Wondering what’s out there, past our Earthly bounds? Here’s a great website to answer that question.
3rd grade and up
This is a great visual website that enables students to zoom in on the most amazing events in the history of the Universe. Using a slider (or the mouse wheel, or arrow keys) and mouse, you explore the world like never before, accompanied by some pretty eerie but appropriate music. If you see something that catches your eye–like Mercury–click it and read a short synopsis on it.
There are no ads, no gimics, just you and your imagination.
Be aware: It does require Flash. I guess that means it won’t work on the iPad.
Here’s the YouTube video:
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Jacqui Murray has been teaching K-8 technology for 15 years. She is the editor of a K-8 technology curriculum, K-8 keyboard curriculum, K-8 Digital Citizenship curriculum, and creator of technology training books for how to integrate technology in education. She is the author of the popular Building a Midshipman, the story of her daughter’s journey from high school to United States Naval Academy. She is webmaster for six blogs, an Amazon Vine Voice book reviewer, Editorial Review Board member for Journal for Computing Teachers, Cisco guest blogger, a columnist for Examiner.com, featured blogger for Technology in Education, IMS tech expert, and a monthly contributor to TeachHUB. Currently, she’s editing a techno-thriller that should be out to publishers next summer. Contact Jacqui at her writing office or her tech lab, Ask a Tech Teacher.