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So What Does It Mean To Be Human? - Smithsonian Institute

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9 to 12
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Explore a wealth of images, research, and information about human origins in this visually rich site from the National Museum of Natural History. View "Human Evolution Evidence," "Human...more
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Explore a wealth of images, research, and information about human origins in this visually rich site from the National Museum of Natural History. View "Human Evolution Evidence," "Human Evolution Research," and "Human Characteristics," as well as other resources. Don't miss the 3D views of fossils. It's even better than an actual museum visit, since you can move and rotate the objects yourself.

tag(s): evolution (100), fossils (44)

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View specific topics such as "Tools and Food" under "Human Characteristics." Read the material as it explains the science behind the time and use estimations. Challenge students to describe how scientists have derived at an explanation provided. Follow up with "Fossil Forensics: Interactive" under "Human Evolution Research" to see the specific portions scientists are talking about. Here, 3D pictures including microscopic views have details circled for better understanding. You may want to have this set up at a computer in your room as a "center," or have the url on your website, where students can make further investigations on their own.
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Who Did It? - Building Lab Skills with Forensics - TeachersFirst

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6 to 12
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"Who Did It?" uses an introduction to forensics as a tool to build analytical and laboratory skills in students who are still mastering scientific method. This is a large ...more
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"Who Did It?" uses an introduction to forensics as a tool to build analytical and laboratory skills in students who are still mastering scientific method. This is a large unit: there are eight different activities including a DNA web quest and lab session. Each activity is based on a different "crime" and type of forensic analysis. The culminating project is a lab practical. Complete rubrics and printable handouts round out this unit.

tag(s): forensics (27), scientific method (64)

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Mark this unit in your Favorites to inspire students with scientific inquiry. Add new dimensions to the unit with technology options, such as keeping a lab journal on your class wiki and documenting steps with digital pictures. Students could also upload and "narrate" their lab pictures on Thinglink, reviewed here.
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Scirus - for Scientific Information Only - Elsevier

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9 to 12
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Scirus is basically a science search engine. It only scans science only information The searches happen quickly and can be limited using the menu on the left of the screen. ...more
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Scirus is basically a science search engine. It only scans science only information The searches happen quickly and can be limited using the menu on the left of the screen.

tag(s): resources (112), search engines (65)

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Use as a teacher or professional resource to expand understanding and knowledge of current research so that you can share the information with your students. Have older students search for information on research topics. Have students compare the Scirus with a regular search engine such as Google with the same search word before having them use the tool. It will show them the advantage of using a more science specific tool.

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BiosciEdNet - American Association for the Advancement of Science

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K to 12
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Find creative commons licensed photographs tagged with a variety of key terms. Search by subject or topic and view photos and related photographs to the subject matter. Read descriptions...more
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Find creative commons licensed photographs tagged with a variety of key terms. Search by subject or topic and view photos and related photographs to the subject matter. Read descriptions about the topic for better understandings of what they mean. For some topics, you are required to click several times before you are lead to the picture.

tag(s): agriculture (54), ecosystems (88), environment (317), images (265), photography (160)

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Search for pictures that are tagged with specific words related to your topic or subject. Be sure to credit the site with the actual web address of the picture when using these photographs for class or student use. Students can search these pictures to use in projects or materials. As they search their terms, they also will learn basic information about the subject or terminology as well.
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Global Clouds - Kyucon.com

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4 to 12
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See where clouds form throughout the globe. Rotate the globe to view the clouds at the moment. This site updates the cloud maps every three hours. Watch the movement and ...more
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See where clouds form throughout the globe. Rotate the globe to view the clouds at the moment. This site updates the cloud maps every three hours. Watch the movement and location of clouds around the Earth.

tag(s): climate (92), deserts (10), earth (228), water cycle (33), weather (188)

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Use this tool as part of a lesson on the weather, water cycle, or desertification with this 3D globe. Provide time for students to identify where clouds seem to form, the direction that they move, and the type of clouds. Use to help determine the wind patterns on the Earth and where the water cycle begins. Follow with a more extensive look at weather patterns in the local area or at specific places across the globe. Focus on hurricane formation off Africa or winter weather patterns. Create conventional or multimedia posters that shows the types of clouds and portions of the weather cycle. Have students or student groups create an online, interactive poster known as a "glog," using GlogsterEDU, reviewed here.
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Energyville - Chevron

