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Atoms - Science Resources - TeachersFirst

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This curated list of resources will help you research information about atoms. Read the descriptions to find out whether a site sounds right for what you want to know. Some ...more
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This curated list of resources will help you research information about atoms. Read the descriptions to find out whether a site sounds right for what you want to know. Some sites may be more challenging reading, while others may offer solid basic information. Be sure to try several sources. There are resources for elementary, middle, and high school levels.

tag(s): atoms (41)

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Many of these tools are more appropriate for middle and high school students. In the younger grades, the tools could be used as a teacher-led activity. Share the interactive sites on your projector with the class. List these tools on your website for students to use for review and preparation for a test.

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Cells - Science Resources - TeachersFirst

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This collection of resources will help you research information about cells. There are resources for elementary, middle, and high school levels. Find tools for all grade levels. Read...more
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This collection of resources will help you research information about cells. There are resources for elementary, middle, and high school levels. Find tools for all grade levels. Read the recommended grade levels with each review. Materials include interactives, resource guides, and more. Check back often, as new resources are frequently added. Be sure to try several sources.

tag(s): cells (82)

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Share the interactive sites on your projector with the class. List these tools on your website for students to use for review and preparation for a test. A few of these are device agnostic and available as both an app and on the web.

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Explore Learning Ecosystem Resources - Explore Learning

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Explore Learning offers several resources for teaching and learning about ecosystems. Choose from several different topics including food chains and various kinds of ecosystems. Choose...more
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Explore Learning offers several resources for teaching and learning about ecosystems. Choose from several different topics including food chains and various kinds of ecosystems. Choose any link to obtain complete lesson information including lesson materials and assessments. Some materials are available in other languages. Most items are available to account holders only; signup is free.

tag(s): animals (265), coral (9), ecosystems (66), food chains (17), ponds (3), population (49)

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Take advantage of the many free resources shared on this site for teaching about ecosystems. Ask students to create infographics sharing information they learn. Canva, reviewed here, offers free resources for creating infographics. Have students create animated videos sharing information about ecosystems using Powtoon, reviewed here.
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California Chaparral Institute - The Chaparral Institute

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Learn about California's most extensive ecosystem with information shared by the California Chaparral Institute, a non-profit dedicated to the preservation of native shrublands throughout...more
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Learn about California's most extensive ecosystem with information shared by the California Chaparral Institute, a non-profit dedicated to the preservation of native shrublands throughout the world. Choose from links to learn basic facts about the chaparral, preservation efforts, threats to the biome, and the institute's preservation plan. Other items on the site include information on animals found in the chaparral.

tag(s): animal homes (57), animals (265), biomes (113), habitats (78)

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Include this site with your other resources for teaching about biomes and habitats. Before introducing this site, find out what students already know about chaparrals using a virtual bulletin board like Webnotes, reviewed here, to record student responses. Instead of sharing a list of links with students, consider using a bookmarking tool like Symbaloo, reviewed here, to organize and share information through one easy-to-use link. At the end of your biome unit ask students to create a multimedia presentation using Sway, reviewed here. Sway offers tools to easily create professsional looking presentations including images, videos, and more.

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The Taiga Biome - borealbiome

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Discover basic information about the taiga biome on this site. Choose from the different links to learn about plants and animals, locations around the world, and changes occurring due...more
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Discover basic information about the taiga biome on this site. Choose from the different links to learn about plants and animals, locations around the world, and changes occurring due to human impact. This site also includes a short video with images of animals found in the taiga. If your district blocks YouTube, then they may not be viewable. You could always view the videos at home and bring them to class "on a stick" to share. Use a tool such as ClipGrab, reviewed here, to download the videos from YouTube.

tag(s): biomes (113), forests (26), habitats (78)

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This site contains basic information to use as an introduction to taiga biomes. Include it when sharing other resources with your class. Consider using a bookmarking tool like Paply, reviewed here, to consolidate and share resources in one place. As you and your students progress throughout your biome unit, use a video response tool like FlipGrid, reviewed here, to share student ideas and information learned. Instead of assigning a written or oral presentation at the end of your unit, ask students to create an animated video using My Simpleshow, reviewed here. MySimpleShow offers easy tools to create animated explainer videos.

