Sunday, September 30, 2012

The Carolina Biological Supply Company GloFish? Aquarium Grant

Note from Nathan - the following was shared by a colleague of mine:

I just wanted to give you some info about a FREE opportunity that Carolina is participating in for classrooms this Fall.

There is absolutely NO CATCH to this! And it's not your typical grant where you apply with a lengthy essay and they pick winners. This gets awarded to everyone (as long as they meet qualifications) and it's just a quick online form to fill out.

This is an opportunity for any preK-8 teacher to request a FREE GloFish LED Aquarium Tank for their classroom. All costs are covered, shipping and everything by a nonprofit group who wants to get animals into K-8 classrooms.

It is eligible to ANY preK-8 teacher (has to be private or public school, no homeschools) and it eligible for multiple teachers at a school. They are only allowed to get one grant per school year though so they can't get multiple tanks each year, they'd have to wait until next August to request another or get a sustaining grant to replenish food and supplies for the current tank.

Here's the link that you can forward to interested people. I'm thinking the district admin would be interested in sending it out to all their principals and teachers.

https://netforum.avectra.com/eWeb/DynamicPage.aspx?Site=PCT&WebCode=EventDetail&evt_key=0a06566b-5aff-416d-907d-92696e8f3358

Here is the list of what they get for FREE:

The Carolina Biological Supply Company GloFish? Aquarium Grant includes:

* 1.5 gallon tank * LED lighting system (white, blue and black light) * filtration system * air pump * gravel * water conditioner * food * 3 GloFish? (Pam your Cali teachers get zebrafish due to restrictions) * instructions and caresheets

Electromagnetic Spectrum: Remote Sensing Ices on Mars Web Seminar

As part of a series of electronic professional development experiences, the NASA Explorer Schools project and the National Science Teachers Association are hosting a 90-minute Web seminar on Oct. 4, 2012, at 7:30 p.m. EDT. Learn how to use authentic NASA mission data to investigate the composition and distribution of ices in the high-latitude regions of Mars through analysis of visible light, infrared light and gamma rays. The seminar includes information about a unique student extension activity, where students access a free computer simulation illustrating how gamma rays are used to determine the chemical composition of Mars.

For more information and to register online, visit http://learningcenter.nsta.org/products/symposia_seminars/NES3/webseminar4.aspx.

To learn more about the NASA Explorer Schools project, visit http://explorerschools.nasa.gov.

Email any questions about this opportunity to the NES Help Desk at NASA-Explorer-Schools@mail.nasa.gov.

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: http://search.nasa.gov/search/edFilterSearch.jsp?empty=true.

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

NASA's Digital Learning Network Celebrates World Space Week Special Events Featuring Curiosity!

Join NASA's Digital Learning Network, or DLN, for a trio of special events to celebrate World Space Week (Oct. 4-10, 2012).

On Oct. 4, 2012, at 12:30 p.m. EDT, NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in California and Goddard Space Flight Center in Maryland are teaming up to celebrate the landing of the Curiosity rover on Mars! This live event will explore NASA's latest rover on the Red Planet, and students will learn from NASA experts about how both centers contributed to the mission.

On Oct. 9, 2012, at 3:30 p.m. EDT and Oct. 10, 2012, at 6 p.m. EDT, the DLN presents opportunities for students to interact with experts at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in California. During these special live events, students can discuss the Curiosity mission to Mars with NASA experts who helped design the mission. Visit the DLN website to learn how your class can participate.

For more information and to watch the webcasts online, visit the DLN website at http://dln.nasa.gov.

Inquiries about these events should be directed to Caryn Long at caryn.long@nasa.gov.

NASA Sponsors Odyssey of the Mind Long-Term Problem -- It's How You Look at It

NASA is sponsoring the Odyssey of the Mind Long-Term Problem -- It's How You Look at It.

Odyssey of the Mind is an international educational program that offers creative problem-solving opportunities for students from kindergarten through college. Participants apply their creativity to solve problems that range from building mechanical devices to presenting their own interpretations of literary classics. The teams then bring their solutions to competition on the local, state and international levels.

This year’s NASA-sponsored problem requires teams to create and present an original humorous performance that includes two characters that act naturally -- to them -- but odd to those around them. One scene will establish the "normal" behavior of one character that, at some point in the performance, finds itself among others who react to the out-of-place behavior. The other character's behavior will stand out too, but this character will end up in a setting where its odd behavior is considered normal. The performance will also include a meter that indicates the degree of odd/normal behavior and a creative scene change.

For more information and to find dates for regional competitions, visit http://www.odysseyofthemind.com/.

If you have any questions about this opportunity, please email info@odysseyofthemind.com.

Celebrate World Space Week With Free Education Webinars from the Aerospace Education Services Project

The Aerospace Education Services Project is celebrating World Space Week with a series of free webinars taking place Oct. 4-9, 2012. All webinars can be accessed online. Join aerospace education specialists to learn about activities, lesson plans, educator guides and resources to bring NASA into your classroom.

Kepler Mission (Grades K-12)
Oct. 4, 2012, 6 - 7:30 p.m. EDT
Join aerospace education specialist Tony Leavitt as he discusses NASA's Kepler mission to find Earth-like planets. Participants will also learn about Kepler-related educational materials and how to use the activities with their students.

The International Space Station: Life in Space (Grades 4-12)
Oct. 4, 2012, 5 - 6 p.m. EDT
The International Space Station is a unique and exciting classroom in space. Join aerospace education specialist Steve Culivan as he shares inquiry activities and online resources for your classroom on Earth. NASA STEM resources, space food and nutrition, and Newton's Laws of Motion are just some of the topics integrated during the out of this world webinar.

The Origins of the Solar System: The Dawn Mission (Grades 4-12)
Oct. 5, 2012, 1 - 2 p.m. EDT and 4 - 5 p.m.
Join aerospace education specialist Rachelle Oblack as she discusses the Dawn mission. Learn how this mission will characterize the early solar system and the processes that dominated its formation by studying asteroid Vesta and dwarf planet Ceres, celestial bodies believed to have accreted early in the history of the solar system.

Exploring Strange New Worlds (Grades K-12)
Oct. 8, 2012, 4 - 5 p.m. EDT
Most of our knowledge about the solar system and objects beyond our celestial neighborhood comes to us through remote sensing, fly-by, orbiter and robotic missions. Join aerospace education specialist Rick Varner as he discusses these information gathering techniques. Participants will be introduced to the "Strange New Worlds" classroom activity.

Solar System Resources (Grades 2-12)
Oct. 9, 2012, 4:30 - 5:30 p.m. EDT
Join aerospace education specialists John Weis and Brandon Hargis for an overview of NASA resources available for teaching about the solar system. Resources will focus on hands-on activities and include topics such as scale, missions, moons and eclipses.

For more information about these webinars, and to see a full list of webinars taking place through December 2012, visit http://neon.psu.edu/webinars/.

Questions about this series of webinars should be directed to Katie Hayden at Katie.S.Hayden@nasa.gov.

Free Education Webinar Series from the Aerospace Education Services Project

The Aerospace Education Services Project is presenting a series of free webinars throughout October 2012. All webinars can be accessed online. Join aerospace education specialists to learn about activities, lesson plans, educator guides and resources to bring NASA into your classroom.

