The field of educational technology has had the seemingly unending potential for producing passionate, enthusiastic individuals. No more so than partner and co-founder of the multi-award winning online interactive science platform, Spongelab, Jeremy Friedburg. His development of this platform for exploring science content comes from his passion for game based and social learning, and the mantra ‘learning through play’.
20 Questions To Guide Inquiry-Based Learning Recently we took at look at the phases of inquiry-based learning through a framework, and even apps that were conducive to inquiry-based learning on the iPad.
"Just what it sounds like: a learning model in which the classic structure does a somersault and lands upside down. Your first thought: that seems painful. Actually no – it provides a welcome new perspective.
"In more concrete terms: Students use digital tools to listen to lectures and review resources on their own time. In class, they work together on activities and concepts – with the help of the teacher – putting what they’ve learned into practice, and oftentimes learning from each other. Getting started with the flipped classroom can be harder than it looks. In this guide, you’ll learn how and why schools are encouraging teachers to give it a try."
If you could make one change to improve science education in the United States, what would it be? Science Times asked that question of 19 Americans — scientists, educators, students — with a stake in the answer.
Nature in Focus: Using Short Videos to Teach Science New York Times (blog) Science teachers frequently scour the Web for short videos, knowing they can be powerful tools for demonstrating hard-to-explain concepts and piquing students' interest in...
The National Center for Science Education has just unveiled its new blog dedicated to “Defending the Teaching of Evolution & Climate Science.” It features Barbara Forrest and Eugenie Scott, which should be enough of an ...
What a geologist can teach us about better science education The Seattle Times (blog) In addition to his geology work, Linneman plays an important role in helping to teach K-12 student-teachers how to teach science in an engaging way.
Education in Science is a collection of resources for learners. Resources include videos and interactives that help scientific learners find out about the different fields of science and make connections to what they are learning in school, college or university.
Lessons are inquiry based and encourage exploration in life science, physical science, earth science and technology/innovation. We are at a point where almost everyone has a computer at home, each of them hooked up to enormous libraries where anyone can ask any question and be given answers.
"Created through a unique partnership between the Smithsonian Institution and the National Academies in 1985, the Smithsonian Science Education Center is committed to improving "the learning and teaching of science in school districts in the United States and throughout the world." The materials on the site are divided into areas that include Books & Kits, Innovation & Leadership, and Smithsonian. In the Books & Kits area, visitors can browse through a number of lesson plans, fact sheets, and other educational materials designed to help students learn about 20 different topics, including technology, geology, botany, and meteorology. The Innovation & Leadership area provides access to resources on increasing diversity in the science classroom and improving K-8 science education. The website is rounded out by a range of social media links where visitors can keep tabs on new additions to the site."
BYOD classrooms can address a number of issues. It can solve the problem of not having enough (or any) devices for your classroom. It can enable students to do web-based work when they might not have otherwise been able to.
Discover how project-based learning teaches students to explore real-world problems and challenges. With this type of active and engaged learning, students are inspired to obtain a deeper knowledge of the subjects they're studying.
Guest Post: Science Education through Science Fiction PLoS Blogs (blog) One of our favorite guest contributors, John Romano is back to Sci-Ed! This week he tells us another story from his classroom, where he teaches science to high school kids.
Guest: Time to start teaching new science standards for the next generation The Seattle Times They learn biology one year, chemistry the next year and perhaps physics after that — without the holistic integration that characterizes real scientific...
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