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Technology and other innovations in education, plus updates on educational research, primarily related to K-12 education, STEM, and teacher preparation.
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Is Project-Based Learning Right for Your Classroom? | Edmentum Blog

Is Project-Based Learning Right for Your Classroom? | Edmentum Blog | Evidence-based Practices in STEM Education | Scoop.it
Every teacher uses projects as an educational tool. Not only are they a valued form of assessment, but they’re also a way for the students to demonstrate a wider range of skills.
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"That’s the goal of project-based learning, where students learn through the process of completing real-world tasks rather than through the traditional lecture, practice, and assessment.

 

This sounds like a great idea and one that would prepare your kids for the world of career and college, as the Common Core people say. But is your classroom ready to make the project-based learning jump?"

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What's So Hard About (Student) Research? Scientific American

What's So Hard About (Student) Research? Scientific American | Evidence-based Practices in STEM Education | Scoop.it
What's So Hard About Research?
Yahoo! News We noticed that, though these digital natives have the world of information at their fingertips, for some reason they are often unable to take basic problem-solving skills and apply them to simple online...
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My takeaway from this article is that technology is enabling students to find basic facts, but not empowering them to interpret, analyze, connect, etc. across data. 


..."just because students are digital natives, does not mean that they have skills to figure out all technology, or to use technology in a purposeful way. ... for some reason they are often unable to take basic problem-solving skills and apply them to simple online research... When Siri did not know the answer, the student said, "I don't know, I can't find it."

 

Students can find out basic names, dates, and facts through online research. If we ask them what year the Declaration of Independence was signed, they will Google that exact question, and most of the time, produce the right answer. But when asked to research a question that does not have one "right" answer, the room quickly dissolves into a chorus of "I don't get it" and "I need help" and "I can't find it."

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How Queensland University of Technology is broadening and strengthening Educational Research

How Queensland University of Technology is broadening and strengthening Educational Research | Evidence-based Practices in STEM Education | Scoop.it
An innovative university research network, which will focus on broadening and strengthening the study of higher education, has recently been launched at QUT.
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Innovation from Queensland. 

 

"Using a distributed approach rather than running the network from a central point we are building on established working relationships that cut across academics and professional staff, faculties and divisions. It also encompasses our critical mass of staff who have received Australian Awards for University Teaching, national OLT Grants and Fellowships and our scholarly communities."

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Teachers as researchers: the ultimate form of professional development?

Teachers as researchers: the ultimate form of professional development? | Evidence-based Practices in STEM Education | Scoop.it
Tom Sherrington believes teachers should be engaged in research about education.
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How do research universities support teachers as researchers (rather than use teachers as research subjects)? How does this adapt the nature of research?

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Announcing the Principal Ambassador Fellowship | ED.gov Blog

Announcing the Principal Ambassador Fellowship | ED.gov Blog | Evidence-based Practices in STEM Education | Scoop.it
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Deadline July 16:

Principal Ambassador Fellows will spend a year gaining greater knowledge of the content of key federal programs and policies, in addition to the context and process by which they are designed and implemented. Fellows will share their expertise with federal staff members; provide outreach and communication about federal initiatives to other educators on behalf of the Department; and facilitate the involvement and understanding of educators in developing and implementing these efforts at the federal, state and local levels, to improve the likelihood of their success.

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Tech, education leaders talk STEM challenges - Politico

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U.S. News & World Report Tech, education leaders talk STEM challenges Politico Education and tech leaders on Wednesday lauded the Obama administration's efforts to open the science, technology, engineering and math fields to more students — but...
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The takeaway is a perceived need to increase appreciation for STEM fields early in a child's education and to adequately equip teachers and schools to provide engaging STEM experiences that will lead students to select STEM postsecondary programs and careers. 



Read more: http://www.politico.com/story/2013/06/tech-education-leaders-talk-stem-challenges-92631.html#ixzz2W6ynwwm3

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Great Educational Music Apps for your iPad ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

Great Educational Music Apps for your iPad ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Evidence-based Practices in STEM Education | Scoop.it

"Good news for music teachers. We have just learned about a great booklet full of educational music apps for iPad. It is really amazing how much time and effort Samuel must have invested in this project. He reviewed several musical apps and included them into awesome visual boards with clickable icons of each app leading to its store link where you can download it."


