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26 Things You Never Want To See Under A Microscope

26 Things You Never Want To See Under A Microscope | Whole-school STEM & PBL | Scoop.it
Horrifying.

Via Susan Bainbridge
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Some brilliant large-size photos worth displaying in every biology lab!  -  Now let's see innovative lesson plans to encourage real investigations!

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alfonso's curator insight, April 6, 2013 10:37 AM

Horrifying at the same time looks for take a look 2nd time to the microscope.

BookChook's curator insight, April 6, 2013 9:44 PM

Great writing prompts! 

Deb's curator insight, April 14, 2013 9:59 AM

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Exploring the use of STEM within the whole-school curriculum for KS4/5 in the UK
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Discovery School | Welcome

Discovery School | Welcome | Whole-school STEM & PBL | Scoop.it

"Discovery School is one of a new generation of industry-friendly, technical schools for 14-19 year olds, with an engineering focussed curriculum underpinned with science, technology and mathematics".

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The first of its kind in the North East and, I am sure, a magnet for employers looking for students with good practical experience.
See the Principal's latest newsletter.

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A tool to fix one of the most dangerous moments in surgery

A tool to fix one of the most dangerous moments in surgery | Whole-school STEM & PBL | Scoop.it
Surgeons are required every day to puncture human skin before procedures — with the risk of damaging what's on the other side. In a fascinating talk, find out how mechanical engineer Nikolai Begg is using physics to update an important medical device, called the trocar, and improve one of the most dangerous moments in many common surgeries.
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This is what STEM is all about - a must viewing for all students!

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Educational technology isn't leveling the playing field - Hechinger Report

Educational technology isn't leveling the playing field - Hechinger Report | Whole-school STEM & PBL | Scoop.it

The local name for the Philadelphia neighborhood of Kensington is “the Badlands,” and with good reason. Pockmarked with empty lots and burned-out row houses, the area has an unemployment rate of 29 percent and a poverty rate of 90 percent. Just a few miles to the northwest, the genteel neighborhood of Chestnut Hill seems to belong to a different universe. Here, educated professionals shop the boutiques along Germantown Avenue and return home to gracious stone and brick houses, the average price of which hovers above $400,000.

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Not STEM nor PBL but I include this as an important document for all teachers using ICTs.  It has an important message for all teachers of underprivileged students, particularly at Primary School levels. 

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10 Ways To Be A More Reflective Teacher

10 Ways To Be A More Reflective Teacher | Whole-school STEM & PBL | Scoop.it

Teaching is about the students, but guess what? If you can’t take care of yourself, you can’t help the students–not in a way that’s sustainable. We’ve talked before about surviving teaching. But what about setting the bar higher? What about thriving as a teacher? What about being happy? And further, can you be happy and be a good teacher at the same time?

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Ten Steps to Drive Student Inquiry

Ten Steps to Drive Student Inquiry | Whole-school STEM & PBL | Scoop.it

Manor New Technology High School in Manor, Texas, is a 100 percent project-based learning school. They are part of the New Tech Network of schools and their approach has yielded remarkable results, including a 98 percent graduation rate, with all of their graduates accepted to college.

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Yes!  When all staff and all students are united in the PBL culture and are using the same processes there is less confusion and work gets on at a better pace.

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Presentation Day Checklist | Project Based Learning | BIE

Presentation Day Checklist | Project Based Learning | BIE | Whole-school STEM & PBL | Scoop.it

What is it? This checklist helps teachers prepare for project presentations before they start.

If you would like to download this document, please take a moment to sign up or sign in to bie.org.

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A simple but necessary list - whatever the ages of the students.  Also check out the other resources!

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The Anatomy of Project Based Learning Process ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

The Anatomy of Project Based Learning Process ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Whole-school STEM & PBL | Scoop.it

Project based learning is “ an instructional approach built upon authentic learning activities that engage student interest and motivation. These activities are designed to answer a question or solve a problem and generally reflect the types of learning and work people do in the everyday world outside the classroom.” taken from PBL Online.

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Both an excellent definition and a lovely graphic!

