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NOVA Education Why Did NASA Kill Cassini? On September 15, 2017 NASA destroyed Cassini—on purpose. Why kill a multibillion-dollar spacecraft? Sep 20, 2017 What a 21st-century science classroom should look like By Tim Magner, Special to CNN Editor’s note: Tim Magner is the executive director of the Partnership for 21st Century Skills (P21), a national organization that advocates for 21st-century readiness for every student. He has had an extensive career in education, serving most recently as the vice president of Keystone for KC Distance Learning (KCDL) as well as the director of the Office of Educational Technology for the U.S. Department of Education.

Teaching Resources, Ideas, Lesson Plans, and Tools for Teachers Grades 9-12 Sign in -or- Register Where Teachers Come First bookwizardMy Book Lists GO Instant access to reproducibles Downloadable eBooks Resources by Grade Hip-Hip Hooray for Summer! Three Tips to Spark Your Learning When I was a kid, some of the things I enjoyed most about summer were swimming and banana splits! Yes . . . you heard right. Banana splits!

New Jersey Department of Education Governor Chris Christie • Lt. Governor Kim GuadagnoNJ Home | Services A to Z | Departments/Agencies | FAQs DOE A to Z: A B CD E FG H IJ K LM N OP Q RS T UV W XY Z # Start How we will learn MindShift explores the future of learning in all its dimensions. We examine how learning is being impacted by technology, discoveries about how the brain works, poverty and inequities, social and emotional practices, assessments, digital games, design thinking and music, among many other topics. We look at how learning is evolving in the classroom and beyond.We also revisit old ideas that have come full circle in the era of the over scheduled child, such as unschooling, tinkering, playing in the woods, mindfulness, inquiry-based learning and student motivation.

Classroom Resources TeachersFirst’s Classroom Resources area includes anything you would use with students in the classroom. You can find over 16,000 educator-reviewed web resources, searchable by subject/grade or keyword. You can also find lesson plans/units, ready-to-go content you can share on student computers, a projector, or interactive whiteboard, and special topic collections of web resources. Everything we offer will show up via keyword searches, or you can simply browse. We even offer just-in-time collections organized into a classroom planning calendar. To find just what you need and save TIME:

10 Things in School That Should Be Obsolete Flickr: Corey Leopold By Greg Stack So much about how and where kids learn has changed over the years, but the physical structure of schools has not. Looking around most school facilities — even those that aren’t old and crumbling — it’s obvious that so much of it is obsolete today, and yet still in wide use. 1. COMPUTER LABS. What’s the Best Way to Practice Project Based Learning? By Peter Skillen Project Based Learning can mean different things to different people, and can be practiced in a variety of ways. For educators who want to dive in, the good news is that a rich trove of resources are available. In order to create your own definition and practice, here are some parameters to consider.

A Step-by-Step Guide to the Best Projects Manor New Technology High School in Manor, Texas, is a 100 percent project-based learning school. They are part of the New Tech Network of schools and their approach has yielded remarkable results, including a 98 percent graduation rate, with all of their graduates accepted to college. The success of their PBL approach is largely attributable to the fact that their process is designed to stimulate student inquiry. Critical Thinking, Textbooks and Primary Sources This week my grade 6 students have continued to develop their critical thinking skills within the boundaries of our Social Studies curriculum. Our final unit this year is on exploration. In the past the learning goal would have been event and fact based and the main source of information would have been the textbook, because that is all we had to refer to. That, of course is no longer necessary. Access to primary sources of information is available to every elementary student. Students can now read (in translation) the account of the first siting of land by Christopher Columbus' crew or view Magellan's circumnavigation of the globe.

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