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Los Angeles School District Launched a Splashy AI Chatbot. What Exactly Does It Do?

ED Surge

Balloon archways surrounded the stage as the superintendent of the Los Angeles Unified School District, Alberto Carvalho, last month announced what he hailed as a pioneering use of artificial intelligence in education. It’s a chatbot called “Ed” — an animated talking sun — which he described as: “our nation’s very first AI-powered learning-acceleration platform.

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AI and Writing Essays: Pros and Cons, How Will Students Learn to Write if an AI Writes It for Them?

Ask a Tech Teacher

Explore the benefits and drawbacks of AI in essay writing, including its impact on student learning. Unveil the evolving future of writing education with AI through these suggestions from the Ask a Tech Teacher team. AI and Writing Essays: Pros and Cons, How Will Students Learn to Write if an AI Writes It for Them? In the fast-changing digital world, integrating AI into education is both a breakthrough and a problem.

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GSK Regional Online Mentoring – Cumbria, Lancashire, Merseyside & Manchester

All About STEM

In the Autumn Term 2024, STEM Learning is running a free online student mentoring programme, funded by GSK. All About Futures/ All About STEM is managing school engagement in the Cumbria, Lancashire, Merseyside and Manchester regions. “We’re requesting that schools express their interest now if they might wish to be involved.

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Play-based Learning in Preschool: Learning Through Play

Accelerate Learning

Play is a natural part of early childhood development, making play-based learning a perfect fit for preschool education. This approach supports learning across all developmental areas and builds cognitive, emotional, social, and physical skills.

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Can Brain Science Actually Help Make Your Training & Teaching Stick?

Speaker: Andrew Cohen, Founder & CEO of Brainscape

The instructor’s PPT slides are brilliant. You’ve splurged on the expensive interactive courseware. Student engagement is stellar. So… why are half of your students still forgetting everything they learned in just a matter of weeks? It's likely a matter of cognitive science! With so much material to "teach" these days, we often forget to incorporate key proven principles into our curricula — namely active recall, metacognition, spaced repetition, and interleaving practice.

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3 Things Educators and Edtech Suppliers Need to Talk About

ED Surge

The advancements in technology are reshaping how we teach and learn, bringing new opportunities and challenges. To address such challenges, a concerted effort must be made to ensure that newer technologies are implemented thoughtfully and responsibly, with a focus on enhancing the educational experience for all students. Collaboration and open dialogue are key as we navigate this terrain, ensuring innovation meets the needs of today's educational institutions.

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Academic Institutions: Host a Research Placement – Amazing Feedback

All About STEM

Research Placements and Experiences support students to work alongside academic and industry professionals and engage in real-life STEM or STEM-related research. Academic institutions and employers can inspire the next generation by providing a project and hosting a placement.

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A Minimal Model for Biological Evolution and Other Adaptive Processes

Stephen Wolfram

Stephen Wolfram explores simple models of biological organisms as computational systems. A study of progressive development, multiway graphs of all possible paths and the need for narrowing the framework space.

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Putting People First as Higher Ed Grapples With AI

ED Surge

The urgency for higher education institutions to integrate and create policies for using AI technology in the classroom is rapidly increasing. Colleges also must adequately account for its impact on their current and future workforce. I believe that placing people, not technology, at the center of these decisions is how educators should embrace AI, discover new ways of incorporating its capabilities, and use its power to promote equitable student success.

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What You Might Have Missed in April–What’s up in May

Ask a Tech Teacher

Here are the most-read posts for the past month: Tech Tip #90: Don’t Be Afraid of Mulligans Creative Fabrica–the Perfect Solution for Teachers, Creators, and Anyone In a Hurry Most Teens Think AI Won’t Hurt Their Mental Health; Teachers Disagree 9 Online News Resources for Kids Facing Fourth Grade: Tips for Parents Dealing with Academic and Social Challenges 22+ Tips on How to Work Remotely Engaging All Learners: Expanding High School Options for Success 4 Innovative Ways to Enhance Reading Comp

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Harnessing The Power Of Math Manipulatives

Mathematics, a subject steeped in abstract concepts, often poses challenges to students, especially those in grades 5-10. But imagine a bridge that transformed this intricate maze into an interactive adventure.

