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How web-based journalism reveals Common Core’s relevance

In order to give students purpose to engage deeply in the Common Core, District 21 in Wheeling, Ill. has partnered with the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting, a…

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One-to-one: Student-led, student-centered

Surprise, surprise! Decisions imposed on people suddenly, with no time to get used to the idea or prepare for the consequences, are generally resisted. It’s always easier to…

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7 steps to authentic learning

Why authentic learning? There are so many reasons to choose from, some of the most important being: providing deep purpose for learning, empowering students, providing differentiation and choice…

How technology has changed our idea of ‘knowledge,’ and what this means for schools

How technology has changed our idea of ‘knowledge,’ and what this means for schools

While technology hasn’t transformed education to this point, it definitely has transformed learning, researcher David Weinberger argues—and this shift has important implications for educators.…

Zhao: U.S. schools focusing on the wrong skills

Zhao: U.S. schools focusing on the wrong skills

What is the purpose of our education system? If it’s to produce skilled employees, then we’re on the right path with Common Core standards and assessments, says education…

With flipped learning, how to make sure students are doing the work

With flipped learning, how to make sure students are doing the work

In-video quizzes can answer the question: "Who is doing their homework?" and help direct the focus of the class.…

Oral history project blends technology, tradition

Oral history project blends technology, tradition

When 21st-century skills are used to connect with 20th-century individuals, the results can be powerful.…

Creating an app programming course for high schoolers

Creating an app programming course for high schoolers

iPad integration specialist Thomas White, who hadn’t written any software code for nearly two decades, was tasked with creating an app programming class for students at his private…

Don’t plan for technology; plan for learning

Don’t plan for technology; plan for learning

You never know how someone will react when you suggest that they junk their title and replace it with a new one that leads to a different focus…

Beyond ‘one-to-one computing': Time for a new approach

Beyond ‘one-to-one computing': Time for a new approach

Adding a digital device to the classroom without a fundamental change in the culture of teaching and learning will not lead to significant improvement. Unless clear goals across…

Five key roles for 21st-century school librarians

Five key roles for 21st-century school librarians

Given the unprecedented quantity of information learners are exposed to, the librarian’s role is more important than ever. Librarians help all students gain access to, evaluate, ethically use,…

New project aims to transform the ‘first five days’ of school

New project aims to transform the ‘first five days’ of school

While there is general agreement that the first five days of school are “absolutely essential” for establishing a culture of learning that will set the right tone for…

How TED-Ed is helping to amplify instruction

How TED-Ed is helping to amplify instruction

Technology can extend a talented teacher’s reach to thousands or even millions of kids around the world, said Chris Anderson, curator of the nonprofit TED project—and he described…

How Twitter can be used as a powerful educational tool

How Twitter can be used as a powerful educational tool

Think Twitter is just a waste of time? Think again. Its organizational structure makes it an effective tool for connecting with students and others online.…

Web literacy: Where the Common Core meets common sense

Web literacy: Where the Common Core meets common sense

Are you as worried as we are that the overall impact of technology on our children’s ability to solve complex research problems is negative? Have you heard a…

Why more schools aren’t teaching web literacy—and how they can start

Why more schools aren’t teaching web literacy—and how they can start

In 1998, a 15-year-old high school student used the personal website of a professor at Northwestern University, Arthur Butz, as justification for writing a history paper called “The…

New education platform from TED could help power ‘flipped learning’

New education platform from TED could help power ‘flipped learning’

TED, a nonprofit organization devoted to spreading big ideas through a series of conferences and a free video platform, has continued its expansion into education by launching a…

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Alan November: What’s your plan for making every home a center of learning?

The 2012 Tech-Savvy Superintendent Awards ceremony featured a keynote speech from Alan November, a former classroom teacher and ed-tech pioneer who co-founded the education consulting firm November Learning.…

Flipped learning: A response to five common criticisms

Flipped learning: A response to five common criticisms

Flipped learning has created quite a stir. Some argue that this teaching method will completely transform education, while others say it is simply an opportunity for boring lectures…

Students need to assimilate information before they can apply it to a different context.

Ending the ‘tyranny of the lecture’

Harvard professor Eric Mazur reveals how he uses peer instruction to make learning more dynamic—and how new software can facilitate this process.…