Thursday, June 28, 2012

TeacherTools - Free Flash Jeopardy Review Game

Flash Jeopardy was designed by a teacher for use in the classroom as a SmartBoard review game. This site has all of the tools needed to create a Jeopardy review game, download your game for free, and play jeopardy in your classroom. You can also play Flash Jeopardy online. 

181 Google Tricks That Will Save You Time in School [Updated]

"Back in 2009, we published 100+ Google Tricks That Will Save You Time in School. But in nearly three years, Google has developed new products, discontinued a few, and offered new features, and more people have found great ways to save time with Google. So we’ve gone and found even more great tips for saving time with Google, and this time around, the list has made it all the way to 181 different tricks. Explore our collection of tricks to find new, faster ways to search, read email, manage your time, and more."

50 Important Links for Common Core Educators

Educators across the nation are working hard this summer to begin developing updated curricula that will fit into the new Common Core State Standards, which will be fully applied in 45 U.S. states (Texas, Alaska, Nebraska, Virginia, and Minnesota have opted out of statewide participation) by 2015. Yet despite the hubbub about the new standards, which were created as a means of better equipping students with the knowledge they need to be competitive in the modern world, many teachers still have a lot of unanswered questions about what Common Core will mean for them, their students, and their schools. Luckily, the Internet abounds with helpful resources that can explain the intricacies of Common Core, offer resources for curriculum development, and even let teachers keep up with the latest news on the subject. We’ve collected just a few of those great resources here, which are essential reads for any K-12 educator in a Common Core-adopting state.

SOPHIA Summer Challenge

Summer learning has its rewards.


This summer, we're giving away one iPad® each week for eight weeks.
(plus a bonus "end of summer" iPad® as well.) 
SOPHIA and Bill Nye the Science Guy will help you stay sharp and fight summer brain drain. Together we've developed the SOPHIA Summer Challenge.

SOPHIA is a first-of-its-kind social education platform that offers more than 25,000 FREE tutorials created by multiple teachers taught in a variety of ways.

Here's how to enter:

  1. Sign up for the Summer Challenge & create a SOPHIA account.
  2. Select a short tutorial within the Pathways section that is appropriate to your academic level, and take the "Test Yourself" quiz for that tutorial.
  3. Each quiz you pass earns you a "Well Done! You understand this concept" confirmation and one entry in the Weekly Drawing, up to five entries per week.
  4. Come back and enter each week's drawing by passing a quiz (maximum five entries per week) — entries don't roll over week to week.
  5. Come back throughout the summer. Each week you pass at least one quiz gives you one entry in the End-of-Summer Drawing — maximum eight entries (one per week).

2012 NASA Lunar Science Forum

Join the NASA Lunar Science Institute for the fifth annual NASA Lunar Science Forum being held July 17-19, 2012, at NASA’s Ames Research Center in Moffett Field, Calif.

This year's forum will feature sessions on in-depth scientific results from the following missions: Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, or LRO; the Acceleration Reconnection Turbulence and Electrodynamics of the Moon’s Interaction with the Sun, or ARTEMIS, mission; the Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer, or LADEE; and the Gravity Recovery And Interior Laboratory, or GRAIL, satellites. The forum will also feature a dedicated side-conference for graduate students and young professionals. As in past years, science sessions are structured to report on both recent results and future opportunities for lunar science, exploration, education and outreach.

Before the forum, join the NASA Lunar Science Institute for the third annual Lunar Graduate Conference on Sunday, July 15, 2012. And make plans to attend the Next Generation Lunar Scientists and Engineers Workshop on Monday, July 16, 2012.

This forum is free and open to anyone interested in participating in the lunar science community.

Pre-registration is required. Participants must register by July 1, 2012.

For more information, visit

Questions about this forum should be directed to Shirley Berthold at

Host a Real-Time Conversation With Crewmembers Aboard the International Space Station

NASA is now accepting proposals from U.S. schools, museums, science centers and community youth organizations to host an Amateur Radio on the International Space Station, or ARISS, contact between Nov. 1, 2012, and May 1, 2013. To maximize these radio contact opportunities, NASA is looking for organizations that will draw large numbers of participants and integrate the contact into a well-developed education plan. Proposals are due July 2, 2012.

Using amateur radio, students can ask astronauts questions about life in space and other space-related topics. Students fully engage in the ARISS contact by helping set up an amateur radio ground station at the school and then using that station to talk directly with a crew member on the International Space Station for approximately 10 minutes. The technology is easier to acquire than ever before. ARISS has a network of mentors to help organizations obtain the technology required to host this once in a lifetime opportunity for students.

Interested parties should contact Teaching From Space, a NASA Education office, to obtain complete information including how the technology works, what is expected of the host organization and how to obtain the proposal/application form by sending an email to or by calling 281-244-1919.

Additional information can be found at

International Space Station EarthKAM Summer 2012 Mission

Middle school educators are invited to join NASA for the International Space Station EarthKAM Summer 2012 Mission from July 10-14, 2012. Find out more about this exciting opportunity that allows students to take pictures of Earth from a digital camera aboard the International Space Station.

International Space Station EarthKAM is a NASA-sponsored project that provides stunning, high-quality photographs of Earth taken from the space shuttle and the space station. Since 1996, EarthKAM students have taken thousands of photographs of Earth by using the World Wide Web to direct a digital camera on select spaceflights and, currently, on the space station.

