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Teacher's Comprehensive List of Great Educational Technology Resources ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

Teacher's Comprehensive List of Great Educational Technology Resources ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | NGSS Resources | Scoop.it

A fantastic collated list of educational technology resources!


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A wealth of resources cataloged for easy access.

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Plastic Pollution: More than 5 Trillion Plastic Pieces Weighing over 250,000 Tons Afloat at Sea

Plastic Pollution: More than 5 Trillion Plastic Pieces Weighing over 250,000 Tons Afloat at Sea | NGSS Resources | Scoop.it

Nearly 269,000 tons of plastic pollution may be floating in the world's oceans, according to a new study. Microplastic pollution is found in varying concentrations throughout the oceans, but estimates of the global abundance and weight of floating plastics, both micro and macroplastic, lack sufficient data to support them. To better estimate the total number of plastic particles and their weight floating in the world's oceans, scientists from six countries contributed data from 24 expeditions collected over a six-year period from 2007-2013 across all five sub-tropical gyres, coastal Australia, Bay of Bengal, and the Mediterranean Sea.


Microplastic pollution is found in varying concentrations throughout the oceans, but estimates of the global abundance and weight of floating plastics, both micro and macroplastic, lack sufficient data to support them. To better estimate the total number of plastic particles and their weight floating in the world's oceans, scientists from six countries contributed data from 24 expeditions collected over a six-year period from 2007-2013 across all five sub-tropical gyres, coastal Australia, Bay of Bengal, and the Mediterranean Sea. The data included information about microplastics collected using nets and large plastic debris from visual surveys, which were then used to calibrate an ocean model of plastic distribution.


Based on the data and model, the authors of the study estimate a minimum of 5.25 trillion plastic particles weighing nearly 269,000 tons in the world's oceans. Large plastics appear to be abundant near coastlines, degrading into microplastics in the 5 subtropical gyres, and that the smallest microplastics were present in more remote regions, such as the subpolar gyres, which the authors did not expect. The distribution of the smallest microplastics in remote regions of the ocean may suggest that gyres act as 'shredders' of large plastic items into microplastics, after which they eject them across the ocean.


"Our findings show that the garbage patches in the middle of the five subtropical gyres are not the final resting places for the world's floating plastic trash. The endgame for micro-plastic is interactions with entire ocean ecosystems," says Marcus Eriksen, PhD, Director of Research for the 5 Gyres Institute.



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RefME | Free Reference Generator – Harvard, APA, MLA, Chicago…

RefME | Free Reference Generator – Harvard, APA, MLA, Chicago… | NGSS Resources | Scoop.it
Create and manage your references in seconds with RefME’s FREE reference generator. Harvard, APA, MLA, Chicago & more – we’ve got it covered!

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Easy support for citing sources

Practice 8 and connections to Common Core ELA

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5 Strategies For Better Teacher Professional Development

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TEST 5 Strategies For Better Teacher Professional Development
by Joel Zarrow
Just as a teacher has to create conditions that support and encourage student success, school districts have to support teachers’ professional development.
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Effective implementation of the NGSS will require effective, ongoing professional learning opportunities for teachers.

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Smithsonian Science Education Center - Crosscutting Concepts: The Bigger Picture

Smithsonian Science Education Center - Crosscutting Concepts: The Bigger Picture | NGSS Resources | Scoop.it
RT @SmithsonianScie: Are the Next Generation Science Standards really any different from previous standards?

Read: http://t.co/nsrowt7phx…
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Contains an interesting international comparison

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Plotly

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Create educational infographics.


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Nik Peachey's curator insight, December 15, 5:34 AM

This looks like a useful, though rather complex tool for creating a wide range of graphs and graphics based on data sets.

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Infografías con excelentes diseños. Plantillas.

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Is Your School #FutureReady?

