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Photo Timelines - LIFE - Life Magazine

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6 to 12
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This site allows you to view, create, and share interactive timelines. Browse timelines from the 1900s (or before) through the present on various topics and current events. Scroll to...more
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This site allows you to view, create, and share interactive timelines. Browse timelines from the 1900s (or before) through the present on various topics and current events. Scroll to the bottom of the page to search by decade. A series of pictures centered around a theme in a specific time period accompanies a short summary of what is happening in the picture. There is also the option to create your own unique timeline and share it by URL or by embedding in your class blog, wiki, or web page. Click "Log-In To Life" to get started creating your own timeline. To create a timeline you MUST register at the site. Login requires a Facebook, Twitter, Google, or Yahoo account.

tag(s): timelines (62)

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If you only plan to VIEW timelines, no extra skills are needed. Step by step directions are provided. You will also need to choose a username to create your timeline.

There are many uses for the ready-made timelines: use your interactive whiteboard or projector to learn about historical events, research literature, learn about different decades and events throughout the world, and more. Have students create timelines for research projects using Photo Timelines. Use this tool to make a timeline of your class,''''?,"'''? school year for younger classes who are just learning the graphical representation of time. Create author biographies, animal life cycles, or timelines of events and causes of wars. Challenge students to create a timeline of the plot of a novel, interspersed with the ways themes appear throughout the novel. If you teach chemistry, have students create illustrated sequences explaining oxidation or reduction (or both). Elementary students could even interview grandparents and create a class timeline about their grandparents,''''?,"'''? generation for Grandparents' Day. Why not create a timeline highlighting students' family events for a special gift for Mother's Day, Father's Day, or other holidays? You may need to assign students to do some investigative work first (years of births, marriages, vacations, etc.). In world language classes, have students create a timeline of their family in the language to master vocabulary about relatives, jobs, and more (and verb tenses!). Students can learn about photo selection, detail writing, chronological order, and photo digitization while creating the timelines of their choice. Making a timeline is also a good way to review history and cultural developments.

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We Remember Anne Frank - Scholastic

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5 to 12
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We Remember Anne Frankis an opportunity for classrooms to go beyond Anne's diary to meet two of the heroic people who actually knew her and survived to tell her story. ...more
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We Remember Anne Frankis an opportunity for classrooms to go beyond Anne's diary to meet two of the heroic people who actually knew her and survived to tell her story. Use this site to develop empathy and the theme of endurance of human spirit and courage in the face of horrible circumstances which enabled them to risk everything to help Anne Frank. This online project will enable students to understand how the events of World War II led to the Nazi's rise of power and how the Holocaust impacted the lives of real people.

tag(s): anne frank (10), holocaust (39), jews (20), nazis (10), remembrance day (6), women (101), world war 2 (142)

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Use this site to initiate cross-curricula ELA/Social Studies projects that utilize technology to provide opportunities for group collaboration and exploration as well as individual learning that connect students to the world beyond their personal locations. Provide a link from your class wiki or webpage for easy access to the interactive timeline, the story of Miep Gies, and the interview with Hanneli Pick-Goslar, one of Anne's childhood friends. Assign students one or more of the many suggested extension activities. Perhaps create a bulletin board display or ask students to interview their grandparents and other family members and then each develop a time line that shows what their families were doing during the years 1941-1945, and share their histories, or compare and contrast life then and now. Challenge students to create interactive online timelines to share with the class using a site such as Timetoast reviewed here.
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Penzu: Write in Private - Alexander Mimran and Michael Lawlor

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4 to 12
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Penzu offers a FREE service to write journals or diaries online with exceptional privacy options. As an added benefit, you can add images or your own artwork as illustrations. There...more
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Penzu offers a FREE service to write journals or diaries online with exceptional privacy options. As an added benefit, you can add images or your own artwork as illustrations. There is a very short demo video on the home page. On Penzu you can keep everything completely private or share selective posts by email or URL. Perhaps share selections on a class wiki page? Don't have a wiki? See the TeachersFirst Wiki Walk-Through for practical management and safety tips for a class wiki. Note: Premium service is available, but this review is for the free version.

