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Nature Works Everywhere - The Nature Conservancy

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3 to 9
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Explore and understand nature through the use of these great videos, interactives, and lessons. Learn the science behind nature and why it is very important for every living thing on...more
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Explore and understand nature through the use of these great videos, interactives, and lessons. Learn the science behind nature and why it is very important for every living thing on this planet. Find overarching topics such as Water, Stuff (how nature creates the stuff that we use), and more! View featured educational games, scientist biographies, and featured videos on the homepage. Take a video tour of the site, find lesson plans, and read about scientists involved in the project through the tabs along the top.

tag(s): conservation (127), natural resources (59), scientists (68), water (130)

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Be sure to save (bookmark) this page on your blog, wiki, or class website for easy access. Provide a link on a classroom computer for ease of access during an ecology unit. Allow opportunity for students to look at the information on the site to find a topic of interest to them for further research. Or choose a project to do together as a class or school in connection with Earth Day. Create an awareness campaign for students to educate others in the community about the science behind nature, why it is important to conserve, and simple actions that everyone can do. Have students create online posters on paper or do it together as a class using a tool such as Web Poster Wizard (reviewed here) or PicLits (reviewed here. Connect the science learned in your class with the nature around your students lives.
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Make an Animation - ABCya!

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2 to 8
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This cool tool, developed especially for older elementary to middle school students, allows you to create simple animations. You are provided with 40 frames. Click to choose your color,...more
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This cool tool, developed especially for older elementary to middle school students, allows you to create simple animations. You are provided with 40 frames. Click to choose your color, brush size, and more. The site includes the options to copy a frame, draw with a pencil instead of a brush, save, undo, clear and start over, and more. This is a simple to use tool. More in-depth instructions are provided on the site. Animations are saved as a .gif file. Read the tips on the home page to learn how to open your downloaded .gif.
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tag(s): animation (63), creativity (109)

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This site is useful for both teachers and students. During the first day of school, create a simple animation to share with your class. Highlight information about yourself, class rules, highlights from the year, and more. Create math animations showing different geometric shapes on 2-3 slides (just click to copy a frame, rather than remaking the slide) and giving the students a chance to guess the shape before the answer is provided on the next slide. Challenge students to create their own animations "introducing themselves" to the class. Students could also create animations to demonstrate what they have learned about a piece of literature, a science unit, social studies theme or unit, or more. Save the students' work and share the animations on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Challenge your gifted students to create animations about their in-depth interests or curriculum concepts they have pretested out of so others in the class can learn from them. This tool is simple enough for bright students in early elementary to navigate on their own, a real asset when your gifted ones are working alone while you teach others.

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Cut The Rope - ZeptoLab

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3 to 12
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Cut the Rope is an action puzzle physics game. The goal in each level is to drop a piece of candy--suspended by a series of ropes--into the mouth of a ...more
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Cut the Rope is an action puzzle physics game. The goal in each level is to drop a piece of candy--suspended by a series of ropes--into the mouth of a cuddly little monster named Om Nom that is located somewhere on the screen. To do that, you have to cut the ropes in a way that makes the candy swing, jump, or fall into the little guy's mouth. Along the way, you also have to try to pick up all the star items in each level. But this is a puzzle game, so you have to put on your thinking cap to figure out which ropes to cut and in what order. To make things more complicated, you also encounter movable pegs; spikes; electricity; bubbles that make the candy float; and whoopee cushions, which send puffs of air that can blow the candy in different direction

tag(s): inquiry (37), logic (235), problem solving (272)

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Use this game on classroom computers for a logic or problem solving center. Encourage students to share strategies that worked and didn't work and to consider the causes of each. Have them chart the various strategies they test and the results. If individual computeres aren't available, share this site on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Share a link to the site on your classroom website or newsletter for students to try at home.

