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.
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The famous rivalry between Google and Apple is finding its way into schools, and Google is looking to dethrone the famous iPad with its new Google Play for Education, a suite of apps and management tools that will be available to teachers and students this fall.
Crowdsourcing tools are slowly working their way into the education policy world, designed to give teachers and school district employees more say on big decisions that affect their school environment. One site called for employees to submit ideas that could help improve the safety of students and staff at school.
Though computer programming is becoming more important, many K-12 schools don’t offer classes. Now commercial products are starting to offer at-home learning, offering sleek new platforms focused on teaching how to think like a computer programmer.
With just a few keystrokes on the computer students can try their own hand at mixing science with art by controlling small telescopes that take pictures of planets, stars, galaxies, asteroids, nebulas and other astronomical objects. They can then use those images to create their own artistic renditions of the cosmos through the MicroObservatory Robotic Telescope Network, a group of five automated telescopes controlled online.
We don’t want iPads to just become replacements for notebooks and textbooks, we want them to be objects to think with. We want students using them to mess around with the world around them and their courses of study. Here are ideas on how to use iPads to create and document in order to cement what students are learning.
Web-based tools continue to proliferate, giving teachers more to add to their arsenal, but it can be hard to determine which resources are worth spending time exploring. At the International Society of Technology in Education (ISTE) conference this year, two early adopters of ed-tech tools offered a quick run through of some favorite apps. Here’s what they noted as the top tools to try.
For educators looking to integrate iPads, iPods and other mobile devices, here are eight must-have apps that will make life easier to do things like move files, capture lectures, read PDFs, and much more.
A recent survey of students shows they aren’t able to access the full range of learning tools available to them due to firewalls that keep them from social networks and a range of websites, as well as school restrictions on their smartphones.
A startup charity is hoping to create a mobile learning library in the cloud that can help turn access to tablets, smartphones, and legacy phones into useful content at resource-starved schools in developing countries.