Friday, July 19, 2013

Science Millionaire and Other Fun Science Games for Kids

Jefferson Lab is a good place to find educational science and math games. I discovered this resource a few years ago because one of my 9th grade students was hooked on playing "Who Wants to Win $1,000,000?". The games and puzzles that you'll find are focused on math and science although one word game is thrown in for good measure.

Applications for Education
The games from Jefferson Lab could provide good practice in applying science and math knowledge to problem solving. Jefferson Lab also has a great Teacher Resources page full of lesson plans for hands-on activities, study pages, and reference materials.

Chem Collective - Resources to Teach and Learn Chemistry

Chem Collective is a project designed and maintained by Carnegie Mellon University's chemistry department and the National Science Digital Library. On Chem Collective you will find virtual labs for chemistry experiments, simulations, visualizations, tutorials, and auto-graded problems. Students and teachers can search the site by resource type or by chemistry topic.

Applications for Education
Chem Collective offers teachers the option to create their own Chem Collective pages containing resources and activities that they have selected from the Chem Collective library for their students.

Debate Graph Helps Students See All Aspects of Important Debates

Debate Graph is a great resource that students can use to evaluate the many arguments in hot-button global topics. By providing webbed diagrams of arguments students can see and explore the many facets of debate.

To find a debate, visit the gallery of debates on Debate Graph. There are seven formats in which you can view the parts of a debate. Those seven layouts are bubble view, tree view, radial graph view, box view, outline view, page view, and document view. Pick the format that works for you and your students. If you pick one of the bubble, tree, or graph views you'll also be able to see an outline in the right-hand margin of the page. To explore a debate students just need to click on any of the connected circles in a diagram. If you want to create your own debate diagram or contribute to one that is already started register for free on Debate Graph.

Applications for Education
Rarely are debates a simple two-sided matter. Debate Graph provides students with a great tool for exploring the many facets of debates. Students could also create their own Debate Graphs in preparation for an in-person debate with classmates.

A Crash Course on the Civil War and Reconstruction

Earlier this year Hank and John Green launched Crash Course U.S. History. These videos provide ten to twelve minute overviews of key events and themes in the history of the United States. The series started with the arrival of Europeans in North America. The latest installment in series - released this week - is about Reconstruction. Over the last month three installments covered the Civil War. All four videos are embedded below.