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WikiMindMap - Felix Nyffenegger

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4 to 12
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Finding it difficult to teach search strategies to students? Use WikiMindMap to find alternate or related search terms for the topic being searched. Select a wikipedia domain (for the...more
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Finding it difficult to teach search strategies to students? Use WikiMindMap to find alternate or related search terms for the topic being searched. Select a wikipedia domain (for the US it is en.wikipedia.) Enter your search term and click "search." View related search terms in the mind map. Click on any of these other terms to go directly to a wikipedia article. Use information from the article or view links listed near the bottom. Despite the debate about wikipedia's reliability and authority, the value here is in seeing how topics are related. Click on any of the green arrows next to one of the alternate search terms to make it a center of the next mind map. Click any plus sign (+) next to a search term to branch the mind map even further. Click the minus signs (-) to collapse.

tag(s): search engines (65), search strategies (30)

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Not sure about using wikipedia articles? Use this site to find related search terms that can then be used in any search engine. Try using this as a first step in a larger research process or to show how topics are related as you start a new unit, e.g. amphibians, cells, or United States Constitution. Establish guidelines for using any resource, including wikipedia. Be sure to point out related links within the articles and sources cited. Use these to obtain more information for research and to discuss evaluating sources.
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ClassBrain Games - ClassBrain

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K to 12
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This is a site specializing in family friendly interactives for kids and families. All are categorized for easier finding - categories include beginner games, brain games, holiday games,...more
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This is a site specializing in family friendly interactives for kids and families. All are categorized for easier finding - categories include beginner games, brain games, holiday games, and more. At the time of this review, there were 28 pages of interactives! There are also many academic categories such as math, science, social studies, and problem solving activities. No signup or user information is required. This site does have some minor advertisements. Also this site can take some time to fully load.

tag(s): holidays (147), sudoku (18)

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Choose activities from the site to be played on classroom computers or interactive whiteboards. Assign a game (such as DinoKids Math) for homework practice with math facts. Be sure to save this site in your favorites. Also, don't forget to share this link on your class website for students to access both in and out of the classroom.
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GeoCam.tv - GeoCam.tv

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K to 12
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GeoCam.tv allows you to view what is happening around the world as it happens. This site provides a map of active webcams from around the world that you can click ...more
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GeoCam.tv allows you to view what is happening around the world as it happens. This site provides a map of active webcams from around the world that you can click on. Green markers with a number show how many cameras are in the area. Blue markers indicate individual folks streaming video live from their mobile devices.

Because there is no search feature and no descriptions of what the webcams show, do not have young children access them without supervision. Previewing all videos before sharing with the class would be wise.

tag(s): cultures (105), globe (14), maps (287), webcams (6)

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This site would be a great addition to any science, social studies, or world cultures class. Teachers click on a webcam in different parts of the world to see things like weather and basic geography. In early elementary, use web cams to introduce the world visually on a projector or interactive whiteboard. Select specific web cams and create shortcuts on your classroom computer desktop for students to "see what's happening" on a certain continent as you study the seven continents. Use animal webcams for students to observe animal behavior and keep a "lab journal" of what they see. Use this site to visit different areas that have been effected by natural disasters. Share the videos on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Have students (with a partner) create their own videos related to your location and/or specific topic of study. Share the videos using a site such as SchoolTube (reviewed here).
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Earth View - The Living Earth

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K to 12
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This very simple tool allows you to show how the earth's rotation affects daylight. By viewing different time zones, latitude, and longitude you can see where it is day and ...more
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This very simple tool allows you to show how the earth's rotation affects daylight. By viewing different time zones, latitude, and longitude you can see where it is day and night. The site does allow you to zoom in slightly, but not too close. There are many "custom" viewing options for current cloud cover, IR imagery, and much more.

tag(s): earth (228), globe (14), iwb (31), maps (287), seasons (37), weather (188)

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This tool is great for all levels. Use this as part of a science, social studies or geography lesson. Put this site up on your interactive whiteboard or projector. When using this with young students, use the zoom feature and zoom into different areas of the world to show them day and night. What a great way to teach about opposites. When using with older students show them how to find locations using the latitude and longitude feature. Use the different views with both younger and older students so they can see how the earth looks from the moon and from the sun.Use custom weather imagery as part of a unit on weather and global atmospheric patterns.
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Civic Voices - U.S. Department of Education

