21st-century learning

Pilot program introduces female students to technology

A new pilot program aims to address the lack of women in technology fields by starting early. The AspireIT program, from the nonprofit National Center for Women & Information Technology, pairs female high school and college students with K12 education organizations, such as ISTE and The College Board, to run computing outreach programs for middle school girls.

Crowdsourcing ideas for a better school

In my previous life as a high school English teacher, I often felt disconnected from everyone making the decisions that affected how I did my job. But crowdsourcing tools are slowly working their way into the education policy world, designed to give teachers and district employees more say on big decisions that affect their school environment.

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AASL announces inaugural list of best apps for teaching & learning

The American Association of School Librarians’ inaugural list of 25 best apps for teaching and learning has five categories: books; STEM; organization and management; social sciences, and content creation.

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New school technology a challenge we must address

The issue of where Jackson-Madison County (Tenn.) schools and other public school systems should be going with education technology is a hot topic these days. While the outcome for school systems is hard to predict, there are real-world lessons that Tennessee's school officials and public education funding bodies can learn from.

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Common Core could save our schools and our economy

America's public K-12 education system isn't making the grade.

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Students need the proper tools

Every student who does not have access to some form of a computer falls behind every day. Schools must prepare students for the future economy by providing them with the necessary technology today.

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Managing resistance to change

Change is hard. Trying new things engages a fear of the unknown that makes most people uncomfortable. Here, Liz B. Davis, director of education technology at Belmont Hill School (Boston, Mass.), discusses ways she has found success managing resistance to change.

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Warren School parents want public hearing for blended classroom

Parents of students who attend Warren School in Litchfield, Conn., came out in force to the Region 6 Board of Education meeting to dispute a blended first- and second-grade classroom that will be implemented next year.

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D.C. schools give blended learning a try

Blended learning is a teaching method that has long been used in private schools and college classrooms, but only in recent years has it been trending in public K12 classrooms.

The academic results for young people in public grade schools are still up in the air, but for now that’s OK.

Indeed, that students who attend a public school in an impoverished section of the District are using computers on a daily basis proves school officials, principals and students are moving in the right direction.

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Online curriculum increases options for Arizona students

With the new school year approaching, many Arizona school districts are flaunting the success their busy, on-the-go, technology-wielding students have had with online curricula, such as the Mesa Distance Learning Program.

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