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Enseñanza remota de ciencias durante COVID-19

Teaching Science Remotely During COVID-19- Forces Science Labs Online and in Homes

  COVID-19 ha cambiado por completo la forma en que trabaja la mayoría de las personas. Bajo las restricciones del distanciamiento social, que incluyen prohibiciones a grupos de más de 10 personas, requisitos de refugio en el lugar y cuarentenas, muchos lugares de negocios tienen empleados que trabajan de forma remota. Algunas de estas empresas…

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Comprensión e interpretación de datos

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  Dos médicos de California utilizaron recientemente los datos que recolectaron en sus centros privados de atención de urgencia para extrapolar las tasas de enfermedad y mortalidad de COVID-19 para el estado. Varios medios de comunicación presentaron estos nuevos “hallazgos” como un hecho, simplemente porque no comprendieron los datos o cómo interpretarlos. Esto es problemático…

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Understanding and Interpreting Data

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  Two California physicians recently used data they collected in their private urgent-care facilities to extrapolate COVID-19 illness and mortality rates for the state. A number of news outlets reported these new “findings” as fact, simply because they didn’t understand the data or how to interpret them. This is problematic for a number of reasons,…

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Teaching Science Remotely During COVID-19

Teaching Science Remotely During COVID-19- Forces Science Labs Online and in Homes

  COVID-19 has completely changed the way most people work. Under the constraints of social distancing, which include bans on groups of more than 10 people, shelter-in-place requirements, and self-quarantines, many places of business are having employees work remotely. Some of these businesses are already seeing the benefits of a remote workforce, including increased productivity…

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NGSS, COVID-19, and the Trolley Problem

For the past few weeks, politicians and the media around the world have been arguing over whether or not the civil liberties of the many should be infringed upon to save the lives of the few, which people should be saved when supplies are limited, and at what cost. The Guardian, The Harvard Crimson, The…

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The Science of the Australian Wildfires

Although wildfires in Australia have been burning for six months, there are still another three months before the fire season is over. And so far, this fire season has been particularly bad. By some estimates the fires have consumed an area of almost 100,000 square km; to put this in perspective, this is an area…

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From STEM to STEAM to STREAM: Should We Be Adding More Subjects to STEM?

STEM In the late ’90s and early 2000s, multiple studies showed that students in the United States were falling behind in the sciences and math, while students in other countries excelled. A 2006 study by PISA (the Programme for International Student Assessment) ranked U.S. student performance in math and science 21st out of the 30…

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Plastics, Recycling, and the NGSS

Surrounded By Plastics In the last hour, how many plastic items have you touched? And of those, how many do you think will eventually be recycled? According to National Geographic, 91% of plastic items produced worldwide since 1950 have not been recycled, with un-recycled plastics either ending up in the oceans or landfills or being…

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Robotics and the NGSS

Four robot toys that people may remember from childhood

It’s been more than 50 years since The Jetsons came into living rooms and promised viewers things beyond their wildest dreams. Of course, not all of their predictions have come true yet, but since the show is set in 2062, science has quite a few years to catch up. Still, the world is pretty futuristic…

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Five Challenges in Implementing NGSS

By Airman 1st Class Larissa Greatwood (https://www.dvidshub.net/image/1955364) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

The Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) have brought many U.S. classrooms into the 21st century. In a world increasingly ruled by computers and robotics, this knowledge and these skills will be instrumental to the success of tomorrow’s workforce. NGSS has brought something else to the classroom—inquiry-based learning. Gone are the days when a science teacher…

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