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The Vernier Motion Encoder System: Motion Encoding Made Personal


The Vernier Motion Encoder System marks a significant shift in the science teacher’s ability to transition between the conceptual, formula-based physics of motion to the “real world” application of those concepts and formulas—and here’s the big news—without the need for disclaimers explaining away anomalous data, inconsistent graphs, and the general background noise of low resolution […]

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NSTA conference in Boston: Reflection and making connections Part 1, Th and Fri

I didn’t see the swan boats in the Public Garden or tea in the Harbor, but I did see many things—skylines, modern art, sunrises and fabulous sessions at the conference. I got to use a Smart Pen, talk with other early childhood educators, draw a cricket, and hear inspiring talks. It has taken me a […]

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Using new technologies

Watching children and teenagers use computers, tablets, and smartphones, it’s easy to assume that these digital natives are very familiar with all of the new technologies. I’ve found that while they know what relates to their interests, many students are unaware of the full range of capabilities of their technology as learning tools. As the […]

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Talking about the Top Ten Technology Items Administrators Think About

This month’s The Leading Edge asks science education leaders to share their views on The Top Ten items identified by administrators as part of the Speak Up National Research Project which focused on the changing environment for digital learning. While there is The Top Ten list of items identified by students as need to know, […]

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Google Glass: A Lab on the End of your Nose

Over the summer I had the privilege of watching a 5th grader take Google Glass for a spin. The student was far faster at mastering the interface than I was, and also much more creative in his application of Google Glass. Google Glass is, well, I better let Wikipedia explain it: Google Glass (styled “GLΛSS”) is […]

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What Constitutes Exemplary College Science Teaching?

The monograph Exemplary Science series’ latest volume, Exemplary College Science Teaching, edited by Robert Yager, is dedicated to the community of college and university teaching scholars who are working to enhance science education through the development and testing of best classroom practices. “For too long there have been few who have thought beyond lectures and […]

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Science of golf: evolution of golf club

The United States Golf Association (USGA) took the 2013 U.S. Open to the Merion Golf Club in Ardmore, Pennsylvania, just outside Philly. It was the fifth Open Championship to be held there in the 101 years since the East Course opened. Here, on this tight walking course, fairway accuracy was more important than driving distance. […]

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Online courses

As a SciLinks webwatcher, I spend time every week looking for and reviewing websites on a variety of science topics. I recently came across several biology videos on the Education Portal website. The site promotes itself as a way to earn college credits online, but I was more intrigued by its other purpose: “take free […]

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Flatten the Classroom with the iGo Microscope

Although many handheld technologies of Star Trek seem antiquated, or perhaps even steam punkish in todays world, there are still a few pieces of Treknata that we dream of. But that list just got one item shorter with the iGo wireless microscope. While not quite a Medical Tricorder, the iGo does capture the essence of […]

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Upping the Ante: A Classroom Gas Chromatograph!

The gas chromatograph, until recently, has been a founding member in the exclusive club of scientific instrumentation that lived only in the rarified air of serious scientific laboratories. Other members of the club include the electron microscope, the mass spectrometer, nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy, and of course the cyclotron. Below is a picture of a […]

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