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How to Engage More Girls in Coding

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When Sheena Vaidyanathan teaches computer science to middle school students, she draws upon her experience as an art teacher. Vaidyanathan has her students learn the basics of coding by creating clever art and animations—works that would be nearly impossible to create with a pencil and paper but can be done with just a few lines of code. Tapping into students’ creativity is one of the keys to engaging more girls in what continues to be a male-dominated discipline.

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What?s New: New Tools for Schools

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Tech & Learning Rounds Up a Summary of New Tools for Schools Software & Online ACHIEVE3000 & ICIVIC ( www.achieve3000.com ) & ( www.icivics.org ) Achieve3000 and iCivics are partnering to offer middle and high school students government and civics lessons designed so that students can learn the fundamentals of American democracy at their own individual reading levels. Achieve3000 will add 30 of iCivics’ best-in-class student readings to its platform.

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?Forbes “30 Under 30” Education Leaders to Learn From in 2017

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The magazine’s “30 Under 30” list, which highlights young leaders in fields such as technology, music and healthcare, added education to the list in 2013 and since then has grown from nearly 90 nominations in 2014 to more than 450 last year. This year’s list celebrates changemakers like Jirayut Latthivongskorn (27) and Denisse Rojas Marquez (27), cofounders of Pre-Health Dreamers , a national organization helping undocumented students on the path to medical and health care careers.

Your Syllabus to SXSW EDU 2019 (and Where to Find Us!)

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Now in its ninth year, the show has become a staple for convening a potpourri of ideas that span broad swaths of the education community, from instructional practices and school models, to social inequities and far-out visions of the future that seem more like a dream than reality. There are plenty of hands-on sessions with practical tips to apply in the classroom. In addition to finding us scribbling notes from the seats and hallways, you’ll also find us on stage.

WHAT’S NEW: NEW TOOLS FOR SCHOOLS

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www.getalma.com ) Alma Technologies has announced it is allowing any SQL-based business intelligence tool, such as Tableau and Jaspersoft, to access data from its modern, student information system and learning management system. In addition, Alma will continue to provide its own set of robust reporting tools to meet many needs and budgets. This follows the company’s recent integrations with Canvas and Schoology and its OneRoster alignment.

WHAT’S NEW

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Software & Online ACCELERATE LEARNING STEMSCOPES SCIENCE ( www.stemscopes.com ) Accelerate Learning announced a new platform using the best of CNN’s digital content to create a new science education product. Stemscopes Science challenges students to innovate, create, and problem solve while connecting them to real-world events and issues that affect their lives. Advantages School International provides quality education to students around the globe.

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Critical Thinking in Academia and Calling a Spade a Spade

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I had no curriculum, templates or rules but was instead told to develop my own. This was a perfect start for me as a graduate from a program that empowered us to be creators of experiences instead of taking on the robotic like lens that many first year teachers were forced to do. When I moved to High School as a Geometry teacher, all of that creativity seemed to change when I was handed a binder and told to teach from it verbatim.

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Each week, I gather a wide variety of links to education and education technology articles. Via Vox : “Brazilian media report that police are entering university classrooms to interrogate professors.” Via ThinkProgress : “ Bolsonaro ‘s party launches campaign against ’ indoctrinator teachers ’ ” That’s all you lovers of Paolo Freire , to be sure. Only one reason to do that: ED's going to reopen and expand the experiment.

Not all towns are created equal, digitally

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It is “college day,” and the students in this old farming town 60 miles north of Denver are applying to a handful of state universities and community colleges, their transcripts printed out for quick review. Most hope to eventually land tech-related jobs. And their cash-strapped school district has struggled to provide them with even the most basic digital tools. In November, the town put a referendum on the ballot asking voters to approve a tax increase to funnel $4.2

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” Via Education Week : “The Polarizing Pick to Be Betsy DeVos ’ Right-Hand Man.” Via The Chronicle of Higher Education : “ Candice Jackson on Campus Sex Assault : ‘We’re Not Asking Schools to Step In as Courts of Law’ ” Via The New York Times : “ Melania Trump , in Michigan, Urges Middle Schoolers to ‘Choose Kindness ’ ” Via Inside Higher Ed : “ Rand Paul ’s New Target: Peer Review.”

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“And how did she get to be head of our schools.” ” Via Politico : “Education Secretary Betsy DeVos has increased her financial stake in a ‘neurofeedback’ company that says its technology treats attention deficit disorder and the symptoms of autism. The restrictions, known as heightened cash monitoring, mean that for five years higher ed institutions in the state must disburse aid to students first and then ask the feds for reimbursement.”

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Via The Chronicle of Higher Education : “Congress, in an effort to limit federal involvement in higher education, has voted to eliminate Obama-era regulations on teacher-preparation programs.” ” Via PBS Newshour : “Senate votes to end Obama school accountability rules.” ” Via The LA Times : “ Trump wants to create a national private school choice program. Here’s how it could work.” to 2020, to Reach $1.83

Education Technology and 'Fake News'

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It was a nod, in part, to Joan Didion’s The Year of Magical Thinking , a book that I’ve found useful in understanding how grief clouds our thinking, how grief makes use want to believe the unbelievable, how it “ruptures the rational,” as I wrote then. 2016 was such a terrible, terrible year, and as I composed my reflections on it for this annual series, I wanted to start by recognizing the pain and the loss.

The 100 Worst Ed-Tech Debacles of the Decade

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I think it is worthwhile, as the decade draws to a close, to review those stories and to see how much (or how little) things have changed. I thought for a good long while about how best to summarize this decade, and inspired by the folks at The Verge , who published a list of “ The 84 biggest flops, fails, and dead dreams of the decade in tech ,” I decided to do something similar: chronicle for you a decade of ed-tech failures and f**k-ups and flawed ideas.