Academic journal article The Science Teacher

Nature of Light/Interdependence of Life/Earth, Sun, and Moon

Academic journal article The Science Teacher

Nature of Light/Interdependence of Life/Earth, Sun, and Moon

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By National Science Teachers Association (NSTA). $17.99 each. NSTA. Arlington, VA. 2013. ISBNs: 97 81938946851/9781938946844/97819389 46837.

Today's "iGen" expects more from school technology than just notepads with electric plugs. Educators who want to use the enormous capacity of today's tablets to provide active learning will love this new eBook series from NSTA. It builds on what we know about to-day's learner and provides great interactive texts and resources for both teachers and students.

The text of Nature of Light includes all the content that would be found in a middle or secondary physical-science text-book. Chapters such as "Characteristics of Light," "Light and Waves," and "So What Is Light?" explain physical-science concepts familiar to most teachers. Content is mapped to the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), including standards HS-PS3.D, HS-PS4.A and 4.B, and MS-PS4.A and 4.B. But that's where the similarity to a standard textbook ends. This eBook is truly interactive, making the most of the technology of the iPad--from the regular stops to check for comprehension with immediate feedback, through the gorgeous graphics (both still images and video) that illustrate concepts, to laboratory simulations, interactive practice in applying formulas, and hands-on investigations.

The book maximizes the potential of the tablet in the classroom with its intrinsic capacity to illustrate, explain, and link ideas. NSTA has used what we know about effective learning by starting with familiar and authentic questions and addressing those questions again and again throughout a chapter rather than rambling from topic to topic, as do many traditional textbooks. …

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