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Freebies for Science Teachers

Freebies for Science Teachers
Graphite: Digital Resources Site Added: Dec 6, 2013 Graphite is a free online portal to help preK-12 educators find, use, and share the best digital apps, games, and websites for their students. Created by Common Sense Media with funding from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the service contains objective ratings of apps and other digital learning resources from professional reviewers, along with reviews from dozens of “Graphite Educators,” teachers who are hand-picked by Common Sense Media. Graphite provides unbiased reviews of the learning potential of apps developed for a variety of platforms. Users can search for reviews of resources by subject, grade level, cost (free, “freemium,” or paid), and type (app, game, or website). When you click on a review, it tells you the price, the grade levels the app is most appropriate for, setup time, platforms (iPhone, iPod touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire, or Nook HD), and subject areas—with a link to specific standards the app meets.

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Grizzly Bears: Ready for Delisting? As part of this STEM conservation lesson plan, students use real-world data to answer this question: “Are grizzly bears ready for delisting?” Free!Targets students in grades 9-12Aligned with Next Generation Standards, Common Core State Standards, NSES National Science Standards, and NCTM National Math StandardsTeachers don’t need to know anything about grizzly bears to use this lessonIncludes: Introductory Video (look to the right —->)Teacher GuideStudent PagesAnswer KeyResults Show This lesson follows a flipped learning model where teachers don’t stand before the class and lecture. Instead, students become grizzly bear scientists and “discover” the answers to real-world research questions through scientific inquiry. Using real-world demographic data collected over 30 years on grizzly bears in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem, students work individually, in three Science Teams, and as a class to determine whether or not this grizzly bear population is biologically ready for delisting.

Interpersonal Effectiveness Videos Interpersonal Effectiveness Videos This page contains links to a collection of more than 40 videos, created through the POGIL / HACH Northern Colorado Consortium. The videos were designed as instructional tools to help students better understand the importance of effective interpersonal skills in group work. 200 Free Kids Educational Resources: Lessons, Apps, Books, Websites... This collection provides a list of free educational resources for K-12 students (kindergarten through high school students) and their parents and teachers. It features free video lessons/tutorials; free mobile apps; free audiobooks, ebooks and textbooks; quality YouTube channels; free foreign language lessons; test prep materials; and free web resources in academic subjects like literature, history, science and computing. This newly-released list is a work in progress.

Teaching In High Gear: My Shift Toward a Student-Driven, Inquiry-Based Science Classroom In her game-changing new book, Teaching in High Gear: My Shift Toward a Student-Driven, Inquiry-Based Science Classroom, middle grades teacher Marsha Ratzel describes how she acquired the knowledge and skills to evolve her classroom from a traditional "teacher at the top" environment to a space where students are eager to accept ownership of their learning adventure. Marsha's transformational journey was marked by a gradual shift toward student-driven learning and bolstered with encouragement from a powerful global network of like-minded educators ready to collaborate on behalf of kids. As I climbed higher in my teaching practices, I had to shift gears and learn to seek out colleagues who helped me figure out the questions to ask myself and strategies to get me up the hill....

Free Online Tech eBooks Welcome to the iD Library We present a series of free online eBooks for kids and teens interested in pursuing STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) careers. These educational tools are designed to engage students in technology and demystify some of the coolest tech professions: Game Design, Filmmaking, Software Engineering, and more. Want to become an expert Animator or start your own Indie Game studio? We’ll show you how to get there in 10 steps. Check back for additional tech eBook releases.

Talk for primary science- Learn Chemistry NOTE: Non-YouTube and downloadable versions of the video can be found by scrolling down the in the menu on the left-hand side. The videos in this resource look at different ways to encourage children’s talk in science. Talk helps children to use scientific language effectively and develop their understanding of scientific ideas. Right across the curriculum, talk engages children, motivates them to use their speaking and listening skills and helps them learn how to respect and respond to each other. It reinforces the idea that mistakes can be opportunities for learning, leading children to find their own answers to problems. In science especially, exploratory talk helps children develop their enquiry and reasoning skills.

