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Open Learning Initiative - Carnegie Mellon University

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6 to 12
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Teach or learn through high-quality online courses offered by the Open Learning Initiative. Choose from available courses in a variety of subjects for full course information including...more
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Teach or learn through high-quality online courses offered by the Open Learning Initiative. Choose from available courses in a variety of subjects for full course information including topics covered, estimated completion time, and software required. Classes are free for independent learning. Set up and teach your own course by registering for an instructor account. Instructor accounts allow members to access tools to assess student learning and provide credit for course completion.

tag(s): chinese (50), design (83), engineering (127), french (90), logic (239), probability (131), psychology (65), statistics (124), STEM (151)

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Take advantage of content in courses to supplement your current lessons. No registration is required to access and view course information. Share this site with gifted students or students with interests in specific academic areas not covered in your current curriculum. Create a course and offer it to your students for greater interaction and learning through community building. Find great ideas from other existing courses. Teachers of gifted can use courses to challenge students in their areas of interest. You can also have gifted students create or collaborate on a student-made "course." Explore the topics for some new, engaging topics to round out your own expertise. Allow students to enroll in a course that would fit into their career goals as an exploratory opportunity in that field. The Open Learning Initiative would also be perfect for setting up directions and steps for any projects you require students to do for your class. The program will integrate with some learning management systems.

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Credo Reference - Credo Reference

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Credo Reference is an extensive online research collection containing almost 900 online dictionaries, reference tools, and encyclopedias. Begin with a keyword search or by subject....more
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Credo Reference is an extensive online research collection containing almost 900 online dictionaries, reference tools, and encyclopedias. Begin with a keyword search or by subject. Use the drop-down box to narrow search terms to include images, topic, books, or mind maps. Choose the advanced search option to limit searches to meet your defined inclusions. Although login isn't required; creating an account allows you to save, print, and share search results.

tag(s): bookmarks (64), search engines (65)

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Bookmark Credo Reference to use on all classroom computers as a reliable and hearty search engine. Be sure to include a link on your class webpage for student use at home. Demonstrate on your interactive whiteboard different methods of searching and appropriate use of each method. Have cooperative learning groups research a certain topic and share their resources using this tool. Remind students that they will need to give proper credit for any resource they use in their research! To either teach about or give students a review of plagiarism and citing sources, use a tool like Plagiarism.org, reviewed here.
 

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The True Size of... - James Talmage and Damon Maneice

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4 to 12
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The True Size of...uses Google Maps and drag and drop technology to allow you to compare the size of any two countries. Because normal maps have a certain amount of ...more
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The True Size of...uses Google Maps and drag and drop technology to allow you to compare the size of any two countries. Because normal maps have a certain amount of distortion, sometimes it's hard to see real size differences on a standard map. Just type in the name of any county. Once highlighted, drag the country to any location on the map to compare. Hover over the country to view statistics with the actual size. When finished, right click and start over.
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tag(s): area (68), countries (78), map skills (81), maps (292)

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The True Size of... is perfect for use on an interactive whiteboard or with a projector. Use to demonstrate size differences in countries. Have students use this site when presenting reports of nations around the world. Have a new student from another state or country? Use this site to begin a discussion of the comparable size of where they came from to where your classroom is located. This tool would be especially valuable when explaining the concept of map scale or square miles/meters. Use The True Size of... to compare locations students read about in Globetracker's Mission, reviewed here, or books they are reading. Include it in discussions about the impact of a country's size on its culture in world language or cultures classes. Use an online tool such a Creately, reviewed here, to create a Venn Diagram to compare and contrast different countries.

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Baldwin Library of Historical Children's Literature - University of Florida George A. Smathers Libraries

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The Baldwin Library of Historical Children's Literature is a digitized collection of a variety of children's literature from approximately 1896 to 1943. Use filters to narrow content...more
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The Baldwin Library of Historical Children's Literature is a digitized collection of a variety of children's literature from approximately 1896 to 1943. Use filters to narrow content by year, genre, publisher, and more. Some items in the collection offer different publications of the same text. Each thumbnail links to images includes the publication date and publisher information.

tag(s): book lists (133), digital storytelling (153), literature (274)

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Share older versions of children's classic books with students to compare with modern versions including print books and online videos. This literature collection is perfect for use with studies of the late 1800's and early 1900's as a primary source of information. For younger students or those with little technology experience, use an online tool such as Interactive Two Circle Venn Diagram, reviewed here, to compare different versions of texts. For older and more experienced technology students, use XMind, reviewed here, to make the comparisons of versions.

