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December 02, 2013

Teacher: Outdated Classroom Designs Hinder Learning

Austin, Texas, elementary school teacher Emily E. Smith argues that classroom-design conventions are in need of a serious upgrade. She explains how, to create a more creative space for learning, she reconfigured her own classroom based on photos of successful tech startup offices

November 26, 2013

Ill. Elementary School Tries Subject-Area Assignments

In an Ill. elementary school, students switch classes so teachers can focus on particular subject areas as the school adapts to the Common Core State Standards.

November 16, 2013

Rethinking Teacher Roles in a New Networked World

Author-educators Marc Prensky and Will Richardson opened up this weekend's conference with some big ideas on how technology is changing learning and the many ways schools need to adapt and catch up.

July 30, 2013

Program Aims to Make Students' Dreams Matter in Schools

A nonprofit seeks to connect high schools' curricula with students' dreams for themselves and the future.

June 07, 2013

Obama's ConnectED Plan Seeks to Improve Teacher Tech Use

The president's proposal to overhaul the e-rate program in large part prioritizes training teachers to better use technology in the classroom and providing them with more technology resources.

March 04, 2013

Study: Video Games May Improve Reading Fluency in Students With Dyslexia

Playing video games might help kids with dyslexia improve their focus and score higher on tests, according to Italian researchers.

January 29, 2013

The Latest in School Safety: Bullet-Resistant Dry-Erase Boards

Plenty of PR pitches for classroom products come our way, but this one for "bullet-resistant dry erase boards" got the office talking.

January 24, 2013

QR Codes as Classroom Tools

Monica Burns offers what amounts to a classroom teacher's ode to QR ("quick response") codes, in this Edutopia blog post.

November 26, 2012

Common Core and the Rise of Online Assessment

When Michigan students eventually take the Smarter Balanced Assessment—the Common Core State Standards-based exam that the state has signed on to adopt in 2015—they'll do so not on paper, but online. According to the Detroit Free Press, the change "marks a dramatic shift occurring in educa...

November 19, 2012

The New Flavor of Math Instruction

At a locally organized TEDx conference in Costa Mesa, Calif., last month, former Los Angeles teacher Nigel Nisbet explained how he turned chocolate bars into geometry problems to get kids hooked on math.

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