I learned recently about a fascinating twist on school gardening available through the International Space Station. You can request tomato seeds that have spent time on the ISS. Then your students grow them in your school garden and compare them to Earth-bound controls. They even get access to the data from all other participating schools. … Continue reading Out-Of-This-World Gardening
I usually post about science education, but I know some of my readers teach multiple subjects. I took one of these free, online courses with Waynesburg University several years ago in order to improve my ability to help all subject areas with content-area literacy. These courses help teachers locate primary sources from the online holdings … Continue reading Teaching with Primary Sources
So a friend tagged me on Facebook with a "What's your spirit biological macromolecule quiz?" from Buzzfeed. (I'm collagen, thanks for asking.) The questions were ridiculous and silly, but I thought--what a great idea! I can see getting kids to write quizzes... What step of photosynthesis are you? (Are you the sort to have your … Continue reading Buzzfeed Biology (and other sciences)
I was excited about squishy circuits--a teaching tool for electricity designed by AnnMarie Thomas--that I discovered while researching a new project I'm doing. I brought it in to my daughter's school to show my maker-librarian friend. She whips out her phone and starts recording me as I'm talking, and then posts it to School Tube! … Continue reading Stuck in School Tube!