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Fables DVDs for Loan, preK-3

The Little Fables series uses an animated shadow theater format. There are 25 titles in the DVD series available for checkout. Animals come up with solutions to their problems in ways that convey pro-social messages easily understood by young children. The series helps foster a child's character and problem solving skills while assisting emergent literacy. You can preview the series at http://filmideas.com.

The ant and the cricket (810295)
Theme: Hard work pays.

The ant and the crumbs (810309)
Theme: Quality is more important than quantity.

The caterpillar and the cocoon (810307)

Theme: Life is full of surprises.

The crab and the stork (810287)
Theme: In order to succeed, you must work together.

The crow and the fox (810290)
Theme: Sometimes friends don’t say or act as they really mean.

The dog and the crab (810289)
Theme: Help others, you may need help one day too.

The dog and the hedgehog (810300)
Theme: Shouting is not the best way to be heard.

Flight of the birds (810308)
Theme: The joy of helping others.

The fox and the tortoise (810299)
Theme: Sometimes saying you’re sorry just isn’t enough.

The goat and the hare (810310)
Theme: Learn from others’ mistakes.

The hedgehog and the stork (810302)
Theme: It’s better to have something small than nothing at all.

The lion and the mouse (810288)

Theme: Everyone, large or small, has their own special and unique ability.

The love doves (810304)
Theme: Before you react to what you see, take a moment to question what might be.

The mole and the eagle (810292)
Theme: Listen to the experts who know, only then will you learn and grow.

The mouse and the dog (810298)
Theme: Believe in yourself.

The mouse, the hare, and the goat (810301)

Theme: We all need help sometimes.

The mouse, the hare, and the raven (810291)

Theme: When two friends fight, they both lose in the end.

The owl and his voice (810311)
Theme: There are two sides to every situation.

The pelican and his house (810306)

Theme: Be happy with what you have.

The rhino and the sparrow (810303)
Theme: Don’t jump to conclusions.

The sparrow and the feather (810305)
Theme: Be true to yourself.

The thirsty crow (810297)
Theme: A little thought and determination will make everything right.

The tortoise and the hare (810294)
Theme: Sometimes talent and ability come second to hard work and persistence.

The tortoise and the hedgehog (810296)
Theme: What at first seems scary, with time can become familiar and merry.

Two goats and a bridge (810293)
Theme: When you argue and fight, you lose sight of what’s right.

Create Digital Books, preK-12

Storybird is a collaborative storytelling web site. Students tap into a library of illustrations to create digital books. They choose an artist or a theme, get inspired, and start writing. Storybirds’ short, art-inspired stories encourage blending of the reading and writing process by creating, reading, sharing, and publishing their work. Students read the stories like books, play them like games, and send them like greeting cards. Teachers can sign up for a free class account and generate thematic libraries from their students’ stories to share with parents.

Historical Thinking, 7-12

DocsTeach, a new online tool from the National Archives, combines primary source content with interactives. Teachers can search for activities by keyword, era, or the historical thinking skills they want to teach. The information includes a representation of the level of critical thinking required, illustrated by an icon reflecting Bloom’s Taxonomy; the historical era in which the activity fits; an activity synopsis; and instructions. Teachers can customize any activity.
Teachers can browse or search for activities by era, based on the historical thinking skills they want to teach, according to an interactive DocsTeach.org activity creation tool, by keyword or even by activity author. The information includes an indication of the historical thinking skill students will practice; a representation of the level of critical thinking required, illustrated by an icon reflecting Bloom’s Taxonomy; the historical era in which the activity fits; an activity synopsis; and instructions. Teachers can customize any activity to fit the needs of their unique classroom by selecting “Use to Create an Activity” to make a new activity based on a current one; edit existing activity information and student instructions; or choose alternative primary source documents. Teachers can create a new activity with its own Web address, and can save and organize their activities in their own account and share them with their students.

Food Science Experiments Videos, 6-12

There are six new videos for streaming or download on Learn 360, http://www.Learn 360.com.
Biochemistry of milk: mozzarella cheese
Emulsions: mayonnaise
Fermentation: root beer
Hand washing and food safety
Scientific method: what makes popcorn pop?
Sensory evaluation

Space Streaming Videos, 6-12

There are 14 new videos for streaming or download on Learn 360, http://www.Learn 360.com. The series is called In Space.
“Big bang” theory.
Gemini 3 Mission.
Hubble Space Telescope
Ill fated flight (Challenger)
John Glenn—Mapping Venus
Last Apollo mission
Mars atmosphere
Mars rovers
Mars water
Meteorites, astronaut selection
Micro gravity
Saturn pictures
Space stations
Space suit design
Space tourist
Spitzer space telescope
Surface mapping
UFOs, the atmosphere
Voyager spacecraft
What caused the universe
Women astronauts

