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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

    I wonder what the NEA thinks about this SinglesNet ad.

    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

    Article 1: 5 common mistakes using blogs with students.
    Article 2: Educators and the generative nature of the digital economy.

    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 Sergeant Esterhaus used to note, 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…

    James Patterson on writing: Plotting, research, and first drafts

    The best-selling author tells us his methods.

    • James Patterson has sold 300 million copies of his 130 books, making him one of the most successful authors alive today.
    • He talks about how some writers can overdo it by adding too much research, or worse, straying from their outline for too long.
    • James' latest book, The President is Missing, co-written with former President Bill Clinton, is out now.
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    How to vaccinate the world’s most vulnerable? Build global partnerships.

    Pfizer's partnerships strengthen their ability to deliver vaccines in developing countries.

    Susan Silbermann, Global President of Pfizer Vaccines, looks on as a health care worker administers a vaccine in Rwanda. Photo: Courtesy of Pfizer.
    • Community healthcare workers face many challenges in their work, including often traveling far distances to see their clients
    • Pfizer is helping to drive the UN's sustainable development goals through partnerships.
    • Pfizer partnered with AMP and the World Health Organization to develop a training program for healthcare workers.
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    Why the White House Correspondents’ Association dinner won’t feature a comedian in 2019

    It's the first time the association hasn't hired a comedian in 16 years.

    (Photo by Anna Webber/Getty Images for Vulture Festival)
    Culture & Religion
    • The 2018 WHCA ended in controversy after comedian Michelle Wolf made jokes some considered to be offensive.
    • The WHCA apologized for Wolf's jokes, though some journalists and many comedians backed the comedian and decried arguments in favor of limiting the types of speech permitted at the event.
    • Ron Chernow, who penned a bestselling biography of Alexander Hamilton, will speak at next year's dinner.
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