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Davidson, edX, College Board To Develop Online Courses For AP Students

Davidson, edX, College Board To Develop Online Courses For AP Students | 21st Century STEM Resources | Scoop.it
A triumvirate of education parties has come together to offer online supplementation for Advanced Placement coursework.
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...It's too late, most teachers are already including courses with on-line MOOC's to supplement AP courses...College Board is so slow to adapt to the changing learning environment...

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FREE Hour of Code Webinars with Wes

FREE Hour of Code Webinars with Wes | 21st Century STEM Resources | Scoop.it
This week as part of the 2013 "Hour of Code" and Computer Science Education Week I'm sharing two different FREE webinars on Wednesday and Saturday. Please mark your calendars so you can join one or...
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This is an excellent ideal to help teachers / students to learn about computer code.

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3 Strategies to Promote Independent Thinking in Classrooms | Edutopia

3 Strategies to Promote Independent Thinking in Classrooms | Edutopia | 21st Century STEM Resources | Scoop.it
Imagine the intentional focus you would bring to crossing a rushing creek. Each stepping-stone is different in shape, each distance uneven and unpredictable, requiring you to tread with all senses in
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This article provides insight to inquiry-based learning strategies. In Southeast Asia, Mihaly has something with attention capacity. My next question would be how does this apply within socio-cultural differences?

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9 Strategies for Motivating Students in Mathematics

9 Strategies for Motivating Students in Mathematics | 21st Century STEM Resources | Scoop.it
Motivating students to be (enthusiastically) receptive is one of the most important aspects of mathematics instruction and a critical aspect of the Common Core State Standards. Effective teachers sho
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The learning strategies listed can be modified and adapted to fit all STEM related classes.

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Science, Math, and Fan Fiction: What’s Worth Learning?

Science, Math, and Fan Fiction: What’s Worth Learning? | 21st Century STEM Resources | Scoop.it

What happens when you allow kids to figure out their own path to learning by giving them access to the online community? That’s one of the thoughtful questions Richard Halverson, co-author ofRethinking Education in the Age of Technology, brings up in this interview at the CYTSE conference.


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Gameifcation is not an all-in-one solution to the learning environment but a "tool" to assist in the learning process.

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National Math + Science Initiative Blog | The Four Pillars of Flipping the Classroom

National Math + Science Initiative Blog | The Four Pillars of Flipping the Classroom | 21st Century STEM Resources | Scoop.it

Flipping the classroom has been a hot topic amongst circles in the education world recently – so much so that we even wrote an article about it ourselves!

 

It is clear that teachers are excited about this different way of interacting and engaging with their students to generate new ideas and deepen their understanding.

 

Education Week picked up on this trend as well and hosted a brilliant webinar featuring two expert presenters – Todd Nesloney , a 5th grade math teacher, and Kristin Daniels, a board member of theFlipped Learning Network – on what flipping the classroom means for both students and teachers.

 
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This is a good step by step approach to "Flip your STEM learning environment".

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Synaptic transistor learns while it computes | Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences

Synaptic transistor learns while it computes | Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences | 21st Century STEM Resources | Scoop.it

Cambridge, Mass. – November 1, 2013 – It doesn't take a Watson to realize that even the world's best supercomputers are staggeringly inefficient and energy-intensive machines.

 

Our brains have upwards of 86 billion neurons, connected by synapses that not only complete myriad logic circuits; they continuously adapt to stimuli, strengthening some connections while weakening others. We call that process learning, and it enables the kind of rapid, highly efficient computational processes that put Siri and Blue Gene to shame.

 

Materials scientists at the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) have now created a new type of transistor that mimics the behavior of a synapse. The novel device simultaneously modulates the flow of information in a circuit and physically adapts to changing signals.

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I will be exciting to see the many applications of this development in the future.

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No TV Show Has Ever Loved Math as Much as Futurama | Underwire | Wired.com

No TV Show Has Ever Loved Math as Much as Futurama | Underwire | Wired.com | 21st Century STEM Resources | Scoop.it
Two months after the show's finale, WIRED spoke to Singh and  Futurama executive producer and head writer David X. Cohen about Futurama's legacy, mathematical and otherwise.
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I always enjoyed the show with Keeler's Theorem...

