In a new series aimed at closing the gap between research and practice, Usable Knowledge is partnering with Digital Promise on a project that collects real questions from educators across the country and poses them to faculty members at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. The series, called Ask a Researcher, offers evidence-based guidance to classroom dilemmas in the areas of literacy, mathematics, and English language learning, giving teachers credible strategies to enhance student learning. The questions are gathered from educators in Digital Promise’s League of Innovative Schools. Plans are developing to solicit questions more broadly.
Each month we publish blogs and several newsletters full of digital learning, funding, professional growth, social media, and STEM resources. Below are items from our blogs and newsletters that educators turned to the most in September.
Circle Round, a storytelling podcast for children aged 4–10, tells carefully selected folktales from around the world with an eye toward inclusivity. The stories are adapted into 10- to 20-minute diverse episodes that delve into topics such as kindness, persistence, and generosity, while taking children to places they didn’t think possible.
Researchers at Gallaudet University are working to develop high-tech reading resources for children who are deaf. The tools include storybook applications that help children understand emotions portrayed in the text.