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Twitter Chat: Infusing STEM Into Any Classroom - TeachersFirst

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This archived Twitter chat is from June 2018 and will open in Wakelet. The title of this chat is - Infusing STEM Into Any Classroom. Through this chat participants ...more
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This archived Twitter chat is from June 2018 and will open in Wakelet. The title of this chat is - Infusing STEM Into Any Classroom. Through this chat participants will: 1. Discuss ways to incorporate STEM into any content area, 2. Share tech tools that promote STEM activities, and 3. Discuss ways to promote critical thinking skills through STEM education. Read the many comments and suggestions by both the moderator and other participants.

tag(s): STEM (214), twitterchatarchive (106)

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Are you ready to infuse STEM into your classroom? Learn new STEM trends and tools for your classroom. Share this chat with your colleagues looking for sites and information about infusing STEM into the classroom. Explore the various tools that are shared.

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The Elements - Theodore Gray

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Learn about the elements on the periodic table through pictures, texts, stories and data using this visual chart. Hover your mouse over any element to view a snapshot of weight, ...more
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Learn about the elements on the periodic table through pictures, texts, stories and data using this visual chart. Hover your mouse over any element to view a snapshot of weight, density, and basic information. Click on the image to find a complete description of the element's properties and common uses. Many descriptions include videos and 3D images.

tag(s): elements (32), periodic table (45)

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Include The Elements with your other bookmarks on classroom computers for chemistry students. Allow students time to browse and explore the site on their own. Share the site on your interactive whiteboard to browse and compare elements together with your students. Use information from the site as an example, and ask students to use ThingLink, reviewed here, to create their own annotated images of elements. As a final project, ask students to create a multimedia presentation using a tool like Sway, reviewed here, sharing information on elements on the periodic table. Sway offers tools for users to incorporate video, images, maps, and more into one polished presentation.

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Young Scientist Lab - Discovery Education and 3M

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The Young Scientist Lab features materials for parents, students, and teachers to explore a world of scientific innovation and opportunities. Materials for teachers include lesson plans,...more
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The Young Scientist Lab features materials for parents, students, and teachers to explore a world of scientific innovation and opportunities. Materials for teachers include lesson plans, interactives, and challenge support materials. For students, the site provides activities and features on scientists at work. The Family Activities section consists of several engaging experiments to perform at home for students in grades K-8.

tag(s): careers (132), data (137), forces (38), light (46), magnetism (34), recycling (46), rockets (11), sound (72)

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Add this site to your science lesson resources. As students complete activities ask them to create blogs describing their experiments and results. Webnode, reviewed here, is a simple tool for creating and sharing blogs for all grade levels. Have students share their science experiments through weekly or monthly podcasts using a podcasting tool like Podcast Generator, reviewed here. Don't forget to ask students to include both failures and successes when discussing their experiments!
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Chemical Reactions - Science Resources - TeachersFirst

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This collection of science resources will help you research information about chemical reactions. Read the descriptions to find out whether a site sounds right for what you want to...more
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This collection of science resources will help you research information about chemical reactions. Read the descriptions to find out whether a site sounds right for what you want to know. Some sites may be more challenging reading, while others may offer solid basic information. Be sure to try several sources.

tag(s): chemicals (45)

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Use these tools and resources in a chemistry class or during a unit related to chemical reactions. Share the interactive sites on your projector with the class. List these tools on your website for students to use for review and preparation for a test. Read ideas for classroom integration in each resource's classroom use section.

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Chemistry in Minecraft - Microsoft Studios

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Chemistry in Minecraft is an update to the popular Minecraft Education Edition, reviewed here. Download the chemistry update to explore elements and...more
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Chemistry in Minecraft is an update to the popular Minecraft Education Edition, reviewed here. Download the chemistry update to explore elements and compounds and conduct experiments in a virtual world. Crafting tools like the Compound Creator allow for the opportunity to combine elements and explore elements by finding electrons, protons, and neutrons. Download the Teacher's Lab Book that shares how to use this update in the classroom and provides lesson suggestions.

tag(s): coding (75), elements (32), game based learning (161), gamification (78), matter (48), Microsoft (57), molecules (42), STEM (214)

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Benefit from the many features shared in this download to allow students to explore chemistry concepts through gameplay. This site offers many opportunities for problem-solving and decision making. Ask students to share some of their ideas through a podcast. Anchor, reviewed here, is a podcast creation tool that offers the ability to record or upload audio from your computer and add songs from Apple Music and Spotify. Have students share concepts learned through animated videos. My Simpleshow, reviewed here includes free tools for making simple explainer videos.

