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The Voice of Fish & Wildlife Agencies: North American Conservation Education Toolkit The Voice of Fish & Wildlife Agencies Focus Areas The North American Conservation Education Strategy: A Tool Kit for Achieving Excellence The Conservation Education Strategy Tool Kit contains resources developed by the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies (AFWA) to support conservation educators who offer fish and wildlife based programs. It includes resources developed as part of AFWA’s Conservation Education Strategy: Conservation Educations Foundations & Poster of Top 11 Core Conservation ConceptsWhat environmentally literate citizens should be expected to know, feel and do related to fish and wildlife conservation. Field Investigations: Using Outdoor Environments to Foster Student Learning of Scientific ProcessesHelps students become systems thinkers, learn the skills of scientific inquiry and understand that science doesn’t only happen in a laboratory or classroom. NEW! NEW! NEW! NEW! NEW! NEW! The toolkit is not a conservation education curriculum. Why a toolkit? Related Info

Webrangers This is the National Park Service's site for kids of all ages. If you love our National Parks, Monuments and Historic Sites, this site is for you. If you are new to our National Parks, we hope this site helps you experience how wonderful they can be. We've recently updated this site to make it even more fun. You can now customize you Ranger Station, earn more rewards, and play new activities! Newest Responses No replies yet We haven’t posted any replies yet, but we will, so check back soon! See More! See Previous Questions of the Week

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. • 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?” Filed under: For Teachers, K-12 Outreach Programs, Web Resources

K12 Online Conference Connect the Dots | STEM CAMP But first, they must embrace science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) to build the skills that will serve as their tool set for the future. For that to happen, we must work together to ignite their curiosity and get them excited about STEM in their everyday lives. So we ask you to join us in connecting the dots between learning and life. Together, we can ignite the spark in students around the clock and around the world. While after-school learning and summer programs provide rich opportunities to keep students inspired beyond the classroom, we know that unequal access to these programs can contribute to disparities in student achievement. STEM Camp combines hands-on labs, engineering challenges, digital investigations, and more - all designed to immerse kids in the grand challenges of science set forth by the National Academy of Engineering. Discover the amazing properties of water and our role in conserving the planet's most valuable resource. Learn More Learn More Learn More

Classes should do hands-on exercises before reading and video, Stanford researchers say | Stanford News Release July 16, 2013 A study from the Stanford Graduate School of Education of how students best learned a neuroscience lesson showed a distinct benefit to starting out by working with an interactive 3D model of the brain. By David Plotnikoff The researchers drew on data gathered from students using the BrainExplorer, a tabletop tool that simulates how the human brain processes visual images. (Photo: Transformative Learning Technologies Lab/Stanford GSE) A new study from the Stanford Graduate School of Education flips upside down the notion that students learn best by first independently reading texts or watching online videos before coming to class to engage in hands-on projects. The findings were featured in the April-June issue of IEEE Transactions on Learning Technologies. The study draws on data gathered from students using the BrainExplorer, a tabletop tool that simulates how the human brain processes visual images. The study was funded with support from the National Science Foundation.

Our Projects Automated Scoring for Argumentation In addition to promoting students’ understanding of Earth’s complex systems, this project supports students’ scientific argumentation practices through real-time automated scoring, diagnostics, and feedback. BigDataOur understanding of what K-12 students learn from engineering design is limited. BigData responds to this problem by developing cutting-edge process analytics for K-12 engineering design research.

4 Ways to Make a Good Impression in Online Classes Charles Belote, an online bachelor's student from Amarillo, Texas, says he sees his fair share of bad behavior on the online discussion boards he is required to use for class. In one online course he took at Colorado State University—Global Campus, he saw students use a class discussion board to gang up on a student from Mexico who struggled with English. In others, his classmates used bad grammar and poor spelling during their required online debates. Decades ago, the only way students could express themselves in class was to raise a hand and join the discussion. These days, online students such as Belote can communicate with their virtual classmates through blogs, discussion boards and other online forums. "Most of the time discussion boards were great," says Belote, 53. [Learn the basics of an online course.] While communication is different in online classes than in traditional brick-and-mortar institutions, that doesn't means expectations aren't just as high, experts say. 1. 2. 3.

STEM School Research Our research team at the University of Chicago and Ohio State University has been studying the implementation, spread and sustainability of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) schools. As part of our work studying the Ohio STEM Learning Network and their platform schools, we have developed a way to specifically and clearly describe STEM schools - a taxonomy, or way to codify them so that when people say "STEM School," we can unpack that a bit to better understand what they are really talking about. We have created data visualizations on STEM schools. To learn more about this project visit our Understanding STEM Schools Researchers Without Borders Project and the project description . To update the critical components we have listed as present at your school or to add your school to our list, please contact Sarah Rand .

5 Ways To Support Teachers Skeptical Of Technology For some, the technology rich classroom is easy to justify. Once you have made the transition and seen the benefits, it is easy to weigh them against the potential risks and worries about the problems resulting from having a room full of devices. For these “dive right in” types, the process makes a lot of sense. Give it a try and see what happens! These are the teachers who typically make up 1:1 and BYOD pilot programs and test groups. They are also the teachers who more often than not are going to lead professional development and share what they have learned. However, the teachers to whom they will be presenting may not be so easily convinced that this change will be entirely positive. As more schools move to a 1:1 or BYOD format, it becomes increasingly important to support teachers – all teachers – effectively make that transition and to support them in that process. 1. For many teachers the greatest fear that looming changes hold is the loss of effectiveness. 2. 3. 4. 5.

50 Digital Sources Of Free STEM Education Colleges, online universities, and other educational forums in your community can be excellent places to learn more about a variety of STEM topics, but there is also a wealth of educational material available on the web for those who prefer to learn at their own pace or take a more individual approach. Even better, these resources, whether classes, lectures, or tutorials, are all free of charge, meaning you can improve your knowledge without emptying your wallet. Check out our list (organized by topic, not ranking) for some great STEM resources that can help you build your knowledge about everything from calculus to zoology. Universities These universities, many of which are renowned for their STEM programs, offer resources like course materials, videos, and lecture series. Lectures Head to any of these resources to find lectures from the best and the brightest in science, tech, and math. Tutorials For tech topics, sometimes a tutorial is the best way to learn. Educational Media Free Courses