9 Compelling Science, Technology & Education Blogs

There is a profusion of blogs on the Internet, but some of them stand out because they are not only compelling, but they convey accomplished, artful, intelligent, and powerful content.  I’ve selected nine blogs that I read regularly to expand my own thinking about science teaching, technology and education.   They represent the range of […]

9 Compelling Science, Technology & Education Blogs

There is a profusion of blogs on the Internet, but some of them stand out because they are not only compelling, but they convey accomplished, artful, intelligent, and powerful content.  I’ve selected nine blogs that I read regularly to expand my own thinking about science teaching, technology and education.   They represent the range of […]

Science As Inquiry Website

This week, the 2nd Edition of Science As Inquiry will be published by Good Year Books. Science as Inquiry is based on the idea that learning is deepened if viewed as a communal experience, and that students are involved in making decisions about not only how they learn, but what they learn. Center stage in […]

Science as Inquiry Update

The revision to Science As Inquiry has been completed and it should be published and available at the end of June 2011. To get a feel for what is in the book, you are invited to visit the Science as Inquiry Website. Here is a screen shot of part of the first page of the […]

From Sputnik to Sagan: Some Views on Science

I decided to obtain a copy of Unscientific America by Mooney and Kirshenbaum via my Kindle App on my iPhone, and started reading immediately.  A few days later, the book arrived.  In an early part of the book, “the rise and cultural decline of American science,” the authors have a chapter entitled: From Sputnik to […]

An i-Phone Experience As a “Tethered” Non-Generative World Event

In Jonathan Zittrain’s book, The Future of the Internet, and How to Stop It, he identifies two patterns that describe the way the Internet can be used: generative or tethered.  The generative pattern exploits the open, flexible nature of the Internet and PC’s enabling tinkerers and innovators to create new ways to interact and work […]

An i-Phone Experience As a "Tethered" Non-Generative World Event

In Jonathan Zittrain’s book, The Future of the Internet, and How to Stop It, he identifies two patterns that describe the way the Internet can be used: generative or tethered.  The generative pattern exploits the open, flexible nature of the Internet and PC’s enabling tinkerers and innovators to create new ways to interact and work […]

Generative System of the Internet, Innovation & Thinking

In his book, The Future of the Internet and How to Stop It, Jonathan Zittrain compares and contrasts the generative and non-generative use of the Internet, and how decisions that are made now will influence the future of the net.  My own experience with the Internet began in 1979 with Compuserve, BRS After Dark, and […]

Generative System of the Internet, Innovation & Thinking

In his book, The Future of the Internet and How to Stop It, Jonathan Zittrain compares and contrasts the generative and non-generative use of the Internet, and how decisions that are made now will influence the future of the net.  My own experience with the Internet began in 1979 with Compuserve, BRS After Dark, and […]

How the Web was Won, and the New iPhone

This year is the 50th anniversary of the invention of the Internet, and during this year, Apple announced the “new” i-Phone 3G, and its new software for i-Phones and i-Pods, i-Phone 2.0.  An article in Vanity Fair magazine, How the Web Was Won, outlines the invention and development of the Internet through an oral history […]

Evolving Use of the Internet—Growing Up Digital

In the last post, I described two of my earlier experiences using the Internet to connect to information and people. Over the past two decades, the way digital media has changed, and how it is being used is truly astounding. Digital media in an Internet environment enables teachers to involve students in experiences that connect […]

First Experiences Using the Internet in Science Teaching

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 […]

Thinking-out-of-the-Box

The Cobb County Power to Learn laptop program, which was planned by Cobb County administrators and teachers, represented a totally new way that students could be educated. Imagine the possibilities for teachers and students. Education has slowly been moving away from plunking students down in front of a teacher—in fact it is becoming quaint. The […]

Using the Web to Transform Learning Possibilities

Fifteen years ago, a team of educators from Georgia took 6 Macintosh SE 20 computers, modems, and printers to the then Soviet Union, and then proceeded to install one computer, modem and printer in five different schools we were collaborating with (2 in Moscow and 3 in St. Petersburg). We connected each computer to a […]