Some great stuff from the blogosphere this month

by Stephanie Chasteen on October 20, 2010

As usual, I’m not the only one with witty, elegant prose.  So, a shout-out to some of the great stuff that has been posted out there.  Isn’t the internet nifty?

Project Stratosphere. This is a sort of educational citizen-science project.  They’ll   launch a series of small balloons into the high atmosphere to gather data, and use the project to create educational programs too –school classes will be invited to construct experiments to be flown on the balloon, engaging them in real science.  Check it out!

Electric Car lessons. If you’re looking to do some lessons on renewable energy or alternative fuels, GM has got some lessons on electricity, centered around the Chevrolet Volt (the new electric vehicle).  In fact, they’ve got a whole range of K-12 curriculum materials, and online games, though I can’t vouch for their quality.  There was also a very nice article in The Science Teacher on the Fueling the Car of Tomorrow curriculum materials – a whole set of alternative fuels materials for high school.  I was heartily impressed by them.


Random physics joke of the day:

And the bartender says “Sorry, we don’t serve tachyons here.”
A tachyon walks into a bar.


Answers to 50 common student questions about science. Thanks to Pat’s Picks for this one:  This website posts 50 questions relevant to everyday science (Why do your glasses steam over?   Why do roads crack in winter?) and gave short answers to them.  Pat said she printed off a PDF of these questions for her students.  She also points us to this nice PDF of a science methods poster for the classroom.

We are Teachers. A social network for educators, highly recommended by the blogger at Technology Tidbits.

Teacher Professional Development opportunities:

  • NASA Endeavor Science Teaching Certificate.  Online training beginning January 2011.  Deadline Oct 29th.  Sounds amazing!
  • Thinkfinity. Online course for Colorado teachers.  Classes begin Nov 1 and Dec 1.  Overview of Thinkfinity’s online educational resources and how to integrate them.  $50, and 30 CDE credits.

Increase Retention on the First Day by Implementing an Engaging Day 1 Agenda. Webinar, Oct 27th.  Innovative Educators offer a variety of free online webinars — they look really good but I haven’t checked them out yet.  Anybody have experience with them?

Water bouncing of a superhydrophobic carbon nanotube array. With a title like that, how can you resist?  This is a very neat set of videos showing what happens to water drops when they hit something that they really don’t like.

{ 1 comment }

Christy Brewer October 28, 2010 at 8:29 pm

Wow! Thank you for the fabulous review of the GM Education lessons! GM worked with curriculum developers to ensure the materials meet national standards, so we’d love to hear if that pays off in the right ways. Or, if you have suggestions on new topics, we want to know!

Christy Brewer
MSL Group, on behalf of the GM Education Project

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