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Be A Martian - NASA jet Propulsion Laboratory

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Become a Martian Citizen! Join the Age of Virtual Exploration and the Human-Robotic Partnership. Pages on this site may take some time to load. Click on I want to be ...more
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Become a Martian Citizen! Join the Age of Virtual Exploration and the Human-Robotic Partnership. Pages on this site may take some time to load. Click on I want to be a Martian Citizen to create an account. Students choose under 13 or 14 and over. If under 13, a parent email is required and over 14 still requires contact information. Skip making an account by choosing "I just want to look around." Choose this to cruise the site by creating an Anonymous Tourist Visa to just look around. Become a map maker in the Map Room of the Citizen Science Hall, become a curious visitor in the Crater City Town Hall Polling Place, visit the Two Moons Theater, or view the visitor center Tourist Malls Atlas.

tag(s): mars (41), planets (124), space (207)

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View movies that feature testing of the Mars Rover models on similar terrain areas here on Earth. Share the videos on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Learn why we map Mars by visiting the Map room. After viewing the information video, help find terrain changes on Mars or count craters. Find information on every page of this site. Find your way back using the sitemap. Allow students to explore this site and hold a class discussion of the interesting information and major points learned through the exploration. Research other NASA probes and missions to identify information learned and how we understand the universe and maybe our own planet better.
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For Kids Only - Earth Science - NASA Science

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2 to 12
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This site offers several activities for students to learn about earth science. When the page first loads there is an interesting science fact offered, reload the page to see another...more
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This site offers several activities for students to learn about earth science. When the page first loads there is an interesting science fact offered, reload the page to see another new fact. Links on the main page take you to different sections of the site such as people, land, water, air, and natural hazards. Within each section is information about NASA and their current activities related to the topic, these sections are fairly short and geared toward providing information at the elementary age level. This is also where activities will be found, for example, in the land portion there is an interactive coloring book to learn about data collected from the earth, a multimedia presentation with Amanda the Pigeon teaching about flight, and Echo the Bat teaches about how satellites are used. Within some sections of the site are links for teachers containing lesson plans including printable worksheets. Secondary level teachers may find the teacher's guides useful to download and use, they contain in-depth information and activities about planet earth and space.

tag(s): air (163), data (148), earth (228), flight (36), water (130)

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This site is perfect for use on the interactive whiteboard or projector. Display activities on the board as you explore different earth science concepts. Create a link on classroom computers for older students to explore the site on their own. Use the lesson plans on the site to complement your existing lessons on earth science.
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Cardboard Cognition - San Diego State University Department of Education

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K to 6
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This site offers directions and resources for 132 educational card and board games. Games are listed in alphabetical order with a direct link to the description of the games. Most ...more
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This site offers directions and resources for 132 educational card and board games. Games are listed in alphabetical order with a direct link to the description of the games. Most games have a name that gives a clue to the content; however, it may be worthwhile to search other games that may be modified for different uses. Each game includes information on appropriate use of the game, rationale, directions, modifications, and information on designing game cards.

tag(s): capitals (24), logic (236), number sense (96), nutrition (153), puzzles (209)

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Create games to use for classroom centers, homework, or practice with classroom skills. Older students can be given directions and create their own card games. Use the card games on the site as inspiration for creating card games appropriate for your classroom.

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Levers - vectorpark.com

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Learn about levers and forces with this engaging interactive. As items drop into the water below, pick them up and drag with your cursor to hang on the lever above. ...more
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Learn about levers and forces with this engaging interactive. As items drop into the water below, pick them up and drag with your cursor to hang on the lever above. Add other levers as they appear. Once objects are hung, move them from one area to another to see the differences in the levers. Let water out of the pail to see even bigger changes.

tag(s): forces (45), motion (60)

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Explore how levers work before, during, or after a unit of instruction. Encourage students to create similar models in the classroom (using different materials of course.) Measure and record effects of each object on the lever to learn more about forces and the parts of a lever. Propose changes to where items are placed and discuss the changes on forces.
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Just for Kids - State of California - State of California

