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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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Medical Animation Library - Penn Medicine

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6 to 12
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Use this site to view animated videos about medical disorders and interventions. Browse categories such as Allergy and Immunology, Cancer, Fitness, Neurology, and more. Browse topics...more
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Use this site to view animated videos about medical disorders and interventions. Browse categories such as Allergy and Immunology, Cancer, Fitness, Neurology, and more. Browse topics in the categories to learn about specific disorders, interventions, and treatments, and other helpful information. Find a description beneath each video. Note: A link to create an appointment is also found on these pages.
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tag(s): brain (72), diseases (66), fitness (49), medicine (67)

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Use this site for easy to understand information about diseases and disorders. Share the video clips on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Have groups of students investigate specific medical disorders (using this site and others). Have students make a multimedia presentation using one of the many TeachersFirst Edge tools reviewed here.
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2ePub - 2epub.com

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6 to 12
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This site easily converts one type of eBook format to another. This is perfect for those with more than one device using different formats or when sharing eBook resources with ...more
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This site easily converts one type of eBook format to another. This is perfect for those with more than one device using different formats or when sharing eBook resources with others. Use many formats such as doc, pdf, mobi, html and more to convert. Set the author, attributes, and title during the process. Note that only five ebooks can be selected and processed at a time. When finished, download the finished book to your desktop.
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tag(s): ebooks (42)

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Use this resource to convert eBooks that are useful for sharing in a class using a variety of devices. Engage kids by making pdfs, docs or any format that is readable on the devices being used. Use for students to "publish" their own works easily. Write and collaborate using Google Docs, download the document, and then convert using this tool. Use in elementary reading to make instant ebooks from kids writing or from vocabulary words in upcoming units. Use for whole-class collaboration and create a book to share on ebook readers. The possibilities for creating ans sharing are endless!
 

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All My Tweets - AirTight Interactive

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9 to 12
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All My Tweets is an easy way to see the tweets of a certain user. The result of the search is a list of tweets through time. It loads a ...more
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All My Tweets is an easy way to see the tweets of a certain user. The result of the search is a list of tweets through time. It loads a maximum of 3,200 tweets. Try entering teachersfirst in the search bar to see an example. Note: adults should preview results before using this tool with students, since unintended results may include inappropriate content.

tag(s): twitter (50)

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Use on an Interactive whiteboard or projector to introduce a class topic or follow current events. This site could be used for students to submit an assignment of their own tweets they did over a period of time. Or use this site during a presentation on how Twitter works, showing the information contained in a succession of tweets. Have students submit a record of tweets that show their learning over time. Follow a Twitter user who often shares resource links for a diary of resources that have been shared. Trace the tweets from the White House, any high profile political figure, or author over a period of time. Follow discussions about current events or new events in science or medicine. See this list of tweeting authors for some possibilities.

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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 (254)

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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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Chemistry Regents Exams with Explanation - Kent Chemistry

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9 to 12
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Review and practice for Chemistry Regents exam with this site that contains over 1000 questions with answers and explanations. Choose from previous exams beginning in 2002 on up to...more
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Review and practice for Chemistry Regents exam with this site that contains over 1000 questions with answers and explanations. Choose from previous exams beginning in 2002 on up to current exams. Questions are displayed, answers are provided in the same color as the background making them invisible when first viewing the page. To find some answers, you must click a link, depending on how new the practice test is. Highlight the answer or explanation box to see the correct response along with are short explanation. Each page contains 10 questions. Be sure to follow links to view all of the questions from each exam.
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tag(s): test prep (95)

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Share this site with students to use when preparing for Regents exams. Display sample questions on your interactive whiteboard or projector and practice together. Share this link on your class website for students to access both in and out of the class.

