21st-century learning

Racing the iPad in K12 Education

In the move to 1:1 computing, school district leaders are increasingly looking for alternatives to traditional PCs and laptops, and for many districts, the go-to device is the iPad. But now, for a growing roster of Apple competitors, the time has come to give the iPad a run for its money.

Benchmark Your District's Progress Toward 21st Century Education Goals

School district administrators from across the country are participating in the Software and Information Industry Association’s 6th annual Vision K20 Survey. Administrators participating in the survey can benchmark progress toward 21st century education goals.

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Innovative Technologies for Seamless Blended Learning Integration

Looking at the wide set of new learning opportunities from the point of view of the professionals, the speed of change and the increased demand of flexibility in being able to build knowledge and to adapt themselves to new forms of collaboration and work, the capability of successfully exploiting the increasing variety and accessibility of learning occasions and resources, becomes a crucial issue.

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Flip Your Students' Learning

When educators hear the terms flipped classroom and flipped learning, typically the first thing they think of is a teacher-created video that students watch at home, as though that were the essential ingredient. It's not. It's about how to best use in-class time with students.

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South Carolina District Raises $190,000 for Computer Initiative

Rock Hill (S.C.) schools’ goal of putting a computer in the hands of every student would be a life changer – not only for students, but for businesses and the community at large, says Mark Edwards, superintendent of Mooresville (N.C.) Graded School District and the national school superintendent of the year.

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Jewish Education Goes High Tech

A new start-up uses 21st-century technologies to make ancient values relatable and dynamic. To the glut of products and solutions comes a promising one geared specifically to Jewish educators: ShalomLearning.

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N.Y. Company Releases Amplify Tablet Just for Schools

A New York-based educational technology startup today released an Android-powered touchscreen tablet designed for kids both to take to school and bring home. For sale only to schools for now, the Amplify tablet comes pre-loaded with virtually everything a student will encounter during the school day, including all the textbooks, lessons, tests and e-books she might be assigned, and gives teachers the ability to both monitor and control what students do with the device.

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The Education-Technology Revolution Is Here

Higher education is the next bubble. Facebook will replace classroom instruction. Textbooks will go away, and some colleges will, too. In other words, everything is going to change. Or, at least, that's the talk we in education and technology regularly hear these days. It sounds exciting—and, to some, scary. Is all the talk just hype? Or are we really starting to see the beginnings of major change?

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Promising Practices in K12 Online Learning

Promising Practices is a series of six white papers written for the International Association for K-12 Online Learning (iNACOL). Topics are: Blended learning; using online learning for credit recovery and at-risk students; socialization in online learning; operations and management; policy and funding; and a parents' guide to online learning.

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Library Spaces for 21st-Century Learners

The American Association of School Librarians added to its series of Learning4Life publications with the release of “Library Spaces for 21st-Century Learners: A Planning Guide for Creating New School Library Concepts.” Written by Margaret (Peg) Sullivan, the book focuses on planning contemporary school library spaces with user-based design strategies.

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