Monday, February 28, 2011

National Robotics Week, April 9-17, 2011


The second annual National Robotics Week will be celebrated April 9-17, 2011http://www.nationalroboticsweek.org

National Robotics Week is organized by an Advisory Council, founded by iRobot Corp. and The Technology Collaborative, and other leading companies, universities, museums, and organizations across the U.S.

The purpose of National Robotics Week is to:

  • Celebrate the US as a leader in robotics technology development
  • Educate the public about how robotics technology impacts society, both now and in the future
  • Advocate for increased funding for robotics technology research and development
  • Inspire students of all ages to pursue careers in robotics and other Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math-related fields

Facebook Page: http://www.facebook.com/roboweek

Also check out: The National Robotics Week Robot Contest sponsored by Instructables

Sunday, February 27, 2011

Publishers Expand E-Textbook Offerings

Publishers Expand E-Textbook Offerings BY YUKARI IWATANI KANE, WSJ.otg

Publishers are striking deals for expanding e-textbook offerings as schools begin to incorporate tablet computers into the classroom.

Saturday, February 26, 2011

UC becoming a federal university, chancellor says

UC becoming a federal university, chancellor says by Louis Freedburg, SFGate.com California Watch

As it gets more funding from the federal government and less from Sacramento, UC Berkeley is effectively morphing from a state university into a federal university, according to Chancellor Robert Birgeneau.

Friday, February 25, 2011

A Founding Father’s Books Turn Up

A Founding Father’s Books Turn Up By SAM ROBERTS, BYTimes

The discovery of books that once had been in Thomas Jefferson’s library has made Washington University in St. Louis the third largest repository of his collections.

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Harvard, Princeton reinstate early admissions

Harvard, Princeton reinstate early admissions - AP News Wire, Associated Press News - Salon.com

Harvard dropped its early admissions program four years ago, saying it wasn't easy for disadvantaged students to access and contributed to high school student anxiety. Princeton followed suit, hoping other schools would join in, but the idea didn't catch on.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Dream Act Advocate Turns Failure Into Hope

Dream Act Advocate Turns Failure Into Hope By MICHAEL WINERIP, NYTimes

The Dream Act would have given legal status and a chance for citizenship to people like Isabel Castillo, who hasn’t given up on trying to get it passed.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Skipping Rote Memorization in Indian Schools

Skipping Rote Memorization in Indian Schools By VIKAS BAJAJ, NYTImes

A project is trying to change how students are taught and tested in a country where rote memorization is the norm.

Slide Show: Improving Elementary Education

Monday, February 21, 2011

A President Is Present

NPR Sunday Morning Edition: A President Is Present by Will Shortz, New York Times crossword puzzle editor and NPR's Puzzlemaster.

Each word you are given conceals the name of a U.S. president in left-to-right order, but the letters are not consecutive. For example, given the clue "hairdressing, in seven letters," the answer would be "Harding." (download) (script)

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Obama’s Budget Proposes a Significant Increase for Schools

Obama’s Budget Proposes a Significant Increase for Schools By SAM DILLON and TAMAR LEWIN, NYTimes

The administration’s aim to maintain the maximum Pell grant for college students could face stiff opposition from Congress.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Recruiting in China Pays Off for U.S. Colleges

Recruiting in China Pays Off for U.S. Colleges By JACQUES STEINBERG, NYTimes

Dozens of colleges and universities are seeing a surge in applications from students in a nation where the economy is booming.

Sunday, February 13, 2011

While students shore up basics, electives are beyond reach

While students shore up basics, electives are beyond reach by Sharon Noguchi, SJ mercury

The focus on basics has worked; test scores are up. But while students sit through double periods of math, English or sometimes both, electives -- those favorite classes such as drama, graphic design or astronomy -- are out of their reach.

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Yerba Buena students tackle physics -- football physics

Yerba Buena students tackle physics-- football physics by Nadia Drake, SJ Mecury

On Friday, former Oakland Raiders linebacker Mario Celotto treated students in Ann Shioji's science class to a lesson about the physics of football, focusing on Newton's third law of motion, published in 1687.

Friday, February 11, 2011

WENDY KOPP & MALCOLM GLADWELL"Teach For America" Revolution: A Catalyst for Education Reform?



WENDY KOPP & MALCOLM GLADWELL"Teach For America" Revolution: A Catalyst for Education Reform? New York Public Library

  • The most important trends of progress in the quest for educational equity over the last twenty years.
  • The common approaches found in successful classrooms and schools that we can learn from and act on to replicate success.
  • What is right and wrong about the current conversation about education, and how we can change it to better serve children in low-income communities.
  • What policy changes we need to implement to realize educational equity
  • What Teach For America's role in increasing the pace of change will be.

Thursday, February 10, 2011

New Advanced Placement Biology Is Ready to Roll Out, but U.S. History Isn’t

New Advanced Placement Biology Is Ready to Roll Out, but U.S. History Isn’t By CHRISTOPHER DREW, NYTimes

"While the College Board plans to unveil a sweeping revision to Advanced Placement biology courses on Tuesday, it is delaying similar changes in United States history by a year to address concerns from high school teachers.

The changes in both subjects are part of a broad revamping of A.P. courses and exams to reduce memorization and to foster analytic thinking. But while the new biology curriculum is specific about what material needs to be covered, some teachers complained that parts of the history course seemed vague, and the board said it needed more time to clarify what should be studied.

Board officials said they expected to publish the new United States history curriculum next fall. That curriculum will now take effect in the 2013-14 school year, they said, rather than in 2012-13, when the new biology program is to begin." (read more)

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

After a False Dawn, Anxiety for Illegal Immigrant Students

After a False Dawn, Anxiety for Illegal Immigrant Students by Julia Preston, NYTimes

Students who declared their illegal status in a campaign for legislation that failed to pass are now vulnerable.

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

It May Be a Sputnik Moment, but Science Fairs Are Lagging

It May Be a Sputnik Moment, but Science Fairs Are Lagging By AMY HARMON, NYTimes

Participation in high school science fairs appears to be declining, and many teachers blame the administration’s own policy.

Monday, February 7, 2011

In the ‘Glee’ Era, Youth Choruses Pop Up All Over

In the ‘Glee’ Era, Youth Choruses Pop Up All Over By CHLOE VELTMAN, NYTimes

As the popularity of the television series “Glee” has grown, so have the number of youth choruses, groups that are taking on advanced repertory and building worldwide reputations.

Friday, February 4, 2011

Grading the Education President NYTimes

Grading the Education President NYTimes Room for Debate

The 2011 debate: What should the federal role be in overseeing American schools?

Thursday, February 3, 2011

New Year, Jump Higher!


Happy New Year to my beloved students at Shareworld and SAT students everywhere!

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Kicking Off the 2011 Commencement Challenge



wh.gov: Kicking Off the 2011 Commencement Challenge

Viacom's Get Schooled campaign follows Simon Boehme, the salutatorian from the winner of the 2010 Commencement Challenge Kalamazoo Central High and current freshman at the University of Michigan, as he travels to the White House to discuss the Commencement Challenge with President Obama.

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Secretary Arne Duncan answers your Facebook Questions - January 28th,2011



usedgov: Secretary Arne Duncan answers your Facebook Questions - January 28th,2011

US Education Secretary Arne Duncan answersa question about standards and introduces a new site Teach.gov.

The TEACH campaign is an initiative of the United States Department of Education designed to raise awareness of the teaching profession and get a new generation of teachers to join the ones who are already making a difference in the classroom. At TEACH.gov you can learn what it’s really like to be a teacher and get the tools you need to launch your own career in education.