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Dabbleboard
Dabbleboard is an online collaboration application that is centered around the whiteboard. With a new type of drawing interface that's actually easy and fun to use, Dabbleboard gets out of your way and just lets you draw. Finally the whiteboard enters the digital age!

Discovery Education
Discovery Education supports teachers in accelerating student achievement, bringing the world of Discovery into classrooms to ignite students' natural curiosity.

Domo
Software tool that is a way to easily create Domo animations and slideshows.

Edmodo  http://www.edmodo.com/
Secure Social Learning Network for Teachers and Students
-Free Private Microblogging in the Classroom.

Edublogger  http://theedublogger.com/
The Edublogger has been set up by Edublogs — “the largest education community on the Internet” where you can sign up for a free WordPress-powered blog — and is dedicated to helping educational bloggers with emerging technologies in education, share their own experiences and promote the blogging medium.  Its purpose is to share tips, tricks, and ideas and provide help to the educational blogging community.

ePals  http://www.epals.com/
It is the social network optimized for K-12 learning. Over half a million ePals Global.

Quizlet - The best way to study languages, vocabulary, or almost anything.

Slideshare - Offers users the ability to upload and share publicly or privately PowerPoint presentations, Word documents and Adobe PDF Portfolios.

Tagzedo - Tagxedo turns words -- famous speeches, news articles, slogans and themes, even your love letters -- into a visually stunning word cloud, words individually sized appropriately to highlight the frequencies of occurrence within the body of text.

Twiddla - Twiddla is a free, no-setup, web-based meeting playground. Mark up websites, graphics, and photos, or start brainstorming on a blank canvas.

PBworks - PBworks hosts over 300,000 educational workspaces, and has helped transform teaching and learning for millions of students, parents and teachers.

Photo Peach - Automatically make your own free slide show in seconds. Upload photos, pick music, add captions in the show, and more!

Prezi - Prezi is a cloud-based presentation software that opens up a new world between whiteboards and slides.

Quia - Create your own educational games, quizzes, surveys, and web pages. Search millions of games and quizzes created by educators around the world.

ISSUU --Explore a world of publications by people and publishers alike. Collect, share and publish in a format designed to make your documents look their very best.

Khan Academy
With a library of over 2,400 videos covering everything from arithmetic to physics, finance, and history and 150 practice exercises, we're on a mission to help you learn what you want, when you want, at your own pace.

Moodle
Moodle is a Course Management System (CMS), also known as a Learning Management System (LMS) or a Virtual Learning Environment (VLE). It is a FREE web application that educators can use to create effective online learning sites.

Museum Box
This site provides the tools for you to build up an argument or description of an event, person, or historical period by placing items in a virtual box.


PSTA encourages educators to visit http://www.pa3e.ws/ to find a variety of resources associated with the Pennsylvania Environment and Ecology Standards.

PBWorks http://quizlet.com/
Want to help your students use some 21st Century Skills? PBWorks will help your students collaborate in a virtual workplace. Students can build webpages, embed images and videos, as well as post documents.

BetterLesson
Just starting out in science education? Looking for new lessons? Want to help out new educators? BetterLesson is like the “Facebook for lesson plans.” You can organize and share lessons, collaborate with other educators, and tag and search lessons using state standards.

National Institutes of Health Curricular Materials
A new issue of Findings magazine is available for free online and in hard copy (http://publications.nigms.nih.gov/findings/). This issue "puts a face on science" by profiling the work and personality of two scientists: Brian Bachman and Amy Palmer.

Help Disseminate! Music Video
A Gift to Teachers Across America - We’ve Got To Be That Light

As Center Director for the National Center for Earth and Space Science Education (http://ncesse.org), I had the wonderful honor of giving the Keynote Address at the National Science Teachers Association National Conference in San Francisco in March 2011 to a few thousand teachers of science. Much of the Keynote, titled "Science  ... It's Not a Book of Knowledge, It's a Journey" was dedicated to why we teach, and to reaffirm to teachers why we went into this noblest of professions. The address was very similar to my Keynote at the NSTA Regional in Kansas City in October 2010.

