AgroWorld - September | October
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AgroWorld - September | October
AgroWorld (published four times a year) has been developed for the busy middle and high school educator and their students. Each issue features current events, classroom resources, and activities, that seek to improve agricultural literacy and enhance STEM, nutrition, and social studies education. Enjoy this issue and be sure to visit the National Agriculture in the Classroom website for a complete index of previously featured resources. http://agclassroom.org/agroworld/index.htm
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Careers in Agriculture e-Book

Careers in Agriculture e-Book | AgroWorld - September | October | Scoop.it

"In order to fuel the talent pipeline, younger generations need to be presented with a positive image of agriculture and a comprehensive view into the diversity of the industry in a format appropriate to their interests. AgCareers.com has created an e-book dedicated to inspiring young people to pursue careers in agriculture."

AgroWorld's insight:

The Careers in Agriculture digital e-book is designed as a guide for student career exploration presenting them with a current, in-depth, thorough, and real view of the agricultural industry. All pages are equipped with interactive links including videos, further reading, and more.

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Google Tour Creator

Google Tour Creator | AgroWorld - September | October | Scoop.it
Tour Creator makes it easy to build immersive, 360 tours right from your computer.
AgroWorld's insight:

Google has introduced Tour Creator which enables students, teachers, and anyone with a story to tell, to make a virtual reality (VR) tour using imagery from Google Street View or your own 360 photos. The tool is designed to let you produce professional-level VR content without a steep learning curve. A great tool to introduce and explore agriculture from farm-to-fork. Students can create their own VR experience to share with others and publish it to Poly, Google’s library of 3D content. From Poly, it’s  easy to view tours. All you need to do is open the link in your browser or view in Google Cardboard. Search YouTube for Google Tour help. Google has announced that they will be adding the ability to import these tours into the Expeditions application in the near future. If you create a Google Tour, please share with AgroWorld on the agclassroom.org/360 website.

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The Purple Plow Challenge – uncovering STEM solutions

The Purple Plow Challenge – uncovering STEM solutions | AgroWorld - September | October | Scoop.it

"Purple Plow is a free STEM education platform that engages students in creating solutions for real-world, complex issues related to agriculture. Free resources provided for facilitators, students and volunteers are written by teachers, aligned to national learning standards for grades 7-12 and reviewed by industry experts."

AgroWorld's insight:

The "Puzzlers" on this site develop skills in creativity, critical thinking and engineering design for grades 5-8. The "Design Challenges" hone these skills with students in grades 7-12.

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Temperature Anomalies by Country 1880-2017

"Temperature Anomalies by Country 1880-2017 based on NASA GISTEMP data."

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What implications do temperature changes have for agriculture?

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Creative Solutions to Ending School Food Waste | Food and Nutrition Service

Creative Solutions to Ending School Food Waste | Food and Nutrition Service | AgroWorld - September | October | Scoop.it

"Americans waste enough food every day to fill a 90,000 seat football stadium. Approximately one-third of all food is wasted at the retail and consumer levels. While research has shown that food wasted by children is similar to the rest of the U.S. population, there are many ways schools can reduce food waste and teach students about the impact it has on the environment and in their community."

AgroWorld's insight:

Think your school may have a food waste problem? Checkout this website to learn about some possible solutions or engage your students in Project/Problem-based learning to determine the best solution.

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Dirt to Dinner | Food Matters

Dirt to Dinner | Food Matters | AgroWorld - September | October | Scoop.it
Our mission is to educate consumers with news and information on the food supply chain, sustainable agriculture, and nutrition by exploring the science of food.
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Looking for topics to engage students in critical thinking and argumentation? This site deals in "food matters" highlighting the relationship between producers and consumers using credible resources on the topics of global food production, sustainable agriculture, and nutrition.

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How Drones are Helping to Plant Trees - A Cleaner Future

Droneseed is a Seattle-based startup that envisions a future where technology is solving our planet’s deforestation problems.

AgroWorld's insight:

If drones can plant tree seeds what crops might they also plant in the future? What would be the challenges given the need for seeds to have good soil-seed-contact for high germination rates? Could this technology work for all types of seeds?

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What Happens When Farming Goes High-Tech? | National Geographic

"Soil maps, GPS guidance, and even drones are becoming critical tools for modern farmers. These methods of precision agriculture can help increase yields and save farmers a surprising sum along the way."

AgroWorld's insight:

Sensors for agriculture are essential for monitoring and using Global Positioning Systems (GPS) and Global Information Systems (GIS) systems for precision agriculture. What needs to be monitored on a farm? What types of sensors do you think are needed in the field to use precision agricultural practices?

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It's not easy being green tomatoes | Science in the Classroom

It's not easy being green tomatoes | Science in the Classroom | AgroWorld - September | October | Scoop.it

"Science in the Classroom (SitC) is a collection of freely available annotated research papers from the Science family of journals. SitC aims to help educators, undergraduates, and advanced high school students understand the research contained in scientific primary literature by using annotations and providing accompanying teaching materials. Annotations include vocabulary, methods, descriptions of prior research, and explanations of major conclusions. Each paper has an educator's guide outlining connections to science competencies within STEM learning frameworks and standards. Educator guides also provide suggested activities, discussion questions, and resources for further exploration of the subject."

AgroWorld's insight:

This website takes an innovative approach to engaging learners in scientific evidence through the annotation of publish research. Learners are able to use "Learning Lens" filters to highlight text complete with annotations for critically analyzing research methods and data. Teacher materials are included for many articles along with prompts for learner analysis of tables, charts, and statistics. To find more agricultural articles search "agriculture" in the search box.

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Understanding Science

Understanding Science | AgroWorld - September | October | Scoop.it

This interactive model is designed to engage students in thinking critically about how science works. They can use the tool to document their own science practices or to reflect on the process that others followed as portrayed in an article or video. Students create a visual map of the process of science and can annotate the steps with text, images, and supplemental files

AgroWorld's insight:

A great model for interactive notebooks!

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