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Khan Academy's School of Thought on iPad App Development

Brad Spirrison | Posted 03.31.2015 | Education
Brad Spirrison

When Khan Academy came out with its first comprehensive iPad/iOS app overhaul last week (the app initially debuted in 2012), much of this interactive content was literally featured front and center.

Use Twitter to Create a Global Classroom

Homa Sabet Tavangar | Posted 03.31.2015 | Education
Homa Sabet Tavangar

At a time when global news is sounding alarms across so many issues, the need to connect, be informed, and deepen our understanding is greater than ever.

The Changing Role of the SEA

TNTP | Posted 03.29.2015 | Education
TNTP

To say we're in a time of tremendous transformation in education has practically become a cliché. Unfortunately, most state education agencies (SEAs) didn't get the memo. Many still function as bureaucracies dedicated to compliance and enforcement.

Florida Supers Fake Readiness for 2015 Computerized Testing -- for Which Bus Drivers Could Serve as Techies

Mercedes Schneider | Posted 03.27.2015 | Education
Mercedes Schneider

I suspect that Florida is not alone in either having officials bend to top-down bullying to falsify technological readiness for testing or in having questionable assistance with trying to pull off its role in the America-As-Global-Competitive testing farce. It is beyond time to kill the federally-mandated testing beast.

GOP Governor Calls Out Republicans Who Oppose Common Core

The Huffington Post | Sam Levine | Posted 01.26.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Ohio Gov. John Kasich (R) on Sunday criticized Republicans who have attacked Common Core education standards and said that their opposit...

Smarts, With a Side of Grits

Katharine Rose | Posted 03.25.2015 | Education
Katharine Rose

According to a 2014 paper by the Australian psychology professor Arthur E. Poropat, research has shown that "conscientiousness" and "openness" (i.e. creativity and curiosity) are more important to student success than intelligence.

Kids Can't Read Grandma's Recipe Because It's In Cursive

Laurie Levy | Posted 03.24.2015 | Fifty
Laurie Levy

January 23rd is National Handwriting Day. In honor of the occasion, maybe I'll write my grandkids a letter. But wait, I'd better use my computer because they will not be able to read my handwriting. And there is something profoundly sad about that.

Duncan's Scapegoat Ate His Homework

Michael Beyer | Posted 03.23.2015 | Education
Michael Beyer

If the theory of action behind NCLB is that better education will lead to less disparity, the data suggest this theory is dead wrong.

Education Trust: Profoundly Gates-funded, Test-driven-reform Machine

Mercedes Schneider | Posted 03.15.2015 | Education
Mercedes Schneider

For all of the corporate reform nonprofits that I have researched for accepting Gates operating support money, none has exceeded the millions Gates has paid to Education Trust.

Andrew Cuomo Has the "Chutzpah" to Blame Teachers and a Veteran Teacher Responds

Alan Singer | Posted 03.14.2015 | Education
Alan Singer

Cuomo has "chutzpah," especially when it comes to public education. Two weeks ago, he vetoed himself, refusing to sign a bill he had previously endorsed, because he decided it should be easier to fire teachers.

Ten for '15: Looking Back and Forging Ahead

Michael Levine | Posted 03.07.2015 | Education
Michael Levine

Here are 10 ways education leaders can take stock of progress and chart a new course in 2015.

Koch Brothers Do Common Core

Alan Singer | Posted 03.07.2015 | Education
Alan Singer

Koch-backed organizations and foundations are at the forefront of the anti-Common Core campaign, which is not surprising. What is surprising is that Koch money is going to the other side in the Common Core war as well.

Better Learning Through Expensive Software

Michael Beyer | Posted 02.28.2015 | Education
Michael Beyer

The goal of school isn't to do well on a test. Doing school should never be for the purpose of more school. The goal of school is to create moral citizens that will fall in love with learning.

PARCC Attrition from 2011 to 2014: Not Looking Good for Pearson

Mercedes Schneider | Posted 02.20.2015 | Education
Mercedes Schneider

Pearson will not come close to testing even half of the 22 million PARCC students advertised on the PARCC website in February 2014- the time of the above-cited Pearson earnings call. That must be a real bummer for a Pearson CEO with no Plan B.

A Fifth-Grader Discusses Common Core

Alan Singer | Posted 02.20.2015 | Education
Alan Singer

This is the interview with my granddaughter, a fifth-grader discusses Common Core.

Removing the Interference

Lee Kronert | Posted 02.16.2015 | Education
Lee Kronert

A healthy public school system is like a healthy human body. Think about it: The brain is the head honcho. It makes all the decisions about which organ, tissue or cell is going to do what, when and how. Our education department does the same.

Arne Duncan's Denial

Peter Greene | Posted 02.16.2015 | Education
Peter Greene

There are many portions of Arne Duncan's educational policies that are... what's the word? Counter-intuitive? Baloney? There are days when I imagine that the energy Duncan expends just holding cognitive dissonance at bay must be enough to power a small country.

The Reason I Loved English Class Is the Reason My Students Hate It

Karen Zainal | Posted 02.10.2015 | Education
Karen Zainal

I currently teach Math. But I don't have a single student who likes their English class, and it makes me wonder why. I loved it because I happened to be an obnoxious little linguaphile. The way English classes are (often) run would surely turn off any kid who isn't one.

Why Johnny Can't Read -- Teachers' Literacy Doesn't Make the Grade in NY

Lynda Bekore | Posted 02.08.2015 | Education
Lynda Bekore

Parents and politicians across New York and other states have been vehemently protesting the more stringent standards of the recently adopted Common Core curriculum, now enacted in 46 states.

PARCC Is Down to DC Plus Ten States, and Louisiana Isn't One of Them

Mercedes Schneider | Posted 02.07.2015 | Education
Mercedes Schneider

Louisiana State Superintendent John White insists that Louisiana students in grades 3 through 8 will take the Partnership for Assessment of College and Careers (PARCC) assessments in the spring of 2015.

EdTech abstraction: How a teacher becomes a venture capital investor

Brad Spirrison | Posted 02.02.2015 | Education
Brad Spirrison

We frequently hear about teachers who are driven to start their own edtech companies after struggling to implement top-down technology initiatives in their classrooms. It is less common, however, for educators to graduate into the realm of venture capital investing.

CPS, PARCC, Common Core State Standards, and What Students Need

Teach Plus | Posted 01.24.2015 | Education
Teach Plus

By Micah Miner In Chicago recently, reactions against the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and standardized tests have ranged from murmurs to loud...

A Path Beyond the Opt-Out Movement

Kevin Welner | Posted 01.21.2015 | Education
Kevin Welner

Reforms like test-based accountability give us the feeling of doing something--of demanding excellence--without providing the capacity to achieve our goals. Continuing down that path will continue to leave us disappointed. But, opt-out or no opt-out, that's where we're still headed.

If Life Is a Game, What Are the Rules?

Stuart Muszynski | Posted 01.21.2015 | Education
Stuart Muszynski

The students who make up the poverty and homeless statistics that some suburbanites look at dispassionately, shaking their heads while proclaiming, "Not in America!" -- these kids want to succeed.

10 Tech Trends That Will Impact (Virtually) Every Teacher

Brad Spirrison | Posted 01.18.2015 | Education
Brad Spirrison

More than 700 tech-savvy educators converged last week to compare notes (both digital and analog) and best practices at the EdTech Teacher iPad Summit in Boston.