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The Red Pen in Your Head: Why You Should Start Speaking Up in Class

Rachel Simmons | Posted 01.23.2014 | College
Rachel Simmons

You're probably going to have a lot of different jobs, and you'll get the best work by being able to show employers that you're not just someone who turns in work on time, but who contributes good ideas to discussions and is brave enough to disagree.

The Kinder Chronicles, Part I

Shaun Johnson | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Shaun Johnson

Two schools, two ideologies, a relatively common mission co-locating within the same building. Co-locating, co-existing, though not cooperating. Not even throwing their lunch trash in the same bins within the same room. One entity will certainly survive with its identity intact.

BYOD to School? 5 Tips for Keeping Student Devices Secure

Caleb Barlow | Posted 12.01.2013 | Technology
Caleb Barlow

Whether in junior high or in college, many students have one thing in common: a smartphone or tablet is in their pocket or backpack. According to eMarketer, by the end of 2013, smartphone users will represent over half of all mobile phone users. And by 2016, nearly three in five Americans will have a smartphone, including students.

Of MOOCs and Technology: Why True Education Is Not Content Delivery

William Astore | Posted 11.21.2013 | Technology
William Astore

Today's students don't need more technology; they don't need more PowerPoint and computer-based learning platforms. What they need are enthusiastic and talented and creative teachers and professors who see education not as a job but as a calling.

Expedition Mentality - Rehumanizing Your Approach

Crawford Hill | Posted 11.12.2013 | Impact
Crawford Hill

Our kinds of expeditions are about creating a comfortable environment even in challenging conditions - whether those conditions be physical, social or emotional. They are about probing far beyond the superficial level of virtually all ecotourism and creating opportunities for eco-immersion.

Back to a Healthier, Safer School

David Foster | Posted 10.30.2013 | Green
David Foster

For millions of kids, it's time to head back into the classroom where the average public school building in the United States is over 40 years old, and many are much older. Our children are bearing the brunt of these crumbling buildings.

Making a Difference: The World of Giving - Going Back to School and Giving Back to Educators

Lisa M. Dietlin | Posted 10.26.2013 | Impact
Lisa M. Dietlin

I believe in the saying, "It takes a village to raise a child." Let's work together to be a close-knit village, ensuring all students have the items and materials they need to be successful.

Are Smaller College Calculus Classes Really Better?

Frank Morgan | Posted 10.26.2013 | College
Frank Morgan

An unpublished study from the late 1990s showed that calculus students in classes of about 35 do no better than students in classes of 90 and larger. There was no statistical difference in the amount learned or in the drop-out rate.

Every Teacher in America Should Have a Gun

Steve Siebold | Posted 10.22.2013 | Politics
Steve Siebold

The Arkansas Christian Academy in Bryant, Arkansas, is making national headlines after it announced that some staff members will be armed with guns. ...

Now Is the Time for Digital Tech to Transform K-12 Learning

Peggy Johnson | Posted 10.01.2013 | Technology
Peggy Johnson

Access to the Internet is an essential tool for equipping students with 21st century skills. And as the debate over the future of education heats up, traditional learning methods are being called into question.

How to Spot Good Teaching -- Maybe It's Time for a Broader Discussion

Jean Johnson | Posted 09.15.2013 | Parents
Jean Johnson

What really counts in teaching? What are the best practices? What kind of training and support will actually produce the teaching corps our kids deserve?

Four Kinds of Classroom Mothers: Which One Are You?

Diana Grycan | Posted 08.06.2013 | Parents
Diana Grycan

As I draw upon almost five decades of observing mothers as they have interacted with children, I have come to the conclusion that most mothers fall into the following four categories.

Apathetic? Millennials Are Anything But, When It Comes to Creating Change

Alexander Donovan | Posted 10.18.2013 | Impact
Alexander Donovan

Millennials often get a bad rap. As Chelsea Clinton points out in her recent TIME piece, people tend to see us as apathetic and impatient. The universities and college students I work with every day show me that this just isn't true -- well, at least the first part.

New Indiegogo Project Aims to Modernize the Outdated Classroom Layout

Daniel Vahab | Posted 06.26.2013 | Technology
Daniel Vahab

Have you ever considered ​the fact ​that your classroom setup​ ​w​as​ largely the same from when you first entered a classroom as a youngster ​all the way through college? That's the question at the heart of a new Indiegogo crowd-funding project that aims to modernize the classroom.

Labeled And Lost: A Teacher's Reflection

Youth Radio -- Youth Media International | Posted 06.24.2013 | College
Youth Radio -- Youth Media International

By Wesley Pepper I once spent a week in a special ed classroom as a student. I loved it because I was finally in a class with my best friend (who had ...

Salvador's Last Day

Gregory Michie | Posted 05.20.2013 | Chicago
Gregory Michie

With crucial issues like school closings and over-testing looming over the heads of teachers in Chicago and elsewhere, stories like this one may seem insignificant. But when the year winds down, I'll be thinking about moments like this.

It's Time to Flip Our Classrooms

Michal Tsur | Posted 05.01.2013 | Technology
Michal Tsur

There has been a lot of recent buzz around the concept of the "flipped classroom," and for good reason: The traditional classroom format doesn't seem to be working for America's youth.

Attn. Faculty: Take a Class! It Will Help You!

Ken Schneck, PhD | Posted 04.30.2013 | College
Ken Schneck, PhD

The students were paying me zero attention, the thread of dialogue was going in a different direction than I had planned, and I felt like a complete failure as a member of the faculty. And then, the actual professor asked the class a question and I quickly remembered, "Oh... yeah... this isn't my course."

This I Believe

Chris Lehmann | Posted 04.23.2013 | Parents
Chris Lehmann

I believe that the first and most powerful rule in teaching is: Care. Care. Care. Care. Care. And when you don't know what else to do, care more.

Boston's LearnLaunch Hosts Distinguished Ed Tech Meet Up

Tanyella Evans | Posted 04.13.2013 | Business
Tanyella Evans

Even though the conference is over, LearnLaunch continues to be basecamp for the ed tech community in Boston. If you want to join in the buzz, check out the regularly updated discussions on their LinkedIn group.

Bringing Education to Life

Perea Blackmon | Posted 01.29.2013 | Education
Perea Blackmon

When a student can see something rather than just read a textbook, they are much more likely to understand it and remember it. For instance, if I was to tell you a T-Rex has big teeth, would you fully understand and be able to put that into perspective?

Bridging the New Digital Divide

Lori Day | Posted 03.18.2013 | Education
Lori Day

Now that most schools have basic hardware and connectivity, there is a socioeconomic division between those that have the high-speed connections that can support WiFi-dependent tablets or laptops, and those that lack these basic internal support structures for individual student devices.

The Next Generation of (Personalized) Learning

Impatient Optimists | Posted 03.13.2013 | Education
Impatient Optimists

There is a small but growing effort to rethink fundamental aspects of our current system. The central idea is that the system should be designed not for uniformity, but instead to meet every student's individual needs.

Without Teachers, the Classroom Is Just a Room

Melinda Gates | Posted 03.11.2013 | Education
Melinda Gates

The focus of our education strategy in recent years has centered on helping teachers do their best work. We're working on this challenge from many angles and with many partners, including teachers themselves. We started with the most basic question: What does great teaching look like?

Top Ed-Tech Companies Gather at the 2012 SIIA Ed Tech Business Forum

Tanyella Evans | Posted 12.05.2012 | Technology
Tanyella Evans

The software captured the rhythm and cadence of the sentences it read, and sounded scarily similar to my fourth-grade teacher (which I guess is modern progress).