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Learning ability in math and reading are tightly linked and highly genetic, scientists say

Learning ability in math and reading are tightly linked and highly genetic, scientists say | NGSS Resources | Scoop.it

Around half of the genes that influence how well a child can read also play a role in their mathematics ability, say scientists from UCL, the University of Oxford and King’s College London who led a study into the genetic basis of cognitive traits.


While mathematics and reading ability are known to run in families, the complex system of genes affecting these traits is largely unknown. The finding deepens scientists’ understanding of how nature and nurture interact, highlighting the important role that a child’s learning environment may have on the development of reading and mathematics skills, and the complex, shared genetic basis of these cognitive traits.

 

The collaborative study, published today in Nature Communications as part of the Wellcome Trust Case-Control Consortium, used data from the Twins Early Development Study (TEDS) to analyse the influence of genetics on the reading and mathematics performance of 12-year-old children from nearly 2,800 British families.

 

Twins and unrelated children were tested for reading comprehension and fluency, and answered mathematics questions based on the UK national curriculum. The information collected from these tests was combined with DNA data, showing a substantial overlap in the genetic variants that influence mathematics and reading. 


Dr Chris Spencer (Oxford University), lead author said: “We’re moving into a world where analysing millions of DNA changes, in thousands of individuals, is a routine tool in helping scientists to understand aspects of human biology. This study used the technique to help investigate the overlap in the genetic component of reading and maths ability in children. Interestingly, the same method can be applied to pretty much any human trait, for example to identify new links between diseases and disorders, or the way in which people respond to treatments.”


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Really interesting - the more we know about our genetic underpinnings, the more we know there is to learn.

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I can hear the protesters screaming already :)

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Investors Find Fresh Opportunities in Coding Education

Investors Find Fresh Opportunities in Coding Education | NGSS Resources | Scoop.it
By D. Frank SmithAngel investors are giving CodeHS a chance to spread its programming wings to more schools.
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New survey shows extent of scientists’ divide with the public

New survey shows extent of scientists’ divide with the public | NGSS Resources | Scoop.it
Other data points to science's problems with "post-secularists."
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Very telling and reinforces need for educating everyone about the nature of science

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Kids Caught in Crossfire of Climate Education Battle - InsideClimate News

Kids Caught in Crossfire of Climate Education Battle - InsideClimate News | NGSS Resources | Scoop.it
While President Barack Obama wants to protect young people from the catastrophic effects of global warming, school boards and lawmakers in some states are fighting to prevent students from learning the science of climate change.
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Is it important to distinguish between the explanation and argumentation practices in the classroom? : StemTeachingTools

Is it important to distinguish between the explanation and argumentation practices in the classroom? : StemTeachingTools | NGSS Resources | Scoop.it
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13 Tools Teachers Would Love For Formative Assessments - EdTechReview™ (ETR)

13 Tools Teachers Would Love For Formative Assessments - EdTechReview™ (ETR) | NGSS Resources | Scoop.it
Here are some great tools that teachers across the globe are incorporating into classroom practice for the formative assessment process.
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New space telescope concept could image objects at far higher resolution than Hubble

New space telescope concept could image objects at far higher resolution than Hubble | NGSS Resources | Scoop.it
University of Colorado Boulder researchers will update NASA officials next week on a revolutionary space telescope concept selected by the agency for study last June that could provide images up […]
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Webinar: Next Generation Science Standards—Scientific, Engineering Practices — WestEd

Webinar: Next Generation Science Standards—Scientific, Engineering Practices — WestEd | NGSS Resources | Scoop.it
Webinar: Next Generation Science Standards—Scientific, Engineering Practices: Learn how to advance students' u... http://t.co/sGHfVOPv5L
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Looks like a useful webinar. Broadcasts on March 13th.

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Great Collection of iPad Apps for Elementary Classrooms - EdTechReview™ (ETR)

Great Collection of iPad Apps for Elementary Classrooms - EdTechReview™ (ETR) | NGSS Resources | Scoop.it
If you are an elementary teacher looking for apps for your classroom, then here is a perfect list of apps for you.
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Contains some useful science apps for elementary students

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Digging into Data: It's Not Just for Math Class

Digging into Data: It's Not Just for Math Class | NGSS Resources | Scoop.it
The American Statistical Association, in collaboration with others, aims to introduce statistical problem solving to students starting in fourth grade.
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Focus on developing data literate students.

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The NSTA Learning Center

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NSTA Webinars focused on NGSS. I have found these to be exceptional resources.

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Is Coal Money Challenging Climate Science In Secondary Schools? - Forbes

Is Coal Money Challenging Climate Science In Secondary Schools? - Forbes | NGSS Resources | Scoop.it
Not to be deterred, President Obama came out swinging during his State of the Union address, saying that “no challenge” is more daunting than that of climate change.
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Useful information to use as students come to understand numerous impacts on our climate.

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2015 Biomimicry Global Design Challenge Offering $100K to Nature-Inspired ... - Sustainable Brands

2015 Biomimicry Global Design Challenge Offering $100K to Nature-Inspired ... - Sustainable Brands | NGSS Resources | Scoop.it
On Tuesday, the Biomimicry Institute and the Ray C.

