As a science nerd I am always on the lookout for new information, seeking out websites that give useful and reliable information. One that will inspire me to read further, experiment more and just get excited about science! Recently, I came across a website that is one of the best resources I have found in a long time. It’s called the National Science Digital Library and it’s got everything and anything you could ever look for in the STEM realm.
When you first navigate to the webpage you will see that it is simply designed. A menu bar at the top of the website guides you through different search categories. What I like about this website is that I can be very specific in what I’m searching for, or go broad and browse through the results. If you are a student researching a paper or project, you can search by subject or material type. If you are a teacher, you can search by academic standard and grade level. It’s feels like using Google … but much more streamlined in terms of the quality of result you will discover.
The greatest advantage is that the results from your search will be high quality, meaning that the sources you find are from accredited universities, colleges, societies, or federal and state institutions. Also, these sources are FREE! In my search for quality resources I often feel hindered by the requirement of creating accounts or paying for some materials with unreliable information, so the free resources on this site were a relief to find. In the event that there is a cost to the resource, you are warned well ahead of time (before you get emotionally attached to the resource … so frustrating when it doesn’t work out).
Here are some screen shots from a resources I used the other day to create a printable grading sheet. I thought this was a super nifty idea which would truly make my life easier, were I a teacher. So, I selected the type of project: Oral Presentation, and the grade: 5-8. As you can see, there is a place where I can write my name and project title as well as some very specific instructions on how to use the source.
In the second screen shot I have written my name and used the drop down menu to select my parameters for evaluation.
This third picture shows my final worksheet, ready to use! It’s so easy and if I’m honest, a little bit fun.
As, all in all I would highly recommend this website to any student, teacher, parent, sibling, aunt, uncle, grandparent (you get the idea!) that wants to learn more or just find some new ways to learn about a favorite topic. The videos and games available are fun an entertaining, the articles are accurate, and the learning is real! Enjoy!
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