$60K in research funding

This program funds studies that explore the effect of lecture capture, student engagement, and social collaboration tools on teaching and learning. This year’s program seeks to better understand how these innovative solutions are transforming higher education campuses.

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Editorial: Tablets alone won’t trigger education revolution

We like our technological gizmos here in Corvallis, so it’s a brave thing when a public official in a public setting dares to utter even a well-reasoned word of caution, the Corvallis Gazette-Times reports. In that light, we were intrigued by a small note in a story you might have noticed recently in the Gazette-Times about the Corvallis School District’s plans to eventually buy iPads or tablet computers for every one of the 6,500 students and teachers in the district. The goal is to get one of these admittedly remarkable devices in everyone’s hands by the time the 2014-15 school year rolls around. Now, you get a pretty good bulk discount when you buy these things in the thousands, but it’s still going to cost a couple million dollars…

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Teacher mental health training approved

Texas school teachers would receive training to identify mental illness in their classrooms under a measure that has cleared the Texas Legislature, the Associated Press reports. Lawmakers sent the bill to the governor on Sunday. It would add the training to the requirements for a teaching certificate. Republican Sen. Robert Deuell of Greenville has said about a million students in the state suffer from illnesses and addictions that contribute to failing grades, misbehavior, crime and sometimes suicide. He proposed the training to help teachers manage their classrooms…

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High-school teen builds one-man submarine

The submarine’s body may be constructed from drainage pipes and the hatch from a recycled skylight, but according to its 18-year-old inventor, this single-person U-boat can plunge to a depth of 30 feet and has already completed three successful dives, CNN reports. The Nautilus took high school inventor Justin Beckerman just six months and $2,000 to put together — all while keeping on top of his homework. The submarine has ballast tanks to maintain its depth and equilibrium; air vents that bring oxygen down from the surface; a functioning PA and a range of emergency systems including back-up batteries, a siren, strobe lights, a breathing apparatus and a pump to fight leaks…

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The coding movement: Resources for computer science education

Computer science education is making its way into K-12 schools, even at the elementary level.

In the middle of a resounding push for science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education is a growing movement to expose children to computer science education and skills, also known as computer programming or coding.

According to Code.org statistics, computer science is the highest-paid college degree, and jobs in computer programming are growing at two times the national average–but despite that, fewer than 2.4 percent of college students graduate with a degree in computer science.

Forty of 50 states do not count computer science toward math or science requirements for high school graduation, and only 1 in 10 schools offer computer programming classes. That could change, though, because states like Washington are making moves to count Advanced Placement computer science courses toward math and science graduation requirements.

(Next page: Eleven coding resources to engage students)

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The ‘Evergreen’ iPad: Why all your apps should fit on one screen

With iPads, students can create just about anything, anywhere, at any time.

“Leading Change” column, June 2013 edition of eSchool News—In last month’s column, I argued that by integrating tools like the iPad—a device that allows students to explore and create—and constructing a pedagogy that encourages ingenuity, we can nurture a process of learning that crafts innovative, problem-solving, and entrepreneurial minds.

Yet, despite the incredible influx of iPads into American schools, this opportunity to transform the learning process is largely being wasted.

Back in September, I published a widely circulated article entitled “5 Critical Mistakes Schools Make with iPads (And How To Correct Them).” The piece outlined the common iPad integration errors and missteps I see when working with various schools in our EdTechTeacher programs. In the article, I relay the story of a Latin teacher who declares the iPad “useless” because he couldn’t find a good Latin app. It simply didn’t occur to him to have his students speak, write, listen, record, and present Latin using non-Latin apps.

Time and again, I run into educators who spend hours reviewing long lists of largely drill-and-kill subject apps, such as “100 History Apps” or “50 Spanish Apps for the Classroom.” This obsession demonstrates the most fundamental of iPad integration mistakes—the belief that the iPad is fundamentally a vehicle for teaching content with apps.

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Is K-12 blended learning disruptive?

Today the Clayton Christensen Institute published its fourth major paper on K–12 blended learning, titled “Is K–12 blended learning disruptive? An introduction to theory of hybrids,” Michael B. Horn reports for Forbes. Clayton Christensen joined Heather Staker, who has authored all four of our papers, and me in writing this paper, which takes a different approach from our past discussions of blended learning. Whereas our past work took a descriptive approach in defining blended learning, in this paper we analyze blended learning for the first time through the lens of disruptive innovation theory to help people anticipate and plan for its likely effects on the classrooms of today and schools of tomorrow…

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PC shipments face sharp slump in 2013 as tablets ascend – IDC

Global personal computer shipments face a deeper-than-expected 7.8 percent slump this year as tablets overtake laptops for the first time, according to a report from market research company IDC, Reuters reports. The firm previously had forecast a 1.3 percent decline in PC shipments for 2013 but said in a report on Tuesday that consumers content with tablets are continuing to hold off replacing ageing laptops and desktop computers. By 2015, tablets will outship not just laptops, but all PCs, according to IDC…

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Teacher’s constitutional warning: John Dryden informs students of rights, may face disciplinary action

An Illinois high school teacher’s constitutional warning has put him at odds with school officials, the Huffington Post reports. Batavia High School teacher John Dryden may face disciplinary action for reminding students that there is a Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination before administering a school survey last month, according to local reports. Following several student suicides in recent years, the survey, which included questions about student drug and alcohol use, was meant as a “screener,” the school district’s chief academic officer, Brad Newkirk, told the Daily Herald. The results would be viewed by school counselors and psychologists, Newkirk said…

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Spelling Bee begins with 1st-ever vocabulary test

The sign outside the waiting room read: “Preliminaries Test, Quiet Please.” Spellers emerged one by one, having taken the first vocabulary test in the history of the National Spelling Bee, the Associated Press reports. They were greeted with pats on shoulders from parents and whispers of “How’d it go?” One of the favorites thought he did OK, although he was grateful for a trick everyone learns at school: the process of elimination. “It was good that they gave multiple choice, so that you could eliminate incorrect answers,” said 13-year-old Arvind Mahankali of New York. “I had to guess at one or two in vocabulary.”

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