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Atoms - Science Resources - TeachersFirst

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This curated list of resources will help you research information about atoms. Read the descriptions to find out whether a site sounds right for what you want to know. Some ...more
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This curated list of resources will help you research information about atoms. Read the descriptions to find out whether a site sounds right for what you want to know. Some sites may be more challenging reading, while others may offer solid basic information. Be sure to try several sources. There are resources for elementary, middle, and high school levels.

tag(s): atoms (43)

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Many of these tools are more appropriate for middle and high school students. In the younger grades, the tools could be used as a teacher-led activity. Share the interactive sites on your projector with the class. List these tools on your website for students to use for review and preparation for a test.

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Cells - Science Resources - TeachersFirst

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This collection of resources will help you research information about cells. There are resources for elementary, middle, and high school levels. Find tools for all grade levels. Read...more
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This collection of resources will help you research information about cells. There are resources for elementary, middle, and high school levels. Find tools for all grade levels. Read the recommended grade levels with each review. Materials include interactives, resource guides, and more. Check back often, as new resources are frequently added. Be sure to try several sources.

tag(s): cells (83)

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Share the interactive sites on your projector with the class. List these tools on your website for students to use for review and preparation for a test. A few of these are device agnostic and available as both an app and on the web.

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Cabinet of Curiosities - Philippe Cousteau Jr.

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Cabinet of Curiosities is a site created by the grandson of famed oceanographer Jacques Cousteau to introduce STEM careers to young people. Links within the cabinet take you to eight...more
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Cabinet of Curiosities is a site created by the grandson of famed oceanographer Jacques Cousteau to introduce STEM careers to young people. Links within the cabinet take you to eight different categories including short video explanations by professionals within the field. Click on any image within the cabinet to view a short description of an item used for a STEM career and one or more videos. If your district blocks YouTube, then they may not be viewable.

tag(s): anthropology (10), careers (132), communication (25), ecology (104), engineering (108), marine biology (24), oceans (141), STEM (214)

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Bookmark and save to use when exploring career options with students. Ask students to use information found on this site and others to create an infographic sharing information about a chosen career. Canva Infographic Maker, reviewed here, offers many templates for creating infographics. To increase student knowledge of options within STEM careers, have groups of students create a weekly podcast sharing different career fields. Buzzsprout, reviewed here, is an online tool to use when creating and hosting podcasts.

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Twitter Chat: Ideas for Infusing STEM - TeachersFirst

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This archived Twitter chat is from June 2017 and will open in Wakelet. View this archive to learn tips and tools to use when teaching STEM. Learn what STEM means ...more
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This archived Twitter chat is from June 2017 and will open in Wakelet. View this archive to learn tips and tools to use when teaching STEM. Learn what STEM means (also referred to as STEAM). Browse the strategies offered by the chat moderators and participants.

tag(s): professional development (236), STEM (214), twitterchatarchive (106)

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Do you teach STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math)? Check out this archived chat for tools and tips to use in your classroom. Share this tool with your colleagues interested in learning more tips and tools to use in STEM lessons.

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Inquiry in Action - American Chemical Society

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Inquiry in Action offers free, inquiry-based science lessons teaching physical science and chemistry concepts. All activities come from a book of the same title, available to download...more
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Inquiry in Action offers free, inquiry-based science lessons teaching physical science and chemistry concepts. All activities come from a book of the same title, available to download for free on this site. Choose from the most popular activities, lessons reviewing chemistry fundamentals, or browse through all activities. Lessons include complete instructions along with printable activity sheets and assessments. In addition to the lessons, be sure to check out the Chemistry Review portion of the site for a refresher on the principles of chemistry.

tag(s): acids and bases (8), density (21), matter (48), molecules (42), temperature (29), water (107)