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3 to 8
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Explore this site to learn about the many different offerings provided by the state of California. Although there are many portions of the site with valuable information, the portion...more
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Explore this site to learn about the many different offerings provided by the state of California. Although there are many portions of the site with valuable information, the portion that directly gives specific information about the state is located under the link entitled History & Government. Here you can learn about state symbols such as the state bird, state dance, and even the state color! Follow the link to the Caltrans page to find kids activities books, a build a bridge game, and a trivia quiz.

tag(s): california (27), earth day (111), symbols (19)

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Share portions of the site on your interactive whiteboard or projector when researching state information or share with students for state research projects. Rather than traditional research project options, challenge students to create multimedia presentations using one of the many TeachersFirst Edge tools reviewed here. Use information under the Geography section to help students learn about earthquakes.

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Arkansas Kids - Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism

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Kids will have a great time learning about Arkansas with this bright and colorful website. Find fun facts in the Facts section. Did you know that Arkansas is one of ...more
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Kids will have a great time learning about Arkansas with this bright and colorful website. Find fun facts in the Facts section. Did you know that Arkansas is one of the few diamond-producing states in the country and is #1 in rice production? Try some of the neat interactives such as "Outfitting for Adventure" to dress the state mascot to match his environment, or "Guess this Word" to find places in Arkansas, or complete a Camping Crossword puzzle. Be sure to check out the section of Famous Arkansans, links are sorted by categories such as politicians and business leaders and many include a short video about the famous person. Made in Arkansas provides a list of products produced in the state from peanut brittle to pontoon boats. Teachers, be sure to look at the portion of the site just for you that includes several lesson plans ready for classroom use.

tag(s): geology (81), states (162)

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Share this site with students researching information for state reports. Rather than having students create traditional reports, make it online! Have students use a tool such as Woices (beta) (reviewed here). This site allows students to create audio recordings AND choose a location on a map (Arkansas) where the report takes place. Explore the site with students when learning about different states, ask students to tell what they know then compare to information provided on the site.
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Arizona Kid's Page - State of Arizona

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Learn more about the state of Arizona with this site offering facts and information just for kids. Choose the Natural Wonders link to learn about the many natural wonders and ...more
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Learn more about the state of Arizona with this site offering facts and information just for kids. Choose the Natural Wonders link to learn about the many natural wonders and national parks within the state such as the Grand Canyon, the town of Tombstone, and the Apache Trail. Get a brief geographical background on the formation of the state by choosing the Arizona History link tracing the known time range of man living in the state back 20,000 years. Learn about state facts, emblems, motto, and much more in the facts section (did you know Arizona has official state neckwear?). Be sure to check out the state photos section for realistic images of many portions of the state and of it's natural wonders.

tag(s): national parks (16), native americans (78), natural resources (60), westward expansion (29)

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Share this site with students when working on state research projects. Display photos included on the site with students on your interactive whiteboard or projector when discussing Arizona, the Grand Canyon, or other areas of the state. Copy and use the coloring pages with the state seal, flag, and other images when learning about the state of Arizona. Rather than having students create a traditional research project, have students create a multimedia presentation using Thinglink, reviewed here. This site allows users to narrate a picture.

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Alaska Kids' Corner - State of Alaska

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Explore and learn all about Alaska with this site dedicated to kids. Learn interesting facts such as there are 70 volcanoes in Alaska in the Facts section. Student Information includes...more
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Explore and learn all about Alaska with this site dedicated to kids. Learn interesting facts such as there are 70 volcanoes in Alaska in the Facts section. Student Information includes basic state information such as the state motto, nickname, state seal, flag, and state emblems. An especially informative portion of the site contains a great deal of information on the state history. Here students can explore Famous Alaskans, Homesteading, Russian Heritage, and more. From bear watching to wildlife many outdoor activities are offered as examples of ways to enjoy all the state has to offer. Another section, Geography, includes information about glaciers, climate, and daylight hours throughout the state. Be sure to check out the portion of the site that addresses common misconceptions about the state.

tag(s): alaska (25), animals (277), flags (22), volcanoes (61)

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Share this site with students when they are researching information for state reports. Have students use a mapping tool such as Mapskip (reviewed here) to create a map of local landforms (with audio stories and pictures included)! Add this on to your list of resources when reading books about Alaska such as Balto. Ask students to share their thoughts about Alaska, then share the common misconceptions portion of the site to see if your students have any of these misconceptions.

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Science projects, ideas & topics - Science Made Simple

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K to 12
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This "plain vanilla" looking site offers science help for parents, students, and teachers with simple explanations of science topics and ideas for experiments and projects. There is...more
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This "plain vanilla" looking site offers science help for parents, students, and teachers with simple explanations of science topics and ideas for experiments and projects. There is an extensive section devoted to creating a wonderful science fair that includes project ideas, how to pick a topic, presenting projects, judging, and parent information. There are also many at-home ideas for projects using simple, easy to find materials such as swinging cereal to demonstrate static electricity. You can sign up for their free newsletter to stay informed of new materials added to the site. There is an online store; however, it isn't necessary to purchase materials to use most of the information offered onsite.
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tag(s): colors (79), electricity (89), experiments (72), photosynthesis (33), plants (146)

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Share portions of the site such as how to use a lab notebook or how to do experiments safely on your interactive whiteboard when beginning science projects. Use the site as a resource for classroom experiments with materials that are readily available. Assign experiments for students to do at home, then have them prepare a presentation for the class describing science concepts demonstrated and learned. Secondary teachers can assign students a topic from the Science News portion of the site to read and discuss with the class. Challenge students to create a multimedia project to share with the class using one of many TeachersFirst Edge tools reviewed here.

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SMART Board Goodies - Amber Coggin

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K to 12
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This bright and cheerful blog offers original interactive whiteboard resources created by a certified SMARTboard trainer. The site is updated often, get notices of updates by email...more
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This bright and cheerful blog offers original interactive whiteboard resources created by a certified SMARTboard trainer. The site is updated often, get notices of updates by email or by following on Twitter or Facebook. To find archived files, search the site using the search box at the top of the page, search archived files by month, or find links to notebook files on the right-hand side of the home page. Especially helpful are the author's notes when posting new files as she offers tips on how to use it in the classroom. An example is the singing horses file (check it out, very funny!) that she uses to help students get used to using an interactive whiteboard while learning cause and effect. Be sure to check out the Facebook page template which includes a template for student use. Since this teacher uses SMART brand IWB, you may need to use SMART Notebook Express reviewed hereto open some files on another brand of whiteboard.

tag(s): iwb (31), literacy (106), numbers (203), resources (112)

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Shop the site for interactive whiteboard resources to download for classroom use. Use the singing horses to teach cause and effect. Use the Facebook page template for students to create biographies of famous people, of themselves for back to school, or of teachers in your building for Back to School nights! There is much to explore at this "gem" of a site!

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Snag Learnng - Snagfilms LLC

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3 to 12
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Use SnagLearning to present high-quality documentaries to promote meaningful discussions in your classroom. Find great videos about many issues of today such as nuclear tipping point,...more
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Use SnagLearning to present high-quality documentaries to promote meaningful discussions in your classroom. Find great videos about many issues of today such as nuclear tipping point, the history of various forms of music, effects of desert winds, and more. Choose your subject matter from the tab along the top. Choose a grade level band as well to find videos appropriate for different age groups. Warning: as topics frequently change, be sure to preview before you share.
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tag(s): movies (67), twitter (50), video (262)

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Use videos in your subject area to inform students about the topic being studied. Share on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Consider using backchannel while viewing the documentary to allow students to express their feelings and thoughts. Try using the site "Get your students talking about what you want them to talk about" (reviewed here). Follow viewing with blog posts that include student reactions and topics related to what has been discussed in class.
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What Browser - Google

