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Beyond STEM: Educating a Workforce of Thinkers and Doers

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Educating creative and fearless thinkers and doers.
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How Google Glass is going to Innovate Education

How Google Glass is going to Innovate Education | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
Innovations in education has always been a little stagnant, while we see new inventions and developments in all other fields, educational innovations are very less.
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Words Matter: How Geospatial Education Suffers Because of Government Classification

Words Matter: How Geospatial Education Suffers Because of Government Classification | STEM Connections | Scoop.it

"Recent news stories discussed why geography is important to an informed and engaged society.  To those of us in the geospatial profession, basic geography education is an essential foundation to encouraging young people to enter the workforce in surveying, photogrammetry, GIS and other disciplines in our field."


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In a world of information the knowledge of geography is lacking.

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Seth Dixon's curator insight, June 29, 2013 11:20 AM

While many in the geography education business bemoan student's lack of global awareness as a rationale for geography education, this is the key angle that I feel we should be pushing: the workforce.  We currently are not producing enough students with geospatial skills in the United States to fill the jobs (one of the problems with geography being classified as a social science).  Now that is a practical reason to support geography that non-geographers can understand.


Tags: labor, geospatial, edtech, geography education,

Todd Pollard's curator insight, February 4, 2014 10:43 PM

Defining "geospatial" is still a convoluted mess.

Nick Smith's curator insight, September 9, 2014 12:31 PM

The government is hurting geography education

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Build and Test a Model Solar House | The Concord Consortium

Build and Test a Model Solar House | The Concord Consortium | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
Construct and measure the energy efficiency and solar heat gain of a cardboard model house. Use a light bulb heater to imitate a real furnace and a temperature sensor to monitor and regulate the internal temperature of the house.
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hands on , sun's up science!!

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Where Does Your Water Come From?

Where Does Your Water Come From? | STEM Connections | Scoop.it

This interactive map documents where 443 million people around the world get there water (although the United States data is by far the most extensive).  Most people can't answer this question.  A recent poll by The Nature Conservancy discoverd that 77% of Americans (not on private well water) don't know where their water comes from, they just drink it.  This link has videos, infographics and suggestions to promote cleaner water.  This is also a fabulous example of an embedded map using ArcGIS Online to share geospatial data with a wider audience.  

 

Tags: GIS, water, fluvial, environment, ESRI, pollution, development, consumption, resources, mapping, environment depend, cartography, geospatial. 


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water is a resource we all depend on. Some of my best studies were on local Chesapeake Bay issues.

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Nic Hardisty's comment, October 15, 2012 9:01 AM
I was definitely unaware of where my drinking water came from. This is nice, user-friendly map... Hopefully it gets updated regularly, as it will be interesting to see how these sources change over time.
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National Geographic and the Common Core

Find out how the National Geographic Society is connecting to the Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts.
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Good references to the CC. 

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NASA - NASA Educators Online Network

NEON is a professional learning community. NES teachers participate in a collaborative group focusing on project teaching materials.
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I take great pleasure in sharing this network. Enjoy!!

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You Matter: The Two Most Important Words to Motivate Women in STEM

You Matter: The Two Most Important Words to Motivate Women in STEM | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
When we tell a young woman that she matters, we are inviting her into a life of service and action. Leadership is hard work and it comes with real responsibility.
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Insightful article.

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Technologies that are changing and will change the world

Well before the days of Siri, functional educational robots, and touch technology, futurists and technology enthusiasts made predictions that ended up being eerily close to some of today’s most popular technologies (just check out the Knowledge...
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Take a look and see if these technologies are on your radar.

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Map


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Everythng old is new again. Maps I love them.

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Luis Aguilar Cruz's curator insight, July 2, 2013 2:50 AM

Bienvenue à l'expérience map

ethne staniland's curator insight, July 3, 2013 4:57 PM

very good

Justin McCullough's curator insight, December 12, 2013 1:29 PM

While technology does has its pros it also comes with its cons. GPS batteries can die; the map on the screen may be unreadable due to size, the GPS itself could break if not handled properly. When it comes to maps, it is durable and legible in any position. However, I can not read a map while driving my car to a certain place. It is rather difficult to find a place when i'm in unfamiliar territory. In this case the GPS is able to direct me to where i need to be. If handled properly, the GPS is, at least in my opinion, better than the map. However, it is nice to keep and extra map in the glove compartment, just in case. 

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Afternoon Video: Google Glass Teaching

 
So there's a guy named Andrew Vanden Heuvel (@avheuv) who was among the first to get the Google Glass system, and he's a science teacher, and he's blogging about it and doing videos ("STEMbite!").

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Weather Graphs and Maps

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WeatherSpark: beautiful weather graphs and maps making in-depth weather information easily accessible.

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Jose Sepulveda's comment, July 4, 2013 12:07 PM
Nice class material
Louis Culotta's curator insight, July 7, 2013 6:44 AM

Thiis s some great information on weather stats and tracking storms statistics and seasonal trends of general weather events.Thanks

David Madrid's curator insight, July 25, 2013 8:33 PM

Graficos y clima juntos

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Programming & Simulation: Real Technical Skills for Today's Student

Programming & Simulation: Real Technical Skills for Today's Student | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
Technology is here to stay. There are two main ways of interfacing with technology: passively as a user and actively as a developer. Today's technical problems are very complicated -- they cannot all
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Education Technology: Apps in the Elementary Classroom (Part 1)

Education Technology: Apps in the Elementary Classroom (Part 1) | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
Third in a series. Click to read "Apps in the Middle School Classroom" or "Highly Used Apps in High Schools". Five years ago, most people did not expect to be carrying around a communication tool i...

