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Learning Objects - Wisconsin Technical College System

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7 to 12
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Looking for review materials for a variety of classes? Use Learning Objects for a wide range of curriculum topics. (A "learning object" is any kind interactive activity, animation,...more
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Looking for review materials for a variety of classes? Use Learning Objects for a wide range of curriculum topics. (A "learning object" is any kind interactive activity, animation, video, audio file, etc, that can be used for learning.) This site is great for introductory, reinforcement, or review materials. Find most of the relevant topics under "General Education." Choose from many subjects such as biology, biochemistry, chemistry, math, sociology, world languages, and written communication, among others. Gifted students or those who learn well independently can study Chinese and other topics not easily available in their school using these learning objects.

tag(s): animals (276), business (58), cells (102), chinese (48), grammar (216), grammar review (37), life cycles (25), microscopes (13), plants (145), psychology (64), sentences (52), sociology (22), speech (92)

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Find a variety of topics for each subject area. For example, use learning objects in biology topics: How to use a Microscope, Life Cycles of Animals and Plants, and Cell Division. Choose from many others. Use as an introduction to a new unit. Additionally, these learning objects can be used for reinforcement or as a review. Under the Written Communication subject you will find 50 Learning Objects from parts of speech, commonly confused words, to how to summarize, brainstorm, and many others. Share direct urls to specific review activities to help students who need extra practice or as links on a class web page or wiki for all students to access outside of class. Encourage students to comment on your wiki about the learning objects they found most helpful in explaining tough concepts (use the discussion tab).
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Bridge Ocean Education - Virginia Sea Grant Marine Advisory Program

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2 to 12
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Advertised as "An ocean of teacher-approved marine education resources", this site offers resources, lesson plans, and data that teachers can take and use in their classrooms. Resources...more
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Advertised as "An ocean of teacher-approved marine education resources", this site offers resources, lesson plans, and data that teachers can take and use in their classrooms. Resources can be accessed in several ways according to the your needs. Choose Ocean Science topics to sort by type such as biology, chemistry, physics, and more. There are even subtopics within these categories to refine searches further to specific needs such as vertebrates/invertebrates or plants. Another link goes directly to lesson plans with choices for data activities, secondary/middle, or elementary level plans sorted by grade level. Note: Some lessons are offered through other sites and will open in a new page. If you are open to any ideas, you may want to try the Teacher Top Pick or Featured site to find lessons for classroom use.

tag(s): animals (276), geology (81), habitats (84), marine biology (33), oceans (148), plants (145)

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Use lesson plans offered on the site during your science units. Allow older students to explore the site to gather specific information about marine explorations and share through multi-media projects. Have students make a multimedia presentation using one of the many TeachersFirst Edge tools reviewed here. Teachers of gifted students may want to use the site as a supplemental resource for students to do self-study projects geared toward individual interests.
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Homework hotline - homeworkhotline.org

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3 to 12
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Have a student stumped by homework? Find exercises and extra help in various subject areas in this kid friendly site. Navigate through the various resources and friendly graphics to...more
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Have a student stumped by homework? Find exercises and extra help in various subject areas in this kid friendly site. Navigate through the various resources and friendly graphics to areas of the site such as "Sweet Stuff" which features neat interactives, "Needed Knowledge" with great tips, "Book review" to view video book reviews, and "Getting Historical." Watch informative (don't confuse with boring) videos of various math problems whether it be basic math, solving word problems, or even geometry. Find videos for other subjects such as science, language arts, social studies, health, and art. Review information in various subjects by trying age-appropriate interactives. This site also boasts "Dial A Teacher." Students can use a toll-free number to speak with a real teacher Monday through Thursday between the hours of 4:00 and 7:00 p.m. EST.

tag(s): homework (44), tutorials (47)

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Visit the "Boring Stuff' link for parents and teachers to find a PDF of 10 Ways to Use the Homework Helper Site in Your Classroom. Find segment guides, scripts, and book reviews beneficial for in class or use by students outside of class. Share this link at Back to School Night and put the link directly on your class website. Encourage middle schoolers to build independent work habits using this site.

