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John Evans

Science4Us on the Web and App Store | Class Tech Tips - 0 views

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    "Science4Us is a web-based science curriculum for students in kindergarten, first grade, and second grade. It
    teaches science using a fun, interactive approach. In addition to digital games and online activities, there are offline experiments and hands-on projects. Teachers have access to detailed lesson plans, automated student reports and session guides to help prepare and plan."
John Evans

Leverage Hockey To Teach STEM - 1 views

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    "The National Hockey League (NHL®), the National Hockey League Players' Association, and the 30 NHL Club Teams have partnered to launch Future Goals - Hockey ScholarTM, an online learning course that brings science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) concepts to life through the exciting, fast-paced game of hockey. This course is available to schools and districts across North America at no cost."
John Evans

Free Technology for Teachers: 5 Free Apps and Sites for Learning About How the Human Bo... - 1 views

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    "Over the weekend on the FreeTech4Teachers Facebook Page I received a message from a technology integration coordinator who was looking for some apps that might be appropriate for middle school anatomy and physiology lessons. Here's what I pulled out of my archives to share."
John Evans

Free Technology for Teachers: The 2015 Google Science Fair Is Open - 0 views

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    "The 2015 Google Science Fair is now open. This annual event asks thirteen to eighteen year old students to carry out a test or experiment on a subject they're passionate about, and submit their projects online. This year submissions will be accepted in fourteen languages from students all over the world."
John Evans

DIY Human Body for Science Activities | Class Tech Tips - 0 views

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    "Last year I shared a fantastic free app DIY Sun Science that gives students access to lots of content to explore.  The Lawrence Hall of Science has a new app for iPads called DIY Human Body that includes informational text, activities and videos."
John Evans

Free Technology for Teachers: Ecosystem Explorer - Activities for Learning About Predat... - 2 views

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    "Ecosystem Explorer, produced by PBS Learning Media, is a nice collection videos, images, and games designed to help students learn about the roles of predators and scavengers in ecosystems. Three animals are featured in Ecosystem Explorer: wolves, sharks, and vultures."
John Evans

Revealed: the science behind teenage laziness - Telegraph - 1 views

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    "Teenagers really get a bad time,' says Sarah-Jayne Blakemore. 'It is amazing how it seems to be totally acceptable - even institutionalised - to parody and demonise them. We laugh at things that mock teenagers, but if you applied those sorts of jokes to any other sector of society, it just wouldn't be acceptable.' Blakemore is a professor of cognitive neuroscience and deputy director of the University College London Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience. She is sitting in her office behind Russell Square, the heartland of London academia, mounting a strong defence for every teenager in Britain who has slammed a bedroom door, smoked a cigarette, driven a car too fast and even - though she certainly doesn't condone this - given in to the peer pressure that surrounds drugs such as Ecstasy.
    Society's response to the teenage conviction that 'nobody understands' is often lack of patience. Teenagers, we think, are moody, self-absorbed, reckless, defiant creatures who reject our wisdom in favour of a path of personal sabotage. But the rallying cry from Blakemore - an increasingly powerful voice in the world of international neuroscience, who has given policy advice to the British government - is that teenagers are right. Beyond the world of neuroscientific research, for the most part society does not understand them."
Nigel Coutts

Confronting our fears in the haunted house of the unknown - 2 views

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    A recent lesson with my Year Six class reminded me of the fear teachers face when confronted by the unknown. I thought the lesson would go quite smoothly, I have taught it before but this time things went in an unexpected and frightening direction.
John Evans

Free Technology for Teachers: The Science of Kissing and The Odds of Finding Love - 1 views

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    "With Valentine's Day just around the corner this is a good time to take a look at the science of kissing. The following video from It's Okay To Be Smart (produced by PBS Digital Studios) explains why humans kiss, the history of symbols associated with kissing, and some cultural views of kissing. When I saw this video I immediately thought of my friend Jeni who teaches high school health."
John Evans

How Elementary School Teachers' Biases Can Discourage Girls From Math and Science - NYT... - 0 views

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    "We know that women are underrepresented in math and science jobs. What we don't know is why it happens.

