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For Dyslexic and Visually Impaired Students, a Free High-Tech Solution

For Dyslexic and Visually Impaired Students, a Free High-Tech Solution

| August 10, 2012 | 13 Comments

Thinkstock By Lillian Mongeau Elizabeth is a college freshman who has severe dyslexia that makes it impossible for her to decipher printed materials. Nearly every night for 12 years of school, Elizabeth’s mother would sit down and read her daughter’s school work to her because that’s the only choice they had. But a few months […]

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10 Ways to Boost Your Game for Back-to-School

10 Ways to Boost Your Game for Back-to-School

| July 30, 2012 | 7 Comments

In just a few weeks, school will start again in most schools. For teachers gearing up for the new school year, here are some instructive articles that may help get new ideas flowing — everything from using free online games, free digital media tools, cell phones, Pinterest and Learnist, and creating your own textbooks.

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Does Our Current Education System Support Innovation?

Does Our Current Education System Support Innovation?

| July 17, 2012 | 35 Comments

Flickr:Flickingerbrad By Aran Levasseur Innovation is the currency of progress. In our world of seismic changes, innovation has become a holy grail that promises to shepherd us through these uncertain and challenging times. And there isn’t a more visible symbol of innovation than the iPad. It’s captured the hearts and minds of disparate subcultures and […]

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Bridging the Digital Divide in Rural Schools

Bridging the Digital Divide in Rural Schools

| June 21, 2012 | 0 Comments

By Sarah Butrymowicz By Sarah Butrymowicz Surrounded by farmland and ranches, Colorado’s Edison School sits off an unpaved road, with tumbleweeds blowing across its dirt parking lot. As recently as a few years ago, many families relied on solar or wind power instead of electricity; today, many still haul home their water from wells. Principal […]

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How Open Education is Changing the Texture of Content

How Open Education is Changing the Texture of Content

| May 31, 2012 | 9 Comments

By Frank Catalano Schools are moving from creamy to chunky — but not in relation to cafeteria peanut butter. The change in texture is happening with content. Instruction that was structured linearly, captured in books that were all-inclusive monoliths with a predetermined progression for a uniform, somewhat “creamy” consistency, is shifting to newer forms of […]

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Which Device Will Win the Tablet Battle?

Which Device Will Win the Tablet Battle?

| May 8, 2012 | 16 Comments

By Frank Catalano The future of tablets in our schools may not be coming from Cupertino. Or even the U.S. Despite the craze around Apple’s iPad, it’s only been two years since the device was introduced, and that may not be enough time to separate fad from trend over the long term in education. And […]

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Good Read: How ‘Free-Range Learners’ Hunt for Educational Content Online

Good Read: How ‘Free-Range Learners’ Hunt for Educational Content Online

| April 26, 2012 | 1 Comment

More about students relying on their own peer networks to help them source information: Students report relying on friends to get help and share resources, Ms. Morgan says, whereas their responses suggest “much less of a role” for “conventional authority figures.” They “don’t want to ask librarians or tutors in the study center or stuff […]

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When Technologies Collide: Consumer, K-12 and Higher Ed

When Technologies Collide: Consumer, K-12 and Higher Ed

| April 17, 2012 | 16 Comments

By Frank Catalano Schools have been adopting iPads with lightning speed  — more than 1.5 million have already been distributed to students, a mere two years after the original iPad launch. But beyond Apple’s influence in education, the high-profile tablet appears to be the poster child for a different trend. Call it the consumerization of […]

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Quick Look: New Crop of Digital Science Books Change the Way Students Learn

Quick Look: New Crop of Digital Science Books Change the Way Students Learn

| April 13, 2012 | 1 Comment

And not just books from the big publishing companies — these include open education books written by volunteer marine scientists, designed by a computer science class, and donated images and video. Source: Scientificamerican Science can advance quickly, rendering existing textbooks obsolete. Now new digital textbooks are emerging intended to better engage students and keep them […]

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More School Districts Welcome Cell Phones in the Class

More School Districts Welcome Cell Phones in the Class

| April 6, 2012 | 18 Comments

No longer afraid of giving kids access to the Internet, a growing number of school districts are developing digital media policies that emphasize responsibility over fear.

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