For more information about the project and to register for the upcoming mission, visit the EarthKAM home page

If you have questions about the EarthKAM project, please email

NASA’s Mars Rover Curiosity Landing Educator Conference

Bring “Curiosity” Into Your Classroom! Join in the historic landing of NASA’s Mars rover Curiosity at Gale Crater Aug.3-5, 2012, at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif.  Bring the excitement of Mars exploration to your classroom with standards-aligned, STEM-based, hands-on activities and take home image-rich learning materials. Mission team members will share their stories, and you can see mission control, rover test beds and more. Then, view Curiosity’s anticipated landing at 10:31 p.m., Aug. 5.  For more information and to register, go to:

Satellites & Education Conference XXV

Join the Satellite Educators Association for an education conference being held Aug. 9-11, 2012, in Los Angeles, Calif. The annual conference is for educators interested in discovering ways to use satellites and related technologies in the classroom. Participants learn ways to help students appreciate and understand the complex interrelationships among science, technology, individuals, societies and the environment. Conference attendees learn to develop and apply inquiry and technology skills to study authentic questions and problems.

In conjunction with this year's conference, a two-day training session for the GLOBE program will take place Aug. 10-11.

The conference is hosted by California State University, Los Angeles. The event is sponsored by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, NASA, Aerospace Institute, Boeing, Raytheon, SpaceX, Lockheed-Martin, Sally Ride Science Festivals, Traveling Space Museum, Centers for Ocean Sciences Education Excellence’s West location and the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics.

For more information, visit

If you have questions about this event, please contact conference coordinator Dr. Paula Arvedson at

Free Webinars from Apple Computer

Apple invites you to join a free series of webcasts this summer.  Apple is bringing together educators from standout schools across the country for a series of live webcasts. You’ll hear how schools just like yours are using one-to-one implementations to achieve amazing results.

This is your opportunity to learn from and speak with your peers as they describe best practices in their implementations from a leadership, IT, and curriculum perspective.

To learn more and register, click on the webcast links below.

Engaging and empowering students with iPad and Mac.
Chicago Public Schools, Chicago, IL
Wyandotte High School, Kansas City, KS

July 10, 2012
10:00 a.m.–11:00 a.m. PDT

Increasing student achievement with Apple technology.
Valencia Park Elementary School, Fullerton, CA
Avoca School District 37, Wilmette, IL

July 24, 2012
10:00 a.m.–11:00 a.m. PDT

Advancing professional education with iPad.
Hult International School of Business, San Francisco, CA
Yale School of Medicine, New Haven, CT

July 31, 2012
10:00 a.m.–11:00 a.m. PDT

Released Today - Google Chrome for iOS

Have a look at this Computer World article about it...

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Fullbright classroom teacher exchange

Fulbright Classroom Teacher Exchange Program

The Fulbright Classroom Teacher Exchange Program provides opportunities for teachers to participate in direct exchanges of positions with colleagues from other countries for a semester or academic year. By living and working in the cultures of their host countries, Fulbright teachers gain an understanding and appreciation of the similarities and differences in national cultures and education systems. Fulbright teachers enrich their schools and communities with a new awareness of other cultures and of events occurring in different parts of the world, providing students and citizens with new perspectives about the world in which they live.
Contact Information
  • Grant Organization: Fulbright Program
  • Contact URL: http://www.fulbrightteacherexc...
  • Eligibility: Elementary through high school teachers are eligible to apply. However, not all applicants are eligible for all countries. Please see the program website for information.
  • Grant Deadline: Monday October 15th, 2012
  • Grant Value: $0

Free iOS Apps Today - June 27, 2012

Grocery List - Buy Me a Pie!
  • To make planning your Fourth of July holiday a breeze, we're making our Buy Me A Pie! shopping list app free (regular price $2.99). Download it now to take advantage of this limited time offer (June 27th thru July 4)! Enjoy it and have a great 4th of July!
  • Laminar offers one of the most stream lined work flow available on iPad to edit images when on the move.
Kids Learning - Photo Touch Concepts
  • Photo Touch Concepts is an exciting educational game that helps your child rapidly learn to understand important concepts by sight, sound, and touch. The interface is so easy to use that even a 9 month old baby will delight in using this app. 
Spelling Hero Game
  • Spelling Heroes Game - gamifies the process of learning to spell. This game acts as a workbook for Spelling Hero - the most complete spelling list to practice for school bees, regional bees, and for anyone aspiring to the highest ranks of the National Spelling Bee.
  • Get word dictionary definitions with a tap of a finger (☝) while browsing with Apple's official browser.  Other dictionary apps make you switch applications, Tap-Dictionary will instantly find the definitions of words while you browse the web.
iRadio - All radio
  • With iRadio you can plays and records more than 45,000 radio stations, FM / AM and WebRadio of around the world.
Mozart - Radio Classique
    - The story of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    - A « Works » Gallery
    - 4 games to learn music with fun
    - A unique edutainment approach
    - Scheduled free updates with new features
    - An app rated for the whole family
  • An easy-to-use guitar that you can strum. Provides an intuitive interface that makes playing the guitar simple. Playing a chord only requires one finger and you can strum with another. Configure one-touch chord combinations to play almost any song. And save as many chord combinations as you want.

Microsoft Launches Office 365 Free for Education

See this T | H | E Journal article for more information...

ZDNet's Favorite Android Apps for Summer 2012

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

CNN - ‘Reading Rainbow’ resurfaces as an app

"(CNN) - Butterfly in the sky I can go twice as high. . . Remember those lyrics from the once popular children’s show “Reading Rainbow”? Well, it’s back, but this time not on TV – on iPad." 

App is free - in app purchases required for full access to content...

Free software for graphic design...

