All A Twitter About Math

Keeping up professionally takes time and effort and sometimes seems overwhelming. Following a few well-chosen educators or organizations can really help lighten the load. I am a big fan of Twitter. I am amazed at the wealth of wonderful resources that I discover through tweets. If you are interested in delving into the world of Twitter or perhaps are just looking for a few, good folks to follow, check out the following collections from the Best Colleges Online blog.

The 50 Best Twitter Feeds for Math Geeks

50 Essential Twitter Feeds for STEM Educators


We Want Your Feedback
We want and need your ideas, suggestions, and observations. What would you like to know more about? What questions have your students asked? We invite you to share with us and other readers by posting your comments. Please check back often for our newest posts, subscribe via email, or download the RSS feed for this blog. Let us know what you think and tell us how we can serve you better. We appreciate your feedback on all of our Middle School Portal 2 publications. You can also email us at msp@msteacher.org.

Print Issues of Beyond Penguins Are Half Price on Black Friday

Readers of the online issues of Beyond Penguins and Polar Bears can now access the content in different formats. For example, you can have highlights of issues mailed to you as a full-color, print magazine, or you can download the highlights version on your iPad. The print and electronic versions are generously illustrated with photographs and contain many of the articles from the original online production. We are using MagCloud — a print-on-demand service from Hewlett-Packard that in addition to the print-on-demand service has an iPad application that allows you to download issues from MagCloud onto an iPad for free.

For the print version, you pay printing (20 cents/page) and mailing costs – issues are from $4.80 to $7.20 to print and ship depending on the page count. However, on Black Friday you can save 50% during MagCloud’s Red Friday Mega Sale! From midnight until 12 pm (PST) on Friday November 26th MagCloud will be slashing the production costs on all full-priced magazines by 50%. And don’t worry if the turkey-hangover causes you to miss the mega sale, you can still take advantage of MagCloud’s 25% Off Holiday Sale from 12 pm November 26th through December 31st. You can browse all the Beyond Penguins Highlights on MagCloud at http://bit.ly/aQUTn9.

Upcoming Free MSP2 Webinars

We have some excellent webinars scheduled in the month of October – presented by MSP2 teacher leaders and staff. Please share these opportunities with your colleagues. All presentations will be recorded and available on the MSP2 Webinar Archive page. Hope to “see you” online!

Beaks and Biomes: Integrating Science and Literacy
Thursday, October 14, 2010 from 4-5pm EST
For more information: http://wiki.nsdl.org/index.php/BeyondPenguins/Seminars

The series is sponsored by Beyond Penguins and Polar Bears, an NSF-funded project that provides professional development and instructional resources to elementary teachers (but lots of middle school teachers use them too).

This life science unit uses scientific inquiry, literacy instruction, and a multigenre text set to examine adaptations, migration, and ecosystems. Leave with a unit framework you can directly incorporate into your classroom! Note: This session builds on concepts presented in our first two seminars: Informational Text and Multigenre Text Sets and Inquiry, Literacy, and the Learning Cycle. You’ll get the most out of the session if you’ve participated in the previous seminars, or view the archives at http://wiki.nsdl.org/index.php/BeyondPenguins/Seminars.

MSP2 Book Club: Discuss The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
Tuesday, October 19, 2010 from 7-8pm EST
For more information: http://www.msteacher2.org/events/msp2-book-club-discuss-the

How did cells taken from a poor black woman in 1951 come to unlock some of the biggest advances in science? Hope you’ll join me in reading The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot. For a really good overview go to http://www.guardian.co.uk/science/2010/jun/23/henrietta-lacks-cells-medical-advances.

21st Century Skills and…
Thursday, October 21, 2010 from 7-8pm EST
For more information: http://www.msteacher2.org/events/21st-century-skills-and

The U.S. is in critical need for a qualified workforce equipped with skills beyond the basics of reading, writing and arithmetic. The U.S. future workforce needs employees with critical thinking and problem solving, communications, collaboration and creative and innovation skills. We as educators will need to tweak what we already are doing in order to prepare our students for the challenges and opportunities that await them in the 21st Century. Learn how you can incorporate these skills in to your instruction to meet the needs of the 21st century employer.

Virtual Field Trips
Thursday, October 28, 2010 from 8-9pm EST
For more information: http://www.msteacher2.org/events/virtual-field-trips

The world becomes a smaller place if you can expand your classroom beyond its walls and location. Purposefully used, virtual field trips can enhance learning and support content mastery.

This webinar provides a framework to expand teaching strategies by incorporating digital technology to explore the world, inquire about big ideas, and create authentic experiences. See examples of virtual field trips around STEM concepts. In addition, learn about tools used to create your own virtual journeys and how to access resources for established field trips.

Great Science Content for the iPad

We have been uploading content from MSP2 Connecting News to the National Science Education Standards blog and the Beyond Penguins: Integrating Science and Literacy for K-5 Teachers online magazine into MagCloud – a print on demand service from Hewlett-Packard. They now have a new iPad app that allows folks to download issues from MagCloud onto their iPads for free.

iPad app download: http://www.magcloud.com/ipad
Browse MSP2 and Beyond Penguins content: http://www.magcloud.com/user/DLatOSU

US DOE Opportunity Creates Teacher Scientists

The DOE ACTS 3 year program includes participating in research project(s) at a national laboratory, implementing technology-supported inquiry with students, educational leadership, using Web 2.0 collaboration tools and online meetings for follow-up support, and financial support for classroom equipment and further professional development.

Fermilab is offering a limited number of positions in its DOE ACTS cohort starting in the summer of 2010. Priority for this cohort will be given to mid-level teachers (grades 5-9).

Participants will meet at Fermilab for four weeks each summer for three years. During the academic year following each summer, as participants implement their summer work in their schools and work on small projects, they will be supported by program staff and by each other, primarily through online meetings, with one or two face-to-face meetings as well.

The program combines three strands of professional development: scientific research, teaching & learning, and educational leadership. Each year teachers will participate in a research project which will be woven together with the other two strands to strengthen and reinforce one another.

Participants will receive an $800/week stipend for their summer work. Non-local participants will also receive housing and travel. All participants will be eligible for grants to support classroom equipment purchases and travel to professional development conferences.

How to apply: Go to www.scied.science.doe.gov and click on DOE ACTS under “Programs for Teachers.” To apply, use the “Apply” link on the floating navigation bar on the left side of your screen.
When filling out your application, please consider the following:
-The application does not need to be completed in one sitting. You may save your work and return later.
-Different national laboratories have different programs. You will be asked for two lab preferences.
-Applicants are required to obtain two recommendations. These must be submitted online.
Your recommenders will use a unique website that is provided as part of your application.
-Early submission of the completed application is strongly encouraged.

Eligibility:
-Full-time middle and high school science and mathematics teachers in public or private school.
-Must be at least 21 years old and a United States Citizen at the time of application.
-Must have current health insurance coverage.

Contact:
Please contact Spencer Pasero (spasero@fnal.gov, 630-840-3076) with any questions about the program.