While some of you may already run some version of Celestia on your computer, if you’re not, I encourage you to give it a try. Software download directories are regularly listing Celestia’s newer beta releases as they emerge and this particular program has really improved in recent years. Those of you that are using the software currently are likely checking out these releases already. Regular users should probably stick to the traditional version of Celestia, though you might want to check out Celestia Portable if you’re looking for a bit more flexibility in terms of portability. If Celestia isn’t your thing, you might be interested in some of the other planetarium software available out there as well.
Educreations' Interactive Whiteboard is great for teachers, who can use it to create video tutorials or animated lesson plans. Scientists in a forgotten era always loved to draw out mathematical formula data or vectors on a blackboard. This is a high-tech example of the same thing. It’s not a bad idea for coaches or managers either.
To help educators learn about the various ways to integrate data-collectiontechnology into their laboratory experiments, Vernier Software & Technology is offering free workshops this fall. Led by experienced Vernier trainers, each 4-hour, hands-on workshop provides seasoned educators the opportunity to hone their data-collection skills while teachers new to probeware learn and explore the basics. Each workshop will be conducted using Vernier’s award-winning LabQuest 2 technology.
Great teaching tool. We spend more than 7.5 hours with technological devices every day, but most us don't know how they work, or how to make our own. For all the interactivity of these devices, we are bound to passive consumption. At littleBits, we believe we need to create scientific thinkers and problem-solvers, and interventions need to occur early. The time is ripe to create the pipe cleaner and the popsicle stick of the 21st century. littleBits consists of tiny circuit-boards with simple, unique functions engineered to snap together with magnets. No soldering, no wiring, no programming, just snap and play.
Lockheed Martin recently released academic licensing of its Prepar3D® simulation software to immerse students in learning and problem solving. The special pricing of $49.95 makes simulation accessible to the academic community for engaging the next generations in science, math and social studies curricula. The new academic software can be purchased for educational efforts at or below the undergraduate level at www.prepar3d.com.
Discover a learning environment that goes beyond the LMS. Open to everyone. Easy to use. Completely free. OpenClass is a dynamic, scalable, fully cloud-based solution that stimulates social learning and the exchange of content, coursework, and ideas — all from one integrated platform. Of course it has all the LMS functionality needed to manage courses, but that’s just the beginning. OpenClass actually advances education by using social technology to encourage collaboration and communication for students, faculty, institutions, and administrators around the world. OpenClass also features an idea exchange that will make it easy to find and share the latest teaching approaches, educational content, and curriculum.
Total-Impact is a website that makes it quick and easy to view the impact of a wide range of research output. It goes beyond traditional measurements of research output -- citations to papers -- to embrace a much broader evidence of use across a wide range of scholarly output types. The system aggregates impact data from many sources and displays it in a single report, which is given a permaurl for dissemination and can be updated any time.
Grade books are a thing of the past for anyone that usesEdmodo. Instructors that want to save some paper might want to check out the program for this function alone. However, there’s a lot more to it. In fact, students and teachers can keep in touch with each other using the app. Some classes are even being conducted solely via the program now.
Google+ Hangouts are proving to be a proficient platform for teaching and communicating in real time with others. If you're someone who creates instructional content online, you may want to consider using the platform for your next project.
Printed timelines can only cover so much history, but the new Timeline Eons app for iOS covers literally billions of years worth of history starting with the Big Bang. And it does it in a really cool way. The Today in History option can help users to keep tabs on important events, though individuals can actually program in anniversary reminders if they purchase the full version. Even the free version has plenty of functionality though. Mobile device users can experiment with three trial events, though they’ll probably be more interested in the fact that they can browse all of Earth’s history for ten days.
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As we encounter natural phenomena, we seek to understand what is happening around us. Not only does science help us answer these questions, it is at the root of how and why we ask them. Through this process we begin to understand that much of what we know about science can be explained through a small number of principles that explain the behavior of the natural world. So, why isn’t science taught this way in our schools?
Stellarium is a free open source planetarium for your computer. It shows a realistic sky in 3D, just like what you see with the naked eye, binoculars or a telescope. It is being used in planetarium projectors. Just set your coordinates and go.
The TI Nspired Learning interactive science classroom, which is a versatile daily teaching system for the classroom, lab and field, is designed to increase student understanding with real-world simulations in the classroom and comprehensive data collection and analysis in the field or lab.
To further enrich the TI Nspired Learning science experience, TI has teamed up with some of the nation's top STEM content providers to create interactive and dynamic activities for science teachers and students.
The Cultural Observatory is preparing to deploy a searchable database of over 740,000 scientific papers. The system, called Bookworm-Arxiv, allows users to search for a handful of keywords, and then returns a graph of the usage of those terms over time, providing insight into the origins and dissemination of certain schools of academic thought. Even better, because the repository itself is free and open, users can drill down into the various papers themselves for instant access.
Chromoscope lets students explore our Galaxy (the Milky Way) and the distant Universe in a range of wavelengths from gamma-rays to the longest radio waves. This is a great way to add substance to wavelength/light lectures.
Scientists from the University of Cambridge and Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM) recently released a paper – Recent Developments in Planet Migration Theory (referenced below) that has some interesting implications for extrasolar planetary studies. I thought a brief discussion of this topic might be beneficial to those of you that are interested in learning more about:
How planets and planetary systems are formed
Why this is important to our understanding of planet–disc interactions, and the resulting planets’ orbital migration.
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