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October 17, 2013

EdTech Titans of Industry: A Reflection

This week marked the second annual EdTech Titans of Industry event in New York City featuring some of the top players in education: Diane Rhoten, Jonathan Harber, Gates Bryant, and George Cigale. Here are some of the highlights..

August 29, 2013

What is the Goal of the American Education System?

It's basically impossible to make any sensible change regarding education policy and reform without first asking: What are we trying to achieve with our public education system? So I asked some experts what their thoughts are on the matter.

May 29, 2013

Closing the Gap: NYC's Ed-Tech Challenge

New York City's DOE seeks to be a leader in bringing innovation to the classroom. Through it's iZone schools, the DOE recently launched its Gap App Challenge as a way to introduce new technologies to its learning experience and develop concrete working relationships between developers and the schools they aim to help.

February 22, 2013

2020: What's the expiration date on YOUR textbook?

In today's market, each principal and superintendent purchasing new content for his or her schools must ask themselves: How long will this textbook stay relevant? The age of justifying the paper purchase has officially passed us by.

November 16, 2012

Unlocking Passion in Education

Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life--shouldn't the same hold true for the learning process?

November 04, 2012

Scaling PD in a New Online World

Traditionally, professional development is heavily linked to teacher raises and/or benefits. Unfortunately, these online tools are not particularly traditional, and thusly do not as a free product yield the fruits of an established, in person (expensive) professional development provider. There is less incentive for the average teacher to test these interesting waters, and while they may not be the ultimate solution, they are undoubtedly shaping the path to true customizable, anytime PD solutions for our teachers. Doesn't it make perfect sense to give our teachers as much access to improvement as they could possibly want?

October 14, 2012

The Need for Spreadsheet Math in K-12

Spreadsheets have become the mathematical laboratories for business, for science, for technology, and even for many consumers. They are the way we do our math, the primary tool for quantitative reasoning, and yet they are barely mentioned in our schools. They were mentioned only once in the New York Times article. They were mentioned only seven times in the Common Core State Standards in Math (fractions were mentioned 210 times). They are the primary mathematics tool of the 21st century, yet they are virtually invisible to most of our students.

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