Portland’s Christine McKinley wears many hats: she’s a mechanical engineer, a musician, a composer, an author and a former TV personality. She’s also on a mission to make math and science more fun. Her book Physics for Rock Stars is part memoir, part science lesson, and part advice column. It reads like a practical guide to the world from a clever, nerdy friend. Physics Lessons From The Science Teacher You Wish You’d Had …
Amazing what young minds can create… with a process and research.
- 15 year old invents New Method of Diagnosing Cancer (social-consciousness.com)
- Find Scholarship Competitions for Technology Enthusiasts (usnews.com)
- College Scholarships Ending in November 2013 (mycollegeguide.org)
Fresh potable water for drinking and irrigation are going to be one of the 21st century’s great challenges. This sounds counterintuitive, but, hey! That’s why we need to be open to new ideas! check this out:
Sand dam technology may date to Roman times. But it has been perfected in the 21st century by a combination of talent including a British NGO called Excellent Development, a Kenyan farmer named Joshua Mukusya, and Mennonites from North America.
Read about sand dams.
Many of my students don’t like to sketch because they feel they aren’t good at it. I tell them, this isn’t an art class, it’s a class in learning to solve problems using a structured process and to communicate the results using a technical vocabulary and tool kit (e.g., computer software like Autodesk Inventor and Microsoft Excel). Sketching, like writing by hand, engages the mind integrate vision with the tactile expression of ideas via words, or in class, via sketches: it’s all about communicating what’s in our head so others can understand.
I found this article by a local business writer about writing by hand in this age of ubiquitous digital technology to reinforce my instructional philosophy. The author cites some research that also supports this belief.
(A)n MRI brain scan showed subjects in the handwriting group had activated their brain’s visual and motor systems, as well as their brain’s emotional centers. Chen not only called writing by hand a creative activity, but a visual-spacial process, which could explain why we remember written appointments better than those typed into a smartphone.
There’s also this from the “Reviving the Lost Art of Manliness”
By scanning the brain, researchers have found that writing by hand improves memory, cognitive activity, and the expression of ideas.
- Clark College is now using Canvas and Edmodo as I learned from a couple of our Running Start students.
- And some of our recent alumni have also shared their online classroom experiences with me because I started introducing online learning skills in my classes when I started teaching high school eight years ago.
- My son who taught at WSU-Pullman last year (now at Cal State) also taught online courses.
- How Online Classes Level the Playing Field for Minorities and At-Risk Students (brighthub.com)
- Trends in Education for the 2013-2014 School Year (engagetheirminds.wordpress.com)