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How to Help Mobile Education Go Global

How to Help Mobile Education Go Global

| February 28, 2013 | 1 Comment

For many of us, the conversation around mobile learning has shifted from asking whether mobile devices present educational opportunities to how they might best do so. From that second question, a new initiative has been launched: SMILE, the Stanford Mobile Inquiry Learning Environment, an idea, which, in practice, is almost staggeringly simple. Essentially, SMILE is […]

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What Will It Take to Bring Mobile Ed to the Developing World?

What Will It Take to Bring Mobile Ed to the Developing World?

| February 19, 2013 | 8 Comments

In developing countries, where smartphones and dependable cellular networks are still scarce, it’s been difficult to gauge the real impact of the mobile education movement. But with the combination of different factors — the advent of new technology, decreased pricing for data, a worldwide lust for mobile education, and a persisting patience for smaller screens […]

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How to Fuel Students’ Learning Through Their Interests

How to Fuel Students’ Learning Through Their Interests

| February 14, 2013 | 17 Comments

For David Preston, the term “open source learning” — a variation on inquiry learning or passion-based learning —  is about helping students choose their own learning path, an approach that already has some well-known champions among educators. “When I think of ‘open source,’ it isn’t about software, but thermodynamic systems,” said Preston, who currently teaches […]

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Tips for Sharing Great Open Educational Content

Tips for Sharing Great Open Educational Content

| February 5, 2013 | 9 Comments

While the open content movement in education continues to gain steam, more teachers are starting to learn about free content they can use and adapt to their own needs for their classrooms. But educators are focusing too heavily on acquiring content, rather than contributing and improving to it, according to a company that helps teachers […]

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In Teaching Math, What’s the Right Mix of Content and Context?

In Teaching Math, What’s the Right Mix of Content and Context?

| January 31, 2013 | 3 Comments

Getty “Polynomial functions!” “Trig identities!” “How about the properties? Commutative, associative, distributive.” So unfolded a laundry list of what a group of math teachers considered the more painful and less necessary concepts covered in the average high school math curriculum. The laments, aired at EduCon 2.5 in Philadelphia at Science Leadership Academy last weekend, were […]

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Why Inquiry Learning is Worth the Trouble

Why Inquiry Learning is Worth the Trouble

| January 29, 2013 | 21 Comments

Nearly seven years after first opening its doors, the Science Leadership Academy public magnet high school* in Philadelphia and its inquiry-based approach to learning have become a national model for the kinds of reforms educators strive towards. But in a talk this past weekend at EduCon 2.5, the school’s sixth-annual conference devoted to sharing its […]

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