Online Activity Resources for Teachers
- The American Geophysical Union's Outreach Resources
The American Geophysical Union (AGU) has made available presentations, lectures, classroom activities and videos from last fall's GIFT workshop in San Francisco. The workshop, cohosted by the National Endowment for Science, Technology and Arts, is for K-12 classroom teachers. Presentations and activities at the 2011 workshop included tsunamis, clouds, climate science, Antarctic glaciers and volcanic ash. You will find links and descriptions for the all of the materials within this valuable web site.
- American Museum of Natural History Online Courses
Registration is open for Seminars on Science from the American Museum of Natural History for anyone seeking professional development and graduate credit. Each six-week course if fully online, coming to the museum is not necessary, and they can be taken for up to 4 graduate credits each. All courses are led by both an experienced classroom teacher and a PhD research scientist. Courses include: Evolution; Climate Change; Earth: Inside and Out; The Solar System, Genetics, Genomics, Genethics; The Diversity of Fishes; Water: Environmental Science and more. Sign up today and get $50 off your registration cost! For more information, visit: www.amnh.org/learn.
- ARKive.org - Bring the Natural World into the Classroom
Arkive.org offers an extensive collection of videos and images of plants and animals. You can navigate the galleries by selecting one of the broad categories and then choose a subject within that category. The videos can be downloaded for classroom use. ARKive also offers dozens of online games and age-appropriate activities for students. For example, Butterflies and Blooms challenges students aged 7-11 to think about the relationship between summer flowering plants and the butterflies that depend on them. Design a Conservation Program helps students aged 14-16 to learn about the importance of biodiversity as well as the economic benefits and services ecosystems provide. The Animal Survival game requires students to keep a sand lizard alive by correctly answering questions about the lizard's daily life.
- Cornell Lab Bird Cams – Virtual Bird Watching at Its Best
Check out the birds at the feeders at the Cornell Lab Feeders in Ithaca, NY. Please visit: http://cams.allaboutbirds.org/channel/40/Cornell_Lab_FeederWatch_Cam/
- Aviary Mini-Series Resource for Teachers
Scientists at Indiana University have produced The Ordinary Extraordinary Junco, a series of free, short videos and teacher resources that cover a myriad of science-standards-related topics. The project is designed to engage teachers, students and adults alike.
BirdSleuth aims to help educators build science skills while inspiring young people to connect to local habitats, explore biodiversity, and engage in citizen science projects. Studying birds is an accessible and fun way to bring real science to students! From making observations and asking questions to collecting data and publishing results, BirdSleuth creates practicing scientists with resources that engage youth in their own investigations! For more information, please visit: www.birdsleuth.org
- BSCS Online Resource for High School Teachers of Multidisciplinary Science
BSCS is now offering Across the Sciences (ATS), an online resource which the National Science Foundation funds. ATS is designed to aid high school teachers who are teaching outside of their fields of study. The program offers 10 multimedia units and allows teachers to work independently or in groups. ATS is available for free for a limited time through BSCS. Self-register online at http://online.bscs.org to access the resources. Read more about the ATS project and explore unit overviews at http://www.bscs.org/ats. ATS will also be available through the Nation Teachers Enhancement Network (NTEN) on a rolling basis.
- Citizen Science Academy Online Summer Sessions with Project Budburst
Registration is open for summer sessions of Citizen Science Academy courses for Formal and Informal educators. The Academy is offering courses that introduce and implement Project BudBurst, a network of people across the United States who monitor plants to understand environmental change. Each course is completely online, generally takes 10-30 hours to complete, and is limited to 50 participants. The first course is Introduction to Project BudBurst for Educators and the second is Using Project BudBurst Data in an educational Setting. There are two sessions: June 25- July 31 and September 17-October 16. Also, if you are interested in teacher re-certification, two optional graduate-level continuing education credits are available from Colorado School of Mines.
- Climate and Energy - Free and Vetted Online Teaching Resources
In order to further advance your students understanding of the climate and topics in energy science. The CLEAN (Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network) collection offers 500+peer-revieweed, online teaching resources on climate and energy for grades 6-16. These offer activities, visualizations and even videos. You will be able to search the collections based on the topic, resource type, or grade level. The CLEAN site will provide guidance on climate and energy using strategies and principles in relation to teaching different aged groups. Join the CLEAN network today and fill in on educational policies, science, and discussions with experts in the field. Weekly telecoms, conferences and workshop announcements are also in the network. With an ever more increasing emphasis on Earth systems in the NGSS standards, CLEAN resources have become even more relevant. Visit the link below and share with colleagues and students or even bookmark it for yourself!
