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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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EnviroMysteries — Interactive Health and Science

EnviroMysteries


Geared toward middle grade students, EnviroMysteries provides a series of three video sets and interactive activities that help students understand various complex health and environmental issues that affect us all.

Water + ? = Trouble:  This module is a series of videos where students are able to watch the discovery of and investigation of a mysterious waterborne illness.  As the investigation proceeds, students will learn about the properties of water, different waterborne illnesses, and the need for water purification in the face of increased pollution.

Breaking the Mold:  This video series traced the discovery of mold spores and the illnesses that result in the home.  Students will learn how to identify mold when it appears in the home or other buildings and ways to remove the dangerous mold and prevent its spread and reoccurrence.

Inside Stories: A fully interactive investigation that places students in the middle of a health center where four individuals are facing four very distinct and relevant health issues. Students can view each of the four stories and read through the problems, read supporting documents, and then help work out a solution for the problem.  As they read and research, students are exposed to the health issues of skin cancer, the importance of a good diet, asthma, and lead poisoning.  As each story is different, and there are different ways to solve the problems, each trip through the Inside Stories can be very different.

 

EnviroMysteries is a great introduction to various environmental and health issues.  Every module and lesson comes with complete lesson plans, teacher resources, and student handouts and assessments.

 
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Posted by on November 12, 2013 in Websites

 

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The iPad as the Teacher’s Pet – Infographic

The iPad as Teacher’s Pet

Having an iPad in your classroom can be one of the most tools in your arsenal as it’s a veritable Swiss Army Knife of technology.  Today’s infographic takes you through the many ways you can use this great device, even if you only have one for yourself.  Explore different ways to use the iPad as well as useful apps (many of which are free) that can help you use this technology in your classroom immediately! [VIA – Learning in Hand with Tony Vincent]

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Posted by on July 12, 2013 in Infographics

 

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Show: A New Way to Look at the World — Interactive Maps

Show: A New Way to Look at the World

Show: A New Way to Look at the World is a fantastic interactive site that takes demographics and societal data and displays it in a unique way for the United States, Japan, and the world as a whole.  Show would be a great resource for not only history and social studies classrooms (It’s a sociological goldmine!) but also geography and math classes as you can use the data, correlations, and spatial relationships to interpret the maps.

Begin using Show by choosing the region you wish to view, either the United States or Japan (divided by states and prefectures, respectively) or a world map that will deal with countries.  You can then choose a category for study, whether they be broad concepts such as basic demographics (population, language, religion, etc.), more specific concepts like natural resources, GDP, and education, to the more unique categories like distribution of Wal-Marts and number of UFO sightings.

Take some time to explore before you try using this unique resource in class or have students use it during a free period or as a different way to research.  I got lost in the maps on Show for quite a long time myself and still haven’t seen half of it!

 
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Posted by on May 29, 2013 in Websites

 

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Tutankhamun: Anatomy of an Excavation

Tutankhamun: Anatomy of an Excavation

The Griffith Institute at Oxford University has put together the definitive database of artifacts recovered from the tomb of Tutankhamun in Egypt in an exhibit called Anatomy of an Excavation.  From its discovery in 1922, the tomb of “King Tut” has fascinated the world because of the unprecedented completeness of the tomb, the fact that it lay undisturbed by tomb robbers and archaeologists alike for over 3000 years, and that because of both of these gives us the most complete picture of Ancient Egyptian funeral rites and practices.

Browse the Anatomy of an Excavation‘s database through either the catalog cards or through the original photographs of the artifacts, both in situ and after their removal from the tomb.  This photography and cataloging was also unprecedented in a time when archaeology was more of a treasure hunt than a scientific endeavor.  Also available are the scanned journals and diaries of Howard Carter, the head of the excavation and the discoverer of the tomb.

Anatomy of an Excavation is a treasure trove (pun intended) of information for studying archaeology, Ancient Egypt, or funerary practices around the world.

 
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Posted by on May 15, 2013 in Websites

 

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Show Off Random Activity Generator

Random Activity Generator

Are you bored?  Looking for something to do?  Do you want to learn or try some new and fun skills?  If so, check out this cool little site — Show Off.

Show Off is the promotional site for a book by the same title that is a “how-to” book for kids.  They promote over 208 pages with 1500 illustrations that walk you step by step through some interesting activities that can easily alleviate boredom and teach you some new life skills at the same time.  I clicked through a few times and got activities like building a solar compass, learning how to skip a stone, how to dry and press flowers, and how to encode secret messages.

Each “lesson” in Show Off is about 4-5 panels long and even though the activities look easy, you will spend a good deal of time practicing and perfecting each one.  So, what should you do today?

 
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Posted by on May 7, 2013 in Tips & Tricks, Websites

 

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America in 1607 – Interactive Jamestown

America in 1607:  Jamestown and the Powhatan

On April 26, 1607 English settlers set foot on dry land for the first time in five months on what is now Cape Henry, Virginia.  They would continue to explore around the Chesapeake Bay and then up the James river, eventually choosing Jamestown Island as the site for their settlement on May 14, 1607.  What did they face and what were the conditions like for these first settlers?  America in 1607 from National Geographic helps to explain that.

America in 1607 is a fantastic interactive lesson and exploration of not only the original Jamestown Fort and subsequent residential colony, but also of the surrounding area called Werowocomoco and the native Powhatan people.  Students can explore both areas in depth with America in 1607 learning about the daily life in the fort and in Werowocomoco as both developed and adapted to new neighbors.  They can continue learning about  the subsequent archaeology to discover the sites and modern perspectives on Indian relations and the impact of the Jamestown Colony.

America in 1607 provides many excellent images and videos that explain the histories of Jamestown Fort and Werowocomoco thoroughly.  In addition, there are external links for more sites and potential webquest stops for you to build off of.

Also of Interest:

On the Trail of John Smith – An interactive adventure game from NatGeo Kids for younger students.  Short cartoon videos tell the story of John Smith and each is accompanied by a mini-game to play such as a puzzle to build the fort, a matching game with Pocohantas, and a boat race.

Historic Jamestowne – This is the official website of the modern archaeological site.  Learn about events at the site as well as updates on the ongoing excavations of the fort and settlement areas.

 
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Posted by on April 26, 2013 in Websites

 

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