sábado, diciembre 01, 2007

Recursos para ciencias

Algunos recursos disponibles en el Web para uso por maestros y estudiantes para enseñar y entender mejor algunos conceptos se describen a continuación.
1. Down to Earth Astronomy: Created by the Space Telescope Science Institute, this website provides access to fun and engaging learning activities about astronomy, all of which live up to the website's name. The Institute also happens to oversee the grant administration, planning, scheduling, and public outreach activities for the Hubble Space Telescope, so it makes sense that they would have some rather nice materials. While the site has a number of useful areas, perhaps the strongest element of the site is the "Amazing Space" section. Here, visitors can learn about the inner workings of telescopes, read their in-house publication "The Star Witness", and take in sights of black holes, comets, galaxies, and gravity at work. Educators should not overlook the "Teaching Tools" area of the site, as they will want to look through their classroom activities, graphic organizers, and reading guides.

2. Science Animations: The use of a well-placed animation in a lecture can help illuminate any number of important concepts in the sciences. Educators seeking high-quality animations need look no further than this very useful site created by staff members at North Harris Community College. The animations are divided into a number of topics, including plants, ecology, astronomy, geology, anatomy, and biology. Each section contains links to a host of fascinating and helpful animations from institutions like Florida State University, Cambridge University Press, the University of Nebraska, and the University of Alberta. As a note, the astronomy and physics areas are particularly strong, and visitors would do well to take a look at the lunar and planetary time-lapse animations offered up by António Cidadão.

3. An Online Examination of Human Anatomy and Physiology: Don't know your trachea from your bronchioles? Never fear, as this informative and delightful interactive website from GetBodySmart.com contains interactive learning exercises designed to help users learn about the respiratory system. The site features seven tutorials that feature both explanatory text passages and well-labeled illustrations. These tutorials cover the larynx, the pharynx, the nose, and four other parts of the respiratory system. After looking through these tutorials, visitors may wish to take the visual quizzes, which come in both multiple choice and short answer formats. For those hoping to learn more about other body systems, they will want to take a look at the additional links offered here.
Gracias a: The Scout Report, Volume 13, Number 46, November 30, 2007. A Publication of the Internet Scout Project, Computer Science Department, University of Wisconsin, Sponsored by University of Wisconsin - Madison Libraries.

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