How to Enhance Any Curriculum With Short, Engaging, Accurate Videos


Today’s students generally want deeper or more nuanced information from their professors,” he says. Today’s students generally want deeper or more nuanced information from their professors. Video study guides, he says, were a natural next step. “We

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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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How Automated Speech Recognition Could Change Studying Forever


The real issue is that the teaching and learning process in class is not engaging students via technology that is an integral part of their lives. “My How does your platform boost interactivity and student engagement, specifically?

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A Student Improved a Classroom Tech Solution—So the Company Hired Him


Tom Sargent, the information technology administrator at the King David School outside of Melbourne, had seen students try to tweak the school’s technology systems before. Students will try nearly anything to get around the systems,” says Sargent. “I

Why one district’s students studied only STEM for a week

eSchool News

For one week in October, students in Boston’s public middle schools—6,500 students in 36 schools–set aside their regular lessons and participated in Boston STEM Week , a hands-on, in-depth program connecting students with real-world examples of STEM in action.

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How Speech Recognition Could Change Studying Forever


The real issue is that the teaching and learning process in class is not engaging students via technology that is an integral part of their lives. “My How does your platform boost interactivity and student engagement, specifically?

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Using Games to Teach Core Science Concepts


Faced with students struggling to learn complex science ideas in traditional ways, middle school teacher John Coveyou turned to classroom gaming as a solution.

Three Ways to Support Educators Who Hate to Teach Writing


A 2016 study of 3rd to 8th grade educators found that only 55% of teachers said they enjoy teaching writing. The lack of practice adds up; by 8th grade, just 27% of students are at or above a proficient level of writing. In a rigorous analysis of employee performance, Google found STEM skills have the lowest impact on employee success. Instead, the organization values traits like critical thinking, empathy, and thoughtful communication—above STEM competencies.

3 Tips to Incorporate Social-Emotional Learning Into Everyday Literacy Instruction


Whether students are reading literature about a character’s challenging journey, or learning to persevere through a difficult word problem, resilience is always relevant to a student’s—and teacher’s—journey. By teaching skills ranging from self-management to responsible decision-making , educators can instill in students the positive mindsets, resilience, and grit they need to succeed in school and in life. Kid President is a perennial favorite of teachers and students alike.

New Research Proves Game-Based Learning Works—Here's Why That Matters


students who played edgames outperformed their peers on standardized tests. Now a soon-to-be released study from Vanderbilt University demonstrates the impact of rigorous, peer reviewed research into curricular tools, in this case showing that students who played edgames outperformed their peers on standardized tests. Efficacy in edtech needs to be determined by conducting well-controlled, large sample-sized efficacy studies.

Student Engagement and Closing the Opportunity Gap: An Action Plan, Part 2

Reading By Example

My previous two posts have described how schools can improve access for students of color and students living in poverty to follow their passions and have more voice in choice in their learning. It is a process that respects both the teacher and students.

Student Engagement and Closing the Opportunity Gap: An Action Plan, Part 2

Reading By Example

My previous two posts have described how schools can improve access for students of color and students living in poverty to follow their passions and have more voice in choice in their learning. It is a process that respects both the teacher and students.

From Personalized Math to Micro-Schools, This NewSchools Cohort Is Reimagining Learning


Today, NewSchools and Transcend released a case study that looks at the first Collaborative. EdSurge talked to Benson about some of the findings in that study. They had already begun a process of designing a new middle school, called Nexus Middle School, to be a STEM-based school that incorporated personalized learning. And a lot of their focus was on making sure that they listened to their students, teachers, families and their community in an authentic way.

Three Ways to Bridge the Gap Between Educators and Learning Scientists


As technology use has increased in schools, so has the breadth of innovations aimed at improving learning—for example, by personalizing to the needs of each student. In order to fully leverage research to improve learning outcomes for all students, we must fundamentally shift the relationship between learning research and educational practice. We are learning how affect and social engagement are integral to the learning process.

Visual Math Brightens the Future of the STEM Workforce

MIND Research Institute

As a father who’s watched three daughters grow and learn, I’ve realized that qualities like rigor and perseverance are not only for preparing students to take tests. This neuroscience and social benefit organization is transforming the way students engage with mathematics and support their interests in other STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) fields — the industries that are building a brighter future for us all.


