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National STEM Video Game Challenge

Inspired by the Educate to Innovate Campaign, President Obama’s initiative to promote a renewed focus on Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) education, the National STEM Video Game Challenge aims to motivate interest in STEM learning among America’s youth by tapping into students’ natural passions for playing and making video games.

Video Shorts by Palestinian Youth

Link to "a selection of video shorts produced by youth in digital storytelling workshops conducted from 2006-2008 by Voices Beyond Walls, in collaboration with youth centers in Palestinian refugee camps. Nearly 60 video shorts were produced by youth (aged 10-16 years) from 7-8 refugee camps in the West Bank, East Jerusalem, and Jordan over the past 3 years."

Learning by Playing: Video Games in the Classroom

"What if teachers gave up the vestiges of their educational past, threw away the worksheets, burned the canon and reconfigured the foundation upon which a century of learning has been built?

Study: Foster Children Struggle to Learn

"Preliminary data from a 10-year study conducted by University of California at Berkeley that compared California foster kids against their at-risk peers suggests that academic challenges posed by poverty, disability, and language barriers are compounded when children also have to shuffle from school to school because they have no permanent family, the Associated Press reports. Foster children consistently scored lower in state English and math tests, even when factors such as income, race, and learning disabilities were taken into account.

Excerpts: 

http://www.usatoday.com/news/education/2010-09-23-foster-homes_N.htm

Referred by: PEN Weekly NewsBlast

School Turnaround through Critical Thinking and Communications Skill-Building

"After years of high drop-out rates and dismal test scores, a group of teachers at the high school in Brockton, Mass. organized a school-wide campaign that involved reading and writing lessons in every class in all subjects, including gym. The results have been excellent, reports The New York Times. In 2001 testing, more students passed the state tests after failing the year before than at any other school in the state. This year and last, Brockton outperformed 90 percent of Massachusetts high schools. At 4,100 students, the school contravenes the received wisdom that small is better.

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