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Vicki Davis

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.)
Vicki Davis

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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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.
Vicki Davis

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.
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Learn | The Hour of Code 2013 - 2 views

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    Tutorials to teach students of all ages about computational thinking and coding.
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Teaching our children to code: a quiet revolution - Telegraph - 7 views

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    Yes, every school in the UK is going to teach programming next year. Pushing schools into the 21st century needs to happen and yet the US is tolerating that 90% of schools here teach NO computer science.
Vicki Davis

Scratch Project Editor - Imagine, Program, Share - 4 views

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    The Scratch tutorial with video can be used with students. This is using scratch on the web -- so NOTHING TO INSTALL.This is a great option for many of you to use for the Hour of Code.
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What Most Schools Don't Teach - Short Film - YouTube - 10 views

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    Watch this video as you consider joining the Hour of Code in December - think about sharing this with your students. Use this video with your kids - it has Mark Zuckerberg from Facebook, Bill Gates from Microsoft and so many others.
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Careers in Science - 5 views

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    If you need ideas for science careers, this is a great resource. Students could research careers using this information.
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PAEMST » Home - 1 views

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    Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Sciences are open. Anyone - principals, teachers, parents, students or members of the general public - may nominate exceptional mathematics or science teachers who are currently teaching grades K-6 for the 2014 award year.
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Prizes for EVERY educator - Terms and Conditions | The Hour of Code 2013 - 5 views

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    There are many prizes for having an hour of code - including a set of laptops for your school or chats with some computer science leaders like Bill Gates. Have you signed up for the "hour of code?"
Vicki Davis

Museum of Science and Industry | GoREACT - 7 views

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    This is a very cool app. You look at the periodic table and drag elements to mix them together and see what happens in the app. The GoReact app is a "drag and drop" laboratory. If you introduce the periodic table, you'll want to see this.
Vicki Davis

What Does It Mean to Flip a Class? (A Visual Answer) - Flipping Physics - 3 views

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    Just got this note from my friend Jeff Stanzler at U Michigan. This looks very cool and is a website dedicated to flipping physics, algebra, and calculus. Lots of great videos and resources. The note from Jeff to me about this site and his student: " I wanted to share the work of a former student of mine named Jon Palmer, a Physics teacher who has done some wonderfully creative work "flipping" his classroom. He's now devoting himself to making videos for free use by Physics teachers everywhere. Knowing you, I figured you might appreciate his work. Here's an intro video about his vision of the flipped classroom model. Here's a link to his you tube channel, with more goodies."
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