Learning Activity Posters, K-6

Special half-price sale for LAP posters through February. Limited quantities are available on a first-serve basis for $.15 each. Contact Teri Hazen, thazen@aea11.k12.ia.us, ext. 14465.

Getting to Know Art, K-4

This DVD series introduces basic drawing materials and techniques and encourages imaginative thinking. Available for checkout from Heartland AEA.

Greenwashing, 10-12

In this lesson called What Does It Mean To Be Green, students analyze and evaluate a “green” advertisement’s appeal to them and the message it conveys about their lifestyle choices. Extended activities assess the environmental claims and how different people experience the same media message. Includes study guides and resources on greenwashing.

US Federal Trade Commission guides to environmental claims in advertising:

Recent Federal Trade Commission testimony to Congress on attempts to regulate the
“virtual tsunami” of recent green advertising:

Understanding and Preventing Greenwash: A Business Guide, by BSR and Futerra

Consumer Reports evaluations of “green” products

Terrra Choice 2009 report on greenwashing

More information on this and other lessons is at http://www.medialit.com

Protecting Reputations Online Video, K-12

This short video by Common Craft discusses the long-term risks of sharing inappropriate information on the Web. It offers tips for being responsible with photos, videos, and stories. Points include:

• Why photos are permanent on the Web
• Future consequences of sharing inappropriate info
• Tips for protecting reputations (personal and friends)
• What to do when inappropriate info is shared

Common Craft videos can be used by all types of organizations, including schools. Videos can be displayed and shared internally with Common Craft's 3-year "Site" license.

Start Smart: Money Management for Teens, 6-12

The guide is written especially for teens and includes the following topics: Saving Money, Where to Keep Your Money, Spending Money, Borrowing Money, Protecting Against Fraud, Banking Basics, Extra Points, and How to Learn More. An online quiz is included for testing students’ money management IQ. Permission is granted to reprint the article in full or part to distribute to teens and families.

Picture Books on DVD, K-6

These new DVDs present some of the best picture books. Available for checkout from Heartland AEA. You can call reservations, or click here and then click Advanced Search in the Medianet column and enter the title.
Armadilly Chili #809674
Bats at the Beach #809678
Bats at the Library #809675
Bebe #809681
Beep! Beep! #809670
The Best Place and Hog-eye #809673
Boomer's Great Adventures: Three Stories #809648
A Box Full of Kittens #809672
Chameleons Are Cool #809669
A Day's Work #809680
Don't Be Silly, Mrs. Millie! #809668
Halloween Treats #809676
Harriet, You'll Drive Me Wild! #809667
The Honest-to-Goodness Truth #809658
Hooway for Wodney Wat #809666
Horace, Morris, & Dolores #809671
I Love You the Purplest #809665
John Willy and Freddy McGee #809664
The Journey of Oliver K. Woodman #809657
Little Rooster's Diamond Button #809679
Lizard Man of Crabtree County #809656
Look! Look! Look! #809663
The Memory String #809655
Mim, Gym, and June #809662
One Tiny Turtle #809661
Ruby the Copy Cat #809677
Ruby's Wish #809660
The Seven Silly Eaters #809653
Sophie's Masterpiece: A Spider's Tale #809659
The Subway Mouse #809652
Two Chinese Tales #809654
Vroom, Chugga, Vroom-Vroom #809651
While Mama Had a Quick Little Chat #809650
Whose Garden Is It? #809649

Reading Holding Steady, K-12

A new report by the Kaiser Family Foundation shows that total media usage by 8-18 year-olds is seven hours and 38 minutes per day. Time spent with digital media rose, while the use of print media fell. According to Generation M, total media usage by that age group rose to seven hours and 38 minutes per day in 2009 from six hours and 21 minutes in 2004. Time spent with digital media rose in all categories, while the use of print media fell from an average of 43 minutes per day in 2004 to 38 minutes in 2009. The decline in reading print was due entirely to young people spending less time with magazines and newspapers over the last five years, while the time spent reading remained steady at about 25 minutes per day.

