I am surprised that I have not run across ARKive before. I recently learned about this Website through my librarian listserv. I am so glad that this information was shared with me so I can in turn share it with you.
ARKive is a not-for-profit initiative from the charity Wildscreen. Its purpose is to use information contributed by the world’s best wildlife filmmakers, photographers, conservationists and scientists and present the material in a fun and interesting manner. You do not need to create an account and the site is free. Material is presented across age groupings from 5 through 18. Of course adults can find plenty on the site to stimulate their interest as well.
You can search for information by species, places or topic designation. Each category has multiple sub-categories so you can broaden or narrow your search as much as you need. Photographs, news articles and videos are available to all users.
In addition to the prior methods of presentation, ARKive endeavors to make learning fun as well. There is a blog where readers can read about and view quick facts with up-to-date news about wildlife from around the world. You can sign up to have the blog sent to your e-mail whenever there is a new post. The blog can be searched by recent posts or by category if there is something specific you are looking for.
ARKive also presents Team Wild. You can join this “squadron of superheroes” as they work to protect and conserve the plant and animal species on our planet. There are four teams you can join: 6 or under; 7-10; 11-13 and 14+. Information is presented in an interesting and interactive manner.
Users can also choose to play Survival – an endangered species game. Players race against the clock as they go through a number of mini-games to discover the identity of our most endangered animals. The game has beautiful color photographs and users will have to use all their skills in order to become a top survivor.
For those of you who are “arts and crafty” there are even activities that you can download for fun. Be able to create origami of different plant and animal species, go on treasure hunts, create a shoe-box habitat and find links to other safe hands-on adventures.
So whether you are looking to learn about science, have a fun interactive for your students or child or just having some fun while viewing spectacular images from around our planet, ARKive may be just the site for you.
A library peer of mine just shared a wonderful Website that you can use for multiple purposes in your classroom. It is The Teaching Channel and it is free for you to use. All you have to do is register an e-mail address.
The mission of this site is to provide reliable video resources that teachers can use for lesson planning, Common Core connections and to find ideas. You can also tap into your professional peers for methods that have provided successful results in their classroom.
Have you ever heard of a fantastic lesson, but can’t remember exactly how it went? Odds are you can find information about it at The Teaching Channel. Did you see something that would be great for a lesson you are doing four months from now, but are afraid you will forget about it? You can have the site send you an e-mail reminder at exactly the time you need it. Just fill out the quick boxes and put it out of your head. When the time comes, you will get that reminder with the notes you created when you had the idea.
Say you see specific moments in a video you wish to share with your grade or subject team. You know they are busy and do not have time to watch the whole video. You are given the tools to highlight the exact moments you wish to share so everyone can collaborate on the ideas as soon as possible.
Does your school have a program that the teachers use to post assignments and links for student work? You can post the videos you find right on that page for your students to use as well. Teaching Channel provides embedding codes for each video. Just click on the “Embed Video” link and a code will be provided for you to copy and paste on any Website you wish.
So whether you are looking for a great lesson plan idea, information about the Common Core Standards or a video you can share with your students, The Teaching Channel may be just the page for you.
Many teachers have been there. You’ve seen a great video you want to share with your class, but the DOE blocks the showing of YouTube as well as other video sharing sites. Just when we find a workaround site, it is taken down or blocked in turn and you are unable to incorporate the video into your lesson.
WatchKnowLearn.org is a free Website available in both English and Spanish and can be an excellent resource to use in your classroom and for your children at home. It is a non-profit organization that wants to make educational videos available to students, teachers, librarians and parents at home and in an educational setting. The videos are chosen for children from ages 3 – 18. There are literally tens of thousands of videos available for watching.
There are videos available on ALL school subjects, including the Common Core Curriculum. A directory is provided to create better ease of accessibility in finding just what you want. Videos are provided from: TeacherTube; YouTube; graspr; School Tube; Internet Archive; slideboor; hulu; slideshare and brightstorm. WatchKnowLearn.org also partners with Citizendium and Curriki.
If you are worried about who is “behind the scenes” deciding what videos get posted, you are provided with a list of the Advisory Committee along with their backgrounds and affiliations. A number of the members are teachers or have connections to an educational institution.
While the site may not have the exact video you were looking for, it is still a nice back up to check for something that will help inspire your students or make a connection to their personal lives.