Cyber Planet: September 2009 Archives

Treasure Hunt Google Earth

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In this treasure hunt you will become familiar with Google Earth and the Modern Seven Wonders of the World. You will work with a partner and use Google Earth and the Internet resources listed to answer the research questions that follow. When you have finished, answer the Big Question that asks you to combine a lot of what you learned through the treasure hunt into a "big picture."
Treasure Hunt Google Earth
  1. A creative, dynamic, and innovative digital outlet that captures learner's excitement for online creations, keeps learners engaged in course content, and makes teaching and learning more fun.
  2. A private and safe platform, monitored directly by teachers. Teachers control all the activities of their learners.
  3. A valuable teaching tool that integrates diverse core subjects including math, science, history, art, photography, music and more for individual learner portfolios, unique alternative assessments, and differentiated instructional activities.

Glogster - Poster Yourself | Text, Images, Music and Video

Xtranormal | Text-to-Movie

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Create movies from the text you provide.
Make 3D Movies for Free

Xtranormal | Text-to-Movie
These daily news podcasts from the BBC could be an excellent resource for anyone teaching current events. To keep kids reading, you could have them read the scripts while listening to the podcasts.
BBC - Podcasts - World News For Children
Opening the collections of nine national museums and galleries.
Webquests
Word games, puzzles, quizzes, exercises, slang, proverbs and much more.
Interesting Things for ESL/EFL Students (Fun English Study)
Web search can be a remarkable research tool for students - and we've heard from educators that they could use some help to teach better search skills in their classroom. The following Search Education lessons were developed by Google Certified Teachers to help you do just that. The lessons are short, modular and not specific to any discipline so you can mix and match to what best fits the needs of your classroom. Additionally, all lessons come with a companion set of slides (and some with additional resources) to help you guide your in-class discussions.
Google For Educators - Web Search

Free online books library for students, teachers, and the classic enthusiast.



Absolutely FREE online books
Thousands of novels, poems, stories
Easy to read books online

Online Books, Poems, Short Stories - Read Print Library

ThinkQuest : Library

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Earth Science

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Explore the World of Earth Science. An incredible site with interactive visualizations and investigations about all topics of Earth Science.
Earth Science
Game Classroom contains a nice collection of Math and language arts learning games.
Educational Games, Worksheets & Homework Help for Kids, Parents and Teachers | Game Classroom

Read and publish online for free from anywhere. Explore the Library to find magazines, newspapers, eBooks and more.

Over 1 million publications read each month.


Yudu Library

Lit2Go: MP3 Stories and Poems

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This is an incredible site that has hundreds of stories and poems that you can download in "mp3" format. You can also download and view the stories in text format to accompany the audio. This could be one of the most valuable resources for audio media I have ever seen
Lit2Go: MP3 Stories and Poems

Video Resources Online

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Using video in the classroom can help students make connections and provide them with opportunities to practice media literacy and critical viewing skills.

There are many FREE videos/clips online!  Below is a collection of links to video-rich websites.  While this is certainly not a complete list of all the video sites on the web, it will hopefully provide you with a variety of video resources for you to use in your classroom.

NC Live
http://media.nclive.org/

Includes over 250 documentary and educational video programs chosen by NC librarians.  Search for videos or by topics including science, US and world history, biography, current events, the arts, and other subjects.  Also includes several educational series for children.  You can access the videos from school (or at home with a password from your local library).

Snag Films- free documentaries
http://www.snagfilms.com/

Choose from over 850 full-length documentary films to watch online (or embed in your blog) for free.  The films I've watched on this site include short commercials, but there are some great documentaries here.  Search by keyword or topics, including campus, environment, health, history, international, life and culture, music and arts, politics, religion and spirituality, science and nature, sports and hobbies, and women's issues.

Open Video
http://open-video.org/

This shared digital video collection includes thousands of clips/videos searchable by keyword as well as by genre and duration.  Collections include videos from NASA, National Archives, and more.

NeoK12
http://www.neok12.com/

This site has links to tons of videos (and images) for preschool through high school.  Videos have been viewed to ensure they are safe, accurate, and appropriate for students. Search by keyword or by category. There are also Web 2.0 tools and lessons available on NeoK12.

PBS Video
http://video.pbs.org/

Find PBS video by program, topic, or collection.  You can also search by keyword.  If you can't find a video you're looking for, you can look in their "more videos" section http://video.pbs.org/morevideos.html .

