Okeanos Ocean Explorer

The Okeanos Explorer is a US federally funded research ship, assigned to ‘systematically explore our largely unknown ocean for the purpose of discovery and the advancement of knowledge’.

There’s a live feed happening between April 27 and May 19, 2017 where the ship will collect information about deepwater areas in the Pacific.

During that time the team will conduct remotely operated vehicle (ROV) dives in areas including the American Samoa, Kingman Reef and the Palmyra Atoll Units of the Pacific

The NOAA Okeanos Explorer website has live feeds, background information and a huge education section with photographs, charts and lesson plans for different age groups. The project has an excellent webinar too:

Relevant XKCD Comic

SunSmart Training

SunSmart SiteIt’s the summer term here in Australia, which means students have to wear hats during playtime at school.

The SunSmart site came up while researching ideas for ‘No Hat/ No Play’ signs for our schoolyard.

After a quick registration, I completed the online teacher training. It’s pretty basic – quizzes, animations, text to read – but provides a good reminder of why we need policies in schools around shade, UV exposure, sunscreen and skin cancer.

You receive a nice certificate at the end and your choice of resources, including picture books, lesson plans and posters.

Highly recommended for all educators (and students and parents!)

 

 

Spot the Station

ISS Spot the Station Home pageNASA has a handy service so you can know ‘when to look up’ and see the International Space Station.

  1. Head on over to spotthestation.nasa.gov
  2. Clock the ‘Sign up for alerts’ button.
  3. Select your country, state / region and city. As a proud South Australian I was limited to four somewhat peculiar choices: Adelaide, Leigh Creek, Peterborough and Woomera. Hopefully your country’s selections aren’t quite so geographically puzzling!
  4. The next screen offers Email or SMS but the SMS services are restricted – I think – to the USA.
  5. Finally review your information, agree to two conditions and you’re almost done.
  6. NASA will send a confirmation email your way. Click the confirmation link, enter the info and you’ll now recieve a notification when the ISS is observable from your location.

Happy ISS viewing!

The Three Billy Goats Gruff: Shadow Puppets

The Three Billy Goats Gruff story lends itself marvelously for drama explorations. With only two characters ‘on-stage’ at any one time it’s also ideal for small-group puppetry. This download is a set of character silhouettes that are ideal for use as shadow puppets. Just cut the shapes out, glue on sticks and away you go. Students could also make additional scenery (eg. the entire valley) to expand the basic lesson setup.

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Rapanui Kickstarter Project

My Google alert feed on all things Rapa Nui (my latest musical ‘Compass Rose’  is set there) suggested this great Kickstarter Project: ‘Vai –  The Story of Water On Rapa Nui‘.

Paleoecologist Dr. Candice Gossen plans to create a documentary film covering 15,000 years of Rapa Nui history and, in her own words:

“Tell you a story, a new story about what I found deep down in the mud below the waters of the crater lake Rano Kao“.

With so much speculation and misinformation regarding Rapa Nui and its tragic history, this seems to be a most worthwhile project to get behind.

Personally, I’ve plumped for the tree gift ($25 or more) as Rapa Nui needs all the trees it can get!

Take a look yourself and consider making a pledge.

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Vai – The Story of Water on rapa Nui: Kickstarter website screenshot.

 

 

Animal Classification Posters

 

mammal thumbnail  fish thumbnail reptile thumbnail  amphibian thumbnailbird thumbnail

My  students are studying Animal Classification as part of their Year 7 Science lessons. I made this set of posters detailing the attributes of the more common vertebrates for the classroom.

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Earthquakes Title Bulletin Board Poster

Here’s a  poster of the heading ‘Earthquakes’, suitable for bulletin boards and wall displays.

You can either download the png file or the pdf which has pairs of letters on each page.

The png would be suitable for printing up to A3 size.

The pdf is high resolution. A4 page print outs will make a poster (once assembled) approximately 1.8m long. A3 printouts will make a poster over 2m long.

Downloads

Earthquake Unit Title (pdf file, approx 4mb)

Earthquakes Unit Title (png file)

Stunning footage of Saturn

This is a must watch black and white video made up of thousandsof photos taken by the Cassini space probe. It’s evocative and moving, whilst being serenely contemplative. And although sound travels in a vacuum only in SciFi movies, if there is a Music of the Spheres soundtrackyou can channel on your next Saturn flybythis’s will be it.