Middle School Matters
Nov 23, 2013
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MSM 261: Tynkar, “Waver”, Heartbreaker, Spy (Where’s Waldo?) Presented in collaboration with the Association for Middle Level Education. Jokes You Can Use: Eileen Award: Twitter: Marc Prensky Advisory: Middle School Science Minute by Dave Bydlowski (k12science or davidbydlowski@mac.com) Wave Warnings I was recently reading the October, 2013 issue of Science Scope, a magazine written for Middle School Science Teachers, published by the National Science Teachers Association. In this issue, I came upon an article entitled, "Wave Warnings," written by Ken Roy, director of environmental health and safety for Glastonbury Public Schools in Glastonbury, CT. Within the article, he shares ideas on safety when doing hands-on activities in the study of energy and waves. He recommends providing safety awareness when students use: Slinkys Lenses Mirrors Light Sources (laser, lightbulb, etc) Tuning Forks Drinking Glasses Wave Tank Sink Student Designed Sound Generators/Musical Instruments http://k12science.net/Podcast/Podcast/Entries/2013/10/24_Middle_School_Science_Minute-Wave_Warnings.html From the Twitterverse: #mschat every Thursday at 8:00 pm Eastern Standard Time. Strategies: http://blogs.edweek.org/teachers/classroom_qa_with_larry_ferlazzo/2013/11/response_there_is_no_such_thing_as_an_unmotivated_student.html Resources: Tynkar What it is: Tynker is about the coolest way for kids to learn how to computer program- absolutely NO prior programming experience is needed! Tynker leads kids through design thinking through interactive courses where kids can learn how to program at their own pace. http://ilearntechnology.com/?p=5183 Web Spotlight: How Benoit Mandelbrot Discovered Fractals: A Short Film by Errol Morris Even if you know little of mathematics, you probably have some awareness of fractals. You’ve almost certainly heard them invoked, correctly or otherwise, to describe things that look or act the same at the large scale as they do at the small. http://www.openculture.com/2013/11/how-benoit-mandelbrot-discovered-fractals-a-short-film-by-errol-morris.html http://twentytwowords.com/2013/11/22/mathematically-inaccurate-6-year-old-gets-self-confidence/ AMLE 2013 Annual Conference Our Thanks . . . Dave Bydlowski Ron King Dr. Monte Tatom Our listeners
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