Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Physics Girl - physics, astronomy and science-related videos

As a female science teacher I always love to see girl involved in science.  I really love the Physics Girl YouTube Channel.  Diann Cowern is the physical girl and her channel is focuses on physics, astronomy and other science-related topics.  It includes DIY demos, research and interviews.

I've picked out a few videos from her channel that caught my eye, but I suggest you check out the other videos to see what you can use in your classroom.

Why outlets spark when unplugging - EMF & Inductors

5 Science Tricks with Explainations

Stacked Ball Drop

Seven Science Experiments with Surface Tension

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Teachers on Twitter

I use a variety of social media, but mostly all for different purposes.  For me, I use Twitter to follow what is happening with education, edtech, science and local news.  I am always looking for new people to follow.  Classtools created a page called Teachers on Twitter as a way to connect follow educators on twitter.

The list is automated and updates itself automatically.  It searches for specific hashtags and uses what it finds to add people to a specific list based on what is written in the person's profile.  The image below shows you what hashtags are connected with each teacher group.  If you have any suggestions of other hashtags you can tweet @RusselTarr to make a suggestion.

This post also appeared on my EdTech blog The Tech Savvy Science Teacher

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Top 5 Posts of July

July has passed by and I am loving my summer.  I hope your is going as well as mine.  Of course I can never stop thinking about school even though I'm "on break."  If you are like me you'll want to check out some of the these posts that were popular last month.

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Video Clips for your Electricity Lessons

I love showing short video clips in my class.  It breaks up the routine and also provides another learning modality for my students.  Below are some short, easy to understand videos about electricity.  If you have a video that you like to show about electricity, leave it in the comments below.

How Modern Light Bulbs work - Minute Physics 

The science of static electricity - Anuradha Bhagwat - TedEd

Why Do Fluorescent Lights Make That Buzzing Noise? - BrainStuff - HowStuffWorks

The Power of Circuits #sciencegoals - SciShowKids

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Genetic Mutations and Disease Interactive

HHMI has a Genetic Mutations and Disease Interactive that shows how mutations can occur.  We know that mutations are changes in DNA that can occur at any point.  Some of these mutations cause diseases and other don't depending on where in the genome they occur.  This interactive shows how mutations can affect a person if it occurs in either a somatic cell or a germ cell.

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Water Cycle Animation in Gorongosa National Park

HHMI created a animation of the water cycle in Gorongosa National Park.  Gorongosa National Park sits at the southern end of Africa’s Great Rift Valley in Mozambique and is centered around Lake Urema. To the northwest, Mount Gorongosa rises almost two thousand meters above sea level. The animations show how these features affect Gorongosa's water cycle, which starts with the evaporation of water from the Indian Ocean.

The animation is available on YouTube and in several different formats to download.  There is also a transcript available to download.

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Why Does the Moon Have Phases? - literacy activity

I recently came across a Live Science article entitled Why Does the Moon Have Phases? and thought that I had to figure out a way to use it in my classroom.  With literacy being pushed across the disciplines I am always looking for way to bring short articles into the classroom.   Plus, I like having a stockpile of them so I can use them as sub plans if I need to.
I created a simple worksheet to go along with this article.  You can download it free by clicking here and signing up for my e-mail list.

In addition, the Astronomical Society of the Pacific has some activities that were referenced in the article.  The link in the article doesn't seem to be working, but after a little research I believe I found the resources they are referring to.  This link will take you to them.