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Music apps help you learn at a much faster rate and can be accessed anywhere. you can learn at a your own pace and take contol of how you learn.

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The new 2013 K-12 Horizon Report


Via Tom D'Amico (@TDOttawa)
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The internationally recognized NMC Horizon Report series and regional NMC Technology Outlooks are part of the NMC Horizon Project, a comprehensive research venture established in 2002 that identifies and describes emerging technologies likely to have a large impact over the coming five years in education around the globe.

 

Time-to-Adoption Horizon: One Year or Less
> Cloud Computing 
> Mobile Learning 
Time-to-Adoption Horizon: Two to Three Years
> Learning Analytics 
> Open Content 
Time-to-Adoption Horizon: Four to Five Years
> 3D Printing 
> Virtual and Remote Laboratories

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Children's education not affected by mothers who go back to work - Telegraph

Children's education not affected by mothers who go back to work - Telegraph | Evidence-based Practices in STEM Education | Scoop.it
There is no link between children’s academic performance and mothers who go out to work in the first years of their lives, according to new research. (#Leimo Children's education not affected by mothers who go back to work: There is no link ...
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Specialized knowledge required for 20 percent of Oklahoma jobs

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A Brookings Institute report released Monday expands the definition of a science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) job to include many that require less than a bachelor's degree.
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A new Brookings Institute report highlights the growing number of jobs that require knowledge in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, known collectively as STEM. Under the new classification, nearly 20 percent of jobs in Oklahoma and nationwide require such education.

The new definition includes jobs such as construction trades workers, metal workers and vehicle and mobile equipment mechanics, installers and repairers in addition to more traditional science and technology jobs such as engineers, scientists, financial specialists and business operations specialists.

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NSDL.org - National Science Digital Library

NSDL.org - National Science Digital Library | Evidence-based Practices in STEM Education | Scoop.it
NSDL.org is an online science library with links to high quality science, technology,
engineering, and math resources for K-12 teachers, faculty, librarians, students and informal learners.
Funded by the National Science Foundation.

Via Ana Cristina Pratas
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One stop shopping for science and math educational resources.

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Paula Correia's curator insight, April 19, 2013 8:22 AM

A National Science Digital Library oferece recursos on-line, de alta qualidade, para o ensino e aprendizagem com ênfase nas disciplinas de ciências, tecnologia, engenharia e matemática. Fornece ainda informações descritivas estruturadas (metadados) sobre recursos educacionais na web e a maioria dos recursos da biblioteca adere aos princípios do Open Educational Resource (OER).

Jan MacWatters's curator insight, July 9, 2014 2:47 PM

Worth bookmarking.

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6 Things Teachers Do to Flip the Classroom

6 Things Teachers Do to Flip the Classroom | Evidence-based Practices in STEM Education | Scoop.it

Get 6 Real World Examples of a Flipped Classroom from Subject Experts.


The Flipped Classroom model is changing the ways students learn and teachers teach. When you flip your classroom, you offer your students rich, engaging material to consider at home, and you use class time to help them interact with the ideas. Lecturing during class time is minimized and students have a teacher nearby when they are doing work and most likely to need guidance.


Via Dennis T OConnor
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The key to "flipped" is to rethink who has control of content and learning. These are some great tactics to help move instruction toward more student-led learning.
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online4ed's curator insight, May 31, 2013 8:05 AM

Always interesting to read examples of how folks flip!  

Kimberly A. Hurd's curator insight, May 31, 2013 5:52 PM

Great insight. 

Upfront40's curator insight, June 3, 2013 7:35 AM

Flipping the classroom is an ideal way to assist students who want to get ahead and be challenged while at home.

