Creating the 21st-century classroom

What really goes into a high-impact K-12 classroom?
What really goes into a high-impact K-12 classroom?

Our district decided to pilot the Inspired Classroom project during the fall of 2016. Using an infusion of technology, high-impact classroom furniture, and teachers’ creativity, this initiative helps districts create…


Check out the 21st century classroom in action
Check out the 21st century classroom in action

Lots of open space and technology like 3D printers and GoPros bring the classroom of the future to life in one Iowa school.


The future of learning spaces is open ended
The future of learning spaces is open ended

Collaboration and creation do not lend themselves to rows of desks. What is the future of learning spaces?


What is ‘coding’ and should you learn it?
What is ‘coding’ and should you learn it?

Coding is going mainstream. But is it worth it to learn? This week, we're going to talk about coding, the building block for all the great (and yes, not-so-great) apps…


The 5 most important terms for transforming schools
The 5 most important terms for transforming schools

It is not terribly difficult to get people to agree on the need for school transformation. The expression of this need comes not only from the “usual suspects,” i.e. politicians…


New ed-tech tools and techniques mark FETC 2010
New ed-tech tools and techniques mark FETC 2010

Free online tools that can save teachers time, new innovations that could make online learning more accessible, and keen insight into how educators can let students take responsibility for their…


Future of eReading might not be iPad, but Blio
Future of eReading might not be iPad, but Blio

Despite all the buzz about Apple’s iPad tablet and how it could be useful for reading electronic textbooks, a new software program on the way might hold even more promise…


Wireless mic frequency change could affect schools
Wireless mic frequency change could affect schools

Schools and colleges that use wireless microphones operating on the 700 megahertz (MHz) frequency band have until June 12 to change the radio frequency or buy new equipment, according to…


Educators intrigued by Apple’s iPad
Educators intrigued by Apple’s iPad

Apple’s new tablet computer, the iPad, could push other companies to bring more color-capable eReaders to the market in a move that could make digital books more commonplace on school…


Tapscott: Digital natives need tech-rich education
Tapscott: Digital natives need tech-rich education

Educators should change the way they view technology's role in everyday life in order to understand students' educational needs, said Don Tapscott, chairman of nGenera Insight, during a Jan. 19…


Technology gives kids constant media access
Technology gives kids constant media access

Educators face a growing challenge in trying to compete for their students' attention with near-constant access to entertainment media outside of school, a new study suggests.


New projectors make any wall an interactive whiteboard
New projectors make any wall an interactive whiteboard

In a move that could shake up the interactive whiteboard (IWB) market, two projector manufacturers have just released new products that can turn virtually any surface into an IWB.


New electronic devices could interest schools
New electronic devices could interest schools

New netbooks, tablet computers, and eBook reader devices, as well as fresh developments in television and even a wireless tether to keep cell phones from getting lost, are among the…


The rise of the globally connected student
The rise of the globally connected student

Today's students are the first globally connected citizens, able use their computers and cell phones to connect to all regions of the Earth and contribute to a global discussion through…


Are netbooks right for education?
Are netbooks right for education?

During a time of steep budget cuts, many school leaders have turned to netbooks as a less expensive way to get computers into the hands of every student. But not…


3-D video coming to education
3-D video coming to education

Imagine you're back in school, and you're learning about the human body. You open your book and see the flat image of a skeleton on your page. You imagine what…


Digital pens: Mightier than MSWord?
Digital pens: Mightier than MSWord?

A significant key to students' academic success is their ability to take complete and accurate notes during class--and recent developments in digital-pen technology might help students do just that. Key…


iPods help ESL students achieve success

As school leaders ponder the implications of new technologies for their classrooms, one dedicated New Jersey educator has turned theory into practice, using the iPod to teach English as a…


Technology helps reform large lectures

At Virginia Tech, students in most introductory math courses work through problems individually at one of 500 computer workstations in a giant room that is open 24 hours a day.…


Personal response systems take the fear out of class

Bored, bashful, and befuddled students all dread the moment when a teacher calls on them in class. But in a growing number of schools today, students no longer have to…

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