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Smithsonian Learning Lab - The Smithsonian Center for Learning and Digital Access

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4 to 12
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Discover, create, and share digital resources from the Smithsonian Museum, the National Zoo, and nine major research centers with this visually appealing site. Use the search feature...more
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Discover, create, and share digital resources from the Smithsonian Museum, the National Zoo, and nine major research centers with this visually appealing site. Use the search feature to find digital resources including photos, recordings, videos, and text. Sign up to create your own collections, including those found on the site and your own resources. Add annotations and develop quizzes. Easily share your creations or curated collections using social networking links provided. 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 KeepVid, reviewed here, to download the videos from YouTube.

tag(s): animals (276), architecture (84), art history (70), aviation (39), black history (59), civil war (145), dinosaurs (57), explorers (61), images (266), inventors and inventions (101), scientists (69)

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The Smithsonian Learning Lab is a must-add to your list of classroom bookmarks! Search for collections and information throughout the year on all topics. Add a link to classroom computers for the entire site or specific collections. Be sure to take advantage of the many features of this site to create customized collections, then have students add additional resources. Have students create quizzes for review of topics. Challenge students to create a simple infographic sharing their findings using Easel.ly, reviewed here.

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OK2Ask: Mapping Across Content Areas with Google Maps - TeachersFirst

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K to 12
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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional development session from March 2016, opens in Adobe Connect. Have you ever used Google Maps to find directions? Sure you have! However,...more
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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional development session from March 2016, opens in Adobe Connect. Have you ever used Google Maps to find directions? Sure you have! However, there are so many more things you can do with it, even in the classroom. Learn how to make lit trips, tour famous buildings, create scavenger hunts using coordinates and so much more. In this session, educators will be taken on a journey through the world of Google Maps. This session is appropriate for teachers at Intermediate to advanced technology levels.

As a result of this session and through individual follow-up, teachers will: Explore the difference between Google Maps and My Maps; Discover how to make literacy trips in My Maps; Explore Google Map gallery; Create a map; and Plan a way to incorporate maps into an upcoming lesson.

tag(s): maps (287)

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Understand how to create a Google My Maps and use all the many built-in features of the traditional Google Maps and related map tools and treks to support classroom instruction. Watch this recording together with a few of your teaching colleagues to collect 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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Very fun to experience. Maria, CA, Grades: 9 - 12

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American Archive of Public Broadcasting - Library of Congress & WGBH

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6 to 12
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Discover and watch publicly funded radio and television programs from America's past with the American Archive of Public Broadcasting. Built as a means to preserve public broadcast...more
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Discover and watch publicly funded radio and television programs from America's past with the American Archive of Public Broadcasting. Built as a means to preserve public broadcast programs from the 1940's through the present, over 7000 programs are available for streaming with additions ongoing. In addition to streaming programs, this site also includes curated exhibits on topics of historical significance, such as Climate Change and Voices from the Southern Civil Rights Movement.

tag(s): 1900s (33), earth (228), radio (27), religions (61), sports (97), video (254), women (101), world war 1 (54), world war 2 (142)

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Bookmark the American Archive of Public Broadcasting for use as primary source material for classroom lessons. Browse by topic or keywords to find videos to share on your interactive whiteboard or share a link on your class website for students to view at home. Have students use Fakebook, reviewed here, to create a "fake" page similar in style to Facebook about an important figure from America's recent past. Have students create timelines (with music, photos, videos, and more) using Capzles, reviewed here, to demonstrate what they learned from one of the radio programs, videos, or exhibits.

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Investing for Beginners - Fidelity Investments

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8 to 12
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Investing for Beginners is a YouTube playlist created by Fidelity Investments. The playlist includes 17 videos covering topics such as Investing for Beginners and How to Define Your...more
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Investing for Beginners is a YouTube playlist created by Fidelity Investments. The playlist includes 17 videos covering topics such as Investing for Beginners and How to Define Your Investing Personality. Videos all run less than five minutes in length, making them perfect for quick introductions to financial topics. 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.
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tag(s): financial literacy (80), investing (10)

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Share videos with your students on an interactive whiteboard or projector. You may be interested in continuing the investment study by having students set up their own practice portfolio for a no-risk option to dabble in stock trading and buying. Use a program like Wall Street Survivor, reviewed here, to do this. Have cooperative learning groups research other aspects of economics or business and challenge the groups to create videos and share them on a site such as SchoolTube, reviewed here.

