New Law Supports Computer Science Education in Pennsylvania
Computer Scientists are in high demand, but are students prepared for the workforce? In Pennsylvania, computer science coursework can now count toward either math or science graduation requirements.
Education Innovation Clusters: Sustaining the Momentum
How far have EdClusters come since launching as an initiative of the U.S. Department of Education and where will they go as Digital Promise takes the lead?
Librarians Lead the Way to Digital Literacy
Unfettered access to information and news is essential for learning—but it can also be a hazard when learners lack the right tools for parsing that information. Nobody knows this more than librarians.
Maker Video Challenge Does Double Duty
Student groups can enter the FilmMAKER challenge until March 24.
Activating Agents of Change
The latest phase of My Brother’s Keeper in Pittsburgh included a series of community conversations between young African American and Latino men and the providers of programs designed to serve them. We caught up with Dr. Jamil Bey, who facilitated the conversations.
The Need for Media Literacy in the Age of ‘Fake News’
Digital literacy education can equip young people with the tools they need to better navigate online resources and take advantage of the internet as a tool for learning.
Creating Safe Environments for Learning
The election has posed some serious challenges for educators around the country. In recent months, a variety of resources have cropped up online aiming to help teachers address students’ concerns and shut down bullying and hate speech.
4 Maker Project Ideas for Your 2017 Classroom
Whether maker education is old hat or brand new, we could all use inspiration as school starts up again and the weather traps everyone inside.
A Class Where Students Create the Curriculum
In even the most innovative learning settings, there are things a student can expect: a curriculum, or assignments. A new course in Vermont does away with such pesky conventions.
In a Rapidly Changing World, What Defines an Educational Innovation?
What defines something as an “innovation”? In education, what new ideas or shifts in thinking merit our attention and why? We take a closer look at what constitutes innovative practice in education, and why it matters for the future.
Adding Depth to the Classroom
Using students’ experiences and backgrounds as a springboard, deeper learning engages kids—particularly those who fall through the cracks in traditional schools—and prepares them for success after graduation.
App Opens New Chapter in Childhood Literacy
The Obama administration’s partnership with publishers and nonprofits is letting low-income kids and teachers access thousands of ebooks for free. But books are only one piece of the early literacy puzzle.
Millennials Who Blaze Trails in the Innovation Economy
A new project highlights how some young people are paving unique career paths in an unstable, unpredictable era.
Casting a Vote for Learning Innovation
With politics on the minds of many, it’s a good time to consider what policy approaches could best promote learning innovation at the national, state, and local levels. Here is our wish list.
Everywhere you go, from TED Talks to education conferences, people seem to be talking about networks. Especially in Pittsburgh. But what exactly is a network? It's a powerful way to harness collective resources, skills, and ideas. Why should we adopt them? Read on.
The Feds Put Testing to the Test
With the federal government calling for standardized testing reform, can assessment shift from a limited measure to a valuable tool for learning?
Should the Internet be a Public Good?
Too many students are priced out of quality online access. With education a national priority, is it time to regulate wi-fi and broadband like any other vital utility?
Bringing Everyone to the Badging Table
Digital badges haven’t quite wedged their way into the workforce the way advocates expected, but they have momentum.
Putting Kids on the Pathway From Classroom to Career
Imagine as a high school student having the chance to not only discover your interests but turn those interests into a career. That’s what efforts across the country are hoping to do. And none too soon.
Science Center Is Nucleus in STEM Education Initiative
A free tool developed by the Carnegie Science Center helps schools bolster STEM learning.
Program Turns Pittsburgh Teens Into Real-World Entrepreneurs
412Build, an eight-week entrepreneurship and making program, is teaching local teens to solve real world problems. The program is a collaboration between a nonprofit economic development organization called Innovation Works, tech-incubator AlphaLab Gear, and TechShop, and is accepting applications for summer 2016 through February.
Equity Is a Question Mark in New Education Law
The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) is the latest stab at national education reform. Signed by President Obama at the end of 2015, education advocates wonder if the successor to No Child Left Behind will be better for vulnerable students.
The Simple Interactions that Make Learning Possible (Part Three)
Sometimes a Remake Learning idea will go beyond a one-time exposure or a one-afternoon experience. It can become embedded within the extended and intimate relationships children have already formed with the adults near them. The “Baby Promise” project, funded through a Spark award from The Sprout Fund, was delivered through a home-visiting program for parents and young children. The project sought to promote creative and constructive use of new technology, like touchscreens, in the early development of young children.
The Simple Human Interactions That Make Learning Possible (Part Two)
What makes us try new things, especially when new things do not come easily? What makes us stick with challenges when we can see that others appear better and faster? Persistence, or grit, or stick-to-itiveness develops in us through enriching interactions with those near us, especially when we are trying, failing, and struggling.