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Experience the Planets - Greg Martin

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5 to 12
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Experience The Planets is an ongoing art project that visualizes our solar system through the eyes of artists. Click on each image to read an explanation of the art. Choose ...more
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Experience The Planets is an ongoing art project that visualizes our solar system through the eyes of artists. Click on each image to read an explanation of the art. Choose the download link to save each image as HD wallpaper. Although the number of images is limited, the artwork is beautiful and is sure to be a great inspiration for any viewer. Many pieces have accompanying music and/or sounds. Be aware: there are icons to purchase the artwork. So discuss with students NOT to click on the icon.
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tag(s): planets (123), solar system (119)

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Explore this site with your students on your projector or interactive whiteboard (turn up the speakers). Share with your art teacher as examples of beautiful artwork. Allow students to explore the site before creating their own solar system art. Use artwork as inspiration for creative writing projects. Discuss the music and/or sounds included, what emotions does the music create? How can science become inspiration for art?
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Digital Learning Day - Alliance for Excellent Education

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K to 12
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Digital Learning Day is an annual February event spotlighting successful instructional practice and effective use of technology around the country. Choose the Learn and Explore option...more
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Digital Learning Day is an annual February event spotlighting successful instructional practice and effective use of technology around the country. Choose the Learn and Explore option to find out more about the goals of Digital Learning Day, begin with a detailed description listing the characteristics of digital learning. View exemplary models, showcases, lesson portals,and more using links provided. Sign up as a participant for Digital Learning Day then plan your own classroom activity, provide a presentation to parents, or choose from other ideas offered on the site. Explore the Take Action portion of the site to find digital toolkits sorted by subject area. Sign up isn't required; however, it does allow you to receive emails with updates and learning ideas throughout the year. In addition, The Alliance will provide all individuals signed up for Digital Learning Day with ten to twelve detailed lesson plans approximately two weeks before Digital Learning Day. The digital learning content demonstrations are conducted in four areas: math, science, language arts, and civics/social studies; critical areas, such as working with ELL or special education students, will be woven into the lessons.

tag(s): digital citizenship (58), digital storytelling (142), modeling (9), preK (279)

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Celebrate Digital Learning Day in your school by sharing this site and ideas for digital learning both in and out of school. Suggest to your PTO/PTA that they host a family digital learning evening on or about the same date. Bookmark and save this site to find digital learning ideas throughout the year and to plan special events for a midwinter Digital Learning Day celebration. Share with colleagues as a resource.

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Sickweather - Sickweather, LLC

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6 to 12
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This tool uses reports from social media to generate a map of sickness. The map tracks cold, flu, allergy, depression, and other symptoms in real time. It "senses" your location ...more
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This tool uses reports from social media to generate a map of sickness. The map tracks cold, flu, allergy, depression, and other symptoms in real time. It "senses" your location based on your Internet connection. Choose a disease to track in the drop down to view a specific map (allergies, fifth disease, strep throat, and others). Click on the map to view the hot spot areas and to see individual cases and symptoms reported via social media. This tool connects with Facebook to identify illness within groups of friends. Enter your own symptoms directly into Sickweather. This is a user generated map of self-reported symptoms (collected by social media and direct reporting). Data are as reliable as what people are saying.
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tag(s): bacteria (30), diseases (66)

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Compare this with other disease symptom gathering sites such as this site or this tool to determine the difference in reporting and usefulness of each data tool. Identify common symptoms that would be reported for the various disease and how each is diagnosed in a patient. Research past occurrences of the diseases compared to the present and the reasons for the increase or decrease. This would be a great activity to use with the introduction of immunity and vaccinations and evolution of diseases. It is also a great way to connect discussions about health and hygiene to the real world. Government classes can discuss the role of public policy in public health. What should be the government role in public health and disease prevention?

