Brycen Itzko's Capstone
Night Sky Network | Outreach Resources. (n.d.). Retrieved January 30, 2015, from http://nightsky.jpl.nasa.gov/download-list.cfm
This source provides information about activities that teachers can use with students. The topics mainly involve space related activities, which will be useful to me as it will provide me with a variety of educational activities that I will be able to use when I teach a class for my capstone. I plan on using one relating to comets since I will be teaching about it, which has a wide variety of comet-related activities that will help me engage with my students while also proving them with more knowledge about my topic. I found this source to be very helpful for my capstone.
Kepler Planet Candidate Data Explorer. (n.d.). Retrieved January 30, 2015, from http://planetquest.jpl.nasa.gov/kepler
I found this source useful because it provides an interactive search tool that shows one of the several methods that is used to find exoplanets in our universe. I will be using this to let the students try out and engage more for my topic with exoplanets, which is one of the two main topics I will be teaching to my students. This source is extremely valuable to me as it will help improve the engagement of the students, which is important as they will learn much better if they can get a hands-on experience.
Exoplanet Orbit Database | Exoplanet Data Explorer. (n.d.). Retrieved January 30, 2015, from http://exoplanets.org/
I selected this source because it provides detailed information about exoplanets that have been discovered so far. It provides a wide variety of different detail of each exoplanet, which will allow me to give examples of one of the methods that is used to find planets. This source will also help me to improve my understanding of my topic, as I am always trying to improve my knowledge about my topics so that I can provide a better learning experience for my students.
Extrasolar Planets. (n.d.). Retrieved January 30, 2015, from http://www.planetary.org/explore/space-topics/exoplanets/
I found this source useful because it provides topics that related to exoplanets, which will allow me to better my understanding of what I will be teaching. This source features a blog that updates with new information about exoplanets. I will mainly use this source for my own knowledge, as the more I know about my topic, the more I will be able to engage with the students without the problem of not knowing enough. The source overall is a excellent informational site that will be an important part of my capstone.
Astronomy For Kids - KidsAstronomy.com. (n.d.). Retrieved January 30, 2015, from http://www.kidsastronomy.com/
While this source is limited in the fact that it teaches about space related topics at a basic level, it provides me a general idea of what my topic is. This source will also help me to figure out how I want to explain my topics to my students, as using complex information may confused my students. I need to teach my students in a way that will be easy for them to understand, and keep them interested in my topic when I teach the students about comets, asteroids and exoplanets.
Rosetta. (n.d.). Retrieved January 30, 2015, from http://rosetta.jpl.nasa.gov
This source provides information about the Rosetta Mission, which was the first successful landing on a comet. There is a huge amount of information and data that I will be using for my topic on comets, which will be one of the main things that I will be discussing. The source also has plenty of detailed pictures that I will be showing to my students when I teach. Overall, this source will be a major part of my capstone that will not only help me gain a better understanding, but also my students.
Asteroids and Comets, Asteroids and Comets Information, Facts, News, Photos -- National Geographic. (n.d.). Retrieved January 30, 2015, from http://science.nationalgeographic.com/science/space/solar-system/asteroids-comets-article/
I selected this source because it talks about asteroids and comets, both of which I will be teaching about to my students. There is a interactive part that I will be able to give to students for them to engage and learn from. I do find this source limited in the fact that there’s not much other in-depth information, but it’s simple enough for my students to understand, which is an important part for my teaching plan. Overall I find this source to be helpful for letting the students get a hands-on experience.
Lynch, D. (n.d.). Near-Earth Asteroids. Retrieved January 30, 2015, from http://geology.com/articles/near-earth-asteroids.shtml
This source provides detailed information about comets. While I do not believe that “.com” sites are useful sources, this source is very informational. This will help me get a good idea of the different subjects that I can talk about for my topic. Also this source helped me to widen my subjects since I had trouble with what exactly I want to talk about to my students. I find this overall to be helpful for my development of my learning plan while also improving my understanding.
Asteroid Introduction. (n.d.). Retrieved January 30, 2015, from http://solarviews.com/eng/asteroid.htm
I selected this source because it provides a very detailed and informational explanation on asteroids, which is one of my three main topics for my capstone. It also gives very in-depth detail on the many known comets that were discovered. I have found this source to be extremely valuable in my teaching for asteroids. While I am not focusing on this topic due to the limited I have to teach the students, it still provides me with enough information to give the general idea of asteroids.
Mentor (Derrick Pitts)I chose Derrick Pitts to assist me for my capstone because he already knows a great deal of the topics that I will be teaching. I found him to be very helpful as he went over many things that helped me to improve my teaching. He told me about how to get the students to engage more with my topic, which is extremely important for teachers. He also explained why he was interested in my topics, which provided me an idea of how to keep my students interested while I teach. Overall, he provided me with fantastic ideas for me to improve on.