Applying the Engineering Process to STEM (Grades K-12)
Oct. 2, 2012, 5 - 6 p.m. EDT
Aerospace education specialist John Weis will discuss the uses of the Engineering Design Process as a method of problem solving in subject areas other than engineering.

Engineering Is Elementary (Grades 3-8)
Oct. 3, 2012, 4:30 - 5:30 p.m. EDT
Aerospace education specialist Brandon Hargis will discuss ways to incorporate the engineering design process using NASA-developed engineering design challenges for students in grades 3-8. These challenges will engage students' creativity, foster their curiosity, and encourage their interest in space.

Solar System and the Periodic Table (Grades 3-8)
Oct. 17, 2012, 5 - 6 p.m. EDT
Aerospace education specialist Sandy Kaszynski will lead this standards-based webinar that teaches participants basic principles of what the periodic table represents, using the solar system as an exciting basis for understanding. This is an introductory lesson with a concluding game.

Investigating the Climate System (Grades 5-12)
Oct. 24, 2012, 4 - 5 p.m. EDT
Aerospace education specialist John Weis will introduce participants to the five problem-based learning educator guides in the NASA Investigating the Climate System series. Topics addressed will include wind, precipitation, energy, clouds and extreme weather. This webinar is part of the Department of Education Green Strides webinar series.

Robotics on a Budget (Grades 5-12)
Oct. 30, 2012, 4:30 - 5:30 p.m. EDT
Aerospace education specialist Steve Culivan will explore how to use robotics to enhance your students' understanding of science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM. Participants will also learn about NASA STEM robotics missions, curriculum and activities that are available.

For more information about these webinars, and to see a full list of webinars taking place through December 2012, visit http://neon.psu.edu/webinars/.

Questions about this series of webinars should be directed to Katie Hayden at Katie.S.Hayden@nasa.gov.

Embracing 3-D Printers, Manufacturer Tells Customers to Print Their Own Replacement Parts

Want a new part for your synthesizer? Need a replacement knob or dial? In a first, one company is telling its customers to just print their own.

Read the entire article...


Saturday, September 29, 2012

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Free iOS Apps Today - September 26, 2012

PDF PROvider
http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/pdf-provider/id436673117?mt=8
  • PDF PROvider is the most enhanced PDF converter, viewer, merger and manager in one pack.
    Create reports, research papers, material selections from different sources, offline reading packs, etc.  It allows converting Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Pages, Numbers, Keynote files, HTML pages, Photos, Maps and Contacts and merging all types of documents and ready PDFs into a single PDF file.
Timeline - U.S. History
http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/timeline-us-history/id552887553?mt=8
  • 'Timeline - US History' shows American history on a timeline with an easy-to-navigate user interface. It provides detailed descriptions of historical events along with high resolution images.
Math Cards - Learn and Play Game
http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/math-cards-learn-and-play-game/id509472591?mt=8
  • Math Cards application is an arithmetic game where two players compete on a single iPad. Following the rules of the card game "War," players start with an equal number of cards, then they each turn one over with the highest winning, unless they are equal, and it is War. The value of each card in Math Cards is the solution to an arithmetic problem, such as 2+0, and a player must correctly solve each card played, or lose automatically, even if his "card" is higher. 
Turn and Learn
http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/turn-and-learn/id548917415?mt=8
  • Are you learning foreign languages? Then you know that the richer your vocabulary, the better your listening, speaking and interaction is. However, too many modern language learning methods focus primarily on grammar rather than on building a bank of everyday vocabulary. If you are in one of these courses or studying on your own, Turn & Learn will be a great asset to you.  The Turn & Learn application is designed to help you learn all the necessary words in a short period of time and remember them for life. This is possible due to an easy-to-use interface. The program is convenient for everyone to use, regardless of age and computer literacy skills. Moreover, this unique method, combined with iPad functions, make the learning process fast, easy and enjoyable like never before!
My Student Toolkit Pro
http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/my-student-toolkit-pro/id507971252?mt=8
  • FEATURES:
    • Full Agenda
    • Calendar
    • Built in Ruler
    • Calculator
    • Flashlight
    • Memo Pad and Notes
    • Nap Timer with Snooze
    • Easy to use and learn interface
 

What Works Clearinghouse

http://ies.ed.gov/ncee/wwc/

About the WWC
 
'The high volume of research on different programs, products, practices, and policies in education can make it difficult to interpret and apply the results.

We review the research.

Then, by focusing on the results from high-quality research, we try to answer the question “What works in education?”

Our goal is to provide educators with the information they need to make evidence-based decisions."

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Free iOS Apps Today - September 25, 2012

Digital Pan
http://itunes.apple.com/app/id453125793
  • The Digital Pan Mobile App is the only steelpan app that is officially and exclusively endorsed by the world governing body for the steelpan - Pan Trinbago.
Why the Sea is Salt (Children's Book)
http://itunes.apple.com/app/id414873588
  • Why the Sea Is Salt is an illustrated and interactive Norwegian fairy tale included by Andrew Lang in The Blue Fairy Book.
Rumpelstiltzkin
http://itunes.apple.com/app/id416789241
  • Rumpelstiltzkin is a German fairy tale by the Brothers Grimm. It’s a story about beautiful miller’s daughter who had to spin straw into gold.

Sunday, September 23, 2012

New DIY Podcast Module Available -- Failure Prevention

For every NASA mission, the goal is success. If a vehicle, hardware or system fails, it can cost time, equipment, money or even lives. NASA’s Do-It-Yourself Podcast’s newest module is "Failure Prevention." In this module, you will find background information on how failure plays a role in the engineering design process. Audio and video clips contain interviews with NASA specialists who analyze failure, as well as clips of vehicle and system tests that have both failed and succeeded.

Visit NASA’s DIY Podcast site today to introduce your students to this topic. Integrate technology into your lessons by asking your students to make a podcast. Students may use the information in the overview as a starting point, then develop a script for their podcasts as they add audio and video clips to support their topics.

Come on! Integrate to educate: your students will love it! And what’s more, there are teaching tips and hints on the DIY Podcast blog.

NASA’s DIY Podcast: Failure Prevention http://www.nasa.gov/audience/foreducators/diypodcast/failure-prevention-index-diy.html

NASA’s DIY Podcast Blog http://blogs.nasa.gov/cm/newui/blog/viewpostlist.jsp?blogname=diyPodcastBlog

If you have questions or comments about NASA’s DIY Podcast, please email educationpodcast@nasa.gov.

2013 RASC-AL Competition

NASA and the National Institute of Aerospace announce the 2013 Revolutionary Aerospace Systems Concepts Academic Linkage, or RASC-AL, Competition. RASC-AL is a design project competition aimed at university-level engineering students.

The RASC-AL contest challenges participants to design projects based on real NASA projects. Participants can choose from three different themes. Concepts derived from the design projects potentially could be implemented by NASA.

Interested teams are encouraged to submit a notice of intent by Nov 9, 2012, and teams must submit an abstract for their proposed project by Jan. 19, 2013. The RASC-AL Steering Committee of NASA and industry experts will evaluate the proposals and select as many as 10 undergraduate and five graduate teams to compete against each other at a forum in June 2013 in Florida.

The RASC-AL competition is open to full-time undergraduate or graduate students majoring in engineering or science at an accredited university. University design teams must include one faculty or industry advisor with a university affiliation and two or more undergraduate or graduate students. A group of universities may also work in collaboration on a design project entry. Multidisciplinary teams are encouraged.