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Fresh From the World...Where Your Food Comes From - University of Illinois Extension

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2 to 5
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Fresh From the World offers an interdisciplinary look at the history and origins of many of our favorite foods. Follow along with the presentation to learn the history of potatoes,...more
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Fresh From the World offers an interdisciplinary look at the history and origins of many of our favorite foods. Follow along with the presentation to learn the history of potatoes, bananas, and more. The Teachers Guide provides many suggestions for extending learning opportunities. Be sure to visit the Fun Place for additional learning activities including loading a grocery truck and describing your neighborhood grocery store.

tag(s): agriculture (57), nutrition (158)

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Use this site as an anticipatory set or "activator" to introduce a unit or lesson on agriculture or nutrition on a projector or interactive whiteboard. Make a shortcut to this site on classroom computers and use it as a center. Have students create maps using Animaps, reviewed here, to label origins of foods shared on this site. Research other foods to include, then have students add text, images, and locations.
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Pierre de Coubertin in Search of a Sustainable Stadium - The Olympic Museum

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6 to 12
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Follow the founder of the modern Olympic Games, Pierre de Coubertin, as he observes the impact of building an Olympic stadium on the economy, the environment, and social implications....more
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Follow the founder of the modern Olympic Games, Pierre de Coubertin, as he observes the impact of building an Olympic stadium on the economy, the environment, and social implications. Learn more about terms such as sustainable development, then make choices as you plan and develop a stadium.

tag(s): architecture (85), olympics (49), sustainability (20)

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This site is perfect for use during any Olympic Games, but is also a great addition to any unit on the environment. Have students explore on their own to learn more about the thought process that goes into designing and constructing a large building. Use an online tool such as Interactive Two Circle Venn Diagram, reviewed here, to compare and contrast areas before and after the construction of the stadium. Challenge students to create a presentation using slides, reviewed here, to present their view on the proper placement and design of a stadium located near your town. Older students or more experienced technology users could use Ignite, reviewed here, for this presentation. Ignite creates unique multimedia projects using layers and incorporating collaboration.

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Understanding Sacrifice - American Battle Monuments Commission & Dept of Veterans Affairs

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Understanding Sacrifice takes you beyond the facts and figures of World War II battles and provides activities based on the stories of fallen American heroes. Browse the site to find...more
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Understanding Sacrifice takes you beyond the facts and figures of World War II battles and provides activities based on the stories of fallen American heroes. Browse the site to find Northern Europe and Mediterranean battle sites or learn about individual fallen heroes. Choose the Activities link to view lessons correlated to Common Core Standards for grades 6-12. Search options also allow you to find lessons by grade level or subject. The videos reside on YouTube. 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 Freemake Video Converter, reviewed here, to download the videos from YouTube.

tag(s): battles (19), heroes (25), veterans (21), world war 2 (142)

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This site is a must-see for any teachers of World War II history. Take students beyond the information about battles to learn about individuals and their role and sacrifices. Be sure to take advantage of the extensive information included in each activity including assessments, lesson extensions, and adaptations. Have students choose one of the stories, then research the battle to learn more about the event's relationship to the war. Have students create maps using Animaps, reviewed here. Students can add text, images, and battle locations to tell the story of fallen heroes. Ask local veterans to visit your classroom and share their stories with your class.

