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How technology can help usher in new K-12 science standards

Education futurist David D. Thornburg in this commentary writes about five technology tools that can help teachers integrate the Next Generation Science Standards. Among them are Celestia, software that allows users to explore the solar system and more, as well as PhET, which allows students to simulate experiments and test their hypotheses. Thornburg also suggests hardware that can help improve the transition. T.H.E. Journal magazine (exclusive preview for SmartBrief subscribers) (10/2013)

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Ind. high school considers manufacturing-skills certificate

In an effort to provide more opportunities for students who do not intend to pursue a traditional four-year college path, an Indiana high school is considering adding an advanced-manufacturing program that would allow students to earn a trade-skills certificate by graduation. The proposed program also would allow students to secure internships with local manufacturers and earn credits toward an associate degree. Pharos-Tribune (Logansport, Ind.)

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The Blaze: MIKE ROWE ON HOW MANY ARE FOLLOWING THE ‘WORST ADVICE IN THE HISTORY OF THE WORLD’

http://www.theblaze.com/stories/2013/10/23/mike-rowe-of-dirty-jobs-speaks-about-hard-work-how-many-are-following-the-worst-advice-in-the-history-of-the-world/

I thought you would like this story from TheBlaze.com Mike Rowe, widely-known from the hit TV show “Dirty Jobs” and a series of Ford commercials, appeared on The Glenn Beck Program Wednesday to discuss his efforts with the mikeroweWORKS Foundation in challenging “the absurd belief that a four-year degree is the only path to success.”

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