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Mentimeter - Mentimeter

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3 to 12
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This free voting tool provides instant feedback from audiences or classes. Create a question and a set of answer choices. Choose from various themes and then provide a short link ...more
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This free voting tool provides instant feedback from audiences or classes. Create a question and a set of answer choices. Choose from various themes and then provide a short link (http://vot.rs) with the ID code of the poll. Participants choose an answer using a mobile device or their computer. Generate a large QR code easily for the fastest linking. View results instantly (which is a plus for interactive presentations or classes). Results can also be embedded on a website. Mentimeter is supported by the most popular mobile platforms.

tag(s): polls and surveys (48)

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Mentimeter is helpful in the classroom as a formative assessment tool. Educators can interact with others inside class or during presentations. Because the poll address and ID code number can be given verbally, it is very easy to create and give to classes. Survey students during activities and lectures to check on understanding of important concepts. Responses can also be open ended by creating your poll without any choice of answers. Students can only vote once per question with this tool.

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STEM Curriculum - Dayton Regional - Dayton Regional STEM Center

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K to 12
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The Dayton Regional STEM Center offers lessons, units, and curriculum materials in STEM subjects for grades K-12. Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math resources are abundant at...more
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The Dayton Regional STEM Center offers lessons, units, and curriculum materials in STEM subjects for grades K-12. Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math resources are abundant at this center for hands-on STEM! Primarily it is a curriculum resource for teaching. Search by grade level, subject, or industry. There are captivating hook videos about power and propulsion, sensors, manufacturing, humans and medicine, and air vehicles. Lesson ideas are complete and well thought out. Some have downloadable activities, some are video clips, some are tangible hands on activities, but all are thought provoking. If your district blocks YouTube, then the video clips 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), atmosphere (26), aviation (39), data (148), energy (197), engineering (125), equations (155), functions (70), geometric shapes (163), magnetism (35), measurement (159), number sense (97), oil (45), operations (126), ratios (53), robotics (25), scientific method (64), solar energy (38), space (205), statistics (122), STEM (134), teaching strategies (24), water (130)

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Bookmark and save this site as a resource for STEM lessons in your classroom. Use this site as a starting point for individual or group projects or differentiating lessons in your classroom. Search this site for some new ideas to implement in your classroom. Share the Student tab on your class website for students to explore several "kid friendly" topic such as Fish-y Gardening, Pirate Race, Slime Time, Engineer Girl, Build a Bot, and more. Students who complete one of the "kid friendly" projects at home could develop a presentation using a tool like Zoho Show (similar to PowerPoint, but easier and free) - reviewed here), or a multimedia presentation to share with the class. For tools and ideas about creating multimedia presentations see one of many TeachersFirst Edge tools reviewed here.
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TeachersFirst's Resources for Infographics - TeachersFirst

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4 to 12
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Find a targeted collection of infographic resources including tools for creating them, collections of great infographic examples, and sites with professional information for teachers...more
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Find a targeted collection of infographic resources including tools for creating them, collections of great infographic examples, and sites with professional information for teachers planning to use infographics for student projects and assessments.

tag(s): infographics (42)

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Join the21st century trend of infographics as a way to share a lot of information, quantitative data, and relationships in a compact but effective visual space. Help students learn and construct meaning using infographics. Share this collection on your class web page as a starting point for students.

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TalkMiner - FXPAL

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4 to 12
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Talkminer is a search engine specifically for video lectures, webinars, webcasts, and presentations. Save time searching for videos that contain exactly the information you need! Search...more
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Talkminer is a search engine specifically for video lectures, webinars, webcasts, and presentations. Save time searching for videos that contain exactly the information you need! Search for the exact phrase you need (cell mutation, for example). Talkminer will not only list all the videos, webcasts, etc. that have that phrase, but when you view the item, it will display each frame that has your keywords. Talkminer searches WITHIN the video, webcast, etc. identifying your keywords. No more searching by title, hoping the video will have what you need. Better yet, no more watching the entire video just to find out it doesn't HAVE exactly what you need!

tag(s): search engines (65), slides (63), video (253)