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Laura Jernigan: Girl on a Whaleship - Martha's Vineyard Museum

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4 to 12
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This website, produced by the Martha's Vineyard Museum, tells the story of Laura Jernegan and the journal she kept on her voyage on a whaling ship. In October 1868, Laura ...more
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This website, produced by the Martha's Vineyard Museum, tells the story of Laura Jernegan and the journal she kept on her voyage on a whaling ship. In October 1868, Laura Jernegan, a 6 year old girl from Edgartown, Massachusetts set out on a three year whaling voyage. Laura, her father, mother, brother and the ship's crew set off to the whaling grounds of the Pacific Ocean. The site also tells the adventurous history of whaling. Choose from many different topics for exploration such as information about whales, a timeline of whaling, interactive map, and explore the ship. Dive deeper to view artifacts, meet the crew, and view a picture gallery. Lesson plans (and complete units) are provided for grades 1-3, 4-5, and even high school.

tag(s): 1800s (44), whales (16)

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Include this site as you study 19th century America, New England, or maritime history. Use the teacher link at the bottom of the page to find units and lessons. Introduce the site to students and allow them to explore on their own. Challenge students to create a talking avatar using a photo or other image (legally permitted to be reproduced). The avatars can be used to explain a day in the life of one of the Jernegan family members. Use a site such as Blabberize (reviewed here). HIgh school classes could compare the whaling industry with other practices that have had an impact on our natural resources. How does this approach to whaling differ from the Native Alaskans? How does it differ from today's use of ocean resources?
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Tv411 En Espanol - Adult Literacy Media Alliance

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4 to 12
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TV411 En Espanol offers lessons covering several math, social studies, and science topics, all in Spanish. All lessons are offered in a slide format beginning with an introduction to...more
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TV411 En Espanol offers lessons covering several math, social studies, and science topics, all in Spanish. All lessons are offered in a slide format beginning with an introduction to the activity. Questions follow for students to answer and receive feedback. Choose a topic to view videos offered along with a short description. Each video includes links to related web lessons and some offer related print downloads.

tag(s): bacteria (30), heat (15), nutrition (154), photosynthesis (33), spanish (108), water (130)

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Include a link to videos on your class website or blog for students to view at home. Use the Share button located near the bottom of the page to share the link via email or other social media sharing sites such as Facebook and Twitter. This site is perfect to use with Spanish speaking students for help with explaining concepts. In Spanish class, show videos to challenge your students to make their own videos for any topic. Share the videos using a tool such as Teachers.TV reviewed here.
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Games: Institute for New Media Studies- Ethanol Issues - Institute for New Media Studies/University of Minnesota

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5 to 12
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Explore multiple ways to learn about "Ethanol as Fuel." Navigate through the simulation city (You be the Reporter) to be the reporter in learning about Ethanol. Click on the areas ...more
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Explore multiple ways to learn about "Ethanol as Fuel." Navigate through the simulation city (You be the Reporter) to be the reporter in learning about Ethanol. Click on the areas of the city where information is located and access the knowledge from people and other sources by locating the glowing items. Visit the farm, government office, university, park, and other locations. Follow the information to learn and be a reporter of facts. Play the Ethanol Issues board game to learn facts about the use of ethanol as a fuel source. This site also offers the relevant information as a text story, a topics information page, or a short story containing relevant links. The activities were originally developed as part of a research project on delivering the news using games.

tag(s): energy (197), fossil fuels (18)

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Be sure to bookmark this site on a classroom computer or provide the link on a classroom site or blog. use this site in a unit on energy and society or issues in energy use and production. You can also use the text story as practice with informational text a la Common Core. Be sure to find other sources that provide additional information to support or refute information discussed in this site. Try a keyword of TeachersFirst for the phrases carbon footprint and fossil fuel.
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Textivate - TaskMagic

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4 to 12
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Textivate is a simple web tool to automatically generate a range of online activities based on any text you enter (up to 500 words). Type or paste a chunk of ...more
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Textivate is a simple web tool to automatically generate a range of online activities based on any text you enter (up to 500 words). Type or paste a chunk of text into the text box on the Textivate front page and click on the "Textivate Now" button to see the available exercises that can be generated from that text. Choose from various activities based on the amount of text used such as drag and drop, sorting, or fill in the gaps. View an example on evaporation located here. Register on the site for further options such as uploading text, embedding your textivate onto a website, or share via hyperlink.

tag(s): grammar review (37), process writing (42), sequencing (31), summarizing (13), word order (5), word study (80)

