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August 31, 2010

Getting Serious About 21st-Century Skills

Education policy writers Andrew J. Rotherham and Daniel Willingham argue that the 21st-century skills movement, despite its obvious relevance to the needs of today's students, risks devolving into a mere fad if reformers don't devote more attention to the infrastructure (both organizational and intellectual) of teaching and learning.

August 17, 2010

Old School

Kirsten Olson, author of Wounded by Schools, wonders why the "industrial model" of schooling so stubbornly persists despite being commonly seen as dysfunctional and outmoded.

July 23, 2010

Friday Video Break: 'The Death of Education, The Dawn of Learning'

A couple weeks ago, at a global learning conference put on by the Asia Society, I attended a workshop on "Preparing Elementary Students for the Global Age" presented by Mary Ellen Bafumo, an education professor at the State University of New York. At the outset of the session, she played this video,...

July 20, 2010

Putting Teachers at the Center of the Tech Classroom

A new study by the College Board and the National Writing Project links teachers' classroom use of Web 2.0 tools with improving students' writing skills.

July 01, 2010

News Flash: High School Students Are Bored

A recently released annual survey on student engagement has found that, while high school students continue to be bored, they also have some opinions on how classes could be made more engaging.

June 21, 2010

21st Century Interviewing Advice

Will Richardson responds to the question,"If you were a principal of a new school and you were hiring teachers, what would you look for?" Above all, he says, he'd look for candidates who ask "why" instead of "how": I think that's one of the first things I'd look for, people who are asking why. Wh...

June 15, 2010

Rethinking Testing for the 21st Century

Today the Memphis Daily News is reporting that, during recent visit to Memphis for the National PTA Convention, Secretary of Education Arne Duncan told the paper the current standardized assessment formats do a poor job of challenging students. "Our [student] tests have to become much less simplisti...

May 20, 2010

Bringing Kids to Togetherville

A new social network called "Togetherville" aims to be the web-safe version of Facebook for students ages 10 and under.

May 19, 2010

The Fine Art of Slowing Down

In preparation for a future project, we've been doing some reading recently on so-called 21st-century skills, so this story about an art teacher in Louisiana who teaches students how to draw from the right (non-verbal) side of the brain caught my eye. The idea, according to the teacher, Paulette Pur...

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