Consider creating helpful information, videos, and tutorials of information students need answers to and creating your own help site as a school. Use students to create book reviews, math tutorials, etc. Use a tool such as SchoolTube reviewed here to share the videos.
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Defenders of Wildlife - Defenders of Wildlife

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7 to 12
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Defenders of Wildlife is chalk full of useful, current information about wildlife conservation, threats to the natural environment, and fact sheets about specific species of animals,...more
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Defenders of Wildlife is chalk full of useful, current information about wildlife conservation, threats to the natural environment, and fact sheets about specific species of animals, as well as much more! Explaining concepts such as climate change, off-shore drilling and renewable energy this site is an invaluable environmental resource. Plus, all information comes with interesting photos and an easy to navigate menu of further information.
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tag(s): animals (276), conservation (127), endangered species (38), environment (317)

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This would be an excellent resource for an environmental science class. Add to online course sites as an alternative to textbooks. Create assignments where students are directed to this site to read for understanding of the topics that are being discussed. For students in more advanced environmental studies, the section on Policy and Legislation is great. It is far more understandable than reading through the actual laws and policies. Have students read the website information on a specific policy or law, and then have the students find the actual law to "check up" on the site. This will encourage students to make comparisons between the reading that they could easily understand and the more complicated language of the actual laws. This simple exercise could be incorporated in an English or reading comprehension classroom or a science classroom (what a great way to do a little cross curricular teaching!). Students will learn to read more analytically in the process!
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Biodiversity Snapshots - Museum Victoria

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7 to 12
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Learn about a variety of natural wildlife on this informative site. Create an account for your class and while taking walks outside, identify and take pictures of species you see ...more
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Learn about a variety of natural wildlife on this informative site. Create an account for your class and while taking walks outside, identify and take pictures of species you see along the way. Participate in the site if possible. Click on "Field Guide" to choose one of the categories such as birds. Learn about the identifying characteristics and habits as well as how it is classified and where it is found. Find a vast array of information on species along with stunning photography. Currently, this is being used by those in Australia.

tag(s): animals (276), australia (35), biodiversity (38), natural resources (59)

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Identify organisms native to Australia. Peruse the various types of animals and create food chains and webs based upon the type of feeder it is as well as location. Learn terminology and the environmental factors in Australia. Create mashups of food chains and webs either in the classroom or online. Have students make a mashup using one of the many TeachersFirst Edge Tools reviewed here. Consider creating your own version of Biodiversity snapshots using flora and fauna in your own area. Use a blog, wiki, or class website to place all the information.
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Zero Bio - Elliott Kimmel

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Find great high school science activities and resources for students with this interesting site. Visit the "Dissection Lab" for pictures of often dissected animals and others of interest...more
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Find great high school science activities and resources for students with this interesting site. Visit the "Dissection Lab" for pictures of often dissected animals and others of interest (for example: sheep brain.) Check out the games which are actually more like quizzes. Be sure to explore "Java Genetics" for a great drag and drop pedigree problem to check on understanding of genetics. This page also features a tutorial video. Sort by subject by clicking on the "Student Centre" and choosing a grade level. Find links and resources on the Main Course page, Tips and Tricks, and also a variety of student projects. Find a video collection that highlights how to use various parts of the site. This is a Canadian site so the subjects at each grade level may not correspond with the subjects for U.S. grade levels. Note: Some of these work with Internet Explorer only. Also, at the time of this review the site was under construction and updating their standards. All activities were working, however the site mentions new activities are being added frequently. So be sure to check back.

tag(s): atoms (56), cells (102), genetics (90)

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Use these resources as an introduction to concepts in Biology or as a great way to review specific concepts. For example, when teaching genetics, use the drag and drop pedigrees as practice for understanding the most basic of genetic foundations. Share the site on your interactive whiteboard or projector. If individual computers are available, allow students to explore on their own. Encourage students to create additional models as a class projects to share with the creator of the site or to place on your own class site.
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Science News - NY Times

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9 to 12
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The articles found on this NY Times site can be used for any number of classroom activities. View the headlines of the day and click to go to the original ...more
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The articles found on this NY Times site can be used for any number of classroom activities. View the headlines of the day and click to go to the original articles. This site includes a link to each science reporter to read more articles from him/her. Find the Science Times Podcast link on this page too.
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tag(s): news (261), newspapers (94)

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Use for science current events. Provide this link on a classroom computer or listed on your wiki, blog, or site for easy access by students. Search through the various articles to find a story that students can identify with or are interested in. Use the articles to uncover misconceptions about the subject matter. Divide students into cooperative learning groups to explore the site. Have them create an information poster or multimedia presentation about specifics from the article and the background science needing to be understood. Have students make a multimedia presentation using one of the many TeachersFirst Edge tools reviewed here.

