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Technology and other innovations in education, plus updates on educational research, primarily related to K-12 education, STEM, and teacher preparation.
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Study: Women Don’t Avoid STEM Careers for Lack of Skills

Study: Women Don’t Avoid STEM Careers for Lack of Skills | Evidence-based Practices in STEM Education | Scoop.it
Women don’t avoid STEM majors and professions for lack of skills. Rather, they are choosing careers in other disciplines in spite of their skills.
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“The problems have to be about culture and environment. The enormous differences between countries in the percentage of scientists and engineers who are women demonstrates this very clearly.”

“I’m afraid all the evidence points to obstacles and discouragement for women going into STEM fields in the U.S.,” Urry continued, adding: “The good news is, this means we can greatly increase the participation of women in STEM, if only we can remove these obstacles and substitute encouragement for its opposite.”

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The U.S. STEM Undergraduate Model: Applying System Dynamics to Help Meet President Obama’s Goals for One Million STEM Graduates and the U.S. Navy’s Civilian STEM Workforce Needs | BHEF

The U.S. STEM Undergraduate Model: Applying System Dynamics to Help Meet President Obama’s Goals for One Million STEM Graduates and the U.S. Navy’s Civilian STEM Workforce Needs | BHEF | Evidence-based Practices in STEM Education | Scoop.it
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This report shows how insights gained from system dynamics modeling can help inform the Navy’s strategy to grow a robust civilian workforce that is strongly invested with Navy-relevant STEM skills and ready to contribute to the next generation of Naval innovation. This work positions the Navy to serve a strong national leadership role in advancing President Obama’s goals in STEM precisely while it enhances Naval STEM capacity. That powerful synergy is doing much to advance important improvements in the shaping and execution of the STEM education pathway.

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Spatial Thinking - Critical to STEM Success

2010 Article from the Spatial Intelligence and Learning Center at Temple University.

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Article related to Increasing Math and Science Learning by Improving Spatial Thinking: http://www.temple.edu/psychology/newcombe/documents/Newcombe.pdf

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STEM-Focused Schools: Designed to Support Higher Levels of Math and Science Achievement + The Opportunity Equation

STEM-Focused Schools: Designed to Support Higher Levels of Math and Science Achievement + The Opportunity Equation | Evidence-based Practices in STEM Education | Scoop.it
What STEM-focused schools models are out there, what are these schools doing differently, and what impact are they having?
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Information on three STEM schools considered to be effective.

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Outcomes of game-based learning: Research roundup

Outcomes of game-based learning: Research roundup | Evidence-based Practices in STEM Education | Scoop.it
2013 collection of academic scholarship on the popularity and effectiveness of game-based learning.
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I am intrigued by game-based learning.

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PCAST Remedy for Undergraduate Science Is a Tall Order - ScienceInsider

PCAST Remedy for Undergraduate Science Is a Tall Order - ScienceInsider | Evidence-based Practices in STEM Education | Scoop.it
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President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology REPORT TO THE PRESIDENT: ENGAGE TO EXCEL: Producing One Million Additional College Graduates With Degrees in Science, Technology, Engineering, And Mathematics. February 2012

 

See full report at http://www.whitehouse.gov/sites/default/files/microsites/ostp/pcast-engage-to-excel-final_feb.pdf  ;

The United States graduates about 300,000 bachelor and associate degrees in STEM fields annually.Fewer than 40% of students who enter college intending to major in a STEM field complete a STEM degree.Increasing the retention of STEM majors from 40% to 50% would, alone, generate 3/4 of the targeted 1 million additional STEM degrees over the next decade.Retaining more students in STEM majors is the lowest­cost, fastest policy option to providing the STEM professionals that the nation needs for economic and societal well­being.Reasons students give for abandoning STEM majors point to the retention strategies that are needed.High­performing students frequently cite uninspiring introductory courses as a factor in their choice to switch majors.Low­performing students with a high interest and aptitude in STEM careers often have difficulty with the math required in introductory STEM courses with little help provided by their universities.Members of groups underrepresented in STEM fields, cite an unwelcoming atmosphere from faculty in STEM courses as a reason for their departure.

 

A large and growing body of research indicates that STEM education can be substantially improved through a diversification of teaching methods. Evidence­based teaching methods are more effective in reaching all students—especially the “underrepresented majority”—the women and members of minority groups who now constitute approximately 70% of college students while being underrepresented among students who receive undergraduate STEM degrees (approximately 45%).

