June 29, 2004
ExploreLearning Job Opening
We seek to hire an experienced Teacher Training and Professional Development professional to develop, manage and coordinate a program that ensures broad and enthusiastic usage of ExploreLearning Gizmos(tm) by teachers and their students in customer school districts. More information, including application requirements, can be found here at our Employment page.
This position is an important one to our organization as it will involve developing a program to ensure the retention of existing customers as well as growth in their schools/districts and expansion into other districts.
If you believe that ExploreLearning Gizmos™ rule, or someone you know shares that belief or otherwise fits the bill, please contact us pursuant to the instructions on the web page above or pass this information to the interested party.
June 28, 2004
A Little Too Much Hands On Education?
At ExploreLearning, we believe in the hands on approach to education; indeed, our research on the effectiveness of Gizmos finds that "they are powerful instructional aids because they enable active, hands-on exploration of abstract concepts."
However, even we confess that this is taking the "hands on" approach a bit too far:
The five Carroll school board members voted unanimously Monday to accept the resignation of bus driver Melanie Rivers, who is accused of allowing children to drive the bus and then offering to let them bring treats on the bus if they didn't tell their parents. (Hat tip to the EduWonk blog for the link.)
June 21, 2004
Two New Science Gizmos
Two more Gizmos have been added to the science library. They are Porosity, and Mystery Powder Analysis. The Exploration Guide and Assessment Questions are under development. While the EG is developed, there are occasionally some modifications to the Gizmos.
June 15, 2004
Six New Science Gizmos
Six more Gizmos have been added to the science library. They are Relative Humidity, Freezing Point of Salt Water, Hurricane Motion, Determining a Spring Constant, H-R Diagrams, and Weather Maps. The Exploration Guide and Assessment Questions are under development. While the EG is developed, there are occasionally some modifications to the Gizmos.
June 10, 2004
National Math-Science Online Lobby Week Scheduled for June 14-18
From the NSTA:
Join your colleagues for this nationwide campaign to increase federal funding for K-12 science and math education programs. During the week of June 14-18, hundreds of science and math teachers, administrators, supervisors, and professors--in short, everyone with an interest in K-12 science and math education--will be asked to take a minute online to email their members of Congress with one simple request: to increase funds for the Math and Science Partnership program at the Department of Education.
As you know, the Math and Science Partnership program makes funds available at the state level specifically for science and math programs that include collaborative opportunities between higher education, K-12, and the public and private sectors. Since important funding decisions are now being made in Washington, D.C., members of Congress need to hear from you about the importance of this program.
Join us next week, and plan to e-mail your Representatives and Senators for this online advocacy program: It's quick, it's simple, and IT WORKS. For more information on the Math and Science Partnerships, go to http://www.nsta.org/legaffairs.
June 07, 2004
Venus Dances and Transits
Venus will be moving between us (here on Earth) and the Sun tomorrow. It will be visible in many parts of the world. For more information you can read this BBC article (and they have links to many other web sites).
For visibility regions, visit this NASA site.
June 04, 2004
Science Library Update
Four more Gizmos have been added to the science library today. They are Period of Mass on a Spring, Ideal Gas Law, Uniform Circular Motion, and Element Builder. The Exploration Guide and Assessment Questions are under development. While the EG is developed there are occasionally some modifications to the Gizmo.
The Chronicle of Higher Education reports that a new study on that most dreaded of standardized tests, the SAT, will soon be published in the Journal of Econometrics.
As you know, the SATs (and other college placement tests) have been derided for years as being elitist and/or promulgating class distinctions.
With that said, I found this from Gail Heriot on the Volohk Conspiracy blog thought provoking:
Moreover, insofar as the children of successful parents do score more highly, the test is measuring something real and not something that will disappear if the SAT is abolished. Such students, on the whole, don't just tend to get better scores, they tend to do better in college too. Ignoring SAT scores just because the children of high-achievers tend to do well would be like ignoring height in basketball players just because the children of tall people tend to be tall.