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Optogenetics and genomic tools make it possible to pinpoint the source of memory, consciousness, and emotions | MIT Technology Review

Optogenetics and genomic tools make it possible to pinpoint the source of memory, consciousness, and emotions | MIT Technology Review | 21st Century STEM Resources | Scoop.it
With the invention of optogenetics and other technologies, researchers can investigate the source of emotions, memory, and consciousness for the first time.
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"Researchers are just beginning to gain these insights, but given the recent pace of technology development, the picture might emerge sooner than anyone dreamed possible when the light of optogenetics first flickered on a few years ago."

 

This is an outstanding article for the advancement of neuroscience and optogenetics.

 

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Amazing Resonance Experiment! | YouTube

Amazing Resonance Experiment!
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Resonance in action! These folks vibrated a metal plate, and as the pitch of the tone increased, different geometric patterns formed.

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Illustris first realistic universe simulation - YouTube | TIE

Astronomers create first realistic virtual universe. Move over Matrix, astronomers have done you one better. They have created the first realistic virtual universe using a computer simulation called “Illustris.” Illustris can recreate 13 billion years of cosmic evolution in a cube 350 million light-years on a side with unprecedented resolution. Video: http://youtu.be/UlbndcHtdPw

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Wow...Please give this short video a review...Wow!

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PBL and STEAM Education: A Natural Fit | Edutopia

PBL and STEAM Education: A Natural Fit | Edutopia | 21st Century STEM Resources | Scoop.it

Both project-based learning and STEAM education (science, technology, engineering, art and math) are growing rapidly in our schools. Some schools are doing STEAM, some are doing PBL, and some are leveraging the strengths of both to do STEAM PBL. With a push for deeper learning, teaching and assessment of 21st-century skills, both PBL and STEAM help schools target rigorous learning and problem solving.

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"One of the essential elements of PBL is the 21st century skillset. These skills are often defined as the 4Cs -- creativity, collaboration, critical thinking and communication -- although there are many more, including technology literacy and health literacy", Andrew Miller.


Excellent article on STEAM and Project-Based Learning as we move toward authentic 21st century teaching and learning environments.

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3D Interactive STEM Based Molecule Structures | CanvasMol

3D Interactive STEM Based Molecule Structures | CanvasMol | 21st Century STEM Resources | Scoop.it

This website that provides 3D, interactive, rotating models of simple and complex molecules. There are more than fifty models of relatively common molecules like glucose, fructose, and morphine. Each model can be altered to show or not show bonds, to show or not show individual atoms, and to rotate on the X,Y, or Z axis. Interactive 3D molecule viewer in HTML5. Works with PDB/MOL/SDF formats. 

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This site is an excellent STEM based resource for your blended learning environment.

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The fundamentals of space-time: Part 1 - Andrew Pontzen and Tom Whyntie

The fundamentals of space-time: Part 1 - Andrew Pontzen and Tom Whyntie | 21st Century STEM Resources | Scoop.it

Space is where things happen. Time is when things happen. And sometimes, in order to really look at the universe, you need to take those two concepts and mash them together.


In this first lesson of a three-part series on space-time, hilarious hosts Andrew Pontzen and Tom Whyntie go through the basics of space and time individually, and use a flip book to illustrate how we can begin to look at them together.

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Fun science with a different perspective... Great for your STEM based learning environment. 

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NASA's Eyes on the Solar System | NASA.gov

NASA's Eyes on the Solar System | NASA.gov | 21st Century STEM Resources | Scoop.it
Eyes on the Solar System is a 3-D environment full of real NASA mission data. Explore the cosmos from your computer. Hop on an asteroid. Fly with NASA's Voyager spacecraft. See the entire solar system moving in real time. It's up to you. You control space and time.
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WOW! This is so very cool to add to your STEM-based learning environment.

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Training Teachers to Teach Critical Thinking | Edutopia

Training Teachers to Teach Critical Thinking | Edutopia | 21st Century STEM Resources | Scoop.it

Define what critical thinking in the classroom is.


