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For low-income students, the end of the school year means an idle summer whereas their richer counterparts engage in a host of enrichment programs. School districts across the country are rethinking their summer offerings for low-income students. A report from the Rand Corporation suggests that summer school is valuable if done right. It helps students perform better throughout the year. Educators in Boston are heeding this call. This summer, K-8 educators and stude...
One of the primary concerns regarding technology use in the classroom is whether it further widens the divide between high and low-income students. A recent survey by the Joan Ganz Cooney Center, an independent research lab, wanted to gage the thoughts of low-income parents on their children’s technology use and whether it has any impact on their learning. The researchers found that around 80% of parents believed technol...
a month ago
We have often referred to the two pizza rule regarding the size of teams to maximize productivity.  This short piece provides a concise discussion of the issues regarding team size, communication, and productivity.
a month ago
This morning the development team was discussing the merits of auto-save (as opposed to only saving user inputs after clicking on a Save button. This is a summary of what I think.The ProblemThere are several popular approaches to saving user inputted data but there's no obvious winner.People say when you are designing an application, you need to be consistent, but is that what people are doing (se...
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We’ve all heard about the growing need to introduce students to coding and other STEM fields early. According to some estimates, at least 40% of the highest paying jobs in today’s labor market requires some knowledge about coding. As a result, the age at which students are being introduced to coding is becoming younger and younger. Toy companies are the latest to catch the coding craze. Since kids are dropping toys for more tech-focused tools (e.g. iPad) at an early age, toy companies are creating tech-heavy toys for parents and schools. Thi...
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STEM education is shaping the modern education system. The likes of math, science, and technology have been implemented more than ever. It is believed that stem education is the future of many jobs. To facilitate the learning process, a developer has created a chemistry app called Chem 101. The app is set to inspire new learners. The main purpose of the app is to rebuild the learning experience in stem. While the likes of e-books have broken through modern education, stem has remained untouched.  In addition, the app is aimed to emphasi...
a month ago
The fast pace of ever evolving technological advance has completely changed and impacted the way live and learn. We are now able to educate people who are not able to step away from their occupations and family and life obligations. This is even pronounced for learners in developing countries and far-flung corners of the world. Most aspire to a Western education but cannot afford one so online courses and MOOCs serve as a great alternative.
I have been told by several teachers and mentors about the importance of maintaining a “clean” social media presence. Like most people, social media is a place for me to share my life with friends and family (especially those in my native Honduras). However, like most things in life, some take it to an extreme. Some individuals post certain statuses, pictures, and videos that are downright offensive and insensitive to others. This lack of awareness has
2 months ago
They say there are three sides to every story: yours, theirs, and, somewhere in the middle, the truth. This compelling video project attempts to play at all sides, letting viewers interact with different perspectives and watch 3 versions of the same story unfold at the same time. It sounds complicated (and distracting), but it's surprisingly engrossing and gets better with every rewatch. What do you think of this storytelling device? https://nukhu.com/otis/