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Science Facts - Science Facts, Part of the Cool Facts Network

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7 to 12
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Science Facts is a great site for "inquiring minds." It is a simple collection of random science questions with pictures and answers. There are lots of links, and hours could ...more
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Science Facts is a great site for "inquiring minds." It is a simple collection of random science questions with pictures and answers. There are lots of links, and hours could be spent exploring this easy to navigate site. Most questions found here are about science, but there are some interesting and thought provoking math questions too!

One caution: the comment area is not censored, and there are some comments that are not nice. You may want to use this site as a resource where you as the adult control the amount of information that is shared and seen with the students. Also, this site can be a bit slow to open and does include unobtrusive advertisements in the sidebar.

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Use this site to offer a question related to the day's topic at the beginning of class. Post the question on the interactive whiteboard or projector either in a document or a slide creation tool, and have students think and brainstorm ideas. Challenge students to create and share a concept map using a tool such as scribblar (reviewed here). Have students partner with two other students and share ideas and concept maps. Then, have the groups share their ideas with the class. Once ample time has been given for this, teach the lesson on the topic. Some of the questions found here could make great essential questions to focus an entire unit. The nice part is there is a direct answer that you can share with your students at the conclusion of the unit. Have them create their own Q/A for units using this format on a class wiki.

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Motivator - Big Huge Labs

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K to 12
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Create your own motivational posters easily and simply. Choose a random picture (one from Flickr or Facebook) or use one already on your computer. Choose colors and other options as...more
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Create your own motivational posters easily and simply. Choose a random picture (one from Flickr or Facebook) or use one already on your computer. Choose colors and other options as well as the type of text to be used. Enter your text and preview the result. Once complete, save to Flickr, your computer, or print. Remember you can use a saved image in PowerPoint shows and on a class wiki, as well as blogs and other sites.
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tag(s): collages (17), images (271), photography (160), posters (36)

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Make sure students are aware of copyright laws. Use this site to encourage proper use of photographs that students have the authorization to use. Model including appropriate photo credits on the posters. Check out the Big Huge Labs educator account. Easily pre-register students to avoid creating logins, view and download their creations, and view the site advertisement free. You will find information about the Educator Account here.

Younger students can use this tool together as a whole-class activity or simply enjoy the posters their teacher creates. Have students create a picture about a unit topic with a caption using new terms learned. For example, create posters about predators and prey or classifications of animals. Students can create a poster of a study skill or learning activity that helps them learn. Create a caption that explains how the student learns the best. Every subject area can use this resource to create interesting presentation posters for display or as springboards to talk about what was learned. For example, in Biology, students could create a poster about a cell part with a clever caption about the importance of the job. In Literature or History, students can create posters about the perspectives of others in the story or at that time of history. Rather than a traditional research project, have cooperative learning groups use this site to show their knowledge in any subject area. Ask students to apply concepts such as constitutional rights by illustrating them in poster images with captions. Teachers can create bulletin board images, as well. Have a classroom motivation poster competition to start off the school year! Share the winners on your class wiki or in a PowerPoint presentation at back to school night/open house. As special occasions approach, have students bring in or take a digital picture they can make into a poster as a family gift with their own inspirational saying. Create a portfolio of 6 word stories, utilizing a powerful picture and 6 words to demonstrate the concept that was learned. Assign students the task of placing their project on a blog with a larger explanation of their understanding of the concept used in the picture.

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Prized Science - American Chemical Society

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9 to 12
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View this video series to understand how ACS prizes affect people and our society. Bring the technological advances to light with each of these fascinating science discoveries. New...more
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View this video series to understand how ACS prizes affect people and our society. Bring the technological advances to light with each of these fascinating science discoveries. New feature videos appear on the page such as "Exploring Life on Mars," "Taming the Red Tides," and others. Learn about food poisoning caused by algae, eco-green transportation, creating smaller computer chips, and more! Check back for more videos to be added monthly. Preview articles about upcoming videos can be seen on the page as well. Subscribe to iTunes or YouTube to automatically receive new videos as they are added to the site. Feel free to embed links to the Prized Science videos on your blog, wiki, or site.

