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Google introduces Docs templates 'designed by experts'

Part of the big update to Google Docs back in September was the introduction of new and useful templates to help users of the service start up common types of documents quickly. The company has now taken that one step further, announcing today that it has created new templates ‘designed by experts’ …

Hit rewind: Coaching teachers virtually

Nothing in Linda Liptrap’s teacher training prepared her for the pencil onslaught. In 2013, as a novice math teacher at Callaghan Elementary in rural …

Teaching

Eight technologies that are changing education

From real-time tracking systems that enable parents to follow their children’s progress in school to plagiarism alerts in universities, technology is …

Education Technology

WriteLab, a roboreader that helps students improve their writing.

For decades, a stubborn truth has dogged efforts to create automated writing assessment tools, aka roboreaders: Computers are stupid. True, their …

Education

How MLK Day Became a Holiday

Celebrating Martin Luther King Jr. Day is no long-standing tradition. The holiday is a little more than three decades old, and its establishment was …

Black History

The concept of different “learning styles” is one of the greatest neuroscience myths

Are you a visual learner who writes notes in a rainbow of different colors, or do you have to read something aloud before it will sink it? Chances are, you’ve been asked a similar question at some point in your life, and believe the concept of different “learning styles” is perfectly valid. But, as …

Pedagogy

Sound Like a Leader With These 5 Simple Sentence Starters

What you say at work directly impacts what others think about your leadership potential.<p>You're not sure if others see your leadership potential at work, and you don't know why. You work hard. You have the skills. You follow the rules, but you still haven't been recognized for your contributions. …

Leadership

A former Google exec explains how he evaluates his senior leadership team

On a recent Monday morning, I was preparing for my weekly staff meeting. Item #1 on the agenda was a discussion about an upcoming review cycle, where everybody at Upstart would receive a performance score based on feedback from their peers and manager.<p>Though I had yet to begin the process of …

5 EdTech Tools to Try - Teacher Tech

The tool does not increase student engagement or increase student learning. How the teacher uses the tool and designs the learning environment makes …

Education Technology

Beyond the Silver Bullet: Making 1:1 Matter

By Eric PatnoudesTechnologies will have little to no impact on learning if teachers are not also provided with training and professional development.

This Solution To Poverty In Slums Needs To Be Rapidly Replicated

The townships in South Africa are some of the largest slums in the world.<p>“The odds are stacked against children growing up in Port Elizabeth’s townships. Abject poverty, particularly amongst the country’s black population, is pervasive,” explains Jacob Lief, Co-founder and CEO of Ubuntu Education …

How Social Entrepreneurs Change The World

Who is a social entrepreneur? In their new book, <i>Getting Beyond Better: How Social Entrepreneurship Works</i> (HBRP, 2015) Roger Martin and Sally Osberg offer some surprising answers.<p>Neither Mother Teresa nor Martin Luther King Jr. makes the cut, but “Robber Baron” Andrew Carnegie does.<p>The book in fact …

TPP: The Path To Global Fragmentation

The Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal is another nail in the coffin of a multilateral global trade system that brought the world together in the past six decades<p>In my column last month for The Straits Times (“When there’s no happily ever after to trade talks“), I quoted from a 1996 speech by the …

10 Must Read Books for Every Teacher

October , 2015<br>As life-long learners, teachers are continuously learning to improve their teaching practice and expand their knowledge base. …

Are Bosses Necessary?

A radical experiment at Zappos may herald the emergence of a new, more democratic kind of organization.<p>Deeply strange reports have been emerging from the Las Vegas headquarters of Zappos, until recently the world’s happiest shoe store. This spring, by order of the CEO, Tony Hsieh, the company …

The Seven Laws Of Open Source Leadership

US President Barack Obama, the manager of the English soccer team and Oracle’s Larry Ellison are, of course, all leaders… in the traditional sense. Even as a piece of terminology we naturally associate ‘leadership’ with words like governorship, authority, dominion and hegemony.<p>But the world has …

How to Combine Rigor with Engagement - Educational Leadership

Although we have no definitive answers, our research at more than 30 leading U.S. schools has enabled us to identify a set of important patterns and …

Pedagogy

22 Powerful Alternatives to "You're Smart!"

Much has been written about the detriments of praise in recent years, particularly the kind that focuses on inherent intelligence.<p>It was Carol Dweck …

Reframing Negative Experiences: 6 Questions that Help Kids Learn from Failure

When students reflect in order to reframe negative experiences, they find themselves better able to learn from failure and eventually move beyond …

11 Design Tips for Beautiful Presentations

If you’re looking to get the highest fidelity custom design for your presentation, look no further than our sister agency Column Five.<p>Presentations …

Public Speaking

This May Be The Most Effective Anti-Poverty Program In America

NEW BRITAIN, Connecticut -- Luisa Cintron, 25, is sitting up as straight as she can, perched on the edge of the neatly made bed that doubles as a couch inside her dimly lit apartment. She is wearing a sweater and slacks, talking about the government program that she says changed her life, and …

Can black English help black children learn better? One educator believes so

Using a computer to help students learn subjects like science and math sounds like it would be far from the controversial thicket of racial politics, …

Language

From barbers to coders – entrepreneurs in their 20s are open to risk

Photograph: PR<p>Hugh Collins and Ross Targett are seeing demand for platforms like Code Kingdoms soar.<p>276<p>http://static.guim.co.uk/sys-images/Guardian/Pix/pictures/2015/7/28/1438082958441/e128acee-c1a6-4f2b-9f7d-53db6b2b1681-460x276.jpeg<p>460<p>Photograph: PR<p>Hugh Collins and Ross Targett are seeing demand …

Entrepreneurship

Here Is Another Great Drive Tool for Math Teachers

August 3, 2015<br>Here is another great Drive tool for math teachers we want to bring to your attention. Wizkids CAS is an add-on that allows you to plot …

Education Technology

If School Leaders Don't Get It, It's Not Going to Happen

Schools across the country are plagued by a bunker mentality when it comes to leadership. Conformity, compliance, maintaining the status quo, and enforcing rules reign supreme. In the end it all comes down to the actions of leaders. So the other day I tweeted out this comment, "I am amazed each day …

The New IQ: Integrative Intelligence

On a recent flight home from Silicon Valley, I was lost in thought about innovation-rich cultures. Too often we think heroic inventors like Steve Jobs or Thomas Edison solely drive big breakthroughs. We create myths about inventive leaders, turning them into icons. In Steven Johnson’s great book on …

Innovation

The Impact of Enhancing Students’ Social and Emotional Learning: A Meta‐Analysis of School‐Based Universal Interventions - Durlak - 2011 - Child Development

Margaret McAllister, Bruce Allen Knight, Penelope Hasking, Cathie Withyman and Jessica Dawkins, Building resilience in regional youth: Impacts of a …

Google's latest experiment brings new superpowers to Chrome browsers

Google's latest experiment might be the coolest Chrome extension we've seen yet.<p>Tone, the company's newest homegrown browser add-on, uses sound to …

Software

4 Fundamental Problems With Everything You Hear About The Future Of Education

Education conferences are like church. Therefore, I must be devout. I attend at least one education conference a month. And although I do enjoy these gatherings—and I will continue to speak at, participate in, and live tweet these events—I also need to be honest: sometimes they feel more like …