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5 to 12
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Civic Voices offers teachers a wide array of classroom materials about comparative civics, comparing governments, and comparing democracies around the world. In the International Democracy...more
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Civic Voices offers teachers a wide array of classroom materials about comparative civics, comparing governments, and comparing democracies around the world. In the International Democracy Memory Bank, a collection of student-recorded essays and oral histories from a wide variety of countries gives students the opportunity to learn about governments and countries by "talking" and listening to the people. Students also learn how to collect oral histories and write relevant questions. Students can also select a country and a subject and hear what its citizens have to say about its history, politics, and government. Many interviews have been recorded in a variety of languages, but transcripts are available in English. For complete access to the site, teachers must register their class. Registration requires a valid email address.

tag(s): democracy (12), politics (99)

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Listen to one of the oral histories as a class (turn up the speakers), and then encourage your students to develop their own questions and record an interview with an older family member. An option on the site allows students from countries with no recorded essays yet to submit their own oral histories to the site. Consider having students record their interviews and create podcasts using a site such as PodOmatic (reviewed here).

Begin your study of civics in your classroom with the Civic Voices Student Survey. Before your study of basic citizen rights, check the Memory Bank Narratives to see what countries offer recorded interviews on certain selected rights. Discuss why the students think some countries have not collected social histories on certain topics. Ask your international students to check their own home countries and see if they agree with what has been recorded.

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Timelines.tv - timelines.tv

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6 to 12
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This site focuses on the history of Great Britain; it does have one time line on US Westward expansion and one on the history of smallpox. Each timeline contains a ...more
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This site focuses on the history of Great Britain; it does have one time line on US Westward expansion and one on the history of smallpox. Each timeline contains a number of points that have associated video content. Short (7-10 minutes) video clips illustrate concepts connected to the timeline using actor portrayals or historical footage or illustrations.

tag(s): britain (35), great britain (16), westward expansion (29)

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If you are trying to create a visually rich lesson plan, this site is easy to navigate and the video clips are classroom friendly: short and focused. There are links to related content off-site, and a message board, so preview these individually before using. While studying similar topics, have students create their own timelines using a tool such as TimeRime reviewed here.
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Longwood Central School District SMART Board Lessons - Longwood Central School District

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K to 12
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This is an extensive collection of ready to go, teacher-made SMART Notebook activities. This collection covers all grade levels and subject areas. Click Elementary, Middle School, Jr....more
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This is an extensive collection of ready to go, teacher-made SMART Notebook activities. This collection covers all grade levels and subject areas. Click Elementary, Middle School, Jr. High, or High School to find the many (MANY) resources). The topics vary greatly and the quantity is impressive. You must have Smart Board software installed on your computer to open these files. Some files will work using the SMART Notebook Express online viewer available here. (Download the notebook file from Longwood's collection to your desktop and then upload to SMART Notebook Express site.)

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These lessons are great for the new SMART Board user or the seasoned pro. Use these if you need a lesson but don't have time to create one from scratch. View the lessons and use them to help you create your own lesson. Click the different tabs to view the different grade levels. Please note that all of these activities require SMART Notebook software (which comes with SMART brand IWBs). Don't have SMART brand IWB's? Some files will work using the SMART Notebook Express online viewer available here. (Download the notebook file from Longwood's collection to your desktop and then upload to SMART Notebook Express site.) If you use a lesson, go to the staff directory under District Information -> Email Directory and send the creator a thank you. Think how great it would be to receive an email from a teacher "out there" thanking YOU for sharing?

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Google Earth - Tech hints - Louise Maine

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K to 12
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For educators looking for some great links and help with Google Earth (as well as other Google products.) Even though this site was developed for a training in-service, find some ...more
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For educators looking for some great links and help with Google Earth (as well as other Google products.) Even though this site was developed for a training in-service, find some great screenshots, tutorials, and links to great Google Earth examples. Be sure to check out the navigation list on the left for tutorials of other Google products and technology hints. For more information on Google Earth, find our review here. Also, find more support at Google Earth in the Classroom.

tag(s): earth (228), landforms (45), landmarks (26), maps (287)

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Use this resource to learn about and become acquainted with Google Earth. Google Earth is a free application download.

