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World Biomes: Rainforest - Kids Do Ecology

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Learn about rainforests with this simple, yet informative site. Short paragraphs provide information about the location, climate, plants, and animals found in the rainforest. Be sure...more
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Learn about rainforests with this simple, yet informative site. Short paragraphs provide information about the location, climate, plants, and animals found in the rainforest. Be sure to follow links at the bottom of the page to continue research on this biome on other websites.

tag(s): animal homes (57), animals (309), biomes (117), climate (94), plants (166), rainforests (15)

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Include this site with resources for your unit on biomes. Share with students as an introduction to the two types of rainforest biomes, then have them research further information. Be sure to check out TeachersFirst interactive Biomes of the World Unit. This is an online research project for elementary and middle school students. Have students create an annotated image including text boxes and related links using a tool such as Thinglink, reviewed here, to demonstrate different components within the rainforest.

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Why Do Leaves Change Color? - Environmental Education for Kids

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Learn the science behind the changing color of fall leaves in kid-friendly terms at this simple, yet informative website. Get answers to the title question and more through a series...more
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Learn the science behind the changing color of fall leaves in kid-friendly terms at this simple, yet informative website. Get answers to the title question and more through a series of questions this site answers including How do leaves change color? and Do leaves change because of weather?

tag(s): fall (15), trees (29), weather (197)

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Include this site on classroom computers and your class website for students to explore on their own. Use an online flashcard maker, like Flashcard Stash, reviewed here, to practice science vocabulary terms related to changing leaf colors. Have students take pictures each day of leaves near your classroom or their homes. Challenge students to create online collages with these images using a site such as Kizoa, reviewed here.

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Savanna Biomes - Blue Planet Biomes

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Visit this site to learn more about the savanna biome. Choose from links on the page to learn about the animals, plants, and climate information of the savannah. The short ...more
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Visit this site to learn more about the savanna biome. Choose from links on the page to learn about the animals, plants, and climate information of the savannah. The short descriptive article on the home page provides an excellent overview of this biome and characteristics of the Australian and African savannas.
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tag(s): animals (309), biomes (117), habitats (90), plants (166)

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Be sure to check out TeachersFirst interactive Biomes of the World Unit. This is an online research project for elementary and middle school students. Use an online tool such as the Interactive Two Circle Venn Diagram, reviewed here, to create a Venn Diagram to compare and contrast features of different biomes.

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Prairie: Introduction - Illinois State Museum

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Learn about the Illinois prairies from plants and animals to prairie landforms and restoration efforts. Choose from links describing the prairie ecosystem through science, art, and...more
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Learn about the Illinois prairies from plants and animals to prairie landforms and restoration efforts. Choose from links describing the prairie ecosystem through science, art, and human voices. Be sure to visit the Activities and Resources section of this site for hands-on ideas to learn more about the prairies and prairie lifestyle.

tag(s): animals (309), biomes (117), habitats (90), plants (166), prairie (11)

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Include information from this site with your other resources when teaching about biomes or states. Include a link to the site on your class webpage for students to use when researching information about prairies. Have students create a simple infographic about prairies sharing their findings using Easel.ly, reviewed here.
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Chaparral Biome - Blue Planet Biomes

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Visit this site to learn more about the chaparral biome. Choose from links on the page to learn about the animals, plants, locations, and climate in this biome which is ...more
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Visit this site to learn more about the chaparral biome. Choose from links on the page to learn about the animals, plants, locations, and climate in this biome which is found on most in continents. Be sure to check out this site for an excellent starting point to learn about one of the world's lesser-known biomes.
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tag(s): animal homes (57), biomes (117), habitats (90), plants (166)

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Include this site with your biome unit. Be sure to check out TeachersFirst interactive Biomes of the World Unit. This is an online research project for elementary and middle school students.

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Biomes of the World - Arizona State University School of Life Sciences

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Explore and learn about biomes through this interactive resource from the biologists at Arizona State University. Choose a particular biome to read and listen to information describing...more
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Explore and learn about biomes through this interactive resource from the biologists at Arizona State University. Choose a particular biome to read and listen to information describing the definition and characteristics of the biome. The show/hide words portion of each section provides definitions of vocabulary included in each part of the site. Other information on the site includes worksheets and coloring pages to print.

tag(s): biomes (117), deserts (15), forests (28), oceans (162), rainforests (15), rivers (25), tundra (16)

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Have cooperative learning groups create podcasts describing each different biome using the scientist's audio from the site as a model. Use a site such as Podcast Generator, reviewed here. Have students use a mapping tool such as Zeemaps, reviewed here, to create a map of biomes from around the world (or country) with audio stories and pictures included!
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Top 10 Animal Adaptations - Animal Planet

