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The Secret to Being a Better Teacher? Find Your Tribe

On November 20th, 2015, I received an email in my inbox that would change my teaching career—it was from a stranger.A few weeks earlier, I had won the Georgia Governor’s award for innovative teaching. My principal noticed how much work I was putting into redesigning my curriculum and had nominated me. I secretly hoped I would win—I wanted validation that I was doing right by my students.

#DLNchat: Where the Digital Learning Network Connects

What’s the best metaphor for describing the role of an instructional designer? How can digital learning help improve graduation rates? How might adaptive learning courseware change the work of faculty? Who should be responsible for protecting students’ privacy? How do you learn about new edtech products?

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An Assembly Line of Coding Students? Tough Questions for the Computer Science Movement

What does it really mean to prepare students for a future in coding careers? Clive Thompson, a freelance writer for Wired and The New York Times magazine, thinks the reality is not as rosy as many people think.

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Why Big Names and Big Money Are Backing Greater Access to Computer Science

California’s Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom thinks his state is falling behind when it comes to requiring computer science in all of its high schools.“It’s time to move away from downloading apps, to have our kids start designing apps,” he told an audience at the College of San Mateo, south of San Francisco.

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Want to Set Students Up for Success? Make Room for Vulnerability

Boise’s One Stone doesn’t resemble your typical high school—here you won’t find classrooms, teachers or even letter grades. Instead, we have a single open space, coaches and portfolios. It’s a place where students are more or less in control: One Stone was designed as a student led and directed non-profit that offers an independent and tuition-free education with a mission to make students better leaders and the world a better place.

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In a City Marked By Low Economic Mobility, One University Hopes to Build a ‘Tech Pipeline’

For Terik Tidwell, teaching kids to code is not just about algorithms or apps—it’s about economic mobility.

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?What Does It Take to Create Diverse Schools? Meet the Pioneers Making It Happen

Despite progress in integrating American schools following the Brown v. Board of Education ruling in 1954 and the Civil Rights Act of 1964, U.S. schools are less diverse today than in the 1960s. But as schools have grown more homogenous, our country has only become increasingly diverse.

From Robotics to Full-Ride Scholarships, How Navajo Students Beat the Odds

Earlier this year, participants of the FIRST world robotics competition garnered national headlines after a team of young girls from Afghanistan were denied visas to attend the event in the United States. While multiple stories of visas kept the competition in the news, an interesting story of firsts from a Navajo team in Utah might have slipped under the radar.

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Educators Can't Help Homeless Students if They Can't Identify Them

At the beginning of my fifth grade school year, my family was homeless, or as some say, transitional— meaning an individual who is a resident in temporary housing. We lived in hotels for a period of time. And we would “double up,” which means to live with other families.

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From Advocating to Letting Your Nerd Flag Fly, Educators Are Grateful For Lessons From Students

When all the stuffing, sauces, hams, turkeys, and pies are out of the oven, there is often a moment of peace during the holiday season where families sit around the dinner table and remember what they are grateful for. This year, we gathered with a community of educators during EdSurge’s Tech Leader Circle at the MakerDepot in Totowa, New Jersey to pause and have a similar moment of reflection.

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