Technology & Learning

Use of Tech Tools Enhances Learning and Teaching in Russia

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Daniel Light's research focuses on school reform and technology integration in school systems across the U.S. and around the world. Currently, Light and colleague Elizabeth Pierson are examining the use of technology in schools in Argentina, Russia, and Korea to gain insight into the many innovative ways that technology can be adapted to enhance teaching and increase learning in a wide variety of contexts. In this post, originally published in the Anytime Anywhere Learning Foundation's newsletter, Light and Pierson share findings from their case study of teachers' use of technology tools in Russia.

This post originally appeared in the Anytime Anywhere Learning Foundation newsletter and has been reprinted with permission by the editor of the newsletter and authors Daniel Light and Elizabeth Pierson.

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EDC Partners with American Association for the Advancement of Science

Babette Moeller

In newly-funded work led by Babette Moeller (at left), EDC will serve as the research partner for the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) KC (Kinetic City) Empower initiative. Developed by AAAS with support from the National Science Foundation, Kinetic City is a large collection of online science experiments, games, and projects.

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EDC Receives Grants to Advance Mobile Learning Work

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EDC has received two grants that will significantly accelerate its efforts to build educators’ and leaders’ capacity to use tablets and other mobile devices as powerful tools for teaching and learning. A grant from Kajeet, a telecommunications company focused on the student/school market, will enable EDC's EdTech Leaders Online (ETLO) program to develop an online course on Making the Most of Mobiles for Teaching and Learning.

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SMARTR Virtual Learning Experiences

Mon, 12/03/2012

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EDC led the development of SMARTR, a website of free, youth-focused math and science “virtual learning experiences” (VLEs) for middle-grades students. The SMARTR VLEs are highly interactive learning scenarios for youth that encourage them to further explore and experience math and/or science concepts such as ratios and proportions, probability, 3-dimensional geometry, genetics, forces and motion, plate tectonics, the human body and more.

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EDC to Refine and Test CT-E STEM Career Workshop Model

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What does it mean to be a “computational thinking enabled” (CT-E) science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) professional? Working closely with STEM industry professionals, Joyce Malyn-Smith and Joseph Ippolito developed a profile that describes the work tasks CT-E STEM professionals perform every day—illustrating what they must know and be able to do. New funding from the National Science Foundation's Office of Cyberinfrastructure will enable Malyn-Smith and Ippolito to take this work to the next level.

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Innovative Professional Development for STEM Workforce Development

Mon, 12/05/2011

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In this editorial published in the Contemporary Issues in Technology and Teacher Education Journal, the author provides an overview of best practices for conducting effective professional development identified by researchers and teacher educators in the STEM fields. She notes that projects funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) Innovative Technology Experiences for Students and Teachers (ITEST) program incorporate many of these characteristics, as well as featuring three innovative components common to ITEST projects:

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Findings from the Ready to Learn Summative Evaluation

Tue, 03/01/2016

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This website features a wide range of reports from EDC's and our partner SRI's 10 years of conducting a summative evaluation of Ready to Learn, a public media initiative supported by the U.S. Department of Education. This research has significantly advanced knowledge of the role that "transmedia" resources—video, online games, tablet-based apps, and print activities—can play in enhancing the early learning and school readiness of young children, particularly children from low-income families. A few of the reports that are available on this site include:

Supporting school readiness of young children from low-income families

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Innovating to Educate the World's Most Desperate Student

Mon, 07/16/2012

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In this Keynote at the 2012 School Improvement Innovation Summit, EDC Vice President and Chief Technology Officer Bob Spielvogel presents key principles and highlights of EDC's use of information and communications technologies (ICT) to make high-quality education accessible to children and youth in resource-lean environments around the world.

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