AAPT’s Barbara Lotze Scholarships for Future Teachers
The American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT) Executive Board offers scholarships for future high school physics teachers. These scholarships, supported by an endowment funded by Barbara Lotze, are available only to U.S. citizens attending U.S. schools. Undergraduate students enrolled, or planning to enroll, in physics teacher preparation curricula and high school seniors entering such programs are eligible. Successful applicants receive a stipend of up to $2,000. The scholarship may be granted to an individual for each of four years.
Applications will be accepted at any time and will be considered for recommendation to the Executive Board at each AAPT Winter Meeting. All applications in which all materials, including letters of recommendation, are received by December 1 will be considered for recommendation at the winter meeting of the AAPT Executive Board.

STEM Teachers Thrive in Professional Learning Communities

With the support of the National Science Foundation and in collaboration with WestEd, the National Commission on Teaching and America's Future (NCTAF) has released "STEM Teachers in Professional Learning Communities: From Good Teachers to Great Teaching." NCTAF and WestEd conducted a two-year analysis of research studies that document what happens when science, technology, engineering, and math teachers work together in professional learning communities to improve teaching and increase student achievement. This report summarizes that work and provides examples of projects building on that model.

According to the report, participating in learning teams can successfully engage STEM teachers in discussions about the mathematics and science that they teach. This seemingly basic finding is more important than it may appear. While it is considered a professional trait to continuously seek more knowledge, in reality it can actually be threatening for professionals even to acknowledge that there is something more that they should know or understand better. Teachers operating in traditional artisan isolation are often hesitant to discuss the content that they teach. The report concludes that improving teaching quality is the single most important investment we can make to prepare today's students for college and career success. But this need comes as states and school districts are struggling with dire reductions in funding. In the face of this fiscal reality, we need innovative ways to organize STEM teachers for better learning outcomes with a more cost-effective deployment of existing resources. The report says that we can achieve this objective by enabling STEM teachers to team up for more effective teaching and learning. The report is available online (PDF).

National Academies Press
Now Provides All PDF Books Free to Download -
Effective June 2, 2011, all PDF versions of books published by the National Academies Press (NAP) will be downloadable free of charge to anyone. This includes a current catalog of more than 4,000 books plus future reports published by NAP.

Science News for Kids has a new look and enhanced usability. The site has hundreds of articles explaining science in terms that kids can understand. Many articles also have Teachers Questions and Word Finds that science teachers can use in their classes.

Animal Diversity Web (http://animaldiversity.ummz.umich.edu/site/index.html)
Students are always enthralled by animal studies and animals, in general, can generate a lot of interesting questions.  The Animal Diversity Web (University of Michigan) can help you answer those unique questions and allow students to explore animals even more.  There is also a link to Teaching Resources at the top of the website.

Science Humor (http://www.umanitoba.ca/faculties/afs/soil_science/MSSS/Ecology/Cartoons/Cartoons.html)
Everyone needs to laugh a little bit in class (usually helps towards the end of the school year for sure!!).  Here are some cartoons that fall under the category of “Soil Ecology” but there is a lot of cross-over into other subjects.  Enjoy!!!

AN ANNOUNCEMENT & FREE RESOURCES FROM A NSTA AUTHOR
The National Science Teachers Association/NSTA Press allows anyone to download a free chapter of any/all of their titles. While I’ve found this to be a wonderful resource for my preservice and inservice science teachers, I’d like to specifically alert you to free resources associated with a three-volume book series that I have authored. 
Brain-Powered Science: Teaching and Learning with Discrepant Events (2010), More BPS (2011) and Even More BPS… (2011): This series features a new dual-purpose instructional strategy for use in preservice science methods courses (as a supplement to or substitute for more traditional science methods books) and inservice science professional development programs (e.g., Summer PD Institutes, Professional Learning Communities, etc.,) and by individual science teachers (grades 5-12).