For more information about this competition, visit http://www.nianet.org/rascal/index.html.

If you have questions about this competition, please contact Shelley Spears at Shelley.Spears@nianet.org or Stacy Dees at stacy.dees@nianet.org.

2012-2013 National Student Solar Spectrograph Competition

The National Student Solar Spectrograph Competition is the Montana Space Grant Consortium’s Education Program for NASA’s Interface Region Imaging Spectrograph, or IRIS, mission. IRIS will use spectrography and imaging in ultraviolet wavelengths to reveal the dynamics of the sun’s chromospheres and transition region.

This yearly competition is open to undergraduate interdisciplinary teams from colleges and universities across the U.S. Teams are challenged to design and build a working ground-based solar spectrograph and demonstrate the capabilities of the spectrograph as defined by their science goal. Typical teams have three to six students and must have a faculty advisor.

Both substantial scholarship prizes and travel prizes will be given in four categories: best design, best build, best science observations and best presentation of results. Teams may apply for funding of $2,000 per team for project materials. Priority for build funds will be given to minority-serving institutions, community colleges and institutions with less aerospace activity.

Applications for build awards and registrations are due on Sept. 30, 2012.

The competition will be held in Bozeman, Mont., in May 2013.

For more information and to register online, visit http://www.spacegrant.montana.edu/IRIS/index.html.

Please email any questions about this competition to Randy Larimer at rlarimer@ece.montana.edu.

Solar System Ambassadors Program Accepting Applications

The NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory Solar System Ambassadors, or SSA, Program, a nationwide network of space enthusiast volunteers, is accepting applications through Sept. 30, 2012.

Highly motivated individuals will be given the opportunity to represent NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory as volunteer Solar System Ambassadors to the public for a one-year, renewable term beginning Jan. 1, 2013.

While applications are being sought nationwide, interested parties from the following states are especially encouraged to apply: Iowa, North Dakota, South Dakota, West Virginia and southern Arizona (near Tucson). Successful applicants from southern Arizona will also have the opportunity to support the University of Arizona locally as OSIRIS-REx Ambassadors. The Origins Spectral Interpretation Resource Identification Security Regolith Explorer, also known as OSIRIS-Rex, is a NASA planetary science mission that will send a spacecraft to an asteroid in 2016.

To learn more about the Solar System Ambassador Program and to apply online, visit http://www2.jpl.nasa.gov/ambassador/.

If you have questions about this opportunity, contact Kay Ferrari, SSA Coordinator, by email at ambassad@jpl.nasa.gov.

2012 Gregory G. Leptoukh Online Giovanni Workshop

Join the NASA Goddard Earth Science Data and Information Services Center for the 2012 Gregory G. Leptoukh Online Giovanni Workshop taking place Sept. 25-28, 2012. This workshop will focus on the use of the pioneering data visualization and analysis tool, Giovanni. The online workshop will be organized around four main themes: Earth system research utilizing Giovanni; Giovanni applications (air quality, disaster management, environmental monitoring, etc.); planned and desired augmentation of Giovanni; and educational use of Giovanni.

The workshop will primarily consist of online author-led presentations coupled with real-time discussions about these presentations. Presentations and chat logs will be available online for review for those unable to participate in live sessions.

To learn more, visit http://disc.sci.gsfc.nasa.gov/giovanni/additional/newsletters/gregory_leptoukh_2012_online_giovanni_workshop.

Questions about this workshop should be directed to Dr. James G. Acker at James.G.Acker@nasa.gov.

Live Video Chat: Life as an Astronaut

NASA Explorer Schools is offering students in grades 4-12 an opportunity to ask questions of Bob Cabana, astronaut and Director of NASA's Kennedy Space Center. Join the video chat on Sept. 25, 2012, from 1-1:45 p.m. EDT to ask Cabana questions about his education, astronaut training, living and working in space and the future of space exploration.

Students do not need to be in a school participating in the NASA Explorer Schools project in order to ask questions during this video chat.

Submit questions during the chat through a chat window, or send them to NASA-Explorer-Schools@mail.nasa.gov.

To learn more about NES, visit the explorerschools.nasa.gov website.

For more information and to view the video chat, visit http://www.nasa.gov/offices/education/programs/national/nes2/home/cabana-chat.html.

If you have any questions about the video chat, contact NASA-Explorer-Schools@mail.nasa.gov.

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Free iOS Apps Today - September 19, 2012

Children's Books:

Rikki-Tikki-Tavi HD
http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/id428007944?mt=8&src=af&ign-mpt=uo%3D6

Three Little Pigs HD
http://itunes.apple.com/app/id389761748

The Happy Prince
http://itunes.apple.com/app/id431610586

The Monkeys Who Tried to Catch the Moon
http://itunes.apple.com/app/id434205930

The Emperor's New Clothes
http://itunes.apple.com/app/id430174359

Other Educational Apps that are free today:

Words to Learn By
http://itunes.apple.com/app/id428489846
  • McGraw-Hill’s new academic vocabulary app gives you a quick and easy way to study high-frequency academic vocabulary.
Funny Alphabet - Interactive ABC Game
http://itunes.apple.com/app/id481351442
  • This funny interactive learning game features original phonetics, animation, and pictures that come to life. This game will keep your child learning and occupied because that is how much fun it is!
Qubics Math
http://itunes.apple.com/app/id509229380
  • This game is designed for anyone (from kids to adults) looking forward to improve their mental abilities and capacities to solve simple (but nevertheless useful) math problems like addition, subtraction, multiplication and division.
iCarpenter
http://itunes.apple.com/app/id534262004
  • iCarpenter - is a collection of handy tools which can be used by people like students, carpenters and anyone who needs instruments like ruler, protractor, spirit level and etc. in a all-in-one program. 
Searchability with Google, Yahoo, Bing & Youtube All in one
http://itunes.apple.com/app/id532894490 
  • Searchability is really productive. Keyboard pops up at app launches. Switch Search Engines easily. 
Tap Dictionary
http://itunes.apple.com/app/id420174330
  • 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.  Tap-Dictionary is the first and only dictionary for Apple's official Safari browser.
Numwords
http://itunes.apple.com/app/id492221700
  • Numwords is an easy-to-stand program that will help you to write down the numbers correctly in words. All you need to do is to enter the number of digits so the program will spell it automatically in words. For example, if you enter 123, you will get one hundred twenty-three. Numwords will perfectly assist you in completing any billing documents, invoices, certificates, etc. Numwords will never let you find yourself in an awkward or embarrassing situation.

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Kathy Schrock's Guide to Apps that Correlate to Bloom's Taxonomy

http://www.schrockguide.net/bloomin-apps.html

From the site:  "This page gathers all of the Bloomin' Apps projects in one place!

Each of the images [on the site above] has clickable hotspots and includes suggestions for iPad, Google, Android, and Web 2.0 applications to support each of the levels of Bloom's Revised Taxonomy.

The use of the triangle shape for Bloomin' apps projects was specifically NOT used to help clear up the misunderstanding that the levels are hierarchical and the top levels only make up a tiny portion of the cognitive processes.

I have created a page to allow you to share your favorite Web 2.0, iOS, or Android app with others."

