Tuesday, March 30, 2010

The Virtual Body Interactive

This is one of the cooler interactives I've seen. Thanks Chastity for sending the link!


Friday, March 26, 2010

Plagiarism definitions and detection tools and copyright guidelines

I suspect most homeschooling families don't think much about plagiarism because of the nature of homeschooling. When the teacher is pacing the room or folding laundry on the couch behind you while you're researching your paper and writing it, it's a lot less tempting to copy and paste!

However, homeschooled students, like all students, need to know about plagiarism and how to avoid it.

There are some really useful helps on this site: http://www.guidetoonlineschools.com/online-teaching/plagiarism

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Watch Know

Thousands of educational videos, organized by topic and rated.


Discovery Channel Games


Discovery Channel can be a little irreverent, so you might want to preview these games.

Edinformatics Directories

This is a great links repository:


Edinformatics Interactives Library


Vermilion Interactives Library


Current Conditions on Earth

This is a pretty cool interactive map based on current satellite data:


El Nino

Interactives: http://forces.si.edu/elnino/library.html

Lesson: http://forces.si.edu/elnino/exhibition.html

Activities: http://forces.si.edu/elnino/educators.html

Links: http://forces.si.edu/elnino/learn.html

The Atmosphere

Interactives: http://forces.si.edu/atmosphere/04_00_00.html

Lesson: http://forces.si.edu/atmosphere/02_00_00.html

Activities: http://forces.si.edu/atmosphere/05_00_00.html

Links: http://forces.si.edu/atmosphere/06_00_00.html

The Arctic

Interactives: http://forces.si.edu/arctic/04_00_00.html

Lesson: http://forces.si.edu/arctic/02_00_00.html

Activities: http://forces.si.edu/arctic/05_00_00.html

Links: http://forces.si.edu/arctic/06_00_00.html

CNN Science Interactives Archive

There are a lot of broken links here, but the ones that work are pretty cool.


Science (mostly) Jigsaw Puzzles


Not sure why they included Tarot cards and zombies in Science, but most of these are truly science-based.

Solar System Memory Game

Find the matching planet photos:


Science Channel's Science Interactives


Some of these are very cool.

Medical Science and Human Anatomy Interactives


Note to Parents:  Be aware that this is a medical site not intended for K-12 learners, but that might be of use to them. It has photos of human bodies and diseases on it, so preview this and decide if your students can handle these  appropriate medical images of unclothed men and women. There are some fantastic resources like an interactive view of the difference between adult and infant skin, and of fetal development. Just pre-view the site before you send your kids exploring.


Note: This site also includes medical information about many disorders, diseases, and procedures. This site is geared toward patients and doesn't include photos, but it does include drawings of human anatomy. Preview this site as well. REALLY good information.

Learner.org Video Courses

Some of these are available only by purchase, but many can be viewed online. Many include video and materials, some are interactives (with a discussion and activities).


Or check it out here: http://www.learner.org/#

Who knew dirt could be so interesting?

http://forces.si.edu/soils/04_00_00.html  --interactives

http://forces.si.edu/soils/02_01_00.html --lesson

http://forces.si.edu/soils/05_00_00.html --activities and links

Vacations and Vacationing Unit


While this unit is focused on Victoria, the activities in it are excellent and easily linked to or adapted to discussions of leisure and vacationing either in a family history setting or in a local or state tourism resources setting.

Lots of fun activities and pictures are here.

Science U: Math and Science Interactives, kits, and crafts


Thomas Jefferson's Library Interactives


What are interactives and why use them?


National Virtual Library of Manipulatives (Math)

I'm sure I've mentioned this site before, but here it is again. An excellent collection of online interactives for Math.


Seeing Math Interactives


Explore Early America with Interactives



Exploring Mars--a Timeline History


The Near Future of Space Travel


How to Build your own Time Machine

Learn about light speed, atoms, particle accelerators, etc, with this interactive game:


Tuesday, March 16, 2010

General Ecology with audio lectures


Japanese Rare Books

While this is rather specialized and most average K-12 families won't need this, students of Japanese language and culture might find this fascinating:


Educational Games at Game Classroom

It's a web portal for educational games, sortable by level.

Very cool.


When you click on a grade level, you get a popup asking you to sign up for the newsletter. You don't have to sign up to access the games. Just close the popup window.

Animal Makers

This is the website of a company that makes "fake" animals for Hollywood. It's pretty cool. Be sure to check out Behind the Scenes (both Making of and On location), where they have pictures and movies of making and using the fake animals.

Pretty cool!


Tree of Life Web Project


Short Animal video clips

These are not highly edited documentaries. Rather, these are brief clips of animals being themselves in their own habitats. It's like observing the animals in nature. Very Cool.


Animal Diversity Web


Includes pictures, animal sounds, and explanations of things like animal naming as well as an abundance of information about animals.

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Life Photo Archive

Explore history and photography:



http://www.azargrammar.com/, where you will find lessons, worksheets, songs, etc.


http://www.pearsonlongman.com/ae/azar/grammar_ex/message_board/archive/index.html, where you will find an index of English Grammar and usage.

These were designed for ESL students, but are useful to all of us.

Online Dictionary


For Parents: Tips on Reading with your Kids


Full textbooks online


This is intended to be a sample site for Holt. Right now there are science books there. Click login to access the books. I can't guarantee they'll stay, but for now, there are 3 textbooks available.