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Women @ NASA - NASA

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6 to 12
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This website includes a stunning collection of over thirty videos and essays from women who contribute to NASA's mission in many different ways. The stated goal for the site is ...more
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This website includes a stunning collection of over thirty videos and essays from women who contribute to NASA's mission in many different ways. The stated goal for the site is "we hope that these stories will inspire girls everywhere to reach for the stars, and explore the myriad of opportunities available to them through pursuing careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics." Each story includes a biography, story and video about the woman highlighted. Stories include information about their background, academic degrees, and current work and future goals with NASA. The site includes a blog, Twitter feeds, and a Facebook page which you can subscribe to.

tag(s): careers (132), scientists (69), space (205), women (101)

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Share this site with students when researching careers or space exploration. This is a perfect site for Women's History Month! Use information from the site for students to use as a model for researching career information. Have students use a tool such as Woices (beta) (reviewed here) to put a fictitious radio news story on a woman they learned about from this site. Woices also includes map features, so be sure students share the location where their researched woman is originally from.
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Hinterland Who's Who - Wildlife in Canada - Environment Canada

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3 to 12
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This site has been created to identify wildlife and environmental issues in Canada. It is a must-see for those looking for information on animals and useful to teachers in any ...more
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This site has been created to identify wildlife and environmental issues in Canada. It is a must-see for those looking for information on animals and useful to teachers in any country! The species portion of the site contains information on hundreds of animals divided into categories such as birds, insects, etc. After selecting a category, a list of animals included is shown. After choosing an animal, a fact sheet is provided. Each fact sheet includes a description, habitat information, range, feeding, breeding, resources, and conservation information. All of this information has access to a link for easy printing. Don't miss the neat videos located at "Who Tube." There is also an extensive section for educators with projects, lessons, and curriculum information that can be easily adapted for any classroom need.

tag(s): animal homes (41), animals (276), environment (317), habitats (84)

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Bookmark and save this site to use with any animal research or projects. Introduce the site on your interactive whiteboard or projector and allow students to explore on their own. Have students choose an animal from the site to research then make a multimedia presentation using one of many TeachersFirst Edge tools reviewed here. Use questions from the Issues and Topics section during classroom debates and discussions on the environment.
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SAS Curriculum Pathways - SAS institute Inc.

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7 to 12
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Create a free account to this great resource site for teachers. After verification of your account, a login code is displayed for use with your students. Students use the login ...more
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Create a free account to this great resource site for teachers. After verification of your account, a login code is displayed for use with your students. Students use the login and type in their name before starting an activity. The site has resources for all subjects in the Middle school and High School levels. Audio support is available for the text. The engaging activities use lower-level thinking skills that engage higher order skills. The products work in the classroom in large part because teachers shape every phase of the planning and production process. This site uses standards and the Common Core to clarify the content in the core academic disciplines. The value of the resource lies in the focus on difficult to explain concepts that are enriched through the use of technology based resources using audio, video, and interactivity. Students "do" and "see" in order to understand the difficult concepts. Lessons have the following parts: classroom activity, web lesson, and project. InterActivities allow students to explore, apply, and analyze using online tools.

tag(s): africa (180), architecture (83), cells (102), europe (75), evolution (100), genetics (90), grammar (216), literature (275), motion (59), numbers (204), operations (126), probability (130), statistics (122), verbs (41)

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Use the more than 200 Interactive activities and 855 ready-to-use lessons to provide technology-rich lessons to teach many of the most difficult concepts in the core subjects. Use the variety of assessment options that are found within each lesson. Note the Quick Launch numbers on the resource you will be using to direct students to the correct activity. Example activities include a Web Inquiry which is a guided and self-paced investigation that is built around a focus question.
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Magisto - Magisto, LLC

