Are you a Harry Potter fan? Then click on Scholastic's Potter exploration. Explore each of the seven Harry Potter novels with this complete interactive experience. Unlock the magic with mind-bending tasks, participate in trivia challenges, practice all things Potter pronunciation, read about the books’ illustrators, or find out what your Patronus is! Read provided chapter excerpts of each book, or even listen to an audio read-aloud of each installment’s first chapter. This Harry Potter exhibit will leave you immersed in JK Rowling’s imaginative world.
November is a month to celebrate the rich and diverse cultures and traditions of Native Americans. With this website you can take a virtual tour of eighteen totem poles along the Totem Trail is Sitka National Historical Park. Click through exhibits and collections from the Library of Congress, the National Archives, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the National Gallery of Art, the National Park Service, the Smithsonian Institution, and the World Digital Library. Watch videos of Native American speakers, look through teaching resources, and view a collection of images
Summary: Quality Common Core-aligned lessons with great modeling for teachers
Pros: It's super customizable, which means you can assign kids the lessons they need to work on most.
Cons: Lacks an element of fun, which could make using the site feel like work for some kids.
Bottom Line: An innovative way to enhance lessons and tailor learning for individual needs
With the holidays coming up how much do you know about your tongue? Well, get on board by learning more about the tongue and sense of taste. Salty, sweet, sour - you couldn't taste any of that without a tongue. Check out the entertaining video, read more and do taste-y activities to explore these sweetest and sourest ideas.
Summary: Good stepping stone to LMS classes
Pros: This safe platform lets you and your students post, collaborate on, and annotate assignments, projects, quizzes, and other classroom work. It's FREE.
Cons: The parent view is not as full-featured as the student view, and teachers must monitor frequently.
Bottom Line: Make all your classroom communications digital and trackable, but be prepared to supervise.
Celebrate the achievements of women in STEM. These stories focus on increasing the awareness of women in the science, technology, engineering, and mathematical field. This article discusses how research is showing an increase of women working in the science fields. Learn how women are bridging the gap but there is still room for improvement.
Summary: A weekly dose of curiosity for teachers and students alike
Pros: Intriguing and thoughtful podcasts, stories, and lessons help build curiosity.
Cons: There's a lack of support for struggling learners.
Bottom Line: For a weekly rejuvenation of scientific learning, Science Friday is a source of inspiration for both teachers and students.
Who do we depend on around the world for our daily supplies? Set off on a journey to understand how we depend on people around the world for everything we use in our daily lives. Visit with people in many countries to learn about who we rely on for our everyday products.
Title: Political Animals
Summary: Charming political campaign sim mixes data analysis and civics
Pros: Appealing artwork, data-rich statistics, and infinite strategies guarantee replayability.
Cons: High learning curve and no final wrap-up or postmortem to aid learning.
Bottom Line: It's a highly entertaining and surprisingly deep way to help students see the strategy -- as well as ethical choices -- involved in elections.
Pick a continent and begin exploring for a virtual field trip day! This resource offers vibrant pictures, interesting facts and statistics, and maps of many foreign countries. Delve into the culture of the people who inhabit these continents to learn how they are different and yet share so many similarities with us.
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Valerie Bourbour is a certified educator and past Co-Director of The Academy of Ormond Beach. Ms. Bourbour has experience in online learning platforms and aims for student success.