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O2 Internet Safety for Kids - O2 and NSPCC

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Provide kids with a safe online experience with tips and information from O2 Internet Safety for Kids. Choose from several different categories including meeting strangers online, online...more
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Provide kids with a safe online experience with tips and information from O2 Internet Safety for Kids. Choose from several different categories including meeting strangers online, online addiction, safe downloading, and more. Each category includes a short video and specific information about keeping kids safe online, including what to do if each proper behavior is compromised. If your district blocks YouTube, then 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. The site was created in the UK, so some of the pronunciations and spellings may differ from those in American English.

tag(s): cyberbullying (45), digital citizenship (67)

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Although this site was created in the UK, the message is universal and information included is relevant to all classrooms, regardless of location. Include this site on your class webpage for students and parents to access as a reference. Use information from the site as part of your online safety lessons. Have students create an annotated image, including text boxes and related links using a tool such as Thinglink, reviewed here, to demonstrate online safety.

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Pantheon People Rankings - MIT Media Lab

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Explore and discover the most influential people in history using Pantheon People Rankings. Prepare to be immersed in the many different features of this site. Search by period, country,...more
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Explore and discover the most influential people in history using Pantheon People Rankings. Prepare to be immersed in the many different features of this site. Search by period, country, or domain to view rankings of the most influential people in that category. Set search parameters using drop down boxes to the left of the chart. Hover over colored result boxes to view specific information for each result. Click on any individual name to get a short Wikipedia overview and ranking information.

tag(s): cultures (107), explorers (64), politics (97), scientists (70), sociology (22), sports (97)

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Bookmark this site for use throughout the year when looking for ideas for research projects, biographies, and more. Have students create a list of whom they think is most influential and compare their lists to the actual results. Use information to find the most influential people around the globe or throughout time. Have students create timelines (with music, photos, videos, and more) using Capzles, reviewed here.

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The Global Flow of Refugees - Nikola Sander & Ramon Bauer

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7 to 12
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The Global Flow of Refugees offers an interactive look at refugee flows between countries during the past few years. It is based on a New York Times visualization. Choose a ...more
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The Global Flow of Refugees offers an interactive look at refugee flows between countries during the past few years. It is based on a New York Times visualization. Choose a year to view the complete flow circle for that year. Click any segment to narrow down information to individual countries showing the flow to or from that country. In addition to the interactive chart, scroll down further on the page to view two static versions of the chart featuring 50 selected countries.

tag(s): continents (49), countries (80), cross cultural understanding (122), immigrants (22)

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Share this site on a projector or interactive whiteboard to research and understand the flow of refugees throughout the world. Use this as an introduction to understanding complicated events in the Middle East and other volatile regions in the world. After viewing the interactive, have students study the regions for large migrations of refugees from one region to another. Have them share their findings with a multimedia presentation using one of the many TeachersFirst Edge tools reviewed here. Have students use Little Memory, reviewed here, to create a diary entry as a refugee traveling to a new country.

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GeaCron - The GeaCron Project

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Explore the changing boundaries of the world's countries through maps and timelines found on GeaCron. Type in any date to view the shape of the world at that time. Click ...more
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Explore the changing boundaries of the world's countries through maps and timelines found on GeaCron. Type in any date to view the shape of the world at that time. Click the timeline link to search for period or event. Move the bar on the timeline to move through different time periods or change the look of the timeline to include more or less information using the + or - icons.
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tag(s): continents (49), countries (80), maps (292), timelines (62)

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Use GeaCron's maps and timelines for an excellent visualization of changing borders of countries throughout time. Have students compare and contrast world borders during any different period. If your class discusses current events, this would be an excellent tool to use to track the history of certain issues. Allow students to explore on their own and create an infographic to share their findings using Easel.ly, reviewed here.

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Five Myths - The Washington Post

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Five Myths takes on everyday subjects and challenges widely held beliefs every time. For example, are panda bears really cuddly and gentle? Has technology really changed how we fight...more
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Five Myths takes on everyday subjects and challenges widely held beliefs every time. For example, are panda bears really cuddly and gentle? Has technology really changed how we fight wildfires? Each short article is written by a content expert and explores little-known facts to debunk commonly held beliefs.

tag(s): journalism (54), myths and legends (26)

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Share Five Myths on an interactive whiteboard or projector as an excellent starting point for lessons on the subjects included. Be sure to review comments on each section before sharing since they are unmoderated. After viewing the articles on this site, start a discussion about what students know about urban legends and Snopes. Have students research and find five myths for any topic, then create a simple infographic sharing their findings using Easel.ly, reviewed here.

