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A Curious Mind - Mario Livio, Space Telescope Science Institute

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9 to 12
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Capture the interest of science students with the many interesting posts in this science blog (full of STEM/STEAM). This is a good example of how science CAN be blog material! ...more
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Capture the interest of science students with the many interesting posts in this science blog (full of STEM/STEAM). This is a good example of how science CAN be blog material! Find posts that are cross-disciplinary and informational. Choose from the two topics along the side of the blog: Art and Science. Use the search bar to find blog articles related to your content topic. Many of the science topics are upper high school to adult, with many blog comments from those who teach at the University level.

tag(s): scientists (69), STEM (135)

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Use this site with gifted students in a regular science class or on their own. Students will find the information and perspectives interesting and thought provoking. Use these passages for reading of informational texts and connecting information with other material learned in classes (science and other). Be sure to bookmark this site on your class webpage for students to use, particularly in any STEM or STEAM initiative at your school.

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Open School ePortfolio - OpenSchool

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1 to 12
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Create digital portfolios in a matter of minutes using this educational platform. Assign simple or complex projects, and create rubrics for them that can include Common Core Standards,...more
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Create digital portfolios in a matter of minutes using this educational platform. Assign simple or complex projects, and create rubrics for them that can include Common Core Standards, NETS, or your own criteria. Notify students once the project is complete via this program. View the Public Projects Library to see how finished projects look, to use the project, or to share your project with other educators. When creating a project, you can choose to allow students and parents to make comments or not. There is a Getting Started Guide, or you can watch a tutorial from the Video Library. Open School ePortfolio offers free iOS and Android apps or works on any web browser. Use this tool each year with your new students. In order for the portfolio to follow a student to the next grade level, your district must pay a fee.
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tag(s): digital storytelling (150), portfolios (29), rubrics (32), writing (365)

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Use Open School ePortfolio for student portfolios in any subject. Set up an account with your teacher name, email, password, and some basic information. You will then receive an email with an activation link and directions for setting up the school year and classes. Included in the email is a link to a complete guide for Open School ePortfolio. Once your account is set up, create a simple project or borrow one from the Public Projects Library. Share the project on your interactive whiteboard or projector to get your students started. Students can set learning goals in addition to the teacher's goals. The teacher portal allows you to assess and comment directly in the program. Science teachers could have students write up their lab reports in a portfolio, and history teachers could set up portfolios for student report writing. Students and parents are alerted when you have finished grading an assignment. Watch student growth all year and share it with parents.

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Venue - venue.com

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6 to 12
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Venue used a traveling rig and interview studio to roam the North American landscape between 2012 and 2013 as a 21st century expedition. The expedition's purpose was "to document often...more
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Venue used a traveling rig and interview studio to roam the North American landscape between 2012 and 2013 as a 21st century expedition. The expedition's purpose was "to document often overlooked yet fascinating sites through the eyes of the innovators, trendsetters, entrepreneurs, and designers at the forefront of ideas today." Click on the Explore tab to view expedition photographs, and stories from a variety of perspectives: historic, scientific, and artistic. Each venue is a map marker that displays an area, usually far from a city center, showcasing human interaction with the Earth. Archives of Venue's travels cover much of the 50 states. Click on the map to view the map points. Click on a map point to see information for that particular site. All age groups will find the stories (such as Tales from the Crash) fascinating, excellent examples of how science, storytelling, and art come together.

tag(s): digital storytelling (150), forests (30), genetics (90), geology (81), maps (288), STEM (135)

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In a geography or social studies class, begin discussions of certain locations by starting with a Venue story. In language arts or science classes begin discussions with the science behind the story. Zoom the map out to find artistic and historic markers in your area. Explore photographs to serve as inspiration for stories. Students can choose a location to research and report on to the class. Use this as an inspiration to create your own "Venue" in your area. Students can find interesting places in your area, research the history, collect images, videos, and interviews associated with the place or an event. This would be a perfect cross curricular project! Create an online display of the student work using a wiki or blog.

