According to a slide presentation from the Kentucky Department of Education at the June 2, 2020 meeting of the Interim Joint Committee on Education, after the Corona Virus caused general school shutdowns, Kentucky’s public school system still provided school lunches to 303,936 students during the month of April 2020. It’s an impressive figure, and undoubtedly…Schools struggle to feed children as COVID-19 continues — The Bluegrass Institute for Public Policy Solutions
If you’re a teacher, you’ve probably fielded this question before: How should I study for the test? When I really consider the question, it is an interesting query. Generally speaking, students don’t change their methods of studying depending upon the material. They study one way, no matter the subject. To me, asking this question implies…How Should I Study for the Test? — The Effortful Educator
Luis von Ahn is the brains, the driver and innovator behind Duolingo. From Guatemala, he’s a mathematician and computer scientist on a mission to keep language learning free. The story is fascinating. It was valued at $1.5 billion at the end of 2019 and their revenues have risen through the pandemic from $400,000 per day…
In this PR piece of yet another “personalized learning” math software, this paragraph stands out:
Zearn Math builds deep understanding of concepts and flexible problem-solving skills through an emphasis on visualization, drawing to solve, and concrete representations of abstract concepts. The curriculum’s focus on inclusivity and accessibility aims to create a sense of belonging in the math classroom for all students by fostering the development of tenacious, lifelong learners. Each day, students learn in flexible and feedback-rich environments and are supported in accessing grade-level math with on-ramps and personalized feedback embedded throughout the curriculum, which includes over 800 digital lessons.
Supply your own interpretation in the comments below. Let’s see what you can come up with. Particularly these key sentences.
Zearn Math builds deep understanding of concepts and flexible problem-solving skills through an emphasis on visualization, drawing to solve, and concrete representations of abstract concepts.
The curriculum’s focus on inclusivity…
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In 1987, then Dept of Interior Secretary Donald P. Hodel when questioned about the deterioration of the ozone layer in the atmosphere suggested that people wear hats, sunglasses and protective sun creams to protect against skin cancer. He was soundly criticized for a statement that addressed the symptoms but not the cause.
A similar attitude is seen in education–particularly math education–from vendors promoting the next shiny new thing designed to cure educational woes. I just finished reading two articles. The first is a PR puff piece written by “guest contributor” praising the program “Teach to One”. It discusses that students who lack foundational skills in math is a big problem–but “personalized learning” offers a solution to this ill.
“It’s difficult to teach a class that engages both lower-ability and higher-ability children because you can’t always address multiple needs simultaneously. Traditional teaching approaches will always leave some students behind.”
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Madison Malone Kircher: On May 10, just a few days before Advanced Placement tests were scheduled to begin for high-schoolers around the world, a Reddit user, Dinosauce313, created a new subreddit, APTests2020. Its stated purpose? “A community of students taking the 2020 AP Exams and wanting to use online resources while doing so.” As a…
One of the many enforced social experiments resulting from the Coronavirus epidemic around the world is in education. Around 82% of global learners are out of school. Distance learning is now the only option for many, although for some this is easier than others. There has always been debate regarding the effectiveness of Edtech, which […]
By Tiarne Kleyn Tiarne Kleyn is a Secondary PDHPE Teacher at Australian Christian College and has a Bachelor of Human Movement and a Bachelor of Secondary Education (PDHPE) from the University of Technology Sydney. On the weekends, you will find her playing AFL (Australian Football League) for the Western Magic.You no doubt realise that exercise…
The post will talk about some of the characteristics and costs of university studies during the Medieval time period. Naturally, there are a lot of similarities to modern times. However, many aspects of university life took time to grow and develop as we will see. University Universities during the Middle Ages were distinct from what […]