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January 24, 2013

QR Codes as Classroom Tools

Monica Burns offers what amounts to a classroom teacher's ode to QR ("quick response") codes, in this Edutopia blog post.

November 26, 2012

Common Core and the Rise of Online Assessment

When Michigan students eventually take the Smarter Balanced Assessment—the Common Core State Standards-based exam that the state has signed on to adopt in 2015—they'll do so not on paper, but online. According to the Detroit Free Press, the change "marks a dramatic shift occurring in educa...

November 19, 2012

The New Flavor of Math Instruction

At a locally organized TEDx conference in Costa Mesa, Calif., last month, former Los Angeles teacher Nigel Nisbet explained how he turned chocolate bars into geometry problems to get kids hooked on math.

October 31, 2012

Documentary Explores 'Place-Based' Learning

I finally had a chance to watch a documentary I've been meaning to get to for several months now called "Schools That Change Communities."

October 03, 2012

Teaching Awards Watch: Innovators Wanted

PBS LearningMedia is now accepting applications for its Teacher Innovator Awards, a program it operates in partnership with The Henry Ford museum complex.

September 13, 2012

Substitute Teaching: No Pay for the Weary

As a result of a $2.8 million "budget error," the Nampa School District in Idaho will soon run out of money for substitute teachers, reports the Idaho Press-Tribune. The solution? Rely on volunteers to do the job.

August 21, 2012

Ranking the World's Most Beautiful Schools

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...

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 16, 2012

Lesson Idea: Teaching Writing With Email Spam

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

Students Learn Cyber Skills At a No-Tech School

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.

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