Thursday, May 7, 2015

Math and Science classes track a great white shark just off the Wildwood coast with Twitter! Bring Science and Mathematics to life using  authentic options that will have students bombarding their parents at the dinner table with all they have learned. Classes can track the progress of this Great White Shark and teachers have access to the curriculum resources. Full Lesson plans for grades 3-5 and 6-8 are now available for free download. Addressing a tremendous demand for dynamic STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) content, OCEARCH and Landry’s Inc. present a new curriculum that allows students to learn alongside Ph.D’s – for free – in a program that will eventually span K-12. Based on real science, this dynamic curriculum is intended to promote environmental awareness and to prepare students of all ages for careers in science, technology, engineering, and math.

Grades 3 – 5
1. Representing Data Graphically
2. Rounding
3. Solving Word Problems with Basic Operations
1. Introduction to Cartography
Grades 6- 8
1. Percentages
2. Representing Data Graphically
3. Unit Conversion
4. Geometry
5. Mathematical Formulas
1. OCEARCH Physics Part 1 – Forces
2. OCEARCH Physics Part 2 – Tagging Great White Sharks
3. Physics of Shark Movement Part 1 – Forces and Energy
4. Physics of Shark Movement Part 2 – Real World Applications
5. Introduction to Vectors
1. Shark Anatomy
2. Shark Senses
3. Ecosystems
4. Endangered Species
1. Ocean Zones
1. Ocean Pollution

iPad - Everything Changes with iPad!

Thu - June 4, 2015
iPad Basic Operations  Register Today!
This hands-on session will help you get started using the iPad by learning the ins and outs of basic iPad operations along with some tips and tricks to get the most out of your iPad. We will explore the basic apps that come installed and other "must have" apps.

Course Content:The following will be covered:
-iPad navigation, settings and app management
-Using the Note app including hidden keys, cut, copy, paste, and dictionary functions
-Navigating the Internet with Safari
-Camera functions along with screen shots and Photos
-Using the Maps App
-Finding and downloading apps
-Examining "Must Have" apps
Learning Objectives:Attendees will learn how to:
-Control and navigate the iPad
-Manage apps
-Operate installed apps
-Find and download apps
BYOD Event!  Please bring your own iPad with internet capability.

Audience: All K-12 Educators
Workshop Code: S15022
Dates: Thursday, June 4, 2015
From: 9:00 to: 12:00
Cost: $106 OR 4 ETTC Hour(s). For info on membership, call the ETTC.
Instructor: Philip Polsinelli
Location: SRI & ETTC - Meeting Room 107A
10 West Jimmie Leeds Road, Galloway, NJ 08205. If you have any questions or concerns, send email to:

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Virtual Field Trip on the First World War

A global guide to the first world war - interactive documentary

Ten historians from 10 countries give a brief history of the first world war through a global lens. Using original news reports, interactive maps and rarely seen footage, including extraordinary shots of troops crossing Mesopotamia on camels...

A global guide to the first world war - interactive documentary | World news | The Guardian

Friday, May 1, 2015

Making time for students with FACETIME

By Stockton University student Allison Caruso

FaceTime is Apple's video calling service that is somewhat similar to Skype and Google Hangouts. FaceTime makes it possible to conduct one-on-one video or audio calls between Apple iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, Mac Notebooks and Desktops. Thus, you may go between any Mac device with a camera to another Apple device. Apple’s FaceTime service is free to use if you are an owner of any of the Apple products listed above. However, this service does require an Apple ID and Wi-Fi. FaceTime is typically an automatic feature already installed in your Apple product for your convenience. Nevertheless, if you do not have FaceTime for any reason you can go to the Apple Store and download this application for ninety-nine cents.
In regard to FaceTime’s implementation in the classroom, this web 2.0 tool can be utilized to help my students collaborate with one another, share experiences, and aid those who cannot physically attend school due to illness or other extenuating circumstances stay in contact with the class. I would also try and utilize this tool outside of my own classroom to help students with homework, keep parents that cannot attend crucial meetings and presentations informed, and possibly to connect with other classrooms around the world so that my students are able to expand their own personal learning networks in a way they never thought possible.

Here are a few links to videos (descriptions underneath link) that show how other teachers are using FaceTime in their classrooms:

-“A girl from Danbury, Ohio born with multi intestinal atresia has no immune system and cannot interact with other children.So Danbury schools is utilizing an iPad and FaceTime to bring her into the classroom.”

- “Mrs. Ramsdell's class did a Facetime call with student Nicholas Bowditch who is in the hospital. Students not only sent well wishes to Nicholas but also got him caught up on what he has missed.”

-“Ms. Kroschel's Western Civilization class uses Facetime to talk to St. Cloud State's Professor Kim in the Netherlands.”