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3 to 12
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The tagline, says it all: "World, meet your browser." Use this site to identify the browser you are using, learn specific features and how it works, and identify useful tweaks. ...more
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The tagline, says it all: "World, meet your browser." Use this site to identify the browser you are using, learn specific features and how it works, and identify useful tweaks. Click on "Try a new browser" to view other browser options to identify the differences, understand the uses of browsers, and learn what exactly a web browser is.

tag(s): browser (6), search engines (65)

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Students can use different browsers when starting class, visit this site, and learn specifics of their browsers. Consider a group of students each looking at a different browser and reporting back to the group about their specific browser. Alternatively, use a jigsaw approach by having student number off in their groups. Have each number 1 meet and work on a specific browser (and the same with the other members.) Students in the group work together to understand the browser and then report bac to their group about their specific browser.
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Adaptations and Survival - Intel

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K to 6
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Learn about how a variety of species adapt to their environment. Listen to the narration as the slides move through the presentation. Take the short quiz at the end to ...more
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Learn about how a variety of species adapt to their environment. Listen to the narration as the slides move through the presentation. Take the short quiz at the end to see what has been learned.

tag(s): adaptations (17), diversity (36), environment (317), habitats (86)

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Use this site as an introduction to animal adaptations. Follow with a list of animals that students can investigate either individually or as a group. Create a chart, document, wiki, blog, or other conventional display to show information learned. Categorize each animal into different adaptation groups such as "Escape," "Protection," and "Coloration."
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Weather Maker Interactive - Scholastic Kids

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4 to 10
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Thinking it would be nice to control the weather, especially if you have to teach about it? Well, this site will not change your outdoor situation, but it does allow ...more
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Thinking it would be nice to control the weather, especially if you have to teach about it? Well, this site will not change your outdoor situation, but it does allow you to simulate weather that you can control. There are only two simple rules to follow: keep the poles cooler than the equator and do not allow for more than seventy degrees difference between two temperatures. Easy as can be! Click through the screens, make your choices and see what unfolds.

tag(s): animation (65), weather (189)

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Share this site on your interactive whiteboard or projector. When you are teaching about weather, have students adjust the settings of the program to create a desired weather outcome. Create a learning center using this site and your interactive whiteboard. See what happens! Discuss what could have been done and what factors contributed to overall change.
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Selenia: Science comics - University of the West of England

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2 to 8
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This colorful site offers science comics, educational interactives, links for teachers, and more. Engage students with these comics, and encourage them to identify the scientific principles...more
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This colorful site offers science comics, educational interactives, links for teachers, and more. Engage students with these comics, and encourage them to identify the scientific principles found in each. Follow up activities include word searches and other puzzles to reinforce vocabulary. Use the "For Teachers" link to find pdf lesson plans for ideas and experiments that coordinate with the comics. This site was created in Great Britain, so you may notice some slightly different spellings that US English.

tag(s): air (163), comics and cartoons (74), inquiry (37)

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Begin with the comic strip to introduce a concept (share on your interactive whiteboard or projector). Have students note the physical and chemical properties occurring in each frame and to identify the scientific principle being presented. Use as a class discussion and introduction to specific principle. Use the suggested experiments and activities for further inquiry and investigation. When discussing other topics in class, encourage students to create their own comic either traditionally or digitally to demonstrate their understandings of the concept. Try using an online tool for students to create comics, such as the Comic Creator (explained here).
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The Kids Should See This - Rion Nakaya

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

tag(s): news (260), speaking (24), video (262), writing prompts (93)

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

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COLORCUBE: ColorFun - ColorCube

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4 to 12
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Have lots of fun learning about color on ColorCube. Several different activities explore the world of color. In Color Paintbox mix colors from the 5 color palette to recreate the ...more
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Have lots of fun learning about color on ColorCube. Several different activities explore the world of color. In Color Paintbox mix colors from the 5 color palette to recreate the color given on the site. Explore the color systems of hue, saturation, and lightness with Color Slide by deconstructing images to find the various colors within. Try the Color Scrambles puzzle to practice color sequencing and recognition; choices at the bottom of the page allow for easy, intermediate, and difficult puzzles.

tag(s): colors (79), light (46), photography (160)

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Share this site on your interactive whiteboard or projector and allow students to manipulate the program. Share this site with the Art teacher in your building as a resource for teaching color. Photography teachers may want to use this site to reinforce color concepts and changes that can be made with digital photography software. IF you teach about light and the color spectrum in science classes, this site will give students a "hands on" way to "see" color.

