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Screening kindergarten readiness

  • October 22, 2019
  • The Ednology Team

Starting kindergarten can be a challenging time for children as many are leaving home and learning to interact with others for the first time. As such, it is important for kindergartners to receive proper support from their teachers. Now, University of Missouri College of Education researchers have found that a readiness test can predict kindergarteners’ … Continue reading Screening kindergarten readiness

3 ways robots can help students tell stories

  • October 22, 2019
  • The Ednology Team

Though coding and robotics is new to almost all of the students coming into my workshops and classes, storytelling is something they’re familiar with. As the manager of educational programs for KID Museum in Maryland, I use narrative to help teach young students how to code and program robots. Introducing programming concepts using storylines and characters … Continue reading 3 ways robots can help students tell stories

5 real examples of coding and robotics in the classroom

  • October 21, 2019
  • The Ednology Team

Coding and robotics go hand-in-hand, and they’re becoming a more integral part of classrooms across the country. Aside from the excitement students muster when they see a robotics kit morph into a controllable arm or a tiny programmable vehicle, coding and robotics offer a little bit more than a fun classroom experience. When students participate … Continue reading 5 real examples of coding and robotics in the classroom

20 top edtech tools for the classroom

  • October 21, 2019
  • The Ednology Team

At Common Sense Education, the edtech reviewers have seen it all. To help teachers navigate the plethora of materials for the digital classroom, Tanner Higgin, director of Education Editorial Strategy at Common Sense Education, presented “50 Top Edtech Tools for the Classroom.” Following are some of Higgin’s favorite classroom edtech tools. Free favorites ● Adobe … Continue reading 20 top edtech tools for the classroom

3 keys to a successful community literacy initiative

  • October 18, 2019
  • The Ednology Team

Finding a school district that doesn’t have a literacy initiative extending beyond the walls of the classroom would likely be quite a challenge these days. And that’s as it should be! Reading is, as the cliché goes, fundamental. It’s a basic academic skill that helps students learn any other skill they will need to develop. … Continue reading 3 keys to a successful community literacy initiative

What does it really mean to be competency-based?

  • October 18, 2019
  • The Ednology Team

The education field is regularly plagued by the need for common definitions as new practices emerge. As we’ve seen with personalized learning, ambiguous terms for ambitious ideas can create widespread confusion and even skepticism. By contrast, a common definition can pinpoint a “north star” that helps practitioners and policymakers focus efforts to implement a new … Continue reading What does it really mean to be competency-based?

3 digital tools that are shifting the teacher’s role

  • October 17, 2019
  • The Ednology Team

Technology has infused classrooms with useful digital learning tools and has ushered in a new model of connected teaching. Teachers are now linked to professional content, resources, and systems designed to improve instruction and increase personalized learning. But are all these tech tools making a teacher’s job easier. or more difficult and time-consuming? Teachers are … Continue reading 3 digital tools that are shifting the teacher’s role

5 strategies to engage students with attention issues

  • October 17, 2019
  • The Ednology Team

Engaging students with attention issues and ADHD—rather than just managing their behavior—should be a goal for every teacher. Teachers worry, though, that they will have to create a separate curriculum or otherwise alter how they teach. Not so, said Ezra Werb, M.Ed., an educational therapist and author, in his edWebinar “Engagement Strategies for Students with … Continue reading 5 strategies to engage students with attention issues

5 takeaways about the state of edtech today

  • October 16, 2019
  • The Ednology Team

Using the right edtech tools, combined with knowledgeable and confident teaching, can help accelerate student learning, according to Promethean’s 2019 U.S. State of Technology report. The report surveyed educators to offer a comprehensive views of current classroom technologies, adoption, usage, and trends over the next five years. Eighty-six percent of teachers and 82 percent of … Continue reading 5 takeaways about the state of edtech today

We need to put robotics in rural schools

  • October 16, 2019
  • The Ednology Team

Rural schools in the United States face challenges many of their suburban counterparts couldn’t fathom. For example, access to challenging and engaging STEM courses such as robotics and coding is not as prevalent in rural schools as it is in larger districts. But one district is aiming to make it easier for students to access … Continue reading We need to put robotics in rural schools

Building and sustaining a strong math culture

  • October 15, 2019
  • The Ednology Team

Current employment trends and future projections all point towards continued growth in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) jobs, as well as the need for STEM-related skills in other fields. Yet, recent math proficiency levels among American students remain low, at just 44 percent in fourth grade and 33 percent at the eighth-grade level, and … Continue reading Building and sustaining a strong math culture

How this school designed a robotics program from the ground up

  • October 15, 2019
  • The Ednology Team

As a former computer engineer with a background in applied math, I’m a firm proponent of STEM education. As a math teacher with 14 years of experience facilitating robotics clubs for students, I’m also an ardent supporter of programming and robotics as a vehicle for STEM ed, so when I had the opportunity to build … Continue reading How this school designed a robotics program from the ground up

5 TED-Ed Lessons to introduce students to robotics

  • October 14, 2019
  • The Ednology Team

Robotics is gaining popularity in classrooms across the country, moving from an old sci-fi concept to a way to engage students in STEM learning by solving real-world problems. One of the hurdles, though, is in finding the right resources to introduce robotics. Sometimes, it all starts with a video and a simple lesson. You can … Continue reading 5 TED-Ed Lessons to introduce students to robotics

States are questioning teacher evaluation systems

  • October 14, 2019
  • The Ednology Team

Since the 2015 passage of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), a large number of states have backed away from recently enacted policies that were designed to breathe new life into moribund teacher and principal evaluation systems, according to new research from the National Council on Teacher Quality. No fewer than 30 states have recently … Continue reading States are questioning teacher evaluation systems

Top picks for the best 2-in-1 laptop tablets

  • October 11, 2019
  • The Ednology Team

Why choose between a laptop and a tablet when you can have both? Check out this great list of nine of the best for 2019. Check out this list for a breakdown of the best options out there today.Read More

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