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Web 2.0 Tool Name URL/Website  Description  Lesson Example
Aquatic Science Curriculum Project http://sarah-anderson.net/ASCurriculum.htm  The site provides resources (PowerPoints,labs,worksheets) provided by Sarah Anderson as part of her graduate degree program. The following is an example provided for the topic of Plate Tectonics:  PowerPoint, Magnet mini lab, Plate tectonics review questions, More plate tectonics review, Crossword, Seafloor spreading vocabulary, Tsunami activity.  
Aquatics in Pasadena ISD http://www.pasadenaisd.org/sailon/HS_Sci_Aqua.htm This site offers the 2010-2011 aquatics TEKS to interactive activities relating to those TEKS. These activities are used to teach, enhance and support the scientific processes objectives and TEKS.  Mysteries of Apo Islands is an interactive activity that requires students to collect data and evidence and determine what species of animal was involved in the destruction of a boat propeller and death of asting ray. 
ChemEddl http://www.chemeddl.org/resources/biographies/

Biographies on a Chemists

Students and teachers can use this site as a reference when creating powerpoints, prezis or museum boxes. 

This site is particularly useful when teaching the history of the peirodic table and the contributions of scienctists responsible for discovering specific elements.   
Dictionary-Merriam Webster Visual Online Dictionary http://visual.merriam-webster.com/index.php "The Visual Dictionary
Online is the dictionary with a new
point of view.  A quick glance at the index is all it takes to
connect words with images.Explore the 15 major themes to access
more than 6,000 images and see words like never before."
When introducing terminology or when students create flash cards or use wordle for vocabulary enhancement or practice, the visual dictionary will not only define the terms but will provide an image of the word with further explanation and details.  Excellent tool for all but wonderful for ELLs.
exploratorium   http://www.exploratorium.edu/ The Exploratorium isn’t just a museum, it’s an ongoing exploration of science, art, and human perception—a vast collection of online interactives, web features, activities, programs and events that feed your curiosity. The dissections series can be used by teachers and students when learning anatomy and physiology of living things.  Information presentations are provided along with a video of an actual dissection.  Instructions and worksheets to use can be downloaded if an actual classroom dissection is to be conducted. 
Gapminder http://www.gapminder.org This is a remarkably diverse and interesting site.  This site provides free software that you can use to visualize human development.  Its made by an interesting collection of groups including the universities and UN.  It allows you to graph population features like life expectancy, population counts etc. against other population features with different country data. Its interesting, very visual and easy to use.  It also allows you to move through time.    The site will provide the necessary information and graphs when studying succession and population dynamics in Biology, Environmental Science, Chemistry.  Students can use the information obtained from the site to create presentations using spreadsheets or even create their own graphs. 
Google Sky  http://www.google.com/sky  This tool allows you to find the positions of the planets and constellations on the sky and even watch the birth of distant galaxies as seen by the Hubble Space Telescope.

Put students into teams and have each team explore one location or phenomenon, such as the Crab Nebula or a planet. Have students find five very interesting things and develop questions such as, “What is the very bright thing in the middle of the nebula?” Have the teams swap question lists. Each team then searches for the answers to the questions the other team created.

Junkyard Sports  http://junkyardsports.com/foundation/

Directory of ideas for recycling items to play games and team build;Free

Tool can be used in Biology, Environmental Science, and by Science Clubs or Recycling Club.

 Divide the class into pairs or small groups, asking each group to dream up a product that consists only of "junk" material or biodegradable materials they can find in their homes or outside. Studetns can brainstorm and use typewith.me site. Students can then produce a product or game using only the "junk" material. 

Kids Astronomy  http://www.kidsastronomy.com/index.htm This site provides Games,Solar System,Deep Space,Space Exploration, Observation,FREE Online Class Students can use the interactive game called Create A Solar System.  Through this activity students will be required to learn what a solar system is and what componenets must be placed into a solar system.   
Kinetic City  http://www.kineticcity.com/ "Science expirements, games, activities, challenges and more" When studying the nervous system, the human learning zap game can be utilized.  The students can collect response time data through the detector which documents response time.  Students can create a spreadsheet showing their response times and their classmates response times.  An analysis and conclusion document can be created and information on nervous systems within the site can be utilized.
Mapwing  http://www.mapwing.com/ This is a web 2.0 tool that lets you build and format your own virtual tours.  Teachers and students can create their own tours using their personal photos or photos from a free online photo provider.  Students are assigned a body system.  They are to create a virtual tour of the organs and their parts.          
Noble Prize  http://nobelprize.org/educational/ Directory of educational, science-themed games;Free;this tool can be used in any of the science classes for history, inventors, current events, physics games, biology game. Students should  be given a pre-test on the immune system.  The immune system can then be introduced to students by having them play the Immune Response game.   
Physics  Central http://www.physicscentral.com/explore/ Site provides teachers and students a collection of physics resources.  eg.  demonstrations, biographies, activities, podcasts, vodcasts. ask-a-physicist, activity books, video contests, current physics news articles Assign students a demonstration lab from the Ask and Experiment section of the site.  Students are to video record their experiments using either their cell phone recorder or flip video recorders. Videos and explanations of the results of the experiment are to be presented to class members. 
Rule the Stars http://www.rulethestars.com/ Create your own constellations. Fun tool for Astronomy and Earth and Space Science especially when being introduced to what a constellation is and what the components of a constellation are.
Sch2ools http://www.schools.indiawaterportal.org/ The Schools Water Portal is an open, web-based platform for sharing learning resources on water among educators, students, school managements and parents.The Schools Water Portal is a section under the India Water Portal, an open, inclusive, web-based platform, for sharing water management knowledge amongst practitioners and the general public.

