playforce.org - Playforce: Learning from the games we play NSTA Learning Center Details Description Science Objects are two hour on-line interactive inquiry-based content modules that help teachers better understand the science content they teach. Additional Info Technical National Standards Correlation Systems Thinking Games Systems Thinking Games, developed in partnership with Filament Games, are designed to be used by youth and educators to assess systems thinking skills both in the classroom and in afterschool contexts. A precursor to the GlassLab, this project brings together teachers, assessment experts and game designers and developers to collaboratively design and build a suite of games with data tools that support teachers in evaluating the way players approach problem-solving, and the strategies players use in understanding and interacting with complex systems. Currently, research is underway to develop assessment frameworks that yield valid and reliable assessment measures across the suite of digital games. To learn more, please join the Institute’s community for updates on our progress.
Edheads - Activate Your Mind! Halflife The applet lists a "halflife" for each radioactive isotope. What does that mean? The halflife is the amount of time it takes for half of the atoms in a sample to decay. The halflife for a given isotope is always the same ; it doesn't depend on how many atoms you have or on how long they've been sitting around. For example, the applet will tell you that the halflife of beryllium 11 is 13.81 seconds. Hmmm...so a lot of decays happen really fast when there are lots of atoms, and then things slow down when there aren't so many. That's exactly right. Notice how the decays are fast and furious at the beginning and slow down over time; you can see this both from the color changes in the top window and from the graph. You'll also notice that the pattern of atoms in the top picture is random-looking, and different each time you run the applet, but the graph below always has the same shape.
Digital Games Transforming K-12 Assessment and Learning Many teachers are searching for new ways to engage their digital-native students. They are looking for, write researchers at Florida State, “alternative ways of teaching – ways that increase student engagement and yield a rich, authentic picture of the learner(s).” These researchers say more educators should take a look at the latest in digital games. Games that are designed not only to teach, but to help educators assess learning as it’s happening. GlassLab, a new nonprofit educational game design initiative, has just released its first game— SimCityEdu—based on the popular Simcity brand and called SimCityEDU: Pollution Challenge! The Games, Learning, and Assessment Lab, or GlassLab is a unique partnership between the nonprofit Institute of Play (known for their Quest to Learn schools), the game-design firm Electronic Arts, and others. “One of the things that we all get frustrated with is that kids get assessed in the spring and they get that data and feedback back in the fall.
Lesson on Calculating the Post-Mortem Interval | MSI Forensics Courtesy of Patti Bertino’s email post. The postmortem interval (PMI), also known as a time since death estimate, aids forensic scientists in death investigations. This lesson will introduce your students to the processes of decay and decomposition, forensic pathology, and forensic entomology. The lesson includes several video lectures, animations, and worksheet exercises with practical applications to explain the concept of PMI and accumulated degree hours (ADH). Intended Grade level11-12; content is intended for mature audiences Before you begin …Before starting, students should have a basic working knowledge of forensic science, death investigations, and Algebra. Class time requiredTwo 90-minute class periods Materials and Technology NeededComputer with Internet access and YouTube access enabled, basic calculator Link to website lesson:
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