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Girls-only class teaches computer, welding, woodworking skills

Nationwide, at most 3 percent of trades workers are women. But in a Sherwood High School welding, computer technology and woodshop class, it's completely the opposite. Every student is female. "Imagine,…

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How U.S. schools can help make a difference for girls’ education worldwide

Kathy Hurley and Deb deVries have spent their careers in education, first as special ed teachers, and then in educational publishing, where they retired this year from the Pearson Foundation…

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4 essential game-based learning questions

You’d have to live under a rock to be unfamiliar with the rise of game-based learning in classrooms across the nation in recent years. Integrating a game into an instructional…

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Coding classes lead to 21st-century skill development

Adeline Brutger peered at the screen of her mini-laptop. The Grand Forks third-grader described three cartoon figures she was using in her story, two of which appeared to be walking down…

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Game-based math program expands to Denver students

Denver Public Schools, DIRECTV, and the nonprofit MIND Research Institute are partnering to deliver a computer-based math program to three local Denver schools. The grant from DIRECTV provides the ST Math…

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Bricolage, MOSL and 8 soon-to-be-huge ed tech innovations

According to education technology experts at The Open University, there are 10 pedagogical innovations currently in practice poised to take off in 2015.…

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Barbie should break the geek ceiling

Q:How many young women does it take to design and program a computer game? A. None. Only boys know how to do that. This, believe it or not, is the message to…

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Autodesk offers free design software to students across the globe

Earlier this year, Autodesk made its software available to U.S. middle and high school students and teachers for free in support of President Obama's ConnectED initiative, and now the company…

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6 Minecraft lesson ideas for your Common Core math class

Last year I taught third-grade math in a whole new way. Combining elements from the wildly popular sandbox game Minecraft, I had students thinking visually and creatively about mathematical models…

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When letter grades won’t work, there’s an app for that

In my eighth grade physical computing class, I have a grade problem. The things that are most important to me--things like creativity, curiosity, persistence, critical thinking--are nearly impossible to quantify. I’m sure…