Monday, October 8, 2012

The Why Files Explains the Science of the News

The Why Files is a resource designed for students to learn about the science of stories in the news. The Why Files doesn't cover every current events news story, just the stories that have connections to science concepts. For example, one of the recent stories is about the launch of the SpaceX rocket. The story goes on to explain in text, image, and video the science and history of rockets being launched into space.

Applications for Education
Most of the material on The Why Files is geared toward an elementary and middle school audience. The teachers' section of The Why Files offers pdf guides and quizzes that you can use to teach the science of the stories featured on the front page of The Why Files. The Why Files could also be a good resource for students to explore independently or with their parents.

Science Netlinks - Dozens of Online Learning Activities

Science Netlinks offers dozens of lesson plans and online learning activities. The lessons and activities are cover a wide variety of science topics. All of the lesson plans are sorted by grade level, but you can also sort the lesson plans by science benchmark standards. A series of icons also indicates if each lesson plan has a printable worksheet, e-worksheet, or is an interactive experience.

Applications for Education
Science Netlinks provides science teachers with a good collection of lesson plans aligned to the benchmarks for Science Literacy. In addition to lesson plans, Science Netlinks offers a selection of reviewed resource websites for K-12 science teachers.

Rutgers Riot Animated Research Tutorial

Rutgers' Riot is an animated research tutorial. It plays like a five part animated movie. Each part of the movie features characters explaining an aspect of the research process. The five parts are selecting a topic, finding sources, choosing keywords, identifying citations, and evaluating sources. There are text documents available to accompany the videos.

Applications for Education
Rutgers' animated research tutorial could be a good resource for introducing or refreshing research techniques in a clear and simple way.

Text 2 Mind Map - Type to Create a Mind Map

Text 2 Mind Map offers a great way to turn your typed outlines into mind maps. To create a mind map on Text 2 Mind Map type out an outline in the text box. After typing your outline click "draw mind map" to have your mind map created for you. If after creating your mind map you need to add more elements to just add them into your outline and click "draw mind map" again. Your mind map can be downloaded as a PDF or PNG file. The mind maps that you create on Text 2 Mind Map can also be shared via email, Facebook, or Twitter.

Applications for Education
Text 2 Mind Map bridges the gap between outlines and mind maps. If you have students who prefer to see ideas organized in an outline style they can see them on Text 2 Mind Map. If you have students who prefer to see ideas organized in a web style, they too can see them on Text 2 Mind Map.