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Take a nice, cool Dive in…to Knowitall! Explore Smart is Fun Interactives! We also have Activities that you can take with you just about anywhere because they all work on mobile devices. Try them out! If you have goggles, try out our VRs—Let’s Go! But first, we want to tell you about our exciting new series—History In A Nutshell!
Will provide videos that address topics on which few resources were previously available. These videos will be fewer than ten minutes long and will tell the story of an entire event from our history, in a fast-paced, engaging style!
Videos will be created by Andrew Davis of South Carolina ETV. and will be tied to curriculum standards with the assistance of ETV Education’s social studies curriculum coordinators, Lisa Ray and Lewis Huffman. Here’s what Andrew would like for you to know about History In A Nutshell:
“History In A Nutshell is a new series of videos where I will explain in layman’s terms historical events throughout South Carolina, United States, and world history, in ten minutes or less; hence the name of the series! When the time came for me to create my own series for Knowitall, the first questions I asked myself were: “Where do we lack content?” “What parts of history should we include in the future?” “What are some interesting things in history people may not know about?” The thing about history is that many things happened which shaped who we are in our present day society. Take away any one of those things, and the world as we know it would be drastically different.”
“Whenever I update our Twitter feed, I do research using several websites to find historical events which happened in each month of the year. The more I would dig to find things to post on Twitter, along with our monthly factoid pages, that is when I realized there are many things we should have on Knowitall, but do not. The goal of this series is to plug up those holes, and explain those missing events in ways pretty much anyone can understand. Of course, some historical events are pretty complicated, and may take more than one video to fully explain, so some historical events may be split up into two or three parts, for example. This series is aimed to not only educate, but to entertain as well. Working with our curriculum experts at SCETV, Lisa Ray and Lewis Huffman, the series will also serve as that middle ground, balancing where we lack content with what teachers need the most.”
The pilot episode covers World War I, while the next episode currently in production will talk about the 1918 Flu Pandemic in South Carolina. The “Spanish Flu” pandemic was one of the worst outbreaks of sickness in history, right up there alongside the Black Plague in Europe, Smallpox, Yellow Fever, and Malaria. The 1918 Pandemic affected everyone, and South Carolina was no exception. This strain of H1N1 influenza ended up taking more lives than World War One did!
In January of 1918, a deadly H1N1 strain of Influenza called the "Spanish Flu" began sweeping across the globe. This flu, also known as "Strain A" or "Avian Flu", took its toll worldwide, infecting mainly young adults, and even South Carolinians had to face this flu without any real forms of medicine. This video briefly explains how the Pandemic first arrived in South Carolina, along with its socio-economic effects, and measures taken to combat its spread. Protection against the flu would finally appear in 1938, with the development of the flu vaccine by Jonas Salk and Thomas Francis.
Knowitall.org wants to open up the platform to teachers! We are currently taking suggestions for future episodes, to cover topics, which would be the most beneficial to lesson plans! If there are historical topics that anyone feels we should add to Knowitall, please let us know! We want to hear from you! Thank you!
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Take a Dive in…to Knowitall where you’ll find resources that relate to water, rivers, and lakes! Come on in…the water’s fine! Scroll down to view the individual assets that relate to water, rivers, lakes and more…from all over South Carolina!
Please note: The Smart Is Fun! Interactives contain some resources that have not yet been upgraded and will therefore only be available on your desktop.
For mobile-friendly interactives, be sure to visit the Activities that are located here.
A comprehensive web-based experience for students, covering the visual and performing arts. Students will learn art history via animated one-minute movies, be guided on how to closely examine important works of art, and view videos of professional artists at work.
First, we are excited to tell you that these stories from Gullah Tales have now been converted and will play on all mobile devices in English and Gullah! This resource introduces Gullah culture and language to children, and each story features both English and Gullah versions.
You can also view the Videos in both English and Gullah.
And be sure to visit and sing along with Gullah Music!
Aunt Pearlie Sue and Reverend Leroy take you on a musical journey!
Learn how velocity and distance work in this balloon blast game. A catapult is a military device that was used in ancient and medieval times to hurl stones, spears, and other objects. There were many different types of catapults developed and used throughout history. The most well-known catapult is the bucket catapult, which used a winched down - arm with a bucket on the end to toss objects. The catapult used in our Balloon Blast game is called a trebuchet.
Learn how to use a compound microscope and a dissecting microscope.
Choose and customize a rocket. Launch your rocket and learn about Newton's Laws.
A virtual community of workplaces designed to give students an interactive job exploration experience that connects school work to real work. Each area includes History, Job Play activities, Work Zone and Real People at work.
Please note: At this time, the Job Play areas (some of our most popular activities) have not been upgraded for mobile devices. Please use a desktop computer for these activities.
Be sure to start with the History area, then proceed to Job Play, then to Real People, and finally to the Work Zone area while you’re in each work site!
- Public Relations Specialist from Job Play is here.
- Lab Technician from Job Play is here.
- Pharmacist from Job Play is here.
- Audio Engineer from Job Play is here.
- TV Director from Job Play is here.
- Producer from Job Play is here.
- Box Office Manager from job Play is here.
- Lighting Designer from Job Play is here.
- Playwright from Job Play is here.
Tour some of South Carolina’s most interesting historical sites! View VRs using VR Goggles, such as a Google Cardboard or a Samsung Gear VR. Instructions are here.
- Historic Brattonsville
- The Old Exchange and Provost Dungeon
- The Powder Magazine
- The South Carolina State House
- USS Yorktown at Patriot’s Point
Students learn about these topics and scientific principles while having fun!
- Brain Teasers
- Common Causes of Household Odors
- How Sound Travels
- Hurricane Basics
- Invention Timeline
- Light and Color
- Lightning and Static
- Matter and Molecules
- Parts of an Airplane
- Plate Movements – Convergent
- Plate Movements – Divergent
- Plate Movements – Lateral
- Scattering Light
- Sense of Smell
- Understanding Electricity
- Using NASA Technology to Track Hurricanes
- Wave Traits
- Word Jumble
The story of South Carolina's cultural and natural landscape as told by its rivers. RiverVenture will take you on a virtual "float-trip" across South Carolina, following the Saluda, the Congaree, the Santee, the Cooper, and the Catawba Rivers.
*Please note: RiverVenture is currently available on your desktop only. We hope to upgrade this resource in the future.
Students learn about the people and events, and the importance of the civil rights movement in South Carolina from the 1940s to the early 1970s.
Take a virtual field trip to a South Carolina Cove Forest.
Cove forests are unique ecosystems found exclusively in North America, in the southern Appalachian Mountains of the United States. They are a special type of forest known as mixed deciduous, meaning that forest's trees lose their leaves in fall. Cove forests are restricted to mountain "coves," which are bowl-shaped valleys with very rich, fertile, damp soil. Many cove forests have streams wandering through part of the forest. The cove forests of the South exhibit the greatest plant and tree diversity of any forests in the United States.
*Please note: The Salt Marsh is not available for use on mobile devices at this time. It is available on your desktop here.
While the livin’ is easy…
Scholastic's "The Magic School Bus" follows Ms. Frizzle and her class as they set off on field trips. Based on the best-selling book series of the same name, "The Magic School Bus" takes kids on a virtual bus ride. Magically transforming into a plane, submarine, spaceship or surfboard, this bus carries Ms. Frizzle and her students on super adventures and teaches them about science. (From our StreamlineSC collection)
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