Jenny Abamu

When Is It Okay for Public School Officials to Attend Tech-Funded Events?

The education technology industry often gets flak for not seeking the perspectives of educators. So these days, companies, nonprofits and researchers make working closely with teachers and administrators as one of their main priorities.

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An Assembly Line of Coding Students? Tough Questions for the Computer Science Movement

What does it really mean to prepare students for a future in coding careers? Clive Thompson, a freelance writer for Wired and The New York Times magazine, thinks the reality is not as rosy as many people think.

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Teachers in Brooklyn 'Unplug' to Build a Strong Computer Science Foundation

Educators around the country this week are celebrating the Hour of Code, an international effort to bring awareness to computer science. But at Emma L. Johnston Elementary school (P.S. 241) in Brooklyn, students use words like “algorithm” and “loops” year-round—and with remarkable ease. Their teacher has an unlikely strategy to get them to that level of understanding: unplugging the tech.
Ms. Silva also taught us algorithms, and she gave us our passcodes. I want to teach coding too when I grow up.

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The Low-tech Research Strategies That Are Turning Around a Failing Title I School

Some school leaders turn to expensive technology and troves of data as an answer to low proficiency problems in public schools. Dr. Christy Beaird, principal at Laura Dearing Elementary School in Nevada, however, has actively applied research with minimal data collection to transform her school from one of the lowest performers in the Clark County School District to one of the highest.

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From Robotics to Full-Ride Scholarships, How Navajo Students Beat the Odds

Earlier this year, participants of the FIRST world robotics competition garnered national headlines after a team of young girls from Afghanistan were denied visas to attend the event in the United States. While multiple stories of visas kept the competition in the news, an interesting story of firsts from a Navajo team in Utah might have slipped under the radar.

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Educators Can't Help Homeless Students if They Can't Identify Them

At the beginning of my fifth grade school year, my family was homeless, or as some say, transitional— meaning an individual who is a resident in temporary housing. We lived in hotels for a period of time. And we would “double up,” which means to live with other families.

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From Advocating to Letting Your Nerd Flag Fly, Educators Are Grateful For Lessons From Students

When all the stuffing, sauces, hams, turkeys, and pies are out of the oven, there is often a moment of peace during the holiday season where families sit around the dinner table and remember what they are grateful for. This year, we gathered with a community of educators during EdSurge’s Tech Leader Circle at the MakerDepot in Totowa, New Jersey to pause and have a similar moment of reflection.

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A Virtual School Compensation Model Based on Student Completion Rates Raises Eyebrows

Many services are paid for upon the satisfactory completion of a task—such as car maintenance, or hair styling, for example. But should a similar model apply to teacher compensation?

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Looking to Bring ‘Civil Discourse’ to Education Debates, Ex Superintendent Turns Editor-and-Chief

By the time John Deasy resigned his post as superintendent of the L.A. school district, he had become a polarizing figure.

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an article in The New York Times covering his resignation, Steve Barr, founder of Green Dot charter schools, put it this way: "The bitterness that had developed between Mr. Deasy and his critics impeded healthy discussion." Barr went on to ask “can we actually move forward without the extremes dominating the debate?”

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Educators Question AltSchool’s Pivot: Where Does Silicon Valley’s Philanthropy End and Profits Begin?

Just last week David Miyashiro, superintendent of Cajon Valley Union School District, took his colleagues on a tour of AltSchool in Yerba Buena, Calif. Little did they know that the model was struggling and would be closing two schools by the end of the school year. “It’s disheartening,” Miyashiro says in an interview with EdSurge.

How can you look at a kid and tell them you’re closing a school because you want to sell the platform to other schools? How do you think that’s going to make the kids feel, the parents feel?

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