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Task Force - Teacher Education for the 21st Century


Via Tom D'Amico (@TDOttawa)
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This is very enlightening with regard to distinctions between American and Canadian education and educational philosophy/policy. For example:

 

Graduating not just more students but more students with higher levels of achievement, greater senses of self-efficacy and greater self-regulatory abilities is not only a matter of social justice; it is also in the social and economic interests of the province. The Preamble of the 1996 School Act declares that the purpose of schools is to “enable all learners,” both for their private good and for the public good of “a healthy, democratic
and pluralistic society and a prosperous and sustainable economy” (p. C-11). In order for this to be achieved, particularly in the economic environment that we find ourselves in at present, we cannot afford to leave anyone behind.

 

It shares "left behind" but not much else.

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Infographic: Where a STEM Education Can Take You

Infographic: Where a STEM Education Can Take You | Evidence-based Practices in STEM Education | Scoop.it
Follow the path from school to the workplace to see what sticking with STEM will do for a career
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What is the future of technology in education?

What is the future of technology in education? | Evidence-based Practices in STEM Education | Scoop.it
Forget devices, the future of education technology is all about the cloud and anywhere access. In the future, teaching and learning is going to be social, says Matt Britland

Via Dr. Susan Bainbridge
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The future is not about a single device or set of devices. According to this author,


"The future is about access, anywhere learning and collaboration, both locally and globally. Teaching and learning is going to be social. Schoolsof the future could have a traditional cohort of students, as well as online only students who live across the country or even the world. Things are already starting to move this way with the emergence of massive open online courses (MOOCs)."

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Some valid points made.

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Study Gauges Value of Technology in Schools

Study Gauges Value of Technology in Schools | Evidence-based Practices in STEM Education | Scoop.it
A review of federal data found that technology investments in schools had not changed the nature of education.

Via Tom D'Amico (@TDOttawa)
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In a review of student survey data conducted in conjunction with the federal exams known as the National Assessment of Educational Progress, the nonprofit Center for American Progress found that middle school math students more commonly used computers for basic drills and practice than to develop sophisticated skills. The report also found that no state was collecting data to evaluate whether technology investments were actually improving student achievement.


I can see dozens of research projects here!

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Growing Bipartisan Support for ConnectED | The White House

Growing Bipartisan Support for ConnectED | The White House | Evidence-based Practices in STEM Education | Scoop.it
The LEAD Commission previews its release of a five-point blueprint outlining actions to accelerate the expansion of digital learning in schools, a new initiative President Obama announced last week.
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This initiative seems to be gathering broad support. Stay tuned for a report expected later this summer. I previously posted an overview of the initiative.

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50 Mobile Learning Statistics For K-12 Education [Infographic]

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50 Mobile Learning Statistics For K-12 Education [Infographic]

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The world is changing - are you?

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Emerging Social Tools & Networks | Cisionblog

Emerging Social Tools & Networks | Cisionblog | Evidence-based Practices in STEM Education | Scoop.it
Photo courtesy of birgerking via ethority on flickr Social media intern Sam George contributed to this post. When we were first introduced to the social
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Somehow I am comforted to think there is an order to all of the social media/network tools. Frankly it feels more like an explosion!

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ConnectEd Fact Sheet: President Obama's Plan for Connecting all Schools to the Digital Age

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President Obama called on the FCC to take the steps necessary to build high-speed digital connections to America’s schools and libraries, ensuring that 99% of students can benefit from advances in teaching and learning. He is directing the federal government to make better use of existing funds to get this technology into classrooms, and into the hands of teachers trained on its advantages. And he is calling on businesses, states, districts, schools and communities to support this vision.

• Upgraded Connectivity: within five years, connect 99% of students to the digital age through next-generation broadband and high-speed wireless in their schools and libraries.
• Trained Teachers: improve the skills of teachers, ensuring that every educator receives support and training to use technology to help improve student outcomes.
• Build on Private-Sector Innovation: These investments will allow our teachers and students to take full advantage of feature-rich educational devices that are increasingly price-competitive with basic textbooks and high-quality educational software (including applications) providing content aligned with college- and career-ready standards being adopted and implemented by States.
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Fact Sheet: Redesigning America's High Schools | U.S. Department of Education

Editor's Note: Today, Secretary Duncan will highlight President Obama's High School Redesign initiative during a roundtable event at Aviation High School in New York City. More details can be found on the Department's website.