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Try this simulation where players must make decisions to balance environmental concerns with their community's power needs. Need help in with this interactive? Start by using "Guided...more
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Try this simulation where players must make decisions to balance environmental concerns with their community's power needs. Need help in with this interactive? Start by using "Guided play." Create a city name, drag and drop various sources of energy for your city and be certain to gauge the economy, environment, and security of your city as you play. Click on the question marks along the side for more information about these scores. Compare impacts among these using the icons on the bottom right. Be sure to read the information that comes up as you make your choices. Click on How to Play for more game tips.

tag(s): energy (197), environment (317), nuclear energy (24), solar energy (38)

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Identify the trade offs in economic, environmental, and security concerns with the various types of energy used to power the city. Research the types of energy, including the advantages and disadvantages to each. Provide time for students to play and brainstorm the problems certain cities have and the mix of energy sources that seem to work. Research the various technologies and where they are currently used including research into uses around the world and comparisons among countries. Use as a part of a unit on the environment or energy. Follow up with a debate about the type of power generation that should be used in your community.

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22Frames.com - 22frames.com

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5 to 12
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This site aggregates all types of videos from around the world. Captioning makes these enhanced YouTube videos accessible to English language learners, speakers of different languages,...more
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This site aggregates all types of videos from around the world. Captioning makes these enhanced YouTube videos accessible to English language learners, speakers of different languages, and those who need language support in general. You can search for videos by categories which are constantly being updated. Find current events, music, and more. In addition to offering the captioning with the news clips, all news items offer "tags" to provide some important vocabulary. Also, there are separate sections on the website for common mispronunciations, idioms, and slang, targeted specifically at ESL/ELL students. You should preview and preselect the videos rather than allowing students to randomly search at this site, since some content may not be fitting for your classroom. Many schools block YouTube, so verify availability at school.
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tag(s): hearing impaired (6), news (261)

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If filtering blocks your at-school access, use a tool such as KeepVid reviewed here to convert online videos such as the ones you find on YouTube into a portable format you can play at school. World language students will enjoy hearing the news in other languages, but also seeing the English translations. If you have students in your classroom who are reading below grade level, have them watch the video twice: once to listen to the words, and the second time to read along with the dialog. Have students view these sample videos and then work in cooperative learning groups to create their own videos on topics they are currently learning in science, current events, or nearly any other subject area. Share the videos using a site such as TeacherTube reviewed here. High school social studies classes can compare news coverage from different countries/cultures about the same event to analyze the "spin" or bias.

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Preceden - Matt Mazur

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3 to 12
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Preceden is a free service that allows you to create timelines with multi-layers for overlapping events. The different layers are visually interesting and allow you to easily see the...more
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Preceden is a free service that allows you to create timelines with multi-layers for overlapping events. The different layers are visually interesting and allow you to easily see the sequence of events in several different ways. You can input your own time increments such as by day, week, month, year, decade, etc. In addition, you can create your own labels for events. You need to create a FREE account to make a timeline. Timelines can be embedded on your blog or shared by url.

tag(s): timelines (62)

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Create an ever-growing timeline throughout the school year by adding events discussed in class so students understand where events relate to each other in history. Create a timeline with events in American History and add a layer of authors' works to connect literature's time periods to history.

Have your students use Preceden to create a timeline of their life and their family's life. Then use events from their life for writing a memoir, poetry, etc. Science students could create a timeline for the stages of mitosis for a cell or the life cycle of a forest or an animal. Have students in government or history create timelines related to topics you are learning about in class.

