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Sophie Curtis

Upcoming Events  - 
 
The third annual Future of Education workshop will be taking place as part of London Technology Week again on 20 June. 

We'll explore how emerging hardware and software technology will impact the future of education through presentations, brainstorming sessions, demos and panel discussions. Join companies including: Google, Kano, Blippar, CodeFirst and the Innovation Unit at the event.

Early Bird tickets end on 22 April! Register here: http://re-work.co/workshops/edtech-2016
RE•WORK events combine entrepreneurship, technology and science to solve some of the world's greatest challenges using emerging technology. We showcase the opportunities of exponentially accelerating technologies and their impact on business and society
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Big Deal Media

Classroom Resources  - 
 
25 cross-disciplinary #STEAM projects for students from Babble Dabble Do
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mindresearch

In the News  - 
 
Get the scoop on STEM education and more:
Articles and news in education, technology and games from around the web.
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Glenn Walsh
moderator

In the News  - 
 
New, Large #Asteroid Found in Outer #SolarSystem

A new, large asteroid has been found in the Kuiper Belt of the Outer Solar System. In fact due to the current size estimates of the Asteroid / Minor Planet named 2015 RR245, some scientists wonder if it should be designated as a Dwarf Planet. MORE - CLICK ON IMAGE OR LINK
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Link >>> http://spacewatchtower.blogspot.com/2016/07/new-large-asteroid-found-in-outer-solar.html

#‎Astronomy‬ ‪#‎Astrophysics‬ ‪#‎Space‬ ‪#‎NASA‬ ‪#‎JPL‬ ‪#‎NSF‬ ‪#‎ESA‬ ‪#‎CSA‬ ‪#‎SETI‬ ‪#‎ISS‬ ‪#‎STS‬ ‪#‎Buhl‬ ‪#‎SHBA‬ ‪#‎AAAP‬ ‪#‎CSC‬ ‪#‎AAM‬ ‪#‎ASTC‬ ‪#‎IPS‬ ‪#‎UFO‬
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Glenn Walsh
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In the News  - 
 
#‎LeapYear‬ to be Even Longer w/ Added ‪#‎LeapSecond‬!

Every four years (usually), the calendar year is longer by 24 hours, than the previous three years. However this Leap-Year of 2016 will be even longer, by one second, with the addition of a Leap-Second at the end of the year, to respond to the continual slowing of the rotation rate of the Earth. MORE - CLICK ON IMAGE OR LINK
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Link >>> http://spacewatchtower.blogspot.com/2016/07/leap-year-to-be-even-longer-w-added.html

#‎Astronomy‬ ‪#‎Astrophysics‬ ‪#‎Space‬ ‪#‎NASA‬ ‪#‎JPL‬ ‪#‎NSF‬ ‪#‎ESA‬ ‪#‎CSA‬ ‪#‎SETI‬ ‪#‎ISS‬ ‪#‎STS‬ ‪#‎Buhl‬ ‪#‎SHBA‬ ‪#‎AAAP‬ ‪#‎CSC‬ ‪#‎AAM‬ ‪#‎ASTC‬ ‪#‎IPS‬ ‪#‎UFO‬
Time display of the last Leap-Second, from the < www.time.gov > Internet web site of the National Institute of Standards and Technology, U.S. Department of Commerce. This time was Coordinated Universal Time (UTC), which trans...
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Glenn Walsh
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In the News  - 
 
#OnTarget: NASA's #Juno #Spacecraft Enters #PolarOrbit of #Jupiter

Late evening on American Independence Day (2016 July 4), and just one second difference from pre-burn predictions, NASA's Juno space probe entered polar orbit of the Solar System's largest planet, Jupiter. The precarious orbit insertion maneuver occurred at the scheduled time of 11:05 p.m. Eastern Daylight Saving Time (EDT) / July 5 at 3:05 Coordinated Universal Time (UTC). MORE - CLICK ON IMAGE OR LINK
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#‎Astronomy‬ ‪#‎Astrophysics‬ ‪#‎Space‬ ‪#‎NASA‬ ‪#‎JPL‬ ‪#‎NSF‬ ‪#‎ESA‬ ‪#‎CSA‬ ‪#‎SETI‬ ‪#‎ISS‬ ‪#‎STS‬ ‪#‎Buhl‬ ‪#‎SHBA‬ ‪#‎AAAP‬ ‪#‎CSC‬ ‪#‎AAM‬ ‪#‎ASTC‬ ‪#‎IPS‬ ‪#‎UFO‬
This is the last image of Jupiter taken by NASA's Juno spacecraft, as it approached Jupiter on 2016 June 29, at a distance of 3.3 million miles / 5.3 million kilometers from the Solar System's largest planet. After this photo...
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T.R. Girill

