Where Schools Stand
June 12, 2017
Schools tackle tech training for teachers, "passive" vs. "active" use of digital tools, and online learning needs
- Federal 'Course-Choice' Efforts Grow to Give Students More OptionsAs internet connectivity improves in rural America, many schools are expanding online options for students who lack access to hard-to-staff courses.Classroom Technology Online Classes for K-12 Schools: What You Need to KnowMillions of public school students now take classes online. But educators know little about the quality of the courses, who is enrolling in them, or how students are doing.Social Studies Social Studies Relies on Tech Tools That Are Not Tailored to the SubjectEducators report there are fewer social-studies-specific digital learning tools than for subjects such as math, which are part of the Common Core State Standards.Classroom Technology Google Docs Fuels Shift to Collaborative Classroom WritingTeachers are using online tools to change the way students write, collaborate, and get feedback in the classroom.Executive Skills & Strategy Science Learning No Longer Bound by Limits of School LaboratoriesOnline simulations, high-tech equipment, and student-owned digital devices are opening up a world of experimentation for science classes.Professional Development Poor Students Face Digital Divide in How Teachers Learn to Use TechAmerica's most innovative schools constantly help teachers learn to use technology. But in many high-poverty schools, the barriers to good teacher training can seem insurmountable.Classroom Technology Will Online Tools Make Texas Instruments' Graphing Calculators Obsolete?Startup company Desmos is taking on Texas Instruments with its free, web-based calculator, which is attracting the attention of teachers and test providers.Executive Skills & Strategy The Future of Classroom Technology: 5 Experts Weigh InBetter research will help schools evolve toward more creative use of classroom technology, ed-tech leaders predict.Classroom Technology Data Dive: Devices and Software Flooding Into ClassroomsStudents have access to more ed tech than ever, but teachers remain untrained and students aren't using tech creatively.Classroom Technology State Data: How Do Students Actually Use Classroom Computers?Data from the National Assessment of Educational Progress sheds light on the ways 8th grade students use classroom computers in math class. Data is broken down by state.Professional Development Data: How Does Teacher Tech Training Compare Across States?Data from the National Assessment of Educational Progress shows how much professional development on using technology 8th grade math teachers received. Data is broken down by state.
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