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Daily Do Playlists - NSTA (National Science Teaching Association)

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NSTA provides Daily Do Playlists to support educators in guiding students toward understanding scientific ideas through instructional sequences of two or more lessons. Although lessons...more
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NSTA provides Daily Do Playlists to support educators in guiding students toward understanding scientific ideas through instructional sequences of two or more lessons. Although lessons are also supported as stand-alone topics, the goal is to build a "We culture" where students and teachers work together to understand and develop ideas. Lessons include opportunities to engage by making predictions and conducting in-class and at-home experiments. After Daily Do lessons, students are encouraged to make connections to previous activities and explain their thinking. A free account is required to access lessons. If you receive a message that you have exceeded the amount of free content for the month, use the link to download the PDF to view and use any activities. Some of the lessons include a video. If your school blocks YouTube, they may not be viewable.

tag(s): animals (259), biomes (119), climate change (69), colors (60), diseases (70), earthquakes (42), planets (113), plants (136), seasons (31), stars (65), STEM (212), temperature (30), water (101)

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Use the lessons found in the Daily Do Playlists to provide valuable science lessons throughout the school year. Download and save the PDF versions to have available for use at any time. Consider saving all lessons for your grade level in Wakelet, reviewed here, to make them easy to locate. As you complete activities, use Google Jamboard, reviewed here, to enhance learning through a variety of activities. Create columns and ask students to sort information by different categories, create an exit activity and have students add sticky notes sharing their learning or add an image and ask students to label different parts of the image. Have students or groups of students share their understanding of science topics by creating digital books using Book Creator, reviewed here. Include students' research reports, have students record videos explaining the science content and add pictures of students as they complete the experiments and activities.

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Astronomical Observational Images: The Naked Eye through Current Observations - Project PHaEDRA

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Observation of the universe has changed over time with the development of new technologies. This collection hosted on the Smithsonian Learning Network shares imagery from telescopes...more
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Observation of the universe has changed over time with the development of new technologies. This collection hosted on the Smithsonian Learning Network shares imagery from telescopes and spacecraft that tell a story of how observers view the sky and its objects. The collection contains fifty-five items, including newspaper articles, photographs, and videos. Choose any thumbnail to view, share, and download each resource. It isn't necessary to create a Smithsonian Learning Institute account to access and share the materials; however, creating a free account allows you to save and favorite items and personalize collections.

tag(s): scientists (61), space (202), stars (65), STEM (212), telescopes (9)

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Share this collection with students, then allow them time to explore on their own. Be sure to point out and discuss the proper use of citations when using materials from the site. Each item includes an icon with quotation marks which includes proper citation that can be copied and pasted into your document. Ask students to compare and contrast features found within the images using Canva's 4-Circle Venn Diagram Creator, reviewed here. To extend learning, ask students to use Canva's Infographic Maker, reviewed here, to share information about the change in technology used to observe stars over time.
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Annie Jump Cannon: Biographical Digital Resources - Project PHaEDRA

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Learn about Annie Jump Cannon, an American astronomer whose work was crucial in developing our categorizing system of stars at this collection hosted by the Smithsonian Learning Institute....more
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Learn about Annie Jump Cannon, an American astronomer whose work was crucial in developing our categorizing system of stars at this collection hosted by the Smithsonian Learning Institute. The collection consists of thirty-five resources that include photographs, videos, articles, and more. Select any thumbnail to view the full content. Use the links to download or share items. Creating an account at the Smithsonian Learning Center isn't necessary; however, it allows you to save items and personalize collections.

tag(s): biographies (84), scientists (61), stars (65), STEM (212), women (97)

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Include this collection with your other resources when teaching lessons about astronomers, famous women, or scientists. Use Wakelet, reviewed here, to curate resources and share with students. As you provide time for students to explore this collection, use edpuzzle, reviewed here, with the videos to enhance learning. Add questions or comments to the videos that encourage students to focus on the importance of Cannon's work in the field of astronomy. When sharing articles that contain difficult reading selections, use Read Ahead, reviewed here, to transform the text into a Guided Reading activity that includes a focus on keywords and vocabulary found in the text.
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Cecilia Payne-Gaposchkin and the Components of Stars - Project PHaEDRA

