Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Creating the Best Math and Science Educational Experiences for Youth

In the almost 15 years since I've graduated from high school I've notice the major changes in how children are educated. I feel like I'm not old enough to be say when I was a kid things were different, but I'm saying that on a regular basis. When I was a child, parents and educators seemed to work together more to provide a quality education for children. There were learning experiences both at home and in school. I have memories of conducting science experiments both at home and in school as early as elementary school. However, I am realizing that kids today don't have the same opportunity that I did during my K-12 education.

All students don't have an equal opportunity to have a great science educational experience. I have been spending time in schools and am realizing that kids aren't engaged in enough hands on science or science that is relevant to them that make them interested in science. I was having a conversation with a 5th grader and he was talking about what he learned in science class that day. What they learned bored me to death, they were talking about a scientist that is dead and technology that is obsolete. I know that science history is an important part of science, but kids should be learning something that is relevant and current and about scientists that are alive today. But thing that I was grateful was that at least this student was learning science. I'm always curious how the state science and mathematics standards are chosen. Is the curriculum team made up of a diversity of math and science educators and professionals? Do they select the material based that provide the students with a strong foundation as well as engage them in the subjects? Do they select a curriculum that all school districts will be able to implement, including those districts and schools with limited resources? Do they consider if the curriculum is academically preparing them for post secondary education and pursuing careers in these subjects? I believe that a strong curriculum should include all these elements to ensure the academic success of our children in math and science.

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Life Science Education Using More Advanced Tools

For most students there are few courses more exciting than those that deal with life science education. The study of life as we know it is a dynamic and intensely detailed experience and has immediate application to all walks of life. It's one thing to study math and then notice similarities in your day to day patterns but it's quite another thing to study life science and then realize the cellular structure that your memorizing is actually one that is in your own body.

As such it's important to make sure you're on track when you're learning life science. One of the best ways to learn is to simply purchase one of the many learning courses available for computer use. There are a number to pick from but it's worth checking them out a bit so you make sure that you're getting the type of life science education that you learn best from and that way you'll actually use the course and learn from it.

The first thing to notice is whether or not the technical specifications fit your computer. Make sure that the course is compatible with your operating system so that you don't wind up paying for something you can't use. A lot of the courses these days are available via the internet and while that is handy it's less reliable than simply owning the course yourself and using it whenever you want regardless of the state of your internet connection.