Digital Promise, the congressionally authorized nonprofit charged with “accelerating innovation in education to improve opportunities to learn,” has developed a tool to help educators and edtech developers sort through relevant research on the best educational technology tools to advance goals around student learning. The research is organized into 12 broad topics that include subjects such as student motivation, reading and science instruction, language and math learning, and specialeducation practices. For the busy teacher with little time, Digital Promise has summarized the most salient research about a topic and provided citations to the research for further investigation. Each topical page lists other research studies and includes links to blogs or additional resources. The research is organized into two forms of data visualization that allow users to see whether research about a topic overlaps with other research on the topic, and if so, how often the overlapping occurs. The “network view” is meant for exploration and is more interactive, whereas the “chord view” helps to show the gaps in research.
The nonprofit Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL) and several other organizations have released guidance to help schools meet the social and emotional needs of students as they return to school after prolonged closures.
The Bill & MelindaGates Foundation wants to use a multimillion-dollar grant program to remove barriers to algebra—a gateway to higher-level mathematics—for English language learners, students from families in poverty, and Latino and Black students.
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