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OK2Ask: Awesome Apps for Education from Google - TeachersFirst

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K to 12
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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional development session from February 2016, opens in Adobe Connect. Explore the myriad of apps that Google has to offer. We will explore...more
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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional development session from February 2016, opens in Adobe Connect. Explore the myriad of apps that Google has to offer. We will explore free apps that can be used in various content areas to accomplish multiple goals. Participants will have time to explore apps and discover ways they can be implemented into classrooms with students of all ages. This session is appropriate for teachers at intermediate to advanced technology levels.

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Understand how to find, install, and use Google apps to support classroom instruction and for personal productivity. Watch this recording together with a few of your teaching colleagues to collect 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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Your Money's Best Friend - Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency

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2 to 12
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Your Money's Best Friend offers financial tools and information for making the most of your money. Divided into three sections, the site offers information related to money, life, and...more
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Your Money's Best Friend offers financial tools and information for making the most of your money. Divided into three sections, the site offers information related to money, life, and tools for understanding finances. Right on the Money included on the site is a four session course introducing money to children using children's books. Download this program in English or Spanish using the links provided with handouts, PowerPoint presentations, certificates, and more.

tag(s): financial literacy (80), money (193)

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Take advantage of the free tools and materials on this site for use with any economic or financial planning unit. Have older students create economic plans based on different amounts of income to help them understand the cost of living expenses. Share a link to this site with parents, to help their student understand economic planning. You may want to share the free program, Right on the Money, with parents of younger students as a basis for teaching finances to their child.
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Science Underground - Ainissa Ramirez

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Science Underground is a weekly two-minute podcast featuring science concepts presented in an uncomplicated manner. As the creator states, "...it's a mix of Bill Nye and Science Friday."...more
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Science Underground is a weekly two-minute podcast featuring science concepts presented in an uncomplicated manner. As the creator states, "...it's a mix of Bill Nye and Science Friday." Topics range from Football Science to How Chameleons Change Color. Choose any podcast to listen online and view the corresponding text. Use the tags for each podcast to find other offerings with related content. Either sign up to receive an email notification or check back often for new podcasts, also, see the archives to listen to any previous podcasts.

tag(s): podcasts (52), science fairs (25), scientists (69)

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Listen to weekly podcasts together in class to stimulate discussion and interest in science topics. Assign the weekly podcast as listening homework. Have students create a series of questions to ask each other about issues discussed on the podcast. Have cooperative learning groups create podcasts demonstrating their understanding of one of the concepts. Use a site such as PodOmatic, reviewed here.

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Cell Phone Recycling - Help Yourself to a Little Humanity - eCycle Best

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Did you know that four cell phones a second end up in landfills? That E-waste represents 70% of our toxic waste? Learn about conservation of precious resources, energy efficiency, and...more
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Did you know that four cell phones a second end up in landfills? That E-waste represents 70% of our toxic waste? Learn about conservation of precious resources, energy efficiency, and how to recycle cell phones for cash or to support a good cause with this infographic. The causes supported by eCycle Best include organizations who conduct medical research, save women from abuse, support our troops, and help endangered species and pets. Use the tabs at the top of the infographic to see how to trade in your iPhone, iPad, Samsung, Smart Phone, and many brands of Cell Phones, Laptops, and Tablets. Under those tabs, you'll see a link for other related infographics that may be of interest such as Life & Death After Usage, Man & His Mobile: A Toxic Relationship, Electronic Waste Recycling Methods, and several more.

tag(s): earth day (112), environment (317), natural resources (59), recycling (57), sustainability (19)

