21st-century learning

Longer school day for 20 NYC middle schools

Twenty New York City middle schools will add an extra 2.5 hours to the school day of 2,000 sixth-graders starting in September, Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott and City Council Speaker Christine Quinn said on Monday.

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Six big tech trends in education to follow

Big data, open content, mobile learning, and digital printing are just some of the big themes represented in this year’s "NMC Horizon Report: 2013 K12 Edition." The report is a collaboration between the New Media Consortium, the Consortium for School Networking, and the International Society for Technology in Education.

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Michigan's Lenawee ISD opens high-tech education showplace

The Lenawee Intermediate School District (Adrian, Mich.) opened the Center for a Sustainable Future, a $4 million, 9,000-square-foot building. The school and its surrounding 75 acres of fields and forests will serve as a living laboratory for the future of agriculture.

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Tech firms call for mandatory computer classes in Massachusetts

Executives from Google Inc., Microsoft Corp., and other leading firms want to require all Massachusetts public schools to teach computer science, so local tech companies don’t have to rely on foreign workers to fill future programming and engineering jobs.

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Participatory learning: Transforming schools with digital media

In today’s blended learning environment, an increasing number of students and teachers have access to technology that extends the educational process well beyond the classroom walls. As part of this trend, school districts across the U.S. are implementing practices and policies that transform learning environments into one of participatory learning for the purpose of improving student outcomes.

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Participatory learning: Transforming schools with digital media

To have successful digital classrooms, we need bandwidth

Across the country, the school year is drawing to a close. Students are taking tests and packing up their backpacks. They are counting down, as they always do, to the last day of class. Though no comparable countdown exists, what is also drawing to a close is the analog era of education.

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Concurrent high school-college program makes sense

Community colleges say their incoming students often aren't ready to take the courses that could prepare them for good jobs in technical fields. Meanwhile, many students can't see themselves heading to a four-year college after high school, and high schools know their diplomas are no longer enough to get graduates good jobs. Maybe if students, high schools, community colleges and technology companies worked together, they could get what they need.

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Girls are being left out of New York City schools' high-tech revolution

Only about one in four students in many of the public schools’ top tech programs is a girl, a statistic that mirrors women’s participation in tech jobs nationwide.

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Expanding evidence approaches for learning in a digital world

This report discusses the promise of sophisticated digital learning systems for collecting and analyzing big data as users interact with digital systems. It proposes that this data can be used by developers and researchers to improve learning systems and to strive to discover more about how people learn.

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