Archive for September, 2014

Can Project-Based Learning Close Gaps in Science Education? | MindShift

http://blogs.kqed.org/mindshift/2014/09/can-project-based-learning-close-gaps-in-science-education/ Research finds that an inquiry-based approach to teaching science can both improve overall outcomes and reduce gender and socio-economic disparity. Key to these remarkable results are well planned, we’ll structured units and teachers explicitly trained in how to deliver and coordinate them. Certainly an exciting challenge for the primary years.

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iPhone, therefore I am | The Monthly

Partly as a foil to the media meme bemoaning how our smart technology is eroding our power to think, JOHN MALONEY argues in that, “if we’re using software in just the same way as we might have otherwise used our brains (and it’s clear many of us are), then there’s a sense in which we’re […]

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India’s shoestring Mars mission

A Mars orbiter for less than the cost of a big budget sy-fy flick offers a fascinating perspective on what it takes to achieve a breakthrough in the world of STEM https://theconversation.com/billion-people-hold-their-breath-as-india-becomes-the-first-asian-country-to-reach-mars-32071

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Tolerance is more than putting up with things – it’s a moral virtue

https://theconversation.com/tolerance-is-more-than-putting-up-with-things-its-a-moral-virtue-31507 Witenberg describes tolerance as: “a moral obligation or duty which involves respect for the individual as well as mutual respect and consideration between people. Tolerance between people makes it possible for conflicting claims of beliefs, values and ideas to coexistence as long as they fit within acceptable moral values.”

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The Biggest Lie Students Tell Me (and How to Turn It Around)

http://www.edutopia.org/blog/students-biggest-lie-resolving-it-jose-vilson?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=post&utm_campaign=blog-students-I-cant-do-this-shared-repost Vilson offers helpful tips for how to unravel a student’s conviction that they “can’t do it”. His at a glance observation is that it usually comes down to either: 1) They genuinely don’t understand the material. 2) They’ve had a long day and just don’t have the energy to work any more. 3) They […]

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