Is Your School #FutureReady? | NGSS Resources | Scoop.it
Two recent events have the potential to help schools nationwide get up to speed when it comes to Internet access and equity.
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Increasing greenhouse gases linked to rains over Africa thousands of years ago

Increasing greenhouse gases linked to rains over Africa thousands of years ago | NGSS Resources | Scoop.it
An increase in greenhouse gas concentrations thousands of years ago was a key factor in higher amounts of rainfall in two major regions of Africa, scientists have discovered. The finding […]
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Contact lens merges plastics and active electronics via 3-D printing

Contact lens merges plastics and active electronics via 3-D printing | NGSS Resources | Scoop.it
As part of a project demonstrating new 3-D printing techniques, Princeton researchers have embedded tiny light-emitting diodes into a standard contact lens, allowing the device to project beams of colored […]...
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Setting Intentions: A Powerful Tool To Help Us Learn

Setting Intentions: A Powerful Tool To Help Us Learn | NGSS Resources | Scoop.it
When teachers set intentions before a workshop or professional development, and then reflect at the end, it helps them learn in a much deeper and more authentic way.
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10 Student Learning Objectives For The Teacher Not So Sure About This Hour Of Code Thing

10 Student Learning Objectives For The Teacher Not So Sure About This Hour Of Code Thing | NGSS Resources | Scoop.it
TEST 10 Sample Student Learning Objectives For The Teacher That’s Not So Sure About This Hour Of Code Thing by TeachThought Staff You keep hearing about this hour of code thing, but you’re not a “hacker,” and aren’t real comfortable with teaching...
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25 Of The Best Resources For Teaching With YouTube

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TEST 25 Of The Best Resources For Teaching With YouTube
by TeachThought Staff
As both hardware and software design improve, the possibility of mobile learning is increasingly accessible.
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A Quick Guide To Teaching Hour Of Code 2014

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TEST A Quick Guide To Teaching Hour Of Code 2014
by TeachThought Staff
What is Hour of Code?
Hour of Code is a week-long promotion of the teaching and learning of computer coding.
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This will be necessary as we help students learn using mathematics and computational thinking.

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Experiential Learning: Just Because It’s Hands-On Doesn’t Mean It’s Minds-On

Experiential Learning: Just Because It’s Hands-On Doesn’t Mean It’s Minds-On | NGSS Resources | Scoop.it
TEST Experiential Learning: Just Because It’s Hands-On Doesn’t Mean It’s Minds-On by Grant Wiggins, Authentic Education I recently visited Thetford Academy in Vermont (one of the few and interesting public-private academies in New England) where...
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Sense-making, sense-making, sense-making...

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A Worm's Mind In A Lego Body: Scientists Map Brain Connectome of C.elegans and Upload it to a Lego Robot

A Worm's Mind In A Lego Body: Scientists Map Brain Connectome of C.elegans and Upload it to a Lego Robot | NGSS Resources | Scoop.it

Take the connectome of a worm and transplant it as software in a Lego Mindstorms EV3 robot - what happens next? It is a deep and long standing philosophical question. Are we just the sum of our neural networks. Of course, if you work in AI you take the answer mostly for granted, but until someone builds a human brain and switches it on we really don't have a concrete example of the principle in action.


The nematode worm Caenorhabditis elegans (C. elegans) is tiny and only has 302 neurons. These have been completely mapped and the OpenWorm project is working to build a complete simulation of the worm in software. One of the founders of the OpenWorm project, Timothy Busbice, has taken the connectome and implemented an object oriented neuron program.


The model is accurate in its connections and makes use of UDP packets to fire neurons. If two neurons have three synaptic connections then when the first neuron fires a UDP packet is sent to the second neuron with the payload "3". The neurons are addressed by IP and port number. The system uses an integrate and fire algorithm. Each neuron sums the weights and fires if it exceeds a threshold. The accumulator is zeroed if no message arrives in a 200ms window or if the neuron fires. This is similar to what happens in the real neural network, but not exact.

The software works with sensors and effectors provided by a simple LEGO robot. The sensors are sampled every 100ms. For example, the sonar sensor on the robot is wired as the worm's nose. If anything comes within 20cm of the "nose" then UDP packets are sent to the sensory neurons in the network.


The same idea is applied to the 95 motor neurons but these are mapped from the two rows of muscles on the left and right to the left and right motors on the robot. The motor signals are accumulated and applied to control the speed of each motor.  The motor neurons can be excitatory or inhibitory and positive and negative weights are used. 