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Regents Exam Prep Center - Oswego City School District Regents Exam Prep Center

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6 to 12
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This resource contains great review information, test questions, and other materials for several content areas. The materials included for review are a great way to identify the basic...more
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This resource contains great review information, test questions, and other materials for several content areas. The materials included for review are a great way to identify the basic material needed for the understanding of Chemistry, Physics, Geometry, Algebra, U.S. and Global History, Earth Science, and the Living Environment.

tag(s): test prep (96)

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Use this site as a great review of information about various topics in the subject. This activity would work well for individual or pairs of students in a lab or on laptops. Make a shortcut to this site on classroom computers and use it as a center. Be sure to include this site on your class web page for students to access both in and outside of class for further practice.

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Museum of Obsolete Objects - MoooJvM

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6 to 12
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View this interactive video timeline to look at obsolete technologies from the past, including rotary hand mixers, cassette tapes, and other technologies. These short videos share "obsolete"...more
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View this interactive video timeline to look at obsolete technologies from the past, including rotary hand mixers, cassette tapes, and other technologies. These short videos share "obsolete" items from the 1860s to 2000s. (Note: if your school blocks YouTube, this site will not be accessible. Ask to have this specific url unblocked).

tag(s): inventors and inventions (101)

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Use as a introductory video into science and technology. Identify the science understanding and concepts needed to change the technologies. Brainstorm other technologies that could be added to this list from the various decades. Brainstorm together using a tool such as Mindmeister (reviewed here). Challenge cooperative learning groups to investigate a specific decade and determine what was a new invention then but is no longer used today. Have students create slideshows using Zoho Show (reviewed here). Display these on a blog or wiki for students to review and comment. Assign students to do a written or recorded interview of those who have used these old technologies to find out how life has changed before and after the technology.
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Study Blue - StudyBlue

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K to 12
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This site lets you keep study notes with you anywhere you go! Create flashcards and study even on your mobile phone. Share notes, flashcards, study guides, and quizzes with others ...more
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This site lets you keep study notes with you anywhere you go! Create flashcards and study even on your mobile phone. Share notes, flashcards, study guides, and quizzes with others for excellent collaboration. Study Blue also provides hints to help students study. Create a folder in "My Backpack." Make flashcards to get started or search flashcards already created by others.

tag(s): flash cards (46)

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Use as a study aid for students. This is a great tool for older students (who own cell phones). Students can study their flashcards on the bus, in the backseat of the family car, or while waiting for their dentist appointment! Have students create individual accounts and collaborate with others or create a class account for all to use. Have groups collaborate on the creation of flashcards for students to use or have groups create flashcards for specific parts of the unit. Learning support students can take their extra help along with them.

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The Visual MD - Anatomical Travelogue, LLC

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9 to 12
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View The Visual MD site for an unbelievable visual experience about the human body. Learn and understand about health content, and interact for better understanding. View unique 3D...more
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View The Visual MD site for an unbelievable visual experience about the human body. Learn and understand about health content, and interact for better understanding. View unique 3D resources in a format that educates and informs about health and wellness issues: depression, back pain, heart attack angina, hypertension, kidney disease, asthma, and more. Use these fascinating visuals, produced with real human data from medical scans including magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), computer tomography (CT) ultrasound, and confocal laser scans. View the body as never seen before, with lifelike computer imaging and enhancement. Find important advice and information on many aspects of health care. Search the interactive library, view videos, or read content.

tag(s): body systems (57), diseases (66), heart (43), human body (121)

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Take the discussion in Health and Biology one step further by connecting class content with health issues. Since diseases are breakdowns of processes at the cellular level, students can identify these as well as the body's responses. Many of the topics and materials on this site are advanced for some students, so teachers should keep in mind the maturity level of their students. Use this site to research and present health topics to the class. Answer the questions that students often ask via research on this site. Challenge cooperative learning groups to investigate health topics and create a multimedia presentation using one of the many TeachersFirst Edge tools reviewed here.
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A Window Into Life - Kenneth Eward

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8 to 12
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This website offers an artistic Flash animation of cell processes. It shows the fluid motion and dimensionality of cell existence and internal cell processes. The only drawback could...more
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This website offers an artistic Flash animation of cell processes. It shows the fluid motion and dimensionality of cell existence and internal cell processes. The only drawback could be that organelles are not labeled.

tag(s): animation (63), cells (102)

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Looking for something to make your students think? Share this cell animation. This site would be ideal for an interactive whiteboard (or projector) activity during a unit on cells. Help your students visualize a cell and help them think differently about cell processes. Use as an introduction to cells and their functions. The accompanying music sets the stage for the lesson and underscores the mystery of living things, so turn up the speakers. This would also be a great way to introduce art students to the art of science modeling. It could help inspire a cross curricular lesson between art and science classes. After viewing this website, create a class wiki about cell processes and have students add a quick 2-3 sentence comment about what they learned from this animation. Encourage them to use their best descriptive words. Not comfortable with wikis? Check out the TeachersFirst Wiki Walk-Through.
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Fold It - UW Department of Computer Science and Engineering

