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  • IT Trends: Seal of Privacy: Building a ‘Trusted Learning Environment’
  • Editor’s Note: Can We Do Education Without Tests and Grades?
  • Innovator: Michael Snell: Bringing ‘Voice and Choice’ to Students

March 2016 | vol. 48 no. 9

Hands On with STEM
STEM is about more than working with technology. It’s about letting students get their hands dirty.
Hack Club! Students Take Over STEM
High school students have started taking charge of their own computer science education. One of them, Zach Latta, an 18-year-old who was named to Forbes’ “30 Under 30” list for 2016, has helped to create a network of coding groups (“Hack Clubs”) that have spread to 16 states and seven countries so far. The purpose: to get kids coding regardless of background or prior technical knowledge.
4 Ways Schools are Overcoming Flipped Learning Equity Challenges
These workarounds are supporting the flipped learning movement off campus and even when digital equity is sparse or non-existent.
Students Explore the Earth and Beyond with Virtual Field Trips
A virtual field trip is an opportunity for students to visit other places, talk to experts and participate in interactive learning activities.
Furnishing the 21st Century Classroom
Traditional student desks and chairs are a relic of the 19th and 20th centuries. The 21st century classroom, with its 1-to-1 ratio of devices to students and emphasis on collaboration and communication, demands classroom furniture that is mobile and device-friendly.
The Hunt for Data Privacy in the Classroom
Now there’s a better way to assess whether that new app will break school (and state and federal) rules before students start to use it.
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