Opinion

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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Blended learning is best for Newark charter school students

For a number of years, educators in both district and charter settings around the country have been leveraging advances in online-learning technologies to move toward blended-learning environments in their brick-and-mortar classrooms and schools to improve the educational opportunities for all children. An ongoing lawsuit in New Jersey, however, is attempting to reverse this trend.

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Why P-TECH High School in Brooklyn may be future of U.S. economy

It’s a three-year-old school with only about 300 students, but Pathways in Technology Early College High School, or P-TECH, is being called, by a very highly-placed source, the future of America’s presence in the global economy. That source is none other than President Barack Obama.

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Schools must better balance technology and privacy rights

One side to the technology debate revolves around storage of the copious amounts of data collected by schools, districts, and state education departments. So much data is floating around that districts across the U.S. have turned to private companies to store information in the cloud. These companies protect files with high-level encryption, but still, privacy rights advocates are challenging districts that rely on third parties to store data outside of schools.

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