Physics in Action DVDs for Loan, 9-12

The Physics in Action series features real-world examples, illustrative animations, and end-of-section reviews. There are five titles in the series and each is about 30 minutes. You can preview the series at http://filmideas.com.
Energy (810313)
Forces and motion (810314)
Nature of matter (810312)
Planets, stars, and galaxies (810316)
Processes that shape the Earth (810315)

Human Body DVDs for Loan, 6-12

This series uses animations, microscopic imaging, and live action footage. There are eight titles in the series. Each DVD is about 20 minutes. You can preview the series at http://filmideas.com.

Human body: cells, tissues, and skin (810325)
Human body: digestion and nutrition (810324)
Human body: human development and the reproductive system (810318)
Human body: the circulatory system (810323)
Human body: the endocrine system (810317)
Human body: the immune system (810319)
Human body: the nervous system and the senses (810320)
Human body: the respiratory system (810321)
Human body: the skeletal and muscular systems (810322)

Simulate a Tsunami, 9-12

The PBS NOVA features two interactive web sites that will help students understand the tsunami that took place in 2004 and the recent Japanese tsunami.: Anatomy of a Tsunami and Once and Future Tsunamis.
In Anatomy of a Tsunami, students can follow the tsunami from its birth at the seafloor to its devastating collision with coasts around the Indian Ocean. In Once and Future Tsunamis, students can explore key tsunamis dating from 3.5 billion years ago through possible future events, and discover what experts have learned and continue to learn from studying them.

PBS Nature, 3-8

Search the IPTV web site by title, animal, topic, grade level. Nature emphasizes ecology and habitat. Photo galleries are available so posters can be made or students can download for projects.
Heartland AEA can reproduce color posters as a reasonable cost. Click here for more information.

Science Podcasts, 9-12

Discovery Now posts a 90-second podcast M-F that discusses the latest innovations in science and space. Previously broadcast segments are archived. The Educational Resources section offers six lesson plans for grades 9-12 that are aligned with educational standards and include STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) objectives. Lesson plans include background information, standards, and instructional objectives, activities, resources, and evaluation materials.

Teacher’s Domain, K-12

This repository of PBS resources (NOVA, Nature, American Experience, etc.) is keyword searchable. Example: search for “cells” and find video, interactive activities, lesson plans.

Science and Health Education, K-12

This web site was created by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Resources and provides dozens of free resources for teaching and learning about topics in biology, environmental health science and chemistry, forensics and medical technology, genetics, health, and HIV/AIDS. Careers and Spanish language resources are included.

Math Videos, K-6

There are 19 new videos for streaming or download on Learn 360. Topics: 3-digit numbers, multiplying by 2, greater and less than, etc.
Check out the thousands!
Easy to win: multiplying by 10.
From greatest to least.
Greater than? Less than?
Introduction to three-digit numbers.
Math in the kitchen: do you measure up?
Sakes alive: multiplying by 5.
Standard and expanded form.
Strategies: multiplying by 3.
Strategies: multiplying by 4.
Strategies: multiplying by 6.
Strategies: multiplying by 7.
Strategies: multiplying by 8.
Strategies: multiplying by 9.
This day in history: August 8.
This day in history: November 9.
Three digits: those pesky zeros.
Understanding ten thousands.
What to do: multiplying by 2.

Math Common Core, K-12

The National Science Digital Library (NSDL) has a collection of math resources. It is organized by grade level and domains, and standards addressed. It provides free math lessons and activities aligned with the Math Common Core Standards, as well as STEM-related blogs and other free teacher resources and lesson plan ideas. Content includes lesson plans, computer applets, presentations and explanations of procedures, iTunes multimedia files, and similar interactives that give feedback on performance. The collection has a three-tiered review process, to assure both the quality of its content and the close relationship between resources and standards.

Health Streaming Videos, K-12

There are 369 videos with a 2009-2011 copyright date in Learn 360 that can be streamed or downloaded.

Plastic Fork Diaries: Food and Its Influences on the Body, 6-8

This web site is the story of six students "as they experience first-hand the relationship between food and their changing bodies, cultural differences, the vanishing family meal, nutrition, and athletic performance." Basic information and facts to support the story elements can be found in the "Info Bites" section. The Phood Physiology course at the "Inside U" section gives students the facts about food and their bodies. Behind-the-scenes views of how food is prepared or grown are provided in the "Field Trip" section. The site also provides healthy recipes.