In-Depth Discussion  - 
 
Technical Writing: Audience Awareness for (Young) Students


T. R. Girill
Society for Technical Communication/Lawrence Livermore National Lab.
trgirill@acm.org

Technical Writing: Audience Awareness for (Young) Students

Always Writing for Someone

One of the keys to effective nonfiction writing is understanding
just who in the real world one is writing for--audience awareness.
So cultivating such audience awareness in your classroom gives
your students an invaluable asset.

Even mundane school writing assignments have SOME "anticipated
audience: a teacher, peers, parents, or the community. I have
noticed[, however] that many students do not internalize this
concept" (Paula Bourque, Close Writing, Portland, ME: Stenhouse
Publishers, 2016, p. 18). Previous posts in this series have
often touched on this issue: notes for oneself as an audience,
for instance, or public-health messages for a broad audience of
nonmedical nonprofessionals. But Paula Bourque embraces the
audience-awareness challenge even for students below grade 6.
Her recent book shows how she prompts students to review their
drafts from each of two perspectives by showing them a pair
of posters (Close Writing, p. 20).

Me Versus You

One Bourque poster ("Read for Me") lists questions that students
should ask about their success in carrying our their own (content)
intentions as authors:
1. What was I really trying to say?
2. Do my ideas flow and connect well?
3. Could I say something better (different word choice)?

The second poster ("Read for You") introduces students to audience
awareness by listing questions that they should ask about meeting
the needs of their readers, not just themselves:
1. Have I provided enough (relevant) detail?
2. Are there places where you might get confused?
3. What else do you need to know (specifics, examples)?
4. Have I made the text easy to read (punctuation, lists, etc.)?

Text as Engineering Prototype

Bourque (p. 19) motivates her two-poster technique by appealing
to a rather arcane literary distinction mentioned by Louise
Rosenblatt in a 1988 technical report: authorial stances. The
first "authorial stance" is as the writer producing the text
(the default "read for me" viewpoint of many students). The
second "authorial stance" is the new one for students, as the
reader trying to understand the words of someone else in the
draft ("read for you," the audience perspective).

Fortunately, there exists a less abstract, more in-the-world
way to frame the need for audience awareness: engineering design.
Every designed artifact (a bridge, cell phone, or computer
program) has users (= audience) and those users have needs that
impose constraints on the design (total weight, hand size,
speed of doing a sort, etc.) Good engineers assume from the
start that early embodiments of their design are prototypes
that they will change iteratively to better and better meet the
needs of their artifact's users. Student writers who come to see
their readers as users of their nonfiction text are developing
audience awareness in the same way. The "read for you" list
(above) is just a way of helping them tune their prototype words
to better meet the needs of those users.

Continued Revisions

Another benefit of approaching audience awareness in terms of
iterative design is that revision then becomes a natural part of
the whole drafting process, not just the beginning. During their
first draft, nonfiction writers are naturally focused on getting
the words on paper (or screen) to match the ideas in their head,
a task especially absorbing for young students (Bourque, p. 163).
Later, through repeated revision cycles, students can shift focus
to their other big engineering responsibility, getting the words
on paper (or screen) to match the interests, vocabulary, and likely
applications important to their readers (who will "use" the text
to carry out their own tasks).

Whole scaffolding schemes have been devised to promote audience-
oriented text changes during later, after-the-draft revisions.
The FIX approach of Sherman and De La Paz, for example, uses red,
yellow, and green prompt cards to help young or learning-disabled
students separately, sequentially pay attention first to needed
text elements (the steps in instructions, for example), then later
to extra reader-support features (units, transitions, filling gaps,
adding comparisons, etc.), then finally to tuning their prototype
text so that it doesn't just change but improves (Cindy K. Sherman
and Susan De La Paz, "FIX: a strategic approach to writing and
revision for students with learning disabilities," Teaching
Exceptional Children, 48(2), 93-101, November, 2015).

