Archives for the month of: August, 2014

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From Philanthropy News Digest:

The American Museum of Natural History in New York City has been given a $7.5 million grant to help encourage young women and low-income youth to explore computer science and coding. The gift will support the implementation of BridgeUp: STEM, a program designed to address the downward trend in the number of young women and low-income youth studying computer science by providing them with educational and mentorship opportunities.

From EdSurge:

The second annual Executive STEM Summit was held in New York City on August 5. The conference gathered together leaders in academia, educational technology, and policy to focus on the “Science of Learning.” The goal of the gathering was to have a critical discussion of how to tackle the common challenges of science education. This blog presents various lessons learned from the summit, including properly assessing how and what students are learning and implementing changes.

Social Promotion and Retention

From The Hechinger Report:

This article reviews various studies on the effects of passing failing students onto the next grade level or holding them back. Over the past two decades, a growing chorus of critics, including President Obama, has urged schools to end “social promotion,” the practice of passing failing students onto the next grade level. Despite this opposition to social promotion, some studies have shown that retention can have negative effects on students. Others have argued that these studies showing the negative effects of holding students back are not as rigorous as more recent research that suggests that retention does not have an effect on students.

From EdSurge:

On August 14, the second annual Chicago Ed Tech Startup Collaborative brought together local educators with leaders and entrepreneurs in the educational technology sector for a day long event. Over 650 educators from Chicago and surrounding areas and entrepreneurs from 37 startups gathered to engage in panels, workshops, and pitch sessions. Started by Eileen Murphy, a Chicago public school teacher and founder of the digital literacy organization ThinkCERCA, the Collaborative’s purpose is to foster educator awareness and excitement around technology in Chicago.

Little Bits

From Chicago Tribune:

LittleBits, created by Ayah Bdeir, an electronic artist and electronic engineer, is a series of domino-size electrical modules that snap together magnetically. Bdier’s goal is to make electronics accessible to everyone to be used as a creative tool. The company sells electronic kits and individual components including power sources, connectors, and tools. Teachers are using LittleBits to aid instruction of circuits, design, and creativity in more than 2,000 schools.



From Annual Meeting of NARST:

Currently in its third year of programming, the Virginia Elementary Science Institute aims to give teachers a background in problem-based, hands-on lessons. This Institute is part of the Virginia Initiative for Science Teaching and Achievement (VISTA), a $34 million, five-year grant from the U.S. Department of Education. VISTA is a multi-year scale-up program to validate prior research on elementary, secondary, and programmatic supports for science education. An independent evaluator report shows that VISTA positively impacts teachers’ beliefs surrounding science instruction, assessment, and how students learn; their confidence in teaching; their classroom practices; and their science content knowledge.