A new online tool can help school–district leaders compare the effectiveness of technology products before purchasing them. The tool, designed by the nonprofit Digital Promise and researchers from Johns Hopkins University, asks questions and provides scores on which products would best meet their needs. Its structure is a relatively simple, multiple-choice format, which asks school officials involved in purchasing decisions to consider 12 questions on the relevance, rigor, and design of product-evaluation studies—whether they’re conducted independently, paid for and overseen by companies themselves, or something in between.
Super skills, twenty-first century skills, best practices—whatever you want to call the 4C’s (creativity, collaboration, critical thinking, communication), they are an integral part of the student experience in our classroom. Even so, sometimes a pathway to incorporate the 4C’s may seem evasive or like it takes too much time. Adding the following tools and ideas to an instructional toolbox can support a seamless incorporation of the 4C’s into our teaching and learning for all students.
On April 2, 2020, from 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. (ET), educators are invited to a free, live presentation on “Leading with Ethics” sponsored by ETS – ProEthica. In this freeedLeader Panel hosted on edWeb.net, the presenters will explore how school administrators can help change the way ethics-based decisions are made within their school districts.
iRobot is helping to drive STEM education programs in the iRobot Cool Stuff Museum, where students can explore the building blocks of the world’s coolest robots. A freeiOS or Androidapp from Cuseum takes students on a tour of the museum, providing an opportunity to learn about iRobot’s rich history in robotics and gain inspiration.