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Why Kids Need Schools to Change

Why Kids Need Schools to Change

| September 21, 2012 | 80 Comments

The current structure of the school day is obsolete, most would agree. Created during the Industrial Age, the assembly line system we have in place now has little relevance to what we know kids actually need to thrive. Most of us know this, and yet making room for the huge shift in the system that’s necessary has been difficult, if not impossible because of fear of the unknown.

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What’s So Great About Schools in Finland?

What’s So Great About Schools in Finland?

| July 12, 2012 | 6 Comments

Monday’s Three Things to Unlearn About Learning elicited several comments about Finland’s school system. Here’s a recent post describing some differences between schools in the U.S. and Finland. Finland has been hailed for exemplifying the ideal model of a thriving, innovative education system that prioritizes the most important stakeholders: students. International and American media are […]

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Three Things to Unlearn About Learning

Three Things to Unlearn About Learning

| July 9, 2012 | 18 Comments

flickr:CDsessums “If you’re not feeling uncomfortable about the state of education right now, then you’re not paying attention to the pressures and challenges of technology,” said Will Richardson, a veteran educator author and consultant, at a talk at ISTE 2012. “We need to acknowledge that this is a very interesting moment, and even though in […]

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Will More Prominent Colleges Abandon the SAT?

Will More Prominent Colleges Abandon the SAT?

| June 4, 2012 | 5 Comments

Flickr:Albertogp By Chris Thompson For college-bound students, scoring high on the SAT has always been imperative to getting admitted into universities and colleges of stature. Admissions offices traditionally weigh SAT scores as one of the predominant factors in offering acceptance letters to students. And though that’s still the case for many elite universities, more higher […]

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Movement Against Standardized Testing Grows As Parents Opt Out

Movement Against Standardized Testing Grows As Parents Opt Out

| April 27, 2012 | 59 Comments

A growing movement of principals, parents, and teachers is rising up against standardized, high-stakes test.

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How Do You Measure Learning?

How Do You Measure Learning?

| March 27, 2012 | 4 Comments

Getty It’s not a new question, but it’s certainly a divisive one — how to best measure student learning. As the Department of Education works toward finding a way to assess student learning beyond what most agree are sub-par standardized tests, and movement for opting out of assessments grows, educators and those who work in […]

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Can Robots Grade Essays As Well as Humans?

Can Robots Grade Essays As Well as Humans?

| February 13, 2012 | 4 Comments

Flickr: Slaving By Jennifer Roland Essays have long been considered the gold standard for measuring students’ understanding of a subject. But because multiple-choice tests have been graded by machines, making them easy and relatively inexpensive to administer, these sub-standard assessments are primarily what schools use for standardized test. But is it possible to combine the […]

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What’s So Great About Schools in Finland?

What’s So Great About Schools in Finland?

| January 13, 2012 | 50 Comments

Finland has been hailed for exemplifying the ideal model of a thriving, innovative education system that prioritizes the most important stakeholders: students. International and American media are fascinated by the Scandinavian country’s approach to designing the education system. The fact that Finland manages to score among the top three countries on the PISA survey is […]

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Deconstructing “What Works” in Education Technology

Deconstructing “What Works” in Education Technology

| October 12, 2011 | 1 Comment

TB Over the weekend, The New York Times published the second story in its series on “Grading the Digital School.” The first story in the series questioned the massive expenditures schools make on education technology, pointing to stagnant test scores as an indication that these investments might not be worth it. Last weekend’s story extends […]

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Beyond the Bubble Test: How Will We Measure Learning in the Future?

Beyond the Bubble Test: How Will We Measure Learning in the Future?

| July 15, 2011 | 3 Comments

Last September, Secretary of Education Arne Duncan announced: “Today is a great day! I have looked forward to this day for a long time–and so have America’s teachers, parents, students, and school leaders.” Duncan was excited about a new way of testing students, one that goes “beyond the bubble test,” the standardized assessments students take […]

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