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50 Amazing Facts About Earth - Jason Major

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5 to 12
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This Infographic offers 50 Amazing Facts not well known about the Earth. The Infographic is separated into different sections by themes including Space, Atmosphere, Sea, Under Earth,...more
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This Infographic offers 50 Amazing Facts not well known about the Earth. The Infographic is separated into different sections by themes including Space, Atmosphere, Sea, Under Earth, Ground, and Man. Take a look to learn something new... and possibly to wonder whether everything it says is true.
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tag(s): atmosphere (26), geology (81), landforms (45), oceans (148), soil (17), space (205)

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This site would be a great introduction into digital literacy. Ask students how they know that these facts are actually true? Discuss how you can research the author, the quality of the site itself, the comments made, etc. Compare this site to others that are deemed to be "authorities" and with those that are not. Each student could choose one or two of these facts to do further research, not only to determine whether the facts are true, but to find important background information that can make the fact relevant to other students and the class. Be sure to check out the comments to see those who dispute some of the "facts" in the Infographic. Use research to determine which facts are correct. Why are some of the facts correct or incorrect, and what misconceptions exist about these facts? For quick projects, have students create instant graphics of important words about the Earth using a tool such as Typogenerator (reviewed here) or Wordle (reviewed here).

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MakeUseOf Cheat Sheets - makeuseof.com

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K to 12
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MakeUseOf offers a large collection of tip sheets for popular programs such as Gmail, Mac programs, and Windows. Find over 40 help guides. Some of the topics include Safari for ...more
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MakeUseOf offers a large collection of tip sheets for popular programs such as Gmail, Mac programs, and Windows. Find over 40 help guides. Some of the topics include Safari for Mac Keyboard Shortcuts, Shortcuts For Special Characters on Windows, Evernote Search Tips & Tricks, Skype Shortcuts for Mac OSX, YouTube Tips, and several others. View by clicking the thumbnail or use the download link to print in PDF format.
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tag(s): computers (94), search strategies (30)

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Useful both with students or personally, this is a site that you will definitely want to bookmark or save in your favorites. Print the guides for use with classroom computers, in computer labs, and to tape in student notebooks. Create a permanent link to these guides on your class website or blog for students (and parents) to use at home. Encourage students to use these sheets to become "techsperts" at a certain program and to share their expertise during byod activities.
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Howcast - The best how-to videos on the web - Howcast Media

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6 to 12
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Howcast is an aggregator of the "best" how-to videos across the Internet. These short, easy to follow videos cover a wide range of topics, including pop-culture. They are created by...more
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Howcast is an aggregator of the "best" how-to videos across the Internet. These short, easy to follow videos cover a wide range of topics, including pop-culture. They are created by HowCast "experts." One very handy feature is the text transcript included with each video (scroll down to see it). Browse through the categories or type a search term into the search box to view available videos. Categories include Fitness, Home, Food, Health, Arts, Tech, and more. Click "Share" on each video page to share via social networking sites or copy the embed code to share the video on a website or blog. The HowCast videos are not simply YouTube searches, so they have different offerings from what you might find there. Not all content at this site is appropriate for the classroom. Please be sure to preview before you share with your students. This is not one that you want students to explore on their own.
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tag(s): business (58), careers (132), computers (94), financial literacy (80), money (193), politics (99), sports (96), video (253)

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The brief video clips on this site make it ideal for use when introducing or researching information. View together on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Cue up and pause your video at a point AFTER the opening ad to save class time! Embed onto your class website or blog for students to view at home. Use the transcripts as examples of how-to speeches and have students both read and watch to analyze the details of how to organize such a speech before making their own videos or giving live informational speeches. Bookmark and save for use as How To questions arise throughout the year. For example, if you have a question about using Microsoft Excel, search Howcast to find about 30 videos explaining different tools and tricks within the program. Preview any search results before sharing with the class. Use Howcast videos as examples in any subject area and challenge cooperative learning groups to create videos and share them on a site such as TeacherTube reviewed here.
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Haiku Deck - haikudeck.com

