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Good Read: Are We Turning Our Education System Into Our Financial System?

Harvard’s Justin Reich warns that much of ed-tech is old ideas in shiny new packages. “Reich is not a technophobe. But he says he’s deeply concerned about how online learning will...

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With Tech Tools, How Should Teachers Tackle Multitasking In Class?

Lenny Gonzalez Important research compiled on the effects of students multitasking while learning shows that they are losing depth of learning, getting mentally fatigued, and are weakening their...

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Google Glass: Vision for Future of Learning?

This is a shamelessly promotional video for Google Glass, but it shows the possibilities this tool opens up for learners. Andrew Vanden Heuvel teaches advanced physics online to high school students...

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Why Reading Aloud to Older Children Is Valuable

Thinkstock Educator and author Jessica Lahey reads Shakespeare and Dickens aloud to her seventh- and eighth-graders, complete with all the voices. Her students love being read to, and sometimes get...

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New Report Challenges Beliefs About the Value of AP Classes

Thinkstock By Leslie Harris O’Hanlon Enrollment in advanced placement courses has skyrocketed in recent years, and there are many reasons for this spike. Students often believe taking AP...

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Paint or Paint App? Value of Creating Digital Vs. Traditional Art

Flickr: Naomi Chung While it may be easy to imagine how iPads can support classroom studies with reading, history, or science, some of the most groundbreaking — and creative — work with...

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How Do You Teach Empathy? Harvard Pilots Game Simulation

Elisabeth Hahn and Geoff Marietta Disruptive students can be a big challenge for teachers in charge of a room full of 30 students. There isn’t always time to get to the bottom of student behavior and...

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The Future of Tablets in Education: Potential Vs. Reality of Consuming Media

Flickr: Flickingerbrad By Justin Reich The Someday/Monday dichotomy captures one of the core challenges in teacher professional development around education technology. One the one hand, deep...

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Parents Want Kids to Use Mobile Devices in Schools

Flickr: jhaymesisvip Smartphones, tablets, and other mobile devices have gained popularity as educational tools in part because of the belief those devices could cut across the digital divide created...

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Sesame Street Meets the App Age: How to Nurture Creative Learning

Flickr: USAGHumphreys/Toca Boca By Björn Jeffery and Michael H. Levine All over the world—from East Asia to South Africa to the Caribbean Basin—ministers of government, captains of industry, and...

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