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Project Britain - Woodlands Junior School/Mandy Barrow

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3 to 7
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Project Britain is your guide to British life, culture, and customs, designed for even young readers to understand. Follow icons to learn more about the Royal Family, weather, folklore...more
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Project Britain is your guide to British life, culture, and customs, designed for even young readers to understand. Follow icons to learn more about the Royal Family, weather, folklore and traditions, and everything else British. Each topic has a short introduction followed by a series of questions with links to answers and further information. View answers to questions posed by the site's young readers and by teenagers. One interesting portion of the site compares British countries to states and other countries.
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tag(s): cross cultural understanding (117), cultures (107), england (58), folktales (65), great britain (18), ireland (12), scotland (7), transportation (41)

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This is an excellent resource when studying British countries and culture. Allow students to explore the site on their own or view together on your interactive whiteboard (or projector). Have students choose a different portion of the site to become their area of expertise. Challenge cooperative learning groups to create videos on the topic. Share the videos on a site such as TeacherTube reviewed here. Challenge your students to create a mini-version of this kind of site on a wiki, creating a guide to their own state or city. Each student could write a portion or page. Add to the guide from year to year using this model of organization (and perhaps some video or multimedia to spice it up a bit).

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Web of Stories - WebOfStories.com

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8 to 12
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Web of Stories is a very interesting collection of videos shared by some of the greatest scientists along with everyday people. It began as an archive of stories from scientists...more
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Web of Stories is a very interesting collection of videos shared by some of the greatest scientists along with everyday people. It began as an archive of stories from scientists but expanded beyond science and into the realm of common life stories. Choices are from most popular stories, editor's choice, or featured films on the home page. The Lives portion of the site contains stories of people who have influenced the world: from Nobel Laureates to Oscar-winning cinematographers and more. Choose channels to find specific subjects ranging from Changing Faces (Living with Disfigurement), Sports, Technology, Family History and many more. You can upload your own videos using your computer's camcorder or with a prerecorded video. Register to add stories, recommend or comment on videos. Registration is not necessary to view videos. Caution: at the time of this review, a few videos dealt with topics appropriate for adults or older high school students, so please be sure to preview anything you wish to share. If you plan to allow students to explore on their own (which we don't recommend), be sure to closely monitor student use.

tag(s): architecture (85), environment (321), family (59), heroes (26), mental health (27), politics (100), religions (67), space (217), video (275)

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Choose from videos on the site to watch on your interactive whiteboard (or projector) for any range of subjects. Make science more real by sharing these stories. Embed videos using the code on the site onto your class website or blog for students to view at home. Have students record responses using an online tool such as the Interactive Two Circle Venn Diagram (reviewed here) to create a visual comparison of two different videos on any given topic. Share videos with students to view when exploring career options.

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Tracking American Poverty & Policy - Demos

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6 to 12
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Take an interactive look at poverty in America. Begin with an overall look at poverty statistics; then follow the links to break down information by race, gender, and more. Click ...more
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Take an interactive look at poverty in America. Begin with an overall look at poverty statistics; then follow the links to break down information by race, gender, and more. Click on each pie chart to receive additional information and statistics. Other areas of the website include articles discussing economic issues, links to publications, and multimedia links to discussions on poverty. You can change the year from which the stats are displayed (from 1967 through 2010) so it is very useful to compare the statistics.

tag(s): 1960s (30), 1970s (12), 1980s (9), demographics (19)

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The interactive graphics are perfect for use on your interactive whiteboard or projector. View statistics together as a class then have your class research statistics for your community. Use an online tool such as Interactive Two Circle Venn Diagram (reviewed here) to create a visual comparison of your community to national statistics or to compare years or decades.