    There are various theories, and many of them focus on childhood. Parents and toy-makers discourage girls from studying math and science. So do their teachers. Girls lack role models in those fields, and grow up believing they wouldn't do well in them.

    All these factors surely play some role. A new study points to the influence of teachers' unconscious biases, but it also highlights how powerful a little encouragement can be. Early educational experiences have a quantifiable effect on the math and science courses the students choose later, and eventually the jobs they get and the wages they earn."
John Evans

Free Technology for Teachers: What Is the Jet Stream? - An Animation and Explanation - 1 views

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    "I'm about to board my flight home from the BETT Show in London. The flight home is going to be nearly two hours longer than the flight to London. That's the effect of the jet stream on air travel. The Department of Earth & Climate Studies at San Francisco State University offers a tool that anyone can use to create a simple animation of the jet stream based on current conditions. Prior to having students look at the animation, you might want to have them view this DNews video about the jet stream."
John Evans

BBC News - Free online textbooks from top private school - 2 views

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    "A leading private school, with some of the best results in England, is publishing digital textbooks which are available to download free online.

    The Stephen Perse Foundation in Cambridge is publishing 12 multimedia textbooks for IGCSE biology.

    They are being made available on Apple's iBooks online store to use on iPad tablet computers."
John Evans

Free Technology for Teachers: Students Can Build and Launch Virtual Rockets on Rocket S... - 0 views

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    "Rocket Science 101 is a free iPad app offered by NASA designed to help students understand how rockets work. The app also helps students understand the differences between the four types of rockets most frequently used by NASA. In Rocket Science 101 students can build all four rockets in a jigsaw-like activity then virtually launch their rockets. When the rockets are launched students see the timing of each stage of the launch from surface to orbit. "
John Evans

Why the modern world is bad for your brain | Science | The Guardian - 0 views

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    "In an era of email, text messages, Facebook and Twitter, we're all required to do several things at once. But this constant multitasking is taking its toll. Here neuroscientist Daniel J Levitin explains how our addiction to technology is making us less efficient"
Ninja Essays

Best Tools for More Effective Writing * Inspired Magazine - 2 views

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    Many people think it's easy to be a freelance writer. If you love writing, then you shouldn't have a problem achieving your daily working goals, right? Well, actual freelance writers wouldn't jump to that conclusion so easily. Even when you are very familiar with the topic you need to cover, the content usually takes much longer than the period you had planned in your schedule.
John Evans

MOOCs Aim To Strengthen Computer Science And Physics Teaching In Middle And High School... - 0 views

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    "To help fill this gap in K-12 STEM education, Harvey Mudd created its first MOOC for middle and high school teachers. Middle Years Computer Science (MyCS) walks a teacher through the lesson plans, activities and exercises of a curriculum developed to appeal to students with a broad range of interests and no prior CS experience. Schools that have been using it have found it to be easy to use, accessible and engaging for their students.

    Our second MOOC offering, How Stuff Moves, supports students in their first course in calculus-based physics, a fundamental building block to further physics study in college. The course provides lectures, demonstrations, problem sets, worked solutions to every practice problem and concept tests- a wealth of resources to help students master the material, whether they are considering taking a high school AP physics course or their first mechanics course in college."
John Evans

Educational Leadership:STEM for All:Teaching the Value of Science - 0 views

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    "Students will more readily engage in science when they see its relevance-to them. Here are four value-enhancing approaches to teaching science content."
John Evans

20 Awesome DIY Science Projects To Do With Your Kids - 3 views

  • Before the advent of the uber-popular show Mythbusters or the push for more STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) in schools, parents and their kids were doing at-home science experiments. Now, the trend continues to blossom, although many of the experiments have remained somewhat the same…and always awesomely exciting!
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