Opinion

Educational innovations need more funding

High-tech plus high-touch equals high cost, an equation that has some Mead SD educators looking for extraordinary solutions. The Washington district’s Riverpoint Academy combines computer-based instruction with hands-on manufacturing. Keeping up with the latest technology is challenging, however, as few of the necessary tools on Director Dan Butler's wish list come cheap.

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Coding clubs point to new direction in public schools

Thanks to a new program adopted by the Jackson-Madison County school system in Tennessee, 80 students have signed up for coding clubs that will help them get in on the ground floor of this high-tech trend. The program could give them a leg up for post-secondary education and, hopefully, help them land a good job after graduation.

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Why tablets are so much better than textbooks

Business Insider got a chance to tour the Amplify offices in Brooklyn and chat with CEO Joel Klein, as well as some of the company's software engineers and designers. What they uncovered were collaborative learning apps, data analysis, and games that give students access to everything from dramatic readings of famous books to an expansive network of math problems.

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iPad use out of sync with LA charter school's philosophy

Ocean Charter, a Westside school based on the Waldorf educational philosophy, which bans plastic toys, is part of the much-debated $1-billion effort to provide an iPad to every student and teacher in the Los Angeles USD.

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Digital learning can boost R.I. schools

If the United States is to prepare its students for success in the modern technology-driven world, more classrooms—in both Rhode Island and the whole nation—need to embrace higher learning outcomes for students made possible by integrating modern technology and quality teaching to create robust digital learning.

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Is online learning transforming education?

In his recent book, Transformation Education, Ron Packard says that brick-and-mortar schools will still exist, but individualized learning will be at the center, with engaging interactive content rather than a series of chalk-and-textbook, grade-delineated classrooms.

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Online classes fall short when It comes to physics

Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory is trying to do what Khan Academy, MIT OpenCourseWare, iTunes U, and even Phet Interactive Simulations cannot—let students interact with a real physical experiment.

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Buffalo can lead the way on STEM education

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s support for turning the Buffalo Niagara region into a hub for nanotechnology is expected to bring more job opportunities into the region. However, the issue of educating qualified individuals for these high-tech jobs remains mostly unanswered.

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How I talk to my high-school students about the internet

History teacher David Cutler writes that discussing former New York Congressman Anthony Weiner’s sexting scandal with seniors in his United States government course made students examine their own use of social media.

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From CIO to CUXO: Chief user experience officer

The chief information officer's role will become less about developing and maintaining highly customized applications and more about creating a seamless experience across generic cloud apps.

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