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Harvard STEM Teaching Videos

Harvard STEM Teaching Videos
Posted on May 28th, 2013 by Mary Lord Looking for a way to make probability come to life in your multicultural math class and assess which students “got it?” How about a fun activity that gives high-school students a hands-on feel for fundamental calculus concepts and also meets state content standards? The Harvard-Smithsonian Center for for Astrophysics has compiled a digital video library full of curriculum-enhancing lessons, assessment tools, and case studies - all developed and used by teachers in their classrooms. These “Videos to Enhance Understanding and Teaching of K-12 Learning Goals,” as the project is called, feature: • Clinical Interviews of Student Ideas • Demonstrations of Phenomena • Case Studies of Instruction or Research • Interviews with Experts • Correlations to state and national curriculum standards Clips can be searched for in a variety of ways. The collection of 1,017 movies includes a range of topics. Among the “What’s the Point?”

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Online Resources Explore the role chemistry has played in everyday life through biographies of those who have advanced our understanding, chemistry activities, and online resources. Iconic Innovators › Iconic Innovators features modern scientists, educators, and leaders who have helped change the world through their contributions to the chemical and molecular sciences. Women in Chemistry › Follow the adventures of eight leading women in chemistry and celebrate the common element that catalyzed their journeys: a life-changing, chance-taking, thrill-seeking love of science. 20 great outdoor science experiments When I asked parents what puts them off doing science experiments at home one of the reasons was the mess, which after many a gloop covered kitchen floor I can definitely empathise with. So today, I’m sharing fun outdoor science experiments, making it much easier to clean up afterwards. This one is messy wherever you do it, but we loved making these splatter patterns so much I had to include them. If you don’t want to use paint, you could just use water. You’ll need LOTS of space for this super fast bottle rocket.

Fab Lab FAQ Fab Lab FAQ Fab labs provide widespread access to modern means for invention. They began as an outreach project from MIT's Center for Bits and Atoms (CBA). The K–12 Center at ETS: Invitational Research Symposium on Science Assessment September 24–25, 2013 Washington, D.C. This two-day research meeting brought together more than 250 leaders in science, education and assessment from academia, industry and government, including teams from some 30 states, to explore the skills and competencies called for in the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) and the measurement challenges and opportunities they pose. Commissioned papers were presented on the design of both summative tasks and formative systems that adhere to the vision of instruction underlying the NGSS. In addition, the policy and practice work ahead, including the difficult trade-offs to be made in the designs of comprehensive science assessment systems, were discussed. The closing two sessions were made available on the web in real time and the videos can be viewed below. View the Agenda (PDF)

7 Free iPad Apps for Science Lessons Cross-posted from my other blog I'm preparing to do a virtual presentation for a small district next month. My hosts asked for a list of some science apps that their middle school and high school students can use. This is part of the list that has free apps. The Bill Nye The Science Guy iPad app is a free iPad app on which students can watch Bill Nye videos, play games, and discover kitchen table science experiments to do at home with their parents. The app is beautifully designed. Engineering Your Future Ohio Engineering Your Future is a collaborative project between the College of Engineering & Applied Science at the University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati-area high schools and schools across Ohio. This site provides the resources needed to offer the program to high school students. This site contains:Teaching materialsProject materials and lesson plansInstructional videosResource lists to find other topics / projectsOur program differs from other similar efforts in that the materials and projects are adaptable to the particular needs of individual schools and the students they serve. The materials are free and depending on the projects a school wants to implement, costs are minimal.

Minecraft Modding Classes - ThoughtSTEM Beneath the world of Minecraft is an equally fascinating world of hardware and software -- built upon 150 years of computer science history. This class introduces students to this new world by exploring client/server architectures, network security, operating systems, and computer programming. To explore this world, students will be guided in setting up Minecraft servers and building Minecraft mods – while also being taught key computer science principles. ITEEA - Engineering byDesign™ (EbD) The International Technology and Engineering Educators Association's STEM±Center for Teaching and Learning™ has developed the only standards-based national model for Grades K-12 that delivers technological literacy in a STEM context. The model, Engineering byDesign™ is built on the Common Core State Standards ( High School / Middle School), Next Generation Science Standards (K-12), Standards for Technological Literacy (ITEEA); Principles and Standards for School Mathematics (NCTM); and Project 2061, Benchmarks for Science Literacy (AAAS). Additionally, the Program K-12 has been mapped to the National Academy of Engineering's Grand Challenges for Engineering. Using constructivist models, students participating in the program learn concepts and principles in an authentic, problem/project-based environment.

Stencyl Build Worlds If you're used to graphics editors like Photoshop, you'll feel right at home in the Scene Designer. Familiar features, such as a selection tool, zooming, grid-snapping and flood fill, will help you quickly craft complex worlds out of Actors, Tiles and Terrain. Create Actors Drop in graphics from your computer to create Actors on the fly. Then use Stencyl's Actor Editor to tweak your Actors' appearances, behaviors and physical properties, and to get them ready for showtime.

KS1 Science The clues are the names of the adult animals, the correct answers are the name of their young. © A three part sorting activity based around animals. Sort either animals and plants, animals with or without legs and how animals move. This is a quiz to support the understanding of adult and young animals. 15 multiple choice questions with built in answer checking. A three part activity to help with understanding the differences between young and adult animals. Bootstrap Bootstrap leverages students' excitement around videogames to teach algebraic concepts through programming. "This program Bootstrap is the best thing that happened to my son Omari, in one week dealing with math and computer programing for video games, then a whole year of math in school. His excitement to continue programing and his newfound love for college level math is going to propel him in the upcoming year.

45 Outstanding iPad Apps for Science Learning To gain basic knowledge on a new topic do not necessarily demand you to read tons of books or sign up for a course. In some cases, you can actually replace the dusty classroom with a tiny App and gain knowledge while sitting at home and having fun. Right now there are a lot of science iPad Apps you can work with to make it easier and more fun to pick up scientific knowledge. In this article, I am are sharing with you a handpicked collection of Apps divided into different disciplines of science. Whether you are a student, a science professional, or just a plain science enthusiast you can take advantage of a wide range of iPad Apps for chemistry, biology, astronomy, earth and environment, and some helpful productivity Apps. According to the National Research Council’s Framework for K–12 Science Education, crosscutting concepts bridge the boundaries of science and engineering domains. These concepts provide students with an organizational framework for understanding and connecting scientific and engineering knowledge across disciplines and school years. The Framework suggests that these crosscutting concepts be explicitly taught and used in classroom instruction to organize teaching and learning in science and engineering.