Best Technology Programs for Science Teachers

All across the country teachers and administrators are taking innovation into their classrooms and revolutionizing how they present materials to their students. Expanding far beyond text book lectures and standard testing, they are bringing technology to numerous aspects of their lesson plans. All of this evolving from the old school idea of technology being contained in school computer labs.

One of the most important subjects to embrace technology is the science classes. With curriculum in laboratories and teachers recognizing the value of interactive virtual programs to engage students, innovative programs are proving indisputably invaluable. The evolution has forever changed how teachers assign curriculum based projects, demonstrate core concepts and assess scholastic understanding and progress. And while no education program is completely perfect, many are on track with industry innovation, especially those who understand that studies have shown that students learn more effectively, easily and efficiently by learning through student experimentation and exploration.

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University of Hawaii Astronomer Announces New Planet Similar to Earth

Artist Lynette Cook's conception shows the inner four planets of the Gliese 581 system

Artist Lynette Cook's conception shows the inner four planets of the Gliese 581 system

Generation Y might still be fumbling to fix their textbooks after NASA announced that Pluto was no longer a planet, but stop the presses once again, because scientists are saying they may have finally discovered a planet similar in structure to Earth!

Astronomer Nader Haghighipour from the University of Hawaii at Manoa has announced with his team that the potential new planet was found by a telescope at the W. M. Keck Observatory on Mauna Kea.

The planet supposedly has water on the surface, is in the Libra constellation 20 light years away and orbits the small star, Gliese 581. The rocky planet has strong gravity and is thought to be 30 percent bigger than Earth. Five other planets orbit Gliese 581 as well. The scientists on Haghighipour’s team have 238 unique observation of Gliese 581 and have been monitoring the star for 11 years. Read the rest of this entry »

The Best New, Free iPod Apps

The Best Part: All of These Apps are Free!

I love my iPod Touch. I can listen to music, surf the Internet, and study for my classes. Study for my classes? That doesn’t seem like it fits in with one of the coolest music playing machines today. But thanks to iTunes’ educational apps, it actually fits quite nicely.

iTunes offers many education apps, ranging from language learning apps to flashcards to preparation for SAT or ACT tests. iTunes U also helps students study when they are on-the-go. iTunes U allows professors to connect with their students through their iPods or iPhones. iTunes U offers note cards, syllabi, and audio and visual files for students to use when studying.

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Out of This World Social Networking

The social networking site Twitter has been a way to keep individuals informed about pretty much anything. A posting on the site, or Tweet as it is called, can include anything and everything from your personal philosophy to your location. Normally, Tweets involving a person’s location are mundane, but in one particular instance, it was out of this world. For the first time in history, a social media site has moved from Earth to space. twitter

Astronaut Mike Massimino, also known as Twitter user Astro_Mike, made the first ever Twitter Tweet while in orbit around the Earth. His posting on May 13, 2009 said this; “From Orbit: Launch was awesome!! I am feeling great, working heard, & enjoying the magnificent views, the adventure of a lifetime has begun!” Since this initial orbital posting, Massimino has updated his Twitter page 3 other times. His messages are updating on both emotional and mission statuses. Read the rest of this entry »

Google and NASA Launch Singularity University

NASA, Google, and some of the foremost authorities in science and technology have teamed up to create a new school, dubbed Singularity University, that is looking to solve “humanity’s grand challenges”. The university is named after the idea of the singularity – an extremely rapid period of technological progress. This sounds like the coolest school ever.

Modeled after the International Space University, the school is meant to expose some of the world’s most promising graduate students and professionals to a broad range of cutting-edge technologies and research with subjects including bioinformatics, networking, genetics, law, heath, and entrepreneurship.

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