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Can Student-Driven Learning Happen Under Common Core?

February 26th, 2013 at 2:14:59 PM
Erin Scott By Marsha Ratzel Teachers use different strategies to help students learn. With the inevitable arrival of the Common Core State Standards, however, the big unknown is what will happen when...

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How Educators Can Help Close the Achievement Gap With Simple Tactics

February 25th, 2013 at 2:03:15 PM
Getty A new study from Stanford shows that a simple teaching tactic may help close the achievement gap between Latino American students and their white peers. Geoffrey Cohen, a professor of education...

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Can Repetitive Exercises Actually Feed the Creative Process?

February 22nd, 2013 at 1:19:28 PM
Flickr:Svintus2010 By Holly Korbey In Sherri Scott’s first grade class, the daily “main lesson” pages students work on — essentially their handmade textbooks made up of words,...

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Alan November: How Teachers and Tech Can Let Students Take Control

February 21st, 2013 at 1:37:00 PM
Erin Scott For many educators, helping students direct their own learning is a priority. Educator and author Alan November, who has been talking about ways to get students to own their learning for...

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How to Foster Grit, Tenacity and Perseverance: An Educator’s Guide

February 20th, 2013 at 2:45:47 PM
Getty How can we best prepare children and adolescents to thrive in the 21st century? This question is at the heart of what every educator attempts to do on a daily basis. Apart from imparting...

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What Will It Take to Bring Mobile Ed Work to the Developing World?

February 19th, 2013 at 2:40:44 PM
Erin Scott In developing countries, where smartphones and dependable cellular networks are still scarce, it’s been difficult to gauge the real impact of the mobile education movement. But with...

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Why Confusion Can Be a Good Thing

February 18th, 2013 at 11:00:54 AM
Getty We all know that confusion doesn’t feel good. Because it seems like an obstacle to learning, we try to arrange educational experiences and training sessions so that learners will...

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How Free Play Can Define Kids’ Success

February 15th, 2013 at 1:44:02 PM
TB Free, unstructured playtime gives kids a chance to discover their interests and tap into their creativity. It’s a crucial element for building resilience in children, an attribute they’ll need in...

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Good Read: Your Massively Open Offline College Is Broken

February 14th, 2013 at 5:05:01 PM
Professor Clay Shirky, who studies the effects of the Internet on society, writes in this intriguing article in defense of MOOCs, and who they have the potential to benefit. “If you want to...

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How to Fuel Students’ Learning Through Their Interests

February 14th, 2013 at 2:46:10 PM
Erin Scott For David Preston, the term “open source learning” — a variation on inquiry learning or passion-based learning –  is about helping students choose their own learning path, an...

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Are Teachers of Tomorrow Prepared to Use Innovative Tech?

February 13th, 2013 at 2:07:46 PM
Getty Images With a new generation of teachers coming into the work force, there’s a discrepancy between what principals expect of teachers-in-training and what they’re actually learning...

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Want to Start a Makerspace at School? Tips to Get Started

February 12th, 2013 at 2:30:03 PM
Flickr: Brightworks School As the Maker Movement starts to gain momentum, schools that are trying to find ways to foster the do-it-yourself environment can learn a few lessons from another nexus in...

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Black History Month: Learning About Leadership, Art, Music, and More

February 11th, 2013 at 5:16:47 PM
Flickr: Winston AvichRosa Parks Celebrate Black History Month by highlighting the African American artists, educators, icons, and influential leaders that have impacted our nation’s history and...

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The Upside and Dark Side of Collecting Student Data

February 11th, 2013 at 2:38:51 PM
Matthew Williams As learning increasingly moves toward the digital landscape, the role of data is also coming under more scrutiny. Every time a student browses the Internet or uses an app for...

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Anxious About Tests? Tips to Ease Angst

February 8th, 2013 at 2:28:29 PM
Getty As any parent or teacher knows, tests can create crippling anxiety in students–and anxious kids can perform below their true abilities. But new research in cognitive science and psychology is...

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Good Read: Introverted Kids Need to Learn to Speak Up at School

February 7th, 2013 at 6:30:00 PM
“As a teacher, it is my job to teach grammar, vocabulary, and literature, but I must also teach my students how to succeed in the world we live in — a world where most people won’t...

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Higher Ed Trends: MOOCs, Tablets, Gamification, and Wearable Tech

February 7th, 2013 at 2:26:04 PM
Justin Sullivan/Getty Images As tech tools continue to proliferate with new launches and new products, it’s difficult to predict what will stick and what won’t. A recently released report...

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Teachers Embrace Digital Learning Strategies

February 6th, 2013 at 2:14:43 PM
Erin Scott Today is the second annual Digital Learning Day, designated to bring attention to the benefits of technology for learning. As part of the effort, PBS LearningMedia has released a survey...

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Tips for Sharing Great Open Educational Content

February 5th, 2013 at 3:07:12 PM
Flickr: Muli Kapul While the open content movement in education continues to gain steam, more teachers are starting to learn about free content they can use and adapt to their own needs for their...

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Video: “The Future Will Not be Multiple Choice”

February 4th, 2013 at 12:59:14 PM
Educator Jaime McGrath and designer Drew Davies explain how to create a “classroom of imagination” by turning lessons into design problems and giving students space to be creative in this...

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