Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Teacher Professional Development Opportunities from NASA

Space Mathematics Series Part 2: Active Math 
Event Date: Wednesday, October 22, 2014 6:30 PM EDT - 7:30 PM EDT
Audience:  In-service, Pre-service, Informal, and Home-school Educators, grades 5-9.
Space Mathematics is a two part series designed to introduce educators to some of the resources from NASA education and help them make the critical linkage between Mathematics and Science in the classroom. In Part 2 – Active Math, participants will explore the use of inquiry to reinforce mathematics skills while engaging students with hands on activities.
While this webinar is presented as a part of a series, participation in the other webinar of the series is not required.


Earth System Science Series, Part 2: Remote Sensing
Event Date: Wednesday, October 22, 2014 6:30 PM EDT - 7:30 PM EDT
Audience: In-service, Pre-service, Informal, and Home-school Educators, grades 6-12.
Earth System Science Series is a three part series designed to help teachers explain Earth's natural processes. In Part 2 – Remote Sensing and Technology, participants will look at different tools (Satellites) available to do Remote Sensing not just on planet Earth but also other planets and moons in our Solar System. How scientists used these satellites and missions to study the geological features, weather and climate changes on Earth and remote locations of our Solar System. Participants will also be introduced to online resources and NASA projects related to Remote Sensing.
While this webinar is presented as a part of a series, participation in the other webinar of the series is not required.


K-2 NASA Education Series - Part 2: Art 
Event Date: Thursday, October 23, 2014 7:00 PM EDT - 8:00 PM EDT 
Audience:  In-service, Pre-service, Informal, and Home-school Educators, grades K-2. 
K-2 NASA Education Series - Part 2: Art and the Cosmic Connection. This webinar is Part 2 of a three part series designed to guide Elementary teachers (PreK-5) to some of the NASA Elementary Resources. The art segment of the series will look at different lesson plans and teacher guides available as pdf files or interactive websites. The resources are designed to be implemented in the Elementary classroom. NASA has brought together the geology of our solar system and art to create a high interest lesson. Resources will address the NGSS standards as well as Engineering Design and Problem Based Learning.
While this webinar is presented as a part of a series, participation in the other webinars of the series is not required.


K-2 NASA Education Series - Part 3: Science
Event Date: Monday, October 27, 2014 6:30 PM EDT - 7:30 PM EDT
Audience:  In-service, Pre-service, Informal, and Home-school Educators, grades K-2. 
K-2 NASA Education Series - Part 3: Science. This webinar is Part 3 of a three part series designed to guide Elementary teachers (PreK-5) to some of the NASA Elementary Resources. The science segment of the series will look at different lesson plans and teacher guides available as pdf files or interactive websites. The resources are designed to be implemented in the Elementary classroom. NASA's educational materials focusing on Life Science, Earth Science and Physical Science will be explored. Resources will address the NGSS standards as well as Engineering Design and Problem Based Learning. 
While this webinar is presented as a part of a series, participation in the other webinars of the series is not required.


High School Space Math 
Event Date: Tuesday, October 28, 2014 6:00 PM EDT - 7:00 PM EDT
Audience: In-service, Pre-service, Informal, and Home-school Educators, grades 9-12. 
High School Space Math is a presentation designed to introduce High School educators to some of the resources from NASA education and help them make the critical linkage between Mathematics and Science in the classroom. Educators will understand how to utilize NASA unique resources and content to reinforce mathematics skills while engaging students in hands on activities.


The Human Body: Challenges of Living in Space 
Event Date: Wednesday, October 29, 2014 6:30 PM EDT - 7:30 PM EDT
Audience: In-service, Pre-service, Informal, and Home-school Educators, grades 5-8. 
Explore the effects of microgravity on the human body. Learn how research on the International Space Station relates to us here on Earth. Understand the detrimental effects that living in space has on the body and why this knowledge is essential for human missions to Mars. During this webinar you will also engage in a informative and fun inquiry activity for students to do in your classroom.


LRO Measuring the Temperature of the Moon
Event Date: Thursday, October 30, 2014 6:00 PM EDT - 7:00 PM EDT
Audience:  In-service, Pre-service, Informal, and Home-school Educators, grades 5-9. 
The Diviner Lunar Radiometer instrument featured on the 2009 Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) is designed to measure surface temperatures on the moon, even during an eclipse! Stay current with lunar content and join NASA Research Scientist, Dr. Paul O. Hayne, to discuss lunar eclipse observations up close and personal. LRO Education Specialist, Andrea Jones, will provide classroom resources for grades 5-9+ educators. Please bring any related science questions to this live session.
Guest Presenters: Dr. Paul O. Hayne, Geophysics and Planetary Geosciences, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory & LRO Education Specialist, Andrea Jones


Mass vs. Weight: What's the Big Difference Anyway? 
Event Date: Thursday, October 30, 2014 6:30 PM EDT - 7:30 PM EDT
Audience: In-service, Pre-service, Informal, and Home-school Educators, grades 5-8. 
Mass and weight have very different meanings and often incorrectly used. This workshop will explore mass and weight, along with forces and motion, utilizing NASA curriculum which integrates education video filmed on-board the International Space Station (ISS) by the astronauts, NASA online resources, Newton’s Laws of Motion, and STEM inquiry activities. Come experience and enjoy this “heavy-duty" topic.


Know Your Earth Series-Part 1: Studying Earth's Changes
Event Date: Wednesday, November 5, 2014 4:00 PM EST - 5:00 PM EST
Audience: In-service, Pre-service, Informal, and Home-school Educators, grades K-2. 
Know Your Earth Series is a two part series designed to help educators understand NASA’s newest Earth Science Missions and how to utilize their educational resources.
In Part 1: Studying Earth’s Changes, participants will get an overview of Earth Science at NASA and the educational opportunities offered by NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility, one of the oldest launch sites in the world located on the Eastern Shore of Virginia. Planet Earth is an ever-changing world that NASA continues to explore in order for societies to meet the challenges of the future. Join this webinar to learn more about how you can play a part in bringing NASA Earth Mission activities to life within the walls of your classroom.
While this webinar is presented as a part of a series, participation in the other webinars of the series is not required.


Know Your Earth Series-Part 2: From Satellites to Students 
Event Date: Thursday, November 6, 2014 4:00 PM EST - 5:00 PM EST
Audience: In-service, Pre-service, Informal, and Home-school Educators, grades K-2. 
Know Your Earth Series is a two part series designed to help educators better understand NASA’s newest Earth Science Missions and how to utilize their educational resources. In Part 2 – From Satellites to Students, participants will receive information from NASA experts on satellite missions including the Global Precipitation Measurement (GPM), Orbiting Carbon Observatory-2 (OCO-2) and Soil Moisture Active Passive (SMAP) satellites. Discover various resources and hands-on activities that have been developed to help your students learn about Earth Science and how these missions will benefit society.

While this webinar is presented as a part of a series, participation in the other webinars of the series is not required.

Free iOS App: Ngurrara - Australian Aboriginal Interactive Storybook

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/ngurrara-australian-aboriginal/id660560818?mt=8

Ngurrara follows the journeys of three young Australian Aboriginal Ngarluma men as they fish, hunt and carve their own stories. It is set on Murujuga (Burrup Peninsula), home to nearly one million petroglyphs, some over 30,000 years old. As the landscape, the people and culture change over millennia, one thing remains the same, the Ngarluma people 'were always here.'

The app includes:
- 30 pages of illustrations with sound, animation and voice overs
- learn Ngarluma language, with each Ngarluma word individually illustrated and translated into English
- carve your own petroglyph through the rock art carving application

Please spread the word and support the Ngarluma people by adding a review and joining iCampfire.tv

Free iOS App: The West Macs (Geography - Australia)

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/the-west-macs/id418843853?mt=8

Welcome to the spectacular West MacDonnell Ranges, a world class National Park and home to the Western Arrarnta people of Central Australia. Listen and watch our stories of scenic beauty and history from this ancient landscape and a culture that has existed for many thousands of years

Free iOS App: Things to Think About (Idea Starters)

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/things-to-think-about/id664670576?mt=8

Kids’ Things to Think About provides 100 prompts to spark thinking for written responses and encourage conversations about ideas and issues for kids. Created by students and teachers in Michigan, it can be used in classrooms or with families by allowing children to explore the prompts and by using them to guide a discussion or lesson.


-12 categories of questions including Friends, Family, School, Fun and Feelings.

-Challenges kids to dream about the future, think through “what would you do..” scenarios and make decisions about interesting topics.

-Voice narration of prompts and original illustrations by local elementary students

-Coding and graphics by Jackson Area Career Center students

Free iOS App: Aquarium Explorer

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/aquarium-explorer/id383183128?mt=8

Become an explorer at the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach, CA!

EXPLORER MISSIONS
--Embark on missions of discovery with video, images, and other interactive elements, including journeys to the deep ocean and the alien world of a hydrothermal vent.

