quarta-feira, 25 de julho de 2012

JP-inspiring knowledge wins international award for Education

Inspiring knowledge is what we do best. The results of our work are visible every day, in every classroom we have implemented and now, we have further evidence of recognition.

JP-inspiring knowledge won a World Education Summit Award, in the category "Best Innovation in Teaching-Learning Technologies," during the ceremony of the World Education Summit, held in New Delhi, India.

The development of large-scale educational projects all over the world justifies the recognition of the impact of JP in the 21st century Education.

The key to the success of JP-inspiring knowledge is a determined team, committed to create, innovate and find new solutions. A team that has the desire to make a difference.

“For learners it is very important to see that their work is valued by others, and they will respond to the challenges that sharing knowledge and skills with others involve by creating great work!” – UK | daily edventures

“For learners it is very important to see that their work is valued by others, and they will respond to the challenges that sharing knowledge and skills with others involve by creating great work!” – UK | daily edventures:

Alessio Bernardelli, TES Science Subject Lead - Wales

Alessio Bernardelli is quick to attribute his success as an educator to those who
shaped him along the way. “I was able and fortunate enough to have great role models who helped me step up and face a global audience through the development of my personal blog and personal learning network on Twitter,” Bernardelli notes. That act of sharing his ideas with a wider audience led to an opportunity for him to make an even bigger impact through his work as science lead at TES (billed as “the largest network of teachers in the world”). Bernardelli also tweets as @tesScience and promotes innovative resources and practices from the TES website, which has over two million members worldwide. Here, Bernardelli shares his pride in educators he’s mentored, the wonders of mind-mapping, and lots of practical tips and free tools for creatively integrating technology in the classroom.

The Ultimate Guide To Emerging Technologies | Edudemic

The Ultimate Guide To Emerging Technologies | Edudemic:

Gene therapy? Anti-aging drugs? Neuroinformatics? If this sounds like something out of some Minority Report, you’re in for a surprise. According to a simply amazing visualization by the geniuses at Envisioning Tech, all this and more is coming to your world in the next few decades.
And it all starts with education. If we want each of these incredible (some scary, some not) technologies to actually happen, we need to make sure every student and teacher sees this visualization. Seriously. Show this roadmap to a student contemplating a degree in science or math and they’ll be pretty inspired. Who wouldn’t want to be the person who discovered a way to build a SPACE ELEVATOR?! That’s right. That’s one of the emerging technologies.
Click the visualization to read more. Click here for the printable PDF.

terça-feira, 24 de julho de 2012

“I still prefer to see a teacher who teaches with dusty books and a chalkboard but knows how to inspire kids and shows them how interesting learning can be, rather than a high-tech teacher that uses ICT without a bigger plan.” – Belgium | daily edventures

“I still prefer to see a teacher who teaches with dusty books and a chalkboard but knows how to inspire kids and shows them how interesting learning can be, rather than a high-tech teacher that uses ICT without a bigger plan.” – Belgium | daily edventures:

Bram Faems, ICT Coordinator - Belgium

“In my job as ICT Coordinator and as an employee of the biggest teacher web portal in Flanders, I’m in the perfect spot to bring change to education,” says Bram Faems. “I myself am very interested in everything where technology is concerned. And my jobs allow me to put these new technological innovations to the test for their educational use.”
In Faems advising role as ICT Coordinator, he works hand-in-hand with the teachers at his school. Together, they search for ways to best use technology in their classrooms.  Faems also works for an online teacher community where he advises teachers from all around the country, and networks with them to discover the latest trends in schools. In fact, networking is Faems passion. “By sharing teaching resources, great ideas are coming right out of the classroom, and are growing exponentially,” he says.

48 Ultra-Cool Summer Sites for Kids and Teachers | Edutopia

48 Ultra-Cool Summer Sites for Kids and Teachers | Edutopia:

A good majority of northern hemisphere and international schools are winding down the 2011-12 school year, and doors will be closing as the students and teachers take off on their summer adventures. Here is a list of great sites for kids and teachers to keep you happily productive and learning this summer. These are in no way in any order of personal preference or coolness.
Happy summer!