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Thou shalt not commit logical fallacies - Jesse Richardson, Andy Smith, Sam Meadon

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6 to 12
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Find a clickable, online poster explaining the most common logical fallacies. Simply rolling your cursor over the icon for the fallacy will give a definition. Click on it to find ...more
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Find a clickable, online poster explaining the most common logical fallacies. Simply rolling your cursor over the icon for the fallacy will give a definition. Click on it to find a further explanation and an example. Reducing each fallacy to a single simple sentence makes these easier to understand, and the examples given are amusing. There is also a free downloadable PDF of all the fallacies and their explanations presented on this site. A free poster in PDF format is available in three sizes. The free poster can be found at the bottom of the first page of this site.
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tag(s): critical thinking (111), debate (45), logic (239), persuasive writing (56), reading comprehension (118), thinking skills (18)

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Most academic writing presents a premise to be proved (an argument). When you first start to have your students try to understand logical fallacies, show them the online poster for logical fallacies and get them started trying to find these fallacies in their everyday lives. You could assign a fallacy a week and have students write in a journal, or a little tablet when they come across one. Or collect them on a class wiki with a page for each fallacy type. You could even have them make up their own logical fallacies. Have students create online posters on paper or do it together as a class using a tool such as Web Poster Wizard (reviewed here) or PicLits (reviewed here. After introducing logical fallacies, have students peer edit papers to make sure the writer is not trying to support one of these fallacies. Of course, any speech and debate, or media strategies class would benefit from a review this site. During political seasons, be sure to share this site for evaluating politicians' positions.

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Take Me Back To - takemeback.to

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4 to 12
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See what the world was like at that time with Take Me Back To. Type in any date you want to visit. Results offer a short text passage about who ...more
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See what the world was like at that time with Take Me Back To. Type in any date you want to visit. Results offer a short text passage about who was president and what music was popular (if available). See samples of movies, magazines, book charts, advertisements, and more. Unfortunately, the site doesn't go back beyond 1900, so any search before that time will default to that date in 1900. Searches can be done on dates up to the present. Note that clicking on some of the images offered takes you to paid services or current issues of the same magazine.
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tag(s): 1900s (36), 1910s (9), 1920s (16), 1930s (15), 1940s (13), 1950s (12), 1960s (30), 1970s (12), 1980s (9), 20th century (53), decades (14), timelines (64)

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Build context around historic dates using details of pop culture, magazines, and more. Have students search for their birthdate and write about significant events on that date. Use an online tool such as Interactive Two Circle Venn Diagram (reviewed here) to create a visual comparison of two different dates or of a past date with today. Ask students to generate questions about an important date, such as Pearl Harbor day, and use cultural details to generate a "snapshot" of what life was like before the world changed. What can you tell from the information shared here? How do you know? Challenge your students to use a site such as Timetoast reviewed here to create timelines of events in the 1900's.

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Engage - ReadEngage.com

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3 to 6
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Engage is an Australian current affairs weekly magazine designed for elementary students. Although the magazine was created in Australia, it could be useful to students in any part...more
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Engage is an Australian current affairs weekly magazine designed for elementary students. Although the magazine was created in Australia, it could be useful to students in any part of the world. Each article includes a teacher's resource and student worksheet with additional activities. View previous magazines through the archive link sorted by current events, science, and other articles. Download current affairs trivia in SMART notebook or PowerPoint format. Some articles also contain links to online interactive activities related to the content. Check out the Teacher and Student Worksheets/Resources. Registration isn't required. However, registration allows you to receive a weekly email reminder of site updates.

tag(s): christmas (66), digital storytelling (154), holidays (152), news (265), newspapers (97)

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View articles together on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Discuss the articles as a class, and have students complete accompanying activities. As you look for informational text practice for CCSS, try using some of these articles. Assign cooperative learning groups different articles to read and share their findings with the class. After students read articles, have them create magazine covers using Magazine Cover Maker reviewed here.
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Newsola - Nick Nicholaou

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6 to 12
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This free site provides a color-coded mashup of current news headlines, clickable to see the full articles. View various sections of the news separately by clicking on the colored icons...more
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This free site provides a color-coded mashup of current news headlines, clickable to see the full articles. View various sections of the news separately by clicking on the colored icons along the top. Sort into World, National, Finance, Tech, Showbiz, and Sport. To read the full article, click on the brief story (in the box). Use the drop-down feature to search news stories in a variety of other countries.

tag(s): countries (78), financial literacy (80), news (265), sports (98)

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Use this site to select current events for the day. Follow the same news thread for a period of time to look at changes and possible reasons for the change in the news. Be sure to check news stories from other countries for a different viewpoint on issues. Create a class discussion for the differences in viewpoints. Challenge cooperative learning groups to explore ONE of the subtopics (Showbiz, World, Finance, etc..) and present the highlights to the class. Have students make a multimedia presentation using one of the many TeachersFirst Edge tools reviewed here.

