Pedagogy/Lessons

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  • Free Virtual Theme Park - The leading scientists from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute that brought us the memorable characters Oxy and Hydra in the Molecularium® Project’s Molecules to the Max! and Riding Snowflakes have just unveiled NanoSpace. This interactive, fun online environment is easily accessible for both the kids who play within it and the teachers who use the free educational curriculum in the classrooms.
  • PBS Learning Media - http://ca.pbslearningmedia.org/ is the one-stop shop for free, multimedia curricular resources purpose-built and standards-aligned by PBS, public media stations and affiliated organizations across the country. Registration is free and offers educators access to over 20,000+ resources to search, save, and share with colleagues and students. A custom version with robust features, services that can be tailored to state and district needs – professional development, sharable content collections, student profiles for personalized learning, analytics, etc. – and support is available with a subscription. The California edition of the service is offered by a consortium of public TV stations in CA with KQED as the administrator. Currently, the site is almost 50% STEM-focused in its content.
  • Science of NFL Football - is a 10-part video series funded by the National Science Foundation and produced by the NFL that links the game of football with lessons on math and science. Topics such as Newton's First Law of Motion are presented with a video featuring NFL star Deuce McAllister combined with a lesson plan entitled "Inertia in Our Lives." Lessons include hands-on activities designed to make science and math relevant to students. Find materials on the Silicon Valley Education Foundation website at http://ow.ly/8Gb330e5HiY.
  • EducationCorner offers a guide to to education sites, resources, and articles on the web. All education topics and resources are sorted by subject and lifestage. It is an online education guide for students, parents and educators. http://www.educationcorner.com/
  • Lessonopoly - a free tool that lets you manage your classroom, find and share lesson plans, and connect with other teachers. Search by subject matter, grade level, and for lessons that are California standards aligned. http://lessonopoly.org/svef/
  • Strategic Science Teaching, Grades K-12 - A Sampler of Lessons Connecting Literature with the California Standards, is an effort to identify important connections that teachers and students make in classrooms to facilitate understanding of science concepts. Developed by the Science Subcommittee of the Curriculum and Instruction Steering Committee of the California County Superintendent Educational Services Association, Strategic Science Teaching is now available for free online at http://www.ccsesa.org/resources/StrategicSciTchgBklt1.pdf.
  • Online Video Glossary - The Berkeley Lab has an online Video Glossary for students and teachers. Each 1-2 minute video clip highlights a Berkeley Lab scientist or engineer explaining a term that applies to their research in lay language. Topics include antimatter, biofuels, carbon cycle, climate change, genomics, nanotechnology, plasma, quarks, and smart windows, along with 50+ others in a growing list of terms that you and your students may encounter all the time and want to understand better. For the complete list, visit http://videoglossary.lbl.gov/. Send your suggestions for additional terms to include—more are added every week.
  • Inquiry in Action - A new online resource developed by the American Chemical Society which provides free physical science activities, molecular model animations, and more for elementary and middle school science teachers.The entire 470 page book, can be viewed in full text and is available for free download in PDF format. Molecular animations and videos can also be downloaded in Windows Media or Quicktime form. For more information visit http://www.inquiryinaction.org/
  • Why is Science Important? - A thought provoking website and film dedicated to spreading the word of why science is important. A "must see" for science communicators, scientist, teachers and beyond! http://whyscience.co.uk/
  • The Vega Science Trust has created a broadcast platform for the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) communities, so enabling them to communicate on all aspects of their fields of expertise using exciting Internet opportunities. A huge selection of science based videos can be found at http://www.vega.org.uk/
  • Let Teachers’ Domain help you supplement your lesson plans with over 1,000 FREE digital resources in science, math, language arts and social studies produced by public television partners. Teachers’ Domain provides teachers with easy ways to engage students and incorporate technology in the classroom. Teachers can find videos, activities, online courses, and more. Register at www.teachersdomain.org.
  • Introduce Your Preservice Students to CSTA and Professional Enrichment - New and prospective teachers will benefit by understanding that they are an important part of the larger science education community and that professional growth in their career is a lifelong endeavor. Introduce your preservice students/teachers to the benefits of belonging to their professional organizations and participating in ongoing professional development activities. Download activities to use with your preservice students: Introduction to CSTA and Other Professional Organizations; Conference Attendance Activity; PowerPoint presentation on CSTA.
  • The Smithsonian Science Education Academies for Teachers - through the National Science Resources Center (NSRC), offers special access for teachers to the resources behind the scenes at the Smithsonian and other museums and facilities around Washington, D.C. Contextualized with high-quality hands-on experiences that can be translated to classroom practice, these academies provide a powerful professional development experience. To learn more or to register online, log onto the site at http://www.nsrconline.org/about_the_nsrc/events.html.
  • The Exploratorium Institute for Inquiry - offers hard-to-find inquiry science teaching resources for teachers, teacher educators, and professional developers. Includes guides for professional development workshops on science inquiry, a library of recommended inquiry and education books, support materials , such as detailed descriptions of the inquiry process, and access to the "graduate community"—an online association of educators who've attended Institute workshops. To learn more, log onto the site at https://www.exploratorium.edu/education/ifi/workshops/facilitators-guides
  • California Learning Resource Network (CLRN) - provides educators with a "one-stop" resource for critical information needed for the selection of supplemental electronic learning resources aligned to the state's academic content standards. California educators with specific content experience are selected through an application process to act as reviewers once they have completed a rigorous training program. CLRN's objectives are to: * Identify and review supplemental electronic learning resources such as software, video, and Internet resources. * Identify learning units aligned to resources and the state academic content standards. * Maintain an interactive web site to provide information about electronic learning resources through an online searchable database and links to state education technology projects and resources. Visit CLRN at http://www.clrn.org/home/.
  • The Akron Global Polymer Academy (AGPA) - includes fully developed lesson plans and videos of sample lectures, as well as links to science standards, best teaching practices and polymer resource materials. The academy is part of The University of Akron¹s College of Polymer Science and Polymer Engineering. http://agpa.uakron.edu
  • The NSTA Learning Center (http://learningcenter.nsta.org/) is a state-of-the-art web portal that contains thousands of standards-based learning resources for science teachers. Resources include web seminars, e-book chapters, journal articles, Science Objects, SciGuides, SciPacks, and more. It is customized to allow teachers to assess their content knowledge and design a path specifically for their needs and preferences. Teachers are able to manage their own professional development plan, track their experiences, and earn a certificate of completion for their successful achievement. There are opportunities for administrator support of e-professional learning communities. Contact Deborah Tucker (deborahlt(at)aol.com) if your school is interested and for other questions about the programs.
  • Score Science - has "scores" of online science resources for teachers and students, including lessons tied to the California science standards and an "ask-a-scientist" feature. Visit the Score Science site at: http://scorescience.humboldt.k12.ca.us/.
  • LHS Student and Family Programs - Lawrence Hall of Science at UC Berkeley offers a wide range of programs for school groups and individuals in astronomy, biology, physics, math, and chemistry. Various programs are presented as assemblies, festivals, workshops, courses, and theater. http://www.lhs.berkeley.edu