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How Are Education Technology Trends Affecting Today’s Classrooms?

As parents, it’s important to be knowledgeable about what students are learning…or may not be learning…in their classroom. It is also imperative to know how to help to encourage kids at home and in school. The only way to achieve both is to have a better understanding of the driving force behind the latest trends in education.




Laptops, tablets and apps are just some of the latest tech tools that teachers are using to spark students’ interest in STEM disciplines, which include science, technology, engineering and math. Other trends include moving away from traditional face-to-face instruction and toward more hybrid learning opportunities, including online instruction and hands-on projects.

The National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), known as The Nation’s Report Card, is the largest nationally representative, continuing assessment of what America’s students know and can do in various subjects, including STEM. Over the past year, the National Assessment Governing Board and the National Center for Education Statistics have released three reports on 2015 NAEP data — covering student achievement in science, technology and engineering literacy, and math.

Two education experts — Cary Sneider and Mary Crovo —joined me recently to discuss the issues at the heart of these NAEP reports. Sneider is a member of the National Assessment Governing Board and an associate research professor at Portland State University. He is also a consultant for STEM Next, University of San Diego, and chair of the LinkEngineering committee for the National Academy of Engineering. As Deputy Executive Director of the Governing Board, Crovo brings a unique perspective and deep understanding of the data in all three reports. During our conversation, they revealed the latest education technology trends, what teachers and parents need to know about STEM, including how to keep students’ interest and how to encourage students to pursue STEM classes and careers. We also discussed they ways technology is changing the way students learn STEM subjects, and the importance of hands-on learning.

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The National Assessment of Educational Progress is the largest nationally representative, continuing evaluation of the condition of education in the United States. It has served as a national yardstick of student achievement since 1969. Through The Nation’s Report Card, NAEP informs the public about what American students know and can do in various subject areas and compares achievement among states, large urban districts and various student demographic groups. NAEP is a congressionally authorized project sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education. Follow NAEP on Facebook and Twitter 

The National Center for Education Statistics, within the Institute of Education Sciences, administers NAEP. The commissioner of education statistics is responsible by law for carrying out the NAEP project.

The National Assessment Governing Board is an independent, nonpartisan board whose members include governors, state legislators, local and state school officials, educators, business representatives and members of the general public. Congress created the 26-member Governing Board in 1988 to oversee and set policy for NAEP. Follow the Governing Board on Facebook and Twitter.

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