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33 Space Websites to Celebrate the Launch of Endeavour

Did your students get to see the shuttle launch this morning?  What a great way to start a Monday!  Seeing a launch never gets old for me, there is always a sense of wonder and anticipation during count down and launch.  To celebrate the launch of Endeavour, I thought I would share some of my favorite space websites.  In no particular order: 1. We Choose the Moon– An interactive that drops students right into history where they get to witness, and take part in, the Apollo 11 launch and mission. 2. NASA Clickable Spacesuit– An interactive for students to learn about the parts of a spacesuit. 3. Planet Quest: Alien Safari– An interactive exploration adventure that encourages students to find bizarre and extreme organisms that live on Earth. 4. Eyes on Earth 3D- Lets students track missions as they are happening with the satellites that are collecting information about Earth from space. 5. Moon Zoo– Gives students the chance to study the lunar surface while contributing to real science. 6. NASA @ Home and City- Students explore 3D environments where they discover common household and city items that have roots in space exploration. 7. Solar System Scope- A 3D real-time look at celestial positions with planets and constellations in the night sky. 8. NASA’s 50th Anniversary Flash Feature– Best. Website. Ever. An incredible interactive timeline that highlights each decade in the United States space program from 1950 to 2000. 9. European Space Agency– Kid-friendly information about the universe, life in space, lift off, useful space, earth, and more. 10. NASA’s Be a Martian– Students virtually explore and learn about the human-robotic partnership that makes virtual exploration of Mars possible. 11. NASA Space Place– Fun online games, animations, projects, and fun facts about Earth, space and technology. 12. NASA Interactive Timeline–  A multimedia timeline that begins in 500BC and follows the search for extrasolar planets to modern discoveries. 13. Moon in Google Earth–  Take tours of landing sites narrated by Apollo astronauts, view 3D models of landed spacecraft, zoom into 360* photos of astronaut footprints and watch rate footage of the Apollo missions. 14. NASA Images– Find amazing images of the universe, solar system, earth, aeronautics and astronauts. 15. Google Sky– Students get up close and personal with the solar system, constellations, the Hubble Telescope, backyard astronomy, Chandra X-ray Showcase, GALEX Ultraviolet Showcase and the Spitzer infrared Showcase. 16. Buzz Lightyear in Orbit– Teaches students about the next space mission with Atlantis. 17. Station Spacewalk Game– Play the role of an astronaut and repair the ISS. 18. NASA 101– Learn about what NASA does. 19. NASA Anatomy: How Space Technology Improves Human Health- Students learn about how NASA impacts daily life and health. 20. Apollo 11 Launch– Step into the moonshoes of Buzz Aldrin and Neil Armstrong while discovering the lunar landing. 21. Spooky Space Sounds– Listen to real sounds from space. 22. Hubble Celebrates 20 years– View imagery from the Hubble Telescope and learn about history of the Hubble. 23. Galaxy Zoo- Explore the universe and really help scientists. 24. Climate Time Machine– Take an interactive tour through Earth’s climate history. 25. NASA Edge– Students look behind the scenes at NASA with entertaining and informative videos. 26. NASA 360*– Learn about NASA’s past, present and future and how NASA has improved life on earth with these videos. 27. NASA e-clips– Learn about innovative applications of science, technology, , engineering and math through short NASA videos. 28. TEDx NASA– Inspiring talks from TEDx NASA. 29. NASA @ Twitter– Students can follow NASA on Twitter to get up-to-date information on space exploration and discovery. 30. Your Age on Other Worlds– Students can find out how old they would be on other planets. 31. iWas Wondering Astro Game– A scavenger hunt in outer space. 32. Study Jams Solar System– Students view a video and slide show about the solar system. 33. Pipo Club– Travel through the Universe with Pipo.  

