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Must Have STEM Tools

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A list of teacher-recommended must have STEM tools for the classroom, such as Monster Physics, Google Earth, PhET Interactive Science Simulations, etc.

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All the Cool Kids Are Doing Science: Why will.i.am Is Making It Hip to Be a 'Nerd'

All the Cool Kids Are Doing Science: Why will.i.am Is Making It Hip to Be a 'Nerd' | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
If there aren’t enough American workers for today’s tech jobs, imagine the nation in 2024 if we don’t find fresh ways to get kids interested.
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Top ten ways to start with “maker education” | Invent To Learn

Top ten ways to start with “maker education” | Invent To Learn | STEM Connections | Scoop.it

"This is possibly the question I hear most frequently – “Where do I start incorporating making in my classroom?” I wish there was a single, simple answer! But here are a couple of ideas of where to start."


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Silverback Learning's curator insight, August 25, 9:39 AM

Some good ideas!

Michail Darley's curator insight, August 25, 4:27 PM

Want to add some oomph to project possibilities?

There is a succinct summary of the 'maker education' idea and a lot of useful links (some free video training sites).

Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, August 25, 5:06 PM

Quite often we are not inventing. We are extending what students understand already.

 

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What Does Earth Look Like?


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Greg Russak's curator insight, August 26, 9:56 AM

Fellow map lovers will LOVE this!!!

Ann-Laure Liéval's curator insight, August 27, 7:24 AM

Des cartes pour comprendre le monde.

Courtney Barrowman's curator insight, August 27, 9:37 AM

Unit 1

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5 Suggestions for Better STEM Education, From Students

5 Suggestions for Better STEM Education, From Students | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
Although demand for workers with STEM qualifications has only grown in recent years, a minority of students elect to pursue science, technology, engineering, and mathematics in ...

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Suvi Salo's curator insight, August 24, 11:11 PM

"STEM is about satisfying human curiosity."

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Mosa Mack: Science Detective - Science Mysteries Grades 4 - 8

Mosa Mack: Science Detective - Science Mysteries Grades 4 - 8 | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
Mosa Mack Science Detective exposes students to the thrill of learning while teaching critical and scientific thinking skills.

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Beth Dichter's curator insight, August 8, 2:53 PM

Mosa Mack: Science Detective is a new site that has launched their first science mystery for students in Grades 4 - 8 (although they note students as young as 2nd graders have tested it as have students in high school).

The first mystery, A Growling Stomach, is just over six minutes in length. In addition to the video you will find resources for Band A (Grades 4 and 5) and Band B (Grades 6, 7 and 8). The resources include:

* Class Discussion Guide

* Small Group Discussion Guide/Individual Worksheet

* Vocabulary Cards

* Standards Alignment to Next Generation Science Standards and Common Core Standards

There are also resources for the teacher including:

* Time Codes/Answer Sheets

* Background Information

* FAQ

This is the only video at this point, but they do state that they plan on having more available, with a goal of having "dozens of animated science mysteries" within a few years.

This is inquiry based science where students are asked to use problem-solving techniques. Check out the first video and hope that more show up soon.

Jan MacWatters's curator insight, August 10, 7:47 PM

Great site... fun and educational.  Worth a look if you teach science to these grades..  

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Topography of Religion

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"The Pew survey sorts people into major groupings--Christians; other religions, including Jewish and Muslim; and 'unaffiliated,' which includes atheist, agnostic and 'nothing in particular.'  Roll your cursor over the map to see how faiths and traditions break down by state."


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Tom Franta's curator insight, August 25, 9:51 AM

Interactive map showing religion by state

MsPerry's curator insight, August 25, 12:27 PM

APHG-Unit 1

CT Blake's curator insight, Today, 4:09 PM

Awesome interactive map showing the relative religious composition of states.

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Welcome To Geography!

"Lets start off the new school year in style! This is a re-imagining of an older resource designed to introduce the subject to new students in a highly visual manner.  Feel free to use & share it."


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dilaycock's curator insight, August 22, 10:29 PM

Great slideshow to promote thinking about 'What is Geography?' and 'Why study Geography?'

Mirta Liliana Filgueira's curator insight, August 24, 8:59 PM

Introducción a la Geografía.

MsPerry's curator insight, August 25, 12:29 PM

APHG-Intro

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Worst Hurricane

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"What's the worst Hurricane anyone in your town remembers?""


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Seth Dixon's curator insight, August 13, 7:57 AM

Click here to see a higher resolution version of this map (don't dismiss it as just a cartoon!).  


Nancy Watson's curator insight, August 24, 4:59 PM

Andrew  was bad, Katrina was most memorable

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How a Bigger Purpose Can Motivate Students to Learn

How a Bigger Purpose Can Motivate Students to Learn | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
Psychologists are finding that when students are motivated by a desire to have a positive impact on the world they are more able to plug away at challenging or tedious tasks.

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Apple - iPad Air - TV Ad - Your Verse - YouTube

We're humbled and inspired by what people do with iPad. So we set out to capture some of their stories. What will your verse be? http://www.apple.com/your-ve...
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This is incredibly beautiful.

 

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Technology Education for Students Is Essential in Creating a Future STEM ... - Huffington Post (blog)

Technology Education for Students Is Essential in Creating a Future STEM ... - Huffington Post (blog) | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
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2,000 Years of London’s Historical Development, Animated in 7 Minutes

2,000 Years of London’s Historical Development, Animated in 7 Minutes | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
Give 'The London Evolution Animation' seven minutes, and it will show you the historical development of London over the course of 2,000 years.

