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Education World April 2017

educationworldEducation World is a complete online resource that teachers, administrators and school staff can visit each day to find high-quality and in-depth original content. We update the site daily, offering:

  • Carefully curated news briefs on topics that matter to educators;
  • Lesson plans, printables, worksheets and thousands of other classroom-ready resources;
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  • A huge library of professional development articles and columns.

The Education World team, including a network of skilled content providers, have maintained this free resource for educators since 1996. In order to keep the site free, Education World is funded by corporate sponsors and advertisers. The site is also part of The Educator’s Network, which simplifies educator-targeted media buying and offers efficient, optimized campaigns across multiple teacher sites via a single point of contact.

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Tech & Learning

Title: Tech & Learning – February 2017
English | 52 Pages

Tech & Learning - February 2017
For 30 years, Tech & Learning has served the K-12 education community with practical resources and expert strategies for transforming education through integration of digital technologies. Tech & Learning is often used as a professional development tool to help educators across the board get up to speed with the newest technologies and products in order to best prepare students for the global digital workforce.

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Education World

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Here is a great article from the most recent newsletter to whet your appetite.

Title: District’s One-to-One iPad Initiative Results in Constant Use for Elementary Students

District's One-to-One iPad Initiative Results in Constant Use for Elementary StudentsIn third and fourth grade classrooms in a school in Mineola, N.Y., students use about 75 percent of the school day on their iPads following the district’s adoption of a one-to-one iPad initiative, raising questions on the future of instruction in the digital world.

According to the Hechinger Report, “[a]t Jackson Avenue, which houses the third and fourth grades, all 417 children, including those in special education, have their own tablets, and they spend about 75 percent of their instructional day on the devices, more than many other schools that have embraced digital learning.”

The article describes Mineola as an affluent district attempting to use heavy reliance on technology to help students meet Common Core standards.

“By embracing iPads while keeping the traditional model of one teacher working with 20-some children, the small school district offers a vision of what the future of digital learning might be,” the article said.

In Morgan Mercaldi’s class, assignments are mix between digital and paper elements. Students begin and end their day using their devices to do research while using paper to actually write their assignments.

“Mercaldi’s students received their iPads in October, and now move smoothly from pencil to touch screen and from paper to tablet.”

Though the students use the iPads regularly, some are better at using the technology than others. And of course, the technology is not immune to glitches that need attention every once and a while.

One student, “Joseph Parrino has had trouble with the iPad’s flat electronic keyboard — ‘my fingers slip,’ he explains — and so has brought a plug-in keyboard from home. And several children say they prefer old-fashioned books to the digital alternative,” the article said. In other words, not every digital native is entirely comfortable with the technology as might be assumed.

Students use their iPads for all subjects in Mercaldi’s class. Beginning with English, ending with science and studying math in-between, students rely on their devices and educational apps to get work done.

Mercaldi says she has worked to find a balance between students being on and off the iPads, but, “[w]ith several hours during the school day on the iPads, plus homework time and other afterschool use, it’s not hard to imagine that some Jackson Avenue students may look at their tablets for six hours or more a day.”

Of course, with one-to-one initiatives the question is always posed as to whether students will get distracted by the opportunity to use their devices for non-education related things. Studies have shown that students who use devices for learning can learn faster, but those who use for them for non-learning and give into distraction perform worse than all.

Educators within the district claim that this has not been an issue as students mostly know to stay on task in class.

Read the full article here and comment below.

Article by Nicole Gorman, Education World Contributor

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Education World

Education world is a great blog / portal site for cutting edge education journalism in the US. Check out this great article by an Education World Contributor, from June 1, 2016

Title: Report Says Computer Science Should Be Treated Like Core Science Subjects in K-12 Classrooms

Author: Nicole Gorman

Report Says Computer Science Should Be Treated Like Core Science Subjects in K-12 ClassroomsA recently released report from the Information Technology & Innovation Foundation found that computer science is only offered in a fraction of U.S. schools, and most lack the ability to teach students the core principles of the subject.

Why Students Need Quality Computer Science Instruction

The report recommends significant changes to how computer science is taught in K-12 in order to optimize student success, notable because President Obama has made computer science a national priority this past year.

“To maintain the field’s current momentum, the perception of computer science needs to shift from its being considered a fringe, elective offering or a skills-based course designed to teach basic computer literacy or coding alone,” the report says.

“Instead, it is time for computer science to be seen as a core science on par with more traditional high school offerings such as biology, chemistry and physics, which have been the focus since the 1890s.”

