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Rising Seas: If All The Ice Melted

Rising Seas: If All The Ice Melted | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
Explore the world’s new coastlines if sea level rises 216 feet.

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Brian Hammerstix's curator insight, November 23, 2013 7:29 PM

#stopburningfossilfuels or #goodbyeflorida

Steven Flis's curator insight, December 16, 2013 1:15 PM

Aside from the mass devastation i think it would be pretty cool of all the ice melted. As the interactive map shows there would be in inland sea in australia which i can turn into the AUs great lakes. Also imagine the possiblility of being able to take a vacation to antartica and not having to dress for absurdly negative tempatures, all the undiscovered land and preservated fossils. It would be a interestling link to the past that only in the future we could experience.

Mrs. K's curator insight, August 27, 7:20 AM

Would Belgium be covered in water if all the ice melted?

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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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Farm to school - Boulder Weekly

Farm to school - Boulder Weekly | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
One year ago, the Boulder Valley School District learned it would be receiving almost $100,000 in funding from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to help support Farm to School initiatives that connect the schools to local farmers.
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Resources for Teaching Science

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Top free resources for teaching and learning Science  (also check out open source curriculum) National Science Foundation (NSF) - is an independent federal agency created by Congress in 1950 "to pr...

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Kathy Lynch's curator insight, October 24, 11:43 PM

Thanks Susan Bainbridge

Willem Kuypers's curator insight, Today, 3:34 AM

Des sites pour trouver des informations pour les cours de sciences. 

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21 Tech Products That Teens Love

21 Tech Products That Teens Love | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
From Justin Bieber to the Khan Academy.

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Robotics enters K-12 classrooms | eSchool News | eSchool News

Robotics enters K-12 classrooms | eSchool News | eSchool News | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
These six robotics resources can help educators introduce the subject into their classrooms.

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

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

ManufacturingStories's curator insight, October 21, 3:43 PM

For more resources on STEM Education visit http://bit.ly/1640Tbl

Ricard Garcia's curator insight, October 24, 2:27 AM

Good article on the use of Classcraft in the classroom!!

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

This is growth mindset. Failure as iteration. Wonderful!

Miguel Herrera E.'s curator insight, October 21, 10:55 AM

El secreto es practicar hasta superar los propios limites, auto impuestos  muy frecuentemente.

Audrey's curator insight, October 22, 4:13 PM

Sounds like good advice.  Effective tutors always push learners.  

Audrey curating for http:/www./homeschoolsource.co.uk

 

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explore ~ Annenberg Foundation

explore ~ Annenberg Foundation | STEM Connections | Scoop.it

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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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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.

Amanda Morgan's curator insight, October 23, 9:14 PM

Those who were part of this video showed the scarcity and desperation for work.  They know the environment needs attention but at this stage what is more important.  Survival right now or the environment for the future.  They are weighing their options and right now, due to the lack of jobs else where there is no choice but to cling to what they have now.

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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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PhotoMath & Reactions To It From Around The Web - Larry Ferlazzo

PhotoMath & Reactions To It From Around The Web - Larry Ferlazzo | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
You may have already heard about PhotoMath, the new iPhone app that lets you point it at a math problem on a textbook and then solves it while showing all the work involved.


Some are immediately reacting by citing it’s potential use in “cheating,” while others cheer that it might force math teachers and textbook publishers to be more creative in how they teach math. In some ways, it may force them to do what some of us in other subjects have been looking at — creating unGoogleable questions.


Here are some useful posts about the app, along with a video."


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Melissa Marshall's curator insight, October 25, 11:10 AM

So, there is this app called PhotoMath. Aim it at your textbook, and it can solve the written problem. It has caused an immediate reaction among teachers, parents and students. They key point is, is it cheating? Should students use the app? When is this type of technology truly useful? Is the answer section at the back of the book just as bas - or is this app better, because it goes through the steps required to solve the problem? Exactly how accurate is it, and does it show the 'right; way of solving the problem? This link leads to a collection of articles that explore these issues, plus more information on the app. 

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Activating STEM Lessons With Project-Based Learning (and Zombies) ~ Education Week

Activating STEM Lessons With Project-Based Learning (and Zombies) ~ Education Week | STEM Connections | Scoop.it

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"Incorporating student choice and project-based learning into the curriculum better engages students and helps them take ownership of their learning, middle-grades educator Karla Duff writes. In this commentary, she shares six tips for developing student-driven projects, as well as online resources and ideas from her zombie-based geography unit."


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Speaking the “Language” of Spatial Analysis via Story Maps

Speaking the “Language” of Spatial Analysis via Story Maps | STEM Connections | Scoop.it

"Spatial analysis has always been a hallmark of GIS, the 'numerical recipes' which set GIS apart from other forms of computerized visualization and information management. With GIS we pose questions and derive results using a wide array of analytical tools to help us understand and compare places, determine how places are related, find the best locations and paths, detect and quantify patterns, and even to make spatial predictions."


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Seth Dixon's curator insight, October 21, 7:50 PM

GIS is a key tool in spatial analysis, but it can also be a driving force in using math, science, technology and (yes) geography as interdisciplinary ways of teaching the curriculum.  StoryMaps can be rich with images and videos, but also filled with data at a variety of scales.  What stories can you tell in this rich, visual format?  What visual template shown might lend itself best for that sort of project? 


Tagsmapping, CSV, GISESRIgeography education, geospatial, edtech.

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Learn What Spatial Analysis Can Do for You

Learn What Spatial Analysis Can Do for You | STEM Connections | Scoop.it

"This Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) is for people who know something about data analysis and want to learn about the special capabilities of spatial data analysis. Spatial analysis focuses on location to gain a deeper understanding of data. Spatial analysis skills are in high demand by organizations around the world. You'll get free access to the full analytical capabilities of ArcGIS Online, Esri's cloud-based GIS platform. Previous experience with GIS software is helpful, but not necessary for tech-savvy problem solvers. Could you and your career go places with spatial analysis?"


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Seth Dixon's curator insight, October 21, 3:43 PM

This course starts tomorrow...if you've wanted to learn about GIS with a no-risk on-ramp, this looks to be a safe bet from the worldwide leader in geospatial software.  While a grad student at Penn State, I was a TA for a course designed by David DiBiase (the instructor of the MOOC), and I still refer back to that class as one of the best courses to teach geographic skills for the non-geography major.  


Tagsmapping, spatial, teacher training, GIS ESRI, geospatial, edtech.

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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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Samantha Johns's curator insight, October 24, 10:06 AM

I think that the amount of corn we produce in america is ridiculous.  It would be one thing if the corn we grew was edible but we can not even eat this corn without adding so much other junk in it  to cover up its unpleasantness.  This corn has to be unhealthy if we only eat it with other chemicals and dies and sweeteners in it. 

Rachael Johns's curator insight, October 24, 10:17 AM

The corn we are growing is not helping world hunger but is making the world more unhealthy. Most the corn that we grow is either going to be used as sweeteners or as feed for cows. When we feed this to the cows it is literally killing the cows that WE eat.

Nolan Walters's curator insight, October 25, 11:29 AM

Most of the corn is not even going to us. Most of it goes to the animals, who eat it (which is cheaper than grass), which fatten them up for slaughter for humans.  Corn also gets turned into Corn Syrup, which fattens us.  The Corn industry is mostly to fatten up animals for meat for us humans in MDCs. 

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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.