In this blog post, several educators share their advice to help teachers use technology in the classroom. To begin, focus on the content or goal before determining what technology would help support it, says Danielle Herro, associate professor of digital media and learning at Clemson University.
Faculty and staff at Bates Middle School in Sumter, S.C., say the school achieved national STEM accreditation thanks to a "mindset change." Over the course of four years, the school added a variety of new electives, including financial literacy and robotics, and students took an active role in their own education, teachers and administrators say.
Educator "ambassadors" who receive free promotional items -- including products and services -- must publicize their relationship with the vendor and the product if they tout the items on social media, according to a recent determination by the Federal Trade Commission. This requirement is part of recent guidelines issued for social media influencers.
There's a lot of room for innovation in education, particularly in the edtech space, but everyone involved should continuously ask hard questions about what they're doing and why, writes Randy Weiner, CEO and co-founder of BrainQuake. Change requires resources and a certain degree of risk-taking, but education innovators should keep their priority on the educational outcomes of students, he writes.
There are five key ways that schools can nurture diverse voices and participation in STEM, according to Javier Aguilar, a bilingual technology teacher. In this blog post, he suggests adopting hands-on projects, prioritizing effort over correct answers and more.
Elementary schools teachers can build their STEM teaching skill sets by pairing with universities to bring professors in for professional development and into their classrooms to share math education research-based pedagogy, according to 100Kin10's Doing the Math report. This method also connects professors to the latest hands-on methods being used that they can share with their college students.
Online and on-campus classes differ in many areas such as student and faculty status and financial needs and keeping both types of class delivery healthy is vital, writes Robert Ubell, vice dean emeritus of online learning at New York University. "It's a case of sibling rivalry in which the digital younger child is aggressively outdoing her older, favored residential sister," he writes in this commentary.
Active shooter drills at schools could harm the psychological development of young students, asserts Melissa Reeves, a professor at Winthrop University and former president of the National Association of School Psychologists. In this interview, she describes how the drills can potentially trigger students who have experienced trauma and suggests schools practice lockdown procedures instead.
Technology is a tool that can enhance but does not replace quality teaching, according to long-time educator Anne Jenks. In this blog post, she and other educators share guidelines to help peers ensure that education technology contributes value to lessons and doesn't distract from learning.
The meaning of STEM varies state-by-state, with state legislatures adopting different working definitions. Nancy Butler Songer, professor of education at Drexel University in Philadelphia, says one key disagreement is whether its letters stand for the disciplines themselves or "a different approach to learning that involves collaboration, computational thinking, creativity, problem-solving, design thinking, etc."
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