Science centers, museums, zoos, parks, and nature centers provide
the perfect setting to encourage your students to become lifelong
science learners. Television, radio, and the internet also offer
opportunities for students to acquire science knowledge. As you
teach your students the necessary skills to distinguish science
from pseudoscience and to establish the reliability of the information
they read, you are preparing them to leave your classroom interested
enough in science to pursue additional knowledge through avenues
both formal and informal. This issue of Science Class will look
at the different types of informal science available and show you
how your colleagues are using informal science to supplement their
Science in the News
Article summaries provided by the NSTA WebNews Digest (visit
for national news for science educators).
This month’s news stories discuss various opportunities for
exploring science outside the classroom, including viewing a television
program or visiting a museum exhibit.
to learn more.
on the Web
In this month's high school journal, The Science Teacher,
NSTA members can read "Learning Lessons Through Estuaries."
The link to that article is http://www.nsta.org/gateway&j=tst&n=51359.
Journal Articles on Informal Science
The archives of The Science Teacher provide several articles
that highlight opportunities to reach students through informal
Click here to read more:
To read about informal science in NSTA Press and NSTA Recommends
Click here for the newest titles from NSTA Press:
To receive the latest NSTA catalog for your specific grade level,
The December 28 issue of eSchool News featured
an article that points out that "while the importance of
whole-class learning is hardly new to education, it is more significant
than ever… [Today,] an educator failing to reach one student
can hurt a school's reputation as much as one who fails to reach
the entire class." Visit http://www.eschoolnews.com/resources/reports/wholeclasslearning/index.cfm
to read a collection of articles, web links, and other resources
related to how technology can facilitate whole-class learning.
Three exciting free Web Seminars are being offered
in January, 2006:
Picture-Perfect Science: January 11
Preparing for the Journey to Space: January 19
Investigating Safely: January 25
These 90-minute live professional development experiences
use online learning technologies that allow you to interact with
nationally acclaimed experts; NSTA Press authors; and scientists,
engineers, and education specialists from NSTA government partners,
such as NASA and NOAA—all from the convenience of your desktop!
Educators use online tools that allow them to mark
up and annotate presenters' slides, share desktop applications,
or engage in chats, surveys, and polls with others online. Seminars
may be archived and are available for viewing after the live event
has occurred. For a full schedule of seminar topics, dates, and
times for January and February, and to register, visit http://institute.nsta.org/web_seminars.asp.
Registration is free, but the number of participants is limited,
so register early.
Seeks Elite University Status
China wants to transform its top universities into
the world’s best within a decade, and the country is spending
billions of dollars to attract big-name scholars and build first-class
research laboratories to accomplish this effort. China is focusing
on science and technology, areas that not only reflect its development
needs, but also mirror the preferences of an authoritarian system
that restricts speech. Many Chinese academics note that the biggest
drawback to this effort is the lack of academic freedom. To read
the article by Howard French that first appeared in The New
York Times, visit the Register-Guard at http://www.registerguard.com/news/2005/12/13/a1.chinauniversities.1213.p1.php?section=nation_world.
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