The report points out how in-demand computer science majors are and will be in the future:

“In 2011, Code.org projected that the economy would add 1.4 million computing jobs by 2020, but educate just 400,000 computer science students by then.”

Computer Science Classes Lack Instruction of Core Principles

Current computer science classes that focus on teaching coding, the report says, teach students only one coding language and neglect to teach them core principles behind the subject.”Unfortunately, curriculum and standards still focus on using, rather than understanding, technology. In fact, only 37 percent of states’ CS standards include a focus on computing concepts, while 73 percent of state CS standards include a focus on computer skills.”

Most Educators Lack Necessary Training, Resources

Further, the report makes mention of an educator workforce that is largely untrained in the subject and without needed resources.

“Because many schools offer only a single CS course, teachers for these courses commonly have their main focus in another field. These teachers may not have the deep expertise or time to focus on creating an enriching curriculum and stimulating class environment,” the report says.

“The class can only go as deep as the teacher’s bank of knowledge. As a result, only a very narrow group of high school students ever take computer science classes that provide a solid ground in computer science principles and practices.”

How Computer Science Can Improve Moving Forward

First and foremost, the report recommends that the U.S. develop and train 10,000 additional teachers to teach computer science.

“…the United States needs to train and certify 10,000 additional CS teachers. The CS10K non-profit initiative, seeks to do just that—train instructors to teach in-depth computer science courses using rigorous curricula.”

It also suggests a focus on creating innovative education policy that favors teaching computer science principles in both K-12 and university classrooms.

The report highlights the work of Israel in improving computer science access in its classrooms, and recognizes it for developing a curriculum that goes beyond teaching just coding.

“On a per-capita basis, Israel has 16.2 times as many students as the United States taking rigorous computer science in high school.120 Its groundbreaking curriculum emphasized making CS a science instead of teaching only coding. Students should be taught programming, proponents argue, as a means to reinforce deeper and more important knowledge in creating and understanding algorithms, and to create a subject that would be as respected by tertiary institutions as traditional biology, chemistry, and physics courses.”

The report recommends this same kind of respect for the subject in U.S. classrooms, as well.

Here is the report [ 2016-computer-science-education ] Nicole is referring too.

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STEM Education

Title: STEM Education: Concepts, Methodologies, Tools, and Applications

Author: Information Resources Management Association

English | 2014 | ISBN: 146667363X | 1800 pages
STEM Education: Concepts, Methodologies, Tools, and ApplicationsYear after year, technology advances at an increasingly accelerated pace. In order to keep up with the demands of users and businesses alike, a comprehensive understanding of science and technology must be fostered in the next generation of innovators.

STEM Education: Concepts, Methodologies, Tools, and Applications brings together an impressive array of research on the development of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics curricula at all educational levels. This comprehensive reference covers topics of interest for educators and students, as well as industry professionals, computer scientists, and engineering specialists in a wide variety of disciplines.

Title: Tech & Learning – November 2014
60 pages | English |Tech & Learning - November 2014 (True PDF)

For 30 years, Tech & Learning has served the K-12 education community with practical resources and expert strategies for transforming education through integration of digital technologies. Tech & Learning is often used as a professional development tool to help educators across the board get up to speed with the newest technologies and products in order to best prepare students for the global digital workforce.

Note: All the books presented in this blog. Include the original cover and review provided by the publisher. This information is used to accurately promote and show respect for these resources, the authors and the publishers.

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Innovate my School

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There is an amazing site in the UK exploring educational technology. It is called Innovate My School.innovatemyschool_logo.png

Innovate My School inspires the education sector by showcasing, through a range of platforms, the best in education innovation by teachers and industry experts from around the world.

Founded in January 2010, the Innovate My School community reaches more than 49,000 friends and followers through our unique events, partners, community update, Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook.

Email hello@innovatemyschool.com to learn more about how you can get involved with our passionate community.

IMS_Guide_Front-cover_400px_newWelcome to the 2015/16 edition of our annual IMS Guide.

This unique publication explores the potential benefits, pitfalls, future trends and learning outcomes for 10 hot topics in education, providing you with a warts-and-all view of how they can impact a school and, ultimately, the learning experience of the pupil.

They also have a ton of ICT guides on a vareity of topics. Join the community or just learn from their best practices

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Raspberry Pi used in Primary Classrooms

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The Raspberry Pi is a series of credit card–sized single-board computers developed in England, United Kingdom by the Raspberry Pi Foundation with the intent to promote the teaching of basic computer science in schools and developing countries. The original Raspberry Pi and Raspberry Pi 2 are manufactured in several board configurations through licensed manufacturing agreements, The hardware is the same across all manufacturers. In February 2016, the Raspberry Pi Foundation announced that they had sold eight million devices, making it the best selling UK personal computer, ahead of the Amstrad PCW.

