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Scientists Say Video Games Can Reshape Education

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
http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/education/2003309887_videogames18.html.

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Two New Reports Focus on Technology Literacy and What Works in NSF Urban Systemic Program

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://science.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://science.nsta.org/nstaexpress/NSFUSI.pdf.

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Education in the News

Met Life Teachers Survey Released
Teachers questioned for the annual survey of teacher attitudes and expectations--conducted every year since 1984 for MetLife—feel they don’t have enough time for planning and grading, for helping individual students, and over 60% say their salaries are not fair for the work they do. Of the respondents, 27% say they are likely to leave teaching in the next five years. Read more about the MetLife Survey at http://www.metlife.com/teachersurvey.

SAT Still Makes the Grade
The scoring problems that plagued last October's SAT appear to have had no adverse effect on the number of students registered to take the high–stakes college admissions exam, although the glitches have prompted some college admissions offices to put more emphasis on the essay and other parts of an applicant's portfolio. Out of the roughly 2,600 accredited colleges in the United States, 730 institutions have now made the SAT optional. Visit http://www.newsday.com/news/local/longisland/ny-lisat154934110oct15,0,64524.story?coll=ny-linews-headlines for more information.

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It’s a Transition Week for NSTA Press Online Specials

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.

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NSTA is on the Road, Again!

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!

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Check Out the List of NSTA's Web Seminars

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.

  • NASA: Lunar Exploration I: November 7, 2006
  • FDA: Food Safety and Nutrition I: November 9, 2006
  • NASA: Lunar Exploration II: November 14, 2006
  • JPL: Using Earth to Explore Mars: November 16, 2006
  • NASA: Lunar Exploration III: November 21, 2006
  • NASA: Lunar Exploration IV: November 28, 2006
  • NSDL: Plate Tectonics Made to Order: November 30, 2006

And Don't Forget…

  • Your Membership—We want you back, and we’ll give you 15 MONTHS FOR THE PRICE OF 12! Look at the top of this e-mail. If, next to “member status” it says “LAPSED,” then we want you back! Re-join NSTA now, and you’ll receive an EXTRA 3 MONTHS FREE! To learn how, visit http://science.nsta.org/nstaexpress/membership2.pdf.
  • If you want science teachers to know about your event, submit it to the NSTA Calendar at http://www.nsta.org/main/calendar/events.php.
  • NSTA awards offer opportunities to share your school’s science education success stories. NSTA offers several new awards this year. The deadline to apply is November 15, so don’t miss your chance. To download or print application forms, visit http://www.nsta.org/awardscomp.

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