National Lab Day

Posted by csteinberg | Posted in Science | Posted on 08-06-2010-05-2008

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National Lab Day is more than just a day. It’s a nationwide initiative to build local communities of support that will foster ongoing collaborations among volunteers, students and educators.

Volunteers, university students, scientists, engineers, other STEM professionals and, more broadly, members of the community are working together with educators and students to bring discovery-based science experiences to students in grades K-12. When an educator posts a project, our system will help them get the resources needed to bring that project to fruition.

Explore this fabulous resource here: http://www.nationallabday.org/

Physics Central

Posted by csteinberg | Posted in Science | Posted on 28-05-2010-05-2008

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Created by the American Physical Society, the purpose of Physics Central is to educate the world about physics.  This is a powerful resource for any teacher looking to find resources and ideas on teaching physics in the classroom.  There are sections on Exploring Science, Ask & Experiment and Physics Buzz as well as many other areas to explore and learn.

Take a look at this resource here: http://www.physicscentral.org/

Discovery EarthLive

Posted by csteinberg | Posted in Content, Science | Posted on 06-05-2010-05-2008

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The Earth at Your Fingertips
You’ve heard about global warming with its subsequent impending ecological disasters, but what’s the real story? By connecting you with scientists in the field, current news and visual representations of data from NOAA and NASA, Earth Live explores climate change and its consequences. The layers that spin across the globe are gathered over the latest 30 days giving you a near-real time glimpse of the state of the earth.

The site includes great data and associated content for use in the classroom.

Find it here: http://dsc.discovery.com/discovery-earth-live/?dcitc=w99-502-ah-1051#

Science Symbols and Molecular Videos

Posted by csteinberg | Posted in Science, Video | Posted on 30-03-2010-05-2008

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Ever wonder what all those science symbols mean?  How about a good visual and examples of various molecular and atomic structures?  Well look no further than the two sites listed below.

Sixty Symbols is a collection of videos about physics and astronomy presented by experts from The University of Nottingham.  The videos are not lessons or lectures.  The films are just fun chats with men and women who love their subject and know a lot about it!

It’s worth noting many symbols have multiple uses across scientific disciplines and they somtimes tackle them from an unexpected viewpoint.

Find the site here: http://www.sixtysymbols.com/#

If you enjoy that site, you will enjoy what they have done with the Periodic Table here: http://www.periodicvideos.com/#

Exploratorium

Posted by csteinberg | Posted in Activities For Students, Content, Distance Learning, Lesson Plans, STEM, Science | Posted on 15-03-2010-05-2008

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The Exploratorium is a museum of science, art, and human perception located in San Francisco, California and has been online since 1993.  Included on the site are more than 18 thousand Web pages and many sound and video files, exploring hundreds of different topics.

Many of the resources on the Web site are examples of very simple uses of information technology, but thoughtfully implemented. For example, the site contains instructions for over 500 simple experiments, all of which may be viewed on any type of Web browser, with even the slowest connection, and easily printed out.

Other types of content have required more creative use of existing or new technologies. In order to demonstrate certain phenomena, for instance, they have created a variety of online exhibits using Shockwave, Flash, QuickTime VR, and other technologies. Many of these online exhibits are patterned after real exhibits on the museum floor, providing equally rich experiences.

They have also started broadcasting live video and/or audio over the web directly from the museum or via satellite from the field.

Find the main site here: http://www.exploratorium.edu/

CSI: Web Adventures

Posted by csteinberg | Posted in Activities For Students, Science | Posted on 16-02-2010-05-2008

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CSIWebThrough the collaboration of many partners and collaborators, the CSI Web Adventures are designed to teach students the process of forensic investigation and problem solving.  CSI: The Experience is a unique way of supporting learning around biology and science as well as many other competencies of learning.

This project is supported by a grant from the National Science Foundation. Partners include the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History, the American Academy of Forensic Sciences, CBS, and Rice University Center for Technology in Teaching and Learning.

The main site can be found here: http://forensics.rice.edu/

Teacher materials can be found here: http://forensics.rice.edu/html/educators.html

Google Earth Ocean Showcase

Posted by csteinberg | Posted in Content, Images, Science, Video, Virtual Field Trip | Posted on 16-02-2010-05-2008

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Dive into the ocean and discover who lives there — from a deep sea octopus to humpback whales. Explore lost shipwrecks, dive and surf spots, the ocean’s deepest trench, and the latest discoveries of the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI).