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Create Textivates to introduce or review any topic. Type in a summary of information and have students place chunks of sentences in order or choose the missing word option for students to insert missing words. Instantly create sequencing activities to build comprehension and vocabulary skills. Paste in a passage from a well-known text and experiment with word order. What would happen if you tried to rearrange the wording in a famous poem? Paste in text during a world language class so students can rearrange words to practice vocabulary, word order, and various skills. Use the embed feature to insert a Textivate activity for homework. Create activities for small group practice on an interactive whiteboard center. Have students create their own Textivate activities to summarize information. Share them with classmates to complete activities. Learning support teachers can have students create and swap review activities. Be sure to share this one with parents for them to use at home for review fun!

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Draggo - 2012 Draggo LLC

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K to 12
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Draggo is a convenient way to save, share, and organize your bookmarks from anywhere. With Draggo, you use the web to store your favorite links, preventing loss from computer problems....more
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Draggo is a convenient way to save, share, and organize your bookmarks from anywhere. With Draggo, you use the web to store your favorite links, preventing loss from computer problems. Join for free. Inside your account, add pages to store, share, and organize links. Add the browser button or drag links into Draggo to put in your inbox; organize when you have time. You can have up to 10 tabs to save your important links. Choose to keep private or make public via your own personalized Draggo URL. Editing is not possible without a user name and password. The introduction video to this site is the only part of the site that appears to require Flash.

tag(s): bookmarks (60), classroom management (134)

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Use public and private options to collect different links. If you want to make your personal page (with your personal favorites) private, you can share school related links on a public page. Share resources with other teachers. Make group work easy for any age group with easily accessible links. Link directly to single categories or embed categories on other websites. No more students typing in the URL incorrectly! Younger children can easily use your recommended online activities, or enrichment sites. Label sites according to subject, or grade level. Older students can create their own accounts. Sharing links during group collaboration is a snap. Add Draggo as a link on your class website or blog. Explore using Draggo with your professional development opportunities.

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GoCast.It - GoCast.it

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7 to 12
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This free app creates an online shared video space so collaborating is so much easier. Use the web or your mobile device to access a GoCast learning or collaboration session. ...more
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This free app creates an online shared video space so collaborating is so much easier. Use the web or your mobile device to access a GoCast learning or collaboration session. Be sure to take the tutorial to be able to manipulate the various parts of GoCast. Each person and whiteboard appear as icons that can be rotated on your screen like a carousel. Use the icons below your video to change from normal color to black and white or sepia. Turn off your video or microphone easily with a simple click. Add more whiteboards to the session by clicking the whiteboard icon. A tool tray is found below each whiteboard. Hover over the icon on each whiteboard to expand it. Take notes using the collaborative notepad and comments using the comment bar. Wikipedia is just an icon away and is useful for sharing and research. Send an invitation to others by making a general Facebook announcement (if permitted) or sending a specific invitation by email. At the time of this review, a download of a required program is needed to use GoCast, but this download is not supposed to be needed in the future.

tag(s): video (253)

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Create a collaborative space for homework help before or after school or on snow days. Students can meet whenever help is needed or teachers can create a session that can be accessed on any device easily by those who need it. Use this app for group work - no more excuses about not being able to meet for cooperative learning projects!

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Eat Different - eatdifferent.com

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6 to 12
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Want to change your eating habits for the better? This free site offers a way to track your eating habits (and exercise) through the web, mobile device, and even email. ...more
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Want to change your eating habits for the better? This free site offers a way to track your eating habits (and exercise) through the web, mobile device, and even email. Images can also be uploaded (for better accountability.) This site does not focus on counting calories but on assessing progress towards goals and using slider bars to indicate how well goals are being met. Use your friend to motivate you in reaching your goals. Sharing is optional and settings can be maintained for privacy. Enter your settings and use your log to keep track of progress daily. Describe the foods you eat and use the sliders to choose between "none" and "lots" on the items you are trying to reduce and the ones you are trying to increase!

tag(s): eating disorders (7), food chains (22), human body (120), myplate (28), nutrition (154), obesity (19)

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Use this tool in place of keeping a food diary and counting calories, especially during a unit on nutrition or health. Have students create goals that they can monitor. Use privacy setting to include buddies within the classroom to encourage each other. Create classroom challenges that can be extended into family challenges. Teach digital citizenship by learning to encourage and to make constructive comments in and off this site.