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Grit Happens in PBL | Blog | Project Based Learning | BIE

Grit Happens in PBL | Blog | Project Based Learning | BIE | Whole-school STEM & PBL | Scoop.it

This year’s trendy new term in education is “grit.” Love it or hate it, it’s being talked about on blogs and other social media, and Edutopia just released an excellent new video about it. No doubt there are people presenting staff development workshops about grit in schools around the nation, and companies are quickly producing curriculum materials to sell. Here at BIE, we are seeing grit show up in our PBL 101 Workshops, when we ask educators to list the qualities of an “ideal graduate.” For sure, grit is happening in 2014!

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The video is very thought provoking!

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Creativity Must Be at the Center of Education | Big Think @ GESF | Big Think

Creativity Must Be at the Center of Education  | Big Think @ GESF | Big Think | Whole-school STEM & PBL | Scoop.it
“Where nursed by pure love, grow the fairest flowers,” wrote France Prešeren, Slovenia’s national poet, a romantic figure whose work inspired generations of European artists. It wasn’t just his musical language, but what it stood for: fighting against oppression, expressing the universal longing ...
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Recommended for Principals | Project Based Learning | BIE

Recommended for Principals | Project Based Learning | BIE | Whole-school STEM & PBL | Scoop.it

If you’re a principal or part of a school’s admin team, you might need to investigate PBL before deciding whether to pursue it, or to share information about PBL with staff, parents, and other stakeholders. Take a look at our books, articles, and videos that explain the what, why and how of PBL.

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A real mine of information & resources.

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How Can We Teach and Assess Creativity and Innovation in PBL? | Blog | Project Based Learning | BIE

How Can We Teach and Assess Creativity and Innovation in PBL? | Blog | Project Based Learning | BIE | Whole-school STEM & PBL | Scoop.it

On lists of 21st century competencies, there used to be 3 C’s - critical thinking, collaboration, and communication - but now there are four. Creativity, and its cousin innovation, makes most of the lists of today.

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Is Math a Good Fit for Project-Based Learning? This Educator says Yes | Concordia University - Portland Online

Is Math a Good Fit for Project-Based Learning? This Educator says Yes | Concordia University - Portland Online | Whole-school STEM & PBL | Scoop.it

For Michigan educator David Coffey, mathematics is a great candidate for project-based learning.  Mathematics education professor David Coffey isn’t one to tell teachers — new or experienced — how to best reach students. He just wants them to make sure they are reaching their students.

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Washington State Teachers Bring Real-World Problems to the Classroom | Office of Innovation and Improvement

Washington State Teachers Bring Real-World Problems to the Classroom | Office of Innovation and Improvement | Whole-school STEM & PBL | Scoop.it

Changing a high school curriculum — such as moving it from traditional pedagogy and assessment to problem-based learning (PBL) — is a huge challenge, and one that the faculty and students at Sammamish High School in Washington state’s Bellevue School District know well. They’re three years into a five-year transition to PBL with support from an Investing in Innovation (i3) Development grant.

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Yes, it has long been my contention that unless all subject areas are using similar PBL/STEM approaches to curriculum development, the only result can be utter confusion for our students.

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The e-textbook transformation

The e-textbook transformation | Whole-school STEM & PBL | Scoop.it
A new wave of e-textbooks is giving students more than just words and a few hotlinks on a digital page. Publishers over the last few years have been adding video, interactive maps and gamified quizzes
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Admittedly based on the American scene - but no reason why UK teachers should not follow!

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National STEM Centre Enews July 2014

National STEM Centre Enews July 2014 | Whole-school STEM & PBL | Scoop.it

Specialist advice and hand-picked resources for Triple Science:
Struggling to find the time to update and resource your Triple Science scheme of work?  To help, the Triple Science Support Programme has launched a new webpage with 35 quality assured resource packages for GCSE physics, chemistry and biology.

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Much useful stuff here in all subject areas, particularly for the UK scene.

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Five Keys to Rigorous Project-Based Learning - YouTube

Well-designed project-based learning (PBL) has been shown to result in deeper learning and more engaged, self-directed learners. Learn more about the five core elements of successful PBL in this video, then get more resources at Edutopia:

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A nice video worth sharing with *ALL* staff.

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7 steps to authentic learning | eSchool News | eSchool News

7 steps to authentic learning | eSchool News | eSchool News | Whole-school STEM & PBL | Scoop.it

Why authentic learning? There are so many reasons to choose from, some of the most important being: providing deep purpose for learning, empowering students, providing differentiation and choice options in learning, connecting students to others locally and globally, and allowing opportunities to develop empathy, creativity, and innovation skills.

