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Suitcase for Survival Program

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Website of the US Fish and Wildlife Service's National Conservation Training Center
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This is an excellent program that teaches about illegal world wildlife trade.

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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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William Smith: Seminal geology map rediscovered | Jonathan Amos | BBC News

William Smith: Seminal geology map rediscovered | Jonathan Amos | BBC News | STEM Connections | Scoop.it

A first edition copy of one of the most significant maps in the history of science has been rediscovered in time for an important anniversary.

William Smith's 1815 depiction of the geology of England, Wales and part of Scotland is a seminal piece of work.

The first map of its kind produced anywhere in the world, only about 70 copies are thought to exist today.

Now, The Geological Society has turned up another in its own archives, ready to celebrate the map's bicentenary.

Tucked away in a leather sleeve case, the mislaid artefact was last seen roughly 40 or 50 years ago.

"It just wasn't where people expected it to be," said John Henry, the chairman of The Geological Society's History of Geology Group.

"I guess the person who put it away knew where it was, but then they left and that was it - it became lost," he told BBC News.

 

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When the Internet Delivers Its Own Content, What’s Left for the Teacher?

When the Internet Delivers Its Own Content, What’s Left for the Teacher? | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
When kids can get their lessons from the Internet, what's left for classroom instructors to do?
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Lots is left for the teacher to do. Many, many things.

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10 vivid maps of Earth: Matter of perspective

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Global maps have a remarkable ability to put things in perspective. Ever since the Apollo 17 astronauts snapped the famous photo called "Blue Marble," our fragile place in the cosmos has been cast in a new light. Now with more sophisticated satellite imagery, we can view Earth from space in more enlightening ways that expand our understanding of the planet.

Here are 10 vivid maps by NASA that might just change how you look at the world. (Text: Bryan Nelson)

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6 questions students should ask themselves before finishing work - Daily Genius

6 questions students should ask themselves before finishing work - Daily Genius | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
Instead, students should pose the following 6 questions before finishing work. They’re designed to promote effective learning as well as a deeper understanding. That sounds good, to be sure. But the real story is this:

These questions make a student actually take a step back and think about what they just learned. This is as opposed to someone like me saying ‘okay I have mastered the concept, time to move on as fast as possible.’ Instead, students are tasked with asking themselves a few questions that will help them better grasp concepts and overall themes that might have otherwise gone unnoticed.

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Life After the Hour of Code

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Give students a taste of coding, point them at the resources, and their enthusiasm will let them apply a once-nerdy skill to any subject area.

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March Madness: Using Tournament Brackets to Debate Academic Questions

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Lesson Plan | Adapting the bracket structure of the N.C.A.A. basketball tournament to consider issues in subjects across the curriculum.
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Program Design | FUSE

Program Design | FUSE | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
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Fuse allows young people to explore hands on , interest-driven challenges inspired by real world STEAM and design practices.

 

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STEM is the future: A Daily News-Urban League parent guide

STEM is the future: A Daily News-Urban League parent guide | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
Parents can use a free new guide developed by the Daily News and the New York Urban League to boost their children’s interest in science.

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Roam the World in (Almost) Real Time

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A groundbreaking Mapbox project ushers in a new era for online cartography.

 

On Google Earth, the seasons rarely change. Most anywhere a digital traveler goes, the sky is cloudless and the grass is green. No snow on the ground in Iowa. No fire in Valparaiso. It's a big gap between the world as it is and as it's mapped.

Launched Thursday,a landmark project from Mapbox has changed the summertime paradigm for online cartography. Landsat-live reveals the planet's surface in real time and in stunning resolution, fed by a constant stream of public-domain imagery from NASA’s Landsat 8 satellite.


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YEC Geo's curator insight, March 23, 11:59 AM

This sounds really cool.

 

UPDATE:  I've had a chance to look at this. 

 

Cool things:  great images.

 

Not so cool:  It's not a substitute for Google Earth.   You can only pan out or in to a limited degree, so to go from Texas to Timbuctoo, for example, would take a lot of clicking and dragging.  Best way to get to a place is to type it in the search box.  No 3-D view also. And if there are a lot of clouds when the image was taken, they'll obscure the landscape.

 

That being said, if you want to see large-scale, recent images of a particular place, it's a good site. 

Seth Forman's curator insight, March 23, 4:34 PM

Summary: This interesting article talks a lot about modern technologies effect on the popularity of geography. This article talks about how programs like Google Earth have caused a general interest to arise about physical geography.

 

Insight: This article is significant to unit 1 because it shows how GIS can be so influential to not only geographers but to the rest of society.