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Fantastic Food Challenge - Michigan State University

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5 to 12
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This free tool offers a variety of challenges to learn about balancing meals, keeping our food safe, and matching dishes with their ingredients. Use the audio directions that accompany...more
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This free tool offers a variety of challenges to learn about balancing meals, keeping our food safe, and matching dishes with their ingredients. Use the audio directions that accompany these entertaining interactives. Note: This site requires the Adobe Shockwave plugin. Some computers may have difficulty with the new plugin or may display a security warning before allowing it to run. Be sure to check computers being used and to contact tech support for any issues with the plugin.

tag(s): consumers (21), nutrition (153), safety (89)

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Use this tool in Family and Consumer Sciences or health classes. These challenges would be a great introduction to various units about recipes, food safety, and more. Share the interactives on your projector or interactive whiteboard. Be sure to bookmark this site on your classroom computer or place the link on your class website for students to access.

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Worksheet Genius - worksheetgenius.com

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K to 5
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Worksheet Genius offers an extensive choices of worksheets content and options to custom create your own. Begin by choosing a topic such as English, math, or word lists to view ...more
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Worksheet Genius offers an extensive choices of worksheets content and options to custom create your own. Begin by choosing a topic such as English, math, or word lists to view options. Find various topics such as spelling practice (UK spelling!), thermometers/temperatures, math operations, and grammar. Most topics include several options for worksheets, including one to design your own. Once your worksheet is complete, select print. Your worksheet will print in PDF format. Having problems printing? Read the Print Tips in the bottom left red box. In addition to worksheets, Worksheet Genius provides a large selection of clipart free for use in educational settings. This site was created in the United Kingdom. You may notice some slight spelling differences in the instructions.
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tag(s): addition (249), counting (119), decimals (133), division (172), fractions (239), handwriting (17), multiplication (227), negative numbers (22), number lines (22), numbers (203), phonics (74), place value (56), preK (283), rounding (22), sentences (52), spelling (169), subtraction (206), temperature (29)

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This worksheet tool offers many customization options, so it is easy to differentiate for ability levels within your class. Use worksheets from Worksheet Genius in learning centers. You can also make a touchable center by sharing them as a center on an interactive whiteboard. Share a link on your class website or newsletter for parents to use at home. Use Worksheet Generator for review before quizzes and tests.
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Citizen Sort - Syracuse University School of Information Studies

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6 to 12
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Explore engaging interactives to learn real science at Citizen Sort. Register using an email address to play and view the activities. Choose from several different options such as Happy...more
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Explore engaging interactives to learn real science at Citizen Sort. Register using an email address to play and view the activities. Choose from several different options such as Happy Match (to classify photos), Living Links (to identify living things), or Forgotten Island (to collect photos) to help scientists after a large explosion.

tag(s): animals (277), classification (25), insects (69), plants (146)

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Citizen Sort is perfect for use on your interactive whiteboard or projector during the appropriate science unit on classification. Play together and discuss options for identifying and classifying living things. Use Citizen Sort as a science center on classroom computers. Be sure to share a link to the site on your class website or blog for use at home. Have students create an online or printed comic demonstrating lessons learned using one of the tools and ideas included in this collection. Have students create an annotated image including text boxes and related links using a tool such as Thinglink, reviewed here.
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Algodoo - Algoryx

