November 26, 2014

SoundCloud as an audio creation & dissemination tool

SoundCloud as an audio creation & dissemination tool

We focus so much on the reading and writing skills of our students, but what about their listening skills? The online platform SoundCloud allows for audio content creation, dissemination, and the listening of audio files from science organizations.

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November 19, 2014

Teaching Professional Skills… what exactly is a “Doctor of Philosophy”?

Teaching Professional Skills... what exactly is a "Doctor of Philosophy"?

True story… student walks in to a faculty member’s office, sees the diploma hanging above her desks and comments, “Wow! For someone that has a degree in philosophy, you certainly know oceanography really well!” What can we learn from this and teach students when they see our diplomas that state we have a “Doctor of Philosophy”?

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November 12, 2014

Backtrack to… Who is our big name in geology, and where’s our show?

Backtrack to... Who is our big name in geology, and where's our show?

Science personalities and television series are popular with the general public in generating excitement and interest in physics, chemistry, biology, space science… but where are the geologists? And where’s our TV show?

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November 5, 2014

Geoscience education, meet 3D printing

Geoscience education, meet 3D printing

Ready or not, 3D printers have arrived on college and university campuses. 3D printing can generate fossils, maps and rocks, and excitement for younger students in STEM.

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November 2, 2014

Need motivation to write? Join #AcaDoWriMo this November

Need motivation to write? Join #AcaDoWriMo this November

Need some help getting started on writing that next manuscript, or finishing up an old one that has been sitting around for much too long? Join scientists during the month of November as they support each other with #AcaDoWriMo.

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October 27, 2014

The IAGD: making geology accessible to all

The IAGD: making geology accessible to all

The IAGD mission is to improve access to the geosciences for individuals with disabilities and promote communities of research, instruction and student support. There is no need to wait to become a member of this organization that led its first accessible fieldtrip one week ago at GSA.

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October 15, 2014

Make every week Earth Science Week!

Make every week Earth Science Week!

Why restrict the celebrations to one week? Let’s make every effort to engage students in Earth Science content every week!

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October 8, 2014

EarthCaching – and where geoscientists can help

EarthCaching - and where geoscientists can help

You may be familiar with the outdoor sport called “geocaching,” defined by Geocaching.com as “a real-world, outdoor treasure hunting game using GPS-enabled devices. Participants navigate to a specific set of GPS coordinates and then attempt to find the geocache (container) hidden at that location.”  There are several different types of caches available, and it is not uncommon for geoscientists to specifically search for the ones classified as EarthCaches.  Check out …

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October 1, 2014

Science haiku to communicate research and more

Science haiku to communicate research and more

NOAA is doing it. Even the entire IPCC Report was boiled down to 19 illustrated haiku. Can science-themed haiku be used for education & outreach, or just for fun?

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September 17, 2014

Learning science through reading, writing… and doodling

Learning science through reading, writing... and doodling

What do you do when you see a student doodling in class? Studies show that perhaps we should encourage this behavior.

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