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Afternoon Announcements: May 24, 2012

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May 24, 2012 05:16 pm


Welcome to your Thursday announcements! After you’re done reading these, why not register for today’s webinar on the three T’s? It’s not too late to register, and the webinar is at 2pm.

Yesterday’s big news in education was the announcement of presumptive GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney’s education platform. Mr. Romney’s speech came before a luncheon of Latino business leaders, during which called education “the civil rights issue of our era” and said that “millions of kids are getting a third-world education.” Different outlets focused on different parts of Mr. Romney’s speech. Here are three takes from the Los Angeles Times, New York Times, and The Washington Times.

In non-campaign news, the National Center for Education Statistics has released its report “The Condition of Education 2012,” according to Education Week. Among the highlights EdWeek touches on are a poorer but more diverse student population, students missing less days of school, and students being less likely to work while in school.

The Baltimore Sun reports that Towson University will receive $2 million in new funds in order to “increase production of math and science teachers.” There is a nationwide shortage of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) educators. This program is based off of the University of Texas at Austin’s UTeach program which doubled the number of teachers produced at that institution.

Finally, two editorials focus on the use of technology in the classroom. In The Huffington Post,  Brandon Busteed, Executive Director of Gallup Education, says that “technology changes everything and nothing” in the classroom. He writes, “The Atlantic forum highlighted that the debate about great technology vs. great teachers is unnecessary. Instead, the conversation needs to be about technology and teaching. So now education leaders need to create a seamless interplay between teachers and technology. This will not be easy, but the forum attendees at least left with a clear sense of purpose.” Meanwhile, in Education Week, Justin Reich, a fellow at the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University, encourages his readers to “use technology to upend traditional classrooms.” He writes, “The most impressive technology-rich classrooms don’t look like classrooms. Instead, they look like creative businesses on deadline—like advertising agencies pulling together a big campaign, architectural firms drawing up blueprints, or software companies developing new programs.” Both good reads containing nuanced views of the role of technology in the classroom.

That’s it from us today. We hope to see you shortly at our webinar! Until tomorrow!


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