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Students love their cell phones and want whatever is the latest and greatest. Create interest by starting a discussion about what's new on the device front. Then ask students what they do with their old cell phones, tablets, laptops, etc. Assign them to count, that evening, how many of these items they have at home that they could recycle. When they come to class the next day do a quick tally and have students multiply this by however many classes are meeting at the same time on your campus. They should start getting the idea that there are many devices out there that can be recycled. Next, share the Cell Phone Recycling infographic with your students using a projector or interactive whiteboard. Does your school encourage giving to the less fortunate during the holidays? For a class project, initiate a recycling campaign and create a center for recycling e-waste. How about holding a 'green' competition to see which classroom submits the most items. Assign small groups to create a public service announcement for your school or community to encourage recycling. Use one of the many multimedia tools reviewed by TeachersFirst here. Donate the cash collected to the school's charity of choice, or one of the charities listed on this infographic. Get parents involved. Make sure they are aware via your website and newsletter about submitting these items to the school. Many parents will be able to contribute items from their workplace that was otherwise destined for the landfill.This site is full of information such as kids and recycling, electronics in education, and many more. Find these by clicking Resources.

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Banzai! - Banzai.com

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8 to 12
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Teach real world financial literacy using Banzai! Learn to prioritize spending by using simulations, interactives, and "choose-your-own-adventure" style situations. Start the course...more
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Teach real world financial literacy using Banzai! Learn to prioritize spending by using simulations, interactives, and "choose-your-own-adventure" style situations. Start the course with a pre-test to determine your financial literacy. Then engage in real-life interactive situations covering balancing a budget and paying your cell phone bill, to paying for unexpected bills like car trouble. Student accounts receive free access to Bonzai for life, allowing the opportunity to go back and review lessons at any time. After creating a teacher account, request the opportunity to receive the Life Scenario booklets for your class at no charge (this is dependent on funding from local financial organizations). If not available, print the booklets using the PDF download.

tag(s): financial literacy (80), game based learning (103)

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Banzai is an excellent resource for any financial literacy course, or for those that don't have financial literacy classes as an option for your school. Create your classroom account, and then provide students with a class code to sign in to their account. Create as many classes as you like then have students follow the curriculum including pre-tests, simulations of life scenarios, interactives, and post-tests. The Banzai tool grades it all. Set up student accounts and assign activities based on your state standards. Be sure to share Banzai on your class website for students to explore at home.
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Mint - Intuit

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9 to 12
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Mint is a free money management site featuring several tools for budgeting and tracking finances. Connect to virtually any financial organization to receive real-time updates from bank...more
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Mint is a free money management site featuring several tools for budgeting and tracking finances. Connect to virtually any financial organization to receive real-time updates from bank accounts, credit cards, and investments. Mint analyzes your financial information and provides tips for savings and account management.

tag(s): DAT device agnostic tool (200), financial literacy (80), money (193)

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Share Mint with students as part of any consumer education lesson or course as a resource for managing their money. Even if you don't sign up for mint, take advantage of their Tools and Tips section to find money management articles for many different financial situations.

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Brain Pump - brainpump.net

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6 to 12
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Learn something new every day with Brain Pump videos. Choose from the many topics including game design, history, science, math, technology, nature, business, casual science, and more...more
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Learn something new every day with Brain Pump videos. Choose from the many topics including game design, history, science, math, technology, nature, business, casual science, and more to view a random video about the topic. Not interested? No problem, click the next video link to watch another on the same subject. Sign up isn't necessary but allows you to "star" videos to find for later viewing. 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 KeepVid, reviewed here, to download the videos from YouTube.
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tag(s): business (58), critical thinking (108), earth (228), financial literacy (80), fish (24), human body (121), marine biology (33), natural resources (59), plants (145), psychology (64), rivers (21), space (205), spanish (108), video (254)

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Use the short videos found at Brain Pump to introduce content and assess prior knowledge. Create a link to videos, or embed them, on your class website for student viewing at home. Use a video tool such as EdPuzzle, reviewed here, or ComentBubble, reviewed here, to have students answer questions, from home, on the content of the video. Back in the classroom, have students talk in small groups about any video and their questions and ideas about the topic. Have the student groups share out the important questions and thoughts with the whole class. After the class discussion, have the students write a group response, either on paper or on your class blog or wiki. Completing a group response now, could evolve into students writing journal entries at home or during class about the topic of a video. These videos make powerful writing prompts. After viewing a few videos in this manner, you may want to have older students select videos they want to watch (or you can assign them) and have the students respond.

