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January 18, 2012

Is Your School 'Bold' or 'Old'?

Will Richardson brainstorms towards a working definition of "bold schools" (as distinguished from "old school"): ...schools that really are trying to move toward a technology-rich, student-centered, inquiry-based learning practice that effectively prepares kids for the required skills and disposit...

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.

October 25, 2011

The Waldorf Method: Passing on Technology in the Classroom

At the Waldorf School of the Peninsula in Los Altos, Calif., you might notice something missing from every classroom—computers!

October 21, 2011

Poll: Public Skeptical of Digital Texts in Schools

Here's a surprising, somewhat out-of-the-way finding: A national poll conducted last month found that most Americans (68 percent) are opposed to the idea of schools using iPads or e-readers in place print books. Interestingly, women and young people (ages 18-29) were the most strongly opposed. Only ...

October 20, 2011

Should Schools Screen Teachers for Innovation?

Reflecting on some recent biz-tech reading he's been doing, Bill Ferriter questions whether schools are doing enough—if anything—to evaluate prospective teacher-hires by their potential for innovation. He's developed a few sample interview questions to help them along. Here's a good one: ...

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.

September 30, 2011

Preparing Tech-Smart Teachers, TFA-style

In a recent policy brief, the Progressive Policy Institute, a Democratic-aligned think tank based in Washington, proposed preparing a corps of tech-savvy teachers aimed at boosting 4th grade literacy rates in low-income communities, using Teach for America as a program model.

August 25, 2011

iPads for TFA

Apple is collecting used iPads to donate to Teach for America teachers in low-income schools.

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