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Find the Data - FindTheBest.com

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4 to 12
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Find interesting facts and comparisons to almost anything with this site, perfect for trivia fans everywhere! Using data from public records, manufacturer websites, and public records,...more
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Find interesting facts and comparisons to almost anything with this site, perfect for trivia fans everywhere! Using data from public records, manufacturer websites, and public records, you can view and sort information to meet your needs. Choose from main topics including economics, education, government, and more. Choose a subcategory. Refine and sort searches using filters included with each category. Change results to sort by desired results. For example, choose job salaries then sort by job title, total employment, average annual salary, or mean hourly pay. Site registration is available but not necessary.

tag(s): countries (78), data (150), ecology (135), politics (100), sports (98), transportation (41), trivia (18)

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Find and compare data for almost anything your class needs! Compare salaries or life spans between countries. Use an online tool such as Interactive Two Circle Venn Diagram (reviewed here). Find and compare economic data for your state, look for the biggest meteor to hit the earth, or find the earliest recorded sighting of a meteor. Share with students to use when completing research projects. Have students share the information by creating a multimedia presentation using one of the many TeachersFirst Edge tools reviewed here. Bookmark this site to use to find data or interesting facts at anytime.

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Center for Civic Education - Center for Civic Education

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5 to 12
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The Center for Civic Education offers this site loaded with information and resources that support the democratic process. Choose the resources tab to take advantage of many lesson...more
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The Center for Civic Education offers this site loaded with information and resources that support the democratic process. Choose the resources tab to take advantage of many lesson plans for all grade levels on topics such as President's Day, voting, Women's History Month, and many more. Choose the More Lesson Plans link to see a list of all lessons sorted by grade levels from K-12. Another interesting portion of the site is found at the media tab. Choose from video or photo galleries or the 60 Second Civics option. 60 Second Civics is a daily podcast accompanied with a short question. Previous podcasts are archived for access at your convenience. Subscribe with iTunes or Podcast Alley or visit the page to listen.
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tag(s): branches of government (50), civil rights (123), constitution (87), democracy (13), elections (78), electoral college (17), lincoln (86), martin luther king (38), presidents (132), sept11 (21), washington (36)

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Share a link to the podcasts via your web page or blog. Have students answer the daily question then respond with a short journal entry or with comments on your webpage. Use lesson resources to supplement your current curriculum or commemorate events such as 9/11, MLK Day, Presidents Day, or Constitution Day. View videos on your interactive whiteboard (or projector). Assign videos to groups of students to view then report to the class. Rather than a traditional report, challenge cooperative learning groups to collaborate on a topic found on the site using Titanpad reviewed here to share ideas and information.
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YouTube Time Machine - Justin Johnson and Delbert Shoopman III

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3 to 12
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Travel back in time via this video site. Slide the bar to any year from 1860 to the present. Choose a year and view a random video from that time. ...more
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Travel back in time via this video site. Slide the bar to any year from 1860 to the present. Choose a year and view a random video from that time. (Yes, we know there isn't video from 1860, but this features a YouTube video of the first sound ever recorded in 1860.) The information bar to the right of the video screen tells how many videos are available for that year and includes filters to include or exclude topics such as commercials, sports, movies, and music. Click the icon to move to a different video from the same year. Use the search bar at the top of each page to search for any topic to find videos available on the site. The one down side to the site is that videos are displayed randomly when choosing a year. It would be nice to have a complete list of all video titles available. Although the site uses Flash, there is a downloadable app available for viewing on mobile devices. The videos are hosted on YouTube. If your school blocks YouTube, they may not be viewable. You could always view the videos at home and bring them to class "on a stick" to share. Use a tool such as KeepVid reviewed here to download the videos from YouTube.
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tag(s): 1800s (47), 1900s (36), 20th century (53), decades (14), timelines (64), video (275)