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Voya Unsung Heroes Awards Program - Scholarship America.

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K to 12
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With over 5 million dollars granted, Voya Unsung Heroes has supported teachers through grants provided by its Unsung Heroes Program. Each year grants are provided to K-12 educators...more
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With over 5 million dollars granted, Voya Unsung Heroes has supported teachers through grants provided by its Unsung Heroes Program. Each year grants are provided to K-12 educators utilizing new teaching techniques and methods that improve learning. Applications are judged on three criteria: innovative method, creativity, and ability to positively influence students. 100 Finalists are chosen yearly to receive $2,000 grants with at least one award going to each of the 50 states. Three top awards of $25,000, $10,000 and $5,000 are given to the top three recipients. Follow links provided on the site to apply for the grant. The deadline is generally the end of April each year.

tag(s): grants (19)

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Applications are accepted annually generally with a deadline of April each year. Nominate yourself or a colleague.

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I Fake Text - iFakeText.com

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2 to 12
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iFakeText is a tool to create fake screenshots of a series of iPhone text messages. Write a name, then choose an operator and write text in the provided box. Click ...more
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iFakeText is a tool to create fake screenshots of a series of iPhone text messages. Write a name, then choose an operator and write text in the provided box. Click the link "Create your Screenshot" to view the picture. Have the operator READ the text message (great for non-readers). Take a screenshot or share via different social networking platforms or via a link.
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tag(s): creative writing (166), text to speech (16), writing prompts (92)

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Have two characters from a book or two famous people text each other. Create short poetry using this tool. Provide some opening text and ask students to write their guesses of the other person's answers. Have students practice a dialogue or questions and answers. Create a fake text of a conversation and have students use inference skills to state what happened before and after the conversation. You could even use it as a writing prompt. Teach important texting etiquette using this tool. Use a fake text on your interactive whiteboard (or projector) to display word definitions in a fun way. Use this site with your ESL/ELL students (or those learning to read) and have the site READ the text to the students. The ability to use the "text to speech" makes this an easy tool for any age student to try! Tear down the boundaries of delayed reading. Create fake texts of homework or project reminders and post them on your class wiki or web page.

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Slidespeech - Slidespeech

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3 to 12
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Make the Notes on your PowerPoint presentations into narration using this text-to-speech tool. Upload your presentation, being sure to include the information you want read in the Notes...more
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Make the Notes on your PowerPoint presentations into narration using this text-to-speech tool. Upload your presentation, being sure to include the information you want read in the Notes section. (This will be the part spoken by this tool.) Click share to send by email, share a link, or embed the narrated results in a wiki, blog, or site. Also share via Facebook or Twitter. Presentations can be downloaded as a video or saved as a zip file.

tag(s): digital storytelling (142), video (253)

In the Classroom

Use this tool to differentiate instruction for students in your classes. Students can watch the narrated show any time. Students can use this tool to record their own presentation ahead of time and upload to a site for viewing and grading later. Students with speech difficulties (or challenges with English fluency) will appreciate the opportunity to prerecord their presentations without an audience. High school students can also "narrate" a portfolio slide show for Art school applications or a show of accomplishments for college applications. Students can package book reviews or author reports to be shared in the media center. In primary grades, have students "narrate" their portion of a whole-class slide show, then share it with parents and grandparents by URL. They can practice oral reading as they share their story slides. Use for digital storytelling. Have students draw or upload pictures about a story they have written with the words in the Notes area, and have Slidespeech read the story out loud. Create simple narrated slideshows with questions in the notes area for ESL/ELL or speech/language students to practice on their own, such as slides with images of objects and a questions, "Is this a sock or a shoe?" Challenge students to create review aids for each other by writing questions on slides.

