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June 2016 NGSS NOW Newsletter -- Next Generation Science Standards

June 2016 NGSS NOW Newsletter -- Next Generation Science Standards | Middle School and High School Science | Scoop.it
Here is the latest NGSS Newsletter--with tips about implementing NGSS in the classroom.
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Science Notebook Corner

Science Notebook Corner | Middle School and High School Science | Scoop.it
Keeping a notebook can help your students think and act like scientists. Sample our easy-to-implement strategies and lessons to bring science notebooking into your classroom.
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Here are some materials from our CA science colleagues with suggestions for effective instructional use of science notebooks. 
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The USGS Water Science School: All About Water!

The USGS Water Science School: All About Water! | Middle School and High School Science | Scoop.it
All about water - the U.S. Geological Survey's Water Science School information site.
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Some ideas you might find useful  on Water Cycle Systems!

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NGSX: Scalable Professional Development for Three-­Dimension

NGSX: Scalable Professional Development for Three-­Dimension | Middle School and High School Science | Scoop.it

NGSX (Next Generation Science Exemplar System) is a face-to-face professional development environment for teacher study groups, in which participants connect to an on-line system that poses tasks f... Participants develop disciplinary ideas through science practices as they participate as learners

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Here is an overview of the NGSX project that is being piloted in Vermont. This is an outstanding professional development model.

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Students Using PBL to Define Their Own Learning

Students Using PBL to Define Their Own Learning | Middle School and High School Science | Scoop.it

For the past two years I’ve really started to incorporate PBL into my fourth- and fifth-grade gifted students. I teach an enrichment class one day a week, where we accelerate and enhance the curriculum, where we accelerate and enhance the curriculum...My students wanted to make their own inventions, but they weren’t working in isolation—most of it was teamwork.

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Some successful experiences with Project-Based Learning   F.Y.I.

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Too Many Kids Quit Science Because They Don't Think They're Smart

Too Many Kids Quit Science Because They Don't Think They're Smart | Middle School and High School Science | Scoop.it
But praising their intelligence can make them feel even more insecure. A self-esteem expert offers a way out of the conundrum.
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Some suggestions on how to build students' self-esteem through using ''process praise."

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Balloon Rocket Blast Off

Balloon Rocket Blast Off | Middle School and High School Science | Scoop.it

Have you ever watched a rocket or space shuttle soaring through the sky? How is it possible for these massive objects to move through the air? The basic principle behind rocket flight is Newton’s third law of motion. In this activity http://www.flinnsci.com/media/1242014/ps10869.pdf ,  students will experiment with Newton’s third law by launching balloon rockets across the classroom.

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Here is an investigation, using a model, that students can do to investigate Newton's Laws safely in the classroom.

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Gadgets We Love: Modular Robotics MOSS Exofabulatronixx 5200 Kit | Coding

Gadgets We Love: Modular Robotics MOSS Exofabulatronixx 5200 Kit | Coding | Middle School and High School Science | Scoop.it
Colorado-based company Modular Robotics found a better way to let you achieve your robot-building dreams. The company manufactures MOSS cubes, each of which has a different mechanism. The cubes can then be connected in different ways by magnetically attaching them together with small steel spheres. Connect two blocks with four spheres, and they’re firmly locked together. Connect them with two? You’ve got a hinge.

Individually, the cubes don’t do much. But when they’re connected together, you can create hundreds of different robot combinations – like Legos come to life. And they’re neatly color coded so you know which block does what when you’re planning your creation.

 

Learn more:

 

http://gustmees.wordpress.com/2014/08/24/coding-a-new-trend-in-education-and-a-big-responsibility/

 

http://gustmees.wordpress.com/2014/08/20/maker-space-a-new-trend-in-education-and-a-big-responsibility/

 

http://www.scoop.it/t/21st-century-learning-and-teaching/?tag=makerspace

 

http://www.scoop.it/t/21st-century-learning-and-teaching/?tag=Coding

 


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Gust MEES's curator insight, December 3, 2014 10:52 AM
Colorado-based company Modular Robotics found a better way to let you achieve your robot-building dreams. The company manufactures MOSS cubes, each of which has a different mechanism. The cubes can then be connected in different ways by magnetically attaching them together with small steel spheres. Connect two blocks with four spheres, and they’re firmly locked together. Connect them with two? You’ve got a hinge.

Individually, the cubes don’t do much. But when they’re connected together, you can create hundreds of different robot combinations – like Legos come to life. And they’re neatly color coded so you know which block does what when you’re planning your creation.


Learn more:


http://gustmees.wordpress.com/2014/08/24/coding-a-new-trend-in-education-and-a-big-responsibility/


http://gustmees.wordpress.com/2014/08/20/maker-space-a-new-trend-in-education-and-a-big-responsibility/


http://www.scoop.it/t/21st-century-learning-and-teaching/?tag=makerspace


http://www.scoop.it/t/21st-century-learning-and-teaching/?tag=Coding


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Adapting Curriculum to Align With NGSS

Adapting Curriculum  to Align With NGSS | Middle School and High School Science | Scoop.it

Teachers can effectively adapt existing curriculum materials and instruction to better align with NGSS. This can help them learn about important parts of the NGSS vision for learning—and result in instructional materials for use across classrooms.

