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February 01, 2012

Google Redesigns Its Education Site

Google in Education recently launched its redesigned website in an effort to make navigation easier for teachers, schools, and students.

January 20, 2012

Has the Textbook of the Future Arrived?

In case you haven't heard yet, Apple Inc. announced yesterday that, in partnership with major textbook publishers, it has developed a series of digital textbooks designed for the iPad. (Don't say we didn't warn you.) The textbooks, to be listed at $14.99 or less, include multimedia elements such as ...

December 21, 2011

The Brave New World of Data-Based Instruction

Colleges are increasingly exploring the use of student "data"—including everything from grades to instructional-prompt responses to online "click" patterns —to customize instruction and learning opportunities.

November 22, 2011

Pop Culture's Place in the Classroom

This will be my last writeup on NCTE. Overall, I have to say it was an impressive conference, especially content-wise (the logistics were a bit hectic for me, but perhaps that's to be expected with about 7,000 attendees and 50 concurrent sessions during each time slot). On Friday, three high school...

November 22, 2011

Book Notes: Steve Jobs Blasted Teachers' Unions, Planned Digital Textbook Feature for iPad

Apparently Bill Gates isn't the only personal computing pioneer to have expressed strong concerns about the ability of America's public schools to prepare students for the economic future—and to lay a good part of the blame on teachers' union regulations. Toward the end of his bestselling biogr...

November 04, 2011

Could Teachers Be Displaced by Technology?

Will Richardson says that teachers urgently need to redefine their professional role in light of advancements in technology and prevailing expectations for schools. If teachers' main purpose is seen as improving student achievement as reflected in test scores, he argues, they will soon be displaced,...

October 24, 2011

Beware Teacher-Targeted Ads

A press release marketing two-for-$200 Flip video cameras for educators just came my way. Cisco announced in April that it will no longer make the devices, which many teachers have incorporated into their classrooms because they are relatively cheap and easy to use.

August 18, 2011

DonorsChoose: There's a (Winning) App for That

DonorsChoose, the online charity for classrooms, recently announced the results of its Hacking Education Contest, which challenged developers to create interactive apps to help engage the public in classroom projects. The winner—selected by judges Arianna Huffington, venture capitalist Fred Wil...

August 16, 2011

The Teacher's Desk: An Occupational Dilemma

Blogger Mr. Foteah writes that while getting rid of the "imposing teacher's desk" seems to be all the rage (in fact, our own Coach G recently recommended it), he's just not ready to go deskless himself. Mr. Foteah says: Yes, I want this to be a year in which I maybe, just maybe, speak less and list...

August 05, 2011

Using iPads for Formative Assessment

Are some principals really handing out iPads to teachers without any plan for how they are to be used in the classroom? Appears so from an inquiring e-mail Bill Ferriter recently recieved from a language arts teacher friend. Always ready to lend a hand, though, Ferriter comes to the rescue with so...

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