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3D Interactive Earth Globe - eChalk Ltd

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Take a look at the earth through several different lenses with this series of interactive earth globes. Choose from fifteen globes representing the earth through the population, energy...more
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Take a look at the earth through several different lenses with this series of interactive earth globes. Choose from fifteen globes representing the earth through the population, energy consumption, population density, and more. Each globe includes a color key and viewing options that allow viewers to have automatic rotation and earth tilt. Use your mouse to move the globe as desired.

tag(s): climate (78), earth (173), energy (126), population (51), temperature (31)

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Bookmark this site for use when discussing many different aspects of earth and its population. Take advantage of the settings found at the bottom of each interactive to engage your students and promote classroom discussion. For example, turn off the key so that students only see colored areas on the map without knowing what they represent. Ask students to explore the globe and share what they think each color represents by responding to a prompt created using FlipGrid, reviewed here. Incorporate a link to a globe as part of a learning path created using Symbaloo Learning Paths, reviewed here. Include videos, quizzes, and other interactive activities as part of your learning path. As an extended learning activity, ask students or student groups to create digital stories using Story Maps, reviewed here. Story Maps offers tools to incorporate custom maps into a digital storytelling activity that includes text, videos, and more.

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Global Climate Change - Laura Faye Tenenbaum, Randal Jackson, Holly Shaftel

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What effect has climate change had on glaciers, sea ice, and continental ice sheets? View images and videos from the past and present to see changes in major ice formations ...more
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What effect has climate change had on glaciers, sea ice, and continental ice sheets? View images and videos from the past and present to see changes in major ice formations worldwide. Visit a map of glaciers to view photos of shrinking glaciers. Use the interactive map of Greenland to view video discussions of the changing shape of ice formations in this country. Learn about arctic sea ice trends and changes to ice shelves in Antarctica using the site's maps, images, and graphs.

tag(s): climate change (74), glaciers (16)

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Share this site with students and provide time for them to explore on their own. Ask them to share their findings and observations using sticky notes posted to a collaborative Google Jamboard, reviewed here. Enhance student learning using Newsela, reviewed here, to assign texts and articles related to glaciers and climate change. Use Newsela's teaching tools to assign writing prompts and quizzes within any shared articles. Differentiate instruction with Newsela by choosing texts that match the different reading and comprehension levels of your students. Extend learning by asking individuals or groups of students to use Juxtapose, reviewed here, to create a before and after image to demonstrate changes of ice formations over time. Be sure to follow the tips and tricks found on Juxtapose as your students build their interactive images.

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Watch the last billion years of Earth's tectonic plate movement in just 40 seconds - Aylin Woodward

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It is difficult to imagine changes to the earth's tectonic plates over billions of years; this animation brings the motion of the plates to life through a visual reconstruction of ...more
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It is difficult to imagine changes to the earth's tectonic plates over billions of years; this animation brings the motion of the plates to life through a visual reconstruction of the changes to landmasses and oceans. Watch the animation as time passes by in million-year increments that use color lines to represent different shifting boundaries of tectonic plates. In addition to the video, the accompanying article provides background into the development of the animation. The video is hosted on YouTube. If your district blocks YouTube, then it may not be viewable.
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tag(s): earth (173), earthquakes (42), plate tectonics (18)

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Engage students in the study of tectonic plates by showing them this fascinating video of their movement over time. As students learn more about plate tectonics, use an interactive tool such as Google Jamboard, reviewed here, for students to share interesting facts. Use Timelinely, reviewed here, to add images, links, maps and more to this video and others used during your lessons to encourage students to focus on specific content. As an extended learning activity, have students use creation tools found at Adobe Spark for Education, reviewed here, to create graphics, videos, and web pages to demonstrate learning.

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Daily Do Playlists - NSTA (National Science Teaching Association)

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NSTA provides Daily Do Playlists to support educators in guiding students toward understanding scientific ideas through instructional sequences of two or more lessons. Although lessons...more
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NSTA provides Daily Do Playlists to support educators in guiding students toward understanding scientific ideas through instructional sequences of two or more lessons. Although lessons are also supported as stand-alone topics, the goal is to build a "We culture" where students and teachers work together to understand and develop ideas. Lessons include opportunities to engage by making predictions and conducting in-class and at-home experiments. After Daily Do lessons, students are encouraged to make connections to previous activities and explain their thinking. A free account is required to access lessons. If you receive a message that you have exceeded the amount of free content for the month, use the link to download the PDF to view and use any activities. Some of the lessons include a video. If your school blocks YouTube, they may not be viewable.

