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2012 Ed Tech Trends: Insights From Insiders

At the end of the year, pundits love to share their versions of summarized lists of what was hot in ed tech in 2012. In addition to the obvious — Common Core curriculum and assessments, games in learning, consumer tech in education — there are others that may be more subtle or even counter-intuitive. Here … Continue reading 2012 Ed Tech Trends: Insights From Insiders →

Tech Tools, Blended Learning and More: ITM’s MindShift Moment

Excited to introduce a collaboration with the creative minds behind the Infinite Thinking Machine. This week, the producers have pulled together an episode featuring some of MindShift’s most popular articles: Why Googling Is Not Enough, The Power of One Teacher’s Vision, and How Should Teaching Change in the Age of Siri? A huge thanks and … Continue reading Tech Tools, Blended Learning and More: ITM’s MindShift Moment →

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 →

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? →

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 →

What Will Work in New Blended Learning Experiment?

By Katrina Schwartz As the blended learning movement grows in the U.S., schools will need to experiment with what works best in different types of settings. There’s still a lot to learn about different types of blended learning models, and a new nonprofit called Silicon Schools will raise and invest $25 million toward that effort. … Continue reading What Will Work in New Blended Learning Experiment? →

What’s Worth Investing In? How to Decide What Technology You Need

Lenny Gonzalez The promise of technology in the pursuit of learning is vast — and so are the profits. The SIIA valued the ed-tech market at $7.5 billion. With daily launches of new products promising to solve all manner of problems — from managing classrooms to engaging bored students with interactive content to capturing and … Continue reading What’s Worth Investing In? How to Decide What Technology You Need →

Learning to Read Goes High-Tech

A computer voice guides 12-year-old Amir Accoo to spell the words he hears through his headphones: emergency, bulldozer,  minutes. Accoo spells “minutes” wrong and is asked to try that one again, several times. Later, he clicks on a proofreading button. “You check what you have wrong out of the spelling words I just did,” Accoo … Continue reading Learning to Read Goes High-Tech →

Turning Teacher-Student Roles Upside Down

Upside Down Academy By Chris Thompson It’s a typical school day in Oakland, Calif., and Aaliyah is about to show how to solve two-step equations. Circling the three numbers in the equation 4x + 10 = 30, she says, “So one, two, three? Is a hater. They’re like haters… We trying to get rid of … Continue reading Turning Teacher-Student Roles Upside Down →

What’s Blended Learning? Ask Salman Khan

Salman Khan has made a name for himself for producing bite-sized videos that explain everything from fair value accounting to how the Hawaiian Islands were formed on the free online Khan Academy. Here, Khan uses his trademark “chalkboard” sketching approach to explain how the idea of blended learning — combining technology like online videos and … Continue reading What’s Blended Learning? Ask Salman Khan →

Combining Computer Games with Classroom Teaching

Rocketship Education, the Bay Area network of charter schools, is poised to grow big and bold in the next few years. Hinging its success on its own brand of hybrid learning — combining online and teacher-guided instruction in a tightly engineered school day — the charter network will grow from five schools open now to … Continue reading Combining Computer Games with Classroom Teaching →

Move Over, Sal Khan: Sixth-Graders Create Their Own Math Videos!

Eric Marcos is a sixth-grade math teacher at Lincoln Middle School in Santa Monica, California. But his kids stay after school, spend hours on their homework, and accompany him to education conferences (and even sometimes lead his presentations). None of Marcos’ students are doing this for extra credit. They’re simply learning a lot about math … Continue reading Move Over, Sal Khan: Sixth-Graders Create Their Own Math Videos! →

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