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News One in Five of World’s Plant Species at Risk of Extinction One in five of the world’s plant species is threatened with extinction, according to the first global assessment of flora, putting supplies of food and medicines at risk. But the report also found that 2,000 new species of plant are discovered every year, raising hopes of new sources of food that are resilient to disease and climate change. New … Read More Young Forests Can Store ‘Enormous’ Amounts of Carbon

Beyond Substitution: The SAMR Model Think technology and education end with Word documents and Google Apps? Think again. SAMR, a model designed to help educators integrate technology into teaching and learning , was developed by Dr. Ruben Puentedura. The model aims to enable teachers to design, develop, and integrate digital learning experiences that utilize technology to transform learning experiences to lead to high levels of achievement for students.

Naturfagprosjekt: The GLOBE Program GLOBE (Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment) is a worldwide hands-on, primary and secondary school-based science and education program. Announced in 1994, GLOBE began operations on Earth Day 1995. Today, the international GLOBE network has grown to include representatives from 111 participating countries and over 100 U.S. Partners coordinating GLOBE activities that are integrated into their local and regional communities. World heading for catastrophe over natural disasters, risk expert warns The world’s failure to prepare for natural disasters will have “inconceivably bad” consequences as climate change fuels a huge increase in catastrophic droughts and floods and the humanitarian crises that follow, the UN’s head of disaster planning has warned. Last year, earthquakes, floods, heatwaves and landslides left 22,773 people dead, affected 98.6 million others and caused $66.5bn (£47bn) of economic damage (pdf). Yet the international community spends less than half of one per cent of the global aid budget on mitigating the risks posed by such hazards.

Ohio's New Learning Standards: K-12 Science The State Board of Education has adopted the more rigorous Ohio Revised Science Content Standards as part of Ohio's New Learning Standards for academic learning. The Kindergarten - Grade 12 Ohio's New Learning Standards will be fully in use in Ohio classrooms by 2014-2015, when assessments that align to the standards are in place. ODE encourages districts to start implementing these Ohio New Learning Standards in Science now to better prepare students for 2014-2015 and beyond.

Maker Space In Education Series… 10 More Sites….Making With Technology Welcome back and I sure hope you enjoyed the last article of 20 Reasons for Maker Space in Education and also 10 Sites To Help You Start Making In The Classroom. In this post I highlight 10 additional sites that can promote making with an emphasis on some tech tools. I encourage you to send me information and resources you think help with this idea, as I am also Making time to learn.

The Yanomami are great observers of nature The Yanomami use approximately 500 different species of plants on a daily basis. For what purposes? The Yanomami rely on a wide variety of forest plants for most aspects of their daily lives. ODE Science Resources These tools create a framework from the standards and model curriculum for planning units around big ideas/concepts, sequencing units to the school year, intradisciplinary and interdisciplinary connections, diverse learner considerations, technology integration, assessment practices (formative, summative and performance-based) and resources. Instructions for using the Alignment Toolkit Phase Two: Revision of District Curriculum This is a link to a brief instruction video that will help guide users through the transitioning and implementation steps. Alignment Toolkit Phase 2: Revision of District Curriculum Documents

Maker Space In Education Series… 10 Sites To Start Making In The Classroom Welcome back and I sure hope you enjoyed the last article of 20 Reasons for Maker Space in Education. I hope you enjoy this post as I highlight 10 sites to possible help you to get Making in the classroom… even if in the smallest way! I encourage you to send me information and resources you think help with this idea, as I am also Making time to learn. First, to ensure you do not miss one of these valuable posts or other resources covering PBL, Digital Curriculum, Web 2.0, STEM, 21st century learning, and technology integration please sign up for 21centuryedtech by email or RSS. As always, I invite you to follow me on twitter (@mjgormans).

The Man Who Single-handedly Carved A Road Through a Mountain I was reading through all the negativity and stupidity this morning while drinking my coffee and something said, ‘how about some good news?’, so I typed in GOOD NEWS and found your site… Ahhh! John Longo Oh my, you’ve made my day! I can’t tell you completely how happy you’ve made me. - Dany Create your own wearable tech with miniature chip Life Hacks Style & Design Two of the biggest trends of 2014 so far have undoubtedly been The Internet Of Things and 3D printing. Fusing the “maker” ethos of the later with the tech of the former, our most recent spotting should come as no surprise then. Mbientlab makes it easy to connect almost any product to a smartphone through an innovative and powerful API and Bluetooth Low Energy technology. Mbient lab’s MetaWare chip aims to empower developers and designers focused on the wearable tech market. Both the tiny form factor of the chip and the technology it boasts makes it ripe for installation within garments — opening up an array of new possibilities.

Meet Sant Balbir Singh Seechewal - The Man Whose Single Mission Cleaned Up A Dying River In Punjab Today, the historic river bed of Kali Bein, a tributary of the Beas River which flows through Punjab, is teeming with life and is a delight to watch. Sant Balbir Singh Seechewal But it wasn't always like this. The river was once filled with filth and garbage. Till one man, Sant Balbir Singh Seechewal, took it upon himself to clean up the river.