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Peacock Pansy

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The butterflies are usually seen in two's and three's. They often bask for several minutes at a time on the ground or on low foliage, especially if the weather is cloudy. They are quite nervous, and if approached they flit rapidly into the air and circle around, before settling again, typically well out of reach. Under sunny condition, they have a habit of opening their wings wide to sunbathe while resting on a perch.
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Accidental Scientist: The Science of Cooking

Accidental Scientist: The Science of Cooking | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
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This is so much fun, you may just want to do it for yourself.

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Star Walk 2 mostly improves on the original - TUAW

Star Walk 2 mostly improves on the original - TUAW | STEM Connections | Scoop.it

"Star Walk 2 (US$2.99 with in-app purchases) is a solid update from the original award winning Star Walk astronomy program. This new version has a re-designed interface with the look and feel of each element beautifully crafted and drawing you into the inner workings of the app."


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Free Technology for Teachers: Close reading strategies, rubrics, and sample assessments for history teachers

Free Technology for Teachers: Close reading strategies, rubrics, and sample assessments for history teachers | STEM Connections | Scoop.it

"The University of Maryland, Baltimore County has an excellent resource for history teachers. The UMBC Assessment Resource Center for History offers sample assessments based on readings from six eras in U.S. history ..."

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Animated GIFs of Earth Over Time

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"It took the folks at Google to upgrade these choppy visual sequences from crude flip-book quality to true video footage. With the help of massive amounts of computer muscle, they have scrubbed away cloud cover, filled in missing pixels, digitally stitched puzzle-piece pictures together, until the growing, thriving, sometimes dying planet is revealed in all its dynamic churn. The images are striking not just because of their vast sweep of geography and time but also because of their staggering detail."


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Courtney Barrowman's curator insight, August 25, 7:15 AM

unit 1

Cory Erlandson's curator insight, August 25, 7:51 AM

Human-Environment Interaction in GIFs.

Sally Egan's curator insight, August 26, 3:42 PM

This is a great demonstration of human impacts on ecosystems. 7 locations in the world show dramatic change over time.

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3 Different Things You Can Do With Google Classroom - Edudemic

3 Different Things You Can Do With Google Classroom - Edudemic | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
Google’s advance in the education field has brought to schools around the globe affordable devices and effortless access to educational content. Google’s latest solution for learning is called Google Classroom. Although Google Classroom will be available at the beginning of the school year to all schools that have adopted Google Apps for Education, the Mountain …

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A wide-angle view of fragile Earth

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In this image-filled talk, Yann Arthus-Bertrand displays his three most recent projects on humanity and our habitat -- stunning aerial photographs in his series "The Earth From Above," personal interviews from around the globe featured in his web project "6 billion Others," and his soon-to-be-released movie, "Home," which documents human impact on the environment through breathtaking video.

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Seth Dixon's curator insight, August 14, 11:38 AM

I've linked galleries of the artistic, aerial photography of Yann Arthus-Bertrand several times before.  In this Ted Talk, you can hear what motivates his artistic vision and the global perspectives that he wants to bring to the fore.  You can also watch the 90-minute video 'Home' that he discusses in the talk here.    

 

Tags: images, art, worldwideTEDenvironment, video.

Diane Johnson's curator insight, August 25, 7:07 AM

Useful for Human Impact DCI!

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What's on the Other Side of the Ocean?

What's on the Other Side of the Ocean? | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
For anyone who's ever been on a beach and curious.

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Seth Dixon's curator insight, August 5, 9:32 AM

For those that are critical of viral maps, what geographic and spatial relationships does this this map not convey?  What is good and bad about the cartographic design of this image?

Cory Erlandson's curator insight, August 6, 6:21 AM

Use this for the warm-up on the first day of school and you'll have their interest all year.

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Create a Disease Map

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Map the spread of tick and mosquito-borne illnesses in the United States using real data.
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A Computer Has Finally Proven the Answer to a 400-Year-Old Math Problem - Gizmodo

A Computer Has Finally Proven the Answer to a 400-Year-Old Math Problem - Gizmodo | STEM Connections | Scoop.it

Thomas Hales of the University of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, developed a proof for the problem back in 1998. But at 300 pages, it took 12 reviewers four years to check for errors—and even then, they were only 99 percent certain it was correct. So, in 2003, Hales began to create the Flyspeck project: a computational tool that would check his proof.

 

It uses two pieces of formal verification software—delightfully called Isabelle and HOL Light—both of which rely on just a small, easily validated series of logical statements. With those, they can check any series of other logical statements, like a mathematical proof, if they have enough time.

 

That means that mathematicians can now concentrate on thinking creatively about their problems—and let computers do the grunt work of checking to make sure they're correct. 


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How Music Sales Have Changed Over 30 Years, In 30 Seconds

How Music Sales Have Changed Over 30 Years, In 30 Seconds | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
Pulling data from the Recording Industry Association of America, Digital Music News has put together this informative animation charting how music-sale mediums have developed over the past 30 years in the United States.



Beginning in 1983, cass...

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Nonprofit aims to take local game designer's computer program to schools ... - Santa Fe New Mexican.com

Nonprofit aims to take local game designer's computer program to schools ... - Santa Fe New Mexican.com | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
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“I was always trying to balance a few things like math, science and fine arts,” Lee said in an interview Monday.
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When your special needs child becomes a special needs teen

When your special needs child becomes a special needs teen | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
My daughter's body is changing. But inside, she remains a child.
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Earth: Science in Action - free on iTunesU

Earth: Science in Action - free on iTunesU | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
Preview and download the podcast Earth: Science in Action on iTunes. Read episode descriptions and customer reviews.

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