80 Open Education Resource (OER) Tools for Publishing and Development Initiatives Many Open Education Resources (OER) have been introduced by governments, universities, and individuals within the past few years. OERs provide teaching and learning materials that are freely available and offered online for anyone to use. Whether you’re an instructor, student, or self-learner, you have access to full courses, modules, syllabi, lectures, assignments, quizzes, activities, games, simulations, and tools to create these components. While some OERs include OpenCourseWare (OCW) or other educational materials, they may also offer the means to alter those courses through editing, adding to those courses through publication, and the ability to shape the tools that share those resources. Additionally, they may maintain forums or other platforms where individuals can collaborate on building educational tools and documentation and the reach for those materials.

Real Teacher Voice in the NG Science Standards! I am super excited as the Next Generation Science Standards roll out for the public. The NGSS document was officially released on Tuesday — you can read about it in this Education Week story. Here’s how EdWeek reporter Erik Robelen summarized: More than three years in the making, the Next Generation Science Standards are designed to provide a greater emphasis on depth over breadth in studying the subject. They seek not only to provide students with a foundation of essential knowledge, but also to lead young people to apply their learning through scientific inquiry and the engineering-design process to deepen understanding. I’ve been a part of an amazing process to help write, revise and edit these standards as the National Research Council‘s 18 expert writers and the Achieve organization have circulated draft after draft to get to this point.

NEA Foundation Global Learning Fellows Lesson Plans Kathryn Woerner - 1960s Reform Around the WorldResources: 1 9th Grade/US History: “1960s Reform Around the World” can be a stand-alone lesson, a lesson embedded in a 1960s Civil Right unit or a culmination activity of a study on reform. The idea of reform is not isolated to the American experience and can easily be made global by broadening the study beyond US borders to include people living in the same time trying to make a difference in their lives. The 1960s was a time of widespread protests and police restraints as well as shootings, executions and massacres around the world. Semantic Feature Analysis Strategies for Reading ComprehensionSemantic Feature Analysis[Johnson & Pearson, 1984] What Is It?With a Semantic Feature Analysis chart or grid, one can examine related concepts but make distinctions between them according to particular criteria across which the concepts can be compared. How Does It Work?A set of concepts is listed down the left side (or across the top; it doesn't much matter which) and criteria or features are listed across the top (or down the side).

Browse All Chelsea Cutting from Mount Gambier, South Australia, tells us about the real-world connections her students are able to make after using Illumination resources. Jan Gebert is an Illuminations lesson plan reviewer and instructor of professional and secondary education at East Stroudsburg University. So she definitely knows a thing or two about quality lessons. Illuminations asked her for her favorite out of our 600+ lessons.

Next Generation Science Standards: What’s a Teacher to Do? How will my district handle the implementation of science standards? How will they be integrated with the Common Core literacy and math standards? Will I have to figure it all out on my own? Those are big questions for thousands of American science teachers who are encountering the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). Yes, it’s going to be hard work, but the NGSS show great promise, with their emphasis on what students are able to do. How do I know? Can Project-Based Learning Close Gaps in Science Education? Putting kids to work on meaningful projects can transform classrooms into beehives of inquiry and discovery, but relatively few rigorous studies have examined how well this teaching method actually works. An encouraging new report describes preliminary, first-year outcomes from a study of 3,000 middle school students that shows kids can, in fact, learn more in science classrooms that adopt a well-designed, project-focused curriculum. When researchers analyzed test scores from those classrooms by students’ gender and ethnicity, there were no differences in learning performance. That’s a preliminary indication that high-quality project-based curricula might be able to help narrow the science education achievement gap in children from low-income backgrounds or other groups that are underrepresented in STEM fields. How well the benefits hold up or grow in the second year of implementation remains to be seen.

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