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Founding Principles: American Governance in Action - Bowdoin College

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American Governance in Action is a 15 chapter video series providing an overview of the fundamental tenets of the American Government. Videos run approximately 15 minutes or less, and...more
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American Governance in Action is a 15 chapter video series providing an overview of the fundamental tenets of the American Government. Videos run approximately 15 minutes or less, and the narration by Andrew Rudalevige, a professor at Bowdoin College, is easy to understand. Each video also includes a transcript; use the search box to find and highlight terms discovered in the narrative.

tag(s): branches of government (50), civil rights (123), congress (34), constitution (87), elections (78), electoral college (17), presidents (132), supreme court (23)

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Watch videos together as a class, or flip your class and have students watch at home before introducing lessons on the government in class. Allow students to watch videos at their own pace on 1:1 devices or at home, then create a simple infographic sharing their findings using Piktochart, reviewed here. Challenge cooperative learning groups to create podcasts demonstrating their understanding of one of the concepts of American Governance. Use a site such as podOmatic, reviewed here.

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Math in Real Life - TEDed

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Math in Real Life is a selection of TEDed videos all related to real life examples of math in use. Videos look at subjects such as music and math and ...more
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Math in Real Life is a selection of TEDed videos all related to real life examples of math in use. Videos look at subjects such as music and math and winning at rock, paper, scissors. In addition to the video, each selection includes questions to enhance thinking and guided discussion options. Some videos also offer a Dig Deeper link with information on related resources. 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 Freemake Video Converter, reviewed here, to download the videos from YouTube.

tag(s): estimation (46), geometric shapes (165), money (190), movies (72), pi (26), place value (55), puzzles (207), riddles (15), shakespeare (126), simple machines (38), space (217), symmetry (54), video (275)

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Math in Real Life isn't just for math class! Find videos from this series for use in all subject areas. Use the questions, additional resources, and discussion available for each video. Create your own lesson using the "Customize This Lesson" link. Use this option to personalize video lessons for your classroom. Have students dig deeper into any of the content of videos, then make a mashup using Panzoid, reviewed here, or theLearnia, reviewed here.

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Hamilton - The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History/Ron Chernow

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6 to 12
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The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History provides an extensive collection of resources on Alexander Hamilton. Scroll through the site to find essays, primary sources, teaching...more
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The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History provides an extensive collection of resources on Alexander Hamilton. Scroll through the site to find essays, primary sources, teaching resources, and more. Create a free account with a school-affiliated email address to access the site and all of its features.

tag(s): 1700s (29), american revolution (89), constitution (87)

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Discover the many ready-to-go, free resources on this site when teaching about the Founding Fathers and the Constitution. Make a splash with visual learners by starting class with artifacts from this site displayed on a projector or interactive whiteboard. Explore primary sources and historical texts as part of a Common Core literacy program cooperating among English, reading, and history teachers. Have students sign up to enjoy access to all the resources. Challenge cooperative learning groups to explore information on the site and become Hamilton "experts." Have the groups create presentations to share with the class about what they learn using Presentious, reviewed here, or Slides, reviewed here.
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You Decide: Jefferson or Hamilton? A Biography of America - PBS Learning Media California

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6 to 12
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Whom do you believe had the most enduring vision for America, Thomas Jefferson or Alexander Hamilton? Launch this interactive to learn more about the beliefs of each statesman and choose...more
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Whom do you believe had the most enduring vision for America, Thomas Jefferson or Alexander Hamilton? Launch this interactive to learn more about the beliefs of each statesman and choose the vision that you believe would be best for America. Throughout the interactive, view several sets of statements and make choices before coming to a final decision. When complete, compare your thoughts to others who voted.

tag(s): 1700s (29), constitution (87), jefferson (20)

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This interactive provides a perfect introduction to any unit on the Constitution. Ask students to complete the short quiz, then compare their response to others. Create a quick poll (with no membership required) using SurveyRock, reviewed here, to view responses from your class. Have students make an interactive multimedia presentation after researching Hamilton or Jefferson using a tool like Sway, reviewed here, or Zeetings, reviewed here. Take advantage of the discussion questions on this site to encourage students to think about the visions of our government leaders.