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9 to 12
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Use this (site) project to apply puzzle-solving skills to determine how proteins are folded. Proteins are fascinating, but their structures are difficult to comprehend. Why study the...more
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Use this (site) project to apply puzzle-solving skills to determine how proteins are folded. Proteins are fascinating, but their structures are difficult to comprehend. Why study the folding of proteins? The folding determines how they function and has implications for human health and how we live with materials and the environment. Bring out thinking processes with this downloadable interactive. Each protein becomes a puzzle. Players manipulate the protein into the form that provides the most efficiency. Researchers are tapping into the potential of the human brain to identify patterns. Understand the formation and breakdown of proteins through game play. Identify the four structures in proteins and their role in the functions and specificity of proteins. Download is available for Windows, Mac, and Linux. There is an option to "join" for a fee. However, this is necessary only if you wish to comment on the site. As a "real world" connection showing the impact of this "game," see this article about the discoveries about HIV/AIDS that resulted from Fold It.

tag(s): atoms (56), hiv/aids (18), molecules (43)

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Allow students time to manipulate this site and learn the structures of proteins prior to the discussion of the content of the unit. Brainstorm what students have learned to develop notes or major content points. Identify the specific proteins and functions and determine why certain proteins have specific shapes. Identify the roles of proteins in the bodies of all living organisms. Connect these proteins with proteins in the diet and discuss the importance. Determine protein sources that are more beneficial for the human body. Think you have found the best way to fold the proteins? Register on the site and discuss the pattern.
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Vodburner - Netralia Pty Ltd

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K to 12
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Use Vodburner to record Skype calls for later viewing and use. Save your high quality video and audio Skype calls easily. Download the Vodburner software...more
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Use Vodburner to record Skype calls for later viewing and use. Save your high quality video and audio Skype calls easily. Download the Vodburner software (an email must be entered to begin the download) and install the plugin on Windows machines only. Whenever you make a Skype call, Vodburner automatically records both sides of the conversation (both users must have Vodburner installed.) Choose recording of either side or both sides of the conversation. Note: It is recommended that you inform the other party that recording will be taking place as notification is not given through Skype. Use this service for free for 30 days. After 30 days it is still free, but a watermark with the Vodburner logo will appear in all recordings. Purchase the paid version to avoid the watermark. Use the built-in editor to edit recorded videos before finalizing. Find a FAQ section as well as great information for "Getting Started." Having troubles with the program? Be sure to check out the "Troubleshooting" section.

tag(s): chat (51), skype (12), video (254)

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Users will need the to download/install Skype (free) and create an account. Follow the simple instructions for using and recording. Be sure to check out all the help tabs found on the Vodburner site.

As noted above, it is a good idea to let those you are Skyping with know that you are recording calls with Vodburner. Be sure to discuss appropriate use of this resource and consequences for inappropriate use before using with students.

Use for any subject matter to record Skype calls with others for later review and discussion. Using Vodburner would be a great addition to Skype calls to professionals, enhancing content in your classroom. For specific ideas on using Skype, check out the Skype In the Classroom section.

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Cell Games - Sheppard Software

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5 to 12
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Use this interactive resource to review the parts of an animal, plant, or bacterial cell. Hover over the areas of the cells to learn the parts and the functions. When ...more
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Use this interactive resource to review the parts of an animal, plant, or bacterial cell. Hover over the areas of the cells to learn the parts and the functions. When finished, follow with an activity to practice what has been learned or take the quiz!
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tag(s): animals (276), bacteria (30), cells (102), plants (145)

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Use this resource to introduce the unit on cells. Share this site on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Students can review the cells and create a graphic organizer of information and then discuss the differences between the different types of cells. Use for continuous review until the cell parts are learned and students have mastered the game and the quiz.
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iNaturalist - Nate Agrin, Jessica Kline, and Ken-ichi Ueda

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6 to 12
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Explore your world! Learn about Life! Record observations! This site is based upon the idea that naturalists record observations and that sharing information is a good thing! Click...more
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Explore your world! Learn about Life! Record observations! This site is based upon the idea that naturalists record observations and that sharing information is a good thing! Click on the Observations tab to view by species or by placemarkers in a Google map. Choose to look by Species or search for a specific Project or Place. For "full access" create a log-in. This requires an email address. Read tips for safely managing email registrations here.

tag(s): animals (276), biodiversity (38), plants (145), species (29)

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Find interesting species to research looking through this site. create an outdoor ecosystem that students use to observe. Identify and enter species to this site to become part of the growing number of people recording their findings. Have students create a presentation using a tool such as Woices (reviewed here). This site allows students to create audio recordings AND choose a location (on a map) where the story/research takes place.

