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Week of November 14, 2011

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Siemens "We Can Change the World Challenge"

Departments of Education and Defense to Launch "Learning Registry" Tools and Community

The U.S. Departments of Education and Defense announced the launch of “Learning Registry,” an open-source community and technology designed to improve the quality and availability of learning resources in education. Rather than creating an alternative destination to existing websites, Learning Registry is a communication system that allows existing educational portals and online systems to publish, consume, and share important information about learning resources with each other and the public, while respecting the privacy of individual users.

Basic data about resources—grade level, subject area, and author—can be shared through Learning Registry, as well as more complex data such as curricular standards alignment information. This platform for innovative data sharing also allows user activities to be shared anonymously, such as the types of educators who find a specific resource particularly useful (e.g., elementary teachers, or those focused on working with migrant students, etc.).

For further information and contact with collaborators using Learning Registry, visit the community website: www.learningregistry.org.

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Add NSTA Products to Your Amazon Wish List

The winter holidays are right around the corner, and if parents or students are going to give you a gift (one can always hope!), why not make it a gift you can really use? Browse the NSTA Science Store and click on the “Add to Amazon Wish List” button whenever you see something you like. Then make sure everyone knows about your list. And may all your wishes come true!

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Free Web Seminar Offers "Edge" to ExploraVision Competitors

Register now for ExploraVision Online Resources, a free web seminar scheduled for Nov. 17 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern time. Learn how to access and utilize the many online resources for the ExploraVision competition, including lesson plans and registration tips.  The online event is designed to provide advice and resources to help participants and prospective applicants succeed in the program. Visit the NSTA Learning Center to register and/or view archives of previous seminars on the ExploraVision competition, a K–12 challenge that encourages students to combine their imaginations with the tools of science to create and explore a vision of a future technology. For more information, access www.exploravision.org.

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New from NSTA Press: Hard-to-Teach Science Concepts: A Framework to Support Learners, Grades 3–5

Elementary teachers with a need for solid direction on the tough task of teaching difficult science concepts to young students can take heart. Authors Susan Koba and Carol Mitchell introduce their conceptual framework for successful instruction that comprises four steps: (1) engage students about their preconceptions and address their thinking; (2) target lessons to be learned; (3) determine appropriate strategies; and (4) use Standards-based teaching that builds on student understandings. The authors not only explain how to use their framework but also provide a variety of tools and examples of its application on four hard-to-teach foundational concepts: the flow of energy and matter in ecosystems, force and motion, matter and its transformation, and Earth’s shape. Both preservice and inservice elementary school teachers will find this approach appealing, and the authors’ engaging writing style and user-friendly tables help educators adapt the method with ease. To download a free chapter or purchase the book, visit the NSTA Science Store.

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West Coast Professional Development for Science Educators—Seattle

Take advantage of NSTA’s Area Conference on Science Education, December 8–10, an event that offers wide-ranging workshops, seminars, presentations and full day programs to K–16 teachers and administrators. Join the discussion, stretch your mind, and tackle new techniques and strategies for your classroom, your school, and your district.

Elementary Highlights

  • Teaching Energy Conservation with an Emphasis on Biofuels
  • Inquiry in Action—Explore characteristic physical properties of four similar-looking household liquids
  • Using Science as a Tool in Reading and Writing Instruction
  • Picture-Perfect Workshop—Learn about integration of science and reading using picture books (Preconference full-day program, Dec. 7)

Middle School Highlights

  • NASA's Seven Ways a Black Hole Can Kill You
  • N2: The Layered Curriculum Development Model for Project-based STEM Education
  • Inquiry Lessons: Life on Earth and Elsewhere?
  • Amazing Things Cells Can Do

High School and College Highlights

  • The Multilevel Classroom: Differentiation Strategies for Science
  • Drop the Lecture and Let the Students Pick Up the Learning in AP Biology
  • Climate Data and Modeling
  • Evolution and Medicine: A New Approach to a Central Topic in High School Biology
  • Lost in Translation: Exploring Protein Synthesis with Interactive Physical Models

Full-Day Programs: Biology, Chemistry, Physics, and Engineering

Field trips, nationally renowned speakers, the Exhibit Hall, and networking with peers are great activities to work into your conference schedule. Make this your professional development getaway. Visit www.nsta.org/seattle for more information or to register.

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