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Alexander Hamilton: Early Influences - PBS Learning Media California

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6 to 12
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This three minute video tells the story of Alexander Hamilton's difficult youth and early career working for an export company. Support materials include additional information on Hamilton...more
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This three minute video tells the story of Alexander Hamilton's difficult youth and early career working for an export company. Support materials include additional information on Hamilton and discussion questions. This site also includes correlation to National Standards for History.

tag(s): 1700s (29), constitution (87)

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View this video together as a class as an introduction to lessons on Alexander Hamilton, the Constitution, or slavery. Flip your lessons and have students watch the video before class. Use the Discussion Questions from the site to challenge students to research other Founding Fathers. Have students or groups share what they know about Hamilton using Padlet, reviewed here. The Padlet application creates free online bulletin boards. Encourage students to research Alexander Hamilton's later life, then upload a photo they have encountered (with proper credit, of course) and add voice bubbles to explain what they learned using a tool such as Superlame, reviewed here.

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Darfur is Dying - mtvU

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7 to 12
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Step inside the life of a Darfurian refugee with this narrative-based simulation. Start by choosing a Darfurian to represent your camp, then begin by foraging for water while avoiding...more
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Step inside the life of a Darfurian refugee with this narrative-based simulation. Start by choosing a Darfurian to represent your camp, then begin by foraging for water while avoiding death by the militia. Fulfill other tasks throughout the experience including collecting food, building shelter, and staying healthy. Along the way learn facts and information about the genocide that has taken place in Darfur throughout the years.

tag(s): africa (179)

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Share this site with students as part of any study of Sudan or Africa. Facts and information on the site are from 2006, ask students to research an update and statistics of life in Darfur. Create a class wiki with information about Darfur and other refugee situations. Not comfortable with wikis? Check out the TeachersFirst Wiki Walk-Through. If your community has someone with first-hand knowledge of the refugee situation, invite them to speak to your class. Have students create a timeline (with music, photos, videos, and more) using Capzles, reviewed here, to illustrate events leading up to this crisis or the events that have occurred since 2006.
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History of Classroom Technology (Infograph) - Judy Hanning/Learning Success

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6 to 12
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This interesting infographic takes viewers back to the first technology used in schools. Begin with Horn-Books from 1650, through slate and chalkboards introduced in 1890, and on through...more
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This interesting infographic takes viewers back to the first technology used in schools. Begin with Horn-Books from 1650, through slate and chalkboards introduced in 1890, and on through to 2010 with the introduction of iPads in classrooms.
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tag(s): infographics (45), STEM (151)

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Share this infographic with students as you demonstrate how technology has changed lives in different ways over many years. Use this as an example of an infographic, then have students create their own to demonstrate changes in vehicles over time, climate change, mobile phones, personal computers, or any number of changes over time. Create your infographics using Piktochart, reviewed here, or Easel.ly, reviewed here. Share this site during professional development sessions as an ice-breaker when introducing new classroom tools or websites.

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Pixton Lesson Plans - Goodinson Design Inc

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K to 12
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Pixton Lesson Plans is the companion to Pixton, a comic strip creation site, reviewed here. Find lesson plans by subject, or use the search bar to...more
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Pixton Lesson Plans is the companion to Pixton, a comic strip creation site, reviewed here. Find lesson plans by subject, or use the search bar to perform a keyword search with a particular topic. Each lesson plan includes a teacher guide, examples, and correlation to standards when applicable. Import activities directly into your Pixton dashboard to begin use.
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tag(s): comics and cartoons (71)

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Information in the lesson plans isn't confined to use with Pixton, use ideas in the lesson plan collection to create your own lessons. After using several of the lessons, challenge students to create an online or printed comic about what they learned from any lesson (not a Pixton lesson) using the Pixton Lessons as a model. Alternatively, students could lead a class review or they could teach the class about something or someone they are researching using Pixton's comic strip format. First have students create a rough draft of their comic using Printable Comic Strip Templates, reviewed here. Students in grades 1-3 can create a simple comic using one or two characters with Comic Creator, reviewed here. For students in grades 4-12 have them create a comic strip using Write Comics, reviewed here.
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geniushour - Denise Krebs and Gallit Zvi

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K to 12
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This wiki is a multi-faceted jewel of a resource for teachers to use to find out about and start the Genius Hour model of instruction. Easily navigate the site by ...more
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This wiki is a multi-faceted jewel of a resource for teachers to use to find out about and start the Genius Hour model of instruction. Easily navigate the site by choosing topics from the links on the left side of the page under the search bar. Topics include background information, planning and managing, and the Genius Hour presentation slides and handout from ISTE 2015. The Resources page includes Rubrics, Google and Word docs for brainstorming, a self-assessment rubric, videos, exit slips, and more. Several other pages will also be helpful in the classroom.

tag(s): professional development (133), teaching strategies (25), wikis (21)

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Share resources from the site during staff meetings to help further knowledge of Genius Hour benefits, techniques, and management. Divide the wiki into sections and have different staff members present on resources from various parts of the site. Consider creating a book study group for interested staff members.

