Get Beagle Sense in your school with the Beagle Sense Young Innovators Program!
STEM education (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) is vital to the future of our country and our world.
Beagle Sense believes that STEM education is important for our future leaders, makers and innovators. Through its Young Innovators Program, Beagle Sense is offering sensors to approximately 150,000 schools across the USA and Canada, which will engage students in STEM learning as active participants in how the sensors collect and process information on the environment around us.
Getting Beagle Sense into your school is easy! All you need to do to nominate or vote for your school is to use the form below. Each school needs 30 supporters – this can include students, parents, or school staff - and Beagle Sense will donate a package of its full range of 7 sensors plus base station in time for the 2016 school year! Don't forget to spread the word to get votes for your school - very soon we'll be adding a tally so you can see how many votes your school needs. Good luck!
Want to get Beagle Sense sensors to your school even faster? Back us on Kickstarter and choose the Young Innovators perk to not only get Beagle Sense sensors into your school in the spring of 2016, but to also get your own set of sensors for your home!
Stay tuned for YIP Interactive – that’s our online tool set for students, educators and makers – an online community for sharing and learning everything with Beagle Sense.
Update Nov.15.2015 #1: of the 30 sign ups needed, we would like to see a good cross section of roles, so out of that 30 we are seeking a minimum of 10 parents and 1 teacher (or staff member) to sign up.
Update Nov.15.2015 #2: We are setting a deadline of sign ups by end of December - December 31 2015. We will be rolling this out to other countries in the new year so stay tuned.
Students should learn science by doing science. They should select their own question, design and execute a study, draw conclusions based on their data, and communicate their findings. InquirySpace provides ideas, approaches, and technologies to make this approach to learning easier for classroom teachers to offer—and more effective.
ISTE collaborated with NASA to create a host of free STEM resources around NASA’s Magnetospheric Multiscale Mission (MMS), which launched in spring 2015.
Educators can use these resources to engage students in ISTE Standards-ready research and engineering-design activities and seamlessly connect them to scientific study with real-world significance.
Use these resources to follow the NASA mission, drive computational thinking skills and teach what it takes to become a citizen scientist.
MMS Big Data Student Activity Book. This resource will help students become citizen scientists through activities and explorations that teach them how to:
Mine the vast world of rich data that exists publicly for scientists to use.Find trends and patterns and correlate data that help to make predictions.Collect and share data using collaborative tools so that more citizen scientists can benefit from the work of just one team.Share digital artifacts and evidence of experimentation with the wider scientific community.
MMS Big Data Student Activity Book Teacher Companion. The student activity book is supported by teacher resources that guide educators through the science of each of the activities, offer technology integration activities for students, and align with both national science standards and the ISTE Standards.
iMAGINETICspace Student Activity Book. Get your students involved in the MMS mission by downloading this challenge-based activity book. Students will join Mark in his journey to become a Junior Researcher while learning about and experimenting with the concepts of electricity and magnetism. The activity book also provides some design challenges for students to understand the complexities involved with how to assemble a mission that will collect data on space weather and its impact on our Earth.
iMAGINETICspace Student Activity Book Teacher Companion. Maximize your students' learning potential. The teacher's companion includes:
Interactive content from NASA’s MMS Mission and Space Weather Action network websites.Tutorials that demonstrate how to conduct the lab activities and modify extension activities for a broad range of students with various backgrounds and experience. (This broadens the range of student ages suitable for this instruction, making learning activities simpler for younger students and more complex for students who excel at the STEM disciplines.)Lesson and experiment extensions aligned to the Next Generation Science Standards and the ISTE Standards.Self-paced professional development tools for teachers seeking to enhance their digital age teaching skills.
MMS launch video. Watch the launch of the MMS mission on YouTube.
NASA resources. Learn more about the MMS mission and related activities.
Newsfeed. For more information about the MMS and frequent updates, subscribe to the newsfeed.
The STEM Education Act of 2015, which expands the definition of STEM—an acronym for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics—to include computer science programs
The STEM Education Act of 2015 also instructs the National Science Foundation to continue to fund out-of-school and informal education programs in STEM subjects. That's a boon for museums, nature centers, and other organizations that offer informal science programming.