tag(s): pollution (67), space (213)

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View the videos and identify the science content that is understood in the video. Be sure to point out how science leads to technological breakthroughs that change the lives of those on this planet. Introduce this site on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Then have students explore this site independently or in small groups. Assign small groups different topics to view/explore and then create multimedia presentations to share with the class. Have students make online "tours" to explain the topic using Screenr (reviewed here). This is a great find for gifted students (logic or unusual topics, for example or a site where students can do more in-depth investigation related to a "standard" curriculum topic)! This site is excellent for enrichment or for gifted students. Include it on your class web page for students to access both in and out of class.

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Zoo Matchmaker - Minnesota Zoo

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5 to 12
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Play the role of "population manager" in this game about endangered lions. After a brief introduction, choose tigers to breed in hopes of returning them to their original habitat. Activity...more
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Play the role of "population manager" in this game about endangered lions. After a brief introduction, choose tigers to breed in hopes of returning them to their original habitat. Activity choices are based on maximizing disease resistance or maintaining genetic diversity. It is your goal to help the tigers survive based on offspring created from your choices.

tag(s): animals (284), genetics (91), habitats (85), reproduction (9)

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This activity would work well for individual or pairs of students in a lab or on laptops. This site includes many classroom materials such as data tables on genetic diversity, disease resistance procedures and extension activities provided by the New York Times and others.
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Polio Today - Salk Institute for Biological Studies

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8 to 12
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Learn more about polio, a disease that still exists. Learn about post-polio syndrome, incidence of polio, and other information on a disease that many do not know still can infect ...more
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Learn more about polio, a disease that still exists. Learn about post-polio syndrome, incidence of polio, and other information on a disease that many do not know still can infect people. Learn the history of polio and the development of the polio vaccine. Find resources and experts about polio and post-polio syndrome. This site features videos, interviews, true stories, and more.

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When discussing viruses, diseases, and pathogens, use this resource to show how many "old" diseases are still around. Discuss the statistics given on the site: numbers infected with polio and the change in incidence with the advent of vaccines. Expand your study of diseases to include other infectious diseases and changes in mortality rates with the development of vaccines, sanitation, and other methods to reduce transmission. Have students compare two viruses or diseases using an online Venn Diagram tool such as the one (reviewed here).
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Lino - Infoteria Corporation

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K to 12
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Create online sticky type bulletin boards to view from any online device using Lino. Click to try it first without even joining. The trial canvas has stickies explaining how to ...more
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Create online sticky type bulletin boards to view from any online device using Lino. Click to try it first without even joining. The trial canvas has stickies explaining how to use Lino. Join and create your own canvases to share stickies, reminders, files, and more. Change sticky colors from the menu in the upper right hand corner or use the easy editing tools that appear when the sticky is selected. Use the icons at the bottom of each sticky note to "peel them off," share, edit, and more. Create a group from your Lino page to share and collaborate on canvases. You can also share canvases publicly so anyone with the URL can participate. This is a device-agnostic tool, available on the web but also available for free as both an Android and iOS app. Use it from any device or move between several devices and still access your work. App and web versions vary slightly.

tag(s): collages (17), creative fluency (8), creativity (116), DAT device agnostic tool (166), gamification (71), note taking (35)

