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Comment by Claudia LAmoreaux on November 16, 2011 at 7:14pm

Greetings. I curate the Connected PD blog for the National Repository of Online Courses (NROC). I'm working on letting more educators know about the Open Education Resource created by NROC called

free, online courses in Math and Natural Sciences and more.
See for the new site that launched recently with new collections including PhET simulations. The site also features discipline specific blogs with posts presenting activities linked to the course topics. 
There's a great Enviro Science blog, a physics blog and a math blog.
I would love suggestions on where to let Science teachers know about these resources, especially any relevant twitter tags to use. I have been using #stem and #scichat. Thanks for any input. (Follow #connectedpd if you'd like to receive announcements about new OER resources in science.) 

Comment by Greg Reiva on July 25, 2011 at 4:13pm

Hi Matt

I would be glad to help in any way I can.  I have a lot of experience with Inquiry-based science in the classroom.  There is an increasing wealth of information and online website to facilitiate inquiry-based science education initiatives in the classroom.  I would recommend solicitating collaborative science projects related to monitoring physical and chemical aspects of your local environment. You can gather research data and post online to share with students throughout the world.  Check out




Comment by Matthew Brewer on July 25, 2011 at 3:04pm
Hello all!  I'm a young science teacher in a rural district.  Any advice for how I can go about connecting my classroom to classrooms around the world?
Comment by Greg Reiva on July 25, 2011 at 2:09pm

Hello  Dan McDowell


I would suggest checking out www.ThinkQuest.orgby Oracle Corporation.  It is an excellent Internet technololgy tool for any subject.  You can have your students connect and collaborate with other students and teachers world-wide.  It is definitely a 21st century education asset that pays big learning dividends in reading, writng and critical thinking.  I have utilized its capacity for over two years in the high school science classroom and I give a firm thumbs up!

Comment by Dan McDowell on July 24, 2011 at 11:43am

Hi Everyone,

I'm actually a social science teacher who also does a lot of tech staff development.  I have a couple workshops coming up with some high school science teachers and I was wondering if anyone had some Web 2.0 tools that they use in their science classes - Bio, Chem, Physicals, general science, etc.  Thanks!


Dan McDowell

West Hills High School

Comment by Cassy Baker on March 2, 2011 at 8:59am

I am faced with a problem that doesn't normally happen to Chemistry teachers. I have too many students signing up for Chemistry II. I will have more students in two sections of Chemistry II than I have ever had before, 26 students each. My classroom only has lab stations for 24 students and not the best equipment. I am hoping to use some cooperative learning centers and maybe have stations of activities. Does anyone have any good resources for cooperative learning in upper level science courses?

Comment by Volcano Experience on September 21, 2010 at 9:27am
Could you take a moment and send us the answer to this survey
so the project can move forward....

What grade level are students you teach about volcanoes?

Do you include information on health effects?

Volcanoes - Effects on Health
• Respiratory -breathing ash asthma, bronchitis, emphysema
• Gas Plumes and Airplanes
• Crops, land - poisons in volcano ash
• Effects in ocean - Hydrothermal Volcanoes
• Geotourism - safe viewing • Destruction: Buildings, transportation,communication
• Good & Bad Bacteria that live in underwater volcano soils
• Study Martian Volcanoes on Earth
• FUN Make Your Own Volcano
• Make A Volcano Cake

these topics can be found on

send email to
or at

thank you!
we reply to all responses, but are not sure that we receive your email
so if you dont get reply, send again. thanks.
Comment by Volcano Experience on September 10, 2010 at 9:47am
we are new to classroom2.0 ,
created by a high school student
is website on volcanoes around world and health,

student needs your help!!!! needs responses by september 15, 2010

survey online

could you ask your class these questions and send results to
or post them in response to this message
or look for volcano experience on
and send them
if you don't receive a reply from him, please send them again

grade level, age range, # students
question 1 #yes, #no
question 2
question 3

did you know:

*Some volcano gases are poisonous.
Yes No

*If before going near a volcano, you have breathing problems such as asthma, bronchitis, and emphysema, could breathing in volcanic gases and ash make it worse?
Yes No

*Cows and sheep that eat the grass where ash has fallen often get sick or die from fluorine in the ash.
Yes No

*Volcanoes are fun to visit (geotourism) but can be dangerous.
comments --

many thanks!
Forward to any other teachers you think might help him with his project

for social studies, some teachers could use

You can use to teach students about clicking
then show them technology of live webcam photos
the hawaiin volcano is active, daytime it has gas , nightime it has red glow (dusk around 1 AM EST)

a sample lesson plan

theres a demographic map tool that lets you pick anywhere in the US
and it generates a map with information has sample of it
would you live near a volcano? you could compare hawaii population with mt st helens 30 years later
or yellowstone or anywhere in US

look at the site, it can be used to teach many things
worlds largest baking soda and vinegar volcano

if you'd like to use it later in the year, the starting page can be customized for your lessons
mapping, science, health, geography, technology, any subject - send an email and we'll work with you on your project
if you'd like the students to email, receive an answer from a scientist or student
Comment by Joanne Tinkham on May 31, 2010 at 8:58am
I'll check it out! Oracle's across the street from RAFT and the SMCOE and sports a deliciously cheap cafeteria that you can visit. Guess I owe it to myself to check out their site. Thanks
Comment by Greg Reiva on May 30, 2010 at 12:51pm
If science educators want to gear their classroom teaching methodology to reflect the skills and abilities needed for the 21st centuary, then I would highly recommend checking out the website known as ThinkQuest.

The link is at

It is a secure web-based commuication network allowing students to collaborate with each other world-wide. Data and resources related to science projects can be shared with students, across the planet, that share the same enthusiasm for learning.

I utilized this educational resourse during this school year in my physics and physical science classes. I believe students found the experince to be both challenging and rewarding.

Access to this network that is provided by Oracle Corporation is free, but you must submit and application online for your school. Someone at your school must also agree to provide oversight for compliance to the rules and regualtions prescribed by Oracle. From my experience the result we achieved while utilizing this resources can be described as excellence, inquiry-based and of 21st century caliber.

Good Luck!

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