Episode 107 – The Snowy Owl Irruption

This week we talk with Ryan Brady – a research scientist with the Wisconsin DNR, where he serves as the Wisconsin Bird Conservation Initiative Bird Monitoring Coordinator.  Ryan talks to us about this winter’s snowy owl irruption, how to connect with other birders, and how you might be able to find snowy owls in your own region. Links: eBird Bird-Watchers Revel in […]

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Episode 104 – An Online Physics Course…With Lab!

This week we learn about MOOCs with Michael Schatz.   As professor of physics at Georgia Tech, Schatz has been running a Massive Online Open Course (MOOC) for Introductory Physics I with Laboratory.  Schatz talks to us about his experience with the class, how the online lab requirements work, and his plans to expand it. Links: Michael Schatz, School of […]

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Episode 101 – Everyday Science from BrainStuff

This week we explore everyday science found on BrainStuff with our guest Cristen Conger.  As host of BrainStuff and Stuff Mom Never Told You, Cristen talks to us about her work as a writer and host, and how she gets her ideas and does her research.  Listen to the show and explore everyday science explained on BrainStuff. Links: TestTube – A Discovery Digital Network BrainStuff […]

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Episode 87 – Using Technology in Science Instruction

http://traffic.libsyn.com/wsst/LOL87.mp3 Have you been striving to use more technology in your science instruction?  Our guest this week may have some insights for you.  We talk with Randy Bell – co-author of “Technology in the Secondary Science Classroom,” and Associate Dean and Professor of Science Education in the College of Education at Oregon State University.  Randy talks to us about the […]

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Episode 85 – NASA Wavelength

http://traffic.libsyn.com/wsst/LOL85.mp3 This week we learn about a new digital resource called NASA Wavelength.  Organized by topic and audience level, NASA Wavelength delivers a powerful search of Earth and space science resources funded through NASA’s Science Mission Directorate. We were able to chat about NASA Wavelength with Theresa Schwerin (Vice President, Education; Lead, NASA Earth Science Education and Public Outreach (E/PO) Forum; Institute for […]

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Episode 82 – Science of the Summer Olympics

http://traffic.libsyn.com/wsst/LOL82.mp3 As the school year begins, why not think back to the summer?  Join us as we kick off our sixth season by talking with Senior Producer Mark Miano about NBC Learn’s Science of the Summer Olympics.  NBC Learn, the educational arm of NBC News, has been providing historic stories, images and primary source documents available on-demand to teachers, students […]

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Episode 77 – Gaming for Science

http://traffic.libsyn.com/wsst/LOL77.mp3 Our guest this week is Zoran Popović.  As director for the Center for Game Science at the University of Washington, Zoran helped create (with David Baker and Seth Cooper) Foldit – a popular online game that teaches protein folding and ultimately allows scientists to discover protein structures through crowdsourcing and community collaboration.  Zoran talks to us about Foldit and using games to help solve […]

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Episode 73 – NCSE Now Defending Climate Change Education

http://traffic.libsyn.com/wsst/LOL73.mp3 As science educators are increasingly reporting attacks on climate change education, the National Center for Science Education (NCSE) is announcing that they will also be defending climate change science in public school science education.  Join us as Dr. Eugenie Scott explains this new initiative for NCSE by adding climate change to their portfolio in defending good science education. Links: […]

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Episode 67 – Take a Field Trip…In Your Classroom

http://traffic.libsyn.com/wsst/LOL67.mp3 Our guest this week is Jamie Loizzo, project manager for Purdue zipTrips™. A zipTrip is an electronic, interactive field trip that connects students across the country to scientists at Purdue University.  Through the experience, students are able to observe real-life science laboratories, research and science careers.  Listen to the interview and take your kids on a zipTrip! Links Purdue […]

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Episode 66 – But Are They Really Learning?

http://traffic.libsyn.com/wsst/LOL66.mp3 This week we discuss teaching techniques with Frank Noschese.  Frank is a high school physics teacher at John Jay High School in Cross River, N.Y.  and an active blogger.  We talk with Frank about blogging, active student engagement, flipped classrooms, psuedoteaching, and the Khan Academy.  Join the conversation and leave your comments. Preview from the Show: There’s a lot of […]

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Episode 65 – Framing a New Vision for Science Education

http://traffic.libsyn.com/wsst/LOL65.mp3 Join us to kick off our 2011-2012 season by talking science standards with Jonathan Osborne from Stanford University.  As a committee member who helped draft the Conceptual Framework for New Science Education Standards released this summer, Osborne talks to us about science practices, crosscutting concepts and core ideas found within the framework. Preview from the Show: The intention of […]

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Episode 56 – More Chemistry Videos from the PTOV

http://traffic.libsyn.com/wsst/LOL56.mp3   To kick off the International Year of Chemistry, we talk with Dr. Martyn Poliakoff and Dr. Samantha Tang from The Periodic Table of Videos.  Having completed all videos for all 118 elements, the team is working on updating every element video, while adding other videos such as molecular videos and chemical definition videos.  Drs. Poliakoff and Tang talk […]

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Episode 54 – The Encyclopedia of Life

http://traffic.libsyn.com/wsst/LOL54.mp3   Originally imagined by Harvard biologist E.O. Wilson as “…an electronic page for each species of organism on Earth…”, The Encyclopedia of Life is a free, online, collaborative encyclopedia intended to document every living species known to science. It is compiled from existing databases and from contributions by experts and non-experts throughout the world. This week we talk with […]

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Episode 53 – Science We Can Learn

http://traffic.libsyn.com/wsst/LOL53.mp3   This week we talk with Daniel M. Carchidi (Publication Director) and Dr. Natalie Kuldell (instructor) about MIT OpenCourseWare (OCW).  OCW is a web-based publication of virtually all MIT course content, open and available to the world. How do you learn science? Join the conversation at www.laboutloud.com to share your favorite classes, media sources, or other ways to learn […]

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Episode 51 – Science We Can Blog About

http://traffic.libsyn.com/wsst/LOL51.mp3   This week we discuss our favorite science blogs and talk to Rhett Allain – an Associate Professor of physics at Southeastern Louisiana University.  Rhett discusses science teaching and his popular blog Dot Physics, at www.wired.com/wiredscience/dotphysics. What science blogs do you follow?  Join the conversation at laboutloud.com to share your favorite science blogs and websites. Want to setup an […]

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Episode 31 – The AMS Education Program

http://media.libsyn.com/media/wsst/LOL31.mp3   Our guest this week is Jim Brey, Director of the Education Program at the American Meteorological Society.  Jim talks to us about the AMS Education Program, which promotes the teaching of atmospheric, oceanographic, and hydrologic sciences through pre-college teacher training and instructional resource material development. Links: AMS Education Program DataStreme Atmosphere – Links to weather maps and other items […]

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Episode 23 – The Periodic Table of Videos

http://media.libsyn.com/media/wsst/LOL23.mp3   Our second international podcast brings us to the University of Nottingham, where The Periodic Table of Videos is hosted.  An online periodic table that includes short videos about each element, the PTOV has been watched over 3.9 million times.  Dr. Martyn Poliakoff, CBE – a research professor at the University of Nottingham – tells us about The Periodic […]

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Episode 17 – Sir Harold Kroto on Science Education

http://media.libsyn.com/media/wsst/LOL17.mp3 To open our second season, we talked with Sir Harold Kroto. Kroto won the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1996 (along with Curl and Smalley) for the discovery of fullerenes. He talks to us about a loss of hands-on experiences in our world, how to reform science education, and offers a new resource for science (and other) educators. Links: […]

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