Opinion

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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iPad buyers wrong in thinking high tech yields better education

School boards are sometimes attracted to shiny things—like iPads. The district claims it wants to close the technology gap, but Corvallis, Ore., isn’t particularly resource-lacking. Most students have the basic resources available for homework and research, and students who don’t have access can utilize not only school computers but also library technology.

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Technology will not replace teachers

Teachers, administrators, parents, and students alike are being told that technology is the whetstone with which we can all sharpen our education system. Technology can open doors, expand minds, and change the world, but it's not the panacea it's been made out to be. As much innovation as the iPad may bring to the classroom, it's not going to replace a teacher anytime soon.

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Cyberschool taxpayers stuck with legal fees?

Due to an ongoing investigation and criminal charges filed against its founder, the Pennsylvania Cyber Charter School spent nearly half a million dollars on legal fees in the past year. That’s bad news for the taxpayers all across Pennsylvania, who fund the public school. Even worse is the realization that any repayment to the school might not come for a long time, if ever.

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