Like all NSTA Press books, these books are modestly priced (in traditional paper form and as e-books) and allow anyone to download for free the Introduction + Table of Content + a Sample activity. Go to: http://www.nsta.org/publications/press/brainpowered.aspx (click on Read More for the individual books & then scroll down to Read Inside to download the free materials) 

The three free activities for the respective books in the BPS series are:
  Activity 16. Air Mass Matters: Creating a Need-to-Know [activities that make air “sensible”]
  Activity 15. Measurements & Molecules Matters: Less is More & Curriculum “Survival of the Fittest” [compelling macroscopic evidence for the molecular view of matter]
  Activity 10. Osmosis and “Naked” Eggs: The Environment Matters [a 5E Teaching Cycle unit]
Additionally, the hundreds of URLs cited in the Internet Connections feature are available free-of-charge at the NSTA Press Extras page: http://www.nsta.org/publications/press/extras/ This page also lists free resources from a select sample of other NSTA Press titles.

Another free resource that many science teachers have found useful is the large college of science education websites and annotated bibliographies that I’ve assembled at: http://csmte.binghamton.edu/links.html (these websites are updated annually).

Sincerely,
Dr. Thomas O’Brien, Professor of Science Teacher Education                     
Binghamton University (State University of New York/SUNY)           

School Yard Geology
(http://education.usgs.gov/schoolyard/index.html)
Did you ever wish you could take more field trips? You can with this website! Your own schoolyard is filled with great geologic activities and features. This resource from the USGS is filled with activities and examples of what to look for to turn your schoolyard into a rich geologic experience, including Mapping Your Schoolyard, Rock Stories, and Geosleuth.
Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill (http://www.eoearth.org/article/Deepwater_Horizon_oil_spill?topic=50364)
From the Encyclopedia of Earth (which by the way has A LOT of other great resources within it- http://www.eoearth.org/ ), this portion of the website is dedicated to studying the oil spill. The information is regularly updated so check back often
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Bee Hunt! (http://www.discoverlife.org/bee/design.html)
From the main page of the website: “Please join us in this scientific study to understand the impact of climate change and other factors on plant-pollinator interactions, geographic distributions, and seasonal abundances. You can either choose to inventory bees and all other natural history at a site, or you can design an experiment that compares pollinators at two different patches of flowers.” Get ready to explore bees!

Earth Science Resources for Teachers (http://www.epa.gov/safewater/kids/wsb/pdfs/9124.pdf)
From the author of Earth Science (Homework Helpers), Phil Medina, shares with us several of his Earth Science resources from his publication. He shares worksheets, PowerPoints, labs, activities and videos. He wants you to download, copy and paste!!! He will also email you answer keys, that is if you are ready to prove you are a teacher! Check it out.

Gateway to 21st Century Skills Website
This website puts a collection of more than 50,000 educational materials—including lesson plans, units, and activities—at your fingertips. Sponsored by the National Education Association, the standards-based materials can be searched by keyword, grade level, and resource type. The blog called Joann's Weekly Picks highlights resources on a single topic, such as fractals, each week. Users can also join the 21st-Century Teaching Community to comment on the resources.

Education Degree Information
Our site, which has been around since 2009 and is listed as a web resource by organizations like the Association of American Educators and the Association for Career and Technical Education, strives to be a comprehensive source for teacher education degree and career info. The URL is www.educationdegree.com.

K-12 Science Resources from NSF

K–12 science lessons and web resources for teachers, students, and families are available at this website. Choose from subject areas ranging from the Arctic to Physics, and then use the materials to create lesson plans or at-home activities. For example, among the Biology resources you’ll find Cornell University’s Bird sleuth program for elementary and middle level students, and CellsAlive.com, which has cell-related animations and videos for use in high school and college classrooms.

The Balanced Equation Curriculum
This standards-aligned curriculum introduces students in grades 9–12 to global sustainability and chemistry’s role in developing long-lasting solutions. It features 10 interdisciplinary lessons that involve students in discussions about the importance of considering people, their needs, and their environment. For example, in The Sustainability Corps, students explore the chemistry of healthy water through role play and experimentation with different water filtration techniques.

Spider in Space
In April 2011, an orb weaver spider joined the STS-134 astronaut crew aboard space shuttle Endeavour for a trip to the International Space Station. Now scientists are observing the spider’s behaviors in microgravity. With the Spiders in Space Teachers Guide, K–12 students can also participate in this real-life research, comparing ground spiders with the one in space. The guide contains instructions for setting up spider habitats in the classroom and helping students design their own “spider” investigations. Registration is required to download the guide.

