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Human Footprint Interactive - National Geographic

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5 to 12
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Discover the impact of your choices with this interactive showing how much of the world you use in your lifetime. Use the menu to look around the interactive and find ...more
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Discover the impact of your choices with this interactive showing how much of the world you use in your lifetime. Use the menu to look around the interactive and find out how many items you consume in your lifetime compared to the rest of the world. Choose the "Do More With This Resource" link to find links to related resources on the National Geographic site.

tag(s): natural resources (59), sustainability (19)

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Ask students to blog (or journal) about their food consumption and distance traveled for a week before introducing this interactive. Consider having students create blogs using Throwww, reviewed here. Throwww allows you to create "quick and easy" blogs to be used one time only. A unique URL is provided and this site is as easy as using a basic Word program! Have students use the information in their blogs in the interactive. Compare your class results with another class in your school.
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Aim a Hurricane - University Corporation for Atmospheric Research

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4 to 12
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Learn how winds work together to determine where a hurricane will strike with this online interactive. Click next and begin play. Move low and high-pressure systems in place with the...more
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Learn how winds work together to determine where a hurricane will strike with this online interactive. Click next and begin play. Move low and high-pressure systems in place with the hurricane over the Atlantic Ocean. Correctly position all three to receive a start button and view the storm track for your location. Use check boxes to turn audio off and on and to view with or without winds.

tag(s): hurricanes (35), weather (188)

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Use this site on a projector or interactive whiteboard to discuss and informally assess prior knowledge at the start of the study of hurricanes and weather. Create a link to Aim a Hurricane on classroom computers for student use as a center. 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, to track hurricanes during hurricane season. With Animaps, students can add text, images, and location stops!
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Simple Sticky Notes - Simnet Limited

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1 to 12
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Find your sticky notes with the click of a button. Post your important notes or lists to your home screen on your computer quickly and easily. Download the software and ...more
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Find your sticky notes with the click of a button. Post your important notes or lists to your home screen on your computer quickly and easily. Download the software and begin writing notes. Easily delete with one button. Change color, theme, or text type on each sticky note if you desire.
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tag(s): brainstorming (23), graphic organizers (43), note taking (32)

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Stay organized and never lose that sticky note again! Make notes for conferences, lab materials, books needed, or even parent conferences. Use on your interactive whiteboard to create a fun brainstorming session. Use as a way to motivate unorganized students. Post a link on your class web page as a tool for students and even parents! Post on student computers and fill with inspirational messages, vocabulary or spelling words, or even for reflection questions.

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Create-a-Cane! - University Corporation for Atmospheric Research

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4 to 10
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Use this interactive to create a hurricane by choosing ideal weather conditions such as wind, latitude, moisture, and sea temperature. Click on the question mark under each of these...more
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Use this interactive to create a hurricane by choosing ideal weather conditions such as wind, latitude, moisture, and sea temperature. Click on the question mark under each of these to learn more about these conditions and their effect on hurricanes. Once your score reaches 80 a tropical depression forms, triggering events to begin a hurricane. Answer a few more questions to create your full-strength hurricane!

tag(s): hurricanes (35), weather (188)

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Use this site on a projector or interactive whiteboard to discuss and informally assess prior knowledge as you start a study of hurricanes and weather. Create a link to Create-a-Cane on classroom computers for student use as a center. 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, to track hurricanes during hurricane season. Students can add text, images, and location stops with Animaps!
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The eLearning Coach - Connie Malamed

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5 to 12
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Get ready to sharpen your information and visual presentations! Discover resources to make your presentations pop at The eLearning Coach. Find downloadable storyboard templates, editing...more
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Get ready to sharpen your information and visual presentations! Discover resources to make your presentations pop at The eLearning Coach. Find downloadable storyboard templates, editing tools, and examples of online learning. Included are various podcasts to support instructional design. Articles also support audio, authoring tools, graphics, video, mobile learning, and more. The site also provides support and advice. They offer many free templates, ready to go! This site contains some products for purchase. This review is for the free part of this tool.
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tag(s): digital storytelling (144), multimedia (57)