tag(s): animals (264), biomes (114), climate change (74), colors (59), diseases (71), earthquakes (42), planets (108), plants (135), seasons (32), stars (61), STEM (218), temperature (31), water (96)

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Use the lessons found in the Daily Do Playlists to provide valuable science lessons throughout the school year. Download and save the PDF versions to have available for use at any time. Consider saving all lessons for your grade level in Wakelet, reviewed here, to make them easy to locate. As you complete activities, use Google Jamboard, reviewed here, to enhance learning through a variety of activities. Create columns and ask students to sort information by different categories, create an exit activity and have students add sticky notes sharing their learning or add an image and ask students to label different parts of the image. Have students or groups of students share their understanding of science topics by creating digital books using Book Creator, reviewed here. Include students' research reports, have students record videos explaining the science content and add pictures of students as they complete the experiments and activities.

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Earth School - TEDEd

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Earth School contains a 30-day nature-focused series of lessons and activities designed for learners of all ages. Each daily Quest includes a video introduction along with a quiz and...more
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Earth School contains a 30-day nature-focused series of lessons and activities designed for learners of all ages. Each daily Quest includes a video introduction along with a quiz and additional discussion and focus activities. Developed in response to school shutdowns due to the Coronavirus, activities are intended to be self-paced and available for students to complete on any device. Lessons are organized in weekly themes beginning with The Nature of Stuff that looks at items found in everyday life and builds toward The Nature of Change in the final week that focuses on ways individuals can work toward rebalancing fragile ecosystems in the planet. Create a free account to save and edit activities. Students who complete all 30 activities receive a certificate via email. The videos are hosted on YouTube. If your district blocks YouTube, then they may not be viewable.

tag(s): agriculture (43), climate (78), climate change (74), design (83), forests (25), oceans (128), recycling (44), remote learning (46), solar energy (32), STEM (218), Teacher Utilities (115), water (96)

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Bookmark this site as a resource for science and nature lessons to supplement current materials in your classroom. Because lessons were created for use in remote learning situations, they are perfect for including during elearning or digital learning days. Create an account and customize lessons to personalize activities to fit your curriculum and students. For example, customize lessons easily to change discussion questions to adapt to student abilities, then share the differentiated lessons to different groups of students. Extend learning by adding links to additional activities such as asking students to write a short blog post using Edublogs, reviewed here or create a cartoon based on the activity's content using ToonyTool, reviewed here. Extend learning for all students using Synth's audio podcasting tool reviewed here. Begin by creating a discussion question, then share the topic with students. Students record a response that is 256 seconds or less; responses are linked together to create a shareable audio podcast.

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Satellite Images: Change Pair Game - US Department of the Interior

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Track changes to the earth's surface, just like a scientist through this image comparison game. View ten pairs of satellite images to view surface changes, evaluate the causes, and...more
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Track changes to the earth's surface, just like a scientist through this image comparison game. View ten pairs of satellite images to view surface changes, evaluate the causes, and select from options that caused the image changes. Players get two tries to get the correct answer. Along with the right answer, each choice shares the image's location and a short explanation of the featured event.

tag(s): climate change (74), earth (173), landforms (37), population (51), weather (156)

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Use this game to introduce any unit on geographic changes, climate change, or landforms and geography. Consider sharing and discussing the first pair together as a class and share ideas for how to analyze each pair of images using the information provided, such as dates and options for choices. Include the game as part of a computer center, then ask students to choose one event to research further. For example, choose the images representing changes due to flooding and research flooding issues on rivers near your location. As a final project, enhance learning by asking students to share their findings by creating infographics using Canva Infographic Maker, reviewed here.

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The Earth Project - The Earth Project

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The Earth Project is a global project that promotes sustainable Earth stewardship. Use the links found on the site to learn about current global challenges and current projects designed...more
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The Earth Project is a global project that promotes sustainable Earth stewardship. Use the links found on the site to learn about current global challenges and current projects designed to bring about future changes. Of special interest to educators is the Young Ambassador's Earth Project Discussion Series. This area features a series of video interviews conducted by students asking experts and policymakers about environmental issues.

tag(s): climate change (74), environment (221), pollution (47)

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Include The Earth Project with your other resources when teaching about the environment or as part of lessons conducting interviews. Be sure to look at the Global Challenges section of the site to share when highlighting global tipping points due to climate change, pollution, and other issues. Ask students to choose one global issue to research in-depth either in groups or as an individual project. Use an organizational tool such as Draft, reviewed here, to help students collaborate and manage information. Engage students by using Popped, reviewed here, to create a social media feel to their work. Popped mimics the texting experience and converts information to a script. Have students choose from a variety of presentation tools such as Sway, reviewed here, Powtoon, reviewed here, or Venngage, reviewed here, to share their findings and analysis with you and their peers.

