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Meet the engineers | Be An Engineer

A diverse population of innovators benefits us all. Learn why you should #BeAnEngineer.
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What makes a hero? - Matthew Winkler - YouTube

View full lesson: http://ed.ted.com/lessons/what-makes-a-hero-matthew-winkler What trials unite not only Harry Potter or Frodo Baggins but many of literature...
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How to use ‘app smashing’ for research, building, and collaboration

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Having completed the wondrous Romeo and Juliet text for Grade 9, the time had come to investigate the deeper intricacies of Shakespeare’s wonderful work!

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Becky Roehrs's curator insight, March 14, 9:08 PM

What Apps did they use for their App Smashing?

 BlipparSocrative, and Padlet

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Homework vs. No Homework Is the Wrong Question

Homework vs. No Homework Is the Wrong Question | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
Does your school have a homework policy? How does your school ensure that teachers don't overload students with busy work?

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Mathspace: Step-by-Step Math Handwriting for iPad

Mathspace: Step-by-Step Math Handwriting for iPad | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
Students can now show every line of their math work on iPad and other tablets, writing all their steps by hand on screen. Mathspace digitizes each handwritten line and grades it automatically, givi...

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The United Countries of Baseball Map

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This is the new and improved version of the familiar map can teach regions (formal, functional, vernacular) as well as the importance on TV markets as a diffusion mechanism for culture.  As mentioned by Andy Baker, "This map is also useful for showcasing 'threshold' and 'range' from 'Central Place Theory.' For instance, I ask my students, 'Why are the Mid-Atlantic & California coasts boundaries (range) so small compared to Great Plains teams?'"  Great idea Andy!


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ASeagrave's comment, January 30, 2012 2:14 PM
It's crazy how obsessed the eastern side of the country is with baseball, but how oblivious and uninterested the western side is.
LMullen's comment, February 2, 2012 5:17 PM
I'd like to see a sales map with this because even thoug the Yankees and Redsox regions are much smaller than the Atlanta Braves or Texas Rangers, they pobably sell MUCH more.
Flo Cuadra Scrofft's curator insight, March 24, 7:57 PM

Although short, I had to dive into the set of webpages that the article presented. it did not give a whole lot of information about the map, but the previous scooper of this article gave a very interesting hindsight on the map. This Baseball map shows the importance of TV markets as a diffusion mechanism for culture. Each of the regions of this map have been classified according to the national Baseball team people from the regions support.

Reflection- not only geographers define regions, but also popular trends and statistics. As well as the last scooper said, it is interesting to note that the Mid-Atlantic and California coasts boundaries between each region is very small compared to Great Plains regions. It is also interesting the fact that the regions include, sometimes, more than just one state, and in other cases, two or more teams exist within one state, such as Texas.

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Announcing the Fifth White House Science Fair! - The White House (blog)

Announcing the Fifth White House Science Fair! - The White House (blog) | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
The President is hosting the fifth White House Science Fair on March 23, welcoming more than one hundred of the nation’s brightest young minds with some showcasing innovative inventions, discoveries, and science projects.
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Attend the 'Train the Trainers Program' and 'Coding Boot Camp' Organised by ... - TechCabal

Attend the 'Train the Trainers Program' and 'Coding Boot Camp' Organised by ... - TechCabal | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
Audax Solution Ltd has officially announced a 3-days training program for Code School Trainers from March 23 to 25 in Lekki, Lagos Nigeria; and a Coding Boot Camp for students in primary and secondary school to hold from April 6 to 7.
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The Search for the Lost Ships of the Franklin Expedition

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All the latest news on the the search for the lost ships of the Franklin Expedition, as well as information on past searches, the technology used in the searches, historical information about the Franklin Expedition itself, and much more.

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Seth Dixon's curator insight, February 28, 9:42 AM

Come learn about one of the greatest discoveries and explorations in our time that recovers the memory of explorers of yesteryear.  These 6 lesson plans are incredibly engaging and are a fantastic example of geographic concepts. 


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Jacob McCullough's curator insight, March 23, 6:46 PM

I am totally into archeology and the study of the past I feel it is valuable for all people to learn as much they can from past mistakes and success 

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Ed Tech Infographics

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How Digital Devices are Reshaping Education

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Ultrafast lasers and Archimedes - Scientists & Engineers on Sofas (and other furnishings) - YouTube

When it comes to ultrafast lasers, Margaret Murnane’s name is one of the best known for her work in this field of science. Since 1999, she has been a profess...
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Elle's Website » ICT

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ICTPHMS's curator insight, March 13, 1:58 PM

This is one of my students @edublog ==> we use it as our Social Network for sharing and collaborating on topics; such as Digital Citizenship, ICT, and EdTech. 

