Category Archives: STEM

Scouring the World for Math Teachers

Source: Bridge to Tomorrow, Dec 2013 The state’s middle school students are struggling in math. And in a 21st century economy that relies heavily on innovation in science and technology and in which our kids will be in a desperate competition with students from leading states like Massachusetts and high-flying nations like China and Korea …

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High School with No Walls: iZone Academy

Source: WSJ, Dec 2013 New York City is planning to open a new high school next year—but it won’t have a gym, library, science lab or even a math classroom. The city wants to open a so-called school without walls, one where students would take courses that combine online and classroom learning, while giving them …

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STEM Teachers

Source: NYTimes, Dec 2013 The most effective teachers have broad knowledge of their subjects. Too many lack that preparation. More than half of the 6.7 million students studying physical sciences — chemistry, physics and earth science — are learning from teachers who did not major in those subjects. Only 64 percent of those teachers are certified. The …

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Algebra Learning

Source: Mindshift KQED, Dec 2013 … connecting learning to student interests helps the information stick.  Walkington found that students who had received interest-based personalization mastered concepts faster. What’s more, in order to ensure that learning was robust, retained over time, and would accelerate future learning, she also looked at student performance in a later unit that …

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15 Year-Old Mongolian Gets Perfect Score on MIT MOOC

Source: NYTimes, Sep 2013 Battushig, then 15, became one of 340 students out of 150,000 to earn a perfect score in Circuits and Electronics, a sophomore-level class at M.I.T. and the first Massive Open Online Course, or MOOC — a college course filmed and broadcast free or nearly free to anyone with an Internet connection …

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Chinese Schools Study the US’s Hands-On Learning

Source: NYTimes, Sep 2013 anecdotal evidence here suggests that increasing numbers of middle-class families are looking for a way out of China’s test-taking gantlet. … even many Chinese educators are dismayed by the country’s obsession with stellar test results. Last fall they convened a conference on the topic in Shanghai. “When American high school students …

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Adolescents’ declining motivation to learn science: A follow-up study

Source: Wiley.com, 2012 … students in traditional schools are directed more towards goals that are external and related to the outcome of learning in comparison to democratic school students who are motivated more by goals that are internal and related to the process of learning. Structure analysis of these interviews suggests that democratic school students …

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Promoting STEM with Young Ladies

Source: Forbes, Apr 2013 Female leaders in STEM need to serve as role models for future generations of women. We must continue to set the stage for progress by highlighting and elevating deserving women in STEM, who in turn will serve as future role models. We must also continue to share our experiences and the …

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Learn Introductory Biology from MIT’s Best

Source: MIT news office, Mar 2013 The online course is taught by senior members of the MIT Department of Biology: Eric Lander and Graham Walker. Lander, who’ll host the online course, has taught 7.00 to MIT students in the classroom for close to 20 years. He led the Human Genome Project that in the 1990s …

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Venture Academies – Selected Excerpts

Source: http://vimeo.com/51535985

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