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A Brief History of EdTech (Infographic)

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For the first time in our history, we see personalization of learning for each individual student as a reality. With new technologies growing at a breakneck pace, we’re excited to work with our schools to see what this decade will become.

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Beth Dichter's curator insight, January 30, 2014 10:12 PM

This infographic looks at both technology and education over the last four decades. Are there connections between these two themes? Take a look and see what was going on in the 1980's, 1990's, 2000's and today. This infographic provides geat depth in these two areas, noting that the:

* 1980's was the Age of Processing, the beginning of the Digital Age and a time when tech was a peripheral tool.

* 1990's was Hardware 2.0, the World Wide Web came into being and a time when tech begins to supplement.

* 2000's was the move to connectivity, to an age of sharing and portable devices and technology supplements instruction.

* Today - Perhaps this is yet to be written but a few years in we see multifunctional devices, personalization and technology as an integrated tool.

What would your students think of this chart? What conversation might arise in faculty meeting or with sharing this with the PTO or other stakeholders in your community? It does provide food for thought.

Intriguing Networks's curator insight, January 31, 2014 2:28 AM

how good to see it like this

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STEM and Writing: A Super Combination - Edutopia

STEM and Writing: A Super Combination - Edutopia | STEM Connections | Scoop.it

"I brought a superhero into my classroom the other day. He wasn't wearing a cape. He didn't have an alias. But he had the greatest superpower of all: inspiration.

When you teach using project-based learning (PBL), one brings outside expertise into the classroom. My eighth graders begin the year creating science fiction based origin stories for original superhero characters as an introduction to a greater advocacy unit. Therefore, it seemed natural to bring in an actual scientist. Which brought me to CalTech and Dr. Spyridon Michalakis."


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Using varied modalities for reflection and processing is an excellent practice.
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The Three Pillars of Sustainability

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The three pillars of sustainability is a speculative way of observing whether an action, feature, or problem is sustainable. Public space has many benefits, socially: spaces such as squares, and parks enable the population to gather, share, and grow with each other, heightening social capital.  Environmentally, green space provides ecosystem services that house many city species that cannot thrive in dense city environments, as well as providing permeable substances for water runoff, and has a cooling effect on the urban heat island.  Economically, public space, such as the High Line in New York City create revenue for the city, such as higher rents for desired locations closer to public spaces such as urban nature. 
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INFOGRAPHIC: Why urban forests are essential to successful cities

INFOGRAPHIC: Why urban forests are essential to successful cities | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
Jarrimber's infographic details the many advantages of urban forestry and why restoring and expanding the forests in our cities should be a major priority.

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Real Animals That Men Made Them Extinct

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It is believed that Steller’s Sea Cows, which grew to at least 8-9 meters and weighed around 8-10 tons, inhabited the Near Islands, southwest of Alaska and the Commander Islands in the Bering Sea. The mammal was tame and spent most of its time eating kelp; this, and the fact that it was unable to submerge its enormous body, is possibly what made it vulnerable to human hunters. Within 27 years of discovery by Europeans, Steller’s Sea Cow was hunted to extinction.


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Viruses Can Get Sick

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Viruses are weird. They swim around, and reproduce, and act as parasites on any unlucky animal who happens to pick them up. But still, they're so dependent on their hosts that some biologists think they don't get to count as living beings on their own — more like random pieces of genetic coding that get in the way of the body's normal function. But the discovery of a virus infecting another virus has scientists questioning that belief.

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This honestly sounds like a nightmare.

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Kids Design The House Of The Future, And It’s Chilling

Kids Design The House Of The Future, And It’s Chilling | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
Whimsical tree houses . . . and war-proof bunkers.

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Skype a Scientist

Do you ever wonder what it’s like being a scientist?

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Websites for Math Teachers curated by educators' technology

Websites for Math Teachers curated by educators' technology | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
Free resource of educational web tools, 21st century skills, tips and tutorials on how teachers and students integrate technology into education

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Migrating Birds Are Running Out of Water

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WATER MANAGEMENT IN the West can often seem to pit people against wildlife, but it doesn’t have to, according to a recent report by the National Audubon Society. The report highlights how drying saline lakes in the West and changing riparian habitat along the Colorado River are impacting migrating birds. But the two habitats also share a vulnerability to climate change and water management. The demand for water from growing metropolitan areas, like Salt Lake City, is often at the expense of these habitats and wildlife.

But David O’Neill, Audubon’s chief conservation officer, says that doesn’t have to be the case. In the report, Audubon highlights areas where environmentalists are working with policymakers, water managers and farmers to supply both birds and people in the West with enough water.

Saline lakes and riparian habitat on the Colorado both provide invaluable habitat for birds flying from Canada to Latin America and back every year.

Saline lakes, like the Great Salt Lake or the Salton Sea, provide valuable food and resting spots for shore birds, such as American avocets, while riparian shrubs and willows on the Colorado River provide food and shelter for vireos, warblers, flycatchers and more.

