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Why Late Adopters Are Skeptical of Edtech (and How to Get Them on Board)

There are plenty of “innovators” and “early adopters” of education technology out there, from educators who make the rounds on the ISTE and SXSWedu conference circuits to consultants and entrepreneurs who push for adoption of certain tools or practices. But what about those who are more skeptical?

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Why Students and Researchers Say Conversations on Race Should Begin with Humility

Back-to-school is an exciting time for many students and educators, but given the political and racial discord this past weekend in Charlottesville, Va.—which left three people dead and at least 19 others wounded—teachers are taking it upon themselves to prepare for a tough dialogue on race, violence and equity this school year.

If you walk into a classroom with a lot of ideological baggage, you are not going to serve all those students in front of you.

Maureen Costello

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Why the Boldest Ideas in Education Come From Underrepresented Entrepreneurs

At Camelback Ventures’ latest showcase, there were no hackneyed “hockey stick” graphs boasting viral adoption—as one often sees at startup pitchfests and demo days. Gone, too, were the scripted, anonymous testimonials touting the “awesomeness” of a product. In their place were beatboxing, a superhero cape and, yes, even some transparent financial numbers.

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Are We Designing Girls Out of Education Technology?

This week, a software engineer at Google was fired for writing a widely-derided internal memo, critiquing the company’s diversity efforts for ignoring the “fact” that women are just biologically different from men. The author of the 10-page memo claimed, among other things, that women are innately less competitive than men—and that these differences are “universal across human cultures.”

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Fighting Apathy, Neglect and Racism to Give Left-Behind Learners a Chance

A friend of mine jokingly refers to me a “Pryzbylewski,” referring to the cop-turned-teacher in “The Wire” who develops a strong relationship with the middle schoolers in his class—many of whom are affiliated with gangs. I’m an ex-cop and I’ve got strong relationships with my students, but I don’t see that as a big accomplishment.

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Lessons From Flipped Classrooms and Flipped Failures

The feeling would crop up every so often. Robert Talbert would get the nagging, unsettling sense that the lectures he gave in his Calculus courses just weren’t sinking in.
“I kind of felt like there were these little cracks in the edifice every now and then where I would give just these great lecture courses, [and] I’d have students who were engaged, you could see it in their eyes. They seemed to be engaged. They would do well on timed tests, just acing timed tests. No problems. And then first day, second semester it’s like nothing ever happened.”

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?Top Education Researchers Jump Ship to Join Digital Promise

Education research is about to pick up its clock speed. When people talk about the “gold standard” of research, the name SRI International often comes up. Now they will have to add Digital Promise to that list.

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Has the Game Really Changed? Reporter’s Notebook from the 2017 Games for Change Festival

The 14th gathering of the Games for Change Festival brought together developers, researchers, academics, a smattering of teachers and general gaming enthusiasts around a common goal: to celebrate and learn from video games that teach, heal, and communicate diverse perspectives. Event organizers estimate more than 100 speakers and close to 1,000 attendees showed up.

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'Not Everyone Is Built for It': Students Offer Their Take on Virtual Schooling

Not everyone is built for one method of education.

Kiaha Raigoza

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Students Share the Edtech Products That Actually Make a Difference

Teachers, with the beginning of the school year rapidly approaching, it’s time to give the students what they really want: Good edtech products. So often teachers force students to use tools that don't do what they claim, or that they just don't like. But telling the difference between a hit and dud can be tricky, which is why I created this guide to steer you in the right direction. 

So here are six of the products students actually love, in the words of the ones who use them. 

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