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Flip the Science Lab

Vast quantities of time and money are spent on traditional science labs. Too often, they don't really help students to understand science. Sometimes, they're simply dull. Too little time is spent discussing what happened with the lab investigations because of multiple stresses on classroom time -- high-stakes test preparation, overloaded learning standards, and, yes, time spent in labs. With increasing access to the ...more »

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Creating the Sustainable Education Platform of the Future

The Challenge In rural and small schools, curriculum offerings may be limited by constraints such as staffing, space, and enrollments. As K–12 budgets continue to tighten, a growing number of school districts are looking at expanding "1 to 1 computing" or introducing "bring your own device" (BYOD) strategies as a way to expand mobile and digital learning—allowing for greater access to interactive digital curricula, electronic ...more »

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Major Tech Companies Partner With Classrooms

I believe today's students are the greatest users of technology. They crave innovation and cannot get enough of the connections they make with the touch of their fingers. I think Major Tech Companies (Apple, Microsoft, IBM, HP, etc.) need to Thinktank, Brainstorm, and partner with classrooms all around the country. They need to put more of their products in the hand of students and teachers, in exchange for ideas to ...more »

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Authentic Online Science Labs

The most critical portion of a science is the lab portion. That's where you should develop scientific thinking skills and an understanding of the nature of science. Yet, hands-on labs aren't doing the job due to expense, time, and incorrect design. Build online science lab investigation experiences using real videoed experiments with highly interactive software that allows students to take individual data using their ...more »

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ESPN for Education

The greatest power of cable television networks is that they aggregate large audiences for specific interests and provide consistent programming for those passions. ESPN for Sports, Food Network for cuisine and HGTV for home improvement & decorating. Yet we have no such television home for education. NBC does a nice job one week a year with Education Nation but it's talking heads and while informative, it's not entertaining. ...more »

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Help Students Learn to Read - Explore the Test and Train Model

I am a clinical neuropsychologist from a family of teachers and have developed a fun reading program for grades K-3 that systematically develops reading skills. It has become clear to me that children from K to 3rd grade must learn to read, because from 4th grade on they must read to learn. In order to achieve this goal the TNT Reading software first tests a student's skills and then develops a targeted training program ...more »

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Gamification of Electricity and ElectronicsTraining

Our company, ETCAI Products, has a commitment to make learning electricity and electronics more engaging and even fun. Fundamental knowledge of electricity in fundamental to understanding both new energy sources and green technologies. We feel that such initatives should be applied more widely to other disciplines. http://www.etcai.com

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Flatten World Education

http://www.eduit.org This idea of creating fun and accessible learning environments has been out there for quite a number of years and is being spearheaded by Michael Trout of Eduit.org. Check it out. He and a team of International professional freelancers have completely spelled out how it would work in classrooms extending from USA to third world countries using computer technology including the One Laptop Per Child ...more »

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Novice Driver Training

A computer based instructional system including a driving simulator that can be set up on school and home computers. The system can be self administered by students. Teachers can monitor and guide student progress.

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Integrating Technology in the K-12 Classroom

The world is changing, and technology is before us. As an educator, it is imperative to stay up-to-date as these changes take place in order to ensure that your students receive the most advantageous educational experience available. You must possess the ability to establish a solid foundation for our next generation of technology dependant doctors, lawyers, pilots and engineers. Aries® is here to help you sculpt your ...more »

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Smart demand creates its own supply, and new jobs

The Grand Challenge now is also a competitive race. Creating new jobs requires creating new demand. That's Say's Law. In a Stalemate in Technology, with supply side stagnation, the Digital Promis is creating a demand pull of "smart demand that drives private sec- tor investment in innovation" (ed.gov/news 9/16/2011). The Race is on, 2010/11. Let Republican lawmakers now do what Democratic lawmakers did in 1986: "out- ...more »

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Use game mechanics to improve student engagement

Enhance the traditional classroom and textbook experience by using the same psychological tricks FarmVille and World of WarCraft use to engage players.

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