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K to 12
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Create presentations that inspire with Haiku Deck presentation software. Sign up using your email, Facebook, or Twitter login to begin creating slides. Add words and backgrounds, edit...more
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Create presentations that inspire with Haiku Deck presentation software. Sign up using your email, Facebook, or Twitter login to begin creating slides. Add words and backgrounds, edit layouts, and add notes to personalize each slide. Upload your own images or type a phrase to find images included in Haiku Deck's extensive library. Save and share using social networking links or embed code when finished. Finished decks may also be saved as a PDF or exported to SlideShare reviewed here. Set your privacy options as public, restricted to only those with the url, or private. At the time of this review, Haiku was available on the web and iPad platforms only.

tag(s): images (265), slides (63)

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Create slide presentations for any lesson or teach students to create slides for class projects. In lower grades, create a project together on your interactive whiteboard or create them for your students to use. Create a presentation for use during Open Houses, class trips, or school events. Embed the slides on your class blog. Have students create short book reviews for classmates, explain a math concept or procedure, provide a short overview of a class field trip, or demonstrate a quick science experiment. The possibilities are unlimited. To find Creative Commons images for student projects (with credit, of course), try Wikimedia Commons, reviewed here. If you are lucky enough to have iPads for use in your classroom, download the app for students to create slide shows on their own.

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Science of NFL Football - NBC

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Explore ten videos, each of which focuses on a certain aspect of science used in professional football. From the Pythagorean theorem to vectors to hydration and health, each video selects...more
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Explore ten videos, each of which focuses on a certain aspect of science used in professional football. From the Pythagorean theorem to vectors to hydration and health, each video selects an important aspect of science or math that contributes to successfully playing football. The practical application of these puzzling science and math concepts will surely make this site appeal to students! Don't miss the lesson plans and transcripts available with each video. While this activity is FREE, there are other parts of the NBC Learn site that are not.

tag(s): motion (58), newton (25), nutrition (154), pythagorean theorem (35), sports (96)

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Have students create online posters showing applications of the science or math described using their favorite teams as subjects. Create posters together as a class. Use a site such as Project Poster (reviewed here or PicLits (reviewed here.
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Vidtionary - vidtionary.com

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K to 12
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Vidtionary is a video dictionary defining words through images (and videos). The short videos include the word said aloud and shown in print, with sound effects or engaging music in...more
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Vidtionary is a video dictionary defining words through images (and videos). The short videos include the word said aloud and shown in print, with sound effects or engaging music in the background. Browse entries using the search bar or view featured collections. Browse alphabetically or explore collections. Because of the wide range of topics and difficulty levels, these vocabulary words could be used with any age. Video lengths run less than one minute per definition, many as short as 10-15 seconds. Originally designed to teach English to speakers of Korean and Japanese, the visual nature of the site appeals to all language learners.

tag(s): dictionaries (56), vocabulary (324), vocabulary development (126)

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While this site is ideal for any student learning new vocabulary, it is especially useful for ESL/ELL students or speech/language students with vocabulary deficits. Share selected videos in primary grades to help students see how new words are defined and spelled. Challenge your gifted students to find new vocabulary words to share with the class. Use in any classroom as a model (sharing on your interactive whiteboard or projector). Then assign cooperative learning groups to create Vidtionary inspired videos of their own to explain curriculum terms, world language vocabulary, or SAT words. Use a tool like Moovly, reviewed here, and share them on a site such as TeacherTube, reviewed here.

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GIFMaker - GIFmaker.me

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K to 12
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Create animated GIF images FREE and EASY using GIFMaker. Animated GIFs are images that change from one image to another automatically. There is no registration required. Select and...more
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Create animated GIF images FREE and EASY using GIFMaker. Animated GIFs are images that change from one image to another automatically. There is no registration required. Select and upload the images that you want to use (in PNG, GIF, or JPG format). Choose your animation speed and image size. You can even choose an image from your smartphone. Animations can be run backwards to create another different animation. Download the finished creation to your desktop.

tag(s): animation (63), images (265), photography (160)

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Create animations of any image! Animate inanimate objects such as a leaf or other object by taking two different pictures of it so it can "change." Use your animations as a focus for story creation or free writing. Animate images used by students for their individual web pages to set the scene for their "About Me" introductions. Design and shoot images to animate as an introduction to a project or report. Challenge older students to create their own animated GIF images. (No registration is required.) Photograph and create GIFs to show two stages of insect development, the growth of a plant, or other scientific concepts.
 