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Yacapaca! - Chalkface Project

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4 to 12
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This easy to use site allows you to make interactive online quizzes or use pre-made quizzes sorted by subject. You can upload classes, assign quizzes, and receive scores (if students...more
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This easy to use site allows you to make interactive online quizzes or use pre-made quizzes sorted by subject. You can upload classes, assign quizzes, and receive scores (if students are registered.) Current quizzes available range from Drama to Law to Math (and all core subjects). The format allows for any topic, and the enjoyable characters help to maintain student interest. Note: This site was created in the United Kingdom and follows the curriculum of the United Kingdom. You may notice slight spelling/pronunciation differences.

tag(s): assessment (99), quiz (85), quizzes (97)

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You can create and/or assign quizzes for any topic. You need not register students to simply assign an activity, but registration is required to keep and report scores. You simply check which countries to include to narrow activity searches, so decide whether alternate spellings might be an issue for your curriculum topic. Students can use quizzes either at home or in school. Use this site to help students review concepts and receive immediate feedback on their performance. There is a direct link in the quizzes to send a link to registered students or to share on social networking sites such as Facebook, iGoogle and Blogger. Assign small groups of students to create their own quiz for any topic you might be studying. Students can challenge their peers as a review.

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EZSchool - EZSchool

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K to 12
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EZSchool is an educational portal that contains EZ worksheets, interactives, online study tools, and tutorials. Although this site is "busy" with clutter from some related advertisements,...more
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EZSchool is an educational portal that contains EZ worksheets, interactives, online study tools, and tutorials. Although this site is "busy" with clutter from some related advertisements, it is easy to navigate by grade level, subject, or more specific topics such as grammar, writing, and vocabulary for English, or word problems, geometry, and algebra for math, biology and chemistry for science, as well as Spanish, Japanese, and Hindi language activities. There are also SAT/PSAT practice questions with detailed answers. All materials are free to use, print, and distribute for use in the classroom or at home. The website is frequently updated with new activities. Weekly updates to the site are offered on the home page.

tag(s): grammar (216), japan (61), japanese (42), spanish (108), vocabulary (324), writing (358)

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Reinforce learning with these supplemental materials. Your students may practice as much as they want - for free! Print worksheets to leave in a folder for emergency substitute lesson plans or for homework, provide the link on your classroom web page or wiki for students to easily access from any computer, and project the interactives and other learning activities on your projector or interactive whiteboard. You will love using the cool online tool, Ad Out, (reviewed here), that makes the page you are using ad free. Note that some websites may be blocked. Also, check on your school computers to make sure that iAd Outis not blocked by your district's filter.
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Ocean Portal - Smithsonian Institute

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6 to 12
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Learn all about the ocean and what is in it. View pictures, videos and other material collected from the Smithsonian Institution as well as other sources. Click on the water ...more
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Learn all about the ocean and what is in it. View pictures, videos and other material collected from the Smithsonian Institution as well as other sources. Click on the water drop "Find Your Blue" to find how we all impact the oceans from anywhere we live and work. Read about Ocean Life and Ecosystems, view Timelines of various ocean animals, and learn about Ocean Science. Be sure to read the Ocean and You to understand impacts on the oceans and its relationship with every living thing on the Earth. Find lesson plans and activities as well as other resources by clicking on the For Educators tab.

tag(s): ecosystems (88), food chains (22), oceans (148), pollution (66)

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Use this resource when discussing food chains, ecosystems, and any environmental topic. As oceans are one of the biggest places we are seeing environmental degradation, many ecological concepts can be taught just by looking at what is going on in the oceans. Assign students a project to learn about an ocean species and create an informational multimedia or conventional project such as a wanted poster or a save the animal poster. Have students create online posters on paper or do it together as a class using a tool such as Web Poster Wizard (reviewed here). Research our impacts on the ocean and create an awareness campaign including posters, research information on a class website, and blog posts about the ocean as a resource. Find scientists you can connect to in the classroom that can discuss about this fabulous resource. Have students brainstorm topics about the oceans and let them search for relevant articles that relate to their interests. Do one-sentence summaries of these short articles to practice summary writing.