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7 to 12
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This "magical," cloud-based video editing service uses your unedited footage and turns it into more exciting short movies to share with others (or random mashups of your footage.) The...more
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This "magical," cloud-based video editing service uses your unedited footage and turns it into more exciting short movies to share with others (or random mashups of your footage.) The technology analyzes the footage using facial recognition. It is able to sort out pets from people as well as backgrounds, landscapes, and behaviors. This is one of the simplest video editing sites around. Simply upload your files, and Magisto does the rest. Uploaded videos are analyzed and edited to remove less interesting parts, including blurry sections or not-so-great footage. Choose from a selection of music to overlay the clip or upload your own. This is a device-agnostic tool, available on the web but also available for free as both an Android and iOS app. Use it from any device or move between several devices and still access your work. App and web versions vary slightly. Like using YouTube? Any video uploaded to YouTube can be edited automatically using Magisto's tools integrated in the YouTube site. Note: Uploading your video footage transfers rights to your content to Magisto!

tag(s): DAT device agnostic tool (198), video (254)

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Use as an easy way to edit videos without using costly programs or difficult, time consuming applications. Use for any video that needs to be edited before placing on a wiki, blog, or site. Use for any student project, videotaping of classroom activities, or tapes of students explaining their experiment. Create a compilation video of short clips from throughout the year to share as an end of the year overview. Take long sections of video from a field trip and use Magisto to shorten to the most important bits. Magisto. Use this tool easily in your Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) classroom since all students will be able to access it for free, no matter what device they have.

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Immune Attack - Federation of American Scientists

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9 to 12
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Immune Attack is a downloadable computer activity created by the Federation of American Scientists for students. Their message states "Immune Attack is a supplemental teaching...more
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Immune Attack is a downloadable computer activity created by the Federation of American Scientists for students. Their message states "Immune Attack is a supplemental teaching tool, designed to be used in addition to middle school and high school biology textbooks. Immune Attack introduces molecular biology and cellular biology in detail that is usually reserved for college students. However, it uses the familiar and motivational video game format to introduce the strange and new world of cells and molecules."

The current download is the second version of the game. The first was edited and enhanced based on the feedback of teachers and the students who used this interactive in the classroom. The download takes about five to fifteen minutes depending on Internet connection. Also, it is Windows-only. You are able to download the program onto a CD and upload it on several computers. No registration is required to download the game. However, if you register, you will be notified of updates and it qualifies you to be a beta tester if interested. The game is fairly complex; however the graphics are great and the game is challenging. Students will probably "get the hang of it" much faster than most adults. There is a key that you can print with the commands to make the vessel do what you want it to do. Educationally speaking, the learning assistant is a great tool! It provides detailed information about different parts of the body and cells.
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tag(s): bacteria (30), diseases (66), hygiene (10)

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Be sure that if you download at school on to school computers that you have sufficient permissions. If downloading is a problem at your school, the file is big (500 MG), it can be saved to a CD and burned so that there are multiple copies as long as the discs are being used for educational purposes. Have students use earphones as they listen/engage in this interactive. The students will love the sound, but you may want to keep your sanity by only listening to one at a time. If you are adventurous enough to master the game, you could demonstrate how to use it on the interactive whiteboard or projector. Or, have students come to your computer and have them operate it in front of the class. To enhance the educational value of the game, have students learn at least three new facts about the immune system each time they are allowed to play in class. You could use this educational tool in science class as enrichment during a unit on cells. If students have completed all daily classwork and are current on all work, allow them the opportunity to try their hand at this game. Or create a stationed lab on microbiology, and have this be a hands on media station at the interactive whiteboard.
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Waterlife - National Film Board of Canada

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4 to 12
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Get swept away in an ocean of images and waves of powerful music in this unbelievable site about the ecology, grandeur, and necessity of the Great Lakes. Visit often because ...more
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Get swept away in an ocean of images and waves of powerful music in this unbelievable site about the ecology, grandeur, and necessity of the Great Lakes. Visit often because clicks can lead to a variety of different places. Learn the different ways the Great Lakes are a necessary resource and how they are currently under stresses affecting humans and many other species. This site requires a bit of bandwidth with the moving images, music, and narration. Be sure to try it out on your class computer in advance and limit the number of computers connecting at the same time. Be sure to check out all the topics, including invasive species, home, political, evaporating, and much more. Take a look at the link "Water Is" to view the list of topics. You will need headphones or speakers for the audio on this site.

