Weekly News Roundup: 6.19.15

By Cari Jackson 06.22.2015 blog

This week in Education news: STEAM gains, well, steam among educators; Edutopia shares tips on building assessments around gameplay; Miami-Dade schools learns from the mistakes of others on 1-to-1 initiatives; the Times explores reactions to Common Core emphasis on nonfiction texts; and Monica Burns visits EduTECH in Australia.

Edutopia Rounds Up Bevy of STEAM Videos

STEM, STEM, STEM — it seems like there’s no end to the talk around preparing kids for careers in the sciences. But many educators feel that integrating creativity and the arts into STEM education is the key to engaging students. Plus, the emphasis on creativity forces all of us to think about science, math, technology and engineering in new and interesting ways. This week’s Five Minute Film Festival from Edutopia gathers some remarkable STEAM programs that are setting kids’ minds on fire.

How to Design Assessments Around Gameplay

We’ve all heard about ways to gamify education to inspire students to learn, but what about assessment? Edutopia outlines some ways to build assessment into and all around gameplay. Teachers might have students write strategies for the next students entering the game or offer exit tickets to assess what students learned from gameplay. When assessment is a part of gameplay, it ensures that teachers get as much out of it as the students.

Learning from Others Mistakes for Successful 1:1 Implementation

When Miami-Dade County, Fla., school district was preparing for an ambitious 1:1 initiative, Superintendent Alberto Carvalho slowed the effort to a crawl. He wanted to determine what went wrong in other districts, where tablet recalls, faulty curriculum and insufficient wireless thwarted implementation. The fact-finding mission allowed the district to avoid mishaps and respond quickly to challenges.

NY Times Explores Impact of CCSS Focus on Informational Text

English departments across the country have debated and accommodated the Common Core push to incorporate more informational texts. The results have been mixed, as curricula shifts to pair literature with nonfiction that in theory should provide context and relevance for the classics. The New York Times discusses the reactions from administrations, teachers and students.

EduTECH in Brisbane, Australia Draws Innovative Educators, Yields Ideas

Our resident EdTech blogger and Apple Distinguished Educator Monica Burns shares what she learned from (and what she taught others) while attending an international EdTech convention. Have you hit any great conventions? Share your experience in the comments on this post.

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