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ARKive October 16, 2011

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ARKive: “Promoting the Conservation of the World’s Threatened Species, Through the Power of Wildlife Imagery”

“With species extinction now occurring at a faster rate than at any time in Earth’s history, effective awareness raising and education programmes are ever more vital. Powerful wildlife imagery is an emotive and effective means of building environmental awareness and engagement, and quick and easy access to this imagery is essential in the digital mass communications society we live in today.

However, until now, this valuable imagery has been scattered throughout the world, in a wide variety of private, commercial and specialist collections, with no centralised collection, restricted public access, limited educational use, and no co-ordinated strategy for its long term preservation.

ARKive is now putting that right, gathering together the very best films and photographs of the world’s species into one centralised digital library, to create a unique audio-visual record of life on Earth, prioritising those species at most risk of extinction. Preserved and maintained for future generations, ARKive is making this key resource accessible to all, from scientists and conservationists to the general public and school children.”

Check out the following ARKive resources:

ARKive video - Komodo dragon - overview

Seasons in the Woods: In this activity students explore the concepts of migration, hibernation and adaptation to the cold as mechanisms to survive the winter.  Teacher’s Notes     Classroom Presentation     Worksheets

The Jason Mission Center September 23, 2011

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The JASON Mission Center (JMC) Web site is filled with science curriculum, videos, games, tools and community. Like NASA’s Mission Control Center, the JMC is your hub for exploration. Learn about powerful storms, watch a video about sharks, see if you can design a thrilling roller coaster and tell others about it in the message boards. “

Click on the link below for the introductory video

The Jason Mission Center

Data Blog November 29, 2010

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Data Blog(provided by guardian.co.uk) is an intruiging site full of snippets of interesting data that you know that some day you will find a use for. Today for example it is considering the cost of Leeds’ Lord Mayor. There are many topics considered by Data Blog and the data is given in various different forms. You could easily spend a few hours just searching and getting answers to questions you didn’t even know you had. Just in case you did want to know the cost of Leeds’ Lord Mayor was £1,585,367.92 from 2005-10.

On a far more serious/topical issue here is  a map of every incidence of diplomatic or armed hostilities between North Korea and South Korea over the last sixty years created by Data Blog. Click on the image to find out more about each incident.

Changing the Balance November 22, 2010

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“Earth’s climate is changing. The clues are everywhere. Icebergs are shrinking. Glaciers are melting. Coastlines are disappearing. Animals are now found in places they’ve never lived before.”
Changing the Balance explores one story in the quest to save our planet.

“It’s a story of deadly parasites, blood-thirsty mosquitoes, human suffering, and even death. And its implications in the questions of global climate change are enormous.”

Changing the Balance is a really neat site that does not dodge the issues but looks at them in a very original way.

Impact Earth November 13, 2010

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Earth Impact: “A Web-based computer program for calculating the regional environmental consequences of a meteoroid impact on Earth”

Have you ever wondered what the effect on Earth would be if an asteroid the size of a whale were to collide with earth. Earth Impact provides the answer.  Asteroid and comet impacts have played a major role in the geological and biological history of the Earth.  As a result, there has been an increasing interest in both the threat to civilization and the potential environmental consequences of impacts. The algorithm used in Earth Impact will allow students to explore the consequences on Earth of such impacts.

Just in case you are still concerned about the impact of an asteroid the size of whale: the asteroid will break up in the atmosphere with no impact on the Earth’s surface. So we can all sleep safe in our beds!

Initially the program will take a little time to download.

GRID-Arendal October 28, 2010

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Environmental Knowledge for Change

GRID-Arendal is a collaborating centre of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).   GRID-Arendal has a massive maps, graphics and image database with some interesting topics being covered and some  stunning imagery.  A MUST go to site for eco-groups.

Show World October 2, 2010

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Show World is an interactive mapping website that takes demographic, economic, environmental, and political data sets and creates maps based on those data.  Each time you select a different data set, the size of each country increases or decreases in comparison to other countries. For example, if you select the data set about steel production, the size of China is huge relative to African countries. On the other hand, if you select the data set for students not in school, the African countries swell while China decreases in size.

You can download the interactive map for your web-site or as an image or even an excel file.

Below is a map showing the carbondioxide emissions of the world.

What Happens to Plastic Bags September 6, 2010

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The Majestic Plastic Bag is a tongue in cheek video (mockumentary) produced to highlight the impact the humble plastic bag can have on the environment. Although the video chronicles the bags journey from a shopping mall in California to its final destination in the Pacific Ocean its relevance to us here in Scotland is not lost.

The Futures Channel September 5, 2010

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The Futures Channel has come to the rescue of Maths teachers who are constantly asked the question, “when are we ever going to use this?” On the Futures Channel there are many lesson plans and lesson ideas relating maths (and other subjects) to current “real life” situations.  The Futures Channel isn’t limited to just mathematics videos, you will also find videos for science, music, art, business, sports, and more.
Try this one out which connects maths and drumming:

EcoKids August 30, 2010

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EcoKids is a web site maintained by Earth Day Canada.

Started in 1994, EcoKids is a free, environmental education program that offers curriculum-linked materials and activities.

The award-winning EcoKids web site — the centrepiece of the program — is an interactive environmental web site for children, their families, and educators in Canada and around the world. The site offers topical information about the environment through interactive, fun, educational games and activities.

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