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This slideshow takes viewers through a list of 10 animal adaptations beginning with living in communities and ending with nest parasitism (using another species' nest for laying eggs)....more
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This slideshow takes viewers through a list of 10 animal adaptations beginning with living in communities and ending with nest parasitism (using another species' nest for laying eggs). Each slide contains a short description of the adaptation.
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tag(s): adaptations (18), animal homes (57), animals (309)

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Include this slideshow with any unit on animals. Create an online bulletin board using Padlet, reviewed here. Add a column to your Padlet for each adaptation and ask students to add animals to each category of adaptation. Ask students to create reports on animals and their adaptations, then use Flipsnack, reviewed here, to turn their PDFs into an online book. There is even a page-turning effect! If you only have a word doc or image use PDFaid, reviewed here, to convert them to PDF format.

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Biome Challenge - Diana Dell

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Test your knowledge of biomes with this 12 question quiz. The quiz begins with a question with a $500 value and moves up in difficulty to the final question worth ...more
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Test your knowledge of biomes with this 12 question quiz. The quiz begins with a question with a $500 value and moves up in difficulty to the final question worth $1,000,000. Use the three hints provided with each question, if needed, to choose the correct response from the four provided options.

tag(s): assessment (113), biomes (117), ecosystems (88)

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Use this site as either an activator to assess how much students know about biomes, OR as a review tool assessing what needs practice before an exam. Have students complete the activity individually on classroom computers, either simultaneously - or as a learning center or station. Be sure to post the site on your teacher wiki or webpage too, allowing students to review before an assessment both in and out of the classroom. Have students create their own quizzes using Quia or another quiz creation site such as Bamboozle, reviewed here.
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Biomes Jeopardy Review Game - SuperTeacherTools

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Review information about biomes with this Jeopardy-style game. Play using different options for teams or individuals. Choose the play live option to receive a code to join a game or...more
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Review information about biomes with this Jeopardy-style game. Play using different options for teams or individuals. Choose the play live option to receive a code to join a game or play directly from the game board by clicking on question and dollar amount options.
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tag(s): assessment (113), biomes (117), game based learning (128)

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Use this game as a quick assessment of prior knowledge at the beginning of your biome unit. Share a link on classroom computers and your website for students to play on their own to review concepts. Have students create their own Jeopardy game using Jeopardy Labs, reviewed here, to share and review facts before a unit test on any topic.

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Virtual Lab: Ecosystems, Organisms, and Trophic Levels - Glencoe

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Explore biomes and ecosystems in this virtual lab while seeking out various organisms found in each environment. Go further in the exploration to answer field observation questions...more
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Explore biomes and ecosystems in this virtual lab while seeking out various organisms found in each environment. Go further in the exploration to answer field observation questions seeking relationships between inhabitants of the ecosystems. Begin research by choosing a biome, then clicking on an organism. Earn points for correct answers throughout the lab. Be sure to check out the journal including descriptions and information about the inhabitants of each biome.

tag(s): animal homes (57), animals (309), biomes (117), ecology (139), ecosystems (88)

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Add this virtual lab to your biome and ecosystem unit resources. Have students explore the site as part of a science center or on their own as part of a flipped lesson. Ask students to choose one biome to explore in depth, and then share locations of these biomes around the world using Google Earth, reviewed here. Challenge students to create an annotated image of that biome or ecosystem including text boxes and related links using a tool such as ThingLink, reviewed here. Have them color-code the text or sources where they learned new or different information about the biome they explored.
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Planet Arcade Games - National Ocean Service

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Planet Arcade Games offers interactive activities for learning about the oceans and air. In addition to the interactive, each activity includes facts to extend learning beyond gameplay....more
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Planet Arcade Games offers interactive activities for learning about the oceans and air. In addition to the interactive, each activity includes facts to extend learning beyond gameplay. Choose any activity and click to start.

tag(s): air (143), animal homes (57), animals (309), atmosphere (31), energy (207), natural disasters (20), oceans (162), recycling (58), water (130), weather (197)

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Use this site as a learning station or center. Share the activities on your projector or interactive whiteboard. Include a link to these activities on your class website or newsletter for students to try at home. Challenge students to use a mapping tool such as Zeemaps, reviewed here, to create a map of local landforms or information about oceans and continents (with audio and pictures included)! Use this resource together to review and reinforce concepts about animals, oceans, and the environment.
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Colorscope - CNN Creative and Dr. James Fox

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Discover how different cultures perceive and use color through a series of videos and articles from CNN Creative. Scroll through the home page to view options for colors then select...more
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Discover how different cultures perceive and use color through a series of videos and articles from CNN Creative. Scroll through the home page to view options for colors then select a color to watch the video. Learn interesting facts such as which color is the world's favorite and why yellow makes us happy.

tag(s): colors (82), cross cultural understanding (122), cultures (108), senses (31), video (278)

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Include this colorful series with lessons about our senses, cultures, and art. Use information from the videos to understand and analyze images from around the world including typical forms of clothing worn or great works of art. Have students create an annotated image including text boxes and related links using a tool such as Thinglink, reviewed here, to demonstrate cultural uses of color.

