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SciStarter - Science for Citizens LLC

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5 to 12
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Find citizen science projects that are available for students. Scientists contribute project ideas. Science teachers register and can sign up for email newsletters describing the projects....more
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Find citizen science projects that are available for students. Scientists contribute project ideas. Science teachers register and can sign up for email newsletters describing the projects. Example projects include: EyeWire (participants "reconstruct the tree-like shapes of the neurons in the retina to help the computer develop 3-D reconstructions of the neurons"), WaterIsotopes "(a call for assistance in collecting samples of precipitation - both rain and snow associated with the passage of Hurricane Sandy"), the Baby Laughter Project, and Citizen Weather Watcher Observer Program. Topics range from weather to birds to medicine to sound. Rather than focusing on teachingcontent, the activities focus on using scientific communities to connect and immerse students in the science.
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tag(s): animals (276), archeology (32), birds (50), ecology (135), environment (317), geology (81), insects (69), medicine (67), oceans (148), science fairs (25), scientific method (64), sound (100), space (205), transportation (40), weather (188)

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Find a great project for your students to participate in, entering data and looking at the results. Search by activity or topic to find a project geared towards your students age range, curriculum, and ability to complete. Have students make a multimedia presentation about one of the "projects" using one of the many TeachersFirst Edge tools reviewed here.

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ESA Space for Europe - European Space Agency

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4 to 12
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Find great images, links, and articles about the sun and space on this European site. View multimedia videos, high resolution images, animations, and downloads. Find additional resources...more
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Find great images, links, and articles about the sun and space on this European site. View multimedia videos, high resolution images, animations, and downloads. Find additional resources for further information about space missions. View and read related articles. Find current topics of focus in Astronomy such as recent and impending solar eclipses. The link "For Educators" is full of "ready to go" lesson ideas. There is also a link on the Educators' section to esaKIDS: designed with elementary students in mind. Most of this site is ideal for secondary students; however, parts of the Educators' area could be used with upper elementary students.
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tag(s): earth (228), solar system (119), space (205), sun (71)

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Introduce this site on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Then have students explore this site independently or in small groups. Make a shortcut to this site on classroom computers and use it as a learning station. The text portions are challenging, so you should pair weaker readers with a partner as they research on this site. Have cooperative learning groups create podcasts demonstrating their understanding of one of the concepts. Use a site such as PodOmatic (reviewed here). Have students create posters on paper or do it together online as a class using a tool such PicLits (reviewed here). Or use other online tools such as Padlet (reviewed here), PodOmatic (reviewed here).
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PictureSet - Special Education Technology British Columbia

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K to 12
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PictureSET is a collection of downloadable visuals to support receptive and expressive communication in the classroom, at home, and in the community. Choose from the main category titles:...more
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PictureSET is a collection of downloadable visuals to support receptive and expressive communication in the classroom, at home, and in the community. Choose from the main category titles: Young Adult, School, Community, Home, and others to access resources. Available resources include songs, posters, booklets, and stories. Print and save files using links included. Many of the collections were designed to meet specific needs such as articulation.

tag(s): dental health (23), holidays (147), hygiene (10), posters (36)

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Print posters from the site for classroom use for procedures such as bathroom routines, cleanup, teaching personal hygiene, etc. This is an excellent site to use with learning support, or even life skills students. Many parts of this site would be ideal to use in the ESL/ELL classroom. Special ed teachers looking for free communications materials will love the teacher-made options available here. You can aso share materials you create. World language teachers can use the images to create vocabulary challenges for students to narrate.
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Scoop.it! - Scoop.it Inc

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5 to 12
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Scoop.it considers itself a free "publishing-by-curation" tool on the web. You create a Scoop topic and add articles and websites to the topic. People who view your Scoop see...more
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Scoop.it considers itself a free "publishing-by-curation" tool on the web. You create a Scoop topic and add articles and websites to the topic. People who view your Scoop see what you want them to see. This is a way to deliver subject focused articles and information to a specific audience. Scoops can be shared through social media or using a widget to embed on your website.

tag(s): bookmarks (60)

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Create Scoops for projects so that students have a one stop shop to research. Create a Scoop with information and sites for students to use as a study guide. This also gives you some control over the information to which your students are exposed. Have students sign up for their own free account. Students could use this as a working bibliography of the resources they use for research, posters, and presentations for all classes. Assign students to create a collection of online literature about a specific topic as an assignment. Have students use the "add your insight" text box to provide a mini review of the articles.

