Elementary school educators need to be generalists, being instructors of all content area topics. But when it comes to STEM, problems arise in that (1) they often don’t feel comfortable teaching STEM related lessons and (2) national tests ask them to focus more on language arts and math (only the “M” of STEM). This article describes why and how STEM should be integrated into the elementary level classrooms.
“I’m not good at math.”It’s routine to hear an adult utter these five innocent words while doing something as simple as calculating tip at a restaurant. It’s striking that self-doubting one’s ability to succeed in math has become par for the course for both adults and young people in our country. Sc
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Whether you want to have students turn in homework via an online form or simply take a quiz or test, online quiz tools are critical to having a connected classroom. Most tools are free, all are robust, and they’re quite easy to use. What could be better than that? You can use any of these below tools to get feedback from parents, students, colleagues, and more.
A mobile game called “Worm Attack!” teaches players to rid themselves and their communities from infestation with intestinal worms, a problem that affects 600 million school-age children worldwide. The USAID-supported Half the Sky movement developed this game in hopes that the problem can be addressed and children will stay in school and have higher rates of literacy. Photo by: Ed Owles / Worldview / U.S. Agency for International Development / CC BY-NC
Mobile phones are without a doubt a game changer in global development, facilitating the delivery of basic services such as education.
At its recently concluded meeting in Paris, members of the U.N. Broadband Commission for Digital Development suggested that mobile devices and related apps, coupled with connectivity, have the potential to help realize education for all.
“For the first time in history, mobile broadband gives us the chance to truly bring education to all, regardless of a person’s geographical location, linguistic and cultural frameworks, or ready access to infrastructure like schools and transport,” International Telecommunication Union Secretary-General Houlin Zhao said during the meeting, one of the featured events of UNESCO’s Mobile Learning Week, Feb. 23-27.
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Indeed, myriad learning apps are now available, with some in local languages. Here are just a few examples:
LearnEnglish Developer: British Council Available for Android, Apple and Windows devices
This is a suite of apps that enable users to learn and improve grammar skills, both in British and American English, and widen their vocabulary.
MoToLi Library Developer: Education for Development Available for Android devices and Windows, Apple and Linux computers
MoToLi Library is part of suite of applications designed to teach reading in native languages. The open-source app allows writers to develop storybooks suited for early grade reading and schools to build a digital library where users can store and print books on demand.
Shabdon ka Khazana Developer: Sesame Workshop India Available for Android devices
Catered to children in India, this digital word game features the revered Sesame Street character Elmo on a treasure hunt. It teaches players beginning and ending sounds, rhyming words, reading skills and problem solving.
Ustad Mobile Developer: Ustad Mobile Available for most devices
Ustad Mobile is an open-source learning platform that allows users to create content to improve literacy and facilitate skills training. In Afghanistan, where girls were banned from attending school during the Taliban rule, the United Nations has used Ustad Mobile to help 150 female police officers from 11 Afghan provinces read and write.
Worldreader Mobile Developer: Worldreader Available for Android and Windows devices as well as feature phones
This application is billed as “the single place to discover, read, and collect free books in a variety of languages, from different parts of the world.” It hosts more than 15,500 e-books and stories in 43 languages and from at least 150 publishers, including science, technology, engineering and math textbooks and learn-to-read books.
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Eliza Villarino manages one of today’s leading publications on humanitarian aid, global health and international development, the weekly GDB. At Devex, she has helped grow a global newsroom, with talented journalists from major development hubs such as Washington, D.C, London and Brussels. She regularly writes about innovations in global development.
I’ve written about a number of video, audio, and collage creation tools, with WeVideo, Audacity, and PicMonkey topping some of my lists. However, it can be a challenge for students to locate copyright-friendly media when using these tools for presentations or idea sharing. It’s always best for students to create materials or use ones that are in the public domain. Here are some of the best resources I’ve found for the latter.
This fall, we invite kids of all ages around the world to build something amazing out of cardboard, recycled materials and imagination.
In 2014, we teamed up with our friends and (from LAIKA and Focus Features) for our 3rd Annual Global Cardboard Challenge. We also partnered with National Head Start Association to bring the Global Cardboard Challenge to Head Start Centers around the country! What will 2015 bring?
Inspired by the short film, ‘Caine’s Arcade’, the Global Cardboard Challenge is an annual event presented by the Imagination Foundation that celebrates child creativity and the role communities can play in fostering it. This September, kids of all ages are invited to build anything they can dream up using cardboard, recycled materials and imagination. Then on Saturday, October 10th, 2015, communities will come together to play!
Creative writing can be a daunting task for students who struggle to think of story ideas or who don't love the writing process. For kids who have trouble putting pen to paper, there are a handful of fantastic iPad apps that just might inspire them to tell a story. Your students will be able to gather ideas, brainstorm and publish writing straight from their tablet.
For students at all levels, creative writing is an important part of English language arts curriculum. Not only do the Common Core State Standards specifically outline the expectation that students should be able to express themselves through the written word, but this is also an essential real-world skill. Students should have the ability to write narratives that tell a story from their own life or a story that they've imagined. The following apps will inspire young writers and give them a vehicle for sharing their work.
The mission of Gapminder Foundation is to fight devastating ignorance with a fact-based worldview that everyone can understand. We started the Ignorance Project to investigate what the public know and don’t know about basic global patterns and macro-trends. We use surveys to ask representative groups of people simple questions about key-aspects of global development.
Look no further if you have been searching for a document editing and management suite for your handheld device because Document Writer has arrived. For both your iPad and iPhone, Document Writer empowers you to do a lot from your handheld device.
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