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Chicago Tech Academy Launches Second Annual Real World Learning Program

Chicago Tech Academy (ChiTech), a nonprofit charter high school in the University Village neighborhood of Chicago and the only entire-school, project-based learning high school in the city, has launched its second annual corporate immersion program in partnership with Chicago’s technology community. In the Real World Learning Program, ChiTech gives all its senior class the opportunity to spend an entire month of their final school year to obtain real workplace experience as paid interns at local organizations in Chicago.

NGSS Gets OER PD for Making Science Accessible

As teachers develop new, three-dimensional formative assessments aligned to the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), a new collaborative process is producing open educational resources (OER) to help them reach every student.

Collabera Offers 2017 STEM Scholarship Opportunity

Collabera, a New Jersey-based IT staffing and professional services company, is supporting STEM students with its 2017 Collabera STEM Scholarship. The scholarship will grant $2,500 scholarships to three individuals to assist in their efforts toward pursuing STEM careers.

Metropolitan Museum of Art Open Sources Artworks

The MET has made 375,000 images of public domain freely available under a Creative Commons Zero license.

Elementary School Deploys Classroom Mics to Boost Confidence of Students

A Southern California school has added technology that enhances "audio clarity" in its classrooms. New River Elementary School in the Norwalk-La Mirada Unified School District has implemented microphones that hang around the necks of teachers and students to amplify their voices through a flat panel speaker.

ED Secretary DeVos Tells States to Maintain ESSA Timelines

Betsy DeVos, the new secretary of the United States Department of Education (ED), wants to maintain the timeline set by the Obama administration for reviewing state plans under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), even though accountability regulations appear as though they will be eliminated by Congress.

Education Department Tweets Two Big Spelling Errors Over Weekend

The Department of Education (ED) sent out an official tweet Sunday quoting influential scholar and civil rights activist W.E.B. Du Bois and misspelling his name. Then the ED sent out an apology and correction that misspelled the word “apologies.”

Artificial Intelligence is Not the Silver Bullet for K–12

Due to a number of high profile successes (e.g., beating the world Go champion) recently, Artificial Intelligence technologies have been receiving a great deal of attention by companies and by the press. K–12 doesn’t want to be left out! But, in this week’s blog post we argue that, for good reason, K–12 shouldn’t be looking to AI to solve its problems.

3M and Discovery Education Launch First Young Scientist Global Virtual Field Trip for K-8

Discovery Education and 3M have launched the first Young Scientist Global Virtual Field Trip for kindergarten through eighth grade classrooms with exclusive access to 3M Headquarters’ “World of Innovation” in St. Paul, MN. The event will be broadcast live at 1 p.m. EST/10 a.m. PST Feb. 23.

Grant Spotlight: Free Gear for Your Makerspace from SparkFun

New for 2017, SparkFun has launched a formal grant program that is awarding prize packages and sponsorships on the monthly basis to educational and non-profit organizations to support makerspaces, coding, robotics labs and STEM- and STEAM-related activities.

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