GradesK to 12
In the ClassroomDo you teach STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math)? Check out this archived chat for tools and tips to use in your classroom. Share this tool with your colleagues interested in learning more tips and tools to use in STEM lessons.
Grades6 to 12
tag(s): estimation (48), geometric shapes (173), money (187), movies (71), pi (28), place value (56), puzzles (205), riddles (16), shakespeare (111), simple machines (35), space (225), symmetry (51), video (279)
In the ClassroomMath in Real Life isn't just for math class! Find videos from this series for use in all subject areas. Use the questions, additional resources, and discussion available for each video. Create your own lesson using the "Customize This Lesson" link. Use this option to personalize video lessons for your classroom. Have students dig deeper into any of the content of videos, then make a mashup using Panzoid, reviewed here.
Grades3 to 12
In the ClassroomAlthough geared toward middle school students and educators, anyone who teaches weather will want to take the time to explore this site for student and teacher resources. Use the educators section to find activities, science fair ideas, and content aligned to standards. Share the people portion of the site during your career exploration activities. Share a link to games and activities on classroom computers and your class website. Upon completing activities, have students create an online or printed comic about an element of weather, climate, meteorology, or any aspect of Earth science. Use a tool such as Printable Comic Strip Templates, reviewed here, for a nontech rough and final draft. If you're new to using technology with your students, or teach younger students you may want to use Comic Creator, reviewed here, for their final drafts. For more experienced, older students try Write Comics, reviewed here.
Grades4 to 12
tag(s): animals (322), biodiversity (35), cells (99), genetics (88), gravity (49), human body (132), insects (72), medicine (69), nutrition (158), periodic table (52), plants (175), ponds (9), rainforests (21), solar system (121), space (225), stars (68), STEM (187)
In the ClassroomIntroduce a new concept through games offered on this site. Share this site on your interactive whiteboard or projector, then allow students to play on their own. If you are beginning the process of integrating technology, have students create blogs sharing their learning and understanding using Telegra.ph, reviewed here. This blog creator requires no registration.
Grades5 to 12
In the ClassroomBookmark this site to use throughout the year with lessons on climate change, oceans, explorers, and much more. As an end of the year project, allow students to choose their area of interest from this showcase. Then, have students watch videos, and create a simple infographic sharing their findings using Easel.ly, reviewed here. In language arts, during a study of heroes, use an online tool such as the Interactive Two Circle Venn Diagram, reviewed here, to compare and contrast features of Heroes of Google Earth against cartoon heroes.
GradesK to 6
In the ClassroomUse this site as a learning station or center. Be sure to include a link on your class web page for use at home. If you're beginning to integrate technology in your class or have younger students, create a word cloud of the important terms students learn from this site using a tool such as Word Clouds For Kids, reviewed here. Alternatively, these students could use an online poster creator such as Printing Press, reviewed here, to present information learned about space. Teachers more advance with integrating technology, or who have older students could use Wordle, reviewed here, or an online poster creator such as Canva, reviewed here.
Grades6 to 12
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In the ClassroomUse AeroSpaceGuide as an anticipatory set or "activator" to introduce a unit or lesson on a projector or interactive whiteboard. Allow students time to explore as a starting point for further research into space-related topics. Have students create a simple infographic sharing their space research using Easel.ly, reviewed here. Upon completion of your space unit have students make a multimedia presentation featuring information learned using LiveSlides, reviewed here, or Lucidpress, reviewed here.
Grades4 to 12
tag(s): atmosphere (29), colors (79), earth (224), electricity (93), energy (210), geology (81), light (54), magnetism (39), matter (61), motion (70), oceans (165), optical illusions (13), optics (14), sound (106), space (225), STEM (187), temperature (33), time (140), water (134)
In the ClassroomTake advantage of the many resources found on Exploratorium to supplement science lessons. Resources include animations, songs, activities, and more. Share this site with students to use as inspiration for science fair projects. After using resources from the site, have students make a multimedia presentation including information learned using Sway, reviewed here. Sway creates unique multimedia projects using text, images, and media. Change the look of your Sway using the Mood and Remix tools to change the color palette, layout, and fonts. Alternatively, choose one of the many TeachersFirst Edge tools, reviewed here.
Grades6 to 12
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In the ClassroomShare a video with students once a week to help all of you learn about the chemistry in our everyday lives. Flip your classroom and use a video as homework. Have students take notes on the material and write down questions they still have and topics that confuse them. They can do this with pen and paper or online. If you want the assignment online, explain to students they need to open a new tab in their browser window and take notes with a tool such as Webnote, reviewed here; tell students to be sure to save the URL to share their notes and questions with you and their peers. Or, use a tool like playposit (formerly eduCanon), reviewed here, for students to pause videos and ask or answer questions right on the video. These activities can help uncover student misconceptions. Show the video to the class, and then discuss the concept at length.