Gordon Dahlby's insight:
this addition has implications for which programs can be funded and who can apply for STEM programs WITHOUT adding a letter to the acronym.
Funds for Learning has published its analysis of funding request data for E-Rate funding year 2015. In FY2015, there were 27,132 applicants for E-Rate funding. They requested a total of $3.92 billion. Category 1 requests (Internet access, leased data lines and phone service) totaled $2.25 billion. Category 2 requests (purchase, maintenance or operation of on-site networks) totaled $1.67 billion.
Of the 27,132 applicants, 91% submitted funding requests for voice telephony services, 81% for Internet access and data lines, and 39% for Category 2 services (e.g. Wi-Fi and other internal connections). Category 2 demand was greatest for switches and routers, Wi-Fi equipment and data cabling.
The revised E-Rate program set a target of providing $1 billion in annual support for category two services. Historically, E-Rate funding for internal connections was limited, since all requests for telephone services and Internet access had to be funded first. Of this year's applicants, 21% had never requested Category 2 funding, and 48% had never received any Category 2 funding. More than half of sites did not request any C2 support in 2015, apparently taking some time to plan their overall internal networking strategy. An estimated $4.9 billion in C2 budgets remain available for use in FY2016 through FY2019. Most applicants expect to exhaust their C2 budgets by 2017.
Funds for Learning also administered a survey asking E-Rate applicants to comment on a variety of program topics and trends. Key points from the survey results include:
How do you define success in STEM? By discovering? Inventing? Graduating? By redefining what it means to be successful in STEM fields, institutional barriers can be lowered for underrepresented groups.
Corey Welch is a program manager of the STEM Scholars Program at Iowa State University. Modeled on the Biology Scholars Program at UC Berkeley, the program works to encourage students to succeed in STEM fields, preparing them for the workforce or to pursue a four-year degree. The program provides financial assistance, mentoring and, most importantly, the opportunity to learn and succeed in STEM.
A new Computer Science Teaching Fellowship grant from New York's Flatiron School will provide 500 K-12 teachers with scholarships to undergo Web and mobile development training that they can use to bring computer science education back to their schools.
(Janet Kolodner) Q. You began in AI and pioneered case-based reasoning. What is that? A. Rule-based expert systems were becoming more capable in 1980, but they broke unless you told them exactly what to do, and they didn’t get better with time and experience.
You have probably read articles about how important it is that today’s kids to learn to code. Perhaps you’ve introduced your own children to some of the excellent tutorials from Hour of Code. Maybe they have played withScratch (the MIT Media Lab’s great platform that makes coding accessible to kids) or Tynker (which offers online coding courses aimed at kids).
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But are the coding skills that kids learn from these places really useful? Or are adults kidding themselves—rationalizing the use of screen-based pacifiers in order to assuage parental guilt? Is coding, in fact, the language of the future? Or is it a specialized skill, useful to some people but useless to others?
In today’s economy, we can point to an entire generation of coder-millionaires. Like frontiersmen and early American colonists, those who learned to speak the language of computers beat the rest of us to the gold rush. But remember that while the first generation of gold barons made their fortunes with a pick axe, future speculators soon looked like delusional treasure hunters.
Certainly, computers will remain central to future economies. But will kids who don’t know how to code find themselves at an extreme disadvantage in the economy of the future? I don’t think so. I suspect that writing code will quickly become low-wage labor—first outsourced to underpaid workers in developing countries, and eventually performed by A.I. engines that write all but the most complicated scripts.
I have no doubt, however, that the sophistication with which one understands how computers process digital information will be one of the primary prerequisites for professional success. Therefore, when I think about how to equip my own children with the kind of tech literacy that I think will prepare them to participate in a global information economy, I don’t focus exclusively on coding skills.
Sure, my sons (8- and 10-years-old) have already spent plenty of time with Scratch, Tynker, and Hour of Code. They understand how code works. But I’m not pushing them toward comprehensive mastery of Python, Java, or HTML. Instead, I think about their digital futures in precisely the same way that I believe all schools should think about educating our children: equip young people with technological agency; make sure they know how to apply their critical thinking, entrepreneurial, creative, and social skills by wielding digital tools.
