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John Evans

Making Computer Science More Inviting: A Look at What Works - NYTimes.com - 0 views

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    "When Sonja Khan started college, she'd never thought of studying computer science. But when she heard from friends that the intro class was good, she decided to give it a try - and then ended up majoring in it.

    Four years later, she has just graduated with a computer science degree, is pursuing a master's degree and is headed to a summer internship at Facebook.

    "I didn't even know anything about the field before; I had never considered it," she said. "I signed up for it pretty much on a whim and really enjoyed it."

    Ms. Khan's story reads like a dream for universities and technology companies - where only about 15 percent of computer science graduates and technical workers are women. The industry has been under pressure to recruit more. The difficult question, though, is how to encourage more women on paths like Ms. Khan's"
John Evans

DIY Lake Science | Lawrence Hall of Science - 0 views

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    "DIY Lake Science is a free app (for iPhones and iPads) that allows families and educators to investigate lakes and other freshwater ecosystems at home, at school, or anywhere you go! Conduct twelve hands-on activities-indoors and outdoors-using everyday items, view fascinating videos, and explore how lakes change in the Under the Lake simulation. Each activity includes material lists, step-by-step instructions, and detailed explanations. The free app is available for iOS 7 and above."
John Evans

Free Technology for Teachers: Smells Like Rain - A Science Lesson - 0 views

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    "Last week Why Are There Clouds? was one of the most popular posts on the Free Tech for Teachers Facebook page. A good follow-up to that lesson is found in Where Does the Smell of Rain Come From? Produced by It's Okay to Be Smart, Where Does the Smell of Rain Come From? explains why we sometimes think we smell rain before a thunderstorm. Through the video we also learn about the role of petrichor in the lives of some animals."
John Evans

Using iPads to perfect the Drama production soundscape - Innovate My School - 1 views

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    "Close your eyes and listen. What do you hear? If the answer is "nothing", then try again. There are very few places in the world that are completely silent. Every room, every environment has a sound. Understanding this and using these soundscapes correctly within a school or college Drama production can make a massive difference to the suspension of disbelief you are trying to create. And the act of thinking about and designing them can be a fun exercise for a drama class and make sound a more inclusive subject."
John Evans

Map of Life goes mobile - @joycevalenza NeverEndingSearch - 0 views

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    "Today, the Map of Life announced a very cool MOL mobile app available for Android at Google Play and for iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch at the App Store.
    Your science teachers are going to love this.  Any young citizen scientist curious about her environment will want to explore.  And you will want to share this with parents before summer vacation begins."
John Evans

Free Technology for Teachers: Mystery Science - Great Science Lessons for Elementary Sc... - 0 views

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    "Mystery Science is a relatively new service that is offering nice science lessons for elementary school students. The lessons on Mystery Science feature a series of videos and images arranged around a science subject. After each video there are questions that students can answer on their own or work through with your guidance. The lessons don't stop there. After the initial videos and questions you can extend the lessons by leading students in hands-on activities that reinforce the concepts shown in the videos. Mystery Science provides materials lists and detailed directions for each hands-on activity"
John Evans

DESIGN SQUAD NATION . Home | PBS KIDS GO! - 0 views

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    Design Squad Nation (via PBSKids) to discover engineering, math, science and technology activites
John Evans

How to interest girls in computer science and engineering? Shift the stereotypes | UW T... - 0 views

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    "Women have long been underrepresented among undergraduates in computer science and engineering for a complex variety of reasons.

    A new study by University of Washington researchers identifies a main culprit for that disparity: inaccurate stereotypes depicting computer scientists and engineers as geeky, brilliant and socially awkward males. And they say broadening those stereotypes is key to attracting more girls to the two fields."
John Evans

Computer Science Unplugged - 3 views

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    "CS Unplugged is a collection of free learning activities that teach Computer Science through engaging games and puzzles that use cards, string, crayons and lots of running around.

