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How Do We Define and Measure "Deeper Learning"?

To deconstruct the definition of deeper learning further, the researchers came up with what they call three domains of competence: <b>cognitive</b>,</b> …

A Tech Tool Designed For Collaboration Online And Offline | MindShift

But Dailey and a team of social studies teachers think they may have found a tool that gives them the flexibility to hold onto best practices they’ve …

Media Literacy: Five Ways Teachers Are Fighting Fake News

As the national attention to fake news and the debate over what to do about it continue, one place many are looking for solutions is in the …

Teaching

Don’t ask which ed tech products work, ask why they work

A new research project aims to figure out why particular ed tech initiatives succeed or fail. Students in a Chicago charter school work on tablets …

There is not one right way #IMMOOC

Why is Innovation in Education Necessary?<p>The conversation with George Couros and Jo Boaler in the IMMOOC live session has had me thinking a lot about …

How Do You Know When A Teaching Strategy Is Most Effective? John Hattie Has An Idea

Untangling education research can often feel overwhelming, which may be why many research-based practices take a long time to show up in real …

Pedagogy

Why Even Young Students Benefit From Connecting Globally

<i>The excerpt below is from the book “Connected From the Start: Global Learning In the Primary Grades,” by Kathy Cassidy, published by Powerful</i> …

Teaching

Google Drive enables commenting on Microsoft Office files

It's not that hard to convert Microsoft Office files into G Suite docs, sheets or slides, so you and your teammates or clients can collaborate via Google Drive. But thing is, it's just so much easier if you don't have to. Now, Google has rolled out a feature that gives you the power to comment …

Software

What Kind of Screen Time Parent Are You? Take This Quiz And Find Out

Almost as soon as they can focus past the end of their noses, babies today are waving at Grandpa on video chat and swiping the screens on all kinds of devices.<p>It's just plain unsettling to watch a baby in a stroller with an iPad. Especially when his mother is looking at her phone at the same …

Parenting

It’s Not Just Teachers: Tech Coaches Must Become Facilitators, Too

The EdSurge Fusion conference back in October surfaced some unexpected “aha” moments for me. The theme was personalized learning and heading into the …

Teaching

Facebook starts polishing its privacy messaging ahead of GDPR

As the May 25 deadline for compliance with the EU’s updated privacy framework fast approaches Facebook is continuing to PR the changes it’s making to try to meet the new data protection standard — and steer away from the specter of fines that can scale as high as 4% of a company’s global …

Teachers Can Learn About Ed Research At The “Learning Zone”

I learned through a tweet by Dylan Wiliam about the Learning Zone.<p>It’s a UK-based site that offers information about education research. Here’s an …

One Gut Check and Four Steps Students Can Apply to Fact-Check Information

Which of these statements seems more trustworthy to you?1) Americans are drowning in a tsunami of ignorance! There is a conspiracy at the highest …

Journalism

Coding as a Literacy for the 21st Century

By Marina Umaschi Bers<p>The idea of teaching coding to children is not new. Back in the late 1960s, my mentor at MIT, Seymour Papert, developed the …

Computer Science

When School Becomes a Game

Adam Avery<p>How can educators get students to be more engaged? Some experts say it's a matter of gamifying the learning experience.<p>Every year, the American Psychological Society talks to Americans about their mental state. In 2013, the topic was stress—and the group found that, of the teenagers who …

MEL Science mixes up VR chemistry lessons for U.K. schools

Virtual reality educational startup MEL Science has created 28 VR chemistry lessons that fit into the curricula of U.K. schools at various grade levels. Each lesson costs $10 on the Google Play store and is compatible with the Google Cardboard and Daydream devices. A one-year license is also …

Teacher Recommended: 50 Favorite Classroom Apps

Educators and students are quickly becoming more comfortable with classroom technology, allowing them to shift from thinking about the technical side …

Education Technology

Are smartphones really making our children sad?

Last week, the children’s commissioner, Anne Longfield, launched a campaign to help parents regulate internet and smartphone use at home. She suggested that the overconsumption of social media was a problem akin to that of junk-food diets. “None of us, as parents, would want our children to eat …

Social Media

The guy responsible for making passwords such a pain now says he was wrong

You're doing it wrong.<p>Mind you, it's not your fault. Security best-practice guidelines going back more than a decade have recommended resetting passwords every 90 days and creating cryptic strings of characters, rather than easy-to-remember words, as the ideal password strategy.<p>But according to a …

Wall Street

Sir Ken Robinson: How to Create a Culture For Valuable Learning

There are still many disagreements about how to improve the education system so that children graduate with the skills and dispositions they will …

Pedagogy

15 Tech Tool Favorites From ISTE 2016

The International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) conference brings together a huge cross section of educators who share a common belief …

Education Technology

Raspberry Pi Online Simulator Now Available On Azure Announces Microsoft

Microsoft has this week announced the availability of a new Raspberry Pi online simulator which has been added to the Azure IoT Hub allowing users to …

Three Brain Teasers to Spur Logical Thinking and Collaboration

There are lots of ways to stretch student thinking and get them talking to each other about ideas. One fun way is through riddles that require …

Teaching

How to Determine if Student Engagement is Leading to Learning

<i>Excerpted from the book, “UnCommon Learning: Creating Schools That Work for Kids,” by Eric Sheninger, published by Corwin, 2015.</i> <b>Engagement Does Not</b> …

Pedagogy

Strategies to Help Students ‘Go Deep’ When Reading Digitally

Students are doing more reading on digital devices than they ever have before. Not only are many teachers using tablets and computers for classroom …

Pedagogy

7 Questions Principals Should Ask When Hiring Future-Ready Teachers

Every year thousands of educators gather for the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) conference eager to learn about the newest …

Teaching

Bad behavior is trending online, inspiring it in real life

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Young children know that name-calling is wrong. Tweens are taught the perils of online bullying and revenge porn: It's …

Social Media

The potential, promise and pitfalls of blended learning in India

Photo: Kim PalmerJAISALMER, India – In a rural desert school, students from this corner of Northwest India sit on the floor, squirming and awaiting …

Are Teachers Becoming Obsolete?

A veteran educator reflects on the personalized-learning trend that’s left him wondering if a computer is more capable of doing his job than he is.<p>Leaving my school building the other day, I had an unexpected realization: Perhaps a computer was a more effective teacher than I currently was. The …

Ed-Tech Skeptic Larry Cuban Finds New Perspective

Larry Cuban impressed by Silicon Valley personalized-learning efforts<p>Few observers have been more skeptical of technology's role in K-12 education …

Education Technology