Thursday, December 18, 2014

Pearson unveils new approach to social studies education

Developing an understanding of social studies–where our society has been and where it is going–is crucial to success in today’s fast-paced, interconnected world.
Last month, Pearson unveiled new secondary social studies programs designed to engage every student in the love of history, geography, government, economics, and culture to provide a foundation for success in civic life as well as college and career.
Created through a collaborative process involving educators, experts and students from around the country, Pearson’s next-generation social studies programs align to the College, Career and Civic Life (C3) Framework for Social Studies State Standards. The framework, developed and launched last year by the National Council for the Social Studies, shifts the emphasis from delivering content to preparing students for life beyond the classroom.
Kathy Swan, project director and lead writer of the C3 Framework, collaborated with Pearson on the development of the new programs. Swan, an associate professor of curriculum and instruction at the University of Kentucky, said: “While much of the content in social studies hasn’t changed, if we are going to engage today’s students in learning this important subject, we must transform our instructional approach. Today’s technology provides us with a new way of immersing students in learning about history, geography and culture by personalizing content and actively involving them in thinking in different ways.”
The new programs combine best practices, curriculum standards, and technology. Students connect to digital content and actively learn, investigate, and acquire key content knowledge through print and digital resources. Then they extend their understanding by applying what they just learned in quick recap exercises. Through formative and summative assessments, they demonstrate understanding of what they are learning.
“If we are going to educate 21st century learners, it is crucial that we take a 21st century approach, integrating all of the powerful tools and resources that we have available into an engaging and interactive learning environment,” said Bethlam Forsa, Pearson’s managing director for learning services. “Through our collaboration with educators, experts, and other leading education organizations, we reimagined social studies to develop programs that will provide students with a foundation for success in college, career and civic life.”
Pearson collaborated with NBC Learn, the educational arm of NBCUniversal News Group, to produce the program’s myStory videos, developed to help students make personal connections to people and places all over the world. In addition, for the 2015-2016 school year, schools using Pearson’s new grades 8-12 social studies curriculum will have access to NBC Learn’s library of more than 17,000 premium education videos.
“NBC Learn is uniquely able to bring historic and current events to life through the combination of original productions and a deep digital video archive of news stories by our world-class journalists,” said Soraya Gage, vice president and general manager, NBC Learn.
In addition, Pearson worked with the nonprofit, non-partisan Constitutional Rights Foundation (CRF), to develop the Civic Discussion Topic Inquiries for all of the new programs. Pearson also integrated CRF’s project-based learning model, Civic Action Project, into the company’s longest continually published title, “Magruder’s American Government,” which was first available in 1917.
“Exploring civics through project-based learning provides students with a real-world view on how government works and the ways that citizens can help solve or influence a problem, issue or policy,” said Marshall Croddy, president, CRF. “Pearson’s new social studies curriculum provides us with a powerful platform for involving students in learning civics through this model.”
Delivered via Pearson’s REALIZE platform, the next-generation programs include student and teacher print editions,eTexts, NBC Learn myStory videos, videos to support flipped learning, and built-in progress monitoring and assessments. Embedded professional development provides teachers with access to both complete professional learning assignments and short segments to support them as they teach the curriculum.
Available now for pilots and for implementation in fall 2015, the new social studies programs are “American History” for middle grades; and “World History,”“United States History,”“Magruder’s American Government” and “Economics” for high school

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Fall 2014 2-Tier Terrarium Blogs

terrarium is a type of miniature ecosystem of plants. Terrariums are usually sealable glass containers that can be opened for maintenance and to access the plants inside. However, this is not essential, terrariums can also be made using other transparent materials and some are open to the atmosphere rather than being sealed. Terrariums are often kept as decorative or ornamental items in the same way as aquariums.
Closed terrariums create a unique environment for plant growth, the transparent walls allow for both heat and light to enter the terrarium. The sealed container combined with the heat entering the terrarium allows for the creation of a small scale water cycle. This happens because moisture from both the soil and plants evaporates in the elevated temperatures inside the terrarium. This water vapour then condenses on the walls of the container, and eventually falls back to the plants and soil below. This contributes to creating an ideal environment for growing plants due to the constant supply of water, thereby preventing the plants from becoming over dry. In addition to this, the light that passes through the transparent material of the terrarium allows for the plants within to photosynthesise, an important aspect of plant growth.

Kimberlee Parker, Angela Ly, and Kelsey Carr: Terrarium Blog 

Sanam, Peyton, Maddie : Terrarium Blog 

Hannah Lee, Kendall Omick and Karla Markowitz - tumblr blog

Caroline, Britt, and Mccall: Terrarium Blog 

Nhu-Nguyen, Katie, and Morgan : Terrarium Blog 

Marley Gastrock, Emily Murray , Hayley Feichtinger: Terrarium Blog 

Monday, February 24, 2014

Eco blogs (draft)  (Dayana C. and Nataly M. ) (Jose Molina, Alejandro Sinfuentes, Norma Acosta, Mayra Banda) (Ana, Marysela and Claudia) (Alfredo H., ?) (Brenda Gutierrez, ?) (Kimberly I. and Melissa)