Steph Franklin

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Where The Whale Sharks Go

Of all the creatures in the sea, one of the most majestic and mysterious is the whale shark. It's the biggest shark there is, 30 feet or more in length and weighing in at around 10 tons.<p>Among the mysteries is where this mighty fish migrates and where it gives birth. Now scientists have completed …

This date in science: Definitive discovery of Neptune’s rings

A few days before the NASA spacecraft Voyager 2 skimmed by Neptune in 1989, it acquired images of a faint, continuous ring system encircling the …

Could We Stop An Asteroid? Feat. Bill Nye

Painting Portraits With Bacteria

Zachary Copfer with Einstein. Courtesy of Zachary Copfer.<p>“I’m a microbiologist masquerading as an artist. Or am I an artist masquerading as a …

6 Freaky Things Your Body Does (Explained by Science)

The human body is a strange and mysterious place filled with gross guts and gurgling magic potions. There are all sorts of confusing or nonsensical …

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Before The World Was Ready: Stories of Daring Genius in Science

This engaging children's book presents the stories of some of the men and women who went against the prevailing notions of the day to help bring their scientific ideas to light<p>It's rare when I learn new things in a children's book, but that is the case for Claire Eamer's newly published book, …

Recycled Bike Part Chandeliers Under a Texas Overpass | Colossal

<p>Ballroom Luminoso is a series of six chandeliers designed by artists Joe O’Connell and Blessing Hancock currently installed in San Antonio, Texas. …

Inquiry Learning Vs. Standardized Content: Can They Coexist?

So how can you, as a teacher, help move the dialogue forward? First, you can focus on becoming a highly-effective project based learning (PBL) …

How to Turn Your Classroom into an Idea Factory

In the classroom, this same process corresponds neatly with the stages of project-based learning. In PBL, students investigate intriguing questions …

Want to Build a Better Teacher Evaluation? Ask a Teacher

Commentary<p>Reformers have invested massive financial resources and political capital in new teacher-evaluation systems, but early results show that …

10 Ways to Teach Innovation

This is hardly the case, as we know. In fact, innovation and the current classroom model most often operate as antagonists. The system is evolving, …

To Attract More Girls to STEM, Bring More Storytelling to Science

A student from High Technology High School in Lincroft, New Jersey CREDIT: Marissa Hazel<p><i>Guest Post by Jonathan Olsen and Sarah Gross, teachers at</i> …

Crowdsourcing Information in the Classroom

I was facilitating a workshop and one of the participants said Daniel Pink’s <i>Drive</i> was the most powerful and influential book she has read this year. …

Great Innovators Think Laterally

Do you ever wonder why cars aren’t called “horseless carriages” anymore? Today’s cars are just as horseless as they were a century ago. Horselessness is standard equipment on most new and late models, both foreign and domestic.<p>Framing the question this way may seem a bit absurd; yet, it’s a playful …

How to Create a Workplace People Never Want to Leave, by Google's Christopher Coleman

The No. 1 thing is to listen to what employees need. We found that they need a lot of diversity. There are so many ways to work—as a team, solo—and …

Not A Happy Accident: How Google Deliberately Designs Workplace Satisfaction

While much has been said about Google’s enviable employee perks, those just scratch the surface of how it totally re-engineered traditional HR to ensure a happy and profitable workplace.<p>“Imagine a world where most organizations were the best place to work. Imagine what we could be getting done on …

How to Foster Collaboration and Team Spirit

By Thom Markham<p>Once they get to the working world, most students, in almost any job, will collaborate as a member of a team. And every student needs …

To Break the Mold, Is Competency Learning the Key?

Competency-based education is gaining momentum across the country. Already New Hampshire and Maine schools have transitioned to the model. Schools in …

The Ultimate Education Reform: Messy Learning & Problem Solving

Have you ever gone to the doctor with a rather vague problem? The kind of problem that has no obvious solution?<p>“Doctor, my elbow hurts.”<p>“Doctor, I …

Beta Testing Ed. Products Can Get Tricky for Schools

Complete Coverage<p>Beta testing is one of the most basic steps on the path to getting education products and ideas into the classroom—and, researchers …

How to Make Your Classroom a Thinking Space

Photo credit: High Tech High<p>Think back to your mental image of a creative workplace. Was the place you imagined a school? If the answer was "no," why …

Why I Flip-Flopped on the Flipped Classroom

In July 2011, I wrote a blog post called "The Flip: Why I Love It — How I Use It." At the time, I argued that "the flip is only as good as the …

Problem Based Learning, Part One: Learning to Create Questions and Find Answers Using QAR & Wikis

One of the most important skills students need to learn for successful Problem Based Learning is asking and answering questions. In many classrooms, …

Education: Collections - Routledge

Creating Classrooms We Need: 8 Ways Into Inquiry Learning | MindShift

<b>2. FOSTER INQUIRY BY SCAFFOLDING CURIOSITY.</b><br>Teachers always come up to Laufenberg wanting to learn more about her progressive pedagogy -- and they …