Summer School for Teachers | Edutopia

Summer School for Teachers | Edutopia:

While we all know there is no such thing as having a "summer off" as a teacher, the summer does afford us the time to do some exploring. I wanted to share some things with you that I think are worth exploring while school is out.

1) If This Then That

I just recently learned about this tool and cannot believe I've lived without it for this long. ITTT is a simple web-based program that allows the user to create recipes of actions. For example, I set up a recipe that will send a tweet that I "favorite" into a designated notebook in my Evernote account. Now all of my favorites are in Evernote for me to manage and read when I want. You can also connect to Dropbox, Facebook, Blogger, Instagram, Gmail, foursquare and many more great tools. Managing information is the name of the game for connected educators, and this tool will help keep things in order.

2) Livebinders

Livebinders in an excellent site to use for professional development or with your students. This free site allows a user to upload documents and insert web pages, keeping all of your important information in one space. Livebinders is one of the coolest sites I discovered when I first was looking for web tools to use in my class. Their help desk was there when I had questions, and my students loved having all of the information they needed in one go-to site. Livebinders is great if you're looking to create a digital space for saving and sharing your information with students and/or staff.

3) Prezi

If you are stuck in the PowerPoint or Keynote doldrums, Prezi is the presentation tool for you. This web-based system allows the user to quickly embed photos and YouTube videos while creating a visually stunning presentation. When I first used this with my students, they could not get enough of it. Students were quickly using it in my class and other classes. Teachers were emailing about the tool because they wanted to learn more about it. There is a slight learning curve to using Prezi because we are used to the more traditional linear presentation model. It might take a little extra time, but that time is worth it.

4) Glogster EDU

If you've seen one student poster board, you've seen them all. At the end of every semester, I would have a pile of them and they would be tossed. Some were beautifully made, but I did not have room to display them, and the students wanted nothing to do with them. Then I found Glogster. Glogster is a way for students to create digital poster boards that include sound and video. Students can upload their own photos or use images from Glogster. They can add text and other crazy images to express their ideas. Glogster has been a great addition to my classroom, and the kids have really embraced the tool as a viable option in projects.

5) Evernote

This was the tool I decided to dive into a couple of summers ago, and I couldn't be happier. I had heard people talk about how awesome Evernote is, but I never had the time to sit and play with it. Once I did, I never turned back. Evernote allows me to organize all of my information into Notebooks, and different Notebooks into stacks. As a teacher, I teach many different classes and many different units within those classes. With Evernote, I've been able to scan all of my work directly into the system. Over time, I have gone from three filing cabinets to just one half cabinet. All of my data is safe online and accessible from anywhere I have Internet access. If you're looking for a way to organize your life, this is the tool to do it.

6) edshelf

Educators seeking web tools should go to edshelf. If you are already familiar with the tools above, edshelf is the perfect site for you to explore tools that fit your specific needs. It's filled with things worth checking out and comments from people that have used them. It also has information on apps for iDevices, if that is something you're looking to incorporate into your class.
I hope you take a minute to see what some of these tools can do for you, your staff and your students in the fall. It's good to choose one new thing and give it a go. It might not always be the perfect fit, but trying new things will always make you a better teacher.

quarta-feira, 11 de julho de 2012

JP Sá Couto is once again finalist for an international ICT and Education award

WES Awards are delivered during the World Education Summit held in New Delhi, India, that is now on its 2nd edition. WES is the world’s premier platform on education thought leadership, being jointly organized by renowned institutions such as the Indian Ministry of Labour and Employment and UNESCO.

The main goal of WES Awards is to recognize global innovation and excellence in Education. As a Private Sector Initiative, JP Sá Couto is a finalist in the category "Best Innovation in Teaching-Learning Technologies".
Vote now for JP Sá Couto’s project  - “JPSC as Education Solution Provider”.

Thank you for the confidence.