DAILY SCHEDULE
--Check out what shows and tours will be available on the date of your visit so you can plan ahead.

SPECIES BROWSER
--With a trading card look, learn about the plants and animals that call the Aquarium home. It also includes information about often asked-about animals. Navigate by species type, exhibit, or visually with just photos.

MAP & EXPLORER GUIDE
--Learn more about our animals and exhibits and find detailed maps of the Aquarium.

AND MORE
--Also includes quick links to call, email, directions, and our website.

Free iOS App Today: Melbourne Aquarium

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/melbourne-aquarium/id402378433?mt=8

Melbourne Aquarium’s iPhone application allows you to access heaps of fun facts and cool images of our amazing underwater animals, taking you on a journey through the aquarium’s four exciting worlds; Antarctica, Weird and Wonderful, River to Reef and Sharks Alive.

Also available on the application are the latest news and special events at Melbourne Aquarium and our conservation tips, helping you to learn how you can do your part to look after the environment.

About Melbourne Aquarium:

Home to thousands of aquatic animals, the award-winning Melbourne Aquarium is an entertaining and educational experience featuring four exciting worlds to discover and enjoy.
Marvel at the majestic King and cute Gentoo penguins in Antarctica, prepare to be surprised by the truly Weird & Wonderful, journey from River to Reef on an island of adventure and experience the awe-inspiring Southern Ocean in Sharks Alive.

For more information go to www.melbourneaquarium.com.au

Free iOS App Today: Kids Clock

https://itunes.apple.com/app/id317997456

* Top 100 Education App in October 2009!

.. " If you want your children to learn more about telling time and scheduling then this is a neat app to check out."... - - theiphonemom (http://www.theiphonemom.com/kidclock)

kidClock is a fun, educational application designed with preschoolers in mind. It contains an interactive analog clock face with game features and a customizable daily schedule. 

Empower young kids to associate the current time of day with their present activity so that they can learn the fundamentals of telling time. Shake the iPhone to play a game. Games include “Falling Numbers,” “What Time is it?” and “Match the Time.”

Create, manage, and edit their own schedule of daily activities so they can visualize the order and duration of activities in their day.

kidClock comes preloaded with a general routine or add custom activities using your own snapshots as well.

Keywords : preschool learning time analog clock kids fun

Go to www.prekapps.com and see the buzz about zooSpelling

prekApps is a member of Moms with Apps, a collaborative group of family-friendly developers seeking to promote quality apps for kids and families.
Recommended Ages: 4-7
Categories: Early Learning, Time

Free iOS App Today: Mathematical Formulas

https://itunes.apple.com/app/id312977094

Mathematical Formulas is the perfect app for you who likes mathematics and easily forgets formulas which you need in certain situation. Without a good app, it's tough to remember all these complicated and easy forgettable formulas. You don't even want to write down all you formulas on ten or even 20 different post-it papers and loosing them all the time. But hey, why don't have them in ONE place and easily access them whenever you want to? 
Besides the application support TV-out so you can easily show the formulas for other not only yourself!

This app is especially made for this kind of a situations. Mathematical Formulas contains all the basic functions you'll need. You won't no more worry about forgetting the basic formulas such as the quadratic formula and etc. 

This is a part of my project which I've done in my high school in Nynäshamn, Sweden. This is my first app and I'll, when I've got some spare time, produce more cool apps!


Free iOS App: Ultimate Sharks

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/ultimate-sharks-free/id675069410?mt=8

Ever wondered what it would be like to swim among the ocean’s deadliest sharks? Get ready for Shark Week 2013 with Ultimate Sharks Free! Get in the middle of the action as only Discovery can – intense attack stories, 3D interactive sharks, exclusive HD videos and awesome high-resolution photos, and all for free!

ULTIMATE SHARKS Features:

• 10 DEADLIEST SHARKS: Packed with robust content about the most fearsome shark species known including the Great White, Hammerhead, Tiger Shark and others
• 3D INTERACTIVE SHARKS: Control the sharks with your fingertip. Make them swim, hunt and attack
• HIGH QUALITY VIDEOS: Over 3 hours of custom-created shark videos created from Discovery’s legendary shark library and narrated by Mike Rowe of Dirty Jobs fame
• AIRPLAY-ENABLED: Share your favorite shark videos with friends and family on the big screen
• ATTACK STORIES: Unbelievable tales of human encounters with sharks
• EXCLUSIVE CONTENT: Over 75 screens of content, expertly written text and narrative, interactive maps and infographics
• HI-RES PHOTOS: Over 250 breathtaking high-resolution photos from some of the world’s most celebrated wildlife photographers

