Reading on the Beach

June 11, 2012

Beach Reads of the Science Variety

Temperatures are on their way up and the swimming suits are coming out of hiding, which can only mean one thing: summer break. Before you buy the latest “beach lit” paperback to while away those sunny...

An ice hockey player takes a penalty shot

May 30, 2012

Video of the Week: Science (and Math) on Ice

Tonight the Los Angeles Kings and the New Jersey Devils will suit up and hit the ice for the first game of the National Hockey League (NHL) Stanley Cup Finals. The players probably won’t be thinking...

May 2012 Solar Eclipse

May 23, 2012

Image of the Week: Solar Eclipse Dazzles

This past Sunday, observers in and parts of Southeast Asia and North America witnessed an annular solar eclipse–an arrangement in which the moon shades out most but not all of the sun, leaving a bright ring...

May 16, 2012

Video: Virtual Tour of Vesta Asteroid with Data from NASA’s Dawn Spacecraft

Call it a giant asteroid. Call is a planetoid. Scientists call it Vesta–a 300 mile wide celestial body in the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter that, in some ways, bares a striking resemblance to a...

Science Students in Lab

May 11, 2012

Next Generation Science Standards Open for Public Comment through June 1

Today, a draft of the Next Generation Science Standards was released for a three-week public comment period. The new Standards are based on the National Research Council’s (NRC) Framework for K–12 Science Education and are the...

Apple for the Teacher

May 7, 2012

Has a teacher changed your life? Say ‘thank you’ during Teacher Appreciation Week

William Butler Yeats, winner of the Nobel prize for literature, once said that “Education is not filling a pail, but lighting a fire.” Learning from a teacher who approaches education this way truly is a gift...

National Poetry Month Logo

April 30, 2012

3 Simple Steps to Celebrate STEM and National Poetry Month

Today marks the last day of National Poetry Month (NPM) 2012. Each spring since it was created by the American Academy of Poets in 1996, NPM has offered an opportunity for people to “band together to...

Empty Classroom

April 27, 2012

We’re Back!

It’s been a few months since we last posted, but we’re excited to announce that we’re back!  And we have tons of new things in store. Behind the scenes, we’ve been working away on plans for...

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...