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.
Here are some of our favorite Biology/Life Science resources:

 Wow! A full year of Biology PowerPoint presentations....
     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.
     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: 

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

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?  
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. 

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