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10 Coolest International Borders — Infographic

10 Coolest International Borders

International borders can be quite interesting.  Some are defined by natural formations like rivers and mountain ranges, while others have been set by latitude or longitude.  This variety makes some of these borders rather unique and today’s infographic highlights ten of these.  No matter where you go and how you cross though, make sure you have all your identification handy. [VIA]

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Posted by on May 6, 2014 in Infographics


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Video of the Day – 4/9/13 (Whose Air Do We Share?)

Daily Video — “Whose Air Do We Share?

Today’s video from PBS tries to answer the question of whether or not we share the same air that has been in the atmosphere since we got our atmosphere.  This question is usually raised in the context of pollution and climate change, but a slightly different take on the question mixed with a little science and a little math shows that we share the air in more then one way.

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Posted by on April 9, 2013 in Daily Video


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Famous Monuments – Infographic

The Stories Behind Famous Monuments

They are instantly recognizable and millions go to see them every year (with one exception) but do we really know the stories behind these modern (and ancient) wonders of the world?  Today’s infographic helps to share a little of each monument’s story.

The Stories Behind Famous Monuments


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Posted by on April 9, 2013 in Infographics


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The World as 100 People – Infographic

The World As 100 People

For most of us, it’s almost impossible to wrap our minds around and comprehend numbers in the billions, millions, and even hundreds of thousands.   The number 100 is much easier for us to grasp, however.  Today’s infographic takes the population of the world and reduces it from about 7 billion to 100.  Keeping the proportions identical, see how many people out of this 100 are of a certain religion, speak a certain language, have clean drinking water, and whether or not the split between male and females in the world is close to 50-50. [VIA]


Posted by on March 26, 2013 in Infographics


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Video of the Day – 3/25/13 (What Are Continents?)

Daily Video — “What Are Continents?”

Today an amusing, tongue-in-cheek look at the loose definition of the geographical term continent and how, by applying different interpretations of this definition, the umber of continents in the world can very greatly.

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Posted by on March 25, 2013 in Daily Video


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Photo of the Day – 3/25/13 (Himeji Castle, Hyogo, Japan)

Daily Photo — “Himeji Castle, Hyogo, Japan”

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 25, 2013 in Daily Photo


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myHistro — Interactive Timelines & Maps


I’m always on the lookout for new and interesting presentation and storytelling tools, and myHistro definitely fits the bill for today!  With myHistro, you are able to create interactive timelines of any event in history, both major events and personal!

Create myHistro stories that integrate text, photos, video, and Google Maps to take students on a journey through the actual events of history on a virtual fieldtrip through the places that influenced the events.  These presentations can be left to play on their own or can be manipulated by the viewer as well.  If you don’t have the inclination or time to create your own, then you can choose from hundreds of already made myHistro timelines that cover almost every time period in history.

Another benefit of myHistro is that with creating your own timeline, you could have students build their own personal histories or stories, pinning actual locations on a map to correspond with the events in their timeline.  This is a perfect way to work in a cross-curricular setting, either having students research historical figures from other disciplines, creating their own life story, or writing creatively about a person’s life.  Integrating the writing component while using myHistro to organize and bring actual geography into the story can address several needs and standards at the same time.

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Posted by on February 12, 2013 in Tips & Tricks, Websites


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Apollo 11 Landing on a Soccer Field — Infographic

Relative Size of the Apollo 11 Landing Site

In July, 1969 man first set foot on the moon — a monumental task considering it was done with slide rules and machines with not even 1/10 the computing power that we carry in our pockets every day.  After traveling the 238,900 miles to the moon, just how much sight seeing did Buzz Aldrin and Neil Armstrong do, however?  Today’s infographic helps put it in perspective, superimposing a map of the Apollo 11 landing site onto a soccer field.  [VIA]

Apollo 11 Landing

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Posted by on February 6, 2013 in Infographics


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That Quiz — Interactive, Real Time Reinforcement

That Quiz

We’re always trying to find new and exciting ways to (dare I say it?) drill and quiz our students.  Often they need repeated drills and practice with concepts to help reinforce learning and ideas.  That Quiz might be able to help.

Working on a simple platform, That Quiz has drills and materials available to help students with a myriad of subjects from math and science through foreign language and geography.  Each subject allows the user to set the criteria for each quiz.  Students can change the difficulty levels, number of questions, and add a timer, if desired as they use That Quiz for practice.

That Quiz offers real-time feedback, hints, and sharing options as well.  As teachers, you can also direct students to use That Quiz to your specifications. Create a free account to create quizzes from scratch or select from questions already entered into the That Quiz database.  Simply provide your students with a quiz code generated after you create an assessment and they will be taken right to your quiz.

Subjects offered are:

  • Integers – Arithmetic, Inequalities, Averages, Exponents, Factors, Algebra, Calculus
  • Fractions – Identity, Arithmetic, Inequality, Averages, Simplify, Probability
  • Concepts – Time, Money, Measure, Place value, Graphs, Sets
  • Geometry – Triangles, Squares, Points, Angles, Number line, Trigonometry
  • Vocabulary – English, Spanish, French, German
  • Geography – Americas, Europe, Africa, Asia
  • Science – Cells, Anatomy, Elements, Conversion

Many textbook publishers and websites charge hefty fees for these kinds of drills and quizzes with full functionality.  That Quiz is a free web-based service that while not stunning graphically, easily makes up for it in ease of use and content.

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Posted by on January 4, 2013 in Tips & Tricks, Websites


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Real World Math — Teaching Math Concepts with Google Earth

Real World Math

Another in a great one in a series of sites that helps you answer that question “when will we use this?” is Real World Math.   Using Google Earth, either on a PC or with a tablet device like an iPad, Real World Math has set up free lessons that will integrate with Google Earth to allow you to teach various concepts to your students using real-life and real world locations and scenarios.

The Real World Math lessons are broken into five subsections that have several modules and files within each.  All you have to do is download the .kmz files and open them with Google Earth. Instructions for the students are pre-loaded when they open the file and Google Earth will take them exactly where they need to be to complete their assignments.  This is a great way to integrate technology into your classroom either individually or through your projector.

The lesson subsections available are:

  • Concepts – Basic math topics, such as scientific notation, estimation, and geometry as well as geographical concepts such as exchange rate and time zones.
  • Project Based Learning – Students are presented with a location and a problem to solve.  They must work collaboratively in pairs or groups to work through the activity.  These are usually longer lessons.
  • Measurement – Uses the ruler tool in Google Earth to help students understand areas, estimation, and measuring geographical features.
  • Exploratory – More “non-traditional” concepts such as fractals, tessellations, and map-making.
  • Space – Uses the new Google Moon, Mars, and Sky features to take math activities out of this world!

Video tutorials on how to use both Google Earth and the Real World Math download files are available to help familiarize you and your students with the program and features needed to work through the lessons.  Make sure that you first go to the “Contact” section to apply for a free password to the Teacher area where you can find more information about the program and lesson plans.  All you need to submit is your name and email!

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Posted by on December 12, 2012 in Websites


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