Texas’ Richardson Independent School District Selects Discovery Education to Support New STEM Education Initiative


- Unique Digital Content Combined with Sustained Professional Development to Help Create Vibrant Culture of STEM in Participating Schools - Silver Spring, Md. Through the “Future Ready: STEM for All” initiative, RISD seeks to transform the Berkner Feeder Pattern’s culture and pedagogy.


Lesson Study? There’s an App for That


That’s a tall order for students used to sitting quietly in a math classroom passively receiving instruction. Knowing that improving the quality of math discussion in their classrooms won’t be easy, educators are applying the “lesson study” technique to improve their craft.

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Experts offer black and Latino college students 8 tips for success, from studying together to becoming a tutor

The Hechinger Report

Find — or form — a group of students to study with so you can master the material. But students who excel in high school are accustomed to being by themselves, working alone in their room. Treisman says he’s seen this racist phenomenon undermine students of color.

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Top STEM Schools in Georgia Host High-Tech Personalized Classes Without Hours of Screentime


I asked the group of goggle-wearing students as one places a beaker into the microwave. If we did everything right, then hopefully not,” one student replies. Things don’t usually explode in Biology,” chimes another goggle-wearing student with long blond hair to my left. It got the students engaged and doing something as opposed to saying, ‘Well I can’t do that because I don’t have an autoclave.’. I am learning with the students. “Is it going to explode?”

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Discovery Education’s Top 9 Ideas of 2016

Discovery Education

We’ve reviewed some of our best articles, white papers and case studies posted to the Discovery Education Blog this year to bring you a sampling of some of the most powerful education leadership ideas we read. Providing STEM for All Is the Path to the Future. The idea that STEM education is only for the most gifted students on track for graduate degrees is a falsehood. million STEM jobs needed nationwide will require sub-baccalaureate degrees by the year 2020.

Redesigning the Learning Experience

Tom Murray

Quite often, a student’s hard metal desk is separated by a packet of worksheets on one side, with a dynamic learning tool on the other. Today’s students must be able to: Problem solve. This post is sponsored by Samsung. However, all thoughts and opinions are my own.

The project-based STEM curriculum that’s big on real-world rigor

eSchool News

A STEM curriculum introduces students to real-world engineering. Berrien Springs Public Schools in rural Michigan started off with a modest enough goal: to add an engineering component to their curriculum in order to draw out-of-district students to their schools and to meet anticipated state standards. Middle and high school students build VEX robots and program them using RobotC software. We looked at a couple of other programs, but this was the most engaging.


STEAM Learning in Action

EdNews Daily

The need for STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) education is critical, especially because there will be more than 3 million job openings in STEM-related fields by 2018. This two-year study featured data from 204 teachers in 19 states.

Why Young Children Should Learn Engineering

Even with the NGSS’s emphasis on engineering, there’s still a feeling that in preschool and kindergarten, teachers shouldn’t place as much emphasis on the E in STEM. Keith calls it a creative process, where even the youngest students engage in problem solving and asking themselves, “what if?”.

Why Science?

Digital Promise

Amid STEM Enthusiasm, Stepping Back to Consider the Broader Purpose of Teaching and Learning Science. As STEM enthusiasm percolates, the teaching of science — its importance, its challenges — isn’t always part of the conversation. Fostering Engaged Learners .

Creative Coding and Robots in the Classroom

They highlighted that soft skills critical to student success in future fields of study such as logic, problem-solving and creativity are integral components of computer science curriculums. Coding can be an abstract concept and difficult for some students to comprehend.

Our research shows that when students work on projects, they learn more

eSchool News

These are skills students rarely learn straight out of a textbook. One way we have taught these skills is through project-based learning (PBL), where students apply what they’ve learned during a hands-on project that is relevant to the real world — and their lives.

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5 Ways Video Games Transform Learning and Prepare Students for Tomorrow's Jobs


Working in tech and media for the past 20 years, I’ve seen some of these changes firsthand, and one thing has proven consistently true: Engagement is critical when learning new information and mastering new skills. We know that dips in student engagement have dramatic effects on the metrics we care about: academic performance, social emotional learning (SEL), school climate, and attendance. These are critical skills our students need to thrive long-term.

