Celestia: a real-time 3D space simulation

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Celestia is a unique space simulation program that lets you and/or your students interactively leave your seats at home or in school and experience our universe in stunning three dimensions.  Employing over 18 GB of add-on files, it is capable of taking you deep into space to produce a virtual world seen only in supercomputer simulations and Hollywood films. Celestia is not a video program giving you canned video clips to watch. Nor does Celestia confine you to the surface of Earth to view the sky, as many other applications do.

Each Activity Flight Plan is read independently by users/students at their own pace and employs hundreds of add-on files developed by Celestia’s professional volunteers to teach Astronomy in beautiful detail, while providing a comprehensive written explanation of the astronomical wonders users will be seeing.

Each Activity takes you on a different journey through the Celestia universe and includes a written student Worksheet to complete and submit for grading, plus detailed line-by-line instructions on how to control the spaceship to travel to places of interest.

Eat Seasonably

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Eat Seasonably –  is a seasonal fruit and vegetable calendar.  This interactive calendar lists when various fruits and vegetables are in season.   You can also search by fruit or vegetable.  This could be used for health and science classes.

Interactive Learning – History, Languages, and Science

The Children’s University of Manchester presents online interactive learning materials for use on whiteboards or PCs; video clips which will bring the University to your desktop; downloadable resources and educational games. Content subjects include: History, Languages, Art, and Science.

For each lesson there is an introduction followed by interactive animations. For example, in The Earth and Beyond students can learn about each planet by clicking on them then drag and drop them into the correct positioning from the Sun.  Students can then see how the position of the sun affects the length of shadows. They can learn about how the positions of the Earth and Sun affect our view of the Moon.

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The Children’s University of Manchester offers great collections of animated science lessons covering The Body and MedicineEnergy and EnvironmentEarth and BeyondTeeth and EatingMicro-organismsThe Brain, and Exercise.

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History lessons include: Ancient Egypt, Black History, and Ancient Greece.

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Languages: the Words section of this page include:

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Build a Virtual Volcano

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Discovery Kids allows users to create a virtual volcano.  Just change the viscosity and gas levels to create different types of volcanoes. Click set conditions and the virtual volcano will form.  The part I found most fun was making my virtual volcano erupt.  This resource can be used to learn about the global location of volcanoes, various types of volcanoes, and what is inside a volcano.

3D TOAD – 360 Degree Interactive Images

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3D TOAD is a site I learned about from @rmbyrne‘s blog, Free Tech for Teachers.  It goes beyond your typical image library and has 3D images that students can rotate and explore from every angle.  The galleries of images include dissections, animal skeletons, human skeletons, music, geology, dental hygiene, coral, yoga, ballet positions, fossils, history, chemistry, emergency preparedness and computer networking.  Click and hold on any image to rotate it. Double click to zoom-in on it. Each image is accompanied by a short caption.

Use 3D TOAD as a visual glossary on classroom computers.  Students can visit this “visual glossary” center to explore objects and new vocabulary that they are learning.  It would also be great on an interactive whiteboard or classroom computer where students can examine objects together.