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

The Hechinger Report

Their work is a version of what educators call project-based learning, which means gaining knowledge by solving problems rather than by studying textbooks. Related: An urban charter school achieves a fivefold increase in the percentage of its black and Latino graduates who major in STEM. Teachers push [academic] standards into these projects,” and schools don’t “want projects where kids are just an extra set of hands.”. STEM gives me challenges to think about.

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What Motivates Maker Educators?

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Who are the people spearheading maker education? Maker Education Initiative. According to the report, many maker educators believe “making can help students develop real-world skills” such as creativity, problem-solving acumen, critical thinking and perseverance, along with “dispositions associated with positive work and life outcomes.” The tools and resources required don’t come cheap: 92 percent of educators said information about grants were somewhat or very important.

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Age of Learning’s Latest Is a $100 Million Educational Game

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How much does it cost to build educational games with all the flair and polish of their commercial counterparts? $10 Creating a game that is both educational and entertaining is not for the faint of heart—or capital. Most of the content is aligned to state and national academic standards for grades 3 to 6, according to the company. Education Technology Language Arts STEM Game-Based Learning

What the demise of Google Helpouts means for education

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So where does that leave us in terms of imagining the viability of a Helpouts-like tool in education? which includes UnitedTeach , a video platform for experts to interface with classrooms) and former Google executive thinks that the market for Helpouts-like tools in education will remain small until we rethink the role of teachers. This is the third post in the #WhoYouKnow blog series on the overlap of social capital, EdTech, and innovation.

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FETC Future of Educational Technology… Orlando Florida… Please Join Me!

21st Century Educational Technology and Learning

First… I hope you enjoyed the over 150 STEM Resources in the last few posts. I am excited about learning with thousands of other educators at this amazing conference. Educator. Inclusion & Special Education. I also have also provided those over 150 STEM Resources. W021 | Making Makers Mainstream … Connecting Curriculum Standards and the 4C’s. The makers movement across education has made a significant impact, allowing students to do and create.

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Blending Art and Algorithms, Desmos Sets Out to Reimagine Math Curriculum

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Mashing the arts and math is core to Desmo’s belief that education is interdisciplinary by nature, and subjects should be taught as such. The impact that we want to have on students’ education wasn’t possible with the supplementary activities we created, slotted in among other curriculums that teachers are using,” says Dan Meyer, Desmos’ chief academic officer and a renowned math educator and researcher. It’s an art competition unlike most others.

New AI tool helps teachers tackle math

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Faced with the pressures of limited time, higher academic standards, diverse student needs, and the responsibility to teach many subjects and multiple grade levels, elementary school teachers have expressed a critical need for easy-to-use, well-designed math resources and ongoing support. Next page: Educators react to the new AI resource). Digital Learning and Tools eClassroom News IT Newsletter News STEM

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Why do we group students by manufacture date?

User Generated Education

Ken Robinson once famously said, “Students are educated in batches, according to age, as if the most important thing they have in common is their date of manufacture.” (Ken I have the privilege of working with 2nd through 6th graders in my gifted education classes and Kindergarten through 6th grade in my summer STEM and robotics camps. Academic standards used by almost all schools are based on the false and incorrect belief of the average student.

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We Asked Teachers What They Want From Edtech. Here’s What They Said.

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From IBM’s test scoring machines in the 1930s to the Speak & Spells of the 70s, innovators and educators have been trying to improve education with technology for decades. But while standardized test scores might improve, a recent study found that in 63% of classrooms, students aren’t using technology to “solve problems, conduct research, or to work collaboratively.” Teachers need help planning lessons that meaningfully contextualize academic standards.

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Where in the World Is Planet3? An Educational Gaming CEO Seeks His Second Act

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He envisioned a game-based educational platform used by teachers and students to learn about science and the environment. And he had interest from educators who wanted to try Planet3 in schools that included the Las Vegas area. He based the content on the Next Generation Science Standards , a multi-state effort at K-12 science education content completed in 2013. have adopted the standards while 21 states have standards based on the framework.

