Category Archives: Digital Tools

A more practical approach to self-assessment rubrics (?)

Self-assessment rubrics sound like a great idea in theory.  [My] thinking goes something like this… “I’ll have my students complete the rubric themselves first! It will make them reflect thoughtfully on their work and will save me some painful conversations about … Continue reading

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Modeling Celestial Motions and Next Generation Professional Development

The video, “Private Universe” showcasing Harvard graduates stumbling over the reasons for the seasons has thousands of views on YouTube and has been shared countless other times in science-ed classrooms. The sometimes laughable explanation are enough to make any space science educator … Continue reading

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Developing an Understanding of Light Energy through PhET Models

“Light moves in the form of waves” and is “reflected, refracted, and absorbed” are all traditional statements of light energy that become staples of assessment for student understanding. But whether students can apply this understanding is a big question. The NGSS … Continue reading

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Exploring Heat Energy with an Infrared Camera

At this year’s Massachusetts Association of Science Teachers or “MAST” Conference I shared the Science Center’s FLIR One infrared camera purchased last year through Burlington Education Foundation grant funds. Over just the past month teachers at the Marshall Simonds Middle … Continue reading

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Exploring and Modeling Matter Phases and Changes

After some success last year with Mrs. Vissochi’s class and matter changes, it was apparent that more time had to be dedicated to understanding matter phases and how to model matter before such learning. So this year, Mrs. Finn opened … Continue reading

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Exploring the Ways Matter Changes

“When water is heated, it changes into something new … steam.”“Chocolate can melt and be frozen again.”“I think volcanoes can change rocks underwater.” When posing such an open question as “what ways does matter change?” its easy to see the … Continue reading

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Static Electricity Visualizations and Activities

Static electricity demos and activities can be finicky. Humid air is a demonstration killer. Latex allergy? Forget the “classic” balloon activities. Fortunately there is an array of great static electricity demonstrations, visualizations, and virtual laboratories for your kids to explore … Continue reading

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