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Inquiry Learning Ideas for Math and Science With iPads

Inquiry Learning Ideas for Math and Science With iPads | 21st Century STEM Resources | Scoop.it
Giving children ample opportunities to develop sound investigative skills at an early age is essential to nurturing their ability to think critically and scientifically as they get older.
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The article provides excerpts form the book "iPad in Education for Dummies". Looks like fun STEM Based Learning!

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Scientists take "4D printing" a step further

Scientists take "4D printing" a step further | 21st Century STEM Resources | Scoop.it

Using a 3D printer, people can already determine the length, width and depth of an object that they create. Thanks to research being conducted at the University of Colorado, Boulder, however, a fourth dimension can now be included – time. And no, we're not talking about how long it takes to 3D-print an item. Instead, it's now possible to print objects that change their shape at a given time.

 

The scientists, led by Prof. H. Jerry Qi, have developed a "4D printing" process in which shape-memory polymer fibers are deposited in key areas of a composite material item as it's being printed. By carefully controlling factors such as the location and orientation of the fibers, those areas of the item will fold, stretch, curl or twist in a predictable fashion when exposed to a stimulus such as water, heat or mechanical pressure.

 

The concept was proposed earlier this year by MIT's Skylar Tibbits, who used his own 4D printing process to create a variety of small self-assembling objects. "We advanced this concept by creating composite materials that can morph into several different, complicated shapes based on a different physical mechanism,” said Martin L. Dunn of the Singapore University of Technology and Design, who collaborated with Qi on the latest research.

 

This means that one 4D-printed object could change shape in different ways, depending on the type of stimulus to which it was exposed. That functionality could make it possible (for example) to print a photovoltaic panel in a flat shape, expose it to water to cause it to fold up for shipping, and then expose it to heat to make it fold out to yet another shape that's optimal for catching sunlight.


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This 4D printing is reminding me of Star Trek's replicator...is food next?

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Samantha Hogan's curator insight, November 8, 2013 2:44 AM

Wow! Interested to see what the next step will be in 3D printing!

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Project-Based Learning Idea For Science: Using Machines

Project-Based Learning Idea For Science: Using Machines | 21st Century STEM Resources | Scoop.it

Project-Based Learning Ideas For Science: Using Machines

If you’re looking for an interesting project-based learning idea for science, the following “Dream Fort” contest might be worth considering. Information appears below, as do the relevant images and contact information you’ll need to participate.

 

“To promote the fall 2013 release of The Fort on Fourth Street: A Story of the Six Simple Machines, Sylvan Dell Publishing is teaming up with author Lois Spangler, and giving readers the chance to bring their creativity to life with the Dream Fort Design Contest.

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This sounds like a great science / math fair idea for the whole school.

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Victoria Brandon's curator insight, January 23, 2014 4:57 PM

Awesome ideas for simple machines.  Allows students to use what they have learned and apply it to a project!

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Museum of Science and Industry | GoREACT

Museum of Science and Industry | GoREACT | 21st Century STEM Resources | Scoop.it
The world is your laboratory!

Experiment with chemistry virtually anywhere with goREACT! In this drag-and-drop laboratory, combine elements from the Periodic Table to create chemical reactions and discover the chemistry in the world around you!

 

With goREACT, you can become a virtual chemist. Whether you're a novice or expert, the free play and guided modes make it fun and fascinating.


Initiate nearly 300 virtual chemical reactions by dragging elements into the Reaction Area.

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What a great chemistry classroom activity resource...with no messy cleanup. Enjoy! Can be used in a multilingual classroom too!

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Critical Search Skills Students Should Know - Edudemic

Critical Search Skills Students Should Know - Edudemic | 21st Century STEM Resources | Scoop.it
There is a new digital divide on the horizon. It is not based around who has devices and who does not, but instead the new digital divide will be based around students who know how to effectively find and curate information and those who do not.
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This is a great guide. Please consider running Zotero or Evernote in the background to save the inquiry based search.

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Perfect for classrooms: the periodic table illustrated with items made from the elements - Learn Egg

Perfect for classrooms: the periodic table illustrated with items made from the elements - Learn Egg | 21st Century STEM Resources | Scoop.it
Sure, the periodic table of elements is useful. But wouldn't it be better if we all had an illustrated version that depicts different items made from each element?
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This is a science cool chart...

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Mikko Hakala's curator insight, December 12, 2013 5:21 AM

Excellent illustration.