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Learn about the woman whose thesis was declared to be "the most brilliant Ph.D. thesis ever written in astronomy" by exploring this interesting collection of videos, articles, images,...more
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Learn about the woman whose thesis was declared to be "the most brilliant Ph.D. thesis ever written in astronomy" by exploring this interesting collection of videos, articles, images, and more. Browse the site to view thumbnails of forty items and open to view the resources. Download items or share using the provided links. Open a free Smithsonian Learning Institute account to save favorites for further use or create your collections from materials available on the Smithsonian Learning Institute's site.

tag(s): biographies (84), elements (32), scientists (61), stars (65), STEM (212), women (97)

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Share this collection with students to explore when learning about famous Women in History, scientific advancements, or during an astronomy unit. Ask collaborative groups to work together and share information found in the collection. Use a collaborative note-taking tool such as Notejoy, reviewed here, to have students share ideas and information using checklists, adding images and links, and documenting individual contributions to the project. Ask groups or individuals to share their learning using a simple video creation tool like Biteable, reviewed here. Ask students to include images and require they include proper citations along with their original work.
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The Science of Henrietta Swan Leavitt - Project PHaEDRA

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Learn about American astronomer Henrietta Swan Leavitt with this twenty-piece collection that tells the story of her discoveries while working at the Harvard College Observatory as...more
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Learn about American astronomer Henrietta Swan Leavitt with this twenty-piece collection that tells the story of her discoveries while working at the Harvard College Observatory as a "computer." This collection includes images of plate glass used for computer calculations, videos, quiz questions, and photos of Leavitt. Choose any thumbnail to open and view each resource. Use the links within each resource to share or download information. Registration isn't required; however, creating a free account offers you the opportunity to save and favorite items within personalized collections.

tag(s): computers (99), scientists (61), STEM (212), women (97)

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Bookmark and save this collection for use during Women's History Month or during studies of famous scientists. Be sure to show students how to use the citation link found with each resource (select the quotation mark icon) when downloading and using items from this collection. Challenge students to learn more about Leavitt by starting with a FlipGrid, reviewed here, sharing one of the plate glass images and encouraging students to speculate on what they are looking at. Include items from this collection with your other resources and share them with students on a Padlet, reviewed here. Add additional articles and videos to your Padlet for students to explore. Extend learning by asking students to conduct further research to learn about Leavitt, then share their findings using one of the presentation tools found at Adobe Spark for Education, reviewed here, such as flyers, videos, or infographics.

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Williamina Fleming: Discoveries and Biographical Resources - Project PHaEDRA

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Learn about astronomer Williamina Fleming's work with this collection of resources found at the Smithsonian Learning Lab. The collection includes videos, biographies, images, articles,...more
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Learn about astronomer Williamina Fleming's work with this collection of resources found at the Smithsonian Learning Lab. The collection includes videos, biographies, images, articles, and research that tell the story of her astronomy accomplishments, including her discovery of the Horsehead Nebula in 1888. Scroll through the page to view thumbnails of each resource and click to open to view fully. Registration isn't required to use the Smithsonian Learning Lab resources; however, it does allow you to collect and save materials located on the site.

tag(s): 1800s (54), biographies (84), stars (65), STEM (212), women (97)

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Add a link on classroom computers to this collection for students to explore. Add this and other resources to a collection in Wakelet, reviewed here, and share with students. All materials found on the site are available to download, be sure to show students how to cite each resource using the quotation icon found on each item. Ask students to find biographies and collections of other astronomers, female pioneers, or interesting people from the 1800s for a research project. Create a digital class book of your biographies using Book Creator, reviewed here.
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Numerade - Numerade.com

