Windows 8 App of the Week: Dragon Box
Learn Algebra without breaking a sweat. By turning the rules of math into the rules of the game, DragonBox+ teaches Algebra intuitively.
- Giving Teachers Feedback: “Our Teachers Deserve Better.” – Bill Gates
- EduTech in K12 Classrooms: What is Working?
- “We often talk about what skills students require to be successful in the 21st century workforce, but what skills does the 21st century educator need to deal with a student who has all of these resources available to them?” – Tracy Immel, USA
- “It’s easy for students to lose motivation and give up. They become convinced that math is too difficult for them. With DragonBox we want to change that and help kids believe in themselves and their own abilities.” – Jean-Baptiste Huynh, Norway
- “Now that I am teaching I also want to inspire other teachers to think further than just their classroom so that we are creating opportunities for our students to be their very best — to be LIFE ready.” – Jamie Ewing, USA
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“Our evaluation system instills the fear of failure, affecting us not only in school, but throughout every sphere of life. In education, self-evaluation should be emphasized so that one can know about their strengths and overcome their weaknesses.” – Jyoti Rani, India
“Every day in my work I see teachers teaching in remote locations under extremely difficult conditions, often outdoors, with no resources, huge classes and often in dangerous conditions. These teachers are not only making a difference in education, but without them there would be no education for these children.” – Martha Hewison, Tanzania
“I have the best job in the world. I get to work with teachers, therapists, service providers, and administrators every day to show them what they can do or use to make their students successful.” – Valeska Gioia, USA
“Celebrate the cultural diversity found in your own classroom. Let students be proud of their heritage, and encourage them to share it with others.” – K. David Harrison, USA
“Most importantly of all, my work gave the students with special educational needs the opportunity to learn outside the classroom, in different ecosystems, which had previously been a privilege only of other students. This was all possible because I learned how to form partnerships.” – Margarida Telles da Cruz, Brazil
“Who knows what we don’t know that already exists within a culture other than ours? The key to extracting that knowledge is language! It is my hope that more people will become aware of this and embrace other cultures and languages as a result.” – Carla Hurd, USA
“If you use innovative technologies in part of your lesson effectively, you might just capture the imagination of some of the class who are not normally fully engaged with the learning that is taking place.” – Jimmy Edwards, UK
“(We need) a reduction in the value our culture places on competition, speed, quantitative measures, and ‘accountability’ in education. Educators need to rediscover the fun, excitement, and playfulness of the learning process.” – Thomas Armstrong, USA
“My students created games and a tour of a planetarium for deaf, hearing and hearing-impaired students. At the end of it, they had a better understanding of deaf culture, and they came away with their minds changed.” – Janadi Gonzalez-Lord, Trinidad and Tobago
“Sensory integration opened up a whole new world for not only me, but most importantly, for my students with autism.” – Shannon Putman, USA
“By applying our knowledge of technology, and with the support of a great psychologist and interdisciplinary group helping us improve the application, we have been able to provide a fun and effective ADD treatment for kids affected by this condition, enabling them to receive a better education.” – Team ReImagine, Mexico
“As students, we originally never really thought we could spark any change at all. But thanks to technology we created KidCAMP that helps teachers develop their own programs for their special needs students”. – Team Divided by Zero, Philippines
“I teach the first ever distance high school mathematics to blind and visually impaired students. We can reach them in an unprecedented way, giving access to classes that put them on par with their sighted peers.” – Robin Lowell, USA
“Without substantial institutional rethinking more students will question what schooling is for.” – UK
“Children own the right to be able to read. In Afghanistan, for instance, reading is often prohibited for girls.”- Belgium
Today, March 21st, marks World Down Syndrome Day.