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How Teacher-Created Free Online Resources Are Changing the Classroom

Mon, 11 Jul 2016 07:14:50 +0000

Teachers using open educational resources to teach are finding new rewards in the #GoOpen movement.


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New Research Asks: Does Blended Learning Boost Algebra Scores?2965625438_266e481d09_z

Wed, 07 Aug 2013 14:43:21 +0000

A recent report by the RAND Corporation, in partnership with the Department of Education, tries to provide an objective overview of blended learning. RAND conducted a national two-year randomized trial to determine whether a blended learning curriculum developed by Carnegie Learning, Inc. had a positive effect on middle and high school algebra students.


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How to Foster Grit, Tenacity and Perseverance: An Educator’s GuideScreen Shot 2013-02-20 at 11.15.46 AM

Wed, 20 Feb 2013 19:45:47 +0000

How can we best prepare children and adolescents to thrive in the 21st century? This question is at the heart of what every educator attempts to do on a daily basis. Apart from imparting content of knowledge and facts, however, it’s becoming clear that the “noncognitive competencies” known as grit, perseverance, and tenacity are just … Continue reading How to Foster Grit, Tenacity and Perseverance: An Educator’s Guide


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What’s Worth Investing In? How to Decide What Technology You Needcomputers

Thu, 11 Oct 2012 18:19:46 +0000

Lenny Gonzalez The promise of technology in the pursuit of learning is vast — and so are the profits. The SIIA valued the ed-tech market at $7.5 billion. With daily launches of new products promising to solve all manner of problems — from managing classrooms to engaging bored students with interactive content to capturing and … Continue reading What’s Worth Investing In? How to Decide What Technology You Need


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What To Do If Your School Bans Useful Websites

Wed, 03 Oct 2012 13:00:01 +0000

Today is Banned Website Awareness Day, and all across the country, educators are doing their part to raise awareness of how overly restrictive blocking of educational websites affects student learning. The dialogue around filtering must also include bring-your-own-device policies, appropriate use of social media in schools, and overall responsible use of technology in school. Each … Continue reading What To Do If Your School Bans Useful Websites


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Three Goals to Spark Innovation and Collaborationspacepleb

Wed, 09 Nov 2011 18:46:27 +0000

Flickr: Spacepleb It’s been roughly two months since the launch of the Department of Education’s Digital Promise, and though it’s still very early in the process, a few pointed goals are emerging. The main premise behind Digital Promise is to serve as a national center for research to spur innovation that will improve learning through … Continue reading Three Goals to Spark Innovation and Collaboration


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Should a New Tech-Innovation Agency Be Created?cardboard_rocket

Wed, 19 Oct 2011 17:36:14 +0000

Matt Biddulph Today, most of the education world is focusing on how No Child Left Behind might change with the reauthorization of ESEA — the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. But as the Senate Education committee prepares to mark up ESEA, another under-the-radar amendment is also being considered — one that has historical ties to … Continue reading Should a New Tech-Innovation Agency Be Created?


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School Will Change, With or Without Following Rules4337785648_87b22452cf

Wed, 21 Sep 2011 21:07:00 +0000

Flickr:CrunchyFootsteps Public education is, by its very nature, tangled with policy, dependent on rules and regulations set by federal, state, and district mandates. What most students do in school at any given moment has been prescribed by legislation passed years before they — or their parents — entered kindergarten. But things are changing — and … Continue reading School Will Change, With or Without Following Rules


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Four New Initiatives from the Department of EducationScreen shot 2011-06-28 at 2.45.44 PM

Tue, 28 Jun 2011 21:48:56 +0000

“Now is the time,” said Karen Cator, director of education technology at the Department of Education. “We’re at this incredible inflection point as we go from print to digital.” Cator enumerated the ways in which the D.O.E. is helping to make the shift between the print and digital world at the ISTE conference yesterday. 1. … Continue reading Four New Initiatives from the Department of Education Interactive map on data.ed.gov


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What’s the New Narrative in the Education Revolution?DaehyunPark

Wed, 16 Feb 2011 21:18:03 +0000

To Will Richardson, the word “reform” is inadequate in describing what needs to happen in education. “Transformation” is more accurate, and for years, he’s been actively proselytizing the need for a complete restructuring of the public education system. Richardson is now galvanizing his educator peers to send a loud — and just as importantly, clear … Continue reading What’s the New Narrative in the Education Revolution?


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Teachers: Do You Have a Question for Arne Duncan?duncan-400Screen shot 2011-01-26 at 10.02.46 AM

Wed, 26 Jan 2011 18:09:12 +0000

Following last night’s State of the Union address by President Obama, the White House will host a State of the Union Education Roundtable on Thursday, Jan. 27. PBS Teachers has been asked to solicit questions from teachers about the education issues the President raised. A sampling of popular questions will be posed to Secretary of … Continue reading Teachers: Do You Have a Question for Arne Duncan?


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Students’ Own Interests Will Drive the School Day of the Futureyasmin_fMS_school_future_medium

Mon, 24 Jan 2011 21:00:15 +0000

The U.S. Department of Education has a clear vision of what the future school day should be. That’s apparent from my interviews with Karen Cator, the director of education technology. It’s also clearly outlined by the department’s deputy director Steve Midgley. I asked Midgley to spell out his thoughts about the topic. I think if … Continue reading Students’ Own Interests Will Drive the School Day of the Future


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Zeroing in on the Achievement Gapmarcin wicherycator-400

Wed, 22 Dec 2010 01:12:35 +0000

In the final post of the series of interviews, Department of Education’s Karen Cator discusses how the National Education Technology Plan addresses the achievement gap and how the plan squares with Race to the Top. – How is the achievement gap addressed in the National Education Technology Plan? How can technology bring the best education for … Continue reading Zeroing in on the Achievement Gap


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How to Push for Progress? The Key is Tranparencykaterhacator-400

Mon, 20 Dec 2010 23:17:13 +0000

flickr:katerha In the third installment of my interview with Karen Cator, Director of Educational Technology at the Department of Education, we talk about how transparency in the digital age can help to motivate the education community to push for progress. I’ve heard a lot of frustration from the education community about decision-makers either not showing … Continue reading How to Push for Progress? The Key is Tranparency


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