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By Corinne Lestch
A leading edtech association has released its new strategic plan, focusing heavily on using technology to personalize learning for all students and to empower educators.
The State Educational Technology Directors Association, which is hosting its annual summit this week in Maryland, prioritized a new plan that includes advocacy, state action, strategic partnerships, professional learning, communications and operations.
“Educational technology has truly become an integral part of teaching and learning in the Digital Age,” said Candice Dodson, board chair and director of eLearning at the Indiana Department of Education. “SETDA is proud to be the national leadership organization supporting all states to advance education through technology policy and practice.”
3 challenges to OER implementation (continued) (eSchool News)
Open educational resources (OER) have made their presence known in education, with teachers and administrators voicing their excitement over free resources that are easily shared and adapted.
In fact, the movement has grown so much that it has received federal attention. The U.S. Department of Education’s #GoOpen campaign encourages states, school districts and educators to use open educational resources.
Google: Girls Can Do Great Things With Code (U.S. News & World Report)
By Amy Golod
Rose Broome, founder and chief executive officer of HandUp, grew up in California’s Silicon Valley, playing in computer server rooms and making backup tapes. As an undergraduate at Santa Clara University, she studied computer science and business computing as an information systems student, but then switched disciplines. Graduating with a degree in campaign management, Broome thought that it would enable her to do more community-focused work, such as public health messaging.
Education Secretary John King Calls for More Civic Education (U.S.News & World Report)
By Dan Waldman
The key to ending police brutality and quell racial tensions in the country is through civic education, Secretary of Education John King said Wednesday.
Speaking at the National Press Club, King said promoting “democracy was one of the original goals of public education,” and schools and colleges must educate students about their role in democracy and help America’s youth become problem-solvers.
He said students need to be able to tackle problems of homelessness, water pollution and police tensions, among other issues facing the nation. And solving those issues starts in schools.
A Plan to Teach Every Child Computer Science (The Atlantic)
By Emily Deruy
More and more jobs are requiring some knowledge about how computers work. Not just how to start one up and surf the web, but how they actually run, how—at the simplest level—a series of inputs leads to a series of particular outputs.
Yet, across the United States, few children are being taught even the basics of computer science. It’s a discipline left largely to the self-motivated YouTube watchers and the kids lucky enough to be born into tech-minded families with resources.
White House welcomes young science advisers (Washington Post)
By Alexandra Matos
When 9-year-old Jacob Leggette asked President Obama whether he had a kid science adviser on staff, he mostly was just striking up conversation with the world leader at the White House Science Fair, where he was showing off models of toys he created with a 3-D printer. Jacob never dreamed that the suggestion would get serious consideration.
On Friday, Jacob was at the White House again, this time meeting with the country’s top scientists as one of the president’s new Kid Science Advisors. Jacob, of Baltimore, joined 10 other students from around the country who were among the 2,500 students who submitted ideas about science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education to the White House.
DoE compiles new report on using tech with young learners (eSchool News)
Policy brief offers suggestions for educators, researchers, and tech developers
When it comes to using technology with the youngest learners, educators have tried for years to strike a balance between what kinds, if any, and how much.
Now the federal departments of Education and Health and Human Services are throwing in their two cents with the release of a new policy brief on the subject, which advocates active, meaningful, and socially interactive learning for kids up to eight years old.
The brief is intended as a helpful resource for educators and others caring for young children, but is also directed at researchers and technology developers, highlighting topics for further research and encouraging the development of research-based products.