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August 28, 2014
by Larry Ferlazzo
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“If you’re observant about things happening around you, there are insights waiting to be discovered”

Parking Behavior May Reflect Economic Drive is the title of an NPR piece on a new study suggesting that a nation’s economic health can be evaluated by if its drivers back-in or drive-forward into a parking space.

The study itself has big enough holes through which you could drive a truck, but that’s not that important for how I envision using it in my International Baccalaureate Theory of Knowledge class when we study human sciences.

The key point is made by NPR’s science correspondent at the end:

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I think I’m going to have my TOK students read the NPR piece and many of the comments (while also looking at the issue of causation versus correlation), and then have them design a simple experiment (that they wouldn’t actually carry out) based on what they see around them and, at the same time, look at it through the lens of causation versus correlation.

For example, they could design an experiment studying if students who arrive last at their classes have lower grades than those who arrive first or if teachers who arrive at school forty-five minutes earlier at school are “better” teachers than those who arrive fifteen minutes earlier. Then, they could also discuss how causation versus correlation would fit into it.

What do you think? Are there ways I could make it a better lesson?

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August 21, 2014
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Excellent Redesign For Site Highlighting UK Museum Interactives

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Show.me, the popular site that collects interactives from museums throughout the United Kingdom, has just unveiled a brand-new (and sorely needed) redesign.

It looks great!

I’m adding it to The Best Collections Of Online Educational Games.

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August 6, 2014
by Larry Ferlazzo
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The Best Resources For Learning About The Rosetta Mission

The European Rosetta spacecraft has just arrived at its comet destination.

Here are some interactive resources on the mission:

European Spacecraft Pulls Alongside Comet is from The New York Times.

Rosetta spacecraft closes in on comet – interactive is from The Guardian.

‘We’re in orbit!’ Rosetta becomes first spacecraft to orbit comet is from CNN.

Europe’s Rosetta probe goes into orbit around comet 67P is from The BBC.

On The Tail of A Comet is an interactive from the Sydney Morning Herald.

Rosetta spacecraft set to rendezvous with rubber-duck comet is from The Guardian.

Check out nearly 1,400 other “The Best” lists here…

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July 5, 2014
by Larry Ferlazzo
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“Maker Camp 2014″ Starts On Monday

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I posted about Maker Camp 2013 last year, and wrote how I had wished I had known about it before the school year ended so I could have let students (and some summer school teaching colleagues know) ahead of time.

But I missed the boat again this year and just learned from Richard Byrne’s blog that Maker Camp 2014 starts on Monday.

It’s a very flexible six-week program:

Join young inventors and artists from around the world on Google+ to make awesome projects, go on epic virtual “field trips,” and meet the world’s coolest makers. Maker Camp inspires kids ages 13-18* to embrace their inner maker, get their hands dirty, fix some things, break some things, and have a lot of fun doing it.

Check out the complete schedule here, and watch this video — maybe I’ll remember next year!

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June 19, 2014
by Larry Ferlazzo
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The Best Science Sites Of 2014 – So Far

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Well, this should be the last of my mid-year lists….

It’s a fairly small list this year, though there are certainly tons of good resources from previous ones.

You might also be interested in:

The “All-Time” Best Science Sites

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 The Best Science Sites Of 2014— So Far (not in any order of preference):

The Best Resources For Learning About The Blood Moon

How to put a human on Mars is from the BBC.

Here’s the premiere episode of Neil deGrasse Tyson’s remake of Carl Sagan’s “Cosmos”:

You might also want to check out the show’s website, as well as a New York Times article about it.

A Beginning List Of The Best Resources On California’s Drought

The Best Sites For Learning About The International Space Station

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April 14, 2014
by Larry Ferlazzo
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More Resources On Tonight’s Blood Moon

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Here are new additions to The Best Resources For Learning About The Blood Moon:

Here’s why you’ll be able to see a “blood moon” tonight is from Vox.

Here’s an “Explainer” video from TIME Magazine:

Goodnight, Moon: Why the Lunar Lights Will Go Out Tonight is from TIME.

Here are photo galleries of the Blood Moon from NBC News and from The Guardian.

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April 13, 2014
by Larry Ferlazzo
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The Best Resources For Learning About The Blood Moon

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A “Blood Moon” will be occurring tomorrow night, and I thought readers might find this list helpful.

You might also be interested in:

The Best Sites For Learning About A Lunar Eclipse

The Best Images Of The Ring Of Fire Eclipse

The Best Resources About The “Supermoon”

The Best Resources For “Moon Day”

Here are my choices for The Best Resources For Learning About The Blood Moon:

Total lunar eclipse, ‘blood moon’ to be showstoppers in sky is an infographic from the San Francisco Chronicle.

8 incredible images of lunar eclipses is from The Mother Nature Network.

‘Blood Moons’ Explained: What Causes a Lunar Eclipse Tetrad? (Infographic) is from Space.com.

Here’s a video from Space.com:

Here’s why you’ll be able to see a “blood moon” tonight is from Vox.

Here’s an “Explainer” video from TIME Magazine:

Goodnight, Moon: Why the Lunar Lights Will Go Out Tonight is from TIME.

‘Blood Moon’ Lunar Eclipse Distilled into a Nine-Second Animated GIF

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April 8, 2014
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Webby Nominees Announced — Here Are A Couple That Look Good

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Nominees for this year’s Webby Awards (highlighting the “best of the web) have just been announced.

You can see them all here.

Here are a couple of particularly good sites I haven’t posted about previously:

How to put a human on Mars is from the BBC. I’m adding it to The Best Sites For Learning About Planets & Space.

Ready, Set, Grad is an exceptional site from Washington state, but it’s usable by students, parents and teachers in other areas.

You can read my posts about previous year’s Webby Awards, and which awardees I thought were particularly good, here.

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March 18, 2014
by Larry Ferlazzo
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White House Unveils New Climate Change Website, Though It’s Nothing To Write Home About — Yet

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Today, the White House is unveiling a new website on climate change called climate.data.gov.

It’s not particularly impressive now but, according to The New York Times, they have big plans for it in the future.

For now, though, in pales in comparison to another new site I posted about last month (see Very, Very Impressive New Interactive Site On Climate Change).

Nevertheless, since I assume the site will improve, I’m adding it to The Best Sites To Learn About Climate Change.

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March 5, 2014
by Larry Ferlazzo
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New Online Learning Games For Language-Learning (Plus, A Little Science)

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I’ve previously posted
how I use online video games for language learning, and have shared links to many of them. Here are two new ones:

Here’s a link to the game, Words (click English), and here’s its Walkthrough.

Escape from Mr. K’s Room 4 and here is its Walkthrough.

This next game is a little different. Citizen Sort creates free online video games where players sort and identify items as part of a serious science investigation. One of their series of games is called “Happy Match” where you have to describe various images. You can see the screenshot above. It appears to me that it could be useful for English Language Learners to learn some vocabulary, plus learn a little science, too. They have some other games on the site, and say they’re coming out with another one that looks particularly interesting called “Mark With Friends” that might also have ELL potential.

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