It's an approach to teaching that allows students to make sense of the content. They analyze the content, they evaluate the content, and they're able to apply it to their daily lives. Teachers ask specific questions to get the students to do those things.

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To provide a professional development workshop on this topic has many conditions that must be met prior to moving toward teaching critical thinking basic skills.

 

I used metacognitive learning strategies as a starting point before working on the critical thinking skills.

 

Then adapting/ modifying to the teaching - learning environment and culture is another consideration that has to be made especially in Southeast Asia. 

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Scientists pinpoint exotic new particle called quantum droplet

Scientists pinpoint exotic new particle called quantum droplet | 21st Century STEM Resources | Scoop.it
By Will Dunham WASHINGTON (Reuters) - In the field of quantum physics, you could call this a droplet in the bucket. Physicists in Germany and the United States said on Wednesday they have discovered an exotic new type of particle that they call a quantum droplet, or dropleton. Writing in the journal Nature, they said it behaves a bit like a liquid droplet and described it as a quasiparticle - an amalgamation of smaller types of particles. The discovery, they added, could be useful in the development of nanotechnology, including the design of optoelectronic devices.
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"They have discovered an exotic new type of particle that they call a quantum droplet, or dropleton." It is getting more interesting with possible applications of the new knowledge.

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Providing STEM Role Models

Providing STEM Role Models | 21st Century STEM Resources | Scoop.it
Science role models were key to my journey. A pinnacle moment was when I watched a show on PBS called 3-2-1 Contact, which featured a segment with a teenaged black girl solving problems. When I saw h
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These are excellent teaching and learning resources for the STEM based learning environments.

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Vermont helps students with personalized learning plans

Vermont helps students with personalized learning plans | 21st Century STEM Resources | Scoop.it
HINESBURG -- Abby Trombley wasn’t feeling challenged in school.

 

"The key to personalized learning plans is to taking the time to sit down with the students and ask where you want to go and figure out the best way to get there," she said. "We have the same high ambitions for all of you but we know you have to walk different paths to get there."

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This is a high school example of an Individual Learning Plan (ILP). I have used and developed my own ILP a long time ago. When I first started my master's degree and now current PhD studies, I developed my ILP.

 

I remember writing and informing my PhD adviser that the current PhD program does not fit with my Individual Learning Plan.


Everyone must take charge of their own learning and not be afraid to change, modify or move from a program that doesn't fit your needs. You’re paying for it, so you have the ultimate say.Thank goodness, there is always another PhD program out there to choose from and everyone should remember there is always another choice.


Program managers should remember that the learners are the true end users of the learning experiences and the reason they have a job.

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Beyond Angry Birds, Five Apps That Test Your Physics Skills

Beyond Angry Birds, Five Apps That Test Your Physics Skills | 21st Century STEM Resources | Scoop.it
Here are five other games for the Angry Birds fan that do an even better job of integrating physics and problem solving into addictive, just-one-more-try experiences.
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Beyond Angry Birds, these physics games can be a helpful and fun activities to add to your STEM-based learning environment.

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Siri Anderson's curator insight, January 31, 2014 10:44 AM

Fun new ways to engage students online in real world simulations on app friendly devices.

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The Nation Report Card: First Look-2013 Mathematics and Reading Trial Urban District Assessment | ERIC

The Nation Report Card: First Look-2013 Mathematics and Reading Trial Urban District Assessment | ERIC | 21st Century STEM Resources | Scoop.it
The National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), in partnership with the National Assessment Governing Board and the Council of the Great City Schools (CGCS), created the Trial Urban District Assessment (TUDA) in 2002 to support the...
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This is an interesting perspective worth reviewing.

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TeachThought's Most Shared Content Of 2013 | TeachThought

TeachThought's Most Shared Content Of 2013 | TeachThought | 21st Century STEM Resources | Scoop.it
What You Tweeted, Pinned, & Liked: TeachThought's Most Shared Content Of 2013
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Thank you so much for sharing with educators throughout the world! 