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mailDiary - mailDiary.net

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3 to 12
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Check out this online journal with a twist. Each day the site sends an email with questions about your day to prompt you to write. Respond to the email with ...more
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Check out this online journal with a twist. Each day the site sends an email with questions about your day to prompt you to write. Respond to the email with your entry for automatic posting. Images can also be added to entries. Personalize the site using your choice of color and fonts. View entries as a PDF for easy printing as desired. Register with an email and unique name for your diary.

tag(s): creative writing (166), journals (21), writing prompts (92)

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Create a diary with a message to your students each day. Have students keep a diary of their first week at school. They can re-read this at the end of the school year. Have students keep a diary of a famous person for a character in a story that you have been reading in class. Ask students to write a diary about a picture that you have sent to them. Have students write diary entries from the point of view of soldiers, presidents, scientists, and more. Prompt a giving diary during the holiday season with students writing about what they GAVE to someone else each day.

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Pixabay - Pixabay

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K to 12
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This is a wonderful site for finding quality images to use in projects. Use these images for either personal or professional projects. Registration is not necessary to download them....more
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This is a wonderful site for finding quality images to use in projects. Use these images for either personal or professional projects. Registration is not necessary to download them. All images are copyright free. Search images by name and filter by orientation (landscape or portrait) and image type (photo, clipart, or vector.) Be sure to use the filters at the top. Right click to download. Use good search terms to find the best pictures possible. You must know where to save images on your computer. Be sure to give credit to the person who took the picture and show their name wherever the image is used. Consider adding images to this site to increase the number of options and expand the ideas of Creative Commons. Adding images does require you to join the site (email required).

tag(s): creative commons (21), images (265), photography (160), search engines (65)

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Use in the classroom any time images are needed for projects, even if the project is not put on a website for others to see. Be sure students are aware that any time another person's image is used, they must give full credit for it, even if that owner cannot see it. Student groups can use Pixabay to collectively find the best image to use for a project. Challenge students to create personalized images (with text) using Pinwords reviewed here. Teachers can collect images for use on their interactive whiteboard for sorting activities (monocots and dicots, producers and consumers, etc). Use images as writing prompts or in poetry collections. Art teachers can find images for students to use as references or in photomontages (with credit). Elementary teachers can use images from this site as part of student-run interactive whiteboard activities, such as labeling parts of plants. Speech and language or ESL/ELL teachers can find images to use in vocabulary development activities. World language teachers can find cultural photos to use in oral exercises.

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A legal (yet, illegal in every sense) extortion letter from Getty Images ignited my need to find another source of genuinely free images online. Hence, ended up finding this awesome free source of truly free images online i.e. pixabay.com. I fear all the time that such a great source could easily be bought (gobbled up) by greedy and infamous businesses i.e. Getty and we will have to find some other source for genuinely free images. Until that happens, let's all enjoy the free ride. pin, , Grades: 0 - 12

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CurriConnects Booklist: Living Green - TeachersFirst

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K to 12
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This CurriConnects list offers books about living green. Read all about efforts to live green and do what is good for our environment. These books tell about people who are ...more
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This CurriConnects list offers books about living green. Read all about efforts to live green and do what is good for our environment. These books tell about people who are DOING something more than complain about the environmental damage caused by poor human behavior. Help your students discover ideas to make a difference and contribute to positive change. This list includes books for all grade levels but is especially complete in elementary and middle grades. CurriConnects thematic book lists include ISBN numbers for ordering or searching, interest grade levels, ESL levels and Lexiles'® to match student independent reading levels to challenge, not frustrate. Don't miss other CurriConnects themes being added regularly. If your library does not have the books, try interlibrary loan!

tag(s): book lists (126), environment (317)

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This is a great match during units on the environment, current events, or world issues. As students select and read from this list, they will have many opportunities to interact and find meaning from informational texts. This list is ideal during April for Earth Day or as you study the environment--or even geography and human impact on our planet.