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Use this tool easily in your Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) classroom since all students will be able to access it for free, no matter what device they have. Students can use this when researching alone or in groups, sharing files, videos, and pictures quickly from one computer to another. Have students write tasks for each member of the group on a sticky so that everyone has a responsibility. Show them how to copy/paste URLs for sources onto notes, too. Use Lino as your virtual word wall for vocabulary development. Use a Lino for students to submit and share questions or comments about assignments and tasks they are working on. Use it as a virtual graffiti wall for students to make connections between their world and curriculum content, such as "I wonder what the hall monitor would say finding Lady Macbeth washing her hands in the school restroom... and what Lady M would say back." (Of course, you will want to have a PG-13 policy for student comments!) Encourage students to maintain an idea collection lino for ideas and creative inspirations they may not have used yet but do not want to "lose." They can color code and organize ideas later or send the stickies to a new project board later. In writing or art classes, use lino as a virtual writer's journal or design a notebook to collect ideas, images, and even video clips. In science classes, encourage students to keep a lino board with (classroom appropriate) questions and "aside" thoughts about science concepts being studied and to use these ideas in later projects so their creative ideas are not 'lost" before project time. A lino board can also serve as a final online "display" for students to "show what they know" as the culmination of a research project. Add videos, images, and notes in a carefully arranged display not unlike an electronic bulletin board. This is also a great tool to help you stay "personally" organized. Use this site as a resource to share information with other teachers, parents, or students.

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Dental Health Activities: Lessons and quizzes about teeth, the mouth and dentistry - animatedteeth.com

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K to 12
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This site is all about teeth! There are quizzes, picture diagrams, terms, definitions, and more. This site includes interactives for elementary, middle, and high school students. Some...more
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This site is all about teeth! There are quizzes, picture diagrams, terms, definitions, and more. This site includes interactives for elementary, middle, and high school students. Some examples of topics include: Dentist Office, Cavity Prevention, Types of Teeth, Baby Teeth, Parts of the Mouth, Tongue Anatomy, Facial Anatomy, and others. All of the quizzes include options to learn more about the terms and definitions before taking the quiz.

tag(s): dental health (23)

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This is a fabulous site to use during Dental Health Month! Share the visuals (and quizzes) on your projector or interactive whiteboard. The activities and quizzes are divided into 3 levels (elementary, middle school, and high school). Find a topic/quiz that will work with your students. Challenge older students to investigate one of the topics presented at this site and create interactive posters "glogs" (using Glogster EDU, reviewed here) sharing what they learned.
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Surfing Scientist - ABC Science

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3 to 12
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Find a variety of science resources on this great site. Explore the Tricks, Conundrums, Demos, Lesson Plans, and Videos about Science. Many of the resources include an Adobe PDF file...more
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Find a variety of science resources on this great site. Explore the Tricks, Conundrums, Demos, Lesson Plans, and Videos about Science. Many of the resources include an Adobe PDF file that can be downloaded.

tag(s): experiments (73)

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Use many of these resources for brain teasers, mind stretchers, or anticipatory sets to initiate class. Encourage students to brainstorm, explain, and even blog their reactions to these resources. Provide time for students to work out the science behind the demonstrations. Consider creating little podcasts using a site such as PodOmatic (reviewed here), with students demonstrating end explaining the science to show true understanding.
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Serendip - Teaching Middle and High School Biology - Bryn Mawr College

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6 to 12
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This website offers a variety of biology teaching resources and lesson plans. Learn about senses, breathing, heart rate, plants, natural selection, DNA, criminology, genetics, osmosis,...more
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This website offers a variety of biology teaching resources and lesson plans. Learn about senses, breathing, heart rate, plants, natural selection, DNA, criminology, genetics, osmosis, and much more! The site is created and maintained by Bryn Mawr College. The lessons all include students handouts and teacher information for preparing the experiments and lessons. Most handouts are available in Word or PDF. There are varying difficulties and intensities of the laboratory activities offered here. Lessons can always be adapted to make them easier for younger grade levels or amp them up for later grade levels.

tag(s): experiments (73)

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These lesson ideas are easy to prepare and inexpensive to have students carry out in class. Choose activities that can enhance your curriculum. Or, post a link to this website on your class website so that students can explore different experiments independently. Create an assignment for students to complete one experiment per marking period as an independent activity.
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Up the Creek - New Zealand Biodiversity Strategy

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8 to 11
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Up the Creek is an informative, cartooned look at biodiversity. While the cartoon is made in and for New Zealand, the concepts and ideas are still good for teaching biodiversity ...more
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Up the Creek is an informative, cartooned look at biodiversity. While the cartoon is made in and for New Zealand, the concepts and ideas are still good for teaching biodiversity anywhere. In fact, since this is in a slightly different setting than the United States, it is interesting to see that the environmental protection practices tend to be the same. There are some native, Maori words and unfamiliar terms for North American kids, however they can easily be understood through context clues or having students research them from the computer.

