Podcast Script Hi, I am Brian Barackman....and I am Gus Lindstrom....and we are pre-professional secondary education instructors at Kansas State University. we are here today to talk about some valuable resources on the web that teachers across the country can access FOR FREE! Brian: The first resource we are going to look at today is called Interactive Biology. This is a website that allows students to access videos about a wide range of biological topics. These videos are a great tool for teachers to explain certain biological processes in a simple and interesting way. For example, if a class is learning about how sound is transferred into the ear, a student could search this topic on the site and find a detailed, colorful, interesting, and descriptive video about how the process works. You can find this site at www.interactive-biology.com Next, we will look at the national science teachers association website. This site offers an incredible amount of information and resources for teachers. Some of the resources include a learning center, webinars, conference transcripts and dates for future conferences, pod-casts, interactive resources, and ways to get involved, just to name a few! Needless to say this website is jam packed with great information, resources, and tools. Simply go to www.nsta.org. My last resource can be found at www.biologycorner.com. As the website says, It contains a variety of lessons, quizzes, labs, web quests, and information on science topics. Also, a teacher can view class curriculum for a wide range of classes from anatomy to physics. Another great resource biology corner offers are worksheets for each of these subjects. This could be a great resource for teachers to offer their students educational practice without the stress that sometimes is inherent with attempting for format a worksheet on a word processing program. I know I sometimes have difficulty getting the program to cooperate with consistent format throughout the whole document. These three websites offer an incredible amount of information and tools for science teachers across the nation. Now let’s take a look at some valuable resources for social studies instructors. Gus: Hi again this is Gus Lindstrom and the first social studies resource that we’re going to view today is a website created by PBS titled NOVA. This website allows students to explore not only tools for social studies, but a variety of different subjects. The site gives them many resources such as historical time lines, interactive charts, videos, and links to other educational websites. NOVA offers students information about social studies, science, math, physics, and even engineering. This site would be a great resource for projects, group activities, and research papers. NOVA can be accessed at http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova The second resource we will look at is called historyteacher.net. This website is chalked full of links to historical projects, maps, and websites. It is an excellent tool for resource links, curriculum resources, and news feeds. Here are also numerous quizzes over various subjects available that can be taken online. Susan Pojer, a history teacher from New York, is the creator of the site and her site has been mentioned in the New York Times for being an outstanding History resource. Historyteacher.net covers multiple topics in history including American history, American government, European civ., global studies, and even history through film. Ms. Pojer’s website can be found at www.historyteacher.net The final resource we are going to observe is smithsonianeducation.org. This site offers a wide variety of content for educators, families, and students. For teachers, the site offers many lesson plans that can be used in the classroom mainly pertaining to history. The site is keyword search able and very easy to use. The site even features an interactive activity titled “Secrets of the Smithsonian”. This activity teaches students about various collections at the Smithsonian museum. Although this site is a great history resource, it also offers information about art, science, and language arts. This site can be accessed at www.smithsonianeducation.org. These 3 sites are great sources of information for all social studies teachers, students, or just someone with an interest in the social sciences. Well that is all the resources we have for you today... Thank you all for listening to our podcast... once again I’m Gus Lindstrom... and I’m Brian Barackman... thanks for listening.