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http://web.me.com/stevedecker1/educational_insights_with_steve_decker/Podcast/Podcast.html enhance educational methods
http://prtl.uhcl.edu/portal/page/portal/SOE/Programs/Instructional_Technology_MS/Podcasts/MP3_files/MYPODCAST_Portal_working.rss Using technology in education-very good
http://teacherspodcast.org/ A high school teacher and College professor share how they use tech in the classroom-check it out, its worth it
http://teachingforthefuture.com/ Discusses how the internet is changing educational practice
http://www.techstewpodcast.com/ The latest in tech news
Science Friday, from NPR - a great, eclectic collection of science news. I usually miss it on the radio, and when I do hear it I always want to share it with someone, so I was happy to add it to my blogline.
Nature.com's weekly podcast. Nature is the leading science journal, and the podcasts bring some seriously high-level stuff down to "regular folk" level.
Nasacast Earth video. NASA has quite a number of podcast and blog collections to choose from, but I think the earth science one has the widest audience appeal.
Scientific American 60-second science; a wide variety of interesting and timely news articles, each taking up just one minute of your life. Good conversation starters.
Discover Magazine podcasts. I have used articles from Discover for years in school, and I am happy to be able to continue to use this excellent and varied look at science in a new way.
National Park Service News at the NYT
News about the U.S. National Park Service, including commentary and archival articles published in The New York Times.

Wayland Town Crier
Although not of interest to most of you, this is the town I work in and it is useful to have a finger on the pulse of the town.

Gilder Lerman Institute for the Study of American History
A great site that offers not only sources but also podcasts of famous historians giving lectures, (fun really).

BBC News
International news is always interesting after watching network news

The Association of American Editorial Cartoonists
Daily Political Cartoons and Caricatures from The Association of American Editorial Cartoonists (AAEC)

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Daren Penneys on Tropical Plants
This is an interesting "what do botanists do?" kind of video, made even better by Dr. Penney's wry sense of humor

Ball BustersExcuse the name; the video is worth it! Interesting physics exploration of how Rawlings changed their baseball design, which changed the whole game. Also a segment on this on about farmers who are raising genetically modified beef cattle.
Bill Nye on Gravity I can always use Bill Nye! This will make a nice gravity intro for my freshmen.

Virtual Chemistry Labs These simulations will come in handy for reteaching or makeup of missed labs.
Einstein's Messengers This is a physics video about gravity waves and LIGO, the wave detector; I have an older video about the development of LIGO, and this is the next chapter in the story. I was very pleased to find it!
Mysterious Black Holes. A good follow-up to the previous listing, this goes into attempts to find black holes and the physics of their formation.
The Physics of Starship Battles: Lasers and Kinetic Energy
This is part of a "Physics is" series. It was entertaining and incorporated three very important physics equations (although the real significance of E=mc2 was not explained). It really emphasized that different colors of light carry different amounts of energy (per photon).It was slightly confusing speaking of blue light being faster then red ( when they were referring to frequency not speed) and of particle beams going at the speed of light (as against nearly the speed of light) but, given the difficulty of giving physics popular appeal, I thought this was pretty good.
Was it worth spending 10 minutes of class time on? I am not sure. I would rather set it as a homework assignment and ask for comments.
Einstein Light http://www.merlot.org/merlot/viewMaterial.htm?id=85028
I found this using Merlot which I had never heard of before. I loved the hierarchical structure to look for material. I went to Science and Technology and then to Physics and searched for Light within Physics. There were reviews of the listings (always dear to the heart of a librarian) and I selected Einstein Light.
It turned out to be more of a multimedia presentation, brief and to the point, of excellent accuracy. Animated explanations of how Galileo saw the world, what Maxwell said about electromagnetic radiation and how Einstein reconciled the two.
Illusions from Bill Nye http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WvVfcyVCdNA&feature=related
Just because optical illusions that rely on your brain making sense of the signals your eyes send it are always fun.
The Infamous Double Slit Experiment http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wEzRdZGYNvA
A great animated introduction to wave particle duality.
MIT Physics Demo – Bicycle Wheel Gyroscope http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8H98BgRzpOM
There is a whole series of these demonstrations from MIT. This very simple illustration of the conservation of angular momentum is a minute well spent.

Lisa’s D-7: Video Sharing, Science-Style

Video: The Chemistry of Wood
Location: http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=3352818558015705209#
Commentary: When I first Google-video-searched “Chemistry” this video came up about midway down the page. It caught my attention, so I decided to watch it. The video highlights the different chemical components of wood, the uses of these different components, and how the components are analyzed. Since I work at a voc-tech high school that has a Carpentry shop, I could see my 11th-grade students being quite interested in this video because it relates to their non-academic lives. This will be included in my opening-day “What is Chemistry” PowerPoint-based lecture.

