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September 04, 2009

Digital Curriculum Planned to Improve Ed Access, Quality

These days it's rarely a surprise to read about a new effort to translate print curriculum to a digital medium. But a headline on an e-newsletter I just received from the Academy for Educational Development captured my attention. It links to a news article on about Rwanda's efforts to ...

June 02, 2009

Online Lessons About World Hunger

A couple times a week I remind my kids that "there are starving children in the world, now eat your green beans." In most American homes the message has become cliche. When I was a child in the 1970s my mother referred to the children in famine-plagued Cambodia to make her point. There have been ple...

March 27, 2009

UK Students May Learn to Twitter, in School

I've been getting up to speed on Twitter little by little, learning the lingo and mastering the 140-character format. That's been the hardest part for a journalist who likes to go in depth and who often surpasses my allotted space for print stories, just ask my editor. Twitter, texting, and other ...

March 25, 2009

Teaching Math with Virtual Manipulatives

Over at Curriculum Matters, my colleague Sean Cavanagh writes about an online site featuring virtual manipulatives for math and science classes. David Wetzel offers a variety of interactive math resources at his Teachscienceandmath blog, here, including math games and Google Earth math applicatio...

March 17, 2009

Exploring Ancient Rome With Google Earth

There are a lot of teachers out there who are successfully using technology to bring the curriculum to life for their students. Yesterday, Google recognized eight teachers for their creativity in using the 3D Google Earth application to create lessons about ancient Rome. Google Earth takes users on...

March 16, 2009

Finding Useful Web Resources

One thing I often here from educators about using the Web to find useful resources and tools is that weeding through all that's on the Internet is overwhelming and time-consuming. Digital Directions, Ed Week's magazine and Web site devoted to covering educational technology, has been working to ...

October 08, 2008

Textbook Publishers Face Digital Challenges

It seems it's getting a little scary to be a textbook publisher in the digital age. At least that was the mood at a meeting that the school division of the Association of American Publishers, the industry's trade group, held recently in Arlington, Va. Publishers who gathered at the one-day "techno...

September 19, 2008

The Push for Open Content

The "open content" movement in education is getting a boost from the state of Wyoming, a regional education agency, and a for-profit virtual school. All have all agreed to share teacher-created curricula on Curriki, an online community for creating and sharing open source K-12 curricula, the nonpr...

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