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interactive education website review

  1. 1. Ms. Amber Howard June 28, 2012 Interactive Website ReviewTitle: How Things FlyWeb Address: Smithsonian National Air and Space MuseumReview: This site focuses on the forces needed to produce flight. The site explains introduces the concepts oflift, drag, and thrust as they pertain to flight and how building material is important when creating aircraft andspacecraft. There is also a section on how different types of crafts are controlled with links to learn more aboutroll, pitch, and yaw, and Newton’s laws of motion. The “Ask an Explainer” link on each page allows students toask an expert questions. Students can use their new knowledge by changing the design of an aircraft in “Forcesof Flight,” designing their own printable paper airplane with directions for folding, or performing some of thehands-on experiments.Can be used to support the following ODE Academic Content Standard:Technology; Designed World; Benchmark A; Indicator 6; Grade 7:  Identify and manipulate the factors that influence vehicle performance (e.g., lift, drag, friction, thrust, pressure and gravity).Use in the classroom:Use to explain the science behind flight. During lectures regarding lift, drag, thrust, and gravity, the variouslinks on the site can be visited to demonstrate the principles and make real world connections to the material.This could be done with a computer and a projector or with a smart board. The “Forces of Flight” game can bedone as a class to simulate how changes to the design of a plane affect its performance.
  2. 2. Title: The Art ZoneWeb Address: NGA KidsReview: The “Art Zone” section of the NGA Kids contains tools that can be used in the classroom to model artconcepts or produce projects. Students can take and manipulate photographs, compose still life, portrait, orlandscape paintings with elements borrowed from more than 100 works in the National Gallery of Art’spermanent collection, experiment with 3-D perspective, create collages, experiment with light and motion, anduse paint tools to create original works of art. This site also contains some interactive lessons on specific worksof art and artists.Can be used to support the following ODE Academic Content Standard:Visual Art; Creative Expression and Communication; Benchmark A; Indicator 1; Grade 5:  Use observational and technical skills to achieve the illusion of depth in two-dimensional space (e.g. value, perspective, and placement of objects).Use in the classroom:The “3-D twirler” tool can be used during class on a computer with projector or smart board to illustrateperspective. Different shapes can be rotated on the x, y, or z axis and different patters with varying levels ofopacity can be applied. This will help students to visualize how a three dimensional object remains the sameeven though only parts of the object are visible from certain perspectives. Students can attempt to sketch a twodimensional representation of the object as it is appears from the chosen perspective. The 3-D twirler provides360 degrees of rotation.
  3. 3. Title: Interactive Folio- Romeo and JulietWeb Address: Canadian Adaptations of Shakespeare ProjectReview:The main site includes links to the “Interactive Folio” for Romeo and Juliet, virtual exhibit of images and video,literacy games, essays, teacher’s guides, interviews, and an online anthology of rare plays and other heritageliterary materials that can be searched, printed, and used for teaching and research purposes.Can be used to support the following ODE Academic Content Standards:English Language Arts; CCR anchor standards; Reading Standards for Literature; Craft and Structure; Indicator4; Grade 11-12:  Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in the text, including figurative and connotative meanings; analyze the impact of specific word choices on meaning and tone, including words with multiple meanings or language that is particularly fresh, engaging, or beautiful. (Include Shakespeare as well as other authors.)English Language Arts; CCR anchor standards; Reading Standards for Literature; Integration of Knowledge andIdeas; Indicator 7; Grade 11-12:  Analyze multiple interpretations of a story, drama, or poem (e.g., recorded or live production of a play or recorded novel or poetry), evaluating how each version interprets the source text. (Include at least one play by Shakespeare and one play by an American dramatist.)Use in the classroom:The “Interactive Folio” on the site provides a fully searchable copy of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. Thefolio can be used on a computer or as an iOS app compatible with iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch. The programcan be used in class as an instant resource explain vocabulary in the context of the play, read act-by-act plotsummaries, find information on the characters of the play, and to view the different ways that the play has beeninterpreted on stage and screen. The entire text can be read online offering an alternative to paper copies of thetext. This site is user friendly and offers instant information for any underlined portion of the text to increasereader comprehension.

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