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Are You Teaching Content Or Teaching Thought? -

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"Thinking is troublesome.  For one, it is an intimate act splicing time and space. It is done right here, but it spans moments in the pasts and reaches out uncertainly towards moments in the future. Put another way, you think in a singular, precise space about plural, imprecise times.

It also resists uniformity (and education loves uniformity). Thought hinges on schema (familiar forms and patterns we then impose unfamiliar data to make sense of it), and emotion (in part, our internal response to the former). It is as diverse as character, experience, and affection. It’s like defining art, establishing criteria for beauty, or causing love.  And whether it knows it or not, education has a thinking problem."


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What is your primary goal as a teacher?  Do you teach social studies or do you teach students?  While this may feel like we are splitting hairs, the distinction is an important one that is at the at the heart of your own pedagogical approach.  This is some nice food for thought on the topic to reflect on how and why you teach. 

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Confirmed: Earth's oldest rock in Australia › News in Science (ABC Science)

Confirmed: Earth's oldest rock in Australia › News in Science (ABC Science) | SJC Science | Scoop.it
Ancient zircon crystals discovered in Western Australia have been positively dated to 4.374 billion years, confirming their place as the oldest rock ever found on Earth, according to a new study.
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HowStuffWorks "What is gravity?"

HowStuffWorks "What is gravity?" | SJC Science | Scoop.it
What is gravity? How does gravity affect virtually everything on Earth? Learn about gravity in this article from HowStuffWorks.
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Coronal Loops in an Active Region of the Sun

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Mariner 10's First Close-Up Photo of Venus

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Guide to Free Education Resources

Guide to Free Education Resources | SJC Science | Scoop.it
The Open Education movement has been a powerful way for teachers to take content into their own hands, compiling and repackaging lessons that suit their individual classrooms and learning goals.
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The Most Horrifying Parasites!

Science breaks down the creepiest parasites on the planet! SUBSCRIBE - http://bit.ly/10kWnZ7 James Cook University - http://bit.ly/1gvKQ01 Special thanks to ...
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Why you should wash your hands!

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What firefighters say about climate change

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You do not find many climate change sceptics on the end of [fire] hoses anymore… They are dealing with increasing numbers of fires, increasing rainfall events, increasing storm events.
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...Firefighters know that it is better to prevent an emergency than to have to rescue people from it... 

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World’s First Vertical Forest - Bosco Verticale in Milan, Italy | Incredible Pictures

World’s First Vertical Forest - Bosco Verticale in Milan, Italy | Incredible Pictures | SJC Science | Scoop.it
This set of apartment buildings is covered in vegetation this filters the dust out of the area provides an ambient environment, filters carbon provides habitat, produces oxygen and cools the building and for its occupants
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Not sure that these apartment buildings can claim to be a world first. The towers of Babylon were also famous for their vertical gardens. They are an example of modern green design.
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Sustaining River Life > Home

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Sustaining River Life is a management, sustainability and environmental education package. The goal is to assist students of any age in developing awareness, knowledge, skills and commitment to result in informed decisions, responsible behaviour and constructive action concerning waterways and the environment. The guide is based on the premise that students and their educators have a vital interest in learning about river health. The primary audience is educators of kindergarten through to high school students. This does not limit the usefulness of Sustaining River Life to formal educational settings however. Volunteers work with young people in pre-school and after-school programs; representatives of private, conservation, industry and community groups providing programs for young people; and personnel involved in preparation for becoming future teachers, are all among those who can use the instructional resources of this program.
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Innovative ideas and activities supporting teachers of environmental science. Free to download, or flick through the website.

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Supervolcanoes on Mars

Scientists have found evidence of supervolcanoes on Mars. Several craters, thought to be created by impacts from space, may have actually been caused by expl...
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Tower Hill, near Port Fairy and Yellow Stone National Park are examples of calderas. These happen when magma comes in contact with water. The steam pressure that builds up blows the top off the volcano. They are often filled with lakes and are surounded by a rim of light, air -filled volcanic rock. More evidence for water on Mars.

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The Future of Green: Automatic Light Switches Reimagined | Earth Day Network

The Future of Green: Automatic Light Switches Reimagined | Earth Day Network | SJC Science | Scoop.it
**This is the fourth installment of our new blog series: The Future of Green. Every other Friday we will post a blog about a cutting-edge and futuristic innovation in the world of green technology.
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Bigger and healthier: Europeans grew 11cm in a century

Bigger and healthier: Europeans grew 11cm in a century | SJC Science | Scoop.it
The average height of European men grew by a surprising 11 centimeters from the early 1870s to 1980, reflecting significant improvements in health across the region, according to new research published on Monday. Contrary to expectations, the study also found that average height accelerated in the period spanning the two World Wars and the Great Depression, when poverty, food rationing and hardship of war might have been expected to limit people's growth. The swift advance may have been due to people deciding to have fewer children in this period, the researchers said, and smaller family size has previously been found to be linked to increasing average height. "Increases in human stature are a key indicator of improvements in the average health of populations," said Timothy Hatton, a professor economics at Britain's University of Essex who led the study. He said the evidence - which shows the average height of a European male growing from 167 cm to 178 cm in a little over a 100 years - suggests an environment of improving health and decreasing disease "is the single most important factor driving the increase in height". The study, published online in the journal Oxford Economic Papers, analyzed data on average men's height at around the age of 21 from the 1870s up to around 1980 in 15 European countries.
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Ancient "Giant Virus" Revived From Siberian Permafrost

Ancient "Giant Virus" Revived From Siberian Permafrost | SJC Science | Scoop.it
The discovery of a previously unknown "giant virus" from 30,000 years ago in the Siberian permafrost is bringing researchers closer to understanding the complexity of viruses.
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Talking Philippine croc eggs! - YouTube

Did you know crocodiles can communicate from inside the egg? We're very excited to have Philippine Crocodile eggs just about to hatch and just had to share t...
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5 Bad Habits You Can Blame Your Brain For

5 Bad Habits You Can Blame Your Brain For | SJC Science | Scoop.it
Next time someone gets annoyed with you for one of these bad habits, you can blame it on your brain.
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A human look at some our less helpful habits.
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Rocks in pots? What a crock!

