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Joy Kubarek Sandor - Photo by Michael Goss

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Is the Textbook Obsolete?

The science-learning landscape is shifting. As information becomes more readily available, learning environments become transformed with the help of technology and individuals take more ownership of their education in and out of the classroom. For example, the Maker Movement has helped the act of doing science and engineering become more accessible and achievable for a wider range of individuals. To make can mean to try and to fail, and to learn from those failures as one continues in the making process. Such lessons are seldom taught in the classroom, but informal science settings such as Maker Faires, museums, and youth-driven media spaces broaden this new perspective of how one learns.

Joy Kubarek-Sandor has worked at John G. Shedd Aquarium since 2006 and oversees the Shedd's Learning Group. Her team provides a range of learning experiences onsite, offsite, and online with the goal of enhancing a learner's scientific literacy, environmental literacy, and twenty-first-century learning skills. More »

2014 Institute for the Advancement of Inquiry Based Science Teaching

For the second summer, Mathematics and Science Education hosted the Institute for the Advancement of Inquiry Based Science Teaching (IAIBST) sponsored by Intel China and Beijing and Normal University. Twenty-nine exemplary and award-winning teachers from China visited IIT to share best practices in science curriculum and science teaching. IAIBST is an annual two-week workshop that focused on science subject matter and its interaction with engineering, using technology in science teaching, science inquiry, and nature of science. The participants are part of a national consortium of teachers from areas throughout China. More »

2014 Institute for the Advancement of Inquiry Based Science Teaching

2014 Institute for the Advancement of Inquiry Based Science Teaching

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