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Wolfram Demonstrations Project - Wolfram Mathematica

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4 to 12
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Discover a huge collection of interactive illustrations to help explain complex concepts in science, technology, art, math, and a range of other topics. The activities also give you...more
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Discover a huge collection of interactive illustrations to help explain complex concepts in science, technology, art, math, and a range of other topics. The activities also give you the power to create interactive visualizations. There are thousands of Mathematica Demonstrations. A demonstration is a Mathematica notebook that takes advantage of Mathematica's manipulate command. Use the manipulate command to create sliders or buttons or check boxes to change the values of parameters in the displays in the demonstration. The result is you control the animation. View demonstrations on topics ranging from odd and even numbers to odd and even functions, fractions to fractals, and from linear functions to linear algebra and linear programming. In addition to mathematical topics, there are demonstrations illustrating the time in different cities around the world, global demographic information, the solar system, and art and music concepts. You need to download the Wolfram CDF player to use and interact with the demonstrations.
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tag(s): addition (251), animals (276), architecture (83), computers (94), division (172), fractions (239), geometric shapes (163), gravity (45), logic (235), maps (288), money (193), multiples (35), multiplication (227), plants (144), psychology (64), statistics (122), subtraction (208), weather (188)

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Explain how to use the Demonstrations on your interactive whiteboard (or projector). Allow students to explore on their own classroom computers. (Remember to download the CDF player onto each computer or request it in advance from your tech department.) Challenge students to create a talking avatar using a photo or other image (legally permitted for reproduction). Use avatars to explain activities performed using a Demonstration. Use a site such as Blabberize (reviewed here). The beauty of the demonstrations is that it allows students to manipulate and "play" to view the impact of changes made, allowing many opportunities for classroom discussion. Ask students to predict the impact of changes using the manipulate command; then discuss the actual impact as it occurs.
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Instant Google Street View - Nick Nicholaou

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4 to 12
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Go to Google Street View instantly with this handy site. Begin by typing in an address. As you type the screen changes automatically to the best street view image of ...more
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Go to Google Street View instantly with this handy site. Begin by typing in an address. As you type the screen changes automatically to the best street view image of what has been entered so far. Many may find the constant changing of images as you type distracting; others may find the variety of seeing new areas exciting. Click "About" in the lower left hand corner for an explanation of color boxes and controls. Download and share the view easily.
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tag(s): map skills (80), maps (288)

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Assign students various countries, regions, or continents to make comparisons. Identify the biological, geographical, cultural, and social issues that exist in the world, based on what the pictures show and what their research uncovers. Bring a greater understanding to current economic and environmental issues in many countries. World language (or world cultures) classes can help students understand the cultures of the countries where the language is spoken. Compare specific attributes of two countries using an online Venn Diagram, such as the one reviewed here. Another idea: have cooperative learning groups use this resource to create online books about the country of their tour using a resource such as Bookemon.

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Chemreference: Periodic Table - Nathan Bookout

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6 to 12
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This free science resource shows the key features of all the elements of the periodic table. Click on an element to bring up the specifics of each element along the ...more
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This free science resource shows the key features of all the elements of the periodic table. Click on an element to bring up the specifics of each element along the right side. Find trends by clicking the characteristic at the left. Click the tab at right to see orbital filling. Don't miss the navigation bar at the far right for more features, including visualization.
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tag(s): atoms (55), elements (36), periodic table (50)

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Use this site to gather information to learn about the elements. Compare the different elements to determine how the properties change down the columns of the periodic table or across in the rows. Use this activity before studying periodicity. Knowing the elements is more powerful when they are studying the trends in the periodic table. Report group findings to the class to understand how the periodic table is arranged and what elements have in common with one another. Create a mindmap using a tool such as scribblar (reviewed here) or a poster using PicLits (reviewed here) of the trends of the periodic table for quick reference.

