Educational Technology

17 of the Best Science Apps for Elementary Students

Educational Technology News Blog - Mon, 02/19/2018 - 00:29

by Matthew Lynch, Tech Edvocate

At last count, there were over 80,000 educational apps available to teachers. There are apps for everything: literacy, STEM, productivity, audiovisual, etc. There are apps which improve accessibility for students with different learning challenges, i.e. text to voice, voice to text, etc. While many of these may be a dream come true for educators, the dizzying array of choices is also a nightmare. Teachers just don’t have time to filter through thousands of apps to find the one that works best for the needs of their students. To help, we started to create curated lists of the best apps in a variety of education related categories. In this installment, we will present the best science apps for elementary school students.

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College Testing Firm ACT Invests in Edtech Startup Smart Sparrow

Educational Technology News Blog - Sun, 02/18/2018 - 00:40

by Bernadette Tansey, Xconomy
ACT, the big college admissions testing organization whose CEO aims to make it an educational venture as well, is investing $7.5 million in interactive online learning startup Smart Sparrow. Smart Sparrow specializes in online courses that teach students how to master skills that have a physical component, such as biological laboratory techniques and drawing for engineers.

College Testing Firm ACT Invests in Edtech Startup Smart Sparrow

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A Teen Ahead of His Class

Educational Technology News Blog - Sun, 02/18/2018 - 00:36

By: Taylor Williams, Wabash Valley]

It’s certainly not the way most teens do it, but this 15 year old started and ended high school in the same school year, all without stepping foot in a classroom. On most days this is where you’ll find 15 year old Walter Wildman, typing away on his computer. But Walter is not your typical 15 year old. In January Walter graduated high school. “Are you sure? Most of the reactions are, are you sure it’s accredited or are you lying,” Walter Wildman said.   But it’s true.

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Williamson Schools to offer online courses

Educational Technology News Blog - Sun, 02/18/2018 - 00:30

by Melanie Balakit, USA TODAY NETWORK

Williamson County Schools will offer online courses to high school students next school year. Several levels of English, math, science and history are included in the 17 proposed courses. Williamson County Director of Schools Mike Looney said the district aims to offer another educational choice to students. “We’re just trying to be cutting edge and ahead of the curve,” Looney said. Looney said the district envisions a blended learning model — a mix of online coursework and in-person interaction with teachers — for students who choose to take online courses. “Some students might want to take an online course in 7th period and go to work and then do the coursework later,” Looney said. “Then they may schedule meetings with a teacher.”

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