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10 Characteristics of Professional Learning That Shifts Practice

10 Characteristics of Professional Learning That Shifts Practice | science education | Scoop.it
Across diverse districts I have asked teachers how they like to learn and what they want out of their professional learning opportunities. Over and over I hear the same kinds of responses and wishes for how they could learn.  There is a deep desire to develop their practice, not just be talked to but be inspired, valued, and pushed to take their practice to the next level.  To help teachers shift their practices and make learning experiences for their students the best they can be, these are the desired characteristics of professional learning that shifts practices:

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Using Design Thinking in Higher Education

Using Design Thinking in Higher Education | science education | Scoop.it

The best designs are human centered. Putting human beings at the center of the process helps us create and maintain humanity as we innovate and move forward.

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A Handy Chart Featuring Over 30 iPad Apps for Students with Special Needs ~ EdTech and MLearning

A Handy Chart Featuring Over 30 iPad Apps for Students with Special Needs ~ EdTech and MLearning | science education | Scoop.it
Today we spent sometime going through our archive looking for special needs apps we have shared here in the past and ended up with the chart below. These are apps we would recommend for teachers and parents of kids with learning disabilities. We have arranged the apps into four main categories: apps for dyslexic learners, apps for autistic learners, apps for the visually impaired and apps for learners with writing difficulties.  For those of you using Android a similar list will soon be posted. Stay tuned.

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Tony Guzman's curator insight, January 28, 11:30 AM

This article lists some great iPad apps to help students with special needs in their learning.

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A good visual on Bloom's Taxonomy vs Depth of Knowledge

A good visual on Bloom's Taxonomy vs Depth of Knowledge | science education | Scoop.it
Bloom's taxonomy and Depth of Knowledge are two popular conceptual learning frameworks. They both approach the learning process from relatively different stands:Bloom's taxonomy seem to emphasize the categorization of tasks in a way that corresponds with students thinking levels ( e,g knowing, understanding, applying, analyzing, synthesizing, and evaluating). Depth of Knowledge (DOK), on the hand, shifts the focus from the product or end result to focusing on the cognitive and thinking process. It extends beyond the what and digs deeper into the how.

Here is a beautiful visual I came across today on my Pinterest feeds which illustrates the difference between Blooms' taxonomy and Depth of Knowledge.

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Jimena Acebes Sevilla's curator insight, December 5, 2014 11:10 PM

La taxonomía de Bloom a golpe de vista.

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Biology: Changing the world. A new project from the Society of Biology

Biology: Changing the world. A new project from the Society of Biology | science education | Scoop.it

Biology: Changing the world inspiring and celebrating the great biologists of the UK - a new project by the Society of Biology, Heritage Lottery Fund and BBSRC.

Biology: Changing the World will celebrate life science research and life scientists, communicating their discoveries to students and teachers. The project focusses on how biology has saved the world, from discoveries that have changed how we treat a disease to scientists that have campaigned to save a species on the bridge of extinction. Sharing the journey of the individual; how they became a biologist and the hurdles they overcame will be a crucial part of our project."
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Pupils' mental health needs 'unmet'

Pupils' mental health needs 'unmet' | science education | Scoop.it
Too many young people with unmet mental health issues are unfairly labelled as trouble makers, says education minister, Elizabeth Truss.
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Making recycling your New Year’s resolution (Northampton Borough Council)

(Source: Northampton Borough Council) Published Monday, 31 December 2012 Northampton Borough Council is reminding those that usually have their black bins, (http://t.co/QF91oDnm Making recycling your...
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Dynamics and Innovations within Oomycete Genomes: Insights into Biology, Pathology, and Evolution

Dynamics and Innovations within Oomycete Genomes: Insights into Biology, Pathology, and Evolution | science education | Scoop.it

The eukaryotic microbes known as oomycetes are common inhabitants of terrestrial and aquatic environments and include saprophytes and pathogens. Lifestyles of the pathogens extend from biotrophy to necrotrophy, obligate to facultative pathogenesis, and narrow to broad host ranges on plants or animals. Sequencing of several pathogens has revealed striking variation in genome size and content, a plastic set of genes related to pathogenesis, and adaptations associated with obligate biotrophy. Features of genome evolution include repeat-driven expansions, deletions, gene fusions, and horizontal gene transfer in a landscape organized into gene-dense and gene-sparse sectors and influenced by transposable elements. Gene expression profiles are also highly dynamic throughout oomycete life cycles, with transcriptional polymorphisms as well as differences in protein sequence contributing to variation. The genome projects have set the foundation for functional studies and should spur the sequencing of additional species, including more diverse pathogens and nonpathogens.


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Open Access Explained

What is open access? Nick Shockey and Jonathan Eisen take us through the world of open access publishing and explain just what it's all about. Make sure to w...

