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Vicki Davis

We're NASA Mars scientists. Ask us anything about today's news announcement of liquid w... - 3 views

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    NASA mars scientists posted at 1:30 pm on 9/28/2015 just a few hours after it was announced that liquid water was found on MARS -- that they would be answering questions on Reddit. This is a cool thread. yet another reason to join Reddit.
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Codecast - 0 views

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    A simple HTML/CSS editor which updates in real-time. Perfect for teaching to a class on your whiteboard or for students to experiment with.
Vicki Davis

Free Technology for Teachers: Students Can Build and Launch Virtual Rockets on Rocket S... - 5 views

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    Fun! Students can build and launch virtual rockets on NASA's website. Very cool!
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Teachers | CareerFoundry - 6 views

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    A mentored PD program helping teachers learn to teach code.
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Resource: Online Metro Map Creator - 4 views

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    Help pupils make connections in their learning with a metro/underground map.
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The depth of the problem - The Washington Post - 12 views

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    This powerful infographic shows why it is so hard to find some black boxes in the ocean but also shows the complete and utter power of an infographic. The Washington Post made this one about the downed Korean airliner and the quest to find the black box. Some don't know why it is so hard -- take a dive through this infographic and start to understand. Wow.
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Welcome to NanoSpace! - 2 views

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    Science Teachers will love the Nanospace Molecularium from Renssalauer Polytech. Very cool too. (via Richard Byrne.)
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Strange Dark Streaks on Mars Get More and More Mysterious - Wired Science - 1 views

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    What is going on with Mars? Certain times of the year dark streaks are appearing on the Mars surface that has scientists baffled. It isn't water. It contains iron. Join the mystery with your students as this is going to be a cool one, whatever the answer.
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Resource: Why Do We Get Nervous? | UKEdChat.com - Supporting the #UKEdChat Education Co... - 1 views

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    A great video from ASAPScience exploring why we experience butterflies in our stomachs
Vicki Davis

ePals Challenges | - ePals Global Community - 3 views

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    ePals and th Smithsonian are sponsoring their third Invent It challenge where students address real world problems with inventions. The projects are due on April 11. Sign up now and plan this authentic project into your classroom this spring.
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Go Deep Into the Amazon With Scientists Unraveling a Creepy Mystery - Wired Science - 6 views

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    This is the lead in story that tells how they are trying to solve the mystery of the silk tower. I love how they did this -- read this with your students first and then the next article for the answer. Very good writing and kudos to wired. Neat.
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We Went to the Amazon to Find Out What Makes These Weird Web-Tower Things - Wired Science - 4 views

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    Science teachers will love this - a mystery of silk towers in the Amazon is finally solved. These structures went viral after someone posted and asked what they were on the Internet and now it has been discovered: a spider - although no one is really sure how. It baffled entemologists. This whole topic is very cool because it is science but it is also social media and how the two have become inextricably intertwined. This is a great one to talk about in your science classes because there are so many ways you can go with it. So cool.
Vicki Davis

Meet the Man Google Hired to Make AI a Reality | Wired Enterprise | Wired.com - 3 views

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    Artificial Intelligence and the "deep learning" movement are hitting it big time: big bucks and big influence on our future. Geoff Hinton is working for Google to help improve voice recognition, image tagging and more. Microsoft, IBM, Baidu (search enging in China) and others are getting into AI. This is part of education as AI and learning tools can be greatly impacted. Read and share this article if you're an education or technology futurist. Fascinating.
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Chemicals - Growtopia Wiki - 4 views

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    Growtopia has a Science pack that you can use.
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OPINION: We Need Coding in Schools, but Where are the Teachers? | EdSurge News - 5 views

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    This is very true. Online tutorials can only get us so far. This is why I'm learning Scratch and brushing up on Java. I may even have to learn Python before I'm done. We need Computer Science but who will teach it? If we only rely on videos, it would be like asking kids to teach themselves math using Khan Academy without a teacher who knew how to work the problems. "The vast majority of my students do very well on their first hour or two of coding using structured lessons, but when they start to write code for a new problem, or hit the first set of bugs, they get frustrated and need help. Sometimes, all they need is a hint, a pointer to a similar problem, or my assurance that they can solve it. In some cases, they need someone to just re-explain it a little differently."
Vicki Davis

Girls Who Code - 6 views

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    As a mother of a daughter who is applying to Georgia Tech in Computer Science, this is important. My daughter's life was changed when I had her use Kodu in class, write a program and win an NCWIT award. She was on a panel with Sylvia Martinez at ISTE about encouraging more girls into STEM and really realized that she liked Computer Science and would at least try it as a major. She said until she saw people talk about it and realized she could code, she had no idea that it was something she could do and like. Girls who code is a group that works to encourage girls to enter computing fields.
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    Hi Vicki. It's been my experience that students (boys and girls) who are exposed to programming in elementary school and then have it as part of the school IT curriculum are far more likely to stay the course through to high school and beyond. Some of my best programmers at Middle School have been Gr. 6 girls, a few of whom continued on to complete AP level programming, undergrad and graduate work in Comp Sci. Papert's work with LOGO pointed the way, ALICE and Scratch are there to play. Just need to keep programming in the curriculum so that students (boys and girls) know that it's a valued academic skill and not just a preserve for hobbiests and tinkerers.
Vicki Davis

10 Apps to Get Kids Excited About Science - 6 views

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    More than 5.4K people are excited about these apps on Mashable.Remember that parents are BUYING apps to help kids in your subject. Why not test them out and recommend them to parents in your weekly emails or your website/blog.
Vicki Davis

Learn | The Hour of Code 2013 - 2 views

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    Tutorials to teach students of all ages about computational thinking and coding.
Vicki Davis

Day 1 WoW in Science #gbl | Mr. Gonzalez's Classroom - 1 views

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    TEacher Alfonso Gonzalez @educatoral is Using World of Warcraft in eight grade science. He's transparently sharing what they are doing and how they're doing it. I'm following what he's doing and many others are as well. I'm fascinated to see how he'll doing but if he's following Peggy Sheehy - she is the one who really knows how to use WOW with almost any subject.
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