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Scientific American's Top 10 Science Stories of 2014

The year saw many developments that will have far-reaching and long-lasting implications, both practically and intellectually. Start the countdown below and go to the end to see some of the other important stories that didn’t quite make the cut.

 

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Duolingo For Schools Is Free, And It May Change The EdTech Market

Duolingo for schools offers a window into the future of education technology. It shows us how interactive digital technologies can be used to create a more equitable educational landscape, not just in the U.S., but globally. It reminds us why we all bought into these networked technologies in the first place. Data-driven solutions don’t have to be all about corporate growth, they can also be about creating innovative ways to improve humanity’s lived experience in the world.

The fastest-growing STEM major in the U.S.

Google releases guide to help schools integrate its technology into classrooms

California Districts To Pilot Next Gen Science Standards Professional Development

A Maker Space That Helps Kids Create During Long Hospital Stays

For students, the benefit of tinkering with tools and developing hands-on creative projects is that they get concrete lessons in what can otherwise feel like remote theoretical topics, especially in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math). While maker-based approaches are no longer new inside educational settings, an unexpected maker space is now being piloted at a children’s hospital, where patients can routinely experience long hospital stays, often in isolation.

California Districts To Pilot Next Gen Science Standards Professional Development

A recent article in The Journal outlined, while districts are ramping up to prepare for online assessments based around the Common Core State Standards, some are also preparing for the Next Generation Science Standards. Eight school districts and two charter school organizations in California are participating in an early implementation initiative to begin development of a learning community for K-8.

Kopernik to give kids a STEM boost

This winter, grade-school students can explore the moon, the stars, and more lights in the sky and here on Earth.

Why We Must Have Computer Science In More Schools And Classrooms

Reading, writing, and arithmetic generally are considered mainstays in K-12 education. But as our society and global economy continue to drive toward the digital, we must add a new core topic: computer science.

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Report: STEM Education Lacking in Rural Areas

Opportunities to learn about science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) are lacking at rural schools in Pennsylvania, West Virginia, and Ohio, according to a new report.

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