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March 13, 2014

Should Schools Treat Coding as a 'Basic Literacy'?

With many schools offering relatively little in the way of computer science course, a growing number of young students are turning to private coding programs.

March 11, 2014

Traveling STEM Fair Draws In Teachers and Students

Thousands of students and teachers took over George Washington University on Saturday to learn more about science, technology, engineering, and math.

January 03, 2014

YouTube's 'Pop Science' Videos Gaining Popularity

The number of subscribers to educational YouTube channels tripled in 2013, according to an end-of-year NPR story. And a major contributor to that growth has been increased interest in "pop science"—or what YouTube calls "explainer"—videos.

December 18, 2013

Study: iPads Help Students Grasp Challenging Science Concepts

A new study by researchers at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics suggests tablet-computer simulation programs can significantly boost students' grasp of difficult scientific concepts.

December 13, 2013

Good News From PISA? U.S. Math/Science Gender Gap Closed

In the United States, there was no statistical difference between boys' and girls' scores in either math or science on the 2012 PISA test.

December 10, 2013

'Hour of Code' Aims to Get Students Programming

A new campaign for Computer Science Education Week is attempting to get 10 million K-12 students to spend an hour learning how to code.

November 13, 2013

Does Free Time Trump Class Time for Innovative Teens?

Reflecting on recent news about another teen software genius, a Catholic school educator wonders how schools can better support advanced students who have creative interests outside of conventional academic areas.

October 25, 2013

How Far Should Student-Centered Learning Go?

A Wired magazine story looks at the effects of a "radical new teaching method" in which teachers stop direct instructing and start posing problems for students to solve. Could the approach lead, as one educational researcher posits, to teacherless schools?

August 09, 2013

When Science Meets Hip-Hop

At last month's Science Genius B.A.T.T.L.E.S. (Bring Attention to Transforming Teaching, Learning and Engagement in Science) competition, young rappers from New York public schools showcased original hip-hop performances all centered on one theme: science.

August 06, 2013

Science Teachers Take to the Sea

Four teachers recently shipped off on a sea adventure, tagging along with scientists conducting research for NOAA, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

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