science

Wake-up call: is the government now listening to university experts? | Education

Steve Brine, a former public health minister, was intrigued when he spotted a fellow train passenger reading Matthew Walker’s bestseller Why We Sleep. He picked up a copy of the popular science book, which argues that sleeping a eight hours per night can transform physical and mental health, and subsequently pushed to include guidance on minimum sleep hours in the government’s health green paper. “I was really struck by what it said,” says Brine. “It was a good piece of…

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Oxford professor accused of selling ancient Bible fragments | Education

An Oxford University professor has been accused of selling ancient Bible fragments to a controversial US company that has been involved in several high-profile scandals related to its aggressive purchases of biblical artefacts. Dirk Obbink, one of the world’s most celebrated classics professors, has been named after an investigation by staff associated with Oxford’s Oxyrhynchus Papyri project. He is accused of selling without permission a number of ancient fragments to the US arts and crafts chain Hobby Lobby. Its owners,…

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No-deal Brexit would leave science dead for years, say Nobel prizewinners | Education

Two Nobel laureates and other top scientists are accusing Boris Johnson of destroying Britain’s global reputation by behaving “like a clown” and pursuing a no-deal Brexit that would leave UK science “dead” for years. The government has assured anxious academics it still has a clear ambition to join the European commission’s new €100bn (£89bn) research funding programme, Horizon Europe, after Brexit. But Robert-Jan Smits, the commission’s former director-general of research, says the UK has “zero chance” of negotiating associate membership…

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How necessary is STEM really? – Education Article

Hearing about STEM programs being incorporated into schools is nothing new, though I still frequently encounter districts that don’t have any STEM initiative in place. That doesn’t alarm me at first glance. See, I have also worked with schools who have a set-aside STEM time one day each week, and with schools who have a pull-out STEM class that everyone attends every week. I’ve also worked with an art teacher who had her students use the one 3D printer to…

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Let’s Discuss Agency in the PYP – Education Article

By Ali Ezzeddine, 4 Generations 4 Education One year ago, when the enhanced PYP was published, all PYP teachers were discussing the word Agency by asking the following questions: What will it look like? How do we implement it? How do we measure it? Why is it important? How do we discuss it with the parent community? How will it impact our daily planning? Which PD do we need to attend to understand it? As a PYP educator, the word…

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Geoff White obituary | Education

In 1985 the work research unit of the Department of Employment was disbanded and my father, Geoff White, stepped down after five years as director. A colleague wrote: “It is not often that one person can make a national and international contribution to such a worthy cause; the quality of working life in the UK will always be linked with the name of Geoff White.” Geoff, who has died aged 93, was an occupational psychologist, elected a fellow of the…

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UK-led cancer and climate trials at risk as British researchers become liability | Education

British researchers say they are being shut out of bids for major European research partnerships, or asked to keep a low profile, because of fears that the threat of a no-deal Brexit could contaminate chances of success. An analysis by University College London of the latest EU research funding data shows that UCL and eight other Russell Group universities were running around 50 big European research collaborations a year in 2016, but only 20 in 2018. Researchers say that taking…

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Free Technology for Teachers: Beaker – Education Article

Beaker is an iOS and Android app that lets students virtually mix chemicals. In the app students can select chemicals to mix to see how they react to each other. The app also has a virtual match that students can light to see how chemicals react to heat. The most impressive feature of the app is called Air Mix. The Air Mix feature in Beaker lets students virtually pour chemicals from one Beaker to another. When you have two phones…

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Comparing Global Biomes – National Geographic Education Blog – Education Article

Kevin Rohn’s sixth-graders applied the scientific process to investigate and compare locations around the world. Each student used an interactive world biome map to select two locations, develop a question about them, and answer the question based on data from the map. Students then shared their findings by designing infographics. Kevin Rohn teaches science at Beaver Country Day School in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts. Photo by lizlinder.com For your National Geographic Educator Certification project, you asked students to compare locations using…

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Space Education Allows Students To Dream Big – Education Article

If you peeked through a window of the Ross home in July of 1969 you would have seen a boy perched on the edge of his parent’s coffee table, watching intently as Neil Armstrong stepped onto the moon’s surface. Little Davey Ross was awestruck. He wanted to become an astronaut, as did millions of other kids around the world. Our dreams were too big to be limited by something as mundane as gravity. Much has changed in the intervening 50…

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Invite Curiosity and Promote Inquiry Through Phenomena – Education Article

True inquiry often starts with an anomaly or at least an engaging hook to elicit curiosity. Phenomena for NGSS is an ever-growing collection of engaging phenomena, in the form of images and animated GIFs; it’s a must-have resource for any science teacher. Throughout Next Generation Science Standards resources, you’ll notice a clear shift from teaching general content without application to driving deeper learning by providing opportunities for students to explain and predict phenomena. The creators of Phenomena for NGSS do…

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20 of the Best Space Books For Kids in 2019 – Education Article

Divided into three sections, Stars, Explore Space, and The Night Sky, the book explains and help teenagers discover stars and space. True to their form of publishing highly visual photographic nonfiction, DK Publishers, used NASA photos and 3D images to display the wonders of the universe. As part of the Knowledge Encyclopedia series, the book’s outlay is encyclopedic in nature. Packed with facts, details, and descriptions using infographics, diagrams, timelines, and data boxes to highlight and explain makes space come…

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Brexit ‘may bar UK scientists from €100bn EU research fund’ | Education

One of Britain’s leading researchers has warned of a “major blow” to national science if ministers cannot secure access to a massive research programme that is being drawn up by the EU. The Horizon Europe programme will fund €100bn in research projects, making it one of the largest science funds in the world. British researchers will be locked out unless the government negotiates an access deal in the coming months. Sir Paul Nurse, the Nobel prize-winning director of the Francis…

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Resourceaholic: 5 Maths Gems #102 – Education Article

Welcome to my 102nd gems post. This is where I share some of the latest news, ideas and resources for maths teachers. 1. Grade Boundaries and Exam DatesYou might have already seen Jonathan Hall’s (@StudyMaths) GCSE grade boundaries page. I find this page surprisingly useful! He has now updated it with the November 2018 grade boundaries. Also, don’t forget about the Exam Countdown page which is really useful for quickly checking exam dates. 2. Algebra ResourcesThanks to Sarah Carter (@mathequalslove) for sharing…

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Let me into your home: artist Lauren McCarthy on becoming Alexa for a day | Art and design

In a gallery in downtown Manhattan, people are huddling around four laptops, taking turns to control the apartments of 14 complete strangers. They watch via live video feeds, and respond whenever the residents ask “Someone” to help them. They switch the lights on and off, boil the kettle, put some music on – whatever they can do to oblige. The project, called Someone, is the latest in a series exploring our ever more complicated relationship with technology. It’s by the…

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Observing Our Changing Earth – National Geographic Education Blog – Education Article

Mary Hanan led her middle school science students on a year-long study of specific plots of land. Students made observations and collected data to demonstrate how their plot of land changed over time. Mary Hanan is a sixth-grade science teacher at Riverside Meadows Intermediate School in Plumas Lake, California. Photo courtesy Mary Hanan Could you give an overview of your National Geographic Educator Certification project, which you called “Piece of Earth?” I wanted my sixth-grade students to understand that scientific…

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