Clearly, the specific moves best to use to promote audience
awareness depend heavily on the cognitive maturity of your student
writers. But the text-as-prototype insight benefits everyone.

[Want more background? See
http://www.ebstc.org/TechLit/handbook/handbooktoc.html ]
Technical Writing in Science Class: The Handbook. T. R. Girill trgirill@acm.org. Technical Literacy Project August, 2014 (ver. 7). Introduction. "Every science and engineering lesson is in part a language lesson..." U.S. National Academy of Sciences, Framework for K-12 Science Education, August, ...
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Glenn Walsh
moderator

In the News  - 
 
#AstronomicalCalendar: 2016 #July

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Link >>> http://spacewatchtower.blogspot.com/2016/07/astronomical-calendar-2016-july.html

#‎Astronomy‬ ‪#‎Astrophysics‬ ‪#‎Space‬ ‪#‎NASA‬ ‪#‎JPL‬ ‪#‎NSF‬ ‪#‎ESA‬ ‪#‎CSA‬ ‪#‎SETI‬ ‪#‎ISS‬ ‪#‎STS‬ ‪#‎Buhl‬ ‪#‎SHBA‬ ‪#‎AAAP‬ ‪#‎CSC‬ ‪#‎AAM‬ ‪#‎ASTC‬ ‪#‎IPS‬ ‪#‎UFO
NASA's Juno space probe will go into polar orbit of Jupiter on the evening of American Independence Day, July 4, with the mission to investigate closer to the planet than any other spacecraft. And, this Summer will also mark ...
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This is a national Australian competition for school-aged students to meet Prof Brian Cox and ask him a question!
 
TEACHERS/PARENTS! Your school-aged student could win a chance to meet Professor Brian Cox!

STUDENTS: Film yourself asking your question and enter our competition to have Brian Cox answer it in person during his 2016 Australian tour + win a double pass to his show in your closest city + meet and greet opportunity to take a photo + a signed book!

Competition in partnership with Lateral Event Management.

#science #BrianCox #space #universe #physics
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Yan Sun

Worth a Look  - 
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Free Drones for STEM/STEAM education webinar, Tuesday, June 21 at 2pm Central USA. This will be the second presentation, following a presentation on UAS for Turfgrass.
Join us on June 21st at 2pm Central Time for the 10th in a year-long series of webinars. Dr. Dale Bremer of Kansas State University...
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INTRODUCTION This community is designed for STEM educators to meet, share ideas, and relay experiences. It's not JUST for STEM educators, though--everyone is welcome here, because everyone is involved in the education process--but if you have a passion for science, technology, engineering, or mathematics education, you are definitely in the right place. COMMUNITY GUIDELINES (1) Always remain respectful and on topic. Help us keep this community free of political spin, hatred, bigotry, and bullying. (2) Contribute as often as you like, but make sure content is relevant and safe for work. Posts will be moderated. Good posts will be shared with the rest of the world. (3) Most community managers set up useful categories so posts can be organized. Please use the relevant category for your post. If you're not sure which category to use, I've described them below. (4) Invite anyone to this community you think would be interested. (5) Have fun! WORTH A LOOK Share outstanding videos, photos, documents, quotes, websites, blogs, and articles. Share any STEM-related material you think is worth a look! IN THE NEWS Share news articles related to STEM education. UPCOMING EVENTS Let us know about any exciting events you're hosting or would like to share for STEM educators. ASK A QUESTION Education is meant to stimulate curious minds--go on, ask any STEM-related question and see what answers you get. SHARE A STORY OR IDEA We're all students. We're all educators. We all have stories to tell and ideas to share, if only we have the courage to do so. CLASSROOM RESOURCES Share useful materials with fellow STEM educators. Trust me, they will greatly appreciate your generosity! NOTEWORTHY RESEARCH For the technical side, share any STEM-education related research articles you find noteworthy. COMMUNITY INVITES Invite us to other great communities related to STEM education. LOUNGE ROOM This is your lounge room. Introduce yourself, tell us where you're coming from, and meet others in the community. Who knows how valuable these contacts will be in the future? IN-DEPTH DISCUSSION Passionate about a topic? Write your long, well-thought-out STEM-education related discussions and rants here. MAKE A SUGGESTION We're still learning. Make a suggestion to help us make this community better.
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Glenn Walsh
moderator