tag(s): ecology (135), ecosystems (88), pollution (66), water (130), water cycle (33), watersheds (16), wetlands (9)

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Use as an introduction to a unit on water or pollution. Use to introduce the chemistry of water (and how life on Earth would not be possible without it) by finding ways that water is affected by other materials and discussing the chemistry behind it. Explore in a civics and government class as a contemporary issue not constrained by international boundaries. Allow students the opportunity to explore on their own and report interesting facts and troublesome points to the rest of the class for further review and research. Use on Earth Day or as part of Earth Week activities. Divide younger students into cooperative learning groups to explore the site. Create letters to the editor, blog posts, and other multimedia or conventional items to portray what they have learned. Have cooperative learning groups create podcasts demonstrating their understanding of one of the concepts and their additional research. Use a site such as PodOmatic (reviewed here). Have students make a multimedia presentation using one of the many TeachersFirst Edge tools reviewed here.
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Science Pipes - The Cornell Lab of Ornithology

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10 to 12
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Use Science Pipes to find graphs and charts of chosen biodiversity data sets. View the most popular or featured pipes on the front page of this site. Pipe your own ...more
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Use Science Pipes to find graphs and charts of chosen biodiversity data sets. View the most popular or featured pipes on the front page of this site. Pipe your own data by registering with the site and logging in. Choose data sets and various ways to compare them. View such parameters as migration data, various states and counties, and species comparison. Determine the types of birds to view and create a graphic using all the parameters piped into that graphic.

tag(s): birds (50), charts and graphs (195), data (148)

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Allow students the opportunity to choose various data and view the charts that follow. Ask questions about various trends noticed and research behavioral and environmental reasons for better understanding. Assign a various types of data and allow time for groups of students to manipulate in different ways to learn how various data sets can be interpreted differently by scientists. From each question asked, use more data sets to learn more about various species of birds or environmental factors.

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Teaching With TED - Jackie Gerstein, Ed.D.

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8 to 12
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Find inspirational videos for yourself and to share with your students. TED stands for Technology, Entertainment, and Design. It was developed around fostering and spreading great ideas....more
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Find inspirational videos for yourself and to share with your students. TED stands for Technology, Entertainment, and Design. It was developed around fostering and spreading great ideas. This wiki also includes additional resources to use with the TED videos in your classroom. TED collects the thoughts of leaders in different fields, so you will learn things that you have never considered. Use TED talks to inspire, provoke and stimulate discussions in your classroom. Depending on your class and the age of your students, you may need to scaffold the videos by providing some background information for your students. This site also has a page titled "How to "Do" a TED Talk" where you and your students can view videos that give advice about how to create a TED type video.

tag(s): critical thinking (108), gifted (96), inquiry (37), video (254)

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Once or twice a week use your projector or interactive whiteboard to show a TED selection to the entire class. Have the individual students write questions they have about the video/topic. Then have students write down the message they think the creator wanted them to know or think about from this video. Have students talk in small groups about the TED video and their questions and ideas. Have the student groups share out the important questions and thoughts with the whole class. After the class discussion, have the students write a group response, either on paper or on your class blog or wiki. Embed the video or add the link to your website for students to review on their own in class (be sure to provide headphones), or at home.

These videos make powerful writing prompts. After viewing a few videos in this manner, you may want to have older students select videos they want to watch (or you can assign them), and have the students respond.

