LINKS

I come across a TONNE of great links to websites that are useful for my science classes.  Here they are, listed according to the unit of study (strictly for organization), as well as others that are great to check out.

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GREAT GENERAL SITES FOR STUDENT/PARENT USE

Alberta Education – Science Program of Studies

FreshBrain – explores areas of technology, connects teens with teens and allows students to create & share their projects (NOTE: As of 2012, the developers are no longer adding new media due to “economic reasons”)

Of Science & Beauty – a site dedicated to seeing the beauty in science images and media

SMART Notebook Express – online version of SMART Notebook (the program I use for my in-class notes)

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CELLS AND SYSTEMS

Build-A-Body – site where you can explore the human body through constructing the various systems and identifying the major components of each

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FRESH AND SALTWATER SYSTEMS

Actionbioscience.org: Saltwater Desalinization article by Heather Cooley – Although there are concerns about the commercialization of seawater desalination, such as regulation of greenhouse emissions, the technology is in use throughout the world for a wide range of purposes

Actionbioscience.org: Beach Closings… Science versus Public Perception article by Erika T Jensen and Sandra L. McLellan – Beach closings are on the rise, but the public is not being given accurate information to help them get involved in solving the problem

ARKive.org– Wildlife films and photos are vital weapons in the battle to save the world’s endangered species from the brink of extinction.  So with the help of the world’s best filmmakers, photographers, conservationists and scientists, ARKive is creating the ultimate multimedia guide to the world’s endangered animals, plants and fungi.

Glacial formation animation (by PhET)

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HEAT AND TEMPERATURE

Centre for Energy– Supported by research and vetted by reputable, independent sources, this site is a key resource for credible, up-to-date energy information on the mainstays of oil, natural gas, coal, nuclear and hydropower through to solar, wind, thermal, biomass, geothermal and fuel cells.

National Energy Education Development (NEED) center – lots of great information on energy sources and alternatives

States of matter animation demonstration (by PhET)

States of matter interactive lesson

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INTERACTIONS AND ECOSYSTEMS

Actionbioscience.org – Why should we work to preserve the variety of species?

Animals of Alberta: A Richness of Biodiversity

ARKive.org– Wildlife films and photos are vital weapons in the battle to save the world’s endangered species from the brink of extinction.  So with the help of the world’s best filmmakers, photographers, conservationists and scientists, ARKive is creating the ultimate multimedia guide to the world’s endangered animals, plants and fungi.

Ecovoyageurs – exploring your ecological footprint

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LIGHT AND OPTICS

Molecules and light animation demonstration (by PhET)

Colour vision animation (by PhET)

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MECHANICAL SYSTEMS

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MIX AND FLOW OF MATTER

Interactive density demonstration/simulation (by PhET)

Interactive buoyancy demonstration/simulation (by PhET)

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PLANET EARTH

GEOMan’s Metallic Mineral Identification chart

Geology.com: Metamorphic rocks  – a great site on the types of metamorphic rock, along with descriptions and images of each

Geology.com: Igneous rocks  – a great site on the types of igneous rock, along with descriptions and images of each

Geology.com: Sedimentary rocks  – a great site on the types of sedimentary rock, along with descriptions and images of each

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PLANTS FOR FOOD AND FIBRE

Haagen-Dazs: Help the Honeybees – dedicated to informing and educating the world on the importance of honeybees in the role of pollination.  Also a place where you can donate to help fund a honeybee project.

Discovery Education: The Dirt on Soil – What’s the difference between soil and dirt?  Dirt is what you find under your fingernails. Soil is what you find under your feet. Think of soil as a thin living skin that covers the land. It goes down into the ground just a short way. Even the most fertile topsoil is only a foot or so deep.

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STRUCTURES AND FORCES

50 of the Strangest Buildings in the World …. and Part 2

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