National Geographic ocean explorer, Sylvia Earle, narrates a highlight tour through some of the best photos and videos in the ‘Explore the Ocean’ layer in Google Earth.

Find it here: http://earth.google.com/ocean/showcase/

SAS Curriculum Pathways

Posted by csteinberg | Posted in Activities For Students, Content, ELA, General Resources, History, Math, Science | Posted on 16-02-2010-05-2008

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SAS Curriculum Pathways is an online resource for students and teachers that adds new tools and interactive content to the classroom.  Available at no cost and used by thousands of educators in all 50 states, SAS Curriculum Pathways provides standards-based content in the core academic disciplines of English, mathematics, social studies, science and Spanish for grades 8-12.

Though SAS offers SAS Curriculum Pathways at no cost, the company’s investment in innovation continues. For example, new social studies materials include an interactive atlas. In math, a new interactive tool helps students develop basic algebra skills. Enhancements to the award-winning Writing Reviser in the English module help students master sentence fundamentals. SAS Curriculum Pathways earned a Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA) CODiE Award this year for Best Reading/English Instructional Solution. New Spanish materials help students develop reading and listening skills in real-world situations.

This great resource can be found here: http://www.sascurriculumpathways.com/

Great Digital Content

Posted by csteinberg | Posted in Content, Images, Video | Posted on 13-01-2010-05-2008

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Here are some fantastic digital content resources.  They were shared by Paula Pisano.

NASA Images: The site contains everything from classic photos to educational programming and HD video, and is growing all the time as they continue to gain both new and archived media from all of NASA’s centers.

NSF Science Nation: The National Science Foundation’s Science Nation online magazine,  examines the breakthroughs, and the possibilities for new discoveries about our planet, our universe and ourselves.

WatchKnow: Imagine hundreds of thousands of great short videos, and other media, explaining every topic taught toschool kids. Imagine them rated and sorted into a giant Directory, making them simple to find. WatchKnow–as in, “You watch, you know”–is a non-profit online community devoted to this goal.

HOME (2009) – Movie

Posted by csteinberg | Posted in Science, Video | Posted on 21-12-2009-05-2008

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From the site…

A hymn for the planet

HOME is an ode to the planet’s beauty and its delicate harmony. Through the landscapes of 54 countries captured from above, HOME is more than a documentary with a message, it is a magnificent movie in its own right. Every breathtaking shot shows the Earth – our Earth – as we have never seen it before. Every image shows the Earth’s treasures we are destroying and all the wonders we can still preserve. “From the sky, there’s less need for explanations”. Our vision becomes more immediate, intuitive and emotional. HOME has an impact on anyone who sees it.

Watch it here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jqxENMKaeCU

(Main Site: http://www.home-2009.com/us/index.html)

Genetics, DNA, Heredity, Cells….. Oh My!

Posted by csteinberg | Posted in General Resources, Interactives, Science | Posted on 16-12-2009-05-2008

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The University of Utah provides two tremendous resources free of charge to educators for use in the classroom.  (1) Learn.Genetics delivers educational materials on genetics, bioscience and health topics.  (2) Teach.Genetics provides resources for K-12 teachers.  These include PDF based documents, activities, interactive materials (great for use on an Interactive Whiteboard), unit plans and other supporting resources.   Both sites can be found below:

Learn.Genetics

Teach.Genetics

CAST Science Writer

Posted by csteinberg | Posted in Science, Student Tools | Posted on 13-12-2009-05-2008

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Science Writer is an interactive, web-based instructional learning tool designed to help students in writing a complete science report; it supports students throughout the process of writing a science report.  This tool is geared toward middle school and high school students.

Visit the CAST Science Writer Here.

The Digital Library for Earth System Education

Posted by csteinberg | Posted in Lesson Plans, Science | Posted on 11-12-2009-05-2008

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DLESE is the Digital Library for Earth System Education, a free resource that supports teaching and  learning about the Earth system. DLESE’s development was funded by the National Science Foundation and continues to be built by a distributed community of educators, students, and scientists to support Earth system education at all levels.

The complete list of 13,252 resources is located here: http://www.dlese.org:80/dds/histogram.do?group=subject

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