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Teaching with Sphero the Robot in Math, Science, and Beyond - Daily Genius - 4 views

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    As someone who primarily taught math and science when I was a classroom teacher, I associated robots, robotics curriculum, and robot apps as things that were only used in those subjects. However, this past year my school received a robot grant that provided ten robots for us from the company Sphero. Sphero emphasizes the power of play in education and has a variety of lessons that are aligned to the Common Core and Next Generation Science Standards on their website. They also have a number of STEM challenges in the form pre-designed engineering projects designed for collaborative group work with students and are helpful for teachers using the robots in their classes."
John Evans

Free Technology for Teachers: Five Nice NASA Resources for Teachers and Students - 1 views

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    "NASA's website full of excellent educational resources. I just did a quick look through my archives and over the last few year I've written about NASA-related topics more than sixty times. Here are five of the most popular NASA resources for teachers and students that I've covered over the years."
John Evans

Google Offers A Free 4 Weeks Virtual Science Camp for Kids ~ Educational Technology and... - 1 views

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    "Google Camp is a new project from Google to provide kids with an opportunity to experiment with and learn through project-based science activities. This virtual camp is provided for free and is geared towards kids ages 7-10 but kids of all ages are welcome to join. The goal of the camp is to 'encourage kids to ask questions, setting them on a lifelong journey of exploration and discovery' through fun, interactive science activities and adventures."
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Free Technology for Teachers: Habitats - An Educational Game from the Smithsonian - 1 views

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    "Habitats is a fun little game from the Smithsonian Science Education Center. The online game challenges elementary school to match animals to their habitats. The game shows students images representative of four habitats; desert, coral reef, jungle, and marsh. Students drag pictures of animals from a list to their corresponding habitats. Students receive instant feedback on each move they make in the game. Once an animal has been placed in the correct habitat students can click on it to learn more about it in the Encyclopedia of Life."
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4 Cool Science Apps for Your iPad by @sqlhorror | UKEdChat - Supporting the Education C... - 0 views

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    "Recently a teacher asked me on twitter if I can recommend any Science apps. I promised to do some research and share my findings with her. This is a re-blogged article, and the original can be found by clicking here. "
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What Schools Hope to Achieve by Making Computer Science Widespread | MindShift | KQED News - 0 views

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    "SAN FRANCISCO - Many children in San Francisco do not have regular access to computers in school, let alone computer science classes. The school district is about to change that as it plans to become the first large urban school district in the country to commit itself to exposing every child to computer science starting in pre-kindergarten all the way through 12th grade.

    "We are not trying to produce an army of software engineers," said Bryan Twarek, SFUSD's computer science coordinator. "We want to open all doors to this industry, and right now those doors aren't open to everyone.""
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Free Technology for Teachers: 10+ Resources for Learning About the Math and Science of ... - 3 views

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    "As regular readers of this blog know, I am a proponent of getting kids involved in physical activities like bicycling, skiing, and playing team sports. I also like to see connections made between students' interest in sports and lessons in the classroom. The resources below can all be used to create lessons connected to students' interests in sports."
John Evans

Examples of WebQuests for Science | Edutopia - 1 views

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    "WebQuest is an inquiry-oriented activity in which students get all information from the web. Teachers provide their students with the documents that include links to websites to use the information, according to the activity. The purpose of using WebQuest is to encourage students to use information rather than gathering it and participate in meaningful classroom discussions. WebQuest supports critical thinking through analyzing, creating, and evaluating. Also, it integrates technology into learning and foster cooperative learning.

    Below are examples of WebQuests in a science classroom:"
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Could Storytelling Be the Secret Sauce to STEM Education? | MindShift | KQED News - 1 views

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    "It's a way to make equations meaningful, which is, of course, what they are in the programs when you write them," said Fruchter, a computer science teacher at NYC Nest+m, a public K-12 school in New York City for gifted and talented students. "They are much more than a sheet of homework exercises because they make the program go."

    Using literature in this way has allowed Fruchter to make his computer science math classes entirely project-based, which in turn draws the interest of kids who might not have otherwise liked computer programming. "They're very happy to be in a math or computer science class where they're not having tests or doing quizzes or being asked to do sheets and sheets of problems," Fruchter said."
John Evans

5 Excellent YouTube Channels for Science Videos ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Lea... - 2 views

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    "In response to some requests asking about online  science video sources, we have compiled here some of the best YouTube channels we uncovered from our archive. The channels feature a treasure trove of educational videos covering various scientific phenomena. The content is student friendly and you will definitely find things to incorporate in your classroom teaching."
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Making Computer Science More Inviting: A Look at What Works - NYTimes.com - 0 views

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    "When Sonja Khan started college, she'd never thought of studying computer science. But when she heard from friends that the intro class was good, she decided to give it a try - and then ended up majoring in it.

    Four years later, she has just graduated with a computer science degree, is pursuing a master's degree and is headed to a summer internship at Facebook.

    "I didn't even know anything about the field before; I had never considered it," she said. "I signed up for it pretty much on a whim and really enjoyed it."

    Ms. Khan's story reads like a dream for universities and technology companies - where only about 15 percent of computer science graduates and technical workers are women. The industry has been under pressure to recruit more. The difficult question, though, is how to encourage more women on paths like Ms. Khan's"
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DIY Lake Science | Lawrence Hall of Science - 0 views

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    "DIY Lake Science is a free app (for iPhones and iPads) that allows families and educators to investigate lakes and other freshwater ecosystems at home, at school, or anywhere you go! Conduct twelve hands-on activities-indoors and outdoors-using everyday items, view fascinating videos, and explore how lakes change in the Under the Lake simulation. Each activity includes material lists, step-by-step instructions, and detailed explanations. The free app is available for iOS 7 and above."
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Free Technology for Teachers: Smells Like Rain - A Science Lesson - 0 views

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    "Last week Why Are There Clouds? was one of the most popular posts on the Free Tech for Teachers Facebook page. A good follow-up to that lesson is found in Where Does the Smell of Rain Come From? Produced by It's Okay to Be Smart, Where Does the Smell of Rain Come From? explains why we sometimes think we smell rain before a thunderstorm. Through the video we also learn about the role of petrichor in the lives of some animals."
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Using iPads to perfect the Drama production soundscape - Innovate My School - 1 views

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    "Close your eyes and listen. What do you hear? If the answer is "nothing", then try again. There are very few places in the world that are completely silent. Every room, every environment has a sound. Understanding this and using these soundscapes correctly within a school or college Drama production can make a massive difference to the suspension of disbelief you are trying to create. And the act of thinking about and designing them can be a fun exercise for a drama class and make sound a more inclusive subject."
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