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Young Learners and Technology

Fri, 09/01/2017

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Kimberly Elliott, Shelley Pasnik

EDC has found that digital resources, such as interactive mobile apps, online games with built-in assessments, and videos that tell compelling stories with a rich set of characters, can play productive roles in early teaching, learning, and health promotion. This fact sheet describes how we work with multi-sector partners to pioneer new ways to harness the power of digital tools to ensure all children and families thrive.

Young Learners and Technology

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Everyone's Worried About Fake News: What Can Teachers Do About It?

In this article, EDC experts Eliza Fabillar, Tony Streit, and Bill Tally share their insights on the crucial importance of teachers fostering students' media literacy, informed use of social media, and civil discourse: "Not only do teachers need to help their students understand the difference between real and fake news stories, but they need to guide them in learning how to consume, understand, and create media that is relevant to their lives...In a democratic society, it’s every teacher’s responsibility to educate their students on how to be citizens, and being able to make sense of media is a critical part of that education...We need to make media literacy instruction more nimble to better address the media environments in which young people are spending time. This means talking about social media and having real conversations about truth, ethics, and the responsibilities of digital citizenship..."

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EDC Newsroom

Publication Date: 

Mon, 08/21/2017

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Supporting Early Career STEM Education Researchers

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Catherine McCulloch leads national initiatives focused on bridging STEM research and practice to improve outcomes for students. She is the Principal Investigator of the National Science Foundation (NSF)-funded Community for Advancing Discovery Research in Education (CADRE) and STEM Smart, and a member of EDC’s Interactive STEM R+P Collaboratory team. In this post, Catherine discusses the need to better prepare and support early career STEM education researchers. Since its launch in 2008, CADRE has worked to meet this need through the CADRE Fellows Program and by publishing a wide array of resources. This post spotlights a comprehensive new resource, the CADRE Early Career Guide: Tips for Early Career STEM Education Researchers, that presents great advice on how to become a successful researcher in the field of STEM education that experienced NSF investigators have shared with CADRE Fellows. The guide also provides a close-up look at the CADRE Fellows Program.

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Math Is Integral to Early Childhood Learning

EDC’s Next Generation Preschool Math and Games for Young Mathematicians projects are spotlighted in the National Science Teachers Association blog post, “Math is Integral to Early Childhood STEM Learning.”

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National Science Teachers Association Blog

Publication Date: 

Wed, 07/19/2017

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What Does It Mean to Be Literate and Equitable in Engineering?

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Bernadette Sibuma brings more than a decade of experience in educational research and evaluation to the STEM Learning and Research Center.  With special expertise in cognition, instructional technologies, and human-computer interaction, Bernadette's research interests include how we can use technology to enhance science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) learning and how different interface designs affect cognitive processes and learning outcomes. In this post, originally published on the  STEM Learning and Research Center (STELAR) blog, Bernadette presents highlights from her attendance at the Literacies in Engineering for Access and Participation conference held in May, 2017. 

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Full-Contact Physics

This article traces the genesis and impacts of EDC's groundbreaking PSSC curriculum: "PSSC proved a turning point for U.S. science education. The program shifted the focus from everyday applications and technology to an appreciation for what scientists do, Rudolph says. Because of the PSSC, he says, “the goal of science education now is almost exclusively to help people understand the nature of science.,.Physics teacher Lana Jordan discovered a cabinet full of PSSC films—many of which she’d watched as a student—when she took up her post at Merced College 25 years ago. She has used them in her classes ever since, and she even secured a grant to have them digitized and published online. Her students love them, she says: “The ideas are eternal.””

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MIT Technology Review

Publication Date: 

Wed, 06/28/2017

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Interaction Design and Children's Conference

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06/28/2017
Stanford, CA

Naomi Hupert will join a panel at the 16th Interaction Design and Children Conference, at Stanford University, to discuss "Media Designers Meet Learning Science Researchers." The goal is to present the ways in which educational technology media designers and learning science researchers think about the design of learning resources. There will be a focus on how these two perspectives differ, and how both perspectives can be brought together to create more engaging, more effective learngin media resources.

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Early STEM Learning at EDC

Fri, 06/16/2017

Author(s): 

Education Development Center

This fact sheet provides a brief overview of some of EDC's work to ensure that all young children—and especially young children who live in low-income communities and are members of underrepresented groups—can access high-quality early STEM learning experiences that foster their school readiness and success. Features highlights from our research and evaluation, professional development, and instructional design initiatives.

Early STEM learning at EDC

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