From Page to Screen: Lessons Learned from Digital Curriculum Design

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Irene Baker has more than 20 years of experience in instructional design for high school science students and teachers. In several recent projects, she has worked on making digital enhancements to student and teacher curriculum materials. In this post, she shares her lessons learned from multiple examples of redesigning Foundation Science from a print curriculum to a digital curriculum.

Irene Baker has more than 20 years of experience in instructional design for high school science students and teachers. The co-author of curricula such as EDC’s Foundation Science, she specializes in developing project- and inquiry-based instructional resources that promote understanding of the big ideas that frame science disciplines. In several recent projects, she has worked on making digital enhancements to student and teacher curriculum materials.

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EDC Launches New Course at NCSM Reception

Math Symbols and Teacher

EDC launched its new Developing Mathematical Practice in High School (DMP) course during a reception held at the 2013 National Council of Supervisors of Mathematics (NCSM) Annual Conference in Denver, CO. EDC’s reception brought together over 70 mathematics leaders from school districts in 14 states and 10 universities—including the University of California, Berkeley, the University of Arizona, and the University of Michigan—with 20 of EDC’s K–12 mathematics instructional designers, researchers, and professional developers.

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Brain Building in Action Community Fair Educates Parents of Preschool Children

"Language is the greatest brain building there is and this was a great event," said Julie Hirschler, senior research scientist, National Head Start for Cultural and Linguistic Responsiveness, and representative of the Education Development Center in Waltham. She was interested in how the ABCD Chinese Church Head Start taught language, as many families were Chinese and did not speak English at home.

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SAMPAN

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Sat, 05/18/2013

Some Thoughts on Software for Teachers

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John Parris researches and designs software and prototypes for science, social studies, and interdisciplinary curricula. Currently, he oversees the technical development of the Electronic Teacher Guide (eTG), a National Science Foundation (NSF)-funded effort to provide an exemplar of a cybertool that would support the implementation of a curriculum and enhance its educative impact for teachers. In this post, John suggests that we might gain from broadening our conception of usability as we design software for teachers and discusses three dimensions of usability—interface, classroom, and professional—that, if attended to in the design of educational software, can result in more useful and effective products for teachers.

John Parris researches and designs software and prototypes for science, social studies, and interdisciplinary curricula. Currently, he oversees the technical development of the Electronic Teacher Guide (eTG), a National Science Foundation (NSF)-funded effort to provide an exemplar of a cybertool that would support the implementation of a curriculum and enhance its educative impact for teachers.

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EDC to Create Digital Tools to Enhance History Teaching, Foster Literacy Learning

Bill Tally

EDC has received a three-year, $3 million grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation for the Zoom In! Tools for Teaching Literacy in the Social Studies project. In Zoom In!, a team led by Bill Tally (shown at left) will develop, test, and scale a suite of digital tools that will help middle-school history and social studies teachers make better use of primary sources to deepen students' understanding of history and build students' literacy skills.

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Educational Leaders Take Regional Approach Against Dropout Rates

This recent article describes an important aspect of EDC's leadership of the Regional Educational Laboratory-Northeast & Islands (REL-NEI): Facilitation of research alliances between practitioners and policymakers. The author provides a close-up look at the REL-NEI's March 2013 Governing Board meeting held in San Juan and spotlights the REL-NEI's dropout prevention and college and career readiness research alliances.

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San Juan Daily Star

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Wed, 03/27/2013

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