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February 28, 2013
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  • 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)
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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.
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  • 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
 
SmartReport on EdTech
SmartReport on EdTech is your guide for all things education technology. Read about the highlights and takeaways from this year's ISTE Conference; find out what's keeping educators up at night; 5 tips for developing VR content creators; plus all of the latest innovative edtech products. Read it here.
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  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)
 
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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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