2017’s Ho-Hum, Unremarkable, But Too-Often Ignored Lessons in Education Technology

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As someone who has taught high school history, led a school district, and researched the history of school reform along with the use of educational technologies over the past half-century, I found little that startled me in 2017 (with the exception for one event noted below). So for 2017, I offer no lessons that will shock, but ones distilled from my experience.

IBM Foundation launches free online software to help K-5 teachers prepare math lessons and help students learn.

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This STEM-focused district hands out paychecks along with report cards

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A fourth-grader makes a puppet while his teammate works on writing a script at Mountain View Elementary School in Longmont, Colo. Teachers push [academic] standards into these projects,” and schools don’t “want projects where kids are just an extra set of hands.”.

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High schools fail to provide legally required education to students with disabilities

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Their disabilities shouldn’t keep them from achieving the same standards as their peers — and experts estimate that up to 90 percent of students with disabilities are capable of graduating high school fully prepared to tackle college or a career if they receive proper support along the way.

TEACHER VOICE: It’s tough to prepare children for kindergarten if parents and teachers don’t collaborate

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Since earning my undergraduate, Master’s, and Education Specialist degrees in elementary education, and working toward board certification, at Delta State University, I have observed students who have come from a variety of backgrounds.

Dramatic DeVos nomination begs question: Can she be an effective Ed Secretary?

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Betsy DeVos, President-elect Donald Trump’s pick to be the next Secretary of Education, testifies during her confirmation hearing before the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee in the Dirksen Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill January 17, 2017 in Washington, DC.

Charters felt pressured to promise miraculous progress — but none met the targets

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In 2008, a few years after Hurricane Katrina, school officials in Louisiana asked aspiring charter-school leader Andrew Shahan to consider taking over the failing Dr. Charles Drew Elementary School in New Orleans’ Upper 9th Ward.

How State Reform in New Hampshire Led to Teacher Autonomy

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But at Memorial Elementary School , one of two elementary schools in New Hampshire’s Sanborn Regional School District , administrators and teachers are given the freedom to experiment with cutting-edge ideas not in spite of district and state guidelines, but because of them. Two recent state initiatives are defining a set of non academic work habits that contribute to student success , and developing a statewide performance-based assessment system.

New AI tool helps teachers tackle math

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As the new school year begins, elementary school teachers are now able to access a new, free online artificial intelligence (AI) tool designed to strengthen their math instruction and help students learn at higher levels.

OPINION: Four ways that Mississippi is teaching more children to read well

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Mississippi’s gains came as students in many states did worse in 2019 than they did in 2017 on the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) — to the disappointment of leaders, educators and parents across the United States.

KinderLab Robotics Announces New KIBO Guidebook to Enhance STEAM Education

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Each lesson includes facilitation suggestions, materials lists, center setup, and academic standards alignment. Each lesson plan provides specific setup suggestions, facilitation tips, and information on addressing cross-curricular connections and academic standards.

After Layoffs, Math Curriculum Developer Reasoning Mind Sells to Weld North Education

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Multiple former Reasoning Mind employees however confirmed to EdSurge that the nonprofit underwent several rounds of layoffs throughout 2017, which affected several dozen staff. curriculum market shifted towards purchasing materials aligned materials to Common Core and state academic standards, the organization began building new offerings based on these U.S. standards.

After years of neglect, Mississippi takes baby steps to boost school readiness

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I think we took for granted before what 4-year-olds were capable of doing,” said Quitman Lower Elementary Principal Amanda Allen, listing some skills the youngest learners are impressing her with: advanced vocabularies, number recognition, self-motivation. “It’s million in 2017.

Desegregation is unraveling in this Texas town

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It has made progress to topple the barriers still holding black and Hispanic students back from the same academic success as white students. They are roughly half of the students enrolled at Longview’s specialized elementary school, which has higher academic standards.

Apple’s Strongest Case to Reclaim the Education Market Is Not the New iPad

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K-12 education market in 2017. Still, Brendan Kelly, an Apple Distinguished Educator who teaches at Wilson Elementary School in West Allis, Wisc. Unfortunately these ideals are not always aligned with the realities of an education system that still emphasizes standardized testing and compliance to rigorous academic standards. “Welcome to your first day of school!”

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How play is making a comeback in Kindergarten

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The $26-million school opened in 2017 with a central goal: to make kindergarten here more playful and joyful. As kindergarten has become more widely available in the last several decades, it’s also become more academic.