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Hochberg Preparatory Educational Resources


Inspired by the Educate to Innovate Campaign, President Obama’s initiative to promote a renewed focus on Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) education, the National STEM Video Game Challenge is a multi-year competition whose goal is to motivate interest in STEM learning among America’s youth by tapping into students’ natural passion for playing and making video games.

A growing collection of online public resources integrating extensive gene expression and neuroanatomical data, complete with a novel suite of search and viewing tools.

JAIR covers all areas of artificial intelligence (AI), publishing refereed research articles, survey articles, and technical notes.

The Complexity & Artificial Life Research Concept for Self-Organizing Systems

The Path from Research to Human Benefit is a series of articles that trace the origins of important recent technological and medical advances. Each story reveals the crucial role played by basic science, the applications of which could not have been anticipated at the time the original research was conducted.

Dr. Universe answered questions from kids about science, research, and the world around us in the late 1990s and early 2000s.

The Exploratorium isn’t just a museum; it’s an ongoing exploration of science, art, and human perception—a vast collection of online interactives, web features, activities, programs, and events that feed your curiosity.

Extreme Science is the place online to find the biggest, baddest, and the best in the world of extremes and learn about the science behind what makes each the most extreme example of its kind. Here you’ll find world records in natural science, including earth science and the plant and animal kingdom, as well as extreme weather records, and much more wild, weird, and out-there stuff.

Here you will find instructions showing you how to build scientific equipments from relatively cheap materials. Projects include instructions for making telescopes, microscopes, batteries, sidereal indicators, and several other instruments.

The Happy Planet Index reveals the ecological efficiency with which human well-being is delivered

Cool cartoons that will have you experimenting with food, light, sound, clothes, and a whole lot more!! Hundreds of cartoon experiments from cartoonist, broadcaster and engineer Tim Hunkin.

Our site is going through an overhaul, and in the meantime you will find our cool science content here:
Discuss science in our Science Forums
Train your brain in our Science Quizzes
Find great science sites in our Science Links collection
Check out our science blogs

This site is devoted to the wonders of science and technology. This is an interactive place where you can explore, learn, and ask questions. The focus is on unusual, interesting, and thought provoking topics. I hope that you enjoy exploring Dr. Bob’s Interesting Science Stuff.
Science is the observation, investigation, and explanation of the things that happen around us.

The National Academy of Sciences, National Academy of Engineering, Institute of Medicine, and National Research Council are the nation’s pre-eminent source of high-quality, objective advice on science, engineering, and health matters.

The Polar Discovery team has documented science in action from pole to pole during the historic 2007-2009. is a leading web-based science, research and technology news service which covers a full range of topics.

The Visible Human Project is an outgrowth of the NLM’s 1986 Long-Range Plan. It is the creation of complete, anatomically detailed, three-dimensional representations of the normal male and female human bodies.

SciVerse ScienceDirect scientific database contains more than 10 million journal articles and book chapters.

Scitation is a leading online publishing platform for science and technology content, serving a broad customer base with a wide array of features and services. searches over 50 databases and over 2100 selected websites from 14 federal agencies, offering 200 million pages of authoritative U.S. government science information including research and development results.

Online guide to snowflakes, snow crystals, and other ice phenomena

Science news straight from the source

The science behind the news.

Cloud Storage

Dropbox is a free service that lets you bring your photos, docs, and videos anywhere and share them easily. Never email yourself a file again!

Cloud Storage

Dropbox is a free service that lets you bring your photos, docs, and videos anywhere and share them easily. Never email yourself a file again!

Educational Web Sites

Turn your photos, video clips, and music into stunning video masterpieces to share with everyone. Fast, free, and shockingly easy!

The Alliance for Young Artists & Writers, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, identifies teenagers with exceptional artistic and literary talent and brings their remarkable work to a national audience through The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards.

Browse through over 150 billion web pages archived from 1996 to a few months ago.

Blabberize is a very easy application that allows you to speak through a picture. Students can manipulate the picture to say what they want it to say. Teachers have used this resource for quick projects such as having students retell a story, book reviews, explain a math or science process, create biographies. The ideas are endless. Take a look at a few below and then follow the links to see more blabbers in the different content areas. If you have used Blabberize, feel free to upload your Blabber here., the social network for those interested in  Web 2.0, Social Media, and Participative Technologies in the classroom.

A Better Way To Study
Over 400,000 people use our web-based flashcard program to absorb information efficiently and permanently.
Web-based means it works right in your web browser. You don’t have to download, install, or update anything.

GabMinder is a “fact tank” that promotes a fact based world view.

Glogster are interactive posters loaded with text, graphics, music, videos, and more. Glogster’s goal was to provide an outlet for unlimited creative expression online.

Search the full text of books

Google Lit Trips are free downloadable files that mark the journeys of characters from famous literature on the surface of Google Earth. At each location along the journey there are placemarks with pop-up windows containing a variety of resources including relevant media, thought provoking discussion starters, and links to supplementary information about “real world” references made in that particular portion of the story.

Make Amazing Animated Videos!

Our interactive materials, instructional support and integrated assessment are rooted in current research on the best practices for middle-school instruction.

This site provides the tools for you to build up an argument or description of an event, person or historical period by placing items in a virtual box.

Prezi is a cloud-based presentation software that opens up a new world between whiteboards and slides. The zoomable canvas makes it fun to explore ideas and the connections between them. The result: visually captivating presentations that lead your audience down a path of discovery.