tag(s): biodiversity (38), diversity (36), environment (319)

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Try having students work through the cartoon tour of the New Zealand environment, having them keep a graphic organizer comparing the biodiversity and environmental practices to those that are practiced in their community or state. Challenge students to compare using a tool such as the Interactive Two Circle Venn Diagram (reviewed here). Have students research unfamiliar terms. Perhaps share what you are doing in science a cultures class and work with them to create a mini culture lesson to pair up with your biodiversity lesson.
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SETI Institute - SETI

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8 to 12
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Looking to excite your students about space and its possibilities for life? Want to push them to think beyond their own imaginations? Try having them listen to a radio program ...more
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Looking to excite your students about space and its possibilities for life? Want to push them to think beyond their own imaginations? Try having them listen to a radio program from SETI (Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence). For the skeptics, the site is partially sponsored by NASA's Astrobiology division. However, this is not about teaching students that there is life or "aliens" out there, but rather to open their minds to some possibility thinking. Don't miss the "Archives" link where you find mind countless topics of interest.

tag(s): brain (71), cells (103), geology (82)

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Try adding a this link to your website or wiki. Assign students to listen to it on their own time and start an online discussion of extraterrestial life and what it could look like, etc. Create a class wiki for students to share their online discussions. Not comfortable with wikis? Have no wiki worries - check out the TeachersFirst's Wiki Walk-Through. Have cooperative learning groups investigate a topic at this site and create a multimedia presentation. Have your students create an interactive online poster ("glog") using Glogster EDU, reviewed here.

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CO2 Science - Center for the Study of Carbon Dioxide and Global Change

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4 to 12
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CO2 Science offers journal reviews on environmental topics, an online environmentally minded journal, and under the education tab some excellent laboratory ideas. There are videos,...more
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CO2 Science offers journal reviews on environmental topics, an online environmentally minded journal, and under the education tab some excellent laboratory ideas. There are videos, weekly blog entries, an educational center, and more. This is a great teacher and high school student resource.

tag(s): carbon (21), climate (92), environment (319)

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Integrate different activities from the education section into your classroom. Use the readings for older students as they are far above the reading level of elementary and early middle school students. Share the video clips on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Challenge cooperative learning groups to investigate on article/blog topic and create a multimedia presentation. Have your students create an interactive online poster ("glog") using Glogster EDU, reviewed here.
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Homemade Thermometers - CSIRO - Double Helix Club

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6 to 10
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This do - it - yourself activity from the wonderful folks at CSIRO's Double Helix Club, is a neat way to have students think about how a thermometer works. Many ...more
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This do - it - yourself activity from the wonderful folks at CSIRO's Double Helix Club, is a neat way to have students think about how a thermometer works. Many time we just expect that they understand these things, just like using a calculator, there is a process to understanding how a thermometer works. This activity has students create their own thermometer with everyday, reusable materials.

tag(s): temperature (31)

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Assemble the materials for this activity. Print basic instructions. Talk to students about liquid expansion and contraction using everyday situations such as water freezing in the sidewalk and creating cracks. Discuss how water is different from most liquids in that most expand as they are heated.

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Hybrid Medical Animation's Videos - Vimeo, LLC

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8 to 12
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Finding it difficult to "show" your health or biology students how different parts of their cells, bodies, or even toothpaste work? Try this part of the Vimeo site. It has ...more
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Finding it difficult to "show" your health or biology students how different parts of their cells, bodies, or even toothpaste work? Try this part of the Vimeo site. It has animations of different cellular and molecular processes. The animations are not only factual but they are beautiful as well. Videos are shareable and can be embedded onto websites. The clips are spectacular for entry level biology students to visualize molecular and cellular processes, but the detail and intricacy of the clips makes them extremely suitable for advanced placement biology students.

