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Wixie- A Great Tool to Help Students Demonstrate Their Learning in Multimodal Forms ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

Wixie- A Great Tool to Help Students Demonstrate Their Learning in Multimodal Forms ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | STEM Connections | Scoop.it

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5 Sites to Play Music and Make Noise Just by Typing

5 Sites to Play Music and Make Noise Just by Typing | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
Keyboards these days are awfully quiet. Let's fix that. If you miss the days when you could make a lot of noise by typing, don't worry: there are apps that can bring that back. Whether you want to hear keyboard sounds with every tap or to turn your keyboard into a musical instrument, today's Cool…

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Grave of ‘Griffin Warrior’ at Pylos Could Be a Gateway to Civilizations - The New York Times

Grave of ‘Griffin Warrior’ at Pylos Could Be a Gateway to Civilizations - The New York Times | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
A warrior’s tomb full of precious metals and jewels is expected to give insight into the rise of the Mycenaeans, from whom Greek culture developed.
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How To Create Your Own Digital Rubik's Cube - TeachThought

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Want to create your own Rubik’s Cube? Of course you do.

And now you can, and right from your web browser thanks to the Chrome Cube Lab. On this interactive site, you can create a digital Rubik’s Cube, try to solve one with your keyboard, or check out some of the existing “experiments” (samples other have created). We did the latter, and found that some of the links are dead or lead to “make money today” pages. And because of the nature of mobile browsers and older approaches to coding (e.g., Flash), most of the Cube’s don’t play nicely with mobile browsers like iOS. (Though this one somewhat worked for us.)

But if you’re on a desktop, most work. Maybe a quick/fun student project? To get an idea what it’s like to solve a Rubik’s Cube on a desktop, you can check out Google’s Rubik’s Cube, or our favorite, the Static Cube.

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abinaya's curator insight, October 27, 2015 3:42 AM

 where you can build your own Rubik's Cube. ... Are you aware of ourcomment policy? PBS NewsHour allows open commenting for all .......http://goo.gl/QP7ADP...#Pega Training

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Coding Academies Are Nonsense | TechCrunch

Coding Academies Are Nonsense | TechCrunch | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
Coding as a profession has recently catapulted from the dark rooms of nerdom into the shining light of mainstream appeal, and few people are better off for..

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A challenging and thought provoking look at some problems with the recent trends in Coding Academies. While I don't agree with the argument, it is worth serious reflection imo.

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5 Educational Websites That Provide Free Interactive Math Games

5 Educational Websites That Provide Free Interactive Math Games | STEM Connections | Scoop.it

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Science of Candy: What is Sugar? | Exploratorium

Science of Candy: What is Sugar? | Exploratorium | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
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https://www.exploratorium.edu/cooking/webcasts/candy_cast.html ; Real science...

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Learning From Skeletons | History Detectives | PBS

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http://preview.opb.org/stage/national_productions/HDSI%20Website/Graphic%20Organizer.pdf

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Teaching and LearningExcellence Through Equity: Principles and Practices - Teaching and Learning

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Map of North America from the Tactile Atlas

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Map of North America from the Tactile Atlas for the Blind by the Princeton Braillists.

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American Wetlands - National Geographic Education

American Wetlands - National Geographic Education | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
Celebrate with a wade through states, territories, and commonwealths.
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Death star: White dwarf is vaporizing its planets.

Death star: White dwarf is vaporizing its planets. | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
Astronomers are pretty sure that making planets is pretty easy when stars form. In fact, we think that most of the stars in the sky have planets orbiting them. So what happens when the star dies? In some cases the planets will get swallowed by the star as it swells...
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UC Davis Center for Integrated Computing and STEM Education » C-STEM Studio

UC Davis Center for Integrated Computing and STEM Education » C-STEM Studio | STEM Connections | Scoop.it

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"Free! For all you math and computer science teachers, it’s never too early to start planning for CompSci week (Dec. 7-13). Here’s a new tool to celebrate with--UC Davis just released C-STEM Studio, a free site that provides STEM teacher guides, textbooks and even a virtual robot simulator. The tool is available for devices with Windows XP and above or Mac OS and above, and can be used to teach students C and C++ coding languages."


