Tackle teacher shortages with online learning

The Christensen Institute

These teacher shortages are proving especially acute in certain subject areas like special education, science, and mathematics. For example, two in five high schools don’t offer physics, according to a recent Education Week Research Center analysis of data from the U.S.

4 ways online learning can lead to educational equity

eSchool News

Until all students are treated equally and given access to similar educational resources, we have little chance of achieving equality in K-12 schools. Related content: 5 things you don’t know about online learning.

How to Build an Online Learning Program Students Crave and Employers Want


One of the great challenges for any educator is how do you teach and test students on real world problems, not just on theoretical textbook examples? all students—not just digital natives—expect learning resources to be rich with animation or digital learning objects that make learning more realistic and relevant. EdSurge: Why is it increasingly important to offer students the opportunity to learn online?

What the ESSA Means for the Future of Computer Science and STEM

EdTech Magazine

Frank Smith The federal government has a new education law, and it's giving focus to technical subjects like computer science. Classroom Curriculum Online Learning STEM

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Why Should Students and Publishers Adapt eBooks in STEM Learning

Kitaboo on EdTech

STEM-based learning programs are being introduced in schools all across the globe. STEM has proved to be a much better educational program in terms of learning effectiveness and leading to better career opportunities than the regular curriculum.

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?Why an iTunes Model for Online Learning Is Bad for Educators


In 2017, Stephen DeRue, dean of University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business, wrote a Forbes column arguing that, in order to make higher education more affordable, we needed to move towards an “iTunes model for education.” “In In the future,” he wrote, “I envision three tiers of education that look a lot like the music industry of today. We could be pushing online teachers in a similar direction. Online learning is still a wild west industry.

Getting Students Hooked on Math and Science

Where Learning Clicks

Even math teachers learn new and exciting things about graphing calculators from their students. The post Getting Students Hooked on Math and Science appeared first on Where Learning Clicks.

A 17-year-old wants to spice up science classes and, eventually, democratize education

The Hechinger Report

Editor’s note: This story led off this week’s Future of Learning newsletter, which is delivered free to subscribers’ inboxes every Wednesday with trends and top stories about education innovation. He wants to democratize education. This screenshot from realism.io

The Tech Angle Inside Obama’s 2017 Education Budget Proposal

EdTech Magazine

Frank Smith Next year's budget proposal for education is all about equity of access — but to get there, some educational technology items need to be funded. Classroom Funding Management Online Learning STEM

STEM for kids: Online classes teach Science, Technology, Engineering and Math skills


STEM, which stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics, is an important group of subjects that are in high demand — not just in classrooms, but in the job market as well. In the upcoming decade, STEM jobs will grow at almost double the rate of all other jobs.

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Teachers Are Confident About Using Technology, Now More Than Ever

EdTech Magazine

By Meghan Bogardus Cortez Survey shows enthusiasm for the future of educational technology, but room to grow when it comes to broader, more innovative implementations. Classroom Curriculum Hardware Online Learning STEM

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

The Christensen Institute

This week, President Obama announced that he would call for a $4 billion dollar commitment in his 2017 budget to bring computer science education to K-12 schools nationwide. 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. Notably, this tool does not replace Gady as an educator.

When a college degree is no longer a ticket to the middle class

The Hechinger Report

This story is part of our Map to the Middle Class project , where we ask readers what they want us to investigate about educational pathways to economic stability. Higher education has long been viewed as the key to higher earnings and financial security.

8 classroom grants for STEM and literacy

eSchool News

Want to support innovative educactors and focus on STEM development? The 2018 Innovative Educator Prize : The Foundation for Blended and Online Learning has opened the application window for the 2018 Innovative Educator Prize.


6 STEM grants to try in the new school year

eSchool News

There’s no arguing the importance of STEM education, but schools and districts don’t always have the money for “extra” STEM activities for students or teachers. eClassroom News Featured on eSchool News STEAM Teaching & Learning grants STEM


AI can disrupt racial inequity in schools, or make it much worse

The Hechinger Report

From driver-assisted car systems to video games and virtual assistants like Alexa and Siri, artificial intelligence (AI) has transformed almost every aspect of our lives, as our machines learn from the massive amounts of data we provide them.

Virtual field trips bring students face-to-face with Earth’s most fragile ecosystems

The Hechinger Report

Ian Fairhurst, who integrates educational technology into grades K-6 at Knox Grammar Prep, showed a session participant how to use a VR headset at the ISTE conference in Philadelphia. Editor’s note: This story led off this week’s Future of Learning newsletter, which is delivered free to subscribers’ inboxes every Wednesday with trends and top stories about education innovation. In my experience, it is a phenomenally effective learning tool.

New Content Added to Discovery Education’s Award-Winning Digital Services Boost Teachers’ Ability to Engage Students in Science, STEM, Social Studies, and More


–Immersive New Content Empowers Educators to Create Dynamic Digital Learning Environments for All Students – Silver Spring, Md. All three vignettes are now available in Discovery Education Streaming Plus and the Social Studies Techbook.

