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Smithsonian Learning Lab - The Smithsonian Center for Learning and Digital Access

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4 to 12
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Discover, create, and share digital resources from the Smithsonian Museum, the National Zoo, and nine major research centers with this visually appealing site. Use the search feature...more
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Discover, create, and share digital resources from the Smithsonian Museum, the National Zoo, and nine major research centers with this visually appealing site. Use the search feature to find digital resources including photos, recordings, videos, and text. Sign up to create your own collections, including those found on the site and your own resources. Add annotations and develop quizzes. Easily share your creations or curated collections using social networking links provided. If your district blocks YouTube, the videos may not be viewable. You could always view them at home and bring them to class "on a stick" to share. Use a tool such as KeepVid, reviewed here, to download the videos from YouTube.

tag(s): animals (274), architecture (81), art history (69), aviation (41), black history (56), civil war (146), dinosaurs (56), explorers (62), images (258), inventors and inventions (103), scientists (65)

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The Smithsonian Learning Lab is a must-add to your list of classroom bookmarks! Search for collections and information throughout the year on all topics. Add a link to classroom computers for the entire site or specific collections. Be sure to take advantage of the many features of this site to create customized collections, then have students add additional resources. Have students create quizzes for review of topics. Challenge students to create a simple infographic sharing their findings using Easel.ly, reviewed here.

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Study Jams - Scholastic

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Study Jam offers engaging instruction and review activities in both math and science. Some sample science topics include plants, human body, the solar system, weather, matter, and more....more
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Study Jam offers engaging instruction and review activities in both math and science. Some sample science topics include plants, human body, the solar system, weather, matter, and more. Math topics include numbers (place value, number lines, estimation), algebra, addition/subtraction, problem solving, and others. Don't miss the "Jams" sure to excite your students to learn new skills in a musical and entertaining manner. Key vocabulary is presented along with a short video explanation of each topic. In addition to the video, there is an option to test your own ability. Each topic can also be printed to use in the classroom and there is a link to related "jams."

tag(s): addition (252), animals (274), climate (90), decimals (137), differentiation (47), division (174), ecosystems (87), energy (194), estimation (47), forces (43), fractions (242), game based learning (95), human body (113), landforms (45), light (45), matter (54), measurement (170), minerals (16), multiplication (228), number lines (22), percent (84), place value (58), plants (141), probability (130), problem solving (258), rocks (49), solar system (116), sound (99), subtraction (209), weather (183)

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Excite your students with the Jams! Share the Jam videos on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Have students sing along and learn more about science and math. Especially younger students will enjoy this feature. Create a link to the site on your classroom website or blog for students to use for review and practice at home. Use the many topics available to differentiate for all students in your classroom. Create learning centers using this site or use it in on individual laptops. Print out the quizzes for students to take as an assessment.
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Today I Learned - National Geographic

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3 to 12
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Do you love to learn crazy facts and obscure information? The Today I Learned YouTube playlist from National Geographic is perfect for you! Each video is under three minutes, ideal...more
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Do you love to learn crazy facts and obscure information? The Today I Learned YouTube playlist from National Geographic is perfect for you! Each video is under three minutes, ideal for quick bits of information. Learn why the brain is wrinkly or why the ocean is salty and much more. This playlist is frequently updated, so be sure to return to continue adding to your knowledge of obscure facts! 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 KeepVid, reviewed here, to download the videos from YouTube.
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tag(s): animals (274), archeology (31), birds (51), dinosaurs (56), moon (71), oceans (144), video (252)

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Create a link to this playlist on classroom computers for students to view during center time or share a video of the week on your interactive whiteboard. Use these for journal prompts, quick writes, or topics to research. Have students create an annotated image of information learned including text boxes and related links using a tool such as Thinglink, reviewed here. To share a single video from this site without all the YouTube clutter, use a tool such as SafeShareTV, reviewed here, and create a shortcut to the SafeShare page directly on the desktop.

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Space - Time - Time Inc.

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Stay up to date with the latest news from Space with this resource from Time. Scroll down the page to view articles organized by date. Click to see any article ...more
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Stay up to date with the latest news from Space with this resource from Time. Scroll down the page to view articles organized by date. Click to see any article with included images. Explore topics further by clicking links to additional information found within the articles.
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tag(s): explorers (62), nasa (39), space (202)

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Include a link to this site on classroom computers as a non-fiction resource for reading material. This site will be especially helpful for students with a high interest in space exploration. If you want to remove distracting advertisements, use a site such as Readability, reviewed here. Use this site on an interactive whiteboard or with a projector as you explore the latest news from space.