Inkscape - An Open Source vector graphics editor, with capabilities similar to Illustrator, CorelDraw, or Xara X, using the W3C standard Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG) file format. Inkscape supports many advanced SVG features (markers, clones, alpha blending, etc.) and great care is taken in designing a streamlined interface. It is very easy to edit nodes, perform complex path operations, trace bitmaps and much more. We also aim to maintain a thriving user and developer community by using open, community-oriented development.

GIMP -  GIMP is the GNU Image Manipulation Program. It is a freely distributed piece of software for such tasks as photo retouching, image composition and image authoring. It works on many operating systems, in many languages. (more...)

DIA - Dia is roughly inspired by the commercial Windows program 'Visio,' though more geared towards informal diagrams for casual use. It can be used to draw many different kinds of diagrams. It currently has special objects to help draw entity relationship diagrams, UML diagrams, flowcharts, network diagrams, and many other diagrams. It is also possible to add support for new shapes by writing simple XML files, using a subset of SVG to draw the shape. It can load and save diagrams to a custom XML format (gzipped by default, to save space), can export diagrams to a number of formats, including EPS, SVG, XFIG, WMF and PNG, and can print diagrams (including ones that span multiple pages). Download Dia and try using it; tell us what you think of it (visit the Contact page), including to report bugs if you find them. You can even read the Development page to find out how to contribute to the code. 

Gallery is an open source, web-based photo management and album organizer application available for Linux and Windows. Licensed under the GPL, Gallery makes it easy to blend photo management into a web site or blog. There is a Gallery Remote client available for it that lets you upload new sets of photos on-the-fly, and Gallery is available in over 20 languages.

Blender is one of the most popular free, open source 3D animation and graphics applications, for Windows, the Mac and Linux. You can learn how to create a great looking logo, how to execute special effects, and more. Blender has been used to produce striking full-length animated films and is worth getting to know if you haven't tried it. You can also download a great, free book on Blender, with step-by-step project instructions.

Aviary is a truly remarkable suite of free, online graphics applications, and it has won many awards. It isn't open source, but it is freeware, and has become much more than the dedicated image editor that it started out as. You’ll find a vector editor, a color palette editor, a tool for creating visual effects, and more. All of the tools are available for you to use within your browser. Aviary also comes with many tutorials, similar to those found online for Photoshop. - Paint.NET is free image and photo editing software for computers that run Windows. It features an intuitive and innovative user interface with support for layers, unlimited undo, special effects, and a wide variety of useful and powerful tools. An active and growing online community provides friendly help, tutorials, and plugins.

Google Drive -  Formerly Google Docs, Google Drive allows you to create text documents, spreadsheets, presentations, drawings, and more.  Google's free account will also give you 5 GB of storage space for your files, as well as the ability to share and collaborate with others.

Monday, June 25, 2012

Flipped Classroom Resources


Flipped Classroom Resources

The flipped classroom inverts traditional teaching method, delivering instruction online outside of class and moving “homework” into the classroom.

Flipped classroom: Turning learning on its head by Bergemman, J:
Flipped classroom: A big picture-
Vodcasting and flipped classroom:
Flipped classroom models…:
Flipped classroom information (scroll to the bottom for more information):
5 best practices for flipped classroom (scroll down for more articles and resources):
7 things about flipped classroom:

  Flipped Classroom Video

Flipping Classroom: Simply speaking:
Flipped Classroom Improved!
What is students don’t watch the video?
What about students with no access?
How do you manage disruptive students?

A document camera stand for your iPad

Free iOS Apps Today - June 25, 2012

American History Time Line
  • McGraw-Hill Education’s American History Time Line is a fun and informative way to navigate the history of the United States. Scroll through time with the flick of your finger and tap on important American people and events to learn more about the history that has shaped the nation. Test your knowledge with fun, interactive games to retain what you’ve just learned.
Sail Through Math
  • Ahoy Mateys, discover a fun way to practice math skills with Sail Through Math, a game for students from McGraw-Hill Education. Do you have the skills to conquer all the levels? Set sail for learning and find out.
Elementary School Math HD
  • Based on the classroom hit Middle School Math HD, Elementary School Math HD is a stunningly beautiful and powerfully engaging application built for today's technology-driven elementary school classroom. Emphasizing game-playing and skill development, the eight modules in Elementary School Math HD have been carefully designed by classroom teachers to provide the perfect balance between fun and the practice of fundamental skills.

New Technology Podcast - Always On from CNET

Molly Wood's new CNET show, Always On, will torture test new gadgets, put them to the real-world test, spotlight amazing new future tech, and show you how to use your current and future gear.

Also available free as a podcast:  (Standard Definition)  (High Definition)

40 Best Blogs for Special Needs Parents

"No parent has to tend to a special needs child — no matter his or her age — alone. Even those whose lives involve serious or rare conditions will invariably find others with identical or similar experiences. In the digital age, blogs make it simple to connect with professionals and parents with plenty of advice, comfort, and resources to offer. Check out some of the following for detailed discussions about almost anything and everything related to raising an individual with special needs."

Read the entire post on Online Courses blog -

20 FREE Microsoft Programs For Teachers

Posted on the Ed News Daily blog today...

Microsoft has a host of amazing free technology services for teachers.  For example, teachers can create games, turn their computers into virtual telescopes, and find lesson plans for every grade level.  All of these services are FREE!