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History teachers will love using this site to give a perspective of time periods taught in class. Apply filters to limit the videos included. For example, turn off everything except current events if you are looking for news from a specific year. Share this site with students and have them explore videos available for a given time period. Use media to build a broader sense of what the time period was like. Ask student groups to watch enough that they can hypothesize a general description of what was important to people at the time, based on advertisements, news, and more. Have them keep a list of the things they observe and questions they would like to ask if they could talk to someone from that time period. Challenge students to create a newspaper article from their "era" using the Newspaper Clipping Generator. Share this site with students and challenge them to use a site such as TimeRime reviewed here to create an interactive timeline of historic events or people.
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Cuban Missile Crisis Interactive - Teaching America History

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8 to 12
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How would you handle the Cuban Missile Crisis? This site puts you in the role of President Kennedy deciding among several options for responding to the presence of Soviet missiles ...more
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How would you handle the Cuban Missile Crisis? This site puts you in the role of President Kennedy deciding among several options for responding to the presence of Soviet missiles in Cuba. Click on the names of individual advisers and read the opinions of Secretary of State Dean Rusk, Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara, and Kennedy's brother Bobby. Study the strengths and weaknesses of five different options. Now choose the "best" option.

tag(s): cold war (29), kennedy (27)

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This site is so perfect for the interactive whiteboard (or projector) you will feel you must take time to use it. Use this presentation as a "stop and check for understanding" lesson within the larger discussion of the Cuban Missile Crisis, the 1960s, or the Cold War. On an interactive whiteboard or projector, the whole class can participate. Additionally, the site might be available on a classroom computer for those who need further reinforcement or for students who are ready to challenge themselves to move to the next lesson.
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Climate Changing - London Science Museum

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6 to 12
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Find a great set of resources including videos about climate change, potential problems, and mitigation. The site is organized like a concept map into three distinct areas: Exploring...more
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Find a great set of resources including videos about climate change, potential problems, and mitigation. The site is organized like a concept map into three distinct areas: Exploring Earth's Climate, Exploring What Might Happen, and Exploring Our Future Choices. Click on a subtopic to view the video. Videos include subtitles and have related questions and answers along the side of the page.

tag(s): climate (92), climate change (65), fossil fuels (18)

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Use as a great introduction into Climate Change and its effects. Use as a resource for students to obtain information as well as other sources to find bias, peer reviewed material, and general consensus. Be sure to place this link on your list of resources or on your site, wiki, or blog for ease of use. Create a debate about the science and differing viewpoints to identify facts from opinion. Create a public service announcement to address climate change and simple steps everyone can take to make a difference locally.
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High School Journalism Initiative - Reynolds Journalism Institute

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8 to 12
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The High School Journalism Initiative is a large site dedicated to high school journalists, teachers, and mentors. Choose from several different options such as news literacy, games,...more
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The High School Journalism Initiative is a large site dedicated to high school journalists, teachers, and mentors. Choose from several different options such as news literacy, games, students, teachers, and more. You can view stories by teens, read school papers, find local journalism organizations, research colleges with journalism majors, and more. You can also find a large bank of lesson plans along with teaching tips, information on starting school newspapers, and links to featured school papers. Search the lesson archive to find lessons sorted by topic such as bias, ethics, or interviewing.

tag(s): editing (68), journalism (55), media literacy (60), news (265), newspapers (97)

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This is a must-bookmark site for any high school journalism or English teacher and even as teacher background for Newspaper units at any level. Share resources with students. Download and use lesson plans. Assign groups of students different articles to read and present to the class. The News Literacy resources and feeds are also useful for social studies classes looking at the media and bias as they stay up to date with current events. Challenge your students to go past PowerPoint and make an online presentation using Animoto (reviewed here) or another reviewed presentation tool from the TeachersFirst Edge to share their findings.
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Elementary Test Prep Center - Social Studies - Studyzone.org

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3 to 5
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This Elementary Test Prep Center for Social Studies website gives information to help students, teachers, and parents gain more information and preparation for specifically the New...more
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This Elementary Test Prep Center for Social Studies website gives information to help students, teachers, and parents gain more information and preparation for specifically the New York Standardized tests. The information given is applicable to any standardized test. Find grade level resources for 3, 4, and 5 in the areas of lessons, practice, interactive games, teacher resources, and literature for every standard given. Tips for parents include ideas to help families better prepare their children for standardized testing.