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One Zoom Tree of Life Explorer - One Zoom 2012

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8 to 12
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View and zoom into areas of the Tree of Life Explorer interactive viewer. Click on an area of the tree to zoom in to identify how species are related to ...more
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View and zoom into areas of the Tree of Life Explorer interactive viewer. Click on an area of the tree to zoom in to identify how species are related to one another and the evolutionary relationships that exist between species. Find where paths diverged in the past to create new branches of the tree of life. More trees are planned for the future to explore other classes of animals. At the time of this review topics included: the tree of bird life, the tree of mammal life, the tree of amphibian life, and a tutorial.

tag(s): amphibians (20), biodiversity (38), birds (50), evolution (100), mammals (32)

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Use this site to view how organisms are related and identify the evolutionary relationships among the different animals and biodiversity. Use this site as a springboard to discussions in class. Share the videos and interactives on your projector or interactive whiteboard. Research information that explains and shows the evolutionary evidence that exists. Have students create their own simple infographic of a single species in relationship to its "relatives."

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Sparky Teaching - SparkyTeaching.com

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3 to 12
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Sparky teaching's goal is to ignite classroom creativity, and they provide resources to help you get started. Check out the resources section for many online and downloadable posters...more
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Sparky teaching's goal is to ignite classroom creativity, and they provide resources to help you get started. Check out the resources section for many online and downloadable posters and activities. Especially interesting is the "365 things that make you go hmmm..." portion. Find notes for teachers, today's big question, viewer responses, and archives of previous questions. Another great resource is the 10 word stories. Don't miss lots of wonderful reader-submitted stories. This site is sure to get your creative juices flowing! And the "site" doesn't want their name or headings starting with capital letters because they say they are not a title, but rather they are what they do in the classroom. Be aware: this site was created in the United Kingdom. You may notice some slight spelling/vocabulary differences. There are some items for sale on this site, but you can find free ideas and posters.

tag(s): christmas (64), creative writing (166), creativity (109), problem solving (272), thinking skills (17), writing prompts (92)

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Display one of the 365 things that make you go hmmm... prompts on your interactive whiteboard. As students enter class, have the class use Postica (reviewed here), to create web-based sticky notes on a sticky board with responses. Demonstrate and share the 10 word stories with students then challenge them to make their own 10 word story to summarize classroom reading materials, books, math processes or tips, or any other classroom topic. Be sure to check out the articles and reviews on the site for more creative thinking ideas. Use the 12 Days of Christmas activity and worksheets to sneak in some math practice around the holidays!
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Neotake: Your eBook Search Engine - Neotake.com

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K to 12
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Neotake is a search engine to find ebooks online. Type in the name of a book to search through over 5 million entries. Use filters to refine your search by ...more
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Neotake is a search engine to find ebooks online. Type in the name of a book to search through over 5 million entries. Use filters to refine your search by language, format, or price (check FREE.) Results are returned with tags, formats offered, and language(s) available. Don't have a specific title in mind? Browse the top 100 ebooks yesterday, last week, or last month. However, be aware that some returns will be adult material so the site is best used to find specific books or used by adults.
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tag(s): ebooks (41), search engines (65)

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Use this site to find ebooks available online. Be sure to select the FREE option under price. You may want to use this as a personal search engine, not in class, as some of the material is not appropriate for students AND a good portion of this site is not free.

