I have several to share.....
August 31, 2010
Here is the history behind this thread. I started it in a test group in a demo to show how to start a discussion and then forgot to delete it. Sheila Porter found it today and added some fabulous resources. So...I am just moving it to the main part of Engage for all to see. I also invite you to share your favorite science resources. Include ones that you actually use, like and think are so great you want others to know about them too. Tell us what age you teach so we know the context of your resources. You can just add t
SO thanks Sheila for taking what was nothing and turning it into something--I love things like this!
Some of my favourite resources are:
http://www.skoool.ie - Teachers tab – Design & Discovery
Intel Design & Discovery -This introductory course to engineering is aimed at 14 to 15 year old students. The module promotes a hands-on, inquiry-based experience by encouraging students to identify and design creative solutions to everyday problems in the world of design and engineering.
SciFest science fair website. Downloadable module, 'Science by Inquiry' for students (12-16 years). Other useful materials also available.
A multi-media resource for science teachers. Editions 1 - 5. The resource is published in an attractive full colour ring binder with CD and contains lessons, which illustrate the practical application of science and technology in real-life situations.
Over 500 Free Science Fair Projects with complete instructions.
Bright and colourful this website is designed specifically for Irish students and teachers. Its focus is the exploration into the world of education and beyond.
The above websites offer support in Ireland to teachers of Leaving Certificate Biology, Physics, and Chemistry, Transition Year Science respectively.
Concept Cartoons offer excellent starting points for discussion and thinking.
The Salters’ Chemistry Club – Handbook Volumes 1 and 2
Hands-on Chemistry designed to make chemistry more exciting and fun.
The European Space Agency (ESA ) ‘Watching over the Earth’ Secondary Level Teacher’s Pack (Worksheets and teacher’s notes).
Experience the excitement of contemporary science and technology through on and offline interactivity with science and technology centres worldwide.
The Discover Sensors project was established in the 2006/07 school year to encourage the use of sensor based technology by Junior Certificate science teachers. The project is led by Discover Science & Engineering (DSE) and supported by the National Centre for Technology in Education (NCTE), The National Council for Curriculum and Assessment (NCCA) and the Junior Science Support Service (JSSS).
Create puzzles online
Animated Science, Health, Technology, and Math, movies, comic strips, and activity pages.
http://www.webweaver.nu/clipart Free clipart
The role of the National Council for Curriculum and Assessment (NCCA) is to lead developments in curriculum and assessment and to support the implementation of changes resulting from this work. The NCCA works in a spirit of consensus and partnership. It seeks to promote an innovative and creative environment for all learners in schools and other educational settings. The website is a source of invaluable information for the teacher on curriculum and assessment.
Science.ie provides a comprehensive listing of all news, articles, events, science features, careers information, scientist profiles and activities relevant to science in Ireland.
Association for Science Education-Teachers helping teachers teach science. UK's largest science association dedicated to the teaching of science. Over 25000 members worldwide.
Science upd8 – This website is a source of interesting activities, many based on popular culture and geared towards motivating students. Feedback from teachers is that they find the activities inspiring, easy to use and helpful to keep up to date with breaking science.
Hi Bonnie. I have been involved with the Educator Academy since 1998. I came back to Ireland after attending the Educator academy and applied what I had learned and set up a series of science fairs in Ireland - SciFest www.scifest.ie
Here are a few that a friend shared for science:
Science NetLinks has a great collection of tools: http://www.sciencenetlinks.com/tool_index.php
The Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation http://inventionatplay.org/playhouse_main.html
Great educator resources here: http://teachers.egfi-k12.org/
The American Museum of Natural History: http://www.amnh.org/ology/
National Geographic Bioblitz http://www.nationalgeographic.com/field/projects/bioblitz/education/
Sheila, Thanks for these resources! Your biography in your profile is very impressive. I bet you enjoyed the Intel training you did in Romania and Egypt. Nice to be able to share your expertise around the world. I particularly enjoyed the cartoon concept website.
My favorite science website is John Lienhard's The Engines of Our Ingenuity. It features podcasts from his radio program. Theytell the story of how our culture is formed by human creativity. http://www.uh.edu/engines/
This is a great list of science resources! Thank you so much for sharing. I especially like the All Science Fair Projects site. The projects are searchable by topic, has a level of difficulty and has complete instructions. This will be a great resource for our students as they look for ideas this year.
I really like the fossweb site http://www.fossweb.com/ - Great interactives for younger students. Also make sure you check out the planet foss link which is a picture sharing site.
