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Modeling And Simulation Tools for Education Reform MASTER Tools, developed by The Shodor Education Foundation, Inc. are the result of on-going collaborations with the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA), George Mason University, and other education organizations. They are designed to be interactive tools and simulation environments that enable and encourage exploration and discovery through observation, conjecture, and modeling activities. Our growing portfolio of MASTER tools will soon be fully integrated with new collaboration tools and online research facilities to create an authentic scientific experience. Instructional materials are currently available for GalaxSee, SimSurface, and the Fractal Microscope. If you come across a model which does not function properly, please email us and let us know which models you are having trouble running. Related:  I-STEMSTEM

I-STEM—University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Sparticl Sparticl is a new web and mobile service for teens, a collection of the very best the web has to offer in science, technology, engineering, and math or STEM. Sparticl includes answers to science questions, images, videos, games, and hands-on activities, all curated by a team of experts. But it's also a place where teens play a critical part – ranking content, sharing it, and recommending new content, all the while earning points and badges. We welcome content partners. To contact Sparticl, please send an email to We look forward to hearing from you. Visible Thinking Purpose and Goals Visible Thinking is a flexible and systematic research-based approach to integrating the development of students' thinking with content learning across subject matters. An extensive and adaptable collection of practices, Visible Thinking has a double goal: on the one hand, to cultivate students' thinking skills and dispositions, and, on the other, to deepen content learning. By thinking dispositions, we mean curiosity, concern for truth and understanding, a creative mindset, not just being skilled but also alert to thinking and learning opportunities and eager to take them Who is it for? Visible Thinking is for teachers, school leaders and administrators in K - 12 schools who want to encourage the development of a culture of thinking in their classrooms and schools. Key Features and Practices At the core of Visible Thinking are practices that help make thinking visible: Thinking Routines loosely guide learners' thought processes and encourage active processing. License

eduMedia | Animaciones interactivas y simulaciones para la enseñanza y aprendizaje de las ciencias Science Education Assessment - CSSS Science Education Assessment Performance-Based Science Assessments Webinar On October 24, 2012 CSSS members offered a 90 minute webinar describing performance-based science assessments. The webinar featured presentations by Edys Quellmalz, WestEd; Lauren Monowar-Jones, OH; Gail Hall, VT; and Liz Buttner, CT. Due to technical complications the first part of the webinar was not successfully recorded. Performance Assessments Webinar Performance Assessments Powerpoint Slides Taking Preliminary Steps to Integrate NGSS or NGSS-like Standards into Large-Scale Assessment, Presenters: Katie Bowler (Massachusetts) and April McCrae (Delaware) Massachusetts Science Assessments: Where We Are, We Might Be going First Steps in Preparing for NGSS Summative Assessment Integrating Practices into Items, Presenters: Tom Regan and Chris Lazzaro, College Board Integrating Practices into Items: Next Generation Assessments for Emerging Standards State & Territory Science Assessment Information and Web Sites

Catalyst Initiative Innovating approaches to STEM Education in science, technology, engineering, math, computer science, and other high tech 21st century skills (STEM+) is key to social innovation and economic opportunity. HP launched the Catalyst Initiative to explore how technology can be used to create powerful STEM+ learning experiences -- and the new HP Catalyst Academy offers a rich range of mini-courses that will assist teachers in implementing these innovations. Catalyst in action The HP Catalyst Initiative is a network of leading educators, education institutions, and key stakeholders in selected countries who are exploring innovative approaches to STEM+ education.

Developing Assessments for the Next Generation Science Standards | The National Academies Press Overview Authors James W. Pellegrino, Mark R. Description Assessments, understood as tools for tracking what and how well students have learned, play a critical role in the classroom. [read full description] The new Framework and the NGSS are designed to guide educators in significantly altering the way K-12 science is taught. Developing Assessments for the Next Generation Science Standards recommends strategies for developing assessments that yield valid measures of student proficiency in science as described in the new Framework. Developing Assessments for the Next Generation Science Standards makes the case that a science assessment system that meets the Framework's vision should consist of assessments designed to support classroom instruction, assessments designed to monitor science learning on a broader scale, and indicators designed to track opportunity to learn. Topics Publication Info 288 pages | 8.5 x 10 Paperback ISBN: 978-0-309-28951-1 Contents Related Resources Research Tools

Two Great Resources for Science Teachers March 10, 2015 Below are two interesting science websites we learned about from Graphite. Both teachers and students can use them to access a wide variety of science resources including: project ideas in different areas of science, interactives, games, activities, lessons and many more. 1- The Lawrence Hall of Science The Lawrence Hall of Science provides a rich library of interactives covering different scientific phenomena. Students can use them in hands-on activities to design, test, and discover amazing things about science. 2- Science Buddies Science Buddies is another great website for science teachers. Instruction Professional Development Quality Review Rubric-The Ohio Science Quality Review Rubric provides criteria by which to evaluate the alignment and overall quality of lessons and units with respect to Ohio’s New Learning Standards. The Ohio rubric is modeled after the Educators Evaluating the Quality of Instructional Products (EQuIP) Rubric for Lessons & Units. It provides criteria to measure the alignment and overall quality of lessons and units. Quality Review Rubric in Science Videos-These series of webinar videos demonstrate how to use the criteria in the Science Quality Review Rubric. Resources An Example of How to Use the Science Standards and Model Curriculum Documents Presentation - This presentation outlines examples of how to use Ohio’s Science Standards and Model Curriculum to teach science content integrated with science processes and applications. Eye of Integration Blank Template – The Eye of Integration is a tool to encourage depth, rigor and relevancy in Ohio classrooms.

10 Great Android Science Apps for Students June 3 , 2015 Explore the wonders of science with these Android apps specifically curated for kids, young learners and science enthusiasts. We selectively compiled this list to comprise what we think are among the best science apps out there. Using these apps, kids will get to engage with a variety of learning tasks involving different science phenomenon and covering various disciplines including: astronomy, human anatomy,biology, and many more. 1- Kids Measurement Science Lite “Young scientists learn to analyse the physical world by measuring across a variety of domains - time, size, weight and money. 5-8 year old kids measure length, weight, time and money in this science app using a tape, a scale, a clock and coins in 20 exercises. 2- Science Experiment For Kids 3- Science For Kids “Here you can learn interesting science facts by experiment with different materials that react in surprising ways. 4- SkySafari 6- 3D Brain 8- Explorium: Space for Kids Free 10- Bones Human 3D Anatomy