- ClimateChangeLIVE: A Distance Learning Adventure
ClimateChangeLive offers a series of webcasts, webinars and online climate education resources. This distance learning adventure will provide an amazing collection of science-based resources and programs that are aligned with national science education standards. These "electronic field trips" are a great way to learn about climate change science directly from climate experts and educators, and to have the chance to interact with them during the live webcasts. Don't miss this free learning opportunity for your classroom. The Webinar series "Teaching Climate Change" begins in September, 2013 and will continue until February, 2014. The two-part Webcast for Middle and High School students takes place on March 5 and 12, 2014. To register and for more information on webinar and webcast content, as well as great climate change resources, please visit www.climatechangelive.org.
- Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network (CLEAN) Resources
The Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network (CLEAN) provide a digital collection of evaluated teaching materials for students in grades six to college. The materials contain activities, visualizations, and videos on climate science, climate change, and energy concepts. In addition to searching through the various topics, users can join the CLEAN community to participate in webinars, workshops, and discussions about climate change.
- Climate Research Applications Online Course - Stipends Available
Take advantage of this newly opened online graduate course in Climate Research Applications. Students will receive a $1,500 tuition stipend upon successful completion. This three-credit-hour course, offered through the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, begins August 20th. Designed for science educators, the course uses climate-change issues to develop research questions and design a discrete, locally oriented research project aimed at potentially impacting decision-making in their community. The credits earned from this course may be taken on its own, used as transfer credits, or used towards the university's 36-credit-hour Master of Applied Science specialization in Science for Educators - a 100% online master's degree program. The course was developed through a grant from the NASA Innovations in Climate Education Program. Stipends are only available on a first-come basis. Apply now at www.unl.edu/gradstudies/prospective/steps by clicking the "Non-degree, Post-baccalaureate" option. For more information, contact Dr. Russanne Low: firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Discovery Education STEM Camp Content: Free Urban Infrastructure Curriculum Now Available
As part of Discovery Education's commitment to STEM education for all students, Discovery Education STEM Camp is a dynamic series of standards-aligned curricula available to schools at no cost. It is a 5-day, 40-hour curriculum that combines hands-on labs, engineering challenges, digital investigations, and more! Each segment is designed to immerse kids in the grand challenges of science set forth by the National Academy of Engineering. Simply login with your existing Discovery Education account, or create a free account and access the world of STEM Camp. Stay tuned for the third curriculum in the series - Energy (coming soon). Check out the newly released Urban Infrastructure curriculum if you are interest in helping students understand the challenges designing cities of the future.
- Exciting New EcoLibrary to Help Your Students
It is believed that good visual images engage students' interests and passions. EcoLibrary was created to give students and teachers free access to high-quality images and useful supporting information. The goal is to help students learn more about ecology, conservation biology, and environmental issues. Excellent photographs, all accompanied by detailed and scientifically accurate descriptions 360° interactive panoramas, from deserts to tropical rainforests around the world Thematically linked groups of images for K-12 teachers (such as /Mimicry and Camouflage /or /Ecosystems and Biomes/) Cross-links among items; every image in the database leads to related images.
- Free Summer Online Course Using Technology in Environmental Education
The online course "Using Technology in Environmental Education," is free and developed by the EPA to teach and update environmental educators with new and useful technologies to enhance and improve educational programs. The course lasts 8-weeks and is self-paced, allowing users to choose which technologies they wish to learn.
- GLOBE Virtual Student Conference is Online Now
There are 50 extraordinary student projects in: Atmosphere, Earth as a System/ Phenology, Hydrology, Land Cover/Biology and soils. On May 6 through 31, you will have the opportunity to learn about how students use GLOBE to engage in scientific research to impact the quality of life in their communities. This is the programs largest interactive online student conference yet. These are accessible to anyone but if you already have a GLOBE website login you will be able to post comments and post questions to our student presenters.
- Introducing Teachers and Administrators to the NGSS - A Professional Educator's Guide, published in May 2014 by Eric Brunsell, offers professional development activities, advice, and tools to enhance a greater teacher understanding of the framework of NGSS for successful implementation practices. Brunsell and colleagues identify shifts in the three the three dimensions of science (core ideas, crosscutting concepts, and science and engineering practices), and how such shifts can be carried over in their instruction. The activities assist teachers in understanding the curricular and pedagogical issues related to teaching the standards, address workshop difficulties, and provide a practical guide for implementing NGSS in the classroom. The first chapter of the book can be viewed for free at http://static.nsta.org/files/PB350Xweb.pdf while the entire book can be found at http://www.nsta.org/store/product_detail.aspx?id=10.2505/9781938946189.
- GLOBE - Investigate Seasonal Change in the Environment
The GLOBE Seasons and Biomes Project guides students through an investigation of seasonal changes and biomes. Students and teachers have the opportunity to use GLOBE resources to conduct scientific inquiries in their local environments and biomes. By monitoring the seasons in their biome, students will learn how interactions within the Earth system affect their local, regional and global environment while contributing to critically needed science measurements. For more information, visit http://www.globe.gov/do-globe/measurement-campaigns/past-projects/earth-as-a-system-projects/seasons-and-biomes.
