Getting the latest technology in their classrooms is not the only
hurdle teachers must overcome to incorporate modern approaches into
their curriculum. Teachers in focus groups conducted at NSTA's national
and area conferences have told us they want to be shown how to do
it. Hands-on instruction is key to making teachers comfortable enough
with technology that they are willing to actually use it.
Studies are released every day that extol the virtues and dangers
of relying on technology; teachers wishing to stay current and to
improve their teaching are often bewildered by the array of information
and resources available. In this issue of Science Class,
we've provided some news stories, NSTA journal articles, and information
on NSTA Press® books that examine trends and provide resources.
and Teaching in the News
Article summaries provided by the NSTA WebNews Digest
for national news for science educators).
News stories selected for this month’s issue discuss technology-related
studies and resources.
To read more, visit
and Teaching on the Web
In this month's elementary-level journal, Science and Children,
NSTA members can read "Talking Science, Modeling Scientists"
For the complete Science and Children Summer 2006 Table
of Contents, visit http://www.nsta.org/gateway&j=sc&n=52186.
SciLinks® is a web-based service from NSTA that provides online
content chosen to augment printed articles and books. It does so
through keywords; the keyword for this issue is
Technology Teaching Tools:
Journal Articles on Technology and Teaching
New technologies emerge every day, and whether teachers use these
technologies properly affects how successful they are in reaching
their students. Find out how some of your colleagues are coping
with the changes.
Click here to read more:
To read about Technology and Teaching in NSTA Press® and NSTA
Recommends® books, visit http://science.nsta.org/enewsletter/2006-07/books_elementary.htm.
To read about the newest titles available from NSTA Press, visit
To receive the latest NSTA catalog for your specific grade level,
Panel of K-12 Leaders Backs Weighted-Student Method of Funding
"A diverse group of leaders in K-12 education
policy are advocating a dramatic change in the way schools are
financed, saying they should receive money based on the number
and types of students they serve and that principals should determine
teacher pay, professional development, and many other matters
currently set by districts." (Education Week) To
read more, visit http://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2006/06/27/42finance_web.h25.html?levelId=1000
According to BBC News, "the world's
top scientists have joined forces to call for 'evidence-based'
teaching of evolution in schools."
Click here to read more: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/sci/tech/5098608.stm.
Visit the NSTA SciGuides site at http://sciguides.nsta.org/internet/default.aspx
for some concise advice on "How Can I Use the Internet in
My Classroom?" Check out the valuable resources, grant information,
and research on technology in the classroom.
NSTA SciGuides provide a multimedia demonstration
that shows you how these grade-appropriate, Standards-aligned
websites can help you bring effective internet resources into
your classroom. To access the demonstration, visit http://sciguides.nsta.org/demo/index.html.
and Children (S&C) and NSTA have a blog devoted
to early childhood science (see http://science.nsta.org/earlyyearsblog).
Here you’ll find teaching advice, management tips, favorite
resources, and activity ideas specifically for teachers of grades
preK–2. The blog accompanies Science and Children’s
column The Early Years. Highlights from the online conversations
will appear in the print column. Teachers who post a comment that
gets chosen for publication in S&C will receive one
free book from a select group of NSTA Press publications.
Technology means more than computers in the classroom.
Teachers at the Early Years are discussing the unique ways they
incorporate technology into their lessons. To join in, visit http://science.nsta.org/earlyyearsblog/comments.aspx?blogid=1&articleid=54.
Science and Children (grades preK5) has issued a Call
for Papers on specific topics. Click here to find out more:
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