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February 15, 2013
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  • Smithsonian goes online with activities for students
    The Smithsonian Center for Education and Museum Studies has started a program to encourage research, discovery and creative collaboration with project-based learning. Called Smithsonian Quests, the online resource awards digital badges to students upon completion of their activities. The projects are aimed at students of various grade levels, and can be done as part of classroom lessons or independently. T.H.E. Journal (2/14) Email this Story
  • School districts find creative ways to improve STEM education
    White House officials have called on educators to improve science, technology, engineering and math education, and school districts around the country are finding innovative ways to do just that. In Chicago, for example, students are learning entrepreneurship along with technical skills, while in Ohio, schools are integrating STEM concepts across subject areas using project-based learning models. EdTech magazine (2/2013) Email this Story
  • Making sense of popular teaching methods
    There's a lot of talk about problem-, project- and inquiry-based learning, but how do you know the difference and understand what will work best for your students? In this blog post, former English teacher Lauren Davis offers a cheat sheet for these teaching methods, along with examples and tips. For example, teacher Heather Wolpert-Gawron used project-based learning in which her students sought to have a broken school bell repaired. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Education (2/14)
 
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  • Rural community colleges seek ways to improve student access
    Members of the Rural Community College Alliance and the Community Colleges of Appalachia met with White House officials recently to discuss ways to improve community college education and make it a viable option in rural communities. U.S. Department of Education Undersecretary Martha Kanter outlined specific strategies for meeting these goals, including increasing dual-enrollment programs and providing college-level remediation courses for high-school students. Education Week/Rural Education blog (2/14) Email this Story
  • Net-cost calculators help determine true cost of college
    Unexpected surprises for families of college students between a college's advertised "sticker price" and the actual costs prompted Congress in 2011 to require schools to offer net-cost calculators. While these tools can help families to plan accordingly, college officials advise parents to take them with a grain of salt. "They can tell you whether a college is inside or outside the ball park of affordability. But they can't tell the difference between home plate and center field. I wouldn't rule out a college based on net price," said financial aid expert Mark Kantrowitz. Pittsburgh Tribune-Review (2/10)
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If you want to live a happy life, tie it to a goal. Not to people or things."
--Albert Einstein,
German-born theoretical physicist



 
 
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