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Use short clips in any grade level to provide background knowledge to your students. Use Talkminer to illustrate a concept you are teaching. If you use PowerPoint or another presentation tool, embed the clip you want directly into your presentation. You can use a tool like Clip Nabber reviewed here to do this. During student research, have them use Talkminer and keywords for their topic to hear expert opinions and take notes for their report. This will give you the opportunity to teach them how to cite a video or webcast for their Works Cited. Students could also embed clips from the videos in their own presentations. You might want them to create their presentation using authorSTREAM reviewed here.
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What on Earth Made This - Website ''''''© 1996-2012 WGBH Educational Foundation

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4 to 12
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Explore a super sized volcano, the Scablands, the Magafloods, and beautiful and bizarre natural formations made from forces on our planet. Discover an interactive or printable version...more
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Explore a super sized volcano, the Scablands, the Magafloods, and beautiful and bizarre natural formations made from forces on our planet. Discover an interactive or printable version of each topic brimming with information. Use text, video, audio, or multimedia resources to accompany each topic.
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tag(s): earth (228), geology (81), landforms (45), landmarks (26)

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Make earth geology come alive in each of these captivating subjects. The resources deepen understanding. Open on an interactive whiteboard or projector to begin your earth study or include in a center for individual exploration. Add to your classroom website for enrichment purposes. Use as an example for a classroom wiki on any science subject. Not comfortable with wikis? Check out the TeachersFirst Wiki Walk-Through.
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Knovio - Online Video Presentations Made Easy - Knowledge Vision

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3 to 12
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Knovio takes the pain out of PowerPoint presentations by bringing them to life with webcam and audio enhancement. Create a PowerPoint or Keynote presentation, upload the file, press...more
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Knovio takes the pain out of PowerPoint presentations by bringing them to life with webcam and audio enhancement. Create a PowerPoint or Keynote presentation, upload the file, press record, and present to your audience. If you are camera shy, disable the defaulted webcam to just audio! Share with people you select through the site's private spaces or share to the world via your social network. When sharing through private spaces, you will need your audience's email addresses. Additionally, when your recipients view your presentation, you will receive an email confirmation of when the presentation was viewed.

tag(s): slides (63), video (253)

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If you have students who are uncomfortable presenting in front of a group or who must be absent on presentation day, they can package their presentations using Knovio. High school students can share "packaged" projects as part of their student portfolio or college applications.

Knovio could take the lecture out of the classroom and free time for hands-on activities. Use this tool to record a presentation that you would normally share with your students in class, add it to your website or wiki, and assign it as homework for students. This allows you the ability to "flip" your classroom. Create student accounts using Google tools so that you can easily share your presentations privately and securely. With the email confirmation, you can be sure that your students have opened the presentation. To ensure that they have viewed the presentation, assign them to take notes from it or write a summary of it as an entry ticket to your classroom on the day after it is to be viewed. Students still have access to the "traditional" way of learning from the teacher; however now you have maximized learning time by allowing for extended thinking activities, laboratory activities, and other higher order thinking activities in your room. This allows you time to facilitate more group projects, student choice assignments, and a deeper level of understanding of the concepts that you are teaching. Knovio could enhance any online teaching, too! This way, your students can see, hear, and learn from you even when they are not in a real-time environment. Knovio would be a great professional tool as well. Administrators could use this to create presentations to share with faculty. Faculty could view on their own time so that when they get to a meeting, the discussion can begin immediately. You can even share information from Back To School night and know which parents actually viewed it.

