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California teacher shows students how to tell stories with data

Matthew D'Aalessio

Most teachers have a first-year-teaching story. Few have one like Matthew d’Alessio’s. His first teaching experience was at California’s notorious San Quentin State Prison, the largest prison in the country, where he taught math and geology in the Prison University Project, the only college program inside a California prison. “The students were among the most […]

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SageModeler speaks many languages: Localizing our popular systems modeling application

As our senior software engineer Kirk Swenson said in a recent @Concord article, the Concord Consortium is all about impact: getting more students in more places doing STEM inquiry. Since only about 5% of the Earth’s population speaks English as a first language, it makes sense to reach beyond English to make our free resources […]

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A model for thinking about scientific experimentation: An InquirySpace framework

How do students learn to think like scientists so they can uncover the natural world’s secrets? Scientific experimentation allows students to discover some of nature’s secrets. However, it is not simply about collecting data through the use of various apparatus, whether it’s a conventional microscope or advanced computer technologies. Scientific experimentation requires students to engage […]

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Paper Mechatronics workshops use technology and tinkering to learn machine design

Design thinking and engineering design is often taught as a linear, structured approach, but with Paper Mechatronics, tinkering is key. During two different July workshops a group of teachers and some young girls explored a more creative approach to learning design: blending crafts with electronics, coding, and mechanisms. Infosys Foundation USA Pathfinders Summer Institute 2018 […]

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Model My Watershed master teacher workshop wades into professional development

Everyone lives in a watershed, regardless of whether you reside where it’s hot and dry or wet and rainy. As the U.S. Geological Survey says, if you’re standing on land, look down, you’re in a watershed. The 23 teachers, staff developers, and center directors who met this summer at the Concord Consortium offices in Massachusetts […]

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Critical questions about pre-college data science education at international statistics conference

Fifty statistics educators from ten countries gathered on July 10, 2018, in Kyoto, Japan, at the International Conference On Teaching Statistics (ICOTS) for the inaugural data science education Special Interest Group (SIG) organized by Tim Erickson of EEPS Media and William Finzer of the Concord Consortium. The large group included university professors, software developers, curriculum […]

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Evangeline Ireland likes to break things. Good thing that’s her job.

Evangeline Ireland

As a software tester at the Concord Consortium, Evangeline Ireland sleuths for bugs in our projects. She ferrets out the source of known glitches (why does hitting the spacebar repeatedly create an error in Geniventure?) and discovers problems before software is released. “If it’s going to be used by teachers without the researchers there to […]

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New Grant to Improve Assessment and Instruction in Elementary Science Classrooms

Eighteen states and the District of Columbia, representing more than a third of the U.S. student population, have adopted the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) since their release in 2013, and more are expected to follow. To make the most of NGSS, teachers need three-dimensional assessments that integrate disciplinary core ideas, crosscutting concepts, and science […]

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