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Google Lit Trips

Last week while reading some random blog I found myself immersed in Google Earth related lesson plans. I find these lessons so interesting because they tie some concept to a geographical location. Using the power of Google Earth I am immediately hooked on something I would have otherwise skipped or ignored. I wonder how many […]

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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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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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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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Using My iPod

A few weeks ago I picked up a 30 GB Video iPod through a class at the Stanislaus County Office of Education. So far, I have found it to be quite handy for use in the classroom. I have downloaded a few video podcasts, such as “Ask an Astronomer” and “NASA Brain Bites” to compliment […]

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