I just got home from the InnEdCO 2015 conference, and heard a 5-minute Ignite talk on sharing from Mattea Juengel. Her plea to educators to share their learning, their knowledge, and their reflections through whatever means necessary hit home. I have a lot to share from the InnEdCO conference but I will need time to reflect and process before sharing. So I decided to share what I know well: Earth Science. I have worked with and tested a lot of resources and I wanted to share my favorites from my Earth Science classroom.
1. Nebraska Astronomy Applet Program (NAAP)
My host teacher introduced me to these amazing astronomy simulations and activities during my student teaching experience and I have been using them ever since. I love these because they demonstrate complex content in a clear manner and are easy to use for my students.
They also tackle some topics that are difficult to find simulations on, like the Habitable Zones Simulator shown in the picture below, and Atmospheric Retention. NAAP also creates smaller interactives that I regularly use as reteaching tools for Kepler’s Laws, gravity, and the Doppler Shift. There are quite honestly too many resources on this page for me to list, so click one of these links and go explore for yourself!