Technology & Learning

Mass Has New K-12 Standards for Digital Literacy, Computer Science

This article announces the Massachusetts Board of Elementary and Secondary Education's unanimous approval of new digital literacy and computer science standards developed by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary & Secondary Education in collaboration with key EDC staff that lead the Massachusetts Computing Attainment Network (MassCAN) and with significant input from a Review Panel of educators and industry representatives that helped guide and inform the work. The author calls out one of EDC's exciting computer science education initiatives: "The department is also partnering with the Education Development Center, MassCAN's lead partner, on a $2.1 million, three-year National Science Foundation grant, intended to develop elementary curriculum units that integrate computational thinking in math and science classes. One feature of the new standards is that they're aligned with existing state standards in English language arts, science and math."

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WBUR

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Wed, 06/29/2016

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Early STEM Learning and the Roles of Technologies

Tue, 05/31/2016

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In this EDC white paper, the authors discuss how the thoughtful use of technology by early childhood teachers and families can enhance the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) learning of children from birth to age eight and help set the stage for successful lifelong STEM learning. The authors summarize key findings from their work and present evidence-based recommendations that can help ensure technology reaches its potential to improve the quality and equity of early STEM education for all young children. Highlights include:

Thoughtful use of technology to support early STEM learning

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12 pp.

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Outstanding STEM Learning For All

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Sarita Pillai leads initiatives to improve the quality and equity of STEM education, including managing national research and technical assistance centers, building and sustaining communities of practice to promote professional learning, and engaging youth in developing STEM-focused, technology-based resources. Sarita is the PI of the National Science Foundation (NSF)-funded STEM Learning and Research (STELAR) Center at EDC and co-PI of the NSF-funded Center for Innovative Research in Cyberlearning (CIRCL). In 2015, Sarita, STELAR co-PI Caroline Parker, Catherine McCulloch (co-PI of Community for Advancing Discovery Research in Education—CADRE at EDC), and colleagues from SRI Education worked with the NSF and White House Office of Science and Technology Policy to coordinate a daylong invitational forum on "next generation" STEM education. In this post, Sarita shares a few key points from EDC’s May 2016 report on the Forum, Next Generation STEM for All: Envisioning Advances Based on NSF Supported Research.

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2016 NSF STEM for All Video Showcase

Tue, 05/17/2016

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Various EDC staff

From May 17 to 23, 2016, nine videos by EDC researchers and instructional designers were featured in the National Science Foundation (NSF) 2016 online Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Video Showcase. The Showcase shared selected NSF-funded work from across the country. The theme of the Showcase, “Advancing STEM Learning for All,” embodies EDC's innovative work to close STEM opportunity and achievement gaps. All nine of EDC’s videos that appear in the Showcase spotlight important aspects of our STEM work.

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The KC EMPOWER Project: Designing More Accessible STEM Activities

Tue, 03/01/2016

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Bob Hirshon and Laureen Summers of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, Babette Moeller, Wendy Martin

This paper, published in K–12 STEM Education, describes an effort to examine how STEM resources could be made more accessible for students, regardless of what abilities they bring to the table. The authors looked at a small selection of afterschool STEM activities taken from 80 that were developed years ago through a previous National Science Foundation grant (Award # 0104671, Kinetic City After School: An On-line Adventure).

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49 pp.

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2016 DRK–12 Event Focuses on Impacts, Bridging Research and Practice, and Digital Media

CADRE at EDC supports and shares innovative DRK-12 STEM education R&D

On June 1–3, EDC convened 230 National Science Foundation (NSF) Discovery Research K–12 (DRK–12) awardees and 20 NSF program officers to share strategies, impacts, and challenges in their innovative work to improve STEM education. Held in Washington, DC, the invitational meeting had a special focus on exploring the role of digital media in fostering deep STEM and cross-disciplinary learning and also engaged participants in examining how STEM education R&D can best address the needs of practitioners.

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NSF DRK-12 PI Meeting

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06/03/2016
June 1-3: Washington, DC

On June 1 to 3, EDC will facilitate and host a national meeting of 300 National Science Foundation (NSF) Discovery Research K-12 program  awardees, as part of our work leading the Community for Advancing Discovery Research in Education (CADRE)

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Building Global Interest in Data Literacy: A Dialogue—Workshop Report

Sun, 05/01/2016

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What does it mean to be data literate in the world of “big data”? What should we be teaching students to better prepare them to participate in today’s workforce and society? What steps need to be taken to develop critical data literacy skills in schools?

Building Global Interest in Data Literacy: A Dialogue--Workshop Report

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24 pp.

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