Curriculum

Visualizing Oceans of Data: Ocean Tracks - A Case Study

Thu, 12/31/2015

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In 2013, EDC's Oceans of Data Institute team published Visualizing Oceans of Data, which communicated the findings of a two-year NSF-funded study (Ocean Tracks) that gathered knowledge relevant to the design of educational interfaces to large online scientific data sets. Because the online availability of large scientific data sets is still a relatively recent and rapidly growing phenomenon, the authors knew there was still much to learn and report on.

This case study features the guidelines that emerged as the most relevant and important to engaging students with the Ocean Tracks data and curriculum

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47 pp.

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The Power and Promise of a Digital Tool for Teaching Inquiry Science

Tue, 03/15/2016

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EDC researchers Katherine Paget, Jackie Miller, and Bill Tally

This white paper, one in a series of three, focuses on EDC's National Science Foundation (NSF)-funded Electronic Teacher Guide (eTG) project–an initiative to redesign a print teacher guide for the genetics unit of EDC's Foundation Science: Biology high school curriculum and to research its use by teachers. This paper presents findings from two case studies of teachers' implementation of the eTG in their high school science classrooms.

The Power and Promise of a Digital Tool for Teaching Inquiry Science

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19 pp.

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Why a Digital Teacher Guide?

Tue, 03/15/2016

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EDC researchers Jackie Miller and Kathy Paget

This white paper, one in a series of three, focuses on EDC's National Science Foundation (NSF)-funded Electronic Teacher Guide (eTG) project–an initiative to redesign a print teacher guide for the genetics unit of EDC's Foundation Science: Biology high school curriculum and to research its use by teachers.

A teacher and students viewing a digital teacher guide on a laptop.

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14 pp.

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Challenges to Using the Regression Discontinuity Design in Educational Evaluations: Lessons From the Transition to Algebra Study

Fri, 03/04/2016

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Josephine Louie, Christopher Rhoads, June Mark

Interest in the regression discontinuity (RD) design as an alternative to randomized control trials (RCTs) has grown in recent years. There is little practical guidance, however, on conditions that would lead to a successful RD evaluation or the utility of studies with underpowered RD designs. This article describes the use of RD design to evaluate the impact of EDC's supplemental algebra readiness curriculum, Transition to Algebra, on students’ mathematics outcomes.

Portion of  chart of MCAS8 scores

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27 pp.

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Adobe Youth Voices App

Tue, 02/02/2016

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Wendy Rivenburgh, with contributions from Tony Streit, Kate Goddard, and Adobe Foundation staff

Developed for Adobe by EDC, the AYV Story app provides a close-up view of the experiences of the youth media makers and educators who participated in the Adobe Foundation’s Adobe Youth Voices (AYV) initiative. Throughout AYV’s nine-year history,  EDC provided a range of support—including training design, community management, and materials development—to achieve Adobe’s vision to increase creativity in education and equip 13- to 19-year-old youth media makers to create social change through the power of digital storytelling.

Adobe Youth Voices youth media making

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PowerUp What Works

Tue, 03/10/2015

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AIR, CAST, and Education Development Center's Power Up What Works Team (Judy Zorfass, Naomi Hupert, Eric Karnowski, Tina Bloom, Neil Schiavo, Kimberly Elliott)

AIR, CAST, and EDC developed this interactive professional learning environment that builds the capacity of teachersand leaders to use evidence-based practices, universal design for learning (UDL) principles, and technology to improve student engagement, motivation, and outcomes in mathematics and English language arts. The toolkit has a special focus on supporting educators in helping students—especially struggling students and those with disabilities—meet the Common Core State Standards.

Free Professional Development PowerUp What Works

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STEM Smart Workshop

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02/01/2016
San Francisco, CA

From 8:30 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. PT, the National Science Foundation (NSF) and EDC invite administrators, researchers, policy-makers, and all who are interested in effective STEM education to take part in the free, NSF-sponsored STEM Smart Workshop at the Hilton San Francisco-Financial District. Led and organized by EDC, this event will provide rich learning and networking opportunities as you explore the NSF's K-12 research and resources with a special emphasis on standards-based instruction in science.

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Registration Open for NSF-Sponsored STEM Smart Event in San Francisco

Photo of Barbara Brauner Berns

On February 1, the National Science Foundation (NSF) is sponsoring a STEM Smart Workshop featuring national STEM education experts at the Hilton San Francisco-Financial District. Led and organized by EDC, the workshop, Focus on Instructional Materials, is free and registration is now open to educators, administrators, researchers, policy makers, industry representatives, and all others.

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MassCAN Briefing Book

Fri, 01/01/2016

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Jim Stanton, Steve Vinter, Tripp Jones

Founded in 2013, the Massachusetts Computing Attainment Network (MassCAN) is a partnership of organizations collaborating to inspire and educate students in the field of computer science and prepare them to lead and innovate in a future economy that will be dependent on and driven by computer technology. In this Briefing Book, the leaders of MassCAN describe the goals, key accomplishments, and future directions of the partnership. The Briefing Book also includes extensive information about the current status of computer science education in Massachusetts and the U.S.

computer science education

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56 pp.

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Broadening Participation—Making STEM Learning Relevant and Rigorous for All Students

Thu, 12/31/2015

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This brief reviews findings from a number of recent studies, including NAEP and ACT, along with a series of reports, which reveal critical STEM learning opportunity gaps for students from underrepresented groups and a need to strengthen STEM education for all students. Featuring insights from leading researchers, the brief describes National Science Foundation Discovery Research K-12 projects that are identifying strategies to improve STEM instruction, remove barriers to effective STEM learning for members of underrepresented groups, and strengthen K-12 STEM education for all students.

Broadening participation in STEM

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9 pp.

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