Ever been to a children's museum? Perhaps like this one or this one? They tend to be colorful, friendly buildings. Now contrast that with an image of a typical public elementary school. Remove the bulletin boards and posters at the school, and you're likely left with a dark, dank, monochrome edifi...
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August 21, 2012
August 01, 2012
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 videosand Salman Khan himselfhave recently come under fire for what some say is questionable pedagogy...
July 16, 2012
Here's a teaching idea from an English teacher in Scotland that may come as a surprise: using spam emails to teach persuasive writing and other lessons to your students.
July 11, 2012
At the Journey Schoolin Aliso Viejo, Calif., technology does not play a role in the classroom until students enter the 6th grade, and even then the emphasis is not on gadgets but on civics.
June 22, 2012
A commentary piece on CNN.com hones in on Josh Hoekstra, a U.S. history teacher in Minneapolis who has found a way to captivate his students' attention: His teaching curriculum, called Teach With Tournaments, is modeled after college basketball's March Madness tournament.
June 19, 2012
In response to our recent First Person article lauding the merits of flipped classrooms, Arthur McKee, a managing director at the National Council on Teacher Quality, offers some cynicism, writing that the model is unproven but likely to proliferate "given all the attention (and money) it's getting....
May 07, 2012
Anthony Salcito, vice president of education for Microsoft Corp.'s Worldwide Public Sector, has selected our very own blogger David Ginsburg (A.K.A. Coach G.) as one of his 365 global heroes in education. Salcito's blog project is intended to highlight individuals who are "making meaningful changes ...
February 24, 2012
At a reception today in Newark, N.J., 25 teams of teachers will receive over $200,000 in "teacher innovation" grants.
February 08, 2012
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
A chemistry teacher who teaches in Bristol, Pa., has been conducting class from Alaska via webcasts.