Find some great resources and project ideas on this technology hints site. Be sure to check the Google Earth review here for other great ideas. Take your students around the world using the fabulous tool. Create narrated tours for students (or have students create their own). The possibilities are immense with Google Earth.

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Across the World Once a Week: Collaborative Microblogging for Cross-Cultural Understanding - TeachersFirst

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3 to 12
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Across the World Once a Week (XW1W) is a teaching idea that uses today's instant technologies to share answers to the same question across the world once a week. XW1W ...more
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Across the World Once a Week (XW1W) is a teaching idea that uses today's instant technologies to share answers to the same question across the world once a week. XW1W is a simple, social way for students to learn about real life in other cultures from real kids all across the world. By simply "hashtagging" Twitter or blog responses to a weekly question about daily life, students can share and learn about other cultures from their international peers. Find out more and read the details of this offering from TeachersFirst. The page displays the current weekly question as well as a Twitter feed of recent responses. (If you see a black "box," your school may be blocking Twitter feeds.) Don't miss the FAQ page to help you get started.

tag(s): cross cultural understanding (115), cultures (105), twitter (50)

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Join XW1W with your class using a single Twitter account or any blog or wiki tool where you can share student answers to the weekly question. If you cannot access Twitter at school, that is not a problem. You do not even have to use Twitter (though this is a great way dip your toes into Twitter). See the FAQ page for specific hints on using XW1W with your students. Share the XW1W idea with teaching colleagues in other places, and perhaps even with families to try at home. Want to learn more about Twitter and teaching. See TeachersFirst's Twitter for Teachers page.

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Google Treks - Dr. Alice Christie

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K to 12
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GoogleTreks allows teachers and students to synthesize information in one easy-to-use Google Map that places text, pictures, audio files, video files, and much more in one central location....more
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GoogleTreks allows teachers and students to synthesize information in one easy-to-use Google Map that places text, pictures, audio files, video files, and much more in one central location. This site offers possibilities for exploration in all subject areas for all grades. The site is organized by both subject and grade-level tasks. Currently there are only a few examples to follow; however, they offer a variety of material and ideas for creating your own Google Trek or for students to create their own. After choosing a pre-made GoogleTrek, you are directed to a Google Map with different tasks and links.

There is an excellent tutorial for creating your own GoogleTrek that includes step-by-step directions with pictures. After creating a GoogleTrek, it can be posted to the site for others to use. Also included is a rubric that can be downloaded in pdf form. More information on Google Maps can be found at the TeachersFirst review. You can also view the maps in Google Earth. To learn more about Google Earth, see the TeachersFirst review (here).

tag(s): maps (287)

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Introduce this site on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Then have students explore independently or in small groups. Older students can create their own GoogleTrek after viewing examples for any subject. To post the GoogleTrek, you must email the creator (directions are explicitly explained on the "Posting Your Own GoogleTrek" link. Have students create GoogleTrek's about Christmas Around the World, routes of explorers, famous landmarks, and important inventions. While presenting a GoogleTrek, have students identify points displayed on paper maps located at their seats.

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StatPlanet

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6 to 12
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StatPlanet is an interactive map making site that can be used to create thematic maps using data from UNESCO. Examples are provided such as number of cell phones in use, ...more
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StatPlanet is an interactive map making site that can be used to create thematic maps using data from UNESCO. Examples are provided such as number of cell phones in use, primate fossil finds around the world, marketing data, and hiv statistics. The topics vary greatly and offer an eclectic look at the world. Although some countries are highlighted in grey, meaning no data was available. Data can be viewed as maps, bar charts, scatter plots, and line graphs. Upon mouseover, information from each country will be displayed and changes can be animated over time. Selection can also be made of specific countries or areas as needed. When completed, maps can be exported to be used in other programs. This program can also be downloaded so that you can use your own data to create custom maps. There is a demo video and frequently asked questions section to be used for guidance.

tag(s): data (148), environment (317), maps (287), population (60), statistics (122)

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There are countless ways to incorporate this website into many subject areas. Math teachers will love having a way for students to apply data skills in a real world context. During Women's History month, compare statistics of countries and how women are compensated for their pay. In health class, share the HIV occurrences throughout the world. Assign cooperative learning groups one specific area to investigate and present their findings to the class via a multimedia presentation. Have students use a mapping tool such as Mapskip (reviewed here) to create a map of specific locations within their research. They can even include audio "stories" and pictures.
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Maps ETC - Florida's Educational Technology Clearinghouse

