Episode 014: Blast Away Volcano Misconceptions with Volcanologist Dr. Janine Krippner

 

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 Summary:

Meet Dr. Janine B. Krippner, a Volcanologist, Postdoctoral Researcher, and Science Communicator, originally from New Zealand, currently located in West Virginia.  In this episode, we discuss common misconceptions as well as important core information that science teachers should be teaching their students about volcanoes. We also discuss the various ways that people can make themselves more knowledgeable and safe in regards to volcanic eruptions.

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Show Notes:

  • Dr. Krippner is currently working on a volcanic ash project linking global data bases in West Virginia
  • Eruptions can have deposits that travel across countries
  • Many lives during “The Boxing Day Tsunami” were saved because of basic warning signs.
  • United States Geological Survey (USGS) is where you go for the right information about volcanoes.
  • Volcanic ash is...
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Episode 013 Understanding by Design Meets NeuroScience (and NGSS) with Jay McTighe and Dr. Judy Willis

 

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Meet Jay McTighe and Dr. Judy Willis authors of Upgrade Your Teaching: Understanding by Design Meets Neuroscience. How can we use neuroscience research to improve curriculum, instruction, and assessment so our students achieve deep learning and understanding? We talk about merging insights from neuroscience with Understanding by Design® , and NGSS to create units of instruction and authentic assessments that emphasizes contextual understanding rather than recall.

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Show Notes:

  • Find out how Judy and Jay started to integrate neuroscience findings into classroom strategies and integrations to strengthen the student’s results.
  • There is value in cross disciplines.
  • How to reinforce lessons and knowledge with neuroscience techniques
  • Integrating performance tasks into a lesson allows students to actively learn
  • When...
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Episode 012_When Protons Collide: Pawandeep Jandir

 

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Meet Pawandeep Jandir, a former particle physicist who worked at the Large Hadron Collider and is currently a data scientist.  In this episode, we discuss his work at the Large Hadron Collider, where he was working at the time of the 2012 discovery of the Higgs Boson! We look at the importance of science and physics in the world today and the ways in which students become and stay interested in it.

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Show Notes:

  • Introduction of Pawandeep Jandir, a particle physicist who worked at the Large Hadron Collider, and a description of the nature of the Large Hadron Collider.
  • The ways particles are controlled magnetically within the accelerator, and accelerated to 99.9999% the speed of light.
  • The nature of the data extracted from the collision experiments of the LHC; data from collisions with familiar results can be discarded
  • The nature of the...
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We've opened a Facebook group to continue our podcast discussions. To encourage participation we will have monthly giveaways. We'll start this January 31st, 2019 (or as soon as we hit 50 members). 

What are we giving away? 

  • TPT (Teacher Pay Teachers) gift cards
  • Amazon Gift Cards
  • Classroom resources
  • Science teaching books recommended or written by our guests
  • Skype a Scientist gear
  • Science wear

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Episode 011_Scientific Method and NGSS: With Nicole Van Tassel

 

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Summary:

A common concern heard about NGSS is that the scientific method is missing! Meet Nicole VanTassel, a middle school/high school NGSS science educator and educational consultant. In this episode, Nicole VanTassel helps to clarify concerns that there is no scientific method in the Next Generation Science standards. She also shares her  favorite NGSS teacher resources.

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 Show Notes:

  • Introduction of Nicole VanTassel, Middle school/High School science teacher and educational consultant and founder of I Explore Science
  • Learn where about the scientific method´s presence in Next Generation Science Standard
  • The history of the scientific method and how it applies to science today.
  • The role of the scientific method in the modern day classroom
  • The scientific method is...
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Episode 010_Meet a Mechanical Engineer: Cody Machler

 

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Summary:

Meet Cody Machler, a mechanical engineer in the aerospace industry.  His experience falls in every phase of the product life cycle (requirements definition, design, build, test, etc). In this episode we discuss what the engineering design process looks like in his work. We also discuss what skills Cody sees that students need to have in order to be successful as an engineer. You’ll be happy to hear that these skills are similar to what goes on in an NGSS designed classroom.

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Show Notes:

  • Introduction of Cody Machler, a mechanical engineer in the aerospace industry.
  • The different types and roles of engineers and how they work together
  • Being an engineer, verbal and writing skills are critical to clear communication
  • Why knowing how to document your work is important
  • New hires are more theoretical in their knowledge and lack...
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006_Phenomena Driven Inquiry with Dr. Vince Mancuso

 

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Today's guest, Vince Mancuso, Ed.D., has been a middle school science teacher for 20 years. His research focuses on discrepant event phenomena in the science classroom and inquiry-based reform, specifically the development of inquiry-grounded curriculum and effective inquiry practices that enrich traditional classrooms. He developed and shaped Phenomena-Driven Inquiry  and the POQIE model through fifteen years of extensive research and field-testing that began with his Master’s work, carried through his doctoral studies, and continued through several years of post-doctoral action research.

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Show Notes:

  • Introduction of Guest Dr. Vince Mancuso, Developer of the...
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Episode 009_Storylines and Driving Question Board with Holly Hereau

 

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Summary:

Host Margaret O´Sullivan sits with Holly Hereau. Holly Hereau has been teaching high school science since 2004. In addition to teaching, Holly works as an NGSX facilitator and a Next Generation Science Storylines consultant. In this episode, Holly tells us about her shift to teaching with storylines. She provides helpful tips and resources for teachers looking to use storylines and driving question boards in their NGSS classroom.

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**UPDATE: Congratulations to Holly for earning the 2019 Michigan Science Teacher of the Year Award!!!

  Show Notes:

  • Introduction of Holly Hereau, high school science teacher who teaches with Storylines.
  • What is a storyline? A storyline beings with an anchoring phenomenon and proceeds from there.
  • ...
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Episode 008_Meet Science Sam: Biologist Samantha Yammine

 

 

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Summary:

Host Margaret O´Sullivan meets Toronto’s Science Sam! Learn about Samantha Yammine’s PhD research in Dr. Derek van der Kooy's Neurobiology Research Group investigating some of the first cells of the brain - neural stem cells. Continue the conversation in our Facebook Group, NGS Navigators, and be entered to win a model brain for your classroom! 

Show Notes:

  • Introduction of Samantha Yammine, Science Sam.
  • Her research is based on neuro brain cells and their development
  • Details on how a PhD program works
  • One important part of the scientific process: what are the alternatives if your hypothesis is wrong?
  • The research Samantha does is good for brain injuries, alzheimer's disease, or other degenerative diseases.
  • PhD looks to see which pharmaceuticals are activating brain cells and how the stem cells build the cells in our brain
  • Sam recounts her experience...
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