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5 steps to becoming conversationally fluent in Spanish

Spanish is the language that started off my lifelong obsession with language learning, so it holds a special place in my heart. Thanks to Spanish I …

Language Learning

Some Very Good Google Forms Tools for Teachers

May 31, 2015<br>Google Forms is one of the versatile tools we use for a wide variety of instructional purposes. From creating survey forms to designing …

Education Technology

Teachers Starter Kit for Creating Interactive eBooks Using iBooks Author

May 21, 2015<br>iBook Author is an awesome free app that allows users to easily create stunning multi-touch textbooks for iPad. It provides all the tools …

Education Technology

Create Professionally Looking Posters for Your Class Using Lucidpress

May 21, 2015<br>A few months ago we posted here a list of some powerful web tools to use for creating educational flyers and posters. Today, we were …

Kids perform better at schools that ban phones, study says

Technically Incorrect: A UK study suggests that schoolkids' performance significantly improves when they can't get hold of a phone at school. It also showed that low-achieving students improved the most.<p><i>Technically Incorrect offers a slightly twisted take on the tech that's taken over our …

3 reasons why Finland is first for education

Finland at the top of the class again? Finnish people will be sceptical: How can this country fare so well in spite of a deep economic recession and …

FACT CHECK: Myths in the political roar over Common Core

ATLANTA (AP) — In the political uproar over Common Core, various myths are peddled as fact.<p>Do the learning standards really mean the federal …

Education

This District Is Trying To Improve Student Achievement By Making Kids Feel Good About Themselves

Students who distract peers with stories and jokes aren’t labeled “class clowns” at Ducketts Lane Elementary School in Maryland. Instead, they’re lauded for having “presence.”<p>And when parents and students meet with teachers to discuss student progress, teachers rarely focus on students’ …

Digital Natives, Yet Strangers to the Web

Today's schools are focusing on boosting kids’ technological proficiency and warning them about the perils of the web. But something critical is missing from this education.<p>When Reuben Loewy took up his first teaching gig in 2012, he had a major revelation: The digital revolution has dramatically …

Colleges not ready for 'college ready' Common Core

The standards are supposed to get students ready for college. But the schools don’t seem ready for them.<p>The Common Core standards are supposed to get students ready for college.<p>But colleges don’t seem ready for them.<p>Five years after states across the nation began to adopt the Common Core, colleges …

Education

Finnish Education Chief: 'We Created a School System Based on Equality'

An interview with the country's minister of education, Krista Kiuru<p>Finnish education often seems paradoxical to outside observers because it appears to break a lot of the rules we take for granted. Finnish children don’t begin school until age 7. They have more recess, shorter school hours than …

'I Don't Want My Children to Go to College'

The president of Buzzfeed recently questioned the value of a traditional college education when so much information is available online. But for students from disadvantaged backgrounds, learning in person, alongside peers, remains essential.<p>In my classroom at the community college where I teach, …

I Will Not Check My Son's Grades Online Five Times a Day

More and more schools are adopting student information software, allowing millions of parents to monitor their kids' attendance and academic progress. But should they?<p>Last week I received a letter from my son's high school that started like this:<p>Dear Parent/Guardian,PowerSchool, our student …

Why It's Time to Stop Talking And Start Acting to Make Change

Schools aren't good at innovation, said Grant Lichtman in a TEDx talk given to teachers in Denver. They are big, bureaucratic, risk averse and …

It Only Takes About 42 Minutes To Learn Algebra With Video Games

On average, it took 41 minutes and 44 seconds for students to master Algebra skills during the Washington State Algebra Challenge using the DragonBox App.<p>The Challenge, co-sponsored by Washington University’s Center for Game Science and the Technology Alliance included 4,192 K-12 students. …

Are MOOCs An Extension of Academic Publishing into Teaching?

Over the past few months, there has been a growing backlash against MOOCs. If you aren’t familiar with the term, massive open online courses — …

Higher Education

Why We Ignore the Biggest Problem in Education

It is an indisputable fact that if children showed up on day one of first grade smarter, better behaved, and with stable mental health, schools would function better. It would be better for these kids, the other kids in their classroom, and the teachers.<p>Lifetime success is greatly influenced by the …

Coursera partners with state universities to bring online education to millions

Coursera just announced a partnership with some of the largest state universities in a bid to bring online education to millions of students.<p>The online education provider has teamed up with 10 state university systems and public university flagships, including the State University of New York …

Solving Our Cheating Problem in Schools

You've probably read that cheating in both high schools and universities has reached an epidemic level. Recently, 125 students at Harvard were investigated for cheating on an exam. Most got suspended. It was the highest number of students punished for cheating to date. But it's likely just the …

Why High-School Rankings Are Meaningless—and Harmful

How much value can there be in an index that rates thousands of schools? When it reinforces the worst tendencies in our education system, not much.<p>Jim Young/Reuters<p>Over the past month or so, in newspapers and local-news websites all around the country, public high schools and school districts have …

College Is Going Online, Whether We Like It Or Not

Skittish college professors won't stop the digital disruption of higher education.<p>(Reuters)<p>The United States has a problem: rapidly rising student debt. It also has a solution: online education. The primary reason for spiraling student debt is the soaring costs of a college education at a physical …

A New Role for Avatars: Learning Languages

That reality is now here - and while Second Life and Language Lab are meant for the language learner at home on her laptop, what about using digital …

A brief history of Pearson’s problems with testing

A few days ago I wrote a post about how Pearson, the world’s largest education company, was forced to apologize for making errors in its scoring of assessments for entry into gifted-and-talented programs in New York City public schools. I noted that it was hardly the only time Pearson has had …

The Coming Revolution in Public Education

Why the current wave of reforms, with its heavy emphasis on standardized tests, may actually be harming students<p>Defendants in Atlanta's school cheating scandal turn themselves in. (David Goldman/AP)<p>It's always hard to tell for sure exactly when a revolution starts. Is it when a few discontented …

A Warning to Young People: Don't Become a Teacher

Nothing I have ever done has brought me as much joy as I have received from teaching children how to write the past 14 years. Helping young writers grow and mature has been richly rewarding and I would not trade my experiences for anything.<p>That being said, if I were 18 years old and deciding how I …

Let's Set a National Standard for Our Students—a Really Low One

We're not going to hit the No Child Left Behind goals just yet. But what if every high schooler had to pass the citizenship test we give to immigrants?<p>Carlos Osorio/AP<p>When the alarm is sounded over the poor performance of our schools, we usually hear about children's baleful performance in reading, …