Sports and Nutrition, 6-12

Health and physical education teachers can use this web site to help students understand the relationship between sports/exercise and the food they need to supply the energy. Includes recommended training table diets, questions asked by young athletes, tips for eating right, a planner for making wise food choices, and more. Sections:
Don’t Let your Diet Let You Down
The Pregame Meal Planner
Keeping Energy Levels Up
Keeping Fluid Levels Up

BAM! Body And Mind, 6-12

BAM! is designed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Sections: nutrition, exercise, disease control, and staying safe while enjoying sports and activities. Also includes lesson plans, activities, and downloadable resources for teachers in pdf format.

Acceptable Use Policy K-12

The Consortium for School Networking Initiative (COSN) released a guide for school districts that address the issues and considerations for a district Acceptable Use Policy through a series of questions and examples. http://www.cosn.org/Initiatives/Web2/AUPGuide/tabid/8139/Default.aspx

Whiteboard and Online Collaboration, K-12

Dabbleboard is an online collaboration tool. It has a new type of drawing interface that's actually easy and fun to use, Draw anything you want on a blank screen and it recognizes the shapes/numbers and enhances them. It’s difficult to draw a perfect square or circle with a mouse, but just make a general shape and Dabbleboard will take care of the rest. You can also re-size or flip whatever you draw. This site also allows for real time collaboration so that edits can be made to a single drawing simultaneously by several people.

Google Docs Update, K-12

Teachers and students have been using the comments and feedback features for collaboration. Google believes that the discussion about a document is as important as the document itself, but until now, there hasn’t been a great medium for this discussion to happen. Recently, Google expanded the comments into “discussions,” making them editable, making them appear in threaded conversations, and letting collaborators use the @ symbol to refer to each other by name.

Go to the above URL for a sort video of these enhancements.

Artificial Intelligence, K-12

Topicmarks is a web service that creates smart, interactive synopses from documents. It uses artificial intelligence to statistically analyze documents to distill them down to six sections: Overview, Facts, Summary, Keywords, Index and Properties. Topicmarks users can upload documents, use the bookmarklet to grab web content, e-mail in text, or copy and paste text for nearly instant analysis.
This product, currently being beta-tested represents more than four years of machine learning and artificial intelligence research that can statistically analyze cloud documents, or those you upload to the service, to quickly distill them down to six sections: Overview, Facts, Summary, Keywords, Index and Properties.
What can Topicmarks do for learners?
• Using the most advanced natural-language processing technology available to understand the true meaning of your text, Topicmarks will summarize it for you and retain all its facts forever.
• Upload multiple texts and Topicmarks becomes your knowledge base: finding links between texts, grouping texts around topics, and containing all the facts from all documents you ever read.
• Topicmarks helps you understand the essence and retain every single fact

Topicmarks works by cutting up the full text into sentences, attaching meaning like synonyms and antonyms to each word in the sentence, and then by identifying triplets (typically between subject, verb and object) that are the basic facts expressed in the text.

Topicmarks users can upload documents, use the bookmarklet to grab web content, e-mail in text, or copy and paste text for nearly instant analysis. Key points are extracted and personalized to the user.

In the future, Topicmarks technology could also be applied to distilling key points from social media streams like Twitter and Facebook or RSS feeds. For now, the immediate focus is integrating with popular cloud services such as Dropbox or Scribd and improving the design of the site to make it more appealing to end users.

Shmoop, K-12

Shmoop is a free online homework and writing helper for literature, poetry, and US history. The writers of Shmoop’s original content are primarily Ph.D. and Masters students from top U.S. universities, such as Stanford, Berkeley, Harvard, and Princeton. It was honored by the Webby Awards in both 2009 and 2010. Shmoop has a growing collection of study guides and teacher resources on everything from SAT prep to the Civil War and more are being added all of the time. It’s mostly free of charge, with some nominal fees for test prep and a few other features.

• Get the important facts, from Summaries
• Understand many sides of the argument and dive into a number of themes in Deep Analyses
• Ask the room a question in Discussions
• Collect your thoughts by placing your own Stickies and Clippings on any page. These will be available in Folders.
• Click the Stickies button on the Toolbar and Create a New Stickie. Click “Clip this Section” to save a shortcut
• Quote and cite Shmoop in your papers. The Shmoop writers, experts from Stanford, Berkeley, Harvard, U-Iowa, and other great schools, love the topics on which they write and provide citations to back up their work.