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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Is This the Future of Reading? MIT’s Experimental Sensory Book

Is This the Future of Reading? MIT’s Experimental Sensory Book

| February 10, 2014 | 8 Comments

This new invention from the MIT Media Lab will no doubt be controversial. Readers strap themselves into a robotic suit equipped with sensors that literally make the reader feel the emotions conveyed in the text as the reader flips pages. The video below came with a disclaimer from its makers. “While the project explores new […]

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Think Big: How to Jumpstart Tech Use In Low-Income Schools

Think Big: How to Jumpstart Tech Use In Low-Income Schools

| February 10, 2014 | 6 Comments

The challenges of rural schools are many of the same (though not all) that low-income public schools face across the country: inadequate access to technology and broadband, tight budgets, and educators who have not been trained in using technology in meaningful ways. But these hurdles did not deter Daisy Dyer Duerr, Prek-12 Principal of St. Paul Public Schools in St. Paul, Arkansas.

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Will Degrees in Creativity Be the Next New Hot Commodity?

Will Degrees in Creativity Be the Next New Hot Commodity?

| February 6, 2014 | 2 Comments

University degrees in creativity are proliferating. But what does it mean to teach someone to be creative?

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10 Tech Trends Students Say Are Changing Their Education

10 Tech Trends Students Say Are Changing Their Education

| February 5, 2014 | 2 Comments

Project Tomorrow’s Speak Up Survey gives a good snapshot of how students across the country are using digital technology in and outside the classroom.

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Wish List: Piecing Together an Ideal School From the Ground Up

Wish List: Piecing Together an Ideal School From the Ground Up

| February 5, 2014 | 6 Comments

Three educators went on a year-long journey to discover what makes a great school. These are the imperatives they’ve applied to creating their own school.

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Iris and Palm Scanners Make Their Way Into Florida Schools

Iris and Palm Scanners Make Their Way Into Florida Schools

| February 3, 2014 | 1 Comment

Next stage in the student data and privacy debate — biometrics!

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Math and Inquiry: The Importance of Letting Students Stumble

Math and Inquiry: The Importance of Letting Students Stumble

| February 3, 2014 | 8 Comments

For subjects like math and foreign language, which are traditionally taught in a linear and highly structured context, using more open-ended inquiry-based models can be challenging. But inquiry learning is based on the premise that, with a little bit of structure and guidance, teachers can support students to ask questions that lead them to learn those same important skills — in ways that are meaningful to them.

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Why Some Teachers May Question ‘New’ Education Trends

Why Some Teachers May Question ‘New’ Education Trends

| January 29, 2014 | 22 Comments

Many teachers are tired of cycles of education reform that come with new trendy ideas about how they should do their job. What does all the hype look like from the perspective of teachers?

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Students Conduct Their Own Groundbreaking Research About Learning

Students Conduct Their Own Groundbreaking Research About Learning

| January 22, 2014 | 4 Comments

Public Science Project has been successful at enlisting the help of young people and motivating them to engage in highly academic work in large part because they value what those youth bring to the table. This model offers interesting insights for educators struggling to motivate and challenge learners that seem disengaged or disinterested in learning.

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For Poor Students, Why College Should Be More Than A Path to Upward Mobility

For Poor Students, Why College Should Be More Than A Path to Upward Mobility

| January 20, 2014 | 2 Comments

Educators often try to motivate students to work hard in school by emphasizing that college is the best path towards economic and social mobility. But getting a college education isn’t just about earning money in the future, it’s also about intellectual passion.

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