The Science Teacher

The monthly magazine of the National Science Teachers Association. Articles cover innovations in science and science teaching methods.

Articles from Vol. 81, No. 3, March

A New Take on Student Lab Reports: Screencasts Are a Valuable Tool for Motivation, Collaboration, Expression, and Authentic Assessment
"Great indeed are the things, which in this brief treatise I propose for observation and consideration by all students of nature. I say great, because of the excellence of the subject itself, the entirely unexpected and novel character of these things,...
A New Take on Student Lab Reports: Screencasts Are a Valuable Tool for Motivation, Collaboration, Expression, and Authentic Assessment
Great indeed are the things, which in this brief treatise I propose for observation and consideration by all students of nature. I say great, because of the excellence of the subject itself, the entirely unexpected and novel character of these things,...
Call for Papers
The Science Teacher (TST) is seeking manuscripts that describe new and creative ideas for the secondary science classroom. Manuscripts should provide worthwhile ideas and practical help for teachers as they relate to the themes listed below. TST also...
Career of the Month
Work overview. For years the body's own scar tissue was the only mechanism for healing wounds. Now we design materials that don't just repair the wound but also serve as a scaffold to allow the body to regenerate new tissue. The advent of nanotechnology...
Career of the Month: March 2014, Based on Interviews with Professionals Using Science in the Workplace
Constance Ace, Biomaterials Engineer Constance Ace develops biomaterials, which are natural or synthetic materials used to make surgical implants that interact with living systems to diagnose or treat ailments. As chief technology officer at BC...
Cell Biochemistry Series
By reesfilms. $290. reesfilms. Blackburn, Australia. 2013. Need some new materials to help you teach biochemistry? The Cell Biochemistry Series features three 20 to 25-minute videos on one DVD dealing with cellular respiration, enzymes, and photosynthesis....
Drones as Lifesavers
One day you may hear the hum of an approaching drone and feel relief, not panic. After all, it's coming to save you, not harm you. Research at the University of Cincinnati (UC) could soon help enable un-manned aerial vehicles (UAV)-similar to U.S....
Editor's Corner:
New Tools--New Possibilities [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] It is not news that the modern world is awash in technology. Today's "digital native" students use smartphones and tablets to post on Twitter, Instagram, Flickr, and Tumblr; stay connected with...
Future Food-Kenya
Future Food- Kenya By Bullfrog Films. $195. Bullfrog Films. Oley, PA. 2012. ISBN: 9781937772608. "Food or Fuel?" is a program in the DVD series Future Food, which explores issues involved in feeding the ever-increasing world population of...
Headline Science
Drones as Lifesavers One day you may hear the hum of an approaching drone and feel relief, not panic. After all, it's coming to save you, not harm you. Research at the University of Cincinnati (UC) could soon help enable unmanned aerial vehicles...
Health Wise
March 2014, Helping Students Make Healthy Choices Teens and STDs High school students are among the most at-risk segment of the population for contracting sexually transmitted diseases (STDs). Young people ages 15 to 24 account for half of...
Health Wise
Teens and STDs High school students are among the most at-risk segment of the population for contracting sexually transmitted diseases (STDs). Young people ages 15 to 24 account for half of the 19.7 million newly contracted STDs (or STIs for...
March 2014, Making Your Teaching More Environmentally Friendly
The Gray Wolf-a Good Case Study Last year marked the 40th anniversary of the United States' Endangered Species Act (ESA). This federal law gives authority to the United States Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) to identify endangered species and...
Melting Glaciers Flood Pastures
The Earth is warming, and glaciers are shrinking. But not all meltwater causes sea-level rise. In Tibet, as measurements taken by an international team of re-searchers reveal, much of the meltwater remains on land. The consequences aren't good, however:...
New Tools-New Possibilities
It is not news that the modern world is awash in technology. Today's "digital native" students use smartphones and tablets to post on Twitter, Instagram, Flickr, and Tumblr; stay connected with friends via Facebook and text messaging; engage in massive...
Our "Snow Globe" Solar System
Our solar system may seem neat and orderly with small, rocky worlds near the Sun and big, gaseous worlds farther out, all eight planets following orbital paths unchanged since they formed. But the true history of the solar system is more riotous. Giant...
Outstanding Science Trade Books for Students K-12
This year, science and mentors have been challenged to meet the high expectation of A Framework for K-12 Science Education and the Next Generation Science Standards. The framework urges us to help learns "[build] progressively more sophisticated explanations...
Pinpointing Watershed Pollution on a Virtual Globe: An Exploration Using Google Earth
Pollution is not a problem we just read about anymore. It affects the air we breathe, the land we live on, and the water we consume. However, when I ask my environmental science students what pollution looks like and where they might find it, many...
Pinpointing Watershed Pollution on a Virtual Globe: An Exploration Using Google Earth
