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Nathan Smith

Nathan Smith is Director of Technology for the College of Education and Human Services at Utah State University. In that role, he also directs The Adele & Dale Young Education Technology Center (The YETC) located in room 170 of the Education Building on Utah State University's Logan campus. The YETC is a combination student open­access computer facility, a K­12 curriculum materials library, a NASA Educator Resource Center for Utah, and a technology training center. Nathan served eight years (2004­2012) on the Board of Directors for the Utah Coalition for Education Technology (UCET) He was re­elected in 2014 to serve another two year term on the board. A former elementary school teacher, Nathan has taught students every age from young children to senior citizens. He has had the opportunity beginning in 2011 to train international high school teachers from all over the world about technology in education, through the U.S. State

Launching Soon! ‘A Year of Education on Station’

Written by Nathan Smith on . Posted in STEM and STEAM


Audience: All Educators and Students
Launch Date: Sept. 12, 2017, at 5:17 p.m. EDT
Contact: JSC-STEMonStation@mail.nasa.gov

Tune in to NASA TV next Tuesday to watch astronaut and former classroom teacher Joe Acaba and his Expedition 53-54 crewmates Mark Vande Hei and Alexander Misurkin launch to the International Space Station. Shortly after they return in February 2018, astronaut and former classroom teacher Ricky Arnold will launch to the space station as part of the Expedition 55-56 crew. Keep an eye out for another upcoming launch – “A Year of Education on Station” website — for opportunities and resources designed to connect educators and students with Acaba’s and Arnold’s missions.

There’s Space in Your Classroom for Cross-Curricula: Space Science and the Engineering Design Process in a Culturally Relevant Way

Written by Nathan Smith on . Posted in STEM and STEAM


Audience: Educators of Grades 3-8
Event Date: Sept. 11, 2017, at 5 p.m. EDT
Contact: slt95@txstate.edu

Join the NASA STEM Educator Professional Development Collaborative at Texas State University for free 60-minute webinar. Participants will learn about the engineering design process and explore methods of implementing culturally responsive bilingual activities and lessons. Online registration required.

Zero Robotics High School Tournament 2017

Written by Nathan Smith on . Posted in Grants & Contests, STEM and STEAM


 

Audience: 9-12 Educators and Students
Kick-Off Event: Sept. 9, 2017, at 1 p.m. EDT
Registration Deadline: Sept. 27, 2017
Contact: zerorobotics@mit.edu

Teams of U.S. high school students are challenged to design a software program for small satellites called SPHERES that operate inside the cabin of the International Space Station. Finalists will have their codes sent to the station, where an astronaut will program the SPHERES to run their tests. Visit the site on Sept. 9, 2017, at 1 p.m. EDT, to watch this year's live kickoff event.

Free STEM Education Webinars From NASA Educator Professional Development

Written by Nathan Smith on . Posted in STEM and STEAM

Audience: In-service, Pre-service, Home School and Informal Educators

The NASA STEM Educator Professional Development Collaborative (EPDC) at Texas State University is presenting a series of free webinars open to all educators. Join NASA education specialists to learn about activities, lesson plans, educator guides and resources that bring NASA into your classroom. Registration is required to participate. To register, simply click on the link provided beneath the webinar description.

August 16, 2017, at 6:30 p.m. ET: Exploring Beyond the Planets: Understanding Asteroids (Grades 5-12) — Participants will get an overview of asteroids and learn about NASA resources for studying these indicators of our solar system’s history. Specific applications of these activities will be discussed. This webinar addresses the Next Generation Science Standard ESS1. Register online to participate. https://www.etouches.com/242608

August 17, 2017, at 6:30 p.m. ET: Exploring Beyond the Planets: All About Moons(Grades 5-12) — This webinar will discuss the many types of moons found in our solar system and what we can learn from them. Specific NASA resources related to moons will be incorporated throughout the presentation. This webinar addresses the Next Generation Science Standard ESS1. Register online to participate. https://www.etouches.com/242614

August 23 2017, at 4:00 p.m. ET: Exploring Beyond the Planets: NASA and Star Wars — The Connections Are Strong in This One! (Grades K-12) — Are planets like those in “Star Wars” really out there? NASA plans to find out. Join the NASA STEM Educator Professional Development Collaborative at Texas State University for a free 60-minute webinar to learn about exoplanets and the search for habitable worlds. Bring this topic to your classroom with a NASA STEM lesson plan that focuses on sequencing, comparing and contrasting. Register online to participate. https://www.etouches.com/249124

August 24, 2017, at 6:00 p.m. ET: Solar Eclipse 2017: So It Rained — What Did You Miss?(Grades K-12) — If you didn’t see the 2017 solar eclipse, what did you miss? Even if you watched the event, join the NASA STEM Educator Professional Development Collaborative at Texas State University for a free 60-minute webinar to explore the science, views and videos of the eclipse that were recorded by NASA and citizen scientists across the U.S. NASA STEM solar resources for the classroom will be presented for your use year-round. And be prepared to share your eclipse stories. Register online to participate. https://www.eiseverywhere.com/265514
 

For the NASA STEM Educator Professional Development webinar schedule, go to: http://www.txstate-epdc.net/events/

The MacLovin” Freebie Bundle – eight different Mac apps – free

Written by Nathan Smith on . Posted in Computer Apps, Macintosh

The MacLovin' Freebie Bundle offers Lifetime access to the eight different apps to help make your life as a Mac user easier! 

Included in the bundle is: 

  • PDF Creator Pro for Mac (Reg. price $69.95): Share and manage your Mac's files more efficiently. 
  • Photolemur (Reg. price $36): Automatically enhance photos without any complex editing tools. 
  • Music Cleanup for Mac (Reg. price $59.95): Organize and manage your entire music library. 
  • MobiKin Doctor for iOS (Reg. price $69.95): Never lose Apple data to when you upgrade or switch devices again! 
  • Leawo DVD Ripper for Mac (Reg. price $29.95): Convert your DVD movies into digital files for optimal convenience and enjoyment. 
  • WindowManager (Reg. price $14.99): Boost your productivity by automatically splitting the screen on your mac. 
  • MacX MediaTrans (Reg. price $29.95): The ultimate file manager! 
  • Video Download Capture for Mac (Reg. price $12.95): Build your own video library pulling straight from the web. 

This bundle would normally run over $300 for these great apps, but right now [you can get them all for free!(https://digitaloffers.imore.com/sales/the-maclovin-freebie-bundle?utm_source=imore.com&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=the-maclovin-freebie-bundle_072917&utm_term=scsf-242090). Whether you plan to make use of all the apps or just some of them, you just can't beat the value of free!