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Eat: The Story of Food - National Geographic

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4 to 12
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Eat: The Story of Food is an accompaniment to the National Geographic series of the same title. Choose from six different categories to learn more about the evolution of food ...more
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Eat: The Story of Food is an accompaniment to the National Geographic series of the same title. Choose from six different categories to learn more about the evolution of food and eating habits. Scroll through to the bottom of each "course" to view videos, read short articles, and browse short slide show presentations. Easily share the entire site or individual sections using social networking share buttons.

tag(s): food chains (22), nutrition (154)

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This site is perfect for use on an interactive whiteboard or projector to explore the evolution of food together as a class. Use this site as the starting point for individual or group projects, have students explore on their own and choose a category for further exploration. Have students or groups collect additional ideas and findings using Padlet, reviewed here. The Padlet application creates free online bulletin boards.
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Teaching and Learning for a Sustainable Future - UNESCO

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6 to 12
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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 (115), cultures (105), debate (41), problem solving (272), 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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National STEM Centre eLibrary - National Stem Centre (UK)

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K to 12
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Browse through over 9,000 resources at the National STEM Centre's eLibrary for ages five and up. Search by keyword or use filters to sort by age range, subject, or type ...more
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Browse through over 9,000 resources at the National STEM Centre's eLibrary for ages five and up. Search by keyword or use filters to sort by age range, subject, or type of resource. Resources include videos, presentations, activity sheets, and much more. Optional account creation allows you to save resources and add activities to favorites. The site was created in the UK, so some of the pronunciations and spellings may differ from those in American English.

tag(s): engineering (125), STEM (134)

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Take advantage of the free activities, videos, and other resources throughout the year. Be sure to bookmark this site to search for resources for any lesson. Share a link to specific lessons and activities on your class website for use at home.
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Human Footprint Interactive - National Geographic

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5 to 12
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Discover the impact of your choices with this interactive showing how much of the world you use in your lifetime. Use the menu to look around the interactive and find ...more
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Discover the impact of your choices with this interactive showing how much of the world you use in your lifetime. Use the menu to look around the interactive and find out how many items you consume in your lifetime compared to the rest of the world. Choose the "Do More With This Resource" link to find links to related resources on the National Geographic site.

tag(s): natural resources (59), sustainability (19)

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Ask students to blog (or journal) about their food consumption and distance traveled for a week before introducing this interactive. Consider having students create blogs using Throwww, reviewed here. Throwww allows you to create "quick and easy" blogs to be used one time only. A unique URL is provided and this site is as easy as using a basic Word program! Have students use the information in their blogs in the interactive. Compare your class results with another class in your school.
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Supply and Demand, Lessons from Toy Fads - Council for Economic Education/Chad Mares

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6 to 12
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Learn the concepts of supply and demand through case studies of Hula Hoops and Silly Bandz. Watch video clips that demonstrate how supply and demand interact with prices of in-demand...more
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Learn the concepts of supply and demand through case studies of Hula Hoops and Silly Bandz. Watch video clips that demonstrate how supply and demand interact with prices of in-demand toys, and then complete activities with case studies to learn about market demands. The assessment activity includes completing a supply and demand graph that represents the different components involved in this concept. 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.

tag(s): supply and demand (5)

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Introduce this site on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Then have students explore this site independently or in small groups. Make a shortcut to this site on classroom computers and use it as a center. This is a great find as an extension activity for gifted students! Encourage students to create their own list of items similar to Hula Hoops and Silly Bandz that were in high demand and low supply.
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Optimum Community - CSC Holdings LLC