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Amazon Rainforest Workshops's curator insight, January 23, 4:33 PM

This is very exciting - a great STEM example that takes engineering out of the tech department and into the bio classroom.  

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Help Your Students Become Proficient in Science Through Argument-Driven Inquiry

Help Your Students Become Proficient in Science Through Argument-Driven Inquiry | NGSS Resources | Scoop.it
“The new aim of science education in the United States is for all students to become proficient in science by the time they finish high school.
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Excellent resource for teaching fundamental chemistry concepts through the practices, with a focus on argumentation.

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Have a scientific problem? Steal an answer from nature

Have a scientific problem? Steal an answer from nature | NGSS Resources | Scoop.it
The Cold War has been over for decades, but in the dark, frigid waters deep under the oceans, nuclear armed submarines still ply their grim patrol.
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Glean — Find the best videos in education for you

Glean — Find the best videos in education for you | NGSS Resources | Scoop.it

Explore awesome math and science video lessons from the best teachers online! High quality videos to save you time and help you ace your homework


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Nik Peachey's curator insight, January 30, 4:52 AM

This is a really useful site if you are looking for online video lessons for flipped learning or CLIL.

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YouTube Audio Library Features Tons of Free Music to Use in Classroom Multimedia Projects ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

YouTube Audio Library Features Tons of Free Music to Use in Classroom Multimedia Projects ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | NGSS Resources | Scoop.it

Resource for

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Resource for student projects, but not an exhaustive source.

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How American Agriculture Works

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There really are two different Americas: the heartland, and the coasts....

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Useful data for sustainability discussions

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Rachel Phillips's curator insight, January 27, 12:07 PM

I've always realized that the food we feed animals had to come from somewhere, but I never thought about just how much there actually had to be.  We, in America, import so much of our produce, and it now makes a lot more sense as to why.  We use what seems to be a majority of our produce supply to feed animals that people will later on eat.  In reality, it seems like a waste.  We use so much food to feed what will later on become food.  As a vegetarian, it seems like a poor cycle, and a waste of so much food that could help a lot of people.  I would never try to force anyone to stop eating meat, but looking at this map, it seems that all that produce could go to much better things than feeding animals that are up for slaughter.

Kristin Mandsager San Bento's curator insight, January 27, 4:46 PM

My uncles in Iowa grow corn for ethanol.  They have a small crop where they grow corn they consume.  It is literally the best corn I've ever had.  I'm actually surprised Rhode Island produces almost $4mil in sweet corn.  I'm amazed that Mass produces $100 mil in cranberries.  I've seen a few cranberry bogs close down.  We produce so much why can't we actually feed everyone?  

Bob Beaven's curator insight, January 29, 2:38 PM

These maps are interesting, in the fact that the heartland of the United States differs so much from either coast.  Both the coasts, as seen in the first map grow fruits and vegetables.  The center of the country grows wheat, and wheat is the dominant  crop of the country.  This might account for the reason why fruits and vegetables are more expensive than grain based products.  The second map helps to drive home this point even further, of how different the coasts are from the heartland.  What I also thought was funny, however, was the author's comment that it looks like an electoral map.  Perhaps, the reason heartland states tend to side with each other and republicans is because of shared interests in the political arena.

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Webinar: Concepts and Common Core Alignment in Next Generation Science Standards — WestEd

Webinar: Concepts and Common Core Alignment in Next Generation Science Standards — WestEd | NGSS Resources | Scoop.it
Webinar: Concepts and Common Core Alignment in Next Generation Science Standards: Learn about key concepts and... http://t.co/sBnl3mBOHs
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This webinar broadcasts on February 20th.

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64 Varied And Essential iPad Apps For Teachers

64 Varied And Essential iPad Apps For Teachers | NGSS Resources | Scoop.it
64 Varied And Essential iPad Apps For Teachers
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What exactly makes an app “essential” is open to interpretation.
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A few science specific apps, but many useful productivity tools that will useful for student projects as well as lesson design.

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What the Heck Is Project-Based Learning?

What the Heck Is Project-Based Learning? | NGSS Resources | Scoop.it
In project-based learning, students show what they learn as they journey through the unit, interact with its lessons, collaborate with each other, and assess themselves and each other.
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Digital Library for Earth System Education

Digital Library for Earth System Education | NGSS Resources | Scoop.it
DLESE home page
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Great source of data, info, investigations, etc. for implementing ES standards.

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Boston’s leaky pipes add to greenhouse-gas buildup

Boston’s leaky pipes add to greenhouse-gas buildup | NGSS Resources | Scoop.it
Imagine if every time you filled your car with gas, a few gallons didn’t make it into the tank and instead spilled onto the ground. That’s essentially what happens every […]
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Using The Next Generation Science Standards for Students’ Deeper Understanding | Lostgrad

Using The Next Generation Science Standards for Students’ Deeper Understanding | Lostgrad | NGSS Resources | Scoop.it
Using The Next Generation Science Standards for Students’ Deeper Understanding http://t.co/9am7VMFs27 #learning #education #course
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Online course through Rice University

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