PBS Kids Video
http://pbskids.org/go/video/

The kids video section of PBS includes hundreds of hours of full-length shows and clips of some of PBS kids programming, including Arthur, Maya & Miguel, WordGirl, and more.

National Geographic Channel Videos
http://channel.nationalgeographic.com/channel/videos/

Featured video categories include full episodes, animals and nature, exploration and adventure, history and events, people and places, science and technology, Nat Geo wild, preserve our planet, and dog whisperer.

History
http://www.history.com/video

The History Channel website includes a video section where you can search by keyword, view by show, or by topic.  Categories include American history, military history, mysteries and unexplained, science and technology, and society and culture.

Academic Earth
http://academicearth.org/

Find full video courses and lectures from world scholars at universities such as Harvard, MIT, and Stanford.  Search by keyword, subject, university, or top rated instructors.  Subjects include biology, chemistry, history, literature, math, and much more.  Even thought these are college level lectures, there is certain to be some content adaptable to high school level classes.

BBC Learning Zone Clips
http://www.bbc.co.uk/learningzone/clips/

Most any search for educational resources online will lead me to a BBC website.  Looking for educational videos is no exception.  This BBC site included video clips for primary and secondary students in subjects such as art, history, foreign language, language arts, math, and more.  Find clips for subject area topics or search by keyword or clip number.

Arkive
http://www.arkive.org/

This site includes thousands of wildlife images, information, and videos.  You can search by keyword in the species, video, or images search box.  Arkive includes a special focus on threatened species.

Countdown
http://countdown.luc.edu/

The Loyola University Chicago School of Education has posted over 300 math topic program clips from its cable television show Countdown.  You can find 4-7 minute clips in categories (number and operations, algebra, measurement, geometry, data analysis and probability, extended response, technology, and connections) for elementary grade levels.

TED
http://www.ted.com/

TED stands for Technology, Entertainment, and Design.  Each year, there is a TED conference in California and Oxford UK featuring speakers from all over the world who give a short (less than 18 minutes) talk on "Ideas Worth Spreading."  Search by theme (technology, entertainment, design, business, science, culture, arts, and global issues), speakers, ratings, and more.  New talks are posted often.

NOVA Teachers Video
http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/teachers/video/

From PBS, the NOVA Teachers video section includes complete programs and shorter science clips.  Search the teachers site by keyword or view videos by subject (including chemistry, earth science, life science, social studies, and more).

BioInteractive
http://www.hhmi.org/biointeractive/video/index.html

The Howard Hughes Medical Institute has a video collection with clips related to neuroscience, infectious diseases, DNA, and more.  The video search section includes lecture topics and video from the DNA Interactive section of the site http://www.hhmi.org/biointeractive/videosearch.html.  Videos from this site could be used in a high school classroom.

Teachers Domain (requires free registration)
http://www.teachersdomain.org/

This website requires free registration, but has a wealth of materials including videos, professional development resources, and other digital media resources.  After logging in, you can bookmark your favorite sections of the site to create easy access to the content that is most relevant to you.  Browse by K-12 subject area, professional development topic, or special collection or search by keyword.

SchoolTube
http://www.schooltube.com/

Videos and pictures on this site are student-produced and will be approved by moderators before being posted online.  Therefore, this site is a great resource for finding student created materials that are safe and appropriate.  Search by keyword, categories, or by channels.

Teacher Tube
http://www.teachertube.com/index.php

Think of You Tube for education and you'll understand the idea behind Teacher Tube.  You can find student and teacher created videos for the classroom as well as professional development content.  Search by keyword or browse the channels.  Content can be rated by users and inappropriate content can be flagged.

iCue
http://www.icue.com/

This interactive news and history portal from NBC is designed for students.

Description from the website:
"iCue is a fun, innovative learning environment built around video from the NBC News Archives. Videos, games, and activities correlated to courses in U.S. History, U.S. Government and Politics, and English Language and Composition, and more.  A community of friends and learners engaged in discussion around academics, current events, and important issues.  A collection of Video Cue Cards, with thousands of video clips from the NBC News archives wrapped in a tradable, interactive virtual card."

ABCya! The Leader in Kids Educational Computer Games & Activities ABCya!!! is a leader in free & exciting computer activities for elementary students to learn on the web.

History Games and Animations

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"an annotated list of great history games and animations organized around broad historical periods
History Games and Animations
Ecosystems vary in size. They can be as small as a puddle or as large as the Earth itself. Any group of living and nonliving things interacting with each other can be considered as an ecosystem.
Living Things: Habitats & Ecosystems