Teach your students to understand more about the events of that day from an entirely different perspective - African-American veterans telling of their experiences during and after the invasion on Normandy Beach June 6, 1944. This video clip [2:11] from History Channel's "A Distant Shore: African Americans of D-day" highlights how the soldiers were amazed they were able to accomplish their mission despite the formidable German defenses.
Summary: Emoji-based coding tool demystifies web design and animation
Pros: Sequential lessons on core web technologies, great tutorials, and instant access to student-made websites and animations.
Cons: Design elements are limited to images, videos, and sounds contained in Codemoji; teacher dashboard can be buggy.
Bottom Line: Emoji-based lessons engage learning and empower kids to explore web design and animation, with instant website creation.
Summary: Collaborative lessons connect students across the globe
Pros: Projects fuse ELA and social studies while helping students make real-world connections.
Cons: You'll need to sync up with the timelines of the courses. Rubrics are limited.
Bottom Line: A thoughtful, ready-to-go platform that builds global awareness and collaboration skills by facilitating authentic, cross-cultural PBL experiences.
Do you know about ALL the negative health effects tobacco has on your body? To draw attention to these negative effects, World No Tobacco Day was established to encourage people to abstain from tobacco consumption for a day. This site contains a game that tests your knowledge of tobaccos’ harmful ingredients, health costs, financial costs, side effects, and more. By playing this game, students will learn why abstaining from tobacco is an important decision they can make for their health. They will also see how abstaining from tobacco is not only an important decision for their health but also their financial health.
Title: checkology® Virtual Classroom
Summary: Go-to news-literacy site is an excellent primer on media issues
Pros: Unique site allows for exploration of multiple lessons, while the check tool allows students to evaluate credibility of news.
Cons: Lessons can be a bit too long and repetitive at times
Bottom Line: With "fake news" a pressing concern, checkology's literacy lessons offer essential, if not totally comprehensive, skills to help students evaluate sources.
Celebrate the many aspects of Jazz for International Jazz Day with Chuck Vanderchuck! This fun and interactive site teaches about jazz, jazz instruments, and writing jazz music. Includes games,videos, and lots of great sounds.
Summary: Individualized STEM career exploration targets students' values
Pros: Well organized and quickly exposes kids to a broad variety of STEM careers.
Cons: Videos and web quests cannot take the place of actual role models and mentors.
Bottom Line:Students identify career values and use them to evaluate STEM options.
What is Kevlar and how is it used? See Richard Engel discuss an invention that has saved many soldiers' lives. He tells the story of lab work done in 1965 by DuPont chemist Stephanie Kwolek that unexpectedly produced Kevlar, a lightweight fiber five times stronger than steel used in bulletproof vests.
Summary: Critical-reading program buoyed by high-interest texts, clear structure
Pros: High-interest texts can spark classroom discussions, and the critical-reading framework has the potential to foster deep, Common Core-aligned learning.
Cons: Further tools for collaboration and differentiation -- such as variable reading levels for each text -- would empower as well as create more opportunities for meaningful learning.
Bottom Line: A solid resource for CCSS-aligned critical-reading and writing -instruction serves as a potential springboard for in-class discussions, group work, and extension activities.
Ever wonder what it was like to be a Civil War nurse? Take a moment and check this site out to look back at experiences of a Civil War nurse. This site is an interactive exhibition that shows personal letters and diaries that document what nurses went through during the war. Explore the differences and similarities between a nurse’s job back then and now through this exhibition.
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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.