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ImageCodr - Xteq Systems

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5 to 12
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Use this tool to correctly use and give proper credit for images from Flickr Creative Commons on any web age or wiki. Search for images using Flickr Creative Commons reviewed ...more
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Use this tool to correctly use and give proper credit for images from Flickr Creative Commons on any web age or wiki. Search for images using Flickr Creative Commons reviewed here or from the handy link provided on ImageCodr. Enter the URL for the picture page from Flickr, and ImageCodr will generate a block of HTML code for you to include on your web page or other online project. This code will make both the image AND the appropriate credit display. A brief licensing summary shows as a caption when you use the embed code. Note that this tool does not work for including images and credits in offline projects such as PowerPoint slides. It will work in any online tool that allows embed codes!

tag(s): creative commons (21), images (265), photography (160)

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Use this tool whenever Flickr Creative Commons pictures are used for any classwork or project. Be sure students understand the different types of images available and use ones that are licensed correctly. Use the embed code wherever you need to place the image, and BOTH the image AND the licensing will be displayed. Be sure to model use of this tool whenever using images from Flickr. What a handy way to include images on your own class web page! Post images as writing prompts, you-name-it science questions, or world language conversation starters, all from a simple Flickr CC image search!

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JPL Infographics - Jet Propulsion Laboratory of NASA

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9 to 12
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Discover great Infographics from NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Use this tool to create your own Infographics or upload ones already created. Easy directions are provided. Grab data...more
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Discover great Infographics from NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Use this tool to create your own Infographics or upload ones already created. Easy directions are provided. Grab data from NASA to create your Infographic. Downloadable data includes images, data sets, and more. Share using social media. Be sure to view the gallery for very interesting uses of the data. You can download full resolution pdf files of the infographics (large files).

tag(s): infographics (42), nasa (39), space (205)

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Use Infographics from the gallery to begin a new unit or lesson. Share the infographics on your projector or interactive whiteboard. Annotate them on the whiteboard to "dig deeply" into the information. Engage students in brainstorming, critical thinking, or asking questions. Create Infographics to share with others by choosing relevant information from the NASA archives. Connect information learned in class to real world space information. Use this information as part of a project to report upon an aspect of space.

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Class Messenger - Learn Anything, Inc.

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K to 12
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Looking for a tool to send reminders, surveys, or announcements to students or parents? This free tool provides many options for maintaining lines of communication. The site says setting...more
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Looking for a tool to send reminders, surveys, or announcements to students or parents? This free tool provides many options for maintaining lines of communication. The site says setting up an account takes you about 30 seconds! Create an account and a class. Students and/or parents create accounts as well. Parents (or students) then search for teacher name, class, or username to join. You can choose messages to be received through the app, by text message, or via email. Requests to join must first be approved by the teacher before receiving any messages. From the teacher dashboard, compose the type of message you wish to send, choose the recipients of the message, and type the body of the message. Messages are sent to each of the recipients using their chosen method. If students choose the SMS option, be sure they obtain parental permission FIRST, as standard messaging rates apply.

tag(s): classroom management (134), DAT device agnostic tool (196), homework (44), polls and surveys (48)

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Set up accounts for all of your classes. Send homework, project, and supply reminders. Send changes to plans due to a Snow Day. Remind students of upcoming events, practices, or things they need to bring to class or practice. Don't forget any extracurricular activities. You could also use this to communicate with parents. (Allow them to sign up for these updates at back to school night using a laptop or provide them the necessary information on your class web page.) Remind parents of big tests, report cards, field trips, deadlines, back to school night, sneaker days, conferences, and more. Learning Support teachers can promote organizational skills by having students and their parents sign up to receive reminders about tests and homework. Add your own messages to help parents know how to help their elementary child study. Need supply donations? Send out a request using Class Messenger. Set up a faculty reminder group within your school for emergency closures or department meetings and activities.

