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.

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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. Education Technology Language Arts STEM Game-Based Learning

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.

Sphero Makes a Big Acquisition in littleBits to Bring Hands-On STEAM Learning to Life

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based company explained the difficult decision as an effort to return its focus to the education market following a foray into creating consumer toys. Today, the robotic toymaker is following through by adding a big building block to its educational offerings.

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

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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.

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What the demise of Google Helpouts means for education

The Christensen Institute

So where does that leave us in terms of imagining the viability of a Helpouts-like tool in education? ” The more success is defined by achievement of common standards, the less likely teachers are to relinquish control of instruction—particularly live instruction.

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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. Education Technology Financing Game-Based Learning

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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.

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.

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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Clinton looks to move Democrats away from ‘Education Wars’

The Hechinger Report

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.

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?

New AI tool helps teachers tackle math

eSchool News

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.

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. We are pleased that the Board of Education has approved them for adoption throughout the State.”.

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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

Game-based platform teaches computer science, coding

eSchool News

CodeCombat raises $2M seed round, launches platform to promote computer science education. It provides my students with a very engaging framework that also maps to important academic standards. Digital Learning and Tools News STEM

Seeking advantage, colleges are increasingly admitting students as sophomores

The Hechinger Report

Related: Universities and colleges struggle to stem big drops in enrollment. Department of Education , having a line on applicants ready to start as sophomores also helps those schools fill empty seats and beds and keep tuition coming in. Sign up for our Higher Education newsletter.

Can technology solve the achievement gap?

The Christensen Institute

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.

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.

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.

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. Learning and education. Writing Is Still How We Communicate. by Terry Heick.

The Real Problem With Multiple-Choice Questions

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Even the transparency and apparent relevance of a classroom activity factor into the “value” of a learning experience as much as how cleanly that activity aligns with an academic standard. The Real Problem With Multiple-Choice Questions. by Terry Heick.

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. Let’s consider this from the educator’s point of view, as well. The Purpose Of School. by Terry Heick.

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.

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. 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. Drug use, suspensions and expulsions have put many students here far behind academically.