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MIT +K12

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Teachable Moment: Sometimes the best person to teach a challenging concept is someone who has recently learned it and wants to share their own excitment of the discovery. I can't wait to see this video library grow.

 

MIT has launched an initiative encouraging its students to produce short videos teaching basic concepts in science and engineering. The videos — aimed at younger students, in grades from kindergarten through high school — will be accessible through a dedicated MIT website and YouTube channel. A subset of the videos will also be available on Khan Academy, a popular not-for-profit educational site founded by an MIT alumnus.

References: http://k12videos.mit.edu/

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Wind Map

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Teachable Moment: This beautiful visualization both communicates the real wind flows throughout the United States and also demonstrates how the intersection of scientific data with computer science and art can yield stunning images.

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Teachable Moment: Science fiction has always tried to envision the "what's possible" and its great to see what they've gotten right...

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 References: http://visually.visually.netdna-cdn.com/TheFictiontoRealityTimeline_4f54e84f1553f.jpg

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Instructables

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Teachable Moment: I love this web site for ideas of projects to show students.  The philosophy of open source and the clarity of the instructions make this an indispensable resource for great STEM projects.

Instructables is a web-based documentation platform where passionate people share what they do and how they do it, and learn from and collaborate with others. The seeds of Instructables germinated at the MIT Media Lab as the future founders of Squid Labs built places to share their projects and help others.

References: http://www.instructables.com

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Science Buddies

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Teachable Moment: Great resource for ideas for science projects.

Science Buddies mission is to help students from all walks of life to build their literacy in science and technology so they can become productive and engaged citizens in the 21st century. We have created personalized learning tools, over 15,000 pages of scientist-developed subject matter (including experiments based on the latest academic research), and an online community of science professionals who volunteer to advise students. We also provide resources to support parents and teachers as they guide students doing hands-on science projects. Representing much more than a website, Science Buddies quickly and efficiently matches students with the information that will hold their interest and answer their questions. We provide a bridge between scientists and students, giving students access to current scientific research and simultaneously giving scientists a way to reach out to young people interested in their fields.

References: http://www.sciencebuddies.org/

KinectEDucation

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kinecteducation logoTeachable Moment: The Kinect is so rich for teaching opportunities... nobody has found the "pony" yet but I hope these guys do!

Gesture-based learning doesn't demand a new classroom, but it will create a new classroom identity.

KinectEDucation is a community-driven resource for developers, teachers, students, enthusiasts, and any other education stakeholder to promote and develop Kinect-friendly applications for use in classrooms. With KinectEDucation, you can freely:

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Interactive Fabrication

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Teachable Moment: Design thinking as a tool for teaching math and science is rapidly evolving. This web site showcases some truly innovative projects around the concept of Interactive Fabrication and will be worth watching closely.

InteractiveFabrication.com showcases work exploring Interactive Fabrication: interfaces and devices that take real-time input to fabricate physical form. Here you will find a collection of our projects as well as a blog documenting the work of others.

For further information about the ideas behind our work, please check out our research paper: Interactive Fabrication: New Interfaces for Digital Fabrication. To contact us with inquiries or submit a project to our blog, please use the contact form below.

References: http://www.interactivefabrication.com/

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Portraits of Inventors

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Teachable Moment: This blog collects images and stories of various modern inventors and provides a great insight into what leads people to invent.

They say that necessity is the mother of invention. I’m interested in the rest of the family.

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Shell-sort with Hungarian (Székely) folk dance

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Hungarian Szekely Folk Dance AlgorithmTeachable Moment: There are many variations of sorting algorithms and understanding their nuances can be a bit hard... watching a dancing troupe dance through it certainly brings it to life!

Hungarian dancers demonstrate a sorting algorithm through a traditional dance.

 

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National Science Digital Library

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NSDL LogoThe National Science Digital Library (NSDL) is a national network of digital envirionments dedicated to advancing science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) teaching and learning for all learners, in both formal and informal settings. NSDL is the locus of activity for the National STEM Distributed Learning program.

NSDL receives the majority of its funding through the generous support of NSF's Division of Undergraduate Education (DUE), Directorate for Education and Human Resources (EHR).

NSDL advances teaching and learning by providing:

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Computer Science Unplugged

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Teachable Moment: This web site is full of great exercises that makes basic concepts of computer science accessible to everyone... without a computer!

CS Unplugged is a collection of free learning activities that teach Computer Science through engaging games and puzzles that use cards, string, crayons and lots of running around.

The activities introduce students to underlying concepts such as binary numbers, algorithms and data compression, separated from the distractions and technical details we usually see with computers.

SMART Exchange

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on Tuesday, 15 March 2011
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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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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.

TechBrick Robotics

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TechBrick RoboticsTeachable Moment: If you participate in the First Lego League (FLL) the worksheets on this web site are indispensable.  Every year, they make scoring sheets, scale field sheets (for laying out a program) and lots of other useful tools.

This web site was created by a veteran FLL coach and has worksheets, scoring sheets and even an iPhone app for scoring.

References: http://www.techbrick.com

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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nxtprograms.com

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nxtprograms.com logoTeachable Moment: Mindstorms NXT is a great tool but figuring out projects and programs is very time consuming.  This web site has some fun projects that help students explore a broad range of NXT projects.

If you have a LEGO®MINDSTORMS®NXT robotics kit, then this site provides free building instructions and downloadable programs for lots of fun projects.

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