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6 to 12
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This site offers over 5000 maps from various times throughout history and includes ALL continents and many individual countries. With the advent of satellite technology, it's simple...more
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This site offers over 5000 maps from various times throughout history and includes ALL continents and many individual countries. With the advent of satellite technology, it's simple to get a current map of any area on the globe, sometimes down to the street level. What's more challenging is getting digital copies of historical maps, larger political maps, or reproducible maps. Maps ETC gives you access to maps of the world, browsible by continent. Maps ETC includes current maps, but most importantly, historical maps. Want a map of 19th century pre-colonial Africa? It's here. A pre-Civil War US trade and migration map? Got that too. The site is easily searched by gallery or by entire database.

Maps are also available in PDF format so you can download and print for classroom use. Note however, the very specific terms of the license under which these maps are available. A limit of 25 maps can be used in a single project without special permission, and a link to Florida's ETC must be included when maps are used on websites. The license is clearly spelled out and would also serve as a good exemplar to use with students to teach them how to credit the resources they find on the internet.

tag(s): maps (287)

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Each of the maps is available as a GIF or JPEG file to use on an interactive whiteboard (or projector), or to insert in a document or website. Use this site for nearly any historical research project. Have students make a multimedia presentation using one of the many TeachersFirst Edge tools reviewed here.
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Historvius - Historvius

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6 to 12
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Historvius is a user-created database about historic sites; the majority of the sites currently entered into the database are in Europe. Click "Explore" to see what locations are already...more
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Historvius is a user-created database about historic sites; the majority of the sites currently entered into the database are in Europe. Click "Explore" to see what locations are already included in the database. Click "Upload" to add your own information. When you upload information about a site, follow a standard format which means that there is predictable information about each place. The places range from obscure to common.

tag(s): europe (75)

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Because the information uploaded to Historvius is user generated, teachers should preview the site before using it with students. Because the site is constantly growing, it may be most useful as an opportunity for students to research their own local sites and create a collective submission as a group or whole class under teacher supervision. Since Historvius editors must approve and edit any submissions, the upload won't be instant, but students should find it exciting to be part of building the database themselves. The editor-approval process makes the site "safer" and far less likely to include inappropriate content.

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Interactive Mathematics - Murray Bourne

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8 to 12
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"Play and learn" Math on this interactive site loaded with lessons and flash activities. Topics range from Algebra, Probability, and up to Higher Calculus. Each lesson is divided into...more
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"Play and learn" Math on this interactive site loaded with lessons and flash activities. Topics range from Algebra, Probability, and up to Higher Calculus. Each lesson is divided into different subtopics which contain lessons using real-world examples and images. Many lessons include information obtained with the Live Math Viewer which can be downloaded from the site for free. Be sure to check out the "flash highlights" link which includes activities sure to appeal to students such as a Calculus Math Millionaire game, Math of Beauty, and an interactive World Population display. The advertising is worth ignoring to access the good content.

tag(s): charts and graphs (195), differentiation (47), probability (130)

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Share this site on your interactive whiteboard or projector and allow students to explore on their own or with groups. Use the World Population Display during Social Studies and Geography classes. Art teachers can use the Math of Beauty interactive to teach the Golden Proportion (explained within the site). Use lessons on the site to introduce new information or review before end-of-unit assessments. Create a link on your classroom website or blog for students to access the site from home.
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MagCloud - Hewlett-Packard Development Company, LP

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K to 12
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Use this free service to create magazines from your Flickr account. Authorize MagCloud to access your flickr account to pull album pictures into a magazine. Registration on the site...more
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Use this free service to create magazines from your Flickr account. Authorize MagCloud to access your flickr account to pull album pictures into a magazine. Registration on the site is required using an email address though verification is not required. Magazines can be printed for a fee or shared and viewed online for free. Click Browse after creating your account to view already created magazines. Search using search terms and by clicking on popular topics. Click Publish to begin creating your own magazine. Enter a title, subtitle, description, and category. Next, create an issue title, decide whether it will be public or private, and choose tags. Connect with your Flickr account, choose your Flickr album, and create the album easily. Setting your album to public allows others to view and buy (which can provide income as well.) Set Bind/price to choose bindings and price. Check the box if you wish free download to iPad.
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tag(s): flickr (7), images (266), photography (160)

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Users must have a Flickr account and be able to navigate the authorizing of flickr as well as choosing an album to publish. Be sure to create titles in Flickr since these are imported as well.

