Amanda Platte

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Environment: News & features

World's Most Asked Questions: What Is Energy?

Astronomers Spot First Ice Giant Outside Our Solar System

Astronomers have discovered the first "ice giant" outside our solar system--an exoplanet that looks a lot like the icy worlds in our own solar system, Uranus and Neptune.<p>The first-of-its-kind discovery may answer some big questions about how these strange planets formed the way they did--in our …

A New View of Jupiter Reveals 'Eye' of its Storm

NASA/JPL-Caltech<p>NASA/The Hubble Heritage Team (STScI)<p>NASA/JPL-Caltech/Univ. of Wisc.<p>NASA/ESA/P. Kalas (University of California, Berkeley, …

Why Is It Hot Underground? - A Short Video Lesson

Why Is It Hot Underground? is a short video lesson recently released by MinuteEarth. The video examines the accurate and inaccurate aspects of Lord …

Three Things to do With QR Codes On Back-to-School Night

At back-to-school night parents usually end up with collection of papers that they may or may not be saved for reference throughout the school year. …

What Makes Fluorescent Lights Buzz? - A Video Lesson

Earlier this year Minute Physics released a video explanation of how light bulbs work. I shared that video along with some other resources for …

Essential Apps for Teachers (2014)

These are the essential apps for teachers - and a few others which are nice to have... Go get 'em! | Book Creator for iPad - create ebooks and pdfs, …

Apps

The Moon's two faces: Why are they so different?

Our Moon is weird. It’s pretty big compared with Earth, for one. It has a way lower density than Earth, but seems to have some similarities in …

The Smart Key Chain Will Store Your Files, Check Your Email, And Find Your Keys

Because <i>everything</i> is getting smarter, it would be silly to think that keychains would be exempt.<p>The Smart Keychain has four uses in one small package: USB file storage, upcoming calendar alerts, incoming email notifications, and a key locator.<p>The file storage bit, to me at least, is kind of a joke …

Clarisketch - Take a Picture, Talk, and Draw

<i>Cross-post from one of my other blogs, Android4Schools.com</i><p>Clarisketch is a free Android app that has great potential for classroom use. The app …

Finally! TodaysMeet Now Offers Chat Moderation for Teachers

To moderate comments in your TodaysMeet room simply place your cursor over the lower-right corner of the box in which an inappropriate comment was …

MultCloud Provides a Single Dashboard for All of Your Cloud Storage Accounts

If you're like me you probably have accounts on more than one cloud storage service. I have accounts on Box, Google Drive, Dropbox, and SugarSync …

Wikispaces

It’s time to say Farewell…<p>The page you are looking for is no longer available.<p>As stated in our communication in January 2018 and subsequent site …

Hurricane Science: How Storms Like Arthur Form and Grow

It comes down to warm ocean water and the Earth's eastward rotation.<p>As Hurricane Arthur, the season's first hurricane, gathers strength off the U.S. southeast coast, thousands of Americans who were looking forward to baseball games, barbecues, and beaches are preparing for a windy, water-soaked …

Baltoro Glacier is a river of ice in Pakistan

At 63 kilometers (39 miles) in length, Baltoro Glacier in Pakistan is one of the longest non-polar glaciers in the world.<p>At 63 kilometers (39 miles) …

Video: How the sun can kill us all

The sun is a life-giving force. But it can also kill us in lots of different ways, points out Frasier Cain, publisher of the Universe Today …

Tackk Introduces Tackk Stream for Commenting on Digital Portfolios and Simple Webpages

Tackk is a nice service for creating simple webpages, announcement pages, and digital portfolios. I wrote a review of the service back in April. …

I Tweeted a Google Document and a Neat Thing Happened

Yesterday, I gave a short presentation on teaching with technology and primary sources. During that presentation I demonstrated how I have used …

How to Create Augmented Reality Layers of Information on Aurasma

Earlier this week I wrote a lengthy post that included ideas for using the augmented reality app Aurasma in the classroom. Today, I ran a workshop in …

Use a Google Form to Keep Track of Student Blogs

One of the questions that I am often asked about using blogs in the classroom is, "how do you keep track of them all?" Even if you have all of your …

Socrative Was Acquired by MasteryConnect - Here's What You Need to Know

<i>Disclosure: MasteryConnect has been an advertiser on this blog for three years.</i><p>Last week the popular student response service, Socrative, was …

Create Word Clouds on Your iPad With ABCya's Word Clouds App

ABCya’s Word Clouds iPad app makes it easy to quickly create word clouds on your iPad. To create a word cloud with Word Clouds by ABCya just type or …

Try Nearpod for Remotely Delivering Content to Your Students' Tablets and Laptops

In an earlier post about the closure of Presentation.io I mentioned Nearpod as an alternative option for remotely delivering content to your …

A Complete Guide to Using Socrative 2.0

<i>Disclosure: MasteryConnect, Socrative's new parent company, is an advertiser on Free Technology for Teachers.</i><p>Last month Socrative was acquired by …

A Database of the Best Commencement Speeches, Ever

NPR recently published a database of the best commencement speeches, ever. The Best Commencement Speeches, Ever has an index of 316 commencement …

How to Flip Your Classroom With eduClipper and PixiClip

Teachers interested in trying the flipped classroom model often ask me for recommendations for video creation tools. They also often ask me for ideas …