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Another beautiful fall Friday in Colorado, I hope you all had a wonderful week.  As always, here is a recap of what I was up to when I wasn’t blogging here: Next week I kick off my virtual classroom! I have several students enrolled and I am excited to teach them some digital storytelling.  It is sure to be a learning adventure for all of us! You can learn more about my virtual classroom here. This week an article I wrote (almost a year ago!) was published on The Apple.  10 Steps to a Better Lesson Plan. Bookster is a storytelling app that I reviewed on my other blog iPad Curriculum.  This is an awesome application for emergent and struggling readers.  The app is available for free on the iPad, iPhone, and iPod Touch. I have another blog, Stories of Learning, where I post excellent stories of learning happening around the world.  This week I added one called Embrace the Mess from Jon Orech about how his students interacted with the book, Lord of the Flies.  If you have a story of learning you would like to share or repost, I would love to have it!

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Physics Central: Nikola Tesla and the Electric Fair

Posted by admin | Posted in Analyze, Apply, Download, Evaluate, Interactive book, Middle/High School, Science, Secondary Elementary, Teacher Resources, Understand (describe, explain), Websites | Posted on 09-01-2013

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What it is: Physics Central is a fantastic website full of…you guessed it, physics! There are fantastic sections for students to explore science, activity books, experiments and activities.  Students can learn more about physics in action (physics as found in the world around us), meet physicists, and learn about physics research.  Physics Central will ignite a students curiosity in: sound, electricity and magnetism, force and motion, light and optics, material science, quantum mechanics, space and the universe, and thermodynamics and heat.  My favorite find on Physics Central so far (I’m sure there will be many more favorites the longer I explore) is the Nikola Tesla and the Electric Fair section.  Here, students will find a downloadable kit that includes a manual, comic book, and four related activities.

How to integrate Physics Central into the classroom: Physics has always been among my favorite sciences.  There is something about it that is fascinating to me. Physics Central is packed full of great resources to enrich your classroom.  The comics are a fun way to learn about famous scientists, inventors and events in science history.  The complementing activities bring the comics to life and invite students along on the journey of discovery.

Work with your students on a “PhysicsQuest” like Nikola Tesla and the Electric Fair and see what they come up with. Compare their results with the actual solutions (posted on the site).  Join the current PhysicsQuest with your students to help students recognize the fun and relevance of science.  You can register now for the Spectra: Turbulent Times quest.

Tips: Start a PhysicsQuest with your students, as an after school club, or as a home extension investigation.

Leave a comment and tell us how you are using  Physics Central in your classroom.

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