Saturday, December 20, 2014

Science4Us is a mission-driven project designed to address an ongoing weakness in elementary science education. For interested educators and parents, there are great free elementary science resources to give you a sense of the interactive part of the curriculum. There are also great materials for teacher PD and several hundred lessons for hands-on real world exercises in the curriculum for early elementary school students.

Science4Us was developed to address the need for a curriculum to deliver an investigative educational experience for early educational experience.

The development of Science4Us was started in 2010 with the goal of creating a science curriculum based on the 5E Instructional Model which could realistically be implemented in all schools across the country.

 The goal was to use technology and best practices to provide support for teachers and educational activities for students without the prohibitive costs for out-of-class teacher training and extensive kits. A
fter three years, countless trials, millions of dollars, Science4Us, a K-2nd digitally-delivered science curriculum, was introduced at NSTA in San Antonio in April 2013.

 In 2013, the Dept of Education, IES provided an SBIR Grant for game-based learning to support the refinement of the educational model of Science4Us.

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Symbaloo Webmix on early science education, free

For those of you who don't know about Symbaloo, I have some fun news.  Bookmarking, or social bookmarking, has gotten really fun and simple.

Symbaloo is simply a way to save links and to share them. A collection of links in Symbalooland (I made up that word) is known as a webmix. Here's one made up of free science educational resources such as online exercises, interactive lessons, and science songs. It's aimed at kindergarten, first grade, and second grade. Enjoy. Download it!

Here's three more webmixes that I'd recommend: