Author Archive | Joe

Galaxy Zoo

NASA needs YOU! Okay…not NASA, but Oxford University. The scientists at Galaxy Zoo need you to help them classify galaxies by their shape and movement. Think that is a tough assignment? Well, if you can tell a spiral from a blob and know the difference between clockwise and counterclockwise then you are their perfect candidate. […]

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This would be an example of when I am probably the last person to find out about something. Yesterday while reading through my daily dose of the Blogosphere I saw a post about Pageflakes. This free online product is a website that collects various RSS feeds to create a unique homepage for individual students. The […]

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Blogging and Learning

Ever thought about blogging with your students, but you have no idea what to do or what you should even blog about? So often we ask our students to write on paper about a topic which does not interest them. Granted many of these topics are standards-related and there is no way to avoid them, […]

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NASA’s Virtual Lab

Have you ever wanted to show your students pictures from a scanning electron microscope or, even better yet, wanted your students to explore a specimen using a scanning electron microscope? Well, now you no longer need to apply for that multi-million dollar grant for one of these pricey microscopes. At the NECC conference Lisa and […]

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Podcasts & Podcasting

One of my big projects for this summer is learning how to podcast. “What is a podcast,” you may wonder? I am personally very new to this technology, but I would think of a podcast as basically a radio broadcast, but over the computer. One of the nice features of a podcast is that you […]

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Funderstanding Roller Coaster

As part of a unit on forces and motion many teachers in my school district have their students build roller coasters at home. A fellow teacher has her students visit the library to plan out their projects, but since I have a set of student laptops in my classroom I thought I would have my […]

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Bellagio Fountains of Diet Coke

The Diet Coke and Mentos experiment has been quite popular with my students this year. If you do not teach junior high science and are unfamiliar with this experiment it involves placing Mentos in a 2 liter bottle of Diet Coke. When the Mentos are dropped in, the Diet Coke sprays out of the bottle […]

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Interstellar Trip Planner

Every year when I try to explain to my students how large the universe is I find that they don’t really seem to grasp the size of the vast distances from one star to another. This year I stumbled across the Interstellar Trip Planner on the NASA website. This website allows you to select a […]

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Converting Units

Have you ever needed to know how many kilobytes are in a gigabyte? Have you ever been asked by a student how many miles per hour is 100 meters per second? Well, this is the site that can tell you that information…quickly. ( is a very easy to use online conversion website. All you […]

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