Doing a unit on Water Quality? Learn all about an outhouse and sewage-treatment plant in one, processing human waste through a “constructed wetlands.” "Poop and Paddle"demonstrates how sewage and rainwater can be converted to cattails and clean water.
Free online video library keeps it short and sweet
Pros: Pulls videos from all over the world into a safe, filtered, made-for-education environment.
Cons: Some ads; no helpful video details like publication date, detailed content description, grade level, or standards alignment.
Bottom Line: Quickly search quality videos and create video quizzes to engage students and enhance learning. Can be used for morning journaling
Celebrate the aeronautical contributions of Amelia Earhart. The mystique of incredible bravery gives Amelia Earhart a lasting place in history. To this day, her death is unsolved and her character an enigma. This official site includes photos as well as her life story.
Group blogging can help kids build teamwork and communication skills
Pros: Kids get writing, communication, and teamwork practice, and can potentially learn about other regions and cultures.
Cons: Quads depend on a volunteer coordinator to keep things moving; classes may have to wait awhile before the next session starts.
Bottom Line: QuadBlogging can help classrooms strengthen their blog readership while kids
Who doesn't love ice cream? How exactly do we get ice cream? Learn the science and conjure up a sweet treat while you investigate states of matter. Explore how to turn a liquid into a solid by removing heat energy.
Cool presentation tool lets students turn slides into video animations
Pros: Presentations look clean and professional and add an element of fun.
Cons: Presentations can be slow to load, and the ability to add images from Flickr and other online platforms may result in student access to inappropriate content.
Bottom Line: With guidance and oversight, students will have fun making creative video presentations, but more collaborative features and classroom support would help.
August 23th is a prime number date - with 7 and 13 both being prime numbers. Can you identify factors and multiples to determine prime numbers? Practice your skill in this super cool Mangahigh game.
Deep, data-driven vocabulary tool challenges learners
Pros: Individualized vocabulary learning meets all students where they're at.
Cons: It has an outdated design, and it's pricey, especially for classroom or campus-only subscriptions.
Bottom Line: Membean has the potential to push students and grow their vocabulary while providing teachers with data they'll love.
This site offers an extensive collection of rare primary sources pertaining to American history and American literature covering three basic themes: Struggle for Independence, Struggle for Rights, and Struggle for Equality. It includes paintings, photos, documents, literary works, political cartoons, letters, timelines and much more; they are perfect for use in research papers, projects, and presentations. Documents include Common Sense, the Declaration of Independence, the Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin, the Constitution of the United States, the Emancipation Proclamation, and numerous others. This collection totals more than six million items which may include just the ones you need.
I Forgot Day is August 12. Did you ever wonder why don't we use all our brain cells and what do we do with the ones we don't use? Find out from Hannah Iaccarino, a graduate student in Brain and Cognitive Sciences at MIT and a researcher at the Picower Institute for Learning and Memory.
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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.