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‘It’s a big world out there’: Teachers take math outside the classroom | Carolyn Jones | EdSource.org

‘It’s a big world out there’: Teachers take math outside the classroom | Carolyn Jones | EdSource.org | Schools + Libraries + Digital Media Literacy + Cyber Arts + Connected to Fiber Networks | Scoop.it

In Dan Goldfield’s high school math class, students don’t learn about large numbers by staring at a whiteboard and copying zeros. They go to a beach and count grains of sand.

“Some of them start by counting how much sand fits in a Dixie cup, others decide to measure by weight and volume,” he said. “Either way, they learn that guess what, it’s not even close to the national debt. …. By doing math this way, students really start to understand the larger mathematical concepts — that math is a tool, not just something to get through in order to graduate.”

Goldfield is among a cadre of educators who’ve found that teaching math outside the classroom — in the park, on a city street, at a playground — is an effective way to engage math-averse students at all grade levels.

Math is everywhere, they say, so why not go out and discover it?


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From Mussolini to Putin and Xi, "Gambling for Resurrection" is a Strongman Specialty | by Ruth Ben-Ghiat | Lucid.Substack.com

From Mussolini to Putin and Xi, "Gambling for Resurrection" is a Strongman Specialty | by Ruth Ben-Ghiat | Lucid.Substack.com | Schools + Libraries + Digital Media Literacy + Cyber Arts + Connected to Fiber Networks | Scoop.it
When authoritarians feel threatened, they may take reckless action
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Newly discovered pterosaur used tiny teeth to feed like a wading whale | NewAtlas.com

Newly discovered pterosaur used tiny teeth to feed like a wading whale | NewAtlas.com | Schools + Libraries + Digital Media Literacy + Cyber Arts + Connected to Fiber Networks | Scoop.it
Back in 2021, we heard about a pterosaur that had a mouth full of big, sharp teeth. Well, scientists have now discovered a pterosaur that went to the other extreme, as it used over 400 small, hooked teeth to catch its prey.
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School Vouchers Have Been a Disaster—Now Advocates Are Trying to Rename Them | BuckCountyBeacon.com

School Vouchers Have Been a Disaster—Now Advocates Are Trying to Rename Them | BuckCountyBeacon.com | Schools + Libraries + Digital Media Literacy + Cyber Arts + Connected to Fiber Networks | Scoop.it
What you need to know about education savings accounts, a kind of “super-voucher.”
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ChatGPT Isn’t the Only Way to Use AI in Education | Wired.com

ChatGPT Isn’t the Only Way to Use AI in Education | Wired.com | Schools + Libraries + Digital Media Literacy + Cyber Arts + Connected to Fiber Networks | Scoop.it
AI can be a tool to create meaningful connections and learning experiences for children—and may help foster more equitable outcomes.
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Rick Scott bill would block Joe Biden from forgiving student loans | FloridaPolitics.com

Rick Scott bill would block Joe Biden from forgiving student loans | FloridaPolitics.com | Schools + Libraries + Digital Media Literacy + Cyber Arts + Connected to Fiber Networks | Scoop.it
It's yet another shot fired from Scott at the so-called 'radical left.'
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Putnam County School District's Novice Teacher Retention Program rebounds after a pandemic | WUFT.org

Putnam County School District's Novice Teacher Retention Program rebounds after a pandemic | WUFT.org | Schools + Libraries + Digital Media Literacy + Cyber Arts + Connected to Fiber Networks | Scoop.it
The Putnam County School district's novice teacher retention program is rebounding since the pandemic.The district is committed to new teacher retention. However, school officials never turn their back on vetted instructors."We really focus a lot on our novis teachers with our mentor program
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Holy mackerel | by Seth Rolbein | A Cape Cod Voice | Substack.com

Holy mackerel | by Seth Rolbein | A Cape Cod Voice | Substack.com | Schools + Libraries + Digital Media Literacy + Cyber Arts + Connected to Fiber Networks | Scoop.it
The “lowly” fish that created Cape Cod‘s prosperity
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Tallahassee attorney Ben Crump announces plans for lawsuit over AP African American Studies course | WFSU.org

