National Geographic has a good resource students can explore to learn about the attack on Pearl Harbor. TheInteractive Pearl Harbor Attack Map is a map and timeline accompanied by voice narration. Each stop along the timeline of the attack is accompanied by a short narrated passage. At each stop students can click on the map to read more information about that place and moment in the chronology of the attack.
The Aboriginal Perspectives module contains 33 documentaries, a short fiction film, and 5 film clips. These productions do not represent the entirety of the films on Canada's native peoples in the NFB collection, which comprises more than 700 such works. We did want it, however, to be a representative sample of the whole.
The Aboriginal Perspectives material is organized by theme: The Arts, Cinema and Representation, Colonialism and Racism, Indigenous Knowledge, History and Origins, Sovereignty and Resistance, and Youth. These topics are very relevant to social studies curricula across the country.
"Celestia is a real-time 3D space simulation featuring a database of over 100000 stars, nearly a hundred solar system, objects, and a complete catalog You can travel throughout the solar system, to any of the over 100,000 stars, or even beyond the galaxy. Celestia comes with a large catalog of stars, galaxies, planets, moons, asteroids, comets, and spacecraft."
(Requires a download - version for Windows, Mac and Linux - the Mac version will run from the desktop with no installation required.)
This site was created by National Geographic and is an interactive solar system map. Mouse over to view images, click to read more detail. An excellent tool for your students to use as they study our solar system.
"Welcome to the Periodic Table of Comic Books. Click on an element to see a list of comic book pages involving that element. Click on a thumbnail on the list to see a full comic bookpage. For technical information about an element, follow the link to Mark Winter's Web Elements. There's something for everyone here!"
James Crawford, Engineering Director, Google Books
Steve Ennen, President and Chief Intelligence Officer, Social Strategy1
Bethlam Forsa, Executive Vice President, Global Product and Content Development, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Jane Friedman, Co-Founder and CEO, Open Road Integrated Media; former President and CEO, HarperCollins Publishers Worldwide
Richard Sandler, Executive Vice President, Milken Family Foundation.
"Tablet computers as well as the Kindle and other e-readers have created a new platform for books, magazines and newspapers. The California start-up Vook may demonstrate the path forward: It packages cookbooks, workout manuals and even novels with illustrative video clips, then sells these video-text hybrids through Apple's iTunes Store. But what will readers pay for these products, and can this model sustain the big traditional publishers? Some say there will always be a place for print. In the news industry, print is too slow for breaking news, but does printed analysis have a place? In publishing, text-heavy books may be perfect for an e-reader, but will beautifully illustrated, tactile tomes become even more valuable? What lessons can publishers learn from the music industry's response to the digital revolution?"
Simply click on the icons to see "clickable covers" of magazines organized by category. (Kids, Teens, General and Pro-D) From there, you can visit the "landing page" for each of the titles. On each landing page, you will see (on the right of the screen) a list of all the issues by year. Pick an issue and then click on the article title to read. Have fun exploring! (EBSCO is a subscription database: School ID and password required for home access.)
"All writing assignments require the writer to make decisions about what to include and what to leave out. The task seems especially daunting with biographies and autobiographies, when the author is trying to summarize an entire life. The Bio-Cube activity asks children to take on that challenge and limits their information to what will fit on six sides of a small cube. The activity helps children learn how to identify and summarize key ideas."
Students can use the online tool, or work on a blank printed cube.
"Eighth grade students at Raul Yzaguirre School For Success [RYSS] used PowerPoint 2007 to create presentations based on TEKS/TAKS Grade 8 Science concepts. The PowerPoint presentations online are a selection from the 8th grade class. The students were challenged to take control of the teaching process to make Science more exciting and interesting to study. They researched the concepts online, then used visuals, text and animation to bring them "to life".
(Powerpoint presentations were exported as "movies".)
"How was life different in ancient Egypt? In this challenge from Legacies of Ancient Egypt students use the 5W questions to analyze a detailed drawing of an ancient scene and gather evidence to support or refute a hypothesis about the depicted event. (Social Studies, Language Arts, Fine Arts)"
"Where Elementary Librarians share their knowledge! This wiki was born from a short Twitter conversation and the admiration of the work of Harry Wong. Please join & add your expertise to our wiki. No need to reinvent the wheel when you have a strong library PLN."
AV Equipment Management, Beginning of the Year, Book Management & Inventory, Budget/Funding, Daily/Weekly Library Records, End of the Year, Flexible Scheduling, Floor Plans, Library Organization, Library Spaces, Parent Contact, Special Library Events & Programs, Substitute Plans, Procedure Manual/Handbook, and much more.
Students doing research in computer lab settings may not use their time wisely, especially if they think that no-one is holding them accountable. Here are some ideas for an "exit slip". If students know they are responsible for providing this at the end of each session, they may be more productive.
An Exit Slip could include the following questions:
(Tech Tip: a Google form could also be set up with these questions. Students could "submit" an exit slip that the teacher could collate as part of the Work Habit.)
Shares data on the impact of school libraries on student achievement.
"This research foundation paper, updated from the 2006 edition of School Libraries Work!, brings together position statements from a variety of organizations and findings from nearly two decades of empirical studies that cite the measurable impact school libraries and library media specialists have on student achievement. It includes excerpts from a Congressional presentation made by the National Committee on Libraries and Information Science in June 2007; the results of new studies from Delaware, Indiana, Wisconsin, and the Canadian province of Ontario; as well as new data, statistics, resources, and strategies to help principals, school board members, teachers, and library media specialists support and improve their library media centers."
"Covering topics in science, nature, adventure, and technology, discoverychannel.ca is a perfect place to look for material on all kinds of subjects from animals to space [...] Take a look through our A-Z section or use our search tool to find the information you need."
Using material from the website
Please note that content on discoverychannel.ca (images, text, video, or interactive content) cannot be copied or re-used in any way. If you wish to share it with others, just point them to the site.
"Patrimonium-mundi.org is undertaking an ambitious project to capture and share 360 degree panoramas of all of the UNESCO World Heritage sites. Currently, Patrimonium-mundi.org has up to 275 panoramic images. Visitors can rotate all of the images and some allow you to zoom in and zoom out to look at the details."
Use the Sptolight Annotation feature of Youtube to create a series of informative videos and linking them together in a "choose-your-own-adventure" format . This could be a great collaborative multimedia project for your students.
While not an interactive dissection site, the images could be used to supplement, introduce or even replace the actual dissection.
"This site is designed as a supplement to laboratory dissections exploring introductory mammalian anatomy and physiology — it is basic and many details have been omitted for clarity. We hope that it is suitable for AP Biology students or for students of introductory anatomy and physiology at the college level."