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This issue of the high-school edition of Science Class features the theme Digital Frontiers: Using Technology in the Science Classroom. Please tell us what you think of the issue by using the Feedback link on the left of Science Class or by sending an e-mail to us at enewsletterfeedback@nsta.org.

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How far have you explored the Digital Frontier in your classroom? Depending on where you live, the size of the school in which you teach, and how "connected" your school has become technologically speaking, the answers vary widely. This issue provides examples of how teachers everywhere are embracing—and sometimes struggling with—technology to provide their students with the skills and the access they need.

Digital Frontiers in the News

Article summaries provided by the NSTA WebNews Digest

(Visit http://www.nsta.org/mainnews for national news for science educators)

This month’s news stories discuss technological tools used in the science classroom and studies assessing students’ use of the internet.

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Digital Frontiers on the Web

In this month's high school-level journal, The Science Teacher, NSTA members can read "Earth From Above" at http://www.nsta.org/gateway&j=tst&n=52601. For the complete The Science Teacher October 2006 Illustrated Table of Contents, visit http://www.nsta.org/gateway&j=tst&n=52688.

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: http://www.scilinks.org/retrieve_outside.asp?sl=92635699111010661011

NSTA Journal Articles on Digital Frontiers

Several articles from the NSTA journal archives provide examples of how teachers are using technology in their classrooms.

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Books, Books, Books

To read about Digital Frontiers in NSTA Press® and NSTA Recommends® books, visit http://science.nsta.org/enewsletter/2006-10/books_high.htm.

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To receive the latest NSTA catalog for your specific grade level, visit


Professional Development

NSTA Web Seminars

A new series of NSTA Web Seminars is scheduled between September 2006 and March 2007. Topics include: nutrition and food safety, the Moon, the ocean's role in weather and climate, living and working in space, force and motion, energy, and the International Polar Year!

To learn more or to register, visit http://institute.nsta.org/web_seminars.asp.

NSTA Symposia

The following NSTA Symposia are scheduled to take place at the Midwestern Area Conference in Omaha, Nebraska, October 19-21, 2006:

Force and Motion: Stop Faking It!, presented by NSTA Press author Bill Robertson
Lunar Exploration, presented by NASA

The following NSTA Symposia are scheduled to take place at the Eastern Area Conference in Baltimore, November 2-4, 2006:

The Ocean's Role in Weather and Climate, presented by NOAA
Force and Motion: Stop Faking It!, presented by NSTA Press author Bill Robertson
Food Safety and Nutrition, presented by the FDA
Living and Working in Space: Energy, presented by NASA

Global Science Teaching

The Salvation of Science (The Australian)

The president of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering, Robin Batterham, writes about her concern that so many of her nation's students are not choosing to study science, education, and technology.

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Next Month's Theme:

Problem-Based Learning

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