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PHYSICS EDUCATION NEWS (PEN) April 1994, No. 2 An electronic newsletter of the AIP Education Division LABNET CONNECTS SCIENCE TEACHERS THROUGHOUT THE NATION TERC's LabNet computer network allows science teachers who are hundreds of miles apart to exchange teaching tips, share science activities, transfer computer files, access electronic mail services, and search materials and project databases. The network is accessible to any pre-college teacher equipped with a computer, a 2400-baud modem, and local telephone service. (For information and an application, contact: TERC LabNet Project, 2067 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, MA 02140; fax: 617-349-3535) REPORTS CONTAIN "TRANSFORMING IDEAS" FOR SCIENCE, MATH EDUCATION The U.S. Department of Education has released two new reports that offer suggestions to schools and communities on how to make fundamental improvements in mathematics and science education. "Transforming Ideas for Teaching and Learning Mathematics" and "Transforming Ideas for Teaching and Learning Science" each offer 10 ideas for enhancing math and science instruction that challenge conventional wisdom about the very nature of the disciplines, and about teaching and learning as well. (For a copy, contact: Department of Education, Office of Educational Research and Improvement, Education Information Branch, 555 New Jersey Avenue, N.W., Washington, DC 20208-5641) GOPHER SERVICES PROVIDE INFORMATION ON THE INTERNET Explore the following three Gopher sites for information and training materials on the Internet: is a collection of Internet training materials and network in- formation; is a directory of network trainers and consultants (look under the Internet Business Journal); offers information, registration, and directory services for the Internet community. It is provided by InterNIC Information Services as a service of the National Science Foundation. STUDENT SCIENCE CONCEPTIONS ARE FOCUS OF PRIVATE UNIVERSE PROGRAM The Private Universe Program, created by the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, allows educators to explore students' conceptions about the natural world. Often these conceptions differ from accepted scientific view, blocking learning and under- standing. The aim of the Private Universe Program is to produce a series of television programs that help K-12 teachers, school administrators, and parents recognize and displace misconceptions about scientific phenomena. The six half-hour programs, one each on biology, chemistry, earth science, environmental science, math, and physics, will be created through 18 hours of live, interactive video-conferences with teachers across the country. The resulting programs will be aired on PBS and other educational channels. (For more information and an application, contact: The Private Universe Project, Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, MS- 82, 60 Garden Street, Cambridge, MA 02138; 617-495-7000) NATIONAL ASTRONOMY EDUCATION PROJECTS TO BE CATALOGED The staff of Project ASTRO at the Astronomical Society of the Pacific (ASP) is compiling a catalog of national astronomy education projects for wide distribution. Projects can be for any level: K-12, college, independent learning, or science museums, and can include programs for teachers, students, or the public. Anyone submitting information will automatically receive a copy of the catalog in the fall of 1994. (For more information and a survey form, contact: Survey, Project ASTRO, ASP, 390 Ashton Ave., San Francisco, CA 94112; telephone: 415-337-1100 (Robin Russell); fax: 415-337-5205; e-mail: FRAKNOI@ASPEN.FHDA.EDU (Andrew Fraknoi)) ***************************** PEN is being published on a trial basis through December 31, 1994. Please tell us your opinion of PEN. To subscribe, send an e-mail message to . Leave the "Subject" line blank. In the body of the message, enter the following command: . American Institute of Physics Education Division Contact: Mr. Tracy Schwab 301-209-3007, tschwab@aip.org *****************************

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