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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 (198), forces (45), gravity (46), motion (59)

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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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Track My T - Anvil Knitwear

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5 to 12
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Learn all about cotton. Type in the unique lot number on a t-shirt and follow your shirt through an amazing interactive journey from its very beginning as a cotton seed ...more
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Learn all about cotton. Type in the unique lot number on a t-shirt and follow your shirt through an amazing interactive journey from its very beginning as a cotton seed on a farm! If you don't have a tracking number, simply click the "choose a random t-shirt" option. Learn about picking cotton, the cotton gin, yarn spinners, textile mills, cut and sew factories, and distribution centers. This is an incredible journey teaching the process that goods go through before ending up in the local store. Each stop on the journey includes video, images, and information about what happens during that part of the t-shirt creation process. In addition, you encounter historical figures such as Eli Whitney. Click on the house at the bottom right-hand side of the screen to download many lesson plans to use with the site. Click the music note in the bottom right to turn music on/off.

tag(s): consumers (21), producers (8)

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Use this activity as a whole class with an interactive whiteboard or projector as you teach about the industrial revolution, basic economics (raw materials, factories, etc.), or even plants/agriculture. Create a center focusing on this activity in the classroom or individually in the computer lab setting. As a follow up activity, have students put placemarks on a Google Earth map (reviewed here) on the location where their t-shirt/pants/shoes were made. This activity could easily be expanded to the geography classroom where students could do additional research about the country where their t-shirt originated from. Extend the activity by having students research and map other products and their origins.
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Planet in Action - Dinther Product Design

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6 to 12
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Planet in Action offers the opportunity to take virtual field trips such as a helicopter ride above the Grand Canyon, an expedition to Mount St. Helens, or a helicopter tour ...more
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Planet in Action offers the opportunity to take virtual field trips such as a helicopter ride above the Grand Canyon, an expedition to Mount St. Helens, or a helicopter tour of Manhattan all with the help of Google Earth and some tools that Planet in Action has created. On the main page you can scroll down to view the recent additions. At the time of this review, many involve current events. Just click the play button to view the Google Earth presentation/tour. These tours do not require that you install Google Earth. Why not view the Choose the games link on the site to explore the world as a helicopter pilot in San Francisco, land on the moon with Neil Armstrong, navigate through Manhattan, and more. The most adventurous technology users may want to learn more about the tools used to create these tours-- and even try them, but they are not simple. The tools offer additional features beyond what Google Earth can do (which is a LOT!).
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tag(s): cities (25), landforms (45), landmarks (26), map skills (79), maps (287), virtual field trips (48)

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Take your class on a virtual helicopter ride above famous landmarks that they are learning about in class. Share the videos (tours) or games on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Watch the recorded tour and discuss the different landmarks as you see them. 'Hire' a student helicopter 'pilot' who can navigate a trip for the class. On individual computers, students can create postcards of their virtual field trip or create their own virtual tour that can be saved and shared with others or with Planet in Action. As students fly above the landmarks, a Google Map will show them exactly where they are in the virtual tour. To learn more about Google Earth, see the TeachersFirst review (here). Inspire your code-writing "tech geeks" by challenging them to learn more about the specialized tools demonstrated here and to create tours of their own.
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Grand Challenges for Engineering - National Academy of Engineering

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9 to 12
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Grand Challenges for Engineering shares information on several engineering problems that are just waiting for 21st century solutions. Engineering challenge information is presented...more
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Grand Challenges for Engineering shares information on several engineering problems that are just waiting for 21st century solutions. Engineering challenge information is presented and followed by a moderated response forum. Anyone may submit ideas, and no registration is required. Share your name and location on the planet, and your comments may be featured in the forum. There are video clips, interactives, ready to go activities, and more. Information about world needs and next steps towards solutions are available. These topics can be controversial, so preview before you share with the class.

tag(s): carbon (21), critical thinking (108), engineering (125), mars (41), medicine (67), nuclear energy (24), problem solving (272), scientific method (64), STEM (134)

