Should Students Advance At Their Own Pace?

Flickr:Kreative Eye- Dean McKoy What if student learning wasn’t based on age, but on proficiency? That might happen soon in Oregon’s public schools if Senate Bill 909 unfolds as planned. Oregon governor John Kitzhaber ushered a group of education bills through the legislature in June. One of them, SB 909, created the 15-member Oregon Education … Continue reading Should Students Advance At Their Own Pace? →

New Educational Apps of the Month

At the end of each month, we review some of our favorite educational apps that have been released or updated over the last 30 days. (Read all of our Educational Apps series.) Below you’ll find a mixture of iOS, Android, and Web-based apps. MOTION MATH ZOOM We’ve covered the educational apps built by Motion Math … Continue reading New Educational Apps of the Month →

Quick Look: What Schools Can Learn From Google, IDEO, and Pixar

Having seen the creative designs of all three company environments, I can say first-hand there’s lots of wisdom in the article. Source: Fastcodesign The country’s strongest innovators embrace creativity, play, and collaboration — values that also inform their physical spaces. A community about to build or rehab a school often creates checklists of best practices, … Continue reading Quick Look: What Schools Can Learn From Google, IDEO, and Pixar →

Six Reasons Why Kids Should Know How to Blog

Flickr:Pixelsrzen In the digital age, kids need to have an understanding of what it means to be a responsible digital citizen. They need to learn the technical how-to’s, as well as a more global comprehension of how to navigate the online world. To that end, Melbourne educator Jenny Luca made a commitment to help her … Continue reading Six Reasons Why Kids Should Know How to Blog →

The First “Internet Class” Goes to College

Just in time for back-to-school, Beloit College has released its annual “Mindset List,” listing some of the cultural experiences and expectations of the would-be Class of 2015. The 18-year-olds that comprise this year’s incoming freshmen were born in 1993 — the year that Mosaic introduced its popular Web browser and that The New Yorker published … Continue reading The First “Internet Class” Goes to College →

Watch Out, Facebook: Edmodo Ups Its Ante With New Features

We talk a lot about social networks and education, but Facebook dominates most of that conversation. Edmodo is upping its ante with new additions that integrate social learning in interesting new ways. Source: Thejournal Edmodo has updated its free classroom communication system. The system, referred to as a “social learning network” by the company that … Continue reading Watch Out, Facebook: Edmodo Ups Its Ante With New Features →

With Pictures, Puzzles and Games, Students Create Transmedia Stories

By Laura Fleming and John Connell Until just a few years ago, stories we were told mostly through  a single medium – it might be a book, a movie, a radio program, a cartoon. Today, we can tell stories across a wide variety of media, all at the same time. That’s the premise behind the … Continue reading With Pictures, Puzzles and Games, Students Create Transmedia Stories →

Can Digital Comic Books Spark a Love of Reading?

It has been a bitter pill for me to swallow as a parent and as a bibliophile: my son does not love to read. Sure, I read to him daily when he was a toddler, and even once he learned to read to himself, we still spent many evenings reading books aloud as a family. … Continue reading Can Digital Comic Books Spark a Love of Reading? →

Addressing Parent Fears About the Changing Classroom

by Marsha Ratzel It’s Back to School Night at our middle school, and as I finish my five-minute overview for parents about what their kids will learn in in my math and science classes this year, I can see the questions start bubbling up. Their faces say it all. Since their kids were in kindergarten, … Continue reading Addressing Parent Fears About the Changing Classroom →

Quick Look: How to Fix Our Math Education

Interesting take on how real-life problems would make more sense in teaching math. Source: Nytimes Imagine replacing the sequence of algebra, geometry and calculus with a sequence of finance, data and basic engineering. In the finance course, students would learn the exponential function, use formulas in spreadsheets and study the budgets of people, companies and … Continue reading Quick Look: How to Fix Our Math Education →

Weekly News Roundup

Paul Wood U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan held his first Twitter Town Hall on Wednesday. People were asked to use the #askarne hashtag in order to direct questions to Duncan, which were asked in turn by journalist John Merrow. The Department of Education has posted a selection of the Q&A on its website, but … Continue reading Weekly News Roundup →

Back to School with Google Chromebooks

Yesterday was the first day of school for Grace Lutheran School in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. Among the various tasks that the students had to accomplish today were establishing their Google accounts and setting up their new Chromebooks. There’s already a certain excitement that comes with a new school year, but according to principal Peter Iles, the … Continue reading Back to School with Google Chromebooks →

Class, Turn On Your Cell Phones: It’s Time to Text

Getty As we noted earlier this week, cell phones are in the hands of the vast majority of adults and whether schools like it or not, they’re in the hands of most students. While many schools still see cellphones as a distraction rather than as an educational tool, it’s hard to deny that these devices … Continue reading Class, Turn On Your Cell Phones: It’s Time to Text →

Why Are Finland’s Schools Successful?

Source: Smithsonianmag “Whatever it takes” is an attitude that drives not just Kirkkojarvi’s 30 teachers, but most of Finland’s 62,000 educators in 3,500 schools from Lapland to Turku—professionals selected from the top 10 percent of the nation’s graduates to earn a required master’s degree in education. Many schools are small enough so that teachers know … Continue reading Why Are Finland’s Schools Successful? →