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Stem Cell Basics: Educational cartoon for young learners

Take a peek into our microscope for a lesson in stem cell basics! This video is a component of the Pittsburgh Tissue Engineering Iniative-Carnegie Science Ce...
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Summer of science: City schools team with local colleges for STEM programs

Summer of science: City schools team with local colleges for STEM programs | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
For these city kids, it’s the summer of STEM. As interest in science, technology, engineering and math — known as STEM — heats up in classrooms across the Big Apple and nationwide, local colleges are giving younger students a shot at a high-tech higher education.
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Teachers enlivening classrooms with free role-playing game

Teachers enlivening classrooms with free role-playing game | STEM Connections | Scoop.it

 

Young people naturally gravitate towards games, but how can teachers gamify learning without making a huge commitment? The team behind hit RPG Classcraft have an innovative solution to this problem.


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Nik Peachey's curator insight, October 20, 12:13 PM

This looks like an interesting tool.

David W. Deeds's curator insight, October 20, 11:30 PM

Now this is geeky-cool stuff! Thanks again to Kim Flintoff.

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The Psychology of Getting Unstuck: How to Overcome the “OK Plateau” of Performance & Personal Growth

The Psychology of Getting Unstuck: How to Overcome the “OK Plateau” of Performance & Personal Growth | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
Something experts in all fields tend to do when they’re practicing is to operate outside of their comfort zone and study themselves failing. The best figure skaters in the world spend more of their practice time practicing jumps that they don’t land than lesser figure skaters do. The same is true of musicians. When most musicians sit down to practice, they play the parts of pieces that they’re good at. Of course they do: it’s fun to succeed. But expert musicians tend to focus on the parts that are hard, the parts they haven’t yet mastered. The way to get better at a skill is to force yourself to practice just beyond your limits.

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Gust MEES's curator insight, October 19, 12:43 PM

Something experts in all fields tend to do when they’re practicing is to operate outside of their comfort zone and study themselves failing. The best figure skaters in the world spend more of their practice time practicing jumps that they don’t land than lesser figure skaters do. The same is true of musicians. When most musicians sit down to practice, they play the parts of pieces that they’re good at. Of course they do: it’s fun to succeed. But expert musicians tend to focus on the parts that are hard, the parts they haven’t yet mastered. The way to get better at a skill is to force yourself to practice just beyond your limits.


Write on Sports's curator insight, October 20, 2:53 PM

This article falls right in line with our methodology for our program.  Revision! Revision! Revision!  which in essence is practice! practice! practice!  

Chris Carter's curator insight, October 20, 8:04 PM

This is growth mindset. Failure as iteration. Wonderful!

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explore ~ Annenberg Foundation

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"explore, funded by the Annenberg Foundation, is one of those rare, heart lifting websites that could make you grateful all over again for the wonders of the internet. From Live Cams of the Cayman Reef to lots of pictures of puppies and kittens, explore seeks to present the details of life, small and large, with an artist’s eye toward beauty. Scout by Channels (e.g. 11 minute films, Darfur & Rwanda, Dog Bless You, and many others), Live Cams (such as African Watering Hole and Beluga Boat Cam-underwater), as well as Films and Photos. Also of interest, the excellent Blog is regularly updated."


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Ukraine's Geographic Challenge

"Ukraine is the quintessential borderland state. The country borders three former Soviet states and four countries in the European Union.  Ukraine sits on the Northern European Plain, the area that has historically served as an invasion superhighway going east and west."

 

Tags: Ukraine, geopolitics, political.


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We Are Teachers

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The Bones of a Good Essay Poster: Free Halloween-themed classroom poster printable that teaches students how to write an essay step by step.

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STEM to STEAM: Resource Roundup ~ Edutopia

STEM to STEAM: Resource Roundup ~ Edutopia | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
Whether you are looking for resources on integrating science, technology, engineering, and math or on infusing the arts to transform STEM into STEAM, this curated compilation will help you strategize around different approaches to integrated studies.

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Troubles on Russia's Lake Baikal

"Workers at an ailing paper mill in Siberia are clinging to their jobs in the face of financial pressure and criticism from environmentalists.
Related Article: http://nyti.ms/gSvOkM"


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Shanelle Zaino's curator insight, October 15, 8:19 PM

This was an extremely interesting video. I had known of what a Monotown was  but didn't know there was an actual name. This paper mill located in Siberia had been shut down do to environmental infractions.It is extremely sad to see people struggling to put food on the table, as well as seeing the environment suffering.It was interesting to learn that lake Baikal is the world's largest lake holding such a large portion of the world's fresh water. Considering it is such a large part of the ecosystem it seems more beneficial to worry about the quality of the lake and it's ecosystem while creating alternative employment for the employees of the paper mill. One idea that may be beneficial would be to employ the people of the paper mill to care for the lake. The environment and the community would benefit.