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How did multicellularity evolve? Volvox, Chlamydomonas and the Evolution of Multicellularity

How did multicellularity evolve? Volvox, Chlamydomonas and the Evolution of Multicellularity | science education | Scoop.it
During the several billions of years since life began on this planet, some organisms gained the capacity for multicellularity — the ability to make multiple cells and multiple cell types. How does multicellularity evolve?

 

Life is very good at reinventing itself over time, and one of its most important innovations has been multicellularity, the capacity to make multiple cells and cell types that carry out specialized functions. Without the evolution of multicellularity, our planet would be a very different place — a world without plants or animals of any kind, and of course without humans. Yet even though multicellular species have evolved independently in most major lineages of eukaryotic organisms — including not only those to which plants and animals belong, but also green algae, brown algae, red algae, ciliates, slime molds, and fungi — we know surprisingly little about how this evolution came about. Do certain properties predispose a unicellular lineage to make the leap to multicellularity? Are certain types of genes/gene families, or genetic mechanisms especially important for this sort of transition to occur? Does the evolution of multicellularity require big steps involving major increases in genome size and/or expansions in gene families, or even many new kinds of genes? Or might the transition to a multicellular form possibly take place in smaller steps, involving only subtle changes? Scientists who study a family of green algae that includes unicellular Chlamydomonas and multicellular Volvox are beginning to find answers to some of these questions.


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Great white sharks show diversity in diet, study says

Great white sharks show diversity in diet, study says | science education | Scoop.it
Great white sharks may munch on a wider array of sea creatures throughout their lives than previously thought, according to a new study published Friday in the journal PLoS ONE.
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Speed of Universe's Expansion Measured Better Than Ever

Speed of Universe's Expansion Measured Better Than Ever | science education | Scoop.it

The most precise measurement ever made of the speed of the universe's expansion is in, thanks to NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope, and it's a doozy. Space itself is pulling apart at the seams, expanding at a rate of 74.3 plus or minus 2.1 kilometers (46.2 plus or minus 1.3 miles) per second per megaparsec (a megaparsec is roughly 3 million light-years).

 

American astronomer Edwin P. Hubble first discovered that our universe isn't static in the 1920s. In fact, Hubble found, space has been expanding since it began with the Big Bang 13.7 billion years ago. Then, in the 1990s, astronomers shocked the world again with the revelation that this expansion is speeding up (this discovery won its finders the 2011 Nobel Prize in physics).

 

Ever since Hubble's initial discovery, scientists have been trying to refine their measurement of the universe's expansion rate, called the Hubble Constant. It's a hard measurement to make. The new value reduces the uncertainty in the Hubble Constant to just 3 percent, and improves the precision of the measurement by a factor of 3 compared to a previous estimate from the Hubble Space Telescope.

 

"Just over a decade ago, using the words 'precision' and 'cosmology' in the same sentence was not possible, and the size and age of the universe was not known to better than a factor of two," Wendy Freedman of the Observatories of the Carnegie Institution for Science in Pasadena, Calif., said in a statement. "Now we are talking about accuracies of a few percent. It is quite extraordinary."


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The Padagogy Wheel - It’s Not About The Apps, It’s About The Pedagogy -

The Padagogy Wheel - It’s Not About The Apps, It’s About The Pedagogy - | science education | Scoop.it
The Padagogy Wheel is designed to help educators think – systematically, coherently, and with a view to long term, big-picture outcomes – about how they use mobile apps in their teaching. The Padagogy Wheel is all about mindsets; it’s a way of thinking about digital-age education that meshes together concerns about mobile app features, learning transformation, motivation, cognitive development and long-term learning objectives.

The Padagogy Wheel, though, is not rocket science. It is an everyday device that can be readily used by everyday teachers; it can be applied to everything from curriculum planning and development, to writing learning objectives and designing centered activities. The idea is for the users to respond to the challenges that the Wheel presents for their teaching practices, and to ask themselves the tough questions about their choices and methods.

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Martin Debattista's curator insight, February 19, 2:01 AM

Same like cars. Not about wheels, engines and fuel but all about the freedom of moving around.

Bibhya Sharma's curator insight, February 21, 7:58 PM

I am sure the teachers will find this interesting and useful. 

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Announcing Minecraft: Education Edition

Announcing Minecraft: Education Edition | science education | Scoop.it

At its core, Minecraft is an open world that promotes creativity, collaboration and problem solving. 

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A Handy Tool for Turning PowerPoint Presentations into Interactive Lessons

A Handy Tool for Turning PowerPoint Presentations into Interactive Lessons | science education | Scoop.it

Office Mix is an excellent PowerPoint add-in that allows teachers to create engaging and interactive presentations using multimedia materials including: images, links, videos, audio and text. Office Mix offers a number of features that would turn your PowerPoint presentation into a live interactive online lesson. Some of these features include: screen recording, directly writing in the presentation as you would at a whiteboard, creating interactive quizzes and polls and many more.


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Ngel Mitchell's curator insight, August 14, 2015 11:33 AM

Very handy tool indeed. You need PowerPoint 2013 to setup Office Mix.

