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June 19, 2018
by Larry Ferlazzo
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The Best Science Sites Of 2018 – So Far

 

Time for another mid-year “Best” list.

I’ll be adding this to All 2018 Mid-Year “Best” Lists – In One Place!

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The Best Science Sites Of 2017 – Part Two

The Best Science Sites Of 2017 – So Far

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The Best Science Sites Of 2016 – So Far

The Best Science Sites Of 2015

The Best Science Sites Of 2014 – Part Two

The “All-Time” Best Science Sites

The Best Science Sites Of 2014 – So Far

The Best Science Sites Of 2013 – Part Two

The Best Science Sites Of 2013 – So Far

The Best Science Sites Of 2012 — Part Two

The Best Science Sites Of 2012 — Part One

The Best Science Sites Of 2011

The Best Science Sites Of 2011 — So Far

The Best Science Websites — 2010

The Best Science & Math Sites — 2009

The Best Science & Math Websites — 2008

The Best Science Websites For Students & Teachers — 2007

Here are my choices for this year – so far:

Here’s how Smithsonian Magazine describes NASA’s new “Exoplanet Travel Bureau”:

NASA has launched the Exoplanet Travel Bureau, a visualization tool that allows users to explore the surfaces of three exoplanets: Kepler-16b, Kepler-186f, and TRAPPIST-1e. The 360-degree visualizations, which can be seen on your computer, phone, tablet or using a virtual reality headset, are artists’ renderings—there are no photographic images of these planets, so the graphics are based on hypotheticals. You can change the scene by adding or subtracting hypothetical atmospheres, creating skies, clouds and weather.

I’m adding it to The Best Sites For Learning About Planets & Space.

Climate change and life events is an interactive that lets you show how your personal life events correspond to global climate changes. I’m adding it to  The Best Sites To Learn About Climate Change.

“Best” Lists Of The Week: Planets & Space

The European Space Agency has just released an amazing interactive map of 1.7 billion stars. You can check it out at here and read more about it at A mesmerizing new atlas of the Milky Way has 1.7 billion stars in it. I’m adding it to The Best Images Taken In Space.

I’ve previously posted some of the group OK Go’s music videos, and was pleased to read that they had teamed-up with Google to create the OK Go Sandbox, a collection of classroom activities connected to their music.

This is one of the more amazing videos of Rube Goldberg machines you’ll see.

I’m adding it to The Best Resources For Learning About Rube Goldberg Machines.

No, President Trump, Just Because It’s Cold Outside Today Doesn’t Mean Global Warming Isn’t Happening

National Geographic has a series called 101 Videos that are engaging and accessible, and cover a variety of topics.

Here’s how they describe it:

Explore and experience some of nature’s most intriguing phenomena in the 101 series, a science class unlike any other.

There are forty-nine clips now, and they regularly add new ones.

This new animated video would be good for IB Theory of Knowledge classes, as well as others.

It echos the famous Richard Feynman quote about ““The Difference Between Knowing The Name Of Something & Knowing Something.” I’ve embedded that video at the bottom of this post.

June 19, 2018
by Larry Ferlazzo
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New Book Released Today By Parkland Student Leaders

David and Lauren Hogg, two of the student leaders coming out of the Parkland shooting, have just had their book, #NeverAgain, released today.

You can learn more about it at this excerpt and video:

Read an excerpt from David and Lauren Hogg’s new book ‘#NeverAgain’ from the Sun Sentinel.

You might also be interested in Not Very “Best” Lists Of The Week: Gun Violence.

June 19, 2018
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Big New Study On Reading Instruction

Ending the Reading Wars: Reading Acquisition From Novice to Expert is a huge new study that has a lot to offer – plus, it’s not behind a paywall.

It makes some good points:

* It reinforces what others have suggested – that the important point for effective phonics instruction is not which system is used, but that some kind of system is used.

* Unlike most studies like this, it actually has section highlighting why and how student motivation is an important part of any instructional strategy.

