How can you add energy to your upcoming in-class report or presentation? Make it interactive! Here, Chatterbee's presents top-notch interactive web sites that you can add instantly to your report to make your in-class presentation an engaging state-of-the art winner!
Using One of These Sites in Your Presentation
Before you include one of the following interactive web sites in your in-class presentation, make sure you have the following things squared away:
- Your teacher's permission to use the Internet as part of your presentation (permission is
very, very important!)
- A computer in your classroom that is connected to the Internet though something faster
than a dial-up modem. A cable, DSL or better connection would be perfect!
- A way to connect your classroom's computer either to a large screen television or to a
large screen projector. Be SURE to get assistance from your school's audio-visual (AV)
department when it comes to setting up the equipment for your interactive presentations!
- Turn off any of your web browser's pop-up blockers!
interactive web sites rely on one or more of those software multi-media add-ons. All
three add-ons are are available for free on the Internet. Note also that if you visit a site and
your computer doesn't have one of the above-mentioned add-ons, your computer will
usually ask, automatically, if you would like to download and install the missing add-on.
For BASIC INSTRUCTIONS on how to use any of the following interactive sites in your
in-class presentation, just click here.
Health & Medicine
3-D Brain Anatomy : A brief, but very nice and easy-to-use three dimensional tour of the human brain. This interactive tour provides good basic information regarding all of the brain's major areas. Nicely done. Adding this tour to your in-class presentation would give your presentation a really "high tech" look and feel! digestive organs in human beings. This is a really good and easy-to-use demo that you can use to spice up your health-related in-class presenation. that cover almost every imaginable aspect of health. If you need an easy-to-use slideshow-like demo to breathe some life to your health-related in-class presentation, you'll almost certainly find one here that you can use. Interactive Heart : A really nice interactive presentation about the human heart. Here, you can first "build" a heart and then you can construct a blood circulation system. These two online activities are perfect for an in-class presentation where you want to have your classmates interact with you during your presentation! (cell division). Using this in your in-class presentation would really make great impression! Probe the Brain : This simple (but amusing and fun) interactive demo show how stimulating parts of the brain result in the movements of different body parts. This would be a cool addition to any presentation about the human brain.
Amazing Space : An excellent set of interactive simulations -- designed especially for in-class use -- regarding space phenomenon. Here, you can build a comet or a galaxy, learn about black holes, and more. This is very good stuff to add to any in-class presentation involving space and astronomy. BioInteractive : A truly awesome collection of biology simulations. In addition, there are two especially outstanding sections, the Virtual Labs and Click and Learn. Both of those sections contains many superb simulations that can be used in an in-class presentation. Virtual Labs : Play the role of a virtual scientist in these interactive labs. Identify deadly pathogens, probe heart patients, dissect a leech, or examine antibodies! Click and Learn : Excellent, brief interactive lessons in several cool areas of biology including heart size, electric fish, antibodies, and the biology of gender. Bowman : A neat little war game that you can use in a physics presentation. Here, you have two archers who fire arrows at each other. To win, you have to fire your arrow using the proper angle and force (both of which you set with your mouse). You can play against the computer or -- even better -- you can play against a fellow classmate. Now THAT would make for a really engaging in-class presentation! motorcycle daredevils to jump school buses. Excellent for an in-class physics presentation. Dinosaur Worlds : Six outstanding interactive tutorials based on the "Walking With Dinosaurs" television documentary. Including any of these in a dinosaur presentation would really make for a terrific presentation! animated time line, a gallery of hominid skulls, and a hominid family tree. This interactive lesson is a good addition to any presentation about human evolution. Flight Club : Click the "Flight Club" link to start a demonstration of how gliders use currents of hot, rising air (thermals) to say aloft. Then, double-click the demo mode window itself to actually fly a computer simulated glider into those thermals. Challenging, fun, and really neat. This would be a nice, fun addition to any earth science presentation involving weather. Interactive Body : Several interactive modules that you can add to your biology or anatomy in-class presentation. Each module comes in the form of a game that you can use to get your classmates involved in your presentation! Very well done! PlanetQuest : An awesome collection of interactive and multimedia presentations that deal with NASA's search for life on other worlds. The "Interactive Gallery" contains items that would be especially good for your in-class presentation. Note that not all items contain sound (most do though). Because of their size, you would need a cable or DSL connection to use any of these items in your in-class presentation. Excellent stuff here! The Rocket : No, not space rockets -- "The Rocket" steam engine. Here, you'll find a nice interactive "game" about one of the earliest mechanized methods of transporation. This makes a cool addition for reports on locomotion, steam power or the history of technology/transportation. where you can show your fellow students some of the major tasks that need to be completed to launch a space shuttle successfully. At this NASA site, you can launch any one of several space shuttles including, oddly enough, the late space shuttle Columbia. SodaConstructor : Manipulate (or even create!) wire-frame computerized creatures that actually move and react to their box-like environment. Extremely cool! Best suited for in-class presentations in physics, mechanics or even biology.
Social Studies / History
Cleopatra : This is a fun interactive puzzle that lets you hunt for fragments of Cleopatra's image at an ancient site. Assemble an image of Cleopatra by putting together the fragments that you found. This is a fun module would really get your fellow classmates into enjoying any presentation about ancient Egypt! The Greeks : A very professional-looking interactive site from PBS. This animated highlight of ancient Greek life makes a great addition to any in-class report about that culture. HistoryWired : A totally fascinating interactive electronic "quilt" of numerous cultural and historical events that took place in the United States between A.D. 1400 and A.D. 2000. This interactive module is totally unique and completely dazzling -- and it would make a splendid addition to any in-class presentation regarding U. S. history! centuries. If you're doing a report regarding major events in any given century during the past millenium, this interactive site the perfect way to energize your in-class presentation! one that Indiana Jones popularized again. This makes an excellent addition to any in-class history report about the ancient Middle East.
Have you come across a really good interactive site lately? If so -- and you think it would
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Note that we currently do not accept interactive sites for General Reference, Mathematics or the Arts. This is because (a) few in-class presentations involve general reference or math issues and, (b) most in-class presentations in arts classes consist of students presenting their works of art or engaging in performances.
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