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Take advantage of the many free lessons and resources on this site. Share a link to the Chemistry Review on your class website for student use at any time. If you are beginning the process of integrating technology, have students create blogs sharing their science learning process using Telegra.ph, reviewed here. This blog creator requires no registration. If you are teaching younger students and looking for an easy way to integrate technology and check for understanding, challenge your students to create a blog using Edublog, reviewed here. Challenge cooperative learning groups to enhance their learning by creating videos demonstrating their inquiry science activities. If you or your students are less experienced with technology, use a tool such as Powtoon, reviewed here. Those who are more experienced might try using a tool like moovly, reviewed here, and share them on a site such as TeacherTube reviewed here.
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Open Learning Initiative - Carnegie Mellon University

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Teach or learn through high-quality online courses offered by the Open Learning Initiative. Choose from available courses in a variety of subjects for full course information including...more
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Teach or learn through high-quality online courses offered by the Open Learning Initiative. Choose from available courses in a variety of subjects for full course information including topics covered, estimated completion time, and software required. Classes are free for independent learning. Set up and teach your own course by registering for an instructor account. Instructor accounts allow members to access tools to assess student learning and provide credit for course completion.

tag(s): chinese (40), classroom management (145), design (81), engineering (108), french (68), logic (178), OER (32), Online Learning (16), probability (105), psychology (63), statistics (112), STEM (214)

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Take advantage of content in courses to supplement your current lessons. No registration is required to access and view course information. Share this site with gifted students or students with interests in specific academic areas not covered in your current curriculum. Create a course and offer it to your students for greater interaction and learning through community building. Find great ideas from other existing courses. Teachers of gifted can use courses to challenge students in their areas of interest. You can also have gifted students create or collaborate on a student-made "course." Explore the topics for some new, engaging topics to round out your own expertise. Allow students to enroll in a course that would fit into their career goals as an exploratory opportunity in that field. The Open Learning Initiative would also be perfect for setting up directions and steps for any projects you require students to do for your class. The program will integrate with some learning management systems.

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Full Spectrum Science: Fireworks - Exploratorium

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Learn all about the science of fireworks with this video presentation from Exploratorium. Discover the chemistry and history behind fireworks as you learn what creates the colors and...more
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Learn all about the science of fireworks with this video presentation from Exploratorium. Discover the chemistry and history behind fireworks as you learn what creates the colors and varying patterns seen in modern fireworks.

tag(s): chemicals (45), light (46)

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Enhance learning by having students create a simple infographic about fireworks using Venngage reviewed here. Use this video as a model and have students research the origins of other common items. Have students upload a photo they have taken and add an explanation about what they learned using a tool such as Add Text, reviewed here.

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Reactions - American Chemical Society

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Reactions is a YouTube Channel from the American Chemical Society exploring chemistry in our everyday lives. Watch these short videos and learn answers to questions such as why onions...more
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Reactions is a YouTube Channel from the American Chemical Society exploring chemistry in our everyday lives. Watch these short videos and learn answers to questions such as why onions make us cry and the chemistry of poison ivy. Be sure to check out the various playlists offered with topics including superhero science and hair chemistry. If your district blocks YouTube, the videos may not be viewable.
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tag(s): chemicals (45), diseases (73), nutrition (139), seasons (31), space (210)

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Share a video with students once a week to help all of you learn about the chemistry in our everyday lives. Flip your classroom and use a video as homework. Have students take notes on the material and write down questions they still have and topics that confuse them. They can do this with pen and paper or online. If you want the assignment online, explain to students they need to open a new tab in their browser window and take notes with a tool such as Webnote, reviewed here; tell students to be sure to save the URL to share their notes and questions with you and their peers. Or, use a tool like playposit (formerly eduCanon), reviewed here, for students to pause videos and ask or answer questions right on the video. These activities can help uncover student misconceptions. Show the video to the class, and then discuss the concept at length.

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iExploreSTEM - University of Iowa

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iExloreSTEM is a volunteer community dedicated to bringing STEM activities and festivals to local communities in and near Iowa; the ideas and resources can apply to any state. The site...more
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iExloreSTEM is a volunteer community dedicated to bringing STEM activities and festivals to local communities in and near Iowa; the ideas and resources can apply to any state. The site includes information and resources for planning STEM festivals and creating safe activities. Scroll down the page to find several sample activities listed by discipline including architecture, engineering, and more. Other useful resources include links to STEM career information and STEM links to specific states.

tag(s): animals (270), architecture (66), engineering (108), environment (232), plants (141), STEM (214)

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Take advantage of the free activities, videos, and other resources throughout the year. Be sure to bookmark this site to search for resources for any lesson. Share a link to specific lessons and activities on your class website for use at home. Include STEM career information with any career exploration unit. After completing STEM activities, challenge students to create a presentation using Prezi, reviewed here, to share their results and learning process.