To do so, all kids will need an introduction to coding—not so that they are able to code, but rather so that they are capable of truly grasping these five fundamentals.
Mathematical understanding of algorithms. The world now places its faith in algorithms. Social media, search, education, and entertainment are all determined by algorithms. But algorithms have their strengths and their weaknesses. If tomorrow’s adults don’t understand precisely how algorithms use mathematics to process data, they won’t understand which part of life’s processes are best executed algorithmically and which require human decision makers.Understanding Data Analytics. There is hardly an industry left where advanced data analytics hasn’t begun to provide some people with a competitive advantage. But most of us, even when presented with numbers and metrics, have little understanding of how to analyze data—we’re guessing. Meanwhile companies that use predictive algorithms (which utilize complex data) are disrupting entire sectors. Tomorrow’s most successful adults will be the ones who are able to imagine innovative ways to analyze data.Global Economics. With digital information technologies we are not only able to interact with people all over the globe, we are required to do so. In order to be prepared for a future in which information is one of the key commodities, our children will need to understand how digital technologies impact a global economy. For example, they need to understand the ramifications of Bitcoin. They need to be able to consider both the economic benefits and drawbacks of services like Uber and AirBnB. They need to be equipped to think critically about revenue models we haven’t even imagined yet.Critical Media Literacy. Just like television, the internet is full of advertising, questionable images, sponsored journalism, hidden sales pitches, and more. There are representations of race, gender, ethnicity, and socioeconomic class. There are memes that present particular narratives about happiness, success, and intelligence. If tomorrow’s adults aren’t able to acquire the necessary distance to think objectively about the ideas promoted by digital media, they won’t have the autonomy to make their own decisions. Of course, this kind of critical literacy is dependent on understanding how algorithms work, how data is analyzed, and how economies influence ideas.Entrepreneurship and creativity. If there is one thing we know for sure, it is that we really don’t know much about the economy of the future. We can only guess which skills will be most valuable. Since we can’t train our children so that they are equipped with skills that we still haven’t imagined, we must equip them to be creative and entrepreneurial. They must be flexible and adaptable. They must be able to discover opportunities and learn they must know how to identify and learn the skills necessary to thrive.
An inexpensive method for generating clean fuel is the modern-day equivalent of the philosopher’s stone. One compelling idea is to use solar energy to split water into its constituent hydrogen and oxygen and then harvest the hydrogen for use as fuel. But splitting water efficiently turns out to be not so easy.
Now two scientists at the University of Chicago’s Institute for Molecular Engineering (IME) and the University of Wisconsin have made an important contribution to the effort, improving the efficiency of the key processes and offering new conceptual tools that can be applied more broadly in the quest to split water with sunlight. Their results appeared in the Oct. 26th issue of of Nature Communications.
Kyoung-Shin Choi is a professor of chemistry at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, and an experimentalist. Giulia Galli is Liew Family Professor of Electronic Structure and Simulations at the IME and a theorist. Working together, the two found a way to increase the efficiency with which an electrode used for splitting water absorbs solar photons while at the same time improving the flow of electrons from one electrode to another.
Simulations allowed them to understand what was happening at the atomic level. “Our study will encourage researchers in the field to develop ways to improve multiple processes using a single treatment,” said Choi. “So it’s not just about achieving higher efficiency, it’s about providing a strategy for the field.”
At TakingITGlobal for Educators (TIGed), we empower classrooms to understand and act collaboratively on the world's greatest challenges.
We do this by supporting educators to utilize technology to create transformative learning experiences for their students. Through this work, classrooms everywhere become actively engaged and connected in shaping a more inclusive, peaceful, and sustainable world.
Our Focus Areas
At TIGed, we believe that future friendly schools prepare students for the world by utilizing technology to engage them as learners and leaders in three key areas:
An increasingly connected future requires students to understand other people and places. Cultivating global citizenship means helping students to understand their rights and responsibilities in the face of international challenges that know no borders.
