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STEM/STEAM school products

Steven Wyman-Blackburn
March, 2017

Today’s educators need versatile products that can be used to teach more than one aspect of STEAM. Schools want to engage students with hands-on activities that, for example, blend art and reading with core science and math instruction.

School students interpret classic literature with modern tech

Ray Bendici
March, 2017
ACTION—Students at New Rochelle High School in Westchester County, New York, write and shoot their interpretations of classic literature as part of English curriculum.

At New Rochelle High School, about 20 miles north of New York City, students use smartphones and tablets to create short movies based on classic works of literature.

Getting literal about media literacy in K12

Steven Wyman-Blackburn
February, 2017
“The solution is always ‘Google it.’ And that’s what happens. I have a problem with ‘Google it.’” —Kenneth Eastwood, superintendent, Middletown City School District in New York, referring to media literacy as the solution in schools

The issue of fake news drew national attention during the 2016 presidential campaign, when fabricated stories were widely accepted as genuine. According to recent research, the problem extends to K12 classrooms, where students have trouble judging the credibility of online information.

Preparing Low-Performing Students for College Reading and Writing

December, 2016

Is it possible to help low-performing high school students avoid remedial classes in college reading and writing? Leaders in many states believe it is indeed possible and are now offering or requiring “college prep” or “college transition” courses in high school. These courses are designed to ensure that low-performing students will have the reading and writing skills they need when they graduate from high school.

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