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'Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey' (Sunday's Episode 7) --Preview & Background for "The Clean Room"

'Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey' (Sunday's Episode 7) --Preview & Background for "The Clean Room" | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
In Episode Seven, The Clean Room, Neil deGrasse Tyson starts our journey traveling to the shallow seas that formed what we now know as the Grand Canyon a billion years ago in what then was the Precambrian Epoch to find...
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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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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

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

 

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


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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

10 vivid maps of Earth: Matter of perspective | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
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

March Madness: Using Tournament Brackets to Debate Academic Questions | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
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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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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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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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.

Ruth Reynolds's curator insight, March 27, 2:05 AM

This is so useful for primary students

Christopher L. Story's curator insight, March 27, 9:59 AM

Some review help

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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'

Archivists unearth rare first edition of the 1815 'Map that Changed the World' | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
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'

Obama To Young Scientists: 'Keep Asking Why' | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
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

Libraries evolve into community centers - Richmond | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
Libraries aren't just places to find books anymore.
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