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Science and Engineering of the 2014 Olympic Winter Games - NBC Learn

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4 to 12
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Explore ten dynamic videos all related to the winter Olympics. This site, updated in 2014, was created in partnership by NBC Learn, NBC Sports, and the National Science Foundation....more
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Explore ten dynamic videos all related to the winter Olympics. This site, updated in 2014, was created in partnership by NBC Learn, NBC Sports, and the National Science Foundation. View the free videos and explore the engineering, science, technology, and math behind many of your favorite Olympic events. Topics vary from Science of Snow to Physics of Figure Skating to Olympic Movement and Robotic Design. Most videos are 5-6 minutes in length.
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tag(s): olympics (47), STEM (134)

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Use these video clips to bring the Olympics alive in your science or math classes. Great for current events and STEM lessons, these clips are quick and simple - yet full of information. Share the clips on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Or better yet, challenge cooperative learning groups to view one of the videos and create a project to share with the class demonstrating the science (or math) concepts highlighted in the video. For quick projects, create electronic graphics of important words using a tool such as Typogenerator (reviewed here) or Wordle (reviewed here).
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Most Severe Weather: Hail - FEMA.gov

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2 to 10
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This interactive site shows citizens everything they need to know about hail including basics, facts, frequency, size, and formation. In addition, you can see a slideshow about what...more
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This interactive site shows citizens everything they need to know about hail including basics, facts, frequency, size, and formation. In addition, you can see a slideshow about what hail looks like in its vast variety of sizes! Finally, get tips about what to do during a hailstorm.

tag(s): weather (188)

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Have students comb newspaper archives to collect pictures of historical hail storms. Challenge students to move past PowerPoint and create an online Prezi presentation, reviewed here, or another reviewed tool from the TeachersFirst Edge Presentations to explain the formation and incidence of hail events.
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Most Severe Weather: Tornado - FEMA.gov

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This detailed site shows a map of past tornadoes, state by state. There is also an explanation of the Enhanced Fujita (EF) scale (measuring tornado strength). Find information on how...more
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This detailed site shows a map of past tornadoes, state by state. There is also an explanation of the Enhanced Fujita (EF) scale (measuring tornado strength). Find information on how tornadoes form and how to survive one. Details are provided about the most significant tornadoes to strike the U.S., and data about where and when they strike. Additionally, there are photographs showing what the different levels of the EF scale look like.

tag(s): natural disasters (20), tornadoes (16), weather (188)

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Show pictures of the different levels of devastation before preparing students in your school for the tornado drill and preparation. Have students comb newspaper archives for similar images of tornadoes that have hit your state, if applicable. Challenge your students to use a site such as TimeRime reviewed here to create an interactive timeline of when the tornadoes hit. Students could create an online presentation about local tornadoes using a tool like Zoho Show (similar to Powerpoint, but easier and free) reviewed here) or another reviewed presentation tool from TeachersFirst Edge.
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Physics Central - American Physical Society

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This site is proof that science and scientists can really be interesting. Physics Central offers an engaging combination of profiles, "how does it work?" articles, and online demonstrations...more
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This site is proof that science and scientists can really be interesting. Physics Central offers an engaging combination of profiles, "how does it work?" articles, and online demonstrations that make physics both interesting and approachable. "Explore the Science" to learn about cutting edge Physics. Use "Ask and Experiment" to find great experiments to do at home or in extracurricular groups and even "Ask-a-Physicist". While not written specifically for students, there is much here that science teachers will find useful. Don't miss the Activity Books in "Ask and Experiment" or the comic books entitled "Spectra" at the bottom of the main page!

tag(s): experiments (71), scientists (68)

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Be sure to place a link to this free resource on your teacher page. Use this resource when discussing Physics in the news. Add excitement to your lessons with various demonstrations or bits of information about real Physics studies and cutting edge science. Use the Spectra comic books as a pre-reading assignment for Middle School classes. Compare student notes from the comics to before beginning the lesson for the day. Encourage students to create comics about other Physics comics as part of a team effort or an extra credit opportunity. Comics can be drawn conventionally or created using online tools such as Stripgenerator, reviewed here.

