Imagine a school where the kids play iPad games to learn about genetics or take on the personas of ghosts to learn about the American Revolution. Those are the approaches to teaching going on at Quest to Learn, a public school in New York City that opened in 2009 expressly to explore how gaming can be integrated with curriculum and where educators work alongside curriculum specialists and game designers to develop instruction.
- By Dian Schaffhauser
In his keynote address at FETC 2013 in Orlando Tuesday, science writer Matt Kaplan proclaimed, "There is no reason to limit science education to the expertise of the teacher in the classroom." With so much information at our fingertips, he said, we should be both willing and able to integrate multiple fields of study to enhance our students' experience of science.
Herff Jones/Nystrom has released a new geography reference tool for the Apple iPad. The new app, which debuted at the FETC 2013 conference taking place in Orlando, FL this week, is a free application that offers users a sampling of StrataLogica's interactive layers of geography, history, and earth science content for the K-12 classroom.
- By Sharleen Nelson
Wowzers is highlighting the new mobile version of its game-based math instruction and new features and curriculum, released in September, at Florida Education Technology Conference (FETC) 2013 this week.
Educational social network Rocket21 has partnered with non-profit SEM Link to connect students with experts from the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics fields.
The National Education Foundation, in partnership with the State University of New York, has launched the Adopt-a-School Program, a grant initiative designed to bring science, technology, education, and math learning resources to disadvantaged schools.
Recent research on high school students in Florida found that those who took at least one technology course and a technical certification exam tended to have better attendance and a higher grade point average than those who didn't.
- By Dian Schaffhauser
Vernier has released the Mini GC Plus, a portable gas chromatograph designed for high school science labs, which expands upon the number of detectable compounds over the company’s original Mini GC. The device helps separate, analyze, and identify substances contained in a volatile liquid or gaseous sample.
- By Stephen Noonoo
The World Wide Workshop's six-year-old social learning network, Globaloria, is designed to teach science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) skills through hands-on game design and programming.
Maplesoft has launched a teaching kit to help instructors of first- and second-year calculus use its mathematics software. "Teaching Calculus with Maple: A Complete Kit," free to Maple and Maple T.A. customers, is available now.