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'Basic Skills' or 'Soft Skills:' What Should Be Taught and Tested?

Dr. Idit Harel Caperton | Posted 03.24.2014 | Technology
Dr. Idit Harel Caperton

Soft they may be, but these skills constitute a combination that is essential to the core work of innovation, which rarely happens in instantaneous individual breakthroughs but rather evolves through collaborative group endeavors in which personal adaptability is a necessity.

EdTech and the Changing Role of Teachers Puts Questions in Different Mouths

Jimmy Leach | Posted 03.19.2014 | Education
Jimmy Leach

I read recently about a study in Communication Education that said that a "normal" child asks one question per subject per month. Separate research in...

Let's Tailor Technology in Classrooms to Serve Marginalized Students

Sabina Bharwani | Posted 03.06.2014 | Education
Sabina Bharwani

The field of EdTech has tremendous potential to empower students of color and accelerate their academic and personal growth.

How Teachers Can Use Digital Technologies to Motivate Students and Encourage Learning By Failing

Chris Liang-Vergara | Posted 02.28.2014 | Impact
Chris Liang-Vergara

The promise of blended learning -- to guide students through an infinite range of content and learning experiences -- is amazing, but the digital content can't do it alone. Blended-learning approaches must respect the role, and the power, of the teacher.

While Choosers Aren't Users, the EdTech Disruption Will Take a Different Path

Jimmy Leach | Posted 04.08.2014 | Education
Jimmy Leach

Digital disruption of familiar industries has taken an almost familiar path - consumer expectations begin to vary from the traditional delivery of a s...

Top Learning Tools for the 21st Century Student

Zev Gotkin | Posted 03.25.2014 | Education
Zev Gotkin

To survive in today's workplace, students need a unique skill set that oftentimes can't be acquired in a traditional, brick and mortar classroom. For many, online education is becoming the most affordable and convenient alternative.

Gender Differences in Coding Courses? Looking at the Numbers

Darrell Silver | Posted 03.24.2014 | Technology
Darrell Silver

Our study of women learning to code at Thinkful concludes there's simply no difference in the performance of men versus women among adult learners. We do, however, find enormous differences in the ratio of women versus men who enroll in coding classes.

Android Not Far Beyond iOS in Quality Educational Applications

Brad Spirrison | Posted 01.25.2014 | Technology
Brad Spirrison

With the exception of early childhood categories, Android is in a virtual dead heat with iOS for the top five apps per categories as selected by experts.

Don't Give Up on MOOCs

Dr. Idit Harel Caperton | Posted 01.25.2014 | Education
Dr. Idit Harel Caperton

Sebastian Thrun's mid-course correction of Udacity, as chronicled at length in last week's Fast Company profile by Max Chafkin, has stirred consternat...

Social Entrepreneurship and Social Impact

Will Morris | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Will Morris

Please stop telling people that your EdTech venture is about bridging the achievement gap when it's really not. Middle and high-income students already learn at high levels, providing them with an alternative way to learn at a high level solves no pressing societal issue.

You Wish You Went To College At This Invention Space In An Old Factory On Top Of A Mountain | Posted 01.23.2014 | College

Nestled on top of South Mountain, a ridge thick with hardwood trees that runs next to southeastern Pennsylvania's Bethlehem valley, sit two huge build...

This Coding Competition For Teens Was Also Created By A Teen | Posted 01.23.2014 | Huffpost Code

Sixteen-year-old Ethan Eirinberg was determined to give teens new resources for learning to code even if he had to build them himself. So he founded C...

Do It On Their T.E.R.M.S.

Rob Furman | Posted 01.23.2014 | Education
Rob Furman

As with any good teaching/learning experience, you need to ENCOURAGE your teachers to do their best and enjoy the experience. Many veteran teachers may be reluctant to dive into new technology. Give them the necessary reinforcement.

Worst Image of 2013? Yup, C'est Moi!

Eve Becker | Posted 01.23.2014 | Fifty
Eve Becker

Okay, I'm officially a Glasshole. I trotted the thing out in public for the second time, wearing it to the unveiling of a Banksy in NoHo, as if Glass alone or Banksy alone wasn't trendy enough. So maybe I got what I deserved.

Technology in the Hands of a Great Teacher

Greg Schwanbeck | Posted 01.23.2014 | Technology
Greg Schwanbeck

Great teachers seek to thoughtfully leverage technology in their classes, capitalizing on all of the affordances that technology can provide. But let's not let technology replace what it can't, especially when what it can't are the hallmarks of great teaching.

We the Country of Chocolate Labradors

Julie Kantor | Posted 12.18.2013 | Impact
Julie Kantor

Jeri represents to me the heart of American spirit. I believe in our resiliency we are all Chocolate Labradors at our core.

We Have What We Need: The Next Steps in Education Technology

Marcus T. Wright | Posted 12.21.2013 | Impact
Marcus T. Wright

Let's make it happen and empower today's youth so that they can empower the generation after them and beyond.

2014 Goal: Take Hispanic Heritage and Prosperity Online

Jason A. Llorenz | Posted 01.23.2014 | Latino Voices
Jason A. Llorenz

Digital literacy, online entrepreneurship, and a focus on building opportunities and equity through technology, are the keys to success in the 21st Century for Latinos and America.

Mobile Apps for Advanced Mathematics Students

Brad Spirrison | Posted 11.30.2013 | Technology
Brad Spirrison

Students who excel in mathematics should continue to refine their skill set when class isn't in session. Here are five advanced mathematics apps for high schoolers that can help come test time. They can also leverage what a student knows for private studying.

These 5 Apps Improve Grammar and Composition

Brad Spirrison | Posted 11.23.2013 | Technology
Brad Spirrison

Ah, grammar and writing! Impossible for most to master, this subject will be key throughout your child's life. Being skilled at writing and knowing grammar rules as they apply helps bolster essays (particularly on standardized tests!).

Critical Thinking and Our Children's Need for Deep Practice

Robert Sun | Posted 11.19.2013 | Technology
Robert Sun

A visit to Baldi Middle School, located in an economically challenged neighborhood in Philadelphia, is a lesson in education that works. That's because all of Baldi's 1,200 students are engaged, empowered and energized.

Help Your Child Bloom With These Health and Fitness Apps

Brad Spirrison | Posted 11.06.2013 | Technology
Brad Spirrison

Young minds develop within young bodies, so it is never too early to foster an appreciation of physical wellness. These apps best teach nutrition, fitness and the human body to young children.

5 Apps to Encourage Creativity in Toddlers

Brad Spirrison | Posted 10.30.2013 | Technology
Brad Spirrison

Toddlers are literally growing up alongside touchscreen devices. They embrace the technology so quickly because they are not beholden to older ways of consuming and interacting with information.

Is a DIY Education Right for You?

Jacob Ruytenbeek | Posted 10.22.2013 | College
Jacob Ruytenbeek

A DIY education can provide the same level of knowledge as a formal education for a fraction of the price, if not entirely free. But you're giving up a lot in the process, which is why a DIY education isn't a sustainable solution to the exorbitant cost of a college education.

Not Your Father's Classroom: The Rise of Edtech

Betsy Corcoran | Posted 10.26.2013 | Impact
Betsy Corcoran

At Leadership Public Schools in Oakland, Calif., teachers, students and technologists worked together to create software called ExitTicket for mobile devices that helps teachers and students gauge how well students are absorbing lessons. If the kids aren't getting it, teachers can stop a class and go over the material again -- before anyone goes home and struggles over the homework. But educators are not only using technology; they're helping to build it.