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Forgotten Inventors - PBS

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5 to 8
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Only few inventors become famous, but those that do not may be forgotten even though their inventions remain important. This site chronicles some of the forgotten creative minds that...more
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Only few inventors become famous, but those that do not may be forgotten even though their inventions remain important. This site chronicles some of the forgotten creative minds that gave us inventions still in common use today.

tag(s): inventors and inventions (101)

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Use this site as a starting point for individual or group projects on inventions. Have students choose a "forgotten" invention on the site, or have them research the background of another invention that they use every day.

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Library of Congress: for Teachers - U.S. Library of Congress

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4 to 12
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This site is the homepage for teachers using the Library of Congress, the nation's largest library. Find primary source sets on various topics, professional development opportunities,...more
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This site is the homepage for teachers using the Library of Congress, the nation's largest library. Find primary source sets on various topics, professional development opportunities, thematic collections, and extensive materials and lesson plans for TPS (Teaching with Primary Sources) The teacher resources highlight nearly 10 million primary source resources available on line through this site.

tag(s): primary sources (86)

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Use the learning page as a launch pad for planning your own lessons in conjunction with the vast array of resources available from the Library of Congress. Many of the documents and images are in the public domain and can therefore be used as visuals in other multimedia projects created by teachers and students. Be sure to read the permissions. Share an image on your projector or interactive whiteboard or a voice recording to start a lesson. Assign students to explore and explain collections you select. Be sure to check out the self-directed professional development modules, as well.
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KidsCom - Circle 1 Network

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2 to 8
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This site bills itself as a safe and fun digital playground for kids. The site boasts several sections that encourage communication and discussion on the internet among children. "Make...more
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This site bills itself as a safe and fun digital playground for kids. The site boasts several sections that encourage communication and discussion on the internet among children. "Make New Friends" allows you to make friends all over the world as pen-pals, or express your opinion on a bulletin board. "Chat and Buzz" encourages students to think (and respond) to questions or topics.

tag(s): cultures (105)

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Check with your administrator to be sure that your school allows students to set up individual accounts on on-line sites. Then make a shortcut to this site on your desktop and use the various activities as a center.

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Mythweb Lessons

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4 to 10
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This page offers a number of lesson ideas linked to the Mythweb site for Greek mythology studies. There are a number of suggestions on how to integrate the material into ...more
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This page offers a number of lesson ideas linked to the Mythweb site for Greek mythology studies. There are a number of suggestions on how to integrate the material into other classroom activities.

tag(s): greek (41), greeks (30)

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Take advantage of the free teacher guides and lesson plans offered on this site! Definitely a helpful resource for a world history classroom.

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AIDS in Africa - AVERT.org

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6 to 12
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A British site summarizes the extent and implications of the HIV/AIDS epidemic in African countries. It is updated regularly. ...more
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A British site summarizes the extent and implications of the HIV/AIDS epidemic in African countries. It is updated regularly.

tag(s): hiv/aids (18)

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Use this site in your health class or as part of a discussion of economic and cultural challenges in Africa. You may want to use a data visualization tool such as Many Eyes, (reviewed here) to locate AIDS data in a visual form for sharing on interactive whiteboard (Search Many Eyes for "AIDS" to find many visualized forms of HIV/AIDS data from around the world). Have students use the interactive whiteboard to present their findings and hypotheses about the relationships between health data and economic data in Africa.

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Worldwide AIDS Statistics - AVERT/org

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An easily accessible look at the spread of HIV/AIDS around the world. Another good comparative resource. ...more
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An easily accessible look at the spread of HIV/AIDS around the world. Another good comparative resource.

tag(s): hiv/aids (18)

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Plan an HIV/AIDS awareness activity in your health class or as part of a discussion of current events. Have students research global HIV/AIDS statistics, then present this information to their peers. You may want to accompany this data from AVERT.org with a data visualization tool such as Many Eyes, (reviewed here). Invite student groups to share both numerical and visual HIV/AIDS data on interactive whiteboard (Search Many Eyes for "AIDS" to find many visualized forms of HIV/AIDS data from around the world).

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The BBC's Special Report - BBC

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BBC's report on the 50th anniversary of Communism in China ...more
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BBC's report on the 50th anniversary of Communism in China

tag(s): china (66)

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Although too outdated to be a current event's piece, this site could be used to study the ever-evolving nature of the Chinese government. Compare the reports on economic and social freedoms to those found elsewhere detailing those same rights today. Over the interactive whiteboard,use an online tool such as Interactive Two Circle Venn Diagram (reviewed here) to compare and contrast the two environments. This would be a great resource for a government or international politics class.

