21st-century learning

Boston School Officials Propose Converting Marshall Elementary into Charter School

Boston school officials announced today that they intend to tap an education-management company to convert the Marshall Elementary School in Dorchester into a charter school next fall, under a proposal to boost student achievement at the academically struggling school.

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Clever Raises $3M Seed to Turn on Technology in Schools

After years of neglect, education is a hot area of interest for technology startups. Y Combinator is the latest startup in this space.

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Educators Use iPad as Teaching Tool

Julie Garcia handed Apple iPads to students in her seventh-grade pre-algebra class on a recent morning before showing the pupils how to use the tablet to graph data, hunt for correlations and record how-to videos.

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Understanding the Implications of Online Learning

Recent estimates suggest that 1.5 million elementary and secondary students participated in some form of online learning in 2010 (Wicks 2010).

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Brookline (Mass.) School Wins Grant for Robot Invention

Brookline-based Beaver Country Day School has been awarded a Lemelson-MIT InvenTeam grant of $10,000 to create an automated robotic vehicular independence system that can carry up to 50 pounds for wheelchair-bound individuals or those needing hands-free help to transport cargo. Called JARVIS, students will showcase their prototype at EurekaFest at MIT in June.

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iPads (and tablets) in K12: When Will We Get it Together?

An interview with John Martellaro over at The Mac Observer, an Apple focused e-zine, has Christopher Dawson of ZDnet Education thinking ... why can't we get this right?

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Adaptive Math Helps Md. District Transition to Common Core

As districts across the country adopt the Common Core math standards, many district math coordinators are looking for effective tools to help their students transition to the new curriculum.

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Education Can Change a Family's Destiny

On Sept. 20, Jaime Casap, senior education evangelist at Google, Inc., gave the keynote presentation at the District Administration Leadership Institute Summit at the Pointe Hilton Tapatio Cliffs Resort in Phoenix, Ariz. Casap had the audience thinking about the meaning of true educational vision and where we need to be in the future with regard to creating a learning environment that brings out the best in every child. A summary of his keynote is below.

Futuristic Rocketship Schools Redefine Teaching

So far the results are promising: Rocketship students score among the top performers on standardized tests.

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What We Can Learn from Finland's Education System

We've all heard plenty about how students in several Asian nations continually outperform their U.S. counterparts on international tests for science, reading, and — especially — math. There is only one Western nation near the top of those rankings year after year, and Finland is an intriguing case.

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