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3 Lessons Learned From Education Technology Research

The U.S. News and World Report – Staff Writer

“School district administrators and principals are inundated with salesmen peddling computers and software programs. Many claim that scientific research proves their wares work. Can they be believed? The researchers at the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL), an organization inside the economics department of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, scoured academic journals, the internet and evaluation databases and found only 113 studies on using technology in schools that were scientifically rigorous.”(more)

Ten Years Ago Fewer Than 3,000 Girls Took the AP CS Exam. Now There Are Nearly 30,000

Ed Surge – Jenny Abamu

” Educators and students around the nation are celebrating the completion this year’s Computer Science Advanced Placement (AP) Exam. Students are mostly celebrating the fact that it’s over, but teachers are excited that data (released from Code.org this morning) indicates a record number of students, in particular girls and minorities, taking the exam. According to data from College Board and Code.org, the Computer Science Principles AP course had 111,262 test takers, including 29,708 girls and 22,199 underrepresented minorities taking the exam—an increase of over 100 percent since 2016 for both groups.”(more)

PBS Show Will Teach Preschoolers How To Think Like Computers

Ed Surge – Jenny Abamu

” As society anticipates a future filled with artificial intelligence, experts are theorizing ways that we humans can outperform the computers that are being programmed to perfection. Some believe educators should focus on building soft skills like empathy and interpersonal communication so humans and robots can complement one another. However, other education thought leaders are ready to beat computers at their own game by teaching people to think like intelligent machines.”(more)

4 ways to strengthen computer science education

E-School News – Laura Ascione

“States are progressing toward a number of goals that aim to make computer science education a priority, but there is still more to do–especially when it comes to adopting K-12 computer science standards, according to a new report. State of the States Landscape Report: State-Level Policies Supporting Equitable K–12 Computer Science Education also highlights key strategies and issues state leaders must address regarding computer science education. That point was evident at the recent Portfolio Network meeting hosted by CRPE in Camden, New Jersey.”(more)

Is writing education vital to emerging technology?

E-School News – Jeremy Cunningham

“In an age of technological advancement, it’s easy to feel obsolete. I feel confident that education will always be needed; but, occasionally I wonder if writing education has value in a computer-driven world. Students enter my English classrooms and see the course as a requirement for advancement. They look at is as one of many “basics” they need until they can study their actual interest.”(more)

All Students Can Find Power in Thinking Like Computer Scientists

KQED News Mind/Shift – Katrina Schwartz

“In recent years there’s been a lot of emphasis on teaching kids computer science both in high school and at much younger ages. Computers are an integral part of schools and workplaces; many educators and parents believe learning to code is now a skill akin to learning to write. And as employers recognize that American students aren’t graduating with the skills they need at their companies, there has been a push for more science, technology, engineering and math courses. Computer science has sparked a lot of excitement as a field where well-paid jobs will exist in the future.”(more)