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Martin Burrett

'Doing science,' rather than 'being scientists,' more encouraging to girls - 6 views

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    "Asking young girls to "do science" leads them to show greater persistence in science activities than does asking them to "be scientists," finds a new psychology study by researchers at New York University and Princeton University. "Describing science as actions, by saying 'let's do science,' leads to more science engagement than does describing science in terms of identities, by asking them to 'be scientists'" explains Marjorie Rhodes, an associate professor in NYU's Department of Psychology and the senior author of the study, which appears in the journal Psychological science. "These effects particularly hold for children who are the target of stereotypes suggesting that they might not be the kind of person who succeeds in science-in this case, girls," she adds."
Derrick C

Science Experiments Elementary - 61 views

  • Cooling Soda Cans
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      science method chemistry hypothesis predictions observations data collection recording
  • Flowers In Water
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      biology all scientific method steps application focus?
  • Frozen Candles
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      highlight: hypothesis, prediction, observations, data collection, data recording
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  • Make a Battery From Fruit
    • Derrick C
       
      chemistry scientific method observation prediction hypothesis
  • Moth Balls Dance
    • Derrick C
       
      chemistry scientific method observations hypothesis application
  • Sense of Smell
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      making observations asking questions
Steve Kelly

What would an exceptional middle and high school computer science curriculum include? - Quora - 48 views

  • What would an exceptional middle and high school computer science curriculum include?
  • This isn't a complete answer, but one thing the very first introductory classes should require is that the students turn off all their electronic computers and actually learn to walk through  algorithms with a computer that exists only on paper. (Or, I suppose, a whiteboard or a simulator.) This exercise would give the students a grounding in what is going on inside the computer as a very low level.My first computer programming class in my Freshman year of high school was completely on paper. Although it was done because the school didn't have much money, it turned out to be very beneficial.Another class I had in high school, that wouldn't normally be lumped into a Computer Science curriculum but has been a boon to my career, was good old Typing 101.
  • If you followed the CS Unplugged curriculum your students would know more about CS than most CS grads:http://csunplugged.orgIt's a really great intro to basic computer science concepts and very easy for students to understand.  Best of all you don't even need a computer per student if your school doesn't have the budget,
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  • For younger students, I think that the ability to make something professional-looking, like a real grown-up would, is paramount.  Sadly, I think this means that LOGO and BASIC aren't much use any more*.
  • So, we have a few choices.  You can try to write phone apps that look just like real phone apps, design interactive websites that look just like real interactive websites, or do something with embedded systems / robotics.  Avoid the temptation to make these things into group projects; the main thing every student needs to experience is the process of writing code, running it, debugging it, and watching the machine react to every command.
  • It is important to consider what an 11 to 18-year old is familiar with in terms of mathematics and logical thinking. An average 11-year old is probably learning about fractions, simple cartesian geometry, the concept of units, and mathematical expressions. By 15, the average student will be taking algebra, and hopefully will have the all-important concept of variables under his/her belt. So much in CS is dependent on solid understanding that symbols and tokens can represent abstract concepts, values, or algorithms. Without it, it's still possible to teach CS, but it must be done in a very different way (see Scratch).
  • At this point, concepts such as variables, parenthesis matching, and functions (of the mathematical variety) are within easy reach. Concepts like parameter passing, strings and collections, and program flow should be teachable. More advanced concepts such as recursion, references and pointers, certain data structures, and big-O may be very difficult to teach without first going through some more foundational math.
  • I tend to agree strongly with those that believe a foundational education should inspire interest and enforce concepts and critical thinking over teaching any specific language, framework, system, or dogma.
  • The key is that the concepts in CS aren't just there for the hell of it. Everything was motivated by a real problem, and few things are more satisfying than fixing something you really want to work with a cool technique or concept you just learned.
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    Great resource for teachers (especially those of us not initially trained in Computer Science) about what should 'count' as Computer Science.  Worth the read!
Martin Burrett

Rookie head of science - toughest year yet? by @secretsciteach - 6 views

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    "Starting in the final term before I officially started in September was tough. I wasn't  anticipating having such a full teaching timetable and my own classes were incredibly unsettled. I found it difficult to establish myself as an average science teacher let alone attempt to lead a department. I was seriously considering if I had made the right move! I remember one student in what I thought was a difficult Year 9 class saying "sir why don't you go and get the head of science" to which I replied "I am the head of science!"."
Martin Burrett

Review: How to teach Secondary Science by @CatrinGreen - 13 views

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    We all remember science lessons from our school days. Whether the lessons were with the more 'characteristic' teachers in the school, or whether you all released the gas taps when the teacher foolishly left the room, we all seemed to miss the link that science is life! And what an opportunity science teachers have in releasing the magic of life to their pupils, answering BIG questions like "Why am I like my parents?", or "What will my life be like in 2050?", or "Why is Pripyat a deserted town?"
Cara Whitehead

