Wading through educational websites to find the quality ones can be time consuming.
Journey North is a terrific, nature and earth focused resource for teachers, homeschool families and children. From The Annenberg Foundation, it offers a global-wide study of the seasons and wildlife migration for students, grades kindergarten through high school, and is also open to the interested public.
The goal is to gather and encourage proactive learning within the community of online citizen scientists.
Learners can share actual field experience and observations with other students in different parts of the world.
The network of classrooms all work together to track the seasons, record natural events and the migratory patterns of many mammals and birds. Monarch butterflies, bald eagles and even gray whales can be investigated, updated and their sightings checked in on during the year.
In addition to lesson plans, activities like locating specifics on migration maps, weather and climate maps, participation in field reports and tons of other projects are available. There is also a live cam section where viewers can check out a variety of non-human participants, from bison to seals, in their natural habitats.
Currently, a Mystery Class Seasons Challenge is being held where students track the seasons and sunlight to uncover 10 secret sites.
Lessons and workshops in subjects like math, science, art, literature, social studies and history are available. In addition, videos and interactive learning activities are presented for students, as well as professional development opportunities for educators. With tons of courses that are regularly updated, there is something for every interest.
Education in the digital age can walk a fine line between being too media and technology immersed, with a lack of reality based experience.
The Annenberg Foundation is an example of a model site provider that has figured out a way to make significant information and quality resources available to users in an interactive format that encourages learning while offering students a slice of the world.
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