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Start-Up Reinvents the Bicycle Wheel

Start-Up Reinvents the Bicycle Wheel | 21st Century STEM Resources | Scoop.it
Superpedestrian announced Monday that it will being selling the Copenhagen Wheel, which can make any bicycle into a motorized hybrid e-bike.
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This would make an interesting classroom STEM based learning experiance.

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How a Radical New Teaching Method Could Unleash a Generation of Geniuses | Wired

How a Radical New Teaching Method Could Unleash a Generation of Geniuses | Wired | 21st Century STEM Resources | Scoop.it

..."That’s why a new breed of educators, inspired by everything from the Internet to evolutionary psychology, neuroscience, and AI, are inventing radical new ways for children to learn, grow, and thrive.


To them, knowledge isn’t a commodity that’s delivered from teacher to student but something that emerges from the students’ own curiosity-fueled exploration.


Teachers provide prompts, not answers, and then they step aside so students can teach themselves and one another. They are creating ways for children to discover their passion—and uncovering a generation of geniuses in the process."

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The concepts of 21st century STEM based teaching and learning....

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Must Have STEM Teaching and LearningTools | TeachThought

Must Have STEM Teaching and LearningTools | TeachThought | 21st Century STEM Resources | Scoop.it

STEM is not only a national priority, but an essential part of a modern workforce. To help your students prepare for the 21st century, teaching an integrated science, technology, engineering, and math curriculum is critical.

 

Fortunately, there are numerous websites and mobile apps that can help. South Carolina math and engineering teacher Chris Beyerle curates the following collection of must-have STEM tools.

 

He includes stalwarts (such as Google Earth and Bill Nye the Science Guy), newer mobile games (such as Vernier Video Physics and Monster Physics), and critical references (such as Pocket Body and goREACT).

There is a treasure trove of tools here. Check them out and add them to your toolkit.

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It is a good start. What programs would you add to the list? Brainpop is one I would add: http://www.brainpop.com/

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Succeeding with Inquiry in Science and Math Classrooms

Succeeding with Inquiry in Science and Math Classrooms | 21st Century STEM Resources | Scoop.it

Thinking critically. Communicating effectively. Collaborating productively. Students need to develop proficiencies while mastering the practices, concepts, and ideas associated with mathematics and science. Successful students must be able to work with large data sets, design experiments, and apply what they’re learning to solve real-world problems.

 

Research shows that inquiry-based instruction boosts students’ critical thinking skills and promotes the kind of creative problem solving that turns the classroom into an energized learning environment.

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I recommend reviewing and adding this book to your personal collection.

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JST VIRTUAL SCIENCE CENTER

JST VIRTUAL SCIENCE CENTER | 21st Century STEM Resources | Scoop.it

The Japanese Science and Technology Center's Virtual Science Center's lessons are appropriate for middle school and high school use.


Some lessons offer more depth than others, but all of the activities offer excellent content. Here is the full list of lessons: Mind Lab, Search for ET, Physics of Amusement Parks, Optical Communications, Earth Guide, The World of Rust, Energy Transmission in Sports, the Human Genome, and the Mysteries of the Body.

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Excellent resources for supplemental materials or integrate with the lesson plan.

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SimCityEDU | Create & Share SimCity Learning Tools

SimCityEDU | Create & Share SimCity Learning Tools | 21st Century STEM Resources | Scoop.it
SimCityEDU - Create & Share SimCity Learning Tools

 

A collaboration between Electronic Arts and GlassLab, SimCityEDU is an online educational resource for classroom teachers who have a strong interest in utilizing digital platforms as a learning tool to drive student interest in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) subjects

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These  educational tools and resources has many appications for STEM-based learning.

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4 Phases of Inquiry-Based Learning: A Guide For Teachers

4 Phases of Inquiry-Based Learning: A Guide For Teachers | 21st Century STEM Resources | Scoop.it
4 Phases of Inquiry-Based Learning: A Guide For Teachers

 

According to Indiana University Bloomington, Inquiry-based learning is an “instructional model that centers learning on a solving a particular problem or answering a central question.

 

There are several different inquiry-based learning models, but most have several general elements in common:

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Nice overview and resources for the application of Inquiry-based learning.

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World's Largest Educational Resource Catalog | Opened Inc.

World's Largest Educational Resource Catalog | Opened Inc. | 21st Century STEM Resources | Scoop.it
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Loaded with over 43,000 STEM (science) based resources!

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VIDEO: THE USER'S GUIDE TO ENERGY | The Atlantic

VIDEO: THE USER'S GUIDE TO ENERGY | The Atlantic | 21st Century STEM Resources | Scoop.it

The User's Guide to Energy is a series of six animated videos produced by The Atlantic.