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ClassBadges (Beta) - ClassBadges.com

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K to 12
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Track goals and accomplishments, for both students and teachers. Create classes by uploading a .csv (Excel) file or using the template provided on the site. Then create goals for the...more
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Track goals and accomplishments, for both students and teachers. Create classes by uploading a .csv (Excel) file or using the template provided on the site. Then create goals for the entire class or individuals as desired. Choose from hundreds of badges such as mathlete, completed outline, perfect attendance, etc. Don't see a badge you want? No problem -- create your own! Award badges for learning activities completed with partner museums in Washington, D.C., Atlanta, and San Francisco. View awards by class, or individuals may view their own badges using their access code provided with creation of the class account. View the introductory video to get started using ClassBadges. Sign-up is by invitation only. Request an invitation and wait for an acceptance email, generally received within a day.

tag(s): behavior (46), classroom management (134), game based learning (103), gamification (65), organizational skills (122), thinking skills (17)

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Badges are the "stickers' of today and much more. Use ClassBadges to keep track of student progress with large assignments, rewarding badges for each completed step. Present awards using badges such as Student of the Month, Math Hero, Perfect Attendance, and more. Share this site the first week of school as you set up your classroom expectations. Autistic support and behavior support teachers will find this tool useful and easy to use for reinforcement and tracking. Gamify your class using badges as reward levels. Challenge students to progress through different achievement levels by providing badges along the way. Share student login information with parents so they can track progress and accomplishments at home. (Be sure to keep the login information yourself too. Just in case students misplace their login.) Keep track of mastery of various topics or skills, much like a sticker chart! Students can embed their class badges in other sites, such as personal blogs, using the embed code. Use with Wikispaces, Facebook, Edmodo, blogs, and more!

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CloudMagic - Webyog, Inc.

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K to 12
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CloudMagic is a search engine for your personal data. Sign up using your email address and a password, then link to other social accounts such as Twitter, GMail, Google Docs, ...more
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CloudMagic is a search engine for your personal data. Sign up using your email address and a password, then link to other social accounts such as Twitter, GMail, Google Docs, EverNote, DropBox, and more. After synching accounts, type in a search term to find matching items from all your accounts. Narrow the search using buttons on the site to find only events, contacts, mail, tweets, etc. Use this tool on any browser or download the app for all mobile devices for on the go search capability.

tag(s): organizational skills (122), search engines (65)

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"It's in here somewhere!" Use this site as a teacher organization tool for your classroom resources, parent contacts, and more. Are you trying to find your updated class list or notes for your Algebra 2 review? Search for class list or Algebra 2 to find it without having to search through all of your online and email accounts. Share this site with older students as a resource for organizing and finding their online resources.

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History of Education Timeline - Brian Tate

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Follow an interactive timeline of the history of education beginning with Plato in 0427 BC through the present. Slide the bar through the years to view developments in education. (Hint:...more
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Follow an interactive timeline of the history of education beginning with Plato in 0427 BC through the present. Slide the bar through the years to view developments in education. (Hint: small purple dots above the year indicate that there is content in that time period.) Each entry includes a small pop-up with an image, an introduction to the event, and a link to more information. The sources are available at the very end of the timeline as a link from the last "event." While this site is amazing, our reviewers did notice a few minor spelling errors.

tag(s): cultures (105), professional development (123), timelines (62)

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This is worth some time to scroll through and watch the evolution of education throughout time. Share during professional development with other staff members. Especially interesting is the large number of events in recent time compared to just a few decades ago! Share with older students and brainstorm a list of what the class believes will be "next" in education. As your class talks about cultures, include this for discussion about the role of education in a culture.

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MIT+ K12 - Ian Waitz, MIT's Dean of Engineering

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MIT + K12 is an excellent site where MIT students create videos and teach science concepts to K-12 students. It is created to be used as an avenue for current ...more
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MIT + K12 is an excellent site where MIT students create videos and teach science concepts to K-12 students. It is created to be used as an avenue for current engineering, science, and math students. The goal is to change the perception of these roles for young students and encourage development in STEM skills. Choose videos sorted by topic or grade level. If you sort by grade levels, be aware there aren't as many choices for the younger grades. Do a keyword search for specific terms. Each video includes the assignment (question addressed in the video), the MIT's student's proposal for the video, and the short video explanation. Don't see what you need? Create an educator account and pose an assignment for a MIT student to address in a video lesson. The videos are mainly shared on YouTube. If your district blocks YouTube, then 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): bacteria (30), colors (79), energy (197), engineering (125), glaciers (14), nuclear energy (24), planets (123), plants (144), reproduction (9), scientific method (64), STEM (134), transportation (40)

