STEM

SimCityEDU: Using Games for Formative Assessment

SimCityEDU: Using Games for Formative Assessment

| March 14, 2013 | 20 Comments

SimCity As game-based learning gains momentum in education circles, teachers increasingly want substantive proof that games are helpful for learning. The game-makers at the non-profit GlassLab are hoping to do this with the popular video game SimCity. GlassLab is working with commercial game companies, assessment experts, and those versed in digital classrooms to build SimCityEDU, a […]

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Girls and Games: What’s the Attraction?

Girls and Games: What’s the Attraction?

| January 14, 2013 | 12 Comments

Games are increasingly recognized by educators as a way to get kids excited about learning. While the stereotype of a “gamer” may evoke the image of a high school boy holed up in a dark room playing on a console, in reality 62 percent of gamers play with other people either in person or online, […]

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Save or Save As: Teaching Kids Where Their Work Lives Inside Computers

Save or Save As: Teaching Kids Where Their Work Lives Inside Computers

| December 4, 2012 | 4 Comments

TB By Sheena Vaidyanathan The third grade class is busy working in the computer lab when the teacher reminds everyone to save their files. “Save or Save As?” someone asks. No one has ever explained the difference to these students and no one will have the time to explain it. With a frown on their […]

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The Maker Movement Goes Global

The Maker Movement Goes Global

| December 3, 2012 | 1 Comment

Courtesy: Exploratorium In step with the popularity and growing momentum of Maker Faire, the “maker movement” is going global with the help of the Exploratorium museum’s Global Studios. After 40 plus years of work in this field, the Exploratorium, which is based in San Francisco, is stepping up its involvement in hands-on, informal science and […]

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Should Math and Science Teachers Get Special Training?

Should Math and Science Teachers Get Special Training?

| October 23, 2012 | 3 Comments

By Anne Jolly Excited and inspired about the subjects they teach, math and science educators ideally want their classrooms to dive into real-world challenges. But they’re faced with the predictable realities of the school day when designing their curriculum. Each year, students seem to lose interest as the subjects become more difficult and abstract. “And […]

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Alleyoop Releases New STEM Program

Alleyoop Releases New STEM Program

| August 16, 2012 | 3 Comments

By Jennie Rose Alleyoop, the online college prep tutoring site created by Pearson, has added a group of new STEM-focused partners to its offerings. In addition to its current math programs, Alleyoop has added NASA eClips, National Geographic, Scientific Minds, Patrick JMT, Virtual Nerd, Adaptive Curriculum and Brightstorm. Alleyoop uses the “gamification” model for its […]

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Why Stereotyping Threatens the Influence of Women in Science

Why Stereotyping Threatens the Influence of Women in Science

| July 16, 2012 | 2 Comments

Flickr:Idovermani By Shankar Vedantam Walk into any tech company or university math department, and you’ll likely see a gender disparity: Fewer women than men seem to go into fields involving science, engineering, technology and mathematics. Over the years, educators, recruiters and government authorities have bemoaned the gender gap and warned that it can have dire […]

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How Thinking in 3D Can Improve Math and Science Skills

How Thinking in 3D Can Improve Math and Science Skills

| June 22, 2012 | 17 Comments

All of us, children included, live in a three-dimensional universe—but too often parents and teachers act as if the physical world is as flat as a worksheet or the page of a book. We call kids’ attention to numbers and letters, but we neglect to remark upon the spatial properties of the objects around us: […]

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Hands-On Science Exams Reveal Students’ Skills

Hands-On Science Exams Reveal Students’ Skills

| June 19, 2012 | 1 Comment

By Lillian Mongeau To get a better understanding of how well students can solve complex problems and apply science to real-life scenarios, the National Assessment for Education Progress recently used hands-on experiments as a way to test 4th, 8th, and 12th grade students, and found that this kind of assessment gives a much more accurate […]

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Ready, Set, Invent! The Google Science Fair is Launched

Ready, Set, Invent! The Google Science Fair is Launched

| January 12, 2012 | 0 Comments

Taking the traditional science fair out of the school gymnasium and placing it on the Web, Google launched its 2012 Global Science Fair yesterday, a follow-up to last year’s inaugural event. The fair is open to any student (age 13 to 18) from anywhere who has access to the Internet and to a Web browser. […]

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