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A pair of breakthroughs in photonics could allow for faster and faster electronics

A pair of breakthroughs in photonics could allow for faster and faster electronics | 21st Century STEM Resources | Scoop.it

A pair of breakthroughs in the field of silicon photonics by researchers at the University of Colorado Boulder, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Micron Technology Inc. could allow for the trajectory of exponential improvement in microprocessors that began nearly half a century ago—known as Moore's Law—to continue well into the future, allowing for increasingly faster electronics, from supercomputers to laptops to smartphones.

The research team, led by CU-Boulder researcher Milos Popovic, an assistant professor of electrical, computer and energy engineering, developed a new technique that allows microprocessors to use light, instead of electrical wires, to communicate with transistors on a single chip, a system that could lead to extremely energy-efficient computing and a continued skyrocketing of computing speed into the future.

 

Popovic and his colleagues created two different optical modulators—structures that detect electrical signals and translate them into optical waves—that can be fabricated within the same processes already used in industry to create today's state-of-the-art electronic microprocessors. The modulators are described in a recent issue of the journal Optics Letters.

 

First laid out in 1965, Moore's Law predicted that the size of the transistors used in microprocessors could be shrunk by half about every two years for the same production cost, allowing twice as many transistors to be placed on the same-sized silicon chip. The net effect would be a doubling of computing speed every couple of years.

 

The projection has held true until relatively recently. While transistors continue to get smaller, halving their size today no longer leads to a doubling of computing speed. That's because the limiting factor in microelectronics is now the power that's needed to keep the microprocessors running. The vast amount of electricity required to flip on and off tiny, densely packed transistors causes excessive heat buildup.

 

"The transistors will keep shrinking and they'll be able to continue giving you more and more computing performance," Popovic said. "But in order to be able to actually take advantage of that you need to enable energy-efficient communication links."


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Panoramic Virtual Tour Of CERN Comes To Google Street View

Panoramic Virtual Tour Of CERN Comes To Google Street View | 21st Century STEM Resources | Scoop.it
The Large Hadron Collider is the centerpiece of CERN (The European Organization for Nuclear Research). It is the world’s largest laboratory for studying particle physics.
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Interactive educational simulations

Interactive educational simulations | 21st Century STEM Resources | Scoop.it
Explain in 3D environment, how things work. Learn with interactive simulations that supports creativity and learning process.
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Good resources except the machine gun 3D so choose carefully in class.

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STEM StudyJams | Scholastic

STEM StudyJams | Scholastic | 21st Century STEM Resources | Scoop.it

 If your students don't have iPads take a look at the Human Body Study Jams from Scholastic. Study Jams are slideshows and animations that provide a short overview of various topics in science and math. There are six human body Study Jams; skeletal system, nervous system, digestive system, respiratory system, muscular system, and circulatory system. 

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Study Jams from Scholastic could be useful resources for elementary school or middle school students to review prior to a lesson that you teach to them. The Study Jams could also be good review materials for students.

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Zombies Infiltrate Classrooms To Bring STEM Back To Life

Zombies Infiltrate Classrooms To Bring STEM Back To Life | 21st Century STEM Resources | Scoop.it

Several weeks into the new school year, educators are tapping the undead to bring life to subjects in need: science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). With a decline in student interest, especially among girls, teachers are incorporating popular trends in movies and TV shows into lesson plans.


Courtesy of STEM Behind Hollywood.

 

The National Academy of Science andTexas Instruments TXN -0.67%, the company behind the large graphing calculators, teamed up to create STEM Behind Hollywood, a program that creates STEM lessons based on zombies, superheroes, space and forensics. The goal is to engage middle and high school students with things they are excited to talk about.

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Great... More zombies in the classroom...

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Help Your Inquisitive Child Learn About The Science Of Everyday Stuff

Help Your Inquisitive Child Learn About The Science Of Everyday Stuff | 21st Century STEM Resources | Scoop.it

A never ending curiosity about commonplace things is what gives birth to a scientist. The scientific spirit needs to be nurtured early, and today’s parents and teachers can play a big role in creating the Newtons, Einsteins, and Feynmans of tomorrow.  


As Albert Einstein so memorably said – you should never stop questioning. Thankfully, the parents of today don’t have to spend money on the Encyclopedia Britannica to quench the inquisitiveness of their kids. They can point them to the right places on the web.

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STEM and these global learning resource sites.