Monday, September 17, 2012

Free iOS App Today - National Gallery, London HD

http://itunes.apple.com/app/id504170483

Great collection of the best paintings that stored in National Gallery, London. You will find works of Rembrandt, Raphael, Van Gogh, Claude-Oscar Monet, Paul Cezanne, Paul Gauguin, Sandro Botticelli and many more other great authors.

Free iOS App Today - Rembrandt

http://itunes.apple.com/app/id519419105

This app is a FULL collection of Rembrandt's work, we are very proud to be the LARGEST collection of this great artist's work in App Store.

Free iOS App Today - Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs HD

http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/id442929208?mt=8

Children's book...


Free iOS App Today - Coaching for Achievement for iPad

http://itunes.apple.com/app/id427790961

This app usually sells for $149.00. It is free today.  Mixed reviews, but worth taking a look at.

"The Coaching for Achievement Series delivers an unparalleled professional development experience. The topics are designed and delivered by content area experts. Task-analyzed content is delivered in manageable segments along a scaffolded learning continuum. Resources for immediate application in the classroom are delivered via high yield instructional strategies, and incorporate the engaging qualities of student work. These resources are delivered on a flexible and intuitive iPAD Digital Tablet platform. Learners are able to identify the starting point most relevant to them through the playlist design. Ten minute learning segments are accessed as easily as selecting a song. This multimedia format and comprehensive instructional design engages participants. New learning is applied in the classroom immediately through embedded activities at every grade range.

Coaching for Achievement Series modules include Differentiated Instruction, 6 Traits Writing, Response to Intervention, Differentiating Instruction through Technology Integration, SMART Notebook and Promethean ActivInspire."



UEN/KUED Educator Newsletter

Dear Utah Educator,

Welcome to a new joint eNewsletter of UEN and KUED. This mid-month update will bring you timely information about online educational resources and upcoming broadcasts from PBS and KUED.

NOVA scienceNOW is back this October, premiering Wednesdays at 9:00 p.m. as part of Wednesday Exploration Nights. Use this season’s new “big” questions to engage your students with educational video resources available later this fall on NOVA Education and PBS LearningMedia.

Broadcasts of note to educators

  • Tue. Sept. 1, 7PM - American Experience: Death & the Civil War - From 1861 to 1865, the Civil War ravaged America. It still holds several notorious records, such as the highest number of average deaths per day, 504.
  • Tue. Sept. 25, 8:30PM - Frontline: Dropout Nation - Every year, hundreds of thousands of US teenagers quit high school without diplomas. Dropout Nation investigates the causes, challenges and potential solutions.
  • Oct & Nov - The Dust Bowl - A new 2-part film from Ken Burns chronicles the worst man-made ecological disaster in American history. The film premieres on KUED in mid-November with educational resources including lesson plans available in October.
PBS EcoInvestigators
Encourage Your Students to be EcoInvestigators! Build knowledge and develop projects that address your local community and its environment with resources related to air, land, freshwater, and saltwater. EcoInvestigators is designed to get students in grades 3-5 engaged and prepared to solve problems.
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To learn more about resources and events available locally through your PBS station contact Jacqui Voland at KUED 7.

Why School? - Will Richardson's new eBook - an intriguing, thought provoking look at technology in education

I spent a couple hours this weekend reading Will Richardson's new eBook - available in Kindle format from Amazon.com.  I found it intriguing, thought provoking, and personally, I think Will is right on target.  May I recommend it to you?  It would make a great discussion starter for any school or district.  And these are discussions that really need to take place.

In a nutshell, the book talks about our current American education system, which was developed back in the industrial age, when knowledge was a scarce commodity you had to go to school to get. Times have dramatically changed over the past couple decades. With the internet age upon us, and access becoming more ubiquitous, that aging model no longer works well for our children.  We have access to the entire world's knowledge, and to potentially billions of mentors, all at our fingertips from our smartphones, computers, tablets, etc.

As we've incorporated technology into our classrooms, how are we using it?  Mr. Richardson asserts that we're using it to repackage what we've been doing for decades, and adding in a heavily-weighted testing strategy, often tied to teacher salaries.  This is the wrong approach.

Instead, Will challenges us to look at using technology in the classroom to help kids learn to become life-long learners, solve real-world problems, learn creativity and how to manage the growing complexity of the world, to create and add their part to the online store of information for the benefit of all.  A quote from the book,

"In this new narrative, learning ceases to focus on consuming information or knowledge that's no longer scarce.  Instead, it's about asking questions, working with others to find the answers, doing real work for real audiences, and adding to, not simply taking from, the storehouse of knowledge that the Web is becoming.  It's about developing the kinds of habits and dispositions that deep, lifelong learners need to succeed in a world rife with information and connections.  The emphasis shifts from content mastery to learning mastery.  That means students have more ownership over their own learning, using their access to knowledge and teachers to create their own unique paths to the outcomes we, and they, deem important.

In this version of reform, schools and classrooms are seen as nodes in a much larger learning network that expands far beyond the local walls.  Students are encouraged to connect with others, and to collaborate and create with them on a global scale.  It's not "do your own work," so much as "do work with others, and make it work that matters."  To paraphrase Tony Wagner, assessments focus less on what students know, and more on what they can do with what they know.  And, as Dewey espoused, school is "real life," not simply a place to take courses, earn grades, amass credits, and compete against others for recognition."

I think it's worth taking time to read, think, and revise what we do.  I know I am.

Nathan Smith
Director of Technology
College of Education & Human Services
Utah State University


Friday, September 14, 2012

Get Inspired! Luke, 2011 Google Science Fair Finalist

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O8g_m59Po1k&feature=relmfu

Luke, a 2011 Google Science Fair finalist from South Africa, tells us about his love for science and why he wanted to talk to robots! Enter this year's competition here: http://www.google.com/sciencefair

Get Inspired! Harine, a 2011 Google Science Fair finalist.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H158-6LE9Wg&feature=relmfu

Harine, a 2011 Google Science Fair finalist from Southern India, tells us about what inspired her to look into ways of improving power supplies to remote villages in the developing world. Enter this year's competition here: http://www.google.com/sciencefair

Get Inspired! Naomi, 2011 Google Science Fair Winner

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M50ESz1AdVE&feature=relmfu

Naomi, a 2011 Google Science Fair(http://www.google.com/sciencefair) winner from Oregon USA, tells us about why science is important to her and why she researched the affects of pollutants on allergies.

Get Inspired! Shree - 2011 Google Science Fair Winner

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fIZfeYoPZzs&feature=relmfu

Shree, Grand prize winner of Google Science Fair 2011(http://www.google.com/sciencefair), explains why she was determined to be involved in cancer research and tells us about some of the incredible experiences she has had as last year's winner.

Get Inspired! Lauren, 2011 Google Science Fair Winner

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DS0gjUQrMhY&feature=relmfu

Lauren, a 2011 Google Science Fair winner from Pennsylvania USA, explains why her experiment about carcinogens was inspired by her evening meal!

Free iOS App - Timeline Eons Free

http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/timeline-eons/id433352152?mt=8&ls=1

A graphic representation of the entire natural and human history.

Thursday, September 13, 2012

DOWNLOAD NOW: 'Museum in a Box' Flight Science Lessons

NASA's Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate has been busy adding to and updating nearly all the Museum in a Box lesson plans over the past few months. Currently there are 32 lessons available that span grade levels K-12.

Great for educators at museums, science centers and schools, Museum in a Box provides exciting hands-on/minds-on lessons with an aeronautics theme to inspire future scientists, mathematicians and engineers. All lessons align with national science and mathematics standards.