Theo J. Mertzimekis's curator insight, December 12, 2013 5:26 AM

Great resource, however I think it is still missing some items in the lanthanides (e.g. Nd magnets etc)

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Dyed Plastic Boosts Stretchable Solar Cells | MIT Technology Review

Dyed Plastic Boosts Stretchable Solar Cells | MIT Technology Review | 21st Century STEM Resources | Scoop.it

A thin sheet of dyed plastic could cut the cost of solar power, particularly for applications that require solar cells to be highly efficient and flexible.

 

Researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign are using the plastic to gather sunlight and concentrate it onto a solar cell made of gallium arsenide in an experimental setup. Doing so doubled the power output of the cells.

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“It’s lower cost compared to what you would have to do to get the same efficiency by completely coating the surface with active solar material,” saysJohn Rogers, professor of materials science and engineering and chemistry at the University of Illinois."


This is very good news for solar energy industry.

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Embracing Paradoxes and Narratives in Education | Gamification

Embracing Paradoxes and Narratives in Education | Gamification | 21st Century STEM Resources | Scoop.it

Neuroscience is now discovering the tremendous effect a good narratives has on the formation of our brain circuitry. One impact of these narratives is developing what’s called “Fixed” and “Growth” mindset towards intelligence.


Brain scans show that children having these different mindsets have their brains wired in different ways, which have huge learning impacts. Robertson explains some findings

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The article explains and defines fixed mindset and the growth mindset. In the infographic I notice the, "Can be developed".

 

Once again, the lack of cultural perspective within the developing mindset toward a lifelong learner is missing. The learners' culture plays a significant aspect in the qualitative dimension in the learning environment.

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Google Puts Money on Robots, Using the Man Behind Android

Google Puts Money on Robots, Using the Man Behind Android | 21st Century STEM Resources | Scoop.it
Led by Andy Rubin, who built the Android software, Google has acquired seven companies with hopes to automate manufacturing and even rival Amazon in retail delivery.

 

In an out-of-the-way Google office, two life-size humanoid robots hang suspended in a corner.

 Video FeatureShooting for a Moon Filled With Robots  

If Amazon can imagine delivering books by drones, is it too much to think that Google might be planning to one day have one of the robots hop off an automated Google Car and race to your doorstep to deliver a package?

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Google's investment in robotics will become a leader in the technology in a very short period of time.

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Rubin’s Robots: Google Gears Up To Revolutionize Manufacturing And Logistics | TechCrunch

Rubin’s Robots: Google Gears Up To Revolutionize Manufacturing And Logistics | TechCrunch | 21st Century STEM Resources | Scoop.it
Andy Rubin left the helm of the Android team back in March, replaced by then-Chrome VP Sundar Pichai, and it's been a bit of a mystery what he's been up to..
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Google keeps moving the world forward..."I drone, I drone, its  off to work I go..."

 

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The Latest Tools for Teaching STEM: Video Games

The Latest Tools for Teaching STEM: Video Games | 21st Century STEM Resources | Scoop.it
Video games can keep kids motivated to learn STEM subjects. Programming, experts say, is 'just a new kind of literacy.'

 

Video games often get a bad rap as a time-sucking tool of procrastination, but users' fascination with this form of entertainment can be harnessed for learning, particularly when it comes to the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).

 

No, playing Candy Crush and Angry Birds didn't just become the equivalent of doing homework (sorry), but a rapidly growing industry of educators, developers and innovators have produced a raft of ways to learn through gaming. It's no exaggeration to say that these digital pioneers are truly reinventing the wheel when it comes to teaching techniques.

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"By creating a way for people to participate and find the subject engaging, it gives them agency to learn about science," says Kate Fisher, community manager at the Center for Game Science.


I agree with the method but insist in a guided learning approach leaning toward inquiry / problem based learning integration.

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100+ STEM iPad Apps For Learning

100+ STEM iPad Apps For Learning | 21st Century STEM Resources | Scoop.it
100+ STEM iPad Apps For Learning, from TeachThought.com.
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Some of the apps are Free but most you have to pay for or have membership. 

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Victoria Brandon's curator insight, January 23, 2014 4:56 PM

Good list for teachers with iPads.  It is nice to see a comprehensive list!