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Bring students to the next level of technology literacy. Bring the eLearning coach into your classroom to present different ideas and lessons. Begin with an article and allow exploration time. Offer as a resource when using multimedia. Use as a resource for yourself to make your presentations more professional and stand out! Be sure to share this tool with other teachers.
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FreeTechBooks - FreeTechBooks

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6 to 12
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Expand your technology library for free at Free Tech Books! Find a variety of ebooks with topics such as computer science, math, operating systems, programming, scripting, web design,...more
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Expand your technology library for free at Free Tech Books! Find a variety of ebooks with topics such as computer science, math, operating systems, programming, scripting, web design, electrical circuits, and engineering. Join the RSS feed to keep up with the latest new additions. Although this site is plain vanilla in appearance, it is full of "sprinkles" of information!
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tag(s): book lists (128), STEM (134)

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In a middle or high school program dig deeply into math, science, or engineering. Find materials to supplement in-depth studies. Challenge gifted or advanced students. Use this as a way to check the validity of your source, whether it is a textbook or another Internet resource. Challenge students to write their own ebooks on their topic of interest in groups collaboratively or individually. Have students use a tool such as Ourboox, reviewed here. Ourboox creates beautiful page-flipping digital books in minutes, and you can embed video, music, animation, games, maps and more.
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Daily 140 - Zach Hamed

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8 to 12
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Don't miss information from your favorite tweeps when you sign up with Daily 140. Sign in and add the Twitter handle of three people you want to track. Each day ...more
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Don't miss information from your favorite tweeps when you sign up with Daily 140. Sign in and add the Twitter handle of three people you want to track. Each day receive an email with a list of all new people they have followed and tweets they have favorited.

tag(s): microblogging (44), social networking (112), twitter (50)

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Sometimes it is hard to get started with Twitter. Take advantage of the daily emails to find people of interest to follow or stay current on the latest education conversations. Use Daily 140 to stay up to date with other educators, politicians, The White House, and more. To get started following other educators see A List of Twitter Educators by Subject Area, reviewed here. If your class is following a scientist, engineer, politician, or any other professional, share the daily emails with students. Looking for more ways to use Twitter in the classroom? Read more about Twitter at TeachersFirst's Twitter for Teachers page.

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Make Toys From Everyday Items - David Williamson

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5 to 12
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Do not let the extremely simple look of this site keep you from exploring the links provided for making toys based on science concepts. Create items as simple as a ...more
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Do not let the extremely simple look of this site keep you from exploring the links provided for making toys based on science concepts. Create items as simple as a kite or rotor, or as complex as robots, a hovercraft, or motors using directions within each link. All links have clear, precise directions with diagrams. Some links have accompanying videos hosted on YouTube. Be sure to look at the last toy link on the list, "how it's done," for excellent tips for the process of design. 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): area (66), measurement (159), motion (59), STEM (134)

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Bookmark this site for use with STEM projects. Create a link on your class website for students to create toys at home. Challenge cooperative learning groups to create videos and share them on a site such as TeacherTube, reviewed here. Share the link with your librarian or media center specialist to get a "maker" center started at your school. These projects would also be great for an after school club!

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Plickers - Nolan Amy

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1 to 12
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All-inclusive student response is what Plickers is all about. Students do not need to have Internet access. Responders use individualized QR Code cards (print a set FREE from Plickers),...more
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All-inclusive student response is what Plickers is all about. Students do not need to have Internet access. Responders use individualized QR Code cards (print a set FREE from Plickers), to answer questions. You use your mobile device to read the QR Code cards that students hold up. Create an account and get started immediately. No need to wait for an email response. There is a demo to use, or see the Help page for detailed instructions for adding classes, students, questions (with or without images), and folders to organize your questions by unit, topic, lesson and more. You can save student responses to your online Plicker account.
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tag(s): assessment (100), DAT device agnostic tool (200), game based learning (103), gamification (65), qr codes (21), questioning (31), quiz (85)