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Temperate Rainforest Facts - temperate-rainforest-facts.com

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As advertised in the title, this no-frills site offers just the facts about temperate rainforests. The home page features basic information about rainforests along with facts about...more
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As advertised in the title, this no-frills site offers just the facts about temperate rainforests. The home page features basic information about rainforests along with facts about the canopy layers. Choose from additional links to learn animal and plant facts.
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tag(s): biomes (113), habitats (78), rainforests (16)

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Include this site with your other resources when teaching about biomes and habitats. Instead of asking students to take notes or create flashcards, learn vocabulary using online games like Baamboozle, reviewed here. Baamboozle allows you to quickly create games for teams of two and automatically keeps score during gameplay. Upon completion of your unit consider having students create online books using a tool like Book Creator, reviewed here. Book Creator includes many features to create interactive books including adding video, text, audio, and images.

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What Eats? - whateats.com

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Find out the diet of different animals in What Eats? Type in the name of an animal to view a description of what it eats, and what eats it! Other ...more
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Find out the diet of different animals in What Eats? Type in the name of an animal to view a description of what it eats, and what eats it! Other portions of the site describe different kinds of food webs, types of animal diets, and even an African food chain in Spanish.
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tag(s): animals (265), food chains (17)

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When introducing your animal unit, add an extension to your Internet browser like Sticky Notes, reviewed here, to project and share student's ideas as you begin discussing animals and food webs. Edit, add, or delete notes as needed as you move throughout your unit. Add a link to What Eats? on classroom computers. As students learn about specific animals or food webs, ask them to create interactive images using ThingLink, reviewed here, to add text, links, and additional information. Have younger students use a tool like WriteReader, reviewed here, to create an online storybook sharing information learned. WriteReader includes tools for sharing student writing along with correct spelling underneath. For older students, try a story creation tool like Odysey, reviewed here, to add additional information including map locations.

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Encyclopedic Entries - National Geographic

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Think of this site as a digital, illustrated encyclopedia of environmental words and terms. Choose any entry to find beautiful images along with complete encyclopedic entries and additional...more
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Think of this site as a digital, illustrated encyclopedia of environmental words and terms. Choose any entry to find beautiful images along with complete encyclopedic entries and additional resources. Use filters to search by keyword, grade level, or subject.

tag(s): continents (29), ecology (96), environment (218), oceans (130), space (204), weather (156)

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Take advantage of the information on this site for use throughout the school year. Consider choosing an entry each week to share with students and explore further. Use a bookmarking site like Symbaloo, reviewed here, to share other links on the same topic. Ask students to locate information on Google Maps and create a story to tell about their topic using a site like Heganoo, reviewed here. Heganoo allows you to create interactive maps including images, videos, and more to tell a story.

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Cabinet of Curiosities - Philippe Cousteau Jr.

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Cabinet of Curiosities is a site created by the grandson of famed oceanographer Jacques Cousteau to introduce STEM careers to young people. Links within the cabinet take you to eight...more
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Cabinet of Curiosities is a site created by the grandson of famed oceanographer Jacques Cousteau to introduce STEM careers to young people. Links within the cabinet take you to eight different categories including short video explanations by professionals within the field. Click on any image within the cabinet to view a short description of an item used for a STEM career and one or more videos. If your district blocks YouTube, then they may not be viewable.

tag(s): anthropology (9), careers (132), communication (135), ecology (96), engineering (111), marine biology (24), oceans (130), STEM (225)

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Bookmark and save to use when exploring career options with students. Ask students to use information found on this site and others to create an infographic sharing information about a chosen career. Canva Infographic Maker, reviewed here, offers many templates for creating infographics. To increase student knowledge of options within STEM careers, have groups of students create a weekly podcast sharing different career fields. Buzzsprout, reviewed here, is an online tool to use when creating and hosting podcasts.

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Chaparral Biome - Blue Planet Biomes

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Visit this site to learn more about the chaparral biome. Choose from links on the page to learn about the animals, plants, locations, and climate in this biome which is ...more
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Visit this site to learn more about the chaparral biome. Choose from links on the page to learn about the animals, plants, locations, and climate in this biome which is found on most in continents. Be sure to check out this site for an excellent starting point to learn about one of the world's lesser-known biomes.
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tag(s): animal homes (57), biomes (113), habitats (78), plants (138)

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Include this site with your biome unit. Be sure to check out TeachersFirst interactive Biomes of the World Unit. This is an online research project for elementary and middle school students.

