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Who Says Math Has to Be Boring? | Editorial | NYTimes.com

Who Says Math Has to Be Boring? | Editorial | NYTimes.com | ANALYZING EDUCATIONAL TECHNOLOGY | Scoop.it

American students are bored by math, science and engineering. They buy smartphones and tablets by the millions but don’t pursue the skills necessary to build them. Engineers and physicists are often portrayed as clueless geeks on television, and despite the high pay and the importance of such jobs to the country’s future, the vast majority of high school graduates don’t want to go after them.

 

Nearly 90 percent of high school graduates say they’re not interested in a career or a college major involving science, technology, engineering or math, known collectively as STEM, according to a survey of more than a million students who take the ACT test. The number of students who want to pursue engineering or computer science jobs is actually falling, precipitously, at just the moment when the need for those workers is soaring. (Within five years, there will be 2.4 million STEM job openings.)

 

One of the biggest reasons for that lack of interest is that students have been turned off to the subjects as they move from kindergarten to high school. Many are being taught by teachers who have no particular expertise in the subjects. They are following outdated curriculums and textbooks. They become convinced they’re “no good at math,” that math and science are only for nerds, and fall behind.

 

That’s because the American system of teaching these subjects is broken. For all the reform campaigns over the years, most schools continue to teach math and science in an off-putting way that appeals only to the most fervent students. The mathematical sequence has changed little since the Sputnik era: arithmetic, pre-algebra, algebra, geometry, trigonometry and, for only 17 percent of students, calculus. Science is generally limited to the familiar trinity of biology, chemistry, physics and, occasionally, earth science.

 

These pathways, as one report from the National Academy of Education put it, assume that high school students will continue to study science and math in college. But fewer than 13 percent do, usually the most well-prepared and persistent students, who often come from families where encouragement and enrichment are fundamental. The system is alienating and is leaving behind millions of other students, almost all of whom could benefit from real-world problem solving rather than traditional drills.

 

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Allison Pawlowski's curator insight, December 15, 2013 6:21 PM

The article mentions that the math curriculum has barely changed over the past 60 years, which is what has created the sense of meaninglessness that leads to boredom.  In my student interest surveys the majority of my students (12 out of 16 interviewed) said that they did not use math outside of school, and that math was not important in the real world.  The attitudes toward math that are common among students of all ages are why we need to make math meaningful again.  The best way to do that is by relating what we learn in math to a real-life example that will interest our students.

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How Seesaw accidentally became a teacher’s pet at 1/4 of US schools

How Seesaw accidentally became a teacher’s pet at 1/4 of US schools | ANALYZING EDUCATIONAL TECHNOLOGY | Scoop.it
When a student’s audience is the world, they want their work to be good. When their audience is only their teacher, they just want it to be good enough.
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#101Educators to Follow on Twitter by @TeacherToolkit

#101Educators to Follow on Twitter by @TeacherToolkit | ANALYZING EDUCATIONAL TECHNOLOGY | Scoop.it
Who would you recommend to follow on Twitter? This list of educators are people I draw inspiration, advice and interact with on social media.
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Citizen Maths: free, open mathematical literacy for everyone

Citizen Maths: free, open mathematical literacy for everyone | ANALYZING EDUCATIONAL TECHNOLOGY | Scoop.it

"Britain faces a major maths challenge. The challenge involves a stock of people and a flow of learners ..."

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How to build a Lightboard

How to build a Lightboard | ANALYZING EDUCATIONAL TECHNOLOGY | Scoop.it
The Lightboard is a glass chalkboard pumped full of light. It's for recording video lecture topics. You face toward your viewers, and your writing glows in front of you.
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6 Great Videos for Teaching Media Fluency

6 Great Videos for Teaching Media Fluency | ANALYZING EDUCATIONAL TECHNOLOGY | Scoop.it
Here is a great list of useful videos for helping you in your continuing quest of teaching Media Fluency to your digital students.

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How to Manage the 4 Types of Teachers You Meet in Professional Development (EdSurge News)

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In my heart, I will always be a middle school English Language Arts teacher. As I continue this path as a district administrator, I want to hold close to my heart the plight of the teacher: what it’s like to have to work all day with children and then go home and work on lessons, assessments, gr
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Tips for Transforming Educational Technology through Professional Development and Training

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Teachers say they lack proper technology support, but schools can turn the tables on inadequate training programs using these best practices.
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Girls Who Code taps four teen girls for YouTube series

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Girls Who Code selected four teens from around the country to serve as modern day role models in a new YouTube series 'My Code.'
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20 Excellent Education & EdTech Books for Your Essential Summer Reading List — Emerging Education Technologies

20 Excellent Education & EdTech Books for Your Essential Summer Reading List — Emerging Education Technologies | ANALYZING EDUCATIONAL TECHNOLOGY | Scoop.it

These Books Would Make Outstanding Additions to Every Educator’s Book Shelf Books have been one of the enablers of lifelong learning that have existed since long before the Web came along, and hopefully they will remain so far into


