From Horace Mann League:
In the recent report “School Performance in Context: The Iceberg Effect,” the Horace Mann League examined six dimensions related to student performance in Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom, the United States, Finland and China. Despite being the wealthiest of the nine nations with the most highly educated workforce, the United States also reflects high levels of economic inequity and social stress compared to the other nations.
From The Atlantic:
This article highlights the work of a middle-school science teacher in California who has incorporated art and design into her STEM curriculum through “Maker Mondays” while also considering the larger movement and philosophy of STEAM education. According to proponents of STEAM education, it is not about adding on arts education, but about working to incorporate experimentation and exploration, while also identifying criteria and constraints and systematically evaluating designs.
This hour of Radiolab focuses on robots that have become more similar to humans, including a robot therapist, a software program that learns from every new line of conversation it receives, and a robot built to be so sentient that its creators hope that it will one day have its own consciousness.
From Eastern New Mexico University:
The $50,000 Science Education for New Civic Engagements and Responsibilities grant from the National Center for Science and Civic Engagement given to Eastern New Mexico University will be used to focus on energy and water challenges, bringing together a group of the state’s informal science educators and a group of the state’s university-based researchers. By combining the academic and practical skills of both groups, the network will develop new and unique ways to engage students and the general public with the cutting edge scientific research presented through informal science education programs.
From The Verge:
Tate Britain has announced the shortlist for its IK Prize, a new award celebrating creative talent in the digital industry and projects that will engage users with an aspect of the Walk through British Art collection displays. The shortlisted ideas include robots roaming the galleries after hours, an interactive video, stories told via social media, and an art experience in the online world of Minecraft. The winning idea will be announced on February 6 and turned into a reality ready for display at Tate Britain this summer. More information on the contestants can be found here.
From UChicago News:
University Trustee Steven Kersten and his wife, Priscilla Kersten, have donated $10 million to support the Urban Education Institute’s college success initiative that will reach 10,000 high schools over the next five years. President Obama highlighted the University’s efforts in promoting college readiness and success for underserved students across the nation at a White House summit on January 16.
From The Atlantic:
“Blended learning” combines traditional instruction with online learning, giving teachers immediate data on their students’ performance. The goal is to produce more targeted teaching, rather than providing the same level of instruction to the students regardless of how well they already grasp the material. Some worry, however, that students don’t have the discipline and focus to work independently and relationships between students and teachers will erode. Education researchers say that more than 4 million elementary through high school students participated in some kind of learning online in 2010, a number that has continued to grow since. Blended learning is rapidly gaining popularity, being adopted by public, private and charter schools in Illinois, California, Texas, New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and Massachusetts.
From Relating Research to Practice:
In this study, 370 students from three middle schools watched 12 clips from selected television shows featuring male and female scientists. After watching each clip, participants completed a study of their “wishful identification” with the scientists, answering questions such as “I want to do the kinds of things they do on the show.” Students showed an overwhelming preference for characters in dramatic television shows such as CSI. The research study also considered broader implications for practice, including a continual reflection on how scientists are portrayed and how to avoid reinforcing problematic gender-based preferences.
From Digital Journal:
On January 9, more than 20 new Student Spaceflight Experiment Program research studies departed for the International Space Station. The finding from these research studies, designed by students between fifth grade and college, will be presented at the 2014 Spaceflight Experiment Program conference in July at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum. Projects include looking at the effects certain bacteria have in microgravity, whether spiders could hatch viable offspring in space, and whether the mold-killing properties of hydrogen peroxide also work in space.
From Nashoba Publishing:
Two groups of fifth graders will participate in a study through the Museum of Science, Boston designed to introduce students to engineering. The Exploring the Efficacy of Elementary Engineering Project will gauge the efficacy of different techniques for teaching engineering to middle school students and will also evaluate how engineering instruction affects underrepresented groups of children, including girls. Throughout the program, students keep science journals, take pre- and post-tests, and engage in hands-on projects.