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Current items of interest for educators, education researchers, and education innovators.

(From the e-list, 2 MARCH 2012. Interested in subscribing? Click here!)

Hi folks,

Some opportunities this week for educators, education researchers, and those interested in $$ for education innovations.

Educators: NSTA is sponsoring a book of lesson plans for teaching with citizen science, and has a call out for the best-of-the-best lessons to publish:

"Do you teach with citizen science? Please share your ideas! We're looking for contributed lessons for a book--"Birds, Butterflies, Bullfrogs, and Beyond"-- to be published in 2013 by NSTA Press! If your lesson is selected, you will become a published author, and all authors will get a free copy of the book. Deadline to submit lessons is May 15, 2012."

More info on the book, and how to submit, at:


Education researchers (and others interested in academic pubs on citizen science and education): The journal Education & Democracy is soliciting short responses to a recent article entitled "The Future of Citizen Science," written by Michael Mueller and colleagues. This article largely discusses citizen science in the school classroom, with the abstract opening, "There is an emerging trend of democratizing science and schooling within science education that can be characterized as citizen science." Here's an excerpt from the call for responses:

"We are seeking responses to the article ... in essay (4,000 words) or alternate forms, such as edited videos or artwork. All submissions are peer reviewed. In order to be considered for our next issue, responses would need to be submitted no later than May 1, 2012. You can submit a response at:"


Education innovators: The Encyclopedia of Life announced the EOL Education Innovation Challenge, inviting applicants to submit ideas for leveraging EOL content and resources to support public engagement through online and/or mobile interfaces. Here's a brief excerpt from their call (for $50,000 in prizes):

"The EOL Education Innovation Challenge is an international competition that aims to stimulate the development and implementation of educational software tools, services, games and activities involving the Encyclopedia of Life (EOL). ... The Challenge is to use EOL content and services to create an engaging and educational application that will promote global learning activities focused on discovering and understanding the living world. Successful projects must use EOL content and services but connecting to other services and data sources is also permitted."

Applications for Stage 1 due by 5pm US Eastern, 23 MARCH 2012.


Finally, before signing off, a quick word about reaching those participants who might be educated through citizen science. As of this month, SciStarter and Discover Magazine are offering their readers "Your Research Mission," with a different citizen science project highlighted daily. Your project could be highlighted, if it's in SciStarter!



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