Héctor L Ayala-Del-Río recently received an unexpected thank you card: It was from a local high school science teacher, explaining that she was having a challenging time in her classroom, but how a recent event that Ayala-Del-Río and his team organized made all the difference. She had attended an Amgen Biotech Experience (ABE) teacher appreciation event at the Caguas Science Center, and the act of being recognized “made her feel that everything was worth it and that she should keep going,” says Ayala-Del-Río of the University of Puerto Rico-Humacao.
School is out for summer – or almost – for most high school students globally. But for some teachers, the learning is going to continue. Around the world, Amgen Biotech Experience (ABE) sites are gearing up for their professional development institutes, or PDIs. These multi-day workshops train high school teachers in the ABE curriculum, directly giving them experience with the hands-on biotech labs they’ll run in their classrooms when school resumes in the fall.
Digital device learning, often called 1-to-1 computing or a "smart classroom," is not some faraway abstraction or revolutionary concept in education. In fact, thanks to grants and state-subsidized funding, an increasing number of school districts nationwide are securing electronic devices such as personal computers, remote accessible software and even handheld tablets for their students from such electronic giants as Hewlett-Packard and Lenovo.
Dr. Miya Bialik, looking bookish in her black rimmed glasses seems surprised by the question delving into her childhood school experience. “I was interested in science [as a kid] but didn’t think science was for me. It was very hard for me, and I thought because something was hard, then I wasn’t good at it.” Best known for her television roles as Blossom and as Amy Farrah Fowler on CBS’s Big Bang Theory, Bialik went on to earn a P.h.D. in Neuroscience in spite of her early experiences.
Sharon Springs Central School students will have a surprise awaiting them when they head back in September: IPad 3 computer tablets.
Beginning with the seniors and then, by mid-month, moving on to Grades 7-11, all 150 middle school and high school students and their teachers will have the iPads and wireless internet connections, thanks to grants and other funding put together by SSCS Business Manager Tony DiPace.
“Tony really took the lead on making this happen,” said Superintendent Pat Green.
GREENVILLE (WWJ) – Greenville Middle School has been selected as a Verizon Innovative Learning School and has received a $50,000 grant from the Verizon Foundation to help ensure that more students learn the skills necessary for success in higher education and careers in science, technology, engineering and math.
July 23, 2013 /3BL Media/ - Teachers at Howard High School of Technology in Delaware will start the school year in the fall with new strategies to leverage mobile devices (smartphones/ tablets/netbooks) to help students learn math and science concepts. At a special ceremony held on July 18 in Wilmington, Delaware, Verizon recognized the Howard High School of Technology as one of 12 schools around the country (and the only one in Delaware) selected in 2013 to be a part of the two-year Verizon Innovative Learning Schools (VILS) program, which since last year is providing on-going training to