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Popular Science | New Technology, Science News, The Future Now

Popular Science | New Technology, Science News, The Future Now | 21st Century STEM Resources | Scoop.it

Each year, the editors of Popular Science search all corners of the material world—cars, skyscrapers, drones, phones—to find the 100 innovations that are reshaping the future right before our eyes.

 

Best of What’s New winners make our world and our lives safer, more efficient, and straight-up better than we thought possible. These innovations make the stuff of science fiction—restoring sight to the blind, conversing with computers—the stuff of reality.

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Top 100 trends and innovations that could will change our world...

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'SimplyNano 1' experimental kit for schools now available [video]

'SimplyNano 1' experimental kit for schools now available [video] | 21st Century STEM Resources | Scoop.it
'SimplyNano 1' experimental kit for schools now available in English and Russian

 

In the first edition of the "SimplyNano 1" experimental kit 850 kits were produced in German and French. In Switzerland the teaching tool is already used at 600 secondary schools. The response of teachers and schools is very positive and the demand is high.

 

The experiments can be used in biology, chemistry or physics classes. The introduction of the "SimplyNano 1" experimental kit is accompanied with teaching courses that demonstrate the use of the kit. 



Via Gust MEES
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Let the creative and innovative Nano Games begin...at a local high school near you!  This is so cool!

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In the first edition of the "SimplyNano 1" experimental kit 850 kits were produced in German and French. In Switzerland the teaching tool is already used at 600 secondary schools. The response of teachers and schools is very positive and the demand is high.


The experiments can be used in biology, chemistry or physics classes. The introduction of the "SimplyNano 1" experimental kit is accompanied with teaching courses that demonstrate the use of the kit.
 

Learn more:

 

http://www.scoop.it/t/21st-century-innovative-technologies-and-developments/?tag=Nano

 


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In the first edition of the "SimplyNano 1" experimental kit 850 kits were produced in German and French. In Switzerland the teaching tool is already used at 600 secondary schools. The response of teachers and schools is very positive and the demand is high.

 

The experiments can be used in biology, chemistry or physics classes. The introduction of the "SimplyNano 1" experimental kit is accompanied with teaching courses that demonstrate the use of the kit.
 

Learn more:

 

http://www.scoop.it/t/21st-century-innovative-technologies-and-developments/?tag=Nano

 

 
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'Walter White Telling Chemistry Jokes' Meme Is Positively Charged

'Walter White Telling Chemistry Jokes' Meme Is Positively Charged | 21st Century STEM Resources | Scoop.it
The 'Walter White Telling Chemistry Jokes' meme is more fun than 7th grade science class.
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This is the lighter side of chemisty...I was trying to mix it up and see what happens...

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12 Technologies To Dominate STEM Education | Campus Technology

12 Technologies To Dominate STEM Education | Campus Technology | 21st Century STEM Resources | Scoop.it

The use of big data, instruction through mobile devices, online learning (including MOOCs), and virtual and remote laboratories that emulate real ones are the technologies that will have the greatest impact on "STEM+" education over the next year.

 

These are the findings of a group of global experts who weighed in on emerging technologies that will most influence education over the next five years. STEM+ covers the disciplines of science, technology, engineering, mathematics (STEM) as well as additional skills for applying knowledge of those subjects in the real world.

 

A report compiled by a consortium of organizations identified 12 technologies that will dominate conversations in education through 2018, as well as the top trends and challenges that will affect these shifts as they unfold.

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This is an interesting report and perspective on future STEM-based learning trends.

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Susan M. Baxter's curator insight, October 29, 2013 5:50 PM

Report co-sponsored by IEEE focuses the academic technology debates on STEM curriculum - and emphasizes (rightly in my opinion) the use of publicly available "big data" sets for course-embedded research.

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10 Educational Web Resources Teachers Should See - Edudemic

10 Educational Web Resources Teachers Should See - Edudemic | 21st Century STEM Resources | Scoop.it

Too often we teach in isolation–we all have our standards, goals, curricula, and tasks we need to accomplish. Time is short. We don’t get out of our rooms. There can be years before I see a colleague.

 

One time I introduced myself to a person at a conference. It turned we worked together. There’s just no backing down from that embarrassment. I am usually the type of person who goes around to say hi, but things are a bit crazy in education the last few years, and I must not be doing the best job. It’s a waving red flag that we need to get out and collaborate more.

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Great ideas to spice up STEM based learning.

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