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June 20, 2011

Top Edu-Blogger Takes a Tumbl

Sign of the times? After 10 years, ed-tech pioneer Will Richardson is closing down his influential blog and moving to a new space on Tumblr, a social-networking-slash-"microblogging" platform that is getting a lot of attention lately. Richardson believes it will help him, in effect, bridge the gap b...

June 10, 2011

Shy Students Find Voices With Twitter

While many view social media as a mere distraction for kids, a Los Angeles teacher finds that using Twitter in his classroom has helped his history students come out of their shells. CNN reports that Enrique Legaspi at Hollenbeck Middle School encourages his 8th graders to tweet their responses to t...

May 31, 2011

Digital Ed's 'Pied Piper'

Steven Pearlstein at The Washington Post offers a lofty vision for the future of the U.S. education system, in which students do most of their learning through individualized online programs.

May 13, 2011

Teacher Techies

Educators are more tech-savvy today then they were just two years ago, according to a survey overseen by Project Tomorrow. The findings, based on feedback compiled from 35,525 teachers, reveal a substantial increase in educators' personal use of smart phones and Facebook, as well as a 50 percent jum...

May 10, 2011

Catholic Schools Putting Faith in Web 2.0

Are the nuns ahead of you? Contributing to Powerful Learning Practice's "Voices from the Learning Revolution" feature, Sister Geralyn Schmidt, wide area network coordinator for the Diocese of Harrisburg, Pa., explains how the diocese's recent integration of Web 2.0 technology into instruction is he...

May 06, 2011

White House Answers Student Questions on Death of Bin Laden

The White House hosted a 30-minute webinar yesterday directed at students and teachers about the killing of Osama bin Laden. Ben Rhodes, deputy assistant to the president and deputy national security advisor for strategic communications and speechwriting, began by recapping the tragic events of 9/11...

May 03, 2011

What Happens Without School Librarians?

The Intelligencer Journal in Lancaster, Pa., reports on a young elementary school librarian who has transformed his facility into an invaluable technology resource center for teachers and students. But that still might not save his job: He is among 20 school librarians the district is planning to fu...

April 27, 2011

New Ideas in Spec. Ed. Language Arts Instruction

The Council for Exceptional Children is holding its annual conference here in D.C. this week. When I attended on Tuesday, a number of sessions were oriented around studies on tools and techniques for improving instruction for students with special needs. Some of the studies' outcomes seemed to car...

April 26, 2011

Should Your Principal Have a Blog?

School leaders' growing use of interactive networking platforms like blogs and Twitter for professional purposes has generally been welcomed as a way to promote transparency and idea-sharing and to model so-called 21st-century communication skills. But some educators are begining to ask whether, in ...

April 18, 2011

Can Online Videos Humanize Instruction?

In an interesting Wall Street Journal article, Salman Khan describes the development of the Khan Academy, a free online library of K-12 math and science video lessons and practice exercises. Begun as a way for Khan to help tutor his younger cousins from afar, the service now houses more than 2,200 v...

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