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Classroom design should follow evidence, not architectural fads

The past decade has seen a boom in the construction of trendy buildings with visually appealing interiors in schools and universities. Proponents …

Pedagogy

The Future Of Massively Open Online Courses (MOOCs)

<i>What according to you is the future of MOOCs? originally appeared on Quora:</i> <i>the place to gain and share knowledge, empowering people to learn from others and better understand the world</i>.<p><b>Answer by Deepak Mehta, long time student, on Quora:</b><p>I think MOOCs are the future. There are many inherent …

Higher Education

‘Not a Math Person’: How to Remove Obstacles to Learning Math

Stanford math education professor Jo Boaler spends a lot of time worrying about how math education in the United States traumatizes kids. Recently, a …

Pedagogy

Homework Battles: When Parent Help Negatively Affects Students

Homework has become as much work for parents as it is for kids in many families when parents slog through assignments together with their kids every …

Teaching

How KIPP (and TFA) Went Wrong

The already-underfunded, 90% low-income Oklahoma City Public School System has enough on its plate. Facing $30 million in new reductions, the OKCPS has cut 300 teaching and administrative jobs, with far more cutbacks coming, and its superintendent was abruptly replaced. Perhaps not by coincidence, …

Pre-kindergarten

iPad math app comes with real human tutor

The fifth-grader who just last year was at least one grade behind in math is now a year ahead and helping his classmates. Sebastian Johnson’s grasp and meteoric understanding of math did not happen because of the tutor he met with twice each week.<p>It was, his father Fred said, because of an iPad app …

Mathematics

6 Powerful Chrome Apps for Classroom Management

November 6, 2015<br>For those of you using Chrome in their instruction, below is a collection of some of our favourite extensions to use for classroom …

Education Technology

Why I am Still Banging My Head Against the Whiteboard

Why am I still teaching? Why am I remotely considering the possibility of walking back into those classroom doors and stepping back into the fishbowl …

Homework When Students Are Ready For It!

We all struggle with homework and how to use it. In fact, many have said no to homework for good reason. It's often just busywork, boring, or not …

The Problem With Praising Famous Scientists

Role models portrayed as superhuman don’t always motivate students—instead, they risk discouraging kids who feel they can't live up to the lofty standards.<p>In 1911, Albert Einstein penned a letter to Marie Curie in which he told her to stay strong in the face of extreme personal criticism: “If the …

KQED

By Shankar Vedantam<p>For some years now, teachers and parents have noted something about boys and girls. Starting in elementary school, young girls …

KQED

In creating World of Classcraft, a not-so-subtle nod to the world’s most popular online role-playing game, Quebec-based physics teacher Shawn Young …

The types of leaders we need in education...

What makes a school successful? The principal... the teachers... the students... the parents?<p>Can one individual (or group of individuals) be the …

5 K-12 stories to watch in 2015

3. Philadelphia Education Funding <b></b><p>District funding inequity has been a hot topic as of late, but nowhere is it as pronounced or causing as much of a …

KQED

<b>By Leslie Harris O’Hanlon</b><p>For centuries, people have been blending science with art to create new and imaginative creations. Leonardo di Vinci did …

KQED

As the field of ed-tech has grown, research around the efficacy of technology has been hard to come by. Part of the difficulty is finding accurate …

States Mixed on Waiver Leeway for Teacher Evaluations

More than a third of states with No Child Left Behind Act waivers say they want to take the U.S. Department of Education up on its recent offer to …

Is time travel possible?

Wouldn’t it be great if we could really travel through time?<p>A documentary still in the making is exploring that possibility. Dubbed “A Brief History of Time Travel,” the film will explore the history of time travel, its presence in pop culture, and our obsession with it. The film asks, What makes …

KQED

<i>Part 17 of MindShift’s Guide to Games and Learning</i><p>Many teachers are excited about trying games in the classroom but don’t know where to begin. The …

Do sleepy teens need later school start times? Pediatricians say yes

If you thought trying to get a groggy teenager out of bed in time for school each morning was your own private struggle, you thought wrong.<p>The<p>American Academy of Pediatricsdeclared the chronic sleepiness of our nation's teenagers a public health issue in a policy statement Monday. And to help fix …

Pediatrics

KQED

With the onset of the Common Core State Standards, which teachers are expected to implement next year, and the growth of blended learning, the role …

Tablets fall out of favour in NSW classrooms

Once hailed as the poster child of digital interactive learning, tablets are falling increasingly out of favour in NSW schools after being found to …

Top Mathematics Prize Awarded to a Woman for First Time

A female mathematician has won the most prestigious prize in math for the first time, a hugely symbolic breakthrough for gender equality in one of …

KQED

“Let them eat cake,” said Marie Antoinette. Should teachers, parents, and managers say of the learners in their charge, “Let them struggle”?<p>Allowing …

Teaching

Fifth-graders at St. James Elementary School apply math, science skills with electric car designs

comments<p>Fifth-grade students at St. James Elementary School showed off their new electric vehicles on Tuesday, Feb. 25, as part of a project to teach …

Coding Should Be a Requirement to Be 'College and Career Ready'

Coding is an essential language we should be teaching all of our students. Perhaps, you haven't thought about that lately. Others are. If you think …

Google Docs: Grading Tips Tricks

Google docs has made it possible for me to go paperless. The decision to remove paper from my life has been liberating! Whenever I train teachers, I …

Google Docs