Tallahassee attorney Ben Crump announces plans for lawsuit over AP African American Studies course | WFSU.org | Schools + Libraries + Digital Media Literacy + Cyber Arts + Connected to Fiber Networks | Scoop.it
State lawmakers and high school students join Crump for announcement at Florida Capitol
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How Much of a Threat Is TikTok, Really? | Wired.com

How Much of a Threat Is TikTok, Really? | Wired.com | Schools + Libraries + Digital Media Literacy + Cyber Arts + Connected to Fiber Networks | Scoop.it
This week, we talk about why search engine companies, lawmakers, and parents are all concerned about TikTok eating our brains.
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Fla., Lt. Gov. Nuñez Says New College 'Lost Its Way' And Needs To Be 'Reined' Back | FloridaPhoenix.com

Fla., Lt. Gov. Nuñez Says New College 'Lost Its Way' And Needs To Be 'Reined' Back | FloridaPhoenix.com | Schools + Libraries + Digital Media Literacy + Cyber Arts + Connected to Fiber Networks | Scoop.it
Fla., Lt. Gov. Nuñez Says New College 'Lost Its Way' And Needs To Be 'Reined' Back - Across Florida, FL - Lt. Gov. Nuñez weighed in Tuesday on the New College of Florida shakeup.
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'Ambitious and attainable': Mass. school officials defend new school accountability plan | WBUR News | WBUR.org

'Ambitious and attainable': Mass. school officials defend new school accountability plan | WBUR News | WBUR.org | Schools + Libraries + Digital Media Literacy + Cyber Arts + Connected to Fiber Networks | Scoop.it
The plan, called "A Path to Recovery," would give some school districts additional time to return to 2019 levels of student achievement on the state standardized test, known as the MCAS.
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New Partnership To Enhance Outdoor Spaces At Tribal Schools | DailyYonder.com

New Partnership To Enhance Outdoor Spaces At Tribal Schools | DailyYonder.com | Schools + Libraries + Digital Media Literacy + Cyber Arts + Connected to Fiber Networks | Scoop.it
The Bureau of Indian Education and Trust for Public Land have paired up to create culturally relevant outdoor spaces at nine pilot schools.
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Earth's inner core may have stopped spinning – but what does that mean? | NewAtlas.com

Earth's inner core may have stopped spinning – but what does that mean? | NewAtlas.com | Schools + Libraries + Digital Media Literacy + Cyber Arts + Connected to Fiber Networks | Scoop.it
The inner Earth is a mysterious place, and now scientists may have uncovered a strange new secret. According to a new study, the Earth’s inner core may have recently stopped rotating, relative to the surface, as part of a decades-long cycle.
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Harvard completes repatriation of Native remains to Wampanoag tribes | WBUR News | WBUR.org

Harvard completes repatriation of Native remains to Wampanoag tribes | WBUR News | WBUR.org | Schools + Libraries + Digital Media Literacy + Cyber Arts + Connected to Fiber Networks | Scoop.it
The Harvard University's Peabody Museum and Warren Anatomical Museum has completed the legal process for return the remains of 313 Native people from eastern Massachusetts to Wampanoag communities in Mashpee and Aquinnah. It is one of institutions doing the work of repatriation.
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Feel tiny in this gigantic, zoomable galaxy map charting 3 billion stars | NewAtlas.com

Feel tiny in this gigantic, zoomable galaxy map charting 3 billion stars | NewAtlas.com | Schools + Libraries + Digital Media Literacy + Cyber Arts + Connected to Fiber Networks | Scoop.it
Astronomers have released one of the biggest data dumps of the Milky Way ever, cataloging an incredible 3.32 billion cosmic objects in detail. The end result is a gigantic image that can be zoomed in and out for a stunning sense of scale.
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Public Libraries Continue to Thrive Despite Defunding and Privatization Attacks | NakedCapitalism.com

Efforts by governments and cities to defund the public library are thankully falleing short due to essential role libraries play.
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FL: Democrats Fight Vouchers: 'I Just Don't Think We Should Be Subsidizing Millionaires Or Billionaires' | FloridaPhoenix.com

