Wednesday, August 4, 2021

How to Use Google Scholar to Learn About Inventions and Inventors

Last week I published a blog post outlining five things that students should know about using Google Scholar. One of those things is the option to search for U.S. Patent Office filings. 

When you locate a patent filing through Google Scholar you can read the details of the patent application, look at drawings that accompany the application, and see a list of related patent applications. It's also possible to use Google Scholar to see all of the patent applications made by an individual person. In this new video I demonstrate how to use Google Scholar to find patent applications and find a list of all of the patent applications made by an individual. 

Applications for Education
Using Google Scholar to look at patent applications can be a good way for students to learn about inventions and the process that inventors use to protect their ideas as well as prove that their ideas are different from those of previous inventors. I'd have students pick a patent, read through it, then compare it to one of the related patent applications found in Google Scholar. Then I'd have them explain whether or not they think the products in patent applications are significantly different.

Tuesday, August 3, 2021

A Game and a Crash Course on Weathering and Erosion

The Crash Course for Kids YouTube channel offers overviews of various topics including weather. Weathering and Erosion is the topic of one of the more recent releases on Crash Course for Kids. In the video students will see a comparison of Cape Cod's coastline in 1984 and 2014. That image combined with the commentary does a great job of showing students the effects of erosion.

Applications for Education
After watching Weathering and Erosion: Crash Course Kids ask your students to find and take pictures of examples of erosion and erosion prevention measures in their neighborhoods.

You could also continue the lesson by having your students play Walter's Travels - Weathering and Erosion on National Geographic's website. Here's a short video overview of the game. 

Five Things Students Should Know About Google Books

Last week I wrote an explanation of why Google Books can be a helpful research tool for history students. In short, it helps students locate and search inside books without having to track down a physical copy of each book that they are interested in reading. If students do want a physical copy of a book, Google Books can help them find a local library that has a copy of the book they desire. Those features of Google Books and more are demonstrated in my new video Five Things Students Should Know About Google Books

Monday, August 2, 2021

Superhero Science Lessons

Superhero Science is a playlist of science lessons published by TED-Ed. The lessons in the playlist feature explanations of what would happen in various scenarios if you had superhero powers like flight, strength, and speed. Each lessons explains the mathematics and science of scenarios frequently found in superhero stories. For example, in the lesson on strength we learn what would happen if a superhero did catch someone falling from the top of a skyscraper.

The first video in the Superhero Science playlist is embedded below.

What is a Default Gateway? - A Concise Explanation

PowerCert Animated Videos is a great YouTube channel that publishes clear and concise explanations of big concepts in computer hardware and networking. Over the last couple of years I regularly used the videos in EDpuzzle to create short introductory assignments for my students.

Default Gateway Explained is the latest video published by PowerCert Animated Videos. The video does a great job of explaining to students why a default gateway is a necessary network component if they want to connect computers to the Internet.

On a related note, here's the PowerCert video about DHCP and here's my demonstration of how to create Edpuzzle activities.