Bill Nye’s Climate Laboratory
Emmy-award-winning science educator Bill Nye has become Bill Nye the Climate Guy—complete with his own Climate Lab—courtesy of Chabot Space & Science Center of Oakland, California. To accompany its new permanent exhibition, Bill Nye’s Climate Laboratory, the center has created an educational website for elementary and middle school teachers, students, and families. Join Nye on fun missions and activities to reduce energy consumption and thwart climate change. You'll hunt down energy vampires, design a “green” home, grow a virtual garden—and compete to become a climate champion!

Animal-Shaped Rocks 
“Did you know that the brain tends to perceive an animal-shape or, even more popular, a human face hiding in the rocks?”  This website has 23 bizarre, yet amazing natural animal-shaped rock formations.  Show these pictures at the start of a lesson to grab your students’ attention.  You can then go into brain activity, geological processes, etc…

Ground Water Basics 
This document (117 pages) contains activities that explain the management of ground water resources.
It includes activities, fact sheets, reference materials and a glossary of terms.  The main focus is on interdependencies in the environment. 

Electronic Field Trip Program
To whom it may concern: Please consider linking to our free electronic field trip program in your teacher resources section. Purdue zipTrips are electronic field trips in science education connecting students and scientists in real-time. For more information: www.purdue.edu/ziptrips This program is partially funded by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute.

RubiStar 
Recently come up with a new project that you are not sure how to assess?  RubiStar is a free tool to help teachers create rubrics.  Need help starting a rubric for a debate? Poster? Presentation?  You can also search rubrics that have already been created to fit your use.

Learningscience.org
Just starting out in science education? Want a new tool to help with your science instruction?  Learningscience.org might be the place to look.  This FREE website is run by an organization dedicated to “sharing the newer and emerging learning tools of science education.”  Topics include: science inquiry, physical science, life science, earth & space, science & technology, science & society, and the history & nature of science.

Dow/PopSci Periodic Table
Another cool periodic table (don’t forget the one featured a few months ago…The Periodic Table of Videos (http://www.periodicvideos.com/#).  Click on an image of what the element looks like or would look like (think Helium gas in a glass tube with electric current running through it…glows creamy pale peach!!!).

Canopy In The Clouds (www.canopyintheclouds.com) . The project uses innovative and immersive media from the perspective of a tropical montane cloud forest to serve as a platform for inquiry-based, K-12 earth and life science education. We are particularly excited to offer over 25 lesson plans on themes such as water, weather, soils, ecology and the process of science focused on 6-8th grades. All materials are normed to national science education standards, peer-reviewed by a team of scientists and educators, and made available free of cost via our website. Funding is provided by the National Geographic Society, National Science Foundation and the Tropical Science Center of Costa Rica. 


NASA GSFC Resources for Educators and Students

Camilla Space Weather Project: Online space weather prediction page that allows the general public and classrooms to use SDO data like the scientists do to predict space weather events. See http://sdo.gsfc.nasa.gov/swx/

A Day at Goddard:  
Middle and high school level, career-oriented field trip. Includes scientist meet-and-greet, lab, and tour of the Integration and Test Facility. See http://sdo.gsfc.nasa.gov/epo/educators/dayatgoddard.php

Family Science Night: A nine-session program that invites middle school children and their families to discover the wide variety of science and engineering developed at NASA and applied in our everyday life. Piloted at GSFC for four years, it’s currently in the dissemination stage and being run at six different locations nationwide. Looking for more locations. http://sdo.gsfc.nasa.gov/epo/families/fsn.php

Space Math @ NASA is a popular resource for hundreds of math problems spanning grades 3-12 and related to NASA science and discoveries. Targeting on-grade-level learners, problems cover algebra, geometry and advanced math, with unique problem books about black holes, magnetism, space weather, and Earth and planetary science. http://spacemath.gsfc.nasa.gov

Space Weather Action Center provides an opportunity for students to analyze near-real-time data and predict a solar storm with ease and accuracy by following the step-by-step instructions. http://sunearthday.nasa.gov/swac
 
