Catching up on all the blogs I read over the long weekend, I discovered this post from Snarkmarket about a new public charter school slated to open up in NYC in the fall that's completely designed around game-inspired teaching methods. There's more information on the Institute of Play's Web site about the school, called Quest to Learn, which will serve kids in 6th-12th grade. Also, here's the press release (PDF) about the school. The school is being created by the Institute of Play, an NYC-based nonprofit organization that researches the connections between games and learning, and New Visions for Public ...


My colleagues Alyson Klein and Michele McNeil have the latest on the economic stimulus bill. Has anyone waded through the details on ed tech? We are beginning to take a closer look at the specifics and it looks like there is roughly $650 million for it. Did ed tech get a good deal or was it shortchanged? Give us your take. Meanwhile, I'm making my way through the summary. Ed Week Asst. Managing Editor Mark Bomster calls the file for the bill, on the House of Representative's Web site, "a choke-your-computer monster." Hopefully I will be able to have it ...


Readers of this blog might enjoy my co-blogger Kathleen's story on virtual field trips. Through the Internet, teachers can access thousands of virtual field trips to places all over the world, many of which are free, says the article. The trips are a good option for schools that are cutting budgets and can't afford to bus every student to a specific place, or for schools that are short on instructional time but still want students to explore a place outside the classroom. And according to at least one evaluation, students retain more information from the virtual trips than students who ...


Here's a troubling story about a MySpace prank gone awry. A teen in Wilkes Barre, Pa., was sent by the local juvenile court in 2007 to a privately run youth detention center after creating a spoof MySpace page of her assistant principal. According to The Associated Press article, the teen claims she wasn't told of her right to an attorney. Now prosecutors have uncovered what they say is an elaborate kickback scheme that put millions in the pockets of two judges who made a deal with the detention centers to send them more inmates. This raises all kinds of issues ...


The Education Department wants everyone to see how it has come into the 21st Century. The department is now on Twitter and I just got an alert that it has tweeted! The tweets are blasts of information in 140 characters or less, so I'm not sure how much info we can expect from these communiques. Today's tweet links to a video of Education Secretary Arne Duncan speaking at Wakefield High School in Arlington, Va. Now I'm really feeling like I'm in the loop. I wonder if the department will send out tweets on the really important stuff, like to alert ...


The ins and outs of the federal E-rate program are enough to set even the steadiest of heads spinning. Now a consulting firm that works with clients on E-rate compliance issues has launched a blog that will tackle the complexities of the program, which provides financial support for telecommunications in schools and libraries. Funds for Learning, LLC, based in Edmond, Okla., will tap experts in the field to explain details of the program, provide policy analysis, and offer tips. The Funds for Learning blog will also invite guest posts from E-rate administrators. The new FFL resource is not alone though. ...


Todd Oppenheimer has long questioned the unmitigated enthusiasm some educators and policymakers have for technology in the classroom. The author of The Flickering Mind: Saving Education from the False Promise of Technology is now urging the Obama Administration to curb any plans to expand programs that boost technology use in the nation's schools, particularly the teaching of technology skills in the elementary grades. In this San Francisco Chronicle article he makes the case for developing other skills that are required for success in the global economy: "writing and reasoning; reliable work habits; the capacity for concentration and face-to-face communication; a ...


Like most of my colleagues at Digital Directions, I am knee-deep in a bunch of stories about how online education is impacting K-12 schools, which is the focus of this year's upcoming Technology Counts report (to be released at the end of March.) At this point, I've talked to countless people about this—from teachers and administrators to CEOs and academic experts—and there's a lot of excitement about where online education could take us. To get a sneak-peek into some of what the stories we're working on delve into, I highly recommend that you check out my colleague Michelle ...


Bill Gates sure knows how to get people's attention. But at the Technology, Entertainment, and Design Conference this week, it didn't take any high-tech tools to perk up the crowd, according to this article. Gates unleashed a jar full of mosquitoes on the business, arts, and science leaders in the audience at the elite conference in in Monterey, Calif., to make a point about malaria. "There is no reason only poor people should be infected," he told them. He paused before telling them the insects were disease free. The Bill & Melinda Gates foundation has pumped hundreds of millions of dollars ...


Chicago public schools has been creating a series of videos about various initiatives and projects in that district called CPS Right Now! The videos typically involve students and teachers, who share with the viewers their experiences, what they're doing in class, and how it's helping students. It's a really fascinating project—I could watch these all day. Here's one episode that explores iEARN—International Education and Resource Center—which students in Chicago are using to connect with classrooms across the globe. I think it really encapsulates the types of skills and opportunities that technology can bring to the classroom, which ...


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