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The Federation of
American Scientists, which typically weighs in on matters of nuclear weaponry
and government secrecy, has declared that video games can redefine education.
The group has called for federal research into how the addictive properties
of video games can be converted into serious learning tools for schools.
Read more in this Associated Press story
A recent report from the National Academy of Engineering and National Research Council says the federal government, state governments, and the private sector should develop tests and surveys to measure Americans' knowledge of technology, how they use it in their daily lives, and their ability to make informed decisions on issues involving technology. The technological literacy of teachers could be assessed by following guidelines of the No Child Left Behind Act, which require teachers to demonstrate their level of knowledge in the subjects they teach through several means, including competency tests, the report says. Read the executive summary of the report Tech Tally: Approaches to Assessing Technological Literacy http://www.nsta.org/nstaexpress/techtally.pdf or purchase the entire report online at http://newton.nap.edu/execsumm_pdf/11691.pdf.
What Works Best in Science and Mathematics Education Reform examines the accomplishments, challenges and sustainability of the NSF’s Urban Systemic Program, which ended funding to the last of the school cohorts in September 2006 To read the report, visit http://www.nsta.org/nstaexpress/NSFUSI.pdf.
Two different NSTA Press titles share the discount promotion spotlight this week: October’s Science Fairs Plus is available at 30% off regular retail price through Tuesday at http://www.nsta.org/onlinespecial. And starting on Wednesday, and throughout November, you can order NSTA Press’s Favorite Demonstrations for College Science at 30% off the regular retail price. Favorite Demonstrations offers 36 popular demonstrations across such disciplines as biology, chemistry, Earth science, and physics. The demonstrations are simple to prepare, use low-cost materials, and convey scientific principles in memorable ways. To browse the book and to order, go to http://www.nsta.org/onlinespecial2.
This week we’re traveling to Baltimore, Maryland for our second Area Conference on Science Education of the season! We’ll be investigating the nature of science, learning to integrate science and literacy, exploring the National Aquarium in Baltimore, and meeting many of you! We hope those of you coming to the conference will stop by the NSTA Showcase and say “Hi!”
For those of you who aren’t sure yet, it’s not too late to register. You can even bring the forms and register on site! For details visit http://www.nsta.org/baltimore.
For those of you in the West, we’ll be in Salt Lake City, Utah December 7-9. We hope to see you there. Not registered yet? Visit http://www.nsta.org/saltlakecity for details.
And mark your calendars--registration for our 2007 National Conference on Science Education in St. Louis (March 29- April 1, 2007) is opening December 18! Stay tuned for details!
The NSTA Institute has been conducted a new series of NSTA Web Seminars this fall. The following is a list of the upcoming seminars. For more information, visit http://www.nsta.org/pd/institute.aspxweb_seminars.asp.
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