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Sant Ocean Hall Coral Reef Interactive - Smithsonian, NOAA, and Operand

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3 to 12
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Enter the world of an interactive coral reef that is in jeopardy! The coral reef, located in the Caribbean, is now facing a dilemma of increasing tourism and putting the ...more
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Enter the world of an interactive coral reef that is in jeopardy! The coral reef, located in the Caribbean, is now facing a dilemma of increasing tourism and putting the coral reef in jeopardy, or taking away the economic growth that could be possible for the island residents. Choose a character; an owner of a family hotel, a lifelong resident, or a tourist, and make your decision. This engaging interactive, allows you to watch how each perspective affects the coral reef. Additional links listed add a deeper understanding of the problems presented.

tag(s): coral (12), ecosystems (88), marine biology (33)

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Use this interactive coral reef in a study of nonrenewable resources, conservation, or ecosystems. Put the site on the interactive whiteboard or projector and watch your class jump into the water! As a starting point for Socrates seminar, debates, and persuasive writing, this site offers a great variety of passionate debate! Using this site as a model, have your students make a similar situation with other ecosystems. Have students create other scenarios for non-renewable resources, arguments for alternative energy, or even bring closer to home with a local dilemma. In writing class, develop an interactive based on the book Hoot by Carl Hiaasen. Why not have students create a Prezi presentation (reviewed here), simple to use with endless possibilities. Use the model for other scenarios and develop other story ideas. Use a problem based learning scenario into ways humans affect the environment. These activities will engage every learner!
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Magical Microbes: Chomp! - Jim Metzner Productions, Inc.

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6 to 10
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Magical Microbes: Chomp! is a bacteria simulation activity with three levels of difficulty. Each level has two different organisms to choose, and the object is to properly feed and...more
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Magical Microbes: Chomp! is a bacteria simulation activity with three levels of difficulty. Each level has two different organisms to choose, and the object is to properly feed and nurture the microbes so that they stay alive. The simulation is easy to navigate with its straightforward onscreen instructions and bright graphics. Magical Microbes: Chomp! is part of the Kid's Science Challenge website.

tag(s): bacteria (30), diseases (66), hygiene (10), microorganisms (14)

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Have students try this activity as an introduction to bacteria. Allow students to "play" for about fifteen minutes, depending on the grade of the students. Then discuss what the students have discovered. Have students investigate further using other sources to find facts on the six different bacteria included in the simulation. This is a great way to engage students in the study of bacteria. Once students have learned more about the bacteria, have students replay the simulation and evaluate how much more effective they are at keeping the bacteria alive.

If you click on the lizard on the right at the top of the page, he gives the you a challenge: "Can you think of a brand new way that microbes can help us?" Have small groups of students brainstorm about how else microbes could be used. Have students use a tool such as bubbl.us (reviewed here) to create and share concept maps of their ideas.
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BBC Nature: Wildlife - BBC

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K to 12
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Lose yourself in the wilds of this website. Choose from a vast array of other resources about wildlife and their habitats, adaptations, ecozones, and more. View videos and images of...more
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Lose yourself in the wilds of this website. Choose from a vast array of other resources about wildlife and their habitats, adaptations, ecozones, and more. View videos and images of habitats and organisms. Choose habitats at the bottom of the page to view the different kind of biomes and ecosystems in the world. Click on each biome to watch videos, find other videos or images from different programs, and read a summary of the locations and descriptions of the biome.

tag(s): adaptations (17), animals (276), biomes (116), ecosystems (88), ozone (10)

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Assign students to each biome to learn about the characteristics and organisms found there. Provide time to present the information to the rest of the class and learn from each other. Consider creating newsletters or blog posts about the biomes that can be shared with classmates and used for further study. Challenge students to create simple videos to share with the class to present their information. Use a site such SchoolTube (reviewed here) to share the videos with the class. Use videos of animals to find unique and interesting species to learn about. Have elementary students write poems or stories based upon a video and further study of that species.
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Encyclopedia of Life - Harvard University