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MinutePhysics | Cool Physics and Other Sweet STEM Short Videos

MinutePhysics | Cool Physics and Other Sweet STEM Short Videos | 21st Century STEM Resources | Scoop.it
Simply put: cool physics and other sweet science. "If you can't explain it simply, you don't understand it well enough." ~Rutherford via Einstein? (wikiquote...
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Excellent Video segments (short) and linkable to any STEM lessions

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Next Generation Science Standards

Next Generation Science Standards | 21st Century STEM Resources | Scoop.it

Next Generation Science Standards for Today’s Students and Tomorrow’s Workforce:  Through a collaborative, state-led process managed by Achieve, new K–12 science standards have been developed that are rich in content and practice, arranged in a coherent manner across disciplines and grades to provide all students an internationally benchmarked science education. The NGSS is based on the Framework for K–12 Science Educationdeveloped by the National Research Council.

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Take a quick look at the Science and Engineering...

NGSS Appendices:
Conceptual ShiftsResponses to Public DraftsCollege and Career Readiness All Standards, All Students / Case StudiesDisciplinary Core Idea ProgressionsScience and Engineering PracticesCrosscutting ConceptsNature of ScienceEngineering Design in the NGSSScience, Technology, Society, and the EnvironmentModel Course Mapping in Middle and High SchoolConnections to CCSS-Mathematics Connections to CCSS-Literacy in Science and Technical Subjects
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Hagerstown Community College, Washington County Schools Partner on STEMM Ed -- Campus Technology

Hagerstown Community College, Washington County Schools Partner on STEMM Ed -- Campus Technology | 21st Century STEM Resources | Scoop.it

Hagerstown Community College (HCC) and Washington County Public Schools (WCPS) in Hagerstown, MD have partnered to launch a new STEMM (science, technology, engineering, math, and medical) Technical Middle College (STMC). The program will let qualifying high school students in the district earn college credits, associate degrees, or certifications in STEMM subjects.

 

The STMC program will offer courses in biotechnology, cybersecurity, chemistry, computer science, engineering, math, alternative energy, premedical, prepharmacy, and simulation and digital entertainment, according to a report in the Herald-Mail of Hagerston, MD. Junior and senior high school students in the district will have the opportunity to earn at least 30 college credits in these subjects. Some students may also complete associate's degrees or certificates by the time they graduate from high school.

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"STEM education moving from a teaching culture to a learning culture.” Lead, follow or get out of the way...

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ShowMe - The Online Learning Community

ShowMe - The Online Learning Community | 21st Century STEM Resources | Scoop.it
ShowMe is an open online learning community where anyone can learn and teach any topic. Our iPad app lets you easily create and share video lessons.

 

ShowMe is a global learning community - a place where anyone can learn or teach anything. Our mission is to connect great teachers and experts to students across the world.

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Excellent Free teaching tool and resources.

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Reinventing School From the Ground Up For Inquiry Learning

Reinventing School From the Ground Up For Inquiry Learning | 21st Century STEM Resources | Scoop.it
Can inquiry-based and project-based learning exist in a traditional industrial-age school? It may be time for schools to invent fresh ecosystems designed specifically for inquiry.
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Great resources are provided.

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Karine Thonnard's curator insight, September 15, 2013 3:40 PM

J'aime cet article car il aborde le «quoi?», le «pourquoi?» mais aussi le comment? Merci!

 
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125 Top Blogs on Blended Learning - Getting Smart

125 Top Blogs on Blended Learning - Getting Smart | 21st Century STEM Resources | Scoop.it

by Katie Vander Ark

 

"Last year we published a list of 60+ blended learning articles. With the extensive use of blended learning in classrooms and lots of shared success stories, we doubled that total.  Following are 125 blogs by category.  Point us to stories we missed."

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Antonia Rudenstine's curator insight, September 8, 2013 7:20 AM

A great list of blended learning resources. Just looking at the categories they have created provides a useful frame for those venturing into this space: Innovative Secondary Blends, Policy, Elementary, Tools, Competency-based Blends, Think about Space, etc. 

Karine Thonnard's curator insight, September 9, 2013 9:05 AM

add your insight...

 
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Khan Academy builds scalable education site on Google Cloud Platform

Khan Academy builds scalable education site on Google Cloud Platform | 21st Century STEM Resources | Scoop.it

Khan Academy has an audacious mission: to provide a free world class education to anyone anywhere. With less than fifty full-time employees at the company, our small team has to take special care to work on whatever’s most critical. So we’re building a culture that relentlessly focuses on shipping code that improves students’ lives.