Lesson categories include History of Flight, Parts of an Airplane, Principles of Flight, Structures and Materials (including space shuttle tire and tile lessons), Propulsion, Future Flight, Careers in Aeronautics, and Airspace.

Lessons that can be downloaded are marked "Available for download" next to the lesson title.

To download the lessons, visit http://www.aeronautics.nasa.gov/mib.htm.

If you have questions about Museum in a Box, contact April Lanotte at april.a.lanotte@nasa.gov.

New Module Available from NASA's Digital Learning Network: STEM on Station

NASA's Digital Learning Network, or DLN, is excited to offer a unique opportunity to see firsthand how operating the International Space Station is tied to science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM, classroom lessons. This module puts students in the driver’s seat as they complete four activities that are close models of concepts that real NASA engineers utilize for the space station.

Grow crystals with the science activity, Create an end effector (much like the space station robotic arm) with the robotics activity. The engineering activity challenges students to illustrate the relationship between the thickness of spacesuit fabric and the mass and velocity of projectiles. In the mathematics activity, students must rely on their algebra and geometry know-how to calculate the electrical energy production of the space station.

During your event, the Digital Learning Network will provide additional information regarding the marvel of the space station. Completion of activities is encouraged but not required. If your students have completed the activities, they will be given time to share their results with the DLN host.

For more information and to register for an upcoming event, visit http://www.nasa.gov/offices/education/programs/national/dln/events/STEM_on_Station.html.

Questions about this opportunity should be directed to jsc-dislearn@mail.nasa.gov.

NASA's Digital Learning Network Special Event: Chat With a Mission Control Flight Officer

NASA's Digital Learning Network, or DLN, is excited to offer a unique opportunity to ask questions of an actual mission control flight officer at NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston. Students will have a direct connection to the public affairs console and will witness the inner workings of the International Space Station’s Mission Control Center. Additional flight control officers specializing in life support, power, data/communications and robotics may be also be available to speak with students.

Before you connect with mission control, a DLN education specialist will spend approximately 30 minutes with your students highlighting the many science, technology, engineering and mathematics concepts that are important aboard the space station. Give an incredible, inspirational opportunity to your students and illustrate real-life applications of science, technology, engineering and mathematics in action.

For more information and to register for an upcoming event, visit http://www.nasa.gov/offices/education/programs/national/dln/special/MCC.html.

Questions about this opportunity should be directed to jsc-dislearn@mail.nasa.gov.

Expanded Offer for Space Shuttle Tiles and Food

NASA is expanding its offer of space shuttle heat shield tiles and food packaged for spaceflight to museums and schools. Museums across the United States are now eligible to receive these pieces of space history, in addition to the schools and universities that have received them since the end of the Space Shuttle Program.

Providing space shuttle thermal protection tiles and dehydrated astronaut food to museums is a way for NASA to share technology and history with the public. This initiative helps NASA inspire the next generation of space explorers, scientists and engineers.

The lightweight tiles protected the shuttles from extreme temperatures when they re-entered Earth's atmosphere. The astronaut food was precooked or processed so it required no refrigeration and was ready to eat. It could be prepared simply by adding water or by heating.

Requests for these artifacts are filled on a first-come, first-served basis. Museums must obtain a user ID and password from their state agency for surplus property. Eligible educational institutions need their National Center for Education Statistics or Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System numbers assigned by the U.S. Department of Education to apply for this offer. Schools and museums can obtain additional information, register for a login ID and request a tile or food at http://gsaxcess.gov/NASAWel.htm.

Tiles are available in three types: black-coated, white-coated and uncoated. Institutions may request up to three tiles, one of each type, while supplies last. Schools and museums are responsible for a $23.40 shipping and handling fee per tile, which is payable to the shipping company through a secure website. Space food is offered as a package of approximately three space food items for a shipping and handling fee of $28.03. Institutions may request only one package of space food.

NASA also is offering artifacts representing significant human spaceflight technologies, processes and accomplishments from its space exploration programs. Artifacts include 11 Fastrac engine nozzles used on X-34 aircraft; models of aircraft fuselages tested at NASA's Langley Research Center in Hampton, Va.; early space shuttle prototype models; Ranger, Telestar, Explorer XII, Mariner VII, Nimbus and other spacecraft models; X3 solar mirrors; and various space shuttle components.

For additional information about thermal tiles, space food and other NASA artifacts available to museums and libraries, visit http://artifacts.nasa.gov/.

For NASA Tiles for Teachers lesson plans, visit http://artifacts.nasa.gov/shuttle_tiles_teachers.htm.

Questions about this opportunity should be directed to GSAXcessHelp@gsa.gov.

Registration Open for NASA Explorer Schools Project

Registration is open for educators of grades 4-12 to join the NASA Explorer Schools project. If you are looking for fun, exciting and interactive ways to connect your students to NASA, then the NES project is for you.

NES provides a forum for accessing free lessons, student engagement activities, and professional development opportunities centered on NASA missions and science, technology, engineering and mathematics topics and careers. NES also offers multiple pathways for you to connect with other motivated STEM educators across the country to share best practices and ideas for classroom implementation.

Signing up is quick and easy. Just complete the online NES registration form to start your journey.

For more information, visit the NES website at http://explorerschools.nasa.gov.

Fall 2013 NASA Aeronautics Scholarships

Applications are now being accepted through an online process for the fall 2013 cycle of the NASA Aeronautics Scholarship Program. The program annually awards multiyear scholarships to 20 undergraduate and five graduate students in aeronautics or related fields of study.

Undergraduate students with at least two years of study remaining will receive up to $15,000 per year for two years and the opportunity to receive a $10,000 stipend by interning at a NASA research center during the summer. Graduate students receive up to $46,000 per year for up to three years, with an opportunity to receive a $10,000 stipend interning at a NASA research center for up to two consecutive summers. Applicants must be U.S. citizens.

NASA's Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate sponsors the program. The application period closes Jan. 15, 2013.

Scholarship details and application instructions are available at http://nasa.asee.org.

Questions about this opportunity should be directed to Tony Springer at tony.springer@nasa.gov.

Name That Asteroid Contest

Students worldwide have an opportunity to name an asteroid from which an upcoming NASA mission will return samples to Earth.

Scheduled to launch in 2016, the mission is called the Origins-Spectral Interpretation-Resource Identification-Security-Regolith Explorer, or OSIRIS-REx. Samples returned from the primitive surface of the near-Earth asteroid currently called (101955) 1999 RQ36 could hold clues to the origin of the solar system and organic molecules that may have seeded life on Earth. NASA also is planning a crewed mission to an asteroid by 2025. A closer scientific study of asteroids will provide context and help inform this mission.

The competition is open to students under age 18 from anywhere in the world. Each contestant can submit one name, up to 16 characters long. Entries must include a short explanation and rationale for the name. Submissions must be made by an adult on behalf of the student. The contest deadline is Dec. 2, 2012.

The contest is a partnership with The Planetary Society in Pasadena, Calif., the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's, or MIT, Lincoln Laboratory in Lexington and the University of Arizona in Tucson.

A panel will review proposed asteroid names. First prize will be awarded to the student who recommends a name that is approved by the International Astronomical Union Committee for Small-Body Nomenclature.