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Epic Decide - EpicDecide.com

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3 to 12
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Use this free and easy to use tool to make decisions quickly. Provide a question and options to choose from. View data and a make a decision based upon the ...more
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Use this free and easy to use tool to make decisions quickly. Provide a question and options to choose from. View data and a make a decision based upon the majority. Test the tool by trying the Instant Demo. Enter the answer to the following: "What would you like to vote on" and "The best options are the most"... Include as many options as are necessary. Click create the vote. Send the URL to others to read the options and make a choice. Click Settings to choose to update the acceptance of nominations. Click Results to see choices people have made. Be sure to keep the results page bookmarked in your Favorites to view the results. Results are not saved within an account.

tag(s): polls and surveys (52), quizzes (97)

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Use this tool to make choices on activities in class, what students feel about certain aspects of history or current events, or any other question where you want to offer options and collect votes. Use in clubs and organizations in school. Poll a class at the start (on iTouches) to see how they would have handled a difficult issue in history or as part of homework, have them predict what will happen in the next chapter of the novel the class is reading. Have students use the decision maker in a role play activity such as deciding whether or not your state should secede from the Union in 1861.

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A Google a Day - Google

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Here you will find a new question each day for your students to practice their web search skills. Some are as simple as "How many cubits tall is the ...more
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Here you will find a new question each day for your students to practice their web search skills. Some are as simple as "How many cubits tall is the structure that houses the ZIP code 10118?" and others are more complicated, such as "If you were a ferry passenger traveling from Continental Europe to the country with twice as many sheep as people, in what town would you most likely dock?" What a discussion starter for key words to use in THAT search! There is also an archive of questions you can get to by clicking on the colored numbers below the question of the day.

tag(s): logic (236), problem solving (272), search strategies (30)

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Use this after presenting some of the lessons from "Google Web Search for Educators" reviewed here. Once you've been through several of those lessons, why not use "A Google a Day" for a beginning of the class warm up or an end of the class exit activity. Once you've done this for a while, you might want to switch things up and have students write their own questions (related to curriculum, of course) to challenge their classmates.

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Find lesson plans and presentations to teach your students "how to search," all ready for your classroom. The lesson plans are divided up by category and ability level. There ...more
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Find lesson plans and presentations to teach your students "how to search," all ready for your classroom. The lesson plans are divided up by category and ability level. There are beginner, intermediate, and advanced levels. The five main categories include: Picking the right search term, Understanding search results, Narrowing a search to get the best results, Searching for evidence for research tasks, and Evaluating credibility of sources. To access the lessons you MUST have a Google account. There are also current and past training sessions: Power Searching, Beyond the First Five, Creative Commons, When Time is Tight, and several others. These video clips are open to all and appropriate for various grade levels/subjects. There are also occasional contests listed on the site.

tag(s): creative commons (22), search engines (65), search strategies (30)

In the Classroom

If you are planning an inquiry or research unit, this site would be a good starting point. These lessons could end up saving you class time, and your students won't become frustrated while looking for their research information. Present the first lesson using your projector or interactive whiteboard. Next, have your students try to search the answer for one of the more complicated questions on "A Google a Day" reviewed here. Once that is done, or students give up in frustration, have each student invest in their education by deciding if they need to complete the basic, intermediate, or advanced lesson for Understanding search results. Group students who need basic instruction together, intermediate together, etc. Let them work through the lessons on their own, helping each other. Once they have completed their lesson, have them test their skills on "A Google a Day" again reviewed here to see if they need to go on to the next set of lessons, i.e. intermediate or advanced, or if they can move on to the next lesson. View the video clips (Live Trainings) to freshen up your own knowledge or share them on your projector or interactive whiteboard with your students.
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