tag(s): medicine (68)

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Try using "The Crest Dual Action Whitening Mechanism Action" in upper middle to high school level health classes. Show the video on the interactive whiteboard or projector and then talk about different toothpastes and good hygiene practices. Discuss the "why" of keeping teeth healthy. Cross curriculum and have students develop experiments to test different toothpastes. (Have students use unsealed tile pieces instead of their teeth, just in case of allergies, toothbrush availability, etc.) In biology class, show the video of the T4 Bacteriophage on the interactive whiteboard to start a discussion of bacterial viruses or viruses in general. Have students revisit the video at the conclusion of the lesson, and have them make podcasts of the bacteriophage invasion process using PodOmatic (reviewed here). Try taking screen shots using a website like Jing (reviewed here) to capture different parts of the video to create an enhanced podcast. Just remember: give credit to where it is due. Another thought on how to use videos like this is to embed one on your website, especially during weeks where classes are interrupted by school events or testing, and have students participate in an online discussion of the video. It keeps them thinking about biology even when they are not physically able to be in class!
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Timelines: Sources from History - British Library

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4 to 12
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This site, created in the United Kingdom, offers many timelines with a simple click to launch an amazing 3-dimensional page. Timelines are organized by subject matter and include samplings...more
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This site, created in the United Kingdom, offers many timelines with a simple click to launch an amazing 3-dimensional page. Timelines are organized by subject matter and include samplings from literature, sociology, history, everyday life, science, technology, explorers, medicine, and more. With another click, you can zoom from one century to another. Start in the 1210s and work your way through the years. View the context of history using visual artifacts from DaVinci's contemporaries to shopping in the 1890s. Connect historical events or technological accomplishments by seeing them alongside simultaneous events, precursors, or results. An additional option allows you to save favorite timelines and/or events.

tag(s): europe (75), literature (275), politics (99)

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This site is excellent for research projects or to provide visual context to your curriculum in social studies, world cultures, world history, literature, art, or western heritage classes. Offer this set of timelines as a research source for history, social studies, and literature classes. Show students these timelines on an interactive whiteboard. Or have students research various topics on their own using this fabulous tool. Pique their interest by letting them browse to find out what else happened at the same time as events in the standard history curriculum -- then ask WHY. Challenge cooperative learning groups to create online posters displaying their findings using an online poster creator, such as Padlet (reviewed here).
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Our Endangered Planet - Newsweek

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5 to 12
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Subtitled "100 Places to See before They Disappear," this page links readers to information about eroding spots all over the world. Clicking on different continents at the top of this...more
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Subtitled "100 Places to See before They Disappear," this page links readers to information about eroding spots all over the world. Clicking on different continents at the top of this page leads to a featured Newsweek article about an endangered geographical location on that continent which may or may not contain information about endangered species as well. Besides information on the cause of danger and a description of the current state of the location, the article contains hints at how the site could be saved. Users wishing to make comments on the articles can create a log in before being able to express their opinions. Causes of the endangerments include climactic change, misuse of resources, geographic switches, and the fragility of man's creations within the area. The site contains articles on 100 challenged locations and edifices.

tag(s): conservation (128), erosion (17)

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Use this site as an introduction to a specific continent when studying world geography. Suggest it to students as a research beginner when they are doing projects on conservation and the green movement.

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Edupic Graphical Resource - William Vann

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K to 12
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This large variety of drawings and photographs is a great resource for K-12 students and teachers. Either choose from drawings or photographs related to science, social studies, math,...more
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This large variety of drawings and photographs is a great resource for K-12 students and teachers. Either choose from drawings or photographs related to science, social studies, math, and language arts. These images will support classroom instruction, presentations, multimedia projects, websites, or reports. Useful tags will help you search for images. Educational use of Edpic images is free of charge.

tag(s): animals (284), digital storytelling (152)

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Create classroom lessons that are interactive and visual. The images on Edupic are useful for creating interactive whiteboard lessons such as sequencing the life cycle of a frog, labeling the phases of cell mitosis, or adding the dots on a the back of a ladybug. Visual representations will help ELL or ESL teachers explain concepts and key vocabulary. Use imagery to enhance multimedia posters on Glogster EDU, reviewed here, create digital stories, or bring a PowerPoint presentation to life.