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6 to 12
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Algodoo is a 2D-simulation software to create simulation scenes using simple drawing tools like boxes, circles, polygons, gears, brushes, planes, ropes and chains. Interact with objects...more
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Algodoo is a 2D-simulation software to create simulation scenes using simple drawing tools like boxes, circles, polygons, gears, brushes, planes, ropes and chains. Interact with objects using click and drag or tilt and shake. Add physics to any simulation using fluids, springs, hinges, motors, thrusters, light rays, tracers, optics and lenses. Explore and play with gravity, friction, restitution, refraction, and attraction within each scene. Begin by downloading to your Windows or Mac computer following instructions on the site. Algodoo is also available as an iPad app. To make the most of all the site features, be sure to visit the Learn It link for a three session tutorial to help understand the software. Videos on this site are hosted by YouTube. If your district blocks YouTube, they may not be viewable. You could always view the videos at home and bring them to class "on a stick" to share. Use a tool such as KeepVid, reviewed here, to download the videos from YouTube.

tag(s): friction (12), geometric shapes (164), gravity (46)

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Download and use Algodoo for an interesting science center. Share with students to use at home, and then allow experienced users to become "experts" for helping other students. Use Algodoo as part of a Science fair project. Challenge cooperative learning groups to create videos of their creations and share them on a site such as TeacherTube reviewed here.

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Code - Hadi & Ali Partovi

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K to 10
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Anybody Can Learn Code is designed to spark interest in learning to code, especially among girls and the very young. Find lessons for beginners, Kindergartners to tenth graders (or...more
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Anybody Can Learn Code is designed to spark interest in learning to code, especially among girls and the very young. Find lessons for beginners, Kindergartners to tenth graders (or older). Start by clicking Learn in the top menu bar. Find an Hour of Code with 20 puzzles that use a drag and drop process and problem-solving skills. Complete the Hour of Code and select Beyond One Hour. Find everything an early coder needs to get started coding: A K-8 Intro to Computer Science, Tutorials that teach Javascript, Tutorial apps for any device, Learn to program with robots, and many others. There are also "unplugged tutorials" for classrooms without computers. On the top menu, click on the Teach button to find the link to videos (half way down the page) from famous people about how and when they learned to code. The videos are hosted on YouTube. If your district blocks YouTube, they may not be viewable. You could always view the videos at home and bring them to class "on a stick" to share. Use a tool such as KeepVid, reviewed here, to download the videos from YouTube. Code.org is available in 20 languages.

tag(s): coding (50), computers (92), critical thinking (110), STEM (135), women (101)

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Make coding part of science inquiry or math logic in any classroom. Include it as part of scientific method or discussions about careers in science. You may even want to portray coding as just another "world language" in today's world. Be sure to look at all the implementation advice before introducing these extensive coding resources to your class. It would be wise to complete the Hour of Code yourself so you will feel comfortable helping students if they get stuck. Better yet, invite a few students to do an hour with you after school and learn together! You will have a team of "techsperts" to help their peers. Select the Learn button from the top menu to find two links for educators. The one at the top of the Learn page gives quick tips for prepping for the Hour of Code. The one at the bottom of the slide gives complete instructions for implementing the Hour of Code in your classroom. Plan an hour of Code on nationally designated days or on your own calendar! Invite the PTA/PTO to host a coding event. Select a video to use to introduce Computer Science to your students. In a 1:1 or BYOD classroom, guide students through the site using Surfly, a tool to share the web pages with others, reviewed here. If you only have a few computers, introduce this tool using a projector or interactive whiteboard and bookmark it as a learning station with earbuds/headphones. Encourage students to help each other when they have difficulty. Share this on your website for students to use at home, too. Anybody Can Learn Code teaches the basics. Those students who show a keen interest in coding could learn more by using a program such as Codeacademy, reviewed here.
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Museum of Endangered Sounds - Brendan Chilcutt

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4 to 12
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We all know about endangered plants and animals, but what about endangered sounds? The Museum of Endangered Sounds offers a collection of sounds unfamiliar to many young people. Click...more
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We all know about endangered plants and animals, but what about endangered sounds? The Museum of Endangered Sounds offers a collection of sounds unfamiliar to many young people. Click on any thumbnail to hear sounds such as the ka-ching of a cash register, dialing a rotary phone, the sound of dial-up Internet, or the click and winding of a film camera. Although the collection is quite small, it is worth a visit for a trip back to the past! Warning: the clip with TV Snow features a provocative photo. You may want to avoid that example with an immature audience.

