Sunday, April 26, 2015

Jay Matthews Rankings Continue to Ignore Dual Enrollment

The rankings are based on the ratio of AP or IB exams to graduating seniors.  In the past, Matthews has acknowledged Dual Enrollment programs but has suggested that there is insufficient or incomplete data to use them in the rankings.  But because the participating dual enrollment higher education partners must report them to each state, this needs to be challenged.

The data among the higher ranking schools can now be sorted by state, ocality (city), and "equity and excellence" index, and subsidized lunches.  But the ranking continues to co-mingle high schools with alternative programs not subject to the same rules and regulation.

D.C. Area Schools Rankings - LINK

How the America’s Most Challenging High Schools list works - LINK

Friday, April 17, 2015

An example of STEaM

Here is an example of how technology, visualization and choreography can be integrated.

The interesting stuff:

And here is the final product:


Wednesday, April 8, 2015

MIT AppInventor

MIT App Inventor is a blocks-based programming tool that allows everyone, even novices, to start programming and build fully functional apps for Android devices. Newcomers to App Inventor can have their first app up and running in an hour or less, and can program more complex apps in significantly less time than with more traditional, text-based languages.