The newly revised guide for teachers, “Exchange 2.0 Technology-Enabled International Interaction,” has just been released. The guide was originally developed for the U.S. Department of Education and is now hosted by the Connect All Schools.
Nielsen released a report on how the Class of 2011 engages with media, finding that — no surprise — teens out-text any other age group, more than doubling the rate of the next highest age group. (That’s an average of 3364 texts per month for 13-17 year olds and about 1640 for 18-24 year olds.) Although teens are the heaviest users of mobile video, they watch less television than any other age group.
Note-taking app Evernote introduced a new app this week, Evernote Peek. It’s the first app of its kind, taking advantage of the new Smart Cover for iPad. The app lets you turn your Evernote notes into flash cards, quizzing yourself using the Smart Cover to hide the answers.
Apple released an update to its e-books app, iBooks. Among the new features is a built-in “read aloud” option for select children’s books.
The Kauffman Foundation‘s new education technology accelerator program graduated its inaugural class of start-ups this week. The 23 participating entrepreneurs had participated in a four-month long program.
SwoopThat, a new launch, promises an easier way to comparison-shop for textbooks. The student-built site pulls course information and helps locate the places where the cheapest versions of textbooks can be found, assessing new and used books, rentals and e-books, as well.
It’s estimated that only about 10 percent of K-12 schools teach computer science. Some companies are trying to fill a void in American public education by teaching kids computer programming basics. The push comes amid projections that there will be far more tech sector jobs than computer science graduates to fill them.
In this demo-filled talk MIT’s Mitch Resnick, one of the main creators of the kids coding program called Scratch, outlines the benefits of teaching kids to code, so they can do more than just “read” new technologies — but also create them. “As kids are creating projects like this, they’re learning to code, but even […]
Skills used for programming could also be used for a wide range of careers, such as constructing meteorological simulations, making financial predictions, or creating personalized online learning curricula.
TB By Sheena Vaidyanathan Deep into the digital age, the need for everyone to understand and learn programming is becoming more and more apparent. Codecademy, Coursera and other education start-ups are stepping in to fill the much-needed gap to teach adults to code. For kids, non-profits like CodeNow are raising funds to run summer programming […]
Flickr: AngryJulieMonday By Heather Chaplin Since MIT’s Lifelong Kindergarten group released Scratch in 2007, kids ages 8 to 13 have built more than 2.2 million animations, games, music, videos and stories using the kid-friendly programming language. Scratch allows kids to snap together graphical blocks of instructions, like Lego bricks, to control sprites—the movable objects that […]