their own. In science class share bioGraphic articles as a starting point for any unit on animals, for social studies, use bioGraphic to learn more about places around the world and the people that live there. Have cooperative learning groups create online books about information learned on this site using a tool such as Bookemon, reviewed here. Don't forget to subscribe to bioGraphic to receive updates as new articles are added to the magazine.

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OK2Ask: Great Ideas for Tech Infused Lessons - TeachersFirst

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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional development session from November 2016, opens in Adobe Connect. Explore the teacher-friendly features of TeachersFirst to help you save...more
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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional development session from November 2016, opens in Adobe Connect. Explore the teacher-friendly features of TeachersFirst to help you save time in developing technology infused lessons. Participants will learn new strategies to incorporate the tools of the web successfully into any classroom. As a result of this session and through individual follow-up, teachers will: (1) Locate resources within TeachersFirst to provide real-world learning experiences for their students; (2) Locate and evaluate effective, web-based tools and resources in support of teaching and learning, both for themselves and for their students; (3) Evaluate TeachersFirst membership features applicable to their individual technology expertise and teaching situation; (4) Find solutions to individual questions or practical problems of their teaching situation by exploring TeachersFirst and/or asking live questions during the session; and (5) Plan to use the features of TeachersFirst's value-added reviews to plan technology infused lessons. This session is for teachers at ALL technology comfort levels.

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The archive of this teacher-friendly, hands-on webinar will empower and inspire you to use 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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