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The Great American Eclipse via Discovery Education

The Great American Eclipse via Discovery Education | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it

Live and on-demand resources for classrooms to experience the Great American Eclipse. Learn more!


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The Most Important Skill for Science or Self-Improvement

The Most Important Skill for Science or Self-Improvement | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
If I could ensure that kids come away from science class with one thing only, it wouldn’t be a set of facts. It would be an attitude—something that the late physicist Richard Feynman called “scientific integrity,” the willingness to bend over backward to examine reasons your pet theories about the...

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Beth Dichter's curator insight, January 3, 2015 7:45 PM

Have you heard about the concept of a paradigm shift? This happens when new information comes in that does not fit what we expected. Unfortunately in many cases we choose not to see this lack of fit, and ignore the information. This post looks at this type of issue but suggests that you have students look it as "surprises" and notes that "we need to actively look for signs that our assumptions are wrong..."

How can we do this? Try creating a "Surprise Journal" with your students. Based on one teacher who has done this consider having your students (and you) look for moments of "surprise." Have them respond to two questions:

* Why was this surprising?

* And what does that tell me about myself?

This teacher has collected over 1,000 moments of surprise and shares a few of them in this post.

Here is his statement about how it changed his classroom culture (quoted from the post):

“In the class culture, acknowledgement that you are mistaken about something has become dubbed a ‘moment of surprise’ (followed by a student scrambling to retrieve their journal to record it),” he wrote to me. “As this is much more value-neutral than ‘I screwed up,’ the atmosphere surrounding the topic is less stressful than in previous years.”

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Great Websites to Teach Anatomy of Human Body in 3D

Great Websites to Teach Anatomy of Human Body in 3D | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it

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Crack the Books iTextbooks - Adjusts for Reading Levels

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Crack The Books is a state of the art, interactive textbook series for upper elementary students.

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Carol Leynse Harpold's curator insight, September 26, 2013 7:28 PM

Interesting universal design for learning textbook series. Have you used these?

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Cindy Medeiros's curator insight, October 5, 2014 2:21 PM

These science textbooks are interactive and the reading levels can be modified to suit the reader.

Alyson Lewis's curator insight, October 12, 2014 4:29 PM

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50 Science Misconceptions - mental floss on YouTube (Ep.18)

A weekly show where knowledge junkies get their fix of trivia-tastic information. This week, Hank Green discusses 50 common science misconceptions about topi...

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Beth Dichter's curator insight, August 11, 2013 9:14 PM

How well do you know science? How about misconceptions in science that many believe are true? This video will help you (and your students) discover 50 misconceptions in science. If you use it with a class you may want to spread it out over a  few days and allow time of discussion!

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Awesome Stories: Primary Source Docs for Common Core

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AwesomeStories is a gathering place of primary-source information. Its purpose - since the site was first launched in 1999 - is to help educators and individuals find original sources, located at national archives, libraries, universities, museums, historical societies and government-created web sites.

Sources held in archives, which document so much important first-hand information, are often not searchable by popular search engines. One needs to search within those institutional sites directly, using specific search phrases not readily discernible to non-scholars. The experience can be frustrating, resulting in researchers leaving key sites without finding needed information.

AwesomeStories is about primary sources. The stories exist as a way to place original materials in context and to hold those links together in an interesting, cohesive way (thereby encouraging people to look at them). It is a totally different kind of web site in that its purpose is to place primary sources at the forefront - not the opinions of a writer. Its objective is to take the site's users to places where those primary sources are located. 


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Deb Gardner's curator insight, March 27, 2013 6:23 PM

Excellent digital resource when teaching with CCSS, particularly in science and social studies!

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FREE - Thomas Edison's Secret Lab Reviews reviewed on edshelf

FREE - Thomas Edison's Secret Lab Reviews reviewed on edshelf | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
Together with Thomas Edison, the greatest inventor of all time, the Secret Lab Kids will show you how fun science can be. In fact, it’s a BLAST! Unknown to the world, Thomas Edison had a secret lab where he invented a virtual version of himself and Von Bolt, a nearly-completed robot, to guide and inspire …

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Learning Never Stops: 9 Science Centered YouTube Channels for teachers and students

Learning Never Stops: 9 Science Centered YouTube Channels for teachers and students | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it

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Robert Dart's curator insight, September 28, 2014 11:30 PM

Great selection of science related you tube channels.

ma. isabel olguín vega's curator insight, September 30, 2014 6:42 PM

you tube para profesores y estudiantes  @barbirimoo

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Free Technology for Teachers: Six Web Adventures In Science

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"There are six adventures in the series including the CSI adventure. Each of the adventures is appropriate for middle school or high school use. In each adventure students take on the role of scientist to solve a crime, conduct experiments, and learn about scientific methods and processes."


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Beth Dichter's curator insight, November 1, 2013 9:33 PM

Richard Byrne shares six science games that are available online through Rice University. The games include:

* CSI Adventure - six adventures that allow students to become forensic scientists and solve a crime.

* Cool Science Careers - students may explore five STEM-based careers. Students take an interest survey and their adventure will be guided by their interests.

* MedMyst - learn about microbiology with a focus on infectious diseases and how they spread.

* Reconstructors allows you to "gather evidence and data to solve drug-related cases." (3 games)

* Virtual Clinical Trials - become a research scientist and help develope treatments for spinal cord injuries, depression and brain injuries.

* N-Squad - "investigate the effects of alcohol on the digestive, circulatory, and nervous systems."

These games are geared to middle and high school students and these adventures are also available in Spanish!

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Animations: This Thing Called Science

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We're thrilled to launch our next series of animations: This Thing Called Science. This series follows on from Critical Thinking, showing the way we think scientifically by considering skepticism, ...

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mtmeme's curator insight, September 13, 2013 9:09 AM

Great series for introduction to scientific concepts and research methods. When we are aware of sources of bias we can devise ways to test for it or eliminate it. 

Hanis's curator insight, July 22, 2014 3:50 PM

Learn more about Science by first understanding the Scientific Process. These videos above make it much more easier to understand the topic. 

Derek McCormack's curator insight, October 8, 2014 11:35 PM

Bridge 8 are good peeps

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Infographic: The Value of a STEM Education

Infographic: The Value of a STEM Education | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it

"Knowledge in science, technology, engineering, and math STEM_ canbe a key to a successful future. Here's why a STEM education matters and how you can inspire students to pursue STEM careers.

80 % of the fastest growing occupations in the United States depend on mastery of mathematics and scientific knowledge and skills, but students are not currently equipped to satisfy this growing need." 


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A great infographic that looks as the value of a STEM education...for more on the value of educating students in science, technology, engineering and math click through to the post. You may also download the infographic as a pdf. 

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Rebecca Wilkins's curator insight, July 31, 2015 10:10 AM

Engineering is the missing piece of STEM.  Rarely do you find a focus on STEM that capitalizes on engineering.

Mark E. Deschaine, PhD's curator insight, July 31, 2015 10:33 AM

Engineering is the missing piece of STEM.  Rarely do you find a focus on STEM that capitalizes on engineering.

Ellen Dougherty's curator insight, August 1, 2015 11:42 AM

A great infographic that looks as the value of a STEM education...for more on the value of educating students in science, technology, engineering and math click through to the post. You may also download the infographic as a pdf.