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Amaze - Ann-Kathrin Grebner, Michael Durgner, G Widschwendter, M Ardelt

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Amaze has animated videos providing factual and informative information about sexual development to adolescents aged 10-14. Their goal is to counter misinformation about puberty, sex,...more
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Amaze has animated videos providing factual and informative information about sexual development to adolescents aged 10-14. Their goal is to counter misinformation about puberty, sex, and sexuality while developing accurate representations of healthy body development and relationships. It is important to take note of ratings when viewing videos on Amaze. Green indicates videos appropriate for all young people and blue indicates videos suitable for those of the older range from 10 to 14 years old. Choose videos from the different categories or select favorite videos from the home page. Each video includes a "dig deeper" button with additional information for discussions. Be sure to check out the section for educators containing lesson plans for 5th and 6th grades, books suggestions, and other resources. Registration isn't necessary; however, it allows users to save favorites and create personalized video playlists. If your district blocks YouTube, the videos may not be viewable. You could always view them at home and bring them to class "on a stick" to share. Use a tool such as Freemake Video Converter, reviewed here, to download the videos from YouTube.

tag(s): adolescence (12), diseases (74), hiv/aids (19), sexuality (15)

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Be sure to follow suggestions for age appropriateness and have appropriate parental permission when using this site in the classroom. Share this site with school counselors and teachers of sex education. Use Amaze as a resource for discussions involving relationships, personal safety, and other teen and preteen issues. When appropriate, share a link to videos on your class webpage. Amaze is an excellent site to share with parents as they face difficult issues that arise during the teen years. Have students create personal blogs for their private reflection about these videos and discussions.

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Food Chains for Kids - Free School

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Food Chains for Kids is a YouTube video explaining the connection of living things through food chains. This five-minute video shares information on the specific parts of a food chain...more
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Food Chains for Kids is a YouTube video explaining the connection of living things through food chains. This five-minute video shares information on the specific parts of a food chain including producers and consumers and their role in the food chain. If your district blocks YouTube, the video may not be viewable. You could always view the video at home and bring it to class "on a stick" to share. Use a tool such as Freemake Video Converter, reviewed here, to download the video from YouTube.

tag(s): animals (309), food chains (23)

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Use this site as an anticipatory set or "activator" to introduce a unit or lesson on food chains on a projector or interactive whiteboard. Include a link to the video on your class website for students to view at home. Take a walk outside of your classroom to look for different members of food chains and take pictures. Have students create an annotated image describing the animal's role in the food chain by adding text boxes and related links using a tool such as Thinglink, reviewed here. Have students create a word cloud of the important terms they learn from this site using a tool such as WordClouds, reviewed here, or for younger students use Word Clouds For Kids, reviewed here.

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Food Chains , Food Webs , Energy Pyramid - makemegenius

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This animated YouTube video describes the concepts of food chains, food webs, and the energy pyramid. The video goes into detail using vocabulary terms and sharing visuals illustrating...more
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This animated YouTube video describes the concepts of food chains, food webs, and the energy pyramid. The video goes into detail using vocabulary terms and sharing visuals illustrating concepts such as complex food chains. If your district blocks YouTube, the video may not be viewable. You could always view the video at home and bring it to class "on a stick" to share. Use a tool such as Freemake Video Converter, reviewed here, to download the video from YouTube.
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tag(s): animals (309), energy (207), food chains (23), plants (166)

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Although animated, this video isn't recommended for use with very young students due to the higher-level vocabulary used throughout and a visual of a lion eating a giraffe. Share with older students to introduce the concept of food chains and food webs, pausing the video often to discuss visuals and vocabulary shared in the video. Have students make a multimedia presentation about food chains using Powtoon, reviewed here.

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Animals in their Habitat - myvocabulary.com

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As part of their extensive site for vocabulary, roots, and more, MyVocabulary.com has added a themed area for Animals in their Habitat. Find interactive puzzles using animals and habitat...more
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As part of their extensive site for vocabulary, roots, and more, MyVocabulary.com has added a themed area for Animals in their Habitat. Find interactive puzzles using animals and habitat vocabulary words. You will also find fill-in-the-blanks and definition matches, all using the same 21 theme words. This and other "themes" available on the site will make vocabulary development enjoyable.

tag(s): animal homes (57), animals (309), habitats (90), spelling (167), vocabulary development (128)

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Share the puzzles on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Have students work with a partner to solve the puzzles on their own. Challenge students to try to create their own word puzzles using a site like Just Crosswords, reviewed here, if you are just beginning to integrate technology into your classroom, or Educaplay, reviewed here, if you and your students are experienced tech users. Share them on a class wiki.