Take a look at some of these interesting sites:
  1. Kodu Game Lab
  2. Windows Live Photo Gallery 2011
  3. Microsoft Mathematics 4.0
  4. Microsoft Math Worksheet Generator
  5. Office Add-Ins for Moodle
  6. Flashcards
  7. Songsmith
  8. Microsoft Interactive Classroom
  9. Microsoft Mouse Mischief
  10. Microsoft Math Add In
  11. Chemistry Add In for Word
  12. Windows Live Movie Maker
  13. Research Auto Collage (Great for group projects)
  14. Photosynth (Go anywhere around the world)
  15. Photo Story
  16. Bing Maps
  17. Bing Translator (Great for ESL/Bilingual classes and/or learning a language)
  18. Worldwide Telescope
  19. Live Skydrive
  20. Research Bing Search

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Free iOS Apps Today - June 24, 2012

Solids Elementary HD
  • Solids Elementary is complete elaborations of all main geometric solid - prisms, solids of revolution and pyramids, that allows to unfold and exam solids nets in 3D.
  • Nuclear lets you learn, play, discover and explore the chemical elements at the atomic scale. Nuclear is a high tech educational application that dynamically models an interactive atom in a beautiful and intuitive way. With the three simple atomic building blocks of all the chemical elements - protons, electrons & neutrons - you are able to any element in all its stable and unstable isotopes.  99¢ purchase required to unlock all the elements.
World Explorer
  • With over 350 000 articles (rated 0-5 stars), it's just like having a universal travel guide always in your pocket. You will discover places, monuments and museums everywhere, even next to your home! Just select any of them to open the article on Wikipedia with pictures and detailed explanations, or to localize it on a map.
iTooch Grade 3 (age 8-9)
  • With more than 4,500 exercises, iTooch Grade 3 is, by far, the largest collection of educational activities based on the US National Common Core Standards on the App Store. It covers Math, Language Arts and Science curricula for Grade 3. 
iTooch Grade 4 (age 9-10)
  • With more than 4,500 exercises, iTooch Grade 4 is, by far, the largest collection of educational activities based on the US National Common Core Standards on the App Store. It covers Math, Language Arts and Science curricula for Grade 4.  
iTooch MATH Grade 5
  • iTooch 5th GRADE MATH is, by far, the largest collection of the App Store of educational activities based on US national standards.  iTooch was developed by passionate teachers, educational professionals, and video-game designers, many of whom are parents as well. The collaboration of these specialists has resulted in a wonderful learning tool that motivates children to learn.
iTooch ENGLISH Grade 5
  • iTooch was developed by passionate teachers, educational professionals, and video-game designers, many of whom are parents as well. The collaboration of these specialists has resulted in a wonderful learning tool that motivates children to learn. 
iLuv Drawing Animals - Learn how to draw 40 animals step by step.
  • Cultivate the love for drawing and boost your confidence as an artist with this super simple, learn to draw application featuring 40 popular animals and many attractive features!
The Mouse and the Lion: HelloStory

City And Press for iPad
  • Local news aggregator. An elegant app providing real-time headlines and weather to 34 cities in United States and Canada.
50 Blues Guitar Licks
  • This iPad & iPhone version of TrueFire's highly popular 50 Blues Guitar Licks You MUST Know includes all 50 interactive video lessons, tab, text commentary, standard notation and practice rhythm tracks. All video and lesson content is downloaded along with the app - no Wi-Fi connection or streaming required!

Grand Prix Multiplication
  • Grand Prix Multiplication is a multiplayer racing game that allows students from anywhere in the world to race one another while practicing their multiplication facts. Your race car's speed is determined by how fast you answer the multiplication problems.

Free iOS App Today - Smart Converter for iPad


  • * Refrigeration Calculator.
  • * Convert Units of Mass, Length, Area.
  • * Pressure Conversion (Vacuum Pump).
  • * Volume Conversion.
  • * Calculate Volumes of Geometrical Shapes.
  • * Temperature Conversions.
  • * Pressure Conversion from one unit another.
  • * Scale a Triangle.
  • * Calculate Weight in reference of different Planets.
  • * Calculate Areas of Geometrical Shapes.
  • * Calculate Perimeter of Geometrical Shapes.
  • * Rectangular to polar Conversion.
  • * Weight Conversion Calculator.
  • * Computer memory unit conversion.
  • * Calculate Speed Distance Time.
  • * Calculate Pressure, Area and force.
  • * Convert Torque, Distance, Force into each other.

Smart Converter – It is technical and professional unit conversion calculator for scientists, engineers, technicians and students. Smart Convertor contains thousands of conversion units and formula for the professional and Educational purpose. This calculator will not only aid you in conversion but also in calculating geometrical shapes and other designs.

  • * Modest, clean, easy to use, customizable interface
  • * Keep most used conversions
  • * Easy Navigation for selecting categories
  • * By selecting the below options can jump to any categories.
  • * Can convert into multiple units at the same time.
  • * Can view or calculate Result in most of the commonly used unit.

Free iOS App Today - Pre-K Prep

Pre-K-Prep, is a Fun, Page-A-Day, 6 Month Program of Pre-K-Readiness-Skill Tutorials for Pre-kindergarteners and ESPECIALLY Their Parent/Caregivers in...English AND Spanish!

Free iOS App Today - Guitar Tuner²

Guitar Tuner² is especially designed and optimized to work with all types of six string acoustic and electric guitars. It’s highly accurate and really easy to use, you won’t need anything else to have your guitar perfectly tuned before each performance.

Free iOS App Today - Money Maths (iphone) (iPad)

Friday, June 22, 2012

Free iOS App Today - My Brush for iPhone - Painting, Drawing, Scribble, Sketch, Doodle with 100 brushes

MyBrushes is a unique painting application designed to create images and playback the whole painting process. It has 100 kinds of realistic brush styles to simulate the effect of Brush painting, Watercolor painting, Oil painting, Chinese painting, Drawing, Chinese Calligraphy etc.

