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The technology magazine for New Zealand schools

  • WITH SO MUCH OUT THERE IN CYBERSPACE

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    Issue 59 November 2014

    Issue 59 Websites for Learning

    RIJKSSTUDIO Over 125,000 high-res images from the Rijksmuseum – create your own portfolio
    TEACHING WITH MUSEUM COLLECTIONS Links to US National Park Service virtual exhibits – including Dinosaurs
    BIOLOGY BROWSER Find a wide range of Biology resources including current Science news stories
    SCIENCETAKE Short videos from the New York Times about puzzling scientific phenomena
    STORYNORY Free audio stories including classics, seasonal tales and Greek myths
    VISUWORDS Graphical dictionary showing meanings and displaying associated words and concepts
    DISCOVERING ANTARCTICA  Activities, images, videos and fact sheets
    CATLIN SEAVIEW SURVEY Coral reefs revealed in high-resolution, 360-degree panoramic vision
    THE HISTORY FACULTY More than 70 videos on a range of history subjects for IB / A-level
    NATURAL HISTORY MUSEUM A range of online learning resources from the London NHM

    Issue 58 September 2014

    Issue 58 Websites for Learning

    MOLECULARIUM PROJECT Explore and understand the molecular nature of the world
    SCIENCE NEWS FOR STUDENTS Stories about the latest happenings in the world of science
    INTERACTIVE PERIODIC TABLE GAME to help understand patterns and trends within the Table
    ATMOSPHERIC OPTICS Atmospheric phenomena: rainbows, shadows, coronas, fogbows..
    ARTSY Artworks online from museums and galleries around the world, and Education section
    SMARTY PINS Geography game from Google Maps
    SCIENCE OF GOLF Videos exploring the physics involved in the game
    VIRTUAL SWIM Animations of Olympic swimmers for analysis and education
    SUNSMART Keep safe and protect yourself from the harmful effects of exposure to UV radiation
    HYBRID MEDICAL ANIMATION Videos to help students visualise cellular and molecular process in the human body

     

    Issue 57 August 2014

    Issue 57 Websites for Learning

    HubbleSite Hubble telescope, discoveries, images and future plans
    Space Weather Center Plasmas, Earth’s protective shield, storms. Games and activities
    Stanford Solar Center Facts about our closest star, weather in space, history, resources
    Your Weight on Other Worlds What you weigh on Mars or the Moon
    The Engineering Design Process NASA video series – how engineers approach and solve problems
    What is Weather? BBC site explaining basic weather terms. How climate affects humans – simple activities
    MetService NZ’s weather authority: in-depth weather information 24/7 365 days a year. Learning Centre
    GeoHive Global population statistics presented in a variety of ways. Geopolitical data
    ARKive A record of life on Earth – photos, videos and other resources.
    Encyclopedia of Life Life on Earth – images, video, sounds, maps and more
    1066 Take command of the Saxon, Norman or Viking army. Fight the battles to determine England’s fate

    Issue 57 August 2014
    GENERAL ELECTION 2014

    Issue 57 General Election Websites for LearningELECTIONS NZ Electoral Commission website  – includes ‘Learning & Resources’ section for teachers
    KIDS VOTING Raising awareness about NZ’s electoral processes – register to receive resources for Kids Voting at your school
    ELECTION DAYS History of general elections in NZ, and how they are changing through technology
    ELECTION COVERAGE from Stuff.co.nz
    YAHOO NZ NEWS News feed of the latest election stories
    ELECTIONS NEW ZEALAND National Library’s list of useful resources
    NEW ZEALAND ELECTION STUDY Analysis of political behaviour across eight successive general elections
    NEW ZEALAND PARLIAMENT NZ’s system of government, what Parliament does, how we choose MPs and how laws are made. Includes a resources section for teachers.
    REGISTER OF POLITICAL PARTIES Information about the political parties, and links to their websites.
    Issue 56 July 2014
    Issue 56 Websites for LearningArtcyclopedia Database of artists and art-related websites
    Art Babble Video website from the Indianapolis Museum – the creation of art, artists and art collections
    Incredible Art Department Art lessons, teacher resources
    Visual Thesaurus Spelling Bee Spelling and vocabulary activities
    Giza 3D Reconstruction and tour of the Giza pyramids in Egypt
    How Do We Smell TED-Ed Original lesson exploring how molecules in the air translate to smells in the brain
    Zombie Plague from The STEMware™ project. Identify the pathogen causing a deadly disease outbreak, implement a cure
    Mapping our World OXFAM site – the relationship between maps and globes. Different projections. IWB activities
    Journey Into Amazonia PBS Explore the Amazon basin’s plants, animals, waterways. ‘Amazon Explorer’ game
    Habitats BBC  Explore terrestrial, freshwater and marine habitats. Animal and plant adaptations
    Issue 55 May 2014
    Dinosaurs walked the Earth for more than 150 million years – learn more.

