Posts Tagged ‘science’

Interactive Internet Resources for Whiteboards

Promethean Planet is a collection of interactive, Internet-based lessons that can be used with whiteboards. The site contains educational resources for all subjects and grade levels. The Professional Development link provides an overview of features to help you get started using the site. Interactive community features provide the means for teachers to share lesson plans and resources and connect with fellow educators. Selected lesson plans may be saved for future use. Thousands of resources can be easily searched by subject and keyword and by categories such as games, professional development, links, projects, simulations, and worksheets. Some resources are free, others must be purchased.

The Birmingham Grid for Learning website offers resources arranged by category: foundation, primary, and secondary. Resources are further arranged by subject area. You will find a variety of educational materials, from a moon globe to road safety to suggestions for innovative ideas for using whiteboards.

The Lee’s Summit, MO R7 School District Instructional Technology Team maintains a list of interactive resources for the SMART Board. Resources include SMART Board tutorials, pre-made SMART Notebook templates, and sites that provide instructional resources for use with whiteboards. Instructional resources listed on this site are primarily for elementary students. There are a few resources that can be used in secondary classrooms, most notably Freeze Ray, which contains simulations that can be used for physics, chemistry, and biology.

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The JASON Project

The JASON Project was founded in 1989 by Dr. Robert D. Ballard who discovered the wreck of the Titanic. In answer to the many students who contacted him with questions related to his discovery, Dr. Ballard began to look for ways to bring scientific discovery to the classroom. The JASON Project links students in grades 4-10 to real scientists and engages them in scientific research and expeditions led by leading scientists. The JASON Project offers an online curriculum and professional development training to prepare science teachers to implement the curriculum.

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Kathy Schrock’s Guide for Educators

March 23, 2012 Leave a comment

Kathy Schrock’s Guide for Educators is a categorized list of websites that can be used for instructional planning and professional growth. The site is frequently updated to include new sites for teaching and learning. In the “Subject Access” section of the site, you will find a list of links to subject areas. Clicking a subject area link provides access to a list of resources that can be used for developing classroom activities.

By clicking on the Weather Info and Maps link in the “Subject Access” section, I found a list of weather-related links. The Intellicast site provided six interactive weather maps. The Local Weather Report provided current conditions, 10-day forecast; times of sunrise/sunset and moonrise/moonset; moon phases; wind direction and speed. Additional links provided an interactive weather map, hourly forecast, historic averages, past observations, and more. This site would be an excellent resource for a science unit on weather and could be adapted for use at all grade levels.

Another link in this category directed to NOAA Education Resources. This site provided a wealth of resource collections on topics such as hurricanes, weather observations, watersheds, flooding, and pollution, estuaries, ocean pollution, changing seasons, the Gulf oil spill, and many more! Each link presented information related to the topic, along with links to additional resources. This site would be appropriate for science students in grades 6 and above.

The image above depicts storm clouds over the Brittany coast in France.

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Discovery Education

Discovery Education provides free educational resources such as lesson plans, interactive games, puzzles, and other instructional content. Resources can be searched by grade or by subject. One helpful resource from this site is Science Fair Central. Students can use this resource to find a science fair topic or to plan a science fair presentation. Science Fair Central includes presentation how-to’s, sample judge’s scoring sheet, a timeline for completing the presentation, and a checklist to be used to evaluate the presentation board prior to submission. Additional content, including educational videos from United Streaming, is available for teachers in school districts with paid subscriptions to the site. Check with your principal or district technology coordinator for login information.

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