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Your Backyard is Bigger Than What You Can See

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“Geography is linked to the environment,” says Connie Wyatt Anderson, of Canadian Geographic Education. “In the Lake Winnipeg watershed, what you throw into the Bow River in Calgary eventually ends up in Hudson Bay.”


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More than anything I love the idea of using watersheds to connect students to their location environment and to think about places that are beyond the backyard, but are connected to them.  If they see themselves as more intimately connected to these places, it can only increase their spatial awareness, geo-literacy and hopefully their commitment to protect their expanded backyard.   This is an effective way to help students 'jump scale' in a way that will still keep things relevant to their lives. 


Questions to Ponder: What watershed do you live in?  Where does your drinking water come from?  When you flush the toilet, where does it go? How are places in your watershed linked?  


Tags: Canada, environment, resources, water, environment depend, spatial, scale. 

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Digitalent's curator insight, March 16, 2016 3:29 AM

More than anything I love the idea of using watersheds to connect students to their location environment and to think about places that are beyond the backyard, but are connected to them.  If they see themselves as more intimately connected to these places, it can only increase their spatial awareness, geo-literacy and hopefully their commitment to protect their expanded backyard.   This is an effective way to help students 'jump scale' in a way that will still keep things relevant to their lives. 


Questions to Ponder: What watershed do you live in?  Where does your drinking water come from?  When you flush the toilet, where does it go? How are places in your watershed linked?  


Tags: Canada, environment, resources, water, environment depend, spatial, scale. 

Niall Conway's curator insight, March 16, 2016 1:38 PM

More than anything I love the idea of using watersheds to connect students to their location environment and to think about places that are beyond the backyard, but are connected to them.  If they see themselves as more intimately connected to these places, it can only increase their spatial awareness, geo-literacy and hopefully their commitment to protect their expanded backyard.   This is an effective way to help students 'jump scale' in a way that will still keep things relevant to their lives. 


Questions to Ponder: What watershed do you live in?  Where does your drinking water come from?  When you flush the toilet, where does it go? How are places in your watershed linked?  


Tags: Canada, environment, resources, water, environment depend, spatial, scale. 

ismokuhanen's curator insight, March 27, 2016 7:36 AM

More than anything I love the idea of using watersheds to connect students to their location environment and to think about places that are beyond the backyard, but are connected to them.  If they see themselves as more intimately connected to these places, it can only increase their spatial awareness, geo-literacy and hopefully their commitment to protect their expanded backyard.   This is an effective way to help students 'jump scale' in a way that will still keep things relevant to their lives. 


Questions to Ponder: What watershed do you live in?  Where does your drinking water come from?  When you flush the toilet, where does it go? How are places in your watershed linked?  


Tags: Canada, environment, resources, water, environment depend, spatial, scale. 

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Ottawa galvanizes citizen science with do-it-yourself biology summit

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VANCOUVER - In a community laboratory she co-founded, Alaina Hardie isolates and sequences sections
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NASA Goddard Celebrates Pi Day with Pi-Sat

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NASA Goddard celebrates Pi Day with Pi-Sat, a tiny satellite run by a credit-card-sized Raspberry Pi computer.
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The High-Tech Battle Against Pirates

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A stealth vessel and other technologies could protect ships in troubled waters--if only we'd deploy them
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High Adventure Science

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This collection of lessons is built around the NSF funded High-Adventure Science project—a set of online curriculum modules for middle and high school science classrooms.
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Aiming to sidestep Apple dispute, Obama makes case for access to device data

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U.S. President Barack Obama on Friday made a passionate case for mobile devices to be built in a way that would allow the government to gain access to personal data if needed to prevent a terrorist attack or enforce tax laws.
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Mars: A virtual reality tour of the Red Planet

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Join The Washington Post on an interactive trip through a Martian crater.
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How a STEM Shift Makes Way for Equity - Corwin Connect

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To be clear, equality means sameness and equity means fairness. So how can we achieve equity in education?
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5 Incredible Facts About the Orion Spacecraft

NASA's Orion Spacecraft will travel farther than any other crew exploration vehicle in history. Its destination: Mars. #ImpossibleEngineering Wednesdays 9/8 ...
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5 Great Science Dictionaries for Teachers and Students ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

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Thinking critically on critical thinking: why scientists' skills need to spread

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MATHS AND SCIENCE EDUCATION: We’ve asked our authors about the state of maths and science education in Australia and its future direction. Today, Rachel Grieve discusses why we need to spread science-specific…
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Virtual Reality and Memorable Learning, so Interesting!!

