Technology & Learning

Augmented Reality: Good for Schools?

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Heidi Larson specializes in virtual education, online collaboration, educational technology, and professional development. For over 10 years, she has advanced the efforts of EDC initiatives in these and other key aspects of education reform. Heidi is the Ed Tech Community of Practice lead for Investing in Innovation (i3) Fund grantees. Recently, she also developed online instructional modules about the use of social media in growing a business for EDC’s Social Technology Enabled Professional program. One of Heidi’s interests is how mobile technology and social media can benefit teaching and learning for educators and administrators, as well as students. In this post, she discusses the potential role of augmented reality in schools and shares findings from one of her investigations.

Heidi Larson specializes in virtual education, online collaboration, educational technology, and professional development. For over 10 years, she has advanced the efforts of EDC initiatives in these and other key aspects of education reform.

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Technology Can Aid Some Development, Decision-Making

This article cites findings from two of EDC's Ready To Learn studies in a comprehensive discussion of the benefits and potential challenges of using technology as a tool to enhance learning and teaching: "Recently, a study from the Education Development Center and the Congress-supported Ready To Learn Initiative reported a curriculum that included digital media could improve early literacy skills when there is a strong teacher and parental involvement. The study on younger children, the 4- and 5-year-olds, showed gains in letter recognition sounds that matched letters and gains in understanding basic concepts about stories...Another education study by the Education Department Center found children from low-income families are better prepared to succeed in kindergarten when their preschool teachers include education videos and games, courtesy of the Ready To Learn Initiative."

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The Hays Daily News

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Tue, 09/15/2015

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Tuning In To Adult Literacy

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Noah Goodman brings a background in bilingual education and communications to his work for EDC’s Center for Children & Technology. Noah contributes to R&D that advances knowledge of the role that technology can play in enhancing learning and teaching—including helping educators foster learners’ literacy skills, from prekindergarten through adulthood. He also plays a key role in building and sustaining online communities of learners. Currently, Noah is the Director of Teacher Outreach for Zoom In!—a new, free online resource that supports history teachers in engaging students in investigating compelling historical questions and helps teachers build students’ academic reading and writing skills.In this post, written in celebration of National Adult Education and Family Literacy Week 2015 (September 21-26), Noah spotlights TV411.ORG—EDC’s free online resource for adults and adult educators.

Noah Goodman brings a background in bilingual education and communications to his work for EDC’s Center for Children & Technology. Noah contributes to R&D that advances knowledge of the role that technology can play in enhancing learning and teaching—including helping educators foster learners’ literacy skills, from prekindergarten through adulthood. He also plays a key role in building and sustaining online communities of learners.

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EDC to Lead Studies of Next Phase of CPB and PBS Ready To Learn-Funded Initiative

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As part of a new, multi-million dollar Ready To Learn grant from the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Innovation and improvement, EDC will lead the program of research on the next phase of the CPB's and PBS’ innovative media initiative to support the learning needs of children in low-income communities.

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Fostering and Maintaining Interest in Engineering

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Bernadette Sibuma brings expertise in educational research and evaluation, cognition, instructional technologies, and human-computer interaction to her work for the STEM Learning and Research Center at EDC (STELAR). Her research interests include how we can enhance STEM learning, how to effectively use technology to promote people's learning and deepen their understanding, and how different interface designs affect cognitive processes and learning outcomes. In this post, Bernadette shares some highlights from a 2015 American Educational Research Association (AERA) symposium that presented promising approaches to engineering education identified by National Science Foundation (NSF) Innovative Technology Experiences for Students and Teachers (ITEST) projects.

Bernadette Sibuma brings expertise in educational research and evaluation, cognition, instructional technologies, and human-computer interaction to her work for the STEM Learning and Research Center at EDC (STELAR).

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Computer Science Success Strategies

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12/10/2015
Free Online Event

From 3:00 to 4:00 p.m ET, in honor of Computer Science Education Week (December 7-13, 2015), join the STEM Learning and Research Center at EDC (STELAR) for the free webinar, Success Strategies for Integrating Computer Science in STEM. Although there is increasing national awareness of the importance of developing computer science skills and knowledge in students of all ages, it is challenging to effectively integrate computer science into existing STEM programming.

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ITEST Projects: How to Address Career Ed

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09/24/2015
Free Online Event

From 3:00 to 4:00 p.m. ET, join staff from the STEM Learning and Research Center at EDC (STELAR) for the free webinar, "How to Address Workforce/Career Education in Your Innovative Technology Experiences for Students and Teachers (ITEST) Project." One hallmark of the ITEST Program is its commitment to helping youth learn about and pursue STEM and STEM-related careers.

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2015 ITEST Solicitation

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09/15/2015
Free Online Event

From 3:00 to 4:00, the STEM Learning and Research Center at EDC (STELAR) will host an informational webinar to discuss the 2015 National Science Foundation (NSF) Innovative Technology Experiences for Students and Teachers (ITEST) solicitation (proposals are due on November 13, 2015).

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Harvesting A Sea of Data

Tue, 07/28/2015

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Amy Busey, Ruth Krumhansl, Julianne Mueller-Northcott, Josephine Louie, Randy Kochevar, Kira Krumhansl, Virgil Zetterlind

This article provides a close-up look at EDC's and Stanford University's innnovative Ocean Tracks program. Ocean Tracks is a Web interface that provides students with free access to authentic data collected from migrating elephant seals, white sharks, albatross, tuna, drifting buoys, and satellites, as well as customized analysis tools modeled after those used by scientists.

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