Recently I have read several requests from new teachers asking for suggestions on how to connect with fellow STEM teachers.  This issue of Pat’s Picks will offer a few suggestions.The following two resources consist of materials that have been carefully selected by specialists. Both offer one the opportunity to create a virtual filing cabinet to share with students.comPADRE, the physics and astronomy portion of the National science Digital Library, offers 18 different collections. 

High school teachers will find the Physics Front Collection most helpful. The Nucleus collection is designed for students. http://www.compadre.org/index.cfm

Project MERLOT also has materials for teaching physics.http://www.merlot.org/merlot/index.htm

In addition to these sites, individual teachers have created useful web pages.           

Brendan Noon             http://www.sciencewithmrnoon.com/physics/index2.htm           

Delores Gende AP Physics            http://apphysicsb.homestead.com/

Sometimes science teachers feel isolated, especially if he or she is the only physics teacher in the district.  That is when social networking helps.           

 OPHUN-L            The State University of NY at Oneonta offers six different listservs for various fields of science.            http://external.oneonta.edu/mentor/listserv.html           

 PHYS-L  To look at the archives for the list, or to sign up, go to:            https://carnot.physics.buffalo.edu/

Physics and Society            http://www.lsoft.com/scripts/wl.exe?SL1=PHYSOC&H=LISTSERV.UARK.EDU

Last, but not least, is TappedIn, a free social networking  system  which  allows a group to store and share documents and have virtual meetings to share ideas and materials.  I am a member of the Science Resources K-20+ and have a group for physics teachers.  One can log in as a guest to explore the system.            http://tappedin.org/tappedin/do/LoginAction 

I hope that you will take the time to explore some of these resources and find them helpful.

Cheers,

Pat the Retired Librarian

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