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Educate to Innovate | The White House

Educate to Innovate | The White House | Evidence-based Practices in STEM Education | Scoop.it
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The Educate to Innovate initiative was initiated in 2009 to move American students from the middle to the top of the pack in science and math achievement over the next decade through efforts of the Federal Government with leading companies, foundations, non-profits, and science and engineering societies. As of April 2013, this nation-wide effort has garnered over $700 million in public-private partnerships and hit major milestones in the following priority areas:

Building a CEO-Led Coalition to Leverage the Unique Capacities of the Private SectorPreparing 100,000 new and effective STEM teachers over the next decadeShowcasing and bolstering federal investment in STEMBroadening participation to inspire a more diverse STEM talent pool

 

More than 150 foundations, companies, and others have come together to lead 100Kin10, with the goal of working with the federal government to

1) increase the supply of excellent STEM teachers;

2) hire, develop, and retain excellent STEM teachers; and

3) build the 100Kin10 movement.

 

All partners will participate in an R&D platform designed by the University of Chicago. With leadership from the Carnegie Corporation of New York, the coalition has already raised over $30 million from a broad range of foundations and philanthropists under a unique “funding marketplace” model through which funders can choose from a registry of high-quality proposals.

 

Additionally, the Administration also recently announced the creation of a STEM Master Teacher Corps to elevate and engage a talented squad of existing STEM teachers from across the country in the proliferation of best practices and effective professional development. 

 

Broadening participation to inspire a more diverse STEM talent pool

To broaden participation in STEM to all Americans, including women and girls and minorities, the Administration has taken steps to bolster the participation of these groups through in the following ways:

Focusing on underrepresented groups: such as Change the Equation, whose third pillar focuses on increasing opportunities for women, girls, and minorities.Exposing girls and young women to STEM fields: such as the NASA/Girl Scouts of the USA partnership, the Department of Energy’s Women in STEM mentoring program, and numerous other commitments.Setting the standard with exceptional role models: The President has appointed a number of talented women to lead science and technology efforts for the administration, including Department of Interior Secretary Sally Jewell, DARPA Director Arati Prabhakar, and National Science Foundation Acting Director Cora Marrett. Many of these women reach out to students through the OSTP/Council on Women & Girls Women in STEM Speakers Bureau. Promoting tech inclusion: In January 2013, the White House issued a call to tech innovators to work together to ensure that all youth—particularly those from underserved and historically underrepresented communities, including women and girls—have the opportunity to study STEM subjects and participate in the technology sector.
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Institute of Education Sciences Updated International Data Table Library

International Surveys and Assessments include Mathematics & Science: Trends in International Mathematics & Science Study (TIMSS) and Program for International Student Assessment (PISA); Reading: Program for International Student Assessment (PISA) ...
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NCES has added 30 tables to the International Data Table Library, including new tables on school expenditure by the following criteria: 

 

• core and ancillary services

• level of student education 

• public and private educational institutions

• core and ancillary services

• student and school expenditures

• financial aid, tuition and fees 

• service category of educational institutions 

• resources for staff compensation

 

Other tables include those related to in-school instructional time per year; student participation in after-school lessons; information on teaching staff (i.e., ratio to students; teacher salaries; teaching hours per year; age and gender distribution; and student graduation rates). 

 

The International Data Table Library now includes over 250 statistical tables with data that compare facets of education in the United States with those of other countries. More tables will be added in the future and data will be updated regularly. The library tables include data collected by NCES as well as data from other organizations, including the OECD and the International Association for the Evaluation of Educational Achievement (IEA). The complete library will include tables addressing five areas: (1) participation in education, (2) education outcomes, (3) school contexts, (4) students’ experiences and attitudes about education, and (5) education system characteristics. The new tables are in areas 3 and 5 and, for the first time, reference statistics providing an overview of economic contexts. 

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These data provide a ready source for researchers and are related to multiple disciplines.
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Education at a Glance 2013 - Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development

Education at a Glance 2013 - Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development | Evidence-based Practices in STEM Education | Scoop.it
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OECD has released its annual education report, Education at a Glance 2013.

The report shows that many countries are still struggling with youth unemployment, and looks at the relationship between education levels and employment. Only 4.8% of people with tertiary degrees in OECD countries were unemployed in 2011, while 12.6% of people who had not completed secondary education were unemployed, according to the report.
The OECD countries that provide vocational programmes to help young people learn skills targeted for the labour market are doing better, however: Austria, the Czech Republic, Germany and Luxembourg have kept youth unemployment below 8% by providing vocational programmes for a high number of graduates. These findings show that education systems need to better prepare students by giving them the skills needed for work, as reported in the 2012 EFA Global Monitoring Report.

 

 
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Virtual dissection table

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When it comes to hands-on learning, I can think of no classroom more compelling than a gross anatomy lab, where students of the human form dissect actual bodies from head-to-toe with their own hands.