Audiobook Library, K-12

LibriVox is an online digital library of free public domain audiobooks read by volunteers. Over 3,000 unabridged books and shorter works are available to download in 26 languages. Because the audiobooks are recorded by volunteers, some recordings are of less-than-optimum audio fidelity, and some feature background noises. Examples of books include:
Novel — Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
Non-fiction — Capital, Volume 1 by Karl Marx
Poetry — The Rime of the Ancient Mariner by Samuel Taylor Coleridge
Drama — The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde
Children's literature — Short works collection
Spanish — Don Quijote by Miguel de Cervantes
French — La femme de trente ans by HonorĂ© de Balzac
Chinese — Lun Yu (The Analects) by Confucius

In addition, LibriVox is also is currently podcasting five different shows:
Books Podcast
Community Podcast
Poetry Podcast
Short Story Podcast
New Releases Podcast

Free eBook Collection, K-12

Open Culture has a collection that features free e-books (mostly classics) to read on a computer, smartphone, or Kindle. It includes great works of fiction, non-fiction and poetry. The site also features over 250 free audiobooks that can be downloaded on a MP3 player or computer. An eBook Primer provides step-by-step instructions for how to download the e-books to a computer/mobile device. Open Culture also features free podcasts, foreign language lessons, online courses, and videos.

One Minute Videos & Classics, 9-12

60-Second Recaps contains free, one-minute videos to help students understand and enjoy commonly assigned classic works of literature. The first of 100 or so videos cover the top 10 works such as: The Scarlet Letter, Of Mice and Men, Great Expectations, Hamlet, and To Kill a Mockingbird. Each book gets an “album” of at least 10 videos laying out plot, main ideas, themes, symbols—not quite Cliffs Notes but “something that’s going to help them understand what they’re getting into.”

Laugh with Shel Silverstein, K-3

Shel Silverstein’s outside-the-box style of poetry has delighted students for years. Animated Shel-creature-people, reproducibles and more await your enjoyment. Your students will chuckle at Shel’s own reading and lively animation of several of his poems.

Free Science Resources, K-12

This site has a series of useful biology and genetics resources, particularly some short animated videos and flash animations users can download. Cold Springs Harbour Laboratories is a private, non-profit institution with research programs in cancer, neuroscience, plant biology, genomics, and bioinformatics and a broad educational mission.
• 3D animations – Mainly Genetics - http://www.dnalc.org/resources/3d/index.html
• Biology Animations – http://www.dnalc.org/resources/animations/index.html
• 3D Brain Interactive – http://www.dnalc.org/resources/3dbrain.html

Olympic Winter Games, 8-12

Wolfram Alpha is a different sort of computational search engine and database. Comprehensive Olympic data has been added.
Sample searches:
“Olympic swimming” Shows ranked medal totals for every country that ever won an Olympic medal in any swimming event, plus details on individual medalists and results for each Olympic Games.

“How many Olympic gold medals did Canada win in 1988“-You can find this information in other Olympics references, but it won’t be this easy.

“Who is Allen Iverson”- Results are also linked to biographical information on individuals.

Animal Bytes, PreK-12

Produced by the San Diego Zoo. It includes animal facts, photos, webcams, video and audio files, and teacher resources. The site features information and multimedia files on amphibians, birds, mammals, reptiles, and insects that will support students’ reading, writing, and science skills. The animal records include quick facts (class, order, family, genera, species, etc.), fun facts, articles, photos, sounds, videos, iZoofari Chats (interviews with zoo workers), and more. Students and teachers can also find descriptions of animal classifications, habitats and ecosystems, and where animals are found geographically including interactive maps and blogs. The texts include hyperlinks to the Zoo Glossary. Teachers will want to click on the “Education” link at the top of the page and scroll down to find the link to curricular materials such as Wildlife Wizards, Butterflies, and the Lifestyle of the Komodo Dragon, and classroom activities that cover a variety of topics. All materials include a suggested grade level. Many of the pages can be translated into a number of languages, including Spanish, Chinese, German, French, and Italian.