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Chemistry Now - NBC Universal Media, LLC

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Use this free tool to bring Chemistry alive in your classroom. Connect Chemistry concepts with topics that students can identify and connect with. These short videos are sure to engage...more
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Use this free tool to bring Chemistry alive in your classroom. Connect Chemistry concepts with topics that students can identify and connect with. These short videos are sure to engage students in thinking about Chemistry around them and strengthen their understanding of concepts. Though this larger site charges for access, this particular tool is free. When viewing the video, click on the Transcript tab to view the transcript and share with individual students or the class.
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tag(s): atoms (55), medicine (67), molecules (43), periodic table (50)

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Use the Cheeseburger Chemistry series of videos to explain very common Chemistry concepts in the classroom, from the bread of the cheeseburger down to the condiments! View Chemistry all throughout the household including cleaners, fibers and dyes, pain medicines, the chemistry of color and smell, and more. Be sure to use these short videos to garner interest in a topic at the start of a unit. Apply a concept learned to the real world for better understanding. Be sure to place this link on your class page for students to view. Students can view the videos and introduce the material to the class as a version of current events.

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Glean - Glean Labs, Inc

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8 to 12
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Glean offers a repository of over 14,000 Math and Science videos from many sources across the web, curated and organized by teachers. Explore and find videos by browsing through topics...more
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Glean offers a repository of over 14,000 Math and Science videos from many sources across the web, curated and organized by teachers. Explore and find videos by browsing through topics or type your keyword into the search bar to find available topics. Glean provides the video most relevant to your search along with alternatives. Unfortunately, many Glean video pages do not show the creator/source of the original video. Most videos offer an option to click below the video to view a description of contents. Help Glean know what learning style works best for you by choosing icons to indicate your satisfaction. Choose from options including humor, hands-on help, or challenging thinking. Ask questions using links or go to alternative videos for additional choices. Register on the site to subscribe to specific teacher-curator feeds and to make the most of your viewing choices as you continue to rate and watch videos. Many of the videos are hosted on YouTube. 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. Click the YouTube icon below the Glean display to view the video from its YouTube page and get the direct url to use with KeepVid.

tag(s): area (66), atoms (55), charts and graphs (195), dna (69), equations (155), forces (44), fractions (239), friction (11), functions (70), geometric shapes (163), inequalities (29), motion (58), newton (25), order of operations (33), perimeter (32), periodic table (50), polynomials (32), quadratics (32), ratios (53), scientific method (64), square roots (24), STEM (134), variables (22), vectors (25), water (130)

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Share a link to Glean on your class webpage or blog for students to access throughout the year. Encourage students to create their own Glean account -- especially for use at home -- to personalize preferences in their learning style. Choose favorite videos to watch together on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Use Glean videos as a model to challenge cooperative learning groups to create videos and share them on a site such as TeacherTube reviewed here. Flip your classroom and challenge students to view the videos at home and discuss the topic in class the following day.
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Letters of Note - Shaun Usher

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8 to 12
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Letters of Note is a blog that shares letters from a book of the same name, but you never have to buy the book! The collection includes over 900 interesting ...more
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Letters of Note is a blog that shares letters from a book of the same name, but you never have to buy the book! The collection includes over 900 interesting letters from many different sources such as Leonardo da Vinci's 's job application, a letter from Steve Albini to the band Nirvana, and Virginia Woolf's suicide letter. Start from the archives to find over 900 more examples sorted in different ways such as typed/handwritten, by date, name, or correspondence type. Or click in the sidebar to access most popular or even view a random letter. Most letters include an image along with a short description of the context of the correspondence included. Letters include the original language so be sure to read for yourself before sharing with students.
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tag(s): acting (27), authors (120), europe (75), letter writing (21), politics (99), primary sources (86)

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Find letters from authors to read when studying their novels. Choose letters from different time periods to share with students as an authentic look at life during that time (primary sources!). Have students share what they learned using a tool such as Zeemaps, reviewed here. Zeemaps allows students to create audio recordings AND choose a location (on a map) where the story takes place. Have students use Fakebook, reviewed here, to create a "fake" page similar in style to Facebook about a president, famous scientist, or nearly any other real or fictitious person.