tag(s): DAT device agnostic tool (198), homework (44), journals (21), writing (359)

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A class journaling program has limitless possibilities. Engage students in discussions using a topic from current events, current social issues, independent reading, literature, and more. Any class using a journal can use Penzu. For example, science lab write ups or the problem of the week in math. Penzu can even be used for homework. Just think, no more lugging heavy boxes full of notebooks around! In language arts have students journal daily and harvest from their musings and ideas to create a short story or a poem. They can even use Penzu to develop their brainstorms and rough draft. Once they are ready to present a final project have them use Bookemon reviewed here reviewed here or Glogster reviewed here to share with their peers and others and possibly add other media. For social studies classes, students can write posts and ideas about famous people or daily life in a time period being studied, then create a "diary" for the famous person in Bookemon or a poster about daily life in Glogster reviewed here. See more ideas for student blogging/journaling at TeachersFirst's Blogging Basics for the Classroom. Share journals with parents as appropriate by URL. Be sure to respect student privacy before sharing.

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View Pure - Veetri

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K to 12
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View Pure enables you to search YouTube and show videos from it without the annoying "extras" on your screen. Wishing you could "just show" YouTube videos to your classes? Looking ...more
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View Pure enables you to search YouTube and show videos from it without the annoying "extras" on your screen. Wishing you could "just show" YouTube videos to your classes? Looking for a way to take away the clutter and often inappropriate related videos that always pop up on seemingly innocent searches? Trying to find a way to share videos and still follow the acceptable use policy? There are three ways to go about this process. You can use the search tool to find and then show a video. You can copy and paste a link from YouTube into the page, or you can install the tool into your bookmarks and click on it to "purify" the videos. A special *note*: this site claims to be useful with video sites other than YouTube, however after trying a number of different video sites, the only successful one was YouTube. The main page for the View Pure site does include some minor advertisements.

tag(s): safety (89)

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How often do you find great clips and video shorts from YouTube and you can't show them or are afraid to show them even if you can get them through the school filter? Try using this to show clips or long videos from to your class via the interactive whiteboard or projector. There are some great, clean "Bill Nye" video portions that can be found and shared using this site for science class.

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Who Wrote the Constitution? - NARA

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Here's a collection of biographies of the people who were responsible for writing our Constitution. The delegates to the Constitutional Convention were an interesting group, and this...more
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Here's a collection of biographies of the people who were responsible for writing our Constitution. The delegates to the Constitutional Convention were an interesting group, and this site lets you learn more about them.

tag(s): colonial america (107), constitution (79), philadelphia (13)

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Independence National Historic Park - NPS.gov

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5 to 12
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Independence National Historic Park is the National Park which encompasses Independence Hall and the surrounding area. Visitors can tour Independence Hall, visit the Liberty Bell, and...more
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Independence National Historic Park is the National Park which encompasses Independence Hall and the surrounding area. Visitors can tour Independence Hall, visit the Liberty Bell, and learn about the signing of the Declaration of Independence and the drafting of the Constitution. This site provides directions, operating hours, and other information for those planning a visit. There are also pages which provide additional details on the history of the various buildings and the events that happened in them.

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Fort Caroline - NPS.gov

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This fort was built by the French in 1562. It lasted only a few years until the Spanish arrived to claim the territory. You can visit a reconstruction of the ...more
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This fort was built by the French in 1562. It lasted only a few years until the Spanish arrived to claim the territory. You can visit a reconstruction of the fort buildings.

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History of St. Augustine - NPS.gov

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6 to 12
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The National Park Service offers a concise history of French and Spanish settlements in the 16th century, and an overview of how Florida came to be part of the United ...more
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The National Park Service offers a concise history of French and Spanish settlements in the 16th century, and an overview of how Florida came to be part of the United States.

