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The People’s Guide to Spatial Thinking

The People’s Guide to Spatial Thinking | NGSS Resources | Scoop.it

"One of our colleagues and leaders in spatial thinking in education, Dr. Diana Stuart Sinton, has written a book entitled The People’s Guide to Spatial Thinking, along with colleagues Sarah Bednarz, Phil Gersmehl, Robert Kolvoord, and David Uttal.  As the name implies, the book provides an accessible and readable way for students, educators, and even the general public to understand what spatial thinking is and why it matters.  It “help[s] us think across the geographies of our life spaces, physical and social spaces, and intellectual space.”  Dr. Sinton pulls selections from the NRC’s Learning to Think Spatially report and ties them to everyday life.  In so doing, she also provides ways for us in the educational community to think about teaching these concepts and skills in a variety of courses.   Indeed, as she points out, spatial thinking is particularly essential within science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, as well as geography."  - See more at: ESRI's GIS Education Community blog. 


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So many reasons to use with students in every discipline!

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Fran Martin's curator insight, January 31, 2014 4:07 AM

Useful for what we mean when we say 'thinking geographically'.

Adilson Camacho's curator insight, January 31, 2014 6:17 PM

Educação geográfica! 

Mirta Liliana Filgueira's curator insight, February 2, 2014 7:02 PM

Guía popular de pensamiento espacial.

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Open-and-go lessons that inspire kids to love science.

Open-and-go lessons that inspire kids to love science. | NGSS Resources | Scoop.it
Mystery Science offers open-and-go lessons that inspire kids to love science. The hook, visuals, and activity have all been prepared for you. Less prep, more learning.
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Great source of questions!

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Teaching the Next Generation Science Standards With 'Mysteries' - EdWeek

New Hampshire's current science standards are nine years old and will need to be updated soon.  The Governor's STEM Task Force, including business, teachers, scientists and many others, recommended...
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Five-Minute Film Festival: Freedom to Fail Forward

Five-Minute Film Festival: Freedom to Fail Forward | NGSS Resources | Scoop.it
Knowing how to learn from failure can be a key to success. In this playlist, VideoAmy curates the best videos and resources for encouraging students to be resilient and embrace mistakes.
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So just how do those motor oil additives protect your engine?

So just how do those motor oil additives protect your engine? | NGSS Resources | Scoop.it
The pistons in your car engine rub up against their cylinder walls thousands of times a minute; without lubrication in the form of motor oil, they and other parts of […]
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Engineers study the benefits of adding a second, smaller rotor to wind turbines

Engineers study the benefits of adding a second, smaller rotor to wind turbines | NGSS Resources | Scoop.it
Hui Hu picked up a 3-D printed model of a typical wind turbine and began explaining two problems with the big, tall, three-bladed machines. First, said the Iowa State University […]
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Graphene membrane could lead to better fuel cells, water filters

Graphene membrane could lead to better fuel cells, water filters | NGSS Resources | Scoop.it
An atomically thin membrane with microscopically small holes may prove to be the basis for future hydrogen fuel cells, water filtering and desalination membranes, according to a group of 15 […]
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Our solar system may have once harbored super-earths

Our solar system may have once harbored super-earths | NGSS Resources | Scoop.it
Long before Mercury, Venus, Earth, and Mars formed, it seems that the inner solar system may have harbored a number of super-Earths–planets larger than Earth but smaller than Neptune. If […]
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Crosscutting concepts

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Themes, big ideas, unifying concepts—as the editor of Science Scope writes, the idea of crosscutting concepts in science is not a new one.
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Articles in recent NSTA journals that help us think about utilizing the CCC's.

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Landmark study proves that magnets can control heat and sound

Landmark study proves that magnets can control heat and sound | NGSS Resources | Scoop.it
Researchers at The Ohio State University have discovered how to control heat with a magnetic field. In the March 23 issue of the journal Nature Materials, they describe how a magnetic […]
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New process could yield better solar cells, faster chips

New process could yield better solar cells, faster chips | NGSS Resources | Scoop.it
Computer chips, solar cells and other electronic devices have traditionally been based on silicon, the most famous of the semiconductors, that special class of materials whose unique electronic properties can […]...
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Science: Theory of the strong interaction verified

Science: Theory of the strong interaction verified | NGSS Resources | Scoop.it
The fact that the neutron is slightly more massive than the proton is the reason why atomic nuclei have exactly those properties that make our world and ultimately our existence […]
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Colliding galaxy clusters offer strongest case yet for dark matter

Colliding galaxy clusters offer strongest case yet for dark matter | NGSS Resources | Scoop.it
In the ongoing quest to understand dark matter, collisions between clusters of galaxies provide a great testing ground.
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How to Spot Bad Science infographic- all students need to know this

How to Spot Bad Science infographic- all students need to know this | NGSS Resources | Scoop.it
Science, in this day and age of the internet and "experts" on everything, is sometimes not all that accurate. People can take scientific data and use it in different ways and in bad ways.

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The Next Generation Science Standards: Standard...

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This series of videos provide an overview of the NGSS, as well as in-depth descriptions of the standards’ three dimensions.
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DC Science Assessment: An Assessment of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) | osse

New DC Sci Test site is now live! Schools, check out info on new test here: http://t.co/pUoezoAbdW
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Garden-Based Learning

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School and community gardens can be used for academic enrichment, where students can learn about nutrition, food security, and ecological sustainability.
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New technology may double radio frequency data capacity

New technology may double radio frequency data capacity | NGSS Resources | Scoop.it
A team of Columbia Engineering researchers has invented a technology–full-duplex radio integrated circuits (ICs)–that can be implemented in nanoscale CMOS to enable simultaneous transmission and reception at the same frequency […]...
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Life After the Hour of Code

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Give students a taste of coding, point them at the resources, and their enthusiasm will let them apply a once-nerdy skill to any subject area.
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US DOE examines a future grid that’s 35 percent wind

US DOE examines a future grid that’s 35 percent wind | NGSS Resources | Scoop.it
Last Thursday, the US Department of energy released a report that examines what would happen if the recent expansion of wind power were accelerated slightly and carried into the future.
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Powerful Classroom Lessons: It All Begins With the Hook

Powerful Classroom Lessons: It All Begins With the Hook | NGSS Resources | Scoop.it
The lure or hook when introducing new learning to students matters more than we think.
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Little learning without interest...

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Helping Educators Overcome 'Initiative Fatigue'

Helping Educators Overcome 'Initiative Fatigue' | NGSS Resources | Scoop.it
Charlotte Danielson explains what a study uncovered about the kind of support educators need to implement the standards.
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Five-Minute Film Festival: Celebrate World Water Day

Five-Minute Film Festival: Celebrate World Water Day | NGSS Resources | Scoop.it
How do you teach your students about water? Here's a list of videos to make learning about environmental issues, water conservation, and the biology of water fun.
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Critical global problem

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Thousands of atoms entangled with a single photon

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Physicists from MIT and the University of Belgrade have developed a new technique that can successfully entangle 3,000 atoms using only a single photon. The results, published today in the […]
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Presentation options

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One of my goals is for students to communicate what they’re learning in science through presentations. For many of my students, traditional oral reports are overwhelming.
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