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February 24, 2012

Facebook Grant Funds Teacher Projects in Newark

At a reception today in Newark, N.J., 25 teams of teachers will receive over $200,000 in "teacher innovation" grants.

February 08, 2012

Assigning Reading Exercises, Literally

Ward Elementary School in Winston-Salem, N.C., has created a unique program to promote reading and exercise by having students do both at the same time, according to the Winston-Salem Journal.

October 14, 2011

Penn. Chemistry Teacher Brings Alaska to His Students

A chemistry teacher who teaches in Bristol, Pa., has been conducting class from Alaska via webcasts.

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...

June 27, 2011

What's Your Passion?

Here's a good career-path gut-check question to ponder over the summer (just in case you were looking for one). By now most educators are familiar with TED Talks, the influential, Web-distributed presentations in which innovative thinkers share their ideas and inspiration. But could you deliver one?...

June 22, 2011

Exposing Students to the Rest of the World

Imagine this: You're a kid in Iraq, and your parents tell you to pack your bags because your family has to leave the country in five minutes. What are the 10 things you take with you? Now your family needs help carrying their belongings. Which five of your things could you leave behind? This was ju...

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...

June 10, 2011

The Future of Teacher Hiring?

The Harvard Education Letter reports on a charter school network in Dallas that, with the help of an HR consulting firm, has developed a system to use "predictive research" to identify teacher candidates who are most likely to be effective. Candidates for teaching positions with Uplift Education a...

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