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September 26, 2014

Variability, Uncertainty, Complexity & Ambiguity (VUCA)

Our New Educational Environment is characterized, first, by "VUCA": Greatly increased Variability, Uncertainty, Complexity & Ambiguity. These, in combination, can greatly increase anxiety and stress.

September 25, 2014

The Evidence Is In

A new study confirms that schools organized for deeper learning produce better outcomes for all students.

September 22, 2014

Our New Global Educational Context

The reason we need more than the incremental reforms we are being offered is that our educational context has changed so radically. Here Prensky discusses the key elements of the New Educational Context.

September 19, 2014

In Africa, Ebola Epidemic Taking Toll on Teachers, Students

The months-long spread of the Ebola virus has shuttered schools across western Africa, leaving many teachers' livelihoods in jeopardy.

September 17, 2014

Phone Calls With Whales: The Power of Fiction in Children's Lives

Author Mac Barnett shows the importance of bringing some absurdity into the world, especially where children are concerned.

September 17, 2014

Survey: Death of High Schoolers' Reading Habits Greatly Exaggerated

A recent poll shows that high school students are reading just as much as the rest of the population, and sometimes more.

September 17, 2014

A Teacher's Experiment: Traffic Lights or Critical Thinking?

Many values are changing rapidly in our new context, and this is especially true in communication. We should be careful as educators not let our own pre-Internet upbringing bias us toward the old.

September 15, 2014

Both F2F & Tech Communication Need Strong Content & Connection

Today's kids will need to communicate effectively both face-to-face and electronically – and each kid's preferences will be different. But all communication, in whatever form, should include both strong content and strong connection.

September 11, 2014

Using Technology to Support Learning for At-Risk Students

A review of research finds three characteristics of effective technology use for students placed at-risk.

September 08, 2014

"The Silent Praying Position" (Response to a comment)

Human communication paradigms are changing rapidly, and we need to figure out how to best help our kids communicate well — and to balance technological and face-to-face communication.

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