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Numerade is an interactive science and math platform that contains over one million video lessons taught by top educators from around the US. Engage with the site's content through...more
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Numerade is an interactive science and math platform that contains over one million video lessons taught by top educators from around the US. Engage with the site's content through several different options, including questions found in many textbooks, test prep books, or "Winter Break Bootcamps" that provide short, focused lessons on topics such as calculus and physics. Each lesson is a video explanation of specific questions and uses whiteboards to draw and share information. Registration isn't necessary to view and share videos; it provides the opportunity to create classrooms by importing information from Google Classroom or manually creating a class. Use your class information to build and share playlists with students. Registered users also have the option to create and share videos with students.

tag(s): chemicals (41), genetics (69), statistics (111), STEM (212), test prep (72), variables (15), video (244)

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Numerade features video lessons from many different textbooks, making it a useful resource to supplement current classroom content. Check to see if your current textbooks are available, including videos as a part of a playlist to share with students. Take advantage of the playlists as a resource for homework or remote learning lessons. Use the videos found on this site as a model for students to share and explain their solutions to math and science problems. Incorporate a FlipGrid, reviewed here, assignment to post questions for student response, and ask them to use the whiteboard feature to share solutions and their problem-solving process. Consider sharing videos with advanced students to use as a resource for working ahead within textbooks, or by assigning a different textbook than used in class.

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Printable World Maps - Savetz Publishing

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If you need a printable map, this site is for you! Choose from over 600 maps to download and print. Selections include a world map, maps of continents, countries, states, ...more
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If you need a printable map, this site is for you! Choose from over 600 maps to download and print. Selections include a world map, maps of continents, countries, states, and even county maps for each state. There is even more...choose from maps with and without labels, state flags, Civil War states, the list goes on. After selecting a map, click on the link, and download the PDF.
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tag(s): continents (30), countries (67), maps (216), stars (65), states (123)

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Bookmark and share this site for any number of uses. Print a labeled world map for each student to include in their social studies notebook to reference throughout the year. Find and print maps that correlate to novels and stories being read in class and ask students to label the character's journey on the map. Use maps during science lessons to label locations and environmental features found throughout the globe. Use a map as an image and upload to ThingLink, reviewed here, then add web links, video links, and other information to add annotation to the map. Create infographics using information learned during your map studies with Canva Infographic Creator, reviewed here, that share information about different locations around the world such as population, income, and economic statistics.
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Animagraffs - Jacob O'Neal

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How do things work? See how Animagraffs answers this question using beautifully animated infographics. Learn how the human eye works, how cheetahs run so fast and explore the inside...more
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How do things work? See how Animagraffs answers this question using beautifully animated infographics. Learn how the human eye works, how cheetahs run so fast and explore the inside of solar cells, among the many other topics. After selecting an infographic, scroll through to explore the different content that includes animated graphs, images, and text.

tag(s): animals (259), animation (60), eyes (5), financial literacy (95), infographics (52), machines (13), STEM (212)

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Share the animated graphs from this site as an introduction to learning units. Provide students time to explore the animation independently, then ask them to share interesting information learned. Use Answer Garden, reviewed here, to gather student responses and share ideas as a group. The animations found on this site are perfect to include in a blended learning space such as TES Teach Blendspace, reviewed here. Include videos, articles, and animations to provide a digital learning unit for your students. TES Teach Blendspace also includes tools for assessment, including quizzes and student discussion areas. Use the animations as a model for students to create their own infographics using Canva Infographic Maker, reviewed here. Ask students to pay attention to what makes each infographic interesting, focusing on the graphic design, type of content, and use of graphs and images.

