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August 01, 2012

Anatomy of a Khan-troversy

Our latest Storify gives some context to the ongoing media coverage of the Khan Academy. At first almost exclusively heralded as having the potential to be an education game-changer, the videos—and Salman Khan himself—have recently come under fire for what some say is questionable pedagogy...

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 18, 2012

Using Social Media to Facilitate Class Community

In Inside Higher Ed, Jonathan Golding, a psychology professor at the University of Kentucky, recounts a successful experiment in using a Facebook group page as a kind of community hub for one of his larger classes. Though skeptical at first, Golding says he was impressed by how enthusiastically his students took to the page and, without much prompting, began using it to exchange ideas and help one another in the course.

July 16, 2012

ACLU Case Implicates Reliance on Classroom Tech

The American Civil Liberties Union has filed what it calls a "groundbreaking" class-action lawsuit against the state of Michigan for failing to educate students in a Detroit-area school district. The suit hinges on a "right to read" provision in Michigan's constitution, which says students who do no...

June 22, 2012

Frog Dissection Goes Virtual

In the Highlands County School District in Sebring, Fla., science teachers are voicing their opposition to the district's decision to eliminate hands-on-dissections in schools for next year, according to Highlands Today.

June 15, 2012

All in the Wrist: Can a Bracelet Measure Student Engagement?

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has put $1.4 million into the development of an "engagement pedometer," a bracelet intended to measure students' emotional responses to instruction, according to Reuters. The devices, which have been tested to gauge consumers' reactions to advertising, could tel...

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 31, 2012

Are Students Getting Outside Enough?

In a Wall Street Journal article, science writer Jonah Lehrer points to a growing body of research showing that spending time outdoors can provide significant cognitive benefits. A forthcoming study from the University of Kansas, he reports, finds that Outward Bound participants on an extended hike ...

May 23, 2012

Student-Data Dashboards of the Future

Greg Limperis, supervisor of instructional technology in Lawrence, Mass., says current school data-system dashboards are too voluminous and static to meet the instructional needs of today's teachers. So he envisions an alternative that is more timely, interactive, and mobile: Imagine with me a day...

May 08, 2012

Teacher: Software Can't Sub for Writing Instructors

English teacher Renee Moore follows up on that study finding that automated grading programs can assess student essays as effectively as human readers can. Moore says that her experience, it just so happens, has been exactly the opposite. Besides, she adds, responding to student writing is about mor...

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