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12 Dozen Places To Educate Yourself Online For Free

12 Dozen Places To Educate Yourself Online For Free | science education | Scoop.it
All education is self-education.  Period.  It doesn’t matter if you’re sitting in a college classroom or a coffee shop.  We… (All education is self-education.  Period...

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Robin Yu's curator insight, September 10, 2014 6:29 PM

Lots of familiar sites and some new ones too.

Donna Meehan's curator insight, September 13, 2014 8:11 PM

Did you ever wish you had a chance to learn something new?  Here is a list of FREE top-notch self-education resources.  Have a look, I couldn't believe some of them myself.

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Sugerencias para su perfeccionamiento académico /profesional

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Welcome to the Society of Biology - www.societyofbiology.org

Welcome to the Society of Biology - www.societyofbiology.org | science education | Scoop.it
Society of Biology - The professional body for biology. Advancing biology education, advising Government policy and supporting life scientists

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Educational Toys Store 6 IN 1 SOLAR KIT

Educational Toys Store 6 IN 1 SOLAR KIT | science education | Scoop.it
nother high quality Solar Education kit from OWI. Building these projects teach the benefits of solar energy while having fun.
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Astronomer Sir Patrick Moore dies

Astronomer Sir Patrick Moore dies | science education | Scoop.it
Astronomer, broadcaster and author Sir Patrick Moore has died at his home at the age of 89, his friends say.
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Laser the size of a virus particle operates at room temperature, defies the diffraction limit of light

Laser the size of a virus particle operates at room temperature, defies the diffraction limit of light | science education | Scoop.it

A Northwestern University research team has found a way to manufacture single laser devices that are the size of a virus particle and that operate at room temperature. These plasmonic nanolasers could be readily integrated into silicon-based photonic devices, all-optical circuits and nanoscale biosensors. Reducing the size of photonic and electronic elements is critical for ultra-fast data processing and ultra-dense information storage. The miniaturization of a key, workhorse instrument -- the laser -- is no exception.


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How to Make a Broken Paper Effect in PowerPoint 2010

How to Make a Broken Paper Effect in PowerPoint 2010 | science education | Scoop.it
This is a very simple tutorial to help you make a broken paper effect in a PowerPoint slide. You can add your own photos and images and then use this technique to break the slide with a nice style.

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Nature: A soybean cyst nematode resistance gene points to a new mechanism of plant resistance to pathogens (2012)

Nature: A soybean cyst nematode resistance gene points to a new mechanism of plant resistance to pathogens (2012) | science education | Scoop.it

http://www.nature.com/nature/journal/vnfv/ncurrent/full/nature11651.html

 

Soybean (Glycine max (L.) Merr.) is an important crop that provides a sustainable source of protein and oil worldwide. Soybean cyst nematode (Heterodera glycines Ichinohe) is a microscopic roundworm that feeds on the roots of soybean and is a major constraint to soybean production. This nematode causes more than US$1 billion in yield losses annually in the United States alone1, making it the most economically important pathogen on soybean. Although planting of resistant cultivars forms the core management strategy for this pathogen, nothing is known about the nature of resistance. Moreover, the increase in virulent populations of this parasite on most known resistance sources necessitates the development of novel approaches for control. Here we report the map-based cloning of a gene at the Rhg4 (for resistance to Heterodera glycines 4) locus, a major quantitative trait locus contributing to resistance to this pathogen. Mutation analysis, gene silencing and transgenic complementation confirm that the gene confers resistance. The gene encodes a serine hydroxymethyltransferase, an enzyme that is ubiquitous in nature and structurally conserved across kingdoms. The enzyme is responsible for interconversion of serine and glycine and is essential for cellular one-carbon metabolism. Alleles of Rhg4 conferring resistance or susceptibility differ by two genetic polymorphisms that alter a key regulatory property of the enzyme. Our discovery reveals an unprecedented plant resistance mechanism against a pathogen. The mechanistic knowledge of the resistance gene can be readily exploited to improve nematode resistance of soybean, an increasingly important global crop.


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Walter Tschinkel's Aluminum Casts of Ant Colonies Reveals Insect Architecture

Walter Tschinkel's Aluminum Casts of Ant Colonies Reveals Insect Architecture | science education | Scoop.it
Retiree Walter R. Tschinkel is an entomologist and former professor of Biological Science at Florida State University. He recognizes ants as "some of nature's grand architects" and, curious to understand their self-created habitats, devised a clever (if cruel) way to do it: By pouring molten aluminum down into the hole.

 

Unsurprisingly, the ants die in the process. But after the aluminum cools and Tschinkel has completed a meticulous excavation, he unearths these wondrous, chandelier-esque shapes revealing the alien architectures of the colony.


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What's an education for? - Jamaica Gleaner

What's an education for? - Jamaica Gleaner | science education | Scoop.it
Jamaica GleanerWhat's an education for?Jamaica GleanerDisappointing results in science and math spell doom for us - and they actually do.
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