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Year-End Roundup, 2016-2017: Questions for Writing and Discussion - New York Times/The Learning Network

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7 to 12
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The Year-End Roundup includes 179 questions asked by the New York Times Learning Network between September 2016 and June 2017. Each prompt promotes discussion on current events appropriate...more
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The Year-End Roundup includes 179 questions asked by the New York Times Learning Network between September 2016 and June 2017. Each prompt promotes discussion on current events appropriate for students 13 years and older. Choose the link to any question to read a short article with background information and suggested points to consider. Download the complete list in a PDF form for easy reference; however, this form doesn't include links to the articles and additional information.

tag(s): debate (39), persuasive writing (51), process writing (38), writers workshop (30), writing (282)

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Bookmark and save this site as a resource for writing prompts, current events discussions, or as a springboard to debate topics. Before writing, encourage students to research their topic and take notes. Use an online note-taking site like Google Keep, reviewed here, to save and share notes. Have students share their completed projects in a blog and ask for feedback from their peers using Telegra.ph, reviewed here. There is no registration with Telegra.ph and you just click on an icon to upload images from your computer, add a YouTube or Vimeo, or Twitter links. Take completed writing projects one step further and ask students to create a Story Map, reviewed here. Story Map offers the ability to tell a story through interactive maps including video, images, and more.
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How to Teach Your Children to be Financially Smart in the Digital Age - Blog-pawnhero

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K to 12
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Help create a financially literate generation by using the suggestions, games, and programs found on this blog page. Presented as an easy-to-read infographic, find suggestions for parents...more
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Help create a financially literate generation by using the suggestions, games, and programs found on this blog page. Presented as an easy-to-read infographic, find suggestions for parents at the top and programs to use ranging from ages 6 through college level. As stated in this blog post, 54% of children purchase mobile apps, and 41% use their mobiles to make general purchases. It's ever more important to teach children, adolescents, and young adults that they are buying their music, personal items, and games with REAL money, not virtual money. This blog shows you how to do that starting at an early age. There is an embed code at the bottom of the page under "Share This Image On Your Page."
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tag(s): business (47), financial literacy (94), infographics (51), parents (61)

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Find reviews for all of the suggested activities on this blog at TeachersFirst: Rich Kid, Smart Kid, Practical Money Skills, Financial Football, h.i.p. Pocket Change, BizKids, and High School Financial Planning. Read the suggested classroom activities in the reviews to get ideas for using the tools with your students. Post a link, or embed the inforgraphic on your web page for parents and students to use at home.

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Discovering Farmland - Discovery Education & US Farmers/Ranchers Alliance

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9 to 12
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Discovering Farmland takes an interactive look at agriculture based on the documentary film, "Farmland, a film by James Moll." Engage in clips from the documentary to deliver lessons...more
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Discovering Farmland takes an interactive look at agriculture based on the documentary film, "Farmland, a film by James Moll." Engage in clips from the documentary to deliver lessons about farming as industry, stereotypes, and challenges in farming and ranching. Take a virtual field trip to learn about the innovative technology used in agriculture. Be sure to check out the Exploration portion of the site to find out more about food labels found at the grocery store.

tag(s): agriculture (46), nutrition (139)

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Use video clips found on the site to share information about farming and agriculture with your students. If you are new to integrating technology in your classroom, consider having students create blogs about a "day in the life" of a farmer or rancher. An easy to use blog creator is Telegra.ph, here. Telegra.ph will create a "quick and easy" blog to be used one time only. A unique URL is provided, and with Telegra.ph you just click on an icon to upload images from your computer, add a YouTube or Vimeo, or Twitter links. It's as easy as using a basic Word program! For teachers who are more experienced with integrating technology in their classroom, challenge cooperative learning groups to create podcasts sharing their insights on different types of farming and how technology has changed the agriculture industry. Create podcasts using a site such as Spreaker, reviewed here. You could give students a choice, either a podcast or to use a mapping tool such as Zeemaps, reviewed here, to create a map of different types of farms found around the country or the world. With Zeemaps you can include audio stories and pictures.