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CEC Resources: New World New Skills – Dragons’ Den

All About STEM

Host your own Dragons’ Den in school with this series of videos and resources! Visit The Careers & Enterprise Company Resource Directory to access the New World New Skills: Virtual Schools Series – a suite of pre-recorded videos and activities that can be viewed on-demand and completed in the classroom.

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Equity for MLs Begins with Equitable Schedules

Middle Web

Equity can be found in many places in the school – on the walls, on bookshelves, and in policies. The best place to check for equity for multilingual learners is by examining teacher and student schedules. Tan Huynh describes the practices that lead to equitable scheduling. The post Equity for MLs Begins with Equitable Schedules first appeared on MiddleWeb.

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Social-Emotional Learning Strategies Don't Work for Every Student. Here's What Does.

ED Surge

Throughout this academic year, I facilitated a training session on social-emotional learning (SEL) strategies for educators at a high-needs elementary school. During one of the sessions, a seasoned teacher's candid remarks struck a chord. He explicitly stated, “I know that that is what the book says we should do, but these kids are from Brownsville.

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How to Improve Essay Writing Skills–Tips and Strategies

Ask a Tech Teacher

From the three-paragraph essay to one that lives up to the purpose of essays is a big leap both scholastically and skills-wise. Here are four tips from the Ask a Tech Teacher team to get you started: How to Improve Essay Writing Skills: Abbie Kay from State of Writing Giving Tips and Strategies for Students Improving essay writing skills is crucial for students aiming to excel academically.

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Downloadable Design Briefs for an Integrative STEM Curriculum

These easy-to-use design briefs outline student objectives, challenges, and materials needed to complete each 30-minute to 4-hour lesson. ITEEA’s Integrative STEM curriculum, Engineering byDesign, includes many more standards driven hands-on activities just like these!

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Amazing Apprenticeships: April Parent & Carer Pack

All About STEM

Amazing Apprenticeships offer monthly downloadable information booklets for parents or carers. If you’re looking to advise your teens about career options, these are perfect for you! This month’s pack includes apprenticeship information to support you in supporting your child, as well as information on HTQs, driving apprenticeships, and T Levels.

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From Inspiration to Innovation: The Role of 3D Printing in My Inventions

Box Light

In the rural landscape of Eastern NC, Lydia Denton defies the notion that kids' ideas are insignificant. From childhood curiosity to inventing a life-saving car seat, Lydia's journey inspires. Part 1 of her incredible journey delves into her early years of curiosity and creativity, culminating in the development of the Beat the Heat car seat - a groundbreaking invention aimed at preventing hot car deaths.

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The Pandemic Fueled Gains in Digital Equity. But for Native Tribes, It’s Complicated.

ED Surge

When pueblos in New Mexico looked into running fiber into Jemez Day School, a K-6 school run by the Bureau of Indian Education, they were launching a complicated process. Upgrading the school’s connection meant jumping through hoops, even though there was fiber across the street. Early on, the U.S. federal government’s E-Rate program, which provides “universal service” funding to schools and libraries for telecommunications and internet, also said it wouldn’t pay for another project.

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How Laser Cutter Brings New Inspiration to the Classroom

Ask a Tech Teacher

STEM education–Science, technology, engineering, and math–sounds intimidating, but is actually one of the most satisfying learning experiences students can participate in. Makeblock (an Ask a Tech Teacher sponsor) has some excellent resources for this field. Today, we’ll discuss: How Laser Cutter Brings New Inspiration to the Classroom STEM education is the need of this modern era, which is why teachers look for some interesting ways to teach these subjects and skills.

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CREST Awards: Run a Discovery Day in School!

