Tips for Using the Private Eye Loupes

inman_liz_photoby Liz Inman

I first discovered The Private Eye Loupes when I borrowed a class set from a professor friend at the University of Kentucky.  I fell in love with them and so did my biology students!

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Teaching Disease Prevention with White-Nose Syndrome in Bats

priscilla-wells-robinsonBy Priscilla Robinson

Teaching Disease Prevention

This summer, during a visit to Mammoth Cave National Park in Kentucky, I had an experience that reminded me of why teachers and parents should emphasize good hygiene and disease prevention habits to our children.  Whether fungal, bacterial, or viral, pathogens can be real threats to humans—and to wildlife.  Preventing the spread of infectious disease is something we can ALL do, if we are taught the proper steps.

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Let Your Classroom Glow with 100 Candles for our National Parks

priscilla-wells-robinsonby Priscilla Robinson

Who doesn’t like to celebrate a big birthday?  As we mark the centennial year of the National Park Service (NPS) on August 25, we as teachers can hook our students’ curiosity with the extensive network of America’s scenic spaces, indigenous wildlife, and natural resources.  If ever there was a year for a solid and diverse learning theme, this is it!  Keep the parties going as teachable moments—this is the best time for teachers to nurture lifelong learners and wards of the Earth.

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Is Hydropower a Renewable Energy Source?

C:UsersRoyDocumentsYoucamSnapshot_20140509  crawford-jpegBy Roy Bentley and Ken Crawford

There are so many things happening in the world of energy these days.  One only needs to watch the news or Google the word “energy” to find myriad examples and discussions of pipelines, carbon footprints, windmills, climate change and more.

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Summer Science in the News

Educational Innovations Newsletter - In the NewsWhat’s newsworthy about summer?  Well, aside from the fact that it’s time to relax, it’s also the time of year when we typically see more shooting stars… more droughts… more wildfires… more bugs… and (dare we say it?) more shark attacks.  We don’t have a crystal ball, but these are our predictions for Summer Science in the news.

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