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PBS: Benjamin Franklin: An Extraordinary Life: How Shocking

06-05-15

How shocking! Today marks the anniversary of Benjamin Franklin’s discovery of electricity while flying his kite. A Founding Father of the United States, author, printer, politician, inventor and scientist, Benjamin Franklin contributed to society in many ways. Three experiments are demonstrated through this interactive program. Through his research the kite experiment unfolded and from that came the lightning rod. Spark students’ interests in scientific discovery and innovation just as Franklin’s interest evolved from static electricity 200 years ago. It is incredible that the lightning rod has stood the test of time and is still used in the 21st century! His …

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Telling Their Stories: Civil Rights Struggle

06-04-15

Watch and listen to interviews of former students from Burgland High School in McComb, Mississippi, drawing on their experiences during the Civil Rights Movement. Burgland High School was involved in a large student walk-out in 1961. Hear from Brenda Travis, a woman who attempted to purchase a ticket from the “whites only” counter and was arrested and held in jail for 30 days. Jan Nave Barnes and her family invited civil rights workers into their home. Once part of the social elite, the family was eventually run out town, their house burned and their pet dog killed. Incredible stories of …

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Maths Is Fun: Quadrilaterals

06-03-15

Having trouble remembering the different types of quadrilaterals? Fear no more, with this interactive site not only will you learn the types but you can manipulate a figure to check out what the shapes look like. This site gives accurate definitions along with visuals to represent each quadrilateral. A shape is given that can be adjusted to explore each shape and watch how the interior angles change depending upon the shape. By using this site, you will have a better understanding and visual of the various quadrilaterals. View Source:http://www.mathsisfun.com/quadrilaterals.html

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Glencoe Online: Virtual Labs: Earthworm Dissection

06-02-15

Slimy, mucky, clammy worms! While some students cheer at the prospect of touching and dissecting these miry creatures, others who are not as excited about the idea might want to try a virtual experience instead. For an interactive anatomy lesson without the mess, try this virtual earthworm dissection. Learn the structures and functions of segmented worms known as annelids. By studying these lower level species, it becomes easier to learn about the anatomy and structure of higher- level organisms. Enjoy the fun of a true dissection without the slime! View Source: http://glencoe.mheducation.com/sites/dl/free/0078695104/383950/BL_14.html  

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Neatline: The Digital Declaration of Independence

06-01-15

This is the Declaration of Independence in high resolution as you have never seen it before. The instructions explain how to navigate this highly interactive site. It is viewable in three modes – as text accompanying the actual document, as a painting of the signing of the Declaration, and as a map with links to the signers’ hometowns. Clicking on the name of a founding father brings up his signature on the document, a biography, a portrait, and his hometown on the map. View Source: http://neatline.dclure.org/neatline/show/declaration-of-independence#records/1172    

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Knight Digital Media Center: Photoshop

05-29-15

It is said that a picture is worth a thousand words, on this site you will learn how to edit and improve that picture to tell the complete story. This site contains tutorials on how to use Photoshop on images. Learn how to crop or resize images, adjust tonal properties, color correct images, improve photos overall appearance, sharpen and improve clarity, and how to save images in different file formats with these easy to follow tutorials. As the school year wraps up this site may come in handy as you have final projects to complete or a scrapbook of your …

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Virtual Nerd: How Do You Use a Scatter Plot to Find a Line of Fit

05-28-15

Are you looking for a new way to reach your students?  How about putting them in charge of their learning.  Virtual Nerd is a site that will help you do just that.  On this site students can watch a video on creating the line of best fit for a scatter plot.  This is a perfect resource for allowing students to explore a topic on their own, for remediation or differentiation. View source: http://www.virtualnerd.com/common-core/grade-8/8_SP-statistics-probability/A/2/line-of-fit-scatter-plot  

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National Park Service: Webrangers Activity: Exploring Tidepools

Lean all about tide pools, even if you can’t make it to the beach! Through a series of photographs and an interactive slideshow, this website teaches about tide pools, how they form, and what types of sea creatures can be found living in them. With just a few clicks, viewers can see pictures and learn information about nine different types of tide pool creatures. Then, they can test their new knowledge by identifying the different creatures in pictures of actual tide pools. With a wealth of information, it’s the next best thing to being at the beach! View source: http://www.nps.gov/webrangers/activities/tidepool/?id=06

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Mapping Your Future: Explore Your Career

05-26-15

Are you getting ready for college or about to pursue a career? Explore this site to find out about your options in higher education, and learn how to decide on a career path. Take a look at the collection of resources offered to help you prepare and pay for college. Includes useful tips on job hunting, resume writing, job interviewing techniques, and student loans, while also providing a link to a free online career exploration adventure for middle and high school students. View source: http://mappingyourfuture.org/planyourcareer/  

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Graduation Wisdom: Amy Poehler

05-25-15

Welcome to graduation season! Graduation Wisdom is a place dedicated to sharing graduation speeches in the formats of video, audio, full text, and text excerpts. Visit Graduation Wisdom if you are looking for examples of effective speeches, or visit this site for inspiration. Graduation addresses from famous people and high honors students from across the world are included here.On this particular site, Amy Poehler addressed Harvard University in May of 2011. View source:http://www.graduationwisdom.com/speeches/0095-poehler.htm  

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