Reading high-quality fiction may serve a larger purpose than preparing students for college and tests. Several recent studies show that reading great literature makes individuals more empathetic. Here’s a great list of fiction books for kids of all ages, recommended by those who know best — librarians.
This past school year, Shelley Wright, a high school educator in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, made a number of big changes in her teaching practice. The class went paperless and used a Wiki, she incorporated project-based learning and collaboration into her lessons, she experimented with “vessays.” All along the way, she documented everything on her blog [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
Picking up the thread of the past few days about Wikipedia‘s standing as a reliable source of information, more news surfaced in the past week surrounding the issue. USA Today reported that nine professors from prominent colleges including Harvard and Georgetown “agreed to make creating, augmenting, and editing Wikipedia entries part of their students’ coursework.” [...]
Is Wikipedia considered an accepted source of information for school research? It might soon be the case, according to a recent CNET story. “When things have shaken out, it may be a world where free-for-all online information hubs are accepted–or, if proponents of ‘collaborative knowledge’ have their way, even embraced.” What’s more, sites like Quora [...]