* It supports much of what the National Reading Panel recommends.

It also has some misses, including:

* It offers a not particularly nuanced or accurate description of the so-called “reading wars” (see The Best Resources For Learning About Balanced Literacy & The “Reading Wars”).

* It fixates on the centrality of phonics instruction and is clueless about why many teachers are not supporters: Because so much of the scripted phonics curriculum out there is absolutely terrible and not engaging! But there are good ways to do it (see The Best Articles & Sites For Teachers & Students To Learn About Phonics).  The study’s authors obviously would have benefited by talking to K-12 teachers (or, if they did, to more of them).

I’m adding this post to The Best Posts On Reading Strategies & Comprehension – Help Me Find More!

June 19, 2018
by Larry Ferlazzo
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“‘Every Teacher’ has to Help ELLs Meet Common Core Standards”

‘Every Teacher’ has to Help ELLs Meet Common Core Standards is the headline of my latest Education Week Teacher column.

In it, Tan Huynh, Stephaney Jones-Vo, Shelley Fairbairn, Bret Gosselin, Mary Amanda (Mandy) Stewart, Emily Phillips Galloway, Nonie Lesaux, Stela Radovanović, Pete Lawrence and Betsy J. Tregar offer their responses to a question about ELLs and the Common Core.

Here are some excerpts:

June 19, 2018
by Larry Ferlazzo
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The Best Ed Tech Resources Of 2018 – So Far

 

I publish a regular series called Ed Tech Digest, and I thought it would useful to readers and to me to review them and highlight the ones I think are the best of the year.

You might also be interested in The Best Ed Tech Resources Of 2017.

I’m adding this list to All 2018 Mid-Year “Best” Lists – In One Place!

Here’s what i have so far:

The Four Questions I Always Ask About New Technology in Education is by Dan Meyer. I’m adding it to The Best Advice On Using Education Technology.

Edcamps: The ‘Unconferences,’ Where Teachers Teach Themselvesis from The NY Times.

The Theranos Story and Education Technology appeared in Inside Higher Ed. I’m adding it to The Best Posts & Articles Highlighting Why We Need To Be Very Careful Around Ed Tech.

How to Add Points of Interest to Virtual Reality Tours in Google’s Tour Creator is from Richard Byrne. I’m adding it to the post where I have other Tour Creator resources: Now This Is VERY Intriguing: Students & Teachers Can Now Create Their Own Google Virtual Reality “Tours”

Million-Dollar Advice: The High Cost and Limited Return on Personalized Learning Consulting is from Ed Surge. I’m adding it to The Best Resources For Understanding “Personalized Learning”

OLPC’S $100 LAPTOP WAS GOING TO CHANGE THE WORLD — THEN IT ALL WENT WRONG is from The Verge.

CONNECT WITH THE WORLD THROUGH SKYPE IN THE CLASSROOMis from The Edublogger. I’m adding it to The Best Ways To Find Other Classes For Joint Online Projects.

Applied Digital Skills is a free tech curriculum from Google.  You can read about a teacher’s experience with it here.

Jury is still out on personalized learning approaches taking hold in California and across the country, research finds is from Ed Source. I’m adding it to The Best Resources For Understanding “Personalized Learning”

RESEARCH REVIEW: Impacts and Implementation of Blended Learning is an infographic from Mathematica. I’m adding it to The Best Research Available On The Use Of Technology In Schools.

How to Use Flipgrid – A Guide for Getting Started is from Richard Byrne. I’m adding it to  A Potpourri Of The Best & Most Useful Video Sites.

“Iris.ia” Seems Like A Very Useful Research Tool

KQED Begins What Looks Like A Great Site For Teachers To Create Virtual Classrooms

Study Shows Positive Impact Of Ed Tech On ELLs & Students With Special Needs

Am I The Only Teacher In The World Who Had Not Heard Of The “Stapleless Stapler”?

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