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Welcome to the SB&F Editor's Blog. I am Maria Sosa, Editor-in-Chief of SB&F. Through this blog I hope to interact with the SB&F community and post news and information related to science books, videos, authors, opportunities and other topics of interest to our readers. I hope you find the blog useful and entertaining. Please, join the conversation by posting a comment on our Facebook page. I'd love to hear from you!

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  • YouTube for Schools

    We've noticed that there is a lot of good science content on YouTube. Schools, however, may be reluctant to provide students with unrestricted access to YouTube because much of the content can be distracting or downright inappropriate for students. To get around this problem, Google has been offering YouTube for Schools , a tool that gives schools the ability to access a broad set of educational videos on YouTube EDU and to select the specific videos that are accessible from within their school networks. Launched in December of 2011, YouTube for Schools provides schools access to hundreds of thousands of free educational videos from YouTube EDU , which features a broad range of educational...      Read more...
    Published 21 Sep 2012 3:20 PM by Maria Sosa
  • Reading Science at a Great Books College

    Shimer College , my alma mater, is considered one of the Great Books colleges , of which there are only a few. At Shimer, there is a core curriculum that every student must follow. While this curriculum has been modified somewhat throughout the years, it remains substantially the same as when I attended some 40 years ago. The core curriculum includes a four course sequence in the natural sciences that examines natural science in the context of its historical development. There are labs, but the focus is more on the study of original sources, such as the writings of scientists and philosophers who made significant contributions to the history of science. Below are the reading lists from the four...      Read more...
    Published 18 Jul 2012 4:46 PM by Maria Sosa