Microsoft WorldWide Telescope

Many people have heard of using Google Earth to explore the world.  Well, Microsoft has had a software that allows you to explore the cosmos in much the same way.  It really is an amazing piece of software.  Below is an except from their website that gives you a brief overview of what the software is.  The direct link for the website and the Microsoft Windows Client are located at the end of the article.

“The WorldWide Telescope (WWT) is a environment that enables your computer to function as a virtual telescope—bringing together imagery from the world’s best ground- and space-based telescopes for the exploration of the universe. WWT blends terabytes of images, information, and stories from multiple sources into a seamless, immersive, rich media experience delivered over the Internet. Students of all ages will feel empowered to explore and understand the cosmos using WWT’s simple and powerful user interface.”

To visit the website for more information, or to access the web-client interface please follow this link: Microsoft WorldWide Telescope

To download the current version for Windows [version 2.8.15] please follow this link:

Smithsonian Wild

Researches at the Smithsonian have recently created a database comprised of over 201,000 pictures of normally elusive animals in their natural habitats.  The process was made possible by the use of motion-activated, automated cameras, spread around the world.  The gallery contains over 200 species of birds and mammals.

Click the link to check it out!

Smithsonian Wild

Arcademic Skill Builders

This is a fantastic website that we use for our K-5 instruction at WWA.  It allows the students to compete against one another in a variety of activities and challenges.  The website is kid-friendly, free of advertisement and best of all free to use!

The website was originally born as a side project in the research department of the University of Kansas School of Education with funding from a NSF grant.  The website began as the idea of Dr. Jerry Chaffin who believes that students in rate-based math practice would lead to higher fluency and automaticity.  The multi-player competition engages students and pushes them to achieve.

You can locate the website at Arcademic Skill Builders