Via Tom D'Amico (@TDOttawa)
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The High School Redesign initiative will promote a rethinking of the high school learning experience, and challenge schools to:

Redesign academic content and instructional practices to align with postsecondary education and careers and to foster deep understanding and mastery, with student-centered learning in a culture of high expectations.Personalize learning opportunities to support the educational needs and interests of individual students, optimize the pace of learning, and customize content and practices for students to master challenging academic content and pursue their interests.Provide academic and wrap-around support services for those students who need them, such as tutoring, mentoring, and comprehensive supports, so that all learners—including low-income students, English learners, and students with disabilities—can successfully graduate and transition smoothly into postsecondary learning and adulthood.Provide high-quality career and college exploration and counseling for students on postsecondary educational options, including education and training requirements for careers, college success skills, and financial aid options available for postsecondary education and training.Offer opportunities to earn postsecondary credit while still in high school through college-level coursework, such as dual enrollment, advanced placement courses, or other postsecondary learning opportunities.Provide career-related experiences or competencies such as organized internships or mentorships; project- or problem-based learning; real-world challenges developed in consultation with employers or service organizations; and structured work-based learning opportunities.Strategically use learning time in more meaningful ways, which could include effective application of technology, redesigning school calendars, and competency-based progression.Provide evidence-based professional development to deepen educators' skills, support collaboration and expand a comprehensive system of student support.
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Millennials Believe The Future Of Education Will Be Virtual - Forbes

Millennials Believe The Future Of Education Will Be Virtual
Forbes
Our education system is broken right now because tuition keeps climbing, while unemployment stays stagnant, and there's a major skills gap globally.
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There is evidence to support their beliefs, including the fact they will soon be the decision-makers and employers.

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Integrating iPads in My Classroom

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"The easiest way to integrate iPads in the classroom is to think about changing 1 element of your lesson."


Via John Evans
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This is great advice for all change - It is often easier to change one thing and then another and another rather than to face a complete transformation.

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Kimberly A. Hurd's curator insight, June 11, 2013 7:26 AM

That is all it takes. Being brave enough to change just one thing. Instead of this...do that. Tech is a tool. Pick the right tool for job!

Cathy Jeremko's comment, June 29, 2013 1:01 PM
There are some good suggestions here! The idea of changing one element may help the technology coach to encourage use by fellow teachers
stevecarter's curator insight, August 6, 2013 8:50 AM

Master one idea for change - one topic - one inquiry

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11 Essential Tools For Better Project-Based Learning| TeachThought

11 Essential Tools For Better Project-Based Learning| TeachThought | Evidence-based Practices in STEM Education | Scoop.it

by Katre Laan

 

"For students, the core aim of project-based learning is to put theory into practice and gain new skills throughout the process. From prioritizing tasks to managing sources and summarizing concepts, they will be developing skills for life. As well as using interactive tools in group project helps students to grasp a better understanding of a concept.

 

"A major advantage of digital tools used is better engagement in the classroom. For students it’s the curiosity, for teachers it’s a great tool to work with, to inspire and grade students work! A major advantage is that digital tools enable students and teachers to see the result immediately and make necessary changes within the tool and the project.

 

"Browser-based tools and several apps used in education are especially useful for researching, storytelling and collaborative video making. These tools’ aim is to encourage students to approach a task by asking open-ended questions and develop a concept of a task. They also enhance personalized learning, where students discover their own strengths, whether it is analysing and mapping out ideas, research or even editing.

 

"Handy mobile devices allow students to be inspired when outside classroom by creating and sharing ideas and creations instantly. The benefit of some of tools is that they accommodate different approaches to projects. Whether the end result is a presentation, telling stories on an interactive timeline or a visual board. Some apps can be useful is many ways."


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A great site to learn about PBL

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Arne Duncan: Education is the best investment we can make - MSNBC

Arne Duncan: Education is the best investment we can make - MSNBC | Evidence-based Practices in STEM Education | Scoop.it
Arne Duncan: Education is the best investment we can make MSNBC During an interview with NBC's Andrea Mitchell at Tuesday's Education Nation Summit, Secretary of Education Arne Duncan reaffirmed his belief that “education is the best investment we...
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Amen!

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