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Boeing’s 100 Days of Learning Brings Accessible STEM Education to Kids Across the Globe

3BL Media – Staff Writer

“With 100 years of innovation experience behind them, Boeing is looking ahead to the next 100 years of aerospace visionaries with their 100 Days of Learning campaign. The 100 Days campaign includes a wide range of resources to engage students, via teachers and parents, in STEM education. Boeing engineers worked side-by-side with partners Curiosity Machine, Teaching Channel, PBS Learning Media, and Above and Beyond to develop lesson plans, documentaries, and hands-on activities that break down complicated concepts into easy-to-digest resources. With 100 Days of Learning, Boeing hopes to spark young people’s natural sense of curiosity and show them just how astronomical their impact on the world can be.”(more)

3 ways to make classrooms more interactive

E-School News – MIKE BRODERICK

“Educators who want to reach students who favor interactive communication know that integrating digital tools into their lesson plans can be an effective strategy, and many have incorporated technology tools into the classroom in one way or another. But to make a real difference, educators have to integrate technology in a meaningful way. It’s not sufficient to just use social media platforms as an alternate communication venue or post schedules on a class Facebook page.”(more)

One million U.S. students could be studying Mandarin by 2020

PBS News Hour – Corey Mitchell

“A multinational effort to boost the number of U.S. students studying abroad in China has expanded its focus to stateside Mandarin language learning. The push, led by the US-China Strong Foundation, aims to increase the number of American students studying the language to one million by 2020, a five-fold increase. The effort recognizes the growing importance of U.S.-China relations and aims to prepare a new generation of U.S. citizens to engage with China through commerce and culture. “We’re looking at this as a lifelong effort to ensure we have leaders who understand China and can help manage what we believe is the most important bilateral relationship in the world,” said Carola McGiffert, CEO of the Washington-based foundation. To reach that goal, the initiative aims to create a model Chinese language and culture curriculum that is flexible enough to allow local school systems to tailor it to their needs.”(more)

Getting struggling students to read requires both data and compassion

E-School News – Tammy Mangus

“Too many teachers simply move students along to be kind. Can the impartiality of data help? When I became an administrator back in 2008, I realized there were too many students flying under the radar and not reading at their grade level. If there’s one thing I know as an educator, now a superintendent, it’s that reading level defines success—period. Research shows that if a student reads on grade level, his or her likelihood of being successful dramatically increases. Early in my educational career, I learned first-hand the impact of using student achievement data to guide my instruction, but assessment results don’t tell the whole story of a student. As part of my mission to see that no student falls through the cracks, all are greater than average, and everyone graduates knowing how to read, I developed an idea called “Truthful Kindness and Necessary Action” to help me balance objective reporting and empathy for students.”(more)

Lab sparks young minds in skills, jobs

The San Diego Union Tribune – Christine Huard

“A space where students can test the limits of their imaginations and creatively explore technology and engineering has opened in an unused basement room at the Civic Center library branch. The “Innovation Station” is modeled on Qualcomm’s Thinkabit Lab and created through a collaboration of the technology giant, the Chula Vista Elementary School District and the city of Chula Vista. It’s not the first Thinkabit-inspired learning lab in the district. An engineering lab at Feaster Charter School received the Qualcomm stamp of approval last December when the company announced it would bring the concept it created in its Sorrento Valley corporate headquarters to three schools in the county — Feaster, Lewis Middle School in the San Diego Unified School District and the Vista Innovation and Design Academy in the Vista Unified School District.”(more)

Why we learn math

The Herald and News – Staff Writer

“Why do we study math? Harouni didn’t always spend his days studying antique math curricula and century-old textbooks. He used to be an elementary school teacher in Cambridge Public Schools. It was there that his math students started asking that all-too-familiar question: Why? Instead of offering the easy answer — Because math is good for you! — Harouni promised them a real answer. And that required that he do some homework of his own. A lot of it. His research led him to Harvard, where he now lectures at the Graduate School of Education, and to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, where he is writing a book on math education.”(more)