I just found this a couple of weeks ago:
It looks like it has a lot of good resources for science teachers
Just a couple more:
Nautilus Live : http://www.nautiluslive.org/ Watch a live feed of Robert Ballard's explorations...VERY cool!
Well worth a look. Really cool videos.
Some fantastic videos on science, the human body, and the solar system on the National Geographic website.
Another fun video option by National Geographic involves their CritterCam. This link has a YouTube video explaining the creating of CritterCam and how it works. There are several "suggestions" at the right that have a video clip showing CritterCam on different animals. I use these videos to help my students see how scientists can learn from animals using technology (and how technology can change to help the process of learning.)
Very cool! OE-Cake! is a 2.5D fluids-based demonstration program for Prometech Software Inc's Octave Engine. In the program, which acts as a physics-based paint program, users can insert objects and see them interact under the laws of physics. It has an advanced fluid simulation, and support for things as gases, rigid objects or even elastic. With the escape-codes, users can also mix the properties of elements together. You can also add pictures to the simulation!!! http://oecake.wikia.com/wiki/OE-Cake_Wiki
Guess I should share a few of my favorite science resources . I hope this is NOT an overload.
The Atoms Family is one my students really enjoy. I like how engage they are while reviewing the material on the site. (It helps that I enjoyed the Adams Family ... perhaps I need to get a short video clip to show my students before we go online . Any suggested links?)
Wow, as usual, on a great list of resources. The Virtual Owl Pellet site reminded me of the Virtual Frog site I came across several years ago. I think it has changed somewhat from the first time I accessed it.
I thought I would share my Region 6 TLTC STEM wiki on which I have been working for a little while now. I include beaucoup science resources, divided among elementary, midlle, and high school levels, as well as including resources for the other STEM subjects. This resource is far from complete, of course, but I do add to it when I come across something, actually think about the wiki, and then make the time to put things there.
Science Netlinks has a great list of interactive sites by grade level - http://sciencenetlinks.com/tool_index.php, as well as a lesson plan collection.
I am in science heaven now. Just came across this site and it was new to me. I thought I had every science site on the web saved .
I hope you find some valuable information here. If you have used this site, which experiments or activities have you used?
I am seeing so many great resources here- I just have to share this with you all.
SAS Curriculum Pathways used to be a paid resource, but the Ba-zillionaire who owns the company decided it's so good he just had to make it available to all students, so for the past several years it has been free.
It has not only resources for science, but also for English, Social Studies, Math, and Spanish. The activities are mostly online interactive, so you must install some plugins to be sure everything runs smoothly. For that reason, to get an account, there must be one person at your school who will sign up to be the tech person. SAS likes to know there is someone onhand who can help with installing plugins in case admin (install) rights are not open for each teacher.
The curriculum activities are based on the standard courses of study for high school, though there are some activities which may be useful for middle school.
Under the science area, you first select from Physical Science, Earth Science, Biology, Chemistry, and Physics. Each of those areas offers more choices. For instance, in Chemistry, the choices are:
Atoms & Molecules
Phases of Matter
Properties of Mixtures
The Nature of Matter
Under each of these choices, there are 5 or 6 online interactives and also a classroom-based activity. All of the sites are ad-free, high-quality and checked weekly to be sure all of the links are still working and the sites are still there!
Perhaps you would be the tech person at your high school? Just go to the site, apply for the account, and make yourself the contact person. You will receive an email with a generic login for teachers and one for students at your school. When each teacher logs in for the first time, s/he will be prompted to create their own individual account login. Students all use the same generic student login and don't change theirs.
Is anyone else out there using this for science or other areas of the curriculum?
So many wonderful resources. When I have reviewed them all I hope to make a list to share with Irish teachers. I am giving a workshop on Saturday 9th October http://dit.ie/chemed/ to teachers to promote participation in science fairs. It will be a great opportunity to share.
Richard Byrne's great newsletter (where does he get all of that time?) is a great resource for all of the core subjects and effective technology use. You will want to go by there and see for yourself: http://www.freetech4teachers.com/ and probably register to receiveit Today, Mr. Byrne focuses on the Deep Horizon Oil Spill and ancillary information about it, the Valdez, and oil's origin. This newsletter today is reproduced for you below.
The cover story on this month's issue of National Geographic is about the ecological and economic impact of the Deep Water Horizon Oil Spill on the Gulf of Mexico. As a supplement to the main article, National Geographic has an interactive illustration of the layers of marine life in the Gulf of Mexico. Click on one of the four layers in the illustration to see the animals affected by the oil spill.
