Saturday, August 13, 2022

Airplanes, Screens, and Search - The Week in Review

Good morning from Maine where the sun is shining and cool breeze is blowing while I drink my morning coffee. It was a long week and I'm going to savor one of the last weekends of the summer by spending today exploring a little beach with my little family. I hope that you also have a coffee in your favorite mug instead of travel mug, go for a walk in the woods, or do something equally fun and relaxing this weekend. 

These were the week's most popular posts:
1. Five Good Resources for Learning About Airplanes and Airlines
2. How to Quickly Broadcast Your Screen to Your Students' Screens
3. Five Interesting Ways to Use Screencastify in Your Classroom
4. Google Search Tools Students Often Overlook
5. Lessons on Compound Interest, Rent, and Mittens
6. PrepFactory’s New Online Algebra Program Features 100 Interactive Lessons
7. Blackbird Provides a Great Environment for Teaching Coding

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50 Tech Tuesday Tips!
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NOAA Sea to Sky - 1000+ Resources for Science Teachers

Earlier this week I was checking my local weather forecast on when I noticed a back-to-school announcement. The announcement highlighted some lesson plans and multimedia resources for teaching about things like hurricanes, changing sea levels, and climate resilience. The announcement also drew attention to an updated database of resources for teachers. That database is called NOAA Sea to Sky.

NOAA Sea to Sky currently contains 1239 resources that can be used to teach a wide variety of topics in science to students from Kindergarten through college. You can search and sort the database according to grade level, subject, topic, resource type, and NGSS standard. The results of a search on NOAA Sea to Sky can include full lesson plans published as PDFs, videos, and interactive media.

In the short video that is embedded below I provide a brief demonstration of how to find free lesson plans and more on NOAA Sea to Sky

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