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Futurestates - Independent Television Service

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9 to 12
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You need to spend a large proportion of your time teaching concrete skills and concepts. But wrestling with the unknown "what ifs" of the future is also important in preparing ...more
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You need to spend a large proportion of your time teaching concrete skills and concepts. But wrestling with the unknown "what ifs" of the future is also important in preparing students for their lives as adults. This series of short films presents some of the most compelling "what ifs" about the future: What would happen if only the very wealthy could afford housing? What impact will immigration have? Will virtual reality become indistinguishable from true reality? While these short films (and the questions and discussions they might generate) may not fit neatly into any particular curriculum, they offer great value in helping young adults struggle with the possibilities of their future.

tag(s): computers (92), debate (43), environment (319), ethics (18), immigration (57), migration (58)

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These films would work well for a more unstructured gifted/talented seminar style class, a current issues class, or a Real Life 101-type class. Some may also be appropriate within an economics, biology, or environmental science curriculum. A civics class might debate the proper governmental role in resolving some of the dilemmas presented. Challenge students to create podcasts using a site such as PodOmatic (reviewed here), describing other possible future "what ifs."
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60-second Science - Scientific American

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5 to 12
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Find great 60-second science podcasts about a variety of topics on this site. Subscribe to an RSS or iTunes feed to receive the latest podcasts instantly. Listen to the podcasts ...more
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Find great 60-second science podcasts about a variety of topics on this site. Subscribe to an RSS or iTunes feed to receive the latest podcasts instantly. Listen to the podcasts directly on the site by clicking the play button. Download a single podcast by clicking the "Download" button. Be sure to scroll down the page and look for the section on Podcasts near the lower right. Click the links to view other 60 second podcasts such as "60-second Earth." There are too many topics to mention here. Check it out!

tag(s): listening (92)

In the Classroom

Use the 60 second podcasts as an opener in science or any other class. Share the podcasts on your interactive whiteboard or projector with speakers turned up or share them at a listening center using mp3 players. Use to introduce concepts or ideas, how understanding the concepts in the chapter help to understand a bigger problem, or to identify scientific processes. Allow students to choose individual podcasts to listen, research, understand, and present to the class. Consider creating this type of format in your classroom. Students create podcasts of various materials, lab activities, or items of interest which can be shared on a wiki, blog, or other site. Have students create podcasts using a site such as PodOmatic (reviewed here). Create a student review system of podcasts (easy when using a blog.) Assess students on their ability to explain through the podcast as well as answer questions about the underlying science afterwards.
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Green Revolution - National Science Foundation

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4 to 12
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Join the Green Revolution! Choose videos that showcase the inventiveness, creativity, and passion of researchers and inventors who will be part of powering our future. At the time of...more
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Join the Green Revolution! Choose videos that showcase the inventiveness, creativity, and passion of researchers and inventors who will be part of powering our future. At the time of this review topics included: wind, solar, green roofs, microbes, city car, smart grid, and biomass. You are also able to embed videos into a wiki, site, or blog. Click "Print Educator Info" to download a PDF for use with classes. In the future, transcripts will also be available.

tag(s): conservation (128), environment (319)

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Use these videos as a great introduction to green energy and replacements to fossil fuels. Share the videos on your interactive whiteboard or projector. After showing a video, have students research the use of the various green energies around the country and the world. Research energy use and especially the difference between residential and commercial demand. Have cooperative learning groups view one of the videos and complete some basic research on the topic. Have the groups create a multimedia presentation to share their findings. Challenge students to narrate a picture using a tool such as ThingLink, reviewed here. Be sure your students check out the City Car. Research the various types of green designs on cars to find the advantages and disadvantages of each. Great discussions, projects, and research are all possible through use of these videos.
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