Kids can use these inexpensive computers ( often <$50/per machine) to learn about computers or coding. Here are a couple of books that present processes and project to do both.

Title: Raspberry Pi for Kids For Dummies

Author: Richard Wentk
2015 | 352 Pages | ISBN: 1119049512
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Raspberry Pi For Kids For Dummies makes it easy for kids to set“up, operate, and troubleshoot like a Pi pro! Introducing you to Pi through a series of entertaining and inspiring projects, this handy, step“by“step guide shows you how to write computer games, build websites, make art and music, create electronic projects, and much more! From downloading the operating system and setting up your Raspberry Pi to creating art in Tux Paint and designing games with Scratch, everything you need to have fun with Pi is inside!Raspberry Pi For Kids For Dummies leaves the confusing tech talk behind and explains in plain English how to unleash all the cool possibilities of Pi, like playing Minecraft in Python, using HTML to make a website, managing and customizing your Raspberry Pi, playing music with Sonic Pi, and understanding and playing with the GPIO.If you²re aspiring computer programmer age 8“18 and want to start having fun with Pi, look no further The Raspberry Pi for kids (True PDF)than Raspberry Pi For Kids For Dummies.

Here is another, recent periodical that addresses the same phenomena.

Title: Raspberry Pi Projects for Kids 2nd Edition
Author: Daniel Bates
2015| ISBN: 1783982225 | 96 pages

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Technology today is growing rapidly, with all sorts of cool gadgets, applications, and games made thanks to the rise of computer programming. The Raspberry Pi is a crafty device that has promoted the teaching of basic computer science in schools, catching the attention of both young and old. Although learning to program offers a unique set of skills that allows you to explore your creative side, it has its own challenges, which may mean you will need a helping hand.

This handy guide will launch you into the world of computer programming by showing you how to build your own amazing applications. Raspberry Pi Projects for Kids contains several awesome projects for you to get hands-on with, including creating your own games, crafting your own simple electronics, and making your own interactive map. By learning how to use Scratch and Python in your programming, you will be a computer scientist in no time!

After you have become comfortable with setting up and playing with your Raspberry Pi, you will be transported into this exciting world of technology, where you will get to grips with using Scratch, Raspberry Pi s official programming language, in order to develop your own version of Angry Birds! After connecting new circuitry, lights, and switches to your Raspberry Pi, you will then get to use Scratch to create your own reaction game. See for yourself who s the quickest off the mark!)You will finally get to step things up by developing an interactive map of your own hometown using the Python programming language. You will be working for Google before you know it!

This book will teach you everything you need to know about using your Raspberry Pi in order to develop your own games, applications, and electronic circuits. It s time to have your Pi and eat it, because you will be able to create virtually anything you like.

Note: All the books presented in this blog. Include the original cover and review provided by the publisher. This information is used to accurately promote and show respect for these resources, the authors and the publishers.

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Periodical -Intelligent Instuctor

Intelligent Instructor — March 2016

English | 68 Pages

Intelligent Instructor is a new, completely independent, monthly magazine for the whole driver training industry, edited by renowned industry commentator and journalist, Paul Caddick.

Packed within the 68 pages you’ll find industry news and discussion, in-depth features, training tips and techniques, business and marketing ideas, new technology, motoring news and car reviews, regulation and legislation, CPD information, as well as the latest products and services for your career.

Homepage: intelligentinstructor.co.uk

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Cultural Literacy

Cultural literacy is a term coined by E. D. Hirsch , referring to the ability to understand and participate fluently in a given culture. Cultural literacy is an analogy to literacy proper (the ability to read and write letters). A literate reader knows the object-language’s alphabet, grammar, and a sufficient set of vocabulary; a culturally literate person knows a given culture’s sicultural literacy_covgns and symbols, including its language, particular dialectic, stories,[1] entertainment, idioms, idiosyncrasies, and so on.

The culturally literate person is able to talk to and understand others of that culture with fluency, while the culturally illiterate person fails to understand culturally-conditioned allusions, references to past events, idiomatic expressions, jokes, names, places, etc.

 

Hirsch came out with a series of subsequent books for Kindergarten up to Grade 6, in 1994, on what kids should know in particular grades. This series was revised and update in 2007 and then in 2014. Here are two examples from the recent updated series.

