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Whyzz - Whyzz LLC

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K to 8
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Find yourself stumped by all the strange questions students have? Are you looking for somewhere to go where adults can find the answers? Use this site to ask your question. ...more
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Find yourself stumped by all the strange questions students have? Are you looking for somewhere to go where adults can find the answers? Use this site to ask your question. Just type your question into the text box and several options for answers appear. The site was created for use by parents with young children, but it can really appeal to any age. Answers are written by site experts and by users themselves. Talk about the "source" of information as you share this site with your students! Registration is not necessary to ask questions. In order to add comments or an answer to another question, you must register. Registering requires use of an email address. If you choose to register your class, here is a tip: rather than using your personal or work email, create a free Gmail account to use for memberships. If you plan to have students register individually, you may want to create your own Gmail account with up to 20 subaccounts for each group of students (by code name or number) within your classes. Here is a blog post that tells how to set up GMail subaccounts to use for any online membership service.

Once registered, your Whyzz are kept as a record for review later. Site members can also comment on Whyzz answers which are offered by many professionals. Each answer also features a section called "exploration" where additional learning can take place as well as "related Whyzz." Check the spotlight, browse categories, and look at a featured answer.

tag(s): inquiry (37)

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Teachers may be the experts but the greater gift is helping students find answers. Use this site as a class to receive kid friendly answers to normal and weird kid questions. Whyzz not only give the why, but also the hows and the whats! Have students create interactive projects that share the answers to the "WHY." 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). Share the link with parents of younger elementary students to use at home, as well!

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Beyond the barrel - Arizona Star

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2 to 12
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This intriguing site allows you to follow either garbage or recyclables after they leave your garbage can. View videos and narratives of each step of the process. Learn about landfills,...more
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This intriguing site allows you to follow either garbage or recyclables after they leave your garbage can. View videos and narratives of each step of the process. Learn about landfills, recycling and much more.

tag(s): environment (317)

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Encourage students to document the type of garbage at home or school and where local garbage and recyclables go. Create a trash audit and make recommendations for local and school authorities to implement programs. Create environmental posters to create awareness. 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.)

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Neave Planetarium - Paul Neave

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K to 12
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View stars and planets easily in your browser window. Move the sky through a simple click and move of the mouse. Find information about the stars and planets by clicking ...more
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View stars and planets easily in your browser window. Move the sky through a simple click and move of the mouse. Find information about the stars and planets by clicking on each object, the name of the star, its constellation, brightness, and distance away is portrayed. View the stars from other areas of the world for comparison. Latitude and longitudes are easily seen to identify locations. Quickly change the date and time of viewing and other options such as full screen, constellations, and daylight.

tag(s): stars (61)

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The uncomplicated interface makes this free site easy to navigate. Group students to visit sections of the sky and report on constellations found there. Students can also research the history of the stars in the constellations as well as stories related to navigation and mythology. Create models, posters, or presentations of the constellations for discussion in class. 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). Create stories or poems about the stars or constellations. Share the stories and poems on your class wiki. Not comfortable with wikis? Have no wiki worries - check out the TeachersFirst's Wiki Walk-Through.
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Water Safety Interactive - Children's Medical Center (Dallas)

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K to 2
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This entertaining interactive teaches young children and families about water safety. Intended for Texas residents, the content is appropriate anywhere there are homes, pools, or lakes....more
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This entertaining interactive teaches young children and families about water safety. Intended for Texas residents, the content is appropriate anywhere there are homes, pools, or lakes. Rolling your mouse over items in the cartoon pictures pops up text explanations of the dangers that can come from leaving a tricycle next to the pool or other unsafe activities your students might see. Make your students advocates for water safety and vocal protectors of themselves AND their siblings by sharing this site. This site requires FLASH. Get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page.

tag(s): safety (92), water (130)

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Include this activity during safety units or before you send students home for summer. Share it with non-readers on your interactive whiteboard or projector, or have reading buddies explore the site at a learning center. Be sure to share the link on your class web page for students to share with mom or dad at home, as well. Have students create safety posters on paper or do it together as a class using a tool such as Web Poster Wizard (reviewed here) or PicLits (reviewed here) or make an online graphic to share using Tabblo reviewed here.
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Walking with Beasts - BBC Worldwide Limited

