Tuesday, April 13th, 2010

Teachers..Win $2,500 worth of lab equipment for your classroom

Is your classroom in need of new lab equipment? Astellas Pharma US, Inc. is launching Make My LabWoRx, a contest that gives science teachers a chance to win a $2,500 scientific laboratory equipment gift certificate for their classrooms. To enter, simply visit the Astellas site and upload a favorite original lesson plan by June 15. A panel of science education advocates and Astellas scientists will select the most creative, fun and rewarding plan.

The winning teacher will not only receive a $2,500 gift certificate for lab equipment but also will help science teachers around the country by providing an innovative lesson plan to inspire students.

Make My LabWoRx is just one feature of Science WoRx, a new online resource for science teachers. This new program will support science teachers’ unmet needs both in and beyond the classroom in order to inspire the next generation of scientists. Visit www.ScienceWoRx.org or become a fan of Science WoRx on Facebook to connect with peers, exchange insights and learn about the latest science breakthroughs. They’ve also included resources from our partners NSTA and iBIO that you won’t want to miss.

Sunday, March 7th, 2010

Gardening At Every Age

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The birds are chirping..the bees are buzzing..Spring is almost here..Gardening is a great way to bond with your child but you have to take into your child’s age, temperature, and yes, even gender to ensure the most rewarding experience. Read more about Gardening for Every Age, click here

As your children grow from toddlers to elementary students and venture on to middle school, you may find yourself competing against schoolwork, sports, friends and a myriad of activities for a little piece of their time. What happened to those happy hours you use to spend together in the garden? You puttered and worked with the plants and they followed, asking questions, examining rocks and bugs, and exploring the world of nature. If so, make the most of your time together and offer to let them do some garden experiments that capture their interest and help them learn more about the world they live in.

Gardening activities will offer your family some interesting and fun outdoor adventures. Sharing these gardening projects together will form memories that will last a lifetime. Dig in and get your hands dirty as you spend quality time with your children and teach them the art of growing, planting, and reaping the benefits of nature.

How To Build A Box Garden

At Home Garden Activities

Saturday, March 6th, 2010

Coming Soon: Sally Ride Science Festivals

Sally Ride Science Festivals bring together hundreds of girls for a festive day of science and socializing. Parents and teachers are welcome too!

Each festival features: an inspiring talk; workshops for girls, given by local veterinarians, astronomers, microbiologists and engineers; workshops for parents and teachers on ways to support girls’ interests in science and math; a street fair with hands-on activities, booths, food and music. Check out the website http://www.sallyridefestivals.com/ to see if one is close to your area

Thursday, March 4th, 2010

ProProfs-A Simple Online Polling Service

ProProfs is a free and simple polling service that can be used on any blog or website. While inspiring class discussion, a poll can give students a place to express their view on an issue and help them consider the views of others. An online poll gives students privacy to honestly express an opinion without anxiety and time to formulate a strong argument for their viewpoint, which ultimately sets the stage for meaningful in-classroom discussion.  Their comprehensive online polls maker allows you to create polls customized to your educational needs. Try it out for yourself in the poll I’ve embedded below.

You can get started using ProProfs in seconds by registering your email address to create an account with ProProfs. As you can see below, ProProfs polls can be embedded into your blog or you can direct people to your poll by sharing the unique url ProProfs assigns to your poll. See my example poll below

Applications for Education
ProProfs could be a useful tool for quickly collecting informal feedback from students. A week before the test, you could run a poll to get a feel for student confidence.   This allows you to gauge how students are feeling about the course content and what we may need to spend more time studying.  To get started creating your Poll check out ProProfs Poll tour. Take A Tour

Please leave a comment and share how you are using polls into your classroom.

Thursday, March 4th, 2010

100 Video Sites Every Educator Should Bookmark

By Alvina Lopez

It doesn’t matter if you’re a veteran teacher or a newbie just now taking college courses — finding new ways to get students engaged in the classroom is always a great thing. One way many teachers are reaching out is with the multitude of material found on the web, allowing them to turn everyday lessons into a multimedia experience. You can find a great amount of helpful material on these sites, including videos to augment your lessons, lectures to inspire students, documentaries to show them how things work, and loads of additional videos to help you become a better, smarter teacher.

Educational Video Collections

These sites are full of videos on a wealth of topics that can help grab your students’ attention.

  1. Teacher Tube: On this site, teachers can post their own educational videos and find videos made by others on virtually every topic out there.
  2. Edublogs.tv: Visit this site to search through a great collection of educational content.
  3. Edutopia: Sponsored by George Lucas, this site contains some great lesson plans as well as an assortment of lectures and inspiring videos.
  4. You Tube Edu: Check out this site to get access to the great content offered by YouTube, but narrowed down to all but educational videos.
  5. EduTube: Here you’ll find educational videos on just about every topic you could imagine.
  6. Classroom Clips: If you’re looking for teacher submitted and approved video and audio content for your courses, give this site a try.
  7. neoK12: This site believes that kids learn better by seeing and doing, and offers a wide range of educational videos and games to help them do it.
  8. Scholar Spot: Designed with both students and teachers in mind, this site has lots of educational content including lectures, animated videos and inspiring news stories.
  9. OV Guide: If you still haven’t found the video you’re looking for, consider paying a visit to this site. It will help you search through hundreds of sites for the best educational content on the web.
  10. Cosmo Learning: This educational site offers videos that can work well for students from grade school as well as those geared towards high school or college students.
  11. Google Educational Videos: Here you’ll find instructions on how to search through Google Videos and bring up only those that relate to education.
  12. Lectr: On this site teachers and students alike can find free lectures from learning institutions around the world.