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Physics Games - PhysicsGames.net

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3 to 12
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Play physics inspired games from this website or embed them on your own. These activities are great for any age. Younger students will learn through exploration, trial, and error while...more
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Play physics inspired games from this website or embed them on your own. These activities are great for any age. Younger students will learn through exploration, trial, and error while older students will be able to understand the physics concepts behind the games. They encourage students to start exploring concepts such as energy, force, velocity, gravity, etc. There is a lot of advertising, but at least the sound can be turned off if it bothers you.
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tag(s): energy (197), forces (44), gravity (45), motion (58)

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Advertising is quite pervasive on the site. You may want to introduce the site on your interactive whiteboard and discuss how to avoid the advertisements before allowing students to explore on their own. This is a great tool to use in the science classroom. Younger students can interact with the games successfully even without much background knowledge. Each of the activities encourages trial and error learning. Ask students to explain to a peer how it works, and they will discover the principles. Older students can try these interactives and write about the physics concepts introduced and explored. If you have a class website, blog, or wiki, embed in your site for easy access.
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Dr. Arbor Talks Trees - University of Illinois Extension

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4 to 8
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Learn more about the basic inner workings of trees, how trees grow and develop, the many uses of trees and their bi-products, and some basic chemical principles. Choose from different...more
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Learn more about the basic inner workings of trees, how trees grow and develop, the many uses of trees and their bi-products, and some basic chemical principles. Choose from different sections on the site including tree basics, Dr. Arbor's Lab, State Tree Gallery, Resources, or Teacher's Guide. Select the Spanish button to view and listen to the entire site in Spanish, making this a wonderful resource to use with ESL/ELL students. Activities for lower grade levels are also accessible via the Teachers Guide.

tag(s): earth day (112), trees (30)

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Site creators describe this activity as being for grades 6-8, but the audio and overall tone make it appropriate for younger viewers. This is a wonderful site to explore with your interactive whiteboard or projector. This is a great site to save for Earth Day or Arbor Day activities. Have student create commercials and share them using a tool such as SchoolTube reviewed here. Have students predict what your state tree is then find it in the State Tree Gallery. The Glossary portion of the site contains many words that may be unfamiliar to students. Challenge them to find the definition of the words and use them correctly in sentences about trees or add the words to your class word wall or wiki.
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WDCS Kids - Whale and Dolphin Conservation Society

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2 to 9
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Learn about and explore the world of dolphins and whales with this educational site. Find out if your schools serves "whale-friendly" lunches, make an origami dolphin, or watch a video...more
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Learn about and explore the world of dolphins and whales with this educational site. Find out if your schools serves "whale-friendly" lunches, make an origami dolphin, or watch a video demonstrating how dolphins get caught in fishing nets. Be sure not to miss the life size whale animation that provides an up-close perspective on just how large whales are. Lesson plans are available on the site under the Info Box and include PDF lesson plans and worksheets for students.

tag(s): ecology (135), habitats (84), marine biology (33), whales (16)

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The life size whale animation is perfect for use on interactive whiteboards or projectors. Display the animation and move the box around to give different perspective on the size of a whale. The red box on the whale on the right-hand corner of the screen shows what part of the whale is being displayed. Challenge cooperative learning groups to research dolphins or whales and create a multimedia presentation using one of the many TeachersFirst Edge tools reviewed here.
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Welcome to the Discovery- Interactive Whales Game for Kids - Australian Government

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2 to 6
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Climb aboard the Discovery to learn more about the scientists and their activities on board a research vessel. Explore the five different rooms on the ship through the eyes of ...more
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Climb aboard the Discovery to learn more about the scientists and their activities on board a research vessel. Explore the five different rooms on the ship through the eyes of an expert, taking notes by saving text to a clipboard. Learn about whale migration, whale sounds, rules for viewing whales from land, facts about whales, and much more. View video footage of whales and watch whales through a portal.

tag(s): animal homes (41), marine biology (33), whales (16)

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This is a great place for students to begin a research project about whales. Students can save notes to the virtual clipboard as they learn and explore each room. The clipboard can be printed out and used as research notes. Set up your room so that as students enter, they feel like they are boarding the Discovery ship. Choose students to act as tour guides for each of the 5 rooms. Using a projector or interactive whiteboard, have the tour guides lead the class through each room. Students who are at their seats can take notes about whales and ask the tour guides questions. Create a scavenger hunt with items for students to search for while exploring the site. Three teaching units are available to download for use in the classroom.
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Ollie's Club - Sustain Ability International Pty. Ltd.

