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February 28, 2013
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  Education 
 
  • 4 tools to expand students' creativity
    Classes and programs that teach coding and computer skills and also provide instruction and opportunities in the arts may not be in place in all schools, but there is an increasing number of other outlets for students to learn more about these subjects, Tina Barseghian writes in this Mind/Shift blog post. She provides a roundup of videos about four innovative programs, including Smarthistory, Black Girls Code, Caine's Arcade and Startup Weekend EDU. KQED.org/Mind/Shift (2/27) Email this Story
  • High-tech tools are front and center in the classroom
    Some teachers in Pennsylvania say part of their job is to keep up with advances in technology and put some of the latest tools to use in the classroom. For example, high-school physics teacher Clyde Qualk recently used an interactive whiteboard and student-produced video during a lesson on acceleration, and biology teacher Jade Leung asked students to use an animation program to create a movie about bacteria. Pittsburgh Tribune-Review (2/25)
  • Other News
Who Buys 42 Watermelons?
Not the students at Woodlawn Beach Middle School. They tackled real-life math problems worth solving using Math Techbook with their teacher, Jeff Baugus, 2013 Santa Rosa County, FL Teacher of the Year. Watch this Algebra class as they learn new concepts using Math Techbook, launching January 8, 2015. Watch the Video

  Business 
 
  • Ohio STEM school partners with General Electric
    Tenth-graders attending a STEM high school in Cleveland, Ohio, do so on the campus of GE Lighting world headquarters, which allows students to be matched up with a GE professional for mentoring, digital media producer Mariko Nobori writes in this blog post. She recently visited the campus where she spoke with Gary Allen, a principal engineer and physicist at GE Lighting. Edutopia.org (2/27) Email this Story
 
Leverage Technology to Transform Learning
Become an instructional leader, leveraging technology to effectively educate your audience. Anna Maria College's online M.Ed in Curriculum & Instruction reflects the way technology transforms the way we learn, incorporating strategies to improve student outcomes. May lead to licensure. Learn More

  Trends 
  • National survey offers snapshot of math, science education
    Students in grades K-6 spend less time learning about math and science than language arts, according to a recent national survey of 7,800 math and science teachers. Data show that while nearly 100% of high schools surveyed offer biology and life sciences, less than 25% offer engineering classes. The findings also reveal that an equal proportion of girls and boys take advanced math classes, but more girls enroll in advanced science courses. Education Week/Curriculum Matters blog (2/27)
  • Innovation, cheap natural gas drive manufacturing jobs back to U.S.
    The U.S. is regaining manufacturing jobs because of the availability and price of natural gas and the country's leadership in innovation, writes DSM North America President Hugh Welsh. "For the first time in decades, several key economic drivers have created a competitive advantage for the U.S. that will encourage corporate strategic decisions on capital allocation and acquisitions for generations to come," he writes. Business Insider (2/27)
 
  • Other News
10 ways to inspire creativity in your staff.
Fostering creative business practices isn't as hard as it seems and can lead to smart solutions. Use these ten techniques to help inspire and encourage creativity in your staff. Read the article and learn 10 ways to get the creative juices flowing.

  SmartQuote 
 
He that will not apply new remedies must expect new evils; for time is the greatest innovator."
--Francis Bacon,
British author and statesman



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