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3 to 12
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What determines whether a fossil will be created for others to find? This site offers information that fits into your science curriculum at multiple levels, depending on whether students...more
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What determines whether a fossil will be created for others to find? This site offers information that fits into your science curriculum at multiple levels, depending on whether students work on their own or as a teacher-centered activity. Use these activities to explore factors in the creation and the finding of fossils. For example, in "Burying Bodies," choose the location in the picture where the animal is found and watch biological and natural events determine whether a fossil will be created. Watch the flash animation and read the written narration as well. Other activities include "Making Fossils," "Skeleton Jigsaws," "Footprints," and "Camouflage." Other links of fantastic information that students often ask questions about can be found within the site.

tag(s): fossils (44), tundra (14)

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You may want to share this site on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Have cooperative learning groups investigate various sections of this site. Have students use this site to learn the basics of sedimentation and how fossils are made. Use this site to teach students about the jungle, plains, and tundra. Teach about predators and prey. Students can demonstrate their knowledge by teaching within small groups or presenting to the class. A round table type discussion can also identify information learned. Students can create informational media such as digital or conventional posters. For quicker projects, create electronic "posters" or word graphics for adopted word using tools such as Piclits (reviewed here) or Typogenerator (reviewed here). Continue the discussion with information about the local soil type and animals to make comparisons of fossil finds. Create a model replica of the sedimentation that would occur as a student project.
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Temperate Deciduous Forest - MBGNet

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4 to 8
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This site highlights a simple look at the temperate deciduous forests of the world. This biome experiences summer, winter, fall, and spring. Check out this site to learn more about...more
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This site highlights a simple look at the temperate deciduous forests of the world. This biome experiences summer, winter, fall, and spring. Check out this site to learn more about the animals and plants that live in the biome, where the biome is located, what causes the seasons to change, leaf identification information, and much more about this biome.

This site is also used as a web resource for the TeachersFirst interactive Biomes of the World Unit.

tag(s): biomes (116), climate (92), seasons (37)

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If you are teaching about biomes, climates, leaf identification, or seasons, this is the perfect site to include! Introduce this site on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Then have students explore this site independently or in small groups. Have cooperative learning groups create multimedia projects such as 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).

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Blizzard - Missouri Farm Bureau and Missouri State University

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4 to 7
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This unique webquest is based on "The Long Winter" by Laura Ingalls Wilder. The students' task involves learning about the great blizzard of 1881, to prepare for a blizzard ...more
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This unique webquest is based on "The Long Winter" by Laura Ingalls Wilder. The students' task involves learning about the great blizzard of 1881, to prepare for a blizzard that is coming to their hometown in the present! The main task is to be sure all members of your family have food (from all food groups) to eat throughout the blizzard. This site provides a lot of research, interesting graphics and a teacher-created rubric.

tag(s): nutrition (154), snow (21)

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This is a motivating webquest during the cold months of winter. The webquest incorporates literature, science, research, writing and more!

Instead of creating paper posters, make the assignment a little different and have them create online posters for the final product. Try a site like Web Poster Wizard (reviewed here) or PicLits (reviewed here). Students can create them on classroom computers, and can present them via projector or interactive whiteboard!

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Virtual Body

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4 to 12
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Here's an animated and narrated tour through the major body systems that could be useful as an individualized study resource or for group presentations. Unlike many similar efforts,...more
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Here's an animated and narrated tour through the major body systems that could be useful as an individualized study resource or for group presentations. Unlike many similar efforts, the images for these tours are of medical illustration quality, which increases the instructional value of this content. Learn about the human brain, human heart, skeleton, and digestive track. Well worth a look. Narration allows you to listen and read -- both in English and Spanish!

tag(s): body systems (57), heart (43), olympics (47)

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This site is excellent for an interactive whiteboard or projector. Use this site during a biology unit on the heart, brain, skeletons, or digestive system. Use the site during a unit on the Olympics, while you discuss how all systems work together. Assign small groups to investigate one particular system of the body and prepare a multimedia presentation to share with the class. Have students create online posters on paper using a tool such as Web Poster Wizard (reviewed here) or PicLits (reviewed here).
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World without Oil - Ken Eklund

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4 to 10
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What would happen of the world ran out of oil? Players simulated that reality through this innovative game. Though the activity is officially over, for the thirty-two days of play,...more
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What would happen of the world ran out of oil? Players simulated that reality through this innovative game. Though the activity is officially over, for the thirty-two days of play, over fifteen hundred stories of reaction to a massive decline in available oil and their reactions were recorded. Each story has been archived. Use the Time Machine to go to any of these weeks. Official stories for that week are the headline. Read stories by players in the blocks to the left. Click on a story block to go to the story. Take Gretchen's Quick Tour and experience the activity as one of the participant's did. Be sure to check out the Lesson Plans for Teachers.

tag(s): climate change (64), critical thinking (108), environment (317), oil (45)

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This is a massively collaborative imagining of the first thirty-two weeks of a global oil crisis. Though a game, the research shows that most of the players have continued the habits they developed in this game into their real life. Follow the Quick Tour to identify the parts of the game and have students peruse and report on player stories. Share with the class and brainstorm which stories are apt to occur in their household or community. Research ways to decrease our personal use of oil and other environmental or personal reasons to do so. Create conventional or blog writing about their personal opinions to the possibility of a world without oil and what students can personally change. Be sure to identify the many things that petroleum makes that is used in our lives.

