Every Friday, I’ll send you a wonderful website (or more) that my classes and my parents love. I think you’ll find they’ll be a favorite of your students as they are of mine.
5th grade and up
Sure, we got to the moon, but Congress wants to know: What’s in it for me? With NASA funding under attack, this website does an excellent job of explaining what Everyman has gotten for his Space Dollar. You can click on the home to see how you have benefited from it within your castle–specifically, the bedroom, kitchen, bathroom and living room. Or select the ‘town’ icon to see what your city got for the billions of NASA funds–including public safety, medical, manufacturing and more. When you’re done with these, go to the tab for Technology Impact News or play the Technology Impact Challenge.
The links are clear, intuitive, easy to understand. I send my fifth graders there during their space unit and they love it enough to visit it on their own time.
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Jacqui Murray is the editor of a technology curriculum for K-fifth grade and creator of two technology training books for middle school. She is the author of Building a Midshipman, the story of her daughter’s journey from high school to United States Naval Academy midshipman. She is webmaster for five blogs, an Amazon Vine Voice book reviewer, a columnist for Examiner.com, an Editorial Review Board member for Journal for Computing Teachers, an IMS tech expert, and a weekly contributor to Write Anything. Currently, she’s seeking representation for a techno-thriller she just finished. Any ideas? Contact Jacqui at her writing office or her tech lab.