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GEO - Group on Earth Observations Global geospatial community to convene in Geneva on May 5-9 Geospatial Media and Communications, in partnership with the Group on Earth Observations (GEO) and SwissTopo, will host the Geospatial World Forum on 5-9 May 2014 in Geneva. The conference will convene representatives of the geospatial commercial sector and government/policy end users. First Copernicus satellite, Sentinel 1A was launched successfully! The ability of European citizens, policymakers and service providers to access key environmental data on a routine basis will take a major step forward following the launch of ESA's Sentinel-1A satellite. The launch can be viewed here 10th GEO IGWCO COP Meeting Registration is now open for the Tenth Annual GEO Integrated Global Water Cycle Observations (IGWCO) Community of Practice (CoP) which will take place on Thursday, 29 May and Friday, 30 May in Tokyo, Japan. Global Agriculture Ministers Recognize Value of GEOGLAM GEO Issues GEOSS AIP Call for Participation

Home | BioEd Online Change the Subject: Making the Case for Project-Based Learning What should students learn in the 21st century? At first glance, this question divides into two: what should students know, and what should they be able to do? But there's more at issue than knowledge and skills. This is no small matter. Expanding the "Big Four" Why not study anthropology, zoology, or environmental science? It has long been axiomatic in the United States to separate students according to perceived academic ability, to separate academic from technical teaching and learning, and to isolate adolescents from the adult world they are about to enter. What might students do in such schools, in the absence of prescribed subjects? The Value of Changing the Subject In executing such projects, students develop deep understandings by making something new of their subject matter. Changing the subject, then, means deriving the curriculum from the lived experience of the student. Unleashing the Future of Education Notes & Reference Whitehead, A. (1967).

Engaging the Whole Child (online only):The Neuroscience of Joyful Education Most children can't wait to start kindergarten and approach the beginning of school with awe and anticipation. Kindergartners and 1st graders often talk passionately about what they learn and do in school. Unfortunately, the current emphasis on standardized testing and rote learning encroaches upon many students' joy. In their zeal to raise test scores, too many policymakers wrongly assume that students who are laughing, interacting in groups, or being creative with art, music, or dance are not doing real academic work. The result is that some teachers feel pressure to preside over more sedate classrooms with students on the same page in the same book, sitting in straight rows, facing straight ahead. Supporting Good Teaching Practices with Neuroscience The truth is that when we scrub joy and comfort from the classroom, we distance our students from effective information processing and long-term memory storage. The Brain-Based Research RAD Lessons for the Classroom Make it relevant.

Cell Size and Scale Some cells are visible to the unaided eye The smallest objects that the unaided human eye can see are about 0.1 mm long. That means that under the right conditions, you might be able to see an ameoba proteus, a human egg, and a paramecium without using magnification. A magnifying glass can help you to see them more clearly, but they will still look tiny. Smaller cells are easily visible under a light microscope. To see anything smaller than 500 nm, you will need an electron microscope. Adenine The label on the nucleotide is not quite accurate. How can an X chromosome be nearly as big as the head of the sperm cell? No, this isn't a mistake. The X chromosome is shown here in a condensed state, as it would appear in a cell that's going through mitosis. A chromosome is made up of genetic material (one long piece of DNA) wrapped around structural support proteins (histones). Carbon The size of the carbon atom is based on its van der Waals radius.

The USGS Water Science School: All about water! USGS Home Contact USGS Search USGS The USGS Water Science School The USGS Water Science School Welcome to the U.S. Geological Survey's (USGS) Water Science School. We offer information on many aspects of water, along with pictures, data, maps, and an interactive center where you can give opinions and test your water knowledge. Interactive Water Cycle diagram (three age levels) Water Cycle for Schools | Teacher resources The USGS Water Resources of the United States provides water information that benefits the Nation's citizens. Accessibility FOIA Privacy Policies and Notices U.S. HippoCampus - Homework and Study Help - Free help with your algebra, biology, environmental science, American government, US history, physics and religion homework

Finland’s Formula for School Success (Education Everywhere Series) Pasi: If you look at the 15-year-olds, or 16-year-old Finns who are leaving the basic school, most of them have been in special education throughout their schooling. Which means that special education is actually nothing special. So it's you are a special child or student if you haven't been, if you haven't ever used special services. Pasi: We are putting a lot of emphasis on the early detection of any difficulties and problems that the students in our schools may have. And this is a very different policy to many other countries where these measures are designed in a way that they are implemented only when the problems have emerged and are too visible. Teacher: [speaking Finnish] Two times two times two, how is this value notated? Student: [speaking Finnish] Two to the power of three. Olli: We as subject teachers cooperate with the special teacher in cases where we see that an individual student has problems with their studies.

Revisiting Teacher Learning:Brain-Friendly Learning for Teachers David A. Sousa Think of those times you've left a professional development workshop saying to yourself, "Wow, that really made me think!" Now think of those grimmer occasions when you said, "What a waste of time! I'd have preferred a root canal." Why did you learn in one situation but not in the other? During my four decades as an educator and educational consultant, I have seen professional development delivered in many formats, everything from "Choose three sessions from column A and two from column B" to programs individually designed for educators. Motivation and Learning Recent brain research using imaging technologies suggests how both children and adults learn. The brain's biological mechanisms responsible for learning and remembering are roughly the same for learners of different ages. Imaging studies show that regions in the brain's emotional and cognitive processing areas are activated when an individual is motivated to perform learning behaviors. The Role of Emotions References