Free iOS App Today - OSnap! Ultimate Time Lapse!-ultimate-time-lapse/id457402095?mt=8

Simple, intuitive, powerful time lapse and stop motion photography. Create and share stunning videos with ease. Packed full of features, OSnap! is truly the ultimate time lapse app. Perfect for both casual and serious photographers.

Free iOS App Today - Toy Story Showtime!!/id479272579?mt=8

“Toy Story Showtime!” is a Disney Learning interactive storybook designed to help children explore essential early reading concepts. Kids are invited to join Buzz Lightyear as he sets out to impress Jessie the Cowgirl in the talent show. As Buzz tries his luck at everything from comedy to juggling, emerging readers discover new vocabulary words in the context of a rich, interactive storytelling experience. Bonus activities encourage children to use the vocabulary in both guided and exploratory play.

2013 NASA Space Settlement Design Contest

Design a space settlement! Space settlements are permanent communities in orbit, as opposed to being on the moon or other planets. Designing a space settlement involves physics, mathematics, space science, environmental science and many other disciplines.

The NASA Space Settlement Design Contest is intended for students in grades 6-12, although younger students may enter. Individual or teams from anywhere in the world may enter. Grade levels are judged separately, except for the grand prize. All participants will receive a certificate.

Submissions must be received by March 15, 2013.

For more information about the NASA Space Settlement Design Contest, visit

If you have any questions about the contest, please email Al Globus at

Celebrate World Space Week

Join educators and space enthusiasts around the world to celebrate World Space Week, Oct. 4-10, 2012. This international event commemorates the beginning of the Space Age with the launch of Sputnik 1 on Oct. 4, 1957.

World Space Week is the largest public space event in the world, with celebrations in more than 50 nations. During World Space Week, teachers are encouraged to use space-themed activities. The theme for 2012, "Space for Human Safety and Security," has been chosen to celebrate the many ways in which mankind's activities in space improve our daily lives.

To find NASA educational resources that can be used during World Space Week, visit the Educational Materials Finder:

To learn more about World Space Week, search for events in your area and find educational materials related to the event, visit

Presenters Needed for 2013 Space Exploration Educators Conference

The 19th Annual Space Exploration Educators Conference, or SEEC, is taking place Feb. 7-9, 2013, at Space Center Houston. The goal of SEEC is to encourage K-12 educators to use space to teach all subjects in their classrooms. Over 700 educators gather for this event each year.

Conference organizers are looking for 170 interactive sessions that present exciting classroom activities. All sessions must have a hands-on component; lecture sessions will not be accepted. Proposals are due Sept. 6, 2012.

For more information, visit

If you have any questions about the conference, please call 281-244-2149 or email

NASA’s DEVELOP Program -- 2012 Fall Session

DEVELOP is a NASA Science Mission Directorate Applied Sciences-sponsored internship that fosters the training and development of students in the atmospheric and geosciences. The DEVELOP Program extends the application of NASA Earth Science research and technology to meet societal needs.

Students conduct projects that focus on the practical application of NASA’s Earth Science research and demonstrate how results can benefit partner organizations and local communities. Advisors and mentors, from NASA and partner institutions, provide guidance and support for the program. Students gain experience using NASA science and technology in a professional setting.

Students from high school through doctoral levels are selected through a competitive application process. Students chosen by DEVELOP work on teams onsite at 10 locations nationwide. Activities are conducted during three 10-week terms per year: spring, summer and fall. To apply to a DEVELOP center at a NASA location, applicants must be a citizen of the U.S. However, international students currently registered at an accredited school in the U.S. are eligible to apply to DEVELOP regional locations. International applicants must already have a visa that permits them to work in the U.S.

Applications for the fall 2012 session are due July 23, 2012.

For more information about this unique internship opportunity, please visit the DEVELOP website at

Questions about the DEVELOP Program should be directed by email to or by telephone to 757-864-3761.

NASA Office of Education Solicits Proposals for the NASA Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research, or EPSCoR

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Office of Education, in cooperation with NASA's Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate (ARMD), Human Exploration & Operations Mission Directorate (HEOMD), and Science Mission Directorates (SMD), the Office of the Chief Technologist (OCT), and NASA's ten Centers, solicits proposals for the NASA Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR). Each funded NASA EPSCoR proposal is expected to establish research activities that will make significant contributions to the strategic research and technology development priorities of one or more of the Mission Directorates or the OCT and contribute to the overall research infrastructure, science and technology capabilities, higher education, and economic development of the jurisdiction. If submitted, Notices of Intent are due on July 20, 2012, and proposals are due on Aug. 14, 2012.

Public Law 102-588, passed in 1992, authorized NASA to initiate NASA EPSCoR to strengthen the research capability of jurisdictions that have not in the past participated equably in competitive aerospace research activities. The goal of NASA EPSCoR is to provide seed funding that will enable jurisdictions to develop an academic research enterprise directed toward long-term, self-sustaining, nationally-competitive capabilities in aerospace and aerospace-related research. This capability will, in turn, contribute to the jurisdiction's economic viability and expand the nation's base for aerospace research and development. Since its inception, NASA EPSCoR has been closely linked to the National Space Grant College and Fellowship Program (Space Grant).

While proposals can be accepted only from institutions for which the NASA EPSCoR Directors are currently serving, all institutions of higher education within the jurisdiction should be given the opportunity and must be made aware of the FY 2012 NASA EPSCoR CAN. The National Science Foundation (NSF) determines overall jurisdiction eligibility for NASA EPSCoR.

