Archives for July 2011

Three Web 2.0 Science Projects for Your Science Courses

Web 2.0 refers to using the Web in a more interactive, and social way where students can create, share, publish and work together in collaborative groups.  Over the years, science teachers have created a variety of Web 2.0 projects for K-12 students. This post is to announce the availability of three Web 2.0 projects that […]

Five Important Science Teaching Organizations

  Research in science education is a significant force in impacting the practice of science.  Science educators (researchers and teachers) around the world have created a strong community of practice that contributes to our understanding of how students learn, and the nature of science teaching, pedagogy, and curriculum. You will find on this page links […]

In a Liberal Democracy, Can Inquiry Science Teaching Flourish with Common Standards?

Can science as inquiry continue to be a primary goal of science teaching in the burgeoning culture of creating common standards, and common high-stakes assessments? This is a question that I raised about a year and half ago. I am returning to the question now since the National Research Council just released its report entitled […]

5 Attributes of the Framework for K-12 Science Education

According to the committee that drafted and wrote the final edition of the Framework for K-12 Science Education, American science education needs a complete overhaul, currently lacks vision, and does not prepare students for a scientifically and technologically-based society. Helen Quinn, Chair of the National Research Council’s Conceptual Framework for K – 12 Science Education […]

5 Criticisms of the Framework for K-12 Science Education

The standards devote insufficient attention to the need for an interdisciplinary curriculum, and represent a contracted view of the “common core” that disregards the role of schools in preparing students for citizenship.  William G. Wraga, Professor, University of Georgia as quoted in Education Week You probably know that the National Research Council has published A […]

Some Problems with the New Framework for K-12 Science Education by the NAS

Why is there little criticism of the Framework for K-12 Science Education that was released by the National Academy of Science (NAS) on Tuesday? The organizing committee of the NAS worked for more than a year to develop a new framework for the teaching of K-12 science education.  It was released to the public on […]

National Academy of Science Releases new Framework for K-12 Science Education

What do you want to see in a new framework for K-12 science education? According to the report published today at The National Academies Press, the Framework for K-12 Science Education outlines a broad set of expectations for students in science and engineering in grades K-12. These expectations will inform the development of new standards for […]

Eight Reasons to Study the New Framework for Science Education

Eight reasons to pay attention to the National Academy of Sciences’ release on a new framework for science content K – 12.

Wake Up Next Tueday July 19 to a New Framework for K-12 Science Education

When you wake up next Tuesday, July 19th you’ll only have to wait until 1 P.M. Eastern Time for the announcement from the National Academy Sciences the publication of A New Framework for K-12 Science Education.  You’ll be able to access the framework here after the announcement. You are invited to go to the meeting […]

More than 90% of Students Learned in Spite of the CRCT Erasure Scandal?

Are you surprised? You probably know that Atlanta Schools are in the middle of a test cheating scandal in which student bubble answer sheets were changed by erasing wrong answers to right answers.  Did the students learn, in spite of some teachers’ and administrators’ behavior.  They did because the the teaching practices that were initiated, […]

Corporate Reform Movement Cause of Atlanta Cheating Scandal

As stated in the Governor’s  Investigative Report a “culture of fear” took over the Atlanta School System, and led to a conspiracy of silence which enabled the bubble sheet erasure scandle to happen. But in the last two posts I have opened the door to examine causes that go beyond the Atlanta School District.  The […]

Grassroots Movement in New York City May Relate to Current Testing Scandal in Atlanta

The Grassroots Education Movement, a group of citizens in New York City, are organizing a campaign against the high stakes use of standardized testing in their schools. Their first meeting will be on July 18th at the CUNY Graduate Center. According the organizers of the Grassroots Education Movement, many citizens feel that their school have […]

Why Were Test Answer Sheets Altered? The Atlanta Case, Report #2

I’ve read the complete report on the Atlanta Public Schools (APS) CRCT testing scandal. It’s hard to believe that there was such widespread activity in which student answers on the state’s CRCT bubble sheets were changed. Why? That is the central question of this post. I’ll say upfront, that I don’t know, and the report […]

High-Stakes Testing & the Culture of Fear: The Atlanta Case, Report #1

Over the next few days, I am going to write a series of posts on the “Atlanta Test Erasure Scandal” that has dominated the newspapers here in Atlanta, and has been a major story on the national scene.  There is more than meets the eye here, and I hope to shed some light on it, […]

High-Stakes Testing & the Culture of Fear: The Atlanta Case, Report #1

Over the next few days, I am going to write a series of posts on the “Atlanta Test Erasure Scandal” that has dominated the newspapers here in Atlanta, and has been a major story on the national scene.  There is more than meets the eye here, and I hope to shed some light on it, […]

Launched: STS 135—To Infinity & Beyond

NASA’s STS-135 mission of the Space Shuttle lifted off its pad in Florida successfully, today, July 8, 2011. More than a million people were there to witness the liftoff. Here is a video I made of the launch and commentary.

Launched: STS 135—To Infinity & Beyond

NASA’s STS-135 mission of the Space Shuttle lifted off its pad in Florida successfully, today, July 8, 2011. More than a million people were there to witness the liftoff. Here is a video I made of the launch and commentary.

STS 135 Eve of Last Launch of the Space Shuttle

Four astronauts will board the Space Shuttle tomorrow morning for the last ride on America’s Space Shuttle program. More than one million people will view the launch of STS-135 at the NASA Kennedy Center, and millions more on the Web and TV.   You follow the mission on the NASA blog here, Facebook, Twitter, and […]

Science-As-Inquiry, 2nd Edition, Published

Science-as-Inquiry, 2nd Edition has been published by Good Year Books.  It is available for purchase here.  The text that follows the image of the book is part of the Introduction of the book. Science As Inquiry, 2nd Edition weaves together ideas about science teaching and inquiry that were developed over many years of work with practicing […]

Science 2.0 Resources

There were some interesting resources identified in this Summer’s edition of The Science Teacher. In a column entitled Science 2.0, the authors bring our attention to The Synapse, a network connecting hundreds of biology teachers worldwide. Developed by Sean Nash just a couple of years ago, the author named the network after the synapse, the […]

Science 2.0 Resources

There were some interesting resources identified in this Summer’s edition of The Science Teacher. In a column entitled Science 2.0, the authors bring our attention to The Synapse, a network connecting hundreds of biology teachers worldwide. Developed by Sean Nash just a couple of years ago, the author named the network after the synapse, the […]

Summer Science Film Festival

The Learning Network of the New York Times sponsored a series of films in their Film Festival that focused on “classroom worthy” documentaries. One of the days was devoted to science, and the feature film, Footprints (synopsis shown below) is available to you free from Snagfilms. Follow this link to see all of the featured […]

A Bit of Technology History: The Mac

Snagfilms is a great resource for video, documentaries, and films. Here is one that long-time mac users might enjoy. I started using a Mac in 1985, and last month a new i-Mac with a very big screen arrived on my desk. The difference in screen size between my first Mac and the new one that […]

A Bit of Technology History: The Mac

Snagfilms is a great resource for video, documentaries, and films. Here is one that long-time mac users might enjoy. I started using a Mac in 1985, and last month a new i-Mac with a very big screen arrived on my desk. The difference in screen size between my first Mac and the new one that […]