Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Google is trying to encourage diversity in the games that are available by pointing out that while 65% of women play mobile games, yet only 23% of game developers identify as women

Google is trying to encourage diversity in the games that are available by pointing out that while 65% of women play mobile games, yet only 23% of game developers identify as women.

So they have created this challenge to encourage students of all kinds to come up with game ideas and submit them. The students do not have to know how to code, they just need to be able to come up with a compelling game idea. This is an opportunity for any creative person.

Attached is a copy of an information letter you may share. Follow this link to the site, which includes a neat little "game" that will inform the player on many of the issues surrounding gaming and diversity.

The winner will receive a $10,000 college scholarship and $15,00 for their school and the top five will get a trip to the Electronic Entertainment Expo and an opportunity to showcase their game design, receive mentor-ship from leaders in the industry, and join a celebration of women in gaming.

Please help me get the word out on this exciting opportunity by sharing it with other educators.

Link to full details on this program
https://drive.google.com/file/d/1XnfeGCf_rY1RuzSpvlSJrDqcF5nvVeco/view?usp=sharing


Release of overdue federal report on ‘homework gap’ validates stakeholder concerns


Release of overdue federal report on ‘homework gap’ validates stakeholder concerns

The Institute of Education Sciences' report shows a "huge gap" in broadband access among children, and it breaks down the data across demographic groups.

https://edscoop.com/ies-homework-gap-report-digital-equity

New Report on Student Internet Access at Home Shows Persisting Digital Divide

Deeper learning environments give students more responsibility for their own learning.  Photo by Allison Shelley/The Verbatim Agency for American Education: Images of Teachers and Students in Action
New Report on Student Internet Access at Home Shows Persisting Digital Divide
By Chip Slaven

A long-awaited report on access to digital learning hit the newsstands last week with a familiar headline: a digital divide, known as the homework gap in education circles, persists, especially for students of color, students from low-income families, and students in rural areas.

Full article on Digital Divide:
https://all4ed.org/new-report-on-student-internet-access-at-home-shows-persisting-digital-divide/

 

 

 

 

Jamboard from Google a new way to collaborate across the world.

Friday, April 6, 2018

Michigan is starting a new CoSN Chapter.

Michigan is starting a new CoSN Chapter.

This is an exciting time for Michigan. They will be the 28th state chapter.

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I am the Director of Technology at a K-12 School system.