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Using Technology to Empower Students (and Their Teachers and Parents, Too)

NationSwell | Posted 11.01.2016 | Home

Elisabeth Stock has always been driven to work toward a more just world. It was what led her to volunteer as a teacher for the Peace Corps in West Afr...

Making Room for Tech-Ed

Amy Rosen | Posted 06.02.2016 | Home
Amy Rosen

Given the accepted premise that learning computer logic such as looping can help develop critical thinking skills, whether applied to computers or not, getting kids immersed in coding early may be really wise. But does it work? Do kids get coding?

The Global Search for Education: Top Global Teacher Bloggers - What's New On Social?

C. M. Rubin | Posted 04.27.2016 | Home
C. M. Rubin

Our world is interconnected. We no longer live in isolated communities. More than ever before we are part of a global community. The social media i...

K-12 procurement is hell. Let's fix it.

John Katzman | Posted 04.18.2016 | Home
John Katzman

Selling to K-12 school districts is a circle of Hell. But we can fix it. I first entered that circle as the founder and CEO of The Princeton Review. ...

Alert: PowerCom Smashing Hits Education

Rob Furman | Posted 03.09.2016 | Home
Rob Furman

What do you get when you cross a video gaming prophet with a music industry savior? You get the birth of a modern day movement that just might include...

What's Working: Empowering Diverse Students in Washington State Charter Schools

Allan Golston | Posted 02.26.2017 | Home
Allan Golston

Instead of dreading Mondays, students at Summit Sierra High School in Seattle actually complained about taking two weeks off for winter break--they mi...

Farewell to the Walking Encyclopedia

Robert E. Slavin | Posted 01.28.2017 | Home
Robert E. Slavin

The ubiquity of knowledge due to digital devices has led many educational theorists and practitioners to wonder whether teachers are even necessary anymore. Can't everyone just look things up?

Answering the President's Technology Challenge

Jim Steyer | Posted 01.15.2017 | Home
Jim Steyer

In this week's State of the Union address, President Obama challenged Congress and all of us to consider an important, fundamental question: How do we make technology work for us and not against us ?

The Connected School: How IoT Could Impact Education

Jeanette Cajide | Posted 11.10.2016 | Home
Jeanette Cajide

The Internet of Things (IoT) will soon be called the Internet of Everything (IoE). By the year 2020, it is predicted that more than 50 billion connect...

What Ed Tech Can Learn From The Kenya GMO Backlash

Singularity University | Farah_Mohamed | Posted 09.28.2015 | Home

A trailblazing educational technology initiative backed by Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg and the World Bank has been stopped in its tracks by the govern...

4 Ways You Can Drop the F-bomb Appropriately in Ed Tech

Adam J. Geller | Posted 09.10.2016 | Home
Adam J. Geller

Here are four models for free* distribution that may be convincing enough to win a district's' confidence and, ultimately, adoption of your product.

Helping Challenged Youth Turn Into Socially Conscious Leaders Through Engineering

Mohamad I. Alameh | Posted 09.09.2016 | Home
Mohamad I. Alameh

The Mechanical Engineering Club's first project was simple electrical board game. I challenged my students to create a game that lights up a bulb when a match is made between two items in the game (for example, an organ in the human body and its name). To accomplish this, each student had to both research the topic he'd chosen for his game, and figure out the necessary mechanics. As they worked, I discovered that my students were motivated to learn more engineering terms than were required -- current and voltage, electrons and electrical loads.

A Teen Take on Ed Tech

Youth Radio -- Youth Media International | Posted 05.19.2016 | Home
Youth Radio -- Youth Media International

Let me tell you what my friends and I really think about technology in the classroom. Some of it's great, but for those ed tech enthusiasts out there, well, hold on, because the truth may hurt.

Going On Vacation? Don't Pack Your Email

Jessica Wang | Posted 05.01.2016 | Home
Jessica Wang

Some can't relax unless they know there are no fires burning at work, so they check email surreptitiously while their travel companions are planning the day's excursion. Not me, not anymore.

Kids Must Be Our Nation's Top Priority

Jim Steyer | Posted 06.26.2015 | Home
Jim Steyer

As we all know, kids don't sit in corporate boardrooms and don't have the votes or economic power to make their voices heard. Yet, their success in life is absolutely essential to our nation's future. And when we stand up for all kids, we stand up for the best interests of our own kids

The Science of Learning and Trying

Mariette DiChristina | Posted 05.11.2015 | Home
Mariette DiChristina

There's no end to what we can achieve if we all start sharing, working, and learning together, to help prepare our students for a future that is ever changing. I, for one, can't wait to see what we'll come up with next -- together!

The Nation Should Follow California's Lead on Student Privacy

Jim Steyer | Posted 03.22.2015 | Home
Jim Steyer

California has a long, well-deserved reputation as a center for public policy innovation. Now, California is driving the national discussion in another important policy area, as President Obama showed this week -- protecting the privacy of our students.

Do Your Best Work: Find Your "Missing" Two Points

Alex Wolf | Posted 02.18.2015 | Home
Alex Wolf

Is everyone chasing their own version of two points? If so, how old were you when you identified yours?

Close the Broadband Gap

Jim Steyer | Posted 01.19.2015 | Home
Jim Steyer

In the 21st century, it's hard to imagine a corporate world where only one-third of businesses could access high-speed Internet and the rest were relegated to dial-up speeds. Yet that's essentially the reality for our nation's schools.

Is It Time for Schools to Rethink, Well, Time?

Sam Chaltain | Posted 12.10.2014 | Home
Sam Chaltain

Haynes and a growing number of other schools around the country are trying to flip the script by making learning the constant, and time the variable.

California Continues to Lead the Nation in Child Privacy Protection

Jim Steyer | Posted 12.06.2014 | Home
Jim Steyer

As technology transforms every facet of our lives, educators are implementing exciting new tools that will help our children learn the critical skills they need and prepare them for the 21st Century economy. California has taken the lead in ensuring these new innovations are incorporated into our classrooms in ways that protect student privacy.

Parents Are Watching: A Software Satire

Leah Plunkett | Posted 12.07.2014 | Home
Leah Plunkett

Parents, now you can have a new high-tech cop on the beat in your own home with PAW! (Parents Are Watching), an online service that monitors everything your child does through any Internet-enabled device.

Why Didn't LAUSD Perform a Tech Review Before iPad/MiSiS Purchase?

Cynthia Liu | Posted 12.06.2014 | Home
Cynthia Liu

Bad ed tech deals continue to plague LAUSD -- currently in its second month of meltdown, the MiSiS student tracking and class scheduling software mandated by a court-ordered consent decree is a ticking time bomb.

3 Data Protection Questions to Ask at Your Child's Back to School Night

Jim Steyer | Posted 11.19.2014 | Home
Jim Steyer

By raising some of these important questions about data privacy, you will let them know that it's an issue that is a priority for you and should be for school administrators and teachers as well.

Kids and Media: Screen or Window?

David Kleeman | Posted 11.02.2014 | Home
David Kleeman

Digital photography and video are essentially free, so why not let kids capture their own perspective on family trips or events?