Introducing the Science Museum's pet particle physicist | Science | guardian.co.uk

Introducing the Science Museum's pet particle physicist | Science | guardian.co.uk:

It's the job of Dr Harry Cliff to bring the Higgs boson and the Large Hadron Collider to South Kensington
Dr Harry Cliff
Dr Harry Cliff: 'It’s unusual to find a role that lets you combine active research with creative science communication.' Photograph: Science Museum
Dr Harry Cliff cheerfully describes himself as the Science Museum's "pet particle physicist". In reality, he's much more than that. The 26-year-old physicist is the museum's new fellow of modern science, and it's his job to bring Cern to South Kensington.
For two days each week, you'll find Harry at his Cambridge lab, where he decodes the data churned out by the Large Hadron Collider. He's part of the LHCb detector team: he is, as he explains in this Bright Club set, something of an expert on bottoms (bottom quarks, that is). He's rather proud of the fact that the LHCb is the most abundant source of bottoms in the world.

Blogger: Inspiring New Futures - Modelo

Blogger: Inspiring New Futures - Modelo:

VIDEO: First-Class Citizens: Civics Isn't Just a Class


Running Time: 7 min.

For the students and staff of Hudson High School, in Hudson, Massachusetts, civics isn't just a class. It's part and parcel to everyday life at this New England high school, which has become a laboratory of democracy, challenging widely held assumptions about how schools can and should operate.
Several years ago, when the district set out to build a new high school facility, Superintendent Sheldon Berman, longtime principal John Stapelfeld, and the entire Hudson High community embarked on a journey that would take them to uncharted waters.
student council
Credit: Edutopia
Their mission: to plan and build a school whose design would encourage a sense of community among its occupants and to move into the new facility after having laid the groundwork for a bold new experiment in school governance in which students have a say in the big and little decisions that make up school life.
At the core of Hudson's grand experiment is the community council, a committee consisting of elected students and staff that is responsible for making many decisions at Hudson typically left to the school principal or a faculty committee to decide. Meeting once a month, the committee (led by a student, rather than a teacher) discusses and recommends policy on everything from dress codes to lunchtime fare to parking policies and more.

terça-feira, 10 de julho de 2012

“Innovation doesn’t only apply to technology, but also to the way teachers inspire students to act, think, react and create things that may help them to become better members of our society.” – Mexico | daily edventures

“Innovation doesn’t only apply to technology, but also to the way teachers inspire students to act, think, react and create things that may help them to become better members of our society.” – Mexico | daily edventures:

Zayheri Velazquez Carrillo, Teacher - Mexico

“Many English teachers in Mexico struggle with the way they encounter English – both as a second and as a foreign language in the country,” says Zayheri Velazquez Carillo. “Additionally, most students who are part of the public school system in Mexico may not have the opportunity to study English at home or after school. So we have to adapt our speech and struggle with different English levels in the classroom.”
But these challenges aside, Carillo,  who has been an English teacher for three years,  works each day to bring her English students as much innovation as she can – even while working with some outdated technologies. She participated in the Partners in Learning Institute in Seattle in 2011, and works as a teacher trainer. “I must share my experience with the other teachers from my state, and show them how they can apply Microsoft tools and engage students in order to innovate their teaching practice and transform learning.”

Using technology is not the only way Carillo innovates in her classroom. She is an advocate of usingmusic in her English class to help students concentrate and organize their thinking. According to Carillo, music “changes the atmosphere in a classroom, and prepares students for a new activity. Besides, each student reacts in a different way. But most of them like the idea of listening music when they are in the classroom. In my opinion, most of the time music makes them feel motivated and willing to learn. I know many people who have learned to speak English because they like to listen to, and sing, English songs.”
Today, Carillo shares how she has advocated for technology in her state’s schools, how collaboration has changed her teaching, and what she thinks all students need to succeed.

How to Develop a Welcoming Culture | Edutopia

How to Develop a Welcoming Culture | Edutopia:

Richard Curwin
Dr. Richard Curwin is the director of the Master's program in Behavior Disorder at David Yellin College in Jerusalem. The issues explored in today's post are explored in-depth in his book Recovering Hope: Our Greatest Teaching Strategy. Visit his website, Teacher Learning Center to learn about this, and his many other books related to motivation and behavior.