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NISE announces STEM certification, degree programs

eSchool News

Through a partnership with American College of Education, teachers earning the National Certificate for STEM Teaching with NISE gain access to an affordable, accelerated master’s degree in STEM Leadership. News STEM


The Ups and Downs of Social Media

Digital Promise

This article originally appeared on Usable Knowledge from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. When exploring, teens enjoyed learning more about their interests, such as cooking or sports, or exploring new passions, such as activism or gun control.

Disruptive innovation can help solve nation’s teacher shortage

The Christensen Institute

A critique against the power of disruptive innovation to help our schools educate each child more effectively has been a backhanded one: Yes, re-architecting schools around personalized learning is important, but even more important is having a highly effective teacher for every child. Online learning advocates have for a long time made this point. Good luck solving the STEM problem in this country against that backdrop.

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Schools lead the way to zero-energy buildings, and use them for student learning

The Hechinger Report

Dressed in pastel pink and green for an early spring day, second-grader Katherine Cribbs was learning about energy on a virtual field trip – to her own school. I learned that our solar panels rotate,” she said. “So, Everywhere you walk through this building, you can learn from it.”.

Will homework disappear in the age of blended learning?

The Christensen Institute

As the disruption of monolithic teacher-led instruction continues to occur, there may be another educational practice that is being transformed along with it, especially for younger students: homework. Blended learning can enhance classroom time for students and teachers in ways that either reduce the need for homework or prompt educators to rethink the use of homework entirely. There are a few key reasons why blended learning is facilitating this changing role of homework.

Complement and ‘commoditize’ teachers, but don’t substitute for them with tech

The Christensen Institute

In education, the question of whether technology will replace teachers was a common meme to fight the emergence of digital learning but has increasingly faded away as a serious threat. The basic pattern Arnett elucidates is not confined to education. This pattern will hold in education. The challenge from my perspective for educators now is twofold. For many students nationwide, this would dramatically boost the quality of their educations.

Finland offers lessons for building student, teacher agency

The Christensen Institute

In 2014, she traveled to and explored the education systems of Finland and New Zealand as an Eisenhower Fellow (full disclosure: I was also a 2014 Eisenhower Fellow). Can you explain what you saw and learned? Rhonda Broussard is the founder and president of St.

4 Tools to Boost Communication Skills in the STEM Classroom


By practicing communication skills, students will get better at asking for help and expressing what they need, and over time they will develop the skills and confidence to tell you more clearly what they’ve learned in class.


How independent schools can ward off disruption

The Christensen Institute

They face difficulties not unlike those of the country’s higher education system, where the increasingly burdensome cost of the postsecondary experience is causing the traditional college business model to break at its seams at the same time that disruptive entrants are gaining traction. Although the campuses do not have full gymnasiums, auditoriums, or other facilities frequently seen at independent schools, they focus on providing a customized student learning experience.

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Celebrate Space Day with a virtual field trip from NASA, Discovery Education

eSchool News

Virtual event will transport students to Goddard Space Flight Center to learn about planetary exploration. Curriculum News Online Learning STEM Top News

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The future includes good (human) teachers

The Hechinger Report

He’ learns from live broadcasting videos by himself and can read texts as naturally as a professional news anchor,” according to Xinhua News. Last week I sat on a panel as part of the 25th anniversary of the founding of the education think tank Center for Reinventing Public Education (CRPE).

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. As a result, the more a student is absent or tardy, the more that student becomes lost and confused as holes in her learning accumulate.

A true gift from SHEG: DIY digital literacy assessments and tools for historical thinking


You may remember Stanford History Education Group (SHEG) for its groundbreaking and utterly depressing report, Evaluating Information: The Cornerstone of Online Civic Reasoning. These tasks are perfect for learning across the curriculum and especially for librarian-led learning.

Disruption will not stop at the law school door

The Christensen Institute

A key driver of the crisis is a shrinking job market, which stems in large part from disruption of the legal services sector. At the same time, higher education is experiencing a disruption of itself. Finally, on top of the changes coming about through technological innovations and new licensing models, higher education itself is also seeing a variety of potential disruptors emerge, all powered at least in part through online learning.

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

The Hechinger Report

Whelton’s notoriety made friends and classmates eager to learn more, and so he started an after-school coding club. But, I want to know, what is he supposed to learn?”. Sign up for our Blended Learning newsletter. But, I want to know, what is he supposed to learn?

6 helpful videos for coding, STEM, and more

eSchool News

Videos have many benefits in the classroom; if they’re engaging, informative, and inspiring, they can appeal to students of different learning styles. Video: Featured on eSchool News Professional Development Resource Teaching & Learning


Hillary Clinton Releases Tech Agenda Highlighting Student Loan Debt and STEM


She also set goals of reducing student loan debt and raising the level of STEM education in her sights, releasing policy briefs on student loan forbearance for young entrepreneurs, federal loan forgiveness for social enterprises, teacher training in computer science, expanded STEM education in high schools and federal funding for coding bootcamps and nanodegrees. Education Technology Government Policy