This week we came across Mrs. T’s Fantastic Fifth Grade Bobcats class blog and this fun video post of a recent field trip to NASA.
In fact, we liked the blog so much that it is our blog of the week!
In addition, it really got us thinking about how blogging can be used to facilitate collaboration between classrooms and different organizations and experts such as NASA.
A little bit of fun research into the different offerings of NASA revealed a few tools and resources that you may find useful to add to your blog.
NASA and Twitter
Follow @NASAJPL_Edu for educationally related news and tweets from NASA. Some great images, videos, lesson ideas and more!
NASA hosts frequent Tweet-Ups at different locations, and if you sign up, you can be invited to come in for a VIP tour and question/answer period. How cool is that?
You can embed many videos from NASA right into any page or post on your blog. The most recent videos can be found here.
Or share this link to a live feed from the international space station on your blog. According to the NASA website, due to the orbit of the space station, there is a sunrise or sunset every 45 minutes caught on video here!
NASA offers live chats frequently with different experts about many different topics. Recent chats discuss comets, the sun, the moon, fuel, and hurricanes – a wide variety that would be relevant to many different types of courses and age groups. Students and teachers can even submit questions before hand to get answered by the expert!
All of the recent chat transcripts – and information on upcoming ones – can be found here.
More NASA Resources
Find teaching and learning materials from NASA by searching through different levels, grades, subjects, and types.
Also, you can sign up to be on NASA’s news list to receive email updates and announcements about NASA’s educational programs, activities, and events.
Top #ebshare tweets from the week:
Want to share a post, ask others to visit a blog for comments, or show off cool student work? Use the hashtag #ebshare to let us know so we can re-tweet it for you!
Featured Edublog of the Week
An excellent example of what a class blog can be!
Find more great blogs like this one in our International Edublogs Directory.
Summing it up
Besides NASA, are there other government, business, or non-profit organizations who’s online resources could really compliment your class or student blogs?
Let us know of any you find or how you use outside resources so that we can pass it on to others.
Have a great weekend!