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How the Pilgrims Lived - Amy Ridenhour

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How the Pilgrims Lived, a journal written by Governor Edward Winslow in 1621. ...more
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How the Pilgrims Lived, a journal written by Governor Edward Winslow in 1621.

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Mayflower Compact - Amy Ridenhour

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The Mayflower Compact was the agreement that the Pilgrims wrote by which they agreed to govern themselves. ...more
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The Mayflower Compact was the agreement that the Pilgrims wrote by which they agreed to govern themselves.

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Cape Cod National Seashore - NPS.gov

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Cape Cod National Seashore offers a number of attractions both historical and scenic. Their home page will take you on a cyber-visit to many of these attractions. ...more
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Cape Cod National Seashore offers a number of attractions both historical and scenic. Their home page will take you on a cyber-visit to many of these attractions.

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Virtual Tour Plantation - Plimoth.org

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4 to 12
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This virtual tour is actually two tours made in conjunction with Scholastic. The first video is Pilgrim Village: View the simple life of the Pilgrims in this 18-minute video for ...more
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This virtual tour is actually two tours made in conjunction with Scholastic. The first video is Pilgrim Village: View the simple life of the Pilgrims in this 18-minute video for all grades. The second video is the Wampanoag Homesite: Witness the life of the indigenous people who were part of the Wampanoag Nation in this 17-minute video for all grades.

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A First Hand Account: Roanoke - Ralph Lane

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6 to 12
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A First Hand Account of life in the first Roanoke colony was written by Ralph Lane, whom Sir Richard Grenville left in charge of the colonists. The 16th century English ...more
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A First Hand Account of life in the first Roanoke colony was written by Ralph Lane, whom Sir Richard Grenville left in charge of the colonists. The 16th century English is a little tough, but you'll get the ideas.

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Weebly - Weebly

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2 to 12
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Weebly is an easy, free website creator with tons of features for you to choose from. The easy, "drag and drop" elements allow even the novice technology user to create ...more
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Weebly is an easy, free website creator with tons of features for you to choose from. The easy, "drag and drop" elements allow even the novice technology user to create their own website. Besides the basic "drag and drop" features for the title, text, text with a picture, etc., the free version allows you to use cool items: photo gallery, slide show, YouTube videos, Google Maps, an assignment form, and lots more. They promise that the free service will remain 100% feature packed.

tag(s): blogs (88), gamification (65), microblogging (44), social networking (112)

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If you plan to have students create their own web pages, under your account, no email is needed for them, and they will have a special log in page. You will have to enter each student's name, username and a password. What's nice about Weebly is they will print out a list for you to give to students with their log in information. Though you can make your site private, you want to be sure not to use student's real names. Use a code or acronym. Suggestion: You can use the first two letters of the students last name, the first three letters of their first name, and if you have multiple classes, have them put the class period or code after the last letter. This works well if you're going to be grading web pages, since most grade books are in alphabetical order by last name.

Possible uses are only limited by your imagination! Create your own Weebly website for parents and students where they can stay updated about what is happening in your classroom, where students can submit their assignments, contact information, and anything else you might want to put on your website. You can add up to 40 students on one free website, so students can use their pages for projects and assignments. There is a free blogging tool that you may want your students to use for writing assignments, reflection, or reading journals, just to name a few ideas. You can have everything you need on one Weebly website! Find more specific blog ideas in TeachersFirst's Blogging Basics ideas.

Try using Weebly for: "visual essays;" digital biodiversity logs (with digital pictures students take); online literary magazines; personal reflections in images and text; research project presentations; comparisons of online content, such as political candidates' sites or content sites used in research (compared for bias); science sites documenting experiments or illustrating concepts, such as the water cycle; "Visual" lab reports; Digital scrapbooks using images from the public domain and video and audio clips from a time in history -- such as the Roaring Twenties; Local history interactive stories; Visual interpretations of major concepts, such as a "visual" U.S. Constitution. Imagine building your own online library of raw materials for your students to create their own "web pages" as a new way of assessing understanding: you provide the digital pictures, and they sequence, caption, and write about them (younger students) or you provide the steps in a project as a template, and they insert the actual content of their own.