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Network for Public Education Questions Obama Test Plan | Diane Ravitch's blog

Network for Public Education Questions Obama Test Plan | Diane Ravitch's blog | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
The Network for Public Education is skeptical of the value of the Obama administration's latest pronouncement on testing. In a news release, Carol Burris of NPE expressed doubt that the new policy changes would have much effect. "The Network For Public Education | PRESS RELEASE: Response to Obama Administration Testing Statement The Network For Public…
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STEM Education Partnership Program - NSA/CSS

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The Mathematics Speakers Bureau: Speakers visit schools and present a variety of interactive mathematics and science talks authored by the volunteers. Current Speaker's Bureau Catalog of TopicsForms:NSA Mathematics Speaker's Bureau Request FormNSA Math Speaker's Bureau Evaluation Form for TeachersThe School Partnerships Program: Continuing relationships are maintained between schools and volunteers who spend part of their work week providing tutoring, computer help, or math and science enrichment activities.Math/Science Fair Judges: NSA provides judges to local K-12 math/science fairs.Grants and Cooperative Agreements: NSA has a small, competitive grants program for STEM-related student programs and teacher development opportunities. Requests for proposals are sent to interested parties once a year. Email mepp@nsa.gov for information on how to apply.
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The Atlas of Economic Complexity

"The Atlas is a powerful interactive tool enabling policy makers, entrepreneurs, academics, students and the general public to map the path of diversification and prosperity for 128 countries.  The tool will allow users to explore growth opportunities by country and industry, with the potential to provide input into economic policy and private investment decisions. The analysis may also be used to inform the agendas of development banks in policy recommendations and loan programming; an entrepreneur developing a market plan; an investment promotion agency pitching a new factory, as well as guide other choices we have yet to imagine." http://wp.me/P2dv5Z-21a


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Seth Dixon's curator insight, October 14, 2015 8:15 PM

This video is an introduction to the Atlas of Economic Complexity; in it they use the visualization tool to analyze the Netherlands' economy and the cut flower industry.  The Atlas of Economic Complexity is hosted by the Center for International Development at Harvard University (MIT also worked on this project and on their site it is called the Observatory of Economic Complexity).


Tags: developmentindustry, visualization, statistics, economicNetherlandsvideo.

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A new Barbie ad shows girls imagining their futures, and it's perfect

A new Barbie ad celebrates little girls and their dreams of the future, showing off the way that all young girls think ahead.
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5 Ways Technology Inspires More Learning - AVATAR GENERATION

5 Ways Technology Inspires More Learning - AVATAR GENERATION | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
Technology engages almost every student in your classroom, whether you’re using WordPress to write blog posts or playing games to learn a new science topic. This engagement is what makes tech tools effective for inspiring learning in your classroom. “I believe that kids learn better by doing, so having them actively engaged in games and creating visual presentations is a great motivator,” said Julie Sippola, a 5th grade science teacher.

But why is technology so engaging for students and how does that translate to more learning? Here are five simple answers.

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ARTSEDGE: Themes: Things That Go Bump in the Night

ARTSEDGE: Themes: Things That Go Bump in the Night | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
Welcome, foolish mortals. Haunted music and monsters are just the beginning--this Halloween, look here for more spooky resources.
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Mystery of the Bones

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Web based project where students investigate forensic science. Paper skeletons are reconstructed and measured with the goal to identify four unknown remains based on size and shape of bones.
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http://www.biologycorner.com/projects/bones/

 

This is so much fun.. forensic science for kids.

 

 

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A Framework for K 12 Science Education Practices Crosscutting Concepts and Core Ideas

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8 Stunning Maps That Changed Cartography | WIRED

8 Stunning Maps That Changed Cartography | WIRED | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
A new book charts the gorgeous evolution of maps.
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This is beautiful work.

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A Teacher’s Galápagos Photo Gallery | Nat Geo Education Blog

A Teacher’s Galápagos Photo Gallery | Nat Geo Education Blog | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
This past September, Michael Presser, a teacher at Rancho Verde High School in Moreno Valley, California, traveled to the Galápagos Islands as part of the 2015 Grosvenor Teacher Fellow Program. The Grosvenor Teacher Fellow Program is a professional development opportunity made possible by a partnership between Lindblad Expeditions and National Geographic Education. Here are a few…
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