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Alison - Mike Feerick

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Alison is a free learning platform offering courses for education and skills training provided by the world's leading experts. Find courses using the dropdown boxes at the top of the...more
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Alison is a free learning platform offering courses for education and skills training provided by the world's leading experts. Find courses using the dropdown boxes at the top of the site sorted by Course Categories, Course Types, and Courses for Jobs. Browse the home page to find the most popular courses and most recent offerings. Complete the free registration to begin. Upon selecting a class, view information on the number of modules, topics, and approximate length. Upon completion, Alison provides a certificate or diploma, depending on the duration of the offerings.
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tag(s): careers (131), chinese (41), coding (75), communication (99), engineering (107), french (69), german (44), literature (218), Online Learning (16), politics (99), psychology (63), sociology (22), spanish (91), STEM (212)

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Use Alison to find professional learning courses, learn the basics of a new language, or for personal development. Share Alison with students to learn skills not offered in school or share with ESL/ELL students to use when learning English. Use Alison with student cohorts interested in learning about a new topic or preparing for college-level courses.

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OK2Ask: Increase Student Achievement and Engagement in Your Classroom with Simulations - TeachersFirst

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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session is from May 2020. You can register and immediately view the archive of the session.

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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session is from May 2020. You can register and immediately view the archive of the session.

The authentic nature of simulations can be highly motivating for even your hardest to reach students. When used properly, instructional simulations can empower student learning, helping students to set goals, seek feedback, and demonstrate what they have learned. Learn to choose simulations that model the relationships between concepts studied. In this session, we will discuss how to best use simulations in the classroom to increase student achievement, allow students to reflect on what they have learned, and transfer their knowledge to new problems and situations. As a result of this session, teachers will: 1. Understand the value of using simulations in the classroom; 2. Explore instructional simulations; and 3. Plan for the use of simulations in the instructional setting. This session is appropriate for teachers at all technology levels.

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The archive of this teacher-friendly, hands-on webinar will empower and inspire you to use learning technology in the classroom and for professional productivity. As appropriate, specific classroom examples and ideas have been shared. View the session with a few of your teaching colleagues to find and share new ideas. Find additional information and links to tools at the session resource page. Learn more about OK2Ask and upcoming sessions here.

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Exploring by the Seat of Your Pants - Joe Grabowski

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Bring science, exploration, and conservation into your classroom through virtual field trips with scientists and leading experts around the globe sponsored on this site. Choose from...more
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Bring science, exploration, and conservation into your classroom through virtual field trips with scientists and leading experts around the globe sponsored on this site. Choose from over twenty monthly options shared via satellite. Find events by scrolling through offerings on the home page, select from map locations, or use the calendar view to browse by specific dates. Most sessions are about 45 minutes long; however, additional options offer full day and week-long events. Watch events virtually or sign up for a camera spot to interact with the session presenters. Don't worry if you are unable to attend a session, view any previous activities on the site's YouTube channel.

tag(s): animal homes (58), animals (259), conservation (84), ecology (102), explorers (59), oceans (135), space (202), STEM (212), virtual field trips (66), water (101)

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Take advantage of these free sessions to bring real-word conservation and science lessons to your students. There are three ways for your class to enjoy the sessions. The first one is to "Tune in live! Any number of classrooms can watch the events live on YouTube and even send in some questions using the chat sidebar." The second one is "Grab a camera spot so your class can appear on the screen and interact with the speaker. We generally have 5-7 classrooms joining in this way each hangout." The third viewing choice is "Every hangout is recorded directly to YouTube, we have a growing library of past events that can be viewed by classrooms anytime on our channel." See more explanations to the viewing options by clicking the wavy red lines in the upper left corner and then click For Teachers. Begin by watching virtual field trips (viewing option 3), then expand your activities in additional sessions by signing up to participate and interact with the presenters. Prepare for student questioning by brainstorming ideas. Engage students by sharing ideas using an online bulletin board tool like Pinside, reviewed here. Save and share ideas on your class website. As students research information for your upcoming topic, enhance learning by using a collaborative bookmarking tool like SearchTeam, reviewed here, for all students to share websites with their peers and add comments. Prepare your students further for interactions with researchers by watching videos from previous broadcasts using playposit, reviewed here, to add questions for students into the YouTube videos and encourage students to add comments discussing each issue. Most of the online tools suggested above will help students document their learning during remote or distance learning sessions.
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Open Course Library - Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges

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Open Course Library is an impressive collection of free, downloadable course materials. Materials include syllabi, activities, readings, assessments, and more. The course topics cover...more
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Open Course Library is an impressive collection of free, downloadable course materials. Materials include syllabi, activities, readings, assessments, and more. The course topics cover a variety of content in all subject areas. Use the search feature to narrow down available information. Most links lead to course information found on shareable Google Documents.

tag(s): anthropology (9), business (46), careers (131), cells (80), communication (99), french (69), geology (61), literature (218), media literacy (83), nutrition (130), oceans (135), OER (32), psychology (63), sign language (10), spanish (91), speech (70), statistics (111), women (97), writing (280)

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Use these excellent free course materials in a variety of ways. Share courses with students with specific career interests not covered by traditional curriculums such as aerospace or anthropology. Provide students the opportunity to participate in college-level learning experiences without risk by using materials found in the courses on the site. These courses are perfect for use with gifted students to offer them content at a level that challenges them. As students learn from the information found in the courses on this site, ask them to reflect and share their learning through a digital portfolio created with Pathbrite, reviewed here. Students can even include their digital portfolio as part of their college application process at many universities.

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LibreTexts - LibreTexts

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LibreTexts is an open educational resource (OER) for finding and sharing textbooks, textmaps, and libretexts. The site currently covers twelve college disciplines, from chemistry to...more
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LibreTexts is an open educational resource (OER) for finding and sharing textbooks, textmaps, and libretexts. The site currently covers twelve college disciplines, from chemistry to the humanities. Advanced features within the books include embedded multimedia, embedded code, and the ability to use Hypothesis, reviewed here, as a collaborative digital annotation tool within texts. Choose the Explore the Libraries option to find material by subject. Most subjects include links to texts, course shells (teaching modules from different institutions), and homework examples.

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LibreTexts is a bonanza for AP and teachers of gifted students. Take advantage of the free texts, course outlines, and homework resources to differentiate instruction and provide lessons for advanced students. Choose resources from LibreTexts for use in any classroom to supplement current materials. As part of career-planning activities, ask students to browse through topics that interest them. Encourage students to collaborate with others with similar career interests, both in the classroom and globally. Extend learning by suggesting that students participate in Ted-Ed Clubs, reviewed here. These Clubs allow participants to share in global meetings with peers that have a common interest. As students learn more about their chosen field, encourage them to interact with members of your community to ask questions and perhaps job shadow as a way to understand the career through personal experience. If using course materials and textbooks found on LibreTexts, this is the perfect opportunity for students to ask clarifying questions from their mentor. Enhance learning by making students the experts. Ask them to present their career findings using a multimedia tool like Sway, reviewed here, to share the information learned with peers.
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Solar System Exploration - NASA

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Take a journey deep into the solar system with this engaging site from the Planetary Science Communications team at NASA. Choose a destination within the solar system to explore facts,...more
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Take a journey deep into the solar system with this engaging site from the Planetary Science Communications team at NASA. Choose a destination within the solar system to explore facts, information, and images or scroll down the home page to read about the latest news about the solar system. Dig deeper into the site to learn about careers in space, space missions, and much more. Some portions of the site also feature a downloadable app for 3D exploration of planets, moons, asteroids, and more. Stay up to date with the monthly skywatching tips.

tag(s): explorers (59), moon (69), planets (113), solar system (100), sun (61)

