Boeing’s 787: Dreamliner or Nightmare?

When Boeing introduced the new 787 Dreamliner airplane in 2011, it touted the innovative airplane as lighter and 20% more fuel efficient than other airplanes due in part to the use of lithium-ion batteries. However, the Dreamliner has been plagued by a string of recent safety incidents. On January 8, 2013, a flight from Boston […]

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You Can Run a Science Fair – Online Tools and Resources

By upper elementary, most students have had the experience of working though a science fair project. Learning the basics of the scientific method and following a plan of research are essential skills that students must take from their science education experience. By the middle grades, many school science fairs take a turn for the more […]

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Head in the Clouds – Digitally Speaking

Just like the rapid billowing clouds of a swift winter storm, recently, a new type of cloud seems to have swept through the digital world in a powerful way. The ‘cloud’ has become synonymous for the Internet. It is the latest metaphor to describe the World Wide Web. It is the newest and most efficient […]

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Adventures on the Web

 The school schedule can be challenging; tight blocks are set aside for more activities than the day can fit. For topics that only need a class period to cover, the hectic scheduling is not too challenging. However consider science concepts that tend to require multiple class periods to sufficiently cover. If we try to implement […]

Teaching with WebQuests

How can teachers encourage critical and analytic thinking, develop problem-solving skills, and integrate technology into the curriculum? It might seem challenging, but a WebQuest provides students the opportunity to explore a topic while honing these critical skills. And, it’s fun! Webquest is an effective way to incorporate inquiry learning through technology into the classroom.  In […]

Apps for Back to School

Remember the days when ‘back to school’ supplies consisted of pencils, folders, and a three-ring binder (remember ‘Trapper Keepers’?). Ahh…the good old (and less-expensive) days. Today’s supply lists include a few additional items; DVDs, CDs, thumb drives, graphing calculators, memory cards/sticks, digital cameras, e-readers, and even laptop computers and tablets! Considering that most students are […]

Skype in the Classroom

Need a free, fast, and insta-global method for collaborating on projects for K-12 science, math, social studies, or language arts projects? Now the internationally recognized and readily used software program, Skype, has stepped up to provide just that – a conduit for students to truly work together with other classrooms in just about any other […]

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