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Science teachers will want to bookmark and save this site for use throughout the year. Browse the various "ready to go" topics to find something useful in your classroom. Share the video on your projector or interactive whiteboard. Have cooperative learning groups view different videos and "report back" to the class about what they learned. Submit proposals to MIT for video explanations of any topic you wish. Ask students to address a question based on their knowledge, then watch videos for the scientific explanation.
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Teachem - the School of You - FurtherEd

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4 to 12
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Build and view online courses created from pieces of YouTube videos using Teachem. Teachem "courses" include review questions and more to supplement the video you build. Browse current...more
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Build and view online courses created from pieces of YouTube videos using Teachem. Teachem "courses" include review questions and more to supplement the video you build. Browse current offerings by date added, number of flashcards, title, or categories from abs to YouTube. Create your own courses after registering with the site, add the YouTube url and type in questions. Teachem presents the video without YouTube's usual clutter, too! Courses can be public or private for only those with the link. See the FAQ link to answer your "how do I do this?" questions. If your district blocks YouTube, then this tool may be a bit more challenging. Before you spend too much time preparing a "course," test some of those available on Teachem to see whether they will open at school. If so, you could always view the YouTube videos at home and create your "Teachem" presentation.

tag(s): test prep (96), video (253)

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Teachem is perfect for use in the "flipped" classroom. Create your own courses for students to view including notes and comments. Have students create their own Teachem videos to share information on any topic. There is no better way to learn, than to become the teacher! Browse and search for courses already created to use in your classroom to introduce or review any topic. Embed courses on your website or blog for students to access from home. Encourage students to share any helpful course they discover on Teachem as alternative presentations or review of the concepts you are studying in class. Learning support teachers might want to work together with small groups of students to prepare a review and self-test "course" before major tests, assuming you can find the appropriate YouTube videos to help.

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Experience the Planets - Greg Martin

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5 to 12
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Experience The Planets is an ongoing art project that visualizes our solar system through the eyes of artists. Click on each image to read an explanation of the art. Choose ...more
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Experience The Planets is an ongoing art project that visualizes our solar system through the eyes of artists. Click on each image to read an explanation of the art. Choose the download link to save each image as HD wallpaper. Although the number of images is limited, the artwork is beautiful and is sure to be a great inspiration for any viewer. Many pieces have accompanying music and/or sounds. Be aware: there are icons to purchase the artwork. So discuss with students NOT to click on the icon.
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tag(s): planets (123), solar system (119)

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Explore this site with your students on your projector or interactive whiteboard (turn up the speakers). Share with your art teacher as examples of beautiful artwork. Allow students to explore the site before creating their own solar system art. Use artwork as inspiration for creative writing projects. Discuss the music and/or sounds included, what emotions does the music create? How can science become inspiration for art?
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Digital Learning Day - Alliance for Excellent Education

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Digital Learning Day is an annual February event spotlighting successful instructional practice and effective use of technology around the country. Choose the Learn and Explore option...more
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Digital Learning Day is an annual February event spotlighting successful instructional practice and effective use of technology around the country. Choose the Learn and Explore option to find out more about the goals of Digital Learning Day, begin with a detailed description listing the characteristics of digital learning. View exemplary models, showcases, lesson portals,and more using links provided. Sign up as a participant for Digital Learning Day then plan your own classroom activity, provide a presentation to parents, or choose from other ideas offered on the site. Explore the Take Action portion of the site to find digital toolkits sorted by subject area. Sign up isn't required; however, it does allow you to receive emails with updates and learning ideas throughout the year. In addition, The Alliance will provide all individuals signed up for Digital Learning Day with ten to twelve detailed lesson plans approximately two weeks before Digital Learning Day. The digital learning content demonstrations are conducted in four areas: math, science, language arts, and civics/social studies; critical areas, such as working with ELL or special education students, will be woven into the lessons.

tag(s): digital citizenship (58), digital storytelling (142), modeling (9), preK (279)

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Celebrate Digital Learning Day in your school by sharing this site and ideas for digital learning both in and out of school. Suggest to your PTO/PTA that they host a family digital learning evening on or about the same date. Bookmark and save this site to find digital learning ideas throughout the year and to plan special events for a midwinter Digital Learning Day celebration. Share with colleagues as a resource.

