Digital Learning Where It's Least Expected
The mobility of technology makes for ideal learning tools. Maker materials can be wheeled into libraries, cafes, churches, parks, and any number of accessible community spaces.
What Would Technology Look Like if Our STEM Workforce Were as Diverse as Our World?
The tech industry’s lack of social diversity isn’t breaking news. Major tech companies have announced their numbers and the largest tech giants are nearly 90 percent white and Asian, with a predominantly male leadership. But the lack of diversity shows up in more than company stats—it shows up in the products millions of people use and depend on in their daily lives.
End of Cell Phone Bans in Class Opens New Possibilities for Learning
Traditionally, cell phones have been the bane of teachers’ existences. Even with bans and threats of consequences for using cell phones, students have developed an arsenal of tactics for maintaining access to their devices during class. In New York, such covert cell phone use will soon be unnecessary. The city’s disposal of its stringent cell phone ban in its 1,800 public schools is partially a simple acknowledgment that cell phones are here to stay. It’s also a whole new educational horizon.
Why Technology Alone Can’t Change Teaching and Learning
Schools are wise to think before adopting 1:1 computing models; rather, they should consider digital citizenship training and instructional readiness.
Beyond Screen Time
Lisa Guernsey says national leaders have a lot to learn from practitioners on the ground in Pittsburgh, who are using technology to put kids in charge of their own learning.
Teens and Social Media? “It’s Complicated”
When it comes to teens and technology, social media researcher danah boyd thinks parents and educators should nix the anxiety and embrace the possibility.
Helping STEM Learning Take Root Outside the Classroom
Schools are working hard to engage students in computer programming and engineering, but resources are tight. And some kids lack access to high-tech tools at home. Can afterschool programs help bridge the gap?
Why High Speed Internet Matters for Cities (and for Schools)
Chattanooga has the fastest internet connection in the nation. Can Pittsburgh be far behind?
3D Printing: Coming to a Classroom or Museum Near You
As the sizes and prices of 3D printers shrink, students—and their teachers—are discovering new and creative ways to put them to work.
Robust Digital Environments for Every Student
Move over, Sochi. The biggest event this week is Digital Learning Day—24 hours devoted to incorporating new, meaningful technology into classrooms and libraries.
How Today’s Digital Media Helps Kids Find and Tell Their Stories
When kids learn how to create media, not just consume it, a world of opportunities opens up for them to share what matters in their lives.
Taking Flight in Pittsburgh
Soon Pittsburgh will boast four classroom flight simulators across the city. These immersive classrooms require participants to master the latest technology and work together to solve complex problems.
Why We Should Prepare Our Daughters (and Our Sons) for Modern Manufacturing Jobs
As the gender gap in manufacturing grows, young women miss out on challenging, high-tech career options and employers miss out on a wealth of talent.
PA Kids Win Federal Grant for Early Learning
Pennsylvania’s newly won federal grant for early childhood education is aimed at narrowing the school readiness gap—something several Pittsburgh organizations are already hard at work on.
Why Entrepreneurs Are Important Role Models for Creative Kids
Kids gain much more than just business sense when they work alongside local entrepreneurs.
For #HourOfCode, Young Programmers In Pittsburgh Teach Their Peers
Last week’s Hour of Code was designed to give millions of US students who have never taken computer science their first taste of programming. The Pittsburgh Science and Technology Academy took it one step further by putting high school students in the teaching role.
Beyond IT: The Changing Role of The School Technology Specialist
With more technology in classrooms than ever before, schools need technology specialists to do a whole lot more than keep the network running. Here's how these educators are collaborating to leverage tight budgets and stay ahead of rapidly changing technology.
Can Screens Help Young Kids Learn?
Both Common Sense Media and the American Academy of Pediatrics weighed in on screen time for young kids last week. With mobile devices proliferating the market, how much screen time makes sense for the little ones? Experts say it depends on the content and the context.
Why They Love to Learn
What does it take for today’s students to succeed? What is it exactly that makes some learners so self-directed, while others lack motivation? Pittsburgh students let us in on what keeps them engaged, and why it’s not all about grades.
Is Pittsburgh the Next Global Innovation Hub?
With its unique capacity for innovation, can Pittsburgh become a "Globally Fluent metro area" like Helsinki?
Invigorausted at ISTE 2013
Gary Gardiner of Idea Foundry visits the ISTE Conference in San Antonio, TX and shares his excitement.
Proposal Submission Deadline for DML2013 Quickly Approaching!
Ready your submissions- the DML2013 proposal deadline is coming up on November 6, 2012!