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Today's guest post is written by Donald Watkins. Donald is a recently retired technology director at a PK-12 public school in Western New York. He is an open source advocate, PC/Mac user, iPad user, blogger, small business owner, forming a non-profit entity to help at risk students
Digital textbooks have become ubiquitous in all but K-12 schools in recent memory. Daily we read of more and more traditional media outlets either going out of business or discontinuing their print editions.
The proliferation of iPads and other handheld computing devices like the Google Nexus, Chromebook and others have schools and business officials scurrying to find textbooks th at fit on this rapidly emerging platform.
A quick scan of the educational technology landscape reveals a variety of formats and scale of costs some of which are not conducive to equipping students with digital textbooks. In New York State, public schools receive $58.25 per pupil for textbook aid. Given the price of most textbooks that figure is extremely low. Nonetheless a school with 700 students can expect to receive 700 x $58.25 or $40,775 per year at current rates for textbook aid.
Research and the pace of change mean that textbooks in some disciplines are become rapidly outdated. How can a school with moderate or declining aid from national, state and local sources keep their students up to date and adequately prepared while still leveraging mobile educational technology?
Have you heard about the CK-12 Get Real Competition yet?
The Get Real Competition a really cool opportunity for students to apply STEM concepts to real world applications!
Last year's grand prize winners from Leadership Public School in Oakland, California took home 25 iPads for their video entry on catalysts. You could be next!
Follow these steps to create and submit your entry:
In 2007 Neeru Khosla founded CK-12 with the mission of providing high-quality educational content to students and teachers around the world, all for free. In a world where spending millions of dollars on textbooks is common and keeping them far past their expiration date is almost a given, Neeru's idea was a big one.
CK-12 started with just Flexbooks, digital textbooks that could be customized to fit any standard, flipped or blended classroom for any kind of learner. Over the years, we've grown and grown and look what we've become!
On the CK-12 website today, you can find not only those customizeable digital textbooks, but you will also find videos, simulations, lesson plans, study guides, flashcards, assesments, class groups and study groups and more for over 5,000 STEM concepts. And just like in 2007, everything is free. It always will be!
Today's guest blog post comes to us from CK-12 user, Lea Ann Smith. Lea has been teaching math for 14 years at Essex High School in Essex Junction, VT. This year, she is teaching Algebra 1 and is the leader of their new STEM Academy. Prior to becoming a teacher, she was a process engineer in the semiconductor industry.
Happy Tuesday CK-12ers!
Recently, we announced a few new features on your CK-12 dashboard that will make STEM concept-based learning easier than ever before. You can now use CK-12 to assign work to your students, share Flexbooks directly to your students' dashboards, practice STEM concepts using our new timed challenge mode and more.
Today we'd like to teach about CK-12 reporting. Using CK-12 reporting, you can easily see all your students' scores on assignments in one view. You will also see the class average.
Today's guest blog post comes from CK-12 user, Sandra Miller. Sandra is freelance short story author and graduate of Literature from NYU, where she wrote for the students journal and tutored students in writing. She recommends authors use professional editing services Help.Plagtracker. Now she is writing her first YA novel.
In this article, I will present you the top ten STEM resources for preK-12.
Are you tired of lugging piles of papers home at night to grade? What would you do with your free time if it wasn't filled with scoring assignments?
CK-12 recently announced a brand new feature to the CK-12 STEM toolkit that promises to make grading easier than ever!
Whether you'd like your students to review a concept recently taught in class or take a stab at something brand new to them, CK-12 assignments are the way to go.
Using CK-12 Assignments you can easily choose one or more concepts you'd like your students to practice and assign them with just a few clicks. The system will generate a list of questions for you and send the assignment to your students' CK-12 dashboard.
Every Friday, those of us here at CK-12 Foundation like to recap what happened in the world of STEM education during the busy week. This week, we're digging some awesome news and finds in the world of science.
Here are just a few things we came across that are worth mentioning. We hope you enjoy them!
It's back! The CK-12 Get Real Competition is back for its second spin at inspiring creativity and STEM learning in middle and high school students!
The Get Real Competition is a student competition where middle school and high school students are invited to show their creativity in learning K-12 science and math concepts while challenging their own learning.
This competition calls for students to put on their thinking caps, get creative, and create practical examples of STEM concepts in the real world. Now is the time to think of how those science and math concepts you're learning in class apply to the real world!
Today's post comes to us from Kristan Bakker. Kristan is presently a consultant in sustainable international development specializing in education, empowerment of girls, and prevention of violence of against women and girls. Kristan has worked on access to educational resources and technology in schools in South Africa, Uganda, and Tanzania. She lives in Deerfield, Massachusetts.
This post is a collection of serveral journal entries from Kristan's trip to Africa.
I am committed to providing access to quality education to marginalized children in the developing world because access to such education can have far reaching effects enabling students to be innovators, job creators, managers, and leaders in their country. Education for girls especially has been shown to delay early marriage, teenage pregnancy, and increase women’s participation in the formal workforce. Once employed, women have fewer children and invest their income in the family which means better nutrition, housing, and education for their children. In essence, I see education as key to ending poverty.
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