Courtney Barrowman's curator insight, March 25, 12:16 PM

unit 1

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The Decimals Pack -

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The Decimals Pack includes teaching guides, activity resources and display materials to help your children use decimals accurately and confidently!
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An Explanation of How Computers Handle Color

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MinutePhysics just released this interesting (and somewhat math-y) explanation of how cameras and computers deal with the concept of color. The video is ti

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Google Wants You to Play Minecraft on Your Kitchen Table

With Project Tango, virtual objects can be set in the real world -- and they stay where you put them.
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Computational Thinking - Computing ITT & CPD | ...

Computational Thinking - Computing ITT & CPD | ... | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
This site has been put together by a small group of teachers and teacher educators convened by the DfE's Teaching Agency and chaired by Bob Harrison.
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Map Projections

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A map projection is used to portray all or part of the round Earth on a flat surface. This cannot be done without some distortion.  Every projection has its own set of advantages and disadvantages. There is no "best" projection.  The mapmaker must select the one best suited to the needs, reducing distortion of the most important features.  Mapmakers and mathematicians have devised almost limitless ways to project the image of the globe onto paper. Scientists at the U. S. Geological Survey have designed projections for their specific needs—such as the Space Oblique Mercator, which allows mapping from satellites with little or no distortion.  This document gives the key properties, characteristics, and preferred uses of many historically important projections and of those frequently used by mapmakers today.


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Seth Dixon's curator insight, January 26, 11:48 AM

This article chronicles 18 map projections, how they are mathematically rendered with their own unique set of advantages and disadvantages. 


Questions to Ponder:  Why do map projections matter?  Is one global map projection inherently better than the rest?  What is your favorite?  


Tags: Mapping, visualization, map projections, cartography, perspective.

LEONARDO WILD's curator insight, March 26, 9:08 AM

Maps have been a great aid in understanding—and warping our understanding—of our world.

Carlee Allen's curator insight, March 26, 6:58 PM

This article explains and talks about 18 specific map projections. It gives a lot of detail about all of them, and describes the disadvantages and uses for all of them.

 

I thought that this was interesting because I learned more about map projections, and actually how people use them.

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How do You Choose Good Online Sources? (Infographic)

How do You Choose Good Online Sources? (Infographic) | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
Students often ask how to determine which websites and articles are good sources to cite. My answer is always, "Well, what do you think?" Students need to be able to think on their own. So, if your...

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, March 25, 10:21 PM

There are good ideas. What I find interesting, is I know some Internet sources i.e. blogs that are followed extensively and are written by people who spent little time in the classroom and no nothing about teaching.

 

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Joyce Valenza's curator insight, March 26, 12:05 PM

Mia MacMeekin's useful poster for student assessment of credibility

Sally Tilley's curator insight, March 26, 6:13 PM

We need to continually reinforce these skills for our students to master this, thanks for sharing

 

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Archivists unearth rare first edition of the 1815 'Map that Changed the World'

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A rare early copy of William Smith’s 1815 Geological Map of England and Wales, previously thought lost, has been uncovered by Geological Society archivists.

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Rome Reborn: Take a Virtual Tour Through Ancient Rome, 320 C.E.

Rome Reborn: Take a Virtual Tour Through Ancient Rome, 320 C.E. | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
Christian churches were being built.' Rome Reborn offers, declared Matthias Rascher, 'a truly stunning bird’s-eye view of ancient Rome that makes you feel as if you were actually there.' You may also remember our posts on video analyses of great...

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harrison babbitt's curator insight, March 23, 8:32 PM

This is really cool because you can go back in time to the Romans and see the different types of culture.    

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Obama To Young Scientists: 'Keep Asking Why'

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A new spinal implant, an automated page turner and a more efficient way to make energy from algae. Those are among the projects that young scientists shared with President Barack Obama at the White House Science Fair on Monday.

"I want to tha...
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Libraries evolve into community centers - Richmond

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Libraries aren't just places to find books anymore.
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Smithsonian Education - The Universe: An Introduction

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Smithsonian Institution lesson plans in History, Art, Science, Language Arts and Social Studies. Search for lesson plans by subject or grade. Smithsonian educational materials emphasize inquiry-based learning with primary sources and museum collections.
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Using Technology to Improve Mathematical Intelligence - Huffington Post

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The role of technology in fostering mathematical and logical intelligence is obvious in that technology is built on the same mathematical principles and logic that drive life itself....
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Dormice, ostrich meat and fresh fish: the surprising foods eaten by people in ancient Rome | History Extra

Dormice, ostrich meat and fresh fish: the surprising foods eaten by people in ancient Rome | History Extra | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
Archaeologists exploring sewers and cesspits at Herculaneum in 2013 made the startling discovery that, contrary to the long-held belief that ancient Romans survived on a basic diet of bread and olive oil, they in fact enjoyed a rich variety of fish, fruit, and spicy dishes. Now, as part of our Ancient Rome Week, Dr Erica Rowan, one of the archeologists involved in the project, tells you everything you need to know about ancient Roman culinary habits…
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