Some of these videos would make the perfect starting point for an inquiry-based learning project. One of the final project choices could be to have students use the "How to 'Do' a TED Talk" advice to create their own video about their topic of inquiry. Share them using a tool such as SchoolTube reviewed here.
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Making Books with Children - S. K. Gaylord

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K to 10
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This site offers free book making activities -- the old fashioned way with paper and art supplies. Of particular interest is the project titled Making Books around the World...more
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This site offers free book making activities -- the old fashioned way with paper and art supplies. Of particular interest is the project titled Making Books around the World in which students can make slat books, palm leaf books, accordion books, "papyrus" scrolls, and cloth books of many types. Tips for teachers make the book making projects accessible. Book plans are also available in Spanish.

tag(s): artists (75), book reports (35), creative writing (166)

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Take advantage of the free lesson plan to do final projects on research of a variety of topics. This is a great find for gifted students or ESL/ELL students since it is so varied and flexible. Challenge students to make books as an end of unit project in science, social studies, and math. Have a bookmaking contest in your classroom. Have students make creative books rather than a traditional book report. Share this site together with art teachers. Share this site with parents to use to create books at home.

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CurriConnects Book List - Earth Science - TeachersFirst

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K to 12
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Use this CurriConnects list to find books related to Earth Science. CurriConnects thematic book lists include ISBN numbers for ordering or searching, interest grade levels, ESL levels...more
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Use this CurriConnects list to find books related to Earth Science. CurriConnects thematic book lists include ISBN numbers for ordering or searching, interest grade levels, ESL levels and Lexiles''''''® to match with student independent reading levels to challenge, not frustrate. Don't miss other CurriConnects themes being added regularly.

tag(s): book lists (128), earth (228), reading lists (75)

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Build student literacy skills, reinforce what students are learning about Earth Science, and help students build the important reading strategy of connecting what they read to prior (classroom!) knowledge. Share this link on your class web page or wiki so students can select independent reading books to accompany your unit on Earth Science. Don't forget to share the list with the school and local libraries so they can bring in some of the books on interlibrary loan. CurriConnects are a great help for teachers who have lost school library/media specialists due to budget cuts.

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Engineering for the 21st Century - American Council of Engineering Companies of Virginia

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8 to 12
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This site is a great resource for teachers who need information on incorporating engineering into the science and math curriculum. The four main sections of the site include Engineers...more
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This site is a great resource for teachers who need information on incorporating engineering into the science and math curriculum. The four main sections of the site include Engineers in Action, Teachers as Engineers, Engineering Materials, and Student Engineering Programs.The main page also includes links to answers of common questions on engineering and how it can be incorporated into a school's curriculum. The Engineering Materials section provides links to complete lesson plans and activities for classroom use as well as directions for interesting challenges for students to try.

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

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Share this site with students who are researching engineering as a career choice. Science teachers can use activities and lessons included on the site that align to current curriculum. Information offered on the site can be used as a resource for setting up engineering clubs in your school.

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Test Your Science Knowledge - American Chemistry Society

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5 to 12
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The American Chemical Society's Science for Kids is a great place to test and/or gain knowledge. With over twenty science topics to choose from, this has something for every...more
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The American Chemical Society's Science for Kids is a great place to test and/or gain knowledge. With over twenty science topics to choose from, this has something for every budding little scientist. Each module is a slightly interactive informational resource for a specific topic such as earth's atmosphere or even art in chemistry. Even though the site is created by the Chemical Society, other areas of science are also explored. It is clear, to-the-point, and easy to read.

tag(s): architecture (83), native americans (78), trivia (17), word study (80)

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Teaching online? Try using parts of this site as reading selections in an alternative to a standard textbook. Using one or more of these topics in your class? Introduce students to the site and have them read about the topic outside of class ahead of the teaching so that they can have richer discussions when the time comes for discussion. Or, use this site as a reinforcement activity after you have taught about the topic in class. It is a good, multipurpose site which could turn into a fast and easy tool for your classroom!
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CyberWise - CyberWise