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Ancient Earth Globe - Ian Webster

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What did the earth look like 240 million years ago? 20 million years ago? When did the first land animals appear? What did our world look like with the Pangea ...more
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What did the earth look like 240 million years ago? 20 million years ago? When did the first land animals appear? What did our world look like with the Pangea supercontinent? This visualization of the earth shows viewers these answers and more. Use the dropdown box to see the earth as it looked from zero to 750 million years ago. Use your cursor to spin the planet to view any area or to zoom in and out. Another option lets viewers choose to view the earth as it appeared with the first appearance of algae, shells, and other items on through the extinction of dinosaurs.

tag(s): dinosaurs (36), earth (173), geologic time (9)

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Engage student interest by sharing this site with them and letting them explore. Use Google Jamboard, reviewed here, to create a bulletin board for students to share their observations. Ask them to add sticky notes and drawings with their thoughts and questions. If desired, create multiple boards to divide information by periods. Include a link to the site as part of a larger learning unit on dinosaurs or the earth's evolution over time. Include videos, websites, quizzes, and more as part of your unit. As students learn about changes in the earth over millions of years, enhance learning using Google My Maps, reviewed here. Use Google My Maps to create a virtual tour around the earth by adding location stops that include images and descriptions of changes over time to places worldwide.

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World Wildlife Foundation Educator's Toolkits - World Wildlife Organization

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World Wildlife Organization offers several educational toolkits for teaching conservation of the planet, animals, and food resources. Elementary-level kits primarily focus on exploring...more
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World Wildlife Organization offers several educational toolkits for teaching conservation of the planet, animals, and food resources. Elementary-level kits primarily focus on exploring animals, while secondary activities tackle in-depth topics of biodiversity, food waste, and issues affecting the planet. Download each kit or select the preview to examine learning materials before downloading. Each resource includes an educator's resource guide, teaching activities, student resources, posters, and achievement certificates.

tag(s): animals (264), carbon footprint (5), conservation (79), earth (173), earth day (62)

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Use the lessons and activities found on this site to engage students in learning about animals and conservation. Use Symbaloo, reviewed here, to share additional resources with elementary students in a user-friendly format. For older students, consider using LiveBinders, reviewed here, to collaborate and compile information. After completing research, use a tool such as Canva Infographic Maker, reviewed here, to create infographics as a class or as individual projects. Share your infographics on your class website when complete. As a culminating project, share options with students to "show what they know" through a variety of options. Consider offering students a variety of tools such as creating digital books using Book Creator, reviewed here, a virtual tour built with Google Tour Creator, reviewed here, or a podcast using Buzzsprout, reviewed here.
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Hubble Birthday - NASA

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What image did the Hubble Telescope take on your birthday? Find out and learn about the stars and galaxies as pictured by the telescope. Enter your birth month and date ...more
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What image did the Hubble Telescope take on your birthday? Find out and learn about the stars and galaxies as pictured by the telescope. Enter your birth month and date and submit to view a high-quality image with a short description of the location and discussion of the picture. Select the "More Info" link for a more detailed overview and analysis of the image.

tag(s): planets (108), space (202), stars (61), sun (59)

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Use this site to engage students in learning about space exploration and the universe beyond planet Earth. Share images on your interactive whiteboard or have students explore on their own on their mobile devices. Ask students to use one image as the starting point for a research project based upon your curriculum. Encourage students to keep notes using Google Documents or Microsoft Word. Have students use a photo collage creation tool such as PhotoCollage, reviewed here, to combine images with common characteristics or ask them to use ThingLink, reviewed here, to annotate images to discuss features including the location of the image, add links to additional information, and more. As an extension activity, ask students or groups of students to create digital books using Book Creator, reviewed here, about their research. For example, have groups create books about stars, planets, or the solar system that include images, videos, and student research.

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OK2Ask: Increase Student Achievement and Engagement in Your Classroom with Simulations - TeachersFirst

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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session is from May 2020. You can register and immediately view the archive of the session.

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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session is from May 2020. You can register and immediately view the archive of the session.

