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STEM and Writing: A Super Combination - Edutopia

STEM and Writing: A Super Combination - Edutopia | STEM Connections | Scoop.it

"I brought a superhero into my classroom the other day. He wasn't wearing a cape. He didn't have an alias. But he had the greatest superpower of all: inspiration.

When you teach using project-based learning (PBL), one brings outside expertise into the classroom. My eighth graders begin the year creating science fiction based origin stories for original superhero characters as an introduction to a greater advocacy unit. Therefore, it seemed natural to bring in an actual scientist. Which brought me to CalTech and Dr. Spyridon Michalakis."


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First ever photograph of light as both a particle and wave

First ever photograph of light as both a particle and wave | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
Light behaves both as a particle and as a wave. Since the days of Einstein, scientists have been trying to directly observe both of these aspects of light at the same time. Now, scientists at EPFL have succeeded in capturing the first-ever snapshot of this dual behavior.
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Using Humor in the Classroom

Using Humor in the Classroom | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
Edutopia blogger Maurice Elias explains how laughter can reduce stress and offers a handful of teaching activities to lighten up the learning.

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What Exactly IS Technology Integration?

In this episode, the 406 Tech Talk team discusses the meaning of "technology integration." What is IT, anyway? Hear from several Billings teachers, including Kim Busch, Brett Nichols, and Julie...

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10 Best Channels for STEM Education on YouTube

10 Best Channels for STEM Education on YouTube | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
Was Formula 1 in your syllabus growing up? Probably not, but times are changing. As of this year, Formula 1 cars have made the grade, and will be appearing in public school curriculum.

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Becky Roehrs's curator insight, March 29, 9:12 PM

The video channels look fun, too.

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Vintage National Geographic

Vintage National Geographic | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
Scans from National Geographic magazines dating back to the 1800's. 1888 | 1914 | 1921 | 1922 | 1927...

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‘Richmond at last!’: The final, fiery days of the Confederacy

‘Richmond at last!’: The final, fiery days of the Confederacy | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
150th Anniversary of the Civil War: After a Union breakthrough, the Rebel capital falls, Lee surrenders, and slaves cheer their freedom.
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NASA Kids Club

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NASA.gov brings you the latest images, videos and news from America's space agency. Get the latest updates on NASA missions, watch NASA TV live, and learn about our quest to reveal the unknown and benefit all humankind.
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5 Effective Ways for Developing Problem Solving Skills ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

5 Effective Ways for Developing Problem Solving Skills ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | STEM Connections | Scoop.it

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Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, February 17, 1:47 PM

Problem-solving and Idea Generation infographic: Handy! 

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Massive Underground City Found in Cappadocia Region of Turkey | Jennifer Pinkowski | National Geographic

Massive Underground City Found in Cappadocia Region of Turkey | Jennifer Pinkowski | National Geographic | STEM Connections | Scoop.it

When the invaders came, Cappadocians knew where to hide: underground, in one of the 250 subterranean safe havens they had carved from pliable volcanic ash rock called tuff.

Now a housing construction project may have unearthed the biggest hiding place ever found in Cappadocia, a region of central Turkey famous for the otherworldly chimney houses, cave churches, and underground cities its residents carved for millennia.

Discovered beneath a Byzantine-era hilltop castle in Nevşehir, the provincial capital, the site dates back at least to early Byzantine times. It is still largely unexplored, but initial studies suggest its size and features may rival those of Derinkuyu, the largest excavated underground city in Cappadocia, which could house 20,000 people.

In 2013, construction workers demolishing low-income homes ringing the castle discovered entrances to a network of rooms and tunnels. The city halted the housing project, called in archaeologists and geophysicists, and began investigating.


A 300-year-old paper trail between the local government and Ottoman officials suggested where to begin. “We found documents stating that there were close to 30 major water tunnels in this region,” says Nevşehir mayor Hasan Ünver.

In 2014, those tunnels led scientists to discover a multilevel settlement of living spaces, kitchens, wineries, chapels, staircases, and bezirhane—linseed presses for producing lamp oil to light the underground city. Artifacts including grindstones, stone crosses, and ceramics indicate the city was in use from the Byzantine era through the Ottoman conquest.


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Geogebra- An Excellent Platform for Math and Science Teachers

Geogebra- An Excellent Platform for Math and Science Teachers | STEM Connections | Scoop.it

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Learning to Go: Lesson Ideas for Teaching with Mobile Devices, Cell Phones, and BYOT ~ by Shelly Sanchez Terrell

Learning to Go: Lesson Ideas for Teaching with Mobile Devices, Cell Phones, and BYOT ~ by Shelly Sanchez Terrell | STEM Connections | Scoop.it

"Learning to Go is a collection of lesson plans, resources, handouts, and tips for teachers wishing to incorporate mobile devices, cell phones or BYOT (Bring Your Own Technology) into their teaching.