Conduct lab activity:  Water Temperatures at Different Depths

This activity helps students understand the temperature stratification of water bodies.  Combine it with the Presentations on Aquatic Ecosystems.

School Science Clips http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/scienceclips/index_flash.shtml interactive clips about science, sorted by grade level 

Show the Feeding relationships video clip which offers opportunities to look at variation in the diets of different animals.  There are examples of vegetarians, carnivores and omnivores as well as highlighting some differences in the diets of juvenile and adult animals. 

Perform a follow up activity:  Investigate energy levels in food.  Check the packaging; energy is usually measured in Kilojoules or Kilocalories

Science Animations, Movies & Links http://nhscience.lonestar.edu/biol/animatio.htm Lone Star College of Texas provides a list of science animations,movies and interactive tutorial links for a variety of sciences.

Go to the following link 


which is provided by the Lonestar site.  Click into section on cells.  Click into the build a cell component.  Practice building cells.  Once this part is completed, take the Cell quiz.   

Science Spot http://www.sciencespot.net/ A resource for teachers and students!  This site provides resources for Forensics, Biology, Chemistry, General Science and more.  ESS lesson:  An easy and tasty way to illustrate plate tectonics is using candy bars, such as Snickers or Milky Way..........Worksheet available
Science Spot Kids Zone http://www.sciencespot.net/Pages/kidzone.html This is part of the Science Spot.  It provides interactive science activities and games. Worksheets are provided for some of these activities. Study or teach pH, acids and bases by using the Alien Bar game.  Challenge 1=Set up a juice bar-Learn about acids and bases  Challenge 2 = Serve your customers-Practice identifying acids, bases, neutrals  Challenge 3 - Make mixed drinks for your customers-Learn about pH scale 
Switchzoo http://switchzoo.com/ Create your own funny animals and learn about each one (i.e. habitat) This tool can be used in Biology and  Animal Science when studying taxonomy, genetics, speciation, natural selection and/or adaptation. Example Assignment:  Create your own unique species of animal.  Read facts about each of the animals that comprise the new beast.  Write a profile about your new animal and explain what type of habitat it would live in. 
The Futures Channel  http://www.thefutureschannel.com/ This sites provide real world video clips and activities. The Futures Channel was founded in 1999 with the goal of using new media technologies to create a channel between the scientists, engineers, explorers and visionaries who are shaping the future, and today’s learners who will one day succeed them.

Watch: MIT Professor Dava Newman is working on a new “second skin” space suit that could end the “bunny hop” once and for all. Introduce your students to a woman whose work could dramatically improve space exploration technology.
Running time 4:30 minutes.

Assign:  The Nature of Science and Technology (Experimentation) Physics

Amazing Feets lab activity    



Virtual Tours http://edorigami.wikispaces.com/Virtual+Fieldtrips  This site provides a list and the links to 25 virtual tours.  The tours are in a variety of subjects. 


In this interactive, you will be able to:  Find a virtual fossil, learn how vertebrae paleontologists excavate the specimen, "exavate" your own specimen, learn about the antomy 




type in a word and get more detailed definitions by mousing over synonyms provided

Create a map of terms that relate or are connected to each word on a vocabulary assignment.  
Windows to the Universe http://www.windows2universe.org/ includes rich images, movies, and assignments that explore earth and space science View the video, The History of the Universe in 60 seconds or less.  Use the timeline provided to create a presentation on one of the events.   
Yuckiest  http://yucky.discovery.com  TheYUCKIEST site on the internet is he best place for yucky science entertainment. View:  Diary of a Roach   After viewing the presentation, select an insect and create your own diary for that insect.   



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