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Computer Science Education is Mandatory in Virginia

Computer Science Education is Mandatory in Virginia

According to District Administration, Virginia has become the first state to have mandatory common core standards in computer science education.  The standards are a framework for computer science education in the state. There are states with advisory standards, but Virginia became the first to have mandatory standards.   Some concerns were raised by the Virginia … Continue reading

Tips for Starting a STEAM Program

Tips for Starting a STEAM Program

Schools across the country are getting involved in the STEAM movement by integrating innovative programs and spaces that inspire a new generation of designers and inventors. Help your customers bring STEAM to their school with these tips from littleBits. Districts and schools need to have a clear vision of what their STEAM goals are. Everyone … Continue reading

Six Trends for this School Year

Six Trends for this School Year

The Journal News, part of USA Today, released an article in early September outlining six trends that will be seen in schools this coming school year. Virtual Learning- What used to be a static experience is now fully immersive. Students are given the ability to visit far-flung parts of the world or interact with people they … Continue reading

Flipped Learning: Where to Begin

Flipped Learning: Where to Begin

We have all heard about flipped learning. However, with different variations of the term, having the wrong idea of flipped learning can be a problem for schools. Flipped Learning Network defines flipped learning as “a pedagogical approach in which direct instruction moves from the group learning space to the individual learning space, and the resulting … Continue reading

Come See Us at ISTE 2017 – Booth #3452

Come See Us at ISTE 2017 – Booth #3452

We are excited to be heading down to ISTE in 4 days! ISTE is a great opportunity to showcase your products and interact with vendors, resellers, and industry representatives. Connect with over 15,000 educators, 4,500 company representatives and 550 exhibiting companies. Stop by Booth #3452 and say hi! We will have demos from several of … Continue reading

Tips to Help Create and Sustain a Makerspace

Tips to Help Create and Sustain a Makerspace

Makerspaces, defined as an area where people (students) use creativity, technology, and computing to work on different projects and ideas, are quickly becoming mainstream in education.  However, creating and maintaining one can be overwhelming for educators who are starting from scratch. October Smith, the K-12 science coordinator at Lamar Consolidated ISD, shared some tips and … Continue reading

Significant Developments in EdTech for Higher Education

Significant Developments in EdTech for Higher Education

The NMC Horizon Report: 2016 Higher Education Edition, based on the opinions of 58 education and technology experts, identified six important developments in technology that will support innovation and change at higher education institutions within the next five years. Near-Term – Time-to-Adoption: 1 year or less Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) – In higher education, … Continue reading

The Essential Components of STEM Education

The Essential Components of STEM Education

STEM Education has become a huge area of emphasis for schools across the country, and many are seeking ideas on how to improve available programs.  New NSF-funded research from George Washington University, George Mason University, and SRI International has discovered 14 components associated with strong and exemplary STEM learning programs: College-prep, STEM-focused curriculum for all. … Continue reading

Leveraging Federal Funding to Support STEM Education

Leveraging Federal Funding to Support STEM Education

Last week the U.S. Department of Education issued a Dear Colleague Letter to states, school districts, schools, and education partners on how to maximize federal funds to support and enhance innovative science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education for all students. The letter serves as a resource for decreasing the equity and opportunity gaps for … Continue reading

Investments in Career and Tech Education Announced

Last week (3/9/2016) The US Department of Education announced their plan to increase support for career and technical education (CTE) courses for students. Education Secretary John B. King Jr., has emphasized the importance for an increase in student access to CTE classes, especially for those who come from more diverse backgrounds. Additionally, he has called … Continue reading