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NASA's Curiosity Mars Rover at Namib Dune (360 view) - NASA

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This video offers a fascinating 360-degree view of Mars from Bagnold Dunes taken on December 18, 2015. Use the arrows or your cursor to move the image around and view ...more
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This video offers a fascinating 360-degree view of Mars from Bagnold Dunes taken on December 18, 2015. Use the arrows or your cursor to move the image around and view from different angles. The 360-degree playback is currently only supported using Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer, and Opera browsers. If your district blocks YouTube or your browser does not support 360, a static view of this same panorama image is available here.

tag(s): explorers (62), mars (40), space (202)

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Share this video (or the images) with students using your projector or an interactive whiteboard as you explore the surface of Mars together. Have students use Twitter Fictional Account Template, reviewed here, to create a "fake" page similar in style to Twitter about an astronaut traveling to Mars. Create a newspaper using a site such as Zinepal, reviewed here, with all the latest news on the exploration of Mars. Click to "Start with a blank e-Book." Be sure to check out the NASA YouTube channel for additional videos from Mars and the Curiosity Rover.

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American Archive of Public Broadcasting - Library of Congress & WGBH

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6 to 12
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Discover and watch publicly funded radio and television programs from America's past with the American Archive of Public Broadcasting. Built as a means to preserve public broadcast...more
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Discover and watch publicly funded radio and television programs from America's past with the American Archive of Public Broadcasting. Built as a means to preserve public broadcast programs from the 1940's through the present, over 7000 programs are available for streaming with additions ongoing. In addition to streaming programs, this site also includes curated exhibits on topics of historical significance, such as Climate Change and Voices from the Southern Civil Rights Movement.

tag(s): 1900s (33), earth (226), radio (27), religions (62), sports (93), video (252), women (99), world war 1 (55), world war 2 (156)

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Bookmark the American Archive of Public Broadcasting for use as primary source material for classroom lessons. Browse by topic or keywords to find videos to share on your interactive whiteboard or share a link on your class website for students to view at home. Have students use Fakebook, reviewed here, to create a "fake" page similar in style to Facebook about an important figure from America's recent past. Have students create timelines (with music, photos, videos, and more) using Capzles, reviewed here, to demonstrate what they learned from one of the radio programs, videos, or exhibits.

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It's Okay To Be Smart YouTube Channel - Joe Hanson

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This YouTube Channel contains videos based on the PBS Series of the same name. You can also view the It's Okay To Be Smart blog reviewed here. New...more
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This YouTube Channel contains videos based on the PBS Series of the same name. You can also view the It's Okay To Be Smart blog reviewed here. New videos are uploaded weekly with titles such as "Why Seasons Make No Sense" and "How Big is the Solar System?" Most videos are under 10 minutes in length making them perfect for quick but meaningful lessons. Be sure to check out playlists with videos sorted by topics including physics, earth, and more. 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 KeepVid, reviewed here, to download the videos from YouTube.
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tag(s): animals (274), climate change (61), earth (226), endangered species (37), energy (194), evolution (100), food chains (23), human body (113), space (202), video (252)

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Flip your classroom and use a video as homework. Have students take notes on the material and write down questions they still have and topics that confuse them. Or, use a tool like Zaption, reviewed here, for students to pause videos and ask or answer questions right on the video. These activities can uncover misconceptions. Show the video to the class, and then discuss the concept at length. To share a single video from this site without all the YouTube clutter, use a tool such as SafeShareTV, reviewed here, and create a shortcut to the SafeShare page directly on the desktop. For more advanced classes, provide time for students to choose a video to view and research the underlying concept.

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PBS World Explorers - PBS Learning Media

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Learn about the journeys of 16 explorers with this series of videos from PBS Learning. This series covers early explorers of the globe as well as modern explorers of space ...more
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Learn about the journeys of 16 explorers with this series of videos from PBS Learning. This series covers early explorers of the globe as well as modern explorers of space such as Alan Shepard and Neil Armstrong. Choose any video to watch, download, and view national educational standards covered.

tag(s): columbus day (12), explorers (62), marco polo (5), space (202), video (252)

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Videos are perfect for use on an interactive whiteboard, with a projector, or create a link on classroom computers for students to view on their own. Since the videos are only four to six minutes long, students could research the era of the explorer to see what else was happening in the world and create an infographic using Easel.ly, reviewed here, to share their findings. Have students create online movie posters to advertise the video they watched (individually, as partners, in small groups, or together as a class) using a tool such as Web Poster Wizard, reviewed here, or PicLits, reviewed here. Have students create maps using Animaps, reviewed here, sharing each explorer's route. Students can add text, images, and location stops!

