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Sarita Pillai
Sarita Pillai
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  • Newton, MA
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Summer Reading List Recommendations?
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Started this discussion. Last reply by Mary Henton Jul 19.

STEM Education - Parent Perceptions
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Started this discussion. Last reply by Eric Biederbeck Jul 14, 2010.

Classroom wikis as collaborative tools
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Started this discussion. Last reply by Rebecca Lawson Apr 3, 2010.

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Sarita Pillai commented on Sarita Pillai's blog post 'Social Media Tools in School'
Great point Tom, I love Edmodo too.  
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Tom Jenkins commented on Sarita Pillai's blog post 'Social Media Tools in School'
Good ideas in the article. Even though we are a Moodle middle school, I also use Edmodo.   The students really like the Facebook "feel" of the site.  I like the fact that polls and grading are very clean and user friendly.  Great format for…
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Sarita Pillai commented on Middle School Portal's group 'Integrating Technology'
Hi everyone! I'd like to get our conversations in this group going, as promised.  I just posted a blog item from eSchoolNews about 10 ways schools are using social media tools effectively.  Lots of up for debate there no doubt, so I am hoping we…
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Diversifying the STEM Workforce at Online

November 1, 2011 from 3pm to 4pm
Join the National Science Foundation, the National ITEST Learning Resource Center at Education Development Center, Inc., and principal investigators from two ITEST projects: COMPUGIRLS: A Culturally Relevant Technology Program for Girls, in which girls of color ages 13 to 18 in the Phoenix, Arizona area learn about…See More
Event posted by Sarita Pillai Oct 19
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Science Friday Videos

A great collection of science-focused videos from NPR's Science Friday.http://www.sciencefriday.com/videos/watch/See More
Blog post by Sarita Pillai Oct 11
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Research to Practice

How do you learn about research and best practices, and how do you translate, customize, and implement this knowledge in practice?  This group is designed to foster deep conversations about turning what we learn into what we do.See More
Sarita Pillai joined Gregory Louie's group Oct 6

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Which best describes your position?
What discipline(s) do you teach?
Science, Mathematics, Technology, Other
I need help with
Instructional strategies
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Integrating technology, Involving parents/caregivers, Student misconceptions

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Problems to Ponder from NCTM

Each month NCTM President Mike Shaughnessy shares an interesting math problem to "ponder" (and for different grade levels).  An archive of past problems are also on this page and each month's problem appears in the next month's NCTM's Summing Up newsletter with the solution.  Visit the NCTM … Continue

Posted on October 26, 2011 at 10:00am

Sarita Pillai

Social Media Tools in School

From eSchoolNews (free registration may be required) - ten ways schools are using social media tools effectively.


Posted on October 26, 2011 at 9:32am — 2 Comments

Sarita Pillai

Science Friday Videos

A great collection of science-focused videos from NPR's Science Friday.


Posted on October 11, 2011 at 9:51am

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Earth Science Week Oct 9 - 15

Since October 1998, the American Geological Institute has organized this national and international event to help the public gain a better understanding and appreciation for the Earth Sciences and to encourage stewardship of the Earth. This year's Earth Science Week will be held from October 9-15 and will celebrate the theme "Our Ever-Changing Earth."


Posted on September 28, 2011 at 1:38pm — 1 Comment

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Science for All

The Noyce Foundation has partnered with Techbridge, the World Café Community Foundation, and Youth Radio to host a series of conversations on science with 7th and 8th graders. Students shared their opinions and experiences with science and how it impacts their education and daily lives.  For more information, visit: http://www.noycefdn.org/news.php

Posted on August 24, 2011 at 10:40am

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At 10:57pm on March 27, 2011, Yvonne ArlingYvonne Arling said…

Thank you for the warm and informative welcome. I'm looking forward to seeing what is offered. Though I use internet reseources, this format is new to me. I'll have to feel my way and learn as I go. It's exciting.

At 8:38pm on March 15, 2011, Sarah AbrahamSarah Abraham said…

Dear Sarita,

Thanks for the warm welcome. I look forward to exploring the site a little more. I was recommended this site from the middle school conference that I attended last weekend at Greensboro,NC. I am excited to see so many resources for science!

At 12:19pm on December 28, 2010, Chandra BellChandra Bell said…
Thanks, Sarita, for the warm welcome to MSP2. I look forward to getting started perusing through the site to see all it has to offer. As I focus more on STEM, I am anxious to obtain and share lesson ideas.
At 6:31pm on October 21, 2010, Darlene KellnerDarlene Kellner said…
Dear Sarita,

Thank you so much for the warm welcome. I look forward to exploring the site.
At 11:32am on July 9, 2010, Shelley BernardShelley Bernard said…
Thanks for the warm welcome. I'm excited to explore this great community. I work with a lot of MS Science teachers and I'm anxious to share this resource with them.
At 3:29pm on June 15, 2010, Jo Ellen HertelJo Ellen Hertel said…
Thanks for the welcome! I am a new 8th grade science teacher after teaching computer skills for 10 years. I am so happy to be away from computers! :)
At 7:38am on May 31, 2010, John GreenJohn Green said…
Thanks for the warm welcome !

Look forward to actively participating...
At 8:50am on May 26, 2010, Tonya Gay BriggsTonya Gay Briggs said…
Thank you so much Sarita! I look forward to learning more and doing more. Today is the last day with my students this year, so I am a little overwhelmed right now. I plan on digging in to this wonderful tool over the summer. I hope you have a great summer as well.
At 8:36am on May 13, 2010, Currie RenwickCurrie Renwick said…
Thanks for welcoming me, Sarita! I am looking forward to exploring the site,especially after the great overview that you gave me. We are getting ready at our junior high/middle school to become a STEM school during the next year. As the library media specialist here, I will need LOTS of help!
At 7:45pm on April 21, 2010, Jihie KimJihie Kim said…
I currently work on technology support for undergraduate teachers. I look forward to exploring this site.

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