The asteroid was discovered in 1999 by the Lincoln Near Earth Asteroid Research, or LINEAR, survey at MIT's Lincoln Laboratory. LINEAR is part of NASA's Near Earth Observation Program in Washington, which detects and catalogs near-Earth asteroids and comets. The asteroid has an average diameter of approximately one-third of a mile (500 meters).

To review contest rules and guidelines, visit http://planetary.org/name.

To see a video explanation about the contest, visit http://www.nasa.gov/topics/solarsystem/features/name-asteroid.html.

For information about the OSIRIS-REx mission, visit http://osiris-rex.lpl.arizona.edu.

Questions about this contest should be directed to tps@planetary.org.

"The World's a Place of Living Things" Art Contest

The Institute for Global Environmental Strategies, or IGES, invites young scientists and artists to explore biodiversity. There are many different types of life on Earth -- from bacteria to insects to plants and animals. Biodiversity is everywhere. Students in grades 2-4 are encouraged to learn more about the forms of life in a particular place -- what types of life can be seen? What types of life are hard to see? Do the different types of life interact with each other?

Students should investigate these questions, and create a piece of artwork (no larger than 16"x20") to show what they have learned. First-, second-, and third-place artists will receive a $100, $75, and $50 gift card, respectively, framed color certificates and their artwork will be showcased on the IGES website. For full details on the contest, resources on biodiversity and to download an entry form, visit http://www.strategies.org/artcontest.

Questions about this opportunity should be directed to info@strategies.org.

2012 Cassini Scientist for a Day Essay Contest

The Cassini Scientist for a Day contest challenges students to become NASA scientists studying Saturn. Participants examine three possible observations taken by Cassini and choose the one they think will yield the best scientific results. Students then write an essay under 500 words explaining their choice. Winners will participate in a teleconference with Cassini scientists.

The contest is open to all students in the United States in grades 5-12. The essays will be divided into three groups for scoring: grades 5-6, 7-8 and 9-12. All submissions must be students' original work. Each student can submit only one entry.

Deadline for fall 2012 submissions is 3 p.m. EDT on Oct. 24, 2012.

For more information, visit http://saturn.jpl.nasa.gov/scientistforaday/.

International participants are also encouraged to enter. Deadlines for individual countries vary. To see if your country is participating, visit http://saturn.jpl.nasa.gov/education/scientistforaday11thedition/international/.

If you have questions about this contest, please email scientistforaday@jpl.nasa.gov.

Free Smithsonian's Stars Lecture Series

Curious about our nearest star, moon rocks, volcanoes and other wonders of the universe? Come to the Smithsonian's Stars, a series of 10 lectures by Smithsonian researchers who are exploring the sun, the moon, planets, stars, galaxies and the universe. These speakers will share behind-the-scenes details about how their research is done and technologies that advance new discoveries at the Smithsonian Institution.

Each lecture begins at 5:15 p.m. and is followed by a question-and-answer session. A Discovery Station activity will take place at 4 p.m. prior to each lecture. Stay after the lecture to visit the observatory, weather permitting.

Oct. 6, 2012 -- Three Decades of Telescopes for Observing the Sun
Thirty years ago, Smithsonian scientists and engineers began developing a new technique for coating mirrors to look at the sun. The resulting telescopes have driven three decades of new discoveries. Senior Project Engineer Peter Cheimets will discuss the telescopes that have made this golden age of solar observation possible and the breathtaking results.

Oct. 20, 2012 -- Mercury: Oh Strange New World
Data from the MESSENGER spacecraft orbiting Mercury shows us just how wondrous and unique the smallest planet in our solar system is. Planetary Geophysicist Michelle Selvans will discuss the complexities that make Mercury so wonderfully unique.

Nov. 3, 2012 -- Moon Rocks and How They Became Famous
In the late 1960s, Apollo astronauts collected rocks from the moon and brought them back to Earth. Scientists studied these rocks, curators put them on display in museums around the world and President Nixon gave them as gifts to foreign heads of state. Teasel Muir-Harmony will explore the wide-ranging roles that these rocks played.

Nov. 17, 2012 -- The Dynamic Sun
The sun is even more dynamic, mysterious and beautiful than you probably imagine. Astrophysicist Mark Weber will explore this incredible star with observations from some of the most advanced telescopes. Learn what scientists have discovered and what they are only beginning to understand.

Dec. 1, 2012 -- A Universe of Data
This century has seen stunning cosmic discoveries. The digital age has given everyone free access to space data; the trick is to turn that data into quantitative science and pictures that tell a story. Astrophysicist Jonathan McDowell will use images from the Chandra Space Telescope to help explain how astronomers study space in the computer age.

Dec. 15, 2012 -- The Mission of the Mars Science Laboratory, Curiosity
Since landing on Mars in early August 2012, the Mars Science Laboratory Curiosity rover has returned an array of stunning data that is being used to evaluate whether Mars may have harbored habitable environments. Geologist John Grant will delve into the recent findings from Curiosity.

Jan. 5, 2013 -- Trees in the City
Tree cover is an important element of the urban environment that plays an increasingly larger role in ecosystem processes. Geographer Andrew Johnston will discuss how satellite data is used to make reliable observations about urban tree cover variability, why it matters to urban residents and how these same data are used to map changes in tree cover.

Feb. 2, 2013 -- Volcano Breath
Join Global Volcanism Program Director Liz Cottrell for a lecture about volcanoes on a global scale. Learn how the gaseous contents of volcanoes propel their explosions and impact our climate. Hear the latest about volcanic gas research and explore the latest discoveries about how the deep Earth is recycling the air we breathe.

Feb. 16, 2013 -- Venus: 50 Years After Mariner 2
Fifty years ago Mariner 2 flew past Venus, becoming the first space probe to explore another planet. But Venus, our nearest neighbor, still holds many mysteries. On Feb. 16, 2013, Geophysicist Bruce Campbell will discuss what is known about Venus, including how it differs from Earth, and how future explorers may provide crucial clues to understanding this hot, dry world.

March 2, 2013 -- Robots and Humans Unite
The universe is far older and vaster than anyone imagined a century ago. To help scientists map the structure and evolution of the universe, a special instrument called a Hectospec was needed. A Hectospec uses the precision technology of optical fibers placed by delicate but very fast robots. Senior Physicist Dan Fabricant will discuss how the Hectospec was developed, how it works and how it is used by astronomers for scientific discovery.

For more information about the Smithsonian's Stars Lecture Series, visit http://airandspace.si.edu/events/lectures/stars/index.cfm.

Questions about this lecture series should be directed to the visitor service line at 202-633-1000.

The Smithsonian's Stars Lecture Series is made possible by a grant from NASA.

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: http://search.nasa.gov/search/edFilterSearch.jsp?empty=true.

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

"Curiosity Has Landed in Your Classroom" Educator Conference

Learn how to bring STEM concepts from NASA's newest Mars rover, Curiosity, into your classroom during a free educator conference at Arizona State University! Special presenters from NASA’s Mars team will share the latest news and discoveries from the Red Planet, and education specialists will showcase hands-on activities to help educators extend their students' science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM, learning.

A certificate for 6.5 professional development clock hours will be given for this conference. Conference participants will receive lesson plans, NASA materials and resources.

The conference will take place on Sept. 29, 2012, from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The deadline to register is Sept. 21, 2012.

For more information and to register, visit http://marsed.asu.edu/curiosityhaslanded.