tag(s): 1960s (30), 1970s (12), 1980s (9), inventors and inventions (97), sounds (68)

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Share this site on your interactive whiteboard and speakers to launch your modern history or technology unit. Include it in a unit on inventions and inventors or even in "sounds of the decades." Challenge students to research and find other "endangered" sounds from the past. Have hem interview parents and grandparents to discover long-missing sounds. Create a class wiki museum of more endangered sounds and images. Challenge students (and parents) to find these items (in real life) and bring them in to share. Have students include sounds from the museum as part of a multimedia project. Use this site to launch discussions about the impact of technology and its rapid changes on such things as home design, economics, and even clothing. Share this site as part of Grandparent's Day activities and have grandparents share memories of these and other obsolete objects.

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Really neat site...Just be forewarned that there's a racy photo of a girl in a bikini on the old TV sound part. You don't see it until you click on the TV. Other than that, cute stuff.

Editorial Note: Yes, we saw that racy photo also. It is mentioned in our review already, towards the end of the description.
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Poetica - Anna Maybank, Blaine Cook, & James Weiner

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5 to 12
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Poetica is a browser-based text editor with real-time feedback and collaboration. Create an account using your email. Upload documents from your computer or begin a new document within...more
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Poetica is a browser-based text editor with real-time feedback and collaboration. Create an account using your email. Upload documents from your computer or begin a new document within Poetica. Receive feedback by selecting the "Ask for Feedback" button. Share using the link where the invitee may choose to revise anonymously (no registration) or by sending to email addresses. When sending via email the invitee can choose to revise anonymously (again no registration required), but their email address will show on revisions. Never lose the original or any edits your collaborators make. Download the final draft to your computer in one of the several different formats.

tag(s): editing (66), proofreading (24), writing (365)

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Have students set up collaborative groups for projects, lab data, and more. Anything students can do on a single computer they can do collaboratively with this tool, accessing work from any computer that can access the Internet. Be sure to test out this tool before using with your class. Set up a class account and instruct small revision groups to exchange email addresses. Students can then send the rough draft via email to their revising group. The group members would respond to the email and click on anonymous to make suggestions. This allows the writer to know who is making the revisions without the editor having to make an account. It may be a good idea to set up the groups with the teacher as a "member." Have students work from home for group projects. Make sure to protect the safety of student work and identity. Check your school's Acceptable Use Policy.

Create an innovative, exciting revision experience for students to suggest changes to each others' writing and instantly engage in the peer review process by using Poetica. This tool facilitates teacher comments on student essays by not having to wait until students turn in their papers. Have them share links with you to their works in progress. Check essays online, monitor progress, and even make suggestions for revisions to provide feedback along the way and drive successful evidence support, proofreading, and editing skills. Challenge gifted students on their drafts and push their thinking further, adding questions or responses. Since most of us do not have time to consistently provide such individual challenge throughout the writing process, why not connect them with other gifted students to collaborate and debate beyond just your classroom? Obviously, this tool is also fabulous for collaboration among students or teachers creating a shared writing piece at any level. You could even use it for parent input into draft IEPs.

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Background Burner - Bonanza.com

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K to 12
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Remove the background from any image using Background Burner. Upload your image, wait a few seconds, then view options for what to do next. Select an image that looks like ...more
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Remove the background from any image using Background Burner. Upload your image, wait a few seconds, then view options for what to do next. Select an image that looks like what you want. Or choose Touch Up to use tools to restore or erase more of the background. Registration is required to save and download edited images.
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tag(s): images (269), photography (160)

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Use this tool any time that photos need to be edited for use on class blogs, wikis, or sites. In primary grades, use this tool to edit pictures from a field trip, science experiments, and more. Edit images you want to use in drag and drop sorting activities on your interactive whiteboard, such as food groups. Share the editing process with your younger students using your interactive whiteboard or projector. Edit a photo project together! Encourage older students to use this tool themselves to remove distracting backgrounds from images for projects or presentations. Language and special ed teachers will love being able to create uncluttered images to use in vocabulary activities.

