Innovative program rethinks high school | EdSource November 3, 2014 | By Michelle Maitre | 2 Comments No bells ring at this high school, and you won’t find monitors roaming the halls or restless students asking fitfully for permission to use the restroom. But you might find biotechnology students cloning carrots in the lab, or see public policy students researching ballot propositions in preparation for a community-wide town hall forum they’re organizing, or watch a group of budding computer scientists hunched over a computer monitor, creating a video game they’ve designed from scratch. “We think we are a special place,” said Rick Watson, chief executive officer at the Center for Advanced Research and Technology. The center is a public high school program located in the Central Valley city of Clovis, where about 1,400 students a year participate in half-day career-based courses featuring cutting-edge technology and equipment. What makes CART unique isn’t only its approach, but also its composition. Research suggests the model is working.
GRAIL MoonKAM | GRAIL MoonKAM Click here to learn more about the GRAIL mission and what scientists are hoping to discover. Click here to find out why scientists are turning their attention to the Moon and what it would be like to walk on the lunar surface. Click here to read about lunar science, including the exciting discovery of water at the Moon's south pole. Request pictures from the GRAIL mission - you pick the location and GRAIL satellites snap the photo Click here to register your classroom for participation in the upcoming GRAIL mission. In 2011, NASA's Gravity Recovery and Interior Laboratory (GRAIL) mission will launch twin spacecraft in tandem orbits around the Moon to measure its gravity in unprecedented detail. Copyright © 2011 Sally Ride Science .
Air Pollution: What's the Solution? Welcome to Air Pollution: What's the Solution? an educational project for students, grades 6 - 12, that uses online real time data to guide student discovery of the science behind the causes and effects of outdoor air pollution. Through this project, students will focus on outdoor air pollution; what it is, what factors contribute to its formation and the health effects from breathing polluted air. By the end of this project, students will be able to: Describe what air pollutants are, when and how outdoor air pollution is formed, and what the health effects are from breathing polluted air. Please refer to the Activity Map as a guide to all of the lessons within the curriculum.
Connectivism: A Learning Theory for the Digital Age Connectivism: A Learning Theory for the Digital Age December 12, 2004 George Siemens Update (April 5, 2005): I've added a website to explore this concept at www.connectivism.ca Introduction Behaviorism, cognitivism, and constructivism are the three broad learning theories most often utilized in the creation of instructional environments. Learners as little as forty years ago would complete the required schooling and enter a career that would often last a lifetime. “One of the most persuasive factors is the shrinking half-life of knowledge. Some significant trends in learning: Many learners will move into a variety of different, possibly unrelated fields over the course of their lifetime. Background Driscoll (2000) defines learning as “a persisting change in human performance or performance potential…[which] must come about as a result of the learner’s experience and interaction with the world” (p.11). Driscoll (2000, p14-17) explores some of the complexities of defining learning. Conclusion:
Radio 4 - So You Want To Be A Scientist? - The Experiments - Homing Snails Experiment - Snail Swapping Instructions Carbon Connections Learning Ecosystems Global Warming Interactive N-P-K Bracelet | Nutrients for Life Foundation This fun bracelet activity is a great way to introduce the three essential plant nutrients: Nitrogen (N), Phosphate (P) and Potassium (K). As students put the various beads together on the bracelet, they will have a better understanding of what plants need to grow. Also, use Nutrients for Life’s free elementary activity book, Fun with the Plant Nutrient Team, to enrich the lesson. If using the booklet, build the bracelet as students work their way through the book. Grade Levels: 2 to 6 Length: 10 minutes; 25 minutes when used with Fun with the Plant Nutrient Team activity book. Group size: This activity works well in both small group and in large settings. Objective: Students will be able to recall what conditions plants needs to grow, such as plant macronutrients (in the soil), sunlight, water, and air. Materials needed: (One per student) Note: We purchased individual N, P, and K (9mm) alphabet beads at namebeads.com
Reinventing Discovery: The New Era of Networked Science Reinventing Discovery: The New Era of Networked Science is a book written by Michael Nielsen and released in October 2011. It argues for the benefits of applying the philosophy of open science to research. Summary The following is a list of major topics in the book's chapters. appendix - The problem solved by the Polymath Project Reviews The Financial Times review said that the book was "the most compelling manifesto yet for the transformative power of networked science". References External links Looting the Earth : School Resources : Reframing Rio : tve The lessons below are designed to introduce young people to the concepts of resource depletion and sustainable development. The world is currently using its natural resources at such a rate that they cannot replenish themselves and they will become exhausted. Forests will not grow back, fish will no longer exist and mines will be dug bare. Why do we do this and, more importantly, what can we do about it? Click to download the entire 'Looting the Earth' pack (all resources in .pdf format)
Harvard Reference Generator Tool: Harvard/APA Referencing created for essays, reports and dissertations | Neil's Toolbox About This Tool If you're a student and have ever had to write Reports, Essays or a Thesis, you will have had to reference what you have used in your report. If you mention something that someone else has written, you need to give them credit by referencing their work. The Harvard Referencing System is one of the preferred layouts for these references. It is a relatively strict way of arranging the bibliographical information. This tool takes in the raw information - author, title, year of publication - and creates the reference in the correct form. You can then highlight and copy this into the bibliography section of your report. You then reference this next to the relevant section within your essay in the format (Author, Year) such as (Smith, 2005). e.g. Why have a Bibliography in an Essay or Report? A Bibliography is a list of the books (or other sources of information) that you consulted when writing an essay, report, thesis or dissertation.