Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Science: Showing the Effects of Drugs

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Science teachers, Health teachers, Counselors...
If you're looking for a way to show students how drugs affect the brain, then the Genetic Science Learning Center (GSLC) at the University of Utah may have exactly what you need. And no field trip permission forms are required.
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The GSLC has an interactive simulation showing how various drugs affect the brain, and it shows it scientifically. Students can see how particular brain functions are hindered by the use of certain drugs. (Now you show a real-life connection between science terms such as anamide and dopamine transmitter, and move your students beyond vocabulary memorization.)
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Additional resources AND lesson plans (big "yay!") are available from GSLC as well.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Virtual Field Trips

Have you ever wished that you could take your class on a field trip, but you were hampered by logistics? (That's a nice way of saying budget, permission forms, district approval). Well, then bring the trip to your classroom through Virtual Worlds like Second Life. Watch this video on how you can take your students on Virtual Field trips through places like the International Space Center.

Adding Graphics to Edline Quizzes

Edline is a popular CMS/LMS for schools, and in this video you'll learn how to add graphics to the normally text-focused quizzes that Edline hosts. Enjoy!

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Web 2.0 Tools: High impact on Learning, Zero impact on budgets

Are you wanting to show your administrators how technology can improve learning environments? Then have them watch this short video. The tools shown here will have a positive impact on student learning and a zero impact on the school budget.