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WestEd: Assessing Achievement Using Science Simulations

How can you fit an entire frozen lake or prairie dog pasture inside a science classroom? Through online simulations. The SimScientists project at WestEd focuses on the roles that simulations can ...
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Padagogy Wheel gets an Upgrade: Bloom’s Taxonomy, iPad apps and Learner Characteristics

Padagogy Wheel gets an Upgrade: Bloom’s Taxonomy, iPad apps and Learner Characteristics | Evidence-based Practices in STEM Education | Scoop.it
Good friend and mentor Allan Carrington recently enhanced his "Padagogy Wheel" a visual representation of how iPad apps can be integrated into learning experiences using Bloom's Taxonomy.

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Teaching and learning become so complex as more and more tools are added in the context of stricter and stricter standards and assessments.

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Jim Lerman's curator insight, July 10, 2013 5:18 PM

Allan Carrington has done some outstanding work with his (currrently) 3 iterations of the Padagogy Wheet. It is definitely worth it to go to his blog and explore the development of the framwork from its origins. 

 

It is important, too, to acknowledge the work of Andrew Churches and Kathy Schrock, and quite a few others, in elaborating this conceptual scheme.

 

We should also pause and remember that Bllom's taxonomy has 3 domains, not just the single Cognitive domain. The  Affective and Psychomotor are equally as imporant. If we focus on content only, to the exclusion of social, emotional, nutritiional, and fitness expectations, we miseducate our students, shortchanging their development in significant ways.

Pauline Wilson's curator insight, July 12, 2013 6:09 PM

Another great example of how Web 2.0 tools fit into Blooms Taxonomy

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Bloom's Wheel with iPad apps including SAMR model

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5 Disruptive Education Trends That Address American Inequality: Scientific American

Fixing how we teach our children is of paramount importance. What if the solution also started to fix America's broader socioeconomic problems?
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Creating adaptive and optimized learning environmentsBringing education everywhere through distance learning and massive open online courses (MOOCs)Flipping the classroom to better utilize resources Using interactive content and gaming to engage studentsConnecting with tutors and sharing skills online
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Literature Review: Highly Effective Undergraduate Intervention Strategies | BHEF

Literature Review: Highly Effective Undergraduate Intervention Strategies | BHEF | Evidence-based Practices in STEM Education | Scoop.it
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2013 Literature Review on Effective Strategies for STEM at the Undergraduate Level

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Spatial Intelligence and Learning - Teaching Styles Affect Early Math Learning

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In a study designed to teach preschool children geometric shapes, scientists have discovered that children taught through guided exploration can understand abstract shape concepts. Children taught through explicit instruction and free play displayed little to no understanding of abstract shape concepts when tested.

Findings from this project suggest that children's early mathematical knowledge may be helped or hindered by an instructor's teaching style. Their results illuminate specific curricular materials and teaching practices that work best to help children learn abstract concepts.

The shape study, conducted by scientists at the Spatial Intelligence and Learning Center (an NSF Science of Learning Center) in Philadelphia, examined how specific teaching styles can influence preschool children's abstract, definitional knowledge of shapes. Preschool children were taught definitional properties of triangles, rectangles, pentagons, and hexagons using:

Guided exploration, in which a teacher prompted the children's exploration and discovery of the shape properties by asking questions (e.g., "What is the secret of the triangles? How many corners do they have?),Explicit instruction, in which a teacher explicitly told children the shape properties (e.g., "These are all triangles because they have three corners and three sides"), orFree play, in which children were allowed to play with shapes by themselves.

The results are a major departure from previous early learning research that theorized that children move from concrete to abstract geometric concepts in elementary school. Previously, scientists believed that children's understanding of abstract geometric shapes was primarily due to cognitive maturation and not heavily influenced by experience.

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About Change the Equation

About Change the Equation | Evidence-based Practices in STEM Education | Scoop.it
Change the Equation aligns corporate efforts in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education to ensure that they add up to real, measurable growth in the achievement and STEM fluency of U.S.
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CTEq’s coalition of members strives to sustain a national movement to improve PreK-12 STEM learning by leveraging and expanding its work focusing on three goals: 

Improving Philanthropy—Increase the impact of corporate philanthropy by emphasizing high quality, scalable programs.Inspiring Youth—Capture the imagination of young people, giving them a solid foundation in STEM and insight into the unlimited postsecondary and career options.Advocating Change—Promote proven state policies and research-based practices that enhance student mastery of and interest in STEM disciplines.
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Six Outdoor Education Resources for Parents | Edutopia

Six Outdoor Education Resources for Parents | Edutopia | Evidence-based Practices in STEM Education | Scoop.it
Cure the summertime blues with outdoor education! In this blog, Matt Davis pulls together six of the best outdoor education resources from around the web.
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Hard to believe summer break is half-way over.