Video: Alkali Metals In Water!!!
Location: http://www.metacafe.com/watch/540125/alkali_metals_in_water/
Commentary: This is a video that I’d run by my department head and/or principal prior to showing to students in class. It demonstrates the explosive nature of alkali metals (those found on the far-left-hand-side of the Periodic Table), which is something that couldn’t be done in a normal high school setting for obvious reasons. Many of the other videos that I’ve come across that demonstrate the increasing reactivity of the alkali metals with water are dry and dull, whereas I believe that this one has the ability to capture the attention of the students. We do cover the topic in class, and students are always asking why we can’t do these demos in school (which I explain is partially due to safety reasons and partially due to the ban of the sale of many alkali metals to schools). By showing this video, I think students would get the idea of how explosive and potentially dangerous alkali metals are when they come into contact with water. A discussion of chemical safety would inherently proceed and follow the showing of this video.

Video: Can Chocolate Stop Acid?
Location: http://dsc.discovery.com/videos/mythbusters-can-chocolate-stop-acid.html
Commentary: This would be a great video to show students prior to starting the “Chemistry in Your Life” project. The project takes place after we’ve discussed the power of strong acids (including sulfuric acid, which I point out, is extremely diluted due to its potency) and the safety precautions that must be taken to prevent accidents when working with strong acids. This could spark student interest in chemical reactions (which we wouldn’t have covered at that point in the year), and it would help to make the students think about chemical-based questions that they’ve always had but have never really gotten the answers to. In the short video, the Mythbusters (wearing chemical protection) use a chocolate bar to stop an acid leak. They briefly explain the chemical reaction, but leave out enough details that would allow the students room for further study.

Video: Egg in a Bottle Demonstration
Location: http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=7583296768315718896#
Commentary: Earlier this summer I took a course in Physical Chemistry which dealt mainly with the gas laws, rates of reaction, etc. As part of the course, we were each required to perform a demonstration that could be used in our own classrooms to help students “see” the concepts that we were presenting. One of my peers in that class showed a demo very similar to this one, whereby you take an un-shelled, hard-boiled egg and have it get “sucked” into an Erlenmeyer flask (which really occurs because of the pressure differences with the gas molecules inside and outside of the flask). I thought it was a great demonstration that could easily be done in the class, until I realized that there were several students in my class with severe egg allergies so this demo was out of the question. I came across this video which does a great job of balancing geeky-science-fun with factual information, so I plan on showing it to my students when we cover the Gas Laws this coming school year.

Video: Meet the Elements
Location: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d0zION8xjbM
Commentary: Here’s a new version of Tom Lehrer’s song that discusses the elements of the Periodic Table. Last year my Chemistry students fell in love with Lehrer’s version of the “Elements Song” but this one’s a bit different and could also be used in a Chemistry classroom. Unlike Lehrer’s version, this one doesn’t focus on all of the known elements, but rather on several of the more common ones that students would come into contact with on a daily basis. Additionally, it provides information on how elements bond with each other to form all of the substances known to man. This might be a good first-week-of-school video because it’s catchy and it does provide some solid information that we’ll cover in more detail throughout the year.

Video: Chemistry Music Video 16: What Kind Of Bonds Are These?
Location: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oNBzyM6TcK8
Commentary: Mark Rosengarten has come up with some of the best Chemistry-themed songs that I have yet to come across. As part of last year’s budget, I put in for a couple of his CD’s because they contain factual information and upbeat tunes which are a great transition into new thematic units. However, as we all know with budget constraints, the CD’s weren’t high on the science department’s priority list because they weren’t considered a necessity. Somehow today while searching on YouTube I came across music videos that he’s also created and I’m thrilled! These will definitely be finding their way into my classroom this year. This particular video deals with “END’s” (Electronegativity differences) which we work with during the chemical bonding unit.

Video: How to Use Google Sites
Location: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fD-4FRTzxkI
Comments: My seniors are required to create a business plan for a start-up business of their own choosing. As part of this project, they must create a website for their business. I think Google Sites would be a simple way for them to design these web sites and this video gives a decent introduction to its use.

Video: Google Docs in Plain English
Location: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eRqUE6IHTEA&feature=channel]]
Comments: Our technical advisory committee just suggested that we give our students exposure to and a chance to experiment with Goodle Docs. This should serve as a good introduction.

Video: Understanding simple interest and compound interest:
Location: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B3IdfBcXrLA
Comments: Interest calculations are one of the most important topics covered in my freshman business math course. Sometimes the students need to hear/see an explanation of this concept more than once. This video will certainly save me some time and energy.

Video: 5-Steps to Project Success
Location: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GcR-wpSzr4Y]]
Comments: This video will provide a good review of the major steps in managing a project (for us in my project management unit). It includes some silly/unexpected moments (humor?) that will keep students wondering what crazy thing will happen next.

Video: Making a Gantt Chart in Excel 2007
Location: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HQwE0Xv1lAA&feature=related
Comments: This video will also be helpful during my project management unit. We discuss Gantt charts and the students must prepare one for tracking a group project. Since they already have extensive knowledge of Excel, they can watch this video during class or at home and get some tips for applying their prior knowledge to serve a new purpose.


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Pauline's vodcast I also put this in the podcast area, but it's really both.