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Fun Science Demos - Dr. George Mehler & Jared Hottenstein

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K to 8
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Fun Science Demos is a YouTube Channel devoted to sharing engaging science lessons for young learners based on Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). Choose from popular videos such...more
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Fun Science Demos is a YouTube Channel devoted to sharing engaging science lessons for young learners based on Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). Choose from popular videos such as Balancing Balloons - Air Has Weight or Muscles Moving Your Bones. Be sure to check out the playlists to find videos categorized by topic. 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 KeepVid, reviewed here, to download the videos from YouTube.

tag(s): earth (226), electricity (86), energy (194), engineering (114), heat (15), human body (113), life cycles (26), magnetism (34), matter (54), minerals (16), moon (71), recycling (57), rocks (49), solar system (116), sound (99), space (202), STEM (116), sun (70), video (252), water (128)

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Flip your classroom and use a video as homework. Have students take notes on the material and write down questions they still have and topics that confuse them. Or, use a tool like eduCanon, reviewed here, for students to pause videos and ask or answer questions right on the video. These activities can uncover misconceptions. Show the video to the class, and then discuss the concept at length. To share a single video from this site without all the YouTube clutter, use a tool such as SafeShareTV, reviewed here, and create a shortcut to the SafeShare page directly on the desktop. For more advanced classes, provide time for students to choose a video to view and research the underlying concept.

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Science Underground - Ainissa Ramirez

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Science Underground is a weekly two-minute podcast featuring science concepts presented in an uncomplicated manner. As the creator states, "...it's a mix of Bill Nye and Science Friday."...more
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Science Underground is a weekly two-minute podcast featuring science concepts presented in an uncomplicated manner. As the creator states, "...it's a mix of Bill Nye and Science Friday." Topics range from Football Science to How Chameleons Change Color. Choose any podcast to listen online and view the corresponding text. Use the tags for each podcast to find other offerings with related content. Either sign up to receive an email notification or check back often for new podcasts, also, see the archives to listen to any previous podcasts.

tag(s): podcasts (51), science fairs (25), scientists (65)

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Listen to weekly podcasts together in class to stimulate discussion and interest in science topics. Assign the weekly podcast as listening homework. Have students create a series of questions to ask each other about issues discussed on the podcast. Have cooperative learning groups create podcasts demonstrating their understanding of one of the concepts. Use a site such as PodOmatic, reviewed here.

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ProjectEd Videos - Amplify Education, Inc

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6 to 12
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ProjectEd offers a series of videos explaining science, vocabulary, and grammar concepts. Choose one of the categories, or scroll through the page to choose and view videos. Most videos...more
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ProjectEd offers a series of videos explaining science, vocabulary, and grammar concepts. Choose one of the categories, or scroll through the page to choose and view videos. Most videos run less than two minutes and clearly define a specific word or term. Use tags and suggestions below the videos to find additional videos with similar concepts. 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 KeepVid, reviewed here, to download the videos from YouTube.

tag(s): cells (101), genetics (91), homonyms (12), homophones (17), idioms (45), matter (54), parts of speech (68), sentences (52), tides (7), vocabulary (322)

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Share videos on your interactive whiteboard or projector to introduce or reinforce concepts. Be sure to share a link to videos on your class website for students to use at home for reference. Use videos as a model, and challenge cooperative learning groups to create their own videos and share them on a site such as TeacherTube, reviewed here.

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How to Put a Human on Mars - BBC

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4 to 12
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Explore how humans can get to Mars. Use the interactives and videos to learn what accommodations will need to be in place when putting humans on Mars. Look around Mars ...more
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Explore how humans can get to Mars. Use the interactives and videos to learn what accommodations will need to be in place when putting humans on Mars. Look around Mars and the outside of the spacecraft. Watch the astronauts share how they would survive, land, and explore. Lastly, see how the people will get back safely from Mars. For further learning, explore the Mission to Mars series at the bottom of the landing page.

tag(s): mars (40), planets (120), space (202)

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Students can use this site to research information about how humans can land on Mars. They will gain a deep understanding of not only how it is possible, but why scientists have to make certain decisions, and why considerations need to be in place. You can use the activities for the whole class to learn about processes that astronauts go through to travel and explore another planet. Pieces of it can also be used as an anticipatory set to introduce a study of planets, space, or astronauts.
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All Science Fair Projects - All Science Fair Projects

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2 to 12
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With topics from Biology to Engineering, and Environmental Science to Sports Science you'll find a science fair project to suit your interests. All Science Fair Projects has thousands...more
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With topics from Biology to Engineering, and Environmental Science to Sports Science you'll find a science fair project to suit your interests. All Science Fair Projects has thousands of projects from which to choose. Search by keyword or category. For instance, searching for "cell" produced four pages of projects, and these are NOT just the normal ones about human or plant cells. Find projects for cell phones, Galvanic cells, solar cells, nicotine and cancer, sunscreen and cells, and more. Not only will you have names and a brief description of the project, but the grade level and category. Clicking a project that looks interesting will get you a summary of the project and a link for the exact details. Also listed on that page are links to the "all time most popular science projects" and "you might also like these projects."
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tag(s): experiments (70), science fairs (25)

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Introduce this tool to students on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Create a link on your class website for students and parents to access at home. Assign a science experiment for students to try at home on a bi-weekly basis; this will help students and parents be prepared when science fair time comes around. Allow older students to work together in small groups to investigate and complete the experiments. They could physically work together, or do the projects on their own and report the results and findings back to their group. Use a tool such as Live, reviewed here, or Simply Circle, reviewed here, to help students keep their group organized and communicating. For younger students use Simply Circle and include their parents to keep them informed about which project is due and when.

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Science Fair Project World - Science Fair Projects

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2 to 8
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Discover hundreds of Science Fair Projects categorized by science discipline and a category for math. Most disciplines have several projects from which to choose. Each experiment has...more
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Discover hundreds of Science Fair Projects categorized by science discipline and a category for math. Most disciplines have several projects from which to choose. Each experiment has Materials Required and Procedures with diagrams/images and complete written instructions. The directions for these hands-on projects are deceptively simple; you will need to think outside the box about what each project might entail.

tag(s): experiments (70), science fairs (25)

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Introduce this tool to students on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Create a link on your class website for students and parents to access at home. Assign a science experiment for students to try at home on a bi-weekly basis; this will help students and parents to be prepared when science fair time comes around. Allow older students to work together in small groups to investigate and complete the experiments. They could physically work together, or do the projects on their own and report the results and findings back to their group. Use a tool such as Simply Circle, reviewed here, to help students keep their group organized and communicating. For younger students use Simply Circle and include their parents to keep them informed about which project is due and when.

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Galaxy Zoo - Zooniverse

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8 to 12
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Help Hubble Scientists classify hundreds of thousands of images at Galaxy Zoo. Choose Classify to identify characteristics of galaxies, including shape, smoothness, and irregularities....more
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Help Hubble Scientists classify hundreds of thousands of images at Galaxy Zoo. Choose Classify to identify characteristics of galaxies, including shape, smoothness, and irregularities. Click on the Examples link for helpful illustrations when categorizing images. Create a Zooniverse account to enter the Navigator, offering additional tools for gathering and comparing data about galaxies.

tag(s): classification (25), space (202), stars (59), telescopes (8)

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Display Galaxy Zoo on an interactive whiteboard or projector and work together to compare and classify different images of galaxies. Be sure to create a Zooniverse account and save your classification choices. Use the data provided in the Navigator to further explore the data supplied. Have students create a simple infographic displaying different characteristics of galaxies using Easel.ly, reviewed here. Even if you aren't studying galaxies, this site provides many opportunities for teaching how to classify and compare information.

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Curiosity Machine - Iridescent

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4 to 12
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Curiosity Machine connects scientists and engineers with young people to help design and create projects together. Create an account to begin using features on the site. Discover challenges...more
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Curiosity Machine connects scientists and engineers with young people to help design and create projects together. Create an account to begin using features on the site. Discover challenges to build on your own, including categories such as aerospace, robotics, engineering, and more. Find inspiration by watching videos of scientists and engineers sharing their inventions. Share your finished projects as inspiration for other aspiring engineers and scientists.

tag(s): aeronautics (13), computers (78), engineering (114), gifted (95), oceans (144), problem solving (258), robotics (24), STEM (116)

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Be sure to take advantage of the free educator units offered with membership. Share project ideas with students as ideas for a school science or engineering fair. Share this site with students interested in exploring careers in science or engineering. Encourage students to use a visual blogging tool such as Check This, reviewed here, (no registration required) to document their progress while completing projects. Have gifted students choose projects from the site to complete as enrichment within different learning units.
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NASA - HIAD App - NASA

