Learning Community: 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
Create multimedia timelines. Timelines can be embedded on websites & blogs.
TimeRime.com - Make your own timeline!

Xtranormal | Text-to-Movie

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

Xtranormal | Text-to-Movie
The mission of the Skype an Author Network is to provide K-12 teachers and librarians with a way to connect authors, books, and young readers through virtual visits.
Virtual Author Visits in Your Library or Classroom - Skype An Author Network
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)
McGill University offers the content of many of their courses for free online. McGill calls their online course content site COOL. COOL offers course materials dating back to the fall 2005 semester through the fall 2009 semester. The bulk of the course offerings are in the sciences.

The COOL course materials include video and audio lecture files as well as slides and other reading materials. COOL offers the video files in variety of formats including MP3, WMV, and MP4. You can also subscribe to courses via iTunes.

COOL Front Page

Microsoft DreamSpark

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Free Software for High School Students! Announcing: DreamSpark
http://www.dreamspark.com
After a teacher or administrator registers a high school on the DreamSpark site, students from that school can sign up to download Expression Studio & other valuable Microsoft software at no charge.
These educational materials provide a variety of resources for learning Web design with the tools provided in Microsoft Expression Studio software.  Students, educators and hobbyists of all ages will find quick tutorials, short learning units and extensive course content to fit their individual teaching and learning styles. The range of difficulty goes from easy - with the quick start tutorials that require no previous Web design experience- to a more advanced level for people who are already skillful at using Web technologies and employing design strategies.  The one semester web design course is appropriate for high school and introductory post-secondary technology courses.
Microsoft DreamSpark
The twitter-based Word of the Day competition that helps clever people look clever and helps the rest of us learn new words.
Artwiculate - A word of the day game for Twitter
A ton of Great Educational Material here.


When the word "Flash" is usually mentioned, most people make an immediate mental link with games. But there is more to the picture than meets the eye, and this new service showcases that. Its objective is to enable netizens to share and discover Flash animations in categories as diverse as "Business Management", "Career & Jobs" and "Education & Health". Further categories include "Entertainment & Sports" and "Inspiration & Motivation". But the most interesting is probably the one named "Startups & Innovation", aimed at small businesses owners and entrepreneurs to feature and highlight their products and services all across the WWW.


Upload and Share your Flash SWF Files
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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We have great collection of free math video lessons and self-help tutorials from around the web in almost every high-school math subject. Updated daily, these video lessons are perfect for students looking for extra math help. They are also great for teachers and home-school parents seeking additional ideas or teaching strategies.
Free Math Video Lessons and Tutorials | Tutor-USA.com

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

High School ART Lesson Plans

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INCREDIBLE HIGH SCHOOL ART  LESSONS PLANS


High School Lesson Plans

100 People: A World Portrait

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Understanding the world population is hindered by the sheer size of the task. We can measure numbers and statistics, but the reality of 6.5 billion people is infinitely more difficult to comprehend. While no project could accurately portray the life experiences of each one of us, looking at a representative sample of 100 is a more manageable place to begin, and is a figure we can actually visualize. It is our hope that this work will inspire others to see the world in a new way. Who are the people each of us shares our neighborhood, community, town, school, and country with? Where does each of us fit in?

100 People: A World Portrait

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."

