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CyberBullying and Schools

September 18, 2016

Some schools have developed policies on uses of technology that may affect the child’s online behavior in and out of the classroom. Ask the school if they have developed a policy. You and some other parents and community leaders can work together to find resources and interested individuals if there is none.

Apple Offers Free App to Teach Children Coding

September 18, 2016

Apple’s app, called Swift Playgrounds, introduces basic computer programming concepts, like sequencing logic, by asking students to use word commands to move cartoon avatars through a fanciful, animated world. Unlike some children’s apps, which employ drag-and-drop blocks to teach coding, the Apple program uses Swift, a professional programming language that the company introduced in 2014.

Website Aims to Improve STEM Teacher Leadership

September 15, 2016

Educators and education stakeholders now have access to resources that support STEM teacher leadership. The United States Department of Education launched a website yesterday that provides practical information and guidance on implementing and improving STEM teacher leadership.  Building STEM Teacher Leadership is authored by experts in the field of STEM teacher leadership for use by other practitioners.

MdBio Foundation Inspires Maryland High School Students with Hands-on Science Experiences in the MdBioLab

September 15, 2016

More than 10,000 high school students across Maryland will have the chance to perform real-world, cutting-edge experiments and work with advanced laboratory technologies, such as comparing DNA among species, when the MdBio Foundation’s MdBioLab visits 35 high schools across nine counties and seven events during the 2016-17 school year.

Online learning an appealing alternative to traditional college experience

September 15, 2016

So what does a typical online course look like? According to Dr. Gina Rodriguez, vice president of academic affairs at Calumet College of St. Joseph, one of the most popular types of classes at her university is a hybrid class. “Hybrid courses are courses where students come to class and meet occasionally, but most work is done online,” she says. This gives students the opportunity to meet their professors and classmates, then continue to do the work online and on their own time.

What’s next in ed-tech? These 18 trends

September 14, 2016

Annual Horizon Report lists key ed-tech trends from collaborative learning to VR and wearable tech. While the 2016 Horizon Report identifies what leading experts see as key trends, the most important conversation to have is to see if any of those trends relate to challenges in your community.

Researchers find common traits that account for strong STEM outcomes in schools

September 14, 2016

"Inclusive STEM schools aren't like most private schools, but are not really like traditional comprehensive schools either," said Sharon Lynch, professor of curriculum and pedagogy at GW's Graduate School of Education and Human Development and the principal investigator for the study. "This is a new kind of school that is much more inclusive and is bringing in students who want to be there and study STEM, no matter their backgrounds. They have figured out how to do things differently, to trust their students to achieve and their teachers to guide students toward STEM college majors."

New Progress and Momentum in Support of President Obama's Computer Science for All Initiative

September 14, 2016

Since the President’s call to action, strong momentum for CS education has been growing at all levels of government and in the private sector. Twelve states have taken concrete policy steps to expand CS education -- and there are now 31 states that allow CS to count towards high school graduation.

Educational Technology Connects Classrooms Around the World on Global Collaboration Day

September 14, 2016

The Global Education Conference Network presents Global Collaboration Day, its second annual celebration of globally connected teaching and learning on September 15, 2016. More than 100 schools and organizations from around the globe will actively participate in over 50 online events that support the development of global competence in students and teachers.

Should STEM Majors Receive Larger Loan Amounts?

September 14, 2016

All college students are created equal -- but that may be the only trait they all share.  Some choose majors that lead to jobs that aren’t as popular among employers. Some students choose majors that lead to jobs that pay more than other fields of study. A recent report reveals another difference: how students feel about their financial future may be determined by their choice of major.

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