The videos cover the basics of getting energy produced from natural gas, oil, and solar to market, how much energy American's consume, and climate change connected to energy consumption.


The Atlantic covers news and analysis on politics, business, culture, technology, national, international and life on the official site of The Atlantic Magazine.

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How to Redesign a College-Level or Developmental Math Course Using the Emporium Model

How to Redesign a College-Level or Developmental Math Course Using the Emporium Model | 21st Century STEM Resources | Scoop.it

NCAT is pleased to announce the publication of two new guides on how to successfully complete a course redesign in mathematics. Both guides integrate what we have learned over the past 13 years and can be used independently by institutions, systems and states without direct NCAT intervention.

How to Redesign a College-Level or Developmental Math Course Using the Emporium Model

This guide focuses on redesigning all sections of a single math course at both the developmental and college levels. 

How to Redesign a Developmental Math Program Using the Emporium Model

This guide focuses on redesigning the entire developmental math sequence rather than a single course.

While there is substantial overlap between the two guides, there are also substantial differences.

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Overview of a fluid model to adjust to the current NCAT course design.

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Bloom's Digital - Web 2.0

Bloom's Digital - Web 2.0 | 21st Century STEM Resources | Scoop.it
TOUCH this image to discover its story. Image tagging powered by ThingLink

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Please review the resources listed. many can be replaced with "Free" alternatives.

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Gilles Le Page's curator insight, March 1, 2014 1:41 AM

Visuel !

Siti Noraisha Mohamed Senin's curator insight, March 3, 2014 9:01 AM

Bloom's Taxonomy accompanied with useful websites that make it easier to carry out the various levels.

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A brilliant tool for all educators.

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Students get hands-on with STEM

Students get hands-on with STEM | 21st Century STEM Resources | Scoop.it

Spaghetti, mini-marshmallows, Popsicle sticks and Q-tips could change the way students at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic School view bridges, buildings, towers and other man-made structures.

 

Many of the 210 students in Pre-K3 through eighth grade at the Fee Avenue school in Melbourne participate in weekly projects using such items under the school’s STEM program. STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math.

 

“The STEM program provides real-world context to the math and science concepts. The students are able to see that what they learn in the classroom has application in the real world,” middle school science teacher Luci D’Amico said.

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Practical applications and deeper learning with inquiry-based learning.

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3 Ways to Encourage Higher Order Thinking with Technology

3 Ways to Encourage Higher Order Thinking with Technology | 21st Century STEM Resources | Scoop.it
As a teacher, I relish the days of summer because I am given the opportunity to learn, rethink, design, and fine tune my teaching with the hope of being able to inspire students and teachers in the...

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This is a good start toward a integrated metacognitive approach within technology. Many other aspects will need to be included to become more comprehensive. 

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Nalya Ovshieva's curator insight, October 6, 2013 4:42 AM

This is a technology-based CT learning


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How can we incorporate the tools mentioned here into tenmarks? That is, create a toolkit, allow teachers to create their own content or curate/organize the the content to their liking, and add a exploratory aspect for student users....

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Straight Forward, Simple Steps to Implement Technology - Under Tab EdTech

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Howard Gardner: ‘Multiple intelligences’ are not ‘learning styles’

Howard Gardner: ‘Multiple intelligences’ are not ‘learning styles’ | 21st Century STEM Resources | Scoop.it

The fields of psychology and education were revolutionized 30 years ago when the now world-renowned psychologist Howard Gardner published his 1983 book Frames of Mind: The Theory of Multiple Intelligences,” which detailed a new model of human intelligence that went beyond the traditional view that there was a single kind that could be measured by standardized tests. (You can read his account of how he came up with the theory here.)

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I agreed, do not call them learning styles. Instead adjust from the observed intelligences displayed by the learner, adapt, change and modify to the correct teaching and learning approaches needed to achieve the learning outcomes...remember to have FUN in the learning process!

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The Smartest Kids In The World: 50 Brilliant Students That Model A Love For Learning

The Smartest Kids In The World: 50 Brilliant Students That Model A Love For Learning | 21st Century STEM Resources | Scoop.it

There have always been some pretty smart—make that incredibly smart—teenagers around.

 

Take, for example, the French mathematician Evariste Galois (1811–1832; at left), who invented the field of abstract algebra known as group theory while still in his teens. This branch of mathematics lies at the heart of modern quantum mechanics, among other things.

 

Galois may have been brilliant, but he was no nerd: He died in a duel over a love affair at the tender age of 21! So, teen geniuses are nothing new. However, it does seem like there are more of them around today than ever before.

