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    Task Force Calls for STEM Teachers

    Task Force Calls for STEM Teachers
    A Maryland task force on education has submitted some preliminary recommendations to improve math and science studies in kindergarten through high school. One of the top goals is to triple the number of teachers who graduate from Maryland colleges with degrees in science, technology, engineering and math who go on to teach in state schools. Now, about 120 teachers graduate each ...
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    Back to School with STEM

    Back to School with STEM
    Summer is over and you are back for the first faculty meeting of the year. You’ve already exchanged pleasantries with your peers and the meeting is getting ready to start. Your principal or Head of School starts the meeting by welcoming all of you to another “terrific” school year and starts off with the vision for the year. “This year we ...
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    Virtual Worlds May Be the Future Setting of Scientific Collaboration

     Virtual Worlds May Be the Future Setting of Scientific Collaboration
    Normally, virtual worlds are the setting of many online games and entertainment applications, but now they’re becoming a place for scientific collaboration and outreach, as well. A team of scientists from the California Institute of Technology, Princeton, Drexel University, and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have formed the first professional scientific organization based entirely in virtual worlds. Called the Meta Institute ...
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    Teaching Science: Is Discovery Better Than Telling?

    Teaching Science: Is Discovery Better Than Telling?
    Western Michigan University researchers have discovered that in the academic debate over whether young science students learn more through experimenting or direct instruction, there's little difference. Neither teaching approach provides a significant advantage for middle school science students, according to research by three Western Michigan University faculty who will present their findings at the American Association for the Advancement of Science ...
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    Teaching Resilience Can Prevent Depression & Improve Grades

    Teaching Resilience Can Prevent Depression & Improve Grades
    Teaching children how to be more resilient along with regular classroom instruction can improve children's outlook on life, curb depression and boost grades, according to a researcher who spoke at the American Psychological Association's convention Saturday. "In the last 50 years, the U.S. population has seen an increase in their standard of living, such as having more money, owning more homes ...
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    What Do Children Need to be Successful Readers?

    What Do Children Need to be Successful Readers?
    In the great green room, there was a telephone, and a red balloon, and a picture of…" Can you recite the words that come next? Chances are you were read the children's classic Good Night Moon or have read it to your own kids. You may remember a magical moment when the child on your lap suddenly pointed to the letters ...
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    Cooperative Learning Most Effective Approaches for Secondary Math

    Cooperative Learning Most Effective Approaches for Secondary Math
    Cooperative learning methods have been found to be most effective in raising the math scores of middle and high school students, according to a comprehensive research review by the Johns Hopkins University School of Education's Center for Research and Reform in Education. Robert Slavin, director of the center, and Cynthia Lake, research scientist, reviewed 102 previously released experimental studies evaluating the ...
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    Equity in Teacher Distribution

    Equity in Teacher Distribution
    The wonkiest of the education policy wonks are currently poring over the more than 1,500 comments, critiques, and outrages submitted as part of the open comment period for the draft Race to the Top criteria. As Eduflack has written before, much of what has been submitted has been put forward in the name of self interest, with key groups looking to ...
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    K-12 Education Should Include Engineering

    K-12 Education Should Include Engineering
    The introduction of K-12 engineering education has the potential to improve student learning and achievement in science and mathematics, increase awareness about what engineers do and of engineering as a potential career, and boost students' technological literacy, according to a new report from the National Academy of Engineering and the National Research Council. The report examines the status and nature of ...
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    BioBus: A Real Life Magic School Bus Brings Science to You

    BioBus: A Real Life Magic School Bus Brings Science to You
    While it may not have the flight capabilities of the Magic School Bus—or the eccentric, red-haired Ms. Frizzle at the helm—Ben Dubin-Thaler's BioBus is bound to draw comparisons to the elementary school staple. Founded in 2007, the BioBus is a traveling science lab, equipped with an array of scientific equipment and aimed at educating in areas with underfunded science programs. Treehugger ...
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    The Reality of STEM in the Classroom

    The Reality of STEM in the Classroom
    STEM is an acronym for science, technology, engineering, and math. Educators, legislators, and business leaders have long been concerned with the state of science and mathematics in our schools. In a comparison of international scores for 4th and 8th graders, results show that the American students are still lagging behind our major global competitors including Japan, China, Russia, and Singapore (TIMMS ...
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