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TV411 - Science - Adult Literacy Media Alliance

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Originally created for an adult basic literacy audience, TV411 offers lessons and videos covering a variety of science topics. Learn about heat, photosynthesis, carbohydrates, and other...more
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Originally created for an adult basic literacy audience, TV411 offers lessons and videos covering a variety of science topics. Learn about heat, photosynthesis, carbohydrates, and other topics in easily approachable terms. Each lesson begins with an introduction (typically a video) to the activity including questions to answer. Feedback is given to the questions including an explanation of the correct answer. Math skills are reinforced with the content. Videos can include recipes that reinforce the material discussed. On the right sidebar you will also find a few lesson plans (not formerly written).

tag(s): bacteria (30), charts and graphs (195), nutrition (154), plants (144), water (130)

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Share this site on your interactive whiteboard or projector to introduce or review of Science topics. These topics are appropriate to Family and Consumer Science classes as well. Learning support teachers and those who work with concrete learners will appreciate the way these lessons connect to experience in the real world. Share this site with parents through your classroom website or blog to provide review materials at home. Challenge students to create their own science videos about a topic that your class is currently studying. Share the videos using a tool such as SchoolTube reviewed here.
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Picsviewr - Webzardry

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Share your Flickr photos in visually stimulating presentations using Picsviewr. Enter your Flickr username into the field to create a link to your slideshow. Choose from several different...more
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Share your Flickr photos in visually stimulating presentations using Picsviewr. Enter your Flickr username into the field to create a link to your slideshow. Choose from several different template options: poster, Polaroid Gallery, photo stack, wall, and more. Change options until satisfied with the results. Share using the direct link provided. You must have a Flickr account to use this site. If you are unfamiliar with Flickr, see our review (here).

tag(s): flickr (7), images (265), slides (63)

In the Classroom

Create a class Flickr account to upload pictures of experiments, student projects, and items related to class content. Use Picsviewr to share these pictures on a blog or wiki. Use pictures to represent Math concepts, poems and stories, science concepts in the real world, or items from different cultures. Create a Picsviewr folder of art projects to display to the world. If students are allowed individual accounts, they could use this as a way to share their portfolios of artwork or digital images.

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Generate Data - Form Tools

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Generate the data you need quickly. You can easily generate large volumes of custom data in a variety of formats. Enter a column title, choose from a variety of data ...more
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Generate the data you need quickly. You can easily generate large volumes of custom data in a variety of formats. Enter a column title, choose from a variety of data types, and include options as necessary. Choose result types such as HTML, XML, SCV, or Excel files among others. Also choose data from specific countries such as US, UK, Netherlands, and Canada. Choose the number of results to be displayed. Databases are used to randomly bring in the results.

tag(s): data (148), mean (25), median (22), mode (15), population (60), variables (22)

In the Classroom

Use this site to generate data that can be used to determine averages, mean, or median. Use the data to practice with graphing or analyzing data. Download results to computers and allow time for groups of students to make sense of any portion of the data and present their findings to the class. Use as an introduction to a discussion of data and how results can be interpreted. Discuss the use of bias in reporting results and different ways that results can be presented.

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Annotary - Ashok Nayar and Travis Hardman

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Annotary is a social bookmarking and annotation service provided through an extension for Google Chrome and Firefox. Bookmark sites, highlight portions of pages, and annotate pages...more
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Annotary is a social bookmarking and annotation service provided through an extension for Google Chrome and Firefox. Bookmark sites, highlight portions of pages, and annotate pages with sticky notes. Create as many collections as you like for each project, topic, or idea. Share bookmarks using icons on each page for most major social networks. Search by user, keyword, or collection names. Sign up with your Facebook account or use your email and a user name.

tag(s): bookmarks (60), social networking (112)

In the Classroom

There are so many applications and possibilities for this site! Use prompts on articles to build Common Core skills analyzing informational texts. How many times have we heard students complain during a group project, "But I couldn't get to his or her house to work on it?" Tell them to use Annotary to interact online. The research and conversations created through highlighting and annotating what they read can greatly enhance both their research skills and their online interaction on academic level skills. Or use the site to post and share discussion assignments on specific articles or even parts of articles using the highlighting tool. Find a relevant article to your subject, highlight the part that you want students to read. (If students are younger keep it short to reduce the intimidating reality of too much information for kids.) Attach a note with a discussion question for the students. Have them comment on the link in a "class discussion" as an outside assignment. If you are fortunate enough to have all students with computer access in your class and at home, such as in one to one laptop program schools, you can use this essentially to run your class. Post assignments or post readings. Science teachers can post online interactive labs, and more. The site even allows students to submit work via the comment.

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