Around the world, educators are fostering creative thinking with their students. We see this every day across both K-12 and higher education in compelling, engaging ways. I remember a 4th grade reading class that I attended where the teacher read aloud to students while sitting around a “virtual campfire” she’d created with iMovie – the students loved it. At the same time, we hear a lot about a growing emphasis on, “teaching to the test” that can sometimes result in a decreased focus on creativity – we think this is a huge problem for our students and for the global economy. College-educated professionals agree. I wanted to share newly-released results of what more than 1000 college graduates say about the importance of creativity in education.
According to Creativity and Education: Why it Matters, a study* produced by research firm Edelman Berland, 88% of the U.S. professionals surveyed believe that creativity should be built into standard curricula. While 78% say it is important in their career, 32% don’t feel comfortable thinking creatively in their work, and a large majority (78%) wishes they had more creative ability.
I teach physics at an all-girl high school in Singapore. Traditionally, girls encounter more challenges in this subject than boys because of this discipline's development from the male-dominated perspective of scientists and engineers. This is why going beyond the traditional textbook becomes a necessity to cater to girls' learning needs.
First, I believe in giving students a voice...
Moving Beyond the Textbook November 21, 2012 | Volume 8 | Issue 4
I don't like these "homo economicus" arguments for edcuation, but the point is taken all the same.
European Commission - Press Release - European Commission Press release Brussels, 19 November 2012
The teaching of IT, entrepreneurial and citizenship skills is fundamental for preparing young people for today's job market, but, in general, schools are still paying insufficient attention to these transversal skills compared with basic skills in literacy, mathematics and science, according to a new European Commission report. Part of the problem is rooted in difficulties with assessment.
Vernier Software & Technology is an innovator of data-collection technology for over 30 years. Creating easy-to-use and affordable science interfaces, sensors, and software, their products can be found in education from elementary school to college.
Our energy problems will continue to be a prominent but unfortunately neglected issue.
o date, the political debate has been oversimplified and presented as a battle between the moral imperatives of protecting the environment and the critical need to preserve our economic interests. Too often, our difficult energy challenges are portrayed as a choice between making a profit and reducing carbon dioxide emissions. In truth, it is a complex issue as it also involves the needs of the public, including their need and right to lead healthy and productive lives.
My colleagues and I have attempted with our book, A Cubic Mile of Oil, to provide an unvarnished look at different energy sources so that we can all engage in an informed dialog about the choices we make.
West Virginia Study of PBL Impacts on 21st Century Skills Teaching and Student Achievement
Nate K. Hixson, Jason Ravitz, & Andy Whisman
From 2008 to 2010, project-based learning (PBL) was a major focus of the Teacher Leadership Institute (TLI), undertaken by the West Virginia Department of Education (WVDE), as a method for teaching 21st century skills. Beginning in January 2011, a summative evaluation was conducted to investigate the effect of PBL implementation on teachers’ perceived ability to teach and assess 21st century skills and on student achievement.
A research brief and the full report are available for download below, or from the West Virginia Department of Education website.
There's a notorious problem with defining information within physics, namely that on the one hand information is purely abstract, and the original theory of computation as developed by Alan Turing and others regarded computers and the information they manipulate purely abstractly as mathematical objects. Many mathematicians to this day don't realize that information is physical and that there is no such thing as an abstract computer. Only a physical object can compute things.
The Verizon Foundation has donated about $40,000 to a high school in Marlborough, Mass. to train teachers and students in the use of mobile devices for their science classes, one of a dozen such schools nationwide that Verizon is supporting in their science, technology, education and math (STEM) instruction.
Eight teachers at Assabet Valley High School – primarily 10th grade biology teachers, some of whom also teach advanced placement physics and chemistry – attended a three-day workshop this summer and will participate in monthly online programs, learning how to use mobile devices for their science classes. The donation from Verizon Foundation mainly goes toward stipends to compensate the teachers for the additional time the training requires and for peripheral tools, such as microscopes and probes, to maximize the use of mobile devices in science teaching.
Edheads is an online educational resource that provides free science and math games and activities that promote critical thinking. Choose from Simple Machines, Virtual Knee Surgery or Stem Cell Heart Repair, among others. All activities meet state and national standards.
An enjoyable experience of scanning more than 70 trends related to work and entrepreneurship made me conclude that there are five driving forces shaping the future of work: technological developments, globalization, demographic shifts, social trends, and paradigmatic changes.
National Science Foundation launched NSF Science Now, an online weekly video news brief that highlights NSF science and engineering research and discoveries. The brief will be available on NSF's Science360 News Service every Wednesday.
Arts funding has been under attack for years as schools look for ways to increase funding for the core subjects. Want another science teacher? We’ll have to cut an art teacher. Or the music teacher. But there is growing evidence that the arts are a necessary part of education, and STEM education in particular. In elementary school, regular class work and enrichment programs for students routinely combine the arts with math and science....
NAPE and its Education Foundation believes that if women, underrepresented minorities, and persons with disabilities were prepared to work in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) careers in proportion to...