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7 Essential Principles of Innovative Learning

7 Essential Principles of Innovative Learning

| February 1, 2013 | 29 Comments

Flirck:WoodleyWonderworks Every educator wants to create an environment that will foster students’ love of learning. Because the criteria are intangible, it’s difficult to define or pinpoint exactly what they are. But one group is giving it a try. Researchers at the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) launched the Innovative Learning Environments project to […]

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More Teachers Refuse to Give Standardized Tests

More Teachers Refuse to Give Standardized Tests

| January 21, 2013 | 6 Comments

Flickr: albertogp123 By Ann Dornfeld An entire school of teachers in Seattle is refusing to give students a standardized test that’s required by the district. The teachers say the test is useless and wastes valuable instructional time. Meanwhile, individual teacher protests of standardized tests are popping up nationwide, and the Seattle case may make bigger […]

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How to Uphold Online Learning Standards to Quality Education

How to Uphold Online Learning Standards to Quality Education

| October 30, 2012 | 4 Comments

Flickr:VFS As the number of K-12 students who take online courses continues to grow — more than two million are currently enrolled — the need to uphold rigorous standards to online education is becoming that much more important. And with criticism leveled at many online schools for poor academic performance, the online education model needs […]

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Will the New Online Standardized Tests Be Different?

Will the New Online Standardized Tests Be Different?

| October 10, 2012 | 4 Comments

By Sarah Garland New high-tech standardized tests are coming soon to schools across the country, but will these new tests really revolutionize how we measure whether children are learning? The designers of the new tests, which a majority of states plan to adopt in two years, are allowing a sneak peek at sample questions. Two […]

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Why Kids Need Schools to Change

Why Kids Need Schools to Change

| September 21, 2012 | 81 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The current structure of the school day is obsolete, most would agree.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 | 6 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 | 63 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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