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Halloween Science Experiments & Ideas! - ScienceBob.com

Halloween Science Experiments & Ideas! - ScienceBob.com | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
Explore fun Halloween science experiments that are gooey, glowy, foggy, and even delicious.
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Can gamification solve the STEM talent gap?

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How do you solve a problem like the STEM talent gap? STEM.org founder Andrew B Raupp believes gamification could be the answer.

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The 20 Best Microscope Photos from the 2017 Nikon Small World Contest

The 20 Best Microscope Photos from the 2017 Nikon Small World Contest | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
The Nikon Small World Photomicrography Competition celebrates the beautiful, weird, wonderful, and microscopic things in our world through photos captured

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2017 National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year | National Geographic

2017 National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year | National Geographic | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
Enter the 2017 Nature Photographer of the Year for a chance to win $10,000. See photos of animals, landscapes, and more. MORNING FLIGHT. View All - Week 1 galleries.
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Scientists detect gravitational waves from a new kind of nova, sparking a new era in astronomy

Scientists detect gravitational waves from a new kind of nova, sparking a new era in astronomy | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
For the first time, scientists observed a cosmic phenomenon using both gravitational wave detectors and traditional telescopes, starting a new kind of astrophysics.
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The People's Geography Project

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This website is a group which is organized and lead by Don Mitchell with the University of Syracuse New York.  The aim of The People's Geography Project is to connect the population to the complex geographies of everyday life.  The PGP uses the geography of public space as a radical approach to understanding social and geopolitical theories. Using space as a platform for the public to discuss issues such as globalization and capitalism that effect their everyday life.  Some of their past projects include: the Syracuse Hunger Project, and People's Geography of the U.S.

Without Public Space, Don Mitchell argues that communities cannot interact and stand up for issues that surround their everyday life.  Public space such as the People's Park 
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Making Math Second Nature

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ST Math can help educators activate students’ perception-action cycle to build math automaticity.
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Attribution of Extreme Weather Events in the Context of Climate Change

Attribution of Extreme Weather Events in the Context of Climate Change | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
Download a PDF of "Attribution of Extreme Weather Events in the Context of Climate Change" by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine for free.
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New project allows web users to explore 3-D vertebrate specimens from inside out

New project allows web users to explore 3-D vertebrate specimens from inside out | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
A $2.5 million National Science Foundation grant will launch a new initiative to “teleport” specimens from museum shelves to the internet by CT scanning 20,000 vertebrates and making these data-ric…

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The next supercontinent: Four ways Earth could reshape itself

The next supercontinent: Four ways Earth could reshape itself | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
Plate tectonics is a slow-grind drama with some dramatic plot twists – these scenarios show how Earth might look in 250 million AD
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New experiments and simulations reveal molecular interactions in extreme phases of water ice

New experiments and simulations reveal molecular interactions in extreme phases of water ice | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
Water is everywhere. But it's not the same everywhere. When frozen under extreme pressures and temperatures, ice takes on a range of complex crystalline structures.


Many of the properties and behaviors of these exotic ices remain mysterious, but a team of researchers recently provided new understanding. They analyzed how water molecules interact with one another in three types of ice and found the interactions depended strongly on the orientation of the molecules and the overall structure of the ice. The researchers describe their results in The Journal of Chemical Physics.


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Studying entropy in metallic glasses

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A team led by Caltech recently solved a decades-old materials science mystery by tracking down the origin of entropy in metallic glasses.

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Monarch butterflies disappearing from western North America : Indybay

Migratory monarchs in the west could disappear in the next few decades if steps aren’t taken to recover the population, Schultz said.

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Half the universe’s missing matter has just been finally found

Half the universe’s missing matter has just been finally found | STEM Connections | Scoop.it

About half the normal matter in our universe had never been observed – until now.


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How the Army Drops a Humvee Out of a Plane

How the Army Drops a Humvee Out of a Plane | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
The car is the ultimate mobility tool—right up until impassable terrain or enemy combatants come between you and your destination. Then you need a vehicle strapped to a parachute and packed into the back of a plane. The United States Army, perhaps the world's foremost authority on getting wheels on the ground in hard-to-reach places, routinely airdrops vehicles such as forklifts, ATVs, and HMMWVs (High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicles, or "Humvees") to carry out missions around the globe.

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An October Harvest Moon Rises Tonight

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The full moon closest to the equinox rises soon after sunset, casting a glow early evening that helps farmers bring in their crops
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Elementary School Teachers Help Students Tackle Math with Help of Teacher Advisor

Elementary School Teachers Help Students Tackle Math with Help of Teacher Advisor | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
This is a guest blog post by Cliff Archey, manager of education programs at IBM Corporate Citizenship, and a former teacher. IBM has a longstanding commitment to innovation and helping...
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