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3 to 12
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Optimum Community, part of Cablevision, tries to connect, engage, and empower people in their communities. Charity Champions organize schools and communities to engage in volunteerism...more
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Optimum Community, part of Cablevision, tries to connect, engage, and empower people in their communities. Charity Champions organize schools and communities to engage in volunteerism in charities promoting leadership and stewardship. The Past Winners section shows an activity plan and portfolios of previous winners. The section Digital Smarts includes a blog, online tools, and resources that encourage safe use of technology. The participating areas of New Jersey, Greater Hudson Valley, Long Island, New York City, and Connecticut show events organized to help and educate the community.
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tag(s): communities (35), digital citizenship (59), problem solving (272), service projects (25)

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In your classroom, look at this site for ways to inspire ideas for stewardship, volunteering, leadership, and for problem-based learning community projects. View the topics from past winners, and examine your community to see what areas of need there are. Gifted classes can find ideas for problem-based learning projects.
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Common Core Conversations - Kristina Holzweiss

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Common Core Conversations is your place to find Common Core resources. The Standards, Resources from state education departments, free resources in all subject areas, using tech tools...more
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Common Core Conversations is your place to find Common Core resources. The Standards, Resources from state education departments, free resources in all subject areas, using tech tools for learning the standards, and a section for parent information provides a great basis for your Common Core needs. Resources include: ESL/ELL, library, careers, family and consumer sciences. Join the online community to join in the conversations.

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Common Core Conversations provides ideas and resources to assure your lessons contain Common Core Standards necessities. Investigate a resource for yourself every week or to share at your professional growth development. Be sure to document your new ideas under professional growth for your evaluation. When hosting professional growth development, begin here.
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edX - Anant Agarwal

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edX offers access to the best courses offered at top learning institutions - for FREE! Institutions include MIT, Harvard, and Berkley. Classes are available to complete for a Certificate...more
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edX offers access to the best courses offered at top learning institutions - for FREE! Institutions include MIT, Harvard, and Berkley. Classes are available to complete for a Certificate of Achievement or as an audit. Choose from courses with topics in many areas including computers, literature, and humanities. Each course listing offers a short description of the course, details about the university offering the course, estimated time involved, course staff, and available options for taking the course. Start any course at any time. Take the edX Demo course to get a good idea of how courses work and find out about the online learning experience.

tag(s): aeronautics (13), architecture (84), china (66), circuits (20), civil rights (117), computers (95), electricity (89), engineering (125), environment (317), evolution (100), folktales (65), greeks (30), magnetism (36), medicine (67), nutrition (154), poetry (228), psychology (64), religions (61), shakespeare (131), solar energy (38), speech (92), statistics (122), terrorism (49)

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Share with students on your interactive whiteboard and take the demo course together. This is perfect for use with gifted and advanced students as an option for college level courses and enrichment. Allow gifted students to enroll in courses that interest them or that provide enrichment beyond classroom content. Share with others, in your building, as a resource for professional development. Explore the topics yourself for some new, engaging topics to round out your own expertise. Allow students to enroll in a course that would fit into their career goals as an exploratory opportunity in that field.

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The Diabetes Quiz - Diabetes.co.il

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The Diabetes Quiz is a free educational resource to help you learn about diabetes, healthy bodies, and minds. There are 400 multiple choice questions about diabetes basics, diet and...more
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The Diabetes Quiz is a free educational resource to help you learn about diabetes, healthy bodies, and minds. There are 400 multiple choice questions about diabetes basics, diet and nutrition, fitness and exercise, stress and relaxation, and statistics. Take a quiz and find out what you know. Make a plan for a better you!

tag(s): DAT device agnostic tool (200), mental health (26), nutrition (154)

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Use the Diabetes Quiz in your unit on health and body, body systems, relaxation and stress, or nutrition. Present on your interactive whiteboard or projector and use this as a model to hook your students. Students then research further and find out other pertinent information to further their studies. Use as a review for a test. Present on your daily announcements to get students thinking of ways to improve their own health. Let this kick off a school-wide study on healthy bodies and minds. Have each student take quizzes and decide on personal goals. When you have a diabetic student, with parent permission, help the class learn about diabetes and gain a better understanding.

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