tag(s): test prep (96)

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Help your students gain confidence in standardized test taking. Many resources by grade level offer activities in lessons, practice, interactive games, literature, and teacher resource. Your students will feel better prepared with practice tests. Use lessons on your interactive whiteboard to share with the whole group. Use practice activities and interactive games for center time. Post this site on your class website and use for remediation, extra practice, or enrichment. Set goals for your students to finish certain activities. The lessons and practice allow students to progress at their own speed, offering many opportunities for differentiation. You may want to have students record in a daily task journal, reflecting upon the activities they accomplished and the reasons for the activities. Explore literature and resources to widen your teaching repertoire.
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KidzVuz - Rebecca Levey and Nancy Freidman

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K to 7
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Finally, safe video sharing of "reviews" by kids age 7-12! Kids review items from books to Halloween costumes, movies, or restaurants. See all the categories across the menu bar. to...more
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Finally, safe video sharing of "reviews" by kids age 7-12! Kids review items from books to Halloween costumes, movies, or restaurants. See all the categories across the menu bar. to Upload your own videos then share on this site or view and comment on videos already posted. The videos themselves are "hosted" at YouTube, but they show here so you do not ever need to open YouTube! Search the site by using any keyword or by categories including: tech, food, toys and games, and more. Videos are all under 3 minutes in length. Upload using one of several methods: use the record button on the site and your webcam for the easiest method. Or record a video, save to your computer, then upload following the directions on the site. Every single video, comment and written review receives approval by a member of the KidzVuz team before being posted to the site. Sign up isn't required to view videos; however, it is necessary to post or comment. Parents must approve sign-up information. (If your school blocks YouTube, you may not be able to open this site at school. Test first.)

tag(s): social networking (112), video (275)

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Choose reviews from the site to watch together as a class before beginning a persuasive writing project or before students write about things that interest them. Share the video(s) on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Discuss effective and less effective word choices. Allow students to upload a video instead of completing a written assignment after pre-determining rubrics for assessment. (Be sure to get parental permission first, of course). Have students view videos and choose one that is opposite to their opinion. Write or upload their own thoughts on the same subject. This would be a fun way for students to complete and share short book reports, or have students view videos already on the site to help choose new books for personal reading. This site is also an effective way to teach netiquette and internet safety: how to comment politely, how to maintain a profile and activity as you want others to know you, etc.

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Windfall - Persuasive Games, LLC

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5 to 12
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Try this strategy activity for building wind farms and creating profitable, clean energy. Learn about clean energy while having fun. Research locations for great wind conditions and...more
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Try this strategy activity for building wind farms and creating profitable, clean energy. Learn about clean energy while having fun. Research locations for great wind conditions and find suitable places near residential areas by looking at land values and political consequences. As turbines are built, they are connected to the energy grid where energy can be sold for renewable energy credits. There are three levels to the game. (Each level uses a different region.) See the tutorial for extra help.
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tag(s): electricity (90), energy (203), natural resources (60)

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Try this challenge through the link on the site or embed the game in a class wiki. As part of a unit on the environment or energy, use this activity to discuss what needs to be considered for any energy creation and specifically for wind energy. Discuss what was learned by the game and whether these facts are also true for other energy sources. Then, compare and contrast the costs and issues with each of these different energy sources. Use an online tool such as Interactive Two Circle Venn Diagram (reviewed here) to visualize the comparisons.
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Inhabitat - Inhabitat, LLC

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7 to 12
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Find technological improvements and enhancements that make a difference in today's rapidly changing world. This site's mission statement is "Good design is green design." Search articles...more
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Find technological improvements and enhancements that make a difference in today's rapidly changing world. This site's mission statement is "Good design is green design." Search articles about improvements in architecture, interiors, energy, technology, transportation, fashion, art, and kids. Read blog posts about advancements in each of the categories. Below the posts are related topics of additional interest. This site appears to be updated often, so be sure to check back.
This site includes advertising.

