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Free Earth and Space PPT Resource

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Therese Houghton Therese Houghton 7210 Points

Hi All, I found a London company that sells interactive tutorials on science topics. You can access the non-interactive PPT sample for free. The graphics are excellent as are the mini-lectures, questions, extensions and homework assignments. You can go to the main site to access the all of science PPTs. You may need to update certain things, but overall, these are good resources. The link for the Earth and Space PPT can be found at: Scroll down past the catalog list to view the PPT.

Carolyn Mohr Carolyn Mohr 89373 Points

What an excellent 'find',Therese. I am including the link for the index of all the ppts available at the Science Interactive Ltd website. There are several items listed in the left margin after the ppts that look interesting. The website allows for interested browsers to download the samples of their starters, plenaries and module specific extension questions. It looks like a website that I will share with my preservice teachers. Thank you!

Therese Houghton Therese Houghton 7210 Points

Carolyn, I love these PPT's. I find them entertaining as well as informative. Can you imagine how interesting the interactive ones might be? I plan on going back and reading all of them, as time allows. I found another great video resource that you might like. It's a free online video teaching methods course, a collaboration between Annenberg Media and Towson University.Have you seen it?

Carolyn Mohr Carolyn Mohr 89373 Points

Hi Therese and thread readers,
I will check out this series from Annenberg; I use Case Studies in Science Education often in my science methods classes. The video clips are divided up into 10 minute segments. First you are introduced to the teacher facilitating learning in a particular classroom. Then an education expert provides critical support to fine tune the teaching strategies/methods. Finally, the teacher is back in the classroom implementing some of the 'best practices' that had been discussed. Some of the lessons cover Earth/space science concepts. Please note: If you are not signed up already to use the free materials at Annenberg, then you need to register before the above link will work. You can sign up at: View Programs:Your text to link here... Sign Up and enjoy all the great resources on that site.

These workshops look very interesting I like that fact that K to 12 teachers are in this series and they discuss inquiry. Workshop 1. Preparing To Teach Science (90 min.) Most K-8 teachers have not had many science and math courses and often feel as though they didn't get much out of the courses they did have. How can they be expected to teach science topics for meaningful understanding when they themselves are not sure they understand the topics? We'll look at a variety of strategies teachers use to learn as much as possible about a science topic before they teach it. VODWorkshop 2. Eliciting Students' Prior Knowledge (90 min.) Why begin a lesson by eliciting students' prior knowledge? Because as many teachers know, it is essential to know what students believe at the outset in order to provide the instruction necessary to help them move toward a more scientific understanding. There are many ways of eliciting prior knowledge, including strategies such as concept mapping, pretests, and interpretation of a demonstration by students. This program will examine many of these strategies. VODWorkshop 3. Creating a Context for Learning: Observing Phenomena (90 min.) In our videotapes of teachers in classrooms, we sometimes see a teacher open a science kit and ask students to start working on it without any framing or introduction. Students need time to assimilate a problem and make it their own. It helps if they can relate the problem to experiences in their everyday lives, and even better if they can formulate the questions. We will see video clips of teachers trying to incorporate student questioning into their lessons. VODWorkshop 4. Supporting Good Data Collection (90 min.) One of the things that sets science activities apart from other endeavors is the care with which observations are made and data is recorded. If it is possible and relevant, a scientist will measure and quantify: How long did it take? How many are required?, etc. Children need support in collecting careful data. Thinking through the entire process in advance and making sure to provide the students with good tables and charts prepared for data collection can make the task much more manageable. We will look at ways to do this. VODWorkshop 5. Summarizing, Comparing, and Interpreting Results (90 min.) Although students generally work together in small groups in hands-on science classes, there are times when all-class discussions are valuable. Summarizing, comparing, and interpreting often involves the whole class. We will see examples of teachers using both small-group and whole-class approaches to teaching science, and discuss when each may be appropriate. VODWorkshop 6. Special Considerations (90 min.) Hands-on science classes involve all the challenges of regular classrooms with some additional ones besides. This program will focus on some of the things we must think about in teaching science: 1. Working with diverse student populations 2. Stimulating interest in science among minorities and girls 3. Using scientific vocabulary, only as necessary 4. Helping students believe their voices are valued 5. Promoting student discussion yet keeping it focused 6. Eliminating sexism and racism 7. Treating students with respect 8. Facilitating learning with multiple learning modalities VODWorkshop 7. Specific Instructional Strategies (90 min.) We will discuss problem-based learning as one way to approach science teaching in the context of student interests. The problems may range from finding particular information in the library to examining the effects of pollution on animal and plant life. VODWorkshop 8. Assessing Student Understanding (90 min.) Embedded assessment means building assessment into the activities and classroom processes in an integral and natural manner. We will see teachers integrating many different forms of assessment into their lessons.

Adah Stock Adah Stock 101510 Points

Thank you for this resource. I like to create my own topic specific ones in which I embed video segments and ask questions along the way. It is nice to see someone has them but there a many available on the Internet that are free. Also, if you look at the LC archieved webinars they often have PPT you can use and adapt for your own students. This are really good since they are compiled by research scientists in many cases. They certainly would warrant the time to look at them. Just a thought.

Dorothy Ginnett Dorothy Ginnett 28235 Points

Hi Therese and Carolyn - The powerpoint files sound like a terrific resource. However, when I try to click on both of your links I get a message that indicates "Account susptended". Can you double-check those links and then repost? Thank you! Dorothy Ginnett

Therese Houghton Therese Houghton 7210 Points

Hi Dorothy, The interactive PPTs must require a subscription now...they were excellent as I remember. The same company has other science resources at : There are PPTs; not sure whether they're interactive. Hope all is well; I had a teaching interview today by ambush LOL. They told me it was a certification meeting, but surprised me with the teacher interview instead! I have been really down about being out of the classroom since the end of May. I miss being at school.Thank goodness for the NASA podcast course.

Dorothy Ginnett Dorothy Ginnett 28235 Points

Thanks for the quick reply Therese. Hope you got the teaching job! I'm keeping busy with teaching some short summer courses and of course, vacation time. :-) Dorothy

Carolyn Mohr Carolyn Mohr 89373 Points

Hi Dorothy and thread readers,
I just double-checked the URL I posted above for Case Studies in Science Education, and it still worked for me. Once you get to the site, you DO have to register for free. Perhaps that is why you could not "get in". I am attaching the URL to register here, too.
View Programs sign up
Once you are registered and signed in, the link above should work. I will edit my prior post and post this information above as well. Thanks for letting me know!

Stacy Holland Stacy Holland 6865 Points

Great, thanks for the resource.

Dorothy Ginnett Dorothy Ginnett 28235 Points

Fantastic science teaching and science pedagogy resources at the Annenberg Media site. Thanks Carolyn! Dorothy

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