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Flying Classroom - Flying Classroom

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K to 9
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Join a journey to eleven countries and three continents as part of a global STEM learning adventure aligned to Next Gen and Common Core Reading standards. The site navigation itself...more
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Join a journey to eleven countries and three continents as part of a global STEM learning adventure aligned to Next Gen and Common Core Reading standards. The site navigation itself takes a little "exploration," but the time is well worth it. Learn about locations around the world as you explore science and technology at each stop along the way. Learn about the captain and crew under Flight Briefing. Follow the clickable flight route under Flight Tracker. Take a flight tutorial at Fly with Us (under Flight Briefings). Explore videos on the Blog and under Flight Briefings. Watch the intro video on the home page. Some of the videos are hosted on YouTube. If your district blocks YouTube, they may not be viewable. You could always view the videos at home and bring them to class "on a stick" to share. Use a tool such as KeepVid, reviewed here, to download the videos from YouTube.

tag(s): aircraft (24), animals (277), architecture (83), ecosystems (88), endangered species (38), flight (36), oceans (150), STEM (135), volcanoes (61), weather (189)

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Incorporate this expedition into your units on continents, exploration and explorers (to compare modern exploration with historic expeditions), or science units on flight, energy and more. See the Blog for specific scientific explorations your students can read in groups or as a class. Include this resource in a unit on scientists and what they do. Include some of the readings as informational texts that will generate high student interest. This is a great resource for your gifted students in a regular classroom to extend curriculum and share what they have learned with classmates. For more background for teachers, see the Executive Summary under "About." Have students use a class account to create maps using Animaps, reviewed here. Students can add text, images, and location stops! Middle school students can use Fakebook, reviewed here, to create a "fake" page similar in style to Facebook about any of the people on Captain Barrington's journey.
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CurriConnects Book List - Flight and Things that Fly - TeachersFirst

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K to 12
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Read about the many ways that people have used flying machines and the many creatures that fly with books from this leveled booklist. Learn how things fly--either by nature or ...more
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Read about the many ways that people have used flying machines and the many creatures that fly with books from this leveled booklist. Learn how things fly--either by nature or human engineering! Read about birds, aircraft, and the people who have pioneered human flight. The Wright Brothers were not the only ones who took to the sky! How does flight work? Some fiction, and some non-fiction, all these books will inspire young aviators, animal scientists, designers, and engineers. This list is particularly rich in offerings for elementary and middle school, with some offerings for high school level readers, as well.

tag(s): aeronautics (13), animals (277), aviation (38), book lists (131), flight (36), STEM (135), wright brothers (24)

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Have students choose a book they can connect to concepts you are studying in science class or have them choose a book of interest and generate a list of questions they would like to investigate further. Share this list with students during your study of physics of flight and aerodynamics. Include it during study of sophisticated engineering design or of basic concepts such as gravity and air flow. As you study animal adaptations and the differences among species, look closely at how birds fly and how man-made flying machines mimic some of their capabilities. The non-fiction selections offer possible informational texts to practice Common Core science literacy skills.

