Discussion in 'General Education' started by vickilyn, Aug 18, 2015.
Dec 3, 2015
https://mail.google.com/mail/u/0/#inbox/148d66ca88ab989a - If I posted this before, forgive me. Sobering for the HS crowd.
http://www.freebooknotes.com/ I haven't tried this, so if you have, feedback greatly appreciated!
Dec 4, 2015
All go perfectly with the HHMI biointeractive short film "Popped Secret". It all deals with the genetics of corn, the ancestral parent, and how relatively small modifications have transitioned this into a key crop that far exceeds its use as just food. Lots of educational material to back up the unit.
Just make sure you tell them you are an educator, and requesting it sooner rather than later will prevent disappointment.
A good resource for genetics or environmental science unit.
Dec 5, 2015
Newsela.com's News Stories and Text Sets
Added: Dec 5, 2015
At newsela.com, middle and high school teachers can access current news stories that can be modified for multiple reading levels from fourth grade to college. The stories are organized by category (e.g.,Science, Health, Kids, War and Peace, Money, Law, and Arts) and can be incorporated into lessons on almost anything—from stink bugs to sugary drinks to archaeological finds in Seattle. One benefit of using multiple versions of a story at varying text difficulty levels is that students don’t know they are reading an “easier” text, so teachers can discuss the issue with the whole class, leading to richer, more participatory student conversations.
To help teachers bring science to life in the classroom--in Spanish and English--Newsela.com offers science–focused text sets that support Next Generation Science Standards. Content from Scientific American and other media is translated not only into Spanish, but into five level-appropriate versions, so it’s the scientific content that engages kids (while they’re working on literacy at the same time).
The Discovery Channel is currently airing "Racing Extinction". This video hits on life sciences, as well as environmental sciences and ecology. It is well worth a look, and if you have DISH you can pull it up on demand.
Dec 6, 2015
This link didn't seem remarkable until I used the buttons at the top of the page to link to other resources, etc. Play around with this one until you can decide if it is a "go or stay" site.
Dec 7, 2015
One of my latest updates on citizen science and a plea for help. Follow the link to "The Lost Season". There are about a million photos that need ID's and you, and your students, can help. It is, after all, the season of giving.
Dec 8, 2015
This one is new to me, and I think it is great on many levels. Take a look - I think that it can work at many grade levels and equally well in life sciences and environmental science. Hope you like it as much as I do.
Vice President and Director of the Metropolitan Policy Program at The Brookings Institution
Cities and COP21: For climate optimism look to urban innovation
Dec 4, 2015
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As two weeks of climate talks kick off in Paris, world leaders are looking to avoid the failures of the 2009 Copenhagen summit. The futility of that round of negotiations has been attributed to its top-down approach—with CO emissions reductions pushed down to unwilling countries, ultimately scuttling a binding agreement.
Still, the past seven years have seen progress. Specifically, as a recent status report from the C40 network makes clear, cities have been key actors in advancing policies targeted at climate change mitigation. This should be no surprise, considering major global cities are forecast to be most impacted by rising global temperatures. It’s promising then that this year’s summit begins amid an increased recognition of the role of cities, and of the public, private, and civic networks that exist within them.
Copenhagen succeeded in revealing this groundswell of climate action despite the lack of binding emissions targets. With last year’s formation of the Compact of Mayors—now comprised of 165 cities with 234 million residents—the U.N. signaled the importance of cities in delivering sustainable policy. In advance of this month’s summit, 10 member cities, representing 58 million people and $3 trillion in GDP, released climate action plans that serve as models for this delivery, including commitments to deep emissions reductions, requirements for data collection and transparency, and mandatory annual reporting. In the United States, cities are delivering an all-of-the-above approach—everything from the Washington, D.C. water authority’s large-scale investment in a waste-to-energyproject, to New York City’s retrofit accelerator project aimed at reducing the environmental impact of large buildings, to Portland’s recent recommitment to an urban growth boundary that promotes density over sprawl even as the region is forecast to grow by 400,000 residents over the next 20 years.
Yet cities must do more than rethink their built environment or enact more efficient transportation policies. To meet needed emissions reductions will require better technology than is available today. This is why this week’sannouncement of Mission Innovation, a climate research plan led by Bill Gates, is so promising. Twenty countries around the world, including the United States and China, have all committed to doubling R&D investments in clean technology over the next five years. In parallel, a group of private investors including Gates and Mark Zuckerberg, announced the Breakthrough Energy Coalition, committed to backstopping investments in these countries with additional capital, and funding high-risk, early-stage energy innovation projects that can pave the way to deep CO emissions reduction.
But invention does not happen evenly across the world and these innovations will overwhelmingly be designed and deployed in a few leading edge cities. Brookings researchhas found that, like many R&D-intensive industries, clean energy research is highly concentrated: 39 of the 58 highest-impact U.S. clean-tech firms are headquartered in just four metro areas characterized by vibrant clean economy clusters: Boston, San Francisco, San Jose, and Los Angeles. The success of these firms can be attributed to the mix of major research assets, such as MIT, Caltech, or the Lawrence Livermore National Lab, with an entrepreneurial culture and state regulatory environments in California and Massachusetts that incentivize clean technology research.
But even beyond these clusters, U.S. cities are pursuing climate innovation and experimentation. Examples include Chattanooga’s city-wide fiber network that could make it a leader in smart grid technology; Milwaukee’s Water Council project which brings together public, private, and academic sectors to advance water efficiency; or Pittsburgh’s Scott Institute for Energy Innovation at Carnegie Mellon, which has already spun off a promising new battery technology company, Aquion Energy.
The challenges presented by climate change demand this type of approach, combining macro policy making, institutional investment, and metro problem solving. National governments and supranational institutions must aggressively mobilize political will and international regulations toward mitigating the risks—through actions such as eliminating fossil fuel subsidies or adopting carbon pricing. But the impact of those actions will require an equal measure of concrete innovations in technology and policy that will be designed, financed, and delivered by networks of public, private and civic leaders at the local level.
[This post originally appeared on the Brookings Metropolitan Policy Program's blog The Avenue on December 3, 2015]
Dec 9, 2015
http://www.readworks.org/rw/social-...ium=Email&utm_campaign=12.9.15 social studies
OK, this one is NOT free, but thought some people who follow this thread might be interested anyway, so here it is:
Dec 10, 2015
Dec 11, 2015
OK, I don't teach the itty-bitties, but IF I did, I believe I would absolutely LOVE this link. Enjoy.
http://www.techsupportalert.com/free-audio-books-children The post before this got me to thinking that there must be other "cool" and useful audio resources, so I have gone looking for a few.
I am certain that there are many others, but I am still under the weather here at home, when I would rather be at school with my kids, so for once I am going to suggest that you take this idea and do some research on your own, to suit your needs. It seems as if this is a rich and full resource search - I wish you much luck, but know you will find what you are looking for without great difficulty.
@vickilyn - Could you please edit posts to remove content that was taken from other sites? For instance, the "Ten Websites for Science Teachers" blog post should simply include a link to that blog post. There are others from edvocate and NSTA that need to be edited as well. Thanks!
I can and will. So sorry.
Thanks @vickilyn! I want to be careful with copyright.
Dec 12, 2015
I am linking to a Science News article that is reporting that they have found a gene in a bacteria in China that is resistant to our "last-ditch effort" drug, Colistin. This isn't meant to panic, but it is a sobering article, informative, and well written.
This article would be a great lead in to "why" we don't take antibiotics for things that are clearly viral.
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