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ZisBoomBah - ZisBoomBah

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K to 6
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Learning about food and good nutrition has never been as much fun as it is on this interactive website "ZisBoomBah: Where it is OK to play with your food"! The ...more
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Learning about food and good nutrition has never been as much fun as it is on this interactive website "ZisBoomBah: Where it is OK to play with your food"! The site is divided into several portions - for kids, parents, and teachers. There is an option to sign up on the site; however, it isn't necessary to access most activities, recipes,and information. Students will enjoy the many interactives, one of the most interesting is called Pick Chow - students drag food portions onto a divided plate based on food categories such as dairy, vegetables, etc. The goal is to create a 5 star meal, once the meal is built then dessert can be added. When finished, the meal can be emailed home to recreate in your own kitchen. Teachers can access lesson plans focusing on nutrition and printables to be used in the classroom. For parents there are video tips and lunchbox ideas that kids will love.

tag(s): fitness (49), nutrition (154)

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Set up the Pick Chow game on classroom computers for students to use in designing nutritious meals. Create a class book with 5 star meals created by students, or post a different 5 star meal each day to your class website or blog. Challenge students to explore the site and find outdoor activities that can be done at school during recess on the Outdoor Play portion of the site.

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Fold Play - Alfa, Superspy, and Octave

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1 to 10
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Turn your photographs into a three-dimensional wonder. Fold Play lets users upload their own photographs into existing templates, print, and then fold them into Kaleidocycles, books,...more
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Turn your photographs into a three-dimensional wonder. Fold Play lets users upload their own photographs into existing templates, print, and then fold them into Kaleidocycles, books, double-sided poly puzzles, or invertible cubes. The clear instructional tutorials and directions make the process painless. Some projects even include video instructions.
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tag(s): crafts (41), creative writing (166), geometric shapes (163), origami (17), paper folding (5), photography (160), puzzles (208)

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Create clever "All About Me" projects while teaching mathematical principals about 2D and 3D figures, line, area, perimeter, and planes. Have students try out this site on individual computers, or as a learning center. The most effective way to use this site is to allow students to work on it in pairs so they can easily assist each other. The tutorials are ideal for an interactive whiteboard or projector because students can follow (and fold) along with the presentation. Have cooperative learning groups create podcasts demonstrating how to create 3D shapes with sites such as PodOmatic (reviewed here (reviewed here). Ask students to explain the folding process with geometric terms such as fractional parts, symmetry, faces, edges, rotations, lines, triangles, angles, and shapes. Foldplay turns math instruction into an art. Younger students may find some folding tasks a challenge, so be sure to provide a buddy for those with poor fine motor skills.

Make gifts for special occasions, such as to thank the school principal or cafeteria workers. Create unique ornaments using student photos. Decorate a "physics tree" or "author tree" using Fold Play ornaments made from images of the concepts or of books by that author.
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I was about to bookmark this site and use it for my Intermediate students. I would consider this to have inappropriate content for students. The site talks about unhealthy attraction to pornographic haiku and lesbianism.

Editor's Note: We investigated this comment and looked through all the Foldplay activities/templates. ALL areas are safe and school appropriate EXCEPT under "Links and Stuff." The value of the activities in the other areas makes this site worth keeping, even if you must monitor to avoid the "links" area. We have also contacted FoldPlay to explain teacher concerns.
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Zoho Show - ZOHO Corporation

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K to 12
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Zoho Show is an online presentation and document creator tool. This program is somewhat simpler than PowerPoint, but runs on a similar format. Use this tool as you would PowerPoint...more
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Zoho Show is an online presentation and document creator tool. This program is somewhat simpler than PowerPoint, but runs on a similar format. Use this tool as you would PowerPoint with your students. It is very advantageous if you have assigned a project and students do not have access to PowerPoint at home. This can be accessed anywhere with no cost to the student, the parent, or you. Sharing and collaborating is also simple. Upload, edit, and save your documents easily.

tag(s): multimedia (57), slides (63)

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To use this site, you will need to create an account. You will need to navigate using onscreen instructions. There is a video tour of the features if you would like to view it, but it is just as fun and easy to play with the tool. Slide themes are limited, but the tools are simple and it is easy to publish to a URL that can be shared with everyone.