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Use Grand Challenges for Engineering topics as class conversation starters in science, biology, and engineering classes and an inspiration to make STEM a possible career choice. Stimulate a rich discussion by previewing the topic to students at the beginning of a week and discussing at the end of the week. Share the videos on your projector or interactive whiteboard. Encourage them to research the idea outside of class, and provide this website as a major source. Have students summarize the concept and the new things that they have learned through the discussion on an exit slip before they leave for the week. Challenge your students to think of other Grand Challenges that we face. In a gifted program these challenges could serve as themes for extended investigations or individual projects.
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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 (323)

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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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Stencyl - Stencyl, LLC

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6 to 12
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Stencyl allows you to design and build your own and Flash games without any knowledge of programming. Download the program and use their Photo Shop "like" toolset to create ...more
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Stencyl allows you to design and build your own and Flash games without any knowledge of programming. Download the program and use their Photo Shop "like" toolset to create the game of your dreams. Visit Stencylpedia to get started by viewing videos, demos, and sample projects. Stencyl also has a library for backgrounds and actors, or you can import graphics from your Mac or P.C. The click and drag capability empowers those with a creative game idea to see it come to reality without knowing any code. Share your game with Stencyl, or on your own site or blog. Stencyl also has tools for creating iOS (iPhone, iTouch, iPad) games, but they are not free (rats!).
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tag(s): DAT device agnostic tool (198), game based learning (103), gamification (65), quizzes (96)

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Create games for student review and/or practice, or use to assess knowledge before and after a unit. View example games for an idea of what you can create using this tool. One of the best learning tools for kids is to have them create their OWN games. Use your own teacher account so you do not need student emails at school. Ideally, students can create games for either learning or review for their fellow classmates. Assign a small group of students to create a game and then act as "host" to present their research information on a topic and keep the "audience" engaged. Learning support teachers might want to work together with a small group of students to create review games on a projector or interactive whiteboard. The process of creating the game provides another layer of review/practice before students play the game for more repetition.

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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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Steve Spangler Science Videos - Steve Spangler

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K to 12
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Steve Spangler has brought his fun and educational science experiments to his YouTube page. At the time of this review, the channel had over 400 science experiments in short (approx....more
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Steve Spangler has brought his fun and educational science experiments to his YouTube page. At the time of this review, the channel had over 400 science experiments in short (approx. one minute) videos. Each video demonstrates step by step how to conduct the experiment but leaves it up to the you to decide the science involved. Choose from the featured playlist, browse through uploaded videos, view by fan favorites, or search the channel using a keyword or term to find experiments. Videos can also be sorted by newest or oldest additions. Subscribe to the channel (using your YouTube login) to receive updates when new videos are added. Many include links to further detail and experiment how-tos on Steve's regular web site.
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tag(s): experiments (71), optical illusions (11), solar energy (38), water (130)

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Show a video on your interactive whiteboard (or projector) as an introduction before conducting an experiment in class. Stop the video before the ending and have students predict what will happen. Have students journal their thoughts to the science at work in the video. Have students create their own comics to explain a topic using comic-creation tools from this collection. Share this site as a resource for science fair projects or for a school science night. The videos are hosted 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.
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Twitter4Teachers - Gina Hartman

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K to 12
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Are you looking for fellow educators to follow on Twitter? If so, this wiki is a great starting point. Choose from many different categories of educators such as librarians, early ...more
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Are you looking for fellow educators to follow on Twitter? If so, this wiki is a great starting point. Choose from many different categories of educators such as librarians, early childhood, professional development, and much more to begin your search. Each link leads to a list of educators to follow on Twitter along with a short description about themselves, simply click on the Twitter handle to go to Twitter and begin following. Be aware: there is a warning on the top of the main page that the wiki is now "locked down" due to spamming. You are still able to access all the links. You are not able to edit without joining.

tag(s): social networking (112), twitter (50)

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Explore the site to discover and follow educators who match your interests and needs. Read the Tweets about what is happening in other classrooms to gain some new/fresh ideas. Want to know more about Twitter? See TeachersFirst's Twitter for Teachers page.

