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Best Apps and Websites Featured at ISTE

Best Apps and Websites Featured at ISTE | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
At the 2014 ISTE conference in Atlanta, Georgia, last week, Common Sense Media staff and Graphite Certified Educators presented a series of engaging, informative, and hands-on lightning-fast sessions. These 15-minute workshops showcased practical and engaging ways to use specific...

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ISTE was huge. So many people and so little room in the workshops. So this is a good thing since many of us stood in long lines and could not get access to the workshops we sincerely wanted to attend.

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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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Here Is A Great Website for STEM Teachers and Students ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

Here Is A Great Website for STEM Teachers and Students ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | STEM Connections | Scoop.it

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Window to Earth: NASA Partners with IMAX for 'A Beautiful Planet'

‘A Beautiful Planet’ stars Earth as seen from space by astronauts and cosmonauts aboard the orbiting laboratory. Shooting spanned multiple expeditions wit
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‘Brain Atlas’ Charts How We Navigate Language

‘Brain Atlas’ Charts How We Navigate Language | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
SCIENCE Scientists have made an atlas that catalogs where words' meanings are located in the brain. (NPR) How much do you know about the brain? Take our quick quiz to find out! Navigate the brain with this spectacular interactive 3D map! Discussion Ideas Scientists have produced what is alternatively called a “brain dictionary”, a “cortical…
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Gadgets and Gizmos: Inside the Nat Geo Tech Lab

Gadgets and Gizmos: Inside the Nat Geo Tech Lab | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
Meet the engineers who create technology for National Geographic expeditions.
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Smithsonian Education - A Look at the Environment in Your Own Backyard

Smithsonian Education - A Look at the Environment in Your Own Backyard | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
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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Free Technology for Teachers: Explain VR Virtual Zoo - Animals in Virtual Reality

Free Technology for Teachers: Explain VR Virtual Zoo - Animals in Virtual Reality | STEM Connections | Scoop.it

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Folger Shakespeare Library

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Home to the world's largest Shakespeare collection, the Folger welcomes scholars, arts lovers, teachers, students, and other visitors.
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A revealing new twist in the Common Core state standards controversy

A revealing new twist in the Common Core state standards controversy | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
And now we come full circle in the academic standards debate. A committee in the Michigan Senate has approved a bill that would require the state to drop the Common Core state standards, a move that a number of other states have already made. What’s different with this legislation is what comes next: It requires […]
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von Humboldt: The Invention of Nature

"Andrea Wulf's new book The Invention of Nature reveals the extraordinary life of the visionary German naturalist Alexander von Humboldt (1769-1859) and how he created the way we understand nature today. Though almost forgotten today, his name lingers everywhere from the Humboldt Current to the Humboldt penguin. Humboldt was an intrepid explorer and the most famous scientist of his age. Perceiving nature as an interconnected global force, Humboldt discovered similarities between climate zones across the world and predicted human-induced climate change. Wulf traces Humboldt’s influences through the great minds he inspired in revolution, evolution, ecology, conservation, art and literature.  In The Invention of Nature Wulf brings this lost hero to science and the forgotten father of environmentalism back to life."


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Alexander von Humboldt has been described as the last great ancient geographer concerned with understanding an eclectic cosmography as well as the first modern geographer. He is honored far and wide throughout Europe and especially  Latin America for his explorations, but given that people are confused as how to categorize him and classify his contributions, today he is under-appreciated.  Geographers need to reclaim his memory and call his extensive, globetrotting work on a wide range of subjects ‘geography.’  Here are more articles and videos on the man that I feel geographers should publicly champion as their intellectual ancestor the way that biologists point to Darwin.  

 

Tags:  historicalbiogeography, book reviews.

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Watch: Scuba-diving robot explores ocean depths

Watch: Scuba-diving robot explores ocean depths | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
The OceanOne diver has explored a King Louis XIV shipwreck.

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Emerson Wants to Change the Perception That STEM Careers Are 'Too Hard'

Emerson Wants to Change the Perception That STEM Careers Are 'Too Hard' | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
Emerson unveils new research that finds U.S. adults think STEM careers are "too hard" -- a perception it wants to change.

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The importance of Visual Mathematics


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Prepare your Raspberry Pi for space with an Astro Pi flight case

Prepare your Raspberry Pi for space with an Astro Pi flight case | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
3D printing designs have been released and full instructions on how to make your own have been provided by Raspberry Pi.

