Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Three Good Resources from the Lawrence Hall of Science

The Lawrence Hall of Science at UC Berkeley offers some good resources for students and teachers. On I recently reviewed DIY Lake Science produced by the Lawrence Hall of Science. The free iPad app is designed to help students learn about lake ecosystems. In the app students will find a small simulation of a lake ecosystem. Students can change the depth of the lake, the temperature, and the general climate around the lake to learn how those changes alter the ecosystem. After using the simulation students can learn more about lake ecosystems in the DIY Lake Science video library.

If your students don't have iPads to use in your classroom, take a look at 24/7 Science. 24/7 Science is a website produced by The Lawrence Hall of Science for the purpose of sharing science games and hands-on activities for elementary school students. 24/7 Science has two basic sections, a game section and an activities section. The games section offers twenty-five online games for students to play independently. The hands-on activities section offers thirteen hands-on science learning activities that students can do with the supervision of their teachers or parents to learn about plants, animals, and Earth science.

Monster Heart Medic is another iPad app from the Lawrence Hall of Science. Monster Medic takes students on a virtual journey through the cardiovascular system. Sabba Quidwai recently wrote a nice review of Monster Medic here.

How to Schedule Blog Posts on Blogger, Edublogs, and Kidblog

Scheduling blog posts to appear in the future is one of the best ways to maintain a steady pace of posts appearing on your blog. On a classroom blog scheduling posts is a great way to keep certain content hidden until your students need to see it. For example, I have often scheduled posts containing practice quizzes for my students to take after completing a lesson. In the video embedded below I demonstrate how to schedule blog posts in Blogger, Edublogs, and Kidblog.

Topics like this one and many, many more are covered in my course Blogs & Social Media for Teachers & School Leaders