Have you ever noticed that the worst behaving children are never absent? I was tempted many times, when teaching seventh grade, to breath on certain students when I was sick. I wondered if the reason that these students never missed school was because their parents didn't want them at home. Of course, it was never that simple. Some parents worked and had no one to watch their children. Other students lived in dangerous home environments, and school was safer than staying home. Regardless of the reason, I wonder how many children feel unwanted wherever they are; home, school, the corner store, with their peers or on the streets.

Grammar and secondary modern pupils talk about year 8 | Education | The Guardian

Grammar and secondary modern pupils talk about year 8 | Education | The Guardian:

When we began following five Kent children at the start of secondary school, they were fretting about big kids and swearing. Now, they have more sophisticated concerns

Ellie, Lewis and Cameron - no longer 'nobodies' now they are in year 8 at King Ethelbert school
Ellie, Lewis and Cameron - no longer 'nobodies' now they are in year 8 at King Ethelbert school. Photograph: Martin Godwin
It's two years since Education Guardian first met a group of year 6 children from St Saviour's primary school in Westgate-on-Sea, Kent, who shared with us their hopes and fears for the future at "big school". But moving up to a secondary wasn't the only thing they had to worry about. Living in one of the 36 local authorities that still have grammar schools, they also had the 11-plus exam to contend with and the divide between who would go to grammar school and who wouldn't. Two of the children from St Saviour's were off to a grammar and three to a non-selective high school.
When we caught up with them at the end of year 7, they seemed relieved that their biggest fears about big school – getting lost, being picked on by older kids, or accidentally hearing bad language – hadn't been such a bother. So, as they come to the end of their second year, how are they faring?

segunda-feira, 9 de julho de 2012

8 Nations Leading the Way in Online Education | Edudemic

8 Nations Leading the Way in Online Education | Edudemic:

Online education is quickly becoming a major phenomenon around the world. The ease and convenience it offers learners appeal to people just about everywhere, especially those who are trying to balance work, family, and other obligations with completing a degree or certification program. Yet certain nations have embraced online education more than others, leading the way both in terms of the number and variety of programs and new innovations to online learning itself. Here, we’ve highlighted some of the nations that are really stepping up the game when it comes to online education, though with the proliferation of high-speed nternet connections and a growing need for highly educated candidates in technical positions around the world, other nations likely aren’t far behind.

Xing Wei College, China's Experiment In Liberal Arts Western Education, Opens In Fall

Xing Wei College, China's Experiment In Liberal Arts Western Education, Opens In Fall:

Xing Wei College

In a bold bid to experiment with western education methods, a Chinese college modeled after American liberal arts institutions receives its first class of students this fallThe New York Times reports.
Xing Wei college, a privately run institution in Shanghai, is the first of its kind in China.
The college represents a divergence from traditional Chinese education, which is widely criticized for emphasizing rote memorization and stifling creating thinking.
Weiming Chen, a Harvard-educated investor and founder of the college, said he wanted to cultivate a crop of students who could think in new ways.
"We want students who have the courage to pursue their desires, to know what they really want; that's different from the traditional definition of top students," he told the South China Morning Post.

Education Week: Finland Rethinks Factory-Style School Buildings

Education Week: Finland Rethinks Factory-Style School Buildings:

Students enter the Kirkkojärvi School in Espoo, Finland. The school is among those featured in an exhibit that highlights the country's move away from factory-style schools to contemporary campuses built to meet the pedagogical and social needs of their students and teachers.

Education watchers have dissected Finland’s educational leadership on international tests from practically every angle, but a new traveling exhibit at that nation’s embassy here suggests one more: that the buildings themselves support student achievement.
Finnish students consistently have placed among the top countries on the Program for International Student Assessment, which gauges 15-year-old students’ ability to understand and transfer concepts in reading, mathematics, and science. For example, in the most recent mathematics assessment, in 2009, Finnish students scored 54 points higher than their American peers on a scale of zero to 1,000. Pasi Sahlberg, the director general of the Center for International Mobility and Cooperation at Finland’s education ministry, attributes the nation’s academic achievement to a three-fold approach: quality of the academic curriculum, equity in educational access, “and the third one is the environment. How the environment and design of the school is supporting students’ learning. When we combine these three things we can say something about the overall goodness of the school system.”