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LifeSaver - The Resuscitation Council (UK)

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7 to 12
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Lifesaver is a crisis simulation that fuses interactivity and live-action film to teach CPR in a new way. View different crisis simulations while reacting within acceptable limits....more
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Lifesaver is a crisis simulation that fuses interactivity and live-action film to teach CPR in a new way. View different crisis simulations while reacting within acceptable limits. Scores give feedback at the end of each scenario. In addition to the simulator activities, view answers to medical questions related to CPR and choking by scrolling down to choices at the bottom of the home page. This simulator works on any device. However, the CPR demonstration does offer more ease in the free app versions than on a personal computer. This site was created in the UK. American English speakers may notice some slight spelling differences. Tip: you must check that you accept the terms to "Enter" the site!

tag(s): DAT device agnostic tool (159), heart (44), medicine (67)

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Use Lifesaver as part of your heart health unit. Allow students to explore the site and participate in simulations while challenging them to increase scores with continued play. Include it as part of a child care unit in FACS. Share with your school nurse or health professional for use with professional training sessions. Share this link on your class website for students to view (and share with families) at home. Download the free app available for all mobile devices for even better use of this site. Moving the app up and down to do CPR demonstrates the technique much better than options on a personal computer. For an extra research challenge, have students compare this UK-based CPR training with U.S. Red Cross or American Heart Association training to see if there are any differences.
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Shutterbugs Wiggle and Stomp - Smithsonian Science Education Center

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K to 1
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Grab your "virtual" camera and stroll through the zoo to learn how to use science words to describe movement and motion of various zoo animals. Each step of the way ...more
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Grab your "virtual" camera and stroll through the zoo to learn how to use science words to describe movement and motion of various zoo animals. Each step of the way shows three animals in action. Listen to each question then choose the correct response. Click the arrow to continue through the entire activity. This interactive is similar in format to an audio book. Key terms are in bold. Text is provided in addition to the audio. When finished, return to the main menu to find a printable certificate with a list of words learned.

tag(s): animals (277), DAT device agnostic tool (159), preK (283), vocabulary development (125)

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Create a link to this game on classroom computers for use as a learning center. Share a link on your class website or newsletter for students to play at home. Use this site to learn basic sight words in addition to action verbs. Use an online flashcard maker, like Flashcard Stash (reviewed here) to create flashcards to practice verbs.
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Collapsus: The Energy Risk Conspiracy - Submarine Channel

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8 to 12
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Collapsus is a simulation that combines interactivity, animation, fiction, and documentary to look into the future as an imminent energy crisis affects ten young people. Participants...more
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Collapsus is a simulation that combines interactivity, animation, fiction, and documentary to look into the future as an imminent energy crisis affects ten young people. Participants make decisions about solutions to the energy crisis and leave a mark on a national and global scale. Live action footage along with animation helps characters understand each situation while vlog posts offer up to date information about the world and personal situations.

tag(s): energy (199), environment (317), problem solving (272)

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Collapsus is a great way to make students think about and discuss a real-world issue in a science class or even in a government class where you talk about the role of public policy in energy use. Explore and play Collapsus on your interactive whiteboard (or projector) as you debate and discuss choices. Have students explore individually or in groups and compare the impact of different decisions. Use an online tool such as the Interactive Two Circle Venn Diagram, reviewed here, to compare and contrast two different decision choices. Create a quick poll (with no membership required) using using Kwiqpoll, reviewed here, to use when making decisions as a class.
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Live - pics.io

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4 to 12
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Share and discuss photos or other images in real-time using Live. No registration is required. Live works only on Chrome and Firefox browsers. Drag and drop or upload images from ...more
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Share and discuss photos or other images in real-time using Live. No registration is required. Live works only on Chrome and Firefox browsers. Drag and drop or upload images from your computer to Live to begin a session. Be sure to allow access to your computer's microphone for online conversations, or use the chat box if you prefer. The real power of LIVE is being able to "narrate" and discuss images orally, though. Copy or tweet the link to share the URL for your session. Once participants enter the session, the site's tools allow options for drawing using the brush tool, watermarks on images, and zooming in and out to share features of images.

tag(s): images (269)

In the Classroom

Use Live as an alternative to other screen sharing tools to maintain quality when discussing images. Use it with your 1:1 art class to discuss design principles and techniques in images or works of art. Suggest students use Live when collaborating on group art or media projects. Students can create or alter group products such as logos for their mock companies or political party. World language classes can use an image to spark conversation and vocabulary practice using this online tool, even if they are not in the same location! Set up a LIVE session with a partner class at another school for sharing images and the stories behind them. Share an image of a student's work using a Live session during a parent phone conference.

