Lots of laptops, not much learning | Joanne

Eighth-grade algebra students use laptops to graph polynomials. Photo: Ricki Morell

Maine launched its laptops-for-all program 15 years ago, reports Robbie Feinberg on NPR. “Maine became the first, and still only, state to offer a statewide laptop program to certain grade levels.” Are students learning more? Not in measurable ways.

. . . after a decade and a half, and at a cost of about $12 million annually (around one percent of the state’s education budget), Maine has yet to see any measurable increases on statewide standardized test scores. That’s part of why Maine’s current governor,…

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Computers enable mastery learning | Joanne

Mastery learning — enabled by technology — is gaining popularity, reports Kyle Spencer in the New York Times

Moheeb Kaied, a seventh grader at Brooklyn’s Middle School 442, knows his computational profile. “I can find the area and perimeter of a polygon. I can solve mathematical and real-world problems using a coordinate plane. I still need to get better at dividing multiple-digit numbers, which means I should probably practice that more.”

A learning outcomes chart. Photo: Sam Hodgson/New York Times

Moheeb’s school no longer uses traditional letter grades, writes Spencer. “At M.S. 442,…

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2 examples of a bit of historic perspective on technology in education | Pedro

It would have been great examples for a Funny on Sunday, but well, let’s share them on Monday.

The first example is a tweet from Tim:

How digital technologies will revolutionize education! Or wait, was that the radio? http://pic.twitter.com/XVOJf8GyCD

— Tim van der Zee (@Research_Tim) August 21, 2017

And funny enough a few minutes later I discover this second example via Steven Pinker:

2017: Are Smartphones Making Us Stupid?
2008: Is Google Making Us Stupid?
1884: Are Books Making Us Stupid? http://pic.twitter.com/JrUfxn02v3

— Pessimists Archive (@PessimistsArc) August 21, 2017

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Teaching the eclipse — safely | Joanne

When I was in elementary school in Illinois in the early ’60s, there was a total eclipse. I remember being terrified of going blind. I don’t remember the actual eclipse. I must have hid inside. (My sister says it was cloudy that day.)

The Path of Totality for tomorrow’s eclipse will cross 12 states from Oregon to South Carolina. Elsewhere, there will be a partial eclipse. Districts that have started the school year face a difficult question, writes Tim Newcomb on The 74. Science or safety?

School districts from Idaho to Colorado to the Southeastern states are buying protective glasses so…

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