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Amazing list of web tools for educators

Hello, Everyone!

It has been awhile since I have been up here.  But I am back and anxious to discuss, share and discover new technology tools for education!

The following list highlights some of the best web tools for educators for 2012.

IF you use any of these already, or because of this post, please check back and add a comment that describes your use, etc.

Good kids, good schools create great outcomes

This is an editorial that recently appeared in the August 16 issue of the Traverse City Record Eagle.  Just as much as we are focusing on things that need to be improved with our schools, we also need to highlight the amazing students that pass through their doors and what they are able to become because of what is working well within our schools.

Editorial: Good kids, good schools create great outcomes.

August is Connected Educator Month

Just as students need the opportunity to connect with other students, teachers need to connect and collaborate with other teachers.  Many times these opportunities to connect occur online.  Collaboration occurs.  Ideas are shared.  New tools are discussed and critiqued.  The number of new technology tools that can be used by teachers in the STEM arena continues to grow.  Many teachers might be hesitant to use new tools unless they hear testimonials from other teachers or are given ideas for how to use them.

Connecting educators with online communities to advance their professional learning is the goal of the first Connected Educator Month, a U.S. Department of Education initiative that kicks off today, August 1, and continues through the month. The flurry of keynotes, panel discussions, book chats, and other interactive online events should give participants plenty to think about and, more importantly, discuss with colleagues as they head into the new school year.

Please come back and share if you do attend any of the events offered!

Great tool to help teachers make tutorials

When I was part of the team that placed SMARTBoards in classrooms at my daughters’ elementary school, one of the first outputs was the need for teachers to get some sort of assistance creating tutorials for their existing curriculum. With the help of a couple of invaluable volunteers that were in the building throughout the school year, teachers were able to create some amazing tutorials by topic, some of which were also created with the help of students.

There are many tool out there for teachers to create tutorials and more being developed all the time. One that crossed my path recently is very easy to use and is called

and their website even serves as a repository where teachers and students can find lessons by topic that have been made by other educators.

If you have used this website or anything similar for creating and sharing tutorials, share it hear with a comment to this post.

New STEM Educational Partnership Announced

To demonstrate the importance of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) to a young person’s education and potential career path, Chevron and the United States Golf Association (USGA) announced a new partnership (today) designed to encourage students in the STEM disciplines through golf.

“By partnering with the United States Golf Association, we hope to make STEM more engaging and fun,” said Linda Padon, general manager of Corporate Public Policy. “Making STEM more appealing to students now will help us meet the increasing demand for the STEM jobs of the future.”
The new partnership includes promotion of our STEM Zone, which highlights the science of golf. Above, a student learns about slope and acceleration, both key elements of putting.
As part of the new, multi-year agreement, we will become an official partner of the USGA. Together, our organizations will create content and unique experiences that showcase the science behind many of the USGA’s core functions, including course set-up, equipment testing and soil management/plant sciences research. The partnership will also promote STEM, while introducing young people to many of the fundamental elements of golf.

Ride Into the STEM ZONE

Our STEM Zone™ exhibit, one of first showcases of the new partnership, will be featured at this week’s U.S. Open Championship at The Olympic Club in San Francisco, California. This unique, student-friendly experience highlights the science of golf through a variety of learning stations, including one where students gain hands-on experience on aerodynamics, slope and acceleration to understand how velocity and lift affect a golf ball. The exhibit will also show students how to measure speed on the putting green through the use of a Stimpmeter.

The STEM Zone exhibit also will contain a mock television studio so students can get a first-hand understanding about broadcast and media technology used to produce a golf broadcast.

Eagles for Education

Additionally, the new partnership will include support for our EAGLES FOR EDUCATION® program through the U.S. Open, U.S. Women’s Open and U.S. Senior Open. Through this charitable initiative, our company and the USGA will contribute $10,000 for every eagle scored during the three USGA championships to help fund golf-related educational programs, with a total annual minimum commitment of $500,000.
The need to invest in STEM education is growing across the United States. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that 15 of the 20 fastest-growing occupations in 2014 will require science or math knowledge. Chevron’s support of education, especially in the critically important areas of science and math, are industry-leading and will be expanded through our partnership with the USGA. In the United States, our company has invested nearly $100 million in education over the past three years alone.
source:  http://www.chevron.com

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!

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.

Two education resource worth using

In my work, I come across numerous sources of educational materials that can be used by students, teachers and parents.  More and more students are using these solo as well to supplement their own project-based learning.

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are two websites worth looking into no matter what topic you teach.

I would love to hear feedback if you already use these sites and what you use them for!

STEM Resources for Teachers and Parents

This website is amazing and pretty up-to-date with some great STEM resources for teachers and parents alike.  You query by topic and by grade.

Please let us know if you have used this site before or use it for the first time! Also please share any similar STEM web resources you might use.