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Heatmap News - Heatmap News

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Heatmap News provides a quick look at the latest world news using hotspots and news provided by Google News and Google Earth Maps. Click on any of the hotspots to ...more
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Heatmap News provides a quick look at the latest world news using hotspots and news provided by Google News and Google Earth Maps. Click on any of the hotspots to read short articles about events in that area. Use the drop-down box labeled Date to include only the last hour, today, this week, or any date back to August 18, 2014.

tag(s): journalism (54), news (261)

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Share Heatmap News on an interactive whiteboard or projector as part of any current events lessons. Create a link to this site on your class website and have students find news and then research to learn more about an event. A side benefit of using Heatmap News for your current events is that students will become more knowledgeable about world geography. Challenge students to use a tool such as Zeemaps, reviewed here, to create a map with images and an audio recording for what they learned about an event where the story takes place. Students can add details for news from around the world.

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Celebrate Pi Day - NBC Learn

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Celebrate Pi Day (or any day) with this collection of 9 video stories and accompanying activities. Taken from NBC news stories, each short video includes an opportunity to apply math...more
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Celebrate Pi Day (or any day) with this collection of 9 video stories and accompanying activities. Taken from NBC news stories, each short video includes an opportunity to apply math concepts to real world situations. Use tabs on the side of each video to view a transcript or suggested math and statistics activities relating to the topic.

tag(s): journalism (54), news (261), pi (30), problem solving (289), statistics (126), video (278)

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Stash this site in your bag of tricks for when you need an easy to teach lesson for a teacher in training or a substitute teacher. Use the videos as inspiration for finding math in other news stories. Have students find videos and create their own math and statistics questions for classmates to answer.

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Every Last Drop - Nice and Serious

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Every Last Drop is an interactive site sharing information about the amount of water wasted each day in the United Kingdom. It offers suggestions for small changes that make big ...more
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Every Last Drop is an interactive site sharing information about the amount of water wasted each day in the United Kingdom. It offers suggestions for small changes that make big differences. Scroll down through the site to view water usage during a typical day. Watch the video at the end of the presentation for many more suggestions on water saving. The site was created in the UK, so some of the pronunciations and spellings may differ from those in American English and measurements use the metric system.

tag(s): conservation (130), earth day (110), environment (321), water (130)

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Use this site as a perfect addition to Earth Day activities. View together and brainstorm ideas about how you can save water at school and home. Have students brainstorm ideas on a collaborative bulletin board like Scrumblr, reviewed here, (quick start- no membership required!). Challenge cooperative learning groups to create videos demonstrating ways to conserve water and share them on a site such as TeacherTube, reviewed here. Toward the end of this presentation, it is stated that over 1 billion earthlings have no access to clean water. Research countries and communities who do not have access to clean water to see why and also what is being done to help them. Student's findings could be turned into a very clever digital storytelling project using Slidestory, reviewed here. Slidestory allows for narration.

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Global Trend Map - Paul Bourke

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Discover what is trending on Google with the interactive Global Trend Map. Use the drop down box to choose a country and change the visual appearance of the map if ...more
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Discover what is trending on Google with the interactive Global Trend Map. Use the drop down box to choose a country and change the visual appearance of the map if desired. The top Google searches for that country appear in a list with the top trend written across the chosen country. Click the Translate button to translate into English. Get the embed code to share this on your website or blog.

tag(s): cross cultural understanding (122), maps (292), news (261)

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This site is excellent for enrichment during current events lessons. World language classes can keep up with hot topics in the countries where the language they are learning is spoken. Include this link on your class web page for students to access both in and out of class. Challenge students to compare and contrast trends across different countries using an online tool such as Interactive Two Circle Venn Diagram, reviewed here. Have students create a presentation on any of the trending topics using Swipe, reviewed here.