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Educational technology update

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Students get hands-on with STEM

Students get hands-on with STEM | 21st Century STEM Resources | Scoop.it

Spaghetti, mini-marshmallows, Popsicle sticks and Q-tips could change the way students at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic School view bridges, buildings, towers and other man-made structures.

 

Many of the 210 students in Pre-K3 through eighth grade at the Fee Avenue school in Melbourne participate in weekly projects using such items under the school’s STEM program. STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math.

 

“The STEM program provides real-world context to the math and science concepts. The students are able to see that what they learn in the classroom has application in the real world,” middle school science teacher Luci D’Amico said.

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Practical applications and deeper learning with inquiry-based learning.

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3 Ways to Encourage Higher Order Thinking with Technology

3 Ways to Encourage Higher Order Thinking with Technology | 21st Century STEM Resources | Scoop.it
As a teacher, I relish the days of summer because I am given the opportunity to learn, rethink, design, and fine tune my teaching with the hope of being able to inspire students and teachers in the...

Via Inge Wassmann
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This is a good start toward a integrated metacognitive approach within technology. Many other aspects will need to be included to become more comprehensive. 

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Nalya Ovshieva's curator insight, October 6, 2013 4:42 AM

This is a technology-based CT learning


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How can we incorporate the tools mentioned here into tenmarks? That is, create a toolkit, allow teachers to create their own content or curate/organize the the content to their liking, and add a exploratory aspect for student users....

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Straight Forward, Simple Steps to Implement Technology - Under Tab EdTech

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5 Tools to Help Students Learn How to Learn

5 Tools to Help Students Learn How to Learn | 21st Century STEM Resources | Scoop.it

Helping students learn how to learn: That’s what most educators strive for, and that’s the goal of inquiry learning. 


That skill transfers to other academic subject areas and even to the workplace where employers have consistently said that they want creative, innovative and adaptive thinkers.


Inquiry learning is an integrated approach that includes kinds of learning: content, literacy, information literacy, learning how to learn, and social or collaborative skills.


Students think about the choices they make throughout the process and the way they feel as they learn. Those observations are as important as the content they learn or the projects they create.

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Learning to Love Math: How One Teacher is Using MOOCs to Transform Instruction, Inspire Passion in Students

Learning to Love Math: How One Teacher is Using MOOCs to Transform Instruction, Inspire Passion in Students | 21st Century STEM Resources | Scoop.it

More than 47,200 people registered for MOOculus the first time it was available. The second offering of the course attracted more than 34,300 students, while 32,421 people have accessed the courses through iTunes.

 

"Considering I'm teaching 60 students this semester, it'd take me a thousand years to reach that many students in a traditional format," Jim explained. "Last week, students watched 21,271 minutes of calculus content on my YouTube channel. There are only 10,080 minutes in a week, so we're always teaching calculus in the sense that somebody, somewhere, is probably watching one of our videos."

 

And, like Mrs. Dorne's class did for me, Jim's MOOculus lessons are reaching people in a way that not only helps them understand math, but develop a passion for it. He recalled, "Just last week, I received an email that started 'I just wanted to send you a quick note to let you know how much my five-year old son and I enjoy your Calculus One course. He is obsessed with math at the moment."

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MOO's are here to stay and so is the 21st century dynamics of teaching and learning...

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The 21st Century Principal: Establishing a PBL-Friendly Culture in Your Classroom, School or District

The 21st Century Principal: Establishing a PBL-Friendly Culture in Your Classroom, School or District | 21st Century STEM Resources | Scoop.it

“PBL (Project Based Learning) offers a unique opportunity for teachers and students to join together in the inquiry process.” Thom Markham, Project Based Learning: Design and Coaching Guide


With the advent of Common Core Standards, there's a great deal of talk from school districts about moving to Project Based Learning because the kinds of learning asked for in those standards can better be approached through a PBL model. 


 I have heard several districts speak about this change in instructional approach as if it were some kind of basic cosmetic change that could make to their schools. Many still view PBL as instructional strategy that can be added or bolted into their existing schools and classroom systems. Unfortunately, Project Based learning won’t work that way. It can’t be bolted on top of the existing classroom practice.


