Monday, November 17, 2014

Our Monthly Newsletters

      Are you receiving our monthly newsletters?  They are published in a PDF format online every month and are full of teaching ideas and links to teacher and librarian recommended resources for elementary, middle school and high school students and teachers.
     You can easily access the newsletters and share them with colleagues by clicking on the Newsletters link at the top of our blog.  Subscribe by email to our newsletters by sending us a quick email at: bell@infotopia.info
     The December newsletter is already online.  (www.infotopia.info/December_2014_Infotopia.pdf)  
You'll find the following in this month's newsletter:
  • Science Fair Project Ideas and Help for All Grade Levels
  • How to Improve Images for Presentations and Blogs
  • College Planning for Students and Parents
  • Christmas Traditions Around the World
  • Our New Animal Resources on Kidtopia for Grades K-3/4
     We love to hear from you!  Comment below to request additional topics for our newsletters or our search engines/web sites. 

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

The Eight Phases of the Moon

Learn about the eight phases of the moon in the newest YouTube video from InfotopiaWorld. http://youtu.be/7X4hj0e1NY0

We create and upload a new video every week or two.  Send us your subject recommendations!  


Subscribe to our YouTube channel at
http://www.youtube.com/infotopiaworld

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Texas Indians

     We are working on a series of YouTube videos on Texas Indians.  This week we are presenting the Karankawas.  Where did they live?  What was their diet? What kinds of shelter did they have?  What was their most common dress?  How many Karankawas are alive today?  You should be able to answer these questions after you have watched the video.
    
     So far, we have two additional videos for 4th and 7th grade Texas History students (and teachers):  Texas Indians:  The Apaches and Texas Indians:  The Alabama-Coushatta, with more to come in the future.

    Send us your suggestions by commenting below.  We are producing a new video every week!  Don't miss out by subscribing at  
 

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Endangered Animals

Endangered Animals
     Are your students studying endangered animals?  The World Wildlife Fund lists sixteen critically endangered animals.  This incredible resource lists the current population numbers, the scientific name, the habitat, and additional pertinent information about each animal. There are more than thirty animals on the endangered list as well.  
     Have your students research the environmental threats to these endangered animals. Just type in "endangered animals" in the search box on Infotopia
     To see a video of the endangered animals, check out Infotopia World's YouTube video here.   

 The YouTube video on critically endangered animals is found here.
     Subscribe to our YouTube channel for more educational videos in a range of subjects.  
     Coming Soon: Phases of the Moon and The States of Matter!
     



Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Quiz Yourself: Texas History Heroes

Quiz Yourself: Texas History Heroes
     Are you or your students experts on heroes of Texas history?  Have your students try our "Quiz Yourself" YouTube video today.   
     Take a quiz to see if you can identify thirteen heroes from Texas history, including David Crockett, Mirabeau B. Lamar, Stephen F. Austin, Sam Houston, Ben Milam, James Fannin, James Bowie, Susanna Dickinson, William B. Travis, Jose Antonio Navarro, Jane Long, Juan Seguin, and Lorenzo de Zavala. Perfect for 4th or 7th grade students or anyone interested in Texas history, be sure to subscribe to our YouTube channel for more fun, educational videos.  We publish a new video every Tuesday on a variety of educational topics.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Life Science, Biology, and Anatomy and Physiology Resources for Middle and High School Students

Life Science, Biology, and Anatomy and Physiology Resources for Middle and High School Students
      Are you studying (or teaching) High School Biology?  Do you need resources about cells and organelles, or mitosis or meiosis? Do you need life science images for your presentations?  Check out the following links for ALL life science (biology) resources.
http://www.infotopia.info/life_science.html
http://www.infotopia.info/mammals.html
Here are some of our favorite Biology/Life Science resources:
http://www.johnkyrk.com/index.html
http://www.cellsalive.com/

http://animaldiversity.ummz.umich.edu/
 Wow! A full year of Biology PowerPoint presentations....
http://www.sciencegeek.net/Biology/Powerpoints.shtml
     What about Life Science in middle school?  Are you studying biomes or animals?  Do you need information on endangered species or other topics? 
     For Anatomy and Physiology students (and teachers), we have resources on human body systems and more, in A&P.
http://www.infotopia.info/anatomy_physiology.html
     Be sure to check out all the biology and life science resources on Infotopia.info, but always be sure to do a keyword search on the search box on Infotopia.info on your topic and see what additional amazing resources we have selected, based on recommendations from teachers and librarians.  The real power is always in the search engine.
     Send us your comments and feedback below.  We love to hear from you!    

