Showing posts with label life science. Show all posts
Showing posts with label life science. Show all posts

Friday, September 6, 2013

Into the Outdoors - Videos and Lesson Plans About Nature

Into the Outdoors is a new site featuring videos and lesson plans about a wide variety of topics related to nature. The site is divided into six main topic areas; life science, farm science, social science, physical science, environmental science, and natural resources science. Each primary topic area includes a handful of sub-topics. Click on any sub-topic to find videos, lesson plans, and links to additional resources. Below I've embedded two videos from the Life Science section.

Applications for Education
In the email that I received from Into the Outdoors they mentioned that one of their purposes is to spark students' interest in learning about nature and getting outside to learn. In looking at a few of the lessons, I can see how you could modify them to use on local walking field trips.

Monday, January 2, 2012

itv Wild - Video Clips About Wildlife

Update April 2014: This site appears to have gone offline. 

itv Wild is a great website for finding video clips and longer feature programs  about wildlife found all over the world. itv Wild is designed for elementary school age students to learn about the challenges facing wildlife around the world today. Visitors to itv Wild can browse the selection of clips and features or search by keyword. itv Wild offers a game for students to test their knowledge of the wildlife and habitats they learned about in the various videos and features they have watched.

Applications for Education
The videos on itv Wild could be useful for supporting an elementary school lesson about endangered wildlife and habitats. itv Wild does include a simple rating system to advise you as to whether or not a particular set of clips might be upsetting to young students (the set of Polar Bear videos has this warning). That could be very helpful in selecting appropriate clips for your students to watch.

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Understanding Genetics - Online Exhibits

The Tech Museum of Innovation, located in San Jose, California has an interesting online display about genetics. The online display covers the science of genetics and the politics of genetic engineering. The online display includes a series of videos from the Future of Science Conference. In the video leading scientists and philosophers discuss topics related to genetics.

Applications for Education
The science of genetics displays are informative and appropriate for use with students in middle school and high school.
The videos and articles discussing the ethics and politics of genetic engineering and gene therapy are appropriate for use with high school students.

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Four Places to Watch Wildlife Live on the Web

Earlier today I saw someone Tweet a link to the CBC British Columbia Eagle Cam (sorry I forgot to note who it was, if it was you, please leave a comment and take credit). That eagle cam got me searching for other live wildlife camera feeds. I came across three more live wildlife feeds that I think teachers could use with their students.

Wild Earth TV provides eleven live video feeds of animals in the wild. As I write this I'm watching the Bear Den feed featuring Lily the Black Bear. Lily has almost 100,000 Facebook fans. While watching the video feeds, registered users can chat with each other about what they're seeing. If the video feed is not live when you visit the website, you can choose from any number of recorded videos.

The USDA Forest Service has four wildlife camera feeds but as I write this only one, the Eagle Cam, seems to functioning properly. In addition to the cameras the USDA Forest Service offers a nice collection of teaching resources including full lesson plans and slideshows about the birds, fish, and mammals recorded on their wildlife cameras.

Africam provides four live feeds featuring African wildlife. If you visit the site and the feed is dark (which is likely if you're watching in the afternoon in North or South America), check out the archived recordings.

Applications for Education
These live wildlife feeds could be useful for showing students animals in their natural environments. I watched the bear in her den and thought that it might be neat for an elementary school class to track how many days the bear spends hibernating in her den.

Friday, February 12, 2010

Fun, Gross, and Educational

Who Pooped? just might be the oddest resource I've ever mentioned on this blog. Who Pooped? is an interactive game in which students learn about various animals by guessing which animal created which pile of poop. Believe it or not, there is actually some good information about the animals that follows each round of guessing who created which poop. Check it out for yourself. And thanks to Larry Ferlazzo for this "entertaining" education resource.

Applications for Education
If they can get past the "hilarity" of the "poop" images and noises, Who Pooped? could be a very engaging way for elementary school students to learn about various mammals.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Galapagos Rap

This video, 3.5* til Infinity, was created by some Stanford students on their trip to the Galapagos Islands. While some people may not agree with everything in the video, it's still an excellent demonstration of using multimedia resources to demonstrate knowledge. If you do teach about Darwin in your classroom, this video is an engaging summary of his ideas. There are also some great images from the Galapagos Islands in the video.

Thanks to Open Culture for the video link.

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

See Animal Ranges on Encyclopedia of Life Maps

The Encyclopedia of Life is using Google Maps to display the geographic range of various animals, plants, and other organisms. To view the maps simply select an animal, plant, or other organism from the collection of information and click on the "map" tab on the reference page. The maps are not available for every organism, but there are a lot of maps.

Thanks to Google Maps Mania for the information about EOL's maps.

Applications for Education
The Encyclopedia of Life's maps could be very useful for biology students to see the climate and range of the organisms they are learning about in their courses.

Here are some related items that may be of interest to you:
Scribble Maps - Easily Type and Draw on Google Maps
KML Factbook - 2D and 3D Mapped Data Displays
Great Google Maps/ Earth How-to Videos

Friday, June 5, 2009

A Fun Summer Science Project - Firefly Watch

As the weather continues to warm (in the Northern Hemisphere) and students go on summer vacation, it's time to think about learning experiences that they can have at home. The Boston Museum of Science's Firefly Watch could be a fun learning experience for science students. The Firefly Watch is a collaborative project of volunteers who are willing to go out in their backyards and record their observations of fireflies. Firefly Watch provides participants with a form for recording observations. Throughout the summer the Firefly Watch will display updated observation records on a Google map.

Before students and parents go out to make observations they should take a look at the Firefly Watch's virtual habitat. On the virtual habitat page students can learn about the various colors, patterns, and habit locations of fireflies.

Applications for Education
Before school gets out for the summer you may want to compile a list of activities that parents and students can do together to stay engaged in learning over the summer.
Firefly Watch is one such activity that presents a good opportunity for parents and students to work together on a fun learning activity.

Monday, April 13, 2009

Pollen Park - Educational Science Game for Kids

Pollen Park is a great game for kids that I learned about on the excellent blog, Teachers Love SMART Boards. Pollen Park takes kids on a journey with a bee to collect the pollen needed to make the queen bee's honey. Pollen Park introduces students to the concepts of pollination and seed dispersal. Students will also be introduced to the parts of and functions of a flower.

Applications for Education
Pollen Park could be a fun educational game for elementary school students. The game can be played individually or with a partner or two. As allergy season approaches in the northern hemisphere (if it hasn't arrived yet) this game is a timely resource.

Here are some related resources that may be of interest to you:
Pest World for Kids
Science Activities from Exploratorium
The Wild Classroom - Science Videos and Podcasts

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Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Great Science Activities from Exploratorium

Exploratorium has an absolutely fantastic collection online activities for science students and science teachers. There are so many great educational resources on Exploratorium that I barley know where to begin. The online activities page of Exploratorium has learning activities for life science and physical science topics. From activities about sports science like fastball reaction time to activities about mutant fruit flies and activities about Antarctic ice, there is something to engage just about every science student.

In addition to the online activities page, Exploratium also offers some great online exhibitions and an online magazine packed with educational material. Science teachers looking for hands-on activities to use in their classrooms will want to check out Exploratorium's hands-on activities page. Those teachers and students that use Second Life will want to visit Exploratorium Island in Second Life.

Applications for Education
Exploratorium has something for just about everyone. The bulk of the online activities can be accessed by students in the fourth grade or older. If you're not in a one-to-one computing environment the hands-on activities page provides some great directions for fun off-line learning activities. Some of the virtual tours could be used on a Smart Board/ White Board.