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2 to 5
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Ollie's Club is a place to learn and explore different ways to help save the planet through the 4 R's - Reduce, Reuse, Recycle and Rethink. There are games like ...more
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Ollie's Club is a place to learn and explore different ways to help save the planet through the 4 R's - Reduce, Reuse, Recycle and Rethink. There are games like making the energy meter last, word scrambles, logic challenges, and more. Visit Ollie Recycles to learn about recycling efforts in the United States or Australia. Watch videos featuring cleaning up the ocean's environment and delivering sustainable news that requires less energy to deliver.
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tag(s): earth day (112), environment (317), pollution (66), recycling (57)

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Share the site with your class then have students read about the 4 R's and how they apply to the 5 action issues. Have students create online posters on paper or do it together as a class using a tool such as Project Poster (reviewed here or PicLits (reviewed here. Use the videos as discussion starters in your classroom.
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The Adventures of Bloo - Miniclip.com

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K to 3
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Meet Bloo, an addicting, colorful, logic activity for younger students. Move Bloo along the platforms to have him change to the colors indicated. Use the arrows to move and jump. ...more
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Meet Bloo, an addicting, colorful, logic activity for younger students. Move Bloo along the platforms to have him change to the colors indicated. Use the arrows to move and jump. Bloo will turn into the color he steps on. If Bloo steps on a color he already is, he will lose his color. Bloo can also mix colors to make new ones. Match the color on Bloo with the target platform to complete the level and move up in difficulty. You will need to know something about mixing colors to navigate Bloo to the goal.

tag(s): colors (79), logic (235), problem solving (272)

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After demonstrating this site on your interactive whiteboard (or projector), create a link to this site on classroom computers. Have students use this site as a logic and problem solving center. Have students write journal entries explaining how to play the game, and difficulties encountered along the way. Teach color combinations in a while new "shade" using this site!
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NfbKids - The National Film Board of Canada

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K to 4
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Explore, learn, and have some fun at this engaging site create by the National Film Board of Canada. The site is divided into seven different sections, each offering activities based...more
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Explore, learn, and have some fun at this engaging site create by the National Film Board of Canada. The site is divided into seven different sections, each offering activities based on themes such as seasons, story telling, and experiments. Learn more about the site by following the tutorial on the Cuckoo section. Learn about the seasons as you explore Ludovic's area. Dog Run teaches about pet ownership and dogs in general. Be sure to check out the Fun Stuff section that contains a wonderful story boarding activity as well as several "create a character" options for storytelling fun! Account registration isn't required to use the site; however, creating an account allows you to save and access activities at a later time.

tag(s): digital storytelling (142), interactive stories (32), preK (279), puzzles (208), seasons (37), stories and storytelling (32)

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Use the Fun Stuff portion of the site for creative writing activities. Have students create characters then write stories based on their adventures. Use the story board portion of the site on your interactive whiteboard (or projector) to create a story as a class. Challenge students to create their own stories incorporating different elements discussed on the story board. Share stories and create videos of students reading their creations. Share the videos on a site such as TeacherTube reviewed here. If you teach an animal unit or have pets week, be sure to include Dog Run!

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My Botanic Planet - Trugreen

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2 to 6
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Enter this digital world by Trugreen to discover a planet of flowers, interactives, flavorful mysteries, and waterways. Explore the planet to learn about botany. Try the interactives...more
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Enter this digital world by Trugreen to discover a planet of flowers, interactives, flavorful mysteries, and waterways. Explore the planet to learn about botany. Try the interactives designed to clarify botanical concepts. Teacher lesson plans include water cycle information and waterways, activities for flowers, pollination, and blooming, and information about flavors found in plants.
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tag(s): plants (144), water cycle (33)