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Teaching Kids To Learn: Stay Curious

Teaching Kids To Learn: Stay Curious | Whole-school STEM & PBL | Scoop.it

“I love learning, and when I get the opportunity to learn I’m stimulated and I’m happy…Curiosity is my prime mover, not an effect of something that happens to me.” Wouldn’t your heart leap if you heard a 12-year-old describe their love of learning in this way? Sure, it might take an exceptionally articulate 12-year-old to use a sophisticated term like “prime mover”, but the invigorating thrill of curiosity and simple unadulterated delight in learning are clear.

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Not only true of 'a 12-year-old'  -  We should be encouraging this at all ages - even into adulthood.

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How to Help Your Students Develop Data Literacy

How to Help Your Students Develop Data Literacy | Whole-school STEM & PBL | Scoop.it

Can we really measure happiness? How does educational attainment vary across ZIP codes? What does math have to do with charity? Which team has the better athletes, Liverpool or Manchester United? These are just a few of the wide-ranging questions that students are asking -- and attempting to answer -- by analyzing data.

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Sorry about the Anglicisation of the football teams. But the principles are the same, wherever our students may be found!

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Real World Experience and Technology - The Possibilities are Endless

Real World Experience and Technology - The Possibilities are Endless | Whole-school STEM & PBL | Scoop.it

Originally, when I and the other teacher involved set it up, we envisaged the it as a bit of an educational show, talking about current trends in education, sharing tips for teachers and discussing educational news. So far, so good, but hardly the most exhilarating project one could imagine.

That changed suddenly.....

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Looks promising but I hope that they can provide links to podcasts as the time-difference from Australia makes things a bit difficult!

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How PBL Prepares Students for CCSS Test Performance Tasks: Part 2 - PBL is Already Aligned for Assessment

How PBL Prepares Students for CCSS Test Performance Tasks: Part 2 - PBL is Already Aligned for Assessment | Whole-school STEM & PBL | Scoop.it

Editor's Note: This is the second part of a report adapted from the Buck Institute for Education's Google+ Hangout of April 9, 2014 with Justin Wells ofEnvision Learning Partners and BIE National Faculty member Andrew Miller. InPart 1, we discussed how the Common Core tests are being designed, and looked at a sample ELA performance task for assessing research skills.

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For the UK situation do not ignore this because of 'CCSS' references.  There is a lot of valuable thinking in this report.  Many years ago my teacher of NT Greek said, "Look at the verbs, boyo, look at the verbs!"  This is so true of PBL.

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Dos and Don'ts for Project Based Learning - EdTechReview™ (ETR)

Dos and Don'ts for Project Based Learning - EdTechReview™ (ETR) | Whole-school STEM & PBL | Scoop.it
Here are some useful tips for a teacher. Take a look at these dos and don’ts for project based learning.
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What feedback is and isn't

What feedback is and isn't | Whole-school STEM & PBL | Scoop.it

The research is clear: good feedback is essential to learning at high levels. Alas, too few people understand what feedback is and isn’t. Don’t believe me? Here’s a true/false quiz: which of the following 4 statements is feedback?

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Good thinking!

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National STEM Centre | Don't be bamboozled by the new secondary science curriculum!

National STEM Centre | Don't be bamboozled by the new secondary science curriculum! | Whole-school STEM & PBL | Scoop.it
Don't be bamboozled by the new secondary science curriculum! - National STEM Centre
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A really thought-provoking article!

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Project-Based Learning: Success Start to Finish - YouTube

http://www.edutopia.org/manor. Go inside Manor New Technology High School, where an unwavering commitment to an effective schoolwide PBL model keeps both students and teachers motivated and achieving their best.

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American again!  Where,oh where, are the UK or European versions of PBL schools?

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Using E-Portfolios in the Classroom

Using E-Portfolios in the Classroom | Whole-school STEM & PBL | Scoop.it

For decades, students have been completing assignments in school. Often, these were seen only by the teacher, graded and returned to the student. Sometimes, the work was posted on a classroom wall or in a school hallway. Many teachers kept portfolios of student work for report card conferences, and the rare teacher taught students how to build their own portfolios from their work.

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