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3 to 12
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CyberWise provides tools for parents, educators, and kids to help them understand and use new media tools safely at home and in the classroom. The site provides an extensive collection...more
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CyberWise provides tools for parents, educators, and kids to help them understand and use new media tools safely at home and in the classroom. The site provides an extensive collection of videos and resources that explain current media tools and ways to use them. Guides include Twitter, Google+, Pinterest, Blogger, Prezi, Glogster, Facebook, Snapchat, Vine, and many others. Enter any tool name into the search box to see if there is a guide. Find information about media literacy, digital citizenship, cyberbullying, sexting, and more. The CyberCivics blog has the latest issues, trends, and tools to keep you an informed digital citizen. Sign up for the free newsletter and subscribe to the blog to stay current with information included on the site. If your district blocks YouTube, the videos may not be viewable. You could always view them 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): cyberbullying (43), digital citizenship (59), internet safety (107), media literacy (58), tutorials (47)

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Share videos on your interactive whiteboard or projector with students to discuss media tools and how they are using them, or show before assigning projects using current media tools. Challenge students to create an online "scrapbook" on cyber safety using Smilebox, reviewed here, or ask them to create a simple infographic using Piktochart, reviewed here. Share videos with parents to help them understand current media tools and how to use them.
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Great tool- always need all we can find to help teach this with students. Charlotte, AL, Grades: 0 - 12

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Memonic - Nektoon AG

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6 to 12
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Looking to take bits of notes from a variety of web pages? Use Memonic to take notes or clip any web content. Easily take it with you wherever you go ...more
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Looking to take bits of notes from a variety of web pages? Use Memonic to take notes or clip any web content. Easily take it with you wherever you go and share it with others (or the entire world.) Using Memonic allows much more efficient printing. The free plan allows up to 100 notes and 3 groups.
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tag(s): note taking (32)

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Use this site to collect your thoughts and information for class projects, research, and idea/data gathering. Create a group for others to share information with for a subject area, class, or a common interest. Use with classes to allow students to comment to any page you assign for discussion. Students can find pages of interest about a specific content topic and comment their likes and dislikes. Look at various political, environmental, or ethical viewpoints by adding URL's for both sides of the argument and allow time for commenting and voicing of opinion. Learning support teachers may want to create notes together with students, annotating assigned text to show understanding and learn target vocabulary.

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DIY Podcast - NASA

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K to 12
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Create a podcast using audio and videos clips featuring NASA scientists! Follow the steps to create the podcast, including writing a production script, downloading clips, recording...more
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Create a podcast using audio and videos clips featuring NASA scientists! Follow the steps to create the podcast, including writing a production script, downloading clips, recording your narrations, and editing. Use a digital recorder, camcorder, or your computer to record the audio. Download a brochure or bookmark to remember the links for creating the DIY Podcast. Click on the links along the right side of the page for great resources such as the DIY Podcast Blog for some great ideas. Several examples along the side include creating a fitness podcast, lab safety, Newton's Laws, Rocket Science, and Solar Arrays.

tag(s): podcasts (52), scientists (69), space (205)

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Provide example topics to your class once they have tried this site, and let them go! Podcasts can be used in any subject area. In math, have students "teach" the class a new skill via podcast. Rather than a traditional book report, have students create a podcast highlighting the main character, plot, conflict, or storyline or a book. In current events, have cooperative learning groups create a podcast debating a current area of dispute. You could record your assignments or directions; you can record story time or a reading excerpt for younger ones to listen to at a computer center AND from home! Have better readers record selected passages for your non-readers (perhaps older buddies). Launch a service project for your fifth or sixth graders to record stories for the kindergarten to use in their reading and listening center. Have your Shakespeare students record a soliloquy! Write and record a poem for Father's or Mother's Day (or other special events) and send the URL as a gift to that special person. Create great podcasts that can be shared on your wiki site, or blog!

