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AAG SmartBrief

Research and technology news for geographers

AAG SmartBrief

Published in partnership with: Association of American Geographers

Can Ecuador's planned city make the country a tech leader?

7/15/2014

  • Miami Herald (tiered subscription model), The

Ecuador is pouring more than $1 billion into a planned city two hours outside of Quito, designed to help the country emerge as a sort of "Silicon Valley of the tropics" over the next 30 years. But the… Read More

STEM SmartBrief

STEM-specific news for career development professionals

STEM SmartBrief

Published in partnership with: Association for Career and Technical Education

U.S. education makes poor showing in innovation study

7/22/2014

  • Education Week (tiered subscription model)

Schools and classrooms in the United States received low marks for education innovation in a study of countries by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development. Denmark, Indonesia, Korea … Read More

ACTFL SmartBrief

News about language education

ACTFL SmartBrief

Published in partnership with: American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages

Cherokee immersion school opens resource center

7/21/2014

  • Cherokee Phoenix (Tahlequah, Okla.)

The Cherokee Nation Immersion Charter School in Oklahoma has opened a Cherokee language resource center that offers students, teachers and parents at Sequoyah Schools access to materials including boo… Read More

NCLE SmartBrief

News for educators and literacy learning supporters

NCLE SmartBrief

Published in partnership with: National Center for Literacy Education

How making has evolved in schools, other industries

7/21/2014

  • Edutopia.org

Making is cropping up in more and more classrooms, educator Vicki Davis writes in this blog post. She writes about the history of making in other industries, the research behind it and how schools hav… Read More

NCSS SmartBrief

News for social studies educators

NCSS SmartBrief

Published in partnership with: National Council for the Social Studies

2 Fla. students lead community tree-planting projects

7/20/2014

  • Tampa Bay Newspapers (Seminole, Fla.)

Two Florida students are overseeing tree-planting projects to beautify the area and help the environment. They said they aim to have at least 1,700 trees planted, including placing some in a nature pr… Read More

Math Education SmartBrief

News for mathematics educators

Math Education SmartBrief

Struggling first-graders may need more rote instruction, study finds

7/21/2014

  • Hechinger Report, The

First-grade students who are struggling with math may need to drill the basics instead of engaging in hands-on or more creative projects, according to new research. "Routine practice is the strongest … Read More

Sigma Xi SmartBrief

News on scientific research and innovation

Sigma Xi SmartBrief

Published in partnership with: Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Society

Mojave Desert woodrat eats toxic plant with help from microbes

7/22/2014

  • National Geographic News (free registration)

Desert woodrats in the Mojave Desert can digest toxic resin on creosote bush leaves with the help of microbes in their stomachs, according to research published in Ecology Letters. Scientists fed the … Read More