Websites for Learning
The technology magazine for New Zealand schools
WITH SO MUCH OUT THERE IN CYBERSPACE
sometimes it’s hard to know where to start!
These websites for your interactive whiteboard or touchscreen have been selected from FILE SHARE in the Interface magazine. Add them to your Favourites, and let us know your favourites too so we can share them with other NZ teachers.
Issue 53 February 2014
WORDSMYTH Online dictionaries, puzzle solvers, quiz tools
VOCABAHEAD Fun way to learn new words – customise lists
MATHWORDS Interactive online dictionary for Maths terms and formulae
TIMEREF.COM Medieval and Middle Ages history: timelines and more
BROUGHT TO LIFE History of medicine through objects and multimedia activities
HISTORICAL ATLAS OF THE MEDITERRANEAN Interactive maps
SMITHSONIAN SCIENCE EDUCATION CENTER Student Games Online learning activities
RI CHANNEL Science video collection from the Royal Institution of Great Britain
QUIZGEO Create, play, and share quizzes based on geography using Google maps
ART INTERACTIVES from San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
Issue 52 December 2013
CHRISTMAS MAZE Game and listening activity from OUP
VICTORIAN CHRISTMAS Christmas Customs and traditions from that era
SUPERMATH GOLF Estimate angle and distance for a hole in one
CYBERCHASE Maths and problem-solving puzzles from PBS Kids
ANDY WARHOL Art, biography, classroom activities
LSO PLAY London Symphony Orchestra – musicians, instruments, performances
KATHERINE MANSFIELD SOCIETY Resources for teaching and studying KM
KATHERINE MANSFIELD Insights into KM’s work and life
CHESSKID Chess rules and strategies, solve puzzles, play online
PROFESSORCHESS Extensive collection of chess teaching resources
Issue 51 October 2013
LIFESAVER Making choices in an emergency. CPR
HUMAN HEART Development, structure, blood circulation & health. Franklin Institute
BONE BIOLOGY FOR KIDS Skeleton, bone health, a quiz
BRITISH LIBRARY ONLINE Maps, manuscripts etc. from the collections
GARDEN, ARK, TOWER, TEMPLE Biblical metaphors of knowledge in early modern Europe
Franklin Institute CASE FILES History of Science & Technology – famous people
GRAMMAR NINJA Grammar games: using nouns, verbs, pronouns, adjectives, speech
CLASSICS FOR KIDS Music, composers, instruments, music dictionary, games & lesson plans
YUMMY MATH Mathemetics challenges using everyday scenarios.Issue 49 August 2013JACKSON POLLOCK ART Drawing app for digital dripping artworksNGAkids ART ZONE Art-making tools for exploration & creativityHOW THINGS FLY Information & activities from the Smithsonian National Air & Space MuseumPhET Interactive simulations: Physics, Chem, Bio, Earth Science, MathsPLANET QUEST NASA – the search for another Earth planet explorationLISTEN & READ National Geographic’s Young Explorer audio magazines about animalsDINOSAUR DEN Information, extinction, and other dinosaur stuffNUMBER NUT A range of Maths activities. Glossary, workbooksCOUNT ON Fun, educational Maths games, mysteries, puzzles, resources & links
Issue 50 September 201340 MAPS THAT EXPLAIN THE WORLD Global maps from the Washington Post on a range of topics
GRAMMAR SNACKS Snack-size animations from the British Council
G’DAY MATH Explore quadratics and the quadratic formula, with videos and links to related resources
ARKive Explore 15,000 of the world’s endangered species. Images, games and activities
SCIENCE VOCABULARY HANGMAN Learn scientific words and terms while playing a game of hangman.
MUSOPEN Online music library of copyright-free music
GIZA 3D Explore the Pyramids and other monuments as they would have looked about 4,500 years ago
STONEHENGE PANORAMA Interactive 360-degree panorama of the standing stones at Stonehenge
LASCAUX Visit this Stone Age cave in France and explore the pre-historic paintings
Issue 48 July 2013NEWSPAPER MAP Find and read newspapers from around the worldFAMOUS SPEECHES Listen to influential world leaders’ speeches, read biographies.ALL THINGS SCIENCE More than 600 videos on science topics.CURCUIT LAB Select components to create electrical circuits, then test them.BOOKDRUM Reviews of a wide range of classic and contemporary fiction and non-fiction.FORENSIC OUTREACH Forensic science, crime investigation – bodies, bones, fieldwork and moreFREE CLASSROOM MAPS Country, regional and world outline maps for printing in various sizes.WORDTAMER Creative storywriting site with a circus theme – tame words, and train stories.MAKE MY PLATE Calculate nutritional values of foods and meals Issue 48 July 2013May 29 2013 marked the 60th anniversary of the first successful ascent of Mount Everest / Chomolungma.
