Teaching in the Swithched On Classroom
Learners engage in activities to help them develop computer skills and other various problem solving methods. They also work collaboratively, and apply technology in an ethical way.
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Changes in a City Over Time
Investigate the growth and development of New York City with the final activity in this four-part series on skyscrapers. Learners first explore the concept of urban growth by looking closely at a series of three paintings made of Wall...
2nd - 6th Social Studies & History CCSS: Adaptable
Hands-On Engineering Challenges to Bolster Your Electricity, Sound, and Force Units
Need some activities to go along with your unit? A collection of hands-on activities from PBS offers opportunities to add to your electricity, sound, and force units. The electricity activities revolve around building a pinball-type...
6th - 8th Technology & Engineering
Classroom Paper Recycling
After reading about the history and recycling of paper, creative crafters collaborate to think of a new process for making recycled paper. A complete teacher's guide and student worksheets are included. There is no written procedure for...
3rd - 12th Technology & Engineering CCSS: Adaptable
What Factors Influence Offshore Wind?
What is that out in the water on the horizon? Teams work together to study the coastline using maps to determine the best and worst locations to place an offshore wind farm. The teams then build a scale model wind farm to see what it...
6th - 8th Math CCSS: Adaptable
Careers in Architecture
Have any interest in designing houses? The first installment of an 11-part unit on architecture teaches scholars about potential careers in architecture. After viewing a presentation, they take part in an Internet scavenger hunt to learn...
9th - 12th Technology & Engineering
Why Do Buildings Fall in Earthquakes?
There are few natural phenomena as startling as an earthquake, and depending on the building you're in, these experiences can be downright terrifying. Follow along as this video explores the factors that determine how a building reacts...
5 mins 4th - 12th Science CCSS: Adaptable
Graphing Equations on the Cartesian Plane: Slope
Slopes are not just for skiing. Instructors introduce class members to the concept of slope and teach them how to calculate the slope from a graph or from points. The instructional activity also includes the discussion of slopes of...
7th - 9th Math CCSS: Designed
Oh, I Believe in Yesterday
Who is Aimee Mann? Read the New York Times article "P.S. I Loved You," included here, and have your readers answer a series of reading comprehension questions. Afterward, encourage your class to brainstorm ways in which they were...
9th - 12th Technology & Engineering CCSS: Adaptable