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New Study: SAT Scores Not the Only Indicator of College Success

New Study: SAT Scores Not the Only Indicator of College Success

| February 19, 2014

Many students who don’t ace the SAT and ACT tests apply to schools that make standardized test scores optional. A new study shows those students do just as well in college as those who submit their scores.

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Five Research-Driven Education Trends At Work in Classrooms

Five Research-Driven Education Trends At Work in Classrooms

| October 14, 2013 | 36 Comments

Increasingly, educators are looking to research about how kids learn to influence teaching practices and tools. What seemed like on-the-fringe experiments, like game-based learning, have turned into real trends, and have gradually made their way into many (though certainly not most) classrooms.

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Surveys Synthesized: What Are Teachers’ Attitudes About Classroom Technology?

Surveys Synthesized: What Are Teachers’ Attitudes About Classroom Technology?

| October 11, 2013 | 9 Comments

This review of recent surveys highlights some of the benefits and obstacles of using different kinds of technology in the classroom, but it also raises some great questions that have yet to be explored with thorough surveys.

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How Field Trips Build Critical Thinking Skills

How Field Trips Build Critical Thinking Skills

| October 9, 2013 | 3 Comments

School field trips are on the decline in American education for many reasons. Schools are making tough choices about how to spend scarce resources, are spending more time in class preparing for high-stakes tests and have begun using field trips as rewards for doing well on those tests. Whereas school field trips used to mean […]

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New Research Asks: Does Blended Learning Boost Algebra Scores?

New Research Asks: Does Blended Learning Boost Algebra Scores?

| August 7, 2013 | 2 Comments

A recent report by the RAND Corporation, in partnership with the Department of Education, tries to provide an objective overview of blended learning. RAND conducted a national two-year randomized trial to determine whether a blended learning curriculum developed by Carnegie Learning, Inc. had a positive effect on middle and high school algebra students.

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Why Computers Alone Won’t Move the Needle

Why Computers Alone Won’t Move the Needle

| June 4, 2013 | 10 Comments

Though a large study showed that the act of giving kids computers did not alone affect grades or attendance, the results may have been different had the students had some guidance on how to best use the computers and if teachers had been involved in connecting the home computers with what was going on in the classroom.

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How Does Media Multitasking Make Kids Feel? It’s a Mixed Bag.

How Does Media Multitasking Make Kids Feel? It’s a Mixed Bag.

| March 15, 2011 | 1 Comment

FLickr:Christopher Frier Brown The effects of multitasking on the brain and the way we’re wired has been the subject of countless studies, radio shows, and articles. But a new study soon to be released explores the social and emotional effects of media multitasking on kids. Stanford professor Roy Pea presented some intriguing findings of a […]

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