Betsy Corcoran

How to Move From Digital Substitution to ‘Deeper Learning’

Replacing VHS tapes with YouTube clips is probably not the ideal version of moving a classroom into the 21st century.While that type of digital substitution may tick the boxes of education technology frameworks like SAMR, it doesn’t always provide an opportunity for deep thinking and real-world learning. So how do teachers actually create meaningful work and allow students real agency in a 21st century classroom?

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How Can School Leaders Personalize Learning? New Book Offers a Guide.

Personalized learning has been an education buzzword for several years. A recent survey of by the state education technology directors association, or SETDA, put personalized learning at the top of the list of state priorities. But what does personalized learning actually mean, and how can school leaders do it?

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How Google’s Former China Chief Thinks AI Will Reshape Teaching

Artificial intelligence promises to have a dramatic—and yes, disruptive—effect on U.S. education and jobs in the next decade. But that technology won’t be entirely homegrown: Chinese companies, particularly those building products or services laced with the machine learning algorithms, are increasingly playing a role in the tools that we call “AI.” There are few that understand what these forces mean for the world—and for education and learning—better than Kai-Fu Lee.

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What You Can Expect from EdSurge in 2019

EdSurge is redefining its mission.Eight years ago, we started EdSurge to bridge the emerging communities of edtech developers and users. Using digital technology to deliver curriculum, support professional development and myriad other uses seemed novel; educators who tried them were pioneers.

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CodeMonkey Acquired by TAL Education Group

BEIJING – CodeMonkey caught more than a few bananas today.An educational coding platform for grade school students with the cheeky tagline, “Write code. Catch bananas. Save the world” said today that it has been acquired by Beijing-based TAL Education Group.

New Book Looks for 'Timeless' Approach to Rethinking Schools

The key to reforming schools is imagination—and bringing the spirit of shows like The Jetsons or Star Trek to school design. That means throwing out all preconceptions and revisioning how school could be designed for today’s needs.That’s the argument made in a new book, “Timeless Learning: How Imagination, Observation, and Zero-Based Thinking Change Schools.”

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Edtech Incubators are Fading. Here’s What Will Replace Them.

Edtech startup incubators? That’s so 2010.That’s the conclusion reached by Barbara (“Bobbi”) Kurshan, a long-time veteran of the education technology world.

Has ‘Shift’ Happened? Revisiting a Viral Video From 2008

About 10 years ago, a short video called Shift Happens went viral, providing a wake-up call to educators that their students would enter a very different world once they left the classroom and entered the workforce.The video presented a series of surprising statistics set to music, including:

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Summit Schools to Spin Out Learning Program

Summit Public Schools, which over the past four years has led the creation of the “Summit Learning Program” currently used by more than 380 schools around the U.S., said today that it will spin out that program into an independent nonprofit as of the 2019-2020 school year.

Education’s Latest Secret Trend: Networking

It's kind of an irony that schools are in the business of delivering education, but as an entity, schools themselves don't know how to get better.
Lydia Dobyns, CEO, New Tech NetworkHow good are schools at learning? Can they get better? As a culture, we worry a lot about student learning. But students don’t learn in a vacuum: Most are part of organizations (namely schools) that involve adults who also are engaged in learning, both individually and collectively. So what could help them learn?

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