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April 25, 2015

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10:03 AM | how do we assess teacher quality?
This is a post originally writing for Talking Teaching. It's a difficult question for universities, but an important one at a time when they are increasingly under scrutiny for the quality of their educational outcomes (read: student completion &...
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12:53 AM | Priming Studies Show Girls Still on Receiving End of Negative Math Stereotypes (and Also How To Help)
Kestrel loves math. Here's the science of how she might be able to keep it that way. Continue reading → The post Priming Studies Show Girls Still on Receiving End of Negative Math Stereotypes (and Also How To Help) appeared first on Author Garth Sundem.

April 24, 2015

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5:35 PM | Wish the Hubble Telescope a happy 25th birthday with this...
Wish the Hubble Telescope a happy 25th birthday with this space-themed cover of “All About That Bass” from Tom McFadden’s awesomely creative and lyrically talented students: Up In Outer Space: Go Hubble!
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1:24 PM | Final post from our guest picker is Eva Amsen. She writes about...
Final post from our guest picker is Eva Amsen. She writes about science and scientists on easternblot.net, The Finch and Pea, and other places. She is currently running a survey to find out to what extent music and science play a role in people’s lives.Short NPR documentary about science rap battles for school kids in NYC, organised by Chris Emdin. The kids are obviously learning science, but the focus of the video is all about the competition, music, culture, and finding a […]
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9:16 AM | SciFest, SciEdu
[I will be talking about play, games and new technology in the context of learning in Joensuu] Matkustan tänään Joensuuhun, missä on laaja SciFest 2015-tapahtuma 23.-25.4. Itse puhun tapahtuman yhteydessä toteutettavassa SciEdu-seminaarissa la klo 13 otsikolla “Leikkiä, peliä ja uutta … Continue reading →
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3:48 AM | How Would One Go About Raising Cicadas in Captivity?
Written by Joe Ballenger Today’s question comes from Trevor Knight, via our Facebook page. He wants to know if it’s possible to rear cicadas in captivity. It’s a good question, and one I’ve been curious about myself. Insect rearing is … Continue reading →
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1:10 AM | Math is fun…until it’s not…until it IS!
Little kids typically love math. They enjoy counting, and sorting shapes, and playing math games, and learning how to add. But soon, of course, the math gets harder and becomes […]
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12:12 AM | Thirty Years
No, the LTEE did not suddenly jump forward by almost 3 years. That milestone will be reached on February 24, 2018. Next Friday is the end of the semester at MSU and, for me, it will mark 30 years that I’ve … Continue reading →
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12:12 AM | Thirty Years
No, the LTEE did not suddenly jump forward by almost 3 years. That milestone will be reached on February 24, 2018. Next Friday is the end of the semester at MSU and, for me, it will mark 30 years that I’ve … Continue reading →

April 23, 2015

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5:39 PM | Drexel Snapshot: Geology Class Digs into Earth Science on Instagram
GEO 103 class characterizing the nature of the sediments of the Cohansey Formation in the NJ Pinelands. #geo103rocks #drexelcoas #acadnatsci #talkinboutrocks A photo posted by Ted Daeschler (@teddaeschler) on Apr 18, 2015 at 12:29pm PDT On a beautiful spring day, it’s not unusual for college students to ask to hold class outside. But this spring … Continue reading →

April 22, 2015

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11:14 PM | Russia Just Announced Plans to Close 40% of Its Universities. Here’s Why
On Friday (4/17), Russian Minister of Education and Science Dmitry Livanov caused quite a stir when he announced that Russia would be closing 40% of its universities by 2016. The government also plans to cut the number of university branches by 80%, Livanov said. According to data from the Ministry of Education and Science, Russia has 593 state universities (with 1,376 branches) and 486 private universities (with 682 branches). According to Livanov, there are […]
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4:48 PM | Does working memory training change neurophysiology in childhood?
The short answer to that question is ‘yes’. We have known for some time that training particular cognitive skills, like working memory, can produce improvements in cognition. These improvements transfer to other untrained tasks, provided that they are similarly structured. However, we know very little about how these kinds of intensive cognitive training programmes change … Continue reading Does working memory training change neurophysiology in childhood? →

