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Three Trends That Will Shape the Future of Curriculum

Three Trends That Will Shape the Future of Curriculum

| February 4, 2011 | 51 Comments

What we as adults experienced in school, as educators and students, will bear little resemblance to what lies ahead. Here’s a look at current trends, their implications, and changes to watch for. The Three Key Trends 1. Digital delivery No longer shackled to books as their only source of content, educators and students are going […]

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Algebra, Meet the iPad: Part II

Algebra, Meet the iPad: Part II

| January 20, 2011 | 3 Comments

The iPad’s impact on the role of the teacher, paid content versus free online and open-source content, and the learning process. Will eighth-graders who use the iPad to learn algebra do better than their textbook-using counterparts? That’s what publisher Houghton Mifflin Harcourt’s Fuse pilot program will determine at the end of the school year. In […]

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How Free is “Free”?

How Free is “Free”?

| January 6, 2011 | 1 Comment

The article about CK12′s open-source digital FlexBooks compelled a reader to respond with some  questions. He writes: I have developed a strong interest in open or free text ever since I purchased a brand new grey-market, European textbook for 60 dollars, a full third of what Americans pay for the same biology book. I also […]

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The “Living Book” Movement: Free Education For All

The “Living Book” Movement: Free Education For All

| January 3, 2011 | 12 Comments

By Sara Bernard They’re free, they’re customizable, and they meet state standards. Those are the three biggest selling points of CK12 Flexbooks, digital educational content for K-12 schools. FlexBooks are developed through a combination of author donations, licensing partnerships, university collaborations, and incentives for community-based authorship, and teachers can customize them to their hearts’ content. […]

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Will College Textbooks Be Obsolete?

Will College Textbooks Be Obsolete?

| November 29, 2010 | 2 Comments

By Sara Bernard These days, college students have many more options for buying less expensive versions of their required texts. With sites like Amazon, Half.com, and Craigslist, as well as textbook rental programs, they no longer have to rely on those heavy, expensive texts. Online textbooks that use open source software — which are becoming […]

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Teachers and Students Create Their Own Curriculum in Alaska

Teachers and Students Create Their Own Curriculum in Alaska

| November 10, 2010 | 2 Comments

By Sara Bernard The Bering Strait School District (BSSD) in Alaska –  which spans a swathe of land and sea the size of Great Britain — is one of the few districts in the nation that has replaced textbooks with online content that can be modified by any of its teachers, students, parents and anyone […]

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5 Fun Play-and-Learn Websites for Grade School Kids

5 Fun Play-and-Learn Websites for Grade School Kids

| November 3, 2010 | 3 Comments

Your kids’ online experience doesn’t have to be dominated by the commercial worlds of Disney and Webkinz. Kids can get busy learning with engaging and informative sites that educate them about a wide range of fun and interesting topics. I’ll be covering this subject regularly, but for starters, here’s a roundup of  5 of my […]

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Teachers Customize Textbooks Online

Teachers Customize Textbooks Online

| October 28, 2010 | 5 Comments

Flickr: Arvindgrover By Sara Bernard Once upon a time, textbook writers would write textbooks and teachers would teach what was in them. Teachers would make up their own lesson plans, and if they were willing, shared them with their colleagues. But technology is changing the scenario. Now, not only are educators combing the Internet for […]

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Why Today’s College Kids Prefer Print – And Tomorrow’s Won’t

Why Today’s College Kids Prefer Print – And Tomorrow’s Won’t

| October 21, 2010 | 2 Comments

For all this talk of iPads and Kindles and e-readers and digital textbooks, apparently college students aren’t ready to give up their back-breaking tomes just yet. At least that’s what yesterday’s New York Times article indicates. Despite the fact that in most cases, print books are more expensive, college kids surveyed in two studies said […]

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Milton Chen and MindShift on KQED’s Forum

Milton Chen and MindShift on KQED’s Forum

| September 8, 2010 | 0 Comments

In a discussion with Michael Krasny earlier today on the KQED program Forum, Milton Chen and I discussed a wide range of subjects, including Milton’s new book “Education Nation: Six Leading Edges of Innovation in our Schools,” the role of open-source information such as Wikipedia in the classroom, and how technology affects creativity in kids, […]

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