After a first project where you provide "building blocks," the sky is the limit on what they can do. Even the very young can make suggestions as you "create" a whole-class product together using an interactive whiteboard or projector. Consider making a new project for each unit you teach so students can "recap" long after the unit ends.

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Expedition Lit Trips - Thomas Cooper

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8 to 12
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Expedition Lit Trips is a version of Google Lit Trips (reviewed here) where students read books that depict various historical and modern expeditions...more
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Expedition Lit Trips is a version of Google Lit Trips (reviewed here) where students read books that depict various historical and modern expeditions and produce a "geographical book report" with Google Earth technology. Learn more about Google Earth in this TeachersFirst review. Objectives may include collecting and analyzing various historical documents in order to understand the relationships between the time and place that writers' described and their significance on today's world. Students use modern technology, (Google Earth), to learn about and map, the explorations of literary and historical figures, or authors, and even poets. There are many sample projects to look at from this Wiki page, with all the "soup to nuts" detailed directions, ideas, templates, links to tools, and supports to get you started and guide you throughout the various layers. If you are not familiar with Google Earth, there is a link provided right at the bottom of the page that enables you to download a free Google Earth Pro license for your school and watch tutorial videos to guide you through all the amazing features.

tag(s): earth (228), literature (275), maps (287), setting (11)

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Integrate technology with your study of the achievements and adventures of great nonfictional or fictional men and women to discover and navigate what it was like to live and work in a particular place and period of time, or research themes and challenges that were influenced by various locations and cultures during different historical periods. Start by projecting on your whiteboard some of the student pages to explore and inspire your class to make their own "trips" that fit your curriculum. Some of the many samples include a Google Map created to correspond to The Boy in the Striped Pajamas and projects such as the one created to accompany John Krakauer's Into Thin Air. The ideas work well for both individual or groups and are perfect for teaming up with colleagues in other departments to work on as an interdisciplinary project. All the resources and "how to" information that you will need are accessible directly from the site, so you will not have to hunt for anything.
 
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Dream in Color - Scholastic

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K to 12
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Dream in Color celebrates diversity by embracing nationalities and cultures around the world, with a focus on African American, Hispanic, and Asian Pacific ethnic backgrounds....more
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Dream in Color celebrates diversity by embracing nationalities and cultures around the world, with a focus on African American, Hispanic, and Asian Pacific ethnic backgrounds. Activities are included for grades K-12. There are lesson plans, teacher resources, and videos that will enable students to hear voices of people like Maya Angelo that inspire and explain what it means to "Dream in Color" and foster an inclusive culture.

tag(s): africa (180), african american (113), asia (73), black history (59), cultures (105), diversity (36), hispanic (18), tolerance (10)

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Help your students uncover the roots of rich and diverse cultures through the concept of what "community" means to each of us. Perhaps start by interviewing parents and grandparents about family backgrounds and discuss culture and traditions. Expand to explore the host of information from this Web site about different heritages and cultures, much of which can be shared on your classroom whiteboard. Elementary and middle school students may want to create an online bulletin board using a tool such as Wall Wishers, (reviewed here), to represent the different aspects of their community: focusing on characteristics, benefits, responsibilities, and the impact of diverse cultures blending and working together to create a better society. High School students could consider a multi-dimensional project, perhaps by exploring heritage and culture through a study of historical figures, artists, or writers. Their research could be presented in a rich, interactive slide show that includes text, photos, and even videos, with the use of the Collage tool from VUVOX, (reviewed here).

