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Friday, March 29, 2013

The NanoSpace Molecularium - A Virtual Amusement Park About Molecules

The NanoSpace Molecularium is a nice web resource produced by Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. The purpose of the site is to provide elementary school and middle school students with an introduction to the properties of atoms and molecules. The NanoSpace Molecularium is a virtual amusement park that students can click through to find videos, games, and other short lessons about atoms and molecules.

Students enter the NanoSpace Molecularium through the "Hall of Atoms & Molecules." From there students can choose which of the four parts of the amusement park they want to explore first. The four sections that students can explore are DNA Land, H20 Park, Sizes of Molecules, and Molecular Materials. One of the videos from the Materials section is embedded below.


Applications for Education
The NanoSpace Molecularium can be used by students with or without creating an account on the site. The benefit of creating an account is that students can keep track of where they left off during their previous visit.

Conservation Connection - A Game for Learning About Conservation

Nature Works Everywhere is an excellent site presented by The Nature Conservancy. One of the features Nature Works Everywhere designed for students is Conservation Connection. Conservation Connection is a simple game in which students try to identify connections between common consumer items like ice cream and the conservation issues connected to it.


Applications for Education
On Nature Works Everywhere students can watch short videos about nature and conservation. Each video is connected to a free lesson plan that teachers can download.

A Good Collection of 13 Digital Citizenship Resources

Jen Deyenberg at Northern Gateway Public Schools has created a nice collection of digital citizenship resources for teachers and parents. The collection is organized into sections for elementary school, middle school, and high school. There is a separate tab for parent resources. One of the things that I like about the collection is that understanding copyright has been included as part of digital citizenship.

Applications for Education
Bookmark the Northern Gateway Digital Citizenship Resources collection and refer to it when you're planning digital citizenship lessons for your students.

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