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Welcome to the SB&F Editor's Blog. I am Maria Sosa, Editor-in-Chief of SB&F. Through this blog I hope to interact with the SB&F community and post news and information related to science books, videos, authors, opportunities and other topics of interest to our readers. I hope you find the blog useful and entertaining. Please, join the conversation by posting a comment on our Facebook page. I'd love to hear from you!

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  • New Videos for Kids on the Human Body from, and FlickerLab Animation Studios have relaunched How the Body Works , a popular series of free, online movies for kids. The eight new How the Body Works movies are HDTV-quality animated programs targeting school-age children that explain complicated body parts in an entertaining and engaging way. Featuring the animated characters Chloe & the Nurb, the 5-minute movies reinforce educational points through humor, song, and repetition. The eight new movies, in both English and Spanish, cover the following topics: Ears , Eyes , Nose , Tongue , Teeth , Skin , Nails , and Hair . The new movies are the centerpieces of a suite of content that includes quizzes and printable activities...      Read more...
    Published 30 Sep 2013 3:30 PM by Maria Sosa
  • Common Core in the Science Classroom

    My colleague Bob Hirshon made this vlog (video blog) for the Verizon Thinkfinity Community about using the kinds of great science books we love here at SB&F to teach science. In it, Bob, AAAS Education Directorate head Shirley Malcom, and I talk science books and share our view that "informational" shouldn't mean boring. Along the way, we share some great literature that just happens to be about science.      Read more...
  • Explore the Science behind Current Events with these Videos from NSF and NBC LEARN

    The National Science Foundation (NSF) and NBC Learn, the educational arm of NBC News, recently released five new videos in the Science Behind The News series. Science Behind The News is a relatively new, fast-paced video series supported by NSF that explores the science, technology, engineering and mathematics behind current events. Each video features at least one interview with an NSF-funded scientist or researcher. The five new videos highlight work funded by NSF's Directorate for Mathematical and Physical Sciences. The scope of scientific and educational activity supported in the directorate is enormous, ranging from phenomena at cosmological distances, to environmental science on the...      Read more...
    Published 2 Apr 2013 5:23 PM by Maria Sosa
  • YouTube for Schools

    We've noticed that there is a lot of good science content on YouTube. Schools, however, may be reluctant to provide students with unrestricted access to YouTube because much of the content can be distracting or downright inappropriate for students. To get around this problem, Google has been offering YouTube for Schools , a tool that gives schools the ability to access a broad set of educational videos on YouTube EDU and to select the specific videos that are accessible from within their school networks. Launched in December of 2011, YouTube for Schools provides schools access to hundreds of thousands of free educational videos from YouTube EDU , which features a broad range of educational...      Read more...
    Published 21 Sep 2012 3:20 PM by Maria Sosa