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

The Hechinger Report

Michelle McLaughlin said Michael’s education did not prepare him for college or career. This story was produced by The Hechinger Report , a nonprofit, independent news organization focused on inequality and innovation in education, in partnership with the Huffington Post. With help, he should have been able to graduate alongside his classmates, ready to pursue higher education. Our son’s education was a waste,” his mother, Michelle McLaughlin, said. “We

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. Educators who have tried the activities have found them effective and engaging.

Clinton looks to move Democrats away from ‘Education Wars’

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In an event that could be called a love fest, Democratic presumptive presidential nominee Hillary Clinton laid out her education priorities in a rollicking speech at the annual assembly of the National Education Association (NEA), the nation’s largest teachers union. Clinton profusely thanked teachers for doing the difficult job of educating the nation’s children, and the 7,500 educators in attendance responded with cascading chants of “Hillary, Hillary.”.

South Carolina adopts science video service

eSchool News

Supplementary STEM videos serve to engage students in science learning. The South Carolina State Board of Education approved the adoption with Carolina Biological. These supplemental STEM resources can enhance science curriculum connecting science teaching and learning to career and college readiness. “The videos are excellent tools to help connect STEM activities to applications in the real world in pursuit of college and a career.”

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Game-based platform teaches computer science, coding

eSchool News

CodeCombat raises $2M seed round, launches platform to promote computer science education. Marvin Evins, computer science instructor at Gage Park, said, “Teaching computer science is challenging because you have to get beyond the abstract and rather dry learning material available, and there is no single standard curriculum. It provides my students with a very engaging framework that also maps to important academic standards. Digital Learning and Tools News STEM

Making Is Great Because It’s Chaotic. But Not Everyone Is Looking for Chaos.

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That’s the first word that Anna Kwan, a K-5 STEM teacher at a public school in Aurora, Colo., Making Isn’t Just One Thing We heard from dozens of educators who echoed Kwan’s view over the course of a five month research project to illuminate the experiences and challenges of K-12 educators who incorporate making into their lessons. While most educators in our focus groups expressed similar ideas to Flamm, they did not offer one singular definition of making. “Messy.”

How to boost math skills in the early grades

The Hechinger Report

In the last decade, educators have focused on boosting literacy skills among low-income kids in the hope that all children will read well by third grade. Duncan of the University of California Irvine’s School of Education, whose research examines child poverty and education. “It Related: Eight ways to introduce kids to STEM at an early age. Deborah Stipek of the Stanford Graduate School of Education. Higher Education.

Can technology solve the achievement gap?

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education system faces is ensuring that all children have the opportunity to receive a high-quality education. The reality is that there are still significant and persistent disparities in academic performance and educational attainment between students from different ethnic/racial and socioeconomic groups. But for students who start school chronically behind in meeting learning standards, school often doesn’t meet the job of helping them feel successful.

How to Weave Advisory into Academics — Plus 10 Resources for Teaching SEL

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Being in a New York City alternative high school serving at-risk kids , my students were academically behind and at risk of getting sucked into the school-to-prison pipeline. The head and the heart are connected, and our schools, curriculum, and education technology should reflect this. Life is interdisciplinary, and while our education system has finally started to acknowledge this (e.g. STEAM , the CCLS ELA standards, etc.), “Mister, why do we have to do this?

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

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Teacher Advisor then dips into its library of 1,000+ videos and lesson plans, all based on national standards and vetted by top educators. It makes it easier to find lessons, standards, activities and much more and includes a lesson planning tool. For now, it is only for K-5 math instruction, with credible content vetted by educators. Through Teacher Advisor, IBM continues its commitment to innovation and STEM education.”

Seeking advantage, colleges are increasingly admitting students as sophomores

The Hechinger Report

Related: Universities and colleges struggle to stem big drops in enrollment. By sending them off to spend their freshman years elsewhere and requiring them to meet certain academic targets, for instance, colleges ensure that students are motivated and likely to make it all the way to graduation rather than cost revenue by dropping out. Sign up for our Higher Education newsletter. Higher Education. Sign up here for our higher-education newsletter.

