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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. Information Technology. Inclusion & Special Education. I also have also provided those over 150 STEM Resources. W021 | Making Makers Mainstream … Connecting Curriculum Standards and the 4C’s. I am so glad all of you enjoyed my over 150 STEM Resources.

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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. Preparing for and participating in this event gave me an opportunity to reflect more deeply on the potential role of technology in addressing this issue.

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

The Hechinger Report

And career preparation here isn’t just a buzzword but more like a guiding principle: When the end-of-day bell sounds, some children transition from students to employees of the district, and earn $10 an hour for working on a variety of projects for local technology companies. Their work is a version of what educators call project-based learning, which means gaining knowledge by solving problems rather than by studying textbooks. STEM gives me challenges to think about.

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Kids Don’t Always Believe in Climate Science. Are Schools Miseducating Them?

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For the book, she tracked what schools in each state are actually teaching about climate science, and uncovered the watered-down standards and outright climate change denial adopted by some states, as well as a well-funded campaign of misinformation spearheaded by fossil fuel companies.

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.

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

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. Over the years, the company created accompanying lessons for teachers and students to use on its calculator technology.

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. We are both pursuing the same goal,” says Sphero CEO Paul Berberian, which he describes as providing students with playful tools that nurture creativity as they learn to use and build with technology.

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. When districts invest in new instructional technology, many teachers find that at first their students are quiet and focused, clicking away on activities aligned to their instructional needs. It’s no wonder that only 58% of teachers are comfortable using technology in class.

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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Acceleration Is Better Than Focusing on Learning Loss. This Unique Summer School Shows Why.

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As a bonus, these accelerated learning approaches give a lower priority to repetition or “skill-and-drill” uses of instructional technology. Here are five key take-aways they’ve learned so far on their quest: Designing with education equity in mind. Focus on gatekeeper standards.

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

New AI tool helps teachers tackle math

eSchool News

The IBM Foundation announced the availability of Teacher Advisor With Watson 1.0 , software that uses Watson AI technology–trained by some of the nation’s leading math experts, with feedback from more than 1,000 teachers–to provide elementary school teachers with targeted math resources for their kindergarten through fifth grade classrooms. Next page: Educators react to the new AI resource). Digital Learning and Tools eClassroom News IT Newsletter 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., The consensus among the educators who participated in our focus groups was that making is a way for students to make order out of chaos and that this path is expectedly going to be messy.

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. 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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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.),

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 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 Testing for such skills relies heavily on technology and required a significant retooling.

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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.

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

Educational Technology Guy

The software, called Teacher Advisor with Watson , uses Watson artificial intelligence technology to help teachers instantly find math resources. 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. This post originally appeared on Educational Technology Guy.

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

Tomorrow’s New Normal: What It Means for Professional Development

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Due to COVID-19, most of our educational systems reflect a new normal, with hybrid and remote learning, increased use of technology, and teacher professional development. April Mayo is the director of instructional technology for Clayton County Public Schools.