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Can a School's Tech Program Take a Rural Town out of Poverty?

Across the country, 70 percent of schools lack a high-speed Internet connection.<p>PIEDMONT, Alabama—For years, Chasity Tucker got frustrated when she tried to use her home computer for schoolwork. The 17-year-old senior at Piedmont High School in this rural northeastern Alabama town said her computer …

Teachers Easy Guide to Creating Quiz Shows on Google Drive

January 3, 2015<br>Flippity is a powerful web tool that you can use with Google Spreadsheets to perform a variety of tasks. In the last post we published …

Teachers Will Embrace Students’ Smartphone Addiction In 2015

<b>Editor’s note:</b> <i>Joe Mathewson cofounded learning platform Firefly when he was 14.</i><p>These are heady days for education technology. In fact, with big investments in outfits like Everspring and Udemy, I’d say 2014 was the biggest year yet in edtech. However, if you thought that was impressive, you haven’t …

Private schooling myth debunked

For the study, the University of Queensland researchers matched the 2008 and 2010 NAPLAN results of 15,000 year 5 students and 11,000 year 3 students …

'Teacherpreneurs Can Lead Reforms': An Interview With Barnett Berry

<b>This is a special edition of "Classroom Q & A" highlighting an interview I recently did with Barnett Berry about his new book. Look for responses to</b> …

Why do I use social media? – The Reflective Educator

I may be presenting on social media use in education for a group of administrators in month or so, and a discussion I had on Twitter prompted me to …

I got in trouble for Tweeting at work...

I remember the day like it was just yesterday...<p>I'd just finished a meeting with our elementary group leaders and I was on my way home. The meeting …

Adobe source code and customer data stolen in sustained network hack

Theft could give hackers a new way to exploit widely used Acrobat, ColdFusion apps.<p>Adobe said it suffered a sustained compromise of its corporate …

What works in education – Hattie’s list of the greatest effects and why it matters

<i>[UPDATE February 2015: Over the past few years, numerous people have commented on my last paragraph as being an overstated and overheated conclusion,</i> …

U.S. Dept. Of Ed Announces Not One, Not Two, But Three Studies Show NY Performance Pay Generally Makes Things Worse

<i>Three strikes, yer out!</i> <br>The Institute Of Education Sciences has announced that out of three approved studies of a New York performance pay program, …

This Is Why No One Follows You on Twitter

Twitter users often make the decision of whether or not to follow someone in seconds, meaning that you have very little time to impress.<p>We looked …

Developing Good Study Habits

Many students view studying as a chore, and people often put off completing their chores until it is impossible to procrastinate any longer. Creating …

New term, new battle over homework

<b>The long summer holidays are over - bedtime is coming back into line, the first days of term have gone well and everyone has settled back into the rhythm of school. Parents are feeling justifiably relieved - only to find a book bag full of homework to brighten up the weekend.</b><p>"Homework should not be …

Four Essential Principles of Blended Learning

Equally important is to have that same kind of visionary leadership from principals and teachers willing to lead by example in the classroom. A …

Dipping into Social Media in the Classroom

By Katrina Stevens     Sep 18, 2013<p>Image courtesy of Flickr user opensourceway<p>When it comes to using social media in the classroom, educators on …

BlackBerry to Cut 4,500 Jobs, Will Take Nearly $1 Billion Loss

BlackBerry halted trading in stock briefly on Friday before announcing it was cutting 4,500 jobs and taking a loss of $930 million to $960 million in …

How to Make School Better for Boys

Start by acknowledging that boys are languishing while girls are succeeding.<p>I recently appeared on MSNBC’s <i>The Cycle</i> to discuss the new edition of my book <i>The War Against Boys</i>. The four hosts were having none of it. A <i>war</i> on <i>boys</i>? They countered with the wage gap and the prominence of men across the …

Connecting with Students via Twitter

If you have been following my blog for a while you know that I'm a big fan of Twitter. The fact that you have to make your point in 140 characters …

Teacher confidence in using technology

Teacher confidence in using technology is often a problem for schools that are pushing for colleagues to use technology to enhance learning within …

Missing homework, late assignments matter little as Oregon schools grade exclusively on academic mastery

Starting this term, every public school student in Oregon is supposed to be graded solely by whether they have mastered the academic skills covered …

Why Drip-Feeding Content is Crucial for ELearning

When it comes to elearning programs, drip-feeding is all the rage these days. That said, the whole “drip-feed” terminology is new to many people …

Go Ahead, Mess With Texas Instruments

Why educational technologies should be more like graphing calculators and less like iPads. An Object Lesson.<p>Last year, while cleaning out the basement of my childhood home, I discovered a plastic storage bin marked "Calcusoft." Inside were piles of notebooks filled with sketches, storyboards, and …

Schools don’t have to fail: Here’s how we fix education

Our schools imprison kids and undermine their zest for learning. It doesn’t have to be that way. Fix it like this<p>In an earlier Salon article, I described the failure of our educational system, which imprisons children’s bodies and minds and undermines their natural curiosity and zest for learning. …

The Apple Era begins as Microsoft, Google shift to a hardware centric model

Editorial<p>The formerly universal consensus that widely licensed software (like Windows) would always win out over integrated hardware products (like …