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Mexico para Ninos - Mexican Government

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This children's site from the Mexican government introduces Mexican history, culture, and customs in Spanish, ideal for beginning to intermediate Spanish students. This is the Spanish...more
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This children's site from the Mexican government introduces Mexican history, culture, and customs in Spanish, ideal for beginning to intermediate Spanish students. This is the Spanish version, and the link to the English version is not working. TeachersFirst has reviewed the separately. Some of the additional historical information could also be used for middle school studies of national histories. The site could also be used in conjunction with study of the American southwest.

tag(s): mexico (34)

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Immerse your Spanish students in the culture of Mexico, knowing that there is the backup of the English version of the site if they become frustrated with the language. Let students work with a partner on laptops or in a lab to find out key characteristics of Mexican culture and history, then have them prepare a Mexico "Tour" presentations (or have the entire class create a "tour" wiki) for teens who play to visit there. They will be glad to address an "older" audience than this site does!

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Enemy Aliens - Vancouver Holocaust Education Centre

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6 to 12
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This virtual exhibit illustrates a little-known chapter of Canadian history - the story of Canada and Jewish Holocaust refugees. Choose tabs to follow the story of the refugees from...more
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This virtual exhibit illustrates a little-known chapter of Canadian history - the story of Canada and Jewish Holocaust refugees. Choose tabs to follow the story of the refugees from "We Had to Leave" through "New Lives." Each section includes detailed information about the refugees' stories including photos, videos, and additional readings. Also, each portion of the site includes lesson plans for classroom use. This site is available in English and French.

tag(s): canada (30), germany (28), hitler (10), holocaust (39), jews (20), world war 2 (142)

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Take advantage of the free lesson plans included on this site as part of any World War II unit. Divide students into cooperative learning groups to explore the site. Have each group become "experts" about different sections then teach their portion to their classmates. Have students create a simple infographic sharing their findings using Easel.ly, reviewed here, or Venngage, reviewed here. Have students create maps using Animaps, reviewed here. With Animaps students can add text, images, and locations of different points of refuge for those fleeing the Holocaust.
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BrainPOP Free Stuff - BrainPop

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K to 12
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Visit this fabulously FREE site, created by BrainPop, to find a wealth of interactives, videos, lesson plans, and more. Wow - doesn't even begin to describe the wide array of ...more
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Visit this fabulously FREE site, created by BrainPop, to find a wealth of interactives, videos, lesson plans, and more. Wow - doesn't even begin to describe the wide array of topics and subjects. The best part is the FREE stuff for BrainPop Espanol, BrainPop Jr, and BrainPop ESL. Some of the specific topics include: Harlem Renaissance, Civil War, Blogs, Angles, DNA, Stocks & Shares, Digital Animation, and MANY others. These were the FREE topics at the time of this review, and of course is subject to change.

tag(s): angles (88), blogs (88), charts and graphs (195), civil war (145), digital storytelling (144), dna (69), energy (198), grammar (216), harlem (9), internet safety (109), main idea (9), mars (41), martin luther king (37), nutrition (154), shakespeare (131), stock market (13), women (101)

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Use this tool to find lessons and/or animations in a variety of topic areas. There are "ready to go" movies and more in health, social studies, art & music, engineering & technology, and other topics. Share the sites on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Provide this link on your class website for students to access both in and out of the class. Save this link in your favorites and check back to see "what's new."
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Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery for Kids - Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery

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3 to 8
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This interactive site is especially designed to give upper elementary students an introduction to ancient civilizations, World War 2, and the Victorian era. It contains interactives,...more
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This interactive site is especially designed to give upper elementary students an introduction to ancient civilizations, World War 2, and the Victorian era. It contains interactives, artwork, printables and quizzes.

tag(s): egypt (67), greeks (30), rome (27), victorian (21)

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Introduce this site on an interactive whiteboard or projector and try the activities as a whole class. Or have small groups rotate to a whiteboard and manipulate the activities together. Put a link to the activities on your class website and let students use as a center. Use the quizzes as a pretest to see what students already know. When you have finished studying the unit have students retake the quiz to see how much they learned. Print out the provided activities and use for homework or to provide extension activities for more advanced students.
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Lightbox - Time