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Add a digital world twist to your unit on flowers, the water cycle, or senses. On your interactive whiteboard (or projector) choose your character, and explore your world. Teacher lesson plans give creative ideas for projects and lessons. Add to your class website as an extra enrichment activity. Capture your ESL/ELL students with sounds, pictures, and games to clarify concepts. Ask your gifted class to add concepts to expand into an earth science unit, creating a wiki to follow the structure provided. To learn more about wikis, check out the TeachersFirst Wiki Walk-Through. Use as an option during centers to catch kids digging into the world! Create a story for the characters on the planet. The world is blooming with fun and learning!
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Nova Science Now Education - WGBH Educational Foundation

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3 to 12
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Discover a reorganized, teacher-packaged collection of Nova resources for bringing science, technology, and engineering to the classroom. Find standards based, classroom resources based...more
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Discover a reorganized, teacher-packaged collection of Nova resources for bringing science, technology, and engineering to the classroom. Find standards based, classroom resources based on programs from Nova and other PBS programs. There are teacher guides, teacher interactives, and teacher videos. Topics include anthropology, archaeology, earth science, engineering, environmental science, forensic science, geography, health science, history, life science, math, paleontology, physical science, science and society, space science, and technology. At the time of this review, the website is still in BETA version and is not all inclusive in each subject. Find a TV programming schedule to help planning and resource gathering.
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tag(s): archeology (32), engineering (125), environment (317), forensics (27), paleontology (41), space (205)

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Enjoy the interactives, videos, and text together on an interactive whiteboard or projector. Use selected activities as a center (station). Include as resources for your curriculum. Use as a model to make a wiki for your current topic of study for a group project or classroom project. Not familiar with wikis? Check out the TeachersFirst Wiki Walk-Through. Use this format to spice up your classroom blog.
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Answer Garden - Creative Heroes

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2 to 12
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Plant a question and watch it grow! This is a very easy to use poll creator that can be linked through class websites, blogs, wikis or any other online application. ...more
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Plant a question and watch it grow! This is a very easy to use poll creator that can be linked through class websites, blogs, wikis or any other online application. Simply type in a short question then copy the link to your site. All responses show up in the answer box below the question in a word cloud type of format. AnswerGardens can be customized to allow unlimited responses and a password. Although anyone with the link can answer a question, polls can be edited by the owner if any unwanted content is added. So watch carefully!
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tag(s): antonyms (26), polls and surveys (48), speech (92), vocabulary (324)

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Create online polls of virtually anything! Build creative fluency. Ask students to type in an adjective, noun, or part of speech for language review. When learning about states, students can type in attributes associated with that particular states. Studying plants? Students can type in processes associated with plant growth. Studying fractions? On your interactive whiteboard add vocabulary terms associated with fractions to your AnswerGarden or assign students to add a term for homework. Embed your AnswerGarden question on your website or wiki, or share a direct link with the url by email. Finished polls can be exported to Wordle reviewed here or Tagxedo reviewed here to make beautiful word clouds for printing and displaying.

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Moreganize - Stay Organized - Tom Frey, Attila Frey and Dominik Skrobala

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K to 12
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Moreganize is a tool for scheduling and organizing collaborative events around busy time schedules. Create an event with a title and description. Add an optional deadline for responses....more
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Moreganize is a tool for scheduling and organizing collaborative events around busy time schedules. Create an event with a title and description. Add an optional deadline for responses. Other options include adding a map or files. Provide contact information. Add possible dates and times for the event. There is an option to include multiple times on each date offered. Send the completed information via url, on Facebook, or via the email link provided on the site. The link takes you to the appointment survey page where you enter your name and e-mail address (kept private from all other attendees). Select which dates and times work for others and which selections are preferred. After confirming choices, a page gives the opportunity to change/correct details. A link is sent via email so your responses can be revisited and changed at a later date.

tag(s): calendars (44), organizational skills (122)

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Use this site to schedule staff meetings, PTA events, Science or Math fairs, club or student council events, parent volunteer meetings, and more. Student groups of busy high schoolers may want to use it to schedule work sessions. Create a potential list of dates and send a survey using Moreganize to gather data for the best time for all involved. This is a great tool for teams of teachers to use to stay on the same page!

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