Technology & Learning

EDC and Crystal Bridges Launch New Online Scholar Program

Kirsten Peterson

With help from EDC, Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art has launched the Crystal Bridges Online Scholar Program, an all-expense-paid, four-week course for arts and humanities educators who work with learners in grades 9 and up. Applications for the first session in summer 2017 are due April 25. Applications for the second session in late summer/early fall 2017 are due June 30.

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EDC Expert Featured in Family Engagement Panel at WQED Institute

Naomi Hupert

EDC Research Scientist Naomi Hupert (at left) was a featured panelist in the WQED Institute for Digital Innovation, Education and Family Engagement. During the Institute, Hupert discussed findings from EDC’s research on the role that technology can play in helping families and teachers promote young children’s school readiness and success.

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Institute for Digital Innovation, Education, and Family Engagement

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04/25/2017
Pittsburgh, PA

Naomi Hupert will be a guest speaker at the 2017 WQED Institute for Digital Innovation, Education and Family Engagement in-depth sessions on the use of Digital Innovation as a new approach in Family Engagement.  Using these sessions as a model, strategies will be examined for use across the country in moving this new Education practice into action.

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States All Over the Map On Setting Computer Science Policy

This article spotlights a new report, "State of the States Landscape Report: State-Level Policies Supporting Equitable K-12 Computer Science Education," co-authored by EDC and partners. The authors quote EDC Senior Project Director Jim Stanton, who is the lead author of the report: Stanton said that educators basically have to "build the plane while flying it," as computer science has a much shorter history and is less established as a discipline in schools than other subjects. But, he said, "there's been such an extraordinary transformation in our world and economy just over the past 15 years. Tech is ubiquitous. As an education community, we haven't grasped how quickly things are moving and how essential these skills will be." He said students need to understand computer science to engage in civic discourse about issues like data and privacy.

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Education Week

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Thu, 04/13/2017

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Arguing for Computer Science in the School Curriculum

Fri, 07/01/2016

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Joyce Malyn-Smith, Andrew Fluck, Mary Webb, Margaret Cox, Charoula Angeli, Joke Voogt, Jason Zagami

This article, published in the Journal of Educational Technology and Society, discusses how computer science has been a discipline for some years, and its position in the school curriculum has been contested differently in several countries. This paper looks at its role in three countries to illustrate these differences. A reconsideration of computer science as a separate subject both in primary and secondary education is suggested.

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A K-6 Computational Thinking Curriculum Framework: Implications for Teacher Knowledge

Wed, 06/01/2016

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Joyce Malyn-Smith, Charoula Angeli, Joke Voogt, Andrew Fluck, Mary Webb, Margaret Cox, Jason Zagami

Co-authored by EDC's Joyce Malyn-Smith, this article addresses the challenges of adding computer science as a separate school subject to the core K-6 curriculum. Two challenges discussed include : (1) the design of the curriculum based on a generic computational thinking framework, and (2) the knowledge teachers need to teach the curriculum. The first issue is discussed within a perspective of designing an authentic computational thinking curriculum with a focus on real-world problems.

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Workforce Education Models for K-12 STEM Education Programs: Reflections on, and Implications for, the NSF ITEST Program

Thu, 12/01/2016

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Joyce Malyn-Smith, David Reider, Kirk Knestis

This article, published in the Journal of Science Education and Technology,  proposes a STEM workforce education logic model, tailored to the particular context of the National Science Foundation’s Innovative Technology Experiences for Students and Teachers (ITEST) program. This model aims to help program designers and researchers address challenges particular to designing, implementing, and studying education innovations in the ITEST program, considering ongoing needs and challenges in STEM workforce education in the USA.

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12pp.

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Engineering for Every K–12 Student: A Landscape Analysis of K–12 Engineering Education in the Greater Boston Region

Fri, 04/01/2016

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Daryl Williams (Tufts University), Catherine McCulloch, Tracy McMahon, Leslie Goodyear

This landscape study, funded by the National Science Foundation and developed collaboratively by EDC and Tufts University, takes a look at the state of K–12 engineering education in the Greater Boston region. Through targeted interviews with and a survey of Boston-area stakeholders, the authors aimed to learn where stakeholders’ interests overlap and where needs exist. The analysis was augmented by a review of literature and websites.

Engineering for Every K-12 Student: A Landscape Analysis

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80 pp.

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