How should we spend $4 billion on computer science education? Get experts involved

The Christensen Institute

If approved, the investment would mark an opportunity not only to invest in bringing a high leverage skillset to today’s students, but also to fundamentally rethink teaching and learning, with the potential to bring industry experts to bear in classrooms. Gady has brought in experts, primarily from Microsoft, over video to discuss their career paths, explain concepts of coding, and even help coach the school’s robotics team.

Pump up the volume! More talking in class, please!

The Hechinger Report

Teachers use the Desmos “ Activity Builder ” tool to create a series of self-paced math challenges using an online graphing calculator. The hush was troubling, because students learn a lot from debating ideas, sharing feedback and collectively exploring big questions.

Come for the computers, stay for the books

The Hechinger Report

In fact, the busier it is, the better—whether it’s kids experimenting with the Makey Makey circuitry or uploading designs to a 3D printer, or a class learning media literacy or a student seeking advice on a video she’s editing at one of the computer workstations.

Coding outside the lines: CoderDojos get kids psyched about programming by turning them loose

The Hechinger Report

Skye Morishita working on the robot she programmed at a recent CoderDojo session in Boston. On a recent Saturday, a squad of Lego robots fitted with markers limped, hopped and spun dizzily across the table. But, I want to know, what is he supposed to learn?”.

K–12 Experts Weigh In on Training Teachers to Use Education Technology

EdTech Magazine

Any professional development plan needs to focus on encouraging and enabling a basic and sustained change in how teachers view teaching and learning, says Amy Valentine, executive director of the Foundation for Blended and Online Learning.

The Trends and Challenges Shaping Technology Adoption In Schools

MindShift

Redesigning Learning Spaces: Panelists identified changing learning spaces as a trend that educators and district leaders have embraced for quite some time and which is likely to continue. Teachers are becoming more comfortable with this idea of “blending learning.”.

Storms over liberal education: notes on the 2016 AAC&U conference

Bryan Alexander

A quick round of introductions revealed some interesting trends: a growing number of liberal arts institutions are launched or growing online learning programs; many sought to find the distinct ways liberal arts institutions, and campuses pursuing liberal education, can use technology.

Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

Online Education and the Once and Future “MOOC” edX is offering an online master’s degree with Georgia Tech : an OMS (online master’s in science) in Analytics. Via Zion Market Research : “ Massive Open Online Course Market : Global Industry Analysis, Size, Share, Growth, Trends, and Forecasts 2016-2024.” “ The growth of online learning : How universities must adjust to the new norm” is sponsored content on Education Dive.

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Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

Online Education and the Once and Future “MOOC” “Should Online Courses Go Through ‘Beta Testing’?” Via Inside Higher Ed : “ FutureLearn , the massive open online course provider owned by the Open University in the U.K., ” “What’s the bottom line on online preschool ?” ” Houghton Mifflin Harcourt has a new CEO : John “Jack” Lynch, formerly the head of Renaissance Learning.

Has New Hampshire found the secret to online education that works?

The Hechinger Report

In January 2015, Duggan enrolled in New Hampshire’s self-paced Virtual Learning Academy Charter School (VLACS), joining about 200 full-time middle and high school students and about 10,000 part-timers from brick-and-mortar schools statewide who take VLACS courses a la carte.