NYC World Science Festival

April 12, 2008

A Science Event for the Masses will be held in New York City from May 28 to June 1.  Starting on May 28 there will be a science street fair on the NYU campus, followed by events all over the city, including at Columbia, the Guggenheim, the Metropolitan Museum, and the Museum of Modern Art.  The schedule includes a closed World Science Summit and then numerous events, such as discussions of parallel universes, memory (based on The Bourne Identity), and more family-centered activites such as magicians and a discussion from Disney Imagineers.

Visit the World Science Festival website for a complete schedule and ticket information!

Teaching with Technology

April 12, 2008

Education Week recently published a special edition of Technology Counts entitled STEM: The Push to Improve Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics.  The article Learning to Teach with Technology focuses on a new trend of integrating technology directly into teacher preparatory classes rather than having pre-service teachers take separate technology courses.

In classes such as these, college students learn not only how to conduct lessons and experiments, but really delve into the “hows” and “whys” by using various forms of technology.  By utilizing technology, author Vaishali Honawar states that both K-12 students and their future teachers will “absorb and retain” much more information.  By learning about various software programs such as Geometers Sketchpad and Starry Night in college, teachers are much more likely to integrate them into their own teaching.

How did your college courses prepare you for utilizing technology in your classroom?  For those teachers who have finished your college work, how do you stay current on new technologies?