October 25, 2013 | Posted At: 06:46 AM | Author: Brian Nadel | Category: Software-Science
The best way to teach
science is to make it into a real world situation, such asa cleaning up an oil
spill or how much water a tree requires to live. Discovery Education and 3M
have teamed up to create a bunch of science lessons, ready for the classroom.
Called Science of Everyday Life, the materials are free and quite detailed.
There are four lessons online with videos, games and virtual labs.
October 21, 2013 | Posted At: 06:27 AM | Author: Brian Nadel | Category: Software-Science
Ask any gamer in your school where to get their online
games from, and the answer is likely Steam. The gamers Web portal will soon have
an educational title. Reach for the Sun from Filament
Games shows how a mature plant grows from a seed and then decomposes. Along the
way, students learn about photosynthesis, sugar creation and consumption and
everything that has anything to do with a plant’s lifecycle. The game is available
now, will be part of Steam’s offering in November and costs $89.70 for a one
year classroom license.
June 26, 2013 | Posted At: 01:08 PM | Author: Brian Nadel | Category: Software-Science
It’s the rare school that can afford a
planetarium or even a rudimentary astronomical observatory, but there can be
one inside every school iPad. That’s because Vito Technology’s Star Walk can
put more than 200,000 celestial objects and a wide variety of facts about them
on the slate’s screen. In addition to integrating an image from the pad’s
camera, Star Walk has an eye-friendly night mode for actual star gazing
evenings out. It can even help align a telescope to find objects and see them
close up. It costs $3.
May 24, 2013 | Posted At: 06:16 AM | Author: Brian Nadel | Category: Software-Science
Here’s a cool visual lesson about our impact on our planet.
Go to NASA’a Landsat earth-observing satellite page and show some of the images
and time-lapse videos that have accumulated over Landsat's 40-year lifetime. The site
has everything from high-resolution photos from space of the current fires in
California to videos of how urban centers like Las Vegas evolved over time and the
earth’s glaciers are receding. Each comes with a nice description of what
you’re seeing along with the science involved, perfect for a visual lesson
about our changing earth.
April 26, 2013 | Posted At: 05:50 AM | Author: Brian Nadel | Category: Software-Science
latest free lesson plans are sponsored by the Navy, focus on STEM education and
are aimed at high school science classrooms. In addition to nuclear power and robotics, the topics include sonar and GPS. Each has an outline, key academic
subjects covered as well as a PowerPoint slide show.
April 2, 2013 | Posted At: 09:21 AM | Author: Brian Nadel | Category: Software-Science
The latest MimioScience lessons are not only interactive but there are
26 physical science units as well as 18 for scientific processes with more than
130 actual lessons available starting in June. They’re aimed at grades 3
through 8, will be available this summer and many more lessons are coming this
winter. Access to them costs $1,299 per school for two years if you order now.
September 25, 2012 | Posted At: 10:12 AM | Author: Brian Nadel | Category: Software-Science
With access to more than 70
sensors – for everything from pH and temperature to carbon dioxide
concentration – Pasco’s iPad-based SPARKvue HD application can be the basis for
building a STEM curriculum. The software can not only show the current level of
the sensor but analyze the data and display it as a graph. The $10 app is
available at the app store and comes with 60 built-in labs and a place for
students to record their measurements, ideas and lab details.
September 6, 2012 | Posted At: 06:24 AM | Author: Brian Nadel | Category: Software-Science
good thing for the classroom, Compass Learning’s Odyssey Middle School Science
just got a lot better with a slew of updated content. The science curriculum
program now has many new lessons – including 45 new flash exercises, assessments
– including 45 new quizzes – and many new activities. Teachers also now have
more power to customized Odyssey curriculum and efficiently manage class data.
December 9, 2011 | Posted At: 07:39 AM | Author: Brian Nadel | Category: Contests
If there’s a better way to get kids interested in programming than by getting them to create video games, I haven’t found it. The AMD Foundation has teamed up with Brain Pop, the Boys and Girls clubs and others to sponsor the 2012 National STEM Video Game Challenge, a contest for the best student-written video games. The kids can win $200,000 in cash and prizes. For those who don’t know where to start, there’s a ton of resources for teachers interested in doing it as a class project.
December 9, 2011 | Posted At: 07:36 AM | Author: Brian Nadel | Category: Software-Science
A great way to augment a biology lesson on human anatomy, BioDigital Human has a virtual 3-D animated person that students can explore inside and out, without spilling a drop of blood or the smell of formaldehyde. You can choose between exploring a man or woman, see the entire body or isolate any organ. To simplify things, you can turn on and off various details, like digestion, circulation and lymph. There are explanations as well as a handy interface that lets you zoom in and out or see the body with an X-ray view. The downside is that it’s still a beta Web service and requires OpenGL graphics, so it might need an update of your video drivers.