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Let’s Get Digital: The Serious Side of Gaming

Do you have a son or a daughter who is a college student and lives at home? If so, you’ve probably caught a glimpse of them playing something that looks like a video game on their computer. Before jumping to the conclusion that they are wasting their time playing games on your tuition dime, know …

Education Technology

The Ultimate List – 65 Digital Tools and Apps to Support Formative Assessment Practices

<b>AnswerGarden</b> – A tool for online brainstorming or polling, educators can use this real-time tool to see student feedback on questions.<p><b>Animoto</b> – Gives …

How this state is turning its virtual teachers into online learning experts

In Arkansas, as in most states, student interest in online learning is skyrocketing. While most students still take at least some of their courses in …

3 Reasons Kids Struggle With Math And How to Help

Algorithms, decimals, division, fractions, sums-these seem like harmless math terms. But, to many children, they bring out fear and even anxiety when it comes to mathematics. Children now, more than ever are struggling with math. What is the cause for concern and what can you do to fix it?<p><b>1. Math</b> …

Mathematics

6 Summer Soups That Won't Weigh You Down

Soups are a great way to turn your extra produce into a light lunch or satisfying snack. From Silky golden gazpacho to chunky vegetable soup with pesto, you'll find yourself making these figure-friendly soups all summer long.<p><b>1. Silky Golden Gazpacho</b><p>Adapted from Oleana chef Ana Sortun's cookbook,</i> …

Food

Tynker Launches 16 new Comp Sci Courses

STEM<p>Tynker has launched 16 new computer science courses designed for use in K-12 classrooms.<p>Featuring gamified learning activities, the 16 new …

Education Technology

Six Simple Sunday Habits To Set You Up For A Productive Week

Go easy on those summer barbecues. Heavy eating on Sunday may sink you into a food coma you’ll still be feeling on Monday.<p>It’s hard not to resent Mondays. The day marks the end of the fun and freedom of the weekend–and that’s especially true during the summer, when ordinary Saturdays and Sundays …

Game of Thrones

Massachusetts Sets Standards for Computer Science, Digital Literacy

Massachusetts schools could soon be using new standards for teaching computer science and digital literacy.<p>The state board of education voted …

Education Technology

The Wonderful Reputation of Educational Research

Back in 1993, Carl Kaestle memorably wrote about the "awful reputation of educational research." At the time, he was right. But that was 23 years ago. In the interim, educational research has made extraordinary advances. It is now admired by researchers in many other fields and by policy makers in …

National Science Foundation

9 case studies reveal secrets of successful blended, online learning programs

Evergreen Education Group details academic outcomes of nine different programs using Fuel EducationSuccessful online and blended learning programs in …

Pedagogy

Will homework disappear in the age of blended learning?

As the disruption of monolithic teacher-led instruction continues to occur, there may be another educational practice that is being transformed along …

Education Technology

Makerspaces should not be specialspaces, they should be in classroomplaces

This year I am teaching at an alternative high school. We have a population that despises traditional school work and for the most part, simply will …

Does Your University Reinforce Harmful Notions Of Race?

Minority college enrollment over the last decade has skyrocketed, this trend will continue as the demographics of the high school student population continues to shift towards a more diverse pool of graduates. Black and Hispanic post-secondary enrollment has grown considerably over the last decade …

Higher Education

Taking the correct temperature of blended learning

The National Education Policy Center (NEPC) released a report last week warning that online and blended learning schools are struggling. Regarding …

Education Technology

School policies have gotten smarter in the decade after ‘No Child Left Behind’

<i>Michael J. Petrilli is president of the Thomas B. Fordham Institute. Chester E. Finn Jr. is a distinguished senior fellow and president emeritus of the institute. Both hold fellowships at Stanford University’s Hoover Institution.</i><p>A decade ago, U.S. education policies were a mess. It was the classic …

Education

What Do Americans Really Think About Education Policy?

Two recent polls conflict in their findings on what adults think about standardized testing, the opt-out movement, and the Common Core.<p>Getting a read on the American public’s views on education is no easy task, made more complicated by just how much local schools vary. In a country with more than …

Education

Talking Education Policy with Dallas-Fort Worth Teachers

The White House strives to meet people where they are -- bringing the Administration's voices to communities across the nation through digital engagement. Last week, Roberto Rodríguez, who advises President Obama on education policy, joined an online group of over 9,000 educators in the Dallas-Fort …

Comment on 6 ways to make your blended learning PD more successful by scoefield

Excellent ideas of how to preplan and organize PD changes that are so needed. Thank you.

Flipped Classroom

Microsoft Launches a New Classroom Platform

By D. Frank SmithClassroom is the Windows giant’s cloud-based hub for the class experience, integrated into Office 365.

Microsoft

The Minecraft Generation

Jordan wanted to build an unpredictable trap.<p>An 11-year-old in dark horn-­rimmed glasses, Jordan is a devotee of Minecraft, the computer game in which you make things out of virtual blocks, from dizzying towers to entire cities. He recently read “The Maze Runner,” a sci-fi thriller in which …

Computer Science

12 sites that will teach you coding for free

<i>This post is in partnership with Entrepreneur. The article below was originally published at</i> <i>entrepreneur.</i><i>com</i><i>.</i><p>By John Rampton, Entrepreneur<p>There was a …

Online Education

3 Crucial Tips To Build A Blended Learning Plan That Works

<b>3 Crucial Tips To Build A Blended Learning Plan That Works</b><p>by <b>Janice Heffernan, Teacher</b><p>As educators strive to provide robust, relevant instruction to …

Education Technology

8 Awesome Science Resources That You Can Access For Free Online

Including ALL of Feynman’s lectures.<p>There's nothing worse than wanting to expand your knowledge, satisfy your curiosity, or just confirm some weird …

Princeton University

A number of things to know about Pi

<b>(CNN) —</b> Math enthusiasts know all about it, and the rest of the population is probably hoping for cherry pie.<p>But March 14 is Pi Day. While last year stretched the symbolic celebration out a little longer -- to 3.1415 -- each year presents ample opportunity for learning.<p>To 31 decimal places, the …

Mathematics

The history of why pi equals 3.14(15926…)

The number represented by pi (π) is used in calculations whenever something round (or nearly so) is involved, such as for circles, spheres, cylinders, cones, and ellipses. Its value is necessary to compute many important quantities about these shapes, such as understanding the relationship between …

Mathematics

The Overselling of Ed Tech

Maybe we shouldn't be surprised that the idea of using digital technology in the classroom tends to be either loved or hated. After all, anything that's digital consists only of ones or zeroes. By contrast, my own position is somewhere in the middle, a location where I don't often find myself, …

Education Technology

Ed Tech's Adaptive Sequencing: Putting The Cart Before the Horse?

At the core of personalized learning is an adaptive approach. But as the recent EdSurge guide on adaptive learning made clear, the definition of "adaptive" within the ed tech industry is amorphous at best, and at worst, an overused buzzword.<p>The EdSurge guide goes on to define three variations of …

Education Technology

Report: Google's VR headset won't need a phone, PC or game console

The current state of virtual reality isn't elegant. There are headsets like Samsung's Gear VR and Google Cardboard that require a smartphone. Then …

Virtual Reality

Three Reasons Students Should Own Your Classroom’s Twitter and Instagram Accounts

column | Technology in School<p>Three Reasons Students Should Own Your Classroom’s Twitter and Instagram Accounts<p>By Kayla Delzer (Columnist)     Feb 3, …