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Create greater student engagement and increased student interest in your classroom with Plickers. Students give their input anonymously. Print out Plickers' cards and hand out to students. Use an interactive whiteboard or projector to explain how the Plickers cards work. Create questions, with or without images, and add multiple choice answers. Project your questions and possible answers. Have students hold up their card in the position that reflects their answer. Use your mobile device and Plickers mobile app to scan the cards. You will see a bar graph with student responses on your mobile device. These can be saved to your Plickers account. Use Plickers to answer exit questions or to see what students remember from the previous day. Use for formative assessment to identify misconceptions that students may have at the start of a unit. There are cards with larger fonts for young students or the visually impaired. ESL/ELL teachers could use this for vocabulary or sentence structure practice. Unless your school or district has access to a matte-finish for laminating or matte-plastic pockets, you may want to collect the cards at the end of class.

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Apricot - Just Apricot

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2 to 12
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Apricot is not your average prompt generator. Use Apricot to have parents become collaborators in their child's education. With an Apricot account, create an online classroom or multiple...more
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Apricot is not your average prompt generator. Use Apricot to have parents become collaborators in their child's education. With an Apricot account, create an online classroom or multiple classrooms within the same account. Invite students to join using a code provided by Apricot for each class. Moreover, if you choose, invite parents to join and read their student's responses to the prompts you create. Send parents email alerts for only the response(s) you wish to share. Find an introduction Vimeo video on their blog (a link at the bottom of the landing page). This works on any browser based computer and on iPads. At the time of this review the site was planning to add an option to write a personal note to the parents when sending the prompt.

tag(s): parents (56), writing (359), writing prompts (92)

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What a great tool to get your students writing daily! Not only language arts teachers will benefit from using this tool. Any subject teacher can create prompts about the topics their students study. Use Apricot as an exit ticket to see where students have misconceptions about the lesson presented. For days when you need some help coming up with a prompt, look at Thought Questions, reviewed here, to get a few ideas. Send responses to parents easily by having them sign up for the code. Parents will not automatically get responses. You can select which responses to send them.

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Ultimate Student Copyright Guide - Quality Nonsense, Ltd.

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6 to 12
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This is a tool that explains everything you need to know about copyright, and then some! Learn what copyright is and is not, what it protects, what Public Domain is, ...more
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This is a tool that explains everything you need to know about copyright, and then some! Learn what copyright is and is not, what it protects, what Public Domain is, what the difference is between Copyright and Plagiarism, and a LOT more. Do you remember what the acronym DMCA stands for? Click on the twelfth item in the Table of Contents to find a link to The Ultimate DMCA Guide for Students. Hint: Copyright Infringement Consequences. There are several other pertinent links and resources listed under Table of Contents item twelve. In the middle of the page, under Derivative Works, is a very cool video featuring John Green, author of The Fault in Our Stars. The video is about buying copyrighted material or sharing the profits gained from it. Another video referenced is Copyright Basics. Both videos are on YouTube. 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.
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tag(s): copyright (47), digital citizenship (59), plagiarism (35)

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This site is a must-share with students for all middle school and secondary teachers. Bookmark and save this site to use for discussion questions and factual information on plagiarism. As you use digital media, be sure to discuss copyright with students. Create a set of rules or reminders as a class to post in the classroom or on a class website or blog. Ask students, or small groups, to create a simple infographic sharing their findings using Piktochart, reviewed here. Share this site with parents at Back to School night for their use at home. Share a link to the site in a prominent place on your class website or blog for student reference at any time.

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Wimp - wimp.com

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K to 12
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Wimp offers a wide variety of videos with family-friendly content. Browse through the site using a keyword search or choose categories such as popular, life, culture, learning, and...more
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Wimp offers a wide variety of videos with family-friendly content. Browse through the site using a keyword search or choose categories such as popular, life, culture, learning, and more. Choose a video to read a short description and view. Videos are imported from many different locations such as Vimeo, YouTube, and individual websites. If your district blocks YouTube, then they may not be viewable. You could always view the videos at home and bring them to class "on a stick" to share. Use a tool such as KeepVid, reviewed here, to download the videos from YouTube. Although the content is family friendly, this site contains comments that aren't monitored. If sharing with students, go to the direct link provided with each video for viewing without some of the distractions (and possibly inappropriate comments).
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tag(s): animals (276), DAT device agnostic tool (200), musical instruments (48), video (254)

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Bookmark Wimp as a resource for finding videos for lessons and activities. Share the direct link to individual videos on your class website or blog. To remove the distracting advertisements on video sharing sites and more, use a tool such as SafeShareTV, reviewed here, and create a shortcut to the SafeShare page directly on the desktop.
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Absorb Content - Crocodile Clips, Ltd.

