Stephen Noonoo

Maker Culture Has a ‘Deeply Unsettling’ Gender Problem

Makerspaces may be one of the most exciting elements on any school’s campus. But a lack of focus around culture and gender inclusiveness are stunting its true promise, according to a new report out of Drexel University.

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The One-Teacher, One-Classroom Model Needs an Upgrade. Here’s What’s Next.

Emerging school models are supposed to ease the transition to personalized and blended instruction—or at least make it possible. But new ways of teaching like station rotation and fluid-schedule flex models can hit a snag when they run up against the familiar one-teacher-one-classroom setup. According to the authors of a new report, it’s not schools that need a “rethink” as much as school staffing.

How These 26 Teachers and an Author Are Redefining Today's Student-Centered Classroom

One of Meg Ormiston’s biggest frustrations with education today is how long everything takes to roll out. Pilots drag on for years, technology changes and teachers start to lose enthusiasm. And the students are the ones most impacted.“We can’t wait years because these kids need to get college and career ready, and we’re not doing that by over-scripting lessons,” says Ormiston, a former classroom teacher who now works out of Chicago as a consultant, spending her time speaking, working with schools and writing.

Private Equity Firm Buys Renaissance Learning—and Buys Back MyON

In what’s playing out like a game of edtech musical chairs, digital literacy platform myON is changing hands again—for the third time in 15 months—as part of the just-announced acquisition of its parent company, Renaissance Learning, by private-equity firm Francisco Partners.

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Where Classroom Design Meets Design Thinking

When educators first consider redesigning learning spaces, they might immediately conjure up mental images of free-flowing Starbucks lounges or something out of the Cult of Pedagogy blog’s Classroom Eye Candy series. Yet the impulse to tackle aesthetics first is often premature, according to Rebecca Hare, who teaches art and design in St.

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What to Know About the $29M DonorsChoose Gift That's Making Teachers Very Happy

On Tuesday night, Chicago teacher Amani Ghusein stayed up late to watch TV. She had heard there might be a special announcement relating to one of her favorite education websites, DonorsChoose.org, and was curious to know more.She was glad she did.

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Sir Ken Robinson’s Next Act: You Are the System and You Can Change Education

Sir Ken Robinson’s views on creativity are abundantly well documented. In his 2006 TED Talk—still the most-watched of all time—he claimed that “we are educating people out of their creative capacities” and charged the current education system with being too rigid in adhering to traditional academic subjects. Kids, he argued, need time to dance, draw, create and find what they’re good at.

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17 Little-Known Tips, Tricks and Hacks for Using Google in the Classroom

Here’s a slightly Orwellian way to check whether your students may have plagiarized part of their essays: the Chrome extension Draftback, which plays back the revision history of any Google doc you can edit—down to the keystroke.

Students Find Their Voice—Online and Off—During National Walkouts

A few minutes before 10 a.m. on Wednesday, Jasmine Colak will be walking out of her classroom and onto her school’s football field alongside her fellow students for a 17-minute protest.For the past several weeks, Colak, a senior and the current student representative to her school board, has worked tirelessly with her peers and school administrators at San Pasqual High School near San Diego to organize a solemn yet proactive event commemorating the one-month anniversary of the Parkland, Florida, school shooting that killed 14 students and three adults.

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States Issue Privacy Ultimatums to Education Technology Vendors

Last October Connecticut’s leading education groups and associations issued a joint ultimatum to vendors that use or collect student data: Comply with our new data-privacy requirements or take your business elsewhere.

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