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Stephen Wolfram tells SXSW anyone should be able to code - Irish Times

Stephen Wolfram tells SXSW anyone should be able to code - Irish Times | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
Computer programmer says professionals no longer have an advantage over novices
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Paul Herring's curator insight, March 18, 6:52 PM

Short article on Stephen Wolfram promoting the Wolfram Lanaguage

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What are the Biggest Mistakes Teachers Make When Integrating Technology into the Classroom?

What are the Biggest Mistakes Teachers Make When Integrating Technology into the Classroom? | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
As part of C.M Rubin's monthly series in the Huffington post: The Global Search for Education: Our Top 12 Global Teacher Blogs, this is the second post. This month we are answering the following pr...

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Earthwatch Expeditions: Travel the World. Save the Planet.

Earthwatch Expeditions: Travel the World. Save the Planet. | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
Earthwatch Expeditions offer volunteers the chance work alongside the world's top scientists on critical environmental research while traveling across the globe.
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There are fellowships, and scholarships for students , do a search. I have done three Earthwatch expeditions, loved them all.

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74% of teachers say educational technology is a...

74% of teachers say educational technology is a... | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
Infographic courtesy of PBS Learning Media.

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Guest Column: Math instruction now pushes to teach students about concepts - The Daily News Journal

Guest Column: Math instruction now pushes to teach students about concepts - The Daily News Journal | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
Memorization no longer sufficient
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Maps Mania: The Cool Maps Showcase from Esri

Maps Mania: The Cool Maps Showcase from Esri | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
The Cool Maps Showcase from Esri http://t.co/o65mIEgwZK Maps Mania Google
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Reaching Math Students One by One - New York Times (blog)

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A digital-based program lets teachers divide up a class of 30 students into 30 different levels at which to teach them critical skills.
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What's a watershed?

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If I asked you to draw a watershed, what would you draw? Across the country, when most people are asked, responses range from a sauna or an outhouse to something that looks like a garden shed and a...

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Japanese scientists send electricity through the air, so you’ll never have to plug in again

Japanese scientists send electricity through the air, so you’ll never have to plug in again | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
Scientists at the Japanese space agency have developed a newer, more efficient method of transmitting electricity wirelessly.
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St. Patrick's Day 2015: Fun Facts About Ireland's Patron Saint And The Irish ... - International Business Times

St. Patrick's Day 2015: Fun Facts About Ireland's Patron Saint And The Irish ... - International Business Times | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
Did you know St. Patrick was neither actually born in Ireland nor named Patrick?

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'Dirty Old London': Geographies of Human Waste

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In the 19th century, London was the capital of the largest empire the world had ever known — and it was infamously filthy. It had choking, sooty fogs; the Thames River was thick with human sewage; and the streets were covered with mud.  But according to Lee Jackson, author of Dirty Old London: The Victorian Fight Against Filth, mud was actually a euphemism. 'It was essentially composed of horse dung,' he tells Fresh Air's Sam Briger. 'There were tens of thousands of working horses in London [with] inevitable consequences for the streets. And the Victorians never really found an effective way of removing that, unfortunately.'"


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FCHSAPGEO's curator insight, March 14, 11:19 AM

We just spoke about this in class!

Norka McAlister's curator insight, March 15, 8:09 PM

It was after the 19th century that Joseph Bazelgette invented the sewer system in London that ultimately decreased the death rate in the city. At this time, horses served as the primary mode of transportation but also caused significant health problems due to the the excrement and urine left in the streets. Although we no longer rely on horses as a main soruce of transportation, we are experiencing another type of pollution caused by the ommission of harmful gases from automobiles. Infrastructure was not ideal and appropriate for most residents in the London. Dumping wastes into the river and drinking the water without any chemical treatment was one of the major health issues with which communities struggled. However, in present day China, people and industries continue to dump wastes into the rivers where local fish are caught for consumption. The lack of urban planning in London left 15,000 people dead. With so mmany people living in such close vicinity to each other, the diseases sread rapidly and wiped  out many impoverished communcities. Innovation in public health improved sanitiation conditions with the introduction of the toilet.However, in early 20th century culture, women were not comfortable using public toilets.

Samuel Meyer's curator insight, March 23, 12:03 PM

London has come a far way from the industrial town it was in the 19th century, and is now cleaner than ever. But pollution led to many issues in London at the time. This is also evident in the developing world today, such as in China, Africa, and South America.