For the last six months I've written more than 30 Smart Cities posts in search of the secrets of educational innovation and improvement. I've also been learning from other authors.


In his February state of the district speech, Houston superintendent Terry Grier pitched the idea of giving every high school student a laptop. "This is a way of transforming what and how we teach," Grier told the school board in April.


Recognition that "games can provide challenging experiences that incorporate effective learning principles and sustained engagement," led Dr. Kristy Goodwin of Macquarie University to study what she calls Digital Games Based Learning (DGBL) as an emerging pedagogy.


Common Core State Standards are thoughtful expressions of college- and career-ready expectations in reading, writing and math.


Three quarters of the CEOs think U.S. higher education is better/much better than competitors; but only 23% and 14%, respectively, say the same about U.S. secondary and primary education.


"Education is the bedrock on which a truly great city is built," according to Tony Hsieh and his Downtown Project. The CEO of shopping giant Zappos is leading efforts to reimagine the old city center north of the Vegas Strip.


A WestEd study released this week confirmed gains tracked by schools using the innovative ST Math program from MIND Research Institute. More than 1,700 schools use the supplemental math games.


As the nation celebrates National Teacher Appreciation Week, we couldn't think of a better way to honor National Teacher Day than with a paper that highlights the positive impacts that blended learning is having on the teaching profession.


My first job out of college took me to the coalfields of southwestern Pennsylvania. Pittsburgh was just starting to rebound from the loss of thousands of steel jobs. The universities played a pivotal role in the development of a new economy based on technology, finance, and health jobs.


Online learning can expand student (and staff) options, grow enrollment, and power blended learning. It shares many critical success factors with traditional education, but different enough that you need to do your homework and develop a good plan. Following is a 10 point district/network guide to online learning.


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