Debating the wisest use of technology in the classroom
As we sober up from the tech-infused party of the past 20 years, we should think about what should come first in our schools: shaping not just our students’ ability to persevere and solve difficult problems but also their character—their empathic connection with others, their capacity to see our shared humanity, and their ability to problem solve with others for a common good.
The emerging generation of educational technology has the power to accelerate learning productivity in ways we can scarcely imagine. If we can ensure that students are connected to it through the help of teachers, a natural balance between online and offline experiences will develop.
Can machine learning unlock the keys to great teaching?
Ten tips for school districts from an industry insider
The New York Times ran an interminable front-page piece on Sunday raising doubts about the ethics and propriety of teachers who promote commercial products.
Step into any college lecture and you’ll find a sea of students with laptops and tablets open, typing as the professor speaks.
The editors of the Economist lay down several key precepts that are very much worth keeping in mind as we move forward.
How classroom computer use affects student learning
For those concerned, I want to offer some words of solace: K–12 public schools are not getting disrupted.
When I observed classrooms and interviewed teachers and administrators, the thing that stood out was high-quality teaching practices, inspired and supported by effective school leadership.
Online courses for college students can improve access, yet they also are challenging, especially for the least well-prepared students.
Here are a few reasons why blended learning may not live up to its time-saving potential.
In this video from Business Insider, former Google executive Max Ventilla talks about why he founded AltSchool.
Can a buzzword deliver on its promise?
Teachers tend to rely on their colleagues for advice. That’s understandable, but it means that teachers have little assurance of a product’s effectiveness.
Imagine an ideal world in which all student data flows seamlessly and securely between software applications:
It can be tempting for many to talk about equity as a byproduct of personalized and blended learning, but we need to push on that assumption.
What should schools look like in order to succeed with blended learning? Marty West talks with Larry Kearns about how he and his team designed two charter schools to support their blended learning models.
Innovative design supports blended learning
Teachers need resources like this to help them transition successfully to the student-centered learning practices that blended learning enables.
A new philanthropy’s competition to reinvent high school
Can micro-schools break out of an elite niche?
Platforms, projects, wraparound services and assessments will all be in the news.
We can’t expect teachers to reach every single student effectively at scale without somehow reconfiguring teachers’ existing workloads.