Pollution is not a problem we just read about anymore. It affects the air we breathe, the land we live on, and the water we consume. However, when I ask my environmental science students what pollution looks like and where they might find it, many...
Safer Science
Don't Make Your Lab a McDonald's Whether hazardous chemicals or biologicals were used yesterday, last month, or last year, there is a good chance remnants are still there. Don't assume just because lab tables have been "cleaned off that there is...
Safer Science: March 2014, Best Practices for Safety Issues in the Science Classroom and Laboratory
Don't Make Your Lab a McDonald's Whether hazardous chemicals or biologicals were used yesterday, last month, or last year, there is a good chance remnants are still there. Don't assume just because lab tables have been "cleaned off" that there is...
Science 2.0
Textbooks 2.0 Nothing short of a revolution is sweeping the world of science textbooks. With the recent release of NSTA's Enhanced E-books available through Apple's iBooks interface, student learning has turned the corner from static to dynamic....
Science 2.0: March 2014, Using Web Tools to Support Learning
Textbooks 2.0 Nothing short of a revolution is sweeping the world of science textbooks. With the recent release of NSTA's Enhanced E-books available through Apple's iBooks interface, student learning has turned the corner from static to dynamic....
Science News Infographics: Teaching Students to Gather, Interpret, and Present Information Graphically
Look around, and you will see lots of visual data and information. Government websites and other sources are opening more and more data to public access. Scientists use graphs to represent data in their analyses, journal articles, and press releases....
Science News Infographics: Teaching Students to Gather, Interpret, and Present Information Graphically
Look around, and you will see lots of visual data and information. Government websites and other sources are opening more and more data to public access. Scientists use graphs to represent data in their analyses, journal articles, and press releases....
Studying Dust in the Wind
A University of Florida (UF) researcher is exploring whether the next plant, animal, or human health threats will come from the sky. Using the first ever high-altitude sampling device designed to collect microorganisms from the upper atmosphere, Andrew...
The Green Room
The Gray Wolf--a Good Case Study Last year marked the 40th anniversary of the United States' Endangered Species Act (ESA). This federal law gives authority to the United States Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) to identify endangered species and...
The New Teacher's Toolbox
"Why Do We Have to Know This?" As a new teacher, you face new challenges each school day. While some challenges will subside as you grow into the profession, one that always remains is making content relevant. You'll constantly face students who...
The New Teacher's Toolbox: March 2014, Tips for Teachers Just Starting Out
"Why Do We Have to Know This?" As a new teacher, you face new challenges each school day. While some challenges will subside as you grow into the profession, one that always remains is making content relevant. You'll constantly face students who...
There's an App for That: Using Smartphone App Design to Engage Students in Biological Ecosystems
Today's students are sometimes called "digital natives" because technology has been integral to their lives for as long as they can remember (Prensky 2001). Teachers can tap into this digital engagement with the full support of many parents, who believe...
Time to Dial Back Smartphone Use?
A new, free app will allow smart-phone users to measure their usage levels. Computer scientists and psychologists from the University of Bonn have developed an application for this purpose. Users can see, for example, how much time they spend on the...
Translating the NGSS for Classroom Instruction
By Roger W. Bybee. $32.95. 194 pp. NSTA Press. Arlington, VA. 2013. ISBN: 9781938946011. A new, detailed science teaching resource like the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) can overwhelm teachers. Rodger By-bee's Translating the NGSS...
Unsafe at Any Level
Even "minimally buzzed" drivers are more often to blame for fatal car crashes than the sober drivers they collide with, reports a University of California, San Diego, study of accidents in the United States. Led by UC San Diego sociologist David...
Using Infographics in the Science Classroom: Three Investigations in Which Students Present Their Results in Infographics
1. A good infographic tells a story or presents a position. 2. The title of the infographic stands out and fits the contents and message. 3. The text can be read easily and contrasts with the background. 4. Images are clear, relevant, original...
Using Infographics in the Science Classroom: Three Investigations in Which Students Present Their Results in Infographics
I have found that infographics (information graphics) successfully engage my students in science--not only in carrying out the research for classroom projects but also in presenting the results of their research to their peers. This article will help...
Using Smartphone App Design to Engage Students in Biological Ecosystems: There's an App for That
Today's students are sometimes called "digital natives" because technology has been integral to their lives for as long as they can remember (Prensky 2001). Teachers can tap into this digital engagement with the full support of many parents, who believe...
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