When people say, “I’m just not the creative type,” IDEO founder David Kelley refutes that assumption with the idea that if they stick with it long enough, their creativity will inevitably come through. Kelley talks about the idea of “guided mastery” — it’s a practice that parents and educators can use to help kids find […]
One of California’s poorest school districts, the Coachella Valley Unified southeast of Los Angeles, is currently rolling out iPads to every student, pre-K through high school. It’s an ambitious effort that administrators and parents hope will transform how kids learn, boost achievement and narrow the digital divide with wealthier districts.
In this demo-filled talk MIT’s Mitch Resnick, one of the main creators of the kids coding program called Scratch, outlines the benefits of teaching kids to code, so they can do more than just “read” new technologies — but also create them. “As kids are creating projects like this, they’re learning to code, but even […]
This review of recent surveys highlights some of the benefits and obstacles of using different kinds of technology in the classroom, but it also raises some great questions that have yet to be explored with thorough surveys.
Many teachers are using Twitter as a classroom tool. But a lot of schools still view the communication tool as a “toy” students use in their free time, not a serious platform for learning. As sites like Twitter and Facebook become ever more fundamental to how the world communicates, schools will need to shift their […]
Los Angeles Unified School District started issuing iPads to its students this school year, as part of a $30 million deal with Apple. But less than a week after getting their iPads, hundreds of students had found a way to bypass software blocks meant to limit what websites the students can use.
Creating a process to arrive at sensible, relevant, and positive agreements for tablet use in schools is a key part of the journey toward implementing a successful tablet program.
Education technology businesses have come up with hundreds, if not thousands, of products meant to make teachers’ lives easier and improve student achievement. Most products bite off a piece of the education puzzle, trying to solve one corner of a complex web. But are they getting to the heart of what teachers need?
Aiming to get kids to understand and solve real-world math problems, one teacher developed a tool that uses Google Earth.