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January 18, 2013
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  • Does integrating subjects enhance student learning?
    Students could learn far more about science, math and other core subjects if schools encouraged more blending of subjects and project-based learning, writes High Tech High GSE president Rob Riordan in this blog post. Riordan suggests that schools offer alternatives to traditional learning, such as projects where students produce films or pamphlets based on science or economics lessons. Riordan's blog (1/17) Email this Story
  • D.C. middle schools pilot math program with entrepreneurial focus
    Future entrepreneurs cannot start a successful business without a strong foundation in math, Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship founder Steve Mariotti writes in this blog post. He explains how some middle schools in Washington D.C., are using the Start Up Math program -- developed by NFTE -- to identify struggling learners and use project-based, real-world activities like using coupons or calculating the product production rate on an assembly line to teach math concepts. The Huffington Post/The Blog (1/17)
  • Study: High-school students benefit from college mentors
    High-school students are more likely to enroll in college if they are mentored by college students, according to research by economics professors Bruce Sacerdote and Scott Carrell. The researchers conducted a study in which high-school seniors met weekly with Dartmouth College students to discuss their applications, financial aid and other issues. Even though some meetings didn't start until March, participating students were more likely to go to college. Education Week/Inside School Research blog (1/17)
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Implementing A District-Wide Science Success
Veteran education leader Mike Dillon has helped his school district continue on a steady path of success in science. The Smithsonian’s Science and Technology Concepts program and kits, available through Carolina Biological, have ensured that an entire district maintains a culture of high academic achievement. Read the case study.
  • Jasinowski: Robots are the future of manufacturing
    The use of robotics in manufacturing is becoming increasingly evident as robots become more advanced and the costs of human labor rise, writes Jerry Jasinowski, economist and former president of the National Association of Manufacturers and The Manufacturing Institute. He says robotics represent the future of manufacturing, after 2012 saw a 50% increase in the sale of industrial robots to 180,000, and annual sales of 207,000 are expected by 2015. The Huffington Post/The Blog (1/14)
  • Iowa makes skilled training a priority for economic recovery
    Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad, responding to the growing need for well-trained workers, wants to expand training opportunities for residents and students. To start, he is seeking to expand Skilled Iowa, a program that gives residents access to a test that leads to a National Career Readiness Certificate, which proponents say increases participants' chances of landing a job and gives businesses access to more highly skilled workers. The Des Moines Register (Iowa) (1/16) Email this Story
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