Please leave a comment and share how you are using  these great sites in your classroom.

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Wednesday, March 3rd, 2010

Science Storybooks

One of my favorite websites to visit is IlearnTechnology. It is written by an educational technologist name Kelly Tenkely.   It offers great opportunities for integrating educational technology into the classroom.  I absolutely loved  Tenkely’s recent article about StoryBooks..check it out below

What it is: Science Storybooks is a great collection of online animated picture books that help teach science in a way that is fun and engaging.  There are a lot of animated books to choose from with topics such as applied sciences (electrons, light, etc.), the Universe Cycle (planets, constellations, etc.), Plate Tectonic Cycle (lavas, earthquakes, etc.), Rock Cycle (gems, dinosaurs, etc.), Water Cycle (clouds, weather, etc.), and the Life Cycle (organisms, human biology, plants, the natural environment).  The books don’t just tell about science, they take students on a science journey using story.  This makes the reading more accessible and student friendly than your typical science book.  There are also some very entertaining science songs.  I particularly enjoyed the Electricity song…but then I get a kick out of things like this (I think the kids will, too!).

How to integrate Science Storybooks into the classroom: These animated Science Storybooks are the perfect way to introduce your students to new science concepts.  They will give just enough information to leave your students wanting to explore some more.  The books can be read as a whole class using a projector or interactive whiteboard, or set up as a center on your classroom computers.

I have a group of fifth graders this year who are convinced that they are the cast of High School Musical, they are constantly breaking out in song (it is really something, they all join in and know the words to any song).  I have a feeling that my fifth graders would really get into the songs on Storybooks, singing along karaoke style.  If it helps them to learn new science concepts, I can’t think of anything better!

Science Storybooks may inspire your students to come up with their own science storybooks.  Students could create science storybooks as a slide show, in Animoto, Kerpoof, Shidonni, Storybird, and a host of other sites.  As part of the science fair projects, students could create a story to accompany the project that would explain the science involved.  And for my fifth grade musical cast, they just may want to come up with their own science song using Myna, Audacity, or Garageband.

Tips: There are some additional science lessons and worksheets for each topic of science, you can use these in conjunction with the stories as needed.

Please leave a comment and share how you are using Science Storybooks in your classroom.

Wednesday, March 3rd, 2010

Earth in Motion: At Home Science Experiments

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Are you a curious kid?  Well check out the cool activities below to help you learn about our SHAKIN and QUAKIN EARTH!!

Labs You Can Eat: Rescue Near the Center of the Earth

Create three-dimensional, edible models of the interior structure of the Earth, including the inner core, the outer core, the mantle, and the crust.

Labs You Can Eat: Cracks in the Hard-Boiled Earth
Model some basic interactions of crustal plates using the relative movement of shell fragments on a hard-boiled egg

Labs You Can Eat: Dough Fault of Your Own
Demonstrate how the processes of folding and faulting shape rock formations and cause earthquakes

Check out Ology’s Earth in Motion for experiments, exciting books to read, scientist interviews, games, and MORE!!
Please leave a comment and tell us about your experience with an Olog science activity

Wednesday, March 3rd, 2010

Chilean Earthquake SHORTENS our Day!!!


Saturday’s Chile earthquake was so powerful that it likely shifted an Earth axis and shortened the length of a day, NASA announced Monday.

By speeding up Earth’s rotation, the magnitude 8.8 earthquake—the fifth strongest ever recorded, according to the USGS—should have shortened an Earth day by 1.26 millionths of a second, according to new computer-model calculations by geophysicist Richard Gross of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in California.

Gross also estimates that the Chile earthquake shifted Earth’s figure axis by about three inches (eight centimeters).

Deviating roughly 33 feet (10 meters) from the north-south axis around which Earth revolves, the figure axis is the imaginary line around which the world’s unevenly distributed mass is balanced.

To explain the difference, Keith Sverdrup, a seismologist at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, likened Earth to a spinning figure skater holding a rock in one hand. The rotational axis of the skater is still down the middle of the body, he said, but the skater’s figure axis is shifted slightly in the direction of the hand holding the rock

How Chile Earthquake Shortened Day

Just how did the Chile earthquake give Earth a bit of a turbo boost?

To explain, Sverdrup, who wasn’t involved in the NASA calculation, turned again to the image of a spinning figure skater. “As she pulls her arms in, she starts rotating faster.”

Likewise, as a portion of Earth’s mass drew in ever so slightly and quickly during the Chile earthquake, the planet began spinning a bit quicker.

Courtesy: National Geographic Daily News

Wednesday, March 3rd, 2010

Tsunami: Let’s Take a Closer Look

TSUNAMI…the name evokes fear and wonder.  Hollywood movies have been fascinated with it’s tsunami’s ability to cause jaw-dropping eye-pooping adrenaline pumping reactions from audiences.   Let’s go behind the scenes and learn the science about this watery enemy.

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Wednesday, March 3rd, 2010

Chilean Earthquake: Another Big One??

With two powerful earthquakes this year, many students are wondering why some areas seem to get hit more than others and hit hard. This past weekend’s 8-point-8 quake exploded with the force of 500-thousand World War II sized nuclear bombs. You can unearth more about quakes by checking out Channel One’s Earthquake Simulator and Interactive Earthquake Explainer.  See if you can figure out why Chile wasn’t as devastated as Haiti?  If you don’t want to watch the entire show, the Earthquake Science segment starts at 3:42


Earthquake Simulator        Guide to Surviving Quake
Earthquake Explainer            Inner Earth Explainer


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