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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“More educators and students need to be involved in policy-making at a higher level.” – Jamie Leduc, Canada
“I’m too busy doing school, experiments, making videos, reading science magazines, creating games on Minecraft, and building with Legos to check websites every day.” – Chase Lewis, USA
“The more we can move education away from a motivation framework based on avoiding failure (teachers and students) towards one constructed around self discovery and genuine engagement the better.” – Dan Haesler, Australia
“Massive Open Online Courses are an incredibly positive trend, providing high quality classes from top professors to anyone, anywhere in the world for free. This needs to make its way to the K12 arena.” – Robin Worley, USA
“The best opportunity for any innovation is time; time for educators to form relationships and know their learners and what is best for them, time to learn from other educators to share experiences and collaborate, time to try new ideas, time for learners to be involved themselves.” – Jo Debens, UK
“Everyday when you plan your lessons, when you discuss with your colleagues, when you attend professional development courses. Everyday you have the opportunity for innovation in education.” – Siyun Chen, Singapore
“There is so much momentum right now that can be used to create opportunities for children to see themselves as creators, who can solve problems and use new and old technology to bring their ideas to reality.” – AnnMarie Thomas, USA
“As soon as a child realizes that important learning doesn’t only happen in school, he starts becoming a self-directed learner. That’s what matters most.” – Blake Boles, USA
“Stop waiting for the world to change. You have to start disrupting it yourself.” – Nikhil Goyal, USA
“I’m really optimistic about the way students are using technology to find platforms to voice their opinions and creating solutions to problems they really care about.” – Allison Wu, USA
“It is so incredibly important for high school students to be exposed to computer science, just like biology, chemistry and physics, before college. Not everyone will become a computer scientist, but everyone should be technology literate coming out of high school no matter where they end up.”– Kevin Wang, USA
“I think the reason girls are not getting involved in computer science and in STEM is that they are not exposed to the various fields that are part of STEM careers.” – Nikita Rau, USA
“Simply allowing students to speak up would improve the quality of education as it would allow them to be more interested in what they are learning and leads to better teaching.” – Alex Wirth, USA
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“In order to be innovative you have to first accept an essential truth: For students to flourish through having a voice, teachers must give up any notion of control.” – John McCarthy, USA
“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