FL: Democrats Fight Vouchers: 'I Just Don't Think We Should Be Subsidizing Millionaires Or Billionaires' | FloridaPhoenix.com | Schools + Libraries + Digital Media Literacy + Cyber Arts + Connected to Fiber Networks | Scoop.it
Democrats Fight Vouchers: 'I Just Don't Think We Should Be Subsidizing Millionaires Or Billionaires' - Across Florida, FL - "(We should) not give the ultra-wealthy unnecessary handouts at the expense of families in need," Democrat Angie Nixon said.
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DeSantis team aims to 'curb' DEI at universities. But a top official says some programs have value | WLRN.org

DeSantis team aims to 'curb' DEI at universities. But a top official says some programs have value | WLRN.org | Schools + Libraries + Digital Media Literacy + Cyber Arts + Connected to Fiber Networks | Scoop.it
Gov. Ron DeSantis' office is scrutinizing diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives at Florida's universities, as part of a campaign to root out what they claim is "indoctrination". But a top official overseeing the schools says some of the programs should continue.
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Here's what we know about the early college expansion at Boston's Fenway High School | WBUR News | WBUR.org

Here's what we know about the early college expansion at Boston's Fenway High School | WBUR News | WBUR.org | Schools + Libraries + Digital Media Literacy + Cyber Arts + Connected to Fiber Networks | Scoop.it
The pilot program allows students to enroll in an extra year of high school to continue taking UMass Boston college courses for free and receive academic support from high school staff.
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More than half of LGBTQ parents in Florida say they are considering leaving the state | TheHill.com

More than half of LGBTQ parents in Florida say they are considering leaving the state | TheHill.com | Schools + Libraries + Digital Media Literacy + Cyber Arts + Connected to Fiber Networks | Scoop.it
More than half of LGBTQ parents in Florida are considering moving their families to another state over concerns that a new Florida education law – known to its critics as the “Don’t Say Gay” law – stigmatizes LGBTQ identities and creates a hostile learning environment for LGBTQ children or students with LGBTQ family members. In…
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DARPA and NASA plan orbital nuclear rocket test | NewAtlas.com

DARPA and NASA plan orbital nuclear rocket test | NewAtlas.com | Schools + Libraries + Digital Media Literacy + Cyber Arts + Connected to Fiber Networks | Scoop.it
NASA and DARPA have agreed to develop and test a nuclear rocket engine in space as soon as 2027. Using a nuclear reactor as its power source, it would outperform chemical rockets and greatly reduce the time for the first crewed Mars mission.
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ChatGPT Is Coming for Classrooms. Don't Panic | Wired.com

ChatGPT Is Coming for Classrooms. Don't Panic | Wired.com | Schools + Libraries + Digital Media Literacy + Cyber Arts + Connected to Fiber Networks | Scoop.it
The AI chatbot has stoked fears of an educational apocalypse. Some teachers see it as the reboot education sorely needs.
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FL’s higher ed system faces a mountain of contentious changes under DeSantis; here’s a rundown | FloridaPhoenix.com

Gov. Ron DeSantis regularly touts the top-ranking status of Florida’s higher education system, but over the past year, his administration has micromanaged and implemented a barrage of fundamental changes that have impacted how the state’s universities and community colleges function.

 

Between legislation, lawsuits, trials, and conservative policies, DeSantis has engaged in a feud that pits faculty members against top university and college administrators who have gone along with the governor’s initiatives.

 

Just a sample of the policies drastically shaping the landscape of Florida’s higher education include:

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CT scans reveal secret burial amulets in 2,300-year-old mummified body | NewAtlas.com

CT scans reveal secret burial amulets in 2,300-year-old mummified body | NewAtlas.com | Schools + Libraries + Digital Media Literacy + Cyber Arts + Connected to Fiber Networks | Scoop.it
A mummified body discovered over a century ago has been digitally unwrapped using CT technology, revealing the body of a teenage boy decorated with nearly 50 amulets highlighting a variety of different ancient Egyptian burial rituals.
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NASA Could Demo Nuclear-Powered Space Rocket by 2027 | PCMag.com

NASA Could Demo Nuclear-Powered Space Rocket by 2027 | PCMag.com | Schools + Libraries + Digital Media Literacy + Cyber Arts + Connected to Fiber Networks | Scoop.it
The space agency is teaming up with DARPA to create the nuclear propulsion system, which could end up sending astronauts to Mars.
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