Impactful science teaching requires minimum five hours instruction weekly

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New research on middle-grades science teaching reveals that without at least 5 hours of instructional time dedicated to science during a typical school week, teachers are less likely to use the types of inquiry-based learning practices recommended by leading science and education professionals.

Unlike traditional instruction, inquiry-based instruction approaches science learning through sustained real-world projects and hands-on experimentation rather than fact memorization, recall and prescribed experiments. It is considered a best practice by the National Research Council and the Next Generation for Science Standards, among other national and state science assessments, for teaching scientific knowledge and skills for the 21st century.

What’s more, the findings—published Dec. 1, 2020 in the journal Teachers College Record—suggest that only about one third of eighth-grade students in the U.S. actually receive at least 5 hours of science instruction each week.

“Even the best teachers are less likely to teach

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The Weekly Authority: The speed of things, next Snapdragon next week, and more

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Welcome back to The Weekly Authority, the Android Authority series that recaps the top Android and tech news from the week and what it all means, plus one deeper dive each week into what’s happening and what matters. Tristan Rayner at the wheel, and I’m talking all about speed later on. But first…


The Deals section jumps to the top of this weekly because, well, we all know what season we’re in right now!

I’ve scrubbed up a shortlist of some of the best deals that I think you shouldn’t miss. Just about every deal on a useful gadget is in this Black Friday/Cyber Monday deal hub, too.

Oh, and in case you were curious, The Wirecutter noted that this Black Friday we’re seeing bigger discounts than usual on higher-end TVs, including the leading range of LG OLED TVs. Good chance to upgrade

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The Weekly Authority: Black Friday tips, tricks, what we use, and more

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Welcome to The Weekly Authority, I’m Tristan Rayner (@tristanrayner on Twitter), with your wrap of the top Android and tech news from the week, plus one deeper dive each week into what’s happening and what matters.

Let’s get started with the news, keep scrolling for the Black Friday guide.

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  • New M1 Macs achieve some pretty big goals for Apple: borderline unbelievable performance from even low power chips, crushing the competition from Intel and AMD, and setting itself up to dominate other laptops in the performance and battery life stakes. A great spark for Arm-based processors on desktop may be the chance for the likes of Qualcomm and Google (rumored to be working on its own chips) to step up for mobility (November 18, 2020).
  • Huawei split off Honor and sold it to a large Chinese consortium. Only limited details have emerged as to what that all
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The Weekly Authority: How Tech changes under Biden, Galaxy S21, Photos, and more

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Instant Authority: Tech’s next four years

In the four years of President Donald Trump in the USA, the world of tech saw great changes from both direct and indirect actions, and chaos and uncertainty. This is not limited to the US, either.

See also: The Huawei ban explained — a complete timeline and everything you need to know

First, a short story:

  • In my home town in Newcastle, Australia, Chinese businessman Martin Lee bought the local football (soccer) club, the Newcastle Jets, in 2016 for $4.3M.
  • Lee founded LED lighting company Ledman Group in Shenzhen and was reported to be a billionaire at the time. The club and its fans were naturally keen to see a cash injection and a return to former glory.
  • Yet, in the four years since, things haven’t been great for the club. Here’s one report describing the reasons why: “Trade tariffs between the USA
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Earth911 Reader: Your Weekly Sustainability, Business, and Science News Summary

The Earth911 team combs news and research for interesting ideas and stories about the challenges of creating a sustainable world. We call it the Earth911 Reader and we hope you find it useful.


COVID Emissions Data Shows Potential Impact of E.V. Transition

The Berkeley Environmental Air-quality & CO2 Network, known as BEACO2N, tracked a 25% decline in San Francisco Bay Area CO2 emissions during the pandemic. After traffic on the roads fell by 50%, the data suggests that a rapid transition to electric vehicles could quickly reduce emissions, reports. But emissions are on the rise as more people return to work and driving. The innovation here is the someone measures CO2, said Ronald Cohen, a University of California professor and lead author of a new study about COVID emissions. His team figured out a way to replace $200,000 sensors with $8,000 models to make widespread tracking feasible.

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S&P 500 Weekly Update: Obsessing Over The Election Turned Out To Be A Mistake

“Information is not knowledge.” – Albert Einstein

Last week it was all about “the calm before the storm”. Instead of more anxiety, the storm turned out to be a whirlwind for the Bulls.

It’s finally over. Yes although we don’t have a declared “winner” three days after an election, it’s over. All of the different political scenarios, all of the forecasts of what sectors/stocks are going to do well under Biden or Trump. Whether there is a Blue Wave or there is a gridlock setup in congress. I for one now will have fewer distractions, take time to regroup, and more than likely go back to playing the cards that are dealt.

No matter who sits in the White House next year it is ‘likely” investors in the stock market will be laboring with the backdrop of a divided government, or as one analyst mentioned, a “frozen government”. The stock

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EMERGING MARKETS-Philippine shares end with best weekly gain since June

By Rashmi Ashok

Oct 23 (Reuters)Philippine stocks added 2% on Friday to end the week with their biggest gain since June, as the easing of restrictions in capital Manila and slowing coronavirus cases rekindled optimism and brought back foreign investors.

Broader Asian stocks recorded slim gains, after better-than-expected U.S. jobs data and signs of progress in talks for a $2 trillion stimulus deal in Washington supported U.S. equities overnight.

The benchmark Philippine stock index .PSI notched a near 10% gain for the week, as shares of food and real-estate companies rallied on hopes for increased footfall in malls and hotels after curfew hours were trimmed earlier this week.

“The economy continues to gear up for recovery as public transportation come back to 50% of pre-COVID-19 levels. If developments are sustained, PSEi is poised to match its pattern of seasonal strength in the last quarter,” said Jennifer Lomboy,

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