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Sylvia's Super-Awesome Maker Show! - Sylvia Todd

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5 to 12
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Sylvia's Super-Awesome Maker Show! is the website created by a California teen to share her enthusiasm for science through demonstrations and web shows. View videos as Sylvia demonstrates...more
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Sylvia's Super-Awesome Maker Show! is the website created by a California teen to share her enthusiasm for science through demonstrations and web shows. View videos as Sylvia demonstrates how to to make sidewalk chalk, builds a cardboard periscope, experiments with squishy circuits, and much more. In addition to the entertaining videos, the site also includes several printables with additional directions for creating projects. If your district blocks YouTube, the web shows may not be viewable.
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tag(s): engineering (108), experiments (61), makerspace (33), STEM (214), video (240)

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A young female teen, science, and maker ed - the perfect ingredients to get girls interested in science! Sylvia's web shows could be an excellent "back door" to creating female student interest in science! Share videos with students as part of your plan to implement maker spaces in your classroom. Use Sylvia's presentations as a model, then have students create videos demonstrating classroom projects and experiments using a tool like moovly, reviewed here, and then share them on a site such as TeacherTube, reviewed here. Have cooperative learning groups create podcasts demonstrating their experiments. Use a site such as podOmatic, reviewed here.

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STEM in 30 - Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum

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Stem in 30 is an interactive classroom offering 30-minute webcasts for middle school students. Interact with scientists by asking questions, participate in polls, and receive resources...more
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Stem in 30 is an interactive classroom offering 30-minute webcasts for middle school students. Interact with scientists by asking questions, participate in polls, and receive resources for follow-up activities. Don't worry if you can't attend, view the archives of all past presentations to enjoy at your convenience. Previous topics include Moon Rocks!, Time and Navigation, and WW1: How History Shaped Technology. Most archived recordings include correlation to Next Generation Science Standards. If your district blocks YouTube, then the videos may not be viewable.

tag(s): earth (180), earth day (63), ecology (104), ecosystems (68), flight (28), mars (32), molecules (42), space (210), STEM (214), world war 1 (54)

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For your blended or flipped classroom, share webinars on your class website for students to view at home. Replace pen and paper writing journals by writeing a blog entry that shares their learning and understanding. Use a tool like Telegra.ph, reviewed here. This blog creator requires no registration. If you are teaching younger students and looking for an easy way to integrate technology and check for understanding, challenge your students to create a blog using Edublog, reviewed here. Check the site's homepage for upcoming webinars, then participate with your class. Check Twitter to see if your class can follow any of the presenting scientists. If you are lucky enough to live in the Washington, DC area, contact the museum to attend a live taping. After viewing a webinar, have students enhance their learning by creating a multimedia presentation using Slidestory, reviewed here. This site allows you to narrate a picture. Challenge students to find a photo (legally permitted to be reproduced), and then narrate the photo as if it is a news report. STEM in 30 is also a great resource for gifted students to get involved with their own challenges and pursuits.

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Emoji Science with Bill Nye the Science Guy - GE and Bill Nye

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Emoji Science takes the simple and understandable world of emojis to explain complex science concepts. Explore the Emoji Table of Experiments to find videos (with special guests), do...more
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Emoji Science takes the simple and understandable world of emojis to explain complex science concepts. Explore the Emoji Table of Experiments to find videos (with special guests), do it yourself science experiments, and more. The broad range of topics includes content such as super materials, the human brain, and plants. Scroll down the homepage to find the link to Emoji Education that includes lesson plans aligned to standards. If your district blocks YouTube, the videos may not be viewable.

tag(s): climate change (67), energy (144), human body (97), magnetism (34), solar energy (33), solar system (102)

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Take advantage of the free lesson plans available on Emoji Science. Enjoy exploring the site with students on an interactive whiteboard or allow them to explore on their own. Use this site to introduce science concepts in an entertaining way. At the end of your unit, have cooperative learning groups create podcasts demonstrating their understanding of one of the concepts. Use a site such as podOmatic, reviewed here. Have students create a multimedia presentation of science topics using Slidestory, reviewed here. This site allows you to narrate a picture. Challenge students to find a photo (legally permitted to be reproduced), and then narrate the photo as if it is a news report.

