When the iPad2 came out, much of my cynicism was directed at yet another expensive piece of hardware that would require infrastructural tech supports that school districts don't always have, especially the poorer ones.
As an example of project based learning at its best, schools in the New Tech Network recently invited teachers to create projects using the hugely popular The Hunger Games trilogy as learning material.
The lingering global crisis is forcing us to rethink the objectives and the tools of social policy. Past meltdowns in Asia, Eastern Europe and Latin-America provide us with some good hints on what to expect and how to respond.
Pandering to ignorance is not new with Santorum. But surely the candidate determined to be the candidate of the working class has reached a new low. And he has given those who are sincerely religious a bad name.
In order to guide youth who access digital media to focus on scholarship we must develop children's learning strategies in a way that helps them resist the hundreds of thousands of distractions available with these tools.
We need to reward the "thankless job" of substitute teaching with better pay and chances for permanent positions. I look forward to the day when no student comes home saying, "I didn't learn much today... we had a sub."
Successful Silicon Valley entrepreneurs who clearly understand the importance of understanding the market and testing how effective their products are seem to leave those important instincts at the door when they comment on K-12 education.
Our field has been under bipartisan attack for a while now, as our feminized profession (76% female) has joined the ranks of all the other "bad" women throughout history accused of threatening society's well-being.
Addressing in-school factors in a vacuum -- with no consideration of the problems facing the wider community -- cannot do enough to improve educational outcomes or to narrow the achievement gap between low-income students and their wealthier peers.
My teacher was forcing me to reveal that my father's name was Enrique and my relatives had names like Teotiste, Cesar, Josefina, Juan and so on. I wasn't ready to display my Venezuelan roots to the world.