Free Science and Math Online Resources, K-12

FreezeRay (6-12)
This site offers a growing bank of imaginative, highly visual teaching aids developed for interactive whiteboards. The resources are rich sources of visually stimulating material, making use of both animations and drag and drop interactivity. Categories: physics, chemistry, biology, scientific literacy, technology VnR modeling.

Estimate (K-12)
This site from the Oswego School District in NY allows for estimation of numbers and fractions on a number with seven different levels of difficulty. This site can be used with a Smart Board.

KineticCity (3-8)
This site has a great collection of science experiments, games, science-based activities and challenges. This site is interactive and has a space-themed animated look and feel.

Consumer Guide to After School Science Resources (K-6)

PBSKids SmartBoard Games (K-6)
This is a collection of educational interactive games. Students will enjoy participating in these collaborative and engaging experiences, while exploring curriculum from trusted programs such as Curious George, Super Why and Arthur.

Smart Money DVDs, 9-12

This new DVD series helps teens make decisions on buying a cell phone, scams, buying online, credit, and banking. Available for checkout from Heartland AEA.
Consumer smarts: the skinny on being savvy, 27 min.
Credit basics: simple strategies for smart credit, 27 min.
The fundamentals of banking: get serious about spending, saving, and investing, 25 min.

The Dynamic Earth, 3-8

This interactive earth science site from The National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution tells the story of the earth's history through rocks. The three main sections of the site include Rocks at Earth's Surface, Rocks Below Earth's Surface, and Mining. The first section explores the types of rocks - granite, gneiss, and sandstone - and their minerals as well as the snapshots from history that they contain. The next section gives information on the heat and pressure of the rocks inside the earth, how they melt and come to the surface. The Mining section features a tour of three mines in the United States. The Geo Gallery includes high quality photos of rocks and minerals, a slide show, and a searchable database by name or group. The site has a multimedia version and a text version. The newest version of Flash Player is required for the multimedia version.

Algebra Nspirations & Applications DVDs, 9-12

These five DVDs address inequalities, linear functions, quadratic functions, relations and functions, and variables and equations. Available for checkout from Heartland AEA.

Get-Along Monsters DVDs, K-3

These five DVDs address inequalities, linear functions, quadratic functions, relations and functions, and variables and equations. Available for checkout from Heartland AEA.

7 Things You Should Know About Technology Reports, K-12

This series from EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative provides concise information on emerging learning technologies and related practices. Each brief focuses on a single technology or practice and describes
• what it is
• how it works
• where it is going
• why it matters to teaching and learning

7 Things You Should Know About... briefs can be used to:
• enhance faculty development activities
• open a dialogue about emerging technologies and their implications for your school
• stay up-to-date on emerging technologies
• provide quick, no-jargon overviews of emerging technologies and related practices that have demonstrated or may demonstrate positive learning impacts.

These reports can be used as an update for your skills and can be easily distributed to students, staff, and parents as a resource for continuous learning. They can also be used with information literacy classes. The reports provide a good technical background and raise social and ethical issues for discussion.