The authentic nature of simulations can be highly motivating for even your hardest to reach students. When used properly, instructional simulations can empower student learning, helping students to set goals, seek feedback, and demonstrate what they have learned. Learn to choose simulations that model the relationships between concepts studied. In this session, we will discuss how to best use simulations in the classroom to increase student achievement, allow students to reflect on what they have learned, and transfer their knowledge to new problems and situations. As a result of this session, teachers will: 1. Understand the value of using simulations in the classroom; 2. Explore instructional simulations; and 3. Plan for the use of simulations in the instructional setting. This session is appropriate for teachers at all technology levels.

tag(s): professional development (262), simulations (2)

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The archive of this teacher-friendly, hands-on webinar will empower and inspire you to use learning technology in the classroom and for professional productivity. As appropriate, specific classroom examples and ideas have been shared. View the session with a few of your teaching colleagues to find and share new ideas. Find additional information and links to tools at the session resource page. Learn more about OK2Ask and upcoming sessions here.

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Exploring by the Seat of Your Pants - Joe Grabowski

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Bring science, exploration, and conservation into your classroom through virtual field trips with scientists and leading experts around the globe sponsored on this site. Choose from...more
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Bring science, exploration, and conservation into your classroom through virtual field trips with scientists and leading experts around the globe sponsored on this site. Choose from over twenty monthly options shared via satellite. Find events by scrolling through offerings on the home page, select from map locations, or use the calendar view to browse by specific dates. Most sessions are about 45 minutes long; however, additional options offer full day and week-long events. Watch events virtually or sign up for a camera spot to interact with the session presenters. Don't worry if you are unable to attend a session, view any previous activities on the site's YouTube channel.

tag(s): animal homes (59), animals (264), conservation (79), ecology (97), explorers (60), oceans (128), space (202), STEM (218), virtual field trips (66), water (96)

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Take advantage of these free sessions to bring real-word conservation and science lessons to your students. There are three ways for your class to enjoy the sessions. The first one is to "Tune in live! Any number of classrooms can watch the events live on YouTube and even send in some questions using the chat sidebar." The second one is "Grab a camera spot so your class can appear on the screen and interact with the speaker. We generally have 5-7 classrooms joining in this way each hangout." The third viewing choice is "Every hangout is recorded directly to YouTube, we have a growing library of past events that can be viewed by classrooms anytime on our channel." See more explanations to the viewing options by clicking the wavy red lines in the upper left corner and then click For Teachers. Begin by watching virtual field trips (viewing option 3), then expand your activities in additional sessions by signing up to participate and interact with the presenters. Prepare for student questioning by brainstorming ideas. Engage students by sharing ideas using an online bulletin board tool like Pinside, reviewed here. Save and share ideas on your class website. As students research information for your upcoming topic, enhance learning by using a collaborative bookmarking tool like SearchTeam, reviewed here, for all students to share websites with their peers and add comments. Prepare your students further for interactions with researchers by watching videos from previous broadcasts using playposit, reviewed here, to add questions for students into the YouTube videos and encourage students to add comments discussing each issue. Most of the online tools suggested above will help students document their learning during remote or distance learning sessions.
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What is a Solstice? - National Geographic and Michael Greshko

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This article takes readers through a lesson on the science of summer solstice with video and written explanations. Also, the author provides information on historical structures and...more
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This article takes readers through a lesson on the science of summer solstice with video and written explanations. Also, the author provides information on historical structures and celebrations related to the solstice. Another highlight of this site takes a look at misconceptions about the longest day of the year.
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tag(s): seasons (32), solar system (94), sun (59)

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Include this site with your other resources when teaching about the sun, earth, and seasons. Create a complete unit using Actively Learn, reviewed here, and include this article with the other texts and videos available on the site. If you happen to be in school during the summer solstice, try using Global Virtual Classroom, reviewed here, to find a classroom in a different country to compare and contrast how the solstice affects different parts of the world. Ask students to demonstrate learning by creating a game using Minecraft Education Edition, reviewed here, to create an immersive environment demonstrating the features of summer solstice.