 

"This book offers suggestions for adapting your curriculum even if your students have little access to technology or you are new to technology integration. This is a practical and useful guide with a unique design to inspire you to explore the possibilities of digital learning with a click or touch. "

 

$5.99, a bargain price. -JL


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How the World's First Robot Astronaut Is Shaping the Future of Human-Android Interaction

How the World's First Robot Astronaut Is Shaping the Future of Human-Android Interaction | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
With automated systems, self-driving cars, and robot helpers on the horizon, the way in which we interact with technology is going to undergo another massive shift. We might not have everyday access…

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Cleaner Living Through Smarter Microbiology - Wired

Cleaner Living Through Smarter Microbiology - Wired | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
Coal may prove less essential for industrial production if the biotech industry has its way (Image: Flickr/Alexander G).
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Co-ops Invest in Science Teachers - Electric Co-op Today

Co-ops Invest in Science Teachers - Electric Co-op Today | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
N.C. electric co-ops and Kenan Fellows Program place teachers in research and industry settings to boost STEM education in classrooms.
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5 Ways Students Can Use Google Docs in Math

5 Ways Students Can Use Google Docs in Math | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
5 Ways Students Can Use Google Docs in Math

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Google Earth Tour of the Lincoln Assassination - Teaching the Civil War with Technology

Google Earth Tour of the Lincoln Assassination - Teaching the Civil War with Technology | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
Using Google Earth to Tour the Lincoln Assassination You know that I am a huge fan of Google Earth. Lately I have really enjoyed creating tours of various locations like the Rose Woods and Devil’s Den in Gettysburg.  With the 150th anniversary of the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln, I thought I would offer a Google …

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Lee Hall's curator insight, March 27, 1:56 PM

Students could listen to this on their own.

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Toys for Your Family to Play with Code

Toys for Your Family to Play with Code | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
Coding isn’t just about building websites or flashy apps. And learning to code isn’t restricted to giving directions to a turtle, Disney character or some other avatar in your browser.

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NASA | Rocket Science 101

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You don't have to be a rocket scientist to launch a NASA spacecraft with NASA's Rocket Science 101! Select your favorite NASA mission and build a rocket to send the spacecraft into orbit. As you take the RS101 challenge, you can learn more about thrilling missions and the various components of the launch vehicles, how they are configured and how they work together to successfully launch a NASA spacecraft. NASA's Launch Services Program (LSP) does the same things for real rockets and exciting spacecraft missions every day - now it's your turn!
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Report: Big education firms spend millions lobbying for pro-testing policies

Report: Big education firms spend millions lobbying for pro-testing policies | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
Lobbying has helped fuel a nearly $2 billion testing industry.
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A brief history of human filth | History Extra

A brief history of human filth | History Extra | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
How did people deal with perspiration and other bodily odours in earlier centuries? Amanda Vickery reveals all, in this article first published in 2011

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Rare photo of Robert E. Lee’s slave shows hero of Arlington, Selina Gray

Rare photo of Robert E. Lee’s slave shows hero of Arlington, Selina Gray | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
Selena Norris Gray is credited with saving heirlooms that belonged to George Washington.
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15 subway-style maps that explain everything but subways

These maps look like they're for mass transit. Really, they're for everything else.

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Seth Dixon's curator insight, March 28, 10:29 AM

If you love the look and feel of subway maps, here you go. 

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How Students Benefit From Social Media #infographic

How Students Benefit From Social Media #infographic | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
Social Media has fast become part of many people's every day lives. With so much new technology being introduced today, there are many benefits and reasons for students to be using social media on a daily basis.

Social Networks are being utilized by students not to just talk to their friends or share the cutest cat video they can find, but to make use of these networks to develop and enhance the student lifestyle. Many students are using websites like Facebook, Twitter and YouTube to market the

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Rise and Fall of the Ottoman Empire

Rise and Fall of the Ottoman Empire | STEM Connections | Scoop.it

"Animated GIF map chronicling the rise and fall of the Ottoman Empire." 

 

Tags: empire, devolution, Middle East, borders, historical, map.


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Jared Medeiros's curator insight, March 29, 3:54 PM

A cool interactive that shows the landscape of the rise and fall of a powerful empire.  The Ottoman Empire had itself a decent run lasting more than 500 years, which is longer than The U.S. has been around.  Interesting to see the sprawl of the Empire and to see how certain areas were obtained and lost multiple times.  It looks like the European colonization of African countries really regressed the Empires power hold there.