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Math Fun for Summer!

Teach Learn – Daniel Brillhart

“Avoid the drill and have some fun with math this summer. These sites include lots of fun ways to keep your math abilities on target.” (more)

Education priorities and STEM skills in the US

Open Access Government – Staff Writer

“The department distributes financial aid to eligible applicants throughout the nation for early childhood, elementary, secondary and postsecondary education programmes. Federal programmes benefit all students, and special programmes exist to serve individuals with disabilities, those who live in poverty, Native Americans, immigrants and those with limited English proficiency. Federal funds for education are distributed using three methods: a set formula, competition and financial need determination.” (more)

New insights on infant word learning reported in IU study

News at IU Bloomington – Staff Writer

“Before they can speak, infants between the ages of 7 and 11 months begin to pair the words they hear with the everyday objects in their surroundings. To explain this phenomenon, the field of developmental psychology has focused on “naming moments,” when the names and objects are presented to the infant at the same time.” (more)

How 3D printing is changing education

E-School News – Andrea Zermeno

“If the pandemic has taught us anything, it’s that we must invest in educational technology. When schools use technology to improve the quality and quantity of educational content, learners will thrive. Amid this technology-driven educational environment, 3D printing offers students the following: helping to facilitate differentiated instruction, increasing student engagement, expanding practice opportunities, and scaling up standardized instruction.” (more)

Teaching the Principles of Computer Science Early in K–12 Schools

Ed Tech Magazine – Alexander Slagg

“Among U.S. high schools, only 51 percent offer computer science coursework, according to the 2021 State of Computer Science Education report by Code.org, the Computer Science Teachers Association and the Expanding Computing Education Pathways Alliance. To address this disparity, schools need to start building students’ foundational knowledge and skills early and have curricula and resources in place to expand their learning throughout their K–12 education.” (more)

Do Dyslexia Fonts Actually Work?

Edutopia – Youki Terada

“In 1927, Samuel Orton, a neuro-psychiatrist, observed that many of his young patients with reading difficulties reversed similar letters, confusing “d” for “b,” for example. Concluding that the condition was caused by “directional confusion,” he coined the term strephosymbolia, meaning “twisted symbol.” The characterization, but not the coinage, stuck—and fueled early speculation that what came to be known as dyslexia was a visual disorder that caused printed letters to appear as a confusing, jumbled mess.” (more)

Blurring the lines between education and workforce

The Hechinger Report – Javeria Salman

“In a July 2021 report, the two proposed blurring the last two years of high school with the first two years of college to modernize our secondary and post-secondary education and training systems and connect them “more tightly to the world of work and careers,” according to Vargas who, with Hartung, was among the report’s authors.” (more)

How can middle school leaders ease the transition to high school?

K-12 Dive – Lauren Barack

“To better prepare students for the more demanding work they’ll face in high school, districts and schools should focus on building a transition action team and developing a statement of need, Gene Bottoms, former director of the High Schools That Work Initiative for the Southern Regional Education Board, writes for ASCD. These efforts can help leaders monitor student readiness and ensure that all students receive access to challenging curricula.” (more)

5 tips for parents of new kindergartners who are younger than their classmates

The Conversation – Gregory Fabiano

“A good kindergarten experience sets kids up for success in school and into adulthood. Students in smaller kindergarten classes are more likely to go to college than students from larger classes. And by age 27, students who had more experienced kindergarten teachers were earning more money than their peers who had less-experienced teachers in kindergarten.” (more)