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ClipGrab - ClipGrab.org

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K to 12
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Does your school block YouTube and other video sites? Download and save online videos with ClipGrab. Download the app to your computer to save videos from YouTube, Vimeo, Metacafe,...more
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Does your school block YouTube and other video sites? Download and save online videos with ClipGrab. Download the app to your computer to save videos from YouTube, Vimeo, Metacafe, and more. When downloading, choose the original format for best quality or convert to MP3, WMV, MPEG4, or OGG file formats.

tag(s): conversions (32), movies (53), video (240)

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Use this service to backup your videos from YouTube and other sites. Use to download and save videos at home that you wish to show to students, especially if the school or district blocks them. Users must be able to find, copy, and paste the URL of the video to be downloaded. Once the program starts, you will be prompted to save it. If you want to use the video at school, you would save it to a USB stick. No registration or login is required. This should primarily be a teacher resource. If using with students, discuss appropriate and inappropriate uses of the technology as well as choosing necessary videos.

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Financial Literacy Resources - KQED Education

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9 to 12
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Financial Literacy Resources offers financial lessons targeted for English language learners. However, this is an excellent unit for any student to learn about money management! Topics...more
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Financial Literacy Resources offers financial lessons targeted for English language learners. However, this is an excellent unit for any student to learn about money management! Topics include managing money, credit, debt, banking, and more delivered through six lesson plans. Each lesson features new media tools such as a budget builder calculator and an online writing interactive. Click on any lesson plan to view in PDF format for easy printing. Note: at the time of this review several of the interactive activities didn't work; however, the lessons and other information available on the site make this worth considering for use during your financial literacy lessons.
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tag(s): financial literacy (94)

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Discover the many ready-to-go, free resources that go with these free lesson plans for use with all students, not just English language learners. Include this site on your class web page for students and parents to access as a reference when discussing financial issues at home. Use the calculators found on the site as part of any financial unit or as a math problem solving lesson. Oh, and by-the-way, students will also practice listening, reading, writing, and speaking skills!

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The Global Virtual Stock Exchange - Stock-Trak

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8 to 12
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Learn global economics with real world experience playing the stock exchange game. Register on the site to browse and find current games to join or create your own game. Game ...more
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Learn global economics with real world experience playing the stock exchange game. Register on the site to browse and find current games to join or create your own game. Game creators choose from many personalization options including type of currency, trading dates, countries to include, and much more. Additional teacher resources include allowing loan options, downloading of all transactions, and streaming ranks for student result comparisons.
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tag(s): competitions (10), currency (14), stock market (9)

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Use The Global Virtual Stock Exchange to teach economics in your classroom. Before setting up a competition, share the site with students and allow plenty of time to explore the many resources for learning about the stock market and participating in a game. Be sure to point out the Learning Center including many articles for beginners and stock tools. Set up a challenge with other classrooms or learning partners and compete against each other. Have cooperative learning groups create weekly podcasts discussing market trends and the latest economic news. Use a site such as podOmatic, reviewed here.

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The Stock Market Game - Securities Industry and Financial Markets Assoc Foundation

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Using hands-on lessons, students work in teams to learn the basics of investing, create $100,000 portfolios, manage an investment portfolio in a real-world scenario of a dynamic marketplace,...more
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Using hands-on lessons, students work in teams to learn the basics of investing, create $100,000 portfolios, manage an investment portfolio in a real-world scenario of a dynamic marketplace, learn other economic concepts, and compete against teams across the globe while fostering teamwork and decision-making skills. Created in 1977 by the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association Foundation, The Stock Market Game (SMG) is an online simulation game for teaching students about the global capital markets and the stock market. Teachers must register for their school and students and then will receive essential information on program requirements and important dates. Adults are welcome to play after completing the online registration.

tag(s): business (47), DAT device agnostic tool (167), game based learning (161), investing (5), money (130), stock market (9)

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Participants who register as "Teachers with Classes" receive extensive teacher support, including a searchable library of standards, curriculum materials, and assessments. While providing real-world practice, SMG engages students in the core academic subjects, such as math, English, and economics. Lesson plans include Teacher Background and materials to implement the lesson with students. Find more information by perusing additional publications, links, and other resources. Contact a local SMG Coordinator for additional assistance. Use the game in individual classes, school-wide, in after school clubs, or with home-schoolers. Encourage families to play at home together or collaborate with others. Additional benefits include higher math and financial literacy scores on tests by students who play SMG. Also, teachers report that the program even taught them about financial planning, research, and investing wisely. Because this is ongoing activity, enhance learning with the use of technology throughout. Have students share financial resource sites using a bookmarking tool like SearchTeam, reviewed here. In addition to curating and sharing bookmarks, SearchTeam allows you the opportunity to add notes and comments to sites shared. Have students use a video creation tool like Powtoon, reviewed here, to make explainer videos of financial concepts. Ask groups of students to produce and share podcasts (perhaps weekly or bi-weekly) to discuss their learning and progress within the Stock Market Game. Buzzsprout, reviewed here, is a free tool for creating and sharing podcasts.

