Teaching Strategies

Innovative ideas – projects, processes, curricula, and more – that are transforming how we teach and learn.

Zeroing in on the Achievement Gap

In the final post of the series of interviews, Department of Education’s Karen Cator discusses how the National Education Technology Plan addresses the achievement gap and how the plan squares with Race to the Top. – How is the achievement gap addressed in the National Education Technology Plan? How can technology bring the best education for … Continue reading Zeroing in on the Achievement Gap →

Video Games Are Good For Us. Really!

Improved vision, more focused attention, more efficient multi-tasking, and improved spatial cognition are just a few of the benefits of playing video games. “The non-gamers had to think a lot more and use a lot more of the workhorse parts of their brains for eye-hand coordination. Whereas the gamers really didn’t have to use that … Continue reading Video Games Are Good For Us. Really! →

Envision the School Day of the Future

  By all accounts, the education community is in the midst of a profound shift, straddling between the constraints of its legacy while pushing for much-needed change. Part of the anxiety around these changes is the uncertainty of the future. No one wants to experiment with the welfare of our kids, but at the same … Continue reading Envision the School Day of the Future →

Placing Emphasis on Creativity

A steady decline in creativity in American kids (as measured by the Torrance Tests of Creative Thinking) is prompting educators and parents to find new ways of sparking innovative ways of learning, according to a Wall Street Journal article. In the past, researchers thought of creativity as the ability to generate lots of new ideas. … Continue reading Placing Emphasis on Creativity →

The DOE’s Guide to Allowing Online Access in Schools

Last month, the Department of Education released its 124-page, information-packed National Education Technology Plan. I spoke with Karen Cator, the Director of the Office of Educational Technology, about the reality of implementing some of these guidlines into the existing public education system. Her answers were direct, forthright, and sensible. It’s apparent that the authors spent … Continue reading The DOE’s Guide to Allowing Online Access in Schools →

What Will 2011 Bring in Tech Trends for K12? Momentum!

Creative use of students’ own mobile devices in the classroom, more virtual school programs (especially for cash-strapped districts), instant student assessment with teacher dashboards and “clickers,” and information systems in the cloud are just a few trends that gain momentum next year. Some schools are well on their way, and an article in The Journal … Continue reading What Will 2011 Bring in Tech Trends for K12? Momentum! →

Digging Into the DOE’s National Ed Tech Plan

I’m looking forward to speaking tomorrow with Karen Cator, Director of the Office of Technology at the Department of Education. I have a slew of questions for her about the National Education Technology Plan released last month. To recap, the DOE’s goal is to raise the proportion of college graduates from 41 to 60 percent … Continue reading Digging Into the DOE’s National Ed Tech Plan →

The Future of Mobile Learning Apps

The mobile app world is changing constantly, as are learning theories around them. For more context on the Cooney Center’s study “Is There an App for That?” here’s my Q&A with Dr. Michael Levine, executive director of the Center, Dr. Cynthia Chiong, the report’s lead author, and co-author Carly Shuler. How does this report change … Continue reading The Future of Mobile Learning Apps →

7 Important Traits of a Great Mobile Learning App

Parents shouldn’t feel guilty about letting their kids play games on their mobile phones — especially if they’re educational ones. That’s one of the main conclusions in the recent study released by the Joan Ganz Cooney Center, “Learning, Is There an App for That?” The report uses information from three quantitative and observational studies conducted … Continue reading 7 Important Traits of a Great Mobile Learning App →

A Public Request for Michelle Rhee

It’s got all the makings of a dramatic documentary. Embattled education reformer aims to raise a billion dollars and brings in the big media guns for help: Oprah, Newsweek, Stephen Colbert. And that’s just during the first week of Michelle Rhee’s announcement of Students First. As the education community absorbs the news, Huffington Post’s Sam … Continue reading A Public Request for Michelle Rhee →

How to Educate the Next Generation of Innovators

In case you missed it, here’s Education for Innovation’s Digital Townhall meeting on December 7. EDUCATION FOR INNOVATION: A DIGITAL TOWN HALL from Innovation Economy on Vimeo. And below, a clip of the event: Secretary of Education Arne Duncan talks with Gwen Ifill on PBS about the dire need for American students to be able … Continue reading How to Educate the Next Generation of Innovators →

Salman Khan Teaches the World — One YouTube Video at a Time

For the first time in history, the children of one of the most well-heeled people on earth are getting the same education as those with far less means in places like Calcutta, Kabul, and East Palo Alto. Salman Khan made this point in reference to the well-known fact that Bill Gates’ kids watch and learn … Continue reading Salman Khan Teaches the World — One YouTube Video at a Time →

Secrets to Success in Shanghai Test Scores

Some highlights from yesterday’s New York Times: “Top Test Scores from Shanghai Stun Educators,” which discusses Shanghai’s high achievement rates in an international assessment test known as PISA. “The results … appeared to reflect the culture of education there, including greater emphasis on teacher training and more time spent on studying rather than extracurricular activities … Continue reading Secrets to Success in Shanghai Test Scores →

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 →