E-Learning for Educators, funded by the U.S. Department of Education’s Ready to Teach program, seeks to establish successful, sustainable, statewide online professional development programs that address teacher quality and student achievement goals. Through its EdTech Leaders® Online program, EDC supports this initiative by establishing a cadre of online professional development instructors and course developers within each state.
In collaboration with SRI International and NASA, EDC will develop and pilot two high school level interactive websites for climate change investigations.
With these websites, high school teachers will be able to compile customized data sets on local climate change using NASA’s Goddard Interactive Online Visualization and Analysis Infrastructure (Giovanni), which contains archived Earth observation mission data. Created for scientists, the Giovanni data sets will be adapted for high school students and teachers.
Bilingual Radio for Colombia (Bilingüismo Radial para Colombia) is a pilot project providing basic English skills to rural Colombian children. Through the program, EDC is helping Universidad del Norte (UniNorte) to develop and produce Interactive Radio Instruction programs for English as a Second Language and to train primary school teachers to use the programs.
EDC and a technical committee of computer scientists and thought leaders in computational thinking (CT) will develop and validate a common core of CT skill sets used by scientists, technicians, technologists, engineers, and mathematicians in U.S.STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) workplaces.
The Garissa Youth Project (G-Youth Project) aims to empower youth in Kenya make sound career and life decisions as they transition from high school to the next phase of their lives. The project is also building the capacity of local institutions and networks to sustain the much-needed services that G-Youth will provide.
Funded by the State Department, EDC’s Darfur News and Information Service encourages constructive dialogue, mitigates tensions, and builds the capacity of Darfuri radio journalists to increase the provision of news and information in the region. This two year project offers news, information, and an educational shortwave broadcast service in Arabic, Fur, Masalit, and Zagawa for internally displaced persons (IDPs) and other vulnerable populations in Darfur. Special attention is given to explaining the Darfur Peace Agreement.
The Akazi Kanoze Youth Livelihoods Project, an EQUIP3 Associate Award, aims to develop a thriving youth livelihood support system in Rwanda to increase the prosperity of not only youth, but also the public and private institutions that support and benefit from youths’ productive engagement in Rwandan society. To achieve this goal, Akazi Kanoze will provide youth in Kigali with market-relevant life and work readiness training and support, hands-on training opportunities, and links into the employment and self-employment job market.
This project is creating two professional development courses, with both on-site and online versions to build the capacity of middle school teachers of mathematics and special educators and their administrators to enable students with disabilities to be successful mathematics learners. During the project, one eight-session course for classroom teachers and their special education colleagues and a six-session course for school administrators will be developed, tested, and disseminated.
EDC is a partner in the launch of a new Center for Innovative Research in Cyberlearning (CIRCL), an initiative led by California-based SRI International in collaboration with NORC at the University of Chicago. The five-year, $4.5 million effort is funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) Cyberlearning program.
EDC has received a grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to develop a suite of digital tools that will help middle-school history and social studies teachers make better use of primary sources.
Online education is growing fast, with 31 states now allowing purely online schools. “It’s exploding,” says Barbara Treacy, director of EdTech Leaders Online at EDC in the latest issue of District Administration. “What we’re going to see in the future is a spectrum of blended courses, and the rare classroom that is 100 percent face-to-face.”
As part of his Middle East trip, President Barack Obama met with students at the Al-Bireh Youth Resource Development Center in Ramallah, one of several youth centers run and programmed by Education Development Center, Inc. (EDC), between 2008 and 2012, and funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID).
In an article discussing the iCarly television program, Shelley Pasnik of EDC’s Center for Children and Technology discusses how the program was ahead of its time in terms of how young people interact with technology.