Realtime Behavior Managment

K-12 educators and students from all over the world use SketchUp to explore, explain and present their ideas using 3D models.

The Smithsonian seeks to bring content experts and educators together to help strengthen American education and enhance our nation’s ability to compete globally. The Smithsonian serves as a laboratory to create models and methods of innovative informal education and link them to the formal education system.

“Shmoop is lovingly created by Ph.D. and Masters students from top universities – primarily Stanford and U.C. Berkeley.   Many of us have taught at the college and high school levels”. There are some excellent resources for teaching literature and history here.

SlideShare is the best way to share presentations, documents and professional videos.

Over 42,000 spelling words with customizable sentences and definitions

Riveting talks be remarkable people, free to the world

With VoiceThread, group conversations are collected and shared in one place from anywhere in the world. All with no software to install.

Resources for teacher and students
Create quizzes and surveys
Discover modify and share assessments
Set work for the whole class with a few mouseclicks
Mark automatically
Analyse with tools that improve your teaching

Watch the video

ZooBurst is a digital storytelling tool that lets anyone easily create his or her own 3D pop-up books

Social Studies

The History Channel provides educational programs and classroom materials, activities and projects. Check out today’s historical significance.

Judaic Studies Resources

An educational classroom magazine with information on ordering.

Akhlah: The Jewish Children’s Learning Network provides free resources for children, parents and educators to learn about Judaism, Torah, Israel, Hebrew

Kabbala Online comes from the Ascent Institute in Safed. It is filled with good stories, meditative practices and Kabbalistic insights on almost anything. The interactive “Ask the Mystic” feature is a favorite.

Here you will find the Hebrew Bible (Tana”kh) and the RaMBaM’s Complete Restatement of the Oral Law (Mishneh Torah)

Yad Vashem is the world’s source for documented history of the Jewish people during the Holocaust. It was created to preserve the memory and story of each of the six million victims and impart the legacy of the Holocaust for generations to come through its archives, library, school, museums and recognition of the Righteous Among the Nations.

Aish is an informative Web site of Jewish history-related stories and editorials. Become an expert on your own.

Lesson Plans

From the BBC, free online lessons.

Units of instruction based on works of literature for K-12

Site identifying “misbehaviours” with all kinds of suggestions and lessons for dealing with the student who displays the misbehaviour.

Huge resources of lessons and other resources

Excellent resource for various graphic organizers for students to use when assembling projects or writing.

Comprehensive of all kinds of graphic organizers and how to use them in the classroom.

Collection of online heritage movies and History lessons

Searchable database of over 400 original k-8 activities.

Houghton Mifflin Search the Teachers’ Corner for lessons and activities.

Use this site to design student research activities that encourage students to operate at a higher level.

From the NY Times, browse through hundreds of already prepared lessons

Resources for the Classroom

Latest information about contemporary developmentally appropriate physical education programs for children and youth.

Long Range Planning Wizard, Expectation and Rubric Generator for the Ontario Curriculum

Free lessons for Grades 1-6 covering reading, writing, math, phonics, science, spelling, social studies

Communicate with other teachers on teaching strategies, lesson plans, classroom management, and more!

Resources, Lesson Plans, Issues, all related to math education

An online field trip devoted to the study of Pi

Webmath is a math-help web site that generates answers to specific math questions and problems, as entered by a user, at any particular moment.

Wiley Online Library hosts the world’s broadest and deepest multidisciplinary collection of online resources covering life, health and physical sciences, social science, and the humanities. It delivers seamless integrated access to over 4 million articles from 1500 journals, almost 10,000 online books, and hundreds of reference works, laboratory protocols and databases.

Wolfram|Alpha is a free online computational knowledge engine that generates answers to questions in real time by doing computations on its own vast internal knowledge base. Our long-term goal is to make all systematic knowledge immediately computable and accessible to everyone. This can be valuable to educators in many ways.

iPad Apps

Read and annotate PDF documents. Annotate with drawings, highlighting text, text notes, photos and stamps. Annotations are compatible with Apple Preview and Adobe Acrobat!

Dragon Dictation is an easy-to-use voice recognition application powered by Dragon NaturallySpeaking that allows you to easily speak and instantly see your text or email messages. In fact, it’s up to five (5) times faster than typing on the keyboard.

Create an electronic storybook. Make use of the little gaps in life – on the sofa after dinner, in the back seat of the car, or on a train – to do something creative together.

Idea Sketch lets you easily draw a diagram – mind map, concept map, or flow chart – and convert it to a text outline, and vice versa. You can use Idea Sketch for anything, such as brainstorming new ideas, illustrating concepts, making lists and outlines, planning presentations, creating organizational charts, and more!

Unscramble words or fill in a missing letter to make the Cat play a sound. Watch out though, if you get it wrong Kenny Cat scolds you with a horrible song. Good Luck!

Notability – handwriting, note taking, audio recording, annotate PDFs, cloud sync your notes to Dropbox, and more

“Pass The Past” is an educational game to help students prepare for Virginia’s Standard’s of Learning (SOL) exams with a focus on World, United States and Virginia history, civics, and geography.

The iPad app to Record. Sketch. Share!

Stack the States makes learning about the 50 states fun! Watch the states actually come to life in this colorful and dynamic game!

Tom is your pet cat, that responds to your touch and repeats everything you say with a funny voice.

Victory Productions presents an interactive textbook exploration of the early days of the Jamestown settlement and the state of Virginia. Enjoy the rich interactive graphics and the engrossing story of a key moment in the history of the United States.