Details regarding general eligibility are available at

The following jurisdictions are eligible to submit up to two proposals that must be submitted through the jurisdiction PI to this NASA EPSCoR solicitation: Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, Delaware, Hawaii, Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Puerto Rico, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Tennessee, Utah, Vermont, West Virginia, and Wyoming.

South Carolina may submit up to three proposals, provided at least one of the proposals represents a project from the U.S. Virgin Islands (which currently falls under South Carolina's jurisdiction).

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Human Body: Space Adaptations Web Seminar

NASA Explorer Schools and the National Science Teachers Association are hosting a 90-minute live professional development Web seminar for educators on June 28, 2012, at 2 p.m. EDT. Space is a harsh environment. When an astronaut goes into space, his or her body immediately begins to change, causing the astronaut to feel and even look slightly different. During this seminar, you will get information about the effects of microgravity on astronauts. You also will be guided through three student activities, which provide a first-hand look at the effects of reduced gravity on bones, the fluid shifts in the body and the amount of oxygen needed to survive.

For more information and to register online, visit

To learn more about the NASA Explorer Schools project, visit

Email any questions about this opportunity to the NASA Explorer Schools help desk at

Best of "Earth as Art" Contest from Landsat

To celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Landsat Program on July 23, 2012, NASA and the U.S. Geological Survey would like your help in selecting the top five "Earth as Art" images from the more than 120 scenes in our collection.

For 40 years Landsat satellites have been acquiring images of the land cover of the planet. The satellites have provided spectacular views of mountains, valleys, coastal areas, islands, volcanic fields, forests and patterns on the landscape. By highlighting some of those features and creatively crafting the colors, the series of "Earth as Art" perspectives reveal the artistic side of Landsat.

Voting closes on July 6, 2012. The Top five "Earth as Art" images will be announced on July 23 in Washington, D.C., at a special event commemorating the launch of the first Landsat satellite.

To view the images and vote for your favorites, visit

Graphing With MathTrax Web Seminar

As part of a series of electronic professional development experiences, the NASA Explorer Schools project is hosting a 60-minute professional development Web seminar for educators on June 26, 2012, at 8 p.m. EDT. Learn how to use a computer graphing tool to engage your students as they graph equations and data sets or experiment with physics simulations. Help students explore the relationship between math equations and their application in the real world with roller coaster and rocket launch simulators.

For more information and to register online, visit

To learn more about the NASA Explorer Schools project, visit

Email any questions about this opportunity to the NES Help Desk at

Zero Robotics Video Challenge

Kids are always told to reach for the stars. Now, NASA is literally giving them a chance to by providing middle and high school students with unprecedented access to the International Space Station and letting them write the programs that control state-of-the-art robots on the International Space Station -- no Ph.D. in astrophysics required!

The NASA Tournament Laboratory, established by NASA and Harvard University, along with the enabling capabilities of the TopCoder community, have partnered with Tongal to hold a competition with cash prizes for winning ideas, pitches and promotional videos to inspire tomorrow’s scientists to see mathematics as more than just digits on a calculator, to further the study of outer space and to push the limits of human knowledge about the worlds (and the space) beyond our planet. The winning videos will help inspire middle and high school students to compete in the Zero Robotics Challenge, which is managed for NASA by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, or MIT.

To learn more and to participate in this challenge, visit

Important dates for the Zero Robotics Video Challenge are:

June 19 - 26, 2012:                              Idea phase
July 2, 2012:                                        Five winning ideas selected
July 2 - 16, 2012:                                 Pitch phase
July 20, 2012:                                      Five winning pitches selected
July 20, 2012 - Aug. 20, 2012:             Video phase
Aug. 27, 2012:                                     Seven winning videos delivered to NASA

Note: TopCoder is a registered trademark of TopCoder, Inc. in the United States and other countries. Tongal is a U.S. federal trademark held by Tongal, Inc.

Questions about the Zero Robotics Video Challenge should be directed to

Pre-Service Teacher Institute at NASA’s Johnson Space Center

The Pre-Service Teacher Institute has opened the July 2012 workshop and extended the deadline for more applications. This one-week residential session is for early childhood and elementary education majors preparing to teach grades K-8. Participants will interface with NASA personnel and tour NASA facilities while learning to incorporate NASA's research into lesson plans. Full-time undergraduate students in their junior or senior year are invited to apply. Applications are due June 27, 2012.

 To learn more and to participate in this opportunity, visit

2012 NASA’s Multiwavelength Universe Online Professional Development Course

In-service and pre-service teachers of middle- and high-school students are invited to register for an online professional development course sponsored by several NASA missions that are exploring the universe across the electromagnetic spectrum.

The course is offered for academic or continuing education credit through Sonoma State University. In the course, participants will be shown how to use astronomical examples (images, phenomena, telescopes) to describe the nature of light and color in terms of the regions of the electromagnetic spectrum. Participants will also learn why NASA uses a variety of telescopes and space-based instruments to make observations of the universe. NASA resources for the classroom will be shared, and participants will learn how NASA resources can be used to address common student misconceptions about the nature of light and color.

Formal presentations for the course will take place on four dates between June 25 and July 13, 2012, but will also be available for archival viewing. Homework for academic credit is due Aug. 17, 2012.

Enrollment is limited to 25 participants. Auditors are also welcomed, on a space-available basis.

For more information and to register, visit

Questions about this course should be directed to Lynn Cominsky at

New STEM on Station Page for Educators and Students

NASA Education is launching a new Web resource for students and educators titled STEM on Station. The new pages present videos that were filmed on the space station about science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM. Students can follow astronauts as they demonstrate principles such as Newton’s Laws of Motion, surface tension and advances in technology. NASA lesson plans and other resources supplement the STEM videos.

