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Teachable Moment: This >500 year old image raises the age old question of credit in discovery: what does it mean to be the first person to document what others know. The high resolution image can also be printed and cut out as a lesson in how to project a sphere onto a flat surface.
In 1507, German cartographer Martin Waldseemüller made the first known maps naming America. In 2007 Germany gifted one of the known versions of this map to the Libray of Congress calling it the "Birth Certificate of America." Recently, another copy was discovered and was "released" by the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität (LMU) München on the Internet on July 4, 2012. Here's a link to the high resolution PDF: http://epub.ub.uni-muenchen.de/13138/1/Cim._107-2.pdf
For the press release and more pictures go here: http://www.en.uni-muenchen.de/news/newsarchiv/2012/spotlight/tdw_ub_fund.html
Teachable Moment: I'm always looking for "real world" problems for STEM, inquiry or team based learning. I'm hoping this web site will be a good source of ideas.
FundaGeek is the first Crowd Funding service designed specifically for technical innovation – commercial projects based on technology, as well as basic research projects at universities and research institutions. FundaGeek is for securing funding for these projects without giving up equity interest and without incurring debt. Funding is provided via micro-pledges through use of social media.
Teachable Moment: Great experiment that challenges us to realize that our minds don't work as we think they do.
The original, world-famous awareness test from Daniel Simons and Christopher Chabris.
The 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.
Teachable Moment: Well... it's a cool video. Beyond that, it might be fun to try to figure out how big those balloons are and calculate how much helium would have to be used to lift a house!
The National Geographic Channel will be premiering a new series in the Fall of 2011 called "How hard can it be?"
So of course, they decided to see how hard it would be to make a house float as in UP.
Teachable Moment: Primary documents are wonderful on so many levels: they provide a window into the thinking of the original discovery while simultaneous transporting us back in history and giving us our own sense of discovery.
Teachable 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.
Follow 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.
Teachable Moment: Show your work! I challenge anyone to find a better cartoon to communicate the importance of showing your work.
Timeless New Yorker cartoon.