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STEM Teaching Toolkit

The National Commission on Teaching and America’s Future’s (NCTAF) Learning Studios program has produced a toolkit to help K-12 district curriculum coordinators and teacher-leaders improve science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) curriculum design through authentic, collaborative, PBL experiences. The toolkit provides a set of design and evaluation tools, protocols, rubrics, and case studies to help education stakeholders improve STEM curriculum and make connections to Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) in three ways: by engaging outside content experts to bring real-world content, data, and experiences into teaching and learning; by developing cross-curricular teams that explore STEM integration; and by integrating subject areas to strengthen science learning for all students. See

“Freebies for Science Teachers”. NSTA Reports. Summer 2015. Volume 27, No. 1. 


Take Action Project (TAP)

TAP is a project-based learning (PBL) curriculum that guides students through the process of taking informed and effective action on a science-related issue of their choice. Developed by California middle level educators Sue Boudreau and Karen Snielsen and others, the curriculum emphasizes critical-thinking and workplace skills. Students complete their chosen PBL projects within a traditional school schedule, taking about 20 lessons spread over a semester. Boudreau describes how she implements the curriculum in her classroom, providing a useful model for interested educators to follow, in the blog at (click on TAP Curriculum in the list of categories).

“Freebies for Science Teachers”. NSTA Reports. Summer 2015. Volume 27, No. 1. 

If anyone checks this out let me know how they are 🙂


Chemistry Career Videos

These videos from the American Chemical Society, introduce elementary and middle level students to unique careers involving chemistry. In All About Droughts, for example, students meet scientist Collins Balacombe, who works to keep drinking water safe and find new ways to reuse water. And in Transforming Tech Toys, students meet research professor Aydogan Ozcan, who creates mobile chemistry laboratories from cell phones. He’s transformed cell phones into a blood analyzer, a bacteria detector, and a waste tester!

Hey guys! I have been working on a project for next year for my classroom, which involves using the students smartphones as a formative assessment tool. Problem is…some students cannot afford a smartphone and I do not want them to feel left out. I wrote a grant to help supply my classroom with 5 iPod touches to provide to students in my classroom who cannot afford smartphones. If you are interesting in supporting, please visit. If you cannot contribute, I would appreciate it if you could share this post to see if any of your friends/family would want to contribute. If not…well…thanks for your time 🙂

The 8 Things the Happiest People Do Every Day

What I strive for…


University of California professor Sonja Lyubomirsky details the things research shows the happiest people have in common.

Via The How of Happiness:

  1. They devote a great amount of time to their family and friends, nurturing and enjoying those relationships.
  2. They are comfortable expressing gratitude for all they have.
  3. They are often the first to offer helping hands to coworkers and passersby.
  4. They practice optimism when imagining their futures.
  5. They savor life’s pleasures and try to live in the present moment.
  6. They make physical exercise a weekly and even daily habit.
  7. They are deeply committed to lifelong goals and ambitions (e.g., fighting fraud, building cabinets, or teaching their children their deeply held values).
  8. Last but not least, the happiest people do have their share of stresses, crises, and even tragedies. They may become just as distressed and emotional in such circumstances as you or I, but their secret weapon is…

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After Aereo: Why Dropbox is safe (but your DVR might not be) and networks need to embrace digital data


The Supreme Court’s decision in ABC v. Aereo is, as my colleague Jeff Roberts explained on Thursday morning, bad for consumers. Looking past the questionable rationale behind the case’s holding, the justices — Antonin Scalia included — left multiple doors open for further litigation.

What’s worse is the fact that the case happened at all shows how unwilling networks are to embrace new forms of distribution, even when they could mean access to valuable audience data not otherwise attainable.

Not all cloud storage is created equal

If there’s a silver lining it’s that in ruling against Aereo, the justices in the majority expressly stated this wasn’t a ruling about cloud storage. To some degree, I think they meant it.

It’s hard to see the Supreme Court ever finding generic cloud-storage companies such as Dropbox or Google (with Drive) liable for infringement — a suggestion that some commentators have made since the Aereo decision…

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Walmart set to permanently discount iPhone 5s to $99, 5c to $29 tomorrow

This will be interesting and I think it will cause demands of other retailers. Opinions?

15 Innovative Twitter Education Accounts to Follow

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