This EdTech Design Challenge and Incubator project gives high school youth the opportunity to immerse themselves in design thinking, cutting-edge technology and the innovation economy, allowing them to discover new talents and interests beyond the narrow confines and literacies valued in school.
This project extends a CAST/SRI Google App-based curriculum and technology innovation called CORGI (Co-Organize Learning with the Google Interface) to improve STEM learning and higher order thinking for middle students with learning disabilities and their typically developing peers in general education STEM courses.
Information about the National Center on the Use of Emerging Technologies to Improve Literacy Achievement for Students with Disabilities in Middle School project at CAST
Researchers from CAST and Arizona State University developed and tested Writer’s Key, a web-based tool that guides and supports middle-school students in writing argumentative (persuasive) and informational (expository) compositions. The research team based the design of Writer's Key on the framework of Universal Design for Learning. In addition to scaffolding users in the writing process, Writer's Key also provides supports for users such as multiple models, skill development activities, interactive work spaces, guided questions, and a breakdown of writing by process components in a flexible work space. Additionally, built-in peer to peer and teacher to student feedback support the writing process.
CAST's Writer's Key will now be part of Writer's Workbench, a professional learning ecosystem to support the needs of 7th and 8th-grade teachers in more effective writing instruction.
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