Education

Senate education spending bill draws mixed reviews

September 12, 2017

Educational technology leaders have expressed mixed reactions to the education spending bill for fiscal 2018 that was approved Thursday by the Senate Appropriations Committee. The bill would provide an additional $50 million for the Student Support and Academic Enrichment (SSAE) grant program under Title IV, Part A, of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), the section that supports STEM learning and technology in education.

Tech in the classroom: Raising some big questions

September 11, 2017

In the last several years Columbia Public Schools has begun using technology more widely in its classrooms. In some schools all students are issued iPads, and internet access is enabled for neighborhood families. Printed textbooks give way to eBooks. Smart boards replace old black boards and chalk. Some parents and kids love the changes. Others, not so much. The big question for an outsider is whether this move to the web enhances or degrades education.

More Or Less Technology In The Classroom? We're Asking The Wrong Question

September 11, 2017

Here’s the connection between educational technophobia or technophilia: Both presume that technology in and of itself has superpowers that can either tank or replace human learning. Technology can automate many things. What it cannot automate is how humans learn something new and challenging.

The 2 stages of successful early STEM education

September 10, 2017

With the ever-changing best practices and new technology in education, I always try to update and adjust my own learning. I’m a lifelong learner and I believe my students should be as well. That’s why our school gradually introduces STEM concepts, and coding in particular, to students as they progress through each grade level. We emphasize two learning stages to build fluid STEM integration from kindergarten to 4th grade.

Why we shouldn't push students to specialize in STEM too early

September 10, 2017

Today’s high school students are expected to decide on a life path early, and dedicate everything to pursuing that track. This is especially true for teens considering a STEM field, such as engineering or science, as they often use their high school experience to take all the STEM courses that will prepare them for college. While it can produce students with high technical capabilities, this hyper focus can have serious drawbacks.

If we want answers to big STEM questions, we need more diverse question-askers, says SIUE professor

September 10, 2017

While there’s a rising growth in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) jobs in the United States, there’s a dwindling number of Americans interested in and qualified for pursuing such careers. Animal behavioral scientist and Southern Illinois State University-Edwardsville visiting professor Danielle Lee wants to change that, particularly with populations traditionally underrepresented in those fields - women and minorities.

Fourth-Grade teacher: These are "My Tech Essentials"

September 07, 2017

As I prepare to start my ninth year of teaching, I find myself reflecting on the tools and resources I value most. What new techniques will I try this semester, which ones served me best in years prior? At the Maury County School District in Columbia, Tennessee, I teach fourth-graders, a group who are always excited to learn and anxious to interact with the lesson at hand.

Makerspaces, Coding, Robotics Pick Up Momentum in Schools

September 07, 2017

As robotics applications proliferate across multiple sectors, the report authors predict more schools will introduce robotics technologies in order to prepare students for future career pathways. “Robotics competitions are providing learners with opportunities to explore STEM challenges and to apply their skills toward developing solutions to major global issues,” according to the report. “Teachers are also using robots to augment classroom instruction and promote student engagement.”

On the horizon: Tech trends and challenges for the next five years

September 06, 2017

Makerspaces and robotics are expected to establish a prominent space in educational technology in the next year, with virtual reality, artificial intelligence and the Internet of Things not too far behind, according to about 60 education experts whose ideas are showcased in a new report.

What Personalized Learning Is Not

September 06, 2017

Attempts to clearly define personalized learning are commonplace in education now more than ever--and the more conversations we have, the more apparent it becomes that many of us (educators) are unsure of how to define the term, or recognize what it takes to bring it to life. The term is robust, because it has the potential to be different for every learner; so, instead of trying to define it, perhaps it would be more beneficial to take a look at some of the misconceptions running wild amongst the education community, and consider what personalized learning is NOT.

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