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Next stop on the Dinosaur Diamond: Moab. My GeoCorps™ Experience in Canyon Country, Utah | Jessica Uglesich

A guest blog post for the Geological Society of America by a BLM intern describing her experience with developing public outreach and education. Jessica also decribes her work with recovering bones from a looted site and work with the local Dystrophaeus project (@Dystrophaeus).

The Ongoing Battle Between #Science #Teachers And #FakeNews | @npr_ED | #K12 #misconceptions

"And immediately I start to panic. How have I failed these kids so badly they think the Earth is flat just because a basketball player says it?" [Nick Gurol] says he tried reasoning with the students and showed them a video. Nothing worked.

Two teachers share their experience and a professor of education states that you are not going to change a student's misconception simply by correcting them. Give them the tools to think like a scientist.

Teach them to gather evidence, check sources, deduce, hypothesisize and synthesize results. Hopefully, then, they will come to the truth on their own. 

A Sense of Duty to #Teach #ClimateChange | @nytimes | #teacher #stories

A follow up story from The New York Times sharing 12 teacher responses to an earlier June NYT article about a high school science teacher and his teenage climate skeptics.

Love of Learning More Predictive of Success Than Grades [ The Atlantic | #learning #grades

Ashley Lamb Sinclair describes what happened when her and a colleague decided not give ELA grades to their students for the first six weeks of class.

The problem lies when the product itself is elevated above the process.

Dear College Students: You Should Take Geology by Erik Klemetti

Nine reasons why a course in geology can play such a significant role in how society operates and what we can do to protect our future.

The Watershed Sleuth Challenge | @EPA @NEEFusa | #k12 #watershed #science

EPA and the National Environmental Education Foundation created several online activities that help K-12 students learn how to help solve water quality problems. The Watershed Sleuth activities help increase awareness of water quality issues, and participants earn digital badges. Students, families, and other citizen scientists can try their hand at building a model aquifer, or take an interactive quiz to find out where water wasters are. Students can learn where their water comes from and steps they can take to protect water quality.

Research Quest Beta @NHMU | #k12 #dinosaur #science #education

The Natural History of Museum of Utah developed a critical thinking module online with three different investigations using actual science, interviews with paleontologists, and great interactives. The investigations include: What dinosaur did these bones come from? What happened at Cleveland-Lloyd Dinosaur Quarry? and What physical features helped a dinosaur survive? K12 educator support is provided and there is a Spring 2016 pilot program.

Note: The Natural History Museum of Utah summarizes their research into students using critical thinking skills with the Research Quest modules with a two part blog post titled, "Brighter Students ... Brought to You by the Museum." https://nhmu.utah.edu/blog/2016/06/06/brighter-students-better-critical-thinkers-brought-you-museum-part-ii>

‘Tis the Season for a Reason | Smithsonian Science | #seasons #k12 #video

Another video episode (11:56) from the Good Thinking! series by the Smithsonian Science Education Center and FableVision Sudios. `Tis the Season for a Reason — investigates common student difficulties in understanding the cause of the seasons as well as common pitfalls and helpful approaches.

Good Thinking! - Time: It's Like, So Deep | #deeptime #k12 #video

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Fablevison and the Smithsonian Science Education Center produced this 9:15 video as an installment of their Good Thinking series. It provides impactful ways to teach the concept of Deep Time. h/t David Orr at Love in the Time of Chamosaurs blog.

Introductory GeoScience Video Collection | YouTube | #OER

A collection of twenty short (~6 minutes) content-oriented videos that two geoscience education researchers from NCSU have produced to support introductory geoscience courses. The videos focus on relatively basic concepts that students should be able to grasp on their own and are supported by short content quizzes for each video topic and other related information, posted on their GeoScience Videos blog at https://geosciencevideos.wordpress.com/. The intended use of the videos are to support pre-class assignments to provide more time in class to focus on more challenging concepts. The blog also contains information for those instructors who are interested in joining a research community to investigate how these types of resources impact instruction and/or student learning. This Open Education Geoscience Resource project was supported by a National Science Foundation grant and is licensed CC BY-NC-SA 3.0.