Category Archives: Video

Everybody’s Got Questions (Yup)

It’s been too long since I posted a good science music video… enjoy.

NGSS: EQuIP Rubric Videos

As we move forward with implementing the NGSS in multiple partner states, it is more and more likely that we will need to use tools like the EQuIP Rubric to assess our own attempts at designing NGSS lessons and units and those science materials provided by publishing companies. You can find the EQuIP Rubric and a facilitator’s guide at the links below:

The Teaching Channel also recently added a series of four videos to support work with the EQuIP Rubric:

NGSS EQuIP Rubric: Overview  

NGSS EQuIP Rubric: 3-Dimensional Learning 

NGSS EQuIP Rubric: Using Phenomena 

NGSS EQuIP Rubric: Evidence of Student Learning 

If you are interested, you can also view an example of how a publishing company  (Engineering is Elementary) is using the EQuIP Rubric to connect existing instructional materials with NGSS.


NGSS Now Newsletter December 2015

The NGSS NOW Newsletter for December 2015 has some helpful information for those of us moving forward with implementing NGSS. The main article discusses an upcoming series of videos developed through a collaboration between Achieve and the Teaching Channel. Sounds like something to keep an eye out for in mid December- video cases of instruction guided by the NGSS will be very helpful to the field. Click HERE to see some other NGSS videos on Teaching Channel.

If you would like to subscribe to the monthly NGSS Newsletter- click HERE


Veritasium: This Will Revolutionize Education

It’s been a while since I’ve posted a Veritasium video so when I saw the new video titled This Will Revolutionize Education– I felt like I needed to share. Lots of good stuff for us to think about in education reform and educational technology. Also some very wise words about teaching and learning.

Video: Dropping a Bowling Ball and Feathers in a Vacuum Chamber

I know a lot of you have already seen this BBC video with Brian Cox dropping a bowling ball and feathers in a huge vacuum chamber, but it is such a quality video and demonstration that I had to share it.

Using the Ketchup Cap in Engineering Professional Development

The story of Tyler Richards and Jonathan Thompson and their invention of a new ketchup bottle cap has gone viral in engineering education this spring. I wanted to share how I’ve been using this story in professional development with K-12 teachers.

PBS has a short blog post that is the perfect length for a quick reading. (See the post HERE.) The post provides the story of how these two students identified the problem (“wet bread is gross”)  and eventually solved it.

I like to use this story after teachers have some familiarity with the Engineering Design Process from the Next Generation Science Standards:Screen Shot 2014-06-17 at 10.09.57 AM

  • Define the Problem
  • Develop Solutions
  • Optimize Solutions

I simply ask participants to read the article and identify where the students are engaged in the 3 components of Engineering Design. Then we do a quick partner share and whole group debrief. Here are some findings that teachers have shared:

  • There was a lot of time spent Defining the Problem
  • Maybe we (teachers) need to provide more authentic opportunities for students to Define the Problem.. sometimes we just give students the problem predefined
  • The students developed a lot of solutions before starting to optimize
  • The students had to engage in argument from evidence throughout this process. In other words, argumentation isn’t just a science practice.. it’s an engineering practice also

The blog post gives teachers an opportunity to identify components of Engineering Design and make sense of some of the shifts in the NGSS. I hope you find ways to use this engineering story with students and teachers. Please share back what you’ve tried. A video of the ketchup cap invention is embedded below.

Why Truly Innovative Science Demands a Leap into the Unknown

A TED Talk where Uri Alon discusses topics that connect to the nature of science, the “scientific method”, and science & engineering practices. Also wonderful lessons about collaboration, communication, persistence and failure. How might you use this video with K-12 students, college students, or in professional development with science teachers?

What Does Sound Look Like? Video

The Next Generation Science Standards have a clear and intentional focus on waves as a disciplinary core idea K-12. This is content that may be new for some of us and may be lacking in our science instructional materials. As we start to cobble together resources here is an interesting short video clip that helps learners to visualize sound waves… it’s pretty cool!

Click HERE if you cannot see the embedded video below.

STEM Integration in K-12 Education

The National Academies just released a short video on the importance of K-12 STEM education. This could be useful for professional development and building understanding of STEM education in the community. See the video embedded below or click HERE. Enjoy!

Science & Engineering of the Olympic Winter Games

NBC Learn, NBC Sports, the National Science Foundation, and the National Science Teachers Association have partnered to provide resources for teaching science and engineering ideas related to the Winter Olympic Games.

Links to Resources: (NSTA will continue to post resources on the NSTA Blog during the games)