Early Elementary Science Curriculum - K-2 Interactive Science Program - 54 views

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    Online, interactive, standards-based science curriculum www.science4us.com
Deborah Baillesderr

Smart Science New Era in Science Education - 45 views

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    "Smart Science® online hands-on labs provide outstanding Science education. Inexpensive and efficient STEM education. Built-in scientific inquiry facilitating student discovery of Science. Online hands-on real experiments, not simulations. Online lab reports, easy to write and grade. Archive of lab reports obtained with a simple mouse click. Retention of lab reports and all student work for 5 years. Differentiated reading levels" Wow, pretty impressive and just might be worth the money. Do the lite demo they provide and see what you think.
Holly Barlaam

Science Fix - 91 views

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    Lots of Science demonstrations aimed at Middle School
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    Science Fix I is a teacher blog created by a middle school Science teacher to share their favorite demos done in class. Some cool useful videos here (examples include activation energy, water electrolysis, flaming gummy worm, Newton's 3rd law, etc)
Scott Spargo

Science Behind the Headlines: Education Packs - Royal Institution of AustraliaRiAus - Australia's national Science hub | Bringing Science to people and people to Science - 44 views

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    A collection of resources for Australian science educators which tie scientific concepts to current issues in the media.
Michael Sheehan

Learning Never Stops: Symphony of Science - Science Based Music Videos - 95 views

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    Science music videos. Great resource for Science teachers and students.
Nigel Coutts

Understanding the true nature of science - The Learner's Way - 20 views

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    As thousands take to the streets as part of a global 'March for Science' it is worth considering the significant role that education has to play. What are the messages we need to send our students about Science and what role have schools played in creating the current climate? Now seems like the time to pause and reflect on the place of Science in our community and our schools.
Jay Swan

BEN - BiosciEdNet - 22 views

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    From site: "Welcome to the BEN portal, the National Science Digital Library (NSDL) Pathway for biological Sciences education. The BEN Portal provides access to education resources from BEN Collaborators and is managed by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). Over 15,319 reviewed resources covering 77 biological Sciences topics are available. BEN resources can help you engage student interest, shorten lesson preparation time, provide concept updates, and develop curricula that are in line with national standards for content, use of animals and humans, and student safety."
Marc Patton

Shell Science Lab Challenge - 17 views

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    Are you succeeding in science lab instruction with minimal equipment? The Shell science Lab Challenge gives you an opportunity to share your exemplary approach for a chance to win a school science lab makeover support package valued at $20,000!
hrchristenson

Science Fair Project Ideas, Answers, & Tools - 3 views

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      Use the Project Guide for any questions you have about your Science fair project.
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    Free Topic Selection Wizard, science fair project ideas, step by step how to do a science fair project, Ask an Expert discussion board, and science fair tips for success.
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    This is an AWESOME resource for STEM, science, and elementary teachers. Lots of lesson plans, project ideas, etc.
Jac Londe

Web of Science - Science - Thomson Reuters - 75 views

  • Web of Science
  • Web of Science ® provides researchers, administrators, faculty, and students with quick, powerful access to the world's leading citation databases.  Authoritative, multidisciplinary content covers over 10,000 of the highest impact journals worldwide, including Open Access journals and over 110,000 conference proceedings.  You'll find current and retrospective coverage in the Sciences, social Sciences, arts, and humanities, with coverage available to 1900.
Martin Burrett

Citizen Science - 81 views

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    A role-playing game which highlights what we can do to make a better world by being citizen scientists. Take the character on a science adventure and follow the clues to complete the missions. http://ictmagic.wikispaces.com/science
Martin Burrett

Wired Science . Homepage | PBS - 4 views

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    The Wired Science page. Full of Science videos and resources. Click education for more school focused goodies. http://ictmagic.wikispaces.com/Science
Virginia Meadow

eChalk: Teaching resources for interactive whiteboards and data projectors - 2 views

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    Powerful interactive resources designed for whole-class teaching. Online educational games, classroom resources and lesson activities for interactive whiteboards and data projectors. Put some fun into your lessons with our exceptional science, maths, English language, literature, history, music physical education and modern foreign languages software." />/css/resourceList.css
Norm Marshall

Zooniverse - Real Science Online - 170 views

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    This is a collection of real space science projects that your student can get involved with and perhaps could discover something amazing. http://ictmagic.wikispaces.com/science
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    Citizen Science: what the cool kids are doing [in Science club].
Martin Burrett

Bill Nye - The Science Guy - 71 views

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    The blog of science communicator Bill Nye. The site is full of science activities and experiments to try, with video demonstrations and things to download for your class.
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    Thanks for sharing!
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