With active shooting situations in schools no longer uncommon, the USDepartment of Homeland Security is offering freeonline training for educators and first responders to prepare for such a disaster—right on their computers. The training is explained in “Enhanced Dynamic Geo-Social Environment (EDGE) Virtual Training Revisited,” a video on the department’s website. This freecomputer-based training tool includes a virtual school environment for multiagency training for active shooter incidents. The simulation takes place in a large school, which has an auditorium, cafeteria, gymnasium, and several classrooms. The training will allow schools and law enforcement to train to respond without disrupting students and to be able to train repeatedly.
Sir Ken Robinson once said in a TED Talk that "Teaching is creative profession."
I love that line.
Because of systems in place, as well as cultural stereotypes, and Mrs. Crabapple from The Simpsons, it is very easy to believe that teachers are just walking textbooks, or playback machines, or mindless dictators (ok, maybe I can be a little dictatorish sometimes). But these descriptions are limiting, because at the heart of teaching is creativity.
The ASM Materials Education Foundation sponsors the Kishor M. Kulkarni Distinguished High School Teacher Award, which honors a high school science teacher who has demonstrated significant and sustained impact on precollege students. ASM International is the world’s largest association of materials-centric engineers and scientists.