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What is school science for? Who is it for?

What is school science for? Who is it for? | SciLearn | Scoop.it
If a curriculum is an expression of what we value, why teach something called ‘physics’ instead of climate change?
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How Selecting the Best Mentors Will Stimulate Thinking and Learning

How Selecting the Best Mentors Will Stimulate Thinking and Learning | SciLearn | Scoop.it
I like to read … why? To be entertained, learn new things, and stimulate thinking. Both Seth Godin and Tom Peters are silent mentors that are my favorites.

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Teaching in the New (Abundant) Economy of Information

Teaching in the New (Abundant) Economy of Information | SciLearn | Scoop.it

In the past, teachers gave life to learning for generations of students — no different than today. But they were operating in an environment of scarcity that would make today’s teachers cringe (and they do, every time the Internet is down for more than just
a short while). As the information available and our ability to access it increases, this new economy of information is transforming the practice of teaching and the roles of both teacher and student.

 


Via Nik Peachey, Marco Pozzi, Christine Heine
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abundance of information means the lack of time to deal with it

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Julia Beck's curator insight, March 13, 11:39 PM

And now for the strategies!

Paz Barceló's curator insight, March 14, 8:18 AM

En una Economía de la Información, el profesor que todavía insiste en la distribución de información a través de conferencias o clases tradicionales, está compitiendo con la diversidad de información que se presenta en múltiples medios y formatos.  Está impidiendo, o no fomenta el que  los estudiantes a participen activamente en maneras mucho más profundas que la simple escucha.

Nicky Mohan's curator insight, March 17, 8:10 PM

We live in an age of infowhelm. How do we cope and teach our students to wade through this information?

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OECD educationtoday: Mathematics for the 21st century

OECD educationtoday: Mathematics for the 21st century | SciLearn | Scoop.it

The OECD Global Science Forum Report on Mathematics in Industry describes the needs for different types of mathematics: statistics & probabilities; complex systems; computational maths...

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Merriam-Webster's word of the year 2013 is #science

Merriam-Webster's word of the year 2013 is #science | SciLearn | Scoop.it
Merriam-Webster provides a free online dictionary, thesaurus, audio pronunciations, Word of the Day, word games, and other English language resources.
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MindShift’s Big Ideas of 2013: Focus on Learning

MindShift’s Big Ideas of 2013: Focus on Learning | SciLearn | Scoop.it
A look through the most popular MindShift posts this year reveals a strong interest in student-directed learning, inquiry-based approaches to teaching and the desire to help students learn how to learn in a changing world.

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OECD educationtoday: Are the Chinese cheating in PISA or are we cheating ourselves?

OECD educationtoday: Are the Chinese cheating in PISA or are we cheating ourselves? | SciLearn | Scoop.it
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The Scientific Method™: User Guide

The Scientific Method™: User Guide | SciLearn | Scoop.it
Nick Haward: Congratulations on choosing the scientific method. Please read this guide before use
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A school with no teachers, where students teach themselves - "42"

A school with no teachers, where students teach themselves  - "42" | SciLearn | Scoop.it
The school, simply named 42, requires no high school diploma and no money to apply. It's turning French education on its head, but it may also solve some of the country's most pressing problems.
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25 Ways to Cultivate Intrinsic Motivation - InformED

25 Ways to Cultivate Intrinsic Motivation - InformED | SciLearn | Scoop.it

"In the context of learning, intrinsic motivation is motivation that stems not from external factors like grades and status, but rather from genuine interest and ambition. Like altruism, it assumes no reward. But – like altruism – it is difficult to corroborate. Even if Sally, your best student, completes the Extra Credit assignment out of pure enjoyment, it doesn’t mean she isn’t expecting external rewards like approval and attention.

 

Some psychologists go so far as to claim that intrinsic motivation doesn’t exist. Professor Steven Reiss at Ohio State University believes that human motivations can’t be forced into one category or the other and labeled as good or bad.

 

“We are taking many diverse human needs and motivations, putting them into just two categories, and then saying one type of motivation is better than another,” he says. “But there is no real evidence that intrinsic motivation even exists.”

 

The argument is that people should do something because they enjoy it, and that rewards only sabotage natural desire.

Reiss disagrees.

 

“There is no reason that money can’t be an effective motivator, or that grades can’t motivate students in school,” he says. “It’s all a matter of individual differences. Different people are motivated in different ways.”

 


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Beth Dichter's curator insight, September 4, 2013 9:54 PM

Does intrinsic motivation exist? This post explores this idea, clearly landing in the field of intrinsic motivation. After exploring the concept and discussing how education has changed there is a list of 25 ways we may help students cultivate this trait. A few are listed below but many more are in the post, as is a TEDtalk by Dan Pink.

* Rethink reward

* Make mastery cool

* Make students feel like education is a choice, not a requirement

* Make every student feel confident

Each of the items has additional information in the post. As you work in your classroom this year you may find yourself using some of the ideas listed in this post with your students.

Drora Arussy's comment, September 8, 2013 4:57 PM
Student ownership and buy-in has always been key, thank you for sharing.
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Civic engagement through digital #games

Civic engagement through digital #games | SciLearn | Scoop.it
Game-based learning scholar Kurt Squire explores how leveraging young people's interest in gaming could encourage greater youth community involvement and deeper connections to civic and political life.
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Statisticians slam popular teacher evaluation method

Statisticians slam popular teacher evaluation method | SciLearn | Scoop.it
The evidence against VAM is at this point overwhelming. The refusal of school reformers to acknowledge it is outrageous.
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"value-added method" seems to be unreliable

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What’s the ‘Sweet Spot’ of Difficulty For Learning?