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American Archive of Public Broadcasting - Library of Congress & WGBH

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Discover and watch publicly funded radio and television programs from America's past with the American Archive of Public Broadcasting. Built as a means to preserve public broadcast...more
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Discover and watch publicly funded radio and television programs from America's past with the American Archive of Public Broadcasting. Built as a means to preserve public broadcast programs from the 1940's through the present, over 7000 programs are available for streaming with additions ongoing. In addition to streaming programs, this site also includes curated exhibits on topics of historical significance, such as Climate Change and Voices from the Southern Civil Rights Movement.

tag(s): 1900s (48), earth (180), radio (22), religions (57), sports (81), video (240), women (96), world war 1 (54), world war 2 (131)

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Bookmark the American Archive of Public Broadcasting for use as primary source material for classroom lessons. Browse by topic or keywords to find videos to share on your interactive whiteboard or share a link on your class website for students to view at home. Enhance students' learning and have them use Fakebook, reviewed here, to create a "fake" page similar in style to Facebook about an important figure from America's recent past. Transform student learning by having students create timelines (with music, photos, videos, and more) using Timeline JS, reviewed here, to demonstrate what they learned from one of the radio programs, videos, or exhibits.

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Highbrow - Artem Zavyalov & Jane Limanskaya

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Learn something new each day with Highbrow's unique course delivery system. Sign up for a course, then receive an email each day with a five to ten-minute lesson. Each course ...more
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Learn something new each day with Highbrow's unique course delivery system. Sign up for a course, then receive an email each day with a five to ten-minute lesson. Each course is completed in ten days making learning quick and easy! Choose from many different course options in subjects such as art, literature, and history. Highbrow only allows one course per user at a time to encourage complete focus on each topic. If you don't see what you like, choose the Create Course option and create your own learning experience using your expertise!

tag(s): 20th century (48), architecture (66), authors (94), business (47), differentiation (55), endangered species (32), equations (132), financial literacy (94), greeks (28), human body (97), inventors and inventions (71), logic (178), medicine (57), mental math (22), numbers (138), photography (129), poetry (178), psychology (63), short stories (16), surrealism (2), weather (171), women (96)

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Highbrow is perfect for differentiated learning. Allow students to choose their own topic and sign up for a course. When complete, choose another topic and start a new course. Modify classroom technology by having students create commercials for finished courses using Powtoon, reviewed here, and share them using a tool such as TeacherTube, reviewed here. Challenge students to create a course after a unit of study as a final assessment. Be sure to include this site on your class webpage for students to access both in and outside of class for personal use.

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Investing for Beginners - Fidelity Investments

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8 to 12
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Investing for Beginners is a YouTube playlist created by Fidelity Investments. The playlist includes 17 videos covering topics such as Investing for Beginners and How to Define Your...more
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Investing for Beginners is a YouTube playlist created by Fidelity Investments. The playlist includes 17 videos covering topics such as Investing for Beginners and How to Define Your Investing Personality. Videos all run less than five minutes in length, making them perfect for quick introductions to financial topics. If your district blocks YouTube, then they may not be viewable.
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tag(s): financial literacy (94), investing (5)

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Share videos with your students on an interactive whiteboard or projector. You may be interested in continuing the investment study by having students set up their own practice portfolio for a no-risk option to dabble in stock trading and buying. Use a program like Wall Street Survivor, reviewed here, to do this. Extend student learning by having cooperative learning groups research other aspects of economics or business, then challenge the groups to create videos using FlexClip, reviewed here, and share them on a site such as SchoolTube, reviewed here.

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Your Money's Best Friend - Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency

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2 to 12
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Your Money's Best Friend offers financial tools and information for making the most of your money. Divided into three sections, the site offers information related to money, life, and...more
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Your Money's Best Friend offers financial tools and information for making the most of your money. Divided into three sections, the site offers information related to money, life, and tools for understanding finances. Right on the Money included on the site is a four session course introducing money to children using children's books. Download this program in English or Spanish using the links provided with handouts, PowerPoint presentations, certificates, and more.

tag(s): financial literacy (94), money (130)

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Take advantage of the free tools and materials on this site for use with any economic or financial planning unit. Have older students create economic plans based on different amounts of income to help them understand the cost of living expenses. Share a link to this site with parents, to help their student understand economic planning. You may want to share the free program, Right on the Money, with parents of younger students as a basis for teaching finances to their child.
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An Illustrated Guide to Income Inequality in America (Shrinking Shares) - Andy Warner