Worth a Look  - 
 
NASA #TimeLapse #Video From Space: Sunlit #Earth Over One Year

On YouTube, NASA has released a time-lapse video (2 minutes, 46 seconds in length), taken from a distance of one million miles from the Earth, showing the Earth over a period of one year. More than 3,000 color photographs, taken at least once every two hours beginning on 2015 July 6, show several events (including a Solar Eclipse and Lunar Transits) that occurred on the sunlit side of our planet while rotating on its axis 366 times. MORE - CLICK ON IMAGE OR LINK
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#‎Astronomy‬ ‪#‎Astrophysics‬ ‪#‎Space‬ ‪#‎NASA‬ ‪#‎JPL‬ ‪#‎NSF‬ ‪#‎ESA‬ ‪#‎CSA‬ ‪#‎SETI‬ ‪#‎ISS‬ ‪#‎STS‬ ‪#‎Buhl‬ ‪#‎SHBA‬ ‪#‎AAAP‬ ‪#‎CSC‬ ‪#‎AAM‬ ‪#‎ASTC‬ ‪#‎IPS‬ ‪
Location of the DSCOVR satellite, in relation to the Earth and Sun, known as Lagrange Point 1 (L1). (Graphic Source: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) By Glenn A. Walsh Reporting for SpaceWatchtower On You...
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Randy Puckett

Worth a Look  - 
 
Check out http://digitalcitizenship.net! This is a website helping define the issues of appropriate technology use. It provides a framework of nine elements for users to better understand the issues.
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Que Jinn

Lounge Room  - 
 
With so much Pokemon mania going on right now, I thought this is a site only a STEM teacher could love.
In the newly released Pokémon GO, one of the major activities of the game is to catch wild Pokémon. These Pokémon are shown in the "nearby" list and their "rough distance" (RD) to you can be 0, 1, ...
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Big Deal Media

Classroom Resources  - 
 
Design your own STEM video game and you could win a cash award, mentoring opportunities, lifetime access to Game Mechanic, and more!

http://www.bigdealbook.com/newsletters/k-12_technology/2016/06/15/#stem_video_game_challenge
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Mikhail Morozov

Classroom Resources  - 
 
 
The best #STEM app"STEM Islands. Mechanics"

The earlier children learn skills associated with STEM subjects, the better they'll perform in elementary, middle and high school.

App "STEM Islands. Mechanics"

Instead of studying the phenomena of nature in a classroom, a Physics Teacher and two kids set out on an amazing journey to various wondrous STEM Islands.
On island “Mechanics”, we will explore :
-Mechanisms
-Mechanical Work
-Energy
-Sources of Energy
https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/stem-islands.-mechanics/id915401984?mt=8
#STEM #Physics #Mechanics #iPad #Energy #beautiful #steam #kids #1d #tutorial #school #love #friends #happy #me #fun #cute #class #student #boy #cool #summer #teacher #team #mac
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Anthony Garland

Worth a Look  - 
 
New tutorial on grading Solidworks CAD files using Graderworks. 
If you are new to Graderworks, this guide is meant to help you get started with downloading, installing, and running Graderworks. Download and Installation. Go to the download page and select the version of Graderworks that is correct for you. Click the download button.
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Anthony Garland

Worth a Look  - 
 
How I preprocess student's +SOLIDWORKS files before grading or checking for plagiarism. 
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John Fiore

Classroom Resources  - 
 
Hi, I'm John from the Creativity Hub. I am currently developing educational content and teacher support materials for the Extraordinaires Design Studio and I would love to get feedback from STEM teachers about their classroom experiences with any version of the Design Studio.

I have been a teacher, administrator, and professional development provider for over 25 years. I'm not trying to sell the product. (I have 0 marketing experience.)

If you have any feedback or comments about the Extraordinaires Design Studio, I'd love to talk to you or correspond via email, john@thecreativityhub.com. Thanks!
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Anthony Garland

Worth a Look  - 
 
New video explaining Graderworks, which helps grade Solidworks files because we all dislike grading and would rather spend time with students. 
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