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iDoneThis - idonethis.com

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6 to 12
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Keep track of what you have completed towards a goal. Everyday, iDoneThis sends an email asking what you have accomplished. Reply with a list of things completed. iDoneThis...more
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Keep track of what you have completed towards a goal. Everyday, iDoneThis sends an email asking what you have accomplished. Reply with a list of things completed. iDoneThis posts to your online calendar to keep up with your progress. Send an email to today@idonethis.com and it will post on the calendar day that the email is sent. Note that it does take some time for the information to appear on the online calendar and may not be viewable right away. Choose the time of day for your email to be sent asking you, "What have you done today?"

tag(s): calendars (44), organizational skills (122)

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Keep motivation going by listing the little steps that students have achieved towards a bigger goal. Email reminders offer a little nudge gently and with humor when no steps have been taken toward the goal. Boost motivation by going back through the calendar to see all the work that you have finished instead of just focusing on what has not been completed. Use this resource to help students keep track of the baby steps towards the completion of larger projects or goals. Be sure to identify the little steps that need to be completed in order to complete the actual project or goal. Learning support and gifted students alike can benefit from this organizational tool for time management. Let them try this tool to motivate themselves.

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Enercities - EnerCities

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8 to 12
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EnerCities is an educational interactive about energy, co-funded by the European Commission. This activity is about energy sources and the balance between people, planet, and profit....more
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EnerCities is an educational interactive about energy, co-funded by the European Commission. This activity is about energy sources and the balance between people, planet, and profit. The goal of the activity is to create and expand virtual cities dealing with pollution, energy shortages, renewable energy. etc. And then you attempt to create a metropolis that stands the test of time. You can sign up if you wish to record high scores, but otherwise sign up isn't necessary. A small download of Unity WebPlayer is required to play the game (free).

tag(s): data (148), energy (198), environment (317), planets (123), pollution (66)

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You may need to request installation of the Unity player if your schools computer prevent downloads. Try the activity at home to decide whether you want to use it in class. Share the site on your interactive whiteboard or projector. If individual computers are available, have students work with a partner. Ask students to write about the effects of various decisions they make on the environment and their city. Provide the link to students to create individual games to compare/contrast effects of game decisions. Create a class wiki to discuss the effects of game decisions. Not familiar with wikis? Check out the TeachersFirst Wiki Walk-Through. Math teachers can have students create charts and graphs comparing data from different decisions within each game. Have students use a site such as Daytum reviewed here to analyze the data.

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Exhibition Monet - RMN-Grand Palais

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2 to 12
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Sit back and enjoy an exquisite escape into the beautiful world of Claude Monet's paintings. The RMN-Grand Palais, and Musee d'Orsay transformed their 2010 exhibition, "Claude Monet...more
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Sit back and enjoy an exquisite escape into the beautiful world of Claude Monet's paintings. The RMN-Grand Palais, and Musee d'Orsay transformed their 2010 exhibition, "Claude Monet 1840- 1926," into a virtual gallery space that transcends time and space. You have the opportunity to examine over 100 digital paintings. The zoom-in feature provides a unique opportunity to observe the brushstrokes closer than any security guard would ever allow! The graphics, animations and interactive features are outstanding. You will enjoy reading interesting tidbits of information about each individual painting, and exploring Monet's timeline available in the gallery. There is also an interactive journey that accesses your web cam and asks you to spill an inkwell, blow poppy petals into the wind, change the seasons of a painting and spook a bird into flight. The Exhibition Monet is an innovative and incredibly beautiful virtual gallery experience. Please be patient: this site loads a bit slow at peak times of the day. But it is WELL worth the wait.

tag(s): art history (70), artists (75), drawing (78), europe (75), france (40), impressionism (5), painting (66)

