The TLT lab, and the FabLab@School program within it, are the work of Paulo Blikstein, an assistant professor of education, who brought the digital fabrication lab concept to Stanford and was the first to adapt it for secondary school instruction in the STEM fields – science, technology, engineering and math. His research examines how students are affected by their experiences in this and other FabLabs.
A number of fellows incorporated collaborative learning techniques in their classes, such as peer teaching, paired writing and group note-taking, to increase student engagement. A few teachers experimented with integrating 21st-century technology tools into their lessons, such as creating digital versions of their notes with embedded audio and having students contribute to blogs.
President Obama made an unprecedented called for universal preschool in his State of the Union address Tuesday, while insisting that all of his proposals will not add to the country’s deficit. He also challenged states to re-imagine high schools, and pledged to hold colleges accountable for keeping costs down.
Robert Olin, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Alabama, says a chief benefit of the emporium model is that students are forced to work out problems themselves and can receive instant, individualized feedback from teachers who are available in the lab.
A special program at the University of Texas known as UTeach is an effort to entice talented math and science majors who might otherwise become doctors or engineers to choose teaching instead. It was developed in answer to a growing crisis in American education.
Over 60 percent of the parents and teachers polled said that the United States is behind the curve when it comes to using technology in the classroom, and over 90 percent of those polled said that technology is, “important to the education of American students today.”
Obama addressed a handful of specific education goals, asking for help in recruiting 200,000 math and science teachers within the next 10 years and in improving early childhood education in the U.S. He also made a clear connection between education and a recovering economy.
There is a growing sense that students are not getting a strong enough STEM education, developing an adequate interest in STEM subjects nor embarking on the kinds of STEM careers that will ensure a comfortable economic future. In Texas, the state has struggled to meet its goals for conferring STEM degrees and certifying teachers for STEM subjects.
The deal comes as Key already was focusing on shifting to technology products rather than textbooks. The Emeryville, Calif.,-based company was founded by math educators in 1971. It was previously owned by New York-based Springer Publishing.
A teacher in Tennessee even put up videos so other educators could see how a lesson plan could come together. Students could just watch the video and get the jist, but they’d miss out in the biggest educational component to interact and build the variables. We particularly like how the teacher starts with a plain text question — to show the transition to the immersive video game environment so students see the correlation.