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June 20, 2011

Top Edu-Blogger Takes a Tumbl

Sign of the times? After 10 years, ed-tech pioneer Will Richardson is closing down his influential blog and moving to a new space on Tumblr, a social-networking-slash-"microblogging" platform that is getting a lot of attention lately. Richardson believes it will help him, in effect, bridge the gap b...

June 10, 2011

Shy Students Find Voices With Twitter

While many view social media as a mere distraction for kids, a Los Angeles teacher finds that using Twitter in his classroom has helped his history students come out of their shells. CNN reports that Enrique Legaspi at Hollenbeck Middle School encourages his 8th graders to tweet their responses to t...

June 10, 2011

The Future of Teacher Hiring?

The Harvard Education Letter reports on a charter school network in Dallas that, with the help of an HR consulting firm, has developed a system to use "predictive research" to identify teacher candidates who are most likely to be effective. Candidates for teaching positions with Uplift Education a...

June 08, 2011

Do Schools Need 'Pit Crews' Rather Than 'Cowboys'?

Last month, the surgeon-writer Atul Gawande gave a much talked-about commencement address at the Harvard Medical School entitled "Cowboys and Pit Crews." Gawande's argument, in essence, is that doctors' conception of their work needs to undergo a major paradigm shift. As members of an elite, speci...

June 07, 2011

The Lessons of 'Unschooling'

Sam Fuller, a 16-year-old in Albany, Calif., described his life as an "unschooled" student.

May 31, 2011

Digital Ed's 'Pied Piper'

Steven Pearlstein at The Washington Post offers a lofty vision for the future of the U.S. education system, in which students do most of their learning through individualized online programs.

May 27, 2011

Could 'Play-First Lunch' Make Your Job Easier?

Should kids go to recess before they eat lunch rather than after? Some in the Pleasanton Unified School District in California think so, according to an article in the Contra Costa Times. The "play-first lunch" program—already used throughout Montana and in other states—first went into ef...

May 19, 2011

A New Take on College-Level Reading

They say that authentic literacy assignments can help prepare students for college. But Tobie Lynn Trachina, a 4th grade English-language learners teacher in suburban New Orleans, is taking the concept to a new level by having her students actually read and analyze college and university information...

April 27, 2011

New Ideas in Spec. Ed. Language Arts Instruction

The Council for Exceptional Children is holding its annual conference here in D.C. this week. When I attended on Tuesday, a number of sessions were oriented around studies on tools and techniques for improving instruction for students with special needs. Some of the studies' outcomes seemed to car...

April 26, 2011

Should Your Principal Have a Blog?

School leaders' growing use of interactive networking platforms like blogs and Twitter for professional purposes has generally been welcomed as a way to promote transparency and idea-sharing and to model so-called 21st-century communication skills. But some educators are begining to ask whether, in ...

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