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Texas Indians: The Apaches (YouTube Video from InfotopiaWorld)


     If you are teaching fourth or seventh grade Texas history, there is very little information available for students on Texas Indians.  InfotopiaWorld is currently researching and creating a series of YouTube educational videos on the Texas Indians.  Today, our newest video on The Apaches is online.  You can also find the Alabama-Coushatta Indians.  Our next production will be The Karankawas.
      Your students can find additional information about Texas Indians by doing a keyword search on www.infotopia.info or by going to our Texas History Resource page.  One of our favorite resources is The Handbook of Texas History.  
     Again, please send us ideas for new videos and please subscribe to our YouTube channel

     


Wednesday, September 10, 2014

September 11th Resources


We just wanted you to know that we have updated our resources on September 11th. You can find the updated page at: 
http://www.infotopia.info/september_11.html 

Today and tomorrow's front page of Infotopia.info also reflects our September 11th resources.

As always, our search engines are free and only access resources recommended by teachers and librarians.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Hispanic Heritage: Mexican Independence Day-- September 16th


     Many people in the United States mistakenly think that Cinco de Mayo is Independence Day in Mexico.  Cinco de Mayo is a holiday to celebrate the Battle of Puebla, in which Mexican forces won a battle against the French troops of Napoleon III on May 5, 1862, under the command of General Ignacio Zaragoza.  The fighting continued and the French were not driven out of Mexico for another five years.  However, the victory at Puebla became a symbol of Mexican resistance to foreign control.

     The most important holiday celebrated in Mexico is their Independence Day, September 16th.  They celebrate with parades, fiestas, and festivals throughout the country.  They remember Father Hidalgo and his famous "Grito de Dolores," which began the Mexican war for independence from Spain on September 16, 1810.  
     To learn more about the history of September 16th, check out our new YouTube video on the steps to the independence of Mexico from Spain, and to celebrate Hispanic Heritage month, which is September 15th-October 15th.
      Subscribe to our YouTube channel to receive a notification when our new videos are created and published each week, usually on Tuesdays.
     Please comment below and send us ideas for new YouTube videos.  Thanks for being part of our team!

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Texas Indians: The Alabama Coushatta

     We are now creating and publishing a new YouTube video every week (usually on Tuesdays) on our new YouTube channel, InfotopiaWorld.
 
     If you subscribe to our channel, you will get an update every week with a link to the newest video.  So far, we have 15 videos online, with a new one to be added each week. Wow, I am learning a lot about YouTube, iMovie, iTunes, and more!  It is an amazing adventure! (Send me ideas!)
     Based on your input, our topics so far include the following:  Community Helpers (for grades K-3), Citing your Resources (MS-HS), Texas Heroes, Texas Indians, Using Primary Sources, and more.
     Our latest creation is Texas Indians: The Alabama Coushatta.  Please send us your comments and feedback below. As you know, we provide all our resources at no charge, so it really helps if you "share," "tweet," or "like" us, or if you just tell your friends and colleagues about us.
     Future videos already include one on Mexican Independence Day, September 16th, Texas Indians: The Apaches, and Test Yourself on Texas Heroes.  You can see that I have been working on a Texas theme lately!
     We also need your suggestions about videos to be created.  Send us ideas in the comment box below.

Elements, and molecules, and atoms, oh my!

Chemistry 101


Students
So you have decided to take Chemistry this year.....Wouldn't it be fantastic to have some help with your chemistry studies as the year progresses, without having to hire a tutor?  
Teachers
Would like to have some additional resources to use with your classes, or to recommend to your students to help them with their studies?  (There are also professional development videos for Chemistry teachers in case you need some refreshing on what's new in Chemistry.)
If you "google" the word "chemistry," you are going to find millions of resources.  The trick is to find excellent, reliable resources.  Infotopia has done the work for you.  We have found amazing resources that include interactive periodic tables, and videos and powerpoints that cover an entire course of chemistry.  As you and your students are getting ready for a new year, let's take a look at some reliable online resources for chemistry. 

