Created for professional development leaders at middle and high school levels, the cards are part of Tool 1 of the Five Tools and Processes, a set of resources developed collaboratively by the American Museum of Natural History, BSCS, and the K–12 Alliance at WestEd to help educators better understand the Framework and the NGSS and learn how to translate any middle school or high school standards page into instruction and classroom assessment. The NGSS Card Decks aid teachers in making their own meaning from an NGSS standards page. Manipulating the cards—which are color coded by NGSS and formatted to be printed directly onto Avery notecard stock (i.e., one “element” or bullet per card)—allows teachers to more easily map out learning goals for a unit. For more details about the cards and how to use them, along with additional information on the Five Tools and Processes, visit the website.
This website offers tutorials and other resources for building model rockets and launchers, from basic single-bottle models to over-the-top constructions with boosters and more. Written for model rocketry enthusiasts of all ages—and adaptable for use with middle level and high school audiences (grades 6–12)—the site features informational articles, launch videos, and useful Frequently Asked Questions that address common problems in model rocketry, such as How can I make my rocket fly higher?, How much water should I put in my rocket?, How can I make my rocket fly straighter?, and other concerns. Teachers may also be interested in participating in Air Command’s 10 Challenges, which provides opportunities for students to design, build, and test water rockets for strength, speed, precision, power, and other factors and then share their results/attempts with the online model rocketry community.
Full Link: http://www.aircommandrockets.com/index.htm
STEM Smart briefings provide K–12 teachers with the support and content needed to have an evidence-based conversation with school administration or other policy leaders regarding science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) success. Each two- to three–page brief is formatted to highlight a STEM challenge or Problem, outline key Research or Promising Practices relating to the issue as indicated in the National Research Council (NRC) reports Successful K–12 STEM Education and Monitoring Progress Toward Successful K–12 STEM Education, and offer Recommendations or next steps for teachers. Topics address Connecting Informal and Formal STEM Education; Raising the Bar: Increasing STEM Achievement for All Students; Nurturing STEM Skills in Young Learners, PreK–3; Preparing Students for College and Careers in STEM; Teaching and Learning Under the Next Generation Science Standards; and other challenges.
In asking good questions of students, teachers are providing a great model for student questioning. But, what are good questions? There is plenty of reading material available on the art of questioning, but one of the best (and the briefest) is the article “The Right Question at the Right Time,” written by Jos Elstgeest and originally published in the book Primary Science: Taking the Plunge (Heinemann 2001). An oldie but goodie, the article explains the different types of productive questions (e.g., attention-focusing, measuring and counting, comparison, action, and problem posing) and provides guidelines for using them effectively. It also offers practical advice on the best ways to respond to reasoning questions (e.g., how and why questions), an essential question type in science but one of the most challenging kinds to address. While the article was written using examples from elementary classrooms, the content is applicable to teachers of all levels, K–college.
Neuroimaging technique may help predict autism among high-risk infants
Brain patterns precede behavioral symptoms of autism
- June 7, 2017
- NIH/Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development
- Functional connectivity magnetic resonance imaging (fcMRI) may predict which high-risk, 6-month old infants will develop autism spectrum disorder by age 2 years, according to a new study.
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Apple’s Swift Playgrounds, its educational coding app for iPad, has a new way for students to learn to code using robots, drones and musical instruments. The Swift Playgrounds 1.5 update will be available as a free download on the App Store beginning today, June 5. Swift Playgrounds is for students and beginners learning to code with Swift, Apple’s programming language for building world-class apps. Apple is working with leading device makers to make it easy to connect to Bluetooth-enabled robots within the Swift Playgrounds app, allowing kids to program and control popular devices, including LEGO MINDSTORMS Education EV3, the Sphero SPRK+, Parrot drones, and more. Swift Playgrounds is compatible with all iPad Air and iPad Pro models and iPad mini 2 and later running iOS 10 or later.
Full Link: https://www.apple.com/swift/playgrounds/
This game-based quiz program offers assessments for students in grades 2–12 in a variety of core subjects, including science, math, language arts, and history. Teachers can use the website’s pre-existing quizzes or create their own. The science quizzes employ the key vocabulary and concepts in the NGSS, providing useful practice for students preparing for standardized science assessments. The quizzes’ game-based nature makes reviewing the material fun for students.
Full Link: https://www.jognog.com/Teachers.aspx