- Journey North
K-12 classrooms are invited to sign up for Journey North's annual global study of wildlife migration and seasonal change. A free internet-based citizen science project, Journey North enables students in more than 23,000 schools to watch the seasons unfold. Students monitor migration patterns of monarch butterflies, hummingbirds, whooping cranes, and other animals; the blooming of plants; and changing sunlight, temperatures, and other signs of the seasons. Each study features many entry points and resources that address learning standards: reading booklets and lessons, photos and video clips, weekly migration updates, interactive maps, instructional units, and compelling migration "stories." Every Spring (approximately February 2 until June 1) the Journey North program has live inter-active programming. For more information, please visit the Journey North Web page.
- Launch and Propulsion Educators Guide for Grades 6-12
The fifteen lesson plans in this guide help students learn about the science of rockets, principles of rocketry and the laws of motion. Student texts are included so that students may read about variables, forces and motion, and NASA's history and future. Students learn which variables affect the performance of a rocket. In the assessment, students engage in a competition wherein they apply what they have learned about rockets to build a launch vehicle that flies as high as possible.
- Middle School Chemistry - New Resources
The American Chemical Society (ACS) has just released a new web resource offering activity-based lesson plans for teaching basic chemistry concepts at the middle school level. The lessons cover all the main concepts in middle school chemistry, and can be used in part or in conjunction with current curriculum. Each lesson includes animation and video so help explain concepts. Online professional development will also be available to help explain materials to teachers and how tot integrate their use in the classroom. Visit the Middle School Chemistry Web site for more details and to view content.
- Monthly Lessons - September, May - Science of Birds
Pennington Wild Birds in association with the Cornell Lab of Ornithology have created educational and engaging activities to help teach science content year round through bird watching. These innovative resources help build science skills to inspire students to connect and participate in citizen science within local habitats. Free downloads are available. Free Activities can be found here: www.birdsleuth.org/pennington/. View related activities at www.birdsleuth.org/penningtonresources/.
- Plant the Seeds of Learning
Free lessons to support school garden education and farm to school programs are available through EAT THINK GROW. Students have the opportunities to learn about life cycles, plant and animal diversity, and can gather as well as cook their data. For more information and access to the free lessons visit http://eatthinkgrow.org.
- Recycling Labels
Free standardized recycling labels: This is a unique opportunity to be a part of a recycling revolution! Eco-School USA and Recycle Across America have teamed up to stop the confusion at the recycling bin with standardized recycling labels. With the financial support of Kiehl's these organizations will supply your school with up to 150 FREE standardized recycling labels. These labels make it easier to grow and expand recycling programs and they also lower confusion at recycle bins; confusion causes low capture rates. For full information, please visit www.nwf.org/Global-Warming/School-Solutions/Eco-Schools-USA/Our-Partners/Recycle_Across_America.aspx.
- Schoolyard Habitat Project for Grades 3-5
Through this Schoolyard Habitat Project, students become engaged learners as they research, design, and implement a way to enhance their own school campus. This is done by creating wildlife habitat, planting native plants, or even removing weeds or invasive species from school grounds. Teachers are encouraged to participate in either summer or fall courses. A Schoolyard Habitat Project for secondary teachers will be available for the Fall course dates. Sign up for a series of online classes designed to walk you through the Project Based Learning (PBL) essentials. With these you can learn how to apply PBL to capstone projects and engage your students in practicing math and language arts while helping the wildlife habitat of their own school campus. Such projects are also implemented through low or no cost strategies. For more details and to register go to http://www.pblu.org/projects/schoolyard-habitat-project.
- Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History - Virtual Tour
Is it too far away but you wish you could still go? Now you can, and you can take your students right along with you on a virtual field trip to the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History. The tour is a 3-D virtual, room-by-room walking tour of the whole museum, all while remaining in the classroom on a desktop computer or mobile device. The systems that are compatible include Windows, Mac, Linux, iPad, iPhone, or Android. This self-guided tour allows visitors to navigate room to room in a manner in which they choose, and at a pace that is comfortable to them. But do not worry, there are maps and arrows to follow if one gets turned around. If used on a desktop, there are camera icons that show certain areas in which a close-up view may be seen.
- STEM Jobs Everyone Wants and How to Get Them
The lack of scientists, technology experts, engineers, and mathematicians in America is an ever increasing dilemma. It is not only important to encourage young people to work in these fields, but also to increase the number of professionals who can teach the material. However the shortage of these professionals isn't quite as dire as education experts are making it out to be. Many fields are heavily over-saturated already, with few job openings and incredible competition for positions that do exist. While competition for jobs may be tough, students who want to pursue a STEM career should persevere to earn certifications, gain experience, and hone skills that will make grads ready to take on the challenges of the working world. This great website highlights some of the fastest-growing jobs in STEM. It provides advice on the training, experience, and skills that will help students more easily navigate the job market.