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Texas Instruments Launches STEM Behind Health

Texas Instruments Launches STEM Behind Health

It recently came to my attention that Texas Instruments launched a new initiative called STEM Behind Health. STEM Behind Health is designed to get students excited about health related careers. Activities from the initiative include a TI-Nspire document file as well as student worksheets and teacher notes. They were developed in conjunction with health care professionals and follow real patients and their health conditions.

The first released activity is “Chelcie’s Story.” Chelcie is a 22-year old nursing student who has was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes 10 years ago.

I spent a few minutes playing around within the activity, and it is another great example of how the TI-Nspire platform allows for really polished interactive lessons with students. In addition to the sort of standard notes and quiz questions that TI-Nspire users have come to expect, there’s a very nice interactive component with a simulated blood glucose meter that allows students to take readings for Chelcie’s blood sugar and experiment with insulin to carb ratio. The results are automatically plotted so students can examine the relationship.

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Peter Balyta, Texas Instruments President of Education Technology, also took part in a video explaining TI’s commitment to STEM Behind Health. With STEM Behind Hollywood and now STEM Behind Health, Texas Instruments is developing a really great set of lessons for teachers to use in their classroom with minimal preparation. I know from experience how time consuming it can be to develop engaging lessons on your own, so if you are a math or science teacher, take a few minutes to check out the official STEM Behind Health site to see if it could work for your students.

 

Favorite Podcasts for Data Scientists

One of my favorite learning methods is via podcasts. They allow me to multitask–exercising, driving, or doing chores–while listening to experts on a particular topic. Some of the podcasts I listen to are purely for entertainment (think Serial or StartUp) but many others are for educational purposes. As I’ve been trying to build up my…Continue Reading

My MOOC Study Strategies

My MOOC Study Strategies

If you’ve looked into MOOCs (Massive Online Open Courses) at all, you have probably wondered how successful students are at completing them compared to traditional courses. The short answer? Not very. I’ve seen various numbers floating around in a variety of studies, citing completion rates as low as 4% and as high as 8%, but…Continue Reading

Update on PARCC Calculator Policy

I’ve really made no secret of the fact that I have my doubts about the long term viability of the PARCC test. Some of the sample items that have been released to the public are so difficult that they border on downright unfair. During my final 5 years as a high school math teacher, the…Continue Reading

Calculators for the SAT

If your child is planning to take the ACT this school year, you can help them get the best score possible with some ACT prep. I suggest Kaplan.com for ACT Prep because they offer a wide variety of course options and prices (some resources are even free). One of the most common students ask before taking…Continue Reading

SAT dates for 2014-15

Here are the dates for the SAT for the 2014-15 school year. If your child is taking the SAT this year, I would strongly recommend you consider doing some sort of SAT prep. My recommendation is Kaplan.com for SAT prep because they offer a wide variety of SAT prep options and prices, even some free options. SAT…Continue Reading

Calculators for the ACT

If your child is planning to take the ACT this school year, you can help them get the best score possible with some ACT prep. I suggest Kaplan.com for ACT Prep because they offer a wide variety of course options and prices (some resources are even free). One of the most common students ask before taking…Continue Reading