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  • How to Discuss Vaccines in a Classroom

    In light of the measles outbreak in California and the Southwest, are you wondering what role, if any, schools can play in teaching students about vaccines?  Here are a few resources including lesson plans about the science of vaccines, infectious diseases, and modeling an outbreak.


  • The SRI Report on Khan Academy

    Love it or hate it, Khan Academy gets a lot of press.  SRI conducted a report on the implementation and usage of Khan Academy at nine school sites over the course of two years.  This 82-page report tells me this - some of the videos are helpful to some of the students some of the time.  It is not the panacea for all educational ills.  (It also reassures me that Khan Academy has shifted its goals and intentions - to serve as practice, rather than as a means of introducing new concepts to students, which has been my largest concern about the company since a principal first asked for my opinion of the Physics videos three years ago).

    Dan Meyer, a prolific and thoughtful math ed blogger, wrote a thorough summary of the report which you can read here at his blog, dy/dan.  He focuses primarily on the concerns and questions the report raises about Khan Academy's efficacy and usage.  To be fair, you can read about the benefits of using Khan Academy in the K-12 classroom at their blog.


  • Happy π Day

    One of the oddest, albeit most delicious, mathematics education constructs is the celebration of Pi Day. Pi Day is a newish holiday, started by San Francisco’s Exploratorium 25 years ago. Also Einstein’s birthday, Pi Day is cause for math teachers to come to school with stacks of pies for their students, and for science museums to engage their attendees in all manner of revelry.