How Teachers Mix Online Math with Classroom Instruction

As schools start experimenting with educational software — or blended learning — teachers are trying to find ways of using tech to enhance learning in different subjects. When it comes to math, specifically, the tactics vary widely — from using software for remediation, to practicing drills and exercises to move students ahead at their own … Continue reading How Teachers Mix Online Math with Classroom Instruction →

Quick Look: Bringing Together Big Thinkers at the Big Ideas Fest

Every year, big thinkers congregate in Northern California’s dramatic coast in Half Moon Bay to discuss and put to action big ideas in education. It’s called the Big Ideas Fest, and this year’s gathering includes educators, policymakers, entrepreneurs, students, and instigators, as well as inspirational speakers, and plenty of time for attendees to brainstorm and … Continue reading Quick Look: Bringing Together Big Thinkers at the Big Ideas Fest →

Blended Learning: Passing Fad or True Innovation?

The most recent Infinite Thinking Machine episode takes a crack at defining and explaining different modes of blended learning. In short, “you mix online learning with face-to-face instruction on a regular basis.” The model — and products — teachers choose to use will depend on their instructional styles: teaching content or more open-ended styles, like … Continue reading Blended Learning: Passing Fad or True Innovation? →

Why “Googling It” Is Not Enough

Thinkstock Has the Internet changed the way students conduct research? Yes, and not always for the better, reports to a study released last week by the Pew Research Center, “How Teens Do Research in the Digital World.” According to a survey of more than 2,000 middle and high school teachers, “research” for today’s students means … Continue reading Why “Googling It” Is Not Enough →

Good Read: New Report Shows How Kids Negotiate Online Social Media

Worth digging into the Joan Ganz Cooney Center’s comprehensive report on kids’ social media habits, including the increasing numbers, case studies of social media sites, and the need to learn more about how social networking affects kids’ learning and development. Source: Joanganzcooneycenter A growing number of kids at increasingly younger ages are engaging in online … Continue reading Good Read: New Report Shows How Kids Negotiate Online Social Media →

Harvard Wants to Know: How Does the Act of Making Shape Kids’ Brains?

A group of Harvard researchers is teaming up with schools in Oakland, Calif. to explore how kids learn through making. Through an initiative called Project Zero, they’re investigating the theory that kids learn best when they’re actively engaged in designing and creating projects to explore concepts. It’s closely aligned with the idea of design thinking … Continue reading Harvard Wants to Know: How Does the Act of Making Shape Kids’ Brains? →

A Case for Educating Future Voters

Here’s a good reason to start engaging students at a young age in how the electoral process works: more than 40 percent of young Americans don’t know key information about the voting process, according to a poll of young people’s view of the election conducted by the Youth Education Fund. The survey polled 1,695 youth … Continue reading A Case for Educating Future Voters →

10 Lessons Teachers Can Learn from YouTube’s Popularity

By Terry Heick What might happen if educators experimented with some of the lessons YouTube’s staggering success has taught us? 1. Interdependence Google-owned YouTube is friendly with Twitter, Facebook, Google+, blogging, and all forms of electronic media. This kind of seamless integration allows an impressive convergence with all other “Internet parts.” Possibility for teachers: Consider … Continue reading 10 Lessons Teachers Can Learn from YouTube’s Popularity →

To Make Blended Learning Work, Teachers Try Different Tactics

By now, most would agree that technology has the potential to be a useful tool for learning. Many schools have invested in some form of technology, whether it’s in computer labs, tablets, or a laptop for every student, depending on their budget. But for many schools, finding a way to integrate the use of tech … Continue reading To Make Blended Learning Work, Teachers Try Different Tactics →

The Power of One Teacher’s Vision

Ananth Pai is a masterful educator, who runs a dynamic, student-centered classroom humming with activity — what we imagine as the best-case scenario for blended learning. Pai has created individual learning plans for each of his students, which includes time with him, with other kids, and with online games. And though his students have shown … Continue reading The Power of One Teacher’s Vision →

How Should Teaching Change in the Age of Siri?

By Marsha Ratzel “Siri, can you tell me what 2x+7 is?” You know the future is rushing towards us when students no longer ask the teacher if they can use a calculator, but instead ask if they can ask Siri. Siri shows a plot of the equation, what kind of geometric shape it is, and … Continue reading How Should Teaching Change in the Age of Siri? →

Good Read: Election Projects to Engage Students

Excellent list of ideas and resources. Source: Edutopia With election season entering the final stretch, political discussions are at a fever pitch. Attack ads and debate “zingers” may be dominating the news, but they don’t tell the whole story when it comes to how voters — and future voters — think and talk about important … Continue reading Good Read: Election Projects to Engage Students →

Quick Look: How to make BYOD work for your schools

Step by step advice from those who’re integrating students’ devices. Source: Eschoolnews How to make BYOD work for your schools Ed-tech directors share their strategies for meeting challenges such as access, security “Bring your own device” (BYOD) initiatives are relatively new in education, cropping up in the last few years as schools-under tight budget constraints-seek … Continue reading Quick Look: How to make BYOD work for your schools →

How to Uphold Online Learning Standards to Quality Education

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 … Continue reading How to Uphold Online Learning Standards to Quality Education →