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October 30, 2012

Real-World Lessons From Hurricane Sandy

Schools are closed across the East Coast today as cities and towns recover from the effects of Hurricane Sandy, now considered one of the worst storms in U.S. history. For educators in other parts of the country looking to give students some perspective on the events of the past couple of days...

July 30, 2012

Will Assessments 'Short-Circuit' the Common Core?

Middle school teacher Jose Vilson says that, as a teacher, he finds it difficult—if not pointless—to form an opinion about the Common Core State Standards without knowing what the assessment components will look like.

July 25, 2012

Is Blended Learning a Threat to Doug Lemov?

I'm going to venture to say that not too many teachers are reading Forbes.com, because otherwise this post would be steeped in teacher comments. ... In it, Michael Horn, cofounder of the nonprofit think tank Innosight Institute, makes the argument that many of the teaching techniques comprising Dou...

July 11, 2012

Students Learn Cyber Skills At a No-Tech School

At the Journey Schoolin Aliso Viejo, Calif., technology does not play a role in the classroom until students enter the 6th grade, and even then the emphasis is not on gadgets but on civics.

June 25, 2012

Resource Watch: 'Pinteresting' Idea for Teachers

Grockit, the online test prep company, has recently launched a new social learning site similar to Pinterest, but designed specifically for educators and students, according to T.H.E. Journal, an education-technology news magazine. On Learnist, users can "pin" YouTube videos, audio clips, and other ...

June 25, 2012

Should Blogging Have a Larger Role in the Curriculum?

On Powerful Learning Practice's "Voices" blog, high school English teacher Shelley Wright says that teachers and students need to understand that blogging is very different in kind from persuasive-essay writing. It's more informal, looser in structural demands, and more playful. And in the long run,...

June 01, 2012

Is Teaching Heading Toward an 'Ed-Tech Iceberg'?

USA Today has an interesting article on the rise of Khan Academy, the popular and well-funded video-lesson provider founded by former hedge fund manager Sal Khan. As the article notes, Khan's success is partly responsible for the momentum behind the concept of the "flipped classroom," where students...

May 18, 2012

Common Standards: Why the Grudge Against Stories?

As has been widely reported, the College Board named David Coleman, the architect of the Common Core standards, as its in-coming president this week. The news has brought renewed attention to a statement Coleman made during a 2011 speech to the effect that, out in the working world, you will rarely ...

May 02, 2012

Resource Watch: Khan-esque Videos From MIT Students

Picking up on the Khan Academy meme, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology has launched a program to encourage its students to create short instructional videos for K-12 students on science and engineering concepts, according to a release from MIT. The videos—of which there are already some...

April 20, 2012

A Whole Literacy Lesson in Your Pocket

Haven't gotten around yet to celebrating National Poetry Month in your school or classroom? Feeling kind of guilty about it, aren't you? (I'm feeling kind of guilty that we haven't mentioned it till now.) Well, you still have next week, and here's a nice opportunity: Thurs., April 26, is National Po...

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