Use this tool to create presentations when students will need more than class time to finish. Have students make individual presentations. Instead of presenting on projector, have them share to the class wiki or within their zoho group to promote discussion and peer review. Assign a round-robin peer review so everyone gets some feedback.

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How Things Fly - National Air and Space Museum

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4 to 12
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How Things Fly offers a self guided, interactive resource to understand how space and air flight happen. This site delivers information clearly and effectively about lift, drag, thrust,...more
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How Things Fly offers a self guided, interactive resource to understand how space and air flight happen. This site delivers information clearly and effectively about lift, drag, thrust, and weight. It is very easy to navigate and there is a ton of information to gained! This answers a lot of questions that students tend to ask when talking about space and some physics.

tag(s): aircraft (24), aviation (39), flight (36), space (205)

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Choose a type of flight to have students study and assign that part of the website as a web search with a question sheet. Or have students create their own journey by picking a path and then explain what they learn as they go through the activity in writing. Before writing, have students organize their thoughts about what they learn with a tool such as bubbl.us (reviewed here.)
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Quiz Revolution - QuizRevolution

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2 to 12
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Create cool, professional looking quizzes and tests! Quiz Revolution offers a platform for developing online quizzes for your websites and blogs. Multimedia options offer the opportunity...more
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Create cool, professional looking quizzes and tests! Quiz Revolution offers a platform for developing online quizzes for your websites and blogs. Multimedia options offer the opportunity to personalize quizzes and to create a more interesting look for your pages. You can add text, images, video, and html as well as choosing from pre-made "skins." There is a "look and play" section where you will get an idea of this program's capabilities.

tag(s): assessment (100), quiz (85), quizzes (97)

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Create quizzes to use for pre- and post- lesson assessments. Post the quizzes to your class website or blog as assignments. Insert videos, photos, and text into your quiz to reinforce concepts before students take the test. Assign students to create a quiz on a current topic as a wrap-up to a unit. Share the quiz on your interactive whiteboard or projector (use it as a center, rather than a "whole-group" activity. Learning support teachers may want to have students work with a partner to create review quizzes they can use as study aids.

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The Coloring Spot - Torn Bread Network

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K to 3
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Do you need a coloring sheet to go along with your themed unit? Or perhaps students need a particular animal or object for their reports? This site is loaded with ...more
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Do you need a coloring sheet to go along with your themed unit? Or perhaps students need a particular animal or object for their reports? This site is loaded with hundreds of coloring pages, from aardvarks to zebras, from dinosaurs to careers. You name it, there is probably a printable coloring page waiting for you to use. Find the wealth of coloring pages by clicking on 'themed categories.'

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tag(s): colors (79), preK (281), printables (38)

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Use this website to find coloring pages. If laptops (or the computer lab) are available, use the interactive online coloring activities to talk about color, topics studied in science, or other thematic units. Special ed teachers may find these activities helpful in teaching color names, as well. As you are teaching young students about various careers, use the accompanying coloring worksheets for art and/or writing projects.
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Collaborize Classroom - Democrasoft

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3 to 12
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Use this free resource to create a private area for asynchronous student discussions. Easily set up your class space including your groups. Use the welcome email to learn more about...more
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Use this free resource to create a private area for asynchronous student discussions. Easily set up your class space including your groups. Use the welcome email to learn more about Collaborize Classroom including 8 Online Icebreakers. Tutorials for learning how to enter students into groups, creating new groups, and choosing discussion types exist. Consensus discussions such as yes/no, multiple choice, and vote/suggest can be chosen. Open discussions can occur using the forum discussion type. Add video, images, documents, and more to your discussions. Students, however, cannot upload material to the discussions. Because it is a closed group, outside comments are not a concern (group members must be added, invited, or approved). The process from setup to a functioning site is very simple. Tutorials and technical support is available and make this tool very easy to use. Use participation and activity tools in Collaborize Classroom to track student participation. Use the available PDF's for assistance in using Collaborize Classroom and ideas to use in class to stimulate discussions and engage learning. Watch the videos on the site from educators that show how they use the site in their classrooms.

tag(s): DAT device agnostic tool (199), forum (9), polls and surveys (48)

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Use this tool for discussions, project collaboration, voting on issues, and sharing resources in and out of the classroom. Increase student participation and encourage in-class discussions and outside homework, extension of the classroom, and activity. Use for blended learning activities that include discussion questions to extend the discussions from in class to outside the classroom. Provide multiple choice questions that they can answer, agree or disagree with statements, post comments, or vote on other responses. Use the discussions to debate issues in the school community or within the country. Critique and comment on current events as they are happening. Use to discuss environmental problems. Use groupings to create literature circles. Watch the videos on the site from educators that show how they use the site in their classrooms.

