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John Evans

Boston's EMPath Program Uses Science to Fight Family Poverty - The Atlantic - 0 views

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    "You saw the pictures in science class-a profile view of the human brain, sectioned by function. The piece at the very front, right behind where a forehead would be if the brain were actually in someone's head, is the pre-frontal cortex. It handles problem-solving, goal-setting, and task execution. And it works with the limbic system, which is connected and sits closer to the center of the brain. The limbic system processes emotions and triggers emotional responses, in part because of its storage of long-term memory.

    When a person lives in poverty, a growing body of research suggests the limbic system is constantly sending fear and stress messages to the prefrontal cortex, which overloads its ability to solve problems, set goals, and complete tasks in the most efficient ways.

    This happens to everyone at some point, regardless of social class. The overload can be prompted by any number of things, including an overly stressful day at work or a family emergency. People in poverty, however, have the added burden of ever-present stress. They are constantly struggling to make ends meet and often bracing themselves against class bias that adds extra strain or even trauma to their daily lives."
John Evans

Fun STEM for Kids - Science Math Engineering Tech | iGameMom - 1 views

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    STEM resources and activities that can be sorted by age and subject area. Check them out!
John Evans

What the Flu Does to Your Brain, According to a Sick Scientist | Inverse - 0 views

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    "lu checklist: a dozen boxes of tissues, oversized sweatshirt from a college you didn't go to, an orange juice IV, three buckets (one for depositing used tissues, one full of a medley of cough drops and Nyquill, and one for when the medicine comes back up), and a general animosity toward the universe for making you feel like a sack of rotten mayonnaise. Got everything? Good. Here is exactly what's happening in your brain as you fight everyone's favorite seasonal asshole: the flu."
John Evans

All kids should have a computer science education - Baltimore Sun - 0 views

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    "Like most students at the time, I did not have access to computer science classes when I attended Wilde Lake High School in Columbia during the 1980s. I only stumbled upon the field when my high school math teacher recommended that I take a FORTRAN programming course at Howard Community College. I quickly learned that programming was like nothing I had experienced in school before. Whenever I finally solved a problem, there was a deeply satisfying "aha!" moment.

    As a result, I studied computer science at Harvard and received my Ph.D. in the field from the University of California, Berkeley. Nearly four decades after I took that first FORTRAN class, I'm a professor of computer science and associate dean at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County.

    I was fortunate to have found my passion, even though computer science was not taught at my school. The unfortunate fact is that most K-12 schools still do not teach computer science, and most of today's high school and college students - particularly women - have still had little or no exposure to computational thinking, coding or computer science. There are certainly many students who would make great computer scientists, or who could leverage computing skills to achieve success in any number of other fields, who never take a single related class. Even in Maryland, one of the most technologically advanced states in the nation, only 14 percent of students take a computer science class in high school, and nearly half of the public high schools do not offer any AP computer science classes."
John Evans

Free Technology for Teachers: The Math and Science of Valentine's Day - 1 views

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    "Valentine's Day is less than two weeks away. In middle schools and high schools everywhere there will be students who are excited about it, some who dread it, and others who are indifferent. I always fell into the indifferent category. Wherever your students stand on Valentine's Day, the following two videos make for interesting lessons about Valentine's Day."
John Evans

3 Educational Websites Science Teachers Should Check Out ~ Educational Technology and M... - 0 views

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    "Below are three interesting science resources selected specifically for elementary teachers. These websites provide teachers with a wide variety of educational materials to help young kids enjoy science learning. These include lesson plans, video tutorials, animated explanations, presentations, graphic organizers, interactive games and many more."
John Evans

Creative Computing - An introductory computing curriculum using Scratch - 1 views

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    "Computer science and computing-related fields have long been introduced to young people in a way that is disconnected from their interests and values - emphasizing technical detail over creative potential. Creative computing supports the development of personal connections to computing, by drawing upon creativity, imagination, and interests."
John Evans

Want more girls interested in STEM? Retrain music and dance teachers to run computer sc... - 0 views

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    "Music and dance teachers who are respected by female pupils should be trained to teach computer science to inspire more girls to pursue a career in the technology sector, educators have said.

    More than 150 teachers and schoolgirls recently attended an event at Microsoft's UK headquarters designed to show young women what life at a technology company was like.

    Speaking just weeks after the Government used its Budget to announce significant funding to support the training of Computer Science teachers, Cindy Rose, the chief executive of Microsoft UK, kicked off this year's DigiGirlz by highlighting the lack of women in the technology sector.

    Educators told Microsoft at the event that school leaders needed to create more positive role models in computer science and give them modern classrooms to work in if the UK was to encourage more women to pursue a career in science, engineering, technology or maths (STEM)."
John Evans

For Computer Science Ed Week - Teach Thinking NOT Coding - EdTech Researcher - Educatio... - 0 views

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    "With Computer Science in Education (CSED) Week and Hour of Code right around the corner, we have a simple request: Don't teach coding. Instead, we suggest that you introduce computational thinking and creative problem solving into your classroom. This way, you can get at the big ideas behind computer science rather than focus on a single activity or lesson involving "code.""
John Evans

Why Computer Science Belongs in Every Science Teacher's Classroom | EdSurge News - 1 views

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    "Released in 2013, the NGSS was created to align science education with how scientists actually work and think. It encourages students to learn science content and concepts deeply by using critical thinking and primary investigation skills. Adopted by 18 states (with as many as 40 interested and in the process), the standards define science education through core concepts (such as wave properties), practices (like analyzing and interpreting data ) and crosscutting concepts (like cause-and-effect).

