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Traffic Simulator

Traffic Simulator

 

Sticking with today’s theme of traffic and car related materials, Traffic Simulator gives you and your students a chance to see how slight changes in road systems, driving patterns, and other factors can lead to major back-ups on our roadways.

The initial pattern on the website is a steady circle of traffic (ring road), and you can manipulate different factors such as the total number of cars on the road, the number of those that are trucks, and the acceleration of those vehicles to show how each affects the traffic in a closed system.  Once you’ve played with that and messed up rush hour, you can try the other traffic patterns, such as adding an on-ramp (above), off-ramp, construction, hill, or detour to see how each can also change the traffic.  Different elements can again be manipulated to test the roads and demonstrate how different factors can lead to traffic nightmares.

Explanations of some of the physics and psychology of traffic are provided through the links on the sidebar, as well as different ways to use the simulation.  Traffic Simulator is a wonderful tool for seeing how traffic patterns can shift and change and what affects them, as well as providing students with some problem solving as they work through how to alleviate the traffic and find the ideal conditions for each roadway.

 
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Posted by on November 29, 2016 in Websites

 

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How to Be More Creative – Infographic

How to Be More Creative

With the New Year coming, there is a tendency to create new Resolutions and reflect on the old.  One of mine is to always try to be more creative, whether it be in making things, being crafty, or writing.  I can never seem to find the right inspiration or focus, however.  Today’s infographic helps give you some ideas on how to focus and get on track.. Let those creative juices flow!!  [VIA]

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Posted by on December 19, 2013 in Infographics

 

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Video of the Day – 5/14/13 (There’s No Such a Thing as Offline?)

Daily Video — “There’s No Such a Thing As Offline?

From PBS’ IDEA Channel, the interesting question is posed as to whether or not a sate of being “offline” or disconnected from the Internet exists.  We have gotten tot he point where the Internet is at our fingertips and permeates our every thought that there is never such a thing as disconnecting from it, or being “offline” any longer.

All videos are owned by their respective YouTube channels and users and are embedded here for your benefit to use in class in compliance with the appropriate copyright provisions.
 
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Posted by on May 14, 2013 in Daily Video

 

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Photo of the Day – 3/8/13 “Kentucky Flood a.k.a. World’s Highest Standard of Living, 1937”

Daily Photo — “Kentucky Flood a.k.a. The World’s Highest Standard of Living, 1937”

Use the photos posted in this feature for writing prompts, warm-up activities, drawing templates or as part of a photo analysis

 
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Posted by on March 8, 2013 in Daily Photo

 

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Playing History — A Source for Historical Games

Playing History

If you’ve been looking at ways to try livening up your lessons, some alternate assessments, or if you have some of that ever elusive spare time in your lesson planning, you might want to take a peek at Playing History.

Playing History advertises itself as a source for historical games, but you’re not going to find old versions of Pong, Pac-Man, Mario, or even Final Fantasy here (thought you can still die of dysentery in the original Oregon Trail!).  All the games on Playing History are centered on key events or concepts in history – primarily American and British – with the other social sciences mixed in throughout.

Close to 130 games are available and the front page of Playing History allows you to pinpoint areas of interest through a prominent tag cloud or you could search and/or browse all the games to find something appropriate for your classes.  A free registration allows you to rate and review the games as well, but these are not limited to educators so take them with a grain of salt.

Make sure that you test any of the games on Playing History before using them with class to ensure they are appropriate for your students and that they will work on your systems.  Just remember that any flash-based games will not work on Apple products like an iPad.

 
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Posted by on February 26, 2013 in Websites

 

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Two Math and Science Game Apps

A Pair of Gaming Apps

 

24 Game

You might remember the 24 game as a kid in school!  You get a card with 4 numbers and you have to add, subtract, multiply or divide your way to a total of 24. With this app for iPad, iPod, and iPhone, you can have your class play without the use of the cards.  The interactive nature of the app will definitely spark new interest in this game, as well as the ability to keep score and track fastest times!

 

SimplePhysics

The SimplePhysics app is available for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod and is a great tool to have students work with some realistic physics as well as engineering.  Students can build simple to complex structures (it advertises tree houses to Ferris wheels) through a blueprint interface then subject them to various tests in a game-like environment.  Create structures that will withstand different forces, or simple create intricate designs.  An added feature is the challenge mode where students have to create designs like rooftops and bridges to meet certain specifications while also remaining in a set budget for their project.

 
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Posted by on February 21, 2013 in Apps, Tips & Tricks

 

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A+ Click Math & Logic Problems

A+ Click Math & Logic Problems

A+ Click Math & Logic Problems

If you are in need of some technology and an interactive, customizable component to your math lessons, you might be interested in A+ Click’s Math and Logic Problems.

A+ Click’s problems run the gamut of difficulty and complexity from the 1st to the 12th grades and cover a myriad of other subjects from Arithmetic and Geometry through Everyday Applications, Sports, Logic, and Funny problems.

There are two ways that you could possibly use A+ Click:

  • It could be used as a quick gauge of student’s skills as each grade level allows the student to take 20 questions in their “quiz” and then, if they score high enough, they can advance to the next level – almost as though leveling up in their favorite video game.  They’ll love seeing how far they can get, and you will like seeing the statistics provided by A+ Click that assess the skill areas they are having difficulty in.
  • Alternately, you can pick and choose individual questions from any of the grade levels or subjects on A+ Click.  Use these as pre-made warm up activities or exit tickets.  Instant feedback is provided and the site lends itself to both projectors & white boards or to your chalkboard.

As with any interactive site, A+ Click Math and Logic Problems relies heavily on browser plug-ins – in this case Adobe Flash.  Make sure you test the site on the machine you want to use in school first to check compatibility.

 
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Posted by on February 11, 2013 in Tips & Tricks, Websites

 

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