National Education News

Strauss: Mom’s letter to college-bound daughter: Why ‘I have reason to fear’

Washington Post Education News - July 18, 2014 - 11:31am

Vicki Abeles is a filmmaker, attorney and mother of three. She is also the co-director and producer of the education documentary “Race to Nowhere,” which revealed the damage to young people being done by the pressures of school, homework, tutoring and extracurricular activities. In the following letter Abeles tells her daughter Jamey, who will be a freshman at the University of Denver, to “stay true to the strong and talented self you’ve worked so hard to find, and show the world what college is really for.” Here’s her letter (which appeared on Huffington Post):

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South County principal Jane Lipp named assistant superintendent in Fairfax

Washington Post Education News - July 18, 2014 - 10:38am

Fairfax County Schools Superintendent Karen Garza named South County High School principal Jane Lipp as the assistant superintendent for special services.

Lipp, who had served as South County principal since 2008, will succeed Kim Dockery, who was promoted to the new position of chief academic officer in July.

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Q&A: Designing Playful Learning Spaces

NPR on Education - July 18, 2014 - 9:33am

An exhibit designer at the Boston Children's Museum says kids are 'natural scientists,' and she wants to create experiences that cater to that.

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Four Lessons From Early Education

Education Week - July 18, 2014 - 7:12am
K-12 policymakers could learn from the pre-K field, where educators serve families as well as children and many states offer incentives for teacher preparation, says Joan Wasser Gish.

The Learning Network: 6 Q’s About the News | Jetliner Explodes Over Ukraine; Struck by Missile, Officials Say

NYT Education News - July 18, 2014 - 6:42am
What has been going on in that region of Ukraine for the past several months?

12 real people in video games

CNN - Tecnology - July 18, 2014 - 6:35am
It's a matter of geopolitical debate whether Manuel Noriega's reputation can be damaged any more than it already was. But the former Panamanian dictator says a video game did just that.

The Learning Network: Summer Reading Contest, Week Six | What Interested You Most in The Times This Week?

NYT Education News - July 18, 2014 - 6:01am
Write in by 7 a.m. Eastern time on July 25 to be part of this week’s contest, which will be judged by Times staff and Kathryn Howe, a Penguin Young Adult author.

The Learning Network: Student Crossword | Currency Around the World

NYT Education News - July 18, 2014 - 2:25am
Test your knowledge of the international currencies by playing our crossword.

The Learning Network: Word of the Day | addiction

NYT Education News - July 17, 2014 - 11:02pm
This word has appeared in 921 New York Times articles in the past year.

Coding for Kindergarteners

Educational Technology - July 17, 2014 - 7:39pm

by Sam Patterson, Edutopia

There are many ways to get pre-reading students to engage in meaningful coding challenges that develop computational thinking. My short list includes Kodable, LEGO MINDSTORMS Fix the Factory, and Bee Bots. With Tynker and the planned release of Scratch Jr, it seems like there are new platforms to support young coding all the time. As a critical and reflective teacher, I know that any of these tools is only as good as the lesson it supports. As a push-in tech teacher, I work closely with the classroom teachers to create lessons that dovetail with and support their lessons. Real-world programming with students or with robots can create great opportunities for content integration. My first graders program a robot to fly to the planets in order (see the video below). I use the content as the surface on which the robot operates. This format also creates social learning opportunities.

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STEM Is Jambalaya

Educational Technology - July 17, 2014 - 7:36pm

by Ainissa Ramirez, Edutopia

STEM is not S.T.E.M, where the letters are separated. STEM is a new word, a merger. We should have called STEM something completely different, just to force us away from this thinking of separate fields. STEM is a combination. It is all parts savored together, just like jambalaya. And STEM brings us closer to the way society works. We created these separate fields because they are easier for us to understand the world when we put its parts into boxes. But nature doesn’t work that way. Take a tree, for instance. A scientist will categorize it as something to study through the lens of biology, botany, forestry, ecology, and many others. But Mother Nature just calls it “tree.” It is all those things combined. That is the new mindset we need.

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