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8 to 12
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Learn about the growing gap between upper and lower income families in the United States through a series of cartoon images. Scroll through the page to see all images or ...more
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Learn about the growing gap between upper and lower income families in the United States through a series of cartoon images. Scroll through the page to see all images or click on any image to view as a slideshow. Each cartoon presents information beginning with the Great Depression to demonstrate the progression of the growing gap between top earners and all others.

tag(s): inequalities (23), money (130), statistics (112)

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Include this presentation with your lesson materials for any unit on the 20th Century or current events. Share on your whiteboard (or projector) during an election unit and have students research candidate's proposals for addressing income inequalities. Have students explore this topic further, then have them create a simple infographic sharing their findings using Easelly, reviewed here. Use this information as a starting point for classroom debates on current events, economics, and more. Challenge students to create maps using Zeemaps, reviewed here, to include income information from around the country. Zeemaps allows students to create audio recordings AND choose various locations on a map where the information takes place.

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Mint - Intuit

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Mint is a free money management site featuring several tools for budgeting and tracking finances. Connect to virtually any financial organization to receive real-time updates from bank...more
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Mint is a free money management site featuring several tools for budgeting and tracking finances. Connect to virtually any financial organization to receive real-time updates from bank accounts, credit cards, and investments. Mint analyzes your financial information and provides tips for savings and account management.

tag(s): DAT device agnostic tool (167), financial literacy (94), money (130)

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Share Mint with students as part of any consumer education lesson or course as a resource for managing their money. Even if you don't sign up for mint, take advantage of their Tools and Tips section to find money management articles for many different financial situations.

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Hip Hughes History - Keith Hughes

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8 to 12
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This YouTube channel offers over 300 videos for U.S. and World History, current events, political science, and American Government. Other videos teach test-taking and essay writing...more
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This YouTube channel offers over 300 videos for U.S. and World History, current events, political science, and American Government. Other videos teach test-taking and essay writing skills. If your district blocks YouTube, then they may not be viewable.
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tag(s): china (57), classroom management (145), constitution (86), elections (74), foreign policy (11), politics (100), presidents (114), russia (30)

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Show videos on an interactive whiteboard or projector to your class as an introduction to a new unit or class discussion. Flip your lesson and assign videos for students to view at home or in the computer lab and discuss questions at the next class meeting. Prep for this and engage students by asking questions during the video using Comment Bubble, reviewed here. Use the videos as a springboard for engaging writing prompts or to spark a discussion connected with a unit of study. Enhance learning by having students create a simple infographic with information learned from videos using Easel.ly, reviewed here. Be sure to check out some of the classroom management tips and advice for new teachers for some fresh ideas to use in your classroom!

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National STEM Centre eLibrary - National Stem Centre (UK)

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Browse through over 9,000 resources at the National STEM Centre's eLibrary for ages five and up. Search by keyword or use filters to sort by age range, subject, or type ...more
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Browse through over 9,000 resources at the National STEM Centre's eLibrary for ages five and up. Search by keyword or use filters to sort by age range, subject, or type of resource. Resources include videos, presentations, activity sheets, and much more. Optional account creation allows you to save resources and add activities to favorites. The site was created in the UK, so some of the pronunciations and spellings may differ from those in American English.

tag(s): engineering (108), STEM (214)

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Take advantage of the free activities, videos, and other resources throughout the year. Be sure to bookmark this site to search for resources for any lesson. Share a link to specific lessons and activities on your class website for use at home.
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Andrew Carnegie's Story - Carnegie Corporation of New York

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Learn about the life of Andrew Carnegie beginning with his humble beginnings all the way through his rise to the richest man in the world with this interactive storytelling tool. ...more
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Learn about the life of Andrew Carnegie beginning with his humble beginnings all the way through his rise to the richest man in the world with this interactive storytelling tool. Click About on the top menu bar and scroll down to Andrew Carnegie's Story to read about Carnegie's youth and explore the timeline of his business. Continue reading to learn about his philanthropic side, including the founding of over 2,500 libraries across the United States. Use links at the top of the page to view specific portions of the site without having to scroll through all sections. The video at the end is hosted on YouTube. If your district blocks YouTube, the video may not be viewable.

tag(s): 1900s (48), biographies (85), business (47), railroads (9)

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Introduce this site on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Then have students explore this site independently or in small groups. Include this resource with a study of the 19th Century, famous businessmen, or philanthropy. Have students create maps of libraries in your state funded by the Carnegie Foundation using MapHub, reviewed here. Students can add text, images, and location stops! Have students use Fakebook, reviewed here, to create a "fake" page similar in style to Facebook about Andrew Carnegie and his peers. Use this site as a starting point to compare Andrew Carnegie to current businessmen and philanthropists such as Bill Gates and Warren Buffet.