tag(s): ecology (135), environment (321), inventors and inventions (95), persuasive writing (56), resources (112)

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When discussing environmental topics, be sure to share this link on your class website or on a class computer for students to access information about great technological breakthroughs. Use when students are researching technological advancements of their choice. Challenge individual students or cooperative learning groups to read one of the articles and report their findings to the class, making connections to some of the topics you study. Have students create a simple infographic sharing their findings using Easel.ly, reviewed here or Venngage reviewed here. If you teach about advertising techniques inventions, challenge your students to select a "product" from this site to create a new advertisement using a specific technique. The innovative ideas will spark their interest! Use articles from this site for reading comprehension selections that will interest even the most reluctant readers. The articles are also useful prompts for persuasive writing or debates.

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Carbon Footprint Calculator - Carbon Footprint Ltd.

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5 to 12
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Answer the questions on each of the tabs to determine the amount of carbon dioxide you are responsible for emitting by the products you choose and your lifestyle. You are ...more
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Answer the questions on each of the tabs to determine the amount of carbon dioxide you are responsible for emitting by the products you choose and your lifestyle. You are given the options to measure/calculate using money spent or gallons (or other form of measurement). This calculators is quite detailed.
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tag(s): carbon dioxide (16), carbon footprint (11), climate change (65)

In the Classroom

Have each student use the calculator to determine their total. Compare students in the class and the types of activities that cause a greater amount. Ask questions as to why some activities raise the carbon footprint more than others. Research the reasons for a better understanding of what causes a carbon footprint. Discuss ways that families could take action to reduce their carbon footprint. Most students are unfamiliar with carbon offsets. Discuss what these are and whether they are important or needed. Create a campaign or contest to reduce the carbon footprint of your community and make a change for the future. Have students create a word cloud of the important terms they learn from this site (or things that will increase your footprint) using a tool such as Wordle (reviewed here), Tagxedo (reviewed here), or WordItOut (reviewed here). Create infographics using the class footprint stats and a simple infographic tool such as Easel.ly (reviewed here).

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Electing the President - How Do You Make Up Your Mind? - History News Network

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5 to 8
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History News Network offers this lesson plan challenging students to analyze election issues, compare and contrast opinions, and think about the process of choosing a president. Download...more
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History News Network offers this lesson plan challenging students to analyze election issues, compare and contrast opinions, and think about the process of choosing a president. Download the lesson in PowerPoint format using the link provided, as well as the accompanying worksheet for student use. The worksheet is in Word format. Modify it as necessary to meet your own needs. If you are unable to download the PowerPoint, find procedures and information for teaching on the lesson's main page. That should provide enough information for planning and presenting the lesson. Common Core standards are included.
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tag(s): elections (78), electoral college (17), presidents (132)

In the Classroom

Select components of the lesson as a supplement to your current election unit. Print the worksheet for students to use to identify topics that are important to them. Use information from this lesson to study and consider the influence of Social Media on elections, Have students use Screenr (reviewed here) to make narrated recordings about the use of social media, political advertisements, or any other election topic after completing the lesson on this site.
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Koshland Science Museum Challenges - Koshland Museum of Science

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4 to 12
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Empower your students to get involved and solve some of the world's pressing problems. Join Koshland's Museum of Science Challenges. Join in by learning new skills, thinking critically,...more
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Empower your students to get involved and solve some of the world's pressing problems. Join Koshland's Museum of Science Challenges. Join in by learning new skills, thinking critically, and solving a problem. Challenges include background information. Look at the past challenges and discover the critical thinking and unique problem solving that won. Peek into future challenges to lead your students in new directions. Find resources, lesson plans, activities, virtual field trips, and web quests. Share your challenges and solutions on Facebook.

tag(s): brain (71), climate change (65), critical thinking (111), diseases (70), dna (68), energy (203), light (49), pollution (67), problem solving (274), space (217), water (130)

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In your classroom, offer challenges first as a problem based learning situation. Have students discover the background information and thought processes involved. Using these skills, apply to your own community. Start challenges at your school, community, state, or country level. Create a challenges competition at your school. Explore the teacher resources that apply to your classes.
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