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EdTech News Saturday, June 2

Educators: Are You Really Technology Literate?

  • Instructional software is usually not designed to replace the role of the teacher, but rather to assist teachers in providing students with more individual opportunities to learn.
  • While companies such as Microsoft or Apple do not allow their users to view the code that makes up their applications, large online communities have been created around software with freely available source code.
  • Even without extensive experience in programming or modifying source code, youll be able to use these online communities to acquire open-source instructional software solutions at no cost to yourself other than your patience and time.
  • Another concept to be aware of in technology is cloud computing, which uses the capabilities of the Internet to provide services to technology users that are largely independent of their location or usage device.
  • Students need to be able to learn and compete effectively in a world where technology is only becoming more and more important to higher education, work, and every day life.

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Educators: Are You Really Technology Literate?

Black Boys in Crisis: Eliminating the School-to-Prison Pipeline

  • Black boys are a student demographic that has been and continues to be, misunderstood in public school classrooms.
  • A study published by the University of Pennsylvania reports that black students make up 39 percent of students suspended in Florida, though they only account for 23 percent of the public school population in the state.
  • In Orange County in central Florida, black students represent 51 percent of the students suspended, though they account for just 27 percent of the countys public school population.
  • Eighteen percent of the nations public school students are black, but an estimated 40 percent of all students that are expelled from US schools are black.
  • The fact that black students are suspended at much higher rates than their white peers points to a direct correlation between discipline in grade school and a place in a prison cell.

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Black Boys in Crisis: Eliminating the School-to-Prison Pipeline

3 Signs of Gender Discrimination in the Classroom You Need to Know

  • There are so many differences in the way that boys and girls are raised that, by the time they get to school, it can be very difficult for teachers to treat them equally and overcome the gender stereotypes theyve already been taught.
  • Research shows many differences in the way boys and girls are treated in the classroom and shows that differences in treatment by teachers and other school personnel may be both conscious and subconscious.
  • And now, even though girls still lag behind boys in mathematics and science, girls in high school do better than boys in reading, writing, and other academic subjects; earn more credits; are more likely to get honors; and are more likely to further their education at colleges or universities.
  • Many feel that girls have more leadership roles and more opportunities in a single-sex school, yet others argue that if co-educational schools were truly gender fair, there would be no need to separate girls from boys.
  • Its important for teachers to understand both the social construct of gender and the physiological differences, to ensure that the school culture and climate support the development of girls and boys.

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3 Signs of Gender Discrimination in the Classroom You Need to Know