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9 to 12
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Find great interactives and content about a variety of topics! Click on the different content areas at the top of the page: Electronics, Mathematics, Physics, Advanced Physics, and...more
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Find great interactives and content about a variety of topics! Click on the different content areas at the top of the page: Electronics, Mathematics, Physics, Advanced Physics, and Chemistry. On each content page, click on the "Free Sample Units" link to view a variety of resources for that content area. Scroll down the page for the Free Resources header and click the word "Here" to go to the free interactives. Click on each resource, view the description, and then choose to view online or download each interactive. Find free interactives also by clicking on Resources on the top menu of each content page. With the paid version, get additional curriculum material. Some of the interactives require Flash, though the site itself does not.
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tag(s): chemicals (40), earth (228), electricity (89), equations (155), forces (45), geology (81), geometric shapes (163), motion (59), newton (25)

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Use these interactives when discussing various topics in the content area you choose. Identify the relationship shown in the interactive. For example, under mathematics, choose the interactive for using a Protractor or Balanced Equations. In physics, find many interactives including Earth's Rotation and Factors Affecting Stopping Distance, among many more. In Chemistry, Forming Ionic Bonds and Electrolysis interactives are some of many that are free on this site. These interactives are great for use with an interactive whiteboard or projector for sharing with the class.
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60 Minute Physics: The Course - Henry Reich

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10 to 12
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60 Minute Physics is a free online course inspired by the very popular YouTube Minute Physics videos. Physics topics include light and energy, space and time, quantum physics, and more....more
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60 Minute Physics is a free online course inspired by the very popular YouTube Minute Physics videos. Physics topics include light and energy, space and time, quantum physics, and more. Enrollment in the courses opens up discussion areas, the ability to download videos for offline viewing, and online tracking of progress throughout the course. Easy registration requires your name, email, and a password to begin.

tag(s): energy (198), evolution (100), forces (45), gravity (46), light (46), magnetism (36), matter (58), solar energy (38), space (205), temperature (29), video (254)

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Enroll in 60 Minute Physics to access the many videos and lessons available. These videos are perfect for use on an interactive whiteboard or projector. Use as a short introduction to lessons or to supplement current materials. Share 60 Minute Physics with students as an excellent resource for enrichment or differentiation.

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BrainPOP Digital Etiquette - BrainPOP

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3 to 12
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BrainPOP offers this interactive site with several resources for learning digital etiquette. View the interactive video to learn proper etiquette to use while online in forums like...more
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BrainPOP offers this interactive site with several resources for learning digital etiquette. View the interactive video to learn proper etiquette to use while online in forums like message boards, blogs, gaming, emails, and instant messaging. Lesson ideas and activities provide opportunities to learn to recognize and combat online bullying and also learn essential Internet vocabulary. Be sure to check out the Lesson Ideas section with lessons aligned to Common Core Standards.
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tag(s): cyberbullying (43), digital citizenship (59), internet safety (109)

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Use resources on this site as part of any digital etiquette and online safety lesson. Create a link to the site on classroom computers for students to explore on their own. Have students create a simple infographic sharing their findings using Easel.ly, reviewed here, or Venngage reviewed here.
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Explore Biology - Ms. Foglia

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9 to 12
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Created by a high school biology teacher, this resource is a treasure trove of activities, labs, PowerPoint slides, handouts, and more for teaching biology. Though these resources are...more
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Created by a high school biology teacher, this resource is a treasure trove of activities, labs, PowerPoint slides, handouts, and more for teaching biology. Though these resources are for the AP level, they can be altered for use at lower levels, especially the lab activities. Be sure to click the Teachers Corner in the left-hand navigation to find the activities.