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Explore cutting-edge technology and video from the photo editors of Time with a daily blog from Lightbox. Time Lightbox features photos and videos of current events, behind the scenes,...more
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Explore cutting-edge technology and video from the photo editors of Time with a daily blog from Lightbox. Time Lightbox features photos and videos of current events, behind the scenes, new exhibits, books, and technology. Take another critical view of current events with photos never released or ways never portrayed. This daily, behind the scenes look, lets you know what is happening on the front lines, through photojournalism with portraits, faces, and events that are changing our history. The images give you a mix into the artistic world of photojournalism with a closer look at our world.

tag(s): cross cultural understanding (115), images (266), photography (160)

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Lightbox offers applications into many subject areas in the classroom. In social studies, world histories, or current events look closer at the portrayal of current events. Use this site as an anticipatory set or "activator" to introduce a unit or lesson on a projector or interactive whiteboard. Analyze the viewpoint given by the media and compare to the behind the scenes look at Lightbox. What are the stories, experiences, and effects behind the news? How does history change the lives of people? Discover multiple viewpoints that might come to life from these riveting images. Follow current events and bring them to a personal level for students. In Art classes, dive into the art of photojournalism with composition, style, space, and elements of design. Bring to life a study of current photographers portraying messages in unique manners. In Language Arts class, determine characterization, story, or details discovered in each image. Challenge students to link to one of the photos, and then narrate the photo as if it were a news report using UtellStory, reviewed here. Create audio recordings AND choose a location (on a map) where the story takes place with Woices, (reviewed here). Use images as ready-made writing prompts for current events or writing classes. Develop multiple points of view into well-known events to share, debate, and discover how people are affected. Lightbox will make any blog become dazzling and poignant. Keep students active, reflective, and involved in current events in an intriguing, visual way. ELL/ESL learners will benefit from the extra information shown in each photograph. Challenge gifted learners to analyze and synthesize current events in ways that they have yet to discover! Remember that these images are copyrighted, so the best way to display them on a blog or other web project is as a LINKED image. COPY the direct image URL by RIGHT-clicking on the image itself and choosing "copy image location" on a Mac or "Properties" on a windows computer. Most web tools allow you to insert images by URL, so you can paste the URL to make it display on your blog, wiki, UtellStory, Glog, etc.
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Flags of Every Country - Chartsbin

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Hover the cursor over any country and see a pop up of both a picture of the country's flag and a detailed description of the elements of the flag. The ...more
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Hover the cursor over any country and see a pop up of both a picture of the country's flag and a detailed description of the elements of the flag. The explanation includes a description of the visuals and the symbolic meaning of the graphics. Data for all "Charts Bin" features comes from reliable government and other statistical sources. At the bottom of the page, related charts that may be of interest show; use their links to continue the exploration. This site does include some advertisements.
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tag(s): flags (21)

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Use this as a reference resource when studying world cultures. ESL/ELL students will be able to display the flags of their countries, and students will enjoy seeing flags of the countries where their families originated. Have a contest for the design of a classroom "flag" after looking at a few on this site.
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Mapeas - mapeas.com

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Find news videos from around the world in a unique way. Mapeas video links are located on a Google Map. Go to the specific geographical area of the world you ...more
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Find news videos from around the world in a unique way. Mapeas video links are located on a Google Map. Go to the specific geographical area of the world you want and click on the links. Larger dots contain more videos in that area. There are dots that indicate a news story in business, entertainment, or general. Continue to click on the dots until there are actual videos to choose from. Stay informed with current events around the world with this site.
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tag(s): maps (287)

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Use this site to find events occurring around the world. Share this site on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Research about many of these events to understand the history, culture, and background of the problem or event. Research other such events that may have occurred elsewhere in the world. Report findings using a blog, wiki, or through class discussion. Not comfortable with wikis? Have no wiki worries - check out the TeachersFirst's Wiki Walk-Through. Challenge students to find their own news stories and create a short multimedia project highlighting "the news" by creating a talking avatar using a photo or other image (legally permitted to be reproduced) to explain their news story that they researched. Use a site such as Blabberize (reviewed here).
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Russian Street Children - BBC

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This website introduces students to the homeless children in Russia. Learn how some of the children live and why they are homeless. There are videos, quizzes, articles written by students,...more
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This website introduces students to the homeless children in Russia. Learn how some of the children live and why they are homeless. There are videos, quizzes, articles written by students, and more.

tag(s): russia (38)

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Share the sociology of Russia with your students. Use a projection screen (or interactive whiteboard) and share the video, the information and the realities of homelessness in Russia. Have students make comparisons about the number and plight of the homeless children in Russia and the country you live in. Have students use an online tool such as Interactive Two Circle Venn Diagram, reviewed here, to make their comparisons.
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