 

Some of them are inventors; some, like Galois, solve difficult mathematical problems; some are brilliant artists, performers, or entrepreneurs; and some have encyclopedic knowledge, speak multiple languages, or can correctly spell any word.

 

They are all smart. Very smart. Smart way beyond their years. So, how do we measure intelligence? The most popular measure for intelligence is the Stanford-Binet IQ test offered through Mensa International, an organization for high-IQ people. An average IQ score is 85–114; 144 or above is considered genius-level. Yet, some people have intelligence and gifts that defy or go beyond a test score.

 

At first glance, it’s pretty hard to recognize the smartest teenagers. Just like fruit and other gifts of nature, we can’t (and shouldn’t) judge that proverbial book by its cover. You’ll recognize the diversity among these 50 smart teenagers and find very little in common among them in terms of physical characteristics, locations, background, etc.

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This can be reviewed and allow students to read about their peers. Here's the key to the kingdom of knowledge...inquiry base, student centered learning... the main reason for the  learners success.

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Numbers for Life Free Short Course Goes Live Oct. 21 | Carnegie Foundation

Numbers for Life Free Short Course Goes Live Oct. 21 | Carnegie Foundation | 21st Century STEM Resources | Scoop.it

In this short course, you will see four lessons from the Quantway® course developed by the Carnegie Foundation.  


These lessons will develop your understanding of common numbers often found in the news, on advertisements, and online.  


You will see how numbers play important roles in arguments you hear about daily like issues such as gun control, smoking, pollution, and heart attacks.  And by the end of this course, you’ll be able to use numbers to communicate your ideas.

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This is exciting new development for STEM based math teaching and learning. The Carnegie Foundation stands behind this new teaching approach. I recommend taking the short Free on-line 5 week course. Remember," A willingness to learn math in a new way." is the  course prerequisite. 

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American Geosciences Institute - AGI Education Free for K-12 Educators

American Geosciences Institute - AGI Education Free for K-12 Educators | 21st Century STEM Resources | Scoop.it

AGI Education offers an exciting array of cutting-edge products and services for K-12 educators including NSF-funded curricula, high-definition videos, classroom activities, teacher professional development, and online resources.

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A very large resource bank with more than 150  K-12 Earth Science lesson plan activties.

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A Framework For Student Motivation In A Blended Classroom

A Framework For Student Motivation In A Blended Classroom | 21st Century STEM Resources | Scoop.it

tudent motivation is an obscured piece of the academic puzzle, if for no other reason than what it implies: That students are inherently demotivated, and that the source for motivation is usually external.

 

It’s also difficult to measure, and education at large has become infatuated with the researching, measuring, and charting every step of the learning process.

 

This has had the ironic result of putting it at odds with abstractions of understanding, including curiosity, creativity, innovation, design thinking, agency, self-direction, and other equally endearing components of 21st century learning.

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This model works well within the STEM-based learning classroom. I would add Universal Design for Learning within the scope and sequence of the blended learning model.

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Climate Departure Map: These are the cities that climate change will hit first

Climate Departure Map: These are the cities that climate change will hit first | 21st Century STEM Resources | Scoop.it

Climate scientists sometimes talk about something called "climate departure" as a way of measuring when climate change has really changed things.

 

It's the moment when average temperatures, either in a specific location or worldwide, become so impacted by climate change that the old climate is left behind. It's a sort of tipping point. And a lot of cities are scheduled to hit one very soon.

 

A city hits "climate departure" when the average temperature of its coolest year from then on is projected to be warmer than the average temperature of its hottest year between 1960 and 2005.

 

For example, let's say the climate departure point for D.C. is 2047 (which it is). After 2047, even D.C.'s coldest year will still be hotter than any year from before 2005. Put another way, every single year after 2047 will be hotter than D.C.'s hottest year on record from 1860 to 2005. It's the moment when the old "normal" is really gone.

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This research can be added to glogal warming lesson plans. It has a good interactive map too!

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5 Great Apps for Future Scientists - Getting Smart by Jon Samuelson - edapps, EdTech, ipaded, scichat

5 Great Apps for Future Scientists - Getting Smart by Jon Samuelson - edapps, EdTech, ipaded, scichat | 21st Century STEM Resources | Scoop.it
These are the apps that have stood the test of time with my fourth grader. Each one of them different, but helping to cultivate the love of science and inquiry with the iPad.
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Review the list, you may add more to your resources.

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Chemistry: The Periodic Table of Videos | University of Nottingham

Chemistry: The Periodic Table of Videos | University of Nottingham | 21st Century STEM Resources | Scoop.it

The Periodic Table of Videos is produced by The University of Nottingham. The table features a video demonstration of the characteristics of each element in the table. Each element in the Periodic Table displayed on the home page is linked to a video. 

