In the fall of 2011, SmartGraphs conducted a randomized experimental trial in 29 Pennsylvania schools. In 14 schools, 17 experimental teachers used SmartGraphs activities with 49 8th and 9th grade Physical Science classes studying the motion of objects (such as position-time and velocity-time graphs). In the other 15 schools, 18 control teachers taught the same topic using the same textbooks, with 42 Physical Science classes. This study sought to answer two research questions. The first research question was: What do teachers using SmartGraphs physical science activities believe about the software, including how well the software matches important learning goals for the motion unit of study? The second research question was: Do students who use SmartGraphs activities learn more than comparison students studying the same topic from the same textbooks, but who do not use SmartGraphs activities? Gain Scores from Pre to Post Test
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Welcome to DRK-12August 23, 2016 Led by Prof. Kapila, a team of researchers from NYU Schools of Engineering and Education wins a three year $1,039,315 grant from NSF's Innovative Technology Experiences for Students and Teachers (ITEST) program. August 10, 2016 NYU Tandon receives a Workshop Supplement Award from the Division of Engineering Education and Centers of National Science Foundation to host a Mechatronics Education Innovation Workshop. May 19, 2016 Led by Prof. February 3, 2016 Mechatronics and Robotics Lab graduate students win a $25,000 grant August 17, 2014 Led by Prof. September 9, 2016 On The Frontier.
Passive Solar Design: Zero-Energy Housing NGSSTeacher Information Passive solar design is the utilization of the sun's energy, the geographical climate, and the properties of different materials to heat and cool buildings. It includes a variety of methods that use no human-made energy to operate and can reduce the amount of energy needed for heating and cooling by considerable amounts. In years past, indigenous people who lived in harsh desert locations built partially-underground homes that kept them cool during the day and warm at night. They also built adobe homes in cliff-side caves that were chosen because the winter sun warmed them and the summer sun couldn't reach them. Passive solar should not be confused with active solar design or photovoltaic solar cells. Below are examples of how some materials you provide your students might be used: The “During the Day” test represents the presence of sunshine on a clear day, by shining the bright light on the model homes. Note on Instructional Sequence PS3.A: Definitions of Energy Part 1
How peer video coaching is completely changing how our teachers teachPeer-to-peer video comments are changing how one district’s teachers think about their practice A new era of professional development is sweeping into districts across the country, and just in time. For many districts, the days of after-school PowerPoint-driven lectures not differentiated by content, expertise, grade-level or delivery, not to mention daylong workshops on an obsolete topic, have recently given way to face-to-face coaching programs and professional learning communities. And in St. Vrain Valley School District, where we serve 32,000 students in seven towns northwest of Denver, we’ve gone one step further. We’ve augmented our professional development program with an online video coaching platform for classroom observation through one-on-one coaching and collaborative study teams. Hard questions lead to the right answer The company just launched a new iOS app, which makes it possible to have a video uploaded before the class period is finished. A picture IS worth 1,000 words
Why a Hawk Is a Hummingbird’s Best FriendYou know what they say about location and real estate. Hummingbird nests often appear in clusters, but for years researchers couldn’t figure out what attracted the birds to certain areas. Turned out the answer was, “good neighbors.” Biologist Harold Greeney was doing fieldwork in Arizona in 2007 when he and his team realized that breeding hummingbirds often clustered around hawk nests. By 2009, Greeney and company were able to report that the hummers nesting close to hawks were actually more successful at raising chicks. Hawks don’t prey on hummingbirds or their nests—there’s not enough meal in a hummer to be worth the effort, apparently. We know that timid species often hang out near more aggressive species for protection. When they cross-referenced the GPS coordinates of hummingbird and hawk nests with the locations where jays were foraging, they expected to see “a big circle around the hawk where the jays just never went,” said Greeney. The hummingbirds’ strategy seems to work.
Lesson Racing MoleculesLoading... Racing Molecules Racing Molecules Unit 10: Thermodynamics and Heat Transfer Lesson 2 of 6 Objective: SWBAT calculate the approximate speed of molecules in warm and cold water. Deborah Gaff 83 Lessons Big Idea: Temperature is the measurement of the average energy of particles in a system. but just how fast are they moving? Print Lesson 8 teachers like this lesson Standards: Subject(s): Science, engineering 65 minutes The Need for the Lesson Students know that all matter is made up of atoms and atoms have energy. … Read more expand content Investigation Preparation & Summary 10 min Students will be able to measure the average kinetic energy of water molecules at different temperatures (MS-PS1-4 Develop a model that predicts and describes changes in particle motion, temperature, and state of a pure substance when thermal energy is added or removed.) Resources (1) Resources (1) Racing Molecules Material List Resources Students in Action 45 min Developing a Conceptual Understanding: Beyond Memorization
Newton's Apple : Video ClipIsaac Newton never had a chance to ride a roller coaster. The first one was built 75 years after his death. But the principles involved in roller coasters are right up Sir Isaac's alley. to Teacher GuideEcology DisruptedUsing real scientific data to link daily life to environmental issues and ecological functions in secondary school science classrooms. These case study units engage students in real scientific research that has been published in peer-reviewed scientific journals. The research is introduced through the use of videos produced by the Museum's Science Bulletins program. The overarching goals of these units are to: Connect regular daily life activities to disruption of ecological function Analyze authentic scientific data Learn about real scientists and their stories Before you begin... Read Why Use Ecology Disrupted? Review How to Use the Ecology Disrupted Materials to learn how to navigate the Ecology Disrupted web site, and how to locate and use specific materials for creating your own lesson plans. As you use Ecology Disrupted... Each unit has an index that lists unit contents by topic and by type of material.