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Elements, Mixtures and Molecules
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Table of Contents
Would Galileo Do? A
Curriculum Approach -
Design a course around
Galileo’s discoveries, and his creation of
the scientific method.
The Classroom Tablet, or How I Learned to Love Apple in My Astronomy Class - What can you do as a teacher in the classroom with an Apple iPad? For one thing, you can recover from a lack of an interactive Smart Board and do live, graphic demonstrations. Here are some teaching tips for the teacher, on whiteboarding, Moon phasing, 3-D views of the universe, planets and sky, and even some physics, on a tablet device.
of the Northern
Sky - The
magnitude, of a
star is much
today than when
How well can you
column looks at
stars of exactly
one or more
tenths of a
stars that vary,
with star charts
and a test photo
to practice on.
Teachniques - The
Diagram; What Kinds
of Facts Are There
Focused On -
- A photo story showing highlights of Stonehenge and
setting up the
Sun and Moon
Astronomy at 35,000 feet--Flying the Infrared Telescope Jet SOFIA
What's the Correct Order for Teaching Astronomy Topics
Plus our regular columns:
Astronomy of the North Sky - Coordinates X. Y and Z
The Summer Sky Planning Calendar
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Teach The Stars' Unique
Toy Planetarium Would A Teacher Want?
Finding spectra of gas tubes, street lights that cause light pollution, and the Sun with Vernier's SpectroVis
The End of the World! What? Again? All about the 2012 Nonsense and Educational Activities to Show Why
Using Vernier sensors to monitor light, temperature and sky color during any solar eclipse.