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National Geographic 101 - National Geographic

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Learn about and discover some of the world's most fascinating and timely topics with National Geographic's 101 video series. Each short video is under 5 minutes and features an overview...more
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Learn about and discover some of the world's most fascinating and timely topics with National Geographic's 101 video series. Each short video is under 5 minutes and features an overview of the issue. The diverse range of video subjects includes pollution, human origins, and the flu virus. Click the "more" button next to each video for a transcript and tags for related videos.
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tag(s): animals (264), chemicals (38), climate (78), climate change (74), dinosaurs (36), diseases (71), drugs and alcohol (27), energy (126), evolution (86), genetics (67), hiv/aids (19), moon (64), planets (108), plants (135), pollution (47), religions (64), romans (31), solar energy (32), solar system (94), space (202), STEM (218), sun (59), weather (156)

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Take advantage of the share feature included with each video to share a link or embed videos on your class website or student computers. These videos provide a wonderful opportunity for students to explore a variety of science topics that aren't always included in the science curriculum. As students find a topic of interest on the site, ask them to research additional information, and then use Canva, reviewed here, to modify their learning and create posters or infographics sharing their findings with their peers. Include student-created posters or infographics as part of an overall presentation using a portfolio-building site like About.me, reviewed here. Use About.me for students to create a portfolio as their future self as a scientist sharing their research that includes posters, written work, cited research, and more.

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Nova Labs - PBS

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6 to 12
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Engage in authentic scientific exploration with the games and interactives offered through Nova Labs. Engage in lab topics of cybersecurity, evolution, RNA, clouds, energy, and the...more
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Engage in authentic scientific exploration with the games and interactives offered through Nova Labs. Engage in lab topics of cybersecurity, evolution, RNA, clouds, energy, and the sun. Each interactive includes a collection of videos providing background information. The site also shares educator guides specific to each lab with strategies for use.

tag(s): cells (80), critical thinking (100), energy (126), evolution (86), internet safety (112), Research (52), solar energy (32), sun (59), weather (156)

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Nova Labs provides many opportunities for engaging students in authentic learning situations. Consider using this site as an introduction to any of the included topics. For example, begin your energy unit by assigning the energy lab as homework or as a flipped learning activity. Watch the introductory video together, then allow students to explore the site on their own. Use Playposit, reviewed here, extend technology use by adding questions and student responses to videos to encourage critical thinking skills. Have students share their learning after participating in the lab by annotating images using ThingLink, reviewed here. Thinglink presents a variety of levels for technology use depending on teacher requirements for the project, or even student ability; it allows for adding narration, videos, text, and links to help explain the project. Ask tech-savvy students to create their own learning games with Scratch, reviewed here, using information learned from their research.
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Moment Zero - Pilot

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Moment Zero is an immersive experience for viewing seismic activity around the world since 1970. View information in 360 degrees using computers and mobile devices, or in VR with a...more
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Moment Zero is an immersive experience for viewing seismic activity around the world since 1970. View information in 360 degrees using computers and mobile devices, or in VR with a headset and mobile phone. Use the options on the site to explore the yearly timeline and view annual statistics.

tag(s): earthquakes (42)

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There is a learning curve to using this site, be sure to take some time to explore the options on how to find different areas and information that is available. Consider choosing a couple of "tech-savvy" students to become experts on using the site. Ask them to use Free Screen Recorder Online, reviewed here, to record instructions about finding information, share these tutorials on your class website for student use. As students gather information and statistics from the site, use this as part of a larger activity as you learn about earthquakes. Create a class account for Google My Maps, reviewed here, and enhance student learning by recording earthquake activity around the world as they occur. Have students add images, videos, and vital statistics to this ongoing project.

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Your Plan, Your Planet - Google/California Academy of Sciences

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2 to 12
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Your Plan, Your Planet is an interactive that demonstrates how simple changes at home have a positive impact on our environment. The interactive focuses on three components: water,...more
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Your Plan, Your Planet is an interactive that demonstrates how simple changes at home have a positive impact on our environment. The interactive focuses on three components: water, food, and energy. Select any of the three items to begin your exploration of ways to change individual habits at home for the greater good of the planet.

tag(s): energy (126), environment (221), recycling (44), water (96)

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Share this site with your class on a projector or an interactive whiteboard to learn about ways to save water, food, and energy in your school then have students explore on their own. As you and your students learn about ways to positively impact the environment, ask them to create infographics sharing statistics and vital information using a tool like Canva, reviewed here, as an alternative to a written research paper. Have older students create video explainers using My Simpleshow, reviewed here to share with younger students and teach them about environmental awareness. Instead of oral reports sharing student research, consider enhancing student understanding by having them create an ongoing podcast to share with your school community. Include tips for reducing food and energy waste at school, and share success stories from different classes. Buzzsprout, reviewed here is a free tool for uploading and sharing podcasts.

