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Virtual Worlds in the Hands of Student Scientists

Virtual Worlds in the Hands of Student Scientists

| March 23, 2011 | 2 Comments

Can video games really work as a learning tool? If so, what happens to the role of the teacher in this realm? Chris Dede and his colleagues at Harvard Graduate School of Education have been working on testing these theories and have come up with fascinating results. I spoke with Dede at the Cyberlearning Tools […]

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Salman Khan Teaches the World — One YouTube Video at a Time

Salman Khan Teaches the World — One YouTube Video at a Time

| December 9, 2010 | 0 Comments

For the first time in history, the children of one of the most well-heeled people on earth are getting the same education as those with far less means in places like Calcutta, Kabul, and East Palo Alto. Salman Khan made this point in reference to the well-known fact that Bill Gates’ kids watch and learn […]

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Sugata Mitra at Big Ideas Fest Next Week

Sugata Mitra at Big Ideas Fest Next Week

| December 3, 2010 | 0 Comments

I’m looking forward to meeting Sugata Mitra at Big Ideas Fest. I’m planning to interview him and other big thinkers in the field of education innovation. In the meantime, take a look at this recent TED Talk video, in which Mitra talks about real-life experiments from New Delhi to South Africa to Italy, where he […]

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Time to Unleash the Potential of Technology

Time to Unleash the Potential of Technology

| December 3, 2010 | 5 Comments

The good intentions are there: Protect kids from cyberbullying, addictive video games, and uncensored access to the Internet. But at what cost? According to Dr. Michael Levine, Executive Director of the Joan Ganz Cooney Center at the Sesame Workshop, which conducts studies on the role of digital technologies in childhood literacy, the public dialogue about […]

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Diana Rhoten: On a Mission to Fast-Forward Mobile Learning

Diana Rhoten: On a Mission to Fast-Forward Mobile Learning

| November 19, 2010 | 0 Comments

Why all this fuss about iPads and iTouches, Kindles and Knos? It’s more than just about playing with fancy toys. It’s actually changing the way kids learn. Diana Rhoten certainly believes it. Rhoten is a founding partner of Startl, which recruits innovators and entrepreneurs and helps them bring digital learning products to the market. She […]

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Design Thinking Sparks Learning in Rural N. Carolina

Design Thinking Sparks Learning in Rural N. Carolina

| November 9, 2010 | 3 Comments

StudioH There’s so much fraught discussion over education reform, but at times, it all seems to become circular, undefinable, inconclusive. Enter 28-year-old Emily Pilloton. The founder of Project H Design has harnessed her considerable talents as a designer to tackle the struggling public education system of Bertie County, North Carolina, a rural community with a […]

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