In addition to the interactive illustration, National Geographic has maps of the areas affected by the oil spill and photo galleries related to the oil spill. Finally, for comparison purposes you can also find articles and photo galleries from the Exxon Valdez oil spill. All of those resources can be found in the NGM Gulf Spill Hub.
Applications for Education
NGM's interactive illustration could be a way for students to get a quick overview of the ecological impact of the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. The NGM Gulf Spill Hub's inclusion of Exxon Valdez oil spill articles gives teachers a resource they can use for lessons comparing the impacts of the two spills.
Here are some related items that may be of interest to you:
First-hand Accounts of the Oil Spill's Impact: http://www.freetech4teachers.com/2010/05/first-hand-accounts-of-gulf-of-mexicos.html
The Day the Water Died - Examining the Exxon Valdez Oil Spill: http://www.freetech4teachers.com/2009/03/day-water-died.html
Where Does Oil Come From?: http://www.freetech4teachers.com/2008/12/where-does-oil-come-from.html
I can imagine a lot of uses but what can you see yourself doing with this kind of a great resource?
I just attended a webinar which discussed NSTAs Learning Center http://learningcenter.nsta.org/default.aspx- What a great resource! Teachers can create accounts for free and over 1,400 resources, such as journal articles, science objects and web seminars are available for free. It is well worth checking out!
Here is another cool site:cells and scales
Slowly slide the bar at the bottom of the illustration window to reveal more and more detail.
I'm so excited you like the Learn Genetics scale and size page from the University of Utah. I know many of the leaders of that department. I'm thrilled to share with them how you have found it helpful! Explore the whole site - I find a LOT of excellent science available on from them.
Great. I'm such a visual person and it is a wonderful way to see the big picture. I have shared the site with my science group of teachers.
This site also has great visuals, animations and interactive videos.
I just came across an online site with free videos on many topics, science included. Check out Encyclomedia at http://www.encyclomedia.com/ to find many, many video resources that you can use right across the curriculum! No doubt the site is blocked in some districts, so please aware of that. Also, I noticed that some videos just don't load when they should. This MAY be due to server usage or bandwidth or some such, so be aware of that as well. I also understand that the videos are for sale as well.
I've got a new favorite science resource. The site is known as "WCYDWT." What can you do with this? This site is designed to show pictures and/or videos that might be used with students. These videos and pictures can be used as starter activities, discussion points, or to analyze data or the authenticity of the image. This is a posterous site which makes posts very easy. Emails are sent with the title as a subject line and the message with image/video attached.
OK science folks...where are you with updated science resources. I have the day off so I have been updating my tools and I found the Google BodyBrowser (http://bodybrowser.googlelabs.com), which you can use to examine a highly detailed set of systems in the human body. It is Google Earth on the body. Check it out and let us know how you can use this tool in your science classroom? PS: You probably will need an updated browser.
oops - my bad! I forgot to include the link to Google Body Browser. I've seen it and been interested in how it might be used in my classroom. I have not been able to play around it enough yet to decide how my students can use it. Thanks for putting in the link and reminder of it.
Glen, I am intrigued by this new tool from Google as well. However, it requires Chrome and my district doesn't allow us to use that. My computer at home is too old . One of these days I will get a new computer and then hope to be able to try this out. Some of the other anatomy sites now charge fees so this will be a great new resource.
Speaking of fun online sites, I just found Eskeletons! This great site lets you compare the skeletons of various mammals. The intro screen is not intuitive for many adults - but is for kids. You click on an organism's skeleton to see more details about that skeleton. As the animal's skeleton comes up, you can click on bones to see the bones in more detail.
I'm looking for a similar site that has internal organs for various animals. Has anyone found something like that yet?
Glen posted information on Celestia earlier. Another good one is http://www.worldwidetelescope.org/The WorldWide Telescope makes very detailed, high resolution images (scientific quality) from space available to anyone with access to a computer and an internet connection. The goal of the WorldWide Telescope is to enable users to use their computers as virtual telescopes. The WorldWide Telescope can be downloaded and run on Windows-based computers. Mac users will have to use the web client to access the WorldWide Telescope. The educators page on the WorldWide Telescope site has lesson resources and ideas for middle school and high school use.
I need to play around with this more myself but you can look at just about anything you might be interested in looking at.
Earth Science teachers often feel left out of thing. Here's a new one.
Shape It Up is one of many good educational games and activities on Kinetic City. Shape It Up is an activity that would be good for use in an elementary school Earth Science lesson. The activity presents students with "before" and "after" images of a piece of Earth. Students then have to select the force nature and the span of time it took to create the "after" picture. If students choose incorrectly, Shape It Up will tell the student and they can choose again.