    Issue 55 Dinosaurs Websites for LearningWalking With Dinosaurs  Dinosaur  news, pictures and videos from the BBC
    The Reign of Dinosaurs  Simple interactive timeline from the New Scientist – when different dinosaurs lived
    Kids Dinos  Dinosaur database, palaentology information and dinosaur games
    The Dinosaur Society  Scientific information about dinosaurs – news, images, links to museums and dinosaur websites
    Dinosaurs  Discovery Channel dinosaur video library
    Dinosaurs for Kids  Dinosaur information, activities, puzzles and games
    Dinosaur Eggs  National Geographic egg hunt and activities to learn about dinosaur life cycles
    Dinosaur Train Games, videos and other resources from PBS for younger children
     Issue 55 May 2014
    Issue 55 Websites for LearningClimate Change Agriculture and Food Security Migration, climate impact on people – interactive world map
    BBC Science Clips Virtual science experiments for yrs 1-8
    Best Choice NCEA Chemistry tutorials from the University of Auckland
    The Exploratorium Creative, thought-provoking resource for science learning and experimentation
    Junior General Simulations of historical battles for learning about military history
    Rome Reborn 3D digital models showing the urban development of ancient Rome
    Photo Agency of the Reunion des Musees Nationaux French history through the works of art in its museums
    Kidtopia Safe online search engine for young web users
    Poems and Stories for Kids Inspirational poems and silly stories – Laugh Think Explore Believe
    Switch Zoo Create weird and wonderful animals, take a photo and share your creature
    President of Russia Russian politics  – news, documents, speeches and more
    Explore Parliament Democratic processes in NZ, how laws are made
    Issue 54 April 2014
    WORLD WAR 1 100th anniversary 28 July 2014
    WIssue 54 WW1 Websites for LearningW100 New Zealand Government online hub for the centenary commemorations of NZ’s participation in WW1
    World War One Interactive site on The Great War from the BBC, including resources for teachers
    NZ and the First World War Comprehensive information from NZ History online: Gallipoli and the NZEF units, to the aftermath
    Story: First World War Te Ara website – the story of the conflict from origins through campaigns, to the effect on NZ identity
    First World War Resources and information, including source documents, plus an audio archive and photos
    WW1 Cemeteries  Remembrance, and a guide to the military cemeteries and memorials of WW1
    World War 1 Videos, articles and photos from The History Channel
    World War 1 Videos from Watch Know Learn
    World War 1 Educational videos, lessons, games, activities from Neo K12’s World
    Issue 54 April 2014
    Issue 54 B Websites for LearningTHREE JARS Fun money-management activities for ages 5-13 “Spend Save and Share”
    PAPER MONEY GALLERY  Images of banknotes from around the world – sorted by region, searchable
    STORYLINE ONLINE Well-known actors reading children’s fiction books
    STORY TIME FOR ME Read and listen to online interactive picture books
    MATHWORLD ONLINE encyclopedia of mathematics
    DISCOVER ANATOMY Skeletons – why we have them, how the body moves.  Activities and resources from the Royal Institution
    COLOR VISION AND ART Interactives from the WebExhibits online museum – vision science and the emergence of modern art
    SMART HISTORY Art History resources – images, essays, video and audio about eras and themes
    SLEEP FOR KIDS Discover more about sleep with the help of PJ Bear
    Issue 53 February 2014
    Issue 53 Websites for LearningWORDSMYTH 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
    Issue 52 Websites for LearningCHRISTMAS 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
    Interface 51 Websites for LearningLIFESAVER 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 2013
    Issue 49 Websites for LearningJACKSON POLLOCK ART Drawing app for digital dripping artworks
    NGAkids ART ZONE Art-making tools for exploration & creativity
    HOW THINGS FLY Information & activities from the Smithsonian National Air & Space Museum
    PhET Interactive simulations: Physics, Chem, Bio, Earth Science, Maths
    PLANET QUEST NASA – the search for another Earth planet exploration
    LISTEN & READ National Geographic’s Young Explorer audio magazines about animals
    DINOSAUR DEN Information, extinction, and other dinosaur stuff
    NUMBER NUT A range of Maths activities.  Glossary, workbooks
    COUNT ON Fun, educational Maths games, mysteries, puzzles, resources & links
    Issue 50 September 2013
    Issue 50 Websites for Learning40 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 2013

    Interface issue 48 Websites for LearningNEWSPAPER MAP Find and read newspapers from around the world
    FAMOUS 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 more
    FREE 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 2013
    May 29 2013 marked the 60th anniversary of the first successful ascent of Mount Everest / Chomolungma
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    Resources about the world’s tallest mountain and the historic achievement of Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay.Websites for Learning 48 Everest Websites for LearningMY 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 2013

    Websites for Learning 47 Websites for LearningFIGURE THIS! Fun and engaging maths challenges from NCTM that students can do at home with their families
    JOHNNIE’S MATH PAGE Hundreds of interactive maths learning activities and games
    MATH CATS Creative, open-ended maths explorations through games and interactive projects
    FROM CAVE PAINTINGS TO THE INTERNET the history of Information and Media from the beginning of records to the present
    BBC 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 teachers
    ABCya! Kindergarten children’s computer games & activities: large and easy-to-use navigation buttons as well as voice instructions
    CBEEBIES Fun activities for young children: games, songs, stories and rhymes, music and songs from the BBC
    FUN SCHOOL Preschool section: games and exercises, plus printable activities
    Issue 46 April 2013
    Websites for Learning 46 Websites for LearningCREATIVE 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 2013
    Interface websites issue 45 web Websites for LearningBLOOD 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 2012
    Websites for Learning 44 Websites for LearningJUNIOR 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 2012
    Websites for Learning 43  Websites for LearningGEO 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 2012
    Weblinks September webb Websites for LearningSPACE 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 2012

    Interface 01 August 2012 sml Websites for LearningIMAGINE 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 Galleries
    DESMOS GRAPHING CALCULATOR  graphs equations as you write them, redraws as you update. Works well with ActivInspire.
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