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Numedeon is developing a set of web-based tools for teacher professional training and support. These tools are built around K-12 science education, available on-line, and supported with in-classroom and on-line teacher training. The resources target middle school students who cooperate on exploratory learning tasks. Girls have...
Numedeon is developing a set of web-based tools for teacher professional training and support. These tools are built around K-12 science education, available on-line, and supported with in-classroom and on-line teacher training. The resources target middle school students who cooperate on exploratory learning tasks. Girls have been "hooked" on this site - 72% of those who participate are middle school girls. An NSF grant aims to determine WHY this web site is so successful with girls. One guess is that the community approach to learning is very appealing to middle school girls.
We can assist your school or school district with Information Technology (IT) objectives and implementation. Unlike most IT companies, Numedeon staff are experts in the design, installation, and support of modern IT integrated classrooms.
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Technical Requirements: The Whyville site uses Java to display most of its information, so please be sure you are using a Java-enabled browser and that Java is turned on. Most modern browsers include Java.
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12 years ago
Nancy J. Pelaez
This URL provides a good example of a site planned for the protection of kids. The recommended resources (TV shows) are entirely appropriate for children!
Note that the complexity of the registration process is specifically intended to provide protections for kids. And it works very well - Whyville reports almost no incidents of inappropriate adult interaction with our kids (they monitor this using sophisticated software they developed and patented).
12 years ago
Nancy J. Pelaez
I learned about this resource during a AAAS symposium on Science Education. Jim Bower, a Caltech neurobiologist, has worked on improving science education through supporting teachers who use hands-on inquiry in the Pasadena schools for over seventeen years. This web site is built upon the conviction that ALL children can learn good science if presented with engaging and developmentally appropriate challenges.
Registration can be complicated. Kids must secure parental permission. I recommend that you first enter as a guest. You can also follow the links to Numedeon, Inc to contact the authors to register as a teacher.