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Myth of the Digital Native
posted by: Melissa | December 07, 2020, 12:40 pm   

This week is Computer Science Education Week and never has it been more important. This past year we have seen learning move online, we have seen bots flood social media with fake news, and viruses infect and disable school computing systems. 

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Idaho teacher uses AAE Grant to purchase books for young readers
posted by: Melissa | November 17, 2020, 03:25 pm   

Earlier this year, Melissa Hunt, an elementary educator at I.T. Stoddard Elementary School in Blackfoot, Idaho, applied for a COVID-19 Relief Grant to purchase books for her young readers. This is her reflection of the impact this funding had on her students.

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Pre-K educator granted virtual learning equipment
posted by: Melissa | November 04, 2020, 10:07 am   

Pre-K educator Allison Pattion applied for an AAE Foundation Classroom Grant and found out how valuable her particular grant request would be for her students in the coming virtual learning school year. Some projects are approved not because they are glamorous but because they meet a specific need in a specific setting. These needs may seem unique, but many educators were struggling with similar challenges. Daily I wondered how I was going to implement effective and engaging learning experiences for my pre-K students over a full virtual learning day. The list of questions that ran rampant, that I spent an entire summer preparing for, felt endless. How would the virtual space replicate a classroom setting? What would I use to model teaching? What normal supplies would I have in my room that I could gather for students? How could I make virtual learning hands-on for pre-K students? Lastly, where would these materials be stored and retrieved by parents?

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Why Teach Civics
posted by: Melissa | November 03, 2020, 12:04 pm   

Our country is holding one of the most contentious elections in recent history. The nation’s citizens seem to be more polarized than ever. It’s not just that we can’t agree on what solutions we need, we don’t even seem to agree on the same list of issues. Increasingly, digital and traditional media are pulling citizens further and further into their own respective corners and echo chambers, leaving many to feel we have few values or beliefs in common. 

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The Real Cost of the Digital Divide
posted by: Tamia | October 16, 2020, 02:50 pm   

As a result of COVID-19, the world has had to quickly learn how to use technology to get things done. Whether a technology guru or a novice, many educators, parents, and students were thrust into distance learning due to COVID-19-related school closures in the spring. Thankfully, with time to ideate, initiate, and implement changes, many educators and school districts are more comfortable with distance learning, and some are even excelling in its execution. Perhaps now, educators are slightly more comfortable with the technology they are asked to use for instruction. While teachers may be growing in their capacity to leverage technology, there remains a significant number of students who still have not logged in to class, and who still lack the technology or bandwidth to do so.

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