Education Update: 6/25/15

Image Credit: Truta, Filip; Softpedia 1 Sept 2010.

Glued to the Screen: A Class Where Kids Spend 75% of the Day on iPads

A NY school district, where all students grades 3 through 9 receive iPads and spend 75% of the school day on the device, is waging heavily on technology to help students meet Common Core standards. The article chronicles a typical day of a class of 3rd grade students in Mineola, an affluent suburb of NYC. Students mix traditional methods with device apps to complete assignments while engaging other students to assist with problem solving. This method of working in groups and individually at times, challenges the traditional structure of the classroom: all students sitting individually, focusing on front of the room where the teacher resides. “The tablet has one advantage with the children. ‘They’re engaged and they like it; it doesn’t seem like a job, a teacher [Mercaldi] says.” A challenge for the teachers, however, is finding the right balance between using device apps with other non-screen activities.

Image Credit: Liptzin, Issak (WNYC);; June 18, 2015

Kids’ Art Show Takes Over 2 Billboards In Times Square

In a time where much of the focus is on STEM programs and art classes receive little spotlight, a new exhibit hosted by the Met, will highlight the artwork of 22 elementary school students.  Through this coming weekend, artwork by the city’s public school students, will appear in NYC’s Times Square to highlight the Met’s exhibit titled P.S. Art 2015. “You can see a slideshow of their art at the museum’s website – along with comments from both the students and their teachers.” The  P.S. Art 2015 celebrates the creative spirit of New York City students and will be on exhibit till October.

Lack of Internet Connections for Students at Home.  Is this FCC Program a Solution?

As the use of technological devices in schools become increasingly prevalent, internet access outside of school equally becomes a necessity. Lack of internet access for lower income households with children have become an issue with educating these kids. Some schools have even planted buses with wifi in lower income neighborhoods. Coined the term “homework gap”, ‘children from the lowest-income households are “four times more likely to be without broadband than their middle or upper-income counterparts,’ according to a recent Pew Research Center analysis of U.S. Census survey data.” The FCC recently approved a $1.8 billion federal program that subsidizes telephone services for low-income people to include broadband connections. Supporter of the program say that although it won’t solve all of the nation’s problems with internet connectivity, it will help “the neediest students get online at home.”

Education Update is a weekly blog post highlighting recent developments in the world of education. The linked articles and summaries are not endorsements, rather frame points of view to begin conversations about the state of education, trends, and how we as designers can play an active role in shaping schools.

2 responses to “Education Update: 6/25/15

  1. Agreed Jennifer! One take away from the article for me was the collaboration between the students as they work through the lessons together. The jury is still out about screen time so we will have to wait and see!

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