Resource Sharing Sites

Winter Resources:

Site that I created for the teachers in my district to help organize useful sites that I think that they might find useful.

Aker Science

This is my class website. It includes my blog, class Twitter feed, handouts, calendar, bio, teacher resources, and subject links.

Teaching Science 2.0

This is a wiki that I use for a variety of classes. Of most interest is the description of a variety of web tools and classroom "web 2.0" projects.

Formative Assessment

This is a section of my blog that contains a variety of formative assessment examples. I will continue to add to the examples.

Dolores Gende Home

Dolores Gende Home: Honors Physics, AP Physics, Astronomy, PhysicsQuests, Physics Projects
These are some of my websites with lots of links to resources: tutorials, labs, demos, projects, online activities

Region VI TLTC STEM Portal
Region VI TLTC STEM Portal is the location of the STEM portal I have created at Google Sites. I hope it might be of some value to all of you as it embraces so important a topic to us today. I try to get into it once in a while to add and remove items, but you know how that is. :) Please feel free to email me with things I have omitted but you feel would be beneficial for each of the four areas with a link and a brief description. We can all continue to benefit from the collaborative opportunities made available to us here at SciDo! :)

Science Literacy Resources

Topics we can tackle/ discuss here:
  • Science Literacy
  • The Nature of Science
  • This History of Science

Questions to consider:
How do you teach your students about the Nature of Science?
Do you do have a specific activity/ lesson/ unit which focuses on the Nature of Science or do you incorporate it into other topics?
Do you discuss with your students the importance of Science/ why they think they are learning about Science? What brainstorm questions do you ask them to get them to think about this?
What are good web resources/ classroom activities out there for teaching about the Nature of Science?
What misconceptions do students have about the Nature of Science?

Types of resources you can add:
Anything that might be helpful to others! Including websites, book titles, links to articles, webtools, pictures, classroom anecdotes, ideas, suggestions, activities, etc.

scientifically informed citizens

"The Symphony of Science" video on you tubefor inspiration or as a discussion starter.
Physics Today article on "What is Science?"
Video Series (Biology): Rediscovering Biology: Molecular to Global Perspectives (HS, Annenberg Media)
Video Series (Misconceptions): Private Universe Project and A Private Universe video segment (Harvard Graduation scene, discusses why even the brightest students do not grasp basic Science concepts).
Video Series (Misconceptions): Minds of Our Own (Picks up where the Private Universe Videos left off)
Two Video Series (Earth Science): Planet Earth and Earth Revealed by Annenberg Media
Video Series (Physics): The Mechanical Universe and Beyond (Helps teachers desmystify Physics)
Website: The WHY Files (Explains the Science behind the news in plain terms, great resource for teachers)
Recommended book: Science Literacy for the 21st Century (Edited by Marshall, Scheppler and Palmisano, 2003) includes essays by well-known scientists and science educators.

Nature of Science Resources

Link to History & Nature of Science Shared Google Docs Folder
AWESOME NOS Lessons from Evolution and Nature of Science Institutes: Including Magic Hooey Stick, Mystery Boxes, Palpating Pachyderms, Flat Earth...
Misconceptions: Science is... "Memorizing a bunch of facts," "What nerds in a white coat do," "The opposite of religion," "Really difficult,"
A good summary of NOS from Project2061, Science for All Americans:
NSTA official statement about NOS:
Activity: On fist day of class, groups of students given digital cameras and told to photograph things around the Science room they want to learn more about. Alternatively, they could be asked to put together a slideshow of their own pictures (eg. around their house, from internet, etc) and explain why want to learn more about them, what draws them to these objects/ images.
Web Video: Use the //Mystery Box// demo shown in this YouTube video to start discussion.
Eric Brunsell's shares how he introduces NOS in his Elementary Science Methods class here.
Movie: "Lorenzo's Oil" (to discuss how a lot of discoveries/ research in Science are done in isolation but it is only when they come together that they make sense of the bigger picture).
Video: "Valley of the T-Rex" (Discovery Channel DVD) Goes through the evidence of T-Rex being a scavenger or a predator.
Video Series: "Search for Solutions Videos" (NSTA, Info and Request by clicking on the link). For Juniors and Seniors in HS, goes through nature and process of scientific ]discovery.
Activity: "The Great Fossil Find" Students reinforce that science is tentative and based on evidence.
Teacher article: //The Importance of Teaching the Nature of Science// (by Larry Flamer, appeared on The American Biology Teacher, April 2006)
Example of Survey you can use with your students to discuss what Science is and what it isn't: Science Knowledge Survey (by ENSI/ SENSI)
Activity: Illusions (Using optical illusions/ perception to discuss the NOS)
Activity: Deep Ignorance (Emphasizes how little we know, how much there is still to discover and Science as a way of knowing)

History of Science Resources

Link to History & Nature of Science Shared Google Docs Folder
Webtool: Use TimeToast to create a collaborative timeline of the History of Science with your students. Easy to use and you can even add photos, great stuff!
Website: "4000 Years of Women in Science"
Article (Role of Research in Solving Problems/ Chem Research): From Explosives to the Gas that Heals: Nitric Oxide in Biology and Medicine ( National Academy of Sciences resources website)
Article (Biochem Research): Insect Pheronomes (also from
Article (Biology Research): Disarming a Deadly Virus (also from
Article (Physics Research): A Life Saving Window on the Mind and Body: Development of MRI (
Website: Greatest Engineering Achievements of the 20th Century (by the National Academy of Engineering)

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