November 24, 2008
We are experiencing one of the most stressful economic downturns since the Great Depression. To deal with this calamity the Federal Government has initiated a bailout of the banking system in hopes of staving off a collapse of the flow of money in our society. We are also seeing rapid movement of the part of the President-elect to insert new thinking and move past the old conservative political game.… Read more
November 22, 2008
I have been writing about change recently, and how change is needed in the science curriculum, and the pedagogy that we use to help students learn science. Indeed, I’ve suggested we suspend high-risk testing until we can show that this type of assessment model tells us what students know, and how well teachers are teaching. Right now we don’t know.
But we do know that there is a need for change in our approach to curriculum and to teaching.… Read more
November 5, 2008
A bit of play on words, but today I received an email (which was sent to hundreds of people) from Kevin Knobloch, President of the Union of Concerned Scientists. In the letter, Knobloch, who sees the election of Obama as a historical moment for the Union of Concerned Scientists, and its supporters, outlined key issues they will work on over the next several years.… Read more
October 19, 2008
In this post I want to announce a new website entitled: Science Curriculum—A Global Perspective.
In the last two posts I alluded to science teaching from a global perspective. In the first of these two posts, entitled Infusing Global Thinking into science teaching, I discussed some examples of how educators have developed programs that infuse global thinking into science, in particular the Global Lab program, which is being revitalized in Russia and the Global Thinking Project, which engaged thousands of students during the period 1991 – 2002. In the second post, which announced a science education conference in Istanbul, I introduced to readers of this weblog, DR.… Read more
October 14, 2008
Some 15 years ago I met Boris Berenfeld, a scientist and researcher working at TERC (he is now a principal researcher at the Concord Consortium) on the Global Lab project, which was developed during the time I was working with colleagues in the US and Russia on the Global Thinking Project (GTP). Berenfeld was a physicst who emigrated from the Soviet Union to Massachusetts, and was one of the principal researchers on TERC’s Global Lab. In 1993, The Global Thinking Project sponsored a three-day conference for middle and high school students from Georgia (USA), Russia and Australia at the Simpsonwood Conference Center in Norcross, Georgia. The keynote speaker for the students (and their teachers) at the conference was Dr.… Read more
April 14, 2008
I had two real first experiences using the Internet.
Here’s the first:
I had purchased my first personal computer in 1980. It was an Apple II, which was invented by Steve Wozniak, the co-founder of Apple Computer. In his book, iWoz, Wozniak describes his unbelievable creativity in firstly inventing the Apple I, and followed soon thereafter (1977) with the Apple II.… Read more
April 13, 2008
In the next few posts I am going to talk about using the Internet in science teaching.
In 1995, I published my first website for the Global Thinking Project, and ever since then, have been involved in developing websites for my own projects, and teaching others how to develop their own websites for teaching.
Since that time, the Internet is perhaps the most transforming technology in history, reshaping business, media, entertainment, and society in amazing ways.… Read more