From climate change to deforestation, the future of the planet rests on students developing a sense of respect and responsibility for the world they will inherit.
To cultivate leaders of tomorrow, students must have a voice in their learning today. Valuing and incorporating student voice in classrooms and schools ensures that education is more engaging and relevant to 21st century learners.
What We Offer
A community of globally minded educators in over 125 countries who are interested in developing and collaborating on international learning projects.
Virtual Learning Platform
A safe, customizable and advertising-free virtual classroom platform designed to support international collaborations through the use of digital media tools.
Competitively priced and practical professional development e-courses, webinars, and in-person workshops in global citizenship, environmental stewardship, and student voice.
A range of programs open to classrooms from around the world that provide innovative ways to teach and learn about specific global issues.
A growing database of issue-oriented, curriculum-linked global education resources, developed by teachers for teachers, that address a wide range of subject areas and grade levels.
The bill strengthens efforts at the federal level to ensure that computer science skills are included among STEM subjects.
“The STEM Education Act expands the definition of STEM, encourages students to study these subjects and trains more teachers,” Smith added.
The STEM Education Act directs the National Science Foundation (NSF) to continue to award competitive, merit-reviewed grants to support informal STEM education (work that takes place outside of the classroom at places like museums, science centers and afterschool programs).
The bill also amends the NSF Noyce Master Teaching Fellowship program to allow teachers in pursuit of master’s degrees to participate in the program, which will allow more teachers the opportunity to compete for the grants, and requires that computer science be officially added as a subject for the scholarship program. The bill also requires supported activities to include research and development that improves understanding of learning and engagement in informal environments to improve STEM learning outcomes and increase engagement for elementary and secondary school students, teachers, and the public.
housands of teachers use GitHub in their courses every day. They distribute starter repositories, give feedback on pull requests, and collect assignments. In addition to helping teachers provide a better learning experience, teaching with GitHub gives students early exposure to software development best practices like version control, issue tracking, and code review.
Classroom for GitHub makes typically tedious administrative tasks (like creating repositories and managing access for large courses) simple and streamlined.
How it works
Classroom for Github automates repository creation and access control, making it easy for teachers to distribute starter code and collect assignments from students.
Assignments are the core of Classroom for GitHub. Teachers can easily create an assignment and distribute it to students using a private invitation URL. Optional starter code can be provided for individual or group work. It's even possible to delegate assignment creation and management to co-teachers and teaching assistants by adding them as organization administrators.
The makerspace in one inner-city school is helping infuse hands-on learning into all core classes.
Sixth-grade students at Lighthouse Community Charter in Oakland, California, eagerly pull laptops off a cart and settle down with a partner to experiment with Turtle Art, a program meant to introduce them to the basics of programming and some math concepts.
Math teacher Laura Kretschmar gave students a rubric with specific goals around collaboration, communication and instructions to use various functions in the program, but not a lot else. She’s intentionally giving them a lot of freedom to play with the program, create cool designs and figure out what the functions do.
“I think “y” means, like, going up,” says Juritzy Maldonado. “So to pull it up, I’m going to try to change the number.” She punches in 200 for “y” and watches the image she’s creating shift upward. Another group discovers that if they hit “repeat” multiple times, they can create a parachute-like design that they’ve figured out how to color in various ways. That wasn’t their original plan, but they’re running with it now.
‘Our goal is not to create more scientists and engineers; it’s to leave doors open for kids.’
“Pretty much everything we were doing is trying one-by-one and seeing what we got, and then we put them all together,” said Guadalupe Pena. She and her partner realize they haven’t used a crucial function to set “xy” but they’re not worried. “We still don’t know how to use [it] very well,” Guadalupe admits. “Since we’ve already got everything written down, we can take the risk to make it to see what it does to our parachute.”
MIT’s Living Wage Calculator estimates the cost of living ("living wage") in each of the nation's counties and major metropolitan areas, and compares it to the minimum wage for a variety of household types. Mapped here are three types: parent with spouse and two children, single parent with one child, and single adult.
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