- Bob Doyle - Astronomy
Students often display different learning levels
Might there be a better way of understanding students’ difficulties in learning? Some ideas that have been widely explored include learning styles, multiple intelligences and bloom’s taxonomy.
In my opinion, these outlooks have not been successful in devising widespread strategies to make our students better learners. Now there is much talk about large scale use of external internet courses to revolutionize college learning (and to put most colleges out of business).
Our skies unmatched in the solar system
In less than a year, our public planetarium programs will resume in the Multi-media Learning Center (MLC) in the CCIT building at Frostburg State. CCIT stands for Center for Communication and Information Technology. I am hoping to start our public programs with a review of recent weather events, illustrated by pictures of local clouds. For some of the most beautiful sights in nature, easily visible to the eye are the clouds that pass over us each day.
Bright points highlight night sky in the west
Last week’s column was about the Big Dipper, the most popular star figure to Americans.
Start with Big Dipper to learn constellations
For most folks, learning the constellations is something they put on the back burner.
How will we detect and deflect asteroids?
In last week’s column, I described how sizable numbers of asteroids pass through the inner solar system.
Are these near-Earth objects a threat to us?
There is a new book from Princeton Press by Donald Yeomans with the title ”Near Earth Objects: Finding Them Before They Find Us.” Its ISBN is 978-0-691-14929-5 (hard cover).
Textbooks also vital source for learning
One of the key ways to learn is by reading a text or manual.
But when one starts to teach a class (whether it be middle school, high school or intro college classes), most students assume that the teacher will tell them orally all the essential ideas, facts, methods, etc. needed to score well on the tests and quizzes.
Magazine takes on the cosmic mysteries
Perhaps the best American magazine dealing with the Universe is “Sky and Telescope,” published monthly in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
A good sky calendar actually can be found
In a few months, there will be a multitude of 2014 calendars available. The photos in such calendars can range from supermodels to cartoon figures, from cuddly kittens to ferocious mythological creatures.
You’ll have to look far and wide to find a good sky calendar.
They have different sets of right answers
Just as in previous summers, I have been teaching a two semester physics course. Each summer course is taught by daily classes for six weeks (compared to two to three meetings a week for 15 weeks).
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