This week in Education and Technology news: Edutopia shares web resources for Nutrition Month and one teacher polled kids on what types of student engagement work best; EdWeek reports that half of K-12 students will soon be in 1-1 classrooms; eSchoolNews shares a 10-point plan for beefing up STEM courses; the Times reports on the latest news around gender inequality in education; and our very own tech blogger shows you how to use QR codes.
Web Resources for National Nutrition Month
March is also National Nutrition Month. If you’re planning on incorporating nutrition lessons in your classroom, Edutopia has compiled a few of their favorite resources, including lesson plans that cover the science of cooking and digestion and links to source materials from around the web.
Kids Speak Out on Student Engagement
Edutopia blogger Heather Wolpert-Gawron surveyed her students to find out what worked best for student engagement. All 220 of them answered and offered their views on working with peers, working with technology, connecting their learning to the real world, and much more.
By 2015-2016 Schoolyear, Half of K-12 Students Will Be in 1-1 Environments
EdWeek reports that by the next academic year, mobile devices will be available for 1-to-1 computing for half of the U.S. K-12 student and teacher population, according to Futuresource Consulting Ltd, a U.K.-based research and forecasting company.
10 Steps to Improve Your Approach to Teaching STEM
eSchool News shares a ten-point tip sheet for schools looking to beef up their commitment to STEM courses, with guidance from the National Center for STEM Elementary Education at St. Catherine University in Minnesota.
Gender Gap in Education Cuts Both Ways
The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development published a report about gender inequality in education, based on the results of the PISA tests from around the world. A New York Times article looks at the complex factors influencing the performance of girls and boys and concludes that we’ve yet to close the gender gap for girls, and boys face discrimination, too.
How to Use QR Codes in the Classroom
Our EdTech blogger shares how you can use this technology to raise engagement and ease transitions in the classroom.
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