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Science video: Where does it fit in our work and our learning?

The TERC team that is hosting the STEM for All Videohall events (this year’s begins on May 15th, at http://stemforall2017.videohall.com;  last year’s event is archived at http://stemforall201.videohall.com) began experimenting with video presentations some years ago in an electronic community for … Continue reading

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Education policy and the process of authority

The idea of democracy…is that every individual must be consulted in such a way, actively, not passively, that he himself becomes a part of the process of authority…[emphasis added] that his needs and wants have a chance to be registered … Continue reading

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Virtual schools: flying with broken wings

The National Education Policy Center (nepc.colorado.edu) is out with the latest in a series of “Virtual Schools Reports”, presenting data and analysis on the state of virtual and blended schools around the country. The 103-page report has three parts: [1] … Continue reading

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Models of teacher learning– What’s yours?

As one does, I found myself reading over the National Academies 2015 study on science teachers’ learning (you can download it here), and thinking again about the range of models of teacher learning that the MSPs and STEM-C projects include. … Continue reading

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Personalized: What questions to ask?

Personalized learning, and its close companion, “competency based learning,” are now the wave of the future, and indeed the very near future.  The Obama administration, in Race To The Top and ESSA  (Every Student Succeeds Act), supports it;  so do … Continue reading

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Questioning assumptions: Connectivity leads to prosperity

My title may not sound like there’s a connection with STEM education, but here’s the link, at least in my mind: Schools are under tremendous pressure to integrate more digital technology into the STEM curriculum — with special emphasis on Web-based … Continue reading

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Good Stuff

What does “stuff” — physical objects — contribute to the science classroom?  I think a lot, but there’s certainly another point of view.  To be quite argumentative about it, my prejudice is that if your primary concern is that students … Continue reading

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Guest post by Christine Cunningham — Fostering Engineering Affinity and Identity, 3 views from the 2016 Videohall

We are pleased to have a guest post by Christine Cunningham, from the Museum of Science, Boston.  Christine Cunningham is an educational researcher who works to make engineering and science more relevant and accessible, especially for underserved and underrepresented populations. … Continue reading

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Money

The extensive edublog reflections upon the new Secretary of Education have provided a convenient list of Hot Topics in Ed Policy. One that has not much been in the forefront is simple, and of course related to almost every other … Continue reading

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Still unsettled: evolution in the science curriculum

Every year, bills are introduced into state legislatures aimed at decreasing the credibility of science, starting with the theory of evolution. That’s not what they say, of course. It’s been some time since anyone explicitly wanted to mandate that creationism … Continue reading

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