ULTIMATE SHARKS has been selected & promoted by Apple & the iTunes App Store for its wealth & quality of content:

**Selected as iTunes App Store App of the Week for iPad**
**Featured in What’s Hot in iTunes App Store**
**Featured in Back to School Apps – Fun with Science category in iTunes App Store**
**Featured in Apps for Learning Astronomy & Earth Science in iTunes App Store**

ULTIMATE SHARKS has also received high praise from some of the most noted media outlets covering technology, including the iPad:

"It's the sort of app that can only exist on a tablet—beautiful visuals, interactive software, videos, images, stories, text—as versatile as an app can get. In fact, it blends the definition of app, book and interactive exhibit together." -- GIZMODO

"Discovery has done a great job in bringing the world of these amazing creatures to life on your iPad." -- iPadFORUMS.NET

"A wonderful companion to their Shark Week event, Discovery’s Ultimate Sharks is an entertaining and educational app that shark lovers of all ages can enjoy." -- TAPSCAPE

"The app is easy to use and great for people of all ages. It is specifically designed to be able to access easily and navigate any information a person may want. So if you see your child has a new deep fascination for sharks, then the Ultimate Shark app is the right app for you." -- iPadNGRAVY.com


Requirements: In order to enjoy the streaming video components of this app you must have a broadband Wi-Fi connection. A minimum 500kps download speed is required for basic visuals, but we recommend higher speeds for a better quality picture.

Free iOS App Today: Learn Sight Words



Over 100,000 downloads!

HELP YOUR CHILD LEARN TO READ
See and hear over 300 sight words flashcards on your iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch. In most schools, children are expected to learn these "high-frequency" words by sight, without sounding out, by the end of the first grade.

EASY TO READ 
Classroom-style print, with support for Retina display, makes it easier to learn and remember words.

HEAR THE DIFFERENCE 
Hear each word pronounced clearly in high-quality professionally recorded sound. Optionally turn sounds off for silence. 

25 WORD MIX 
Learn 25 words at a time - practice a little bit every day. 

FLAGGED WORDS
Mark challenging words that need extra attention. 

ALPHABETICAL ORDER OR SHUFFLED
View words in alphabetical order, or shuffle them in random order.

NINE USEFUL WORD LISTS
Power through all 300+ words, or pick a specific group of words to practice.

SIMPLE ENOUGH FOR A CHILD TO USE 
It's kid-tested! They can do it on their own, or with your help. 

FEATURE SUMMARY 
• Over 300 sight words talking flashcards 
• Based on popular Dolch Word List 
• Easy-to-read print
• Clearly pronounced words 
• High-quality professionally recorded sound 
• Turn sounds on or off 
• Flag hard words for extra practice
• 25 word mix 
• View all words 
• View flagged words 
• Nine useful word lists
• Alphabetical order or random shuffle
• Easy enough for kids to use 
• No ads


Free iOS App Today: Spelling Test

https://itunes.apple.com/app/id421083384

IMPORTANT NOTICE: If you are using an iOS 8 device, Spelling Test does not work correctly at this time. We are changing the price to be free until we are able to fix this problem. Sorry for the inconvenience.

Over 827,000 students have used Spelling Test by FunExam.com to get better spelling test scores and improve their grades. Students have fun creating their own spelling tests and keeping track of their own scores. Your students are making their own spelling games. Spelling Test can also be used by students to practice phonics, vocabulary words, and foreign languages.

Spelling Test is one of the most useful, popular, and top rated apps in the education category.
"I started out creating tests for my daughters but now they practice on their own. A huge time saver!"
"My daughter used to hate practicing her spelling. Now she loves practicing and gets 100% every week on her spelling assignments"

WHY SPELLING TEST IS BETTER THAN THE REST!
* You can create custom spelling tests and quizzes. Practice the exact words you need to learn for the upcoming test.
* Detailed scores after each quiz to see which words you you got right and which ones you missed.
* Create a test on one device and share it on another. Even works across different mobile platforms.
* It's simple to use. Even kindergartners have fun making their own spelling quizzes and tests.

SYSTEM REQUIREMEMNTS:
* This app requires a microphone to record words. Please make sure the privacy settings are enabled for the microphone.

CONCLUSION:
If you want the fun of spelling games and the performance of a learning tool proven by hundreds of thousands of users, Spelling Test is for you. One of the top rated apps in the education category, Spelling Test improves literacy, spelling grades, and makes learning fun. It is a great tool to practice vocabulary, improve English skills or even learn a foreign language.