Space Weather Media Viewer: Flash-based online resource with dramatic images from NASA missions, updated hourly with near-real-time data. http://sunearthday.gsfc.nasa.gov/spaceweather 
 
Sun-Earth Day (SED): Series of programs and events around different annual themes that occur throughout the year, culminating with a celebration on or near the spring equinox. The 2011 theme is Ancient Mysteries - Future Discoveries. Educator resource packets with bookmark, CD, and posters pertaining to heliophysics mission science and space weather are available for classroom teachers. http://sunearthday.nasa.gov
 
Think Scientifically:
Solar science concepts hidden in a storybook. Includes lessons, labs, and cross-curricular extensions. http://sdo.gsfc.nasa.gov/epo/educators/thinkscientifically.php


NIH Curriculum Supplement Series

NIH had something for your science classroom from the high school to the elementary school. Looking for something additional to jazz up your curriculum? NIH might have it and it is FREE!!! From subjects such as “Exploring Bioethics” to “The Brain: Our Sense of Self” to “Human Genetic Variation,” check them out. You can preview the modules online and NIH will mail you FREE print copies. There is also an area where you can view demos of activities for different modules.

PBWorks 
Want to help your students use some 21st Century Skills?  PBWorks will help your students collaborate in a virtual workplace.  Students can build webpages, embed images and videos, as well as post documents.
BetterLesson
Just starting out in science education? Looking for new lessons?  Want to help out new educators?  BetterLesson is like the “Facebook for lesson plans.”  You can organize and share lessons, collaborate with other educators, and tag and search lessons using state standards.

National Institutes of Health Curricular Materials.
A new issue of Findings magazine is available for free online and in hard copy (http://publications.nigms.nih.gov/findings/). This issue "puts a face on science" by profiling the work and personality of two scientists:

Drugs from Deep Down • Brian Bachmann • Vanderbilt University
Bachmann, a chemist, ventures into caves and peers into Petri dishes to find undiscovered organisms that produce substances with medicinal potential.
Mesmerized by Metals • Amy Palmer • University of Colorado at Boulder
Biochemist Palmer created fluorescent sensors to study the role of zinc and other metals in brain signaling, bacterial infection and diseases like Alzheimer's, diabetes and prostate cancer.

Access Findings and all of our other free science education materials at http://www.nigms.nih.gov/Publications/Classroom.htm. Order your free materials and classroom sets now by clicking on the link below or cut and paste the URL into your browser http://publications.nigms.nih.gov/order/classroom.html.
If you have any questions about NIGMS science education materials, please contact me at alisa.machalek@nih.gov..


Free opportunities for Students and Teachers to learn about the Moon - NSF/NASA initiatives!

1. Award-winning videogame – Selene
2. Virtual world based on the Moon – MoonWorld

Opportunity 1. Selene - Reach for the Moon Through Gameplay
Imagine sitting at your computer and blasting away at what will quickly become a full-fledged, pockmarked moon like our own. All the while you’re learning about the solar system’s basic geological processes. That’s what students have in store when they play Selene II: A Lunar Construction GaME http://selene.cet.edu. The game received its most recent honor in July when Disney Research tabbed Selene as one of only 15 finalists from around the world in its Learning Challenge Competition (http://selene.cet.edu/?page=news&id=72). Disney recognized it for being one of the 15 most engaging, delightful, educational, and inspiring learning widgets of the year.
 
Selene is easy for teachers to incorporate. Kids can play it anytime, anywhere and as homework or for extra credit. Kids ages 9 and up can play it, and the game is equally suitable for upper elementary, middle school, high school, and even undergraduate players. The first edition of the game was funded by NASA, and the new enhanced version, Selene II, is funded by NSF. When kids play, they’re helping us study how important, often complex science concepts might be better grasped through gameplay.

Opportunity 2: MoonWorld – Authentic Lunar Geology Fieldwork in a Virtual World
Feel like putting on a spacesuit and gamboling in one-sixth gravity across the surface of the Moon? With MoonWorld you can do just that, albeit in a virtual environment. (http://moonworld.cet.edu) Through their avatars, students play lunar geologists conducting a lunar field research inquiry. They drive rovers across the surface of the Moon, closely observing the terrain, collecting samples, and taking measurements to figure out the Moon’s history. When they return to the lunar base, they synthesize their data and control the life support system to pump enough water, air, and food.
 
