Curriculum

New Book Helps Teachers Empower Students to Be Intentional, Active Math Learners

Susan Janssen Creighton

A new book written by four EDC experts in mathematics and formative assessment—Susan Janssen Creighton (shown at left), Cheryl Tobey, Emily Fagan, and Eric Karnowski—provides a process that teachers can use to actively engage students in assessing their learning and building the skills and knowledge they need to become self-regulating learners.

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Exploring the Potential of the Profile of Big-Data-Enabled Specialists

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Ruth Krumhansl is an expert in curriculum development, education research, science teaching, and applied science with a focus on using Internet-based tools to bring authentic scientific data into the K–16 classroom. She is the author of the 2014 high school curriculum EDC Earth Science and the Director of EDC’s Oceans of Data Institute. In her leadership of the Institute, Ruth is working to transform K–16 science education to ensure students’ data literacy and prepare them for college and career success—as well as lives as informed citizens—in a world of Big Data. In December 2014, the Institute published the first ever profile of the skills and knowledge needed to be successful as a big data specialist in a wide variety of fields. In this post, Ruth discusses the profile, reflects on the importance of data literacy, and shares some of the Institute’s next steps.

Ruth Krumhansl is an expert in curriculum development, education research, science teaching, and applied science with a focus on using Internet-based tools to bring authentic scientific data into the K–16 classroom.

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EDC Earth Science

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Developed by EDC with support from the National Science Foundation and published by LAB-AIDS, EDC Earth Science is a full year, activity-driven high school Earth Science course that is fully aligned to the Next Generation Science Framework. The curriculum guides teachers to engage students in active, inquiry-oriented learning and challenge them with provocative investigations and questions.

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Possible Worlds

Wed, 07/23/2014

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This free website has been named a "Site of the Week" by eSchool News. The site offers free digital games and instructional resources targeted to help middle school science teachers address students' persistent misconceptions.

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Partnerships for Computer Science Education: Improving Access at the K-12 Levels

Two EDC initiatives are featured in this press release that spotlights new commitments that will help give millions of K-12 students access to computer science education: "NSF announced an award of $5.4M to a partnership spanning the Education Development Center, University of California, Berkeley, New York City Foundation for Computer Science (CSNYC), and New York City Department of Education to develop curricular materials to teach AP CS Principles at the high school level...The Massachusetts Computing Attainment Network (MassCAN) is bringing the NSF-funded Exploring Computer Science course, which is rooted in research on equity in computer science, to all Massachusetts high schools. MassCAN announced their commitment to offer professional development to 3,000 teachers over the next 3 years."

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National Science Foundation

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Fri, 12/12/2014

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New NSF Grant Enables EDC to Test and Scale Computer Science Course in NYC

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EDC has received a $5.4 million Mathematics and Science Partnership grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to conduct an R&D initiative, Bringing a Rigorous Computer Science Principles Course to the Largest School System in the United States, that advances the NSF’s mission to broaden underrepresented groups’ participation in computing.

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WGBH, EDC, SRI Conduct Research on Preschool Tablet Use to Develop Series of "Next Generation Preschool Math" Mobile Applications

Education Development Center and SRI International's four-year, NSF-funded research project, "Next Generation Preschool Math" (NGPM), has contributed to the development of a new app for preschoolers--"Early Math with Gracie and Friends"--that is now available in the Apple App Store. This article notes: "The NGPM project offers the first substantive examination of the value tablets and other mobile technology can offer in early learning environments. WGBH partnered with the Education Development Center (EDC) and SRI International on the NGPM project. WGBH, EDC and SRI International all played vital roles to develop the Gracie and Friends apps, build a complementary curriculum that integrates the technology with 46 original hands-on and traditional classroom activities, and create a digital Teacher's Guide that will be released in early 2015...'Technology is becoming more and more prevalent, as the tools become smaller, more affordable, and include touch-screen technology,' said Ashley Lewis Presser, EDC's senior research associate. 'The key is being able to leverage the benefits of tablets in ways that remain developmentally appropriate for fostering young children's learning, developing other skills such as collaboration, and doing all this in a fun and engaging manner.'"

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Thu, 10/30/2014

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Electronic Teacher Guide Prototype

Wed, 04/23/2014

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Jackie Miller (PI), Bill Tally (co-PI), Katherine F. Paget, John Parris, Irene Baker

This is a prototype electronic teacher's guide for a 12-week genetics unit in the National Science Foundation-funded curriculum titled Foundation Science: Biology. The guide, which is based on an existing print guide, has a flexible design that anticipates and meets the curriculum planning and support needs of teachers with different knowledge/skills profiles. EDC's goal in designing this prototype is to develop a cybertool to help teachers plan and teach their curriculum, reflect on its execution, and enhance their teaching practice.

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