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NRICH

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Nrich LogoTeachable Moment: Treasure trove of resources for teaching math including STEM topics

ABOUT NRICH

The NRICH Project aims to enrich the mathematical experiences of all learners. To support this aim, members of the NRICH team work in a wide range of capacities, including providing professional development for teachers wishing to embed rich mathematical tasks into everyday classroom practice. More information on many of our other recent activities can be found on our news pages.

SMART Exchange

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SMART Exchange LogoFind lesson plans for the SMART boards and connect with teachers.

References: http://exchange.smarttech.com/

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Khan Academy

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Khan Academy LogoThe Khan Academy is an organization on a mission. We're a not-for-profit with the goal of changing education for the better by providing a free world-class education to anyone anywhere.

All of the the site's resources are available to anyone. It doesn't matter if you are a student, teacher, home-schooler, principal, adult returning to the classroom after 20 years, or a friendly alien just trying to get a leg up in earthly biology. The Khan Academy's materials and resources are available to you completely free of charge.

References: http://www.khanacademy.org/

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The Great Tree of Life

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great-tree-of-lifeTeachable Moment: Wonderful visual representation of evolution and tree of life and how we're all related, way, way, way, back.

This Great Tree of Life diagram is based primarily on the evolutionary relationships so wonderfully related in Dr. Richard Dawkins'The Ancestor's Tale. Some secondary branching relationships and ages of common ancestors were gleaned from university and other scholarly websites as well as scientific journals. The smallest branches are purely illustrative; they are intended to suggest the effect of mass extinctions on diversity, and, on a few of the branches, changes in diversity through time. This tree of life diagram is NOT intended to be used as a scholarly reference tool or as a complete picture of life history (only a very few extinct main branches are shown, for example). Instead, it tries mainly to illustrate a great lesson of evolution; that we are related not only to every living thing, but also to every thing that ever lived.

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Neural Field

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Neural FieldTeachable Moment: This video about signals passing through neurons is as visually stunning as Blade Runner. 

Beautiful video produced as part of the Duquesne University Regenerative Medicine Partnership in Education.

Observe the signals passing through a single neuron and then travelling through the spinal cord - where the longest neurons can be found!

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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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How long do animals live?

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Teachable Moment: Elegant visual illustrates counting by 10s and provides a great comparison of the life spans of mammals, reptiles and birds.

Taken from the book The Transformer: Principles of Making Isotype Charts this simple clean graphic illustrates average life spans of various animals.

Get the Book: The Transformer: Principles of Making Isotype Charts

References: http://www.brainpickings.org/index.php/2011/03/08/the-transformer-isotype/

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Science and Math concepts... in food. Photos by Kevin Van Aelst

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Teachable Moment: Some people see math and science everywhere... even in their food!  This fun series of photographs could liven up any presentation with mind bending images.

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The Genographic Project

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Genographic ProjectTeachable Moment: Great multimedia tools that bring to life how genetic testing has shed light on human migrations.

Where do you really come from? And how did you get to where you live today? DNA studies suggest that all humans today descend from a group of African ancestors who—about 60,000 years ago—began a remarkable journey.

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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.

Biomimicry: How a seashell inspired the invention of the cochlear implant

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Teachable Moment: This is a great example of how stepping away from a problem can often lead to novel solutions.  It can also be used to illustrate how working with a mock-up of the target can provide novel insights.

From the Cosmos Article: FOR 10 YEARS, Graeme Clark had been working tirelessly to develop an implant that would help the deaf to hear. The theory made sense. The electronics had been developed, and the design was near finalised.

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Science and Cooking: Olive oil and Viscosity

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Teachable Moment: Still confused by viscosity and elasticity.  How about measuring the elasticity of steak.

In the fall of 2010, Harvard held a GenEd course on Science and Cooking with famous chefs. They posted the public lectures online but even if you don't have 1-2 hours to watch the lecture, the first 10 minutes are worth watching because they quickly cover the science learned in the class that week.

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Science and Cooking: Heat Temperature and Chocolate

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Teachable Moment: Ever wonder how to calculate the diffusion constant of water using a cheesecake?  Watch this video to find out!

In the fall of 2010, Harvard held a GenEd course on Science and Cooking with famous chefs. They posted the public lectures online but even if you don't have 1-2 hours to watch the lecture, the first 10 minutes are worth watching because they quickly cover the science learned in the class that week.

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15 Things You Didn't Know about the Brain

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Teachable Moment: The brain can be an intimidating organ.  This infographic provides some great digesible facts about the brain.

Collection of 15 facts about the brain. Follow this link for the full graphic.

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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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Immune Attack

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Immune Attack Video GameTeachable Moment: How often can you say a video game is truly educational?  This one was created by the Federation of American Scientists with support from the NIH, NSF, NIAID, among others and is a great way of bringing the immune system to life!