Audrey Watters

Ada Lovelace Day Celebrates Women in STEM

Tomorrow, October 7 is Ada Lovelace Day, to commemorate the work of women in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. For those who want to participate, there are a couple of options. You can blog about a woman in the STEM field who has inspired you to become what you are today. You can participate in … Continue reading Ada Lovelace Day Celebrates Women in STEM →

Can Online Tutoring Work as Well as Face-to-Face?

There are some 40,000 tutoring companies in the U.S. While most of these are face-to-face operations, many offer online tutoring. The problem is that most of the online services don’t have a particularly good reputation — not among students, not among parents, and most damningly perhaps, not with the Better Business Bureau. The $8 billion-a-year … Continue reading Can Online Tutoring Work as Well as Face-to-Face? →

Can Apple Products Pave the Way to Personalized Learning?

Apple held a press event today at its Cupertino headquarters, unveiling a variety of improvements to its line of iPods and iPhones, including an update to its mobile operating system and a brand new version of its wildly popular iPhone. As always happens around these Apple announcements, there’s a flurry of excitement — before, during, … Continue reading Can Apple Products Pave the Way to Personalized Learning? →

10 Awesome Apps for Learning About Music, Nature, History and Math

Continuing our monthly Educational Apps series, a mixture of iOS, Android, and Web-based apps. STORYLINES: The educational games-maker Root-1 has released its latest app into the iTunes store this week. StoryLines (iTunes) is a bit like the game of “Telephone.” Players are given a sentence or phrase to illustrate using the touchscreen on the iPad. … Continue reading 10 Awesome Apps for Learning About Music, Nature, History and Math →

Weekly News Roundup

President Obama offered his “back-to-school” remarks this week at Benjamin Banneker High School in Washington DC. The President had a few words of encouragement: “Be the best student that you can be. Now, that doesn’t always mean that you have to have a perfect score on every assignment. It doesn’t mean that you’ve got to … Continue reading Weekly News Roundup →

Space Exploration is Not Just for Astronauts

Teddy bears in space, via Mirror UK With the end of the U.S. Space Shuttle program this summer, there’s been a lot of talk about the future of manned space exploration. As the name “shuttle” would suggest, the Space Shuttle program was supposed to mark the beginning of space missions that were more regular and … Continue reading Space Exploration is Not Just for Astronauts →

How Do You Find Good Educational Apps?

schnaars There are a lot of amazing new educational apps out there, whether you’re looking for native apps or Web apps, apps for your mobile phone, for your tablet, or for your laptop. There a number of app stores too where you can find and download them: Apple’s iTunes and its Mac App Store, the … Continue reading How Do You Find Good Educational Apps? →

“Gaming” the College Admissions Process

Dave Herholz For many high school students, the fall semester means it’s time to get serious about the college admissions process. While some graduating seniors have a good idea of which school they’d like to attend, many don’t. And even if the student has a stellar academic record and hopes to score an acceptance letter … Continue reading “Gaming” the College Admissions Process →

Weekly News Roundup

President Obama will release details on his plans to roll back pieces of No Child Left Behind legislation today. States that want to seek waivers for NCLB will have to demonstrate that they have adopted “college- and career-ready standards” in math and language arts and have established ways for measuring teacher effectiveness. Google launched a … Continue reading Weekly News Roundup →

Should We Still Teach Students to Write in Cursive?

Reading and writing are fundamental to learning. But as more kids read and write via some sort of computing device — laptop, tablet, cellphone — how we teach those skills is changing, and one significant change is the decision to teach cursive. When it comes to equipping students with “21st century skills,” typing is in, … Continue reading Should We Still Teach Students to Write in Cursive? →

Distractions Begone! Facebook as a Study Tool

Protecting student safety has been the rationale behind the recent spate of laws restricting teachers’ and students’ communication via social networking. The laws call into into question once again the educational value of these sorts of online social tools: Why do teachers need to talk to students on Facebook? Shouldn’t students be studying? Isn’t Facebook … Continue reading Distractions Begone! Facebook as a Study Tool →

Have a Skill to Share? Collect a Class and Start Teaching

Scone-baking class, by Skillshare HQ The Internet has become a powerful platform for sharing educational content and for finding information about almost every topic imaginable. But even with all the opportunities for teaching and learning online, the value of face-to-face instruction from a knowledgeable teacher can’t be discounted. That’s the premise behind the New York … Continue reading Have a Skill to Share? Collect a Class and Start Teaching →

Weekly News Roundup

Bert Kimura Pearson, the world’s largest education company announced this week that it had acquired Connections Education, an online virtual school provider. About 40,000 students in 21 states attend the schools, which are funded by the states and districts and free to parents in places where virtual school counts as a public education. On Monday, … Continue reading Weekly News Roundup →

School Libraries Struggle with E-Book Loans

Paul Stainthorp Just as many predicted, sales figures show that more people are opting to buy e-books rather than printed copies. Sales of e-books rose 167% in June, reports Publishers Weekly, with sales totaling $473.8 million for the first half of the year. But sales of print books — both paperbacks and hardcovers — continues … Continue reading School Libraries Struggle with E-Book Loans →