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10 to 12
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Find fantastic information and activities on this free site. Be sure to check out the tabs "For Educators," "For Students," and "For Enthusiasts" for more information on the site. Click...more
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Find fantastic information and activities on this free site. Be sure to check out the tabs "For Educators," "For Students," and "For Enthusiasts" for more information on the site. Click "Ideas and Activities" for podcasts, activities, and other great resources. Click "Interactives" there to find some excellent and engaging ways to learn. Be sure to check out these interesting activities including the Google Earth Species Quiz. This complex database would be useful for advanced biology and bio-chem students. It is an ongoing project to document all species of life on Earth. While a good reference source for those highly motivated, advanced placement science students, site creators say the site is intended to include everyone from schoolchildren to professional scientists in the process of documenting biodiversity as part of this "living" and growing site. As of early 2008, some species documentation is extensive (exemplars), while others are just n the beginning stages.Check back often to see how much more has been added.

tag(s): animals (276), dna (69), genetics (90), natural resources (59), species (29)

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For example, find the Google Earth Species Quiz. Click on the link to download the Google Earth kmz file (newest version of free Google Earth is required.) Open the file to begin the quiz. As students answer questions correctly, they are zoomed to the part of the world where that species is found. Have students create a passport of the places they have been and the animals that they have seen including specific facts learned. Include this as a resource for student research projects or share it as a "real world" science project that will have an impact during your students' lives. Some of them may be in graduate school soon enough to participate in later stages of the project. You may also want to actually participate in the project with your students by providing content. See the site information on how to do this.
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KeepVid - keepvid.com

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K to 12
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Want to use YouTube videos but cannot play them at school? Download your video using this free service. No software download required, but you will need to have Java on ...more
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Want to use YouTube videos but cannot play them at school? Download your video using this free service. No software download required, but you will need to have Java on your computer. Find a video you want to save, then copy and paste the video's URL at KeepVid. The easiest way for your download to be successful to insert "keep" into the URL before the "YouTube." In our experience, this tool works without causing other problems. You may encounter warnings about applet security; we ignored these, but you may choose to do otherwise. If you decide to proceed, be sure to "allow" KeepVid access when your computer asks, and click "run" to begin the download. Select the quality you want to save the file to download (low, medium, or high quality FLV, MP3, or MP4 format.) Use KeepVid with a variety of video sites. If unable to view your file, either download a FLV viewer such as FLV Player (find a free one advertised on the site,) or convert your file into a more usable format. Drag the KeepVid button from their site into your browser's links toolbar. Find your video. When it starts to stream, click the KeepVid button in your toolbar. Choose the link to download and save.
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tag(s): conversions (22), movies (64), video (253)

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Use this service to backup videos on your YouTube channel. Use to download and save videos at home that you wish to show to students, especially if they are blocked at school. Users must be able to find, copy, and paste the URL of the video to be downloaded. Once the program starts, you will be prompted to save it. If you want to use the video at school, you would save it to a USB stick.The MP4 format is fast, and it will play on an Apple or Windows computer. If you want to download in FLV format, you must also be able to play FLV files on the computer or be able to download an FLV viewer. No registration or login is required. This should primarily be a teacher resource. If using with students, discuss appropriate and inappropriate uses of the technology as well as choosing necessary videos. Be careful about videos found on the KeepVid site. These may not be family or student appropriate.

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WikiMindMap - Felix Nyffenegger

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4 to 12
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Finding it difficult to teach search strategies to students? Use WikiMindMap to find alternate or related search terms for the topic being searched. Select a wikipedia domain (for the...more
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Finding it difficult to teach search strategies to students? Use WikiMindMap to find alternate or related search terms for the topic being searched. Select a wikipedia domain (for the US it is en.wikipedia.) Enter your search term and click "search." View related search terms in the mind map. Click on any of these other terms to go directly to a wikipedia article. Use information from the article or view links listed near the bottom. Despite the debate about wikipedia's reliability and authority, the value here is in seeing how topics are related. Click on any of the green arrows next to one of the alternate search terms to make it a center of the next mind map. Click any plus sign (+) next to a search term to branch the mind map even further. Click the minus signs (-) to collapse.

tag(s): search engines (65), search strategies (30)