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Roadtrip Nation - Mike Marriner, Nathan Gebhard, Brian McAllister & PBS

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8 to 12
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Roadtrip Nation inspires young people to find their path in life by sharing how others found their life passion. PBS shares this journey through the eyes of participants as they ...more
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Roadtrip Nation inspires young people to find their path in life by sharing how others found their life passion. PBS shares this journey through the eyes of participants as they interview leaders from many different career paths. Use links to watch thirteen seasons of the series, or choose the Roadtrips option to view interviews by locations. Explore the various trips by interest, themes, or music. High school students have the opportunity to participate in road trips by applying through the Roadtrip Nation website.

tag(s): careers (136), STEM (151)

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Include Roadtrip Nation as part of your career exploration activities. Have cooperative learning groups create podcasts sharing information about their chosen career field. Encourage students to interview someone in that field either in person or online. Use a site such as PodOmatic, reviewed here.

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Children and Youth in History - Center for History and New Media

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9 to 12
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Learn about children and youth in history through primary sources, case studies, and teaching modules available from this extensive site. As you begin your exploration of primary sources...more
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Learn about children and youth in history through primary sources, case studies, and teaching modules available from this extensive site. As you begin your exploration of primary sources by world regions take the time to read the introductory essay that includes strategies for using these items successfully. Be sure to take advantage of the well-developed teaching modules including lesson plans, teaching strategies, and more.

tag(s): africa (179), china (68), england (58), japan (62), slavery (72), south america (40)

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Save time with the ready-to-go, free resources found on this site during your studies of geography and cultures. Compare and contrast life in your area to those around the world. Have students create maps using Animaps, reviewed here, as they learn about children around the world. Students can add text, images, and location stops!

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Interland - Google

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2 to 6
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Master five core principals of Internet safety through gameplay with Interland. Choose from four different lands to learn how to deal with phishers, hackers, over-sharers, and bullies....more
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Master five core principals of Internet safety through gameplay with Interland. Choose from four different lands to learn how to deal with phishers, hackers, over-sharers, and bullies. Interland is part of a larger Internet safety site from Google, Be Internet Awesome, reviewed here.

tag(s): cyberbullying (44), digital citizenship (65), internet safety (108)

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Include Interland as part of any digital safety unit. Add a link to games on classroom computers for use as a center. Be sure to include a link on your class web page for students to play at home. Share this site with parents during Open House or Meet the Teacher sessions as a resource for teaching Internet safety at home. Have students or groups collect ideas and suggestions for staying safe on the web using Dotstorming, reviewed here. The Dotstorming application creates free online bulletin boards that can include comments and voting. Have students make a multimedia presentation sharing Internet safety advice using Genial.ly, reviewed here. Genial.ly allows you to add polls, videos, embeds, web links, PowerPoint, and PDFs.

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Be Internet Awesome is a series of resources from Google to teach digital safety. Resources include Interland, reviewed here, an online interactive that offers users the opportunity to practice skills to combat phishers, hackers, and cyber bullies. The free curriculum, available for download, is best suited for grades 3-5; however, it is easily adaptable to other grade levels. Other features from the site include a teacher training course, an Internet safety poster, and certificates and badges for students. All features of this site align to ISTE Standards.

tag(s): cyberbullying (44), digital citizenship (65), internet safety (108)

In the Classroom

Discover the many free resources for teaching digital safety offered on this site. Share a link on your class website for parents. Include the interactive game as part of a computer center during Internet safety lessons. Use the free lesson plan to teach digital safety either as a one-time unit or as mini-units throughout the school year. Have cooperative learning groups create podcasts discussing digital safety information. Use a site such as Buzzsprout, reviewed here, to create the podcasts.
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