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Biomes of the World - Arizona State University School of Life Sciences

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Explore and learn about biomes through this interactive resource from the biologists at Arizona State University. Choose a particular biome to read and listen to information describing...more
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Explore and learn about biomes through this interactive resource from the biologists at Arizona State University. Choose a particular biome to read and listen to information describing the definition and characteristics of the biome. The show/hide words portion of each section provides definitions of vocabulary included in each part of the site. Other information on the site includes worksheets and coloring pages to print.

tag(s): biomes (113), deserts (15), forests (26), oceans (130), rainforests (16), rivers (13), tundra (15)

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Have cooperative learning groups create podcasts describing each different biome using the scientist's audio from the site as a model. Use a site such as Podcast Generator, reviewed here. Have students use a mapping tool such as Zeemaps, reviewed here, to create a map of biomes from around the world (or country) with audio stories and pictures included!
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Biome Challenge - Diana Dell

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Test your knowledge of biomes with this 12 question quiz. The quiz begins with a question with a $500 value and moves up in difficulty to the final question worth ...more
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Test your knowledge of biomes with this 12 question quiz. The quiz begins with a question with a $500 value and moves up in difficulty to the final question worth $1,000,000. Use the three hints provided with each question, if needed, to choose the correct response from the four provided options.

tag(s): assessment (122), biomes (113), ecosystems (66)

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Use this site as either an activator to assess how much students know about biomes, OR as a review tool assessing what needs practice before an exam. Have students complete the activity individually on classroom computers, either simultaneously - or as a learning center or station. Be sure to post the site on your teacher wiki or webpage too, allowing students to review before an assessment both in and out of the classroom. Have students create their own quizzes using Quia or another quiz creation site such as Bamboozle, reviewed here.

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Biomes Jeopardy Review Game - SuperTeacherTools

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Review information about biomes with this Jeopardy-style game. Play using different options for teams or individuals. Choose the play live option to receive a code to join a game or...more
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Review information about biomes with this Jeopardy-style game. Play using different options for teams or individuals. Choose the play live option to receive a code to join a game or play directly from the game board by clicking on question and dollar amount options.
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tag(s): assessment (122), biomes (113), game based learning (159)

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Use this game as a quick assessment of prior knowledge at the beginning of your biome unit. Share a link on classroom computers and your website for students to play on their own to review concepts. Have students create their own Jeopardy game using Jeopardy Labs, reviewed here, to share and review facts before a unit test on any topic.

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Colorscope - CNN Creative and Dr. James Fox

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Discover how different cultures perceive and use color through a series of videos and articles from CNN Creative. Scroll through the home page to view options for colors then select...more
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Discover how different cultures perceive and use color through a series of videos and articles from CNN Creative. Scroll through the home page to view options for colors then select a color to watch the video. Learn interesting facts such as which color is the world's favorite and why yellow makes us happy.

tag(s): colors (59), cross cultural understanding (148), cultures (100), senses (18), video (242)

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Include this colorful series with lessons about our senses, cultures, and art. Use information from the videos to understand and analyze images from around the world including typical forms of clothing worn or great works of art. Have students create an annotated image including text boxes and related links using a tool such as Thinglink, reviewed here, to demonstrate cultural uses of color.

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Human Influence on Ecology Mapped - Erle Ellis

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This short YouTube video describes a proposal to reconsider how earth's biomes are mapped taking into consideration the effect of humans and urban populations. The discussions reflect...more
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This short YouTube video describes a proposal to reconsider how earth's biomes are mapped taking into consideration the effect of humans and urban populations. The discussions reflect upon the changing environment due to changes over extended periods of time. Also, the video points out some criticisms in this plan indicating that it may diminish the importance of environmental awareness and protection. If your district blocks YouTube, the video may not be viewable.

tag(s): biomes (113), conservation (78), ecology (96), population (49)

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Share this video as part of your unit on biomes, conservation, or world populations. Use an online tool such as Interactive Two Circle Venn Diagram, reviewed here, to compare and contrast the proposal to current definitions of biomes. Then have students debate the pros and cons of the proposal outlined in the video using a tool such as Thinkalong, reviewed here.