20 Must-See Facts About The 21st Century Classroom | Edudemic

20 Must-See Facts About The 21st Century Classroom | Edudemic:

The classroom of the future is on your doorstep. We’re getting slapped in the face with technology (sorry about that, partially my fault), flipped classroom models, and innovative ideas.
So what is the current state of the 21st century classroom? How many teachers have computers in their classroom? What are the 3 biggest reasons to use technology in your classroom? A new infographic from Open Colleges spells it out. We had the honor of helping them with this infographic so please spend at least half a second to check it out. Make me think that someone actually sees some of our hard work!

Key Takeaways

  • 91% of teachers have computers in the classroom
  • Just 20% think they have the right level of technology in the classroom
  • More than half of all colleges surveyed say their biggest priority is upgrading their wi-fi system
  • 43% of teachers surveyed have used online games in the classroom
  • 29% of teachers use social networks… 80% of college professors do too.

Click the infographic below to enlarge. Click here to download it as a printable PDF.

21st Century Classroom

Five-Minute Film Festival: Why Open Education Matters | Edutopia

Five-Minute Film Festival: Why Open Education Matters | Edutopia:

Amy Erin Borovoy
Amy Erin Borovoy is Edutopia's digital media curator, and she has a passion for content at the intersection of online video, new technologies, and education. Follow her on Twitter @VideoAmy or subscribe to her YouTube channel for more videos for educators.

You may have heard some buzz about the "Why Open Education Matters" video contest, sponsored by the U.S. Department of EducationCreative Commons, and Open Society Foundations. The contest raises awareness about the promise of open educational resources (OER) -- free online materials with open licenses which allow teachers and learners to reuse, revise, remix and redistribute the digital resources to their heart's content. What better way to keep educational materials relevant, customizable, and inexpensive?
Over sixty videos were submitted to the contest, and checking out just a few of them will help you understand what open education is all about. A panel of judges will choose winners and award cash prizes -- and there's also a Public Choice vote, open from now through July 11th. I myself am going to have a hard time picking just one to vote for -- so I've chosen a few of my favorites for this playlist. Go to the Why Open Education Matters website to vote for your favorite, or to see more! Winners will be announced on July 18th.

Video Playlist: Why Open Education Matters

Keep watching the player below to see the entire playlist, or view this playlist on YouTube.

School food: we've changed our ideas, now for the hard work | Comment is free | The Observer

School food: we've changed our ideas, now for the hard work | Comment is free | The Observer:

Everyone agrees on the theory of feeding kids well. The challenge is putting it into practice

School food
School food: healthy meals must be a priority. Photograph: Getty Images
I have tried hard to turn my children into little foodies. Our eldest, George aged four, has his own tiny vegetable patch in our back garden, in which he and I have grown radishes, lettuces and wild strawberries. I taught him how to knock limpets off their rocks and chew on their briny flesh; he has even helped me butcher a pig. And yet, if left to his own devices, he would subsist entirely on Cadbury Fingers. His evolutionary instinct to gorge on sugary, fatty foods at every opportunity is simply too strong to be overridden by his tender will. He has not, to my knowledge, come face to face with a Turkey Twizzler, but if he did I am sure it would be love at first sight.
So I have a lot of sympathy, both personal and professional, with those people whose job it is to produce healthy food on a tight budget for schoolchildren, and then persuade them to eat it. In my work at Leon – a restaurant chain whose aim is to serve fast food that tastes good and does you good – we can reasonably assume that the people who come through our doors actually want to eat our food. But the logistics of producing it – fresh, consistent and to a budget – are sometimes maddeningly difficult.

quinta-feira, 5 de julho de 2012

Teachers' Quick Guide on The Use of Games in Education

Teachers' Quick Guide on The Use of Games in Education:

Online gaming plays a major part in most of young people's lives. The gaming trend  that started off as a sole leisure activity a couple of years ago is now integrated into the mainstream and more and more people are using them on everyday basis.Game developers and business corporations are generating billions of revenues out of their sales .In March 2008, a government-funded report from DCSF indicated that sales of games for the under 12 age group represented nearly three quarters of the total UK games market. 87 % of 5-16 year old have a game's console at home, and the enormous success of the Nintendo Wii has shown that new technologies can reach and hold audiences never expected to enjoy playing online or computer games.