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Erica McGlone's curator insight, July 5, 2014 6:55 PM

21st Century learning and its complexities. 

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Three Secret Features Of Google’s New Camera App That Will Blow Your Mind | MakeUseOf

Three Secret Features Of Google’s New Camera App That Will Blow Your Mind | MakeUseOf | 21st Century STEM Resources | Scoop.it

Google's recent update to the KitKat camera app turns smartphones into mini DSLRs — but it can do even more. On the surface, the Google Camera app offers a handful of new features, including an F-stop like effect, which adds an artificial bokeh, and an improved graphical interface. Read more...

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Thank you for sharing these new and exciting features that can be use in the STEM-based learning environment.

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Steve Vaitl's curator insight, June 3, 2014 9:51 AM

I've used the "wide angle effect" before with great results!! I'll be trying out the other "hidden effect" too!!

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Eduplanet21 | Blended Learning For Educators

Eduplanet21 | Blended Learning For Educators | 21st Century STEM Resources | Scoop.it

"The Eduplanet21 personal learning network will consist of blended learning institutes, professional development planning and tracking tools, digital content in the form of learning paths for school districts and their local sites.

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"Eduplanet21 is launching a new feature for educators, personal learning networks, designed to help them improve their teaching and learning environments".

 

This is learning adventure is starting up, so I joined and will check out what they are doing. If they go "premium crazy" I will drop them.

 

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The Adjunct Revolt: How Poor Professors Are Fighting Back | The Atlantic

The Adjunct Revolt: How Poor Professors Are Fighting Back | The Atlantic | 21st Century STEM Resources | Scoop.it

A spate of research about the contingent academic workforce  indicates that Cerasoli’s circumstances are not exceptional.

 

This month, a report by the American Association of University Professors showed that adjuncts now constitute 76.4 percent of U.S. faculty across all institutional types, from liberal-arts colleges to research universities to community colleges.

 

A study released by the U.S. House of Representatives in January reveals that the majority of these adjuncts live below the poverty line.

 


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I get to look forward to all this when I finish my PhD?  Why?

 

It all comes down to greedy administrators, the ignorance of students and parents about what kind of education are they paying for and the  lazy, cowardice of the accreditation and rating agencies...Whom can change this situation virtually overnight for ALL educational stakeholders.  Sad...Very sad.

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I get to look forward to all this when I finish my PhD?  Why?

 

It all comes down to greedy administrators, the ignorance of students and parents about what kind of education have they paid for and the  lazy, cowardice of the accreditation and rating agencies...Whom can change this situation virtually overnight for ALL educational stakeholders.  Sad...Very sad.

Rob Hatfield, M.Ed.'s curator insight, April 29, 2014 2:56 AM

I get to look forward to all this when I finish my PhD?  Why?

 

It all comes down to greedy administrators, the ignorance of students and parents about what kind of education are they paying for and the  lazy, cowardice of the accreditation and rating agencies...Whom can change this situation virtually overnight for ALL educational stakeholders.  Sad...Very sad.

Rob Hatfield, M.Ed.'s curator insight, April 29, 2014 2:57 AM

I get to look forward to all this when I finish my PhD?  Why?

 

It all comes down to greedy administrators, the ignorance of students and parents about what kind of education are they paying for and the  lazy, cowardice of the accreditation and rating agencies...Whom can change this situation virtually overnight for ALL educational stakeholders.  Sad...Very sad.

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10 Ways to Teach Innovation | MindShift

10 Ways to Teach Innovation | MindShift | 21st Century STEM Resources | Scoop.it
Innovation and the current classroom model most often operate as antagonists. The system is evolving, but not quickly enough to get young people ready for the new world. But there are a number of ways that teachers can bypass the system and offer students the tools and experiences that spur an innovative mindset. Here are ten ideas.
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Moving forward with innovative, experimental teaching and learning approaches...

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Big Bang breakthrough announced; gravity waves detected

Big Bang breakthrough announced; gravity waves detected | 21st Century STEM Resources | Scoop.it
Scientists have new evidence of the universe's inflation, the rapid expansion less than a second after the Big Bang.