Free iOS App: Oceans

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/oceans/id478004100?mt=8

The abundance of water on the Earth's surface is an exceptional feature that distinguishes our "Blue Planet" from others. Beyond the species that inhabit them, the oceans are essential to all living organisms on Earth. Thanks to the oceans, clouds and rainfall are produced, allowing vital water to reach all terrestrial ecosystems and human communities.

Therefore, CEMEX has dedicated the 19th edition of its Conservation Book Series, entitled Oceans: Heart of Our Blue Planet, to raising awareness of the critical importance of our planet's marine ecosystems. Together with the printed publication, we’ve released the first electronic edition of this lavishly illustrated book. We aim to reach broad audiences to inspire actions that help maintain healthy oceans.

CEMEX is greatly honored to have collaborated with a number of highly respected organizations in the publication of this new book, including the International League of Conservation Photographers, Conservation International, and the New England Aquarium and Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute, among others.

We sincerely hope this book will inspire actions that help maintain healthy oceans for the sustainability of our planet and society.

Features:

• Full-screen beautiful photographs by some of the world’s most recognized photographers
• Mapped geo-references of all published photos
• Key interactions to explain particular concepts in graphs
• Horizontal and vertical visualization

About CEMEX’s Conservation Book Series:

This series, which we have published since 1993, is part of our commitment to promote a culture of biodiversity awareness and conservation among our stakeholders. We publish a new book each year that illustrates strategies and diverse approaches to foster the protection of our natural world—complemented by powerful images from the world's best nature photographers. We have distributed these books through both the public and private sectors, including universities. We have also donated thousands of the books to conservation organizations to help them fund their projects.

About CEMEX:

CEMEX is a global building materials company that provides high-quality products and reliable service to customers and communities in more than 50 countries throughout the world. CEMEX has a rich history of improving the well-being of those it serves through its efforts to pursue innovative industry solutions and efficiency advancements and to promote a sustainable future.

Free iOS App: Map My Globe

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/map-my-globe-hd/id469401194?mt=8

The continents, oceans, and poles have lost their places! Can you help put them back and restore order to the world? Map My World encourages children to broaden their global awareness, by asking them to place all 7 continents, 5 oceans, and 2 poles back in their proper world locations. Children will learn not only the names of the continents, but the way they are visually represented on all maps and globes. Voiceover of each object teaches children name/object association. A fun animation precedes and ends the game with each play!

Free iOS App - PaperPort Notes (Note taking with voice recognition)

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/paperport-notes/id476134017?mt=8

PaperPort Notes is a digital note taking tool for the iPad that is transforming the way people create and share information. Now you can combine documents, web content, audio, typed text as well as hand written notes into a single document that you can easily organize and share with anyone.  

PaperPort Notes brings you a complete note taking experience on the iPad that you won't want to ever be without.

• Quickly take typed and/or free hand notes

• Leverage Dragon voice recognition to capture your ideas and notes simply by speaking 

• Convert scanned documents from the camera or photo albumn into editable text using the Nuance OmniPage Cloud service

• Leverage powerful annotative tools to quickly mark up documents

• Never miss another detail by adding audio page by page within your notes

• Combine full documents, individual pages, content from the web and notes into a single document.

• Powerful search, copy/paste, reordering and bookmarking tools allow you to quickly navigate your notes while staying organized

• Access and share content using your favorite cloud storage services

• PaperPort Anywhere connector provides access to files stored online or within PaperPort Desktop

• Much more... Follow us on twitter for tips and updates @PaperPortNotes


Free iOS App - Calendarium (Historical Events)

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/calendarium/id482136387?mt=8

Calendarium is new, easy to use calendar which gives you a new way to discover many interesting things about this day.

Calendarium combines calendar of historical events with times of sunrise/sunset, number of week, day, day lenght, moon phase and more.  

• #1 App in 3 Countries
• #1 Reference App in 40 Countries
• Over 300 000 downloads

Features: 
• Discover historical events and holidays and share it with your friends via mail, Twitter, Facebook or text message 
• Sunrise and sunset time 
• Week number, day number, weekday and year
• Number of days passed from 1 Jan and days left until 31 Dec
• Moon phases 
• Day length 
• Geographic coordinates 
• No Internet connection required

-- Calendarium uses your location only to provide accurate information about sunrise, sunset times and length of the day. We do not store it in any way. Disabling location settings will disable only these features --