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How to Build a Better MOOC

Massive open online courses have not lived up to the hype. There are, however, 50-year-old techniques to improve the experience and reach those who need education the most.

Shifting Tactics: Rocketship Will Change its Computer Lab Model

Rocketship Education, a network of charter schools based in California, is changing the way students will use computers in its Learning Labs. Rather than spending chunks of time in computer labs with divided computer stations, students will be using computers in their classrooms, with the help of teachers and aids. “The integration between the classroom … Continue reading Shifting Tactics: Rocketship Will Change its Computer Lab Model →

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? →

A Day in the Life of a Virtual School Student

Florida Virtual School (FLVS) students Christianne and Carylanne Joubert are pretty advanced for their age. Christianne, at 13, is already a published novelist; Carylanne, 14, is about to start 11th grade. The Jouberts would probably succeed at any school they attended, but they attribute a large part of their progress to online learning. (And for … Continue reading A Day in the Life of a Virtual School Student →

Can Learning Really Be Fun and Games?

For those wondering what a game-based classroom looks like in a traditional school, take a peek into Ananth Pai’s third-grade class in Parkview/Center Point Elementary school in Maplewood, Minnesota. Using his own money and grants that he applied for, Pai has managed to round up seven laptops, two desktops 11 Nintendo DS’s, 18 games for … Continue reading Can Learning Really Be Fun and Games? →

Online Learning: It’s Complicated

Online learning in K-12 classrooms has gotten some bad press recently. The articles portray low-quality computer programs replacing teachers in a short-sighted effort to cut costs. That simplistic portrayal does not address the whole picture. “It’s a lot more complicated than that,” says Cheryl Vedoe, CEO of Apex Learning, a digital curriculum provider in both … Continue reading Online Learning: It’s Complicated →

Is Instant Assessment an Important Teaching Tool?

Conovate, a Web-based assessment tool for teachers, now in Beta, is the result of its founder’s hope to give teachers a crucial missing tool: the ability to instantly see student progress. Sylvain Niles, CEO of Conovate, wants to provide a way for teachers to instantly track, analyze, and report on student performance over time by … Continue reading Is Instant Assessment an Important Teaching Tool? →

The School Day of the Future is DESIGNED

Unpredictable, inconsistent, and designed to be wildly relevant for learners, their engagement, and their development. Sandy Speicher leads IDEO’s Design for Learning domain, which brings human-centered thinking to systemic challenges in education. Her work helps educators use design tools and methods to work in new ways, to prepare for future challenges, and to transform their … Continue reading The School Day of the Future is DESIGNED →

Future School Day: Self-Paced Learning, Creating, and Collaborating

Salman Khan has an idea or two about what the future school day should be. In fact, the founder of Khan Academy — a series of thousands of YouTube videos that teach everything from calculus to the French Revolution — is working on making it happen as we speak. It goes something like this: Every … Continue reading Future School Day: Self-Paced Learning, Creating, and Collaborating →

Students’ Own Interests Will Drive the School Day of the Future

The U.S. Department of Education has a clear vision of what the future school day should be. That’s apparent from my interviews with Karen Cator, the director of education technology. It’s also clearly outlined by the department’s deputy director Steve Midgley. I asked Midgley to spell out his thoughts about the topic. I think if … Continue reading Students’ Own Interests Will Drive the School Day of the Future →

Algebra, Meet the iPad: Part II

The iPad’s impact on the role of the teacher, paid content versus free online and open-source content, and the learning process. Will eighth-graders who use the iPad to learn algebra do better than their textbook-using counterparts? That’s what publisher Houghton Mifflin Harcourt’s Fuse pilot program will determine at the end of the school year. In … Continue reading Algebra, Meet the iPad: Part II →

School of One Revolutionizes Traditional Classroom Model

“There are things we hold near and dear about what school is, but we’re asking people to reimainge it,” said Christopher Rush, co-founder of a revolutionary new learning system called School of One. So imagine this: A student arrives in school in the morning and answers five questions that will be calculated in a customized … Continue reading School of One Revolutionizes Traditional Classroom Model →

School of One Revolutionizes Traditional Classroom Model

“There are things we hold near and dear about what school is, but we’re asking people to reimainge it,” said Christopher Rush, co-founder of a revolutionary new learning system called School of One. So imagine this: A student arrives in school in the morning and answers five questions that will be calculated in a customized … Continue reading School of One Revolutionizes Traditional Classroom Model →

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