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Digital Media Has a Misinformation Problem—but It's an Opportunity for Teaching.

This article is part of a collection of op-eds from thought leaders, educators and entrepreneurs who reflect on the state of education technology in 2018, and share where it’s headed next year.Jennifer Sparrow was nominated to share her thoughts by futurist Bryan Alexander, who wrote for the project in 2017.

How Anonymous Peer Editing Changed the Culture of My Classroom

Today was the day. I was about to utter the dreaded words “peer editing.” As I began class with my eighth graders, I told them we would be editing each other’s research papers during our double class period. The reactions included the predictable eye rolls, heavy sighs, and for some, visible panic. We’d done this before—but what they didn’t know was that this time we were going to edit each other's work anonymously. As soon as I mentioned that word, “anonymously,” the mood in the room shifted and students sat up a bit straighter in their seats. I began feeling optimistic.

GlassLab Set Out to Prove Games Could Assess Learning. Now It’s Shutting Down.

Since the days of “Oregon Trail,” educational games have teased at the possibility that learning in school can be freed from the doldrum of textbooks and tests. So if games are fun, and learning should be fun, doesn’t it behoove the education and gaming industries to join forces?

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Will 2019 Be the Year of Privacy? Five Things to Look for in Education

This article is part of a collection of op-eds from thought leaders, educators and entrepreneurs who reflect on the state of education technology in 2018, and share where it’s headed next year.Buckle up. That white noise you heard around student data privacy in 2018 is about to be replaced with thunder.

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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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Virtual Classes Shouldn’t Be Cringeworthy. Here are 5 Tips for Teaching Live Online

The following is the latest installment of the Toward Better Teaching advice column. You can pose a question for a future column here.

Why the Littlest Learners Deserve the Most Attention—and Money

Can a pacifier accurately monitor children’s neurodevelopment, based on their sucking patterns? Can vacant parking lots be redeveloped into libraries for children in “reading deserts?” And how can an AI-enhanced robot help toddlers improve language skills?

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These Education Books Sparked Conversation in 2018—And Give Us A Glimpse At What’s Ahead

This article is part of a collection of op-eds from thought leaders, educators and entrepreneurs who reflect on the state of education technology in 2018, and share where it’s headed next year.Bernard Bull was nominated to share his thoughts by futurist Bryan Alexander, who wrote for the project in 2017.

How Playful Assessment Unseated Standardized Tests at One School

This is the second part of a two-part story looking at how one school is piloting MIT research on playful assessments to measure student growth. Read part one for background.

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What the Voice of Morgan Freeman Taught Me About Improving Classroom Engagement

Just recently, my organization put on an epic education state leadership conference in the mountains of Georgia. It had the usual general session speakers, breakouts, multi-colored name tag ribbons and vendor halls. However, we wanted to grab educators from the moment they sat down, and let them know our event was a bit different—and we were proud of it. For that, we turned to Morgan Freeman.

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