It is essential for all K–12 students to be provided with a district purchased personal device in order to meet the demands of 21st century competencies for everywhere, all-the-time learning as framed in the Partnership for 21st Century Learning.
Jad Abumrad doesn’t do things by the book, and he’s been rewarded for it. He’s co-host and creator of “Radiolab,” a popular public radio show that’s broadcast on more than 500 stations across the United States and has been downloaded as a podcast over 9 million times per month. He’s a 2011 MacArthur “genius grant” fellow, and his radio program won the George Foster Peabody Award in 2010 and 2015.
A study of 33,000 elementary and middle school students, conducted by the American Association for the Advancement of Science, found that these students tend to perform better on paper-and-pencil tests compared to digital tests — especially for non-native English speaking students.
There is always a new new thing in technology. In contrast, in K-12, at the heart of the classroom is — and will be for the foreseeable future — the old old thing: curriculum. But, where is that curriculum, the fuel for the 1-to-1 classroom, going to come from? From the new new thing, of course – as we argue in this week’s blog post.
- By Cathie Norris, Elliot Soloway
Alongside Google’s annual developer conference last week, the company held its fourth annual Youth I/O event at the Shoreline Amphitheater in Mountain View, CA. Neary 150 students in grades 5-7 from around the Bay Area participated in activities that focused on digital storytelling, inventing, science and computer science (CS), according to a company blog post.
Jaclyn Gerstein will be presenting at two sessions during the ISTE conference: “A Framework for Maker Education: Frontloading and Reflecting on Maker Experiences,” on Sunday, June 25; and “Design Thinking and Universal Design for Learning for Makerspaces, STEM and STEAM” on Monday, June 26.
Three students behind reVIVE, a virtual reality solution that offers an alternative way to diagnose attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), took first place at the Disrupt NY 2017 Hackathon.
More than 278,000 students from 16,330 schools across the United States completed about 12 million articles and nearly 500,000 quizzes as part of “A Mile in our Shoes,” a multifaceted program run by Newsela that aims to introduce empathy and inclusivity into K–12 classrooms. In addition, Newsela has donated $10,000 to campaigns on DonorsChoose that promote diversity and inclusivity.
The ED has selected five finalists in the EdSim Challenge, a national competition that aims to advance students’ career and technical skills with immersive, computer-based simulations. Finalists will each receive $50,000 and continue to develop their prototypes for a chance to win the $430,000 grand prize.
Schools that implement BYOD programs will choose one or both of two approaches: required BYOD and supplemental BYOD. While supplemental BYOD is a common-sense way to broaden students' and teachers' classroom resources, required BYOD is a problematic choice that will challenge a school district's staff and the community as a whole.
- By Jeff Mao