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Photo of the Day – 6/7/13 (Pre-PowerPoint NASA, c.1960s)

Daily Photo — “Pre-PowerPoint NASA, c.1960s”

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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(Source: Life Magazine)
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Posted by on June 7, 2013 in Daily Photo


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Redefining Research with Wikipedia – Infographic

Wikipedia: Redefining Research

With more and more traditional encyclopedias such as the Encyclopedia Britannica going out of print and focusing solely on digital content, more of our students are relying heavily on the more open source, user created Wikipedia for their research needs.  While the content and quality of the articles on Wikipedia are often most of editors of Wikipedia strive to maintain its factual accuracy and integrity.  I don’t believe Wikipedia should be the end all to research, it has certainly changed the way we conduct that research and as it becomes relied on more and more in academic settings, it has been shown that Wikipedia‘s accuracy has even improved over the years as well as containing much more content than any traditional encyclopedias ever dreamed of.  Today’s infographic  examines some of these trends and facts regarding Wikipedia‘s impact on research.


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Posted by on April 25, 2013 in Infographics


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People HD — Brief Biography App

People HD

If you are looking for a nice, simple app for biographies, you might want to check out People HD.  There is nothing flashy about this app, but it does provide short and simply written biographies of over 100 key figures from world history.  Personalities as diverse as Joseph Stalin and John Lennon or Stephen Hawking and Confucius are included and all time periods and careers are included as well.

People HD allows students to select an individual and read a short one page biography, see a timeline of their life, and read select quotes from the individual.  While this is not a treasure trove of information by any stretch, People HD would serve as a great introduction to some of these personalities, as a lesson supplement,  or as a way for students to narrow choices for research topics, or for reading more in-depth biographies of these individuals.

The developers of People HD are always looking including more biographies, so keep an eye out for more updates!

Also of interest:

Portraits HD – From the same developer, this app includes more detailed portraits of the individuals included in the People HD app.

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Posted by on April 17, 2013 in Apps


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Avoiding Plagiarism — Infographic

A Magical Guide to Avoiding Plagiarism

There’s a constant struggle, both for us as educators and for our students when researching to make sure that we are always attributing sources of our information and giving credit where credit is due.  But when is this needed?  How much can you paraphrase or change the source material before you no longer have to cite the source, and how much it too much original material to include without attribution.  Today’s great infographic tries to help by showing and relating both extremes and all areas in between, just as the characters from Harry Potter would! [VIA]

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Posted by on March 7, 2013 in Infographics


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Unprepared for College – Infographic

Are Our Kids Unprepared for College?

The focus of high school in the United States today is, for better or worse, to prepare all our graduates to move on to college in some shape, way of form.  But are they truly prepared when they get there?  The case can be made that they are not as fully prepared as we (or they) think, even with more rigorous standards and testing.  Today’s infographic examines some of these statistics and makes the argument that high school graduates are not truly prepared once they enter their schooling life after high school. [VIA]

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Posted by on February 26, 2013 in Infographics


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Biography Base

Biography Base

Another quick hit with a database for you today, this time for biographies and biographical information.  The Biography Base is a fantastic resource for students to find short biographical sketches and additional resources on key figures from history, pop culture, sports, the arts, and more.

Over 5400 biographies are available in Biography Base and the database is fully searchable, can be browsed by name, and is completely free to use.  Biography Base is the perfect tool to have in your box when you are looking for quick, reliable research.

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


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Information Literacy — Website Evaluation Wizard

Website evaluation wizard

Students rely on the Internet and websites more for information in research than any other source.  However, can they know that what they find on the Internet is reliable?  Teaching and practicing information literacy requires that we not only teach students how to find information but also how to critically analyze its validity.  This is where a tool like the website evaluation wizard can come in handy.

This tool, at first looks like a self-running model, but don’t be fooled.  What the evaluation wizard does is a simply guide the student through the website evaluation process.  Have them cut and paste the URL of the site they wish to analyze into the wizard then click on each of the criteria on the left hand toolbar.  Each criterion opens a dialogue box with guiding questions that students answer to determine the validity of the information they have found:

While this evaluation wizard is not all-inclusive – students will still need to make their own judgments about the website’s validity and accuracy on their own – it does provide a good basis to begin analysis.  Students will be able to print out their “reports” and evaluation and should use this wizard to show a critical analysis of their web sources at least once through their research process.

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Posted by on January 21, 2013 in Tips & Tricks, Websites


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The Periodic Table of Videos

The Periodic Table of Videos

Who said chemistry can’t be fun?  Seriously, who said that??  Well if you ever do hear someone utter those dreadful words, you might want to direct them to the Periodic Table of Videos site put out by the University of Nottingham.  Led by the wild-haired Professor Martyn Poliakoff, the team of chemists and researchers has created short videos for each of the 118 known elements on the periodic table.

The Periodic Table of Videos helps to show viewers not only the elements in their natural and pure states, but also in a brief time provides information about each element’s use, properties, and in some cases experiments are conducted with the elements.  Things even go BOOM sometimes, which I know it a big plus for some high school students!

You might consider the Periodic Table of Videos in any chemistry or physical science class as a short intro to studying the periodic table, for element research, or even as a “element of the day” feature in class since the videos themselves are relatively short – ranging generally from about a minute and a half to about 4 minutes long.  Alternatively the Periodic Table of Videos is a site you might simply recommend to students as a supplement to their regular classwork as they are all easily accessible and provide a great deal of information.

The only downside to using these in school, depending on your district policy, is that all the videos are hosted on YouTube, so even though they are embedded on the Periodic Table of Videos site, the code to play directs filters to YouTube.  Check with your administration and IT Departments about workarounds.

Also of interest:

  • Check out the elemental videos on this site but don’t forget the Molecular Videos for more in-depth reactions and experiments.
  • For more static images of the elements in their natural state with their properties, visit The Photogenic Periodic Table.
  • For the “old School look” with even more images of the elements in use, try The Wooden Periodic Table.
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Posted by on January 11, 2013 in Websites


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60 Seconds on the Internet — Infographic

Every 60 Seconds on the Internet

From web developer, check out this snapshot of what’s happening every minute on the Internet:


Posted by on January 7, 2013 in Infographics


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Experience the Planets — Cross-Curricular Artistic Experssion

Experience the Planets

Science meets art, or the other way around, on this fantastic site where artists interpret our solar system creatively while at the same time applying scientific fact to their work.  Experience the Planets allows you to look at our planetary neighbors in a new light, while at the same time teaching students the astronomical facts behind the artwork.

There are many uses for a site like this.  You could use the idea behind Experience the Planets as a cross-curricular project with art and any subject in any grade level.  Have students illustrate a scientific concept or natural phenomenon and provide the research and factual material to accompany it.  You could do the same in a history or social studies class and have students create an artistic representation of a person or event and cite each aspect of their artwork with research.  Perhaps you might try using Experience the Planet’s concept in reverse to have students work in art class to critique pieces that depict historical or real-life events and find accuracy in the artwork based on their research of that event.

Make sure that you have the latest plug-ins (Flash, Shockwave, etc.) in your browser for Experience the Planets and watch the volume – there is a great classical-inspired background soundtrack for each of the eight planets.

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Posted by on January 2, 2013 in Websites


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