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Join the EdTech Revolution 2016 Infographic

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Join the EdTech Revolution 2016 Infographic No one doubts that technology has changed the world. And now more than ever, educational technology is changing the way students learn. Today’s students are entering a workforce — and a world — that demands critical thinking, creativity, problem solvin... http://elearninginfographics.com/join-the-edtech-revolution-2016-infographic/
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A Plethora of PD Opportunities - EdTech conferences via Lucy Gray

After years of attending and presenting at conferences, I'm still seeking a solution for keeping track of upcoming events and other professional development opportunities. Inspired by my innovative frien

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Teacher's Favorite Tools for Assessing Student Learning via EdTechReview

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List of tools that can help you asses student learning as you teach them for better understanding.

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When I Buy Edtech Products, Our Teachers Don’t Use Them… What Do I Do?

When I Buy Edtech Products, Our Teachers Don’t Use Them… What Do I Do? | ANALYZING EDUCATIONAL TECHNOLOGY | Scoop.it
As the school year winds down, some educators have spent numerous hours finding the right online products for the 2016-2017 school year by taking demos from vendors, piloting programs, and soliciting feedback. Others went to a conference, saw something shiny, and bought it for their entire school or

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101 Great Teachers to Follow on Twitter by @TeacherToolkit

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Are you a teacher using Twitter? Find out here who to follow. 101 Great Teachers!
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what3words | Addressing the world

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Explore the world in 3 words. what3words is a giant grid comprised of 57 trillion 3m x 3m squares that cover the entire globe. It is the simplest way to communicate location.
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Five ways to use scannable tech in the math classroom

Five ways to use scannable tech in the math classroom | ANALYZING EDUCATIONAL TECHNOLOGY | Scoop.it

"Using QR codes and AR, math teachers can connect to tutorials, make their word wall interactive, share student work, explore 3D shapes, and update old textbooks ..."


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How to Prepare Professors Who Thought They’d Never Teach Online

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As distance learning goes mainstream, colleges are rethinking how they train faculty members.
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Trend: Online learning going personal

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Personalized support and advising achieved through new advances in technology and data analytics are all recommended for helping today's online students.

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Augmented and Virtual Reality: Where Is the Educational Value? -- THE Journal

Augmented and Virtual Reality: Where Is the Educational Value? -- THE Journal | ANALYZING EDUCATIONAL TECHNOLOGY | Scoop.it

K-12 schools are beginning to see the educational value of virtual and augmented reality and are investing in these technologies even though price points are still aimed at higher-end markets.

In the Methacton School District in a Philadelphia suburb, a high school oceanography class recently visited the Great Barrier Reef, while a Spanish class traveled to cities in Spain and Mexico. The students and their teachers were taking part in the Google Expeditions Pioneer Program to test out a virtual reality (VR) platform built for the classroom using Google Cardboard, which requires only a smartphone, an inexpensive cardboard phone holder and an accompanying app.


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Adapting to Online Learning Infographic

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Adapting to Online Learning Infographic In an era where educational resources like tablets and Blackboard based courses are as common today as hard cover books and three ring binders were 20 years ago, thousands of degree-seeking students choose to participate in online learning. The Adapting to ... http://elearninginfographics.com/adapting-online-learning-infographic/
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The 8 Skills Students Must Have For The Future | Edudemic

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Education has focused on the basic “3Rs” of reading, writing & arithmetic, but as technological innovation changes educators must re-evaluate their skills.
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Edtech and Elearning 2016: Top 200 Influencers and Brands - great list!

Edtech and Elearning 2016: Top 200 Influencers and Brands - great list! | ANALYZING EDUCATIONAL TECHNOLOGY | Scoop.it
An exhaustive list of the top 200 edtech and elearning influencers and brands driving the most engagement in 2016, including quotes from the experts.

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Education is changed forever by EDTECH that has been introduced in just the last few years. Students of all abilities need more hands-on exposure to STEAM concepts and skills to be prepared for jobs in the future. Universal Designs for Learning support ALL students to better mastery of their education. Remember to visit me at www.enablethem.com
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VIDEO: Putting the Ed Into Edtech

VIDEO: Putting the Ed Into Edtech | ANALYZING EDUCATIONAL TECHNOLOGY | Scoop.it
Right now many edtech products are sold as black boxes. “What does the product do?” “Dunno, but it works through the science of neuroplasticity.” The lack of understanding in how these products work is bad for at least two reasons. The more obvious one is that it gives us no good way to evaluate

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How to Sidestep 6 Common EdTech Fails by Debbie Malone

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How to Make Edtech Purchasing Painless and Effective

How to Make Edtech Purchasing Painless and Effective | ANALYZING EDUCATIONAL TECHNOLOGY | Scoop.it
When educators and administrators walk through the schoolhouse doors every day, they have dozens of things to focus on, not the least of which, of course, is educating all types of students. Running districts and schools requires an incredible amount of attention to detail and anything can—and often

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