Technology & Learning

EDC Launches Zoom In! Teaching Science with Data

Bill Tally

With support from the National Science Foundation, EDC has launched an initiative, Zoom In! Teaching Science with Data, to build high school students’ skills in using data to investigate and explain significant problems in biology and earth science.

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Lights on Afterschool...Educators! Strategies to Support Staff

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Kate Goddard specializes in designing, implementing, and supporting the continuous improvement of technology- and media-based out-of-school time (OST) programs. As an EDC Training & Technical Assistance Associate, she contributes her expertise to initiatives that seek to strengthen and support the OST workforce, including YouthLearn. From 2007 to 2016, she advanced the mission of Adobe Foundation’s philanthropic initiative Adobe Youth Voices by building the capacity of programs and educators around the globe to implement  youth media programming. To all of her work, she brings a deep understanding of the needs and challenges of OST educators, drawn from her experience working with youth and facilitating creative learning experiences at the Science Museum of Minnesota, Denver Open Media, and Girls Inc. In this post, written in honor of Lights On Afterschool, Kate shares tips and strategies to support afterschool educators in their important work.

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4 Reasons Why Media Making Is Critical for Youth

This feature article spotlights EDC's decades of work fostering youth media making across the U.S. and around the world. Experts Tony Streit and Wendy Rivenburgh share their insights and experiences: “The best youth media activities are based on the idea that young people are problem solvers, and are capable of articulating the things that matter to them,” says Rivenburgh. “Making media is a way to expose the difference between the reality they are living in and the better world they envision." Streit agrees. He recalls one film, produced by students in Chicago, which juxtaposed the reading of the Gettysburg Address with footage of a Chicago housing project being destroyed. “Young people who contribute to the telling of stories from their communities begin to see that raising questions, challenging the status quo, and voting their conscience are their right and their obligation,” he says.

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EDC Newsroom

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Wed, 10/12/2016

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Youth Media Stories

Fri, 10/07/2016

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This series of 17 features published on the Adobe Education Exchange website spotlights the powerful role that media making can play in the lives of youth around the world. The author provides a vivid, close-up view of the experiences, insights, and dreams of youth as they master the use of media to tell compelling stories that matter to them, to their communities, and to us all.

Media Making Empowers Youth

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17 pp.

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What Did Teaching Teach You?

Former teachers and current EDC staff members Kirsten Peterson, Rebecca Lewis, Tony Streit, and several others share what they learned in their classroom that they bring to their current work as instructional designers, project leaders, and professional developers.

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EDC Newsroom

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Wed, 10/05/2016

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Continuous Improvement in Education: What Is All the Buzz About?

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Sheila Rodriguez, an experienced researcher and evaluator, develops tools and provides technical assistance that enable state education agencies, districts, and schools to use data and current research to improve outcomes for students. She specializes in facilitating training for and providing coaching to state and district stakeholders on data-driven continuous improvement strategies, logic modeling, and program evaluation. Currently, she is a researcher for the REL Northeast & Islands at EDC, as well as an evaluator for the EDC-led Home Visiting Action Improvement Team (HV-ImpACT) initiative. On October 4, Sheila and her colleague Karen Shakman will present a free REL Northeast & Islands webinar, “A Practical Approach to Continuous Improvement in Education.” In this post, Sheila discusses continuous improvement and shares some of her recent work. 

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Early Literacy Learning at EDC

Mon, 09/26/2016

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Kimberly Elliott, Jennifer Crandell

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 literacy learning experiences that foster their school readiness and success. Features highlights from our research and evaluation, professional development, and instructional design initiatives.

EDC supports teachers and families in promoting children's early literacy

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4 pp.

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Selim Tezel

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Selim Tezel

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Selim

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Tezel

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Selim Tezel brings extensive experience in mathematics and computer science education, working with students from kindergarten through high school. He is committed to making learning relevant, exciting and enjoyable for students, while envisioning a constructionist curriculum for the classroom of the future.

Tezel is a curriculum designer and developer for the Beauty and Joy of Computing project, which, in collaboration with the University of California-Berkeley and the New York City Public Schools, aims to make computer science accessible and enjoyable for a diverse population of the City’s students.

Tezel is author of “A Tool for Student Inquiry” which describes his work with students to help them explore complex mathematical questions in creative ways.

Before joining EDC, Tezel taught mathematics at schools in the US and abroad, including Robert College of Istanbul, and Concord Academy and the Shady Hill School in Massachusetts, where he developed various constructionist, technology-intensive, project-based learning initiatives in mathematics education.  He began his career as a teaching fellow at Phillips Andover Academy, where he taught physics and developed a teaching style based on the Socratic method.

Tezel was presented with the 1989 Dudley Herschbach Humanitarian Award by Harvard University and the1990 Mack Davis Award from the Cambridge School Volunteers, a non-profit group in Cambridge, Massachusetts. He was a finalist in the 2001 Brown University New Plays Festival as a playwright, as well as a finalist in the 2003 International Boston Cyberarts Festival as a computational visual artist.

Tezel received a BS in mathematics from Harvard University and an ScM in computer science from Brown University.

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Staff Profile

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Curriculum/Instructional Design Associate II

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43 Foundry Avenue
Waltham, Massachusetts 02453-8313

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617-618-2543

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