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OK2Ask: Tech Integration Made Easy with Sutori - TeachersFirst

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K to 12
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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session from November 2017, opens in Adobe Connect. Transform your classroom activities by learning how to use Sutori. Engage...more
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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session from November 2017, opens in Adobe Connect. Transform your classroom activities by learning how to use Sutori. Engage students and deepen content area knowledge through digital stories. Text, audio, video, discussion forums, and quiz questions bring additional context to content area instruction for your students. Use student-created visual stories and timelines as formative assessment. Brainstorm with others how you and your students can use Sutori in your classroom. Participants will: 1. Learn basic use of Sutori; 2. Explore three different ways to use Sutori in the classroom; and 3. Plan for the use of Sutori in the classroom. This session is appropriate for teachers at all technology levels.

tag(s): digital storytelling (151), timelines (62)

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The archive of this teacher-friendly, hands-on webinar will empower and inspire you to use learning technology in the classroom and for professional productivity. As appropriate, specific classroom examples and ideas have been shared. View the session with a few of your teaching colleagues to find and share new ideas. Find additional information and links to tools at the session resource page. Learn more about OK2Ask and upcoming sessions here.
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5 Human Impacts on the Environment - CrashCourse

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Learn about the top 5 ways humans are negatively impacting the environment in this 10 minute YouTube video. The speaker also outlines the importance of healthy ecosystems and how they...more
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Learn about the top 5 ways humans are negatively impacting the environment in this 10 minute YouTube video. The speaker also outlines the importance of healthy ecosystems and how they work. If your district blocks YouTube, the video may not be viewable. You could always view the video at home and bring it to class "on a stick" to share. Use a tool such as Freemake Video Converter, reviewed here, to download the video from YouTube.
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tag(s): conservation (130), ecology (139), environment (323), plants (166)

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Before sharing this video, ask students to create their own top 5 list of ways humans are impacting the environment. Take advantage of time-stamp links to share specific portions of the video with students. Since the narrator speaks so quickly, you may want to use a tool like Vizia, reviewed here, to pause the video and discuss what was said, and then ask students to respond to a prompt or question right on the video! Have students propose solutions to the problems mentioned in the video and share in a blog. If you are beginning the process of integrating technology, have students create blogs sharing their learning and understanding using Loose Leaves, reviewed here. This blog creator requires no registration. If you are teaching younger students and looking for an easy way to integrate technology and check for understanding, challenge your students to create a blog using EasyBlog, reviewed here.

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OK2Ask: Google Earth Web: Oh the Places You Can Go - TeachersFirst

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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session from October 2017, opens in Adobe Connect. Dust off your digital passport and join us on a journey using the new ...more
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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session from October 2017, opens in Adobe Connect. Dust off your digital passport and join us on a journey using the new Google Earth web. Learn the key features of Google Earth web and how to incorporate this powerful tool into your classroom instruction. The reimagined version of Google Earth includes features that go beyond the use of maps and satellite imagery. Users can now explore the world with Voyager, Google Earth's showcase of guided tours, and try out the 3D button to view places from any angle. Leave with classroom ideas and lesson planning resources. Participants will: 1. Get acquainted with the key features of Google Earth web; 2. Explore interactive guided tours with Voyager; and 3. Start building your own Tour for Google Earth web. This session is appropriate for teachers at all technology levels.

tag(s): Google (25)

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The archive of this teacher-friendly, hands-on webinar will empower and inspire you to use learning technology in the classroom and for professional productivity. As appropriate, specific classroom examples and ideas have been shared. View the session with a few of your teaching colleagues to find and share new ideas. Find additional information and links to tools at the session resource page. Learn more about OK2Ask and upcoming sessions here.
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TryIt - Isaiah Baldissera

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6 to 12
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TryIt is a curation site for STEM learning experiences. Similar to Pinterest, educators choose and create collections of videos, tools, and events. Students build collections of scholarships,...more
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TryIt is a curation site for STEM learning experiences. Similar to Pinterest, educators choose and create collections of videos, tools, and events. Students build collections of scholarships, internships, and available learning opportunities. Browse by selecting categories or experiences. Register using email to create and curate your collections. The videos on this site reside on YouTube. If your district blocks YouTube, the videos may not be viewable. You could always view the videos at home and bring them to class "on a stick" to share. Use a tool such as Freemake Video Converter, reviewed here, to download the videos from YouTube.

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Bookmark TryIt for reference when teaching any STEM-based lesson. Curate collections based on topics you teach. Create and share collections for student use with resources and activities. Suggest that older students create their own account to gather information on scholarships and internships of interest. Collaborate with fellow educators to create collections for lesson planning.

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