Regardless of the negative features associated with gaming such as frivolity, violence and mindlessness, games do have a growing potential in education. Just to make it clear, when I say games I refer to  all kinds of games ( simulations, virtual world games , online games, computer games, puzzel games and many more ). Several studies ( check webliography links below  ) have proved that some characteristics of games have a positive role in learning settings to the point that an entire new model of learning has seen the light under the name Digital  Game-based Learning ( GBL ).

Student Voice and the Teaching of Democracy | Edutopia

Student Voice and the Teaching of Democracy | Edutopia:

Mark Phillips
Mark Phillips is a columnist for the Marin Independent Journal and the The Answer Sheet. He volunteers with the California Film Institute's Educational Outreach Program and serves on the Board of the Buck Institute for Education. You can find him @MarkPSF on Twitter or on Facebook.

School's out. Politics is in. Five months of presidential political combat lie ahead. So I'm psyched to revisit the challenge of effectively educating kids to be active participants in our democratic processes. I plan to post a number of columns over the next months that focus on student voice, the teaching of democracy, civic engagement and political literacy. I'm hoping some of you will join the discussion and toss in your two cents.
The prime directives, cutting across all these topics are:
  1. To effectively teach democracy, you have to model it.
  2. To teach students how to be actively engaged citizens, you have to enable them to practice active engagement.
We get the electorate and government we deserve, and our schools play a critical part in this.

quarta-feira, 4 de julho de 2012

“There are more than two billion social network users connected together. There are more than two billion potential teachers from around the world who can share their experience and learn together. Everyone can be your teacher!” – Hong Kong | daily edventures

“There are more than two billion social network users connected together. There are more than two billion potential teachers from around the world who can share their experience and learn together. Everyone can be your teacher!” – Hong Kong | daily edventures:

Chu Tsz Wing, Teacher at the Hong Kong Institution of Education Jockey Club Primary School - Hong Kong

Because of our Chinese tradition, it is not easy for teachers in Hong Kong to change from teacher-centered learning to student-centered learning,” says Chu Tsz Wing. “With the use of technology in the classroom, we have more choices and opportunities to access knowledge or even contribute to it.”
And Chu has certainly done his share of contributing to educational innovation in Hong Kong, and beyond.  As the IT panel head of The Hong Kong Institute of Education Jockey Club Primary School, Chu is responsible for the use of information technology in both school administrative works and students’ learning.
He was nominated as a coach teacher at the 2011 Microsoft Partners in Learning Global Forum 2011 in Washington, DC and his awards have been many, including the “Innovative Teachers of Hong Kong,” “The Best of the Teachers” in “e-Learning Best Practice 2010 Competition” and the “Microsoft Most Valued Teacher” in 2009 and 2008. He is a proponent of using tablet technology in his classroom, and this approach has garnered much media attention, especially in Hong Kong.
Today, Chu shares his thoughts on using tablet technology in the classroom, the benefits of self-directed learning, and why technology has enhanced collaboration in his students’ daily work.

Survey Results: 67% Educators Report Flipped Classroom Improves Test Scores | Edudemic

Survey Results: 67% Educators Report Flipped Classroom Improves Test Scores | Edudemic:

The Flipped Classroom is one of the most talked about movements in education, perhaps surpassed only by the iPad and online learning itself in buzz. ClassroomWindow has taken the results of their survey on the Flipped Classroom and created an infographic to help visualize some of the numbers.
And while a survey and an actual study are two very different beasts indeed, the data here was overwhelmingly positive.
  • 88% of educators said flipping their classroom improved their job satisfaction
  • 67% report improved student test scores
  • 80% claimed improved student attitude
  • 99% would use it again next year

