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Why the School-As-Factory Metaphor Still Pervades

Why the School-As-Factory Metaphor Still Pervades

| May 14, 2014 | 6 Comments

Why has the factory system remained such a strong metaphor for education for so long?

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Why Don’t Teens Read For Pleasure Like They Used To?

Why Don’t Teens Read For Pleasure Like They Used To?

| May 12, 2014

A survey of data shows a marked drop in teenagers reading for pleasure. Researchers are trying to figure out whether the explosion of e-reading and digital diversions is behind the decline.

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The Invisible iPad: It’s Not About the Device

The Invisible iPad: It’s Not About the Device

| May 7, 2014 | 27 Comments

The challenge for educators, especially directors of educational technology, is not to limit how our teachers teach, but to focus on the foundational skills and provide a clear and concrete formula for how different technological devices and applications will enhance these skills in order to give a learner the ability to create a product that will change the world.

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#TeachingIs: Part Art, Science, Struggle, and Joy

#TeachingIs: Part Art, Science, Struggle, and Joy

| May 5, 2014 | 1 Comment

This week we celebrate all the amazing teachers in the world. It’s a tough, but rewarding job and means something different to every person.

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Tracking Students’ Grades Minute-By-Minute: Help or Hindrance?

Tracking Students’ Grades Minute-By-Minute: Help or Hindrance?

| May 5, 2014 | 15 Comments

Do student information systems — online services that track students’ grade — help kids learn? It all depends on whom you ask. Experts on education and child development, parents, teachers, and students clash on whether or not web-based monitoring systems serve children’s educational interests or actually hinder learning.

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For Students, the Importance of Doing Work That Matters

For Students, the Importance of Doing Work That Matters

| April 30, 2014 | 22 Comments

If our students look at the work we’re asking them to do today and say “It doesn’t matter,” we’re missing a huge opportunity to help them become the learners they now need to be.

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Why Extra Curricular Activities Are Not Extra

Why Extra Curricular Activities Are Not Extra

| April 29, 2014 | 2 Comments

School districts have been quick to cut music and art programs when budgets get tight, focusing instead on “employable” skills like math and science. But there’s a strong body of research indicating that neglecting the arts in school puts students at a cognitive disadvantage throughout life.

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No Courses, No Classrooms, No Grades — Just Learning

No Courses, No Classrooms, No Grades — Just Learning

| April 24, 2014 | 40 Comments

A Boston area innovation studio for middle and high school students is bucking the traditional school model for what students love best: hands-on learning.

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Beyond Worksheets, A True Expression of Student Learning

Beyond Worksheets, A True Expression of Student Learning

| April 23, 2014 | 13 Comments

Possession of facts is not learning. What is an important skill is the ability to sift through abundant information, identify what is valid and meaningful, then use it to create meaning and express it. This is why student creation is so important in the new economy of information.

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Elementary School Teachers Say They Need Science Training

Elementary School Teachers Say They Need Science Training

| April 21, 2014 | 10 Comments

Educators say the middle grades are a key time time to get kids jazzed about science, but many teachers say they lack the tools they need. In Chicago, a science museum is helping to fill the the gap.

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