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6 to 12
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Develop an inflatable spacecraft for NASA with this exciting activity. Design a HIAD (Hypersonic Inflatable Aerodynamic Decelerator) to bring cargo back from space. Begin with HIAD...more
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Develop an inflatable spacecraft for NASA with this exciting activity. Design a HIAD (Hypersonic Inflatable Aerodynamic Decelerator) to bring cargo back from space. Begin with HIAD Boot Camp and work your way up to advanced level using knowledge learned in stages along the way. Be careful, if your design is not strong enough, your spacecraft will burn up, and your mission is a failure.

tag(s): aeronautics (13), engineering (114), problem solving (258), STEM (116)

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Introduce this site on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Have students explore this site independently or in small groups. Include this site with any STEM lessons or units. Share this activity with students interested in aeronautics or engineering as an excellent opportunity for practice and learning skills. Challenge cooperative learning groups to create videos with tips and suggestions for successful completion of this hands-on learning activity using a tool like wevideo, reviewed here. Share them on a site such as TeacherTube, reviewed here. HIAD would also be an excellent activity for an after school science club.
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Brain Pump - brainpump.net

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6 to 12
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Learn something new every day with Brain Pump videos. Choose from the many topics including game design, history, science, math, technology, nature, business, casual science, and more...more
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Learn something new every day with Brain Pump videos. Choose from the many topics including game design, history, science, math, technology, nature, business, casual science, and more to view a random video about the topic. Not interested? No problem, click the next video link to watch another on the same subject. Sign up isn't necessary but allows you to "star" videos to find for later viewing. If your district blocks YouTube, the videos may not be viewable. You could always view them at home and bring them to class "on a stick" to share. Use a tool such as KeepVid, reviewed here, to download the videos from YouTube.
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tag(s): business (57), critical thinking (93), earth (226), financial literacy (78), fish (24), human body (113), marine biology (33), natural resources (59), plants (141), psychology (64), rivers (21), space (202), spanish (107), video (252)

In the Classroom

Use the short videos found at Brain Pump to introduce content and assess prior knowledge. Create a link to videos, or embed them, on your class website for student viewing at home. Use a video tool such as EdPuzzle, reviewed here, or ComentBubble, reviewed here, to have students answer questions, from home, on the content of the video. Back in the classroom, have students talk in small groups about any video and their questions and ideas about the topic. Have the student groups share out the important questions and thoughts with the whole class. After the class discussion, have the students write a group response, either on paper or on your class blog or wiki. Completing a group response now, could evolve into students writing journal entries at home or during class about the topic of a video. These videos make powerful writing prompts. After viewing a few videos in this manner, you may want to have older students select videos they want to watch (or you can assign them) and have the students respond.

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Above the Clouds - Plus 360 Degrees

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Above the Clouds is an interactive experience celebrating the Earth. Follow the adventure set to text written by Carl Sagan in his book Pale Blue Dot. While watching this interactive,...more
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Above the Clouds is an interactive experience celebrating the Earth. Follow the adventure set to text written by Carl Sagan in his book Pale Blue Dot. While watching this interactive, move your mouse to explore different views. Use icons at the bottom of the screen to toggle sound and captions on or off.

tag(s): conservation (126), earth (226), earth day (110), environment (313), planets (120)

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This site is perfect for use on an interactive whiteboard. Use as a starting point for a unit on planets, the universe, or conservation. Be sure to include a link on your class website for students to explore at home. Introduce this site when you assign individual or group projects about environmental or global issues. Have students create a simple infographic sharing their findings for their projects using Easel.ly, reviewed here, or Venngage, reviewed here.

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National STEM Centre eLibrary - National Stem Centre (UK)

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Browse through over 9,000 resources at the National STEM Centre's eLibrary for ages five and up. Search by keyword or use filters to sort by age range, subject, or type ...more
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Browse through over 9,000 resources at the National STEM Centre's eLibrary for ages five and up. Search by keyword or use filters to sort by age range, subject, or type of resource. Resources include videos, presentations, activity sheets, and much more. Optional account creation allows you to save resources and add activities to favorites. The site was created in the UK, so some of the pronunciations and spellings may differ from those in American English.

tag(s): engineering (114), STEM (116)

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Take advantage of the free activities, videos, and other resources throughout the year. Be sure to bookmark this site to search for resources for any lesson. Share a link to specific lessons and activities on your class website for use at home.
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