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Scaling Everest - Washington Post-Richard Johnson, Bonnie Berkowitz, Lazaro Gamio

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Climb the icy path of Everest's most popular route as you experience this journey from the mountain base up to the summit. Scroll up to discover the height of Everest ...more
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Climb the icy path of Everest's most popular route as you experience this journey from the mountain base up to the summit. Scroll up to discover the height of Everest compared to familiar buildings. Learn about animals found on the way up to the summit, read fast facts, and listen to an audio of those who have made this strenuous climb. Read the related news story and learn how climbs will now be different from those in the past.

tag(s): field trips (13), mountains (16), virtual field trips (52)

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Use this site as an activator, introducing the topic of Mt. Everest, Nepal, or the Himalayas. This website would benefit a Geography class, exploring the significance of the Himalayas while simultaneously studying the geographic forces that made the mountain chain. Have students create timelines of a Mount Everest adventure (with music, photos, videos, and more) using Capzles, reviewed here. Have students use Fakebook, reviewed here, to create a "fake" page similar in style to Facebook about climbing Mount Everest from the perspective of the climber or a Sherpa guide. This is perfect informational reading (with images and charts) to meet Common Core Standards.

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Teaching and Learning for a Sustainable Future - UNESCO

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Make a difference in students' lives and the world as you practice teaching and learning for a sustainable future. This site includes a teacher education program focused on the many...more
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Make a difference in students' lives and the world as you practice teaching and learning for a sustainable future. This site includes a teacher education program focused on the many aspects of a sustainable future and directing education to meet these needs. The first five modules provide background knowledge for the global challenges and need for education to address these problems. The topics include exploring global realities, understanding sustainable development, future perspectives, reorienting education for a sustainable future, and accepting the challenge. The next four modules illustrate ways to integrate these themes into your curriculum. The next nine interdisciplinary modules explore how to form a sustainable future. Find areas such as culture and religion, indigenous knowledge, women, population, world hunger, agriculture, tourism, communities, globalization, and climate change. There are resources and lesson plans for experiential learning, storytelling, values education, inquiry learning assessment, future problem-solving, learning outside the classroom, and community problem solving. See sections that provide explanations, characteristics, analyzation, and reflections to help you effectively integrate these classroom teaching practices into your curriculum.

tag(s): cross cultural understanding (122), cultures (107), debate (45), problem solving (289), sustainability (19)

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Connect students globally with challenges that people face around the world. Begin by building your knowledge with the activities and resources provided. Continue by choosing different areas to explore as a class, in small groups, or individually. These activities can become a focal point of problem-based learning scenarios. Consider viewing Google Lit Trips, reviewed here, and challenge students to create a "sustainable earth" trip. Document areas on the globe with videos, images, and text that you and students find. Add a link to Pinterest, reviewed here, to have an ongoing brainstorming session of all possible solutions. Use parts of the site to begin a Global Connections Club either in class or after school. Students can share a Google doc or wiki to foster group collaboration. Not comfortable with wikis? Check out the TeachersFirst Wiki Walk-Through. Focus on problem solving by sharing parts of Teaching and Learning for a Sustainable Future. Teach debate through the different sides of the issues presented. During current events, engage students in saving our most valuable resource, our Earth. Use as a nonfiction passage for close reading. Have students take information research further, and present to others in a different format. Begin a blog for each student to share reflections. Create a newspaper using a site such as Zinepal, reviewed here. Use at a community night to promote awareness of the need for sustainability in your community.
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4 News Wall - Channel 4 Television News (UK)

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6 to 12
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4 News Wall presents the latest news condensed into animated GIFs. Each thumbnail also includes an animated title. Click the image to open and read the news story. Scroll through ...more
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4 News Wall presents the latest news condensed into animated GIFs. Each thumbnail also includes an animated title. Click the image to open and read the news story. Scroll through the site to view previous stories or click a date to highlight that day's news. The site was created in the UK, so some of the pronunciations and spellings may differ from those in American English.

tag(s): images (274), journalism (54), news (261)

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Use the 4 News Wall as a quick and catchy way to capture student interest in world news. Although this is a UK site, news stories are from around the world and offer a variety of interesting topics for any classroom. Have students choose an article, then research how that information was presented by the US media or in other countries. Use this site as an example, and have students create animated GIFs as part of any multimedia project. Use the GIF Maker, reviewed here, to create and share images.

