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Can the Flipped Classroom Benefit Low-Income Students?

By Sarah Butrymowicz When Portland, Ore., elementary school teacher Sacha Luria decided last fall to try out a new education strategy called “flipping the classroom,” she faced a big obstacle. Flipped classrooms use technology—online video instruction, laptops, DVDs of lessons—to reverse what students have traditionally done in class and at home to learn. Listening to … Continue reading Can the Flipped Classroom Benefit Low-Income Students? →

Changing Policies On Digital Books Wreak Havoc on Libraries

By Jenny Shank Public libraries are a major hub for Americans to gain access to e-books and other digital resources. But the nation’s recent economic troubles and the transition to digital books are creating major difficulties for these public institutions. Last month, the American Library Association released its annual State of America’s Libraries Report, and … Continue reading Changing Policies On Digital Books Wreak Havoc on Libraries →

Finding Money for Technology: “Where Do I Start”?

In the past two days, I’ve received a few comments and emails from readers about different articles that all point to the same problem: frustration over lack of money to take advantage of all these transformational tech tools that we write about here. In response to The Most Anticipated Tech Tools of Back to School, … Continue reading Finding Money for Technology: “Where Do I Start”? →

Can Learning How to Blog Change Makeal’s Life?

How can learning to blog make a lasting impact on a 12-year-old boy living in a rough, East Oakland neighborhood? In the second installment of MindShift’s My Education series, which examines whether technology in learning can have a lasting impact on low-income kids through the perspective of one child, the question focuses on Makeal Surrell, … Continue reading Can Learning How to Blog Change Makeal’s Life? →

Ignore the Potential of Mobile Learning, Risk Widening the Digital Divide

From S. Craig Watkins’ blog The Young and The Digital. In the following post, Watkins talks about how he’s witnessing these trends in his field work. By S. Craig Watkins During a recent research related visit to New York City I decided to take a stroll down 125th Street in Harlem.  Among the assortment of … Continue reading Ignore the Potential of Mobile Learning, Risk Widening the Digital Divide →

What Exactly Can You Learn on a Mobile Phone? Part II

Here’s the second part of my original interview with Mimi Ito, a cultural anthropologist who studies new media use in young people. Ito is co-author of Hanging Out, Messing Around, and Geeking Out: Kids Living and Learning with New Media, and has been studying the subject of how kids interact with mobile devices. Ito talks … Continue reading What Exactly Can You Learn on a Mobile Phone? Part II →

How Californians Might be Closing the Digital Divide

For those who can’t afford or don’t have access to computers, can smart phones serve as substitutes? The question of whether mobile devices can close the digital divide between the haves and have-nots came up again yesterday with the release of a report by the Public Policy Institute of California. Among many other findings, the … Continue reading How Californians Might be Closing the Digital Divide →

How Do We Address the Needs of Kids Without Mobile Access?

Flickr:Shlala The $64,000 question in education: Does access to mobile technology actually help close the achievement gap? Bill Ferriter, a sixth-grade teacher in North Carolina, has been thinking about this issue, and writing about it on his blog, The Tempered Radical. In this recent post, he addresses a question from one of his readers, who … Continue reading How Do We Address the Needs of Kids Without Mobile Access? →

Can a Smart Phone Program Really Close the Achievement Gap?

Students from different geographic regions communicate socially, but also to help each other achieve the common goal of succeeding at Algebra 1. When asked what tech tools students would like to use in learning science and math, their reply was no surprise: “They said they wanted something that would utilize social networking technology — something … Continue reading Can a Smart Phone Program Really Close the Achievement Gap? →

Weekly News Roundup

A federal judge threw out a proposed settlement between publishers, authors, and Google Books this week, throwing into question the future of Google’s massive efforts to digitize the world’s literature and make it available for search. The proposed settlement went “too far,” according to the judge, giving Google too much control over “orphan works,” those … Continue reading Weekly News Roundup →

Can Video Games Help Close the Digital Divide?

Applying African-American boys’ passion for sports video games toward building confidence in a learning environment. This fascinating article by Liz Losh on Digital Media & Learning looks at how video games as learning motivator can be a completely different experience for different cultures. A recent report on educational achievement among young black males describes a … Continue reading Can Video Games Help Close the Digital Divide? →

Mobile Learning Could Be Key in Achievement Gap Equation

By Leslie Rule Leslie Rule is studying at the Harvard Graduate School of Education in the Technology, Innovation, and Education (TIE) program. Can mobile learning bring quality education to under-served communities? Research is pointing in that direction. A recent report by Pew Internet and American Life Project shows that the mobile Internet may be the … Continue reading Mobile Learning Could Be Key in Achievement Gap Equation →

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