#EIE19: Distinguished Panel to Reflect on Lasting Impact of Brown v. Board Decision

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Board of Education Supreme Court decision, which changed the course of education in America. Excel in Ed is excited to welcome a distinguished panel of education leaders to the National Summit on Education Reform to reflect on the ruling’s?lasting?impact, to advance educational equity for each and every child. ExcelinEd: What needs to be done in K-12 education to better prepare minority students for success in college and career?

Can Individual Tests Really Measure Collaboration?

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That’s the idea at least behind the latest summative assessments from Project Lead the Way , a project-based STEM curriculum, which is introducing new tech-based question types to measure a raft of noncognitive skills from collaboration to general problem solving (in addition to subject-specific questions about engineering or coding concepts). “We Such approaches take training, resources and time, in addition to buy-in from districts, states and educators.

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Behind Closed Doors: Edtech Entrepreneurs’ Biggest Challenges in 2018

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Unruly Studios (Boston) revolutionizes learning by combining coding and STEM education with physical play. Here were the tips that the mock board members, comprised of education technology investors and founders, had to offer. If fast growth and lean operations are the goals, then they need to limit their labor creating content and instead work to repurpose existing educational resources. Education Technology Entrepreneurship Edtech Business

What Happens When A Public University Buys a For-Profit Online One?

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When leaders of Purdue University wanted to move into online education, they took the unusual step of buying an existing online university, a big one with 30,000 students. It’s hard to think of another example of two more different higher education cultures placed under the same name. The deal sparked vocal protests from Purdue professors, and hundreds of them signed petitions opposing the arrangement, calling it an unprecedented privatization of public education.

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Writing Is Still How We Communicate

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Among the biggest changes the Common Core Standards require is the shift in the burden of general literacy. And this has levied untold damage on student academic progress. And here we are, and the Common Core Standards (no matter what you might think of them) are asking all teachers to teach writing. But worried math and science (or STEM at large) teachers struggling to cover their own academic standards are missing the incredible learning potential that writing has.

The Real Problem With Multiple-Choice Questions

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While it has been derided by educators for decades as incapable of truly measuring understanding, and while performance on such exams can be noticeably improved simply by learning a few tricks, the multiple choice question may have a larger, less obvious flaw that disrupts the tone of learning itself. If digital interdependence doesn’t completely change both sociology and education over the next 25 years, we might need to go back and see what happened.

The Purpose Of School

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The idea of “work” is present in most modern educational discussion almost entirely under the terms “career readiness.” Learning: Education:: Work: Job. This shouldn’t imply that learning means giggling and chaos–joy comes in many forms, and high-pressure academic learning that pursues proficiency rarely produces it. Let’s consider this from the educator’s point of view, as well. ” And in that intersection sits education.

We know how to provide good child care, we just don’t insist on it

The Hechinger Report

Most state child care regulations do not require educational activities like reading aloud. The series was produced by The Hechinger Report and Columbia Journalism School’s Teacher Project , nonprofit news organizations focused on education coverage, in partnership with Slate Magazine. It’s not just the standards for adult-to-child ratios that are inadequate. Higher Education. 18 – number of states that meet or beat NAEYC’s standards for the 2-year-old year.

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

The Hechinger Report

About one-third of applications were either unavailable for review or failed to include clear numerical academic goals. They tended to cite a combination of their own optimism coupled with pressure from state officials, who in turn were pressured to meet the federal educational goals set in No Child Left Behind. Educational consultant and former state board member Leslie Jacobs on why charters may have had difficulty reaching projected goals.

Can ‘Sober High’ schools keep teenagers off drugs?

The Hechinger Report

Independence Academy is one of 33 so-called recovery schools in the United States, public high schools that serve students whose lives and educations have been derailed by drug abuse. While the academic program here leads toward a regular Massachusetts high school diploma, the teaching is often tailored to address individual areas of weakness. Drug use, suspensions and expulsions have put many students here far behind academically. Matt Langley on a break from class.