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Short videos about every element on the periodic table, plus other cool experiments and chemistry stuff.

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Practical Guidance on Science and Engineering Ethics Education for Instructors and Administrators | NAP.edu

Practical Guidance on Science and Engineering Ethics Education for Instructors and Administrators | NAP.edu | 21st Century STEM Resources | Scoop.it

Over the last two decades, colleges and universities in the United States have significantly increased the formal ethics instruction they provide in science and engineering. Today, science and engineering programs socialize students into the values of scientists and engineers as well as their obligations in the conduct of scientific research and in the practice of engineering.

 

Practical Guidance on Science and Engineering Ethics Education for Instructors and Administrators is the summary of a workshop convened in December 2012 to consider best practices for ethics education programs in science and engineering.

 

The workshop focused on four key areas: goals and objectives for ethics instruction, instructional assessment, institutional and research cultures, and development of guidance checklists for instructors and administrators.

 

Leading experts summarized and presented papers on current research knowledge in these areas. This report presents the edited papers and a summary of the discussions at the workshop.

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Key review of goals and objectives for ethics instruction, instructional assessment, institutional and research cultures, and development of guidance checklists for STEM  instructors and administrators.

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MIT Scientists Create Modular Robot Blocks That Can Self-Assemble & Reconfigure | TechCrunch

MIT Scientists Create Modular Robot Blocks That Can Self-Assemble & Reconfigure | TechCrunch | 21st Century STEM Resources | Scoop.it
M-Blocks are reconfigurable, modular robots with no external moving parts, built by research scientists at MIT.

 

Looking at these reconfiguring robo-cubes, created by research scientists at MIT in the face of ongoing naysaying, it strikes me that the human race can’t be far off a huge achievement: building a physical version of Tetris that self assembles. From angular chaos, to robot-enabled order. That and giving future Dalek armies the ability to bound up stairs.

 

The M-Blocks, shown off in the above video, are reconfigurable, modular robots with no external moving parts. The cubes’ ability to move results from harnessing the momentum of an internal flywheel (which can hit speeds of 20,000 revolutions p/m) — allowing them to climb over one another, make jumps, spin and roll around. And do all that without the need for wheels or legs.

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This is very cool and innovative with the teaching and learning approach using inquiry / problem based learning.

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A pair of breakthroughs in photonics could allow for faster and faster electronics

A pair of breakthroughs in photonics could allow for faster and faster electronics | 21st Century STEM Resources | Scoop.it

A pair of breakthroughs in the field of silicon photonics by researchers at the University of Colorado Boulder, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Micron Technology Inc. could allow for the trajectory of exponential improvement in microprocessors that began nearly half a century ago—known as Moore's Law—to continue well into the future, allowing for increasingly faster electronics, from supercomputers to laptops to smartphones.

The research team, led by CU-Boulder researcher Milos Popovic, an assistant professor of electrical, computer and energy engineering, developed a new technique that allows microprocessors to use light, instead of electrical wires, to communicate with transistors on a single chip, a system that could lead to extremely energy-efficient computing and a continued skyrocketing of computing speed into the future.

 

Popovic and his colleagues created two different optical modulators—structures that detect electrical signals and translate them into optical waves—that can be fabricated within the same processes already used in industry to create today's state-of-the-art electronic microprocessors. The modulators are described in a recent issue of the journal Optics Letters.

 

First laid out in 1965, Moore's Law predicted that the size of the transistors used in microprocessors could be shrunk by half about every two years for the same production cost, allowing twice as many transistors to be placed on the same-sized silicon chip. The net effect would be a doubling of computing speed every couple of years.

 

The projection has held true until relatively recently. While transistors continue to get smaller, halving their size today no longer leads to a doubling of computing speed. That's because the limiting factor in microelectronics is now the power that's needed to keep the microprocessors running. The vast amount of electricity required to flip on and off tiny, densely packed transistors causes excessive heat buildup.

 

"The transistors will keep shrinking and they'll be able to continue giving you more and more computing performance," Popovic said. "But in order to be able to actually take advantage of that you need to enable energy-efficient communication links."


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This is a STEM trend in the making.

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Panoramic Virtual Tour Of CERN Comes To Google Street View

Panoramic Virtual Tour Of CERN Comes To Google Street View | 21st Century STEM Resources | Scoop.it
The Large Hadron Collider is the centerpiece of CERN (The European Organization for Nuclear Research). It is the world’s largest laboratory for studying particle physics.
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