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It Only Takes About 42 Minutes To Learn Algebra With Video Games | Forbes

It Only Takes About 42 Minutes To Learn Algebra With Video Games | Forbes | STEM Connections | Scoop.it

by Jordan Shapiro

 

"On average, it took 41 minutes and 44 seconds for students to master Algebra skills during the Washington State Algebra Challenge using theDragonBox App.

 

"The Challenge, co-sponsored byWashington University’s Center for Game Science and the Technology Alliance included 4,192 K-12 students. Together, they solved 390,935 equations over the course of 5 days in early June. According to the Challenge’s calculations, that’s 6 months, 28 days, and 2 hours worth of algebra work.

 

"What’s even more impressive, “of those students who played at least 1.5 hours, 92.9% achieved mastery. Of those students who played at least 1 hour, 83.8% achieved mastery. Of those students who played at least 45 minutes, 73.4% achieved mastery.”


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Chandra X-ray Observatory - NASA's flagship X-ray telescope

Chandra X-ray Observatory - NASA's flagship X-ray telescope | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
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Wonderful photos and data.

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Connecting With Nature Boosts Creativity and Health

Connecting With Nature Boosts Creativity and Health | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
Richard Louv, author of Last Child in the Woods and The Nature Principle, explains how society can overcome nature-deficit disorder. 
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Linking environment study and benefits.. 

 

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OpportunityLearnScience.pdf

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Who has the opportunity to learn science? Well trained teachers? Technology resources, transformational teaching practices?

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Younger Americans’ Library Habits and Expectations

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Americans ages 16-29 are heavy technology users, including in using computers and internet at libraries. At the same time, most still read and borrow printed books, and value a mix of traditional and technological library services.
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Part 1: A portrait of younger Americans’ reading habits and technology use
Part 2: Libraries in younger Americans’ lives and communities
Part 3: Library patrons’ activities and expectations
Part 4: New services and innovations
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How Can We Not? A reawakening for the importance of artistic expression in the classroom | The Inspired Classroom

How Can We Not? A reawakening for the importance of artistic expression in the classroom | The Inspired Classroom | STEM Connections | Scoop.it

Blog author Elizabeth M. Peterson

Guest Post by Amy Mitchell

 

"My Third Grade class learned the multiplication tables this year and as a way to extend this learning, they learned how to draw multiplication fact stars.   These stars are quite intricate and call upon the students to be exact in their work or as referred to in the Common Core State Math Standards, “precision”.    I have found that these stars provide a new motivator for learning multiplication facts – if a student misses a math fact or does not do one correctly, their star will not be produced in the way the student hopes it will.      I have witnessed my most reluctant students persevere and try again and again to perfect their creations.    I have used the visual arts in my classroom in the development of these stars and we have also created these stars as a whole class using string so that a kinesthetic component is involved as well.

 

"The arts are more than just window dressing and making the classroom look pretty.    There are powerful learning objectives and messages behind each artistic activity that is done.    This is the place where it is acceptable for students to take risks, think outside the box and try something new that they didn’t think they could do before.   It is an opportunity for students to make their thinking visible and appreciated by their peers in all new ways.  It breaks down barriers between students.  Even those students who are most challenged by academic expectations become truly a part of the classroom experience alongside their peers."


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thehiddenstemeconomy610.pdf

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Bonnie Bracey Sutton's comment, June 28, 2013 3:26 PM
As of 2011, 26 million U.S. jobs—20 percent of all jobs—require a high level of knowledge in any one STEM field. STEM jobs have doubled as a share of all jobs since the Industrial Revolution, from less than 10 percent in 1850 to 20 percent in 2010.
n Half of all STEM jobs are available to workers without a four-year college degree, and these jobs pay $53,000 on average—a wage 10 percent higher than jobs with similar educational requirements. Half of all STEM jobs are in manufacturing, health care, or con- struction industries. Installation, maintenance, and repair occupations constitute 12 percent of all STEM jobs, one of the largest occupational categories. Other blue-collar or technical jobs in fields such as construction and production also frequently demand STEM knowledge.
n STEM jobs that require at least a bachelor’s degree are highly clustered in certain met- ropolitan areas, while sub-bachelor’s STEM jobs are prevalent in every large metropolitan area. Of large metro areas, San Jose, CA, and Washington, D.C., have the most STEM-based economies, but Baton Rouge, LA, Birmingham, AL, and Wichita, KS, have among the largest share of STEM jobs in fields that do not require four-year college degrees. These sub-bache- lor’s STEM jobs pay relatively high wages in every large metropolitan area.
n More STEM-oriented metropolitan economies perform strongly on a wide variety of economic indicators, from innovation to employment. Job growth, employment rates, patenting, wages, and exports are all higher in more STEM-based economies. The presence of sub-bachelor’s degree STEM workers helps boost innovation measures one-fourth to one-half as much as bachelor’s degree STEM workers, holding other factors constant. Concentrations of these jobs are also associated with less income inequality.
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Visualizing 3 Billion Tweets

Visualizing 3 Billion Tweets | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
This is a look at 3 billion tweets - every geotagged tweet since September 2011, mapped, showing facets of Twitter's ecosystem and userbase in incredible new detail, revealing demographic, cultural,...
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Making Games, Making Learning Fun

Middle and high school students reflect on what they do in Globaloria class daily, and why they think making games about serious content not only makes learn...
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