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Zooniverse - Zooniverse

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7 to 12
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Zooniverse is one of the largest and most popular citizen science projects. Choose from the many live projects found along the right side including Planet Hunters, Old Weather, and...more
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Zooniverse is one of the largest and most popular citizen science projects. Choose from the many live projects found along the right side including Planet Hunters, Old Weather, and Ancient Lives among others (at the time of this review.) Click on the link of your choice to go to that project page and read more about the purpose. View interesting information and discoveries that occurring when people around the world contribute to a citizen science project. Create a login that can be used for any project shown. Registration requires and email address. Read tips for safely managing email registrations here.
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tag(s): earth (228), moon (72), space (205), sun (71), weather (188)

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Find interesting scientific information and how our understanding increases when data is included from other sources. Find information about our past history, earth and space around us, and information that can affect our future technology and exploration. Have students make a multimedia presentation about one of the "projects" using one of the many TeachersFirst Edge tools reviewed here.

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The Virtual Neuron - Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory

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Use Virtual Neuron to explore neurotransmitter properties, make neurons fire, and manipulate neural circuits. Click on Neurotransmitter I, Neurotransmitter II, Neural Networks, Receptors,...more
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Use Virtual Neuron to explore neurotransmitter properties, make neurons fire, and manipulate neural circuits. Click on Neurotransmitter I, Neurotransmitter II, Neural Networks, Receptors, or Neuromodulation to use the tools and learn how neurons work. Click on the Main Menu in the upper left corner to view various neurological diseases, cognitive processes, and how research on neurons is conducted. Be sure to click on the small icons below the information presented about neurological diseases. Access more information about the environment, actions on cells, and gene influences with these links. Note the glossary and other reference items found along the top navigation bar.

tag(s): cells (102), human body (121)

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When discussing various disorders, use this resource first to obtain information. Be sure to explore the tools to understand how chemical messengers and nerve impulses are sent through neurons. Include this site when discussing anatomy and physiology, disorders that have an environmental and genetic component, and when discussing reactions within the body.
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Virtual urchin - Stanford.edu

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Find excellent interactive tutorials of microscope use and microscopic organisms. Choose from tutorials on Microscopic measurement, Predator and prey, and microscopic comparison. Click...more
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Find excellent interactive tutorials of microscope use and microscopic organisms. Choose from tutorials on Microscopic measurement, Predator and prey, and microscopic comparison. Click on portions of the tutorial for an interactive lesson and move throughout the tutorial using the forward and back arrows. Click on teacher resources for for suggestions and laboratory experiences (be sure to check back as many are under construction.)

tag(s): food chains (22), microorganisms (14), microscopes (13)

In the Classroom

Use these tutorials in conjunction with classroom activities and instruction. For example, measuring an organism under the microscope is difficult for many students to comprehend. Place this link on a class website for students to follow the tutorial as they are investigating the same procedure on their own in the lab. Consider creation of student videos or explanations of similar instruction in class to place on the class site or blog. Use the Predator/prey interactive to determine which organisms belong to each category. Provide time for students to work independently then form student groups to discuss wrong answers and correct for right responses.
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Mummy - Oriental Institute/University of Chicago

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Created by the Oriental Institute at the University of Chicago, this site allows you to virtually prepare and embalm a mummy. Begin with instructions for pulling the brain out of ...more
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Created by the Oriental Institute at the University of Chicago, this site allows you to virtually prepare and embalm a mummy. Begin with instructions for pulling the brain out of the nose, then you remove the body's organs, fill the body with salt, wrap it with linens, and prepare it for the afterlife. Potentially unfamiliar words are highlighted, and clicking on them provides an audio dictionary to teach the meaning. While it's not too graphic, it's just "gross" enough that students will love it.

tag(s): egypt (67), halloween (40)

In the Classroom

Use on an interactive whiteboard or projector, or allow students to do their own individual "embalming" on a classroom or home computer. Create a center using your interactive whiteboard and allow small groups to manipulate the whiteboard and the "life size" mummy. You'll need to provide the context for the activity; the site is simply a chance to virtually prepare a mummy. Share t during a unit on Ancient Egypt. This would be intriguing to do around the Halloween holiday.
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