MoonWorld is based on actual lunar landscapes; NASA spacesuits; base, rover, and life support concepts; and mission objectives consistent with field exploration. Learners guide their spacesuited avatars to walk through the world, interacting with it and other avatars, while learning lunar science through virtual fieldwork. In particular, students build their geology knowledge by focusing on stratigraphy, the study of characteristics, formation, composition, and sequence of rock layers. You can’t duplicate these immersive virtual worlds in a classroom or with a normal website. That’s why MoonWorld is a new approach to experiential learning funded by NASA.
 
During a MoonWorld mission:
·       Teams of four astronaut explorers work together on the surface of a lunar landscape based upon the Timocharis region of the Earth’s Moon.
·       Explorers navigate to 16 field stations where they collect samples, record field observations, and conduct field measurements.
·       Explorers drill a 5 km core sample to explore changes in layer characteristics.
·       Explorers return to the moon base research station to analyze and synthesize the rock samples and their observations to deduce the history of the region.
 
Students ages 9 and up and adults are welcome to visit MoonWorld. Educators can register a group of students for MoonWorld, which is maintained on our private server to guarantee a safe environment. Youth missions are available. Contact moonworld@cet.edu to learn more about MoonWorld or to reserve missions for your students. Adults can register individually or in teams of up to four members to visit the environment within the Second Life virtual world and complete a mission.  Visit http://moonworld.cet.edu to create an avatar or schedule a mission reservation. Existing Second Life residents  can log into Second Life (MoonWorld) in-world to reserve a mission or start a mission immediately if the sim is not in use (Important Note: Check the MoonWorld website to make sure you have installed and are using the viewer recommended for MoonWorld, otherwise shared media may not function properly: http://moonworld.cet.edu/install.php. You also can request a MoonWorld mission mentor (limited availability) by e-mailing moonworld@cet.edu.


Word Cloud Generators
Wordle is a toy for generating “word clouds” from text that you provide. The clouds give greater prominence to words that appear more frequently in the source text. You can tweak your clouds with different fonts, layouts, and color schemes. While Wordle is the king of Word Cloud Generators here are some other word cloud tools that have some outstanding capabilities that are worth investigation. Each tool provides a unique way that can be used in the classroom to facilitate the creation and study of word clouds.

The Hurricanes: Science and Society website and educational resources have been developed by the University of Rhode Island (URI) Graduate School of Oceanography (GSO). Many other people contributed to the site, including independent scientific reviewers and 14 middle and high school teachers. The Hurricanes: Science and Society project has been funded by the National Science Foundation. Other contributors are acknowledged below.

OSA Foundation site and on our education web site OpticsForKids.org.  --All materials can be requested using our quick and easy online request form  
"Make Waves - Discover Science" Poster Series
Brand new in 2010, this four-part poster series explores lasers, cross-polarization, acoustics and echolocation. The posters are available in English, Spanish, French, Russian and Mandarin. The Turkish translation and supplemental pamphlets including definitions, experiments and career profiles can be downloaded online here.
Request Your Free Set of Posters Today! 

NIH Images 
Looking for that perfect image to enhance your PowerPoint or help show your students what you might not be able to view in the classroom firsthand?  NIH recently introduced IMAGES which is a database of images in biomedical literature.  There are more than 2.5 million images and figures  that you can search based on keywords.

thevisualMD
The Visual MD brings “health to life.”  Many students are visual learners and these images and/or videos help enhance their understanding of various aspects of anatomy and physiology.  If you have an iPhone there are several free apps to download.

Nikon Microscopy U
Who has an electron microscope in their classroom?  How about access to fluorescence microscopy for molecules of your choice?  Not me, but now you can have access to some of the images.  Micoscopy U has everything you need to know about microscopes including tutorials and a vast variety of images.

Lab Out Loud 
Are you looking to enhance your science teaching with some technology?  How about adding a podcast here or there?  Ok, so you might be thinking, what is a podcast?  By definition, a podcast is “an audio file similar to a radio broadcast, which can be downloaded and listened to on a computer, mp3 player, mobile phone, etc.”  Check out Lab Out Loud which is hosted by two science teachers who focus on science news and science education.

