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.
Technology is revolutionizing the world of education – replacing familiar classroom tools and changing the way we learn. MindShift explores the future of learning in all its dimensions – covering cultural and technology trends, groundbreaking research, education policy and more. The site is curated by Tina Barseghian, a journalist and the mother of a grade-schooler.
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As media becomes more prevalent in kids’ lives, parents are grappling with the potential benefits and pitfalls of screen time — what’s just the right amount, what’s truly educational, what’s beneficial, and what’s detrimental. To get a better understanding of parents’ attitudes around kids’ educational media, the Joan Ganz Cooney Center surveyed 1,577 parents of kids ages 2 to 10 years old, including a representative group of African American and Latino parents.
This short and powerful video describes all the many reasons we crave sugar. It’s not only a great video to show science students (though older ones — drugs are mentioned too), it’s a fascinating look into how our bodies work for anyone who’s interested.
Questions arise about the conclusions drawn from the famous Marshmallow Study.
Lots of interesting fodder for conversation in this PBS Newshour piece, which attempts to put the evolution of the Common Core in context with current changes. Key points raised in the discussion include the role of standardized testing, teachers’ apprehension around Common Core assessments, and renewed attention and focus on teacher education programs.
OpenIDEO “How might be inspire young people to cultivate their creative confidence?” That was the challenge posed by OpenIDEO several months ago: asking participants to “design fun, inspiring and new ways to help teenagers and young adults around the world preserve and nurture their own creative confidence. At a time when our world faces unprecedented […]
Created by Dr. Sugata Mitra, this step-by-step guide will help teachers and parents ignite kids’ curiosity and learn about the world through self-discovery, sharing, and spontaneity.
We all know by now that meditating benefits us in all kinds of ways. But who has time to meditate? Author Martin Boroson suggests that taking just one moment out of our busy days to meditate can get us started on the path to becoming more focused and better able to deal with life’s events. All it takes is one moment. Who can’t spare just one moment?
In addition to the many reasons listed as to why teachers quit their profession in this article, the author also identifies why they stay: “Those schools that do a far better job of managing and coping with and responding to student behavioral issues have far better teacher retention,” says [educator and researcher Richard Ingersoll]. And, […]