    The activities introduce students to Computational Thinking through concepts such as binary numbers, algorithms and data compression, separated from the distractions and technical details of having to use computers. Importantly, no programming is required to engage with these ideas!

    CS Unplugged is suitable for people of all ages, from elementary school to seniors, and from many countries and backgrounds. Unplugged has been used around the world for over twenty years, in classrooms, science centers, homes, and even for holiday events in a park!"
John Evans

Easy Science Experiments from DIY Nano HD | Class Tech Tips - 0 views

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    "I've shared some great apps from The Lawrence Hall of Science (DIY Human Body, DIY Sun Science, Monster Heart Medic) and DIY Nano HD is another free app for iPads that you'll love.  DIY Nano HD contains easy science experiments for teachers, students and families.  Using easy to find materials children can follow along with instructions on the screen to learn about nanoscale science, engineering, and technology.  This app contains videos, images and informational text that can help students learn about expository writing styles including how-tos and step-by-step guides."
John Evans

6 free online courses that will boost your science skills - Daily Genius - 3 views

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    "Research by the Penn Graduate School of Education (from the University of Pennsylvania), looking at 1 million students on 16 courses run through Coursera, showed that only half of those enrolled look at a single lecture and an average of 4% completed the course.

    Let's assume that there's nothing wrong with the product, and nothing wrong with the theory that easier access to education is No Bad Thing. It's something else. It's a commitment thing. It's too much to ask, too big a shift in 'consumer' behaviour, from directed learning to self-directed.

    So perhaps we should get used to this new style of learning in easier ways. Self-direction without the pressures. Accessing some of the finest academic minds, but because you want to, not because it's a compulsory step in your education paperchase.

    And if its education for its own sake, then look at these as a starting point. Six of the best/most intriguing free online courses focusing on science, from some of the best boffins around.

    Dip in, get used to the idea, and follow the video trails they offer til you find what you're intrigued and interested in.

    So dive in, make yourself clever…"
John Evans

25 states now require computer science for high school graduation | Education Dive - 0 views

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    "As computer science skills like coding become increasingly relevant in the job market, a number of states and districts are making moves to set students up for success. 
    Today, 25 states require students to take a computer science course in order to graduate from high school - more than double the number with such a requirement in 2013.
    Additionally, a large number of districts are weaving coding instruction into early learning curriculum, impacting students as young as kindergarten."
John Evans

Free Technology for Teachers: Color Uncovered - An iPad App About the Science of Color - 0 views

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    "Exploratorium's Color Uncovered iPad app is essentially a seventeen part ebook with some nice interactive activities and videos built into it to support the articles. In Color Uncovered students will why we sometimes see colors that aren't really there, how light influences the colors we see, and why dogs would have trouble with traffic lights if they drove. One of the interactive features on Color Uncovered that I particularly like is the "Colors Add Up" activity. In "Colors Add Up" students use a clear CD case (I'm sure any other clear piece of plastic will work too) to mix colors projected from their iPads. The app also gives students a couple of short lessons on how and why artificial colors are added to foods like salmon, candy, cheese, and fruit. "
Phil Taylor

Review: AP Computer Science in Java | CodeHS - 0 views

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    "Prepare for the AP Computer Science A exam with a full suite of practice programs and multiple choice quizzes"
John Evans

The 10 Biggest Breakthroughs in the Science of Learning | Brainscape Blog - 3 views

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    "Greater understanding of our brain's functioning, abilities, and limitations allows us to constantly improve our teaching skills and the productivity of our study sessions and working hours (and after-work hours). We've already given you tips on how to keep your brain in shape or how to boost your brain's abilities through exercise.

    With a different approach to the brain for you, this article originally published by OnlinePHDPrograms.com shares the 10 most significant breakthroughs that recent research has unveiled on the science of learning, giving you valuable insights on how to make the best use of your brain without wasting energy."
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