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Behind the Scenes of TED-Ed’s Wildly Popular YouTube Channel for Students

When Kim Preshoff’s students watch some animated TED-Ed videos, they don’t know that she was the one who came up with the lessons and wrote the scripts until the credits roll.The New York state-based high school environmental science teacher doesn’t like to make a big deal about it in front of her students, but when they find out, they’re usually in awe.

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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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How a Stereotype-Smashing Teen Founded the First All-Girl Muslim Robotics Team

What can a 15-year-old from Chino Hills, CA do to help break down barriers and smash stereotypes? Zaina Siyed answered that question by creating the FemSTEM Robotics Scholarship Program, a free STEM program for Muslim girls aged 10 to 14.

Do Pre-Packaged Kits Belong in Makerspaces?

They go by names like littleBits, Makey Makey, Squishy Circuits and Makeblock, and their goal is to get kids thinking like inventors instead of passive learners. Aligned with the maker movement—which focuses on using hands-on activities like building, sewing, assembling and computer programming for learning—the kits provide a foundation that teachers can use for guided projects both in and out of the classroom.

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What It’s Like to Be a Teacher Vlogger Star on YouTube

Educator Charles Reynolds has gotten recognized at teacher conferences and restaurants.That’s because he’s not just a ninth-grade literature teacher at Boys’ Latin of Philadelphia High School. For approximately the past two years, he’s been vlogging on YouTube about his experience as an educator—and garnered hundreds of thousands of video views in the process.

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What Students Want Colleges to Know About How They Learn

Even the best instructors may not be able to reach every student. And often that’s because there is a disconnect between what students expect from college teaching and what actually ends up happening in the classroom.In July, three members from EdSurge Independent, a student-run group that meets weekly to discuss ideas around higher education and technology, joined EdSurge Live to share what they wish faculty knew about students today, and propose ways to fuse instructional gaps.

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Apple’s Longtime Education VP Shares Frustrations With Slow Pace of Change

People love to try guess what Apple is up to—that’s true for the company’s education strategy as well. But often there’s not much to go on beyond press releases and speculation.So when Apple’s longtime vice-president of education, John Couch, published a book this year with his thoughts on the future of education and accounts of his work at Apple, it opened a rare window into the company’s views on education.

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Pearson’s Former Product Chief Reflects on the 4 Megatrends Shaping Global Education

I started working with classroom technology in 1989 at The Dalton School in New York City. We taught sixth-grade students ancient history through an archaeology simulation we developed on black-and-white Macintosh computers. We explored new planetary nebulas by scanning digital images from the Hubble telescope.

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The 10th Annual Emoti-Con: Students Across All Boroughs Present Their Innovations to the Public

The historic Celeste Bartos Forum in the New York Public Library buzzed with ecstasy and creativity recently at the 10th annual Emoti-Con, a fair for students to showcase the projects they’ve been working on all year.

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Why One Professor Says We Are ‘Automating Inequality’

Often the algorithms that shape our lives feel invisible, but every now and then you really notice them. Your credit card might get declined when you’re on vacation because a system decides the behavior seems suspicious. You might buy a quirky gift for your cousin, and then have ads for that product pop up everywhere you go online. In education, schools and colleges even use big data to nudge students to stay on track.

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