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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 23, 2012

What Does the 'Khanification' of Education Mean for Teachers?

In a recent post, online-learning expert Will Richardson criticizes the "Khanification of education"—the seemingly widely accepted process by which "anyone with a passion can make a video and be given 'teacher' status." But Richardson also thinks that the growing influence of Khan Academy and similar "flipped classroom" resources raises urgent questions for real teachers in terms how they define and distinguish themselves in the current education environment

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.

August 30, 2012

Why Digital Natives Need Help With Technology

While kids today have a seemingly innate facility with technology, they are quick to become impatient and discouraged when faced with complex tasks involving digital tools, according to the authors of an article in Scientific American.

August 14, 2012

Is Connected Educator Month an 'Echo Chamber'?

On the new Smartblog on Education, Tom Whitby, contributing editor and former a high school English teacher, highlights a potential glitch with the Connected Educator Month idea: Almost by definition, most of the teachers who are aware of it are already, well, connected educators.

August 13, 2012

The Digital Future: Schools Without Teachers?

In response to what he sees as multiplying signs of public schools'—and teachers'—failures, David Gelernter, a professor of computer science at Yale University, envisions the rise of "local Internet schools." These, he explains in a Wall Street Journal piece, would be one-room neighborhood ...

August 02, 2012

Educators Making Summer Connections

The U.S. Department of Education has declared that August is Connected Educator Month, a "celebration," as the website says, that is part of the Office of Educational Technology's Connected Educators initiative to support online professional learning. During the next four weeks, the department will ...

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 25, 2012

Is Blended Learning a Threat to Doug Lemov?

I'm going to venture to say that not too many teachers are reading Forbes.com, because otherwise this post would be steeped in teacher comments. ... In it, Michael Horn, cofounder of the nonprofit think tank Innosight Institute, makes the argument that many of the teaching techniques comprising Dou...

July 18, 2012

Using Social Media to Facilitate Class Community

In Inside Higher Ed, Jonathan Golding, a psychology professor at the University of Kentucky, recounts a successful experiment in using a Facebook group page as a kind of community hub for one of his larger classes. Though skeptical at first, Golding says he was impressed by how enthusiastically his students took to the page and, without much prompting, began using it to exchange ideas and help one another in the course.

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