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.
Where the Educational Game Industry Went Wrong The spotlight has been shining on media and gaming in the education innovation scene in recent years. And while many tout the virtues of what games and media can teach kids, we know it’s just as important to give kids enough time to play outside. In this essay, […]
Applying African-American boys’ passion for sports video games toward building confidence in a learning environment. This fascinating article by Liz Losh on Digital Media & Learning looks at how video games as learning motivator can be a completely different experience for different cultures. A recent report on educational achievement among young black males describes a […]
I’m still buzzing from the fantastic Digital Media & Learning Conference in Long Beach last week. I’ll report back on some of the sessions I attended over the course of the week, but I wanted to kick it off with this inspirational talk by Dr. Elizabeth Losh. Losh is director of academic programs at University […]
In the aftermath of the biggest oil spill in American history last year, a group of teachers decided to provide a forum for students to record the devastating effects on their communities, environment, and culture. The following excerpt, from Spotlight on Digital Media and Learning, describes how educators used digital media to create an interactive, […]
By Sara Bernard Over the past five years, more than 27,000 students from Australia to Senegal to San Francisco have made films and other media about a wide range of subjects — from young refugees, to how to improve public education in the U.S., to environmental preservation, racial and gender discrimination, and more. They’ve produced […]