Within one generation, on the order of 80% of jobs will require literacy in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM). Meeting this demand represents a huge educational challenge. However, a great opportunity now exists to support teachers, says Scott Sampson—not through the addition of more STEM provider organizations, but rather via deep, cross-sector collaboration. In this presentation, Sampson describes an emerging movement known as “STEM learning ecosystems,” which leverage the assets of multiple partners to scale impact and provide the support necessary to boost scientific literacy. Three elements are key: 1) a dramatic increase in the number of STEM mentors (both teachers and community experts); 2) networking of these mentors within their local communities; and 3) a digital portal that serves as both resource library and social platform. Sampson will also unveil plans for Canada’s first STEAM learning ecosystem (the “A” added for Art & Design), which will be based right here in British Columbia.
Applicable to all (e.g. K-12)
Scott Sampson is a dinosaur paleontologist, science communicator, and passionate advocate for reimagining cities as places where people and nature thrive. He has published numerous scientific and popular articles, and regularly speaks to audiences of all ages on topics ranging from dinosaurs and education to sustainability and connecting kids with nature. He currently serves as the President and CEO of Science World British Columbia in Vancouver, BC. Scott has appeared in many television documentaries and served as a science advisor for a variety of media projects, most recently the BBC movie, Walking With Dinosaurs. He has also authored multiple books for children and adults, including Dinosaur Odyssey: Fossil Threads in the Web of Life, and How to Raise a Wild Child: The Art and Science of Falling in Love with Nature. He is perhaps best known, however, as “Dr. Scott,” host and science advisor of the Emmy-nominated PBS KIDS television series Dinosaur Train, produced by the Jim Henson Company.
by Ron Darvin
Fake news has become a catch-all term for everything from hoaxes to conspiracy theories and junk science. Sadly, it has also become a term to refer to news that people just don’t want to hear or don’t agree with. In this “post-truth” world, it becomes easier for us to rely on what feels right, rather than to figure out what is right, and emotions rather than facts can shape public opinion.
Simply defined however fake news is fabricated, deceptive or distorted information meant to mislead the public. It has consequences and important implications for whom we elect, the laws we pass, and the kinds of choices we make in our lives. Without the right critical tools, our students can become not only victims of fake news, but also promoters of it by indiscriminately sharing things online.
Fake news isn’t new. Since the invention of the printing press and the camera, fake news about everything from sea monsters to dancing fairies has been designed to fool people. With technology however, it’s become a lot easier for people to create subtly deceptive stories, imitate news formats, and distribute them to a general public. Motivations for fake news can be political or personal. Others do it to get their five minutes of fame; while for some, fake news is a business. Digital ads generate profits, and websites with sensational fake news are paid for every click that they get.
How can we help students detect fake news when they read stuff online? It’s important to arm them with critical literacy strategies that let them pay attention to verbal and visual clues. This includes examining URLs or domain names, Twitter handles, logos, writing styles, and webpage design. Critical readers in the 21st century need to read not just horizontally by scrolling down, but laterally, that is, by opening tabs and googling sources.
Parents need to recognize that kids of this generation have two worlds: offline and online. If before, they’d ask their child “How was school today?” now they also have to learn more about their child's online lives. What have they seen on Snapchat or Instagram? Anything interesting they’ve read on Buzzfeed? To role model critical literacy, parents need to understand, themselves, how information is disseminated on the internet, and to socialize their children into recognizing legitimate sources of information.
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|Middle of April||Registration opens|
|October 15 @ Noon||Registration closes|
|October 20-21||Super Conference events|
An opportunity to explore the Science World galleries, relax, socialize with you colleagues and more importantly, have fun! Purchase a ticket for this event when you register for the conference.
Hotel 1 - Pinnacle Harbourfront Hotel
Hotel 2 - Coast Coal Harbour Hotel
Hotel 3 - Pan Pacific Vancouver
A special conference rate is available at the Pan Pacific hotel. The rates are:
|Deluxe Room||$219/night + taxes SOLD OUT|
|Deluxe Harbour View Room||$249/night + taxes SOLD OUT|
All available rooms are currently booked. Contact the hotel directly to be added to the waitlist. We are trying to get more rooms released. There are also plenty of other hotels close to the conference site.
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