Grades9 to 12
In the ClassroomScience in the Classroom is a must-add to any high school classroom. View articles together on your interactive whiteboard as you add highlighted annotations to focus on the content. Alternatively, print a copy of the article and have students add highlights to compare to the site's highlighted portions. Be sure to help weaker readers and ESL/ELL students by sharing the vocabulary words before reading, either on a handout or by projecting on an interactive whiteboard or screen and highlighting them in the text as you come to them. Flip learning by having students read an article before coming to class, ask them to prepare questions they have for when they return to class. Have students create a simple infographic sharing their findings using Venngage, reviewed here. Use an online flashcard maker, like Flashcard Stash, reviewed here, to review important vocabulary or content from any article.
GradesK to 8
In the ClassroomUse Brains On! for your students to listen to in classroom centers. Use for curious students to explore subjects you do not always teach, such as biology, chemistry, or even all about hair! Watch together on your interactive whiteboard (don't forget to share the extras!). Use the podcasts as a model when studying other subjects, giving students structure and ideas for making their own podcasts. Have cooperative learning groups create podcasts demonstrating their understanding of any concepts. Use a site such as PodOmatic, reviewed here.
Grades5 to 12
tag(s): agriculture (60), arctic (46), birds (53), dinosaurs (54), environment (322), fish (25), fossils (46), human body (132), insects (72), mammals (36), minerals (18), paleontology (42), plants (175), rocks (52), solar system (121), space (225), volcanoes (68)
In the ClassroomTake advantage of the many free resources on this site to use in your classroom. Watch webcasts together on an interactive whiteboard, or have students view at home and bring their questions and comments to class. Use this site for enrichment for gifted learners to dig deeper into science concepts. Challenge cooperative learning groups to create their own science videos using a tool like Stupeflix, reviewed here, and share them on a site such as TeacherTube, reviewed here. Have students make a multimedia presentation demonstrating science concepts using Zeetings, reviewed here. Zeetings' features allow for audience participation, polls, video, embeds, web links, and more.
Grades6 to 12
In the ClassroomBookmark this site on classroom computers as an excellent resource for images, videos, and other teaching materials. Be sure to share a link to the site on your class website for students to access from home. Teach Astronomy is perfect to use with gifted or self-paced students. Have students make a multimedia presentation about any astronomy concepts using using UtellStory, reviewed here. This tool allows narrating and adding text to a picture. Or, use Sway, reviewed here, for this presentation. Sway creates unique multimedia projects using text, images, and media. Change the look of your Sway using the Mood and Remix tools to change the color palette, layout, and fonts.
Grades9 to 12
tag(s): advanced placement (25), animals (322), atoms (55), body systems (57), chemicals (45), ecosystems (92), elements (35), energy (210), evolution (101), human body (132), planets (129), plants (175), plate tectonics (23), pollution (65), population (66), rock cycle (11), solar energy (40), solar system (121), stars (68), weather (200)
In the ClassroomBe sure to take advantage of this extensive collection of videos in any upper-level science classroom. Be sure to include this site on your class webpage for students to access both in and outside of class for further practice. Embed a video onto your website to use for flipped lessons - have students watch the video before coming to class to participate in additional learning activities. View the Educational video portion of the site to find teaching ideas for your classroom. Use this site as a model, then ask students to create video explanations using a tool such as Stupeflix, reviewed here, and share them on a site such as TeacherTube reviewed here.
Grades6 to 9
In the ClassroomTake advantage of this wiki to use as a model for creating a wiki with your students. Be sure to read Mr. Truss's reflections on the wiki project if considering doing a wiki with your students. Not comfortable with wikis? Check out the TeachersFirst Wiki Walk-Through.
Grades3 to 7
tag(s): earthquakes (50), electricity (93), energy (210), fitness (49), flight (32), habitats (108), oceans (165), planets (129), plants (175), soil (19), sound (106), space (225), water cycle (32), weather (200)
In the ClassroomThe video lengths make these perfect for classroom use or for young people to view on their own. Flip your classroom and use a video as homework. Have students take notes on the material and write down questions they still have and topics that confuse them. Or, use a tool like playposit, reviewed here, for students to pause videos and ask or answer questions right on the video. Show the video to the class, and then discuss the concept at length. Consider giving all students a chance to voice their opinions (even the shyest and quiet ones) by using a backchannel tool like GoSoapBox, reviewed here, during the discussion.
Grades2 to 12
tag(s): agriculture (60), architecture (85), commoncore (89), density (24), energy (210), forces (49), friction (14), gravity (49), heart (42), human body (132), magnetism (39), matter (61), motion (70), plants (175), simple machines (35), sound (106)