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Use this site to offer students the opportunity to explore our solar system through interactives, facts, and informative articles. Introduce the site on your interactive whiteboard then allow students to explore on their own. Because the site is dense with content, you might want to provide students specific areas and content for exploration. As students learn about different pieces of the solar system, ask them to share information using Pinup, reviewed here, a labeling tool; have students use an image and create notes about information learned. For example, find a free image to use of the sun and add notes with interesting facts, including distance from the earth, the temperature on the sun, and more. Use Pinup to create an image for each planet either together as a class, or have students create their own. Use the information learned to create a lively learning game using Baamboozle, reviewed here. Baamboozle is a quick and easy two-team quiz creation game that keeps track of the score as you play. Have older students create their own quiz game for classmates to play based on the material they learned from this site and others. Enhance student learning a step further and modify classroom technology use by asking them to create books about the solar system using Book Creator (Chrome and app), reviewed here. Book Creator includes features for students to easily create digital books using their own text, videos, and images. Use BookCreator for a variety of assignments in any classroom that is integrating technology as an enhancement, modification, or transformation. Be sure to include your students' books on your class website as part of your digital library for students and parents!

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NASA Education Robotics Website - NASA

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The NASA Education Robotics Website encourages innovation, creativity, and problem-solving through the world of robotics. Explore this site to find an interactive robot activity, a...more
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The NASA Education Robotics Website encourages innovation, creativity, and problem-solving through the world of robotics. Explore this site to find an interactive robot activity, a timeline tracing the history of robotics, and read about the scientists and engineers who create and program robots. Be sure to visit the Lesson Plans to find a variety of lessons for all grade levels. Follow the student and educator links to access a large variety of NASA science and STEM resources. If your school blocks YouTube, the videos may not be viewable.

tag(s): careers (131), data (136), makerspace (33), mars (29), moon (69), planets (113), robotics (22), scientists (61), STEM (212)

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Take time to explore this site for use in a variety of ways in your classroom. The lesson plans provide an excellent starting point for use in science centers or your makerspace projects. Enhance student interest in robotics and science topics by incorporating this content into reading lessons. Actively Learn, reviewed here, provides free, high-quality non-fiction reading materials in all subjects that includes teaching ideas and questions to promote student learning. Use Actively Learn to assign science and robotics articles based on varying student needs and interests. As students learn about robotics and try them on their own, ask them to share their learning using tools from Read Write Think, reviewed here. For example, use the K-W-L Creator to organize their thinking and guide future learning or use the NoteTaker tool to record and share information. Transform learning as a final project, by having students create a video using moovly, reviewed here, sharing their robotics projects that includes a discussion on their problem-solving activities.
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National Geographic 101 - National Geographic

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6 to 12
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Learn about and discover some of the world's most fascinating and timely topics with National Geographic's 101 video series. Each short video is under 5 minutes and features an overview...more
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Learn about and discover some of the world's most fascinating and timely topics with National Geographic's 101 video series. Each short video is under 5 minutes and features an overview of the issue. The diverse range of video subjects includes pollution, human origins, and the flu virus. Click the "more" button next to each video for a transcript and tags for related videos.
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tag(s): animals (259), chemicals (41), climate (79), climate change (69), dinosaurs (36), diseases (70), drugs and alcohol (27), energy (129), evolution (86), genetics (69), hiv/aids (19), moon (69), planets (113), plants (136), pollution (51), religions (57), romans (29), solar energy (32), solar system (100), space (202), STEM (212), sun (61), weather (159)

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Take advantage of the share feature included with each video to share a link or embed videos on your class website or student computers. These videos provide a wonderful opportunity for students to explore a variety of science topics that aren't always included in the science curriculum. As students find a topic of interest on the site, ask them to research additional information, and then use Canva, reviewed here, to modify their learning and create posters or infographics sharing their findings with their peers. Include student-created posters or infographics as part of an overall presentation using a portfolio-building site like About.me, reviewed here. Use About.me for students to create a portfolio as their future self as a scientist sharing their research that includes posters, written work, cited research, and more.