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Numberphile: a series of numberly videos

Posted by admin | Posted in Analyze, Create, Evaluate, Inquiry, inspiration, Interactive Whiteboard, Math, Middle/High School, Primary Elementary, Secondary Elementary, Teacher Resources, Understand (describe, explain), video, Video Tutorials, Websites | Posted on 28-01-2013

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What it is: Numberphile is a series of “numberly” videos by Brady Haran.  This is the same guy behind some other great projects including periodicvideos and sixtysymbols.  These videos reveal some of the mystery behind numbers and math in fun, short snippets!  I could give a long, drawn out explanation about the site…but really, you should go have a look and play a few videos. Or, try out the video below:

How to integrate Numberphile into the classroom: Numberphile can make a math geek out of anyone, myself included!  I don’t tend to geek out very much about numbers or math, but show me pattern and reveal some of the mystery that numbers hold and I am in.  This is what Numberphile does beautifully!  Numberphile would make a fantastic opening for math class.  Start each math class with these short videos to get your brain’s math muscles working.  I’ve watched 3 videos in a row and I am seriously geeking.

Ask students to each choose a different video to watch.  Students can learn a new math “trick” or pattern in math to teach their classmates.  The goal: creatively teach the concept!  They could create their own video, stop motion animation, infographic, story, illustration, etc.  Hold a math day  (3/14 would be fun…pi day) where students get to spend the day teaching one another.

You may assume that these videos are best for older students, not so!  At Anastasis, our 2nd and 3rd graders had a ball learning about Fibonacci and will happily explain it to any who enter their classroom.  Find an area of interest and share the passion!

Tips: All of the videos on Numberphile are YouTube videos.  If you don’t have access to YouTube in your building, try one of these methods for accessing the videos:

  • YouTube for Schools- This is a YouTube that has been created just for schools.  Network administrators must be involved so that they can add this option for YouTube into your filtering system.  This is a completely customizable option that lets teachers and administrators add videos to a playlist that you have predetermined you want students to watch.  Teachers can find videos by Common Core Standard, subject or grade.  Students can watch videos that teachers and administrators have approved or any YouTube Edu video (think Kahn Academy, PBS, TED, Stanford, etc.).
  • SafeShare TV- This site lets students watch YouTube videos without ads, links, comments and related videos.  You also have the option to crop videos and share videos with a unique URL.
  • YouTubeXL- This is a service that YouTube provides that lets you watch videos on large screens without the ads and comments. Neat tip: if you time “quiet” before the YouTube url, it takes you to a safe page where you can watch a YouTube video.  WAY cool and easy to do on the fly!
  • Clean VideoSearch- This site lets students search through YouTube videos without the comments, ads and busy sidebar.  It has additional features like the ability to choose how many videos you want to see on each page in your search.
  • Clea.nr– This service (a browser plugin) deletes all of the obnoxious extras that hang around videos (ads, comments, related videos). You can also search YouTube without all of the extras showing up.
  • ViewPure– This site cleans out all the clutter and gives you just a video.  Bonus: There is a quick button that you can add to your browser so that you can go to a video, click on “Pure” in your bookmark bar and instantly have a clean video.
  • Dragontape– This service lets you drag videos into a timeline and share them easily with students.  This is great for mashing up several videos, or cropping multiple videos into one.
  • Movavi– This is a video conversion service. Wonderful for teachers who can’t or don’t want to access a video directly from YouTube.  Copy/paste the url you want to convert, choose a file type, done!
  • Zamzar– This is another great video conversion service.  Works quickly and easily!
  • SaveYouTube- This site used to be called KickYouTube.  Here you can enter the url and download it to your computer to play offline.

Leave a comment and tell us how you are using Numberphile in your classroom.

Comments (2)

I do have YouTube in my schools, but was troubled by the fact that the final paragraph says, “…try one of these methods for accessing the videos,” and then doesn’t give any methods! Yikes! Help those whose districts haven’t opened the YouTube channel by including your tips!

Did I forget the link?! Thanks for letting me know.

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