What Your First Grader Needs to Know (Revised and Updated): Fundamentals of a Good First-Grade EducationTitle: What Your First Grader Needs to Know (Revised and Updated): Fundamentals of a Good First-Grade Education

Author: E.D. Hirsch Jr.
ISBN: 0553392387 | 2014 | 512 pages


Give your child a smart start with the revised and updated
What Your First Grader Needs to Know

What will your child be expected to learn in the first grade? How can you help him or her at home? How can teachers foster active, successful learning in the classroom? This book answers these all-important questions and more, offering the specific shared knowledge that hundreds of parents and teachers across the nation have agreed upon for American first graders. Featuring a new Introduction, filled with opportunities for reading aloud and fostering discussion, this first-grade volume of the acclaimed Core Knowledge Series presents the sort of knowledge and skills that should be at the core of a challenging first-grade education. Inside you’ll discover

• Favorite poems—old and new, such as “The Owl and the Pussycat,” “Wynken, Blynken, and Nod,” and “Thirty Days Hath September”
• Beloved stories—from many times and lands, including a selection of Aesop’s fables, “Hansel and Gretel,” “All Stories Are Anansi’s,” “The Tale of Peter Rabbit,” and more
• Familiar sayings and phrases—such as “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you” and “Practice makes perfect”
• World and American history and geography—take a trip down the Nile with King Tut and learn about the early days of our country, including the story of Jamestown, the Pilgrims, and the American Revolution
• Visual arts—fun activities plus full-color reproductions of masterworks by Leonardo da Vinci, Vincent van Gogh, Paul Cézanne, Georgia O’Keeffe, and others
• Music—engaging introductions to great composers and music, including classical music, opera, and jazz, as well as a selection of favorite children’s songs
• Math—a variety of activities to help your child learn to count, add and subtract, solve problems, recognize geometrical shapes and patterns, and learn about telling time
• Science—interesting discussions of living things and their habitats, the human body, the states of matter, electricity, our solar system, and what’s inside the earth, plus stories of famous scientists such as Thomas Edison and Louis Pasteur

Title: What Your Second Grader Needs to Know (Revised and Updated): Fundamentals of a Good Second-Grade Education

Author: E.D. Hirsch Jr.
ISBN: 0553392409 | 2014 | 528 pages


whatyour2nd_covGive your child a smart start with the revised and updated
What Your Second Grader Needs to Know

What will your child be expected to learn in the second grade? How can you help him or her at home? This book answers these all-important questions and more, offering the specific shared knowledge that hundreds of parents and teachers across the nation have agreed upon for American second graders. Designed for parents and teachers to enjoy with children, featuring a new Introduction, this second-grade volume of the Core Knowledge Series presents the knowledge and skills that should be at the core of a challenging second-grade education, including

• Favorite poems—old and new, from “Caterpillars” to Gwendolyn Brooks’s prizewinning “Rudolph Is Tired of the City”
• Literature—from around the world, with African folktales, American tall tales, European fairy tales, and classic myths from ancient Greece
• Learning about language—the basic building blocks of written English, all explained with a touch of humor and common sense
• World and American history and geography—visit Japan, explore ancient Greece, travel the Underground Railroad with Harriet Tubman
• Visual arts—with activities and full-color illustrations of masterworks by El Greco, Van Gogh, Matisse, and others
• Music—basic theory, great composers, instruments, and fun-to-sing songs such as “I’ve Been Working on the Railroad” and “Do-Re-Mi”
• Math—challenging lessons ranging from telling time to doing fractions, numbers to 100, and a first look at geometry
• Science—the cycle of life and the seasons, levers and magnets, the wonder of the human body, and more, with lots of hands-on activities and stories about famous scientists

The question that interests me is what is the technology portion of Cultural literacy and how has it changed in the year 3 decades since Hirsch coined the phrase.

There is a fabulous article in the online NewYork Times. by May 24, 2014) called “Faking Cultural Literacy” . It talks about changes in our behaviours around “knowing things”, based on access to an increasingly Google-available global literacy. What i am more interested in is the actual digital cultural literacy that is required of us by the society we live in. Even more than this, I want to know how we are teaching this literacy in our schools and at home.

Eric Liu (Jul 3, 2015) wrote an article called “What Every American Should Know: Defining common cultural literacy for an increasingly diverse nation” in The Atlantic. He reopens the discussion about what Hirsch has said and restates the compelling need to know and teach Cultural Literacy.