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The Importance of STEM Education for Latina Mothers

The Importance of STEM Education for Latina Mothers | Evidence-based Practices in STEM Education | Scoop.it
María Cardona, political commentator and cochair of inSPIRE STEM USA speaks of the role of mothers in their kids´ academic future.
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STEMtistics: Facts & Figures | Change the Equation

STEMtistics: Facts & Figures | Change the Equation | Evidence-based Practices in STEM Education | Scoop.it
Change the Equation aligns corporate efforts in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education to ensure that they add up to real, measurable growth in the achievement and STEM fluency of U.S.
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I just found the STEM Fact & Figure Motherload!

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College Affordability and Transparency Center Report by U.S. Department of Education

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The U.S. Department of Education released its third round of College Affordability and Transparency information on Thursday, calling attention to the nation's most- and least-expensive colleges.

 

The interactive report —with price lists by sector—is part of a continuing effort to give prospective students and their families more information about college. 

 

Some of the lists look at tuition alone, while others include net price, subtracting grant aid from the total cost of attendance, which includes expenses like housing. The government calculates increases in tuition and net price on a three-year basis, in accordance with the federal higher-education law.

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NSF, NASA gamification help get STEM ed get off the ground -- GCN

NSF, NASA gamification help get STEM ed get off the ground -- GCN | Evidence-based Practices in STEM Education | Scoop.it

The National Science Foundation funds development of STEM games such as those by Wisdom Tools, and NASA helps ensure their accuracy. 

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The United States seems to be lagging in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) disciplines. government supported gamification efforts encourage talented kids to pursue careers in those areas.

 

This week at the International Society for Technology in Education conference in San Antonio, that effort was on display with a variety of new games designed to bridge the gap between STEM careers and young people.

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Researchers Create Complete Map Of The Human Brain - Medical News Today

Researchers Create Complete Map Of The Human Brain - Medical News Today | Evidence-based Practices in STEM Education | Scoop.it
Researchers Create Complete Map Of The Human Brain Medical News Today Lead author, Katrin Amunts, from the Research Centre Jülich, Germany, said that "it is a common basis for scientific discussions because everybody can work with this brain...
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BigBrain is a 3D digital reconstruction of the brain of a 65-year-old woman with microscopic precision. 

BigBrain enables scientists to see cerebral neuronal distribution with greater detail using this new model.  The finding is published in the journal Science.

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Measures of Effective Teaching Project Releases Final Research Report

Measures of Effective Teaching Project Releases Final Research Report | Evidence-based Practices in STEM Education | Scoop.it

In January 2013, the MET project released its third and final set of findings, which sought to answer three questions from practitioners and policy-makers: Can measures of effective teaching identify teachers who better help students learn?; How much weight should be placed on each measure of effective teaching when combining classroom observations, student surveys, and student achievement gains?; And how can teachers be assured trustworthy results from classroom observations?


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Nik Peachey's curator insight, June 21, 2013 12:28 PM

There are a few reports here and quite a few other useful documents that can help with this really important issue.

Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, June 22, 2013 12:04 PM

I am never sure about the need to apply measures and numbers only to quality of something. It is seems so counter-intuitive. What number do we put on care, compassion, empathy, and honesty in a person?

Vanessa Monell Mercado's comment, June 23, 2013 12:17 PM
I agree, sadly those things cannot be measure with numbers and it seems more and more people disregard their importance in our craft!
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The 5 Important Elements of The 21st Century Classroom Infographic ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

The 5 Important Elements of The 21st Century Classroom  Infographic ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Evidence-based Practices in STEM Education | Scoop.it

"The pace with which technology is developing makes it really impossible for anyone to predict what kind of classrooms we will have in the next few decades. What is apparent, however, is the fact that new ways of learning are mushrooming here and there as a direct impact of the embrace of this technology in education. Mobile learning, blended learning, flipped classroom, to mention but a few, are some immediate examples that come to the surface when talking about this interactional relationship between the digital and the educational.

 This excellent graphic below sheds more light on how classrooms have been transformed by technology and draws clear comparisons between several learning modes. I invite you to have a look and share with us your thoughts about it. Enjoy"


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Marie Arndt's curator insight, June 21, 2013 7:40 AM

Infrastructure and proper training for teachers are essentials to make this work. Often teachers are not given enough time to learn about the new technology, which makes them negative towards the change. Management must see the pedagogical benefits of technology in the classroom, not as a money saving exercise!

Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, July 3, 2013 1:13 PM

We should not predict the classrooms of the future. What we need to do is help children learn the skills to be in those classrooms and workplaces which are turbulent and uncertain.

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K-12 Distance Learning and Blended Learning: Trends on the Rise?

K-12 Distance Learning and Blended Learning: Trends on the Rise? | Evidence-based Practices in STEM Education | Scoop.it
Blended learning is on the rise and being used more than online learning in some countries around the world.

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, June 19, 2013 6:49 PM

Don't let the bureaucrats get ahold of it.

Brice Fauche's curator insight, June 22, 2013 4:30 AM

On y arrive....