I have lamented here before about how there is so much material on the internet that we have to sift through to find the really good stuff. Well, this site does a pretty good job. It is aptly named "Great Websites for Kids" and is sponsored by the Association For Library Service To Children, a division of the … Continue reading Great Websites for Kids
When I am searching for topics for this blog, I often come across interesting things in which I can't find an obvious educational benefit. I bookmark these dubious sites in the hope that I will one day find a use for them. My list of bookmarks has become a desultory list of oddities and eccentricities. But when … Continue reading Writing in Air
Hey, do you have five minutes to fill before recess? Would your children benefit from a little history and culture? Do you enjoy stunning feats of human achievement? Then this site is for you. The Sistine Chapel draws about five million visitors a year. Instead of flying your class to the Vatican and battling the peak … Continue reading Pristine Sistine
Human history is huge. Only a tiny portion of it has been recorded and only a fraction of that is in photographic form. But photographs allow us to interact with history in a way that the history books just can't. Historypin takes it one step further. This site brings together a global group of collaborators that … Continue reading History Pin
I was telling someone a story the other day of how I was subbing in a school that had a "no smartphones in class policy". I was trying to round up some cameras for a "photo scavenger hunt" but could only get four or five for my class. The students quickly reminded me that many … Continue reading BYOD
When I was researching a link for this week I came across a site called Alchemy Learning that allows you to create "mobile lessons." I signed up and took the tour and it looks really cool. I can create lessons with content from around the web, link the relevant curriculum outcomes, track student progress, and other … Continue reading Flipped Classroom
This simple site is incredible. (Update: The twins have made their incredible site an app that can be purchased through the app store, but a viable alternative is available here.) My sombrero (galaxy) goes off to Cary and Michael Huang for this elegant visual reference of literally everything in the observable universe. Beginning at human scales … Continue reading The Scale of the Universe
I love Khan Academy. Their tagline says is all; “You can learn anything.” Basically you watch videos, read articles, do exercises to follow lessons for a huge variety of topics. Early math to organic chemistry. In two minutes I set up a teacher account where I can add a class full of students and track their … Continue reading Khan Academy
This is so cool. Amazing visuals and very accessible narration. This could be a good introduction to a writing/brainstorming task or an addition to a unit on the solar system.
It’s no secret that Earth’s ocean is filled with life, much of it still a mystery or totally unknown to science. But what about the ocean on other worlds? I’m not talking about sci-fi planets or suspected alien Earths around other stars, either, but right here in our own solar system, where an ocean even deeper than ours lies hidden beneath a global shell of ice.
Scientists believe there is an ocean hidden beneath the surface of Jupiter’s moon Europa. In the video above, NASA-JPL astrobiologist Kevin Hand explains why scientists are so excited about the potential of this ice-covered world to answer one of humanity’s most profound questions: does life exist beyond Earth?
To learn more about Europa, click here, and see the latest enhanced version of a Galileo image of Europa below:
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In my classroom I am always taking pictures. It gets the kids fired up and allows me to go over the details of events at the end of a hectic day. I also use the pictures to create little slide shows to remind the class what we have been up to. Big Huge Labs makes … Continue reading Big Huge Labs