"Last week NPR made a prediction that for colleges, there are savings to be found and money to be made in taking advantage of opportunities offered by the growth of online education. Now, NPR looks at how two schools in Ohio are employing digital learning and what kind of benefits, fiscal or otherwise, they are extracting from the experiment."
Schools Face Shortage of Digital Curricula for English-Learners Education Week News In California's Baldwin Park Unified School District, students just learning to speak English can use a combination of digital materials designed just for them, as...
I recently had the opportunity to speak at SXSWedu – a national education convening leading up to the South by Southwest festivals and conferences in Austin, TX. What began three years ago as a handful of education-focused sessions at SXSW Interactive has grown into an inspiring and informative gathering of over 4,000 participants from across the world.
Jeff Edmondson, the managing director of Strive, and I led a session on digital learning and collective impact in education – how technology can improve how schools, families, and communities collaborate to advance student engagement and learning. The power of technology to transform education was a major theme at SXSWedu, but the discussions in Austin underscored my concerns about how K-12 digital learning transitions are evolving.
Many conversations were intensely focused on technology to support school-based initiatives, but missing attention on how digital learning should connect students to their passions, peers, communities, and careers. We will miss essential opportunities to transform schools if transitions primarily create digital versions of traditional analog education processes – trading textbooks for tablets and paper files for databases.
At the other end of the spectrum were SXSWedu sessions on learning outside of schools, many of which approached schools as hurdles to be overcome instead of partners in learning. Frustrated by the slow pace of change, efforts like the maker movement and open badges have chosen to move ahead outside K-12 institutions and bureaucracies. Despite significant advancements, most of these are on the sidelines of school district digital learning transitions, more likely to be the subject of TED talks than digital curricula or school turnaround plans.
GameDesk was created to develop a “next generation” model of education, revolutionizing the way we teach and learn.
We are a research, game development, and outreach organization that has evolved out of seven years of research at the University of Southern California. We have developed, tested and evaluated next generation digital learning software and curriculum for use in schools, community centers, and homes throughout the United States.
The organization’s focus is to help close the achievement gap and to engage students, particularly those that are low-proficient, in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) learning. GameDesk embeds STEM content into game-centered projects with a strong focus on fostering students’ sense of purpose, ownership, and personal relevance.
To successfully support students, the culture of learning must be changed. It is the organization’s philosophy that digital games and media technologies have a unique power to engage and motivate. By leveraging these technologies effectively, students have been proven to develop an appreciation for STEM learning, team-building, and a belief in themselves that carries over into all aspects of their lives.
The GameDesk Institute is an association of teachers, scholars, game-designers, school administrators, writers, engineers, artists, and career specialists who work to develop and implement GameDesk methodology and materials. The organization seeks to grow and nurture a pipeline of individuals who understand cyber, interactive, mobile, and game-based learning.
Montgomery school officials, parents envision digital learning community Gazette.Net: Maryland Community News Online Imagine K-12 schools where students have ebooks rather than textbooks, parents and teachers communicate through an online community...
Chicago Offers Digital Badges for Students' Summer Experiences Education Week News (blog) Chicago is the first to launch a citywide system for earning digital badges (for both public and private school students), which, as you may remember are...
Wanda Mitchell's insight:
This is a great way to encourage learning outside of school!
"That’s how elementary math teacher Jennie Magiera described her feelings about the limited value of educational technology three years ago.
"Today Magiera serves as Digital Learning Coordinator for the Academy for Urban School Leadership’s network of 25 Chicago Public Schools (CPS). As she trains others to use technology effectively, it is hard to imagine a time when she was so dismissive about technology in the classroom.
"When iPads first came on the market, Magiera said, “I would openly mock my friends,” pointing out that they had just bought a “giant iPhone that can’t make calls.” The three computers in her classroom—clunky PCs that sat heavily on tables—were so old that one smoked when anyone dared to turn it on.
"So how did this technologically impaired teacher come to be an advocate for digital learning in schools? For Magiera, the shift began in 2010 when 32 iPads arrived in her classroom. She admits that while she thought that technology wasn’t as amazing as a teaching tool as others seemed to believe, she still had a sense that her kids needed access to some devices to be successful. So Magiera applied for a grant to get a class set of tablets, pretty certain she would not get it.
"Ironically, the grant readers at CPS called her bluff."
Rock Hill parents see opportunity to iRock digital learning initiative The Herald | HeraldOnline.com Most parents left optimistic that an iPad – and the collaborative learning it nurtures – should make a big difference in their lives of their...
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