The evidence drought is over! A recent methodologically rigorous meta-analysis shows that in 1-to-1 classrooms, there is an increase in student achievement. Yay! Here’s the justification for all those 1-to-1 Chromebook roll-outs!
- By Cathie Norris, Elliot Soloway
Speakaboos, the New York-based ed tech company that promotes learning and reading through interactive, kid-friendly media, has launched a national marketing campaign for its multi-platform reading app for children ages 2 to 6.
Just three months after President Obama announced a new "moonshot" initiative to eliminate cancer, a group of organizations has teamed together to bring high schoolers into the work. "Decoding Cancer" offers free standards-aligned curriculum made available through a program sponsored by education media company Discovery Education, non-profit Val Skinner Foundation, the LIFE Center at Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey, and the Rutgers School of Public Health.
- By Dian Schaffhauser
Although schools have spent billions on computer hardware and software for the classroom, only 16 percent of teachers think their schools are using it effectively, according to a new report.
Lockheed Martin is investing $800,000 in Denver Public Schools (DPS) to expand STEM programming and education. Since 2007, Lockheed Martin has committed $6 million to expand Project Lead the Way programs in school districts nationally.
J.E. Moss Elementary School, a Title I school in Nashville, has adopted an augmented reality program, Letters alive, to help improve reading skills in one of its kindergarten classes.
Nearly half of all teachers — 48 percent — are using games in their instruction now, according to a new Speak Up research report released by Project Tomorrow. That’s more than double the percentage from five years ago.
The partnership merges the student technology from ProgressBook and the instructional support of IU29.
Parents, students and teachers have radically different views on the value of time spent on tests. According to a new poll conducted by Gallup on behalf of the Northwest Evaluation Association (NWEA), while 83 percent of teachers surveyed said they think students spend too much time on tests, 75 percent of students and 52 percent of parents said they think students spend the right amount of time or not enough time on them.
The traditional course management system isn't cutting it for schools trying to implement a student-centered learning model, according to a new report from the International Association for K-12 Online Learning.
- By Dian Schaffhauser