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Sickweather - Sickweather, LLC

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6 to 12
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This tool uses reports from social media to generate a map of sickness. The map tracks cold, flu, allergy, depression, and other symptoms in real time. It "senses" your location ...more
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This tool uses reports from social media to generate a map of sickness. The map tracks cold, flu, allergy, depression, and other symptoms in real time. It "senses" your location based on your Internet connection. Choose a disease to track in the drop down to view a specific map (allergies, fifth disease, strep throat, and others). Click on the map to view the hot spot areas and to see individual cases and symptoms reported via social media. This tool connects with Facebook to identify illness within groups of friends. Enter your own symptoms directly into Sickweather. This is a user generated map of self-reported symptoms (collected by social media and direct reporting). Data are as reliable as what people are saying.
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tag(s): bacteria (30), diseases (66)

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Compare this with other disease symptom gathering sites such as this site or this tool to determine the difference in reporting and usefulness of each data tool. Identify common symptoms that would be reported for the various disease and how each is diagnosed in a patient. Research past occurrences of the diseases compared to the present and the reasons for the increase or decrease. This would be a great activity to use with the introduction of immunity and vaccinations and evolution of diseases. It is also a great way to connect discussions about health and hygiene to the real world. Government classes can discuss the role of public policy in public health. What should be the government role in public health and disease prevention?

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Laura Jernigan: Girl on a Whaleship - Martha's Vineyard Museum

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4 to 12
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This website, produced by the Martha's Vineyard Museum, tells the story of Laura Jernegan and the journal she kept on her voyage on a whaling ship. In October 1868, Laura ...more
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This website, produced by the Martha's Vineyard Museum, tells the story of Laura Jernegan and the journal she kept on her voyage on a whaling ship. In October 1868, Laura Jernegan, a 6 year old girl from Edgartown, Massachusetts set out on a three year whaling voyage. Laura, her father, mother, brother and the ship's crew set off to the whaling grounds of the Pacific Ocean. The site also tells the adventurous history of whaling. Choose from many different topics for exploration such as information about whales, a timeline of whaling, interactive map, and explore the ship. Dive deeper to view artifacts, meet the crew, and view a picture gallery. Lesson plans (and complete units) are provided for grades 1-3, 4-5, and even high school.

tag(s): 1800s (44), whales (16)

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Include this site as you study 19th century America, New England, or maritime history. Use the teacher link at the bottom of the page to find units and lessons. Introduce the site to students and allow them to explore on their own. Challenge students to create a talking avatar using a photo or other image (legally permitted to be reproduced). The avatars can be used to explain a day in the life of one of the Jernegan family members. Use a site such as Blabberize (reviewed here). HIgh school classes could compare the whaling industry with other practices that have had an impact on our natural resources. How does this approach to whaling differ from the Native Alaskans? How does it differ from today's use of ocean resources?
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Coursera - Coursera.org

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9 to 12
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Take the world's best courses online for free! Choose courses from 33 universities in 20 different topics ranging from science, business, music and film, and the social sciences. Course...more
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Take the world's best courses online for free! Choose courses from 33 universities in 20 different topics ranging from science, business, music and film, and the social sciences. Course information displays start date, length of class, and the source offering the course. View a description/biography of the course instructor, a video explanation of each course, and information on the course format at the homepage for each class. Most courses offer a certificate of completion for successful completion of course requirements.

tag(s): china (66), climate change (64), computers (94), data (148), energy (197), engineering (125), financial literacy (80), gamification (65), greeks (30), immigrants (20), immigration (58), nutrition (154), professional development (123), psychology (64), scientific method (64), sociology (22), solar energy (38), space (205), sports (96)

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Allow gifted students to enroll in courses that interest them or that provide enrichment beyond classroom content. Share with others in your building as a resource for professional development. Explore the topics yourself for some new, engaging topics to round out your own expertise. Allow students to enroll in a course that would fit into their career goals as an exploratory opportunity in that field.
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