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Education Secretary Betsy DeVos’s controversial 60 Minutes interview, explained

She keeps giving her critics reasons to question her competence.<p>The fallout from Betsy DeVos’s disastrous media tour continues — and the secretary of education and her staff are making it worse.<p>To recap: DeVos sat down with Lesley Stahl of <i>60 Minutes</i> for an interview that aired Sunday, in which the …

Gender equality paradox: fewer women in developed nations go after STEM degrees

The reason why reveals a near-universal difference in the academic strengths of each sex.<br>Read More

Paradoxes

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 …

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 …

University of Chicago

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, …

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

I am still a teacher because I still believe. I still believe in education. I still believe in our children. I still believe in our future. I still …

Homework When Students Are Ready For It!

Students should not be required to be their own teachers outside of class (the keyword here is "required"). Instead, homework needs to be designed …

Teaching

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 …

Parents May Devote More Teaching Time to Girls Than to Boys

"So, this would be, 'How often do you read with your child?' or 'Do you teach them the alphabet or numbers?' " Baker says. "Systematically parents …

Game On: Physics Teacher Creates World of Classcraft

Gain 1000 hit points, and a student wins a power point that can be traded for certain powers. The more power points a student gains, the better power …

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 …

Play

“The sky belongs to everyone,” said Mary Dussault, a science education program manager at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics in Boston, …

New Research Asks: Does Blended Learning Boost Algebra Scores?

For the study, participating schools were given access to the software and teachers were trained without any additional supports, just as they would …

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 …

How To Choose A Learning Game

Mechanics are what game designers call the collection of rules and structures that produce the actual game play. The mechanics organize the game’s …

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 American Academy of Pediatrics declared the chronic sleepiness of our nation's teenagers a public health issue in a policy statement Monday. And to help fix …

High School

Finding Solutions for Tech Troubles In Schools

“One of the reasons we want to identify best practices and vendor neutral resources is because districts don’t have resources to hire consultants for …

Tablets fall out of favour in NSW classrooms

“We’ve made a conscious decision to move to laptops in the senior year. iPads have limited use in certain fields of curriculum.”<p>“We found that iPads …

Education Technology

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 …

Bigger Gains for Students Who Don't Get Help Solving Problems

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

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

The students built multiple designs using rods, gears and wheels to determine which worked best. They also developed a company name, car name and …