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
Teacher Activities Math
  •  Colour Board Game
  •  Colour Car Matching
  •  Colour Dominoes
  •  Colour File Folders
  •  Colour Flower Book
  •  Colours Magnetic Tin
  •  Colours Sorting
  •  Count By Fives
  •  Count By Twos
  •  Counting Floor Game
  •  Counting Kids
  •  Counting Stars
  •  Exercises In Symmetry
  •  Fall Counting
  •  File Folder Game Boards
  •  Leaf Sorting
  •  Learn To Add
  •  Learning About Money 1
  •  Learning About Money 2
  •  Learning About Money 3
  •  Learning Math 1
  •  Learning Math 2
  •  Learning Math 3
  •  Learning Math 4
  •  Lets Create Colours
  •  Make Playing Cards
  •  My Book Of Shapes
  •  Number Fun
  •  Nuts About Addition
  •  Ordinal Cars
  •  Pumpkin Counting
  •  Skip Counting Crowns
  •  The Crayon Song
Teacher Activities Seasonal
  •  Fall Counting
  •  Fall Vocabulary
  •  Five Little Pumpkins Book
  •  Five Little Pumpkins
  •  Five Little Turkeys
  •  Leaf Sorting
  •  Pumpkin Counting
  •  Who Has the Shamrock
Teacher Activities Language
  •  A Sailor Went to Sea
  •  ABC Floor Game
  •  ABC Letter Rings
  •  All Stars
  •  Alphabet Crowns
  •  Alphabet Matching Games
  •  Bookmark Trimmers
  •  Card File Dictionary
  •  Crossword Puzzle Fun
  •  Cupcake Word Endings
  •  Ducky Jokes
  •  Farm
  •  Farmer Farmer Book
  •  Fish Pond Rhymes
  •  Five Green and Speckled Frogs
  •  Five Little Frogs
  •  Five Little Pumpkins Book
  •  Flashcard Fun
  •  Four Little Stars Book
  •  Grammar Hunt
  •  Learning Phonics 1
  •  Learning Phonics 2
  •  Learning Phonics 3
  •  Learning Stick Activity
  •  Letter Animals
  •  Letter Crowns
  •  Magnetic Spelling
  •  Make a Mini-Booklet
  •  Make a Pop-Up Book
  •  My Book of ABC
  •  Puppet Theatre Gloves
  •  Silly Story Activity
  •  Simple Slider Tools
  •  Textured Letters
  •  What Letter Am I
  •  What's Hiding In My Tree
  •  Where Is Ducky
  •  Word Jumbles
Teacher Activites Character Education
  •  All About Me (Jingles)
  •  All About Me
  •  Guess My Job
  •  Guess Who Book
  •  Who am I Book
More Teacher Activites
  •  Animal Magnetic Tin
  •  Bear Jokes
  •  Bee Riddles
  •  Big Books and Bulletin Boards
  •  Children on the Bus
  •  Classic Accents
  •  Create A Mobile
  •  Creation Magnetic Mural
  •  Creation Roll and Learn
  •  Creative Learning Activities
  •  Creative Posters
  •  Farm Animal Bingo
  •  Flash Card Puzzles
  •  Flowers to Flowers Roll and Learn Game
  •  Follow The Kids Game
  •  Frog Riddles
  •  Frog Sudoku
  •  Fruit Bingo
  •  Fun Stuff 1
  •  Generic Game Board
  •  Generic Game Boards
  •  Guess My Job (Jingles)
  •  Guess My Job
  •  Guess What Sport
  •  Hiding In The Grass Game
  •  Hiding In The Leaves Game
  •  Learning Sticks
  •  Magnetic Frogs
  •  Make a Stencil Mobile
  •  Make Stencil Stick Puppets
  •  Matching Games
  •  Mini Apple Workbook
  •  Mini-Accents
  •  Pretty Push Pins
  •  Puppet Theatre Gloves
  •  Puzzles With a Purpose
  •  Schoolhouse Game
  •  Shake your Star
  •  The Crayon Song
  •  Trimmer Frames and Decor
  •  Veggie Bingo
  •  What Insect am I
  •  What's Hiding
Early Childhood Learning
  •  For Baby 1
  •  For Baby 2
Christian Learning Activites
  •  Bible Game
  •  Bible Study Matching Games
  •  Bookmark Trimmers
  •  Christian File Folder Game Boards
  •  Create a Pop-Up Book
  •  Crossword Fun
  •  Mini-Books
  •  Noah And The Ark Jokes
  •  Trimmer Faith Frames

Teacher Activities - Scholar's Choice Children's Toys And Games

Math - Brightstorm

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"We've gathered great math teachers to film concise, engaging online videos for every topic in the high school math curriculum (Algebra 1 through Precalculus, and Calculus is coming soon).  With over 1,800 free videos, we think Brightstorm can be the place where learners come when they are confused about a math topic
Math - Brightstorm