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Floating Junkyard - Scholastic

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5 to 12
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Floating Junkyard is a great Scholastic lesson plan for introducing plastic pollution in the North Pacific Ocean. Here you will find an article from Science World, discussion starter...more
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Floating Junkyard is a great Scholastic lesson plan for introducing plastic pollution in the North Pacific Ocean. Here you will find an article from Science World, discussion starter questions, a video (which uses Flash), and worksheets. You can also download the teachers edition for Science World Magazine that will give you more information and ideas for activities.
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tag(s): environment (317), oceans (148), plastics (9), pollution (66)

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The video and activities on this site make it the perfect introduction to the plastic pollution problem in the North Pacific. Be sure to click on the picture of the seal and enlarge it to make it readable. Once you've completed the video and worksheets, consider challenging your students with one of the activities suggested in the teachers edition either under project based learning or additional resources. For older and gifted students you may want to continue this unit by taking a virtual journey on one of the ships that measures and keeps track of marine pollution. You will find this site, Ship-2-Shore Education/ Mapping Plastic Marine Pollution, reviewed here. Set up an RSS feed or Google News search for news of the debris from the 2011 Japanese tsunami to add to the discussion.
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Electron Configuration - Mark Bishop

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10 to 12
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Complete electron configuration is a tutorial activity to practice and understand electron configurations in atoms. Orbitals are often difficult to translate to written notation; however...more
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Complete electron configuration is a tutorial activity to practice and understand electron configurations in atoms. Orbitals are often difficult to translate to written notation; however this website can help. Practice perfectly with this tool because it will provide correct answers you as work. This site can be viewing using Shockwave or Flash.

tag(s): atoms (56), elements (36)

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Use this activity as homework for students to practice figuring electron configurations. While it is not the same as having you tutor them through their homework, it will help more than just trying to remember the lesson taught in class. A valuable use of this tool might be assigning students to do two problems a night with this tutorial to gradually build understanding.
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Aww App Whiteboard - Senko RasiA***

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K to 12
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Aww App is a super simple browser-based application for creating drawings. Click on "Start Drawing" to begin. Choose from different pencil sizes or colors and use the mouse to write....more
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Aww App is a super simple browser-based application for creating drawings. Click on "Start Drawing" to begin. Choose from different pencil sizes or colors and use the mouse to write. Share the link with others to collaborate on a single whiteboard then share results via the share link. Sharing can be done through Twitter, Facebook, Reddit, or url. This site could really be used on any device: computer, tablet, smartphone, interactive whiteboard, etc.. and on any browser. It does work on iOS devices.

tag(s): drawing (78)

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If you are fortunate enough to have tablets in the classroom, this application would work well for collaborative illustrations. Have each student add a different part of a story for retelling or summarizing main events while others watch and share additional information. Have students create simple math problems while another student solves. Sketch out plans for visual projects, brainstorm freehand, or even create collaborative diagrams to accompany lab reports.

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Storyboard Generator - Australian Centre for the Moving Image

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4 to 12
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Try out this interactive tool demonstrating storyboarding concepts. You can build your own storyboard using resources from the free media library. In the 'Choose Your Script' version,...more
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Try out this interactive tool demonstrating storyboarding concepts. You can build your own storyboard using resources from the free media library. In the 'Choose Your Script' version, select from three genres: horror, comedy or romance. This storyboard can then be published and saved, shared, embedded, or linked. In the 'Build your own' version, photographs can be uploaded or used from the Free Media Library to build personalized visuals using silhouette characters. Your created script that can be embedded, linked, or shared. Be sure to check out the many instruction videos included on the site for tips on creating storyboards. Registration with email is required to share and save storyboards.

tag(s): comics and cartoons (74), digital storytelling (144), images (266)

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Demonstrate how to create and use a storyboard using this tool on your interactive whiteboard (or projector). View stories from the gallery for inspiration before attempting to have students create their own. Create a storyboard and share when teaching creative writing techniques or story mapping. Have students tell the story they have viewed. Challenge students to create a storyboard of readings recently finished in class as a review of characters and story plot. Use storyboards as the first step in planning larger projects from plays to videos.

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