Be sure to check district policy about creating student accounts and publishing student pictures and/or other material before using this tool. Note that by choosing Public in creating the magazine, the magazine is viewable online. Check your District policy. When browsing existing magazines, note that these may not be monitored and check for possible classroom-inappropriate material (though none was detected at the time of the review.) Consider creating a class Flickr account for students to upload class and group pictures.

Use a class Flickr account to keep track of day to day happenings in the classroom (especially for younger grades). Create albums of specific events such as field trips, service projects, hands-on activities, field experiences such as watershed studies, and more. Uploaded photos can easily be manipulated into an online album. Art and photography classes can use the magazine format as a portfolio. Create a magazine of photos that portray different history and social topics, set the scenes for novels or stories, or explain a specific science concept. Anywhere photos can be used to showcase achievement or explain a concept, this service would be a great resource. Special ed teachers, speech teachers, or world language teachers can collect images into "magazines" for students to practice/develop speech and vocabulary.

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Daylight Savings Time - Web Exhibits

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5 to 12
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This site offers a comprehensive look at Daylight Saving Time. The introduction gives a brief explanation of how Daylight Saving Time was implemented to allow us to receive more benefits...more
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This site offers a comprehensive look at Daylight Saving Time. The introduction gives a brief explanation of how Daylight Saving Time was implemented to allow us to receive more benefits of available sunlight. Be sure to check out the link with incidents and anecdotes related to Daylight Saving Time. In addition, there is a map demonstrating the use of Daylight Saving Time across the globe and explanations of the history of the adoption of DST. One interesting feature of the site is the ability to switch from a "normal" page view to "nodes". The nodes view looks like clouds, each one is labeled with a topic and is linked to additional information. There is also a link to SpicyNodes, where you can create your own clouds to be used on web pages, blogs, presentations and more.

tag(s): cultures (105), measurement (159), sun (71), time (144)

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Divide students into cooperative learning groups to explore the site. Have them present the different anecdotes and incidents to the class using different media such as video, booklets, etc. Challenge students to create a video and share using a site such as SchoolTube (reviewed here). Or create an online book using a tool such as Bookemon, reviewed here. In addition to the anecdotes on the site, gifted students can be challenged to find additional stories that relate to Daylight Saving Time. Introduce this site on your interactive whiteboard or projector then have students explore this site independently or in small groups. Use the site as a discussion starter when assigning a creative writing assignment with a topic such as, "I forget to turn my clock back and..."

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Hypermedia Berlin - UCLA

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For visual learners, maps can be powerful learning tools. This site takes the use of maps to explore cultural and historical changes to a whole new level. Using Berlin as ...more
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For visual learners, maps can be powerful learning tools. This site takes the use of maps to explore cultural and historical changes to a whole new level. Using Berlin as an example, the site uses maps from 1237 through 2003 to tell the story of the city. Each map is richly hyperlinked with popup resources. A sidebar menu lists both people and places of significance; clicking the entry takes you to the relevant place on the map. As an alternative, you can simply explore the maps. From the site, it appears as though other city maps were originally planned, but the project does not seem to have been pursued past 2006; this does not detract from its usefulness.


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tag(s): german (64), germany (28), maps (287)

In the Classroom

While the site may be impressive on an interactive whiteboard or projector to introduce a lesson on the place of Berlin in history, it is probably more useful for students to explore individually or in small groups. Rather than focus on Berlin specifically, use the site to ask larger questions about geography and culture and how maps can show us changes over time. Challenge cooperative learning groups to create simple videos sharing how maps demonstrated change in another area of the world. Share the videos using a site such as SchoolTube (reviewed here).
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Tag Galaxy - Steven Wood