Nicole Kearsch's curator insight, October 19, 9:25 PM

It's sad when the environment is second to people needing to destroy it to live.  These people are so in need of their jobs at the paper mill for a source of income that they don't care what happens to the lake.  Continuing to dump the pollutants into the lake with a bill signed off just to keep a job is not okay.  There should be a plan put in place to both save the jobs of these people, as well as saving the lake as well.  At this point in time they don't see or care about the future effects this polluting of the lake will have on their children and their children's children.  It is unfortunate that they are in so need of jobs and everyone just seems to be overlooking the environmental issues that are taking place because no one will take a stand and demand environmental protection as well as their jobs.  

James Hobson's curator insight, October 20, 7:05 PM

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It's sad to find out that even in the far reaches of the world human development is having a deep-reaching negative impact on the environment. I relate the problem of Lake Baikal to that of Haiti's forests: both have resulted, in their own unique ways, from lack of government regulation. Sights have been only upon short-term profits, and blind eyes have been turned to the wellbeing of the future. The Lake is more than just a resource to be exploited; it's also a natural wonder, complex ecosystem, scientific marvel, and source of sustenance which, only if used with sustainability in mind, can continue to exist well into the future. Since Lake Baikal, along with some of the deepest oceanic trenches, is among one of the last unexplored frontiers on the planet, I hope that this message will hit especially hard. Just like seeds: if all of them are consumed, you don't have any fruit for the future.

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History vs. Christopher Columbus

View full lesson: http://ed.ted.com/lessons/history-vs-christopher-columbus-alex-gendler ; Many people in the United States and Latin America have grown up celebrating the anniversary of Christopher Columbus’s voyage. But was he an intrepid explorer who brought two worlds together or a ruthless exploiter who brought colonialism and slavery? And did he even discover America at all? Alex Gendler puts Columbus on the stand in History vs. Christopher Columbus.


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Stephen Zimmett's curator insight, October 17, 5:34 PM

Christopher Columbus slaughtered many indians   in his quest to find  what we thought was his quest to discover America. He was ruthless and barbaric.  Honoring him on Columbus Day is a real misgiving for the American people.

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8 inspiring girls making an impact on STEM and education

8 inspiring girls making an impact on STEM and education | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
What better day than 11 October, the UN’s International Day of the Girl Child, to celebrate eight remarkable young women and girls who have only just begun to make their mark.
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UNESCO’s Overview of Information Literacy Resources Worldwide 2nd ed. 2014-2015

UNESCO’s Overview of Information Literacy Resources Worldwide 2nd ed. 2014-2015 | STEM Connections | Scoop.it

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Joseph Pizzo's curator insight, October 12, 1:38 PM

Some important information for the 21st century.

 

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Killer Apps in the Gigabit Age

Killer Apps in the Gigabit Age | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
Experts foresee changes across all aspects of life as digital connectivity advances. They predict hyper-personalized interactions, 3D holograms, immersive virtual reality and a deepening dependency upon machines as we navigate our lives.
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Virus! about ebola - a 2Learn.ca special edition

Virus! about ebola - a 2Learn.ca special edition | STEM Connections | Scoop.it

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Creepy, Crawly but Cool: Halloween resources to teach about bats, spiders, and more...

Creepy, Crawly but Cool: Halloween resources to teach about bats, spiders, and more... | STEM Connections | Scoop.it

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Algebra on a Chromebook: LucidChart Diagrams

Algebra on a Chromebook: LucidChart Diagrams | STEM Connections | Scoop.it

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Virtual reality's growing up fast

Virtual reality's growing up fast | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
A rocket passes on my left. Glass explodes to my right. Soldiers run for cover. Then I look up to watch a car flip over me in the air. Ahead, the monster charges its weapon and aims it right at me. Don’t look away, I tell myself.

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David W. Deeds's curator insight, October 20, 8:58 AM

Geeky-cool stuff! 

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A hard look at corn economics — and world hunger

A hard look at corn economics — and world hunger | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
Corn is not what you think. For starters: Most of the time, it's not human food.

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Seth Dixon's curator insight, October 14, 3:07 PM

Land use practices that determine what is grown in a particular place are partly determined by the health needs of a local population, but they are more directly shaped by economic markets.  Over 75% of the corn produced in the United States is destined for animal feed or fuel; since global population projections are now supposed to be 11 billion by 2100, these are some important issues for us to consider before we are forced to reassess our societal choices.    


