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September 2014

New technologies—social media and cloud computing, mobile smart devices, "big data," advanced computational modeling, and countless others—could revolutionalize science teaching and learning. While such advances make new classroom activities possible, the Next Generation Science Standards require us to rethink how we deliver science instruction. The pedagogical foundation provided by the NGSS can combine with new technology to create more engaging learning experiences for all students. Science teachers must lead the 21st-century skills movement. The articles in this issue of The Science Teacher describe teaching with a sample of new technologies, none of which would have been possible a mere decade ago.

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July 2014

Reform movements have long championed aligning mathematics and science education. Over more than three decades, various standards documents have extolled the potential synergy that can result when science investigations use mathematics. Now the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) extend these important math-science connections by identifying crosscutting concepts, scientific and engineering practices, and disciplinary core ideas important to both science and mathematics. The NGSS also make explicit connections to the Common Core State Standards in mathematics. The articles in this issue of The Science Teacher provide useful ideas about including mathematics in your science teaching.

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April 2014

This edition marks our 19th consecutive spring issue devoted to "Science for All." This annual theme is an umbrella for ideas and strategies to narrow the academic achievement gaps associated with ethnicity, socioeconomic status, gender, physical disabilities, limited English-language proficiency, and learning differences. This goes right to the core of NSTA's mission,"to promote excellence and innovation in science teaching and learning for all." Over the years,The Science Teacher (TST) has published well over 100 articles on the "Science for All" theme. Whether your interest is in diversity education, multicultural awareness, equity issues, teaching ELLs, or simply finding engaging teaching methods for all students, browse the TST online archive for a trove of related articles.

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March 2014

Technology has changed our world. Our classrooms? Not so much. Students spend most of their daily lives interacting with 21st-century technology, but too many classrooms seem stuck in the 19th century, as smartphone and tablet use is often restricted and technology applications are limited. While there are good reasons for schools to be conservative—we don't want to latch onto the latest gadget of instructional fad—modern technology has the potential to transform education. This edition highlights various ways that teachers are integrating technology into classroom activities, such as designing smartphone apps and colorful infographics, populating Google Earth with data sets, and using screencasts as lab reports. It may well be that we are moving toward a time when tech challenges will not be limited by dollars but only by imagination.

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February 2014

Although the practice of planning and carrying out investigations has always been a part of good science instruction, the student focus often has been more on carrying out than on planning, with teacher-structured investigations far outnumbering student opportunities to develop their own research questions. Giving students opportunities to design and plan investigations allows them to truly experience the excitement of science and better understand the nature of scientific inquiry. Just as basketball players need to practice shooting, passing, dribbling, and defense, so too do our science students need to practice real science by asking questions, designing investigations, analyzing data, and communicating results. Engaging in these practices helps students appreciate the wide range of approaches used in science and engineering to investigate and explain the world.

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January 2014

Teaching science has important implications for human society and the future of our planet. All students will need to make ethical decisions about complex socio-scientific issues that arise as a consequence of new science and technology. This issue of The Science Teacher focuses on bioethical issues such as genetic engineering, access to health care, and personal medical decisions. Students will also need to be able to think critically about energy allocation, individual resource consumption, climate change, access to food, and distribution of scarce resources. By emphasizing these socio-scoientific connections, we help students learn important content while developing their ability to make informed decisions about critical issues. This edition of the journal will help you bring the necessary emphasis to your own classroom.

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