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Teachers tell Dance they are frustrated by Common Core, other reforms

Teachers tell Dance they are frustrated by Common Core, other reforms | digital divide information | Scoop.it
Baltimore County teachers at a town hall meeting Thursday night told Superintendent Dallas Dance they are desperately trying to keep up with the fast pace of state-mandated educational changes that have brought them more work and much frustration.
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Activities - Computer Science Unplugged

Activities - Computer Science Unplugged | digital divide information | Scoop.it
Each Unplugged activity is available to download in PDF format, with full instructions and worksheets. Background sections explain the significance of each activity to computer science, and answers are provided for all problems. All you need for most of these activities are curiosity and enthusiasm. There are photos and videos showing some of the activities in action, and we’ve collected links to other useful resources. The activities are primarily aimed at the five to twelve year-old age group, but they are by no means restricted to this age range: we’ve used them to teach older children and adults too, with little modification.

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Hands down, the best place to find computational thinking lessons that do not require a computer.
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Who cares if cellphones might cause cancer? They’re already the worst.

Who cares if cellphones might cause cancer? They’re already the worst. | digital divide information | Scoop.it
Even if they cellphones did cause cancer, you wouldn't stop using them.
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“Game-changing” study links cellphone radiation to cancer

“Game-changing” study links cellphone radiation to cancer | digital divide information | Scoop.it
An increased incidence of brain and heart tumors was seen in rats.
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Facebook and Microsoft are building a giant cable under the sea

Facebook and Microsoft are building a giant cable under the sea | digital divide information | Scoop.it
Facebook and Microsoft are collaborating on a high-speed cable running from Virginia to Spain.
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For First Time In 130 Years, More Young Adults Live With Parents Than With Partners

For First Time In 130 Years, More Young Adults Live With Parents Than With Partners | digital divide information | Scoop.it

"For the first time in more than 130 years, Americans ages 18-34 are more likely to live with their parents than in any other living situation, according to a new analysis by the Pew Research Center.  Less educated young adults are also more likely to live with their parents than are their college-educated counterparts — no surprise, Pew notes, given the financial prospects in today's economy.  Black and Hispanic young people, compared with white people, are in the same situation.  But the overall trend is the same for every demographic group — living with parents is increasingly common.  Still, young Americans are still less likely to live with their parents than their European counterparts, Pew says.


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Seth Dixon's curator insight, May 25, 8:37 AM

I find that the best statistics have great explanatory power, make sense when placed in the right context, and STILL manage to leave you amazed.  These stats fit that bill for me and as the school year is ending, it's a milestone that doesn't mean what it did for generations past.  32.1% of young adults in the U.S live with parents, and 48.1% of young adults in the European Union Union live with parents.   

 

Questions to Ponder: What are some contributing factors to this trend in the United States and Europe?  What does this say about housing costs, economic, and cultural conditions? 

 

Tags: socioeconomic, housingstatisticspopulation, cultural norms, culture.

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Smart Strategies for Using Video in the Classroom via GDC

Smart Strategies for Using Video in the Classroom via GDC | digital divide information | Scoop.it
Here are some tips and tools focusing on the best ways to use video in the classroom as your ally in modern learning.

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What happens when a college recruits black students others consider too risky? - The Hechinger Report

What happens when a college recruits black students others consider too risky? - The Hechinger Report | digital divide information | Scoop.it

"...a growing group of colleges and universities think that the calculation for who is “at risk” is fundamentally wrong. They not only accept students often turned away by other four-year universities, but also aggressively recruit them, believing that their academic potential has been vastly underrated.

 

"Rutgers University-Newark in New Jersey has a graduation rate for black students that is far above the national average. But instead of offering out-sized athletic scholarships or perks to potential out-of-state students, the university is doubling down on a bid for students who are often ignored — low-income, urban, public high school graduates with mediocre test scores.
Rutgers offers free tuition for low- and moderate-income Newark residents and local transfer students, regardless of their GPAs and test scores. Its newly minted honors program doesn’t consider SAT scores for admissions. It has put emotional and financial supports in place. Course offerings have been enhanced."


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In a time of hate, two education enemies find agreement

In a time of hate, two education enemies find agreement | digital divide information | Scoop.it
Historian Diane Ravitch and investor Whitney Tilson teach us to be kind.
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Two colleges where diversity works

Two colleges where diversity works | digital divide information | Scoop.it
How two schools foster inclusiveness in an era when students want more than just a multiracial campus.
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This dark side of the Internet is costing young people their jobs and social lives

This dark side of the Internet is costing young people their jobs and social lives | digital divide information | Scoop.it
We may joke about being “addicted” to the Web, but these patients are spending thousands to kick the habit.
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High school seniors college enrollment rates flat

High school seniors college enrollment rates flat | digital divide information | Scoop.it
61 percent of high school seniors head to college.

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How a preschool test can endanger Head Start program funding

How a preschool test can endanger Head Start program funding | digital divide information | Scoop.it
The highest of stakes for a preschool program.
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Kids code their own 3D creations with new blocks-based design program - The Hechinger Report

Kids code their own 3D creations with new blocks-based design program - The Hechinger Report | digital divide information | Scoop.it
On a recent Saturday at Einstein’s Workshop, a maker space outside Boston, boisterous kids were busy with Legos, mini motors and gears, magnetic tiles, pipe cleaners, posterboard, markers and tape. In a side room, about a dozen elementary and middle school students were learning computer-aided design (CAD) for 3D printers. Their instructors shut the door, …
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Inside Detroit's Failing Public Schools :: Video (4:26)

Inside Detroit's Failing Public Schools :: Video (4:26) | digital divide information | Scoop.it
Detroit Public Schools are in crisis. Dropout rates are twice the national average, schools are routinely failing health inspections, and the district is more than three and a half billion dollars in debt. In this short video, Atlantic associate editor Alia Wong traces the history of Detroit Public Schools—from a model for urban education at the turn of the century to a failing, debt-ridden system today. How did the school district decline so dramatically?

