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TOPS Science: Teach Science with Simple Things

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TOPS Science LogoTeachable Moment: Advances in technology have enabled amazing new science tools... yet its refreshing to be reminded that good science needs solid DIY skills and can be done with everyday objects.

Welcome to TOPS,the non-profit that is here to help kids everywhere do hands-on science with simple things. We offer the best science projects for parents, teachers and students that are simple to do. Our fun science activities can be done with simple things that are probably already in your home or classroom.

References: http://www.topscience.org/

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Lego Antikythera Mechanism

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Lego Antikythera MechanismTeachable Moment: It's easy to dismiss this as "I guess some people will try to build anything with Lego" but it highlights how simple building blocks (OK... it uses some differential gears which aren't that "simple") when properly and cleverly combined can make complex computations.

 

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Curriki

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Curriki LogoCurriki is more than your average website; we're a community of educators, learners and committed education experts who are working together to create quality materials that will benefit teachers and students around the world.

Curriki is an online environment created to support the development and free distribution of world-class educational materials to anyone who needs them. Our name is a play on the combination of 'curriculum' and 'wiki' which is the technology we're using to make education universally accessible.

CK-12

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CK-12CK-12 Foundation is a non-profit organization with a mission to reduce the cost of textbook materials for the K-12 market both in the U.S. and worldwide. Using an open-content, web-based collaborative model termed the "FlexBook," CK-12 intends to pioneer the generation and distribution of high quality educational content that will serve both as core text as well as provide an adaptive environment for learning through the FlexBook Platform™.

References: http://www.ck12.org

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Edutopia

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edutopia logoEdutopia is the tangible embodiment of the George Lucas Educational Foundation vision. Through the Edutopia.org Web site, we spread the word about ideal, interactive learning environments and enable others to adapt these successes locally. Edutopia.org contains a deep archive of continually updated best practices, from classroom tips to recommendations for districtwide change. Allied with a dedicated audience that actively contributes success stories from the field, our mission relies on input and participation from schools and communities.

Lessonopoly

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Lessonopoly LogoTeachable Moment: Lessonopoly is a great collection of lesson plans and multimedia.

Welcome to Lessonopoly! We are an open educational resource aiming to make life a little easier for busy educators like you. Lessonopoly is a free software portal developed by Silicon Valley Education Foundation. This site was created with constant input from teachers to deliver a set of effective and easy to use tools, even for teachers who do not have time to learn new technologies. Lessonopoly empowers teachers to organize activities inside and outside the classroom, create and share lesson plans, and connect to other teachers by building online communities. The Silicon Valley Education Foundation works across the boundaries of all 33 school districts in Santa Clara County to ensure public schools have the resources and expertise they need to ensure our students succeed. Take a look around and let us know what you think! E-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

References: http://lessonopoly.org/

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BetterLessons.org

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Better Lesson LogoTeachable Moment: Great community of teachers sharing lesson plans etc. 

BetterLesson was founded by a group of teachers from Atlanta and Boston public schools to connect educators and help them create, organize, and share their curricula. We are focused on aggregating and scaling the most innovative content and practices from high-performing teachers across the country.

References: http://www.betterlesson.org/

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Occam's Razor

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Teachable Moment: Occam's razor has many applications but recently I used it as a coach for a First Lego League team.  The children were making increasingly complex Lego contraptions and in order to reign them in, I introduced the concept of Occam's razor which didn't dismiss their complex efforts but challenged them to think of simpler solutions.  After a while, all I had to do was simply say "is this consistent with Occam's razor" and they'd go back and find a better solution.

From Wikipedia: Occam's razor (or Ockham's razor[1]), often expressed in Latin as the lex parsimoniae, translating to law of parsimony, law of economy or law of succinctness, is a principle which generally recommends selecting the competing hypothesis that makes the fewest new assumptions, when the hypotheses are equal in other respects.[2] For instance, they must both sufficiently explain available data in the first place.

References: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Occam's_razor

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Teachable Moment: This timeless film is still probably the best way ever devised of communicating relative sizes and magnitudes.

Powers of Ten takes us on an adventure in magnitudes. Starting at a picnic by the lakeside in Chicago, this famous film transports us to the outer edges of the universe. Every ten seconds we view the starting point from ten times farther out until our own galaxy is visible only as a speck of light among many others. Returning to Earth with breathtaking speed, we move inward- into the hand of the sleeping picnicker - with ten times more magnification every ten seconds. Our journey ends inside a proton of a carbon atom within a DNA molecule in a white blood cell.

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