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This is an incredible visualization of the world's shipping routes

This is an incredible visualization of the world's shipping routes | STEM Connections | Scoop.it

"Ships carry 11 billion tons of goods each year. This interactive map shows where they all go.  About 11 billion tons of stuff gets carried around the world every year by large ships. Clothes, flat-screen TVs, grain, cars, oil — transporting these goods from port to port is what makes the global economy go 'round.  And now there's a great way to visualize this entire process, through this stunning interactive map from the UCL Energy Institute."


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Seth Dixon's curator insight, April 29, 5:26 PM

If you haven't discovered www.shipmap.org then you are in for a treat.  This delightful geographic visualization nicely shows the shipping lanes and connectivity that makes the globalized economy flow.  

 

Tags: transportation, globalization, diffusion, industry, economic, mapping, visualization.

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On pourra voir aussi , en français  et en allemand :  http://ddc.arte.tv/nos-cartes/le-transport-maritime-coeur-de-la-mondialisation
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Golden Eye: Webb Telescope's Giant Mirror Unveiled

Golden Eye: Webb Telescope's Giant Mirror Unveiled | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
Witness the glimmering heart of NASA’s largest-ever space telescope
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Weekly Warm-Up: 6 Ways to Introduce Students to Biodiversity

Weekly Warm-Up: 6 Ways to Introduce Students to Biodiversity | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
May 22 is the International Day for Biological Diversity, established by the United Nations. But when biodiversity exists everywhere from the Amazon Basin to the inside of your own belly button, where do you begin? Check out six of our resources that provide entryways to teaching the topic. 1. Powerful Pollinators 75 percent of the world’s major crops…
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Giant Traveling Maps: Pacific

Giant Traveling Maps: Pacific | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
National Geographic Giant Traveling Maps are enormously entertaining and educationally powerful tools for introducing geography and map reading skills.
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3 Handy Resources of Clip Arts to Use for End of School Year Activities via @medkh9

3 Handy Resources of Clip Arts to Use for End of School Year Activities via @medkh9 | STEM Connections | Scoop.it

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Zap Zap Math–Clever, Robust Math App for K-6

Zap Zap Math–Clever, Robust Math App for K-6 | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
Many of you are familiar with the award-winning free app called Zap Zap Math. I first learned about it through an email about their newly updated platform– …addictive math games.. kids …

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Fun way to engage students with mathmatics.

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Can Math and Science Groove to Music?

Parts of this article first appeared on EdCircuit and are reprinted here with permission. Years of research show that the arts are closely linked to almost everything we want for our children:
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National Aquarium | Conservation Initiatives | Chesapeake Bay

National Aquarium | Conservation Initiatives | Chesapeake Bay | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
The Aquarium strives to foster a sense of community responsibility and participation in the preservation and restoration of the Chesapeake Bay by providing opportunities for conservation action.
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The Mobile Native: 10 Must-Have Math Apps via Scott Newcomb

The Mobile Native: 10 Must-Have Math Apps via Scott Newcomb | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
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NOAA Spots Yet Another Bizarre, Deep-Sea Dweller - D-brief

NOAA Spots Yet Another Bizarre, Deep-Sea Dweller - D-brief | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
A hydromedusa, a type of small jellyfish, caught on camera in the Mariana Trench looks too weird to come from Earth.
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Joan Ganz Cooney Center - PEEP: Making Science and Math Fun for Young Learners in Spanish and English

Joan Ganz Cooney Center - PEEP: Making Science and Math Fun for Young Learners in Spanish and English | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
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Girls are still afraid of math, even when their moms are scientists

Girls are still afraid of math, even when their moms are scientists | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
Understanding why girls do worse than boys (pdf) in math, and why they have more anxiety about the subject, is complicated. Cultural norms that favor boys, teacher bias, and even parents’ own math anxiety all seem to play a role. By that logic, things should be better in more countries where lots of women hold powerful math and engineerin

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Kim Delaney's curator insight, April 29, 11:59 PM
This source presents information that suggests that girls with mothers working in STEM fields do not fare better than their female peers whose mothers do not have STEM related careers.  Rather, the lack of family flexible STEM jobs, gender stereotypes, and lack of female role models keep females from securing these generally higher paying jobs.