Monthly Archives: April 2012

25 Free Resources from Discovery Education

1. New Teacher Survival Central – http://www.discoveryeducation.com/survival/index.cfm

2. Curiosity – explore and learn a variety of topics – http://curiosity.discovery.com/

3. Clip Art Gallery – free clip art – http://school.discoveryeducation.com/clipart/?pID=clipart

4. Energy Balance 101 – get and keep students healthy – http://energybalance101.com/

5. The Road Ahead – energy lessons and resources – http://generalmotors.discoveryeducation.com/

6. Ready Classroom – emergency prep – http://readyclassroom.discoveryeducation.com/#/map

7. Web 20.11 – web 2.0 and tech tools for teachers – http://web2011.discoveryeducation.com/

8. Seimans Science Day – science activities, lessons, resources –http://siemensscienceday.discoveryeducation.com/

9. Turfmutt – environmental lessons and resources –http://turfmutt.discoveryeducation.com/homepage.cfm

10. Toyota Teen Driver – driver safety and simulation –http://toyotateendriver.discoveryeducation.com/

11. Discovery Educator Blog Network – http://goo.gl/VV7tv

12. Seimens STEM Academy – STEM Resources and lessons – http://goo.gl/9B9aJ

13. Discovery News – daily news and lesson resources – http://news.discovery.com/

14. Discovery School’s Lesson Planner – resources and lesson plan creator –http://school.discoveryeducation.com/teachingtools/lessonplanner/index.html

15. Head Rush – science resources, video clips and show – http://goo.gl/C3joV
16. Science Fair Central – science fair tips and resources –http://school.discoveryeducation.com/sciencefaircentral/

17.  Kathy Schrock’s Guide for Educators – lots of great stuff –http://school.discoveryeducation.com/schrockguide/

18. Science of Everyday Life – http://www.scienceofeverydaylife.com/

19. Puzzle Maker – create your own puzzles for class –  http://puzzlemaker.discoveryeducation.com/

20. Siemens We Can Change the World Challenge – http://siemens.discoveryeducation.com/

21. Parent Resources – http://www.discoveryeducation.com/parents/index.cfm

22. Explore the Blue – lessons about water for all subjects –http://exploretheblue.discoveryeducation.com/

23.  NASA at 50 – great resources about NASA and science –http://www.discoveryeducation.com/NASAat50/

24.  WebMath – math resources and help – http://webmath.com/

25. Free Student Resources – homework help and more –http://www.discoveryeducation.com/students/index.cfm

Bonus!
Hub for Teachers – storytelling in the classroom – http://hubforteachers.com/storytelling-in-classroom/index.cfm

Discovery Educator Network, Free online conferences, Day of Discovery

Training Resources for Discovery Education tools and resources – http://goo.gl/usJsd

Discovery Education on Twitter – http://goo.gl/c2qxs

Other Free Resources:

Twitter! – connect with other educators – http://goo.gl/6gaIy
Evernote – free, note taking, web clips, and organization: http://goo.gl/OPHf1
Sugarsync – free (5GB) file sync and backup: http://goo.gl/E6MXI
DropBox – free (5GB) file sync and backup: http://goo.gl/cwPA

 Please post a comment if you use or have used any of these and how you have used them!
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Possible Professional Development Resource

Technology in education is only as good as the teachers that are inspired – and know – how to use it.  Many teachers and parents might feel overwhelmed at the prospect of using new technology or learning more about a particular topic.

Giving teacher the chance to learn more – whether about technology or a STEM topic – is crucial to the success of STEM education.

Here is list website that lists FREE computer science classes offered online by different institutions.  This could be a great professional development opportunity for teachers or an opportunity for students wanting to learn more.

I appreciate your feedback/comments!

Girls and Women in STEM website

I came across a  website  that offers a little different perspective regarding STEM and that is that it covers girls and women in STEM.  Through this website you can learn about female engineers and scientists and learn about their work.  As the mother of three daughters, I found it a refreshing change from the standard STEM profile that I am used to seeing.

According to a white paper produced by the U.S. Department of Commerce entitled Women in STEM: A Gender Gap in Innovation, although women fill close to half of all jobs in the U.S. economy, they hold less than 25 per- cent of STEM jobs.   The same paper  it was found that women with STEM jobs earned 33 percent more than comparable women in non-STEM jobs – considerably higher than the STEM premium for men.  According to the Census Bureau’s 2009 American Community Survey (ACS), women comprise 48 per- cent of the U.S. workforce but just 24 percent of STEM workers.

These are just some of the reasons to introduce girls to the idea of a STEM professions and I think this website is a fun and easy way to do that.