With the pandemic came a rush for getting ed-tech software to make the transition to digital instruction easier. However, as many made rash purchase decisions, they quickly realized that the more research you put in, the better product you’re going to get. According to Canvas’ Trenton Goble, whose tips in District Administration we’ve summarized below, there are ultimately three things to look for when making an ed-tech purchase decision: security, scalability, and support.
When many teachers transitioned to online instruction, they got to know their students in a whole new way. Through video conferencing in lessons and communicating more with students via email and discussion boards, teachers have been able to see beyond the classroom and learn more about their students’ lives and thoughts.
In the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, students in the Houston-area district of Klein ISD approached the damage as an “innovation challenge” and worked to build prototypes of flood barriers to attempt to protect their communities from future storms and wreckage. The students referred to their team as the “Water Warriors.”
Schools have been shifting curriculum to help students develop the skills they need in the future workforce. Rather than simply teaching concepts, teachers are trying to focus more on the real-world application of those concepts. However, there are some challenges in preparing students for the world of work.
STAR Library Education Network (STAR-Net) is one of several federally sponsored initiatives to bring STEM learning to public libraries. The program is funded by the National Science Foundation and consists of interactive exhibits, education and outreach programs, and professional development opportunities for librarians and instructors.