Responding to Chemical Spills – by Flinn Scientific Canada

Introduction

No matter what precautions are taken, sooner or later an accidental chemical spill is likely to occur in your laboratory. A
responsible science teacher will take steps to prevent spills, make sure proper safety equipment is available to contain and
control a spill, and understand how to use the safety equipment. Continue reading

IT’S A MINECRAFT PARTY: USING MINECRAFT IN A SCIENCE CLASSROOM – by Jonathan So

This resource was created to demonstrate an effective use of integrating technology in a Science classroom. This particular resource is about using Minecraft in the classroom and implementing gaming as a fun and engaging way to consolidate science concepts. There is something for everyone in this resource no matter where you are in your learning journey: whether you are currently using technology in your classroom effectively, just beginning to use technology, or wanting to begin, this resource will assist you in your learning process.

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This resource is part of STAO’s Connex series.  

Thanks Jonathan!!!

Why Is The Measles Virus So Contagious?

You might be surprised to hear that measles is 10 times more contagious than Ebola or the plague. How do epidemiologists quantify a disease’s catchiness? Hosted by: Stefan Chin SciShow has a spinoff podcast! It’s called SciShow Tangents. Continue reading

Indigenous Peoples’ Curriculum Resources – a new STAO Publication

 

The Science Teachers’ Association of Ontario (STAO) has created additional curriculum resources on ways of incorporating Indigenous Knowledge into the science and technology and science curriculum. These resources involve Indigenous Peoples, their ancient knowledge, practices, customs, and lifeways; therefore, the paradigm, agenda, purpose, process, and outcomes must be appropriate and sensitive to their perspective. Continue reading

USING THE ZING STIKBOT APP (STIKBOT STUDIO) TO CREATE SHORT FILMS ABOUT THE HUMAN IMPACT ON THE ENVIRONMENT – by Sofia Saleem

In this activity, students  will utilize the StikBot App (Stikbot Studio), an application easily downloadable on Apple and Android products (e.g. Ipads, Iphones, Tablets, etc.) to produce short films using stop motion animation as a form of storytelling in the Grade 7 Understanding Life Systems Unit to support their own inquiry questions.

Technology Focus:  Zing Stikbot Studio App (Stikbot Studio) on iOS (Apple) and Android Devices; Google Docs for Conferencing/Anecdotal feedback; Google Docs Rubrics for Assessment

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

Thanks for the great ideas Sofia!!!!!!

Why Dog Food STINKS!

Have you ever thought about how strange it is that dogs eat these dry, weird smelling bits of food for their entire lives and never get sick of them? This truly is a scientific puzzle and there are many different types of dog food formulas on the market. Some are designed for weight loss, long shelf life and making sure that your dog eats a balanced diet. This week on Reactions, you’ll see the real wonder of what’s behind the chemistry being used to make the perfect dog food kibble. Continue reading