April 20, 2015

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11:06 PM | Transfer in Child L2 Acquisition - Linguistics Topic 30 by...
Transfer in Child L2 Acquisition - Linguistics Topic 30 by thelingspace: Do children have an easier time learning a second language than adults? What paths do kids travel for acquiring new languages? This week, we talk about child second language acquisition: how it differs from first language acquisition by babies, how it differs from adult second language acquisition, and from what ages we start seeing transfer effects from the first language showing up in little kids.We’re glad to be […]
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10:29 PM | Why Is Learning So Hard? Do you have trouble learning things?...
Why Is Learning So Hard? Do you have trouble learning things? Maybe overthinking is getting in your way! Read More:The brain game: How decreased neural activity may help you learn fasterLearning-induced autonomy of sensorimotor systemsCognition Without Control By: DNews.
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8:48 PM | Pedantic arithmetic rules
Generations of math teachers have drilled into their students that they must reduce fractions. That serves some purpose in the early years, but somewhere along the way students need to learn reducing fractions is not only unnecessary, but can be bad for communication. For example, if the fraction 45/365 comes up in the discussion of […]
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8:35 PM | The Class Neil deGrasse Tyson Didn’t Take Even with two master’s...
The Class Neil deGrasse Tyson Didn’t Take Even with two master’s degrees and a Ph.D in astrophysics from Columbia University, there’s one graduate physics course that Neil deGrasse Tyson didn’t take… and, as he admits to co-host Leighann Lord in this video, would probably still be too hard for him. Find out what it is – watch now! By: StarTalk Radio.
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3:24 AM | Prevalence of alcohol use disorders in mainland China: a systematic review
  Alcohol use disorder is an urgent public health problem in China, especially among males. When using high-quality studies, current and life-time prevalence estimates of alcohol dependence in China measure 2.2% and 3.7%, respectively, approaching those of the Netherlands, United States and other western countries. Read the full article here. The post Prevalence of alcohol use disorders in mainland China: a systematic review appeared first on Wiley Asia Blog.
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3:24 AM | Prevalence of alcohol use disorders in mainland China: a systematic review
  Alcohol use disorder is an urgent public health problem in China, especially among males. When using high-quality studies, current and life-time prevalence estimates of alcohol dependence in China measure 2.2% and 3.7%, respectively, approaching those of the Netherlands, United States and other western countries. Read the full article here. The post Prevalence of alcohol use disorders in mainland China: a systematic review appeared first on Wiley Asia Blog.
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3:24 AM | Prevalence of alcohol use disorders in mainland China: a systematic review
  Alcohol use disorder is an urgent public health problem in China, especially among males. When using high-quality studies, current and life-time prevalence estimates of alcohol dependence in China measure 2.2% and 3.7%, respectively, approaching those of the Netherlands, United States and other western countries. Read the full article here. The post Prevalence of alcohol use disorders in mainland China: a systematic review appeared first on Wiley Asia Blog.

April 19, 2015

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11:09 AM | tips for effective on-line science outreach
As you'll have gathered, I'm finding Facebook - and now Twitter - great sources of information, whether it's for teaching, sharing with my students (& others!), or blogging about. And today, this paper popped up on my Twitter feed:...
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12:02 AM | Educational Zoo Humor
Why am I just seeing this now?Difference btwn poisonous & venomous by @RosemaryMosco. Even includes..well, just look. pic.twitter.com/Eb4UGZAgqg— David Steen, Ph.D. (@AlongsideWild) April 18, 2015

April 18, 2015

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6:14 PM | Kids with ADHD must squirm to learn
For decades, frustrated parents and teachers have barked at fidgety children with ADHD to “Sit still and concentrate!” But new research shows that if you want ADHD kids to learn, you have to let them squirm. The foot-tapping, leg-swinging and chair-scooting movements of children with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder are actually vital to how they remember information and […]

Sarver, D., Rapport, M., Kofler, M., Raiker, J. & Friedman, L. (2015). Hyperactivity in Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD): Impairing Deficit or Compensatory Behavior?, Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology, DOI: 10.1007/s10802-015-0011-1

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April 17, 2015

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11:47 PM | Study links brain anatomy, academic achievement, and family income
Many years of research have shown that for students from lower-income families, standardized test scores and other measures of academic success tend to lag behind those of wealthier students. Well now a new study offers another dimension to this so-called “achievement gap”After imaging the brains of high- and low-income students, they found that the higher-income students […]

Allyson Mackey et al. (2015). Students’ Family Income Linked With Brain Anatomy, Academic Achievement, Psychological Science,

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9:49 PM | CDC: American youth now use e-cigarettes more than any other tobacco product
In just a year, electronic cigarette use has tripled among American teens. And considering that no one really knows what the related health impacts are and any regulatory framework is lagging far behind the growing popularity of e-cigarettes, public health advocates say it’s time for action.
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5:29 PM | Women Lead on Conservation in Nepal
"Women do most of the work in rural communities, they are the ones collecting firewood or fodder from the forests or fetching water from the faraway spring. Given how connected women are to nature, they are the most knowledgeable about natural resources and their connection to better livelihoods. Communities without empowered women are missing the backbone that strengthens them and helps them climb out of poverty."
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5:29 PM | Women Lead on Conservation in Nepal
"Women do most of the work in rural communities, they are the ones collecting firewood or fodder from the forests or fetching water from the faraway spring. Given how connected women are to nature, they are the most knowledgeable about natural resources and their connection to better livelihoods. Communities without empowered women are missing the backbone that strengthens them and helps them climb out of poverty."
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5:19 PM | Blindness no barrier to science
Image credit: namedina under Creative Commons License, During the event, the keynote and panel discussion were streamed live for those who were unable to make it. Video is below.     When Josh Miele was growing up, he wanted to be a physicist. But a family friend said, “He can’t be a physicist because physicists […] The post Blindness no barrier to science appeared first on The Berkeley Science Review.
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3:00 PM | Communicate Your Science Competition Winner Announced!
Congratulations to Zakaria Ghazoui, the winner of the first ever Communicate Your Science Video Competition 2015. Zakaria is a PhD student at the Institute des Sciences de le Terre (ISTerre) in France, and has been investigating Himalayan lakes using sediment cores. Here is his video, Inside Himalayan Lakes:

April 16, 2015

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6:45 PM | On the Need for Shiny New Facilities
I’m off to open a new block at Brighton and Hove Sixth Form College tomorrow. A shiny new building to provide fresh classrooms and additional study space, something many schools would dearly love to have. A decent working environment is … Continue reading →
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9:16 AM | EGU15 Photos: Natural Hazards Demonstrations Short Course
These photographs were taking during the European Geoscience Union (EGU) General Assembly in Vienna, at a short course on Natural Hazard Teaching Demonstrations (Photo Credits: Bruce D. Malamud, Faith Taylor, Joel Gill):     In the coming weeks we will start collating photographed examples of teaching demonstrations with teaching guidlines in captions. We hope to use the EGU Imaggeo Site to present these.  Further information can be found: […]
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