Saturday, July 18, 2009

BBC Earth TwitterNews July 18, 2009

In High Schools, Science is often taught as something that happened then. The fact is that science is something that is happening now. Below is an example of what a daily or weekly Science A4 might look like. It could be delivered as a standalone. Or it could be the sidebar for a student newspaper, a clickable newspaper.

Unlike a textbook, it could be delivered fresh every day or every week. When students get fresh food for thought, it's much more likely that they will think. If CodeZ QR is embedded, it gives the teacher/mentor information about which student is looking, when and where. That information can be shared with parents and other teachers. As that body of information is analyzed, it will make it practical for the teacher to use it to plan appropriate interventions.

  1. BBC_Earth
    BBC_Earth BBC Science&Nature: Brazil demands return of UK waste
  2. BBC_Earth First Deepwater Well Off Libya: Exxon Mobil began drilling the first deepwater explorat..
  3. BBC_Earth Telegraph: British companies accused of dumping toxic waste

  4. BBC_EarthTelegraph: Most polluting postcodes in Britain identified in heart of middle England
  5. BBC_EarthTelegraph: Bottom 1000 least polluting postcodes in Britain
  6. Petroleum Product Demand at Ten Year Low: An article at the Oil and Gas Journal website..
  7. BBC_EarthScienceDaily: Reintroduced Chinese Alligators Now Multiplying In The Wild In China

  8. Micronesia Islands Seek Help: The President of the Federated States of Micronesia has a..
  9. Amazon and Manaus Rivers in Flood: Earth Observatory has satellite images that show spe..
  10. Unconventional Gas Conference: The 11th annual Unconventional Gas Conference will be be..
  11. BBC_EarthEnviroCentric: NASA, CU-Boulder airborne expedition chases Arctic sea ice questions: A small NASA ..
  12. BBC_EarthDiscovery Earth: Climate Changes May be Slower Than Expected


  1. This is a genius idea. One that makes the schooling system more strict and nosey!

    This idea will not help kids want to cooperate with helping teachers with the class or with helping the education system in general. In the short run this is a good way to know how much kids are working so help can be admitted. On the other hand kids will not be pleased with the idea.

  2. The thing is that learning is hard. School is not for fun. If fun happens that's great. If it doesn't happen and the real learning happens, so be it.

  3. True but aren't we trying to find the root of the problem to why kids find it difficult to learn? There must be a way to get kids to fully learn for seven hours a day five days a week every year. If a new curriculum has to be induced then so be it.

  4. You say "There must be a way to get kids to fully learn for seven hours a day five days a week every year." I'm not sure that's true. I can't imagine focusing on anything for 7 hrs x 5 days every week.

    On the other hand, everybody can learn something new all the time, just while they are moving through their day.

    Maybe a good place to start is to figure out what exactly we mean by "learning."

  5. This is the link to a post I just did..

  6. Right i stand corrected. But with a good teacher, environment, people and will power i believe that you can work for a long amount of time. The main aspect of learning is the environment.

  7. I don't think it's about will power, as much as it is about practice.

    It's like being great at anything. Practice makes perfect. The more you practice the better you get. The better you get the more fun it is. The more fun it is the more you practice. And then you go back to "the more you practice, the better . . ."

  8. Many kids never practice until they are perfect and that Michael is the problem schools are having these days. The problem is that kids are reluctant to learn because of the lack of practice and the fact that school gets harder as it goes on. On the other side of the story many kids do practice and just never get it perfect because of the lack of will power and effort put into their work.

  9. Very good point. The only thing is that nobody ever gets to be perfect. Even great doctors "practice" medicine. And great performers are always worried and stressed before every performance. If they were "perfect" that wouldn't happen.

    But your main point makes alot of sense. So what are your thoughts about why some kids who don't practice at school practice alot out of school.

    Consider a musician.

    How does that work?

  10. Well those who do not practice in school generally have obvious concentration problems. Being around your friends in a class with a weird and very lenient teacher makes you just want to turn around and talk to the kid behind you. Once that happens every lesson its all good because you get to talk to your friend and all the kids think you're "cool." Everything is good except one thing: You go home having learned nothing. So when you get home you cram 7 hours of teaching into three hours. Hard but to some very worth it.

  11. yup.

    Just curious what exactly do you do when you do 7 hours of teaching into 3 hours? is it reading or writing or ....

  12. haha. Well i review the important facts over and over until i get them and then i do exercises to clarify that i have it in my brain and that it is compact.

  13. interesting. Could you describe what are the 'exercises" you do. Is it flash cards or writing or talking or answering questions or .....?