Archives for May 2008

The Discovering of Science in China

I am in England, and I thought I would briefly comment on a book I am reading entitled The Man Who Loved China: The Fantastic Story of the Eccentric Scientist who unlocked the Mysteries of the Middle Kingdom by Simon Winchester.  The book is about Joseph Needham, the brilliant and eccentric British scientist, who starting […]

Touchdown: Mars Lander Arrives Polar Region

I watched the last half-hour and the final seven minutes of terror as the Mars Lander (Phoenix) approached and continued on into the Martian atmosphere entering at about 12,000 miles/hour, and slowed to 5 miles/hour and made a perfect landing: touchdown. What was exciting about this half-hour was watching the activities in mission-control and listening […]

NASA's Phoenix Lander Set to Land on Mars

On Sunday, soon after the finish of the Indianapolis 500 race, the Phoenix Mars Lander will approach the planet Mars and attempt a powered landing. Live coverage will be shown on NASA television with the descent to Martian surface beginning around 4:46 P.M. Eastern time. Here are some sequences showing how the Phoenix will approach […]

NASA’s Phoenix Lander Set to Land on Mars

On Sunday, soon after the finish of the Indianapolis 500 race, the Phoenix Mars Lander will approach the planet Mars and attempt a powered landing. Live coverage will be shown on NASA television with the descent to Martian surface beginning around 4:46 P.M. Eastern time. Here are some sequences showing how the Phoenix will approach […]

CRCT: A Failed System in Georgia: It Needs to Change.

In yesterday’s Atlanta Journal-Constitution an article reported that the Georgia State Department of Education knew students would fail the social studies test in huge numbers, but refused to share this information with superintendents, teachers or parents in the state. 69% of students in grades 6 and 7 failed or as the state puts it: “Does […]

High Stakes Assessment in Georgia Fail the Test

In the last two posts, I’ve opened a discussion on the high-stakes testing in Georgia.  More than 80% of the students who took the social studies test failed, and about 40% of the students failed the math CRCT (Criterion Referenced Competency Test). The Georgia State Department of Education is at a loss to explain these […]

Georgia Department of Education: Infinitely far from Understanding Students, Schools & Teachers

The testing debacle in Georgia covered many pages of today’s Atlanta Journal-Constitution. On the editorial page there were two essays; High Standards Help Students by Kathy Cox, Georgia Superintendent of Schools and Wrong Approach Setup for Failure by Rick Breault, associate professor of elementary and early childhood education, Kennesaw State University. Schools were given an […]

Georgia Department of Education: Infinitely far from Understanding Students, Schools & Teachers

The testing debacle in Georgia covered many pages of today’s Atlanta Journal-Constitution. On the editorial page there were two essays; High Standards Help Students by Kathy Cox, Georgia Superintendent of Schools and Wrong Approach Setup for Failure by Rick Breault, associate professor of elementary and early childhood education, Kennesaw State University. Schools were given an […]

Testing in Georgia: Students Miss the Mark or Did the State Officials

In today’s Atlanta Journal there was an article that reported that Georgia Department of Education officials were shocked by the state math and social studies tests. You see on the end-of-year CRCT only 20 to 30 percent of the students passed the social studies test, and about 40 percent of the Georgia’s could be held […]

Preparing for an Earthquake

What should our students and citizens know about earthquake preparedness? Certainly, the earthquake in China is prompting us to be able to answer these questions. I’ve only experienced three earthquakes, once many years ago in Columbus, Ohio, years later in San Francisco, and in the year 2000 in Seattle. The worst of these was in […]

Impact and Cause of China's Sichuan Earthquake

The Sichuan earthquake that occurred last week in China was, according to geologists, was a two stage quake, with the total duration of about 2 minutes. According to geologists at Tsukuba University, the quake was movement along the Longmenshan Fault that moved earth in two sections. Geologists report that because the quake was a shallow […]

Impact and Cause of China’s Sichuan Earthquake

The Sichuan earthquake that occurred last week in China was, according to geologists, was a two stage quake, with the total duration of about 2 minutes. According to geologists at Tsukuba University, the quake was movement along the Longmenshan Fault that moved earth in two sections. Geologists report that because the quake was a shallow […]

Earthquake Building Codes for China's Schools

A BBC article, China Anger over ‘shoddy schools,’ focused on the fact in some areas schools collapsed during the 7.9 Magnitude earthquake last week, while other buildings near the schools withstood the earthquake’s devastating energy. Beichuan Middle School, in the city of Mianyang, more than a 1000 students are missing. A day before the earthquake, […]

Earthquake Building Codes for China’s Schools

A BBC article, China Anger over ‘shoddy schools,’ focused on the fact in some areas schools collapsed during the 7.9 Magnitude earthquake last week, while other buildings near the schools withstood the earthquake’s devastating energy. Beichuan Middle School, in the city of Mianyang, more than a 1000 students are missing. A day before the earthquake, […]

The Sichuan, China Earthquake

Yesterday, I wrote briefly about the 7.9 M earthquake that occurred in the mountainous area near the margin of the Sichuan Basin. Rescue workers are having a difficult time reaching villages in this remote and mountanous region. The google earth image below shows the difficulty faced by the rescue workers. Here the mountains average 2400 […]

China's Sichuan Earthquake

On May 9th, the eastern Sichuan region of China experienced a 7.9 magnitude earthquake (at this USGS website, you can obtain details, a summary, maps, and more technical information about this powerful quake). More than 30 million experienced from strong to extreme shaking in a region about 600 km by 300 km. The quake, however, […]

China’s Sichuan Earthquake

On May 9th, the eastern Sichuan region of China experienced a 7.9 magnitude earthquake (at this USGS website, you can obtain details, a summary, maps, and more technical information about this powerful quake). More than 30 million experienced from strong to extreme shaking in a region about 600 km by 300 km. The quake, however, […]

Art of Teaching Science 2.0

For the past year I have been working with Mike Dias writing the second edition of The Art of Teaching Science. For the most part, the process has been a Web 2.0 experience. We’ve used a variety of web tools to create the second edition of the book. We started by using Google Docs which […]