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Timelines.tv - timelines.tv

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6 to 12
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This site focuses on the history of Great Britain; it does have one time line on US Westward expansion and one on the history of smallpox. Each timeline contains a ...more
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This site focuses on the history of Great Britain; it does have one time line on US Westward expansion and one on the history of smallpox. Each timeline contains a number of points that have associated video content. Short (7-10 minutes) video clips illustrate concepts connected to the timeline using actor portrayals or historical footage or illustrations.

tag(s): britain (35), great britain (16), westward expansion (29)

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If you are trying to create a visually rich lesson plan, this site is easy to navigate and the video clips are classroom friendly: short and focused. There are links to related content off-site, and a message board, so preview these individually before using. While studying similar topics, have students create their own timelines using a tool such as TimeRime reviewed here.
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Courosa's library - Alec Couros

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K to 12
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Need to create an email account(s) to sign student(s) on to various web 2.0 tools? Use this screencast to learn how to create subaccounts for your gmail account. Follow the ...more
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Need to create an email account(s) to sign student(s) on to various web 2.0 tools? Use this screencast to learn how to create subaccounts for your gmail account. Follow the additional information in the screencast for creating filters when subaccount emails come into your inbox.

tag(s): video (254)

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Depending upon the age of your students and whether they are allowed to make their own accounts for Web 2.0 tools, consider making subaccounts to register students for accounts. Use the subaccounts for websites requiring email verification. Remember to create a master list of logins, passwords, and even subaccount email names.

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Dust Bowl Migration Digital Archives * - California State University Bakersfield

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9 to 12
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This site contains both photographs and transcripts of oral histories related to families who migrated west to California during the Dust Bowl days. The photos are grouped by topic...more
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This site contains both photographs and transcripts of oral histories related to families who migrated west to California during the Dust Bowl days. The photos are grouped by topic and are large enough to be projected on an interactive whiteboard effectively. The oral histories are indexed by family name and are PDF files of the original typewritten transcripts completed in 1981. They are not keyword searchable.

tag(s): california (27), great depression (24), oral history (12)

In the Classroom

Clearly this is a good resource for students doing research on the Dust Bowl. The photographs include some of the most famous of the Dust Bowl era and would make a good visual aid to a lesson on the Dust Bowl. Consider having students, individually or in groups, choose a family oral history to read and become familiar with. Students might role play that family's story to the rest of the class, or compare the stories of different families with those researched by other groups. Have students create a multimedia presentation using Thinglink, reviewed here. This site allows users to narrate a picture. Challenge students to find a photo (legally permitted to be reproduced), and then narrate the photo as if it is a news report from the time. Or if you want students to compare stories of 2 different families, use an interactive Venn Diagram such as the one reviewed here. The power of these stories, in the original voice of someone who lived during the time, makes the reality of this difficult time in American history more real to students.

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EyePlorer - eyePlorer GmbH

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EyePlorer is a graphic organizing information tool that you are sure to enjoy! The self proclaimed graphic knowledge engine is a way to view web-based information on a given topic....more
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EyePlorer is a graphic organizing information tool that you are sure to enjoy! The self proclaimed graphic knowledge engine is a way to view web-based information on a given topic. In this case, it uses wikipedia as its source, so the information is only as good as what wikipedia offers...in most cases, solid introductory information and organization of related concepts. In contrast to search engines such as Google and Yahoo, eyePlorer graphically lays out all of the information instead of listing text. There are dots by each concept that is related and the larger the dot, the more strongly it is related. You can access the information by scrolling over the dot, or you can go further by clicking on the related idea to go the article with additional information. Note that since the original launch of the EyePlorer tool by a different company, eyePlorer GmbH continues to work to make interaction with knowledge on the web easier. The link provided with this review takes you to the original tool, now hosted on "vionto."

tag(s): vocabulary (323), vocabulary development (125)

In the Classroom

Show this to your students on the interactive whiteboard as way to get an overview of a new concept. Have students search a specific topic such as insecticides in environmental science and then have them go through graphical exploration together. Later in the study of the same concept, have students create their own graphic organizers on the concept, linking to other articles they find on the web or to their own explanations of concepts using images and text. Use a tool such as Scribblar (reviewed here).
  This resource requires Adobe Flash and PDF reader software like Adobe Acrobat.

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