CoSpaces – Create Your Own Virtual Reality World

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WHO: Teachers looking for a fun and exciting way for students to demonstrate mastery of content, while utilizing the latest trend of Virtual Reality.

HOW: Sign up for a free account at https://cospaces.io, select “Create Project” and get started!  CoSpaces may not be the easiest for the digital immigrants (those who have not grown up with technology), but for students that have spent a good amount of time playing Minecraft, should pick it up and run!

WHEN: CoSpaces could be useful in a variety of classroom projects.  Ideas include virtual book reports (students create a scene and record their voice explaining), capture a moment in time (Dinosaurs, American Revolution, Ancient Egypt, etc..), or creating biomes, or community planning.  CoSpaces could be considered the new-age way of creating shoebox dioramas.

CoSpaces allows students to get hands-on with their learning and demonstrate what they were able to comprehend from the classroom.  The environment allows the user to add pictures, voice, and text, as well as many pre-made figures.  After creating a scene, students can view each others creations on the computer, tablet, or with a Virtual Reality headset.

 

Here is a video from CoSpaces to help you get started:

How to Create in CoSpaces from CoSpaces on Vimeo.

Teachers Try Science – Lesson Plans and Resources

WHO: Teachers looking for lesson plans and resources for Algebra, Earth Science, Geometry, Measurement, Physical Science, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Computer Science, and Special Needs.

HOW: Teachers sign up for a free account at http://www.teacherstryscience.org/, click on “Lesson Plans”, and sort through topic, target grade (5-12), and/or estimated time required.  Teachers Try Science will then give many options of lesson plans to try.  Many of these lesson plans also contain any resources, such as worksheets, presentation, etc..

WHEN: The summer months are a great time to start looking ahead for lessons the next school year. As teachers, we should reflect on the lessons we use, and be open to seeing what works for others.

Google Science Fair 2016 – Now Open!

WHO:  Teachers and students looking to turn an idea into reality.

HOW: Students ages 13-18 can enter their science project in to the Google Science Fair.  If students need help coming up with ideas for a project, they can use the “Make It Better” generator or teachers can use the “Idea Toolkit” to help inspire students.  Visit https://www.googlesciencefair.com/en/ to register and find more information.

WHEN: Deadline to register is 5/18/16, to view the entire timeline, click here.

PhET – Interactive Simulations for Math and Science

 

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WHO: Teachers looking for interactive simulations to use in science and math classes.

HOW: While not required, it’s worth the few seconds to register for an account. PhET is free, but there is an option for donations to help support. The teacher can sift through the large variety of topics to find what they are currently covering in class. These simulations could be projected in front of the class to work as a whole, or posted to a classroom website for individual or small group work.

WHEN: PhET would be useful during lectures or as assigned work. These simulations allow for experiments without needing to purchase a wide variety of supplies. The embed option makes it simple for teachers to add to their LMS of choice.

Mystery Science – Ready To Go K-5 Science Lessons

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WHO: Teachers looking for engaging activities tied to NGSS for their K-5 Science lessons.

HOW: While they are currently developing lessons for K-5, there are lessons available for classes in grades 2-5.  Teachers head over to http://mysteryscience.com/, sign up for an account (currently free until the end of the school year, annual membership pricing available here), and then select a lesson.  Each lesson starts with a questions and contains three components.  First is a video lesson, followed by a hands on activity, and also includes a list of materials needed for activity preparation.

WHEN: These lessons are great for science curriculum.  Teachers may use them once a week or model their entire course around them.

Eduvee: Personalized Digital Learning Platform

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WHO: Teachers and students looking for individual course material.

HOW: Teachers can create classes online with all of their students enrolled in the same course.  If a student wants help on their own, they can create an account and start coursework.  Eduvee has many different courses built in, with multimedia based lessons, and assessments with confidence meters.

WHEN: Eduvee is a great option for enrichment coursework.  Whether it is letting students explore topics of interest on their own, or having a teacher leading the way with Eduvee to guide. This would also greatly benefit smaller schools that may not have the staffing to provide coursework that is available.

Courses available as of 10/19/15:

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Video from Eduvee:

Glean: Video Lessons for Science and Math

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WHO: Science and Math Teachers, students, tutors, or parents looking for video lessons in Algebra, Geometry, Algebra 2, Biology, Chemistry. Coming soon include Calculus, Physics and Organic Chemistry.

HOW: Sign up for a free account at https://glean.co/ and get started!  Teachers/tutors can assign lessons to classes, students/parents can simply choose a topic.

WHEN: Glean.co is great for flipped classrooms.  Teachers can assign videos for homework and spend the following class period reinforcing the material covered with their students.

Glean has videos from the best teachers, allows for peer to peer help, and adapts to fit the learning style of the user.  Students have the options for self-guided learning as well.  If they get stuck on a topic, alternate video are available to watch for a different approach.

Glean Insights allow teachers to see how students are progressing with lessons, how much time they have spent, and what percentage students have completed as well.  Insights track when students review parts of videos as well.