5 Tech Tools for the Next Generation Science Standards

An education futurist shares his favorite software and hardware to help teach the NGSS.

I want to start by saying that, in general, I am not a huge friend of standards. For years I’ve spoken out against standards that turn our curriculum into a series of disconnected factoids to be regurgitated on tests. The standards of the past few decades have resulted in a curriculum that is a mile wide and an inch deep. Worse yet, contextual understanding seems largely absent from our standards, at least since the time NCLB was implemented.

So why am I writing an article about standards? Quite simply, because the new science standards are a refreshing change. They create the chance to move from instructionism to constructivism–and even to Seymour Papert’s idea of “constructionism,” about which I will have more to say later.

In his essay On Listening to Lectures, Plutarch wrote: “the mind does not require filling like a bottle, but rather, like wood, it only requires kindling to create in it an impulse to think independently and an ardent desire for the truth.” Not a bad observation for something written circa 100 AD. And now the time has come to light the fire!

Read the entire article by David Thornburg on T.H.E. Journal at http://thejournal.com/Articles/2013/10/17/5-Tech-Tools-for-the-Next-Generation-Science-Standards.aspx
This article appears in the October 2013 issue of T.H.E. Journal.

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