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Khan Academy YouTube Channel - Khan Academy

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7 to 12
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Khan Academy, reviewed here, offers an extensive playlist of math and science videos and tutorials on this YouTube channel. Scroll through to view...more
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Khan Academy, reviewed here, offers an extensive playlist of math and science videos and tutorials on this YouTube channel. Scroll through to view available topics such as calculus, biology, SAT preparation, and much more. If your district blocks YouTube, then they may not be viewable.

tag(s): computers (100), equations (132), financial literacy (94), probability (105), STEM (214), test prep (74), video (240)

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Flip your classroom and use a video as homework. Have students take notes about the material and write down questions they still have and topics that confuse them. That activity can uncover misconceptions. Show the video to the class, and then discuss the concept at length. For more advanced classes, provide time for students to choose a video to view and research the underlying concept. Set up a video chat time using one of these YouTube videos and a tool such as Watch Together, reviewed here.

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Patch - Tim Armstrong

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6 to 12
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Patch is an online newspaper created to provide local information to its readers. By default, readers see top news for the USA including trending information, business news, and arts...more
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Patch is an online newspaper created to provide local information to its readers. By default, readers see top news for the USA including trending information, business news, and arts and entertainment. Personalize your feed by entering your zip code or city. Share your story or photos by clicking on "Post on Patch" and following the instructions. Create an account to share your story and photos. Commenting on articles does not require an account. Comments are public, so be sure to check articles before sharing.
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Patch is ideal for use when learning about your community. Create a link on classroom computers for students to read and explore. Become a contributor to Patch by sharing stories of events and information from your school and classroom. Have students contribute top stories locally with those from around the nation (or world). Put in the name of any city in the US for students to read about local information. If you have penpals or collaborate with another classroom via Twitter, learn more about their community through Patch.

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The Best and Worst Places to Grow Up: How Your Area Compares - New York Times

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Take a look at county by county income mobility in the U.S. using this interactive map. Click a county to read about the differences in income for children who grow ...more
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Take a look at county by county income mobility in the U.S. using this interactive map. Click a county to read about the differences in income for children who grow up in that county when they reach age 26, as compared with the national average. Note that the site is "smart" and senses where you are located to tell you about your area. You can also enter in any county in the U.S. in the search box or drag the map to other locations. The accompanying text explains the results in more detail, including differing mobility for boys and girls. The map may surprise you and cause you to wonder why. Read the full explanation or click the link to the related article. Note the importance of education in income results, but that is not the only factor.
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Share this interactive on students' devices for them to discuss in small groups. Share on a projector/interactive whiteboard for whole class discussion of the factors that might lead to these results. Why do poor children have greater income mobility than richer children in some areas? What about gender? What might be misleading about these statistics? Take a broad look at the country to talk about what cultural factors may be different in different areas. For a good exercise in digital citizenship and critical thinking, ask students to find out where the data came from and to write three questions that might dig into the "why" behind these stats. Ask them what else they would like to know after seeing this map -- and how it might influence their own decisions and future plans (if at all). In a government/civics class, the discussion naturally will move to how this information might influence elections and candidates' strategies in one county vs another. This same interactive is also important for teachers as professionals. Know your community and what happens to the children you teach. You may want to share it with administrators for some staff conversations about the impact of your school.

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Supply and Demand, Lessons from Toy Fads - Council for Economic Education/Chad Mares

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Learn the concepts of supply and demand through case studies of Hula Hoops and Silly Bandz. Watch video clips that demonstrate how supply and demand interact with prices of in-demand...more
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Learn the concepts of supply and demand through case studies of Hula Hoops and Silly Bandz. Watch video clips that demonstrate how supply and demand interact with prices of in-demand toys, and then complete activities with case studies to learn about market demands. The assessment activity includes completing a supply and demand graph that represents the different components involved in this concept. If your district blocks YouTube, then they may not be viewable.

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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 center. This is a great find as an extension activity for gifted students! Encourage students to create their own list of items similar to Hula Hoops and Silly Bandz that were in high demand and low supply.
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