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Tag Galaxy is an amazing way to find a collection of Flickr images to illustrate or reinforce concepts. This site provides an unusual search tool that makes the online combing ...more
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Tag Galaxy is an amazing way to find a collection of Flickr images to illustrate or reinforce concepts. This site provides an unusual search tool that makes the online combing process a visual experience. This search tool pulls tags from photographs on Flickr, while taking you on a spinning journey through outer space. As the results settle, viewers come to rest in a galaxy containing one large star in the center and a series of outer planets. The central star contains all the images directly relating to the initial tag. The revolving planets consist of similar or corresponding tags. Click on a planet and additional sub-categories will appear. Click on the central star and Flickr images gather, and land on a gigantic 3D sphere. Select a photo to view, read the credits and caption. From here, it is possible to go directly to the author's Flickr Page and enjoy more photographs by the same artist. This site is also intriguing because of the way it illustrates the unfolding of the search process. It is the perfect site to use when explaining how Internet tags work, and how to organize and sort information. The site is the result of a Steven Wood's graduation thesis project while at Georg Simon Ohm University of Applied Sciences in Nuremberg.

tag(s): flickr (7)

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Tag Galaxy offers an engaging way to introduce new concepts or informally assess prior knowledge in science or social studies on an interactive whiteboard or projector. Search key terms such as "leaf" or "kids" and then narrow that search using additional tags. Introduce this site on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Then have students explore this site independently or in small groups. Ask students to annotate an image using a tool such as Fine Tuna, (reviewed here). Compare and contrast the tags for two photographs. What traits do they share and determine what tags differentiate them from one another. Compare the traits using a site such as the Interactive Two Circle Venn Diagram (reviewed here). Once they understand how tags work, challenge students to generate a list of tags for a species image or location image (a digital picture they have taken or found online), using concepts and terms they have studied.
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Cool Earth - Mark Ellingham

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Cool Earth is an organization that works to protect the Rainforest from deforestation and prevent climate change. The site is a valuable resource for information about the Rainforest....more
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Cool Earth is an organization that works to protect the Rainforest from deforestation and prevent climate change. The site is a valuable resource for information about the Rainforest. There is a variety of ways for schools to participate. The site contains valuable information useful for research projects, short videos, galleries full of rainforest imagery, submit questions, and read blog entries written by visitors currently in the Amazon. Schools can register with Cool Earth to receive regular updates, news, and participate in site competitions. Classrooms looking for a service project may want to participate in the "cool school" project. Students raise money or find funding from local businesses to buy an acre of Rainforest. Cool Earth then provides a map marking the exact location of your plot of land for students to view. Cool Earth also explains ways to cut carbon emissions.

Be aware: this site also includes some items for sale. You may want to advise students to steer clear of these links.

tag(s): carbon (21), climate (92), ecology (135), environment (317), sustainability (19)

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Introduce this site by sharing photos or videos on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Then have students explore this site independently or in small groups. Include this site on a list of hotlinks for students to access when researching the Rainforest, climate change, sustainability, or carbon footprints. Save this site in your favorites on classroom computers for students to view rainforest maps, ask questions, or read magazine articles. Ask students to visit the site and create a multimedia presentation from the information they learn there. Have your students create an interactive online poster ("glog") using Glogster EDU, reviewed here. Register your school with Cool Earth and take advantage of the free lesson plans and resources they offer. The ultimate experience would be to personalize student learning and sponsor a tree or organize a fundraiser to purchase an acre of land. Ask students to research their tree, or the biome biodiversity characteristic of their acre. Include a link to this site on your class web page for students to access both in and out of class.

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2010 Census - US Census Bureau

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Every ten years, the United States participates in a census; the census represents both a raw count of the country's population, but also how that population is distributed demographically....more
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Every ten years, the United States participates in a census; the census represents both a raw count of the country's population, but also how that population is distributed demographically. The US Census Bureau has begun unrolling the data collected during this most recent census. This site will continue to update, so check back often for more. The ability of the Internet and computer data to be distributed widely has changed significantly since the 2000 census, and this site reflects increased transparency and ease of access to this vital information.

tag(s): census (19), demographics (19), population (60)

In the Classroom

First, it's important for students to know that the US Constitution requires a census, and second, that the information gathered is used in a variety of important ways that affect them directly. The first data posted looks at how shifts in population density will change the way various geographic areas of the country are represented in the US government. Consider reading the Director's blog for further analysis of how census data is being used on a local, state, and national level. Of course, the data are perfect for using in math and civics classes for teaching graph reading and creation, and for providing real-life information to use in statistical analysis. A civics or sociology class might download a copy of the census form and consider what the questions tell us about how families live in the 21st century. What questions might students add to a future census form that would reflect how things are changing for their generation?
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