Questions about this conference should be directed to marsed@mars.asu.edu.

Algebraic Equations: Transit Tracks -- Finding Habitable Planets Web Seminar

As part of a series of electronic professional development experiences for educators, NASA Explorer Schools and the National Science Teachers Association are hosting a 90-minute live professional development Web seminar for educators on Sept. 19, 2012, at 7:30 p.m. EDT. In this Web seminar, participants will learn about an engaging algebra activity called “Finding Habitable Planets” that allows students to analyze NASA data with the hopes of discovering planets in habitable zones of solar systems.

For more information and to register online, visit http://learningcenter.nsta.org/products/symposia_seminars/NES3/webseminar2.aspx.

To learn more about the NASA Explorer Schools project, visit http://explorerschools.nasa.gov.

Email any questions about this opportunity to the NES Help Desk at NASA-Explorer-Schools@mail.nasa.gov.

DEADLINE EXTENDED: NASA’s Glenn Research Center's Exploring Project

NASA's Glenn Research Center, or GRC, in Cleveland, Ohio, is accepting applications for the Exploring Project. This opportunity allows students to explore the variety of science, technology, engineering and mathematics career choices available at NASA and at Glenn Research Center.

During the months of October through April, participants spend two hours after school, once per week, meeting with Exploring advisors to take part in activities relating to one of five tracks. Applicants can choose from focus areas in Aeronautics, Computer Technology, Balloon Sat Technology, Human Space Flight and eXtreme Green.

Applicants must be U.S. citizens and between the ages of 14 and 20. Applications are due Sept. 17, 2012.

For more information about this opportunity, please visit http://www.nasa.gov/centers/glenn/education/NASAExplorers_GRC.html.

Questions about the GRC Exploring Project should be directed by email to GRC-Intern@mail.nasa.gov or by telephone to 216-433-6656.

NASA's Digital Learning Network Presents Space Shuttle Endeavour "Fly-Out" Celebration

NASA's Digital Learning Network, or DLN, is hosting a special event on Sept. 17, 2012, at 1 p.m. EDT to commemorate the departure of space shuttle Endeavour. Join DLN hosts Rachel Power and Joshua Santora live at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida as space shuttle Endeavour continues her journey on the back of the Shuttle Carrier Aircraft, a modified 747, to its final destination at the California Science Center in the heart of Los Angeles.

The Space Shuttle Endeavour "Fly-Out" Celebration will include special guests that have worked on the space shuttle over the years both on land and in space. Also, the DLN team from NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, located in Pasadena, Calif., will be giving a preview of what awaits Endeavour on the West Coast.

For more information and to watch the webcast online, visit the DLN website at http://dln.nasa.gov.

Do you have a question you would like to see answered live during the webcast? Send questions to dlinfochannel@gmail.com.

Inquiries about this webcast should be directed to Joshua Santora at Joshua.Santora@nasa.gov.

Free Education Webinar Series from the Aerospace Education Services Project

The Aerospace Education Services Project is presenting a series of free webinars throughout September 2012. All webinars can be accessed online. Join aerospace education specialists to learn about activities, lesson plans, educator guides and resources to bring NASA into your classroom.

I'm Signed up for NEON -- Now What? (Grades K-12)
Sept. 15, 2012, noon - 1 p.m. EDT
Aerospace education specialist Anne Weiss will introduce participants to basic features of the NASA Educators Online Network, or NEON, professional/collaborative learning community. Participants will also learn how to use NEON to find appropriate NASA standards-aligned activities that satisfy state-specific teaching standards.

Observing the Moon (Grades 4-12)
Sept. 19, 2012, 4:30 - 5:30 p.m. EDT
"International Observe the Moon Night: Under the Same Moon," takes place on Sept. 22, 2012. To prepare you for the event, aerospace education specialist Steve Culivan will explore NASA lunar missions and education resources. The speaker will also model ways to integrate these resources to enhance your classroom curriculum.

Putting NEON to Work for You (Grades K-12)
Sept. 20, 2012, 5 - 6 p.m. EDT
Aerospace education specialist Anne Weiss explains how to use the NASA Educators Online Network, or NEON’s, most important feature: the interest groups. Participants will role-play several scenarios to find out how NEON's various tools can be used to find NASA activities that align to state-specific standards.

Are Microbes Alive? (Grades 5-12)
Sept. 25, 2012, 4 - 5 p.m. EDT
Aerospace education specialist Susan Kohler will discuss how scientists define life and what characteristics are common to living things. This webinar will focus on a problem- based learning activity that connects the concept of requirements for life and serves as a bridge to activities in which participants speculate on the possibilities of life (possibly microbial life) on other planets in our solar system.

Are Microbes Alive? (Grades 5-12)
Sept. 25, 2012, 7 - 8 p.m. EDT
Aerospace education specialist Susan Kohler will discuss how scientists define life and what characteristics are common to living things. This webinar will focus on a problem- based learning activity that connects the concept of requirements for life and serves as a bridge to activities in which participants speculate on the possibilities of life (possibly microbial life) on other planets in our solar system.

Mission to Planet Earth: Remote Sensing (Grades 2-8)
Sept. 26, 2012, 4 - 5 p.m. EDT
The world around us is constantly changing. Sometimes these changes happen suddenly and are easily observed. In many cases, changes in the Earth are not easily seen, yet are readily apparent in comparisons made over time. Join aerospace education specialist Rick Varner for this session designed to help teachers and students appreciate these changes and study the impacts of Earth's natural systems and how humans affect their environment.

I'm Signed up for NEON -- Now What? (Grades K-12)
Sept. 29, 2012, 4:30 - 5:30 p.m. EDT
Aerospace education specialist Anne Weiss will introduce participants to basic features of the NASA Educators Online Network, or NEON, professional/collaborative learning community. Participants will also learn how to use NEON to find appropriate NASA standards-aligned activities that satisfy state-specific teaching standards.

For more information about these webinars, and to see a full list of webinars taking place through December 2012, visit http://neon.psu.edu/webinars/.

Questions about this series of webinars should be directed to Katie Hayden at Katie.S.Hayden@nasa.gov.

“A Century of Women in Aerospace” Family Day

For over 100 years, women have contributed to technological advances in aviation and space. Hear about the historic women who have inspired today’s role models during "A Century of Women in Aerospace" Family Day at the National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C. This event takes place on Sept. 15, 2012, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Meet women who've made a difference in aerospace and aviation, including NASA astronaut Serena Auñón. Enjoy story time and hands-on activities for children. See if you have the right stuff in the Astronaut Candidate Training Center and create a mission patch you can wear. Make old-fashioned pennants and tickets from the golden age of flight. Play the Women in Aerospace timeline game and get your historic pilot's license.

The event is free and open to the public.

For more information, visit http://airandspace.si.edu/events/eventDetail.cfm?eventID=3668.

Questions about this event should be directed to the visitor service line at 202-633-1000.

Smart Technologies Debuts Collaboration App for iPad

Smart Technologies Debuts Collaboration App for iPad

smart notebook ipad app
Smart Technologies has released a new app that will bring its collaborative learning software, Smart Notebook, to the iPad, allowing users to edit files and share their work on the company's interactive whiteboards.