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Powerful Practices: Q&A with St. Vrain Schools’ Michael O’Toole on Fostering Future Scientists

Discovery Education

Vrain Valley School District , students apply their passions for science in the real world. Thanks to a series of community outreach efforts, students at the Longmont, CO school district are being immersed in their science education through a career context. Student Engagement.

Influential Educator Keynotes Southeast Powerful Practices Event

Discovery Education

she changed the lives of students — teenagers whose communities were still reeling from the Los Angeles race riots of 1992. She brought together these students from impoverished homes by helping them discover the commonalities of their lives. Every student has a story, but often they aren’t equipped to tell it, said Gruwell. Her message to educators in Atlanta: Make education true to life and relevant for students, or risk losing them.

5 Reasons Why School Computer Labs Still Matter

ViewSonic Education

Many schools provide a computing device for every student. They ask: Why fund a computer lab when students carry computing power with them from class to class? Why take time from core subjects to teach computing when students have this everywhere learning tool? Stem lab.

How to Integrate Multimedia and Writing Instruction With VR, Video and Digital Timelines


My job is to make sure that the tech use is meaningful and purposeful - when used correctly technology can help enhance and transform my lessons, provide real-world activities, and increase student engagement. We all strive to develop students with the skills necessary to be successful after high school graduation. The National Council for the Social Studies urges us to find ways for our kids to “take informed action” based on what they have learned.

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How Virtual Reality Helps This N.Y. School District Prepare Students for Their Future


In 2014 Jill Gierasch could see the writing on the wall—students from her New York school district were saturated in technology at home, but that wasn’t the case at school. Engagement in technology-free classes was waning and while the deputy superintendent for Plainview-Old Bethpage Central School District (POB) didn’t want students using technology just for the sake of technology—she wanted her schools and students to be future-ready.

New computer science curriculum includes Javascript and drone programming

eSchool News

The new 2016 curriculum adds 3 new Javascript courses, 12 STEM programming courses, and a course on drone programming in partnership with Parrot, one of the world’s leading civil drone companies. “To STEM Courses and Project-Based Learning. 12 STEM courses are included for grades 3-8.

How AR and VR Can Make Students Laugh and Cry Out Loud—and Embed Them in Their Learning


How do you captivate a classroom full of digital-since-birth students? students would cry, laugh out loud, even get angry after an immersive lesson in his English class. In his former role as assistant vice president of academic affairs and English professor at Volunteer State Community College (VSCC), Michael Torrence combined classroom teaching with cutting-edge technologies; he used augmented, virtual and mixed reality to embed students in their learning.

How NGSS transforms science class with hands-on learning

eSchool News

One classroom learns how NGSS can take students farther than they’ve ever been. I’ve been teaching for more than 30 years, and this is the most excited I’ve ever seen students. Through the eight practices in the NGSS, students get to do hands-on science exploration.

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How This University Fellow Makes Learning Meaningful by Connecting It To Real Life


In higher education today, learning activities focus on challenging students throughout their studies—enabling them to acquire the knowledge, skills and attributes that will equip them for a rapidly changing and complex world and ensure they have the confidence to thrive as global citizens in the 21st century. how can I ensure that learning is meaningful and help my students to connect more deeply with any learning activity? Connecting to students’ future careers.

Teachers say virtual reality would boost engagement

eSchool News

Sixty percent of surveyed teachers said they would like virtual reality to become a part of their students’ learning experience, according to the study from Samsung Electronics America, Inc. The study was released at ISTE 2016 in late June. News STEM Technologies

South Carolina adopts science video service

eSchool News

Supplementary STEM videos serve to engage students in science learning. Students in South Carolina will soon have access to short Twig Science and Tigtag Science videos through a new statewide partnership.

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Virtual island destination aims to prevent the summer math slide

eSchool News

The summer slide, a loss of academic progress during the summer break between school years, has been confirmed in many research studies since an early publication by White in 1906 [1]. According to a newsletter from the Harvard Graduate School of Education [2], on average, students lose 2.6

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