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Aquation - Smithsonian Science Education Center

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7 to 12
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Play this game to solve the world's water crisis through careful management of resources and responses to global events. Before playing, be sure to check out the tutorial to understand...more
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Play this game to solve the world's water crisis through careful management of resources and responses to global events. Before playing, be sure to check out the tutorial to understand the available options. Your mission is to make water available to all regions through a series of decisions based on cost and research. Be sure to check out the text alternative short story to the game sharing a tale of the importance of water within a small community.

tag(s): conservation (79), DAT device agnostic tool (166), game based learning (158), recycling (44), water (96), weather (156)

In the Classroom

Include this activity with any unit on the environment, water cycles, or weather. Extend this activity further to learn more about water conservation in your community. Ask students to take pictures around the school or at home showing the inefficient use of water. Use PhotoCollage, reviewed here, and have students create a collage of their images to use as a starting point for research. Ask students to enhance their learning and upload their collage to a blog and write analyzing and sharing ideas for water conversation based on their collage. Use a blog tool such as Edublog, reviewed here. Use Symbaloo Learning Paths, reviewed here, to create a learning path for your students for your entire unit. Add videos, quizzes, embed this game and add all the information for students to follow. Symbaloo Learning Paths also includes options for differentiation for different interests or ability levels of your students. Ask older students to modify their learning and create their own Learning Path to demonstrate and share learning throughout the unit.

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Expii - Expii, Inc.

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6 to 12
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Expii is a free resource for learning about math and science topics creatively through video and written explanations provided by different expert contributors. Math content begins...more
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Expii is a free resource for learning about math and science topics creatively through video and written explanations provided by different expert contributors. Math content begins with pre-algebra and moves up through advanced topics. Many units also offer options for practice. Expii also encourages students and teachers to add their content. Search for topics by keyword or choose from the different math and science topics to begin learning. Use Expii without registering; however, free registration allows you to save favorites for later use. If your district blocks YouTube, then the videos may not be viewable.

tag(s): atoms (41), cells (80), charts and graphs (157), decimals (89), earth (173), electricity (61), equations (117), fractions (163), magnetism (32), molecules (37), number lines (33), number sense (69), planets (108), ratios (51), space (202), stars (61), STEM (218), sun (59), transformations (11), variables (14)

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Include Expii with your links for students to use at home and in class. Expii is an excellent way to provide content explanation through the voice of many different speakers, allowing the opportunity to increase student understanding. To enhance learning, ask groups of students to view lessons provided by the different contributors, then ask them to compare and contrast information by creating a concept map or Venn Diagram using Canva, reviewed here. At the end of a teaching unit, ask students to redefine what they learned using a multimedia tool like Adobe Spark in K-12, reviewed here, or Sway, reviewed here, to share their learning. Be sure to have them include their own video explanation of the content.

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Science News for Students - Society for Science and the Public

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4 to 8
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Science News for Students publishes daily science articles aimed at readers 9-14 years old. Written by science experts, this site features a variety of topics geared toward preteens....more
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Science News for Students publishes daily science articles aimed at readers 9-14 years old. Written by science experts, this site features a variety of topics geared toward preteens. Each story includes highlighted "power" words including providing definitions for lesser-known vocabulary. At the end of each article, find a readability score using the Flesch-Kincaid algorithm. Browse the site's home page for the most recent posts or use the Topics link to find information sorted into categories. This site also includes a keyword search to use when looking for specific information. Some articles include YouTube videos; if your district blocks YouTube, then they may not be viewable.

tag(s): body systems (41), brain (51), careers (131), earth (173), environment (221), evolution (86), genetics (67), human body (93), space (202), STEM (218)

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Include a link to Science News for Students on classroom computers to include with other non-fiction reading resources for students. Have students browse through the site to find information of interest when choosing science fair or research topics. Enhance students' learning by asking them to create an infographic related to a science topic using Canva Infographic Maker, reviewed here. This very easy to use tool includes drag and drop tools for easy creation of infographics using included templates or your own design. Take student research a step further and redefine their technology use by having students use ThingLink, reviewed here, to upload an image related to their science research and add annotations. Thinglink offers tools for adding text, audio, video, and more to images. Weaker readers will need a reading buddy for some of the more challenging articles. Classes in lower grades will want to read the articles together. A quick check on one article using Juicy Studio's Readability test, reviewed here, provided an approximate grade level of 6.5. Check articles before assigning to elementary students. You might also want to use Word Sift, reviewed here, to quickly identify important words that appear in the text.

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