Many Smart Board features are also available through the app, including the ability to open and edit Smart Notebook files from e-mail or file-sharing sites. Students can also use the iPad camera roll to drop images directly into files.
Additional application features include:
  • Page sorter view so users can view, add, or delete Smart Notebook software pages;
  • Zoom and pan to adjust page views;
  • Image insert;
  • Pen tools with four different colors; and
  • Object control that lets users delete, rotate, move, and scale objects.
Users can share their iPad screens on Smart Boards using AirPlay and an Apple TV, an HDMI, or via a VGA cable with the proper connectors.

The app retails at $6.99 and is available through the iTunes store.

Source:  http://thejournal.com/articles/2012/09/05/smart-technologies-releases-new-ipad-app.aspx?=THEMOB

AppyMall - "The Best Place to Find Apps for Kids"

http://www.appymall.com/


Free iOS App Today - Learnist

http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/learnist/id522850398

Learnist makes sharing what you know and learning from others fast and easy by remixing anything on the web like videos, ebooks, maps, blogs, podcasts, surveys and more into a simple and elegant learning resource on any topic that you can share with anyone. Learnist is like a collaborative, multimedia and interactive ebook from the future.

Free iOS App Today - Story Creator

http://itunes.apple.com/app/id545369477

With Story Creator you can easily create beautiful story books containing photos, videos, text, and audio all in one gorgeous collection. Story Creator truly brings your best stories to life and easily allows you to retell and share your most memorable moments.

THE Journal - Augmented Reality Apps Transform Class Time

http://thejournal.com/Articles/2012/09/12/Augmented-Reality-Apps-Transform-Class-Time.aspx?=THEMOB&Page=1

"Earlier this year, Google sparked a global conversation in the future of augmented reality with its forward-looking Project Glass, a pair of specially designed eyeglasses that promises to embed the most up-to-the-minute features of a smartphone, like traffic and weather patterns, into everyday vision.

Heralded as a technology of the future, many expect that it will be a while before augmented reality sees widespread adoption, especially in education where the annual K-12 Horizon Report, which analyzes trends in education technology, puts its projected time to adoption in the classroom at four to five years from now.

But students at the Calgary Science School in Alberta, Canada have been experimenting with augmented reality on iPads for close to a year now, using apps that leverage the tablet’s real-time camera display to design projects that add new layers of understanding to the world around them."

Click here to read the entire THE Journal Article...

Searchable App Bank Filters 50,000-plus Education Apps

http://thejournal.com/articles/2012/09/11/searchable-app-bank-filters-50000-plus-education-apps.aspx?=THEMOB

Searchable App Bank Filters 50,000-plus Education Apps

The Tennessee Board of Regents has launched its new Mobile App Education and Workforce Resource Center to assist educators looking for apps in their discipline. More than 50,000 hand-selected apps are already cataloged by the site, searchable by education level (preK to Ph.D. to workforce careers), price, and platform.

In addition to individual apps, the resource bank also collects curated app lists from around the Web. Recently, the site introduced an App Alert Service, where educators can sign up for automatic e-mail notification of new apps for their area and level of need.

"We talked to educators and asked if they have time to go to any resource bank to look for apps and they said, ‘No not really,'" says Robbie Melton, associate vice chancellor of e-learning and emerging mobilization technology. "This way, if you need, say, biology apps on the iPad, you’ll automatically receive an e-mail notification to see what new apps are in this bank, so you don’t miss something (that is) like a game changer."

Users can also submit new or unlisted apps for consideration. Each month, TBR library deans select an app of the month to highlight the best additions to the bank, with an iTunes gift card going to the submitter of the winning app.

About the Author
Stephen Noonoo is associate editor of T.H.E. Journal. He is on Twitter @stephenoonoo.

Note from Nathan Smith:  I was excited to learn about this resource.  When I visited, it still had a "coming soon" sign up - and was not active.  But this will be a great resource when it goes live.

Wolfram Geography Course Assistant


Recently we released the new Wolfram Geography Course Assistant App for iPhone, iPod touch, iPad, and PCs. Whether you’re studying for an exam or merely a geography nerd like me, there’s no better way to get either a general overview of the planet we all share or a really in-depth analysis of specific datasets. You can study Earth’s physical geography, geology and climate, political boundaries, demographics, economics, and social statistics. It might be the best $4.99 you’ve ever spent, and to prove it, allow me to attempt a persuasive argument.



Perhaps the most exciting way to demonstrate what makes the Wolfram Geography Course Assistant so powerful is to satisfy the requirements of an arbitrary and hypothetical classroom assignment. Suppose your teacher wants you to compare Australia and New Zealand on the premise that she likes competition for competition’s sake and needs to know which country is “better.” She leaves “better” undefined so that you come to your conclusion on your own. (Spoiler alert: We here at Wolfram|Alpha love every country equally, with all of our hearts.) Because I think it’s fun, and because I lived in New Zealand before working at Wolfram|Alpha, I’ll compare which country is larger or smaller across a number of sectors, although whether it’s better to be larger or smaller is up to you.

Let’s begin with the Physical Geography menu item, and then select the Geographic Properties sub-menu item, and type in New Zealand and Australia.

Wolfram Geography Course Assistant

We can see that Australia, being an island-continent, is substantially larger than New Zealand: 2,968,000 square miles compared to 103,738. (Or, roughly the contiguous United States versus Colorado, which are 3,120,000 and 104,094 square miles, respectively.)

Wolfram Geography Course Assistant

Separated by the Tasman Sea, Canberra and Wellington (the capital cities of Australia and New Zealand) are 1,448 miles away from each other. That’s 2 hours and 40 minutes away by airplane or 1 hour and 50 minutes by the speed of sound. There are heaps more features in Physical Geography, but let’s skip ahead to Geology and Climate.

We know that New Zealand has a lot of volcanic activity (volcanoes being responsible for Banks Peninsula on the South Island, among other features), but which of the two countries has the tallest volcano?

Wolfram Geography Course Assistant
Wolfram Geography Course Assistant

We can see that Australia’s tallest volcano, Heard, is 9,006 feet tall, about 175 feet shorter than New Zealand’s tallest, Ruapehu, at 9,177 feet. So if Australia takes up more physical space than New Zealand, at least New Zealand has a bigger lava faucet. (Note: Volcanoes are not actually faucets; they are ruptures in the planet’s crust that allow hot magma and gases to escape from below.)
Now let’s compare some of the nations’ demographics.

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Australia has a population of 21,500,000 people as of 2010, compared to New Zealand’s population of 4,300,000. But the reality is that many people, when they think of New Zealand, think of sheep. I’m really willing to bet a nonzero number of you reading made that association. It’s OK. I do, too—there’s even a sheep on my alma mater’s coat of arms (University of Canterbury in Christchurch.)

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Australia’s sheep population is 72,700,000 compared to New Zealand’s 32,400,000. However, we can see that proportionately, Australia’s sheep population has plummeted over the past few decades, where as New Zealand’s has experienced a steady decline. New Zealand maintains a higher ratio of sheep per person, but Australia’s total sector is 124% larger. Since our hypothetical assignment doesn’t indicate which of these is better, I’ll just leave it at that.

Of course, the Wolfram Geography Course Assistant App can do far more than analyze Oceania. You can compare median incomes and juxtapose the results with weather patterns, analyze student-teacher ratio compared to national literacy rates, or check out the tides forecast tomorrow in your city, among a breadth of other possibilities. For example, suppose you wanted to do a transverse Mercator projection, because they’re amazing:

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