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Use these 4 apps for phonics, art exploration, and more

Each week, we feature a new App of the Week on our website and in our newsletters. These apps are for students or educators and offer a range of uses. But one thing is certain: educators and students are using apps now more than ever. Here’s a round-up of the apps we’ve featured over the past month. Check back each Monday for a new App of the Week. And don’t worry–if you miss one, you can find a summary of recent apps at the end of each month. 1. Create art like never before Name: Drawing Desk What is it? With more than 1,000,000...

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High schools need to weld academics with practical skills

I'd like to propose a sweeping overhaul of the United States public education system effective immediately. This may seem overblown, given that I'm proposing it in response to a…

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How important is informal learning?

Learning is changing. It is moving from a primarily school-based, formal process to include more informal opportunities. Learning is just as likely to occur among a group of…

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Using flipped learning to boost engagement

Supporters of flipped learning have proven that the instructional model is more than just a fad. As it spreads to classrooms across the nation, educators are leveraging the…

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4 tech tools that met a district’s top goals

The Napa County Office of Education (NCOE) is on a mission to use technology to prepare all students for academic and career success. We have implemented several initiatives…

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Effectiveness of teacher preparation under scrutiny

Current attempts to measure teacher quality have resulted in controversy, and a ranking of teacher preparation programs by the National Council on Teacher Quality is one example.…

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6 intriguing TED Talks for the new school year

Every educator needs some inspiration now and then, and these days, such inspiration can be found online in just a few seconds. The internet brings inspiring and motivational speakers…

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Digital storytelling enhances K-12 classrooms

With initiatives like the Common Core emphasizing creative thinking, many teachers are looking at unique ways to deliver information. Bernard Robin, Ph.D., saw that an age-old technique could…

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Will learning coding boost kids’ college, career prospects?

Jared Flores loved the two weeks he spent this summer at a computer coding school where he programmed a hand-crafted robot that could steer itself through a maze. Aside…

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Students: We need coding skills

A new report reveals that 59 percent of students who do not know how to code would like to learn, while just 23 percent of students actually know…

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‘Miss Possible’ doll creators engineer plan to vie with Barbie

The disruption in the pink aisle is about to become an all-out revolution. A newly minted female engineer and one in the making have developed a successor to last…

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Harnessing Data for Common Core Success

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There is broad agreement among education leaders that collecting and analyzing student performance data, and using this information to target instruction more effectively, will be critical in making…

Strategies for One-to-One Computing Success

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A growing number of school leaders have recognized the benefits of making sure every student has access to a digital learning device, both in the classroom and at…

How to Make Blended Learning Work

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Blended learning, in which students experience a mix of face-to-face and online instruction, is catching on in K-12 schools—and advocates of this approach say that, when done well,…

Preparing Students for 21st Century Careers

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Sixty percent of today’s students will have careers that don’t exist yet, which speaks to the challenge schools face in preparing them for their future. So, what are…