Core Curriculum

Using Tech to Support Literacy Across 13.8 Billion Years of History

