I am very spoiled by my Interactive whiteboard; it makes a fantastic tool for instruction. But it can also make a great resource when you are not using it.
A few years ago I started collecting interesting and funny photos I come across on the web. Most of them are of cute animals, funny looking cars and pictures that I find inspiring or thought-provoking. This lets my students see all kinds of neat images during study hall or similar downtime when the screensaver kicks in. Then, this week I walked into a colleague’s room and saw her board filled with live a live video feed of an eagle’s nest. It occurred to me that the eagle’s nest was for the kids, a window to something new, as though the eagle was the classroom pet that they were checking in on.
This got me thinking of other live feeds I could put up during our downtime. Here are some of the more interesting ones I found:
NOAA undersea robot cam: live undersea feed from miles below the Gulf of Mexico
National Zoo cam: pandas, gorillas, lions and naked mole rats (You can also have an aquarium that never needs cleaning with the Amazon cam)
San Diego Zoo: elephants, apes, and more pandas
Monterey Bay Aquarium: penguins, otters and sharks
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