Online resources about the world’s tallest mountain and the historic achievement of Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay.MY STORY: Sir Edmund Hillary Resources from Scholastic
BBC RESOURCES for the 60th anniversary
NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC photos, maps, quizzes and news about the climb
THE REST OF EVEREST videos of a recent expedition to Everest
RIVERS OF ICE a virtual trek to Base Camp looking at valleys and glaciers
ROYAL GEOGRAPHIC SOCIETY information and resources
EVEREST BASE CAMP Street view from Google Maps
EVEREST – 60 YEARS OF MOUNTAINEERING from The Guardian
Issue 47 May 2013FIGURE THIS! Fun and engaging maths challenges from NCTM that students can do at home with their familiesJOHNNIE’S MATH PAGE Hundreds of interactive maths learning activities and gamesMATH CATS Creative, open-ended maths explorations through games and interactive projectsFROM CAVE PAINTINGS TO THE INTERNET the history of Information and Media from the beginning of records to the presentBBC PLANET DINOSAUR GAME Grow a dinosaur and watch it explore its environment. Games to play – will you survive?TATE KIDS Virtual galleries, films, and ideas for making art. Art games plus “Adult Zone” for teachersABCya! Kindergarten children’s computer games & activities: large and easy-to-use navigation buttons as well as voice instructionsCBEEBIES Fun activities for young children: games, songs, stories and rhymes, music and songs from the BBCFUN SCHOOL Preschool section: games and exercises, plus printable activities Issue 46 April 2013CREATIVE COMMONS RESOURCES New “Free to Mix” 12-page guide and other CC resources for NZ teachers
TREE OF LIFE EXPLORER Interactive tool to explore evolutionary relationships
NATIVE ANIMALS OF NZ Department of Conservation site – our unique fauna
DISEASE DETECTIVES Information, activities, photos and videos about infectious diseases
SOUND MAPS British Library collection of more than 50,000 sounds from around the world
MULTIPLICATION Games, worksheets, flash cards and bingo cards to teach multiplication skills
MY FAVOURITE SCIENTIST Videos profiling leading scientists, past and present – some well-known, others more obscure
FETCH! Science role-playing games and information from PBS.
Issue 45 February 2013BLOOD TYPING GAME for learning about blood types and transfusions
CREATE CLASSROOM CHARACTERS South Park style
EDCANVAS Digitally organise resources on a topic in one place, then share or embed
RUBEN THE ROAD SAFETY BEAR keeping safe on the roads for young children
SEEING SCIENCE Interactive tools for teaching about Life, Space, Materials, Food, Environment and Light
EXPLORE THE SOLAR SYSTEM with video clips from BBC programmes
GEO GAMES Geography challenges: continents, countries, cities
THE VICTORIANS investigations in History with online notebook – save and print. IWB activities & teacher notes
Issue 44 December 2012JUNIOR GENERAL Images and scenarios of historical battles from ancient Egypt to the Vietnam War.
INANIMATE ALICE Digital novel set in a technology-saturated near future. Text, animation, videos, music and games.
SUGAR STACKS Visual comparison of the amount of sugar in food products. Reveal hidden sugar.
SCIENCE OF COOKING Explore recipes, activities, and webcasts – enhance understanding of the science behind food and cooking.
SUMANAS ANIMATION GALLERY Science topics: chemistry, biology, molecular biology, biotechnology, statistics,astronomy.
MAPPING OUR WORLD Explore the relationship between maps and globes.
TVO KIDS Videos, games, activities, printables, and apps. Two sites: ECE, and ages up to 11.
NATIONS ILLUSTRATED More than 7,000 pictures from all corners of the world.
Issue 43 October 2012GEO CUBE fun interactive resource on world geography
POWER PLAY interactive activities for learning about how machines work
60 SECOND RECAP one-minute videos give a quick overview of famous books
LEARN GENETICS information, activities on DNA, genes, protein synthesis, heredity, cloning…
GAME FOR SCIENCE Free educational games for a range of science/technology subjects and ages
TURTLE DIARY short online interactive story books for younger readers with “Read to me” feature
PHOTO PIN search engine for Creative Commons photos
ONE MOMENT AROUND THE WORLD Time zones animated activity from The British Council
Issue 42 September 2012SPACE INFOGRAPHICS NASA Tools and resources to create your own, plus ready-made infographics
3D SOLAR SYSTEM simulation from Sunaeon
MATHS VIDEOS ABOUT NUMBERS and stuff from Numberphile
DIHEDRAL SYMMETRY AND REFLECTIONS in figures from National Council of Teachers of Mathematics
VISUAL REPRESENTATIONS OF MATHEMATICAL CONCEPTS from Virtual Math Museum
PREHISTORIC TIME LINE from National Geographic – interactive, multimedia
READING BEAR interactive site for teaching beginning readers through phonics
MUSEUM BOX create a ‘display’ by placing items in a virtual box
Issue 41 August 2012IMAGINE ALL THE WATER Interactive site for learning about water usage and conservation.COLOUR IN MOTION Animated characters for colours describe their symbolism and describe the emotions each one evokes.EVERYDAY CHEMISTRY Simple Chemistry, scientists, scientific advances, interactive Periodic Table. Games, stories etc.NANCY MUSIC Free songs, activities and information for teachers. Audio files, sheet music, MP3 recording and activities.TELESCOPES Interactive tour of telescopes and their history.WINDOWS TO THE UNIVERSE Earth and Space sciences. Select “Multimedia” for Image GalleriesDESMOS GRAPHING CALCULATOR graphs equations as you write them, redraws as you update. Works well with ActivInspire.Join the Desmos USER GROUP on Promethean Planet and communicate with other enthusiasts!