BETTER LAB REPORTS THROUGH PEER ASSESSMENT USING PEERGRADE.IO – submitted by LAURA WODLINGER

Peergrade.io is a free website that allows teachers to provide a rubric for students to use assess peer assignments. The website allows teachers to see student assignments and the feedback they provide to their peers, while keeping everything anonymous for the students. Continue reading

Gooey Science – Cornstarch – by Steve Spangler

Cornstarch is an important ingredient is lots of holiday recipes, but no one likes it more than our science guy Steve Spangler. Roll up your sleeves and grab some towels… it’s going to get messy in our 9NEWS science lab. #Cornstarch #Gooey #SpanglerScience Continue reading

World’s biggest bee spotted alive for the first time in decades | CBC News

A walnut-sized bee with a massive jaw and impressive wingspan has been spotted for the first time in nearly 38 years, proving its species is not extinct.

Source: World’s biggest bee spotted alive for the first time in decades | CBC News

Humans of the CSA – Magdalena Wierus – Intermediate Operations Engineer (Logistics and Sustaining Engineering)

Magdalena Wierus is Intermediate Operations Engineer (Logistics and Sustaining Engineering) at the Canadian Space Agency.

Source: Humans of the CSA – Magdalena Wierus – Intermediate Operations Engineer (Logistics and Sustaining Engineering)

USING GOOGLE FORMS TO CREATE LARGE DATASETS – submitted by Christopher Austin

Title:

Investigating the effects of humans on the local school ecosystem using the Google Suite for Education with SNC1P students

Technology Focus:

Using the power of Google Forms and Sheets to create large datasets that allow for a rich analysis of student-collected inquiry data.

Description:

Students will fill out a Google Form on the ecosystem data that they collect, which will then be exported into a Google Sheet and analyzed so that students can see trends in their class’s dataset without much effort on either the student or teacher’s part. The students are empowered to analyze their own data while teacher is a guide on the side.

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This resource is part of STAO’s Technology Enabled Learning Collection.  

University of Waterloo Timeline of Elements – Reminder

The Chemistry department at the University of Waterloo is doing another collaborative periodic table project! If you missed out on participating in our 2011 Periodic Table Project, this is your opportunity to have your students celebrate and be part of a worldwide initiative.

This link provides details on of the contest:   2019 International Year of the Periodic Table Timeline of Elements | Chemistry

Contest Update

U of W has received over 200 applications for 118 elements for our 2019 International Year of Periodic Table project. There will be representation from 26 countries, 38 US states and all Canadian provinces and territories. There still is a way for all your students to participate in the timeline — Mendeleev Mosaic.

Click here for further update details

STAO has Oxygen

The Science Teachers’ Association of Ontario has the oxygen tile. Contact Karen_Dodds@stao.org with any questions. Schools can hand in their completed tiles to the STAO Curriculum Coordinator Michael Franfort at michael_frankfort@stao.org.

The STAO deadline is Friday, February 22, 2019. This will give STAO one week to decide which tile to submit on behalf of Ontario teachers. You can find out more at the STAO conference playground or Chem 13 News exhibit booth at the annual STAO conference this November.

 

Why microwaving grapes creates a dazzling plasma light show | CBC News

It’s a crowd-pleasing party trick: Cut a grape in half, pop it in the microwave, hit “start” then sit back and watch the dazzling “grape balls of fire.” Now a team of Canadian scientists has figured out how grapes generate plasma in your kitchen.

Source: Why microwaving grapes creates a dazzling plasma light show | CBC News

Live Safe Work Smart Photo Contest

Lights, camera, and action! A reminder to enter the It’s Your Job student video contest

The Ministry of Labour will continue to accept entries for the 2018/19 It’s Your Job video contest untilMarch 4, 2019. All Ontario secondary school students are eligible to participate.

Encourage your students to develop an original video that can be used on social media to illustrate the importance of working safely on the job.

If you need ideas, the optional theme for this year is “The business case for health and safety.” Inspire your students to show how workplace health and safety can improve the bottom-line for businesses and make it easier for businesses to grow and prosper.

Students and their schools can win cash prizes, as well as provincial and national recognition. The first place video in the national contest will premiere at the North American Occupational Safety and Health (NAOSH) Week launch ceremony on May 6, 2019.

Visit the contest page to learn more about the contest and prizes and check out our winners from previous years for some inspiration.

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