Learn about the conservation of energy with this learning activity from the PhET Interactive Simulations project at the University of Colorado Boulder. Students can build tracks, ramps, and jumps for a skater and view the kinetic energy, potential energy and friction as they move. They can also take the skater to different planets or even to outer space to investigate with the effects of gravity on these physical phenomena. With this highly engaging sim, students not only explore the conservation of mechanical energy concept using kinetic and gravitational potential energy, but have fun in the process.
Summary: Uplifting one-stop shop for social and emotional learning resources
Pros: Activities are age-appropriate, direct, and powerful and vary from one-minute to unit-long projects.
Cons: The accountability piece may be missing for teens who use the website independently.
Bottom Line: inspirED delivers exactly what it claims: empowering, easy-to-search content for social and emotional learning.
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This interactive map with timeline links will allow students to explore the history of Hispanic people in the Americas including South America, Central America, Mexico, California, New York, Florida, Cuba, Dominican Republic, and Puerto Rico. Students just click on any map area to open the timeline. Then students can click on each date along the timeline to read about the Hispanic history that took place. Use these timelines to trace Spanish influences in the Americas more than 500 years into the past. Printable versions of timelines are also available for classroom use.
An interesting look at a city block in Atlanta from different scales with photographs generated by several satellites.
Summary:Puzzler's use of real code fills niche in crowded learn-to-code genre
Pros: Charming art mixed with serious programming challenges.
Cons: Limited range of covered concepts, and tough puzzles could use a better hint system
Bottom Line: A great introduction to coding with solid teacher support that gets kids using a real programming language and digging into some meatier concepts than other early coding tools.
This game helps kids think about how to boost sales of soft drinks to other kids. Do surveys, taste tests, label design and signs to increase sales and check to see if they worked. Then follow up with a discussion of how clever advertising can influence eating habits adversely
Interested in learning about your family heritage or the background of community events? “The Smithsonian Folklife and Oral History Interviewing Guide” is great for collecting family and community cultural information. This step-by-step guide includes planning and conducting interviews, sample questions, forms, and presentation ideas.
Learn about the parts of a story by building one of your own! Choose a setting and characters for your story and then add in a conflict and dialogue to make it uniquely yours.
This week we have the first of two Friday the 13ths in 2017. The unlucky number 13 has been feared by many over time, officially labeled as Triskadekaphobia. Now, fear of Friday the 13th has been dubbed Paraskevidekatriaphobia - you should be afraid of trying to spell or pronounce that for sure!
This ingenious interactive timeline covers the 13.8 billion years since the Big Bang, using the vast resources of Wikipedia as its reference. No matter the period of history you are studying, you will find information about it here and will make connections you may not have expected. (Works in Chrome and Safari.)
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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.