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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...

May 02, 2012

Resource Watch: Khan-esque Videos From MIT Students

Picking up on the Khan Academy meme, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology has launched a program to encourage its students to create short instructional videos for K-12 students on science and engineering concepts, according to a release from MIT. The videos—of which there are already some...

April 30, 2012

Google Hosting Virtual Conference for Educators

On Wednesday, May 2nd, Google will host its first Education on Air, a free online conference about education technology. Presenters will hold sessions between 12 p.m. and 10 a.m. through Google+ Hangouts, video chats that will be livestreamed to the public on Google's social media pages. The sessi...

April 26, 2012

Could Automated Graders Help Writing Teachers? What About Replace Them?

A new study out of the University of Akron has found that automated grading programs can assess student essays as effectively as human readers can. The study essentially compared computer-generated ratings to those of human scorers on thousands of essays written by high school juniors and sophomores...

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