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Some useful 'how-to' information from the University of Washington research.

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Students Benefit from Expanding What Counts as "Engineering"

Students Benefit from Expanding What Counts as "Engineering" | Middle School and High School Science | Scoop.it

Engineering design activities can be a powerful entry point into science learning.

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A brief dedicated to clarifying 'engineering' in the STEM classroom.

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Authentic Assessment Toolbox Home Page

Authentic Assessment Toolbox Home Page | Middle School and High School Science | Scoop.it
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A valuable resource for assessment development.

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Geek Squad helps Round Lake area kids catch up on technology

Geek Squad helps Round Lake area kids catch up on technology | Middle School and High School Science | Scoop.it
Students who ordinarily don't have easy access to technology received lessons about online safety, computer coding and more in a special two-day program at Round Lake Middle School.
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      This article describes how one school in Illinois provided technology opportunities for MS students.      
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Principals as Leaders in NGSS Implementation |n Next Generation Science Standards

Principals as Leaders in NGSS Implementation |n Next Generation Science Standards | Middle School and High School Science | Scoop.it
Here is an overview of how principals might  support NGSS implementation.
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If Humans Go To Mars, Where's The Best Place To Land?

If Humans Go To Mars, Where's The Best Place To Land? | Middle School and High School Science | Scoop.it
In The Martian, a stranded astronaut has to survive a hostile Red Planet. Now scientists will soon hold the first workshop to identify sites on Mars where astronauts might actually land one day.
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What do your student think?

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NGSS Practices in Action in Winooski Science Classes

NGSS Practices in Action in Winooski Science Classes | Middle School and High School Science | Scoop.it
The new Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) place much higher emphasis on the practices of science and engineering than have past sets of national science education standards. But how do we ch...
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Great work happening in Winooski! Take a look!

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2015 VSTA Conference Materials - VSTA

2015 VSTA Conference Materials - VSTA | Middle School and High School Science | Scoop.it
Official website of the Vermont Science Teachers Association
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Check out NGSS resources from the recent VSTA Conference...including keynote speaker, Joe Krajcik's, power point.!

https://sites.google.com/site/vtscienceteachersassociation/conference-materials

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Dark matter becomes less 'ghostly'

Dark matter becomes less 'ghostly' | Middle School and High School Science | Scoop.it
Scientists have uncovered a vital new insight into the nature of dark matter.
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Here is an interesting article...F.Y.I.

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Is it important to distinguish between the explanation and argumentation practices in the classroom? : StemTeachingTools

Is it important to distinguish between the explanation and argumentation practices in the classroom? : StemTeachingTools | Middle School and High School Science | Scoop.it

The Next Gen Science Standards (NGSS) expect learners to engage in the science practice of 'constructing explanations' and also in 'argument from evidence', but some curricula and PD resources don't make this distinction. Learn how you can do this!

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Engaging English Learners in the Science and Engineering Practices : StemTeachingTools

Engaging English Learners in the Science and Engineering Practices : StemTeachingTools | Middle School and High School Science | Scoop.it

What is the Issue?

Routinely engaging all students in the practices of science and engineering is a crucial fixture of the new vision for K-12 science education. The practices can be seen as a barrier to participation for English Learners (ELs), or they can be viewed as an opportunity to provide rich instruction that builds science-related competencies and identities. Certain elements of the practices and related instructional approaches can be beneficial for students learning science while also learning the language of instruction.

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A few suggestions for engaging ALL students in science learning.

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Are there multiple instructional models that fit with the science and engineering practices in NGSS? (Short answer: Yes.) : StemTeachingTools

Are there multiple instructional models that fit with the science and engineering practices in NGSS? (Short answer: Yes.) : StemTeachingTools | Middle School and High School Science | Scoop.it

Are there multiple instructional models that fit with the science and engineering practices in NGSS? (Short Answer: Yes!)

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Another brief--this one provides suggestions about including engineering practices into classroom instruction.

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The STEM paradoxes: Graduates’ lack of non-technical skills, and not enough women

The STEM paradoxes: Graduates’ lack of non-technical skills, and not enough women | Middle School and High School Science | Scoop.it
STEM graduates don't have the right skills, while women are choosing to work in jobs that don't require their science skills.
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Interesting data about the 'other' skills needed by high school graduates for STEM careers.

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How to Sequence Practices to Support Student Investigations

How to Sequence Practices  to Support Student Investigations | Middle School and High School Science | Scoop.it

Practices should be sequenced and intertwined in different ways to support students in unfolding investigations.

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Some suggestions to help incorporate science and engineering practices into classroom instruction.

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Science Fairs and Alternatives

Science Fairs and Alternatives | Middle School and High School Science | Scoop.it
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This is a list of NSTA-recommended resources for science fair planning.

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