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eEtiquette - 101 Guidelines for the Digital World - Deutsche Telekom AG

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Find answers to 101 do's and dont's in the digital world with this new approach to etiquette. Scroll through the pages to find basic etiquette on email, social networking, and ...more
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Find answers to 101 do's and dont's in the digital world with this new approach to etiquette. Scroll through the pages to find basic etiquette on email, social networking, and computer use. Choose tags within the word cloud to search by topic or find the most popular posts. Download a poster in PDF format with eight pieces of popular advice. This site offers the opportunity for users to post comments; these comments are unmoderated, be sure to double check before sharing publicly.

tag(s): digital citizenship (67), internet safety (111)

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Use eEtiquette 101 as an excellent supplement to your current Internet safety lessons. Choose one tip to discuss each week throughout the year. Have students brainstorm other etiquette advice to include. Share this site during professional meetings as a reminder to staff members of the necessity for all teachers to monitor digital citizenship in their classes. Be sure to share a link with parents to use when discussing online issues with their student. Have students create online posters individually or together as a class using a tool such as Web Poster Wizard, reviewed here, or PicLits, reviewed here, to demonstrate Internet etiquette advice.
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State of the Union Bingo - National Constitution Center

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Engage student interest in the annual State of the Union Address with this Bingo lesson plan. Background activities provide historical knowledge of the traditions of the speech. Follow...more
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Engage student interest in the annual State of the Union Address with this Bingo lesson plan. Background activities provide historical knowledge of the traditions of the speech. Follow up activities guide students through understanding current events.

tag(s): presidents (121), speeches (19)

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Take advantage of this free lesson plan as a supplement to your current events lessons. The Bingo sheet was created in 2012, you may need to modify some terms to adapt to current events. Divide students into groups and compare State of the Union addresses from throughout any one president's terms. Have students create a simple infographic sharing their findings using Easel.ly, reviewed here, or Venngage, reviewed here.
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The Wonderment - Kidnected World

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Enjoy and challenge creativity and problem-solving skills in a world of wonder. Once you sign up for Wonderment, a social platform for kids, choose a bot or secret identity. Given ...more
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Enjoy and challenge creativity and problem-solving skills in a world of wonder. Once you sign up for Wonderment, a social platform for kids, choose a bot or secret identity. Given a choice to follow many different paths, kids determine the subject of interest. The paths are real-world problems from around the globe. View a video, story, or idea. Design a response using text, photos, or a video. Join a chat to allow comments or ask questions to make global connections. After each posting, special points are added to make the bot design more elaborate. A personal Wondermeter rises with each response. Through donations, this non-profit brings technology to children around the world. A call for adults to serve as mentors to respond to each child challenges adults to join in the fun and make the world a better place. Register with email. Children under 13 need parent or teacher approval to participate. Watch the two short videos to see an explanation for The Wonderment and How It Works.

tag(s): cross cultural understanding (122), enrichment (12), gifted (90), listening (92), problem solving (289), social media (22), social networking (111), social skills (21), speaking (26)

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Wonderment is a problem based learning adventure for each student around the world to communicate and collaborate with other students. This venue allows great lesson ideas for digital citizenship and digital footprints. Begin by choosing a path for the entire class and feature on an interactive whiteboard. Have students work in small groups to choose their best response. Discussions after can focus on creativity, problem solving, and collaboration between the group and others from around the world. In a gifted class, use as a way to challenge kids to break through the "right answer" and find the "best answer." Use this as a model for finding authentic needs in your community. Be sure to share a link to this tool on your class blog, website, or Edmodo account. Use this tool as the answer for the parents who always want more challenge and enrichment for their students at home. Be sure to share at a staff meeting to spread the wonder for other students and adults.

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Changing Planet - NBC Universal Media, LLC

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Examine the effect of climate change on our planet through video on Changing Planet. NBC Learn and the National Science Foundation collaborated to create this collection. Topics range...more
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Examine the effect of climate change on our planet through video on Changing Planet. NBC Learn and the National Science Foundation collaborated to create this collection. Topics range from Thawing Permafrost, Melting Mountain Glaciers, Withering Crops, and more! Each video has a "cue card" with a summary and key terms. The videos are approximately five to ten minutes in length, and every video has a tab with a transcript that opens full-screen from the card view. Middle level and high school STEM lessons accompany most of the videos. The larger NBC Learn site is a fee-based subscription, but this section is free.
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tag(s): arctic (46), climate change (68), diseases (74), glaciers (17), mountains (16), oceans (161), scientific method (66), statistics (126), STEM (168), temperature (32), trees (29), tundra (16), water (130)

