Ever wonder what exactly Confucious did say? You can find out by checking out the original, online text of Confucian Analects by Confucius.
Design, analyze, then build STEM applications
Pros: Students are able to engage in an authentic engineering process that builds science knowledge.
Cons: Kids may get lost in the heavy text sections.
Bottom Line: Complete learning modules include simple CAD design simulation tools, a digital competition, and options for hands-on building.
This lesson offers thought-provoking activities for grades 9-12 with this interactive in which students are given a limit and must decide what to bring on the Mayflower.
Thanksgiving is right around the corner. As inspiration for your festivities, check out the different types of headdresses worn by Native American groups across North, Central and South America.
PBS Kids: Plum Landing
Web games, outside adventures offer in-depth tour of Earth’s ecosystems
Pros: Hands-on investigations help kids explore the world around them and build scientific understanding.
Cons: Alignment to the Next Generation of Science Standards leaves a bit to be desired.
Bottom Line: Student-directed investigations and outdoor extension activities elevate Plum Landing beyond just a companion site for the TV show.
Skyscrapers are awesome to check out. Celebrate the world's tallest buildings with this graphical timeline that showcases all the buildings from 1890-2004.
Minecraft-like 3D modeling (and printing) made super easy for all ages
Pros: Simple, Minecraft-inspired design tools are familiar to some users and easy to learn for others, especially with the great tutorials and examples.
Cons: Designs are exclusively composed of cubes, which makes creating very complex designs a bit challenging, and the teacher dashboard is limited.
Bottom Line: This may be the fastest, cheapest route from idea to 3D printing out there, if you don't mind low-res, pixelated designs.
Celebrate Hispanic Heritage by exploring the roots, artists and instruments of salsa! Includes English/Spanish lessons related to salsa greats Yomo Toro and Celia Cruz.
One-stop shop for a wealth of fantastic PBS KIDS educational content
Pros: Easy, one-stop access to the high-quality design and extensive resources available from PBS KIDS websites.
Cons: So much variety can be overwhelming; kids will need guidance and direction to access specific topics and games.
Bottom Line: Amazing collection of valuable learning resources covers an impressive array of topics.
Did you ever wonder how music travels from a radio station to a radio receiver? How do the sounds travel through air and buildings and everything else in between you and the station? Celebrate National Radio Day (8/20) by learning all about radio waves.
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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.