Fri Dec 14, 2018 3:05 PM
Great content refresher!
Being a weather nerd myself, I found this SciGuide to be a great introductory guide for weather. Covering topics from the difference between climate and weather, to how weather affects everyday life, to the growing technology that is used to predict weather, it is a wonderful review of the many concepts students should know about. I really appreciate the utilization of the NOAA website as this is the one of the primary resources meteorologists use for making forecasts, even if they are locally based. As stated by previous reviewers, there are a few broken links, and for that I cannot give this guide five stars. An updated version would earn high regards in my opinion.
Fri Dec 14, 2018 2:55 PM
Informative and great for middle school.
Having just finished quantum mechanics and relativity courses prior to my student teaching semester, I found this SciPack to be a fantastic refresher of the basic concepts in electricity and magnetism. This pack contains some very cool visuals and simulations, but I did find the narration to be a bit boring. This is definitely best suited for middle school or low-level high school students in my opinion, but overall serves as a great summary.
Mon Oct 15, 2018 7:32 PM
Informative, applicable, & appropriately ordered.
Having no prior knowledge of the term "citizen science", I found these articles to be very enlightening. The first article "21st-Century Citizen Science" effectively defines citizen science and elaborates on the steps of the global science education continuum. These steps show the progression a teacher could take their classroom as they work toward the ultimate goal of citizen science: global contribution. "Citizen Science in Your Own Backyard" challenges the common narrative of students addiction to video games and social media to show them the immense worth of contributing to the world by collecting data in their own community. Several examples and stories are given about students' excitement and ability to gather data and contribute to science, all while learning valuable skills in the process. "Citizen Scientists: Investigating Science in the Community" further informs us of the citizen science programs available to students in their communities, focusing especially on bird-watching and astronomy. My favorite article, "Communities, Cameras, and Conservation", details a program based in Colorado where students gets hands-on experience collecting data of mountain lions that live right in their community. This program is brilliant because the students get to collect their own data using cameras and get excited to learn about science as they discover these lions are in places they normally hike and mountain bike. Lastly, "Project Citizen: Promoting Action-Oriented Citizen Science in the Classroom" appropriately wraps up this collection and gives educators steps to incorporate citizen science into their classroom. Students have the opportunity to identify a public issue, research it, present solutions to lawmakers and reflect on their learning experiences. Overall, these articles not only defined citizen science for me, but gave me ideas I can take with me as I begin my teaching career.