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As Clouds Grow Darker Over Volkswagen, What’s Next For The Automotive Giant?

Authorities’ evidence over diesel emissions scandal mounts, while the beleaguered carmaker rolls out a protracted plan for fixing cars<p>This has been a particularly dramatic week for floundering automotive giant Volkswagen—one that played out with an air of intrigue and subterfuge that’s becoming …

11 Essentials for Excellent Digital Portfolios

According to Dr. Helen Barrett (PDF), portfolios fall into two categories: the positivist approach (using portfolios for learning), and the …

Cooked Meals and Netflix on Mars? It Could Happen

There is no Ikea on Mars. There are no takeout joints or Internet cafes either. Getting to the Red Planet might be half the battle, but staying happy and comfortable there is also a serious challenge.<p>Earlier this week, NASA announced it was offering $5,000 for the best ideas on how to improve …

Game of Thrones

Why Teachers Use Digital Games

March 2015 | Volume <b>57</b> | Number <b>3</b><p>A total of 244 readers responded to the question, "If you use digital games in your classroom, what is your primary …

Teaching

Three ways to use Minecraft imaginatively in the classroom

From getting students to think about careers to rebuilding their school, teachers share inventive ways they use the building-block game<p>Excited shouts of “left, left, left”, “knock down that tree” or “pick up that stone” can only mean one thing: your students have discovered the virtual world of …

Teaching

How I Use Flipboard as an Educator

When <b>Flipboard</b> invited magazine readers to create their own magazines, I jumped on the bandwagon and immediately began compiling my own. Most of my magazines are targeted for the education field. I believe Flipboard is the perfect tool for educators to create magazines for themselves, their students …

Social Media

Why Micro Learning Is Educating The ADD Generation

<i>Roman Kostochka is the founder and CEO at Coursmos, a micro-learning platform.</i><p>In 2012, Mashable had published an article called “Technology Creating a Generation of Distracted Students” which reported the results of a study done by Pew Research Center. According to their data, about 90 percent of …

Educators Innovating Learning From the Inside Out

Here are some examples of identities that teachers have assumed in Ashoka Changemaker Schools that empower them to restructure …

Pedagogy

KQED

How can we make school a joyful experience without sacrificing rigor? What’s the best way to measure true learning? What’s the purpose of school? The …

New Goodyear Tires Harness Friction To Help Power Your Car

Where the rubber meets the road, there's energy to be gained<p>When it comes to energy, heat is a big waste. Sometimes we can put waste heat to good use, like by redirecting steam from power plants to heat homes. But a lot of other times, heat is just lost. Take, for instance, when your car tires run …

Opinion

Letters to the Editor<p>On this day

How Can Scientists Create New Elements?

<b>Q: If elements are the fundamental substances that constitute matter, why do scientists create new ones? Doesn’t this process create an “element”</b> …

How It Works: The Highest-Efficiency Solar Cell

I'm going to soak up the sun.<p>Solar cells typically convert no more than 20 percent of incoming energy into electricity, in part because they capture only certain wavelengths of light. Researchers at Germany’s Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems have developed a solar cell that converts …

Just look at this crazy deep-ocean power source

A Florida-based startup called Crowd Energy will be turning to Indiegogo to continue work on its Ocean Energy Turbine, a slow-turning mill that its creators believe can harness megawatts of clean power from just a single unit — enough to light thousands of homes.<p>Underwater turbines are nothing new, …

Is Seawater the Next Big Fuel Source?

In April, the Navy announced a breakthrough in transforming seawater, the earth's most abundant natural resource, to fuel. Researchers used it to fly a model jet powered with an internal combustion engine like its full-sized counterparts. What are the implications of such a technology in a world …

Natural Gas

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Letter Grades Deserve an 'F'

The adoption of the Common Core could usher in a new era of standards-based grading.<p>Letter grades are a tradition in our educational system, and we accept them as fair and objective measures of academic success. However, if the purpose of academic grading is to communicate accurate and specific …

12 Insecure Ideas That Will Probably Break the Education

<b>12 Ideas That Will Probably Break Education</b><p>As the education changes, it depends primarily on internal catalysts for that change.<p>That is, the ‘things’ …

Education Technology

The Global Search for Education: Girls and Science

<i>"Learning both art and science - both coding and designing - is needed. You need to position yourself so that when the world changes, you're ready for it, because you have those underlying skills." -- Michelle Larson</i><p>In Finland (unlike the United States), the math and science achievements of girls …

Teaching

You Can Thank 150 Different Compounds For The Sweet Smell Of Bacon

There's nothing on Earth like the smell of bacon cooking, especially when it's being prepared by someone else and it's the weekend. Put a pan of bacon on, and everyone suddenly gathers in the kitchen. We've even known vegetarians to cave in its presence, and mathematically-speaking, it makes …

How It Works: A Wiffle Ball Pitch

Take a whiff of that<p>The Wiffle ball has been fooling batters since its invention in 1953, but scientists only recently learned why. Mechanical engineer Jenn Stroud Rossmann at Lafayette College placed the ball in a wind tunnel, measured airflow around it, and concluded that the shifting balance of …

A Letter To All Those Who Choose To Teach

Dear Teachers,<p>I take every chance I can to share the work of our schools’ excellent educators with the public. You and I both know that no more …

These First Photos of Atoms Bonding Were Taken Totally by Accident

What you're looking at above is the exact moment that atoms for a covalent bond. It's the first time this intricate single-molecule transformation …

Atomic weights revision changes periodic table

A magnificent period piece from mid-19th-century Russia has just received a bit of a renovation. Five elements at the heart of the periodic table …