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.
Do girls need special attention when it comes to science, math, and technology topics? In response to last week’s article about Techbridge, the after-school science program specifically geared to girls, some readers strongly refuted the notion that girls need the extra nudge. “‘Steering’ something suggests directing it in a path it would not normally, of […]
Flickr:FontFont Innovative educator Lisa Nielsen has been working toward the ideal school day of the future for a while now. In her inspirational blog, she pushes the boundaries of traditional ideas about progress, thinking ten steps ahead while being firmly grounded in today’s realities. When I asked her about her ideas the future school day, […]
Adding to our report of apps for autism, here’s a list of 10 useful applications for iPhone and iPads, as listed by Gadgets DNA. The key to the value of all of these tools is communication. Creating pictures, flashcards, voice recordings, and being able to express feelings with the use of these tools is thought […]
By Sara Bernard The many bells and whistles of e-readers are fun to use, but for dyslexics, they can be essential tools for basic reading. For example, the book reader for the iPad has a text-to-speech feature built in called VoiceOver and the Intel Reader can take pictures of text and convert it into audio […]
What if each student had her own teacher at school? Would she benefit from individual attention, progressing at her own pace, learning the way that best suited her? Clearly, it’s economically and physically impossible to provide each student a separate teacher, but technology can be a powerful tool in helping that process along. In today’s […]
What place do video games have in a classroom? Aren’t they just a distracting waste of time for kids who should be memorizing multipication tables? Sara Corbett eloquently answers these questions in her illuminating article in the New York Times, which aptly sums up some of the controversies around bringing technology into the education system. […]
The Echo Smartpen The recently released Echo Smartpen, a high-tech pen that would impress the likes of James Bond, could be a helpful tool for kids with learning disabilities. Just a few of its superpowers: Holds 400 to 800 hours of recorded audio. Transfers written notes and audio to your computer. Built–in speaker plays back […]