Here's a site that was just shared with me through Diigo; Homespun Science Tunes. Versions of pop songs with science lyrics.
Our students are HUGE fans of graphic novels and comics so this site was a big hit. http://www.uky.edu/Projects/Chemcomics/index.html
The Periodic Table of ComicBooks - This site is like a matrix of elements and references in comic books. You can select the element and see the page from the comic. There is also a link to get element info... VERY COOL!
Another excellent Periodic Table reference is The Periodic Table of Videos. Your students can watch videos of experiments with chemicals that are TOTALLY unsafe to do in schools.
If you teach Earth Science it might be helpful to have printable Topographic Maps. I'm guessing this may also be useful in a Geography class. I like the fact that Digital Topo Maps are FREE! I like that kind of a resource for teachers .
Here are a few of my favorite sites. The annotations are taken from the sites themselves. I hope I did not duplicate any already mentioned.
An online community for academically-talented youth (science & math); learn about amazing scientists their own age, what they're doing and how they managed to do it; read news and features on topics ranging from global warming to bioethics to nanotechnology; explore the intersection of science and the arts, from computer animation to science fiction
Sharing the newer and emerging "learning tools" of science education; tools such as real-time data collection, simulations, inquiry based lessons, interactive web lessons, micro-worlds, and imaging, among others
Check out Laura Turner's list of fun, interactive tools for science, categorized by topic: general science, anatomy, astronomy and space, biology, chemistry, physics, earth science; high school, middle, and some higher elementary
The Yuckiest Site on the Internet Has sections on human body, worms, bugs, and students questions and more; games; young students really like it
CIESE CIESE sponsors and designs interdisciplinary projects; focuses on projects that utilize real time data available from the Internet, and collaborative projects that utilize the Internet's potential to reach peers and experts around the world
You hit some of my favorite sites. I like how CIESE and LearningScience provide great information for teacher's in preparing lessons.
My Middle School students seem to get excited about "The Yukiest Site on the Internet!" Speaking of "Yucky" - we looked through a microscope yesterday and got an interesting video. My students love it!
Although this is not a science resource, I am posting it here. Just found out that this site is open to the public.
It is a mix between a search engine and a visual encyclopedia. It looks really cool.
Bitsize Science is a fun an interactive way to teach elementary science. You can even embed the code for the interactive activities and house them on your personal website. http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/ks2bitesize/science/living_things/
One of my teachers just introduced me to this...It's such a neat way to introduce kids to science and different topics:
Symphony of Science: http://www.symphonyofscience.com./
Here's a short summary from their site:
The Symphony of Science is a musical project headed by John Boswell, designed to deliver scientific knowledge and philosophy in musical form. Here you can watch music videos, download songs, read lyrics and find links relating to the messages conveyed by the music.
The project owes its existence in large measure to the wonderful work of Carl Sagan, Ann Druyan, and Steve Soter, of Druyan-Sagan Associates, and their production of the classic PBS Series Cosmos, as well as all the other featured figures and visuals.
Check it out!
Not sure if this was already shared or not....we've got an amazing list here!
This has to be my favorite video on the Powers of 10" http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap110201.html What a great resource for older students when when learning about multiple topics and younger students who are just beginning to understand place value. This is one of my favorite visuals!
I also enjoy the "Powers of Ten" video. It is excellent for helping students understand the concept of Scientific Notation. There is a Powers of Ten interactive website. The "film" link at the top of the page brings up the famous video on YouTube.
Although the Khan Academy site is known best for math, there are bunches of good science videos available. http://www.khanacademy.org/search?page_search_query=science
Check it out and let me know what you think.
If you are looking at application of tools, try viewing some of Steve Spangler youtube videos. He has wonderful science activities that can be easily integrated into the classroom. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pcmMaGGQvX0
Funny you should mention him. I am using an idea I got from one of his recent posts to work with a school this afternoon. The question is what can remove the tarnish from a penny. I have been scavenging varioius staff refrigerators collecting strange things like soy packets, mustard, ketchup, bbq sauce and etc. Should be fun.
Steve Spangler is a great inspiration for doing science. Unfortunately YouTube is blocked in my district. I must watch the videos at home and decide if I want my students to try an experiment. It would be nice to be able to show students his examples. I think he does a great job of "selling science."
One of these days when I have time I am going to compile a list of all these fantastic resources and post them up on the SciFest website, www.scifest.ie
Check out the website www.scifest.ie for existing resources - 'Science by Inquiry' module, SciFest Science Fair Toolkit, and lots more.