Harvard’s professor Eric Mazur talks on the benefits of practicing peer instruction in class, rather than the traditional lecture. The idea is getting traction. Here’s more about the practice.
Optimal learning occurs when students are active participants in their own learning, rather than passive recipients of teacher-delivered content. For this to be effective, students really need to think about their learning. How do we encourage students to think about …
The following online resources are great for completing research collaboratively without having to physically meet.
SymbalooEdu is a very important web2.0 tool. It is a “new way to organize, share your online life and discover that of others”. Teachers will no longer need to worry about long urls being broken when copied by students.
UberStudent, an Ubuntu installation loaded with student-friendly tools and customizations, is a smart pick for getting your actual school work done. UberStudent is a free download, and should run on most Intel-based hardware.
Discovery Education and 3M have opened up the 2010 Young Scientist Challenge, an annual opportunity for students in grades 5 through 8 to tackle problems through science and a chance to win the grand prize of $50,000.
The National Aeronautics Space Administration (NASA) has launched a Web site aimed specifically at teenagers that gives them access to current NASA spacecraft data, potentially taking school science projects to a new level.