Archive for July 1, 2013

Study Gauges Value of Technology in Schools – NYTimes.com

In some sense, this is not a surprising result.  If you purchase (educational) technology without an explicit goal in mind, it’s hard to measure a difference later.  See Larry Cuban on being “Oversold and Underused.”

In a review of student survey data conducted in conjunction with the federal exams known as the National Assessment of Educational Progress, the nonprofit Center for American Progress found that middle school math students more commonly used computers for basic drills and practice than to develop sophisticated skills. The report also found that no state was collecting data to evaluate whether technology investments were actually improving student achievement.

“Schools frequently acquire digital devices without discrete learning goals and ultimately use these devices in ways that fail to adequately serve students, schools, or taxpayers,” wrote Ulrich Boser, a senior fellow at the Center for American Progress and the author of the report.

via Study Gauges Value of Technology in Schools – NYTimes.com.

July 1, 2013 at 1:24 am 1 comment

Brooks and Polis Introduce Bipartisan Computer Science Education Bill

The 2013 Computer Science Education Bill is going after the right things.  The critical challenge in computing education today is getting more teachers.  With only 2,000 advanced placement CS teachers in the United States, for over 25,000 high schools, over 90% of our high schools have no significant computer science.  We can’t get more computer science out there without more teachers.  Tapping into federal professional development budgets is critical to ramp up those needs.

We desperately need to change the way that we think about computer science.  Only 11 states even let their high schools count CS classes towards high school graduation requirements!  No wonder so few students are going into computer science, if so few of them even see it.  Computer science is as critical to the 21st Century as mathematics and science.  We have to treat it the same way.

The bill amends the definition of what is considered a “core academic subject” in the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) to include computer science. Funding set aside for core academic subjects may be used for a wide range of educational support, including professional development for educators, curriculum development and the purchasing of new technology. This no cost legislation provides additional flexibility not currently available when spending ESEA funds.

via Brooks and Polis Introduce Bipartisan Computer Science Education Bill | Congresswoman Susan W. Brooks.

July 1, 2013 at 1:02 am 4 comments


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