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Differentiated Instruction: Resource Roundup

Differentiated Instruction: Resource Roundup | digital divide information | Scoop.it
In this collection of tools and advice from Edutopia and the web, find resources to help you adjust instruction in response to diverse learner needs and interests.
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Digital Divide: Inequities of a Tech-Crazed Society | Atlas Lens

Digital Divide: Inequities of a Tech-Crazed Society | Atlas Lens | digital divide information | Scoop.it
In the digital era, access to technology means everything. Unfortunately, millions of Americans currently live without modern digital resources.
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Employment and disconnection among teens and young adults: The role of place, race, and education

Employment and disconnection among teens and young adults: The role of place, race, and education | digital divide information | Scoop.it
Young people in their late teens and early 20s stand at a pivotal point as they transition into adulthood. Although they typically have higher unemployment rates than older workers, the Great Recession and slow recovery have focused attention on the challenges young people face when progressing from adolescence and school into full-time employment enabling self-sufficiency.

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How Deep Learning Networks Can Use Virtual Worlds To Solve Real World Problems - Forbes

How Deep Learning Networks Can Use Virtual Worlds To Solve Real World Problems - Forbes | digital divide information | Scoop.it
Training deep learning networks with photo-realistic virtual data created using game development engines has the potential to streamline the learning process and make deep learning solutions available to users that do not have access to large sets of real-world training data.

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OECD: The world must invest in education technology - Digital Innovation is critical

OECD: The world must invest in education technology - Digital Innovation is critical | digital divide information | Scoop.it
We recently told you about Canada’s blossoming tech scene. Now, some of the world’s biggest education influencers are gathering in Toronto to shape our schools of the future. Andreas Schleicher, a Director at the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), is just one acclaimed speaker who’ll be tackling themes of big data, gamification, social media, coding and digital culture at …

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Dr. Theresa Kauffman's curator insight, May 26, 9:41 AM
We must engage students using technology or they will be left behind in the global economy. This is an important read to consider for all teachers.
Patricia Stitson's curator insight, May 26, 11:35 AM
As emphasized in the excerpt below, I picture this as the old serfdom... Those who are fully digitally literate will live in the castle and those who are not will not. Further, they will be woefully ignorant of what is going on within those walls.  We must make being digital not just trendy but instead create a culture where people realize that it is a landscape that has become an intricate part of living on the planet.  It is not 'other' and people there are not 'those people' but rather a fully integrated part of humanity.

"“Students unable to navigate through a complex digital landscape will no longer be able to participate fully in the economic, social and cultural life around them,” he explained."
johanna krijnsen's curator insight, May 27, 5:58 AM
'Investing in education technology is no longer an option, but a necessity, says the German statistician Andreas Schleicher'
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Unemployed Detroit Residents Are Trapped by a Digital Divide

Unemployed Detroit Residents Are Trapped by a Digital Divide | digital divide information | Scoop.it
About 40 percent of Detroit’s residents lack broadband access, even on their phones, which makes finding and applying for jobs increasingly difficult.
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When Academic Tracking Benefits Students

When Academic Tracking Benefits Students | digital divide information | Scoop.it
New evidence suggests that black and Latino students thrive in honors class.
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‘Normal America’ Is Not A Small Town Of White People

‘Normal America’ Is Not A Small Town Of White People | digital divide information | Scoop.it

"The sense that the normal America is out there somewhere in a hamlet is misplaced: it’s not in a small town at all.  I calculated how demographically similar each U.S. metropolitan area is to the U.S. overall, based on age, educational attainment, and race and ethnicity.1 The index equals 100 if a metro’s demographic mix were identical to that of the U.S. overall."


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Seth Dixon's curator insight, April 29, 5:00 PM

We often do imagine that your typical American is from the Heartland, and that very term, strengthens that connotation.  100 years ago that was true that your average American was one a farm or a small town, as 72% of Americans lived in rural areas.  Today, that is decidedly not the case but we still sometimes think (and act) as if it were (84% today live in urban areas).  The United States is urban, diverse, and bi-coastal in it's primary demographic composition.   

 

Tag: rural, migration, USA, census.

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Shining a Spotlight on Black Girls | Schott Foundation for Public Education

Shining a Spotlight on Black Girls | Schott Foundation for Public Education | digital divide information | Scoop.it
Schott is pleased to release our latest series of infographics, this time focusing on the barriers facing Black girls in our public schools. Only through using both a race and gender lens can we see — and fix — the unique systemic problems that Black girls must deal with on a daily basis.

Unfair discipline practices. Disinvestment from curriculum. Lack of supports for girls who face familial responsibilities. High rates of exposure to sexual harassment and violence. Lack of resources for counseling and addressing trauma.
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The Pros and Cons of Technology in the Classroom by @amanda_ronan

The Pros and Cons of Technology in the Classroom by @amanda_ronan | digital divide information | Scoop.it
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A First: Pell Grants For High School Students Who Take College Classes

A First: Pell Grants For High School Students Who Take College Classes | digital divide information | Scoop.it
The Obama administration announces an ambitious experiment to promote "dual enrollment" in high school and college.
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