Inquiry in Action | Download Free Science Activities,...

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Inquiry in Action is a great site from the American Chemical Society that provides classroom activities for science teachers. There are downloadable materials, step by step instructions with pictures and much more.

This is the kind of site that I love to find. It has great resources, is free, and is sponsored by a group that is expert in the topic.

There is a very nice chemistry review section and the materials are good for general science and chemistry classes.

You can download the book, "Inquiry in Action, Investigating Matter Through Inquiry" free in PDF form. They also sell a printed version in a 3 ring binder for $24.95.

I love inquiry as a learning tool, but often find myself having a hard time creating inquiry activities. This book is a great resource and can also help you create modified activities .

Green Fluorescent Protein - The GFP Site

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Green Fluorescent Protein (GFP) is a great site for science teachers. It talks about the discovery and uses of fluorescent proteins in science. There are some great applications as well as some controversial ones, so there are plenty of opportunities for classroom discussions.

There are some really impressive pictures, descriptions of the uses of GRP, links, classroom ideas and more. The college professor who runs the site is very approachable and will get back to emails and will help you use the material in your classroom.

It's an interesting topic and the pictures alone can get your students' attention.

Classroom Chuckles - Humor for Educators

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Classroom Chuckles is a great site for educators to get a smile or a laugh. It's a great way to refresh yourself after a rough day.

The site has postings from educators that are funny anecdotes, student blunders, and more.

Here's an example of a classroom chuckle: "Yesterday we were learning about our country. At the start of the lesson I showed the class a picture of the American Flag and asked, "What flag is this?" One of my students said "That's our country's flag." Then I said, "And what is the name of our country?" The student replied, "Tis of thee!" "

You can also sort them by grade level also - pre-school, elementary school, middle school, high school, and college.

Give your self a little chuckle each day.

FETC Virtual Conference Spring 2010

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FETC is a great educational technology conference held in Florida. They also run a virtual conference that is very good. The next virtual conference is April 22, 2010, from 10:30am to 6pm EDT. Did I mention that it is 100% FREE! Heck, you can even "attend" in your pajamas.

The virtual conference is easy to navigate and contains video presentations, discussion forums, vendor sites, and more. It is well worth your time. Everything is also archived for future reference in case you can't do all of it in real time.

There are even drawings for freebies from the vendors.

You can register for it here and get more information. I highly recommend it to anyone interested in learning more about educational technology and how it can improve teaching and learning.