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September 12, 2013
by Larry Ferlazzo

Voyager Has Left The Solar System — Here Are Some Useful Resources

September 3, 2013
by Larry Ferlazzo

Special NY Times Section On Science Education

'The New York Times' photo (c) 2008, Joe Shlabotnik - license:

The New York Times just published a special section on science education called Science Times Special Section: Learning What Works. It seems surprisingly ambitious. Here are just a few of the articles it includes:

Sesame Street Widens Its Focus

Young Students Against Bad Science

Standard-Bearer in Evolution Fight: Eugenie C. Scott Fights the Teaching of Creationism in Schools

Guesses and Hype Give Way to Data in Study of Education

Field Testing The Math Apps

Two interactive features — first, where suggestions on how to improve science education (many which sound pretty good) are shared and, secondly, a science “quiz.”

The New York Times Learning Network is inviting students to contribute their answers to this question: What Memorable Experiences Have You Had in Learning Science or Math?

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July 22, 2013
by Larry Ferlazzo

Rube Goldberg Machines Galore

If you like Rube Goldberg Machines, you’ll like:

2 Rube Goldberg Machines is an interactive with video and questions created by Renée Maufroid. I’m adding it to The Best Resources For Learning About Rube Goldberg Machines. Thanks to Michelle Henry for the tip.

McDonalds built a Rube Goldberg machine, digitized it, and turned it into a series of online games. I’m not going to add it to “The Best…” list since I’m doubtful it will be online for the long-term, but it’s a fun interactive to check out.

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July 20, 2013
by Larry Ferlazzo

The Best Resources For “Moon Day”

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Today is the anniversary of Neil Armstrong’s walk on the moon, and apparently it is celebrated as Moon Day (that was news to me).

Here are some previously-posted “The Best…” lists that are related to the moon, as well as some infographics:

The Best Resources For Learning About Neil Armstrong

The Best Sites To Learn About The Apollo 11 Moon Landing

The Best Resources About The “Supermoon”

Moon Phases Explained (with Oreos)

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Explore more infographics like this one on the web’s largest information design community – Visually.

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July 10, 2013
by Larry Ferlazzo

Four Ways To Visually & Musically Chart Global Warming

Here are four ways that show global warming over the years. I’ll be adding them to The Best Sites To Learn About Climate Change.

I also wonder, though, if these might serve as models for another kind of assignment.

At the end of a semester, sometimes I’ll ask students to envision their time metaphorically and have them draw themselves at the beginning of the year and then draw themselves now. It’s always a pretty interesting reflective exercise.

I wonder if these four global warming examples could be used as models for asking students to represent their own semester in other innovative ways– giving them the options of doing it musically (I think people could do it without any musical talent), via a chart, or through a video, accompanying it with a text and verbal reflection. Just a thought — I invite your reactions….

This first video is from NASA:

Here’s a chart from the World Meteorological Association (and here are ten other charts on global warming):


And here are two musical compositions developed to reflect temperature increase over the years. The first is from The Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, and the second is from Daniel Crawford, a student from the University of Minnesota.

Let me know if you have suggestions for other ways to represent the changing climate, or comments on my ideas on how to use this as a lesson in other classes, too.

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July 8, 2013
by Larry Ferlazzo

This Looks Pretty Cool: “Maker Camp 2013″

As Read Write Web writes, today:

MAKE Magazine is kicking off Maker Camp, aimed at kids and teens but free and open to anyone who can access Google+. According to the Google blog, last year’s inaugural instance of the summer camp saw 1 million participants, thanks to the camp’s free and flexible curriculum.

As the description below this embedded video says:

Maker Camp is a 6-week virtual summer camp for anyone interested in DIY, making, creating, crafting, hacking, tinkering, and discovery. It’s free and it starts on July 8! Join us for 30 days and 30 projects. We’ll post projects and activities, and use Hangouts to visit cool places and meet interesting makers.

People can learn more and sign-up for it here.

I’m feeling pretty frustrated at my own ignorance right now. If I had known about this before, I could have worked with some of my students to set them up to participate in it, along with the other online activities they do (see How I’m Helping My Students Try To Avoid The “Summer Slide” and Part Two Of “How I’m Helping My Students Try To Avoid The “Summer Slide”” ).

Oh, well, there’s always next year.

I’m adding this info to both The Best Resources On The “Summer Slide” and to The Best Resources For Learning About The “Maker Movement.”

(Here’s a CNN story about the camp)

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