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Event: Reimagine the Classroom. Washington, DC. Nov. 8, 2010

slateclassroomSlate magazine invites educators and members of the public to join a conversation to help Slate design a better classroom for the 21st century. The event takes place at the Newseum in Washington, DC, on November 8, 2010.

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Programs: Center for Excellence in Education

Center for Excellence in EducationThe Center for Excellence in Education sponsors the Research Science Institute, the National Lab Skills Initiative, and the USA Biology Olympiad. The organization is a strong advocate for gifted education and contributes to the national debate on education reform. The Center actively supports developing scholars through its programs for high school through post-graduate students.

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Feature: Life Support Systems

Life SupportWith their problem-solving techniques and technologies engineers are well-positioned to help render U.S. healthcare more efficient, effective, and affordable. And as new and different models are conceived, engineers can help design and support them, analyzing if and how well they are working.

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Overseas Schools Attract Top Graduates

U.S. GraduatesCountries with top-performing schools and students — think Singapore, Finland, and South Korea — recruit their teachers from the top third of college graduates, according to a new study. Yet only 23 percent of U.S. teachers come from the top third of graduates. Salary may be a key component.

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Lesson: Problem-solve Your School

Problem Solve Your SchoolStudents in grades 4-12 apply the engineering design process to a real-life problem that affects them at school. The class selects a single problem then comes up with and tests a design solution. Students gain hands-on experience with engineering problem-solving.

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Do Students Need Less Algebra?

CalculatorIs there an algebra overkill? John W. Myres, a retired California school teacher and superintendent, thinks so. Myres notes that most school districts require all students to take one to two years of algebra to graduate and suggests this may be too much of a good thing.

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Cellphones in the Classroom

Cellphone with TripodSeventy-five percent of all high-school students own cellphones. So why not put that resource to use as an academic tool? That’s the thinking of some Chicago educators. Others worry that cells can be too easily used to cheat on tests, however.

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Website: Fun Online Math Interactives

mbd-project-imageThe technology-rich interactives on the STEM Website “offer a fresh, new way to engage students in active learning.” Each learning adventure is aligned to national standards and includes educator support materials, interactive activities and lesson plans.

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Web Resource: STEM All-Star Trading Cards

STEM Card 05-FrontEach week for 25 weeks, Dupont will unveil a new STEM collectible trading card featuring one scientist out of the countless men and women who have made an impact through STEM research and education. Featured thus far? Albert Einstein, George Washington Carver, Sergey Brin.

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