STEM on Station is part of the Teach Station site that is the platform for space-station-focused education resources, science and research information for students and teachers, crew updates and current education news. Visit often and watch for opportunities to connect with the expedition crew members and for other NASA education opportunities.

Visit STEM on Station at

Flipboard arrives for Android with Google+ and YouTube

IDG News Service - Flipboard is now available for Android. The app, which aggregates content in a magazine-like format, also integrates content from Google+ and YouTube, a Flipboard blog post said on Friday.

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Free iOS Apps Today - June 19, 2012

Math Plus Minus - Early Numbers and Arithmetic
  • Math Plus Minus is a fun learning and practising tool for kids in grades 1 to 6. Math Plus Minus allows your kids to practice basic addition and subtraction by asking simple questions, and providing multiple choice answers. 
  • iMathGenius is a math test game which challenges a person's basic math skill. It covers levels from Kindergarten, 1st grade, 2nd grade, etc., up to College level. Math operation includes addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. Numbers include from single integer to mulitple digits with decimals. Everyone can find a level suitable to his or her math skill. At beginning, a player needs to input his or her name and age, then a recommended test level and the number of questions are chosen for the player. The player, however, can choose different test levels and the number of questions. Each question has five answers and the player needs to find the right answer. If the answer is correct, reward points will be added to the player's score board. At the end of the test, based on the total reward points, an image of a great mathematician, which is initially covered by an arry of 10x10 tiles, is displayed, either completely or partially. In addition, a summary report of the test results can be displayed if needed.
Hans Christian Andersen Books

Masha and the Bear. Russian folk fairy-tale
  • «Masha and the Bear» is a terrific interactive child's book, which can easily come young readers through into the magical world of Russian folk fairy-tales. The unique illustrations of the book are done in the best tradition of national epic. Many contemporary books are full of the same bright soulless computer graphics and 3D. But in this book illustrations are drawn by hand with watercolors, crayons and pencils. Most of the objects of the book are interactive (the main characters, animals, environment etc). Find them and make alive! The soundtrack perfectly fits the atmosphere of the good old fairy-tale.
Dracula: The Official Stoker Family Edition
A Christmas Carol for iOS
The Happy Prince: HelloStory

  • By downloading Verde, you are making a conscious effort to make a positive change in our world! Verde educates on the money and carbon that can be saved by simply upgrading your older appliances. It can also be used to understand how much each appliance costs to run annually. Download Verde now and help the environment and your pocketbook.
  • A must have drag and drop puzzle for the younger kids. Watch your kids learn their, ABC's, Numbers, name of different Planets, Dinosaurs, Musical Instruments; names and sounds of Animals & much more in this one single App!  
Easy Bluetooth Chat for iPhone and iPad
  • Easy Bluetooth Chat brings the opportunity for you to chat with your friends or family members nearby without being connected in WiFi. “Easy Bluetooth Chat” automatically detects any other device within its range with this same application. After that you can easily chat with your friends within the Bluetooth range.
7 continents country flags game HD Lite(Europe)
  • A fun way to learn main countries' flags in the world and the position of these national flags.
    By playing this game, you can learn these countries' flag, map, country name pronunciation, capital location etc. 
How Six Traveled Through the World-iBigToy

The Adventures of Sinbad - Interactive Book iBigToy

Little Match Girl - Interactive Book iBigToy

Kitchen Dial+ HD for iPad
  • How many of us struggle with "kitchen math?" Don't you just wish there was an app that could easily do the conversion for you? The Kitchen Dial++ app makes cooking and measuring so much easier. How come?  This is the most intuitive touch enabled app with big beautiful radial dials with images for converting units. Now cook and stir in one hand and do the conversions in the other hand. Touch the dials and just rotate away. How simple is that?! Unlike other dial apps, there is no limit on the numbers you can enter to convert.

BiblioNasium - Kids Share Book Recommendations

About Us

Welcome to BiblioNasium! We are dedicated to the critical belief that all kids can fall in love with reading. Consistent support and just the right book can ignite the spark.

The Story Behind BiblioNasium

As a parent to two young readers, BiblioNasium founder Marjan Ghara was spending a great deal of time trying to make sure her kids were reading good books, developing good reading habits, and learning to love books. With her co-founders, Nader and Leyli, she came up with the idea for BiblioNasium out of personal need.  Forever trying to find the next great book to read, they turned to friends and their teachers for recommendations. As enthusiastic suggestions poured in, Marjan and her kids realized they needed a digital solution to organize the information, keep track of their own favorite books and connect a new generation of digital kids.

As a result of direct input from a stellar group of educators and classroom teachers and advisors, the site has now grown tremendously since its original conception. Part kids social network, part parent’s guide, part teacher’s tool, BiblioNasium blends technology with personal connection to create a supportive, engaging space for reading success.

We use the metaphor of a gymnasium because we believe in and foster through our website, the importance of Discipline, Practice, Goal Setting, and Rewards in achieving success.

Experts agree that community and consistency can be powerful in helping children become better, more passionate readers. Our mission is to instill good reading habits at a young age; to promote reading as a social activity, and to connect kids, parents and teachers to create a virtual “reading village.” We invite you to explore the site. And hope you’ll join us in a great book.

iPad Introduction Video

Here is a 14 minute video introducing new users to the iPad. It covers basic operations and is great for schools who need to train teachers and other practitioners the basics.

Free eBook: Lecturing with an iPad by Perry Samson

This book is available for download on your iPad with iBooks 2 or on your computer with iTunes. To read this book, you must be using an iPad with iBooks 2.

