G'Day Mates! The 26th is Australia Day and it's a great time to explore the Australian culture through tourism, inspirational stories, inspirational poetry, and through amazing Australia facts.
Media museum's site offers timely resources mixing history and civics
Pros: Does a great job explaining the importance of trustworthy media; Today's Front Pages section offers daily content.
Cons: Missing ways for teachers to assign resources and track completion.
Bottom Line: Filled with primary sources, daily content, and lesson plans, this is a valuable site teaching news and media literacy, especially the value of a free and independent press.
Got a class full of inventors? Then you know it's important to understand HOW inventions are invented. Learn more about the process behind past inventions and how you can work your way to being a famous inventor too!
January is sure to be some hair raising days as we celebrate Static Electricity. Learn more and make sparks fly yourself with John Travoltage. Explore how charging Johnnie up and moving his hand changes how he gets shocked!
Powerful online audio production with built-in collaboration features
Pros: Collaborative creation and cross-platform access includes mobile devices.
Cons: EDU version's walled garden is pricey.
Bottom Line: Soundtrap is a uniquely collaborative music-production environment, but you'll want to evaluate the privacy issues and what the pricey EDU version offers.
Do you know what your blood type is? Maybe you have heard people say that they have Type A or Type O blood. Blood type is a way to describe the type of antigens, or proteins, on the surface of red blood cells. Learn more about blood types to celebrate National Blood Donor Month in January 2019.
Explore forgotten spots, hidden gems with user-submitted photos, tales
Pros: Great images and an appealing tone reveal stories that are sure to surprise and delight.
Cons: With so much user-generated content, the quality of your journey may vary, and it's hard to target learning to a particular place or theme.
Bottom Line: A fun gateway to real-world exploration through a stellar online experience.
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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.