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John Evans

Free Educational Science Games - 0 views

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    "Are you looking for fun, yet educational, online science games for your students to play to reinforce important curriculum concepts? If you aren't a science teacher… please share with the teacher next door who is.  I promise…they will thank you for it."
John Evans

5 Tools to Watch the Night Sky and Track Events in Astronomy - 0 views

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    "Remember how you felt when you first looked at the night sky through a telescope? All those stars, those distant planets - celestial bodies that form poetry in the blackness of deep space. A little help from technology can let you rediscover that child-like joy.

    Now, there are already programs like Stellarium to learn about the night sky from your computer. But we're going to be looking at sites and apps that accompany real-life star-gazers who need to know what to look at up above, and when to head out of town to capture breath-taking vistas."
John Evans

Project-Based Engineering for Kids - Linkis.com - 1 views

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    These project-based lessons focus on basic principles of physics, structural, and mechanical engineering. Physical models are built from a similar set of materials that can be easily sourced online (links are provided in-lesson).

    All of the project plans in this collection are designed to be used in an after school enrichment setting, though you may use and modify these ideas for other not-for-profit purposes provided you cite The Workshop for Young Engineers.

    This is a growing and improving collection of lesson plans. Please comment to share your ideas to improve lessons and photos of your designs.
John Evans

Google Computer Science Education - 2 views

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    "Computer science (CS) education is a pathway to innovation, to creativity and to exciting career opportunities. We believe that all students deserve these opportunities. That is why Google is committed to developing programs, resources, tools and community partnerships which make CS engaging and accessible for all students."
John Evans

The Maker Movement Is About More Than Science and Math - But Is All This Tinkering Real... - 4 views

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    "In the last few years, the "maker movement" has become a marvel in American schools through Maker Faires featuring homemade robots to after-school programs that teach kids to code - to entire schools geared around the art of tinkering.
    Maker-centered education, so the narrative often goes, could have profound benefits for students hoping to find work in a STEM-related job. Even President Obama has touted the economic benefits the maker movement could have on efforts to reinvigorate American manufacturing.

    But for teachers who use making in their classrooms, the movement is about something much bigger - something that enhances educational experiences for all kids. They argue this learning-by-doing approach is an effective way to teach students how to develop character and purpose."
Nigel Coutts

Beyond consumer based ICT - The Learner's Way - 1 views

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    There is a change taking place in how schools approach ICT, one that has been coming for some time but is at the point of moving into the mainstream. A subtle but powerful shift that sees ICT build connections with the Maker Movement as a tool for solving what Bronwyn Moreton speaking at the ICT Educators of NSW conference describes as the 'I wish it would . . .' moment where a learner discovers that their technology doesn't do everything they wished it would.
John Evans

14 Great iPad Apps to Help Students Learn about Space and Astronomy ~ Educational Techn... - 0 views

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    "The discovery of gravitational waves that was announced a few weeks ago substantiated Albert Einstein's oracular ideas about black holes.The importance of such a discovery in scientists' eyes is that it will help shed light on many enigmatic issues about the genesis of the universe. Your students might have heard about this scientific breakthrough and though they might probably not fully understand the full concept of gravitational waves and Einstein's general relativity but their desire to learn more about space and its workings might be revived. Students can actually learn a great deal about space using iPad apps. There is a wide variety of excellent apps created specifically to help students and even young learners explore the workings of space and understand some of its topics. Below is a collection of some examples of NASA apps  students can use to learn more about space:"
John Evans

Experience Mars in 360 Degrees With This New NASA Video | TIME - 2 views

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    "NASA made it much easier to explore Mars this week when the agency released a video featuring a 360-degree view of the planet.

    The video, stitched together from images taken by the Curiosity rover, offers views of the downwind face of the Namib Dune and a glimpse at Mount Sharp on Mars. The rover is about 23 feet from the bottom of the nearest dune, according to NASA, the mission's examination of dunes along lower Mount Sharp is the first glimpse of active sand dunes anywhere other than on the Earth's surface."
John Evans

Over 30 Great YouTube Channels for Teachers (Chart) ~ Educational Technology and Mobile... - 8 views

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    "YouTube is absolutely one of the best sources of educational videos out there. It hosts tons of video content some of which is tailored specifically for the educational community. There is now a growing number of YouTube channels created by teachers and educators where you can find teaching materials to use in your class. over the last few years, we have reviewed a number of these channels and today we spent sometime going through our archive and decided to feature some of these resources into the chart below.  Whether you are looking for specific subject-based content or general knowledge videos, the collections below have you covered. Enjoy"
John Evans

LEGO's WeDo 2.0 teaches science, coding | eSchool News - 0 views

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    "At the International Consumer Electronics Show, LEGO Education launched LEGO Education WeDo 2.0, a hands-on science solution designed for elementary classrooms using a robot-based learning system.

    The solution combines the LEGO brick, classroom-friendly software and engaging, standards-based projects to teach elementary students essential science practices and skills.

    With WeDo 2.0, students explore, create and share their scientific discoveries as they build, program and modify projects. Through a series of collaborative challenges, they deeply engage with science, engineering, technology, and coding, sparking a love for experimentation and investigation."
John Evans

Project-Based Engineering for Kids - 1 views

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    "This is a collection of project-based engineering lessons for kids. Project-based learning allows students to control the direction and pace of their learning. Activities that promote investigation, critical thinking, and hands-on subject matter are also central to project-based learning.

    These project-based lessons focus on basic principles of physics, structural, and mechanical engineering. Physical models are built from a similar set of materials that can be easily sourced online (links are provided in-lesson).

    All of the project plans in this collection are designed to be used in an after school enrichment setting, though you may use and modify these ideas for other not-for-profit purposes provided you cite The Workshop for Young Engineers.

    This is a growing and improving collection of lesson plans. Please comment to share your ideas to improve lessons and photos of your designs."
John Evans

The Science of Learning (and technology's impact on how we learn) - A.J. JULIANI - 0 views

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    "I leaned over the shoulder of a student in the library. She was quietly working with headphones in, and completely focused. What caught my attention is that she would continually lift her phone up over the textbook, and then jot something down on the paper to her left. It was a motion and process that she repeated at least seven times before I headed over to see what was going on.

    As I got closer I could see that it was a math textbook, and her paper was filled with equations, problems, and steps. I thought to myself, that sure doesn't look like my math homework, which was always a mess of numbers and lines and eraser marks from messing up!

    What happened next caught me by surprise. Not because I couldn't believe it, but because it changed the way I viewed math forever."
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