21st Century Teaching & Learning Resources


Google Contest Exposes Students to Open Source Coding

Google is opening its eighth-annual Code-in Nov. 28. The challenge calls on pre-university students aged 13 to 17 to complete coding tasks on open source projects, with the aim of exposing teenagers to open source software development.

February TCEA Conference Drawing Thousands to Texas

Alongside an estimated thousand other presentations, two media stars and activists will headline next year's TCEA conference and exposition, taking place in Austin, TX from Feb. 5 through Feb. 9.

Georgia College Kicking Off Robotics Program for Middle Schoolers

Georgia students in grades 5 through 8 will have the chance to compete in an upcoming robotics challenge, under a new program just launched by Georgia Highlands College (GHC).

Project-Based Learning: 'Promising but Not Proven,' Researchers Say

Does a focus on exploring real-world problems and challenges help students learn more effectively? That's the question posed in a working paper from research non-profit MRDC, which undertook a literature review on the topic of project-based learning (PBL) — 17 years after the last such review.

Girl Scouts Launches Initiative to Put 2.5 Million girls through STEM Programs by 2025

The Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA) has launched a national initiative designed to help close the gender gap in STEM education and employment over the next eight years. The organization aims to raise $70 million put 2.5 million girls through their STEM programs by 2025.

Chromebooks or Smartphones? 1-to-1 or BYOD? Why Not Both?

As many high schoolers are using their personal devices in class as school-issued Chromebooks. According to new data released this fall, more than half — 58 percent — reported using their personal devices in the classroom for school-related activities; a similar percentage (56 percent) are using school-issued Chromebooks.

As Pedagogy Changes, Learning Spaces Are Transforming Too

The American architect Louis Sullivan coined the phrase "form follows function," and this is true of classrooms as well.

Teaching Tolerance Offers K-12 Digital Literacy Lessons

An organization focused on reducing prejudice and supporting equitable school experiences for all students is pointing educators to a set of resources that will help them teach digital literacy in their schools.

Students Write More, Write Better on the Computer: Rigorously Supported!

Singer and Ivory, in their Nov. 4 New York Times article, made a major mis-speak: "... there is little rigorous evidence so far to indicate that using computers in class improves educational results." In this week’s blog post we identify research that addresses Singer and Ivory’s concern, as well as documenting the fact that K-12 students write more and write better when using a computer.

Nonprofit Launching 2 New OER English Language Arts Curricula

Open Up is a nonprofit that provides OER curriculum for K–12 schools, which it distributes freely in electronic format (with an option for printed materials), along with teacher resources (such as tools for differentiation). Professional development options are also available.

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