Assessing the Impact of Digital Media on Learning and Teaching

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Elizabeth Pierson is a highly experienced researcher and evaluator. In her work for EDC’s Center for Children & Technology, she has contributed to multiple studies that provide new insights into effective STEM education and the role of technology in supporting 21st century school and system reform in the U.S. and around the world. Most recently, she managed an impact study in which EDC investigated how teachers are using PBS LearningMedia digital resources and what impacts the usage is having in classrooms. In this post, Elizabeth shares findings from this impact study that she presented at the 2015 International Society for Technology in Education conference.

Elizabeth Pierson is a highly experienced researcher and evaluator. In her work for EDC’s Center for Children & Technology, she has contributed to multiple studies that provide new insights into effective STEM education and the role of technology in supporting 21st century school and system reform in the U.S. and around the world.

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Streaming Services Aren't Kidding Around As They Compete for Young Viewers

EDC Senior Research Associate Naomi Hupert is quoted in this article that examines the increasing focus on children ages 11 and under as a target audience for the streaming video services provided by Amazon, Netflix, and other providers: "Naomi Hupert said it will be interesting to see how the children's programming market continues to respond to shifting behaviors of young viewers....'Kids are growing up straddling the computer, tablet and smartphone,' Hupert said. 'All these technologies are relatively new, and how we see kids use them is still new. It can be sort of overwhelming to think where it can go from here, but we're still in the beginning stages.'"

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Los Angeles Times

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Tue, 08/25/2015

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EDC and ESE Broaden Participation of Grade 1-6 Mass. Teachers and Students in Computer Science

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A STEM+Computing Partnership (STEM+C) grant from the National Science Foundation is enabling EDC and the Massachusetts Department of Elementary & Secondary Education to implement a timely and ambitious computer science education initiative, "Broadening Participation of Elementary School Teachers and Students in Computer Science through STEM Integration and Statewide Collaboration." The initiative builds on previous work with ESE and the Massachusetts Computing Attainment Network (Mas

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EDC and Artists for Humanity Turn STEM and Arts Into STEAM Power

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With a grant from the National Science Foundation, two powerhouses in changing youth experiences, EDC and Artists For Humanity (AFH), have joined forces to connect under-resourced youth in Boston, Mass. to science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) learning and careers. The project, STEAM Power, builds on AFH’s highly successful out-of-school art and design program for Boston youth.

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Two Articles by ODI Staff Featured in Big Data Issue of The Science Teacher

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Science researchers and instructional designers from EDC's Oceans of Data Institute (ODI) published two articles in a special Summer 2015 issue of the National Science Teachers Association's (NSTA) journal The Science Teacher that is focused on the potential of big data to transform science teaching and learning.

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EDC-LED MassCAN Coalition Offers Free Computer Education Training for Mass. Teachers

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This week, the EDC-Led Massachusetts Computing Attainment Network (MassCAN) initiative is sponsoring a free, three-day workshop at Framingham State University that will help Mass. teachers learn how to incorporate computer modeling and simulation in their science classrooms (learn more about the three-day workshop in this EDC press release).

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EDC Website Spotlights Work to Bridge STEM Education Research and Practice

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EDC has launched a new website featuring our collaborative work with practitioners in Auburn, Maine schools to help teachers promote strong, research-based mathematical thinking among K–2 students.

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Free Resource Targets Writing Via Social Studies Instruction

This article spotlights EDC's new Zoom In digital resource, a free online tool that helps students learn U.S. history while strengthening their literacy skills. Funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the tool also provides teachers with embedded professional development support and assessment tools. EDC Managing Project Director Bill Tally is quoted: “There are lots of new tools for improving math, ELA, and STEM instruction, but social studies has been left out...Zoom In is filling that gap, helping students delve into compelling human conflicts throughout history, and read, write, and argue with evidence about what the past means and why it matters.”

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eSchool News

Publication Date: 

Wed, 07/01/2015

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