And the result? It is claimed that the robot behaved in ways that are similar to observed C. elegans. Stimulation of the nose stopped forward motion. Touching the anterior and posterior touch sensors made the robot move forward and back accordingly. Stimulating the food sensor made the robot move forward.


More Information: The Robotic Worm (Biocoder pdf - free on registration)
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Why Does Earth Have Deserts?


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Nicely aligned to MS Earth science 

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Seth Dixon's curator insight, December 6, 10:52 PM

The very short answer--Hadley Cells.  This Minute Earth video nicely explains why the Earth has tropical rainforests near the equator and deserts just to the north (and south) of them.  For another physics video that shows more of the science of swirling fluid dynamics, check this video out.   

Catherine Buckman's curator insight, December 16, 2:22 PM

Interesting short video  explaining Hadley Cells and why the earth rain forests on Equator and deserts above and below. 

Gordon de Snoo's curator insight, December 16, 7:05 PM

Good explaination

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52 Of The Best Apps For Your Classroom In 2015

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TEST 52 Of The Best Apps For Your Classroom In 2015
by TeachThought Staff
What are the best apps for your classroom? The best little bits of software to use tomorrow, in your school, to make your classroom go?
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Contains mostly productivity apps, a few reference apps, and one science specific app. Nice to have a range in ine list.

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The Big Picture Of Education Technology: The Padagogy Wheel

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TEST The Big Picture Of Education Technology: The Padagogy Wheel
by TeachThought Staff
Teaching is a matter of design.
That’s not new, but in an era of change and possibility, it’s more apparent now than ever.
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Neat tool for iPad classrooms

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New from NSTA: Quick Reference Guides to the Next Generation Science Standards

New from NSTA: Quick Reference Guides to the Next Generation Science Standards | NGSS Resources | Scoop.it
New from NSTA: Quick Reference Guides to the Next Generation Science Standards via @dgburris http://t.co/grmvFr93cb
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New therapy holds promise for restoring vision

New therapy holds promise for restoring vision | NGSS Resources | Scoop.it
A new genetic therapy not only helped blind mice regain enough light sensitivity to distinguish flashing from non-flashing lights, but also restored light response to the retinas of dogs, setting […]
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“Next Generation Science Standards: A Key to the Next Generation of American Jobs," Dr. S. James Gates, Jr., Director of the Center for String and Particle Theory at the University of Maryland and ...

“Next Generation Science Standards: A Key to the Next Generation of American Jobs," Dr. S. James Gates, Jr., Director of the Center for String and Particle Theory at the University of Maryland and ... | NGSS Resources | Scoop.it
Through a multi-year process in which Arkansas was one of 26 lead states, new K–12 science standards have been developed and are now moving towards adoption in states across the country, including ...
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Can organic crops compete with industrial agriculture?

Can organic crops compete with industrial agriculture? | NGSS Resources | Scoop.it
A systematic overview of more than 100 studies comparing organic and conventional farming finds that the crop yields of organic agriculture are higher than previously thought.
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Federal Judge Dismisses Lawsuit Against Kansas' Science Standards

Federal Judge Dismisses Lawsuit Against Kansas' Science Standards | NGSS Resources | Scoop.it
The dismissed lawsuit claims that the Next Generation Science Standards violates the religious freedoms of students and parents and promoted atheism.
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4 Coding Resources From The Khan Academy

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TEST 4 Coding Resources From The Khan Academy by TeachThought Staff The Hour of Code–or rather, week of code that is itself composed of hours–began yesterday. There are, according to the HoC website, 75004 individual events happening worldwide,...
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New from NSTA: Quick Reference Guides to the Next Generation Science Standards

New from NSTA: Quick Reference Guides to the Next Generation Science Standards | NGSS Resources | Scoop.it

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Three Connections to Aid in Understanding the Next Generation Science Standards

Three Connections to Aid in Understanding the Next Generation Science Standards | NGSS Resources | Scoop.it
By Rebecca McLelland-Crawley The Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) bring a new level of rigor and scientific problem solving to our classrooms.
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