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Story of the Web - Jack Schofield

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5 to 12
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Celebrate 25 years of the World Wide Web with this retrospective in interactive form. Scroll through to read about the first ideas and learn about the explosive growth and important...more
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Celebrate 25 years of the World Wide Web with this retrospective in interactive form. Scroll through to read about the first ideas and learn about the explosive growth and important events throughout the years. Choose auto-play to watch the timeline unfold or scroll at your own pace. As you progress through the story, watch for links to web stories. Viewers of the site share their personal memories each step along the way. Hover your mouse over the right side of your screen to link to the entire report in PDF format.

tag(s): computers (92), internet safety (102), inventors and inventions (97)

In the Classroom

Story of the Web is perfect for use on your interactive whiteboard or projector in a unit on technology and invention or in a computer literacy class. Share this site with students who have grown up on the Internet to provide an understanding of how quickly technology has developed. Compare it to the development of a human being over 25 years! Have students create a simple infographic sharing their findings using Easel.ly, reviewed here or Venngage reviewed here. Use an online tool such as Interactive Two Circle Venn Diagram (reviewed here) comparing communication 25 years ago to the present.
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WebRangers - National Park Service

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3 to 8
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Join the National Park Service and become a Web Ranger! Customize your ranger station, earn rewards, and play new activities. Find activities about people, history, nature, science,...more
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Join the National Park Service and become a Web Ranger! Customize your ranger station, earn rewards, and play new activities. Find activities about people, history, nature, science, parks, or animals. Take a virtual hike of hand-picked trails from National Parks. Track daily progress for your real exercise on actual hiking trails if you live close to one of the parks. There is a Teacher's Resource Guide with 50 suggested activities. This resource is also available in Spanish.

tag(s): animals (277), landmarks (26), national parks (16), virtual field trips (48)

In the Classroom

Check out the Teacher's Guide first for many curriculum connections and alignment to Common Core. Introduce one of the WebRangers' multimedia resources to your class on an interactive whiteboard or projector. Students sign up with a pseudonym; no email address is required. Use the Question of the Week during writing time, and have students share their response with a partner. Use the historic portions to accompany the study of US history or even in geography. Use this site as a precursor activity to an actual trip to one of the parks or as you study states and their major landmarks. Use this in science class as you study animals and habitats. Explore the landmarks in your own city or town and create multimedia presentations about them like the ones shown here. In the Teacher's Resource Guide, find the link to their Twitter account.
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Biomimicry Design Challenge - Biomimicry 3.8 Institute

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10 to 12
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Looking for a challenge that can really make a change? The Biomimicry Design Challenge encourages participants to solve real-world problems as teams, basing their ideas on nature's...more
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Looking for a challenge that can really make a change? The Biomimicry Design Challenge encourages participants to solve real-world problems as teams, basing their ideas on nature's own "design." Past challenges include Transportation and Water. You must be in a degree program to participate in the actual challenge, but anyone can read about current and past challenges. Read the Challenge details including judging criteria. View the Submission Gallery and past challenges to get ideas for your own challenge. Refer to the Biomimicry in Youth Education resource, reviewed here, for more information about the basics of Biomimicry.

tag(s): STEM (135)

In the Classroom

Use ideas from these challenges to plan a challenge at your school. Use the challenge to spark teams of students to think outside the box and be innovative in solving some of today's problems. The challenge would be a perfect way to excite Gifted students about science and engineering. Use the judging criteria to develop your own scoring of student projects. Display student designs during a school-based Science or STEM Fair. Have students make a multimedia presentation using one of the many TeachersFirst Edge Multimedia tools, reviewed here.

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