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Tynker Offers a Good Way to Introduce Students to Programming

Tynker is a service that provides activities to help students developing coding skills. I first tried Tynker years ago and have watched it grow from a simple app to a full-blown coding curriculum for...

Judge, Jury and Education Startups: Reflections From the SXSW EDU Launch Competition

All the world’s a stage when you’re a startup, and life becomes a pitch in front of investors, advisers, reporters, partners and potential acquirers.Those hats were represented in the panel of judges at this week’s SXSW EDU Launch Competition, which included Bridget Burns, executive director of the University Innovation Alliance; Vince Chan, co-founder at Creta Ventures; Jonathan Rochelle, product management director at Google for Education; and your correspondent.

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The TeachThought Podcast Ep. 159 The Science Of Deeper Learning And Why We’re Not Doing More Of It

The TeachThought Podcast Ep. 159 The Science Of Deeper Learning And Why We’re Not Doing More Of It Drew Perkins talks with neuroscientist and author Dr. Jared Cooney Horvath about his new book and work the science of learning. Links & Resources Mentioned In This Episode: @JCHorvath johnbiggs.com.au – SOLO taxonomy Book: Stop Talking, Start […]

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25 Ways Schools Can Promote Literacy And Independent Reading

25 Ways Schools Can Promote Literacy Independent Reading  contributed by Kimberly Tyson, Ph.D. In the age of the Common Core and its emphasis upon having students take on more challenging text, independent reading and student choice can easily take a back seat to the demands of increased rigor. However, in a balanced literacy program, they […]

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Report: The Credentials People Get Are Not Always the Ones Companies Want

Almost 30 percent of industry-recognized credentials American students recently earned relate to careers in architecture and construction. Yet just 8 percent of them are in demand by employers.And only .1 percent of students earned a particular credential that could lead to a nearly $82,000 information technology job.These are just some of the findings teased Monday at a SXSW EDU panel on industry-recognized credentials developed or adopted by businesses to verify students have the technical skills needed for certain jobs.

How 60 Minutes Oversimplified the Gender Gap and Overlooked Women in Tech

When Americans tuned in to watch last Sunday’s segment of 60 Minutes, they learned that the vast gender gap in the tech industry is shrinking, thanks to “one group that may have a chance to finally crack the code,” as the correspondent put it.

UMass Will Build a National Online College. But What About Its Previous Online Offshoot?

University of Massachusetts president Marty Meehan made a splash this week by announcing plans to build a large-scale online college for adult learners that aims to compete with giants like Arizona State University and Southern New Hampshire University.