tag(s): animals (276), body systems (57), cells (102), organelles (6), organisms (21), plants (145), worksheets (60)

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Use these activities and resources for inspiration for your classes. When using portions of a resource, be sure to cite your source and give credit to the author. Be sure to take the time to look at the many items listed including Confounding Terms that feature many words in biology using various root words or Pairs Across the Phyla that looks at differences between organisms. Use the review materials as extra practice for students who are further ahead than the rest of the class. The lab activities are a great addition to other class activities.
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Data - The World Bank - The World Bank Group

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5 to 12
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Just the facts and lots of them! The World Bank offers an extensive array of data about the countries of the world. Sort either by country (from Afghanistan to Zimbabwe) ...more
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Just the facts and lots of them! The World Bank offers an extensive array of data about the countries of the world. Sort either by country (from Afghanistan to Zimbabwe) or by topic (agriculture to urban development). 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 download data in several formats.

tag(s): agriculture (55), atlas (6), climate change (64), data (148), energy (198), environment (317), infographics (42), map skills (79), maps (287), natural resources (59), resources (112), united nations (8)

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Bookmark this site 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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The Engineering Place - North Carolina State University

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K to 12
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The Engineering Place offers resources for students, parents, and educators to promote and learn about engineering. Explore the student section, sorted by age groups, to find information...more
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The Engineering Place offers resources for students, parents, and educators to promote and learn about engineering. Explore the student section, sorted by age groups, to find information about careers in engineering. Choose the parents section to download a booklet with information about helping your student with mathematics and tips for encouraging students to explore careers in engineering. Find lesson plans and additional resources in the Educators portion of the site.

tag(s): careers (132), engineering (125)

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Bookmark this site for use throughout the year, and take advantage of the free lesson plans. Share information from the site during career lessons and activities. Share this site with parents as a resource for learning more about careers in engineering. Have students use Fakebook, reviewed here, to create a "fake" page similar in style to Facebook about an engineer.
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Who Is Hosting This? - Quality Nonsense, Ltd.

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K to 12
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How can you tell if a website has reputable information? This site is a necessity for any online research. Who Is Hosting This provides an infographic to determine whether a ...more
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How can you tell if a website has reputable information? This site is a necessity for any online research. Who Is Hosting This provides an infographic to determine whether a site is valid and the criteria for evaluating for credibility. Follow the steps on the infographic to determine whether a site is a valid source. In addition to using the infographic, click the Who Is Hosting This banner at the top or bottom of the page to get to a search bar. Enter the website URL to find who is hosting that site.
This site includes advertising.

tag(s): internet safety (109), search strategies (30)

In the Classroom

Use this site to show the steps in evaluating a website. Be sure to use a projector or interactive whiteboard to follow the steps together as a class for clarification. Be sure to include this link on your class web page for easy access to this site. Split the class into groups and provide them with one reliable and one unreliable website. Have them use this tool to determine which is the valid site. As a group, they should state specifically how the sites met (or did not meet) the criteria. Print the infographic and post in your classroom for review.

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Trends24 - Trends24

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9 to 12
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Track trending topics and tweets in any country you specify with Trends24. Select a country and view the breakdown of the trending tweets by minutes, hours, or days. Choose between...more
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Track trending topics and tweets in any country you specify with Trends24. Select a country and view the breakdown of the trending tweets by minutes, hours, or days. Choose between the Timeline breakdown or click on Cloud. Tweet trends show as a word cloud, with the most popular topics showing in a larger font. Click any hashtag name to view the tweets showing for that trend. Are you new to Twitter and hashtags? Find information to help you at TeachersFirst's Twitter for Teachers page.
This site includes advertising.

tag(s): microblogging (44), twitter (50)

In the Classroom

Use this tool to look at the topics that are trends in the various countries. Compare and contrast the top trends and how they differ from other countries that are neighbors or are far away. This tool is helpful in understanding political or cultural issues that extend worldwide or affect more than one region. Use the trending topics to understand the point of view of various countries. Look at news reports or causes for the change in the trend. Twitter trends could be useful in any subject area but especially useful for current events, civics, health, and economics.

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