Katrina Schwartz

Katrina Schwartz is a journalist based in San Francisco. She's worked at KPCC public radio in LA and has reported, produced and blogged on health, climate change and local news for KQED in San Francisco.

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Going All In: How to Make Competency-Based Learning Work

Going All In: How to Make Competency-Based Learning Work

| June 16, 2014 | 9 Comments

New Hampshire moved to a competency-based education system almost a decade ago, but it looks very different in schools across the state.

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Apps That Rise to the Top: Tested and Approved By Teachers

Apps That Rise to the Top: Tested and Approved By Teachers

| June 11, 2014 | 48 Comments

Educators from around the country share their favorite educational apps.

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Why Aren’t More Schools Using Free, Open Tools?

Why Aren’t More Schools Using Free, Open Tools?

| June 9, 2014 | 63 Comments

One school in Pennsylvania is using open-source tools wherever possible to keep students close to the code behind the machines they use. This stance is opposite to the very restrictive policies of many schools, but could allow students more freedom to explore what makes devices work.

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Redesigning School to Graduate Capable, Confident Learners

Redesigning School to Graduate Capable, Confident Learners

| May 29, 2014 | 4 Comments

Educators at schools that focus on deeper learning are nurturing confident, self-sufficient learners who are ready for the rigors of college regardless of their backgrounds.

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Robots in the Classroom: What Are They Good For?

Robots in the Classroom: What Are They Good For?

| May 27, 2014 | 6 Comments

Some educators are experimenting with using robots in the classroom to engage students and help explain abstract concepts that students often misunderstand.

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How Transparency Can Transform School Culture

How Transparency Can Transform School Culture

| May 19, 2014 | 5 Comments

Leaders who demonstrate a continual desire to learn and connect whenever possible help set a precedence of transparency and innovation in a school’s culture.

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Game Developers Experiment With More Open-Ended Apps

Game Developers Experiment With More Open-Ended Apps

| May 12, 2014 | 4 Comments

Co-lab’s second cohort of games focus on open-ended play.

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Two Schools, Six Miles and a World Apart

Two Schools, Six Miles and a World Apart

| May 8, 2014 | 0 Comments

Students share stories about their differences, building respect and maturity along the way.

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On the Edge of Chaos: Where Creativity Flourishes

On the Edge of Chaos: Where Creativity Flourishes

| May 6, 2014 | 17 Comments

Scientists have come a long way in understanding how the brain generates creative ideas. Their work can inform classroom structures if educators want to inspire more creativity in students.

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How Are Teachers and Students Using Khan Academy?

How Are Teachers and Students Using Khan Academy?

| May 6, 2014 | 22 Comments

An SRI International report found that in general, the Khan Academy is not impacting traditional teacher directed instruction, especially when schools have limited access to computers.

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