Tagspodcast, political ecologyagriculture, food production, land use.

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Feeding Our Hungry Planet

"By 2050, the world's population will likely increase 35 percent. But is growing more food the only option—or even the best? National Geographic investigates the challenges and solutions to feeding everyone on our planet, based on an eight-month series in National Geographic magazine.  Visit http://natgeofood.com for ongoing coverage of food issues as we investigate the Future of Food today on World Food Day."

 

Tags: sustainability, agriculture, food production, unit 5 agriculture.


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Truthbehere2's curator insight, October 17, 10:30 AM

I think I might as well buy some land and plant my own huge garden for this crap coming up and have a fence around my yard too

Nancy Watson's curator insight, October 19, 8:53 AM

Population increase is just part of the story. How do we feed everyone? How will we provide for the needs of everyone?  Can the earth sustain the use of her resources and the impact of our growing needs and output. First we must eat. Can we learn to do that wisely? 

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Here's what 9,000 years of breeding has done to corn, peaches, and other crops

Here's what 9,000 years of breeding has done to corn, peaches, and other crops | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
Corn, watermelon, and peaches were unrecognizable 8,000 years ago.  

      

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Geographic Influences of Skating

"Dogtown and Z-Boys: A documentary about the pioneering 1970s Zephyr skating team."


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Seth Dixon's curator insight, October 9, 1:53 PM

Popular culture is shaped by taste-makers, counter-cultural movements, and the blending of cultural practices in new ways creating a distinct aesthetic. Often, the physical geography of a region plays a crucial role in shaping the cultural practices particular to their environment. All of that can be seen quite vividly in the colorful skating revolution of the 1970s that took shape in the Southern California. Kids who grew up idolizing surfers branched out their recreational habits into the modern form of skating that we see today at the X Games. Made legendary through a series of Skateboarder magazine articles, these kids shaped the cultural ethos of skateboarding for over a generation. With the coastal influence of surfing, the socioeconomics of a seaside slum, it’s abandoned piers, the ubiquity of cement and asphalt in the urban landscape, the run-down neighborhood of “Dogtown” was home to cultural movement. The fierce droughts of the 1970 meant abandoned swimming pools; that drought led surfers to the technological infrastructure for modern skating ramps and half pipes as they skated in emptied swimming pools. As stated in those Skaterboarder articles, “two hundred years of American technology has unwittingly created a massive cement playground of unlimited potential. But it was the minds of 11 year olds that could see that potential.” The documentary “Dogtown and Z-Boys” (trailer) and the fictionalized “Lords of Dogtown,” (trailer) both produced by skater turned filmmaker Stacy Peralta, chronicle the age (“Lords of Dogtown” is not appropriate for the K-12 classroom viewing).


Tags: place, spacesport, California, landscapevideo, popular culture, music.

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The Spellbinding Beauty of Chemical Reactions Captured in Ultra HD Video

The Spellbinding Beauty of Chemical Reactions Captured in Ultra HD Video | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
Beautiful Chemistry is a new digital media and technology project aimed at getting the world excited about science by magnifying the sheer magnificence and visual poetry of a chemistry experiment in full bloom. Shot using special lenses in 4K Ultra HD, the videos capture the transformations caused by chemical reactions...
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Visualizing Earth's Physical Systems

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"An animated map of global wind and weather. Join the Facebook community.  Seen here are the dual menaces, Cyclone Hudhud and Typhoon Vongfong."


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Seth Dixon's curator insight, October 7, 2:18 PM

Earlier I shared a dynamic map of near-live wind data for the United States and a static rendering of global wind patterns.  This combines the features of both of those resources to provide a mesmerizing digital globe.  This visualization of global weather conditions is updated every three hours from supercomputer data projections.  Click on the 'earth' text in the lower left-hand corner to customize the display.  For examining the wind patterns and oceans currents, this is much more useful than Google Earth; this is definitely one of my favorite resources.


Tagsphysical, weather and climate, mapping, visualization.

Pam Anderson's curator insight, October 12, 11:48 AM

this might interest some of our teachers who are studying weather With their students.  I just think this site is fascinating!

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The Power of the Pygmalion Effect - "teacher expectations predict student achievement"

The Power of the Pygmalion Effect - "teacher expectations predict student achievement" | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
New CAP research makes clear the importance of high teacher expectations for all students.

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'Visible Light' Photo Series Captures Sculpture-Like Portraits of Light Itself

'Visible Light' Photo Series Captures Sculpture-Like Portraits of Light Itself | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
Connecticut-based artist Alexander Harding went a little bit meta with his intriguing photo series Visible Light. All photographers capture light, but he u

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