Pasnik Presents on Potential and Pitfalls of Technology for Children

Shelley Pasnik

On March 26, EDC Vice President and Director of the Center for Children and Technology Shelley Pasnik presented at the New America Foundation event, Beyond Screen Time: Early Learning and Digital Media. Pasnik, Illah Nourbakhsh, Lauren Rubenzahl, and Lesli Rotenberg were featured in a panel discussion, "Fostering Relationships and Building Skills: The Potential and Pitfalls of TV, Video, and Interactive Games," hosted by Lisa Guernsey, the director of New America's Early Education Initiative.

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EDC Presents New Findings on Career and Technical Education

Ilene Kantrov

To help inform career and technical education (CTE) policy-making, Ilene Kantrov's white paper, Opportunities and Challenges in Secondary Career and Technical Education, presents findings drawn from EDC's survey of 850 CTE educators nationwide, a series of interviews with state CTE leaders, and a review of relevant literature.

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Ensuring College AND Career Readiness

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Ilene Kantrov leads secondary education initiatives targeted at building a highly skilled and educated workforce. For over a decade, she has directed innovative programs that use project- and inquiry-based approaches to develop academic and 21st-century knowledge and skills. Recently, Ilene headed up a survey of 850 career and technical education (CTE) teachers nationwide to identify current challenges and opportunities in the field. In this post, she offers a sneak preview of her new white paper that presents survey results, provides findings from interviews with state-level CTE leaders, and shares insights drawn from EDC’s experience creating new pathways to college and careers. 

Ilene Kantrov leads secondary education initiatives targeted at building a highly skilled and educated workforce.

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EDC Joins 100Kin10 Movement to Grow STEM Teaching Force

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EDC has been named a partner in a network known as 100Kin10 that seeks to train and hire 100,000 highly skilled science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) teachers by 2021. The effort has gained national attention as a key partnership of diverse organizations interested in working together in new, experimental ways.

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Science Education in the U.S. Is Mediocre: Here's What We Can Do to Fix It

In this article, Jackie Miller suggests that if we're concerned about our students' science achievement, we should look beyond test scores: "...As stated in the National Research Council’s 2012 report “Education for Life and Work: Developing Transferable Knowledge and Skills in the 21st Century,” students thrive when they are engaged in course content that focuses in depth on core concepts within a discipline, contextualizes the learning in real-world situations relevant to their lives, and provides investigative experiences that require transfer of knowledge to address a challenge or answer a question. Yet, for most students, the study of science is still an exercise in memorization and regurgitation. A jumble of disconnected facts is presented, unaccompanied by opportunities for investigative, problem-solving experiences. We are not educating students to succeed on international exams, but, more importantly, we’re not developing science-literate citizens or encouraging future scientists, either."

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Cognoscenti (WBUR)

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Wed, 01/22/2014

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Preview of Writing Code for Future

This article spotlights Mass. schools' participation in the “Hour of Code,’’ a nationwide campaign to help introduce millions of students to programming during Computer Science Education week, and quotes EDC's Jim Stanton, executive director of MassCAN, which helped promote the Hour of Code: “We think that computer science is emerging as a 21st-century literacy,’’ said Jim Stanton,“It’s one thing to be able to use hardware and software, but that’s a very limited experience. Computer science provides the tools to become creators of technology, and we think that’s where there is huge excitement. It’s a powerful learning opportunity for students of all ages, and adults.’’

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Boston Globe

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Sun, 12/29/2013

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EDC Selected to Study the Impact of PBS LearningMedia

Babette Moeller

Through a new partnership with PBS, EDC will conduct an evaluation to understand how educators are using PBS LearningMedia™ in classrooms nationwide. PBS LearningMedia™ provides teachers with digital resources, related information such as lesson plans, and professional development to help them fully utilize digital learning.

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Cultivating a STEM-Savvy Workforce

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Joyce Malyn-Smith is a national expert on science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) career and workforce development. She has a deep knowledge of how learners develop skills to prepare for productive and rewarding work life, as well as a special interest in the innovation economy. In this blog post, written in recognition of Computer Science Education Week, she reflects on findings from her work and poses an important question.

Joyce Malyn-Smith is a national expert on science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) workforce development. She has a deep knowledge of how learners develop skills to prepare for productive and rewarding work life. And, she has a special interest in the innovation economy and how technology and informal learning can spark creativity and cultivate and sustain students' interest in STEM careers.

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