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My latest roundup of links and tools…
America is not competitive
A majority of Fortune 1000 executives surveyed give the American pre-college system a failing grade. As Andrew Trotter reports from Education Week’s new Digital Education blog (check it out!), 95% of the survey participants think that the U.S. is in danger of losing its global position because of students’ disinterest in STEM fields. Be sure to check out the other Bayer Facts of Science Education surveys.
Chris Lehmann rocks out
As others have noted, Chris’ presentation at IgnitePhilly is a must-see. Forward on to others using this URL:
This is the kind of passion I strive for on a regular basis. I don’t always get there, but this is my desired goal.
Hot for teacher
Teach students about dating violence
Rhode Island has made school training about dating violence mandatory. This is a fantastic idea. Did you know that 1 in 5 female high school students report being physically and/or sexually abused by a dating partner?
Americans who want Americans to be dumb at math
Jo Boaler has an interesting Education Week article on the ‘anti-knowledge movement.’
This just in: Teenagers like to text message
The New York Times reports that cell phone users send more text messages than make phone calls. Teenagers are the most prolific texters, which of course will impact their communication habits when they hit the workforce.
Wireless school buses
I love this creative thinking in Arkansas about using wireless Internet access to turn long school bus rides into learning opportunities.
WeDo joins MindStorms
Andrew Trotter reports on Lego’s upcoming WeDo kits for schools. Calling all junior robotics engineers!
Two great Campus Technology articles
Hill Street Blues meets K-12
Did you know that over 12,000 K-12 employees in the U.S. had a nonfatal occupational injury in 2006? As , Hey, let’s be careful out there!
My netbook is on its way!
Netbooks are hot, hot, hot! (see, e.g., the articles in GigaOM, ZDNet, and PC Magazine). Between netbooks and smartphones, the mobile Web is well on its way to penetrating every nook and cranny of our lives. This has positive implications for getting a computing device into the hands of every student! I thought it was time to dive into this computing sector and will share pictures of my Dell Inspiron Mini 9 when it arrives later this month. Now all we need is ubiquitous wireless broadband…
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Do you have a magnetic compass in your head?
Turns out pushups are more telling than treadmill tests when it comes to cardiovascular health.
- Men who can perform 40 pushups in one minute are 96 percent less likely to have cardiovascular disease than those who do less than 10.
- The Harvard study focused on over 1,100 firefighters with a median age of 39.
- The exact results might not be applicable to men of other age groups or to women, researchers warn.
On Thursday, New Zealand moved to ban an array of semi-automatic guns and firearms components following a mass shooting that killed 50 people.
- Gun control supporters are pointing to the ban as an example of swift, decisive action that the U.S. desperately needs.
- Others note the inherent differences between the two nations, arguing that it is a good thing that it is relatively hard to pass such legislation in such a short timeframe.
- The ban will surely shape future conversations about gun control in the U.S.
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