12 Twitter Tools Every Educators Must Know about

12 Twitter Tools Every Educators Must Know about:

Social networking is a topic that I have been posting about for sometime now. I have published a set of series on this issue and will soon be adding more to it. You can check out Educational Social Networking from part one to part 4 to learn more.
twitter for teachers

Twitter is one of my top social networking tool that I use for both professional development and educational purposes. I don't like to have any personal uses on Twitter because Facebook is already doing this job. The thing about Twitter is that, while it has a huge potential in education, yet many teachers and educators ignore the great arsenal of tools that can be used to get the maximum of this tool. It is no longer about just logging on to Twitter and checking our tweets or posting ours but it is all about how smart we are in interacting with Twitter.In this regard, I am introducing you to a set of highly important Twitter tools that can help you better manage your Twitter activities .

How an Ocean's Journey Inspires One School | Edutopia

How an Ocean's Journey Inspires One School | Edutopia:

Bob Lenz is chief education officer and co-founder of Envision Schools. Lenz has served public education as a teacher, a student-activities director, a school-reform leader, a consultant, and a principal.

Aloha! This past year, our new division, Envision Learning Partners, has been partnering with educators in Hawaii to bring education, Envision Style, to the youth of the islands. Along this journey, I became connected and inspired by the work of the Polynesian Voyaging Society(PVS) and their leader, Nainoa Thompson. As the group's website explains:
The Polynesian Voyaging Society was founded in 1973 for scientific inquiry into our history and heritage: How did the Polynesians discover and settle small islands in ten million square miles of ocean, geographically the largest "nation" on earth? How did they navigate without instruments, guiding themselves across ocean distances of 2500 miles? In 1973-1975, we built a replica of an ancient double-hulled voyaging canoe to conduct an experimental voyage from Hawaii to Tahiti in order answer these questions. The canoe was designed by founder Herb Kawainui Kane and named Hokule'a, Star of Gladness.

terça-feira, 3 de julho de 2012

Inspiring New Futures

Inspiring New Futures:

Eric Brunsell
Eric Brunsell (@brunsell on Twitter) is Assistant Professor of Science Education at UW-Oshkosh. He is the facilitator of Edutopia's STEM group, and a regular blogger for Edutopia.

It's summertime: time to relax, refresh and get connected. Joining an online community of science teachers is a great way to find resources, inspiration and like-minded colleagues to collaborate with as you re-tool your courses for the next school year. The list below is a good starting point to find a community or two that meets your needs. However, the list is not exhaustive. Use the comment section to share any online groups or communities that you find valuable!

Edutopia's STEM Group

This group has over 2000 members engaged in discussion and sharing ideas. Topics range from sharing favorite STEM resources (with over 100 comments) to discussions about what an effective STEM magnet middle school would look like.


Scitable is a social network created by Nature Publishing Group. It can help you connect with peers, scientists and other experts. You can also create your own virtual classroom which allows you to organize content into an e-book and provide students with discussion boards and research tools.

segunda-feira, 2 de julho de 2012

“In my experience the greatest obstacles are cultural – and children’s educational prospects are greatly shaped by the expectations of their teachers, families and communities.” – UK | daily edventures

“In my experience the greatest obstacles are cultural – and children’s educational prospects are greatly shaped by the expectations of their teachers, families and communities.” – UK | daily edventures:

Peter Biot, Professor, Director, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine - UK

Do you remember the first time you learned about HIV/AIDs?  What about Ebola? Both frightening diseases, both highly infectious. There are few people in the world that know these diseases – discovered them, in fact – more intimately than Dr. Peter Piot. Piot’s career has indeed been exceptional. He co-discovered the Ebola virus in Zaire in 1976 and was part of the first international project on AIDS in Africa in the 1980s.
In fact, he is widely acknowledged as having provided the foundations of our understanding of HIV infection in Africa. He has led the International AIDS Society and was assistant director of the World Health Organization‘s Global Program on HIV/AIDS. He was appointed Executive Director of the Joint United Nations Program on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) and Assistant-Secretary-General of the United Nations.  In 1995, Piot was made a Baron by King Albert II of Belgium. He became the director of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine in September 2010.