Posts Tagged ‘research’

enigmaThe fast pace of life today could very well be responsible for the increase in autism among children. Autism is the fastest rising developmental disorder in the industrialized world. Research has been frustratingly inconclusive, but the emerging theme is that autism is triggered by the environment, not heredity, and that our toxic lifestyle is now proving too much for children to bear. The recently-made DVD (2012), The Autism Enigma (I.D. 2300),  examines this issue. The video runs 52 minutes.

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By eSchool News staff, eSchool News, November 5, 2012 — Teachers are concerned that students are a little too quick to turn to Google and other internet search engines for answers: That’s one finding of a Pew Research Center survey of more than 2,000 teachers nationwide queried about students’ digital research habits.

“Now, by default, they go online and they search,” said Lee Rainie, director of Pew’s Internet and American Life Project. “In some respects, that simplifies things.” On the other hand, Rainie said, it means that students are prioritizing that information in a way that might not give them access to all the high-quality and relevant stuff that would be useful.

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NCTM: 7-12 Classroom Research Grants support and encourage classroom-based research in precollege mathematics education in collaboration with college or university mathematics educators. The research must be a significant collaborative effort involving a college or university mathematics educator (a mathematics education researcher or a teacher of mathematics learning, teaching, or curriculum) and one or more grades 7–12 classroom teachers.

The proposal may include, but is not restricted to, research on the following topics: curriculum development and implementation; involvement of at-risk or minority students; students’ thinking about a particular mathematics concept or set of concepts; connection of mathematics to other disciplines; focused learning and teaching of mathematics with embedded use of technology; and innovative assessment or evaluation strategies.

Maximum award: $6,000

Eligibility: current (as of October 15, 2011) Full Individual or E-Members of NCTM or those who teach at a school having a current (as of October 14, 2011) NCTM PreK-8 school Membership. The college or university mathematics educator must be a member of the NCTM.

Deadline: November 9, 2011

Note: WGBY is not affiliated with this grant making program; please content

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The Christopher Columbus Awards Program combines science and technology learning with community problem-solving.  Middle school students work in teams with the help of an adult coach to identify an issue they care about and, using science and technology, work with experts, conduct research, and put their ideas to the test to develop a solution. The award provides a $25,000 Foundation Community Grant and an all-expense-paid trip to Walt Disney World to attend the program’s National Championship Week, plus a U.S. Savings Bond of $2,000 for each student team member.

Deadline: February 6, 2012.

Note: WGBY is not affiliated with this grant program.  Any questions should be directed to the funding organization.

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It’s no secret that we, as public broadcasters, believe in the educational power of television.  The defining aspect of media that can teach is creating research-based, high-quality content accompanied with supportive curricula.  A great deal of effort has been put into the development of PBS’ children’s programs and the lesson plans that we share with you.  In addition, research is conducted to gain a sense of the possibilities and limitations of educational television, both by television producers and in the realm of academia.  Below, we’ve accumulated some of the existing research and educational philosophies of PBS programs.  What better audience to share this information with that education buffs.  We hope you’ll find these materials interesting!

TV viewing and children:

PBS Kids shows:

And because we couldn’t resist – to show that this content stands the test of time, here’s just one of our favorite Sesame Street clips from long ago (and we dare you not to hum it all day long).  Want to check out more?  Stop by Sesame Street’s Youtube Channel.

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The placebo effect often complicates the objective evaluation of new drugs or medical procedures by introducing biases into the results. In this activity, your students will get the chance to observe how belief and expectation can impact an experiment. As you’ll discover, the activity will require both unsuspecting subjects and a bit of deceit.

This lesson plan, designed for students in grades 5-8, offers the following:

  • Insight into placebos.
  • An activity that involves belief and bias in experiments.
  • An arena to apply critical thinking to Therapeutic Touch.

This resources was created by the team at Scientific American Frontiers; their website for educators offers an incredible number of teaching guides and lesson ideas.

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