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NASA Science - NASA

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7 to 12
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NASA Science is the home base for sharing science news, resources, and information from the first-most science authority, NASA. Choose from many different areas to explore this comprehensive...more
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NASA Science is the home base for sharing science news, resources, and information from the first-most science authority, NASA. Choose from many different areas to explore this comprehensive site. Browse the home page for an overview of recent additions that include the latest tweets, countdown clocks, and Science by the Numbers. Dig deeper by choosing specific portions of the site including Science Topics and Science News. If your school blocks YouTube the videos may not be viewable.

tag(s): earth (175), explorers (59), solar system (100), space (202), STEM (212), sun (61)

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Become acquainted with the information shared on this site to use within your current lessons on space and science. View videos together on your interactive whiteboard or have students view videos at home and share questions and their thoughts in class. Include information from this site with other web resources to share with students. Use a bookmarking site like SearchTeam, reviewed here, to share online resources collaboratively. In addition to saving bookmarks, SearchTeam allows you to add comments to saved resources. Work together as a class to create resources for researching science topics. Instead of just watching videos, increase and enhance student learning through the use of a site such as playposit, reviewed here. playposit offers tools for adding both student and teacher comments to online videos. Use this resource to point out important information, ask critical questions, and challenge student thinking. Instead of assessing student learning of your science topic through tests or research projects, offer students the opportunity to share learning by creating their own game based on their research using a game-creation tool like Scratch, reviewed here.

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Inspark Teaching Network - Center for Education Through Exploration at Arizona State Univ.

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The Inspark Teaching Network is a collaboration of global science educators creating and sharing next-generation science courses. Join the network through sign up as an educator or...more
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The Inspark Teaching Network is a collaboration of global science educators creating and sharing next-generation science courses. Join the network through sign up as an educator or student. Learn and teach science using the options for smart courses and virtual field trips. Lessons include three options for teaching - open and use the course in its current form, enroll students to gather data and monitor progress, or customize the experience to your needs.

tag(s): cells (80), habitats (79), human body (94), organisms (16), planets (113), rock cycle (11), rocks (37), solar system (100), stars (65), Teacher Utilities (111), virtual field trips (66)

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Take advantage of the free lessons and virtual experiences to enhance your current science lessons. These activities are also perfect for differentiating instruction for gifted learners or for correlating to varying student interests. Instead of using written journals, consider replacing them by asking students to use an online portfolio tool such as Pathbrite, reviewed here, to showcase their learning. Use Pathbrite to set up a digital exhibit demonstrating the science concept learned using multimedia features included in Pathbrite like videos, images and supporting articles. Ask students to modify technology use and demonstrate learning by creating an explainer video using Kizoa, reviewed here, or another video creation tool. For the musically inclined student, ask them to create a rap song or poem sharing their learning and produce a video to share on SchoolTube, reviewed here.
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Nova Labs - PBS

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Engage in authentic scientific exploration with the games and interactives offered through Nova Labs. Engage in lab topics of cybersecurity, evolution, RNA, clouds, energy, and the...more
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Engage in authentic scientific exploration with the games and interactives offered through Nova Labs. Engage in lab topics of cybersecurity, evolution, RNA, clouds, energy, and the sun. Each interactive includes a collection of videos providing background information. The site also shares educator guides specific to each lab with strategies for use.

tag(s): cells (80), critical thinking (101), energy (129), evolution (86), internet safety (113), Research (52), solar energy (32), sun (61), weather (159)

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Nova Labs provide many opportunities for engaging students in authentic learning situations. Consider using this site as an introduction to any of the included topics. For example, begin your energy unit by assigning the energy lab as homework or as a flipped learning activity. Watch the introductory video together, then allow students to explore the site on their own. Use Playposit, reviewed here, extend technology use by adding questions and student responses to videos to encourage critical thinking skills. Have students share their learning after participating in the lab by annotating images using ThingLink, reviewed here. Thinglink presents a variety of levels for technology use depending on teacher requirements for the project, or even student ability; it allows for adding narration, videos, text, and links to help explain the project. Ask tech-savvy students to create their own learning games with Scratch, reviewed here, using information learned from their research.
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