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Author of 'Steve Jobs' using online crowdsourcing to edit his new book

As a follow-up to his biography of Steve Jobs, author Walter Isaacson is writing about the origins and emergence of our modern digital era — and he's using online collaborators to make it the best book it can be. As pointed out by <i>Capital</i> and <i>TechCrunch</i>, Isaacson has posted excerpts from his new …

My Insane Homework Load Taught Me How to Game the System

"My friends and I realized we didn’t have to do everything assigned to us in order to succeed in high school."<p>A year and a half ago, I was fully immersed in the routine of being a high-school junior. On an average night, my Internet tabs looked something like this: page 2 of a desperate Google …

A Teacher's Defense of Homework

If I didn't assign it, I'd never get through all the material I need to cover in a year. Plus, giving kids projects and deadlines is an essential way of preparing them for adulthood.<p>I am a parent, and I struggle daily with making sure my daughter does her homework. I can certainly identify with the …

Learning Theory v5 - What are the established learning theories?

Pedagogy

KQED

It might feel overwhelming to keep track of the latest education trends, jargon, and ed-tech products. But for many educators — and most MindShift …

5 Ideas To Bring Parents Into The Learning Process

<b>“The role of parents in the education of their children cannot be overestimated.” ~Unknown</b><p>When you ask parents from any country in the world, what …

Education Technology

Mapping Poetic Word Choice to Discover Literary Themes

Image Credit:<p>"Magnetic Poetry" via surrealmuse's Flikr stream<p>Brief Assignment Overview:<p>The assignment allows students to discuss their literary …

Teaching

What Close Reading Actually Means

by <b>Grant Wiggins</b>, Ed.D, Authentic Education<p><i>On May 26, 2015, Grant Wiggins passed away. Grant was tremendously influential on TeachThought’s approach</i> …

Teaching

Google Docs: Grading Tips Tricks

Google docs has made it possible for me to go paperless. The decision to remove paper from my life has been liberating! Whenever I train teachers, I …

Google Docs

Report: Teacher Prep Programs Need To Better Prepare Candidates for Online, Blended Learning

Not bad prep for academic and teacher librarians either . . .<p>“The International Association for K-12 Online Learning (iNACOL) has released a new …

Have You Looked At Google Lit Trips Lately?

Earlier this week Jerome Burg, the founder of Google Lit Trips, announced that Google Lit Trips is now a 501c non-profit organization. Google Lit …

The Role of PBL in Making the Shift to Common Core

<i>Editor's note: John Larmer, Editor in Chief at the Buck Institute for Education (BIE), contributed to this post.</i><p>The Common Core has embedded within …

'Small typo' mars teacher evaluations

A single missing suffix among thousands of lines of programming code led a public school teacher in Washington, D.C., to be erroneously fired for incompetence, three teachers to miss out on $15,000 bonuses and 40 others to receive inaccurate job evaluations.<p>The miscalculation has raised alarms …