Monday, June 18, 2012

Microsoft's Big Announcement Today...

From Jeremy Penner's Blog:  "The big unveil from Microsoft today? It’s their entry into the tablet arena and it looks strong. It’s called Microsoft Surface and has a 10.6″ 16:9 HD screen. Jumping off from Apple’s iPad cover, Microsoft has produced what they call the Touch Cover which has an integrated keyboard and trackpad. Dual microphones and cameras make for easy video conferencing.
“Coming Soon.”

Free iOS App Today - Subjects


Welcome to Subjects- the multitasking, homework-helping, get-stuff-done'ing app!

•Subjects is free for a limited time only! Grab it now and enjoy new features as they come for FREE!•

Subjects comes with all this to help you get things done:

• A built-in web browser with QuickSearch: find what you need without ever leaving the app. Use the QuickSearch bar to search Google, Yahoo!, Bing, Wolfram | Alpha, and Plus, go full screen and see more of the web.
• A checklist: keep track of what needs done with the checklist
• A basic calculator: a basic calculator (bear with us as we add more features like decimal, square and square root, and more)
• A notepad: take notes quickly with the notepad

Why is Subjects rated 17+?
Because Subjects offers unfiltered access to the internet, we are required to carry this rating to inform customers that explicit content may be encountered.

Please be patient, this is the first version of Subjects and we are working on adding the following features

• Support for multiple devices: sync your notes and checklist items between all your iOS devices
• More calculator functions (decimal, square and square root, and more)
• Interface improvements

If you notice anything that is missing, not working correctly, or can be improved, please use the Info screen and press the mail button to send us your suggestion, or leave a review below.

Free iOS App Today - Digital Pan

Free iOS App Today - Map Ruler Touch

The fastest and simplest app to measure on-map distances in the App Store. Using your finger, not an awkward crosshair device that always gets in the way, quickly and accurately measure the distance between two cities, the distance to the end of the road, the perimeter of a lake or really anything else.

The Ultimate Guide to The Use of Blogs in Teaching

Have a look at this blog post on Educational Technology and Mobile Learning:

"The tremendous ease of use of a blog has made it a web tool of great potential in education. From 2005 up to this moment, thousands of educational blogs have seen the light and educators from all around the globe have been experiencing with this medium in their teaching.In this regard, I deemed it important to pause for a while and create an easy and simple guide to remind you ( in case you are an experienced blogger ) and walk the new teachers ( excited about how to use blogs in their classroom ) through the different procedures and pedagogical implications behind the use of blogs in education. I am very much hoping that this guide is not like  any other guide you would find online but a real summary and fruitful addition to the load of information written on this topic.

Let me provide you first with the outline of this paper :

1- What is Blogging ?
2- Difference between A Blog and a Website
3- Free Blogging Platforms for Teachers and Students
4- How to set up a blo
5-Things to Pay Heed to when Setting up a Classroom  Blog
6- Blogging Tips for Teachers
7- Advantages of Blogging in Education
8- Ways Teachers Can Use Blogs in their Classrooms
9- Examples of Successful Student, Class, and Teacher Blogs"

Read the entire blog article...

The 10 Things You Should Know About iOS 6

Have a look at this Edudemic blog post:

iPad tutorials on YouTube

A discussion thread on LinkedIN's TIE (Technology in Education):

Starting creating tutorials for my staff at school regarding apps in education - thought you might be interested.

So far the list of videos on his channel includes:

Seeking reviewers for middle school science iPad books

From an Technology in Education discussion thread on LinkedIN:
My company has produced several interactive iPad books for middle school science. They have been called a "21st century response to a 21st century vision" by Dr. Rodger W. Bybee, Executive Dir. (Emeritus) of BSCS. We are seeking educators to informally review them, especially those you are actively involved in iPad adoptions in schools. We'll provide promo codes for your choice of book to review while the codes last.

You can read more information about them at

Sunday, June 17, 2012

8 Free and simple tools to create video tutorials for Teachers

" Below is a set of free tools for teachers to create easy tutorials to share with their students in the classroom or embed on their class blogs and wikis. Some of these tools require a sign up and all of them are down to earth easy. Just give it a try and you will make it. If the first video tutorial you make does not sound as good as you wanted it then keep in your mind that it is the first try and even experienced users need to try a tool several times  before they get the satisfaction they are looking for."

Read the entire blog post...

1- Jing
2- Camstudio
3- Screencast-O-Matic
4- Webinaria
5- ScreenCastle
6- Go View
7- Screenr
8- Capture Fox      

18 Free Mind Mapping Tools for Teachers and Students

"Mind mapping. concept mapping, or brainstorming are three different names with almost the same meaning : collecting,organizing , and  representing ideas, tasks, words, or other items linked to and arranged around a central key word or idea into a mind map diagram . Whichever kind of mapping you want to label it , web 2.0 has some free tools for you to help you perform it. I have meticulously compiled a list of some of the best free mapping tools for teachers and students to use."

Click here to read the entire article... 

Summary of links to the sites in the article...

1- SpiderScribe
2- Edistorm
3- Wridea
5- Wise Mapping
6- Lucid Chart
7- Text 2 Mind Map
9- Mind42
10- Popplet
11- ChartTool
12- Chartle
13- Slatebox
14- Gliffy
15- Creately
17- Mindomo
18- Mindmeister

Note from Nathan: You should also check out this mindmapping software:

XMind - Mind Mapping and Storming - - A free and open source mindmapping software for Mac, Windows, and Linux. Portable version also.

Saturday, June 16, 2012