In the push to create digital learning resources for schools, developers say social studies have largely been ignored. Now that vacuum is being filled by EDC’s Zoom In, a free online tool that helps students learn U.S. history while also strengthening their literacy skills.
Most young kids are using mobile devices in some way by age two, a new study shows. In this article, EDC’s Shelley Pasnik, director of the Center for Children and Technology, comments on the study’s findings. “It’s not surprising that parents have integrated the very devices that are part of their own lives into family patterns in order to come up with a few minutes to tend to the dishes or the trash or laundry,” she says.
EDC will join other winners of the USAID All Children Reading Grand Challenge competition for a summit meeting to discuss scaling up early-grade reading efforts in the Asia Pacific region. EDC will showcase results of its literacy data initiative first introduced in the Philippines in 2011. The summit will be held in Melbourne, Australia, April 27-28.
Thousands of educators in the United States and around the world are tapping into online teaching resources created by EDC’s Success at the Core. To date, more than 20,000 Web users have registered for materials to help boost student math, science, and English language arts achievement.
EDC has received a four-year, $6.5 million grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to lead a partnership that will adapt the University of California, Berkeley’s Beauty and Joy of Computing college course for high school students and bring it to New York City (NYC) public schools.
Students today need to have the ability to work with big data, but many schools are not yet teaching the essential skills required. Ruth Krumhansl discusses the efforts of EDC’s Oceans of Data Institute to change this.
EDC’s Oceans of Data Institute has created an first-of-its-kind occupational profile for careers in big data. The profile was compiled by a panel of experts and validated by more than 100 big data professionals.
EDC has selected 10 new recipients for its highly competitive annual CADRE Fellows Program. Recipients receive a one-year fellowship to work with the Community for Advancing Discovery Research in Education (CADRE), a resource network for STEM education researchers supported by the National Science Foundation (NSF).
EDC radio programs are enabling learning to continue in Liberia, despite the Ebola crisis. The radio lessons are also helping boost students’ morale, especially in areas hit hardest. EDC’s Lisa Hartenberger Toby describes the program for the Chronicle of Philanthropy.
EDC’s work in Liberia was featured during a recent BBC broadcast on education during the Ebola crisis. The segment highlighted ways in which the USAID-funded Advancing Youth Project is bringing education to learners through interactive audio instruction broadcast on local radio stations. It begins at 39:00.
As Ebola rages across West Africa, nongovernmental organizations such as EDC are finding creative ways to continue to deliver programming. Lisa Hartenberger Toby discusses the importance of education and how radio can be used as a teaching tool when it is unsafe to gather in classrooms.
EDC, in collaboration with the American Psychiatric Association, the American Psychological Association, and the National Association of Social Workers, will establish a new Mental Health and HIV/AIDS Training Resource Center.
This project has researched, designed, and developed the SolveMe Mobiles app, a digital learning environment using specific mathematical puzzles to support the transition from arithmetic to algebra for middle school students. The app is designed to support logical thinking in a social environment by allowing users not only to solve puzzles but also to build and share them as well. The project team has prototyped several additional apps that could support solving, building, and sharing mathematics puzzles.
A panel of STEM, education, and industry experts from across the country will gather at EDC to define the skills and knowledge needed to compete in a big-data-centered economy. The resulting occupational profile will serve to inform conversations about K–16 STEM education and college and career readiness. Hosted by EDC’s Oceans of Data Institute, the meeting will take place August 15–16 in Waltham.