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This site will bring the world of art history alive for students. Project and share the site on an interactive whiteboard or projector, and then break students into small groups to explore independently. Consider using this site before starting a unit on Impressionism or visiting a local art museum. History teachers might want to ask students to find examples of how industrialization may of effected Claude Monet's paintings. Use this site in science to show how light interacts and effects our environment (and of course, take an observational detour into the world of impressionism.) Consider asking students how scientific discoveries about color and light in the late 1800's affected this group of painters. Create a resource link on the school webpage to this site so that families can enjoy exploring Monet's paintings together at home.
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This is an incredible site and I will definitely use this with my art classes. Marilyn, , Grades: 3 - 12

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Science Fix - Darren Fix

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5 to 12
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ScienceFix is one man's blog to show the world his educational and scientific demonstrations. It is clear, straight forward, and entertaining. These video clips and explanations are...more
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ScienceFix is one man's blog to show the world his educational and scientific demonstrations. It is clear, straight forward, and entertaining. These video clips and explanations are fantastic. The site offers a great variety of topics: What Makes a Planet a Planet, Water Bottle Rockets, Flaming Dollar, Books Smash Eggs, Magnesium Reacts with Oxygen, Isotopes, and much more. At the time of this review, there were eighteen pages worth of science videos (and fun). This is truly a MUST SEE for any science class. The videos are all hosted on YouTube. These demonstrations would be great for science classes, students experimenting at home, or independent science fair projects.

tag(s): blogs (88), density (21), experiments (71), fire (25), motion (59), planets (123), rockets (14), space (205)

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Share demonstration videos classes of students on your interactive whiteboard or projector. This helps if funds or time for actual labs are limited. Or they can be used to show students how to carry out an experiment before they are unleashed into the laboratory to do it on their own. Challenge students to create their own science videos (sharing an experiment and explanation.) Share these videos on a site such as TeacherTube reviewed here.

If your district blocks YouTube, the videos may be blocked at school. You could always view that 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. An additional bonus to doing this is that you know that it will play. Sometimes there are problems with streaming video due to bandwidth issues on school networks.
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Protagonize - Taunt Media

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5 to 12
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Protagonize was originally a site for collaborative story creation. However, now you and your students can create your own "linear" or solo stories, poems, song lyrics, etc. Stories...more
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Protagonize was originally a site for collaborative story creation. However, now you and your students can create your own "linear" or solo stories, poems, song lyrics, etc. Stories are available for others to comment on or add to. You can easily specify two endings like the "Choose Your Own Adventure" series or leave the story's ending unfinished. Alternatively, choose to create different "chapters" of a story. Before writing, choose from many different story genres. If you prefer not to have outside input on the story, you can select "solo" writing. It is easy to change solo to collaborative writing, however. There is also an option to digitally link the chapters. The site is very flexible, and you can write poetry, drama, song lyrics, and writing exercises including role plays. Before writing, students set up "story guidelines" so that future contributors can see the parameters of the piece. Students can also view the work of others. Mature content is marked with a "Mature" marker. Students and other writers have an obligation to report inappropriate content. PDF format or RSS feeds allow the created work to be saved to another format.
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tag(s): creative writing (166), digital storytelling (144), expository writing (44), narrative (24), persuasive writing (55), poetry (228), six traits of writing (8), songs (52), stories and storytelling (33), word choice (26), writers workshop (31), writing (359)

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You may wish to set up a group or class account, so that you can keep a careful eye on what outside additions are made (use an RSS feed!) . Students would then need to sign their writing or their comments on other class members writing, with a code known by you. Or you can invite students through email, and then create a group on the program that would include your students; however this group would also be open to the public.

Create groups of students who would like to work together on a "Choose Your Own Adventure" story connected to a science or social studies topic. Have the students create the story guidelines and parameters. Once the students have started the story, have them use your projector and interactive whiteboard and get feedback from class members about the different directions the story could take. Publish the final adventures by using the page flipping publishing program, Youblisher, reviewed here.

Have your students create "solo" stories, and then have them switch to "collaborative" to receive comments and input from other members in their writing group or class. Publish the final adventures by using the page flipping publishing program, Youblisher, reviewed here.

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