I currently teach elementary science methods courses although I have taught science method for secondary preservice teachers as well. I've also taught science content courses for preservice elementary and middle school teachers. I enjoy reading fun mysteries, attending theater productions and cooking.
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Thu, Jan 26, 2012 3:13 PM in Technology in your science lessons
I just used the pHet simulations from the University of Colorado with my preservice teachers using a SmartBoard. They really enjoyed the Complete Circuit kit (pHet.colorado.edu). Try them out!
I am updating my old iPhone/iPad apps list that may be helpful to some. Once I have it sorted by grade levels or special topics, I'll upload it.
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Tue, Aug 23, 2011 5:55 PM in Best Science Apps?
Do you use Pasco? They have the Air Link that allows data to be sent to an iPad. Also, soome colleagues have used Drop Box for students to upload their data to one place, but either the students need to be in a WIFI area or have 3G iPads.
Mon, Aug 22, 2011 5:36 PM in Debunking Misconceptions Using Unusual Resources
There's a website, I believe it's called "Blick's Flicks" that uses physics to debunk many TV and movie errors. My favorite is in Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom. A plane is going down so Dr. Jones inflates a life raft, three people board and ride out of the airplane through the atmosphere, land smoothly on a snow covered mountain, glide down the mountain with no mishap, and finally slide int...
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The Sun is a Star: Middle Collection
Mon, Aug 22, 2011 5:59 PM Review: The Sun is a Star: Middle
The collection "The Sun is a Star: Middle" is a comprehensive look at many aspects of the Sun's characteristics and its impact upon the solar system and Earth. It contains resources in a variety of formats from webinars to articles to Sci Objects. There are resources about characteristics of stars in general as well as information about the relationships among the Sun, Earth and Moon. Although one article seems to address concepts that are generally handled at the elementary level, the preponderance of the resources are very useful for middle grades teachers to address their own content knowledge, current events knowledge and their teaching strategies as well as their students'.
The Sun is a Star:High Collection
Thu, Aug 18, 2011 6:36 PM Review: The Sun is a Star: High
Studying the Sun properly requires referencing concepts from a variety of topic areas. This collection provides resources toward that end. It includes Science Objects from areas like the Universe and the Solar System for teacher content updates. It also includes activities to teach concepts from such topics as elements, the sun-Earth connection, life cycles of stars, and space weather. The collection spans across the influence of the sun on Earth and makes important interdisciplinary connections.
Tools Of Astronomers: Elementary Collection
Mon, Aug 15, 2011 6:14 PM Review: Tools of Astronomers: Elementary
This unique collection of resources focuses upon activities to do with students so that they may understand the data collection methods of astronomers. Space science is rife with abstract concepts that can easily lead to misconceptions. These articles provide avenues to address misconceptions, inspire critical thinking about issues, and scientific inquiry as an enterprise within astronomy. Data collection an analysis are integral parts of inquiry and the variety of data collection methods and analyses are valuable to both elementary and middle school teachers.
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