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Be A Martian - NASA jet Propulsion Laboratory

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2 to 9
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Become a Martian Citizen! Join the Age of Virtual Exploration and the Human-Robotic Partnership. Pages on this site may take some time to load. Click on I want to be ...more
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Become a Martian Citizen! Join the Age of Virtual Exploration and the Human-Robotic Partnership. Pages on this site may take some time to load. Click on I want to be a Martian Citizen to create an account. Students choose under 13 or 14 and over. If under 13, a parent email is required and over 14 still requires contact information. Skip making an account by choosing "I just want to look around." Choose this to cruise the site by creating an Anonymous Tourist Visa to just look around. Become a map maker in the Map Room of the Citizen Science Hall, become a curious visitor in the Crater City Town Hall Polling Place, visit the Two Moons Theater, or view the visitor center Tourist Malls Atlas.

tag(s): mars (41), planets (123), space (205)

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View movies that feature testing of the Mars Rover models on similar terrain areas here on Earth. Share the videos on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Learn why we map Mars by visiting the Map room. After viewing the information video, help find terrain changes on Mars or count craters. Find information on every page of this site. Find your way back using the sitemap. Allow students to explore this site and hold a class discussion of the interesting information and major points learned through the exploration. Research other NASA probes and missions to identify information learned and how we understand the universe and maybe our own planet better.
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For Kids Only - Earth Science - NASA Science

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2 to 12
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This site offers several activities for students to learn about earth science. When the page first loads there is an interesting science fact offered, reload the page to see another...more
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This site offers several activities for students to learn about earth science. When the page first loads there is an interesting science fact offered, reload the page to see another new fact. Links on the main page take you to different sections of the site such as people, land, water, air, and natural hazards. Within each section is information about NASA and their current activities related to the topic, these sections are fairly short and geared toward providing information at the elementary age level. This is also where activities will be found, for example, in the land portion there is an interactive coloring book to learn about data collected from the earth, a multimedia presentation with Amanda the Pigeon teaching about flight, and Echo the Bat teaches about how satellites are used. Within some sections of the site are links for teachers containing lesson plans including printable worksheets. Secondary level teachers may find the teacher's guides useful to download and use, they contain in-depth information and activities about planet earth and space.

tag(s): air (163), data (148), earth (228), flight (36), water (130)

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This site is perfect for use on the interactive whiteboard or projector. Display activities on the board as you explore different earth science concepts. Create a link on classroom computers for older students to explore the site on their own. Use the lesson plans on the site to complement your existing lessons on earth science.
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Cardboard Cognition - San Diego State University Department of Education

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K to 6
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This site offers directions and resources for 132 educational card and board games. Games are listed in alphabetical order with a direct link to the description of the games. Most ...more
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This site offers directions and resources for 132 educational card and board games. Games are listed in alphabetical order with a direct link to the description of the games. Most games have a name that gives a clue to the content; however, it may be worthwhile to search other games that may be modified for different uses. Each game includes information on appropriate use of the game, rationale, directions, modifications, and information on designing game cards.

tag(s): capitals (24), logic (235), number sense (97), nutrition (154), puzzles (208)

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Create games to use for classroom centers, homework, or practice with classroom skills. Older students can be given directions and create their own card games. Use the card games on the site as inspiration for creating card games appropriate for your classroom.

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Levers - vectorpark.com

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4 to 12
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Learn about levers and forces with this engaging interactive. As items drop into the water below, pick them up and drag with your cursor to hang on the lever above. ...more
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Learn about levers and forces with this engaging interactive. As items drop into the water below, pick them up and drag with your cursor to hang on the lever above. Add other levers as they appear. Once objects are hung, move them from one area to another to see the differences in the levers. Let water out of the pail to see even bigger changes.

tag(s): forces (45), motion (59)

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Explore how levers work before, during, or after a unit of instruction. Encourage students to create similar models in the classroom (using different materials of course.) Measure and record effects of each object on the lever to learn more about forces and the parts of a lever. Propose changes to where items are placed and discuss the changes on forces.
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