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5 Human Impacts on the Environment - CrashCourse

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Learn about the top 5 ways humans are negatively impacting the environment in this 10 minute YouTube video. The speaker also outlines the importance of healthy ecosystems and how they...more
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Learn about the top 5 ways humans are negatively impacting the environment in this 10 minute YouTube video. The speaker also outlines the importance of healthy ecosystems and how they work. If your district blocks YouTube, the video may not be viewable.
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tag(s): conservation (78), ecology (96), environment (218), plants (138)

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Before sharing this video, ask students to create their own top 5 list of ways humans are impacting the environment. Take advantage of time-stamp links to share specific portions of the video with students. Since the narrator speaks so quickly, you may want to use a tool like Vibby, reviewed here, to pause the video and discuss what was said, and then enhance student learning by asking students to respond to a prompt or question right on the video! Have students propose solutions to the problems mentioned in the video and share in a blog. If you are beginning the process of integrating technology, have students create blogs sharing their learning and understanding using Penzu, reviewed here.

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BiologyGuide - Simon Bluhm, Anna Wicking, and Sandra Benedict

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BiologyGuide is a site from the United Kingdom providing study information and videos for Advanced Placement biology topics. Choose topics from the four different categories to view...more
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BiologyGuide is a site from the United Kingdom providing study information and videos for Advanced Placement biology topics. Choose topics from the four different categories to view outlines with information on the category. In addition to outlines, this site also offers many videos including course notes. The best way to find videos is to click on the video link, then "view all courses" instead of entering a search term. The site was created in the UK, so some of the pronunciations and spellings may differ from those in American English. Topic pages include unmoderated Facebook comments. The videos reside on YouTube. If your district blocks YouTube, the videos may not be viewable.

tag(s): advanced placement (24), cells (82), diseases (69), ecosystems (66), evolution (86), genetics (67), heart (26), human body (92), molecules (38), nutrition (132), photosynthesis (21), reproduction (7), respiration (10)

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Take advantage of the many study guides and videos from this site for use in your classroom. Share links to materials on your class web page for students to use at home. Share this site as a way to review before tests. Use videos from BiologyGuide as examples and challenge cooperative learning groups to create their own review videos using a tool like My Simpleshow, reviewed here, and share them on a site such as TeacherTube, reviewed here.

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Twitter Chat: Ideas for Infusing STEM - TeachersFirst

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K to 12
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This archived Twitter chat is from June 2017 and will open in Wakelet. View this archive to learn tips and tools to use when teaching STEM. Learn what STEM means ...more
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This archived Twitter chat is from June 2017 and will open in Wakelet. View this archive to learn tips and tools to use when teaching STEM. Learn what STEM means (also referred to as STEAM). Browse the strategies offered by the chat moderators and participants.

tag(s): professional development (286), STEM (225), twitterchatarchive (133)

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Do you teach STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math)? Check out this archived chat for tools and tips to use in your classroom. Share this tool with your colleagues interested in learning more tips and tools to use in STEM lessons.

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EarthCam Live Webcam Network - EarthCam, Inc

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Discover what is happening all around the world, live, as it takes place. EarthCam's network includes live webcams featuring weather, traffic, animals, and more. Discover webcams by...more
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Discover what is happening all around the world, live, as it takes place. EarthCam's network includes live webcams featuring weather, traffic, animals, and more. Discover webcams by topic or explore popular offerings. Scroll further down the home page to choose webcams on a clickable map by location. Because webcams may feature streaming from inside homes or contain other personal information, do not have young children access them without supervision. Previewing all videos before sharing with the class would be wise.
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tag(s): cultures (100), globe (13), maps (211), webcams (7)

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This site would be an excellent addition to any science, social studies, or world cultures class. Teachers click on a webcam in different parts of the world to see things like weather and basic geography. Share the videos on an interactive whiteboard or with a projector. In early elementary, use webcams to introduce the world visually with a projector or on an interactive whiteboard. Select specific webcams and create shortcuts on classroom computer desktops for students to "see what's happening" on a certain continent as you study the seven continents. Use this resource to visit different areas that have been effected by natural disasters. Use animal webcams for students to observe animal behavior and keep a "lab journal" of what they see. Instead of the traditional paper and pencil "lab journal," have students keep a virtual journal about what they are learning. Use an easy virtual journaling tool such as Penzu, reviewed here. With Penzu you can add images or your own artwork as illustrations. Challenge students to further research the animal(s) they observed and to create an interactive map showing where the animals can be found with a tool like MapHub, . With MapHub students can include display markers featuring text, photos, and videos!

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Open Learning Initiative - Carnegie Mellon University

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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.

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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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