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STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) gets lots of love these days, though there is an increasing number of educators that are starting to embrace STEAM too (the A is for Arts). After all, if you ask any engineer or technologist about their work, they will tell you that an ability to think creatively is an important part of their profession. Here are some tools to “STEAMify” your instruction.

  • Kodable – Get 30% off a Kodable School Plan when you request a quote for your school today.  KICKSTARTER CAMPAIGN SUPPORTER!
  • Robo Maths Age 3-6 – Help a robot solve math problems to navigate a maze and rescue kittens in this game for young learners.
  • My Incredible Body – Take a trip through an interactive, animated, 3D tour of the body’s skeleton, muscles, organs, nerves, and blood vessels.
  • Notezilla – Practice reading sheet music by listening to a song and watching its notes in sync on the screen.
  • Make It @ Your Library – Create a makerspace with this series of how-to guides from Instructables that have been curated by librarians.

Want more? Check out these collections of tools created by members like you.

  • STEaM Tools – Curated by technology teacher and integrationist Leslie Whittington.

Enjoy these great tools for educators!
- Mike Lee, Co-founder of edshelf

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High school science teacher Tyler DeWitt was ecstatic about a lesson plan on bacteria (how cool!) — and devastated when his students hated it. The problem was the textbook: it was impossible to understand. He delivers a rousing call for science teachers to ditch the jargon and extreme precision, and instead make science sing through stories and demonstrations. (Filmed at TEDxBeaconStreet.)

Tyler DeWitt recognizes that textbooks are not the way to get young people interested in science. Instead, he teaches science by making it fun and fantastical.


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Welcome to the Periodic Table of Comic Books. Click on an element to see a list of comic book pages involvingthat element. Click on a thumbnail on the list to see a full comic bookpage. For technical information about an element, follow the link to Mark Winter’s WebElements. We recommend that you start with oxygen to see some of our best stuff. There’s something for everyone here!
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This is the second post in a series of posts that will be featuring a variety of free web resources on different subject areas. Yesterday we posted about 10 Free Social Studies Resources and today we will be covering Science resources. The aim behind these series is to provide teachers with a solid online background on the subjects they teach .

As for today, we are providing you with a list of some great free resources on Science. Check them out and let us know if we have missed any important link.
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By WRAL Tech Wire STEM News

Research Triangle Park, N.C. — Science, technology, engineering and math are getting as boost from applications – lots of them.

To help educators, parents and students find some of the top ones, has published their top 50 iPad apps for STEM.

“Despite early doubts, the iPad has proven to be an incredibly valuable tool for education, both in the classroom and in homes around America, according to a OU blog post dated May 30. “By offering students, from elementary school all the way up to the university level, the chance to do some hands-on learning, exploring, and sometimes even educational gaming, the device makes education fun and exciting, something that isn’t always easy to do.”

Online Universities is an online resource for students interested in going to college online. Their goal is to assist students in finding the best online university that fits the needs and demands of today’s student.

See the List, CLICK HERE

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Why Integrate Map Making into Curriculum?

  • It’s fun and engaging!
  • Creates ties between content and place
  • Maps are interactive and easy to update
  • Maps can be great assessment tools

Good Content for Map Making

  • You have information or data that is place-based.
  • You want to show
    • information that varies depending on location.
    • distribution of something over an area.
    • a path or route of travel.

What Can Be Included in a Map

  • Text
  • Hyperlinks
  • Photos and Images
  • Video

Examples of Maps

Examples from QUEST

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What likely will be a wave of the future took a 2 ½-week stop at Hinsdale Middle School in May.

About 250 eighth-graders had the experience of creating chapters for their own science textbook, thanks to some new technology and guidance from science teachers Kelly Pelak Ditmars and Jane Fetty.

Using a new Apple computer application, iBooks Author, students worked in groups of four to five to create actual online chapters for a book about environmental science. iBooks Author allows for the creation of books using an iPad, although other Mac laptops were used in the process. The books can include photo galleries, video, interactive diagrams and several other features.

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Sudden Cardiac Arrest can strike anyone, anywhere—and when it does, a victim’s chance of survival depends on the people around them. That could mean you! Fast recognition, calling 911, immediate CPR and use of an AED (Automated External Defibrillator) can double—or even triple—a victim’s chance of survival. So how do we improve the odds?*

We’re Training a Team of Heart Heroes
Be the Beat is an online Sudden Cardiac Arrest awareness initiative to teach teens all across the country the simple steps that can save a life—and create the next generation of lifesavers.
Don’t Just Stand There!
It only takes a few minutes to learn about a critical skill that could save a life. You can make a difference! Check out the games, music, videos and giveaways here and join the movement of teen lifesavers—just like you—who are ready to step in and Be the Beat if they ever need to.
Teachers and administrators can visit to find free tools that can help start and sustain CPR and AED programs.
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Finding free interactive resources to teach about the human body is not an easy task. I have received several emails from some teachers asking for websites they can use to teach about the human body parts and its anatomy. I am sorry  that I am late a little bit but I have been really really busy .

The following links below are what you will need to share with your students and let them enjoy the human body through interactive imaging, games, exercises and more. Enjoy.

Click Here to see the list…


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Built from the ground up to address state and Core Standards, Discovery Education SCIENCE TECHBOOK is the new primary instructional resource for elementary and middle schools. Dynamic, interactive resources support the 5E Model of Instruction and capture digitally native students’ attention.

  • Lively, interactive resources that capture the attention of students
  • Custom, in-person professional development builds capacity to ensure effective implementation
  • Cost-effective and efficient
  • Organized around the teacher-friendly 5E Instructional Model and integrates the nature of science and inquiry into every phase of learning
  • Designed around big ideas and essential questions
  • Customized to your state standards
  • Student resources for ALL learning styles
  • Key teacher resources
  • Up-to-date content
  • Real-time feedback

Classroom Before Discovery Education SCIENCE TECHBOOK

Classroom After Discovery Education SCIENCE TECHBOOK

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The Google Science Fair is in its second year in partnership with CERN, LEGO, National Geographic and Scientific American. The competition is open to students between the ages of 13 – 18 from all over the world. Students will have the opportunity to compete for over $100,000 in scholarship funds, an expedition to the Galapagos, life changing experiences at CERN, Google and LEGO and a new Science in Action Award courtesy of Scientific American. This year we also have some great educator resources to help you bring the Science Fair into your classroom and encourage your students to explore their scientific passion. Visit for more information.

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The Andes Physics Tutor is a free resource that is described as “an intelligent homework helper for Physics.” Andes allows students work draw diagrams, enter equations, and define variables just as if they were doing so on paper, but Andes will tell the students if they are correct or not, and give hings when asked. Research showed students learned more this way than with traditional paper problems.

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is a Physics Teacher and Educational Technology Specialist in Southwestern CT. I am also a Paramedic and EMS-Instructor.   He has an insightful post on his blog today about:

Some other teachers asked me what I use with my classes, since I don’t use a textbook. The textbooks we have are 20+ years old, hard to understand and not very good in general. Instead, I use a collection of resources with my students. (I do use a Physics textbook, Giancoli Physics, with my AP class).

Absolutely worth reading if you are wondering about using or not using textbooks, etc.  CLICK HERE to read the full story.

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24/7 Science by The Lawrence Hall of Science has science games and hands-on activities for elementary school students.

24/7 Science has a game section with 25 online games for students to play independently. The hands-on activities section has 13 hands-on science learning activities that students can do with the supervision.

They have an educators section that is underdevelopment.  Science teachers, check it out, look pretty good., CLICK HERE