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Not sure about using wikipedia articles? Use this site to find related search terms that can then be used in any search engine. Try using this as a first step in a larger research process or to show how topics are related as you start a new unit, e.g. amphibians, cells, or United States Constitution. Establish guidelines for using any resource, including wikipedia. Be sure to point out related links within the articles and sources cited. Use these to obtain more information for research and to discuss evaluating sources.
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Understanding Science - National Science Foundation and Berkeley

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K to 12
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Use this free resource for an inside look at the general principles, methods, and motivations that underlie all of science. Take a site tour or view specific topics such as ...more
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Use this free resource for an inside look at the general principles, methods, and motivations that underlie all of science. Take a site tour or view specific topics such as "Scientific Evidence," "Science and Society," and others. Don't miss the interactive pages of "How Science Works" that show scientific method as a dynamic, iterative process, not an oversimplified list of steps. Find other resources in the Resource Library. Find classroom activities, standards, and strategies in "Teaching Resources." Find "Frequently Asked Questions" about science process or even submit your own! Learn about what is science by clicking on "Science 101." Find great teaching resources and advice in the "For teachers" section. The Teachers area is divided into grade sections to find resources easily.

tag(s): data (148), environment (317), experiments (71), scientific method (64)

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Share the interactive "How Science Works" on a projector as you introduce scientific method. Use "Correcting Misconceptions" to aid in helping students with common misconceptions that hinder learning. Use case studies from the "Science in Action" section of the resources. Using case studies is one of the best methods to teach scientific concepts and provides interest in studying something more relevant to their lives. The teacher resources provide great examples of using data to generate hypotheses and learn scientific processes and content. Use the suggestions to convert your present activities into ones that will help students understand the processes of science. Ideas, suggestions, and activities that are explicit and complete.
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Share Care - Sharecare, Inc.

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Explore health questions and answers with this free site. View the most asked questions and click for specific information. Be sure to scroll left and right to view all topics. ...more
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Explore health questions and answers with this free site. View the most asked questions and click for specific information. Be sure to scroll left and right to view all topics. Click on a topic. View the answer to the question in the pop-up as well as related information and images. Answers are provided by contributors from the health field. Be aware that any health site includes topics such as reproductive health. Preview and decide whether this site is appropriate in your school community.

tag(s): body systems (57), dental health (23), diseases (66), fitness (49), human body (120), nutrition (154)

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Use this site to learn more about the human body. Allow students time to peruse the site and ask their own questions. Encourage students to ask their own question if they cannot find an answer. Teach critical thinking by searching further into the web for additional information and finding similar/dissenting views. Discuss the validity of information found on these sites. Create prompts that can be used to write blog posts about the various topics. Allow students to choose a topic of interest and create blog posts linking back to the content. Students can comment on each other's posts to learn health and wellness information. Challenge students to research a specific health topic and create an online, interactive poster known as a "glog," using GlogsterEDU, reviewed here.
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Drop Event - dropevent.com

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This fabulous site allows you to post and share photos related to a certain event with others. Create an "event" and share the link for others to upload photos. Only ...more
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This fabulous site allows you to post and share photos related to a certain event with others. Create an "event" and share the link for others to upload photos. Only the creator of the event must register on the site. All others upload without registering. Email photos to the event site as well. Set permissions for instant sharing or moderate pictures before they show on the Drop Event site. Choose to make your event public or private. Note: If public, it will show up in Drop Event searches and be visible to others. When you create your event, answer questions to create your free account. Note: Most recent events appear on the main page of this site. Be sure to check for appropriate content before showing to students. Consider directing students to the URL of the actual event page.

tag(s): images (265), photography (160)

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This site is great for students to upload photos from field trips or other events. Keep track of project accomplishments by uploading pictures of the process. Have a class project such as DNA models or types of plants? Get them out of the classroom by taking pictures and uploading them to Drop Event. Make a collection for local history or photos of lab results during a bridge-building or pumpkin seed counting activity. Collect images that students can then use in Thinglink, reviewed here, "lab reports" about their discoveries. Place the link to the event page you have created and invite parents to view the creations. Take snapshots to create a Day In The Life event for your classroom. What better way to share memories! Have parent volunteers? Have them upload their pictures too! Whatever project or event you have, sharing and collaborating with Drop Event is easy and fun!

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