Areas of Learning - Links and Resources

This page contains links to resources relating to specific AOLs, together with links to blogs and wikis created by staff for classroom use.

AOL The Arts
The Cool Hunter - a great source of ideas for designers, architects, artists, brands and entrepreneurs in the creative arts fields. Sign up for their free newsletter

Google Art Project - Explore museums from around the world, discover and view hundreds of artworks at incredible zoom levels, and even create and share your own collection of masterpieces.
National Geographic: Photo of the day - Each day National Geographic posts a photo from somewhere in the world.
Smarthistory - an excellent way to learn about famous painters and pieces of artwork from around the world throughout the history of time. It contains detailed video commentaries of various aspects of a piece of work with video lessons, VoiceThread lessons, and audio lessons about era and themes in art history. Great for students who want a detailed critque of their favourite piece of work.
Soungle - a free site, developed by Southern Codes, for finding all kinds of sound FX and musical instruments with a mega online sample library to choose from.
uJam - the concept of uJam is novel. You sing an original song, and uJam puts music to it in whatever style you want! Then you can export the finished song as an mp3.

AOL English
60Second Recap - check out the plot, cast and storyline of famous literary titles in no more than 60seconds!
East of the Web - access to short stories, interactive and games applications.
Newsmap - a visual representation of the latest news - world, national, sports, technology, business, etc. - that can be customised to suit your location and interests.
Online Spelling Bees - links to a number of online spelling bees, watch out for the American accents though.
The Power of Words - a short video that illustrates "the power of words to radically change your message and your effect upon the world".
**ReadWriteThink** - access free materials relating to reading and language arts.
SpokenVerse - a YouTube channel dedicated to poems and poets. Listen to Tom Bedlam as he recites a variety of poems from Oscar Wilde, W B Yeats, and others.
Snappy Words - an online interactive English dictionary and thesaurus that helps you find the meanings of words and draw connections to associated words. - take the vocabulary challenge and improve your knowledge along the way. Lots of fun for everyone too.

AOL Health & PE**Gapminder** - presents boring figures relating to global development statistics as "enjoyable, animated and interactive graphics".Worldometers - 'real time' statistics relating to social issues from health and population, to society and media, to energy and the environment.
Arounder - take 360 degree tours of cities around the world, check out historical cathedrals and works of art, museums featuring famous artists, local cafes and stores, breathtaking mountain-top views, quiet parks and gardens all from the comfort of your armchair!

AOL MathsMaths Kit - quick links to resources for Maths teachers.Maths Starter of the Day - exercise your maths brain with a different puzzle each day.

AOL ScienceDynamic Table - large visual of the Periodic Table which is great for use on IWBs.iUSA Today - see how an international space station comes together and find out about each component along the way.Ocean Portal – this site by the Smithsonian Institution is designed to inspire students to explore the richness the ocean. Students are invited to engage in this interactive website and share their ocean experiences via a blog or email. Teachers have access to a range of teaching resources and lesson plans.Periodic Table of Videos - produced by The University of Nottingham. Click on each element in the table to watch a video explanation.Solar System Scope - a visually engaging and interactive site which explains the solar system.Visual Periodic Table - a flash-based table which makes for easy understanding, clink on the links to view html and pdf details for each.Web Elements - suitable for older students who wish to explore key information about the chemical elements.The Science Geek - links to Biology and Chemistry are included in this site which also provide 'educational jargon' when you just can't find the right words.
AOL SOSEHow big really - is an excellent resource for geography and math teachers who want to put objects from around the world into perspective that students will understand. For instance how big was the Gulf oil spill in comparison to the Great Barrier Reef?How the Egyptian pyramids were made - a new theory. Check out this interactive 3D film for more.Nova Online Adventures - Want to see the Sphinx close up? Clamber inside the Great Pyramid? Visit the magnificent tombs and temples of Luxor? Simply click on the images and enjoy a self-guided QuickTime tour through the Land of the Pharaohs. A site guide has a list of everything available and the classroom resources section helps you customize your own lesson plans.Oil'd - a short animation about the massive oil spill in the Gulf. Just how much oil was lost and where would it have gone. Contains visual representations of possible coverage.Stop Disasters Game - a 'disasters simulation game' from the United Nations International Strategy for Disaster Reduction in which students can learn how to stop disasters from occurring. Includes 'fact sheets' for teachers on topics such as Tsunamis, Hurricanes, Earthquakes, Floods and Wild Fires.Time Toast- create and share timelines of events. Select from a variety of subjects music, geography, science, history, to see what others have created.Weather Forecaster - if you've always wanted to be a weather presenter then create and present your own weather maps with this simple resource.