To be successful with PBL requires a fundamental change in teaching philosophy for everyone, from the teacher in the classroom to the school board member. 

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Excellent article on Project Based Learning environment.

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Karine Thonnard's curator insight, September 19, 2013 8:57 AM

 L'expression «bolted on top» dit tout...il ne faut pas ajouter, il faut changer les façons de faire :-)

 
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2013 STEMx Conference Welcome!

2013 STEMx Conference Welcome! | 21st Century STEM Resources | Scoop.it

Welcome to the Global 2013 STEMx Education Conference, the world’s first massively open online conference for educators which focuses on Science, Technology, Engineering, Math, and more. The conference will be held online, around the clock, over the course of three days, September 19 - 21, 2013, and will be free to attend! 

 

Our founding sponsor is HP, and core conference support also comes from the International Society for Technology in Education® (ISTE).

 

STEMxCon will be a highly inclusive and engaging event that will encourage primary, secondary, and tertiary (K-16) students and educators around the world to share and learn about innovative approaches to STEMx learning and teaching. 

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"The Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics acronym is no longer adequate, as it is missing well over 20 letters that represent key skills & disciplines. As such, x = Computer Science (CS), Computational Thinking (CT), Inquiry (I), Creativity & Innovation (CI), Global Fluency (GF), Collaboration ( C ), ...and other emerging disciplines & 21st century skills"

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Ten Websites for Science Teachers

Ten Websites for Science Teachers | 21st Century STEM Resources | Scoop.it

We all know that the web is full of excellent web resources for science teachers and students. However, unless you live on the web, finding the best websites can become quite a challenge.


This isn't a "Top Ten" list -- instead, it is a list of websites that I either use on a regular basis or just find interesting. From teaching resources for the nature of science and authentic field journals to wacky videos about numbers, I am sure that you will find something in the following list the works for you! Please share your favorite science web resources in the comment section!

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Excellent STEM teaching and learning resource sites. 

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Stem Imagineering | MiddleWeb - Excellent STEM Resources for Middle School

Stem Imagineering | MiddleWeb - Excellent STEM Resources for Middle School | 21st Century STEM Resources | Scoop.it
Links, resources, and original reporting for middle school teachers, parents, and others interested in raising student achievement and reforming middle grades
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Excellent STEM teaching and learning resources for Midlle School.

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Graduate-School Enrollments Rise, Mostly Thanks to Foreign Students

Graduate-School Enrollments Rise, Mostly Thanks to Foreign Students | 21st Century STEM Resources | Scoop.it
The smaller gain in domestic students is worrisome, officials say, given the increasing need for skilled workers.

 

Enrollments in graduate programs at American colleges and universities have increased modestly, driven largely by a rise in international students, according to a report being released on Thursday by the Council of Graduate Schools.

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This great news for the American schools and bad news for American industrial / manufacturing sectors. You will see even more attending the on-line programs...

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UDL: Creating a Learning Environment that Challenges and Engages All Students

UDL: Creating a Learning Environment that Challenges and Engages All Students | 21st Century STEM Resources | Scoop.it

The Iris Center: http://iris.peabody.vanderbilt.edu/module/udl/


The IRIS Center offers a wide variety of resources and services to suit a diverse set of instructional needs and circumstances. In this section, you will learn more about those services and resources, including how they are created and disseminated to IRIS users and educational programs in the United States and around the world.


Via Kathleen McClaskey
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In this module, The IRIS Center walks you through the five steps to create a learning environment that challenges and engages all learners.

 

"This module examines the three principles of Universal Design for Learning (UDL) and discusses how to apply these principles to the four curricular components (i.e., goals, instructional materials, instructional methods, and assessments)."

J. Mark Schwanz's curator insight, July 22, 2014 11:35 PM

RTI and beyond with theory and practice to help with universal design in grades PreK to University level.

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Students Have Their Say: Exploring Ideas to Improve Science Education

Students Have Their Say: Exploring Ideas to Improve Science Education | 21st Century STEM Resources | Scoop.it
In this lesson, students explore suggestions for improving the way science is taught and make their own proposals for new approaches to science teaching.
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Good article on student-cenetered approach.

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Linking Real-World Science to Schools

Linking Real-World Science to Schools | 21st Century STEM Resources | Scoop.it
Initiatives are using technology to give K-12 science educators opportunities to create science content and explore virtual environments for learning.
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These are real-world resources for real-world STEM teaching.

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