This guide takes promising practices for educating children and youth experiencing homelessness, as reported by sites in Connecticut, New Hampshire, and New York, and organizes them in an easy to use format. Available on-line.
The ITEST (IT Experiences for Students and Teachers) Learning Resource Center at EDC co-hosted the ITEST Program Fourth Annual Summit February 6-8, 2007 Arlington, VA with the National Science Foundation. This year's summit focus was on New Learning and the New Learner: Harnessing IT to Reinvent the Education Landscape. Available on-line.
The Effective Access project recently released a final report culminating 3 years of research on science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) educators' use of digital resources. The project, funded as a part of the National Science Foundationís National Science Digital Library (NSDL) program, focused on high school STEM educators as an important and broad subset, as high school STEM remains a priority of education reform in the United States. As a multi-layered project, this research is organized into several areas: the technology itself (technology access and capacity; the technology environment); the content and design of the digital resources; and the perceptions, assumptions, experiences, and practices of the teachers. Important lenses for the examination of these research areas are the social-cultural contexts and demographics of the educators, students, and technology designers. Available on-line.
These two research-based guides are designed to make virtual learning work for everyone. Developed as part of Gender Equity in Math and Science, an NSF-sponsored grant, each provides specific guidance to both course developers and participants to support learning and equity in the new e-learning world.
- Equity in On-line Professional Development provides guidelines for effective and equitable course design, facilitation, and interactions. By bringing together effective strategies for equitable instruction in traditional education settings with the challenges of the emerging virtual classroom, Equity in On-line Professional Development, offers a framework for effective e-learning for everyone.
- Making the Most of On-line Learning offers clear step-by-step guidance for anyone considering an on-line course. Explains the vocabulary of e-learning, the technology requirements; gives a sense of what to expect in a virtual learning environment and offers guidelines on how to make it work for the individual; and generally prepares first-time or novice course-takers for a successful experience.
Working with the Department of Education's CTC grantees and others in the field, ACC has received more requests for assistance in evaluation than any other topic - grantees have asked us to recommend tools and resources not only to help them understand evaluation, but to help them plan for their evaluations, create instruments and tools for data collection and analysis, implement their evaluations, and report their data to the Department of Education and other funders. As the CTC field has expanded and matured, the number and type of evaluation resources have grown. Given this, there was a felt need for a comprehensive review and update of available resources and applicability to CTCs.