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Education and technology has changed the way we are involved with museums. There are many museums that people may never get to visit. Virtually, there are resources to help students, teachers and community to use museums to learn. One resource that is wonderful is the Google Cultural Institute I share this blog because often a…
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America’s year without a winter: The 2015-2016 season was the warmest on record

America’s year without a winter: The 2015-2016 season was the warmest on record | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
Every state but two were warmer than normal and all six New England states set winter records.

 

 

Tags: physical, weather and climate, climate change.


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The bright future of virtual reality

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The consumer version of the Oculus Rift, one of the most popular virtual reality (VR) headsets to-date, is now available for pre-order on the Oculus websit

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What Are You Flying Over? This App Will Tell You

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Flyover Country uses maps and geology databases to identify features of the landscape as a plane flies over them, no Wifi necessary

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Architecture – It’s Elementary: Curriculum Guide for the Elementary Grades | Michigan Architectural Foundation

Architecture – It’s Elementary: Curriculum Guide for the Elementary Grades Welcome to the American Institute of Architects (“AIA”) Michigan/Michigan Architecture Foundation (“MAF”) Curriculum Guide for the [...]...
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When Making Is Inclusive, Good Things Happen | Make:

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“Making should be an opportunity we provide to all people,” he continues. “Starting at very young ages, we have to grow and nurture our young people. Schools will eventually come on board and we need them. But most of the modeling happening in this country right now is going on outside of the schools. This is where young people get turned on.”

“By creating an environment where young people can play, experiment, and make mistakes, where they can learn to solve problems, where they can flourish artistically, where they can use code just like a paint brush or a musical scale — all of these things are what make for a more complete and well-rounded individual,” Carew says. “Ultimately, they become more confident, curious and capable.”

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American Workers Rank Last In Problem-Solving Skills With Technology

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"Just because you're a digital native, doesn't mean you're tech savvy."

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Successful K-12 STEM Education: by Committee on Highly Successful Schools

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Getting Curious About Geometry Through Visual Math Puzzles [Activity]

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While symbols are important, they are not the only way you can “do math.” Try this visual math puzzle with middle school geometry students!
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What we can learn from a nine-year-old girl

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Today, a nine-year-old girl is taking on the world.
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A Framework for K-12 Science Education: by National Research Council

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The forgotten way African Americans stayed safe in a racist America

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When racist towns used to lynch people, these guides helped keep black travelers safe

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I have mentioned the Green Book before, but now there is an interactive mapping application that let's users map out a trip in the United States during the Jim Crow era. Geographer Derek Alderman complied these resources for teachers wanting to use the example of the Green Book in their classrooms.   

 The use of the Confederate flag is now a warning sign that one is not welcome especially in small businesses and establishments.

Tags: mobility, transportation, race, class, culture, historical, ethnicity.

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I have mentioned the Green Book before, but now there is an interactive mapping application that let's users map out a trip in the United States during the Jim Crow era (and a 99 Percent Invisible podcast to walk you through the issues). Geographer Derek Alderman complied these resources for teachers wanting to use the example of the Green Book in their classrooms.   

 

Tags: mobility, transportation, race, class, culture, historical, ethnicity.

Bob Zavitz's curator insight, March 19, 2016 8:48 PM

I have mentioned the Green Book before, but now there is an interactive mapping application that let's users map out a trip in the United States during the Jim Crow era (and a 99 Percent Invisible podcast to walk you through the issues). Geographer Derek Alderman complied these resources for teachers wanting to use the example of the Green Book in their classrooms.   

 

Tags: mobility, transportation, race, class, culture, historical, ethnicity.

lpatteson's curator insight, March 23, 2016 1:10 PM

I have mentioned the Green Book before, but now there is an interactive mapping application that let's users map out a trip in the United States during the Jim Crow era (and a 99 Percent Invisible podcast to walk you through the issues). Geographer Derek Alderman complied these resources for teachers wanting to use the example of the Green Book in their classrooms.   

 

Tags: mobility, transportation, race, class, culture, historical, ethnicity.

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Science achievement gaps begin as early as kindergarten

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Science achievement gaps present between racial, ethnic and socio-economic groups in the eighth grade already exist when those children are in kindergarten.
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STEM Resource Finder | Concord Consortium

STEM Resource Finder | Concord Consortium | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
Our STEM Resource Finder features some of the best of our free, open source educational activities, models and software tools.
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