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Place the URL to Changing Planet on your classroom website or blog for students to explore the videos on their own. Flip your instruction and assign the videos to your scientists to watch before class. Flipping will maximize classroom time. Encourage budding scientists to investigate climate change. Use this site as a springboard for individual or group projects that connect to our world today. Have students create presentations to share what they learned using a tool such as Powtoon, reviewed here. Build student's background knowledge by watching the videos, and reviewing nonfiction reading strategies with students before reading the transcripts. Use the videos on Changing Planet to help struggling readers with the content on the cue cards. Encourage your scientists to tackle the topic of climate for a science fair experiment or graduation project.
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Global Post - Philip S. Balboni

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Global Post is a digital news site covering world events. It was the home-base of reporter James Foley who was held prisoner for almost two years by the Islamic State ...more
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Global Post is a digital news site covering world events. It was the home-base of reporter James Foley who was held prisoner for almost two years by the Islamic State in Syria. Scroll through the home page to find breaking news, latest articles, and editor's picks. Find specific topics and trending news using the menu bar on the site. Preview topics before sharing with students.
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tag(s): journalism (54), newspapers (95)

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Broaden student perspectives about world issues by sharing articles from Global Post on an interactive whiteboard or projector as part of current events lessons. Create a link to this site on classroom computers and have students read and share articles with the class. Be sure to add a link to this site on your class webpage for students to access at home. After exploring articles and information in-depth, have students use a tool such as Zeemaps, reviewed here, to give a recap of the article and state their opinion about the topic. Zeemaps allows students to create audio recordings AND choose a location (on a map) where the story takes place.

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NFL Rush - National Football League

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The National Football League's official site for kids includes interactives, tips, videos, and links to favorite teams. Read up on the latest NFL news, participate in polls, or play...more
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The National Football League's official site for kids includes interactives, tips, videos, and links to favorite teams. Read up on the latest NFL news, participate in polls, or play the game of the week. Read stories from the Kid Reporter team with information about local teams and events. Click links to any NFL team to view season schedules and read the latest team updates.

tag(s): polls and surveys (54), sports (97), statistics (126)

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Share the latest polls with students and compare results to those found in your class. Create a quick poll (with no membership required) using SurveyRock, reviewed here. Create a link on classroom computers and allow students to read headlines and the latest news, and then prepare a summary to present to the class. Follow the students' favorite teams through the site to use as story starters and journal topics. Practice math by following statistics of National Football League teams. Have students take one of the polls, and then justify their responses through writing a short editorial article.
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40 Maps that Explain the Middle East - Max Fisher

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7 to 12
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Learn about the complex and changing borders and demographics of the Middle East through the view of 40 different maps. The maps offer a look at the region from many ...more
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Learn about the complex and changing borders and demographics of the Middle East through the view of 40 different maps. The maps offer a look at the region from many perspectives such as religion, Arabic dialects, and Oil and Gas in the Middle East. Click any map to view the larger image. All maps also include a short explanation of the contents and many include links to additional information. A few maps are presented via video 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 KeepVid, reviewed here, to download the video from YouTube.

tag(s): iran (12), iraq (32), israel (17), maps (292), middle east (37), religions (67)

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Use this site as an anticipatory set or "activator" to introduce a unit or lesson on a projector or interactive whiteboard. Be sure to include this site on your class webpage for students to access both in and outside of class for further practice. Create a link to these maps on classroom computers for students to explore on their own. Use an online tool such as an Interactive Two Circle Venn Diagram, reviewed here, to compare different countries, religions, or time periods included in the maps.

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Hash - Today's Talking Points - Joseph Mark & Stephen Phillips

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6 to 12
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Hash is a Twitter feed aggregator showing Twitter's trending news in a beautiful display. Click on any picture's title, or hashtag under it to open up information about any image. ...more
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Hash is a Twitter feed aggregator showing Twitter's trending news in a beautiful display. Click on any picture's title, or hashtag under it to open up information about any image. View a short Wikipedia description of the item, then scroll through Tweets containing the hashtag. Choose the "Share Story" link to share via social media, email, or URL.

tag(s): news (261), PLN (8), social networking (111), twitter (43)

In the Classroom

Display Hash on your interactive whiteboard to find the latest information on current events. Have students explore a story then create a simple infographic sharing their findings using Easel.ly, reviewed here, or Venngage, reviewed here. Have students use a tool such as Zeemaps, reviewed here. This site allows students to create audio recordings AND choose a location (on a map) where the story takes place. Add items throughout the month or any length of time to follow major events around the world. Looking for more ways to use Twitter in the classroom? Read more about Twitter at TeachersFirst's Twitter for Teachers page.

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