Some helpful tools for the New Year

Welcome back!
Here are some gems I found on the web during winter Break:

If you’re familiar with Common Craft, you know what great videos they make about finance, American government, computer issues and, of course, my favorite: how to survive a zombie attack. Their latest video is a great one for students; it’s a “think before you post” video called Protecting Reputations Online.
It’s worth a view or two.

Looking for SAT and ACT prep tutorials? Brightstorm offers some great free videos for ACT and SAT math prep. You can check them out here.

Here’s a fun video from Youtube and failblog that highlights the importance of math and decimal conversion: It’s from Youtube, but the link to the converted file is here.

The Howard Zinn project: Teaching a People’s History is based on his book of the same name, but the culture-centered approach to teaching history offers some interesting supplementary materials.

The Guardian has posted an infographic titled The Decade in Business. Each of the 120 images offers a brief blurb about an event that affected the business world when clicked upon.

CBS News Sunday morning usually has an interesting tidbit or two and here’s a video from them on the history of credit cards in America

I’ve seen a few kids looking up political cartoons lately; a great website for this is Cartoons for the classroom. This site offers numerous examples of political cartoons as well as downloadable lesson plans and links to other sites such as the Opper project, a site dedicated to teaching history through political cartoons.

Side Note: Cartoons for the classroom is currently hoding a caption contest. Deadline is Jan 18, prize is a copy of May it Please the Court

Biology Teachers: Cold Spring harbor Laboratory offers a library of animations for biology including cloning, DNA transformation, and cycle sequencing. They also offer a library of 3-D models including a chromosome 11 flyover, DNA wraps, and DNA replication.

If you’re interested in old advertisements, the Vintage ad browser offers a selection of print ads dating back to at least the 1900’s. You can click on a topic or search for your preferred product.

Looking for a new spin on Photography? NPR offers The Picture Show Blog which features a weekly slideshow of brilliant work and current events. This week’s slideshow is just gorgeous.

I’m becoming quite the fan of infographics. Here’s one that’s helpful: Earning Power: A Visual Survey of 80 Occupations.

There’s also the list of Best websites for students exploring jobs/careers on Larry Ferlazzo’s blog.
Oh, and for those of us working on slideshows and other fabulous presentations, Ferlazzo has another list of best sources for royalty-free music and sound effects.


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