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FB Science Games 

Farmville has now surpassed 80 Million monthly active users! That means that 1.2% of the WORLD's population is playing this game. This is a strong statement toward the popularity and power of social networks. Even more when Zynga, farmville creators, launched a special fund raising campaign for Earth Quake relief in Haiti, Farmville gamers donated more …

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NARST News III: Inquiry 

More highlights from the sessions I have been attending included design based research in science education and developing inquiry-based curriculum materials. The strand around design based research featured a collaborative National Science Foundation grant funded project with the University of Michigan. They are designing an inquiry science environment based on CAST's Universal Design principles. This …

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NARST News II: Virtual Worlds for Learning Science 

Today, I attended a session featuring Chris Dede, Yasmin Kafai and Melissa Gresalfi in which they discussed their current work related to science education as well as provided an overview of where such technologies have come from and the current landscape.� Gresalfi presented on behalf of the Quest Atlantis (QA) group and discussed the design …

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NARST News I: Supercharged for Pre-service Teachers 

Today I am blogging from the National Association for Research in Science Teaching (NARST) conference in Philadelphia. I am at a presentation by Janice Anderson and Mike Barnett which deals with a pre service teacher experience to develop physics content knowledge using the game Supercharged! So the pre service teachers are acting as students learning …

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Motivating STEM Students 

"If the U.S. is to maintain its economic leadership and compete in the new global economy, the Nation must prepare today's K–12 students better to be tomorrow's productive workers and citizens. Changing workforce requirements mean that new workers will need ever more sophisticated skills in science, mathematics, engineering and technology."- National Science Board (NSB) A …

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