What’s the ‘Sweet Spot’ of Difficulty For Learning? | SciLearn | Scoop.it
Parents and teachers wrestle with all the time: Should we be making learning easier for kids—or harder? The answer, according to research in cognitive science and psychology, is both.
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XKCD's brilliant explanation of Fermi Estimation

XKCD's brilliant explanation of Fermi Estimation | SciLearn | Scoop.it
The latest installment in Randall Munroe's XKCD "What If?" series is called Paint the Earth and it is amazing. One of Munroe's readers wanted to know "Has humanity produced enough paint to cover the entire land area of the Earth?" and Munroe uses this as a springboard for explaining Fermi estimation, a powerful, counter-intuitive tool that has applications in many fields.
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back-of-the-envelope calculation

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Peter Gray: Give childhood back to children... we must allow more time for play, not less

Peter Gray: Give childhood back to children... we must allow more time for play, not less | SciLearn | Scoop.it
I’m a research bio-psychologist with a PhD, so I’ve done lots of school. I’m a pretty good problem-solver, in my work and in the rest of my life, but that has little to do with the schooling I’ve had.
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The real reason behind Asian education success – a perspective from Japan

The real reason behind Asian education success – a perspective from Japan | SciLearn | Scoop.it
Manabu Watanbe is a Japan-based educational author and blogger who contacted us because he is concerned many in the west are missing the point about education in Asia where, he says, success is largely because of the ‘shadow education system’ (made up of paid-for after-school groups and private tutoring) rather than the school system...
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The world’s first School in the Cloud opens in the UK | TED Blog

The world’s first School in the Cloud opens in the UK | TED Blog | SciLearn | Scoop.it
Sugata Mitra has opened the doors of the world’s first School in the Cloud. A look at it and what happens there.

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Art elevates the mind by increasing empathy, critical thinking and tolerance

Art elevates the mind by increasing empathy, critical thinking and tolerance | SciLearn | Scoop.it
Study of school trips to a museum provides evidence that art can elevate the mind.→ Jeremy Dean is a psychologist and author of PsyBlog.

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Adaptive learning: The best approaches we've seen so far

Adaptive learning: The best approaches we've seen so far | SciLearn | Scoop.it
Ed tech's hottest trend is impacting how students learn from K-12 to higher ed, and these companies are at the forefront.

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Harnessing Children’s Natural Ways of Learning

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Fed up with the restrictions at his conventional school, 10-year-old Scott Gray convinced his parents to transfer him to one where children control their own education.
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Physics is a story – let’s teach it that way

Physics is a story – let’s teach it that way | SciLearn | Scoop.it
Physics isn’t fun. Like Richard Feynman said, the pleasure is in finding things out. All too often, however, teachers try the ‘physics is fun’ approach.
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The 20 biggest questions in science that still remain in 2013

The 20 biggest questions in science that still remain in 2013 | SciLearn | Scoop.it

From the nature of the universe (that's if there is only one) to the purpose of dreams, there are lots of things we still don't know – but we might do soon:

 

1 What is the universe made of?

2 How and where did life begin?

3 Are we alone in the universe?

4 What makes us human?

5 What defines consciousness?

6 Why do we dream?

7 Why is there stuff?

8 Are there other universes?

9 Where do we put all the carbon?

10 How do we get more energy from the sun?

11 What's so weird about prime numbers?

12 How do we beat bacteria?

13 Can computers keep getting faster?

14 Will we ever cure cancer?

15 How will robots advance?

16 What's at the bottom of the ocean?

17 What's at the bottom of a black hole?

18 Can we live forever?

19 How do we solve the population problem?

20 What is time?

 


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Adrian Rojas's comment, September 18, 2013 9:32 PM
What is the universe made of?
2 How and where did life begin?
3 Are we alone in the universe?
4 What makes us human?
5 What defines consciousness?
6 Why do we dream?
7 Why is there stuff?
8 Are there other universes?
9 Where do we put all the carbon?
10 How do we get more energy from the sun?
11 What's so weird about prime numbers?
12 How do we beat bacteria?
13 Can computers keep getting faster?
14 Will we ever cure cancer?
15 How will robots advance?
16 What's at the bottom of the ocean?
17 What's at the bottom of a black hole?
18 Can we live forever?
19 How do we solve the population problem?
20 What is time?
All these questions can be so easily answered because you should be able to answer all of these without hesitating. Like number 1 "what is the universe made of" umm hello seriously it's made of planets,stars, and gravity. I can understand number 2 because this question can be answered on what you believe in like Jesus made us, or we originate from monkeys. But number 8 is another one of those dumb questions "are there other universes" of course there is there's hundreds if billions of universes is just a galaxy.

I like this article because its interesting to know the questions other people have. And it gives a lot of explanations of why people don't know these answers to the questions. I also like the way it doesn't change subject at all like the other article I read and this one is non-fiction. But there I something I don't understand the first paragraph on this article says "questions we don't know the answers to but soon will, but I know most of these answers. So does that mean I'm like smarter or better than most people when it comes to science?
Gerome Tadeja's comment, October 5, 2013 11:51 AM
I thought that this article was interesting because I got to see some of the questions other people had.