    Some of the NGSS guidelines directly overlap with the practices listed in the K-12 Computer Science framework and the new CSTA Computer Science standards. Here's a doodle that illustrates how the two subjects overlap. "
John Evans

https://k12cs.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/K%E2%80%9312-Computer-Science-Framework.pdf - 0 views

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    The K-12 Computer Science Framework was developed for
    states, districts, schools, and organizations to inform the development of standards and curriculum, build
    capacity for teaching computer science, and implement computer science pathways. The framework
    Computer science is
    powering approaches
    to many of our world's
    toughest challenges.
    The K-12 Computer
    Science Framework informs
    standards and curriculum,
    professional development,
    and the implementation of
    computer science pathways.
    2 K-12 Computer Science Framework
    Executive Summary
    promotes a vision in which all students critically engage in computer science issues; approach problems
    in innovative ways; and create computational artifacts with a practical, personal, or societal intent.
    The development of the framework was a community effort. Twenty-seven writers and twenty-five
    advisors developed the framework with feedback from hundreds of reviewers including teachers,
    researchers, higher education faculty, industry stakeholders, and informal educators. The group of
    writers and advisors represents states and districts from across the nation, as well as a variety of
    academic perspectives and experiences working with diverse student populations.
John Evans

Reading Stories in Computer Science Class | The CSTA Advocate Blog - 1 views

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    "Stories are an entertaining way to introduce or reinforce computer science concepts and help students to understand abstract concepts in a more concrete way. Do you read picture books, chapter books, or short stories to your students in computer science classes? I do. The easiest way to get started is with books that are specifically written to teach CS concepts."
John Evans

Welcome! - Computational Thinking Curriculum at Excel - 0 views

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    "At Excel Public Charter School, we place a strong focus on integrating computational thinking within our curriculum across all disciplines. To us, computational thinking means solving hard problems of all kinds using ideas from computer science. These include algorithmic thinking, decomposition, pattern recognition and abstraction, as well as confidence in the face of ambiguity and tenacity to persist through challenges requiring iteration and experimentation.

    Our computational thinking curriculum is freely provided here for you to incorporate within your own classrooms. You'll find lessons divided into disciplines along the top of this and every other page. With these lessons and projects, we hope you will encourage your students to grow and flourish as computational thinkers, ready to face the real-world challenges of their generation!"
John Evans

430 Free Online Programming & Computer Science Courses You Can Start in November - 2 views

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    "Six years ago, universities like MIT and Stanford first opened up free online courses to the public. Today, more than 700 schools around the world have created thousands of free online courses.
    I've compiled this list of 430 such free online courses that you can start this month. For this, I leveraged Class Central's database of over 8,000 courses. I've also included each course's average rating."
John Evans

Free Technology for Teachers: Three Good Videos About Solar Eclipses - 1 views

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    "On August 21st a solar eclipse will cover a large portion of the United States. If you're in an area that the eclipse will cover, you may want to have your students build solar eclipse viewing boxes. But before doing that, you may want to have your students review how eclipses happen. The following three videos are good for that purpose."
John Evans

Google Launches Free Course on Deep Learning: The Science of Teaching Computers How to ... - 3 views

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    "Last Friday, we mentioned how Google's artificial intelligence software DeepMind has the ability to teach itself many things. It can teach itself how to walk, jump and run. Even take professional pictures. Or defeat the world's best player of the Chinese strategy game, Go. The science of teaching computers how to do things is called Deep Learning. And you can now immerse yourself in this world by taking a free, 3-month course on Deep Learning itself. Offered through Udacity, the course is taught by Vincent Vanhoucke, the technical lead in Google's Brain team."
John Evans

Intro to Computer Science (A 14 week course) - Microsoft MakeCode - 3 views

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    "This course is targeted to middle school grades 6-8 (ages 11-14 years). It is also written for teachers who may not have a Computer Science background, or who may be teaching an "Intro to Computer Science" course for the first time.

    This course takes approximately 14 weeks to complete, spending about 1 week on each of the first 11 lessons, and 3 weeks for students to complete the final project at the end. Of course, teachers should feel free to customize the curriculum to meet individual school or district resources and timeframe."
John Evans

Everything you never wanted to know about how ticks hunt you (and how to avoid them) | ... - 1 views

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    "Your complete guide to the horrifying reality of tick season.
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John Evans

Wow In the World: A New NPR Podcast for Curious Kids and their Grown-Ups : NPR - 1 views

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    ""Wow in the World is a place where we can tap into the crazy cool things that are happening all around us, every day!" says Thomas. "We want to help spark conversations between kids and other kids and also with their grown-ups that will ultimately lead to their own big discoveries."

    Each episode begins with a series of questions that lead to an explanation about a new amazing scientific discovery or finding. For example, "How long would it take to get to the closest star outside our solar system?" or "How did we Homo sapiens come to dominate the planet?" or "How do astronauts poop in space?" Through comedy and conversation, along with voices from real kids, Mindy and Guy make the news fun and interesting.

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