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You’ve got 6 hours of student effort per day. What will you ask of it?

You’ve got 6 hours of student effort per day. What will you ask of it?

We want to uncover what propels sustained energy in all students regardless of peers, parents, poverty, or tenure.  What occurs systemically that, done differently, could quickly galvanize students?  The resource available tomorrow morning is six hours of student effort.  What will you ask of it? First, get an outcome picture clear.  It’s not of students...

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Rethinking expenditures and policy priorities

The National Association of Science Teachers reports that we currently have approximately 180,000 science teachers in middle schools and high schools. We could replace all of them (which I hasten to add is not necessary) and give their successors full 4-year scholarships as science majors to the State University of New York (where in-state tuition...

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Sioux Central students are making trebuchets, learning physics [VIDEO]

Upcoming travel and events December 3-5 – International School of Amsterdam, The Netherlands February 3 – Virginia Is for Learners Innovation Network, TBD, VA February 25-26 – Missouri Educational Technology Leaders CTO Clinic, TBD, MO March 10-13 – Central & Eastern European Schools Association (CEESA) Annual Conference, Budapest, Hungary June 8-9 – Roanoke County Public...

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Countdown to ISTE 02: Science education blogs (aka THE PUSH 2014)

Countdown to ISTE 02: Science education blogs (aka THE PUSH 2014)

If you were asked to nominate a very short list of blogs for science educators to read / subscribe to, what would you share? Please submit to the list! (there’s a form at the end of this post) What are some excellent science education blogs that P-12 science educators should be reading? We need both elementary and secondary examples. Please...

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Science for life and citizenship, not just for scientists

Science for life and citizenship, not just for scientists

Arthur Camins said: Despite inducements to change, and a half-century of research-based consensus that students would be well served by more active learning and less lecture and memorization, the latter practices are still ubiquitous. While we remain the world’s leading generator of science and engineering innovation, far too many Americans lack sufficient understanding of the...

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EcoMOD: Computational modeling and virtual worlds for 3rd grade ecosystems science

Upcoming travel and events December 3-5 – International School of Amsterdam, The Netherlands February 3 – Virginia Is for Learners Innovation Network, TBD, VA February 25-26 – Missouri Educational Technology Leaders CTO Clinic, TBD, MO March 10-13 – Central & Eastern European Schools Association (CEESA) Annual Conference, Budapest, Hungary June 8-9 – Roanoke County Public...