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September 22, 2011

Data Interpretation in the News: BPA

Here at Visionlearning, we are always looking for ways to provide our teachers and students real-life opportunities to put their knowledge to action. In scanning the news, this morning, we came across this interesting commentary on...

September 2, 2011

Steer away from controversy? Or grab it by the reigns?

In the August 5th issue of Science Magazine, Sara Reardon discusses the current state of teaching climate change in the K-12 classroom (see News Focus). It’s an excellent discussion on the struggles science teachers face in...

August 4, 2011

New Developments in E-Learning

When Visionlearning started up in 1999, we were on the cutting edge of e-learning. Back then, something as simple as putting educational materials on the web was considered, if not revolutionary, pretty darn clever. In the...

July 18, 2011

The Google Effect?

In an interesting article published online in Friday’s Science, Dr. Betsy Sparrow talks about her study assessing the effects of the Internet on people’s memory. Do we, as modern people, rely on the Internet as a...

June 23, 2011

Arsenic and Scientific Controversy

The June 3 issue of Science contained a research article written by a NASA astrobiologist fellow, Felisa Wolfe-Simon, and her colleagues titled “A Bacterium That Can Grow by Using Arsenic Instead of Phosphorus.” The manuscript reports...

June 8, 2011

What’s the value of higher education?

There have been a number of articles recently discussing the “value” of a college education (such as this one in the New Yorker) . In other words, given the cost in time and money, is it...

June 2, 2011

Another editorial about teaching the process of science

There have been a lot of editorials in Science and other venues over the past couple of years, calling for more teaching of the process of science. The latest is in the most recent issues of...

May 31, 2011

Teaching about Ethics

I asked students in my research preparation class to read our module on Scientific Ethics, and started the next class by asking them their thoughts and questions about it. One student asked, “How much fraud is...

May 25, 2011

Thinking One Level Up

I was walking through the Cantor Arts Center at Stanford University a couple weeks ago, and stumbled upon a group of high school students in one of the galleries, with a tour guide and a couple...

May 24, 2011

Celebrating Diversity

It’s been a devastating two weeks in terms of weather and natural events. Floods in the Southern US, tornadoes in the Midwest, volcanic eruptions in Iceland…I guess we should be glad that the greatest earthquake in...