In 2016, OER (Open Education Resources) are undergoing a major transformation: rather than educators needing to struggle with searching OER repositories containing millions of OER objects and then trying to stitch together those OER objects into coherent lessons, organizations such as Open Up Resources are producing curriculum-scale, OER-based courses. Finally, OER is coming of age!
- By Cathie Norris, Elliot Soloway
Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools in Charlotte, NC recently rolled out a blended learning program using learning resources from PASCO Scientific and now the school district wants to adopt the company’s wireless sensors and accompanying software to foster hands-on, inquiry-based learning opportunities in STEM classes.
Seventy-five public libraries located in the United States have been chosen to receive resources, training and support to bring STEM education opportunities to patrons.
Global device shipments will decline 0.3 percent in 2017 as compared to the previous year, before rebounding with a 1.8 percent increase in 2018, according to a new forecast.
The top three market trends fueling the test preparation market in the United States through 2021, according to market research firm Technavio, are: increasing emphasis on private tutoring; rising popularity of benchmark testing; and growing mobile learning, or “m-learning.”
Girls from all over the United States and the world are competing in the Technovation Challenge, a global effort by STEM education nonprofit Iridescent, which has invited girls ages 10-18 to learn and apply technology to try to solve problems in their communities. This year, 11,000 girls worked in teams of one to five to build mobile applications and address the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, which include quality education and poverty elimination.
Authors and educators Eric Sheninger and Thomas C. Murray offer multiple ways that classrooms and learning spaces can become student-centered, not teacher-centered.
- By Eric Sheninger, Thomas C. Murray
EduGeek offers a number of technical forums, blogs, as well as direct support through its partnerships with Impero, Smoothwall and Promethean World. The platform is used by nearly 90,000 members worldwide.
Follett, a provider of education technology, services and content, this week is rolling out a new tool, Collections by Destiny, which will allow librarians, teachers and curriculum staff to share free or purchased resources across a district, schools or between users.
Pai Technology, a Chinese ed tech company with a Santa Monica, CA office, introduced at the ISTE 2017 conference its newest product, Augie, a robot that teaches kids to code and combines that with augmented reality.