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Global Resources Stock Check

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global resources stock checkTeachable Moment: Most of us have a very narrow understanding of which resources we use are non-renewable.  This highly informative graphic illustrates the range of non-renewable resources and helps initiate a discussion about prioirities.

Reference: http://www.bbc.com/future/story/20120618-global-resources-stock-check

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How much water is there on earth?

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water on earthTeachable Moment: This stunning image from the USGS illustrates shows both the relative scarcity of water on our planet and challenges our thinking of volume.  We all know that the earth is almost 97% covered with water, but how many of us realized how thin a layer that represented and what that was relative to the land mass?  Follow the link to a larger image and the underyling math.

Reference: http://ga.water.usgs.gov/edu/2010/gallery/global-water-volume.html

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Science Friday

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scifriTeachable Moment: NPR's Science Friday is a great show exploring math and science and their web site is a wonderfully rich resource not only for listening to older episodes but also for finding engaging videos and teacher tools.

Science Friday is a weekly science talk show, broadcast live over public radio stations nationwide from 2-4pm Eastern time as part of NPR's 'Talk of the Nation' programming. Each week, we focus on science topics that are in the news and try to bring an educated, balanced discussion to bear on the scientific issues at hand. Panels of expert guests join Science Friday's host, Ira Flatow, a veteran science journalist, to discuss science - and to take questions from listeners during the call-in portion of the program.

Reference: http://www.sciencefriday.com/

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Map of Life

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Teachable Moment: Crowdsourced data gathering through a shared visualization engine provides one of the most elegant and powerful ways I've ever seen to track and underscore the importance of biodiversity.

 

References:http://www.mappinglife.org/

By bringing together all types of information about species distributions, providing model-based integration, and providing a system for users to build upon our knowledge, the Map of Life project hopes to support our community in understanding and saving the world's biodiversity. The result will ultimately be a knowledge-base and platform for species distribution map development, along with a set of tools for querying, accessing, downloading and summarizing them.

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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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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/

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Teachable Moment: Thought you knew the basic types of clouds? This beautifully drawn book from the Cloud Appreciation Society will open your eyes to cloud types you never knew existed.

Our full-colour cloudspotting handbook is now available. This beautiful little publication is filled with amazing photographs from society members of all the common cloud types as well as many rare and unusual clouds and optical effects. ‘The Cloud Collector’s Handbook’ has rounded corners so that it will fit into the pocket easily, allowing cloudspotters to identify a huge range of cloud formations and optical effects anytime and anywhere. But it is not just a reference — it is also a game.

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The Naked Scientists

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The Naked ScientistsTeachable Moment: Engaging podcasts on science.  I particularly like the hands on experiments in the Kitchen Science section http://www.thenakedscientists.com/HTML/content/kitchenscience/ and Garage Science http://www.thenakedscientists.com/HTML/content/kitchenscience/garage-science/

The Naked Scientists are a media-savvy group of physicians and researchers from Cambridge University who use radio, live lectures, and the Internet to strip science down to its bare essentials, and promote it to the general public. Their award winning BBC weekly radio programme, The Naked Scientists, reaches a potential audience of 6 million listeners across the east of England, and also has an international following on the web.

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Radioactive plume from Japanese reactor

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Radioactive plume from Japanese reactorJapan's damaged nuclear plant in Fukushima has been emitting radioactive iodine and caesium at levels approaching those seen in the aftermath of the Chernobyl accident in 1986. Austrian researchers have used a worldwide network of radiation detectors – designed to spot clandestine nuclear bomb tests – to show that iodine-131 is being released at daily levels 73 per cent of those seen after the 1986 disaster. The daily amount of caesium-137 released from Fukushima Daiichi is around 60 per cent of the amount released from Chernobyl.

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22 Years of Sea Surface Temperatures

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22 Years of Sea Surface Temperature ChangesThe NOAA polar-orbiting satellites (POES) have been collecting sea surface temperature data for over 22 years. This animation is a compilation of that data from January 1985 - January 2007. Of note are the changes in the Gulf Stream, El Nino and La Nina cycles in the Pacific, and the seansonal changes in sea ice cove.

 

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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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www.terravert.org

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TerraVert LogoTerraVert is a non-profit online service designed for K-5 teachers and children to enhance their learning experience in energy renewal concepts.

References: http://www.terravert.org

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The Story of Bottled Water

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Teachable Moment: How do you explain the impact that drinking bottled water has on our world... charts and statistics make people's eyes glaze over... this straight-forward, hard-hitting cartoon makes an otherwise challenging problem, easy to understand.

Radiation Dose Chart

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radiation-dose-chartTeachable Moment: This is a great image that explains radiation dosages through wonderful visuals.

Radiation Chart...

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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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Our Planet in Ecological Debt

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Teachable Moment: This map really drives home the point that our consumption exceeds our capacity.

Today humanity uses the equivalent of 1.51 planets to provide the resources we use and absorb our waste. This means it now takes the Earth one year and five months to regenerate what we use in a year (Global Footprint Network 2010).

What is Biocapacity?

Biocapacity is shorthand for biological capacity, which is the ability of an ecosystem to produce useful biological materials and to absorb wastes generated by humans.

What is the Ecological Footprint?

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A Meteorologist on Climate Change

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A Meteorologist on Climate ChangeTeachable Moment: This short video is image and data rich and is a great primer on climate change issues from the perspective of a meteorologist.

Meteorologist Dave Eichorn explains climate change in this introductory segment of A Meteorologist on Climate Change video series.

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IfItWereMyHome.com

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ifitweremyhome.comTeachable Moment: While this site is most relevant for Social Studies, it provides very helpful graphics and statistics that can be used in math classes or discussions about environmental impact.

The lottery of birth is responsible for much of who we are. If you were not born in the country you were, what would your life be like? Would you be the same person?

IfItWereMyHome.com is your gateway to understanding life outside your home. Use our country comparison tool to compare living conditions in your own country to those of another. Start by selecting a region to compare on the map to the right, and begin your exploration.

Antarctic Voyage

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Antarctic VoyageFollow a research vessel in time lapse photography as it explores Antarctica. This 9 minute video gives a great feel for what it is like to aboard a research vessel exploring Antarctica.