All About STEM

CREST Discovery Awards offer an introduction to real project work and give students the freedom to run their own investigations. They can be completed in one day, with students (11-14) working together in self-managed groups. The Challenge Students work in groups to solve a STEM challenge, or challenges, with minimal adult intervention. Then students present their work.

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Elementary Entrepreneurship: The Sky’s the Limit

Defined Learning

Fostering entrepreneurship in the classroom encourages students to develop hard and soft skills, engage in problem-solving, and communicate effectively while pursuing their entrepreneurial ideas. Read about four key categories with examples for educating students on entrepreneurship and how to foster a "Dream Big" and "Never Give Up" mentality.

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A Scholar Hopes to Diversify the Narrative Around Undocumented Students

ED Surge

When Felecia Russell was a high school student growing up near Los Angeles, she was getting good grades and plenty of encouragement to go to college. But when it came time to do the paperwork of applying to a campus and financial aid, Russell asked her mom for her social security number. “My mom was like, ‘yeah, you don’t have one,’” she remembers. Russell didn’t have a social security number because she didn’t have permanent legal status in the U.S.

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Nurturing Students As Collaborative Contributors

Middle Web

Our Making Questions Count series explores three key roles in the teacher-student learning relationship. In their final post, Jackie Walsh, Emily Brokaw and Anna Salazar describe in rich detail the Student as Collaborative Contributor, with real-world stories and resources. The post Nurturing Students As Collaborative Contributors first appeared on MiddleWeb.

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STEM Ambassadors Community: Promoting STEM Careers

All About STEM

STEM Ambassadors can join the STEM Ambassadors Community to collaborate, ask for advice, share best practice and discover new ways to inspire young people with other volunteers. Members can also access the STEM Ambassadors Training Hub to discover resources, online CPD, top tips and more.

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Discover the Power of 3D Printing with the Robo E4 and E4 Pro

Box Light

Amidst a flurry of activity, students are immersed in a 3D printing frenzy, crafting solutions to real-world challenges. As they design, plan, and produce items, students engage their creativity and critical thinking, honing skills essential for the modern world. With the Robo E4 and E4 3D printers , MimioSTEM by Boxlight empowers students to transform their ideas into tangible innovations.

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How to Evaluate and Select the Right Edtech Products [Infographic]

ED Surge

Today’s education leaders have unprecedented access to edtech products, but there’s no clear way to determine a product’s quality or effectiveness for learning. How can decision-makers know if a product meets learning standards and drives student achievement without a shared definition of what makes a product usable, valuable and effective? Recommended Resources ISTE’s Advancing Edtech Evaluation and Selection page includes a set of user-friendly resources designed to help teachers and education

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Learning Where You Live: The Power of Place-Based Education

Teach Hub

Place-based learning is an innovative approach that engages students in their community. By integrating their physical local environment, culture, and landscaping, students learn through participation in service projects to help them gain a better understanding of their place in the world. This transformative teaching method helps to foster a sense of community and engagement among students.

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Building Skills in the World Language Class

Middle Web

Sparking Creativity in the World Language Classroom by veteran educators Deborah Blaz and Tom Alsop provides examples from language programs showcasing how creativity can be integrated into curricula to engage our students, writes Spanish teacher and ELM coach Melinda Stewart. The post Building Skills in the World Language Class first appeared on MiddleWeb.

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Helping Teachers Embrace Change through Technology

Box Light

Integrating new digital tools in education can be daunting, leading teachers to hesitate in fully and consistently implementing them. How can educators bridge the gap between traditional teaching methods and digital tools, ensuring a smooth and impactful integration that empowers students to learn effectively?

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STEM Everyday #264 | Museums & STEM | feat. Darryl Williams

STEM Everyday Podcast

As The Franklin Institute ’s Senior Vice President of Science and Education, Dr. Darryl N. Williams oversees all aspects of the science and educational programming at the heart of the Institute’s efforts to inspire a passion for learning about science and technology. Dr. Williams earned his B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Hampton University and his M.S. and Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Maryland, College Park.