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PledgeCents - pledgecents.com

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K to 12
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Do you need funds for a classroom project or equipment? PledgeCents is a quick and easy solution to classroom and school fundraising. Begin with a fundraising idea and a goal. ...more
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Do you need funds for a classroom project or equipment? PledgeCents is a quick and easy solution to classroom and school fundraising. Begin with a fundraising idea and a goal. Create your class page with a project description, pictures, videos, and other relevant information. Share your page through social media links to Facebook, Twitter, and more. More simply, share the link on your class web page. Donors click to "invest" in your cause and are guided through a simple process to donate either by name or anonymously. After the project deadline, collect funds easily and safely for use with your project.

tag(s): grants (19), service projects (25)

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Use this site as a potential funding source or make a donation. Join the site (free). Then take the time to write up a clearly-worded project proposal along with pictures and video. You can even make the project a challenge to your school community, if you wish. If you are a student council or Key Club adviser, make one or more of the projects on this site your targeted service project for the year. Or use this venue to collect funds to purchase materials for your own school or club service projects. Encourage philanthropy to support good causes: kids helping kids! Share with your school's Parent Teacher Organization as a fundraising tool for any and all projects. Don't forget to send the project descriptions with local media such as small town newspapers, local TV, or service groups who might make a donation.

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If All The Ice Melted - National Geographic

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4 to 12
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View a map showing what the world could look like in 5,000 years. Despite contradictory information from non-scientists, present warming trends are predicted to raise the ocean's sea...more
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View a map showing what the world could look like in 5,000 years. Despite contradictory information from non-scientists, present warming trends are predicted to raise the ocean's sea level drastically, changing the coastline of every continent. Toggle the city names to get a really good idea of the land that will be lost. Choose the various continents to compare the loss of land.
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tag(s): climate change (64), continents (50)

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Compare different continents and brainstorm why some continents lose more land than others. Predict the areas that will be the hardest hit socially, politically, and economically. Research the population of these coastal areas to fully realize the enormity of the problem. Discuss the time frame needed to see these changes and begin looking for information that shows land loss is already occurring. (Note: There is research of land loss and reclamation efforts in Scandinavia and in Virginia.) How will this alter ecosystems and how humans depend upon the living things around them? Challenge cooperative learning groups to create simple infographic sharing their findings or predictions using Easel.ly, reviewed here or Venngage reviewed here.

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Teachable Moments - Walch Education

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5 to 12
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Find several "teachable moments" lesson plans based on articles and current topics, ready for download in PDF format. Topics include a variety of topics such as Pluto is no Longer ...more
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Find several "teachable moments" lesson plans based on articles and current topics, ready for download in PDF format. Topics include a variety of topics such as Pluto is no Longer a Planet, Vending Machine Bans in Schools, and Is the Internet Making us Dumber? Click to download and view each lesson including background information, standards, worksheets, and options for use. The lesson plans are quite thorough and include links to related articles. They encourage "close reading" a la CCSS with engaging material in science, social studies, and other subjects. You can ignore the ads for purchase of "related materials."

tag(s): canada (30), civil rights (117), differentiation (47), energy (197), planets (123), poetry (227), politics (99), population (60), recycling (57), slavery (72), sports (96)

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These interesting, topical lessons would make a great resource for days when a substitute will be in your classroom or may fit perfectly in your regular curriculum. The Internet plan is well suited for digital citizenship and/or research curriculum. Save in your sub folder for a ready-to-go class activity. Print and use lessons as part of class debates and projects. Use a tool like Zoho Show (similar to Powerpoint, but easier and free) - reviewed here) for students to present results.
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