#153B84
PBS is more than just TV.  PBS Teachers, specifically the Science and Tech section, aims at providing mostly free resources for teachers in the areas of multimedia and professional development.  Though several of the resources correspond to educational shows that are locally broadcasted in your area, there is much, much more to the website.  There is area for ongoing K-12 discussions on science and technology as well as an area to seek professional development (think Act 48 hours…) through online courses for a fee.

OnLine Labs
Standards have you stressed?  Don’t have class time to spend on an entire lab?  Try out one of the sites from OnLine Labs.  OnLine Labs provides science simulations for biology, chemistry, and physics.  Add Online Labs to your website to provide some at home study tools for students.  Add an OnLine Lab to a PowerPoint or use for a make-up lab. 

Evolution Resources

Looking for books and articles on evolution? NSTA has compiled a wealth of print and online resources on this very subject. There is even a Q&A section on teaching evolution in the classroom!  Evolution Resources

Purdue zipTrips are FREE science-based electronic field trips for middle school students.  Through the magic of technology students can interact with Purdue scientists and learn more about their work.  See a horse run on a high-speed treadmill or a dog have its teeth cleaned and find out how scientists use this research to learn more about humans.  Partners for this project includePurdue’s School of Veterinary Medicine, Purdue Agriculture, and the Discovery Learning Research Center at Purdue.  Purdue zipTrips is partially funded by a grant from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute.
Visit www.purdue.edu/ziptrips http://www.purdue.edu/ziptrips to learn more.

Chemistry Grant
ACS-Hach High School Chemistry Grant with the Pennsylvania Science Teachers Association. The ACS-Hach High School Chemistry Grant is a great opportunity for chemistry educators to request up to $1,500 for any purpose that enhances the teaching and learning of chemistry within their classrooms (i.e., professional development courses, laboratory supplies, instructional materials, and technology tools).

We are currently accepting applications through April 1, 2010 for the 2010-2011 academic year. Details about the grant and the application process can be found at http://www.acs.org/hach.

Safe Science Series
Sponsored by the National Science Education Leadership Association and written by Dr. Ken Roy. Visit Safe Science Series to see over 30 documents related to science safety.

Electronic Field Trip Explores Climate Change
Take your class on a “field trip” to learn about climate science. On October 13, 2010, the National Park Foundation’s Electronic Field Trip series will broadcast from North Cascades National Park, teaching students of grades 4-8 about climate change.

With its northerly location and high elevation, Washington’s North Cascades National Park is experiencing melting glaciers and loss of species. Given its efforts to understand climate change with science, management, and education, the park represents an important educational resource.

Educators and students can register for free to watch the show premiere and can gain access to a companion website, launching September 1, that features downloadable lesson plans and online activities. To learn more about this and other electronic field trips, see www.nationalparks.org/eft.

Delicious  (http://delicious.com/)
Sounds just too yummy...ok maybe a little weird, but a great resource to organize all of your favorites (bookmarks)!  The best part about this site is that no matter what computer you are on your favorites go with you!  You can easily download the Delicious toolbar (http://delicious.com/help/tools) which will help you "tag" new favorites and displays them in an organized fashion to the left of your screen.  You can even "tag" items to share with other teachers or display your "cloud" of favorites directly on your school webpage.

The Periodic Table of Videos (http://www.periodicvideos.com/#)
Ever wonder what exactly a particular element is used for?  Where is it found?  How is it stored?  The Periodic Table of Videos will most likely have the answer.  These videos can easily be imbedded into your presentations to make the periodic table “come alive” or at least make it more realistic. 

Donors Choose (http://www.donorschoose.org/)
Donors Choose is an online charity where you, as a teacher, can post project requests.   Working on your project for National Lab Day (http://www.nationallabday.org/) and could use a few more resources?  Maybe a classroom critter?  Some composition books? Art supplies?  Books to add to your classroom library?  Give it a try.  Here’s a hint…project requests kept under $100 get the most donations in the shortest amount of time.

 

 
     
 


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