The latest reports include:
• Next-Generation Presentation Tools (Jan 2010) New kinds of electronic tools are emerging that allow instructors to craft presentations that more closely reflect new approaches to teaching and learning. For instance, many of these tools allow collaboration between multiple authors, and some use nonlinear branching or sequencing so that class discussion can guide the presentation.
• Google Wave (Oct 2009) Google Wave is a Web-based application that represents a rethinking of electronic communication. Users create online spaces called “waves,” which include multiple discrete messages and components that constitute a running, conversational document.
• Collaborative Annotation (Oct 2009) It expands the concept of social bookmarking by allowing users to share bookmarks and to digitally annotate Web pages. Rather than simply pointing to particular Web pages, collaborative annotation lets users highlight specific content on a Web page and add a note explaining their thoughts or pointing to additional resources.
• Telepresence (Sep 2009) This refers to the application of complex video technologies to give geographically separated participants a sense of being together in the same location. These systems use high-definition cameras feeding to life-size, HD displays with high-fidelity acoustics that, in many cases, localize sound to image, simulating the effect of each voice coming from the video display.
• Data Visualization II (Aug 2009) These tools represent data in the form of charts, maps, tag clouds, animations, or any graphical means that make content easier to understand. Graphic representations of data are popular because they open up the way we think about data, reveal hidden patterns, and highlight connections among elements.
• Microblogging (Jul 2009) This is the practice of posting small pieces of digital content (text, pictures, links, short videos, or other media) on the Internet.
• VoiceThread (Jun 2009) This is a media aggregator that allows people to post media artifacts (document, slide presentation, video, collection of photos, etc.) for community feedback. Commentators can add remarks by means of microphone, webcam, keyboard, or telephone. The resulting Flash-based animation contains the original artifact and the commentary on it.

Emerging Technologies, K-12

The Horizon Report identifies emerging technologies likely to have a large impact on teaching, learning, or creative inquiry.

New Assistive Tech Browser Toolbar, K-12

A team at the University of Southampton designed the TechDis toolbar. It is designed to read text aloud and check spelling. It also includes a dictionary, text enlargement, color, and font changes. Users do not need specially installed assistive technologies to use the toolbar with Web services such as wikis, blogs, social networks, and Twitter. The toolbar is quick and easy to install and will make Web sites a easier for people to use. For example, a visually impaired user can switch any Web page into a high contrast mode, increase the text size, or have the page read to them. The toolbar, which is now available for Beta testing, can be downloaded for free and works with any platform. The team also is considering extending the toolbar for use on mobile devices.

MeBeam.com, K-12

MeBeam is a free chat room platform with built-in audio and video capabilities. This means users can get a real time group conversation going with friends around the world—it would be just like being in the same room at the same time. To start a chat, type in a title for your room or find an existing chat to join. From there, make sure your webcam is adjusted properly and test your microphone. Once that’s all in place, invite friends by pressing the Invite People button. Up to 18 people may join in on the conversation. Users may upload files for others in the room to share.

Teachers & Technology, K-12

Teachers Teaching Teachers hosts weekly Webcasts focusing on technology and community building. The panel discussions concentrate on online reading and writing, effective classroom strategies and various new media. They are archived on the Web site. Recent conversations tackle subjects such as writing in the digital age and classroom blogging. The relaxed, collaborative tone makes this down-to-earth blog a great place to share your classroom stories.

American History in Video, K-12

This new subscription online database includes streaming videos and scrolling transcripts that are keyword searchable. Create and share video clips and playlists.
--Synchronized scrolling transcripts run alongside the video.
--Keyword search every video and jump directly to the section you want to see.
--Navigate to a different part of the video, and the transcript follows. Navigate to a different part of the transcript, and the video advances accordingly.
--Transcripts can be copied and printed.
--View the video without the transcript, or view the video full-screen.
--Create playlists that contain your custom-make clips to show in class or assign for --Select a short segment of the video and add notes that help students understand what they are viewing.
--Visual table of contents displays thumbnail images taken every 15, 30, 120 seconds, etc.
If you would like a 11x17 poster for classroom or library display, and a two-page teacher guide, please contact the professional library at Heartland AEA.

National History Education Clearinghouse, K-12

The National History Education Clearinghouse (NHEC)includes exemplary K-12 American history resources developed by organizations nationwide. For example, the growing Tools for Teachers section highlights best practices for using digital tools in the classroom. The goal of the site is to provide history content, teaching strategies, current research and issues, community building, and easy access to resources.

NCSS Ning, K-12

If you teach any social studies, you may want to consider joining the NCSS Ning community. Educators can share knowledge, resources, ideas and connect with other social studies educators through Ning.