 

What's more, researchers discovered evidence for the first time of what Albert Einstein predicted in his general theory of relativity: Gravitational waves.

 

These are essentially ripples in space-time, which have been thought of as the "first tremors of the Big Bang," according to the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics.

 

A telescope at the South Pole called BICEP2 -- Background Imaging of Cosmic Extragalactic Polarization 2 -- was critical to the discovery. The telescope allowed scientists to analyze the polarization of light left over from the early universe, leading to Monday's landmark announcement.

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This would be an interesting topic to discuss and develop into a STEM inquiry-based learning experience.

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Science Notebooks | Reading Rockets

Science Notebooks | Reading Rockets | 21st Century STEM Resources | Scoop.it
RationaleA science notebook, such as the one shown in the figure below, is a strategy for students to record and reflect on inquiry-based observations, activities, investigations, and experiments in order to increase their understanding of science instruction. Science notebooks are also an excellent tool for students to communicate their understanding of science concepts, for teachers to provide students with feedback, and, finally, to assess students (Shepardson & Britsch, 2000, 2001).
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Don't forget to engage the students with blended learning by using Evernote and create a digital science notebook  and other STEM-based / language learning e-notebooks.

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How does my brain work? | TED.com

How does my brain work?  | TED.com | 21st Century STEM Resources | Scoop.it
How exactly does the brain -- a 3-pound snarl of nervous tissue -- create inspired inventions, the feeling of hunger, the experience of beauty, the sense of self? Researchers at the edge of science explain …
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This is  a very good TED that can be used in your STEM teaching and learning environment.

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U.S. scientists achieve 'turning point' in fusion energy quest | Reuters

U.S. scientists achieve 'turning point' in fusion energy quest | Reuters | 21st Century STEM Resources | Scoop.it
By Will Dunham WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. scientists announced on Wednesday an important milestone in the costly, decades-old quest to develop fusion energy, which, if harnessed successfully, promises a nearly inexhaustible energy source for future generations. For the first time, experiments have produced more energy from fusion reactions than the amount of energy put into the fusion fuel, scientists at the federally funded Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in California said. The researchers, led by physicist Omar Hurricane, described the achievement as important but said much more work is needed before fusion can become a viable energy source. They noted that did not produce self-heating nuclear fusion, known as ignition, that would be needed for any fusion power plant.
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The objective is clear, we are taking steps to achieve and reach the universal goal of unlimited, clean energy.

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For STEM Educators: Free NASA Teaching & Learning Resources | NASA Kids Club

For STEM Educators: Free NASA Teaching & Learning Resources | NASA Kids Club | 21st Century STEM Resources | Scoop.it
NASA.gov brings you the latest images, videos and news from America's space agency. Get the latest updates on NASA missions, watch NASA TV live, and learn about our quest to reveal the unknown and benefit all humankind.
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A - Z Quick links for teaching and learning resources

Browse this alphabetical list for items of interest to educators. Locate top level sites for interesting topics, education pages for NASA missions, print materials, and other hard-to-find pages that offer resources for educators.

 

NASA Kids Club:

 

http://www.nasa.gov/audience/forkids/kidsclub/flash/index.html#.Uu2dqfmSz1J

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STEM - It all about the gravity | NASA

Astronaut readjusts to life back on Earth
“ > Don’t give him a baby for a while.
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...And now for something completely different...

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STEM Hands-on activities + virtual learning = best of both worlds! | RAFT

To enhance student learning, RAFT has identified more than 30 computer apps with hands-on education complements to cover a multitude of topics. Check them out, and please join us in thanking Cisco and Cisco CSR for assembling the volunteers at last year's App Safaris to find these matches. We hope you find them useful!

http://www.raft.net/public/pdfs/tip-sheets/link-hands-on-and-virtual-learning-tip-sheet.pdf

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Please review these excellent integrated e-learning supplemental resources for your teaching and learning environment.

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