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Good Thinking! - Smithsonian Science Education Center

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At Good Thinking find short videos addressing common misconceptions about science topics and pedagogical subjects such as student motivation. Watch the introductory video for a complete...more
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At Good Thinking find short videos addressing common misconceptions about science topics and pedagogical subjects such as student motivation. Watch the introductory video for a complete overview of the offerings. In addition to videos, Good Thinking offers curriculum resources and lessons. Check the box for Free Resources to narrow your search for only the free materials available. If your district blocks YouTube, the intro video may not be viewable.

tag(s): animals (270), chemicals (45), circuits (16), climate (80), electricity (63), energy (144), erosion (15), forces (38), light (46), matter (48), oceans (141), photosynthesis (27), plants (141), space (210), weather (171)

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Take advantage of the many free class materials available on the site for use in lessons and activities. Use this site as the starting point for individual or group projects. Share videos on your class website for students to view at home. Then have students create an online or printed comic comparing misconceptions to the truth using Write Comics, reviewed here or Printable Comic Strip Templates, reviewed here. Have students create a word cloud of the important terms they learn from this site using a tool such as Wordle, reviewed here, or WordItOut, reviewed here. Be sure to share professional information with peers during professional development sessions or grade level discussions.
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Nanotechnology: Super Small Science - NBC Learn

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Explore the science behind the hidden world of nanotechnology, where you measure objects in the billionths of meters. Six videos offered by NBC Learn in partnership with the National...more
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Explore the science behind the hidden world of nanotechnology, where you measure objects in the billionths of meters. Six videos offered by NBC Learn in partnership with the National Science Foundation discuss Nanotechnology at the Surface, Nanoelectronics, Nanoarchitecture, Nano-Enabled Sensors, and Nanoparticles, plus quantum dots and working in nanoscale. Videos are approximately 5 to 6 minutes in length with a transcript. Although part of a larger site that charges for access, these videos and lessons are all free. This video now resides on NBC Learn's YouTube channel. If your district blocks YouTube, it may not be viewable.
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tag(s): careers (132), chemicals (45), engineering (108), scientists (65)

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Use this site as an anticipatory set or "activator" to introduce a unit or lesson in chemistry or physical science class. Divide students into cooperative learning groups to explore the site. Have each group choose a video to use as a launching pad for further study. Have students create an annotated image, including text boxes and related links using a tool such as Thinglink, reviewed here. Place the videos on your classroom website or blog for students to explore on their own. Flip your instruction and as an assignment have your students watch the videos before class time to build background knowledge. Review nonfiction reading strategies with students before having students read transcripts. Have students explore STEM careers by researching the jobs of the scientists interviewed.

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Business Insider Science YouTube Channel - Business Insiders

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Don't let the business in the name fool you, this YouTube channel is all about science! Watch videos with the latest news in science, space, and medicine with new content ...more
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Don't let the business in the name fool you, this YouTube channel is all about science! Watch videos with the latest news in science, space, and medicine with new content added each week. Scroll through the page to find the latest videos or explore playlists with topics such as Explainers and Psychology. Most videos run less than three minutes in length, making them perfect for a snack-sized bite of science information! If your district blocks YouTube, then they may not be viewable.
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Share a video with students once a week to help all of you learn about the latest information from the world of science. Flip your classroom and use a video as homework. Have students take notes on the material and write down questions they still have and topics that confuse them. They can do this with pen and paper or online. If you want the assignment online, explain to students they need to open a new tab in their browser window and take notes with a tool such as Webnote, reviewed here; tell students to be sure to save the URL to share their notes and questions with you and their peers. Or, use a tool like playposit (formerly eduCanon), reviewed here, for students to pause videos and ask or answer questions right on the video. These activities can help uncover student misconceptions. Show the video to the class, and then discuss the concept at length.

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