Our Recommended Chemistry Resources

Online interactive periodic tables that include essential data, the history of the element, uses, properties, and other information.



PowerPoints (and HTML5 and Flash) of an entire year of Chemistry studies
 
Chemistry Videos

Professional Development for Chemistry Teachers




A Bit of Humor
After all that, do you need a bit of humor?  Only a Chemistry teacher or student would understand some of these!

(I made this comic at http://www.makebeliefscomix.com/  It's easy to use.  Have your students try it.)

This is a cartoon similar to "Who's on First" by Abbott and Costello, except it is about chemical elements.

Have your students submit Chemistry jokes and puns and vote on the class favorites!

I'm running out of chemistry jokes. All the good ones Argon.  Seriously, have a great year in Chemistry!  If this post was helpful, please share with your colleagues and comment below. 

Next Post--Biology resources


Tuesday, August 26, 2014

September 2014 is....


September 2014 is….


Library Card Sign Up Month




Labor Day—September 1, 2014

International Literacy Day—September 8, 2014

September 11th—We’ll Always Remember    




 
Constitution Day—September 17, 2014





Talk Like a Pirate Day—September 19, 2014


Banned Books Week—September 21-27, 2014


Hispanic Heritage Month—Sept 15th-Oct. 15th



Welcome for September 2014



Welcome!

Bem-vindos! (in Portuguese)

Welcome to the students, teachers, and librarians of Conc├│rdia, Santa Catarina in Brazil!  We’re happy you are using Infotopia.info, Infotrek.info and Kidtopia.info for your research needs!

Web 2.0, Anyone?




Web 2.0, Anyone?
Are you looking for some new web tools to use with your classes?  Try one of our recommendations for FREE Web 2.0 Tools for you and your students.

Jux.com
Import your own images and create beautiful full screen slideshows, blockquotes, articles, photos, videos, a countdown, or a streetview project. Your creations will be full screen on tablets or the web.  Registration required. Online. Free.

Canva.com
Create flyers, presentations, facebook covers, blog graphics, business cards, posters, and invitations. Choose from million of images and hundreds of fonts.  Just drag and drop to create amazing results. (Some images are $1, but many are free.) Registration required. Online. Mostly free.

Storybird.com
Write or read a story, a chapter book, or a poem and illustrate with beautiful images that are included with this amazing program. For all ages, from Preschool to Adult.  Registration required.  Online.  Free.

Our New YouTube Channel

Infotopia World now has a new YouTube channel where we are creating and posting our own fun, educational videos for your classes. 
We plan to post a new video every week, but we need your input on topics.  Check out our YouTube Channel to see all the videos we have created.  Based on your requests, here are some of the videos have created so far:

Help! I Have to Do a Science Fair Project!
(for elementary and middle school)
Kidtopia Presents: Community Helpers
(for PK-Grade 3)

Infotopia Presents: Texas History Heroes
(for elementary and middle school)

What are Primary Sources?  (A Time Travel Adventure) (for elementary and middle school)

Please subscribe to our YouTube channel and you’ll get automatic updates when our new videos are published!

Need a Free Talking Avatar?


Need a FREE talking Avatar?
Try www.voki.com.You can create a talking avatar and post it on your web page or play it live for your students.  Click on the link below to see one that I made when I was a librarian.

Can you tell where I would love to travel to?  (Je parle fran├žais.)




Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Community Helpers

 
We have been meeting with a lot of librarians around the state of Texas, and we asked for suggestions for topics for videos and resource pages for our web sites and search engines.  "Community Helpers" was one of the many requests, so I have just finished an intensive search of web sites that help teach children about community helpers.
As a result, I have posted a new resource page on Kidtopia.info for PK-3 on Community Helpers,
plus I created a YouTube video (http://youtu.be/4y-YNZjziSc) on the topic.  One of my children's librarians at our local library posed for the video, by the way.  
I am using iMovie to create my videos and still learning a lot.  (What do you think???)  
I have also posted on the video on Vimeo in case you can't access YouTube from your school.

I really need some input from elementary teachers.  (I was a secondary teacher, secondary librarian, and an administrator.)  Am I on the right track?  Is the vocabulary on the right level? I would love to hear from you.  Please post a comment below.  

Also, send us requests for new resources and/or YouTube videos.