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How to make the Winter Olympics 2010 a teachable moment

Elana Leoni Director of Social Media Strategy and Marketing @Edutopia, edcamp organizer

Videos help educators include Olympics in science lessons

A new free video series from NBC and the National Science Foundation uses the Winter Olympics and athletes to explain scientific principles and could be used as resource for teachers interested in incorporating the games in Vancouver, Canada -- broadcast from Feb. 12 to 28 -- into their lessons.

The videos include a look at how angular momentum allows figure skaters to perform, the role of Newton's Three Laws of Motion in speedskating and other principles. Read more (via @eSchool News).

Anyone else out there using the upcoming Winter Olympics in their lesson plans?

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5th grade teacher in Tallahassee, FL

Sweet

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I always love excuses to use the olympics in my curriculum. Thanks for the handy-dandy videos.

Director of Social Media Strategy and Marketing @Edutopia, edcamp organizer

More resources to use the Winter Olympics in your lesson plans

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I just came across a site, which aggregated all of the Olympic lesson plans on the web. Over 30 resources!

Director of Social Media Strategy and Marketing @Edutopia, edcamp organizer

Free videos explore the science behind the Olympics

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Here's a direct link to the free videos you can use: http://www.nbclearn.com/olympics

SMT, Robotics: after school program

A great example of rotational

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A great example of rotational momentum in sports:
http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/sports/olympics/olympics-interactives...

Multiage teacher (4th-5th) from Grand Blanc, Michigan

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Thank you for the great tips on using available resources for the Winter Olympics.

mom & former exec producer @edutopia.org

Winter Olympic teaching resources

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Hey there,

Have you guys seen this page on the official Winter Olympics website:
http://www.vancouver2010.com/more-2010-information/education-programs/us...

Just lots of good links to dig deeper into the history of the Olympics.

This link:
http://www.olympicschool.ca/default.aspx?PageID=1001&LangID=en
goes to a great video on fairness and the meaning of good sportsmanship.

Winter Olympics Lesson Plans

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Lessonopoly has free lesson plans to go with NBC Learn's Science of the Winter Olympics videos. Each video has 2-3 lesson plans or activities with worksheets and quizzes.

www.lessonopoly.org

Director of Programming and Innovation @Edutopia

Another great resource for all things Olympic

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@cybraryman1 on Twitter has aggregated a whole variety of activities and info about Olympics here:

http://cybraryman.com/olympics.html

Plus a page on Canada:

http://cybraryman.com/canada.html

Director of Social Media Strategy and Marketing @Edutopia, edcamp organizer

The Pulse of the Olympics

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NBC put together a useful list to follow the Olympic athletes through Twitter. Check it out!

Great way to get a real-time feeling of the Olympics.

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