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THE GEEKY GARDENER: Should you line your pots with gravel, stones or old broken china to help water drainage? This month, The Geeky Gardener stops the rot and puts some physics in your pots.
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Printing the Human Body: How It Works and Where It Is Headed

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The rise of 3D printing has introduced one of the most ground-breaking technological feats happening right now. The most exciting part, though, doesn't have anything to do with printing electronics or fancy furniture, but in producing human tissues, otherwise known as bioprinting. While it is still in its infancy, the future of bioprinting looks very bright and will eventually result in some major advances for society, whilst also saving billions for the economy this is spent on research and development.


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I can't see this saving money - but it will save lives. The technology to print exists. It is the question of how to develop stem cells into tissue types and then how to link these with the bodies complex control systems (nervous, circulatory and immune). in the best case scenario a grown organ will be recognised as self and the body systems will grow into them. However, organs are not toasters. Researchers are concentrating on easy things like skin grafts and ears at present, but like nano electronics, the future is full of potential and questions.

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Will HP buy Organovo, which invented and produces the NovoGen bioprinter?

Pamela D Lloyd's curator insight, November 29, 2013 2:46 PM

Such astonishingly wonderful ways to use the new 3D printing technology.

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The reefs are alive with the sound of oysters | Science News

The reefs are alive with the sound of oysters | Science News | SJC Science | Scoop.it
How does an oyster figure out where to settle down in life? It listens for where the party’s at. A new study shows that oyster larvae can detect sound in the water.
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Brain-Washing During Sleep | The Scientist Magazine®

Brain-Washing During Sleep | The Scientist Magazine® | SJC Science | Scoop.it
Rest clears out interstitial clutter in the mouse brain.
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The brain cleans and repairs itself when you sleep, ready for a new day... Maybe this is where the feeling and expression of having ' a clear mind' comes from...

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Steve Howard: Let's go all-in on selling sustainability

The big blue buildings of Ikea have sprouted solar panels and wind turbines; inside, shelves are stocked with LED lighting and recycled cotton. Why? Because ...
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Incandescent lights have been missold for decades. They have been sold as lights, when really they are heaters. They produce a lot of heat and a little bit of light. LED's are true lights. They produce a lot of light and a little bit of heat.

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Being Near Plants Will Make Your Life Better

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Green space won't necessarily help you through divorce but it can help reduce stress related to the everyday annoyances of life in dense urban areas.
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Even small spaces can be green. Start with a pot plant, or window boxes.
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Teachers | Murray-Darling Basin Authority

This page contains a collection of educational material to help you bring the Murray–Darling Basin to life in the classroom. Click on the pages below for more information.
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Fantastic resource for teachers interested in building an understanding and appreciation of Australian Riverine environments with accurate, Australian Curriculum linked activities.

 

The lesson plans and worksheets have been designed to be accessed by students online or to be downloaded and distributed during class or as homework assignments. The plans and worksheets are linked to the Australian curriculum and are designed for use by teachers of geography, history, science or mathematics... free for download and can be edited or copied as needed.

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Fantastic resource for teachers interested in building an understanding and appreciation of Australian Riverine environments with accurate, Australian Curriculum linked activities.

 

The lesson plans and worksheets have been designed to be accessed by students online or to be downloaded and distributed during class or as homework assignments. The plans and worksheets are linked to the Australian curriculum and are designed for use by teachers of geography, history, science or mathematics... free for download and can be edited or copied as needed.

Peter Phillips's curator insight, October 5, 2013 10:23 PM

Fantastic resource for teachers interested in building an understanding and appreciation of Australian Riverine environments with accurate, Australian Curriculum linked activities.

 

The lesson plans and worksheets have been designed to be accessed by students online or to be downloaded and distributed during class or as homework assignments. The plans and worksheets are linked to the Australian curriculum and are designed for use by teachers of geography, history, science or mathematics... free for download and can be edited or copied as needed.

Peter Phillips's curator insight, October 5, 2013 10:23 PM

Fantastic resource for teachers interested in building an understanding and appreciation of Australian Riverine environments with accurate, Australian Curriculum linked activities.

 

The lesson plans and worksheets have been designed to be accessed by students online or to be downloaded and distributed during class or as homework assignments. The plans and worksheets are linked to the Australian curriculum and are designed for use by teachers of geography, history, science or mathematics... free for download and can be edited or copied as needed.

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For Students, Why the Question is More Important Than the Answer

For Students, Why the Question is More Important Than the Answer | SJC Science | Scoop.it
Thinkstock In a traditional classroom, the teacher is the center of attention, the owner of knowledge and information. Teachers often ask questions o
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In a traditional classroom, the teacher is the center of attention, the owner of knowledge and information. Teachers often ask questions of their students to gauge comprehension, but it’s a passive model that relies on students to absorb information they need to reproduce on tests.

What would happen if the roles were flipped and students asked the questions?

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TB followed humans out of Africa

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DEADLY GERM: The microbe which causes TB shows the germ followed early humans out of Africa at least 70,000 years ago.
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A study of tuberculosis genetics reveals the bigger picture and story of coevolution evolution with the human race.
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