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Simon Says: Teach the Teachers!

8232It’s one thing to know a lot about your field of expertise, but as Beth Simon says, teaching others about what you know is not easy. Very few professors are actually taught how to be teachers, a failing that Beth identified early in her career in computer science. And as she tells Karen Flammer in this boisterous conversation, Simon disrupted the old “sage on the stage” formula and instead, offers interactive classes where students engage with each other to solve problems. Doesn’t that sound a whole lot more fun than your “Intro to Computers” class?

Check out her methods in The STEAM Channel’s latest program, Beth Simon – The Constellation: Sally Ride Science Conversations.

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Zoom Through Time

What if you could explore the entire span of history — both human and planetary — with just a few mouse clicks?

That’s the idea behind ChronoZoom, a zoomable, multimedia timeline conceived by UC Berkeley student Roland Saekow to help visualize history and to assist researchers in viewing large amounts of data to find new historical connections.

UC Berkeley geology professor Walter Alvarez and his students have teamed up with Microsoft Research Connections engineers to make this web-based software possible, and you can see just how far they’ve come in the latest video from UCTV Prime.

Then have some fun poking around the Beta version on the ChronoZoom website. What slice of history will you click to?

Watch “ChronoZoom: A Timeline for Big History.” And visit the UCTV Prime website for more video snapshots from the University of California.

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Can Computers Learn from Children?

When it comes to pretend play, toddlers and young children are experts. But mini-scientists? That seems like a stretch.

Not according to researchers at UC Berkeley who are studying children’s behavior during playtime in an effort to crack the code inside their heads that makes them little “learning machines” capable of hypothesizing, experimenting and thinking outside the box — all valuable skills in a scientist as well as, researchers hope, computers of the future.

The latest episode of “UCTV Prime: Cuts” introduces you to the cutest research subjects you’ll ever meet.

“Prime: Cuts – Can Computers Learn from Children?”

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