Posts Tagged ‘Tibet’

Free Social Science Videos From PBS NOVA

June 5th, 2008

Recommended Website:
Free Social Science Videos From PBS NOVA

On this website, you can watch 39 different PBS NOVA videos for free online.

When you get to the site you’ll see a brief introduction and the most recently added programs are featured on the page. Look on the right side of the screen to see a menu of topics covered by these films including:

  • Anthropology – Watch films about Israel’s Cave of Letters, Ape Genius, and the Lost Treasures of Tibet.
  • Disasters – Learn about doomsday Asteroids and Mass Extinction, and the devastating floods of Hurricane Katrina.
  • Earth – Explore Sand Dunes, Glaciers, Hurricanes, Lightning, etc.
  • Exploration – Crack the Maya Code and find out if MARS is Dead or Alive.
  • Flight – Discover the remains of Four-Winged Dinosaurs and find out what’s Missing in MiG Alley.
  • Health – Get information about the Flu, Aging, Animal Hospitals, Cancer, the Human Genome, Eating Disorders, Epigenetics, Life’s Greatest Miracle, Marathon Running, RNAi, Sleep, Stem Cells, and more.
  • History – Enjoy the story behind Absolute Zero, Papyrus from ancient Egypt, the Parthenon, and Sputnik.
  • Investigations – Meet an archeologist who is helping to rewrite the history of the Old West.
  • Nature – Learn about Fish Surgery, Frozen Frogs, Ants, and T.Rex.
  • Physics and Math – Watch films about robot swarms, a particle accelerator, coded sculpture, string theory and more.
  • Space – Find out about Hollywood aliens, the Monster of the Milky Way, and the 10th Planet.
  • Technology – View films about Artificial Life, Cars of the Future, Fuel Cells, Robots, Lab Meat, Solar Energy and more.

Click on any film of interest and a new page opens. The films are divided into chapters or segments for ease of viewing. Some of the video pages link to further resources, teacher’s guides, transcripts of the films, and more.

This is a terrific resource to enhance learning – bookmark it to return often.

Virtual Field Trip: Earth’s Greatest Places

October 8th, 2004

Recommended Website:
The Greatest Places

This website is a companion to the film, “The Greatest Places,” that was designed to provide “an educational journey to seven of the most geographically dynamic places on Earth.” When you get to the site you will see a menu with the 7 Greatest Places that include:

  1. Amazon
  2. Greenland
  3. Iguazu
  4. Madagascar
  5. Namib
  6. Okavango
  7. Tibet

Click on any of the 7 places and a new page opens with photos, facts, text, trivia, activities and links to more resources that help you explore that geographic region of the world. Bookmark this site, as it is difficult to see it all in just one visit.

One of the website creators is Dr. Cecil Keen, a professor at Minnesota State University Mankato with a doctorate in meteorology. He has traveled the world and enjoys sharing his interests in geography, weather, science, music, photography and flying with students. Don’t miss a special segment of his called, “Question of the Week” about “the greatest places.” There are over 25 questions archived at the site that you can review.

This is a kid-friendly site that is easy and fun to surf — it’s educating and entertaining!

Virtual Field Trip to a Trans-Himalayan Camel Expedition

September 10th, 2004

Recommended Website:
The Caravan of Light

At this website teachers and students are invited to virtually follow along with adventurers, researchers and educators on a 1400 mile expedition by camel from Bikaner, India, through Kathmandu, Nepal, and over the Himalayas to Lhasa, Tibet. The adventure began on August 28, 2004 and ends December 3, 2004. (If you visit the site today, you can read the latest humorous entry about the expedition team’s effort to purchase camels!)

Reports from the trail are filed via the Internet at the website, and then complemented with information and activities geared to elementary and middle school curriculum requirements that are archived at the website.

Students can follow the caravan’s progress in the Maps section of the website, read the Trip Journal entries of the expedition team, and use the “Learning Center” section of the site to discuss topics such as geography, culture, environment, biology, botany, entomology, animal behavior, and science. You can also find answers to questions such as: “How long can a camel go without water?” “Do tigers pose hazards along the route?” “Are there really abominable snowmen?”

The Caravan of Light offers a great way for families to explore a whole new part of the world in the comfort of their own home.