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Popplet in the Classroom and Setting Up a Global Online Community: An Interview with Kinderchat Co-Founder Heidi Echternacht

<b>It still surprises us that Popplet has as much of an eager following amongst kindergarten students as it does amongst creative professionals and</b> …

10 Ways to Get Inspiration as a Programmer

Sometimes I fall into the trap of <i>reading</i> about programming and not <i>programming</i>. I can’t always find an interesting project to work on, even though I …

Spotlight on Professional Learning in the Common-Core Era - Education Week

Almost half said in a survey they weren't ready to teach the standards, especially to students considered at-risk and those with special …

What Teachers Can Learn from Students' E-learning Likes and Dislikes

There is sometimes a tendency to assume that all students will love education technology and e-learning – after all, students love computers, the …

A Challenge to Doubters: Do Something Impossible

And so when it comes to digital technology, folks say to themselves: "I've heard all that before. I've heard about how computers are going to change …

5 ways you're blowing your kid's college fund

College keeps getting more expensive. That should surprise no one.<p>Between 2001 and 2012, tuition and fees at private colleges rose by an average of …

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Mobile devices in EFL: What do students think?

What do EFL learners think about working with mobile devices in the classroom? Does it make them more motivated? Do they participate more in class? …

Video Games and Social Emotional Learning

Video Games and Social Emotional Learning<p>A lot of talk, press, and focus in this era of learning is on common core standards and 21st century skills …

What Do All Thought Leaders Have in Common?

David Coleman, the Most Influential Man in U.S. Education?

Joy Resmovits has posted an admiring article about David Coleman, architect of the Common Core standards and now head of the College Board.<p>It tells …

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Taught by Finland - Finnish Education Lessons from an American Teacher

I spoke to Lucy Hockings at the BBC World News about my new book, Teach Like Finland: 33 Simple Strategies for Joyful Classrooms. Enjoy the clip, and …

BAT Founder: Education “Reform” Is a Coup D’Etat

Mark Naison is one of the founders of BAT, the Badass Teachers Association. He says that what is happening to public education today is nothing less …

Google Site Portfolios.....Our 5th Graders Have A New Place To Share Their Learning, Creating, and Voice

When school started a few weeks ago, our 4th and 5th graders also started their Related Arts Student Portfolio Blogs. We are using KidBlog for the …

What Can Martin Luther King, Jr. Teach Us About Our Education System?

I received a note from an outstanding superintendent in a fine suburban district in New York, someone I greatly admire. He is experienced and wise. He has the support of parents, staff, and community. He runs one of the state's best school districts.<p>He wrote of the excitement and joy of the …

Let's not create a cyberbullying panic

Recent stories in the press about teenage cyberbullying and real-world bullying are sickening. It's hard to know how much cyberbullying contributed to her decision to kill herself, but the case of Phoebe Prince brings tears to my eyes. The South Hadley, Mass., 15-year-old was reportedly the brunt …

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Back to School

New Teachers<p>A bit of logistical work in the classroom can help new teachers wrap up for summer—and ease the back to school crunch as well.<p>School …

Two Guys And Some Ipads

Explain Everything is an easy-to-use design, screencasting, and interactive whiteboard tool that lets you annotate, animate, narrate, import, and …

A Map of Education Technology Through 2040 [#Infographic]

What will education look like in the future?<p>Considering that 10 years ago very few students carried smartphones, and tablets didn’t even exist, it’s …

5 Learning Strategies That Make Students Curious

<b>5 Learning Strategies That Make Students Curious</b><p><i>Note this post has been updated from original publishing in February of 2013</i><p>Understanding where …

Come Teach and Learn With Me

I have always been interested in technology. Even as a child, my favourite toys were those that were programmable or involved some sort button …