iPads Improve Classroom Learning (New Harvard Study)

As Ramsey Musallam’s TED talk articulates, science is messy. Activities are active and engaging. Science is a contact content area. Instruction in Life Science should include opportunities for students to dig in the dirt and explore our biological surroundings. Additionally, instruction in Physical Science should include experiments that encourage students to interact with different simple…

Terrifying New Study: “Visible” Climate Change as Early as 2020?

http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2013/10/131009-climate-change-worldwide-cities-science/#close-modal As I referenced in one of my previous posts, Climate Change is an extremely hot topic right now in multiple circles of society. As such, it is important that we are educating our students about the global impacts of this epidemic. This National Geographic article cites a recent study published in the globally respected…

Special Thanksgiving Post: Who Pooped? (.org)

Who Pooped? (.org) The time has come to tackle preverbal “elephant” in the room: who pooped? Books have been published to tackle the subject, and parents often spend countless hours discussing, in a roundabout way, the digestive system and the basic functions of life. Now, the Minnesota Zoo has created a website to join in…

National Geographic Education: Teacher Homepage

National Geographic Education: Teacher Homepage An excellent resource for teachers who are looking for a starting place for their lessons. I have modified lesson plan ideas from this website countless times. National Geographic Education also has a multitude of resources for teachers to use with their already created or curriculum-driven lessons. All the things a…

Interactive: A Short History of the High-Rise

Interactive: A Short History of the High-Rise The New York Times is known for its reporting. You can walk down virtually any urban street in the United States and find the daily NYT on the newsstands. There is a reason for that. The New York Times continues to reinvent the field of journalism: Their website…

Excellent Digital Resource: We Give Books

We Give Books. As an educator, I am constantly on the look out for new ways to engage my students. I originally came across We Give Books during my Language Arts and Read Methods courses last year. I’ve utilized the website multiple times since in a number of my lesson plans. We Give Books is…

Planet Earth’s Stunning Landscapes…From Space

    According to this article, the European Space Agency (ESA) posts daily photos captured by their satellites. After reading and appreciating the My Modern Met article, my only concern is that the ESA only posts one photo per day! Via: My Modern Metropolis

Timelapse: Images of Climate Change

http://world.time.com/timelapse/  Climate change is the definition of a “hot button topic” for today’s society. For elementary students, the implications of a changing world may not resonate without the use of powerful imagery. Time’s newest web publication, entitled Timelapse, stitches together decades of satellite imagery to provide an eye opening view into the physical impact of…

A Building Fights Back: How Sunlight Reflected Off a Building Can Melt Objects

How Sunlight Reflected Off a Building Can Melt Objects. What an incredible story to pull into the classroom, especially if you are teaching units in the Physical Sciences! This National Geographic article does an excellent job of providing both a background-building summary of the “Walkie Talkie Building” as well as an in-depth explanation of the…

Skype in the Classroom

Skype in the Classroom Skype in the Classroom is a new collaborative platform recently released by Skype (Microsoft). As a classroom teacher, you have the opportunity to view connect with teachers across the globe. You can create your own class page as well as lesson plans. However, my favorite feature is the “#MysterySkype” format. #MysterySkype…