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6 years ago
Walking into a school in the Eanes Independent School District (ISD) in Texas might be a little disorienting at first. After all, these classrooms are not made up of wooden desks lined up in discrete, isolated rows. Instead, students sit in rolling chairs with attached desks that allow them to wheel themselves around the room, free to rearrange into constantly changing groups. The walls are bright shades of green or orange, and the glass paneling that ...
6 years ago
Years ago, having a pen pal was actually quite common, whether it be someone from across the country or across the world. But as snail mail took a backseat to email and cell phone communications, the prevalence of pen pal relationships has faded significantly. Penpal Schools is trying to change that, but with an added educational bonus. As an organization that works to connect students from across the globe wit...
6 years ago
What do edtech and gardens have in common? They’re both being used to introduce new hands-on elements to schools. While edtech takes up a great deal of space in media coverage, gardens are not quite so ubiquitous. But Real School Gardens is looking to change that. These learning gardens are meant to be a way for schools to foster a sense of community between teachers and students and to create a resource for class curricula. Science teachers ...
6 years ago
With the advent of virtual reality technology like Google Cardboard and Google's Expedition Pioneers Program, we are seeing virtual reality technology become more minimalistic. Years ago, sci-fi films showed virtual reality headsets as enormous, clunky machines that weighed down users' heads. More recently, these headsets have become much sleeker. With Google Cardboard, the "technology" is nothing more than a paper case to hold your smartphone in fro...
6 years ago
With more courses using online learning management systems, whether through fully online or blended learning models, there is a growing need to optimize course design for these types of models. Although learning management systems provide the opportunity to extract a great deal of data, the way researchers derive meaning from the data is nebulous. A researcher from Greece investigated students enrolled in a university course on in...
6 years ago
When musicians come together for a jam session, no one wants to be the one who has to carry two guitars, an amp, and a drum set to the other side of town. And when the rehearsal is over, there usually isn’t much room for more collaboration once everyone goes their separate ways. With the aid of online platforms and technology, musicians might have another way to make collaborative music composition more accessible and streamlined.
6 years ago
Milo is a robot made of a material that the creators at Robokind call "frubber" or "face rubber." It is designed to make Milo look more human-like, which lends itself to the robot’s ultimate goal: interact with students across autism spectrum disorders (ASD). Teachers can bring this technology into the classroom through the "Me and my Milo experience" wherein students engage with Milo to exercise social skills. Not only do students benefit f...
6 years ago
Roots + Wings School of Art and Design in North Carolina is part of a larger movement to include the letter ‘A’ in the oft-used term STEM. Through its Innovation Hour program, Roots + Wings is bringing art and design concepts directly into the classroom. Innovation Hour seeks to connect art with Common Core standards in order to promote modern skills like innovation and collaboration. Roots + Wings’ teaching artists enter the c...
6 years ago
When Brian Mooney sought to teach his students Toni Morrison’s The Bluest Eye using To Pimp A Butterfly, he perhaps had not expected to have Kendrick Lamar directly become a part of the learning experience. But after blogging about his experience engaging his English students by writing essays, poetry, and rap lyrics using both the novel and Lamar’s music, Mooney caught the attention of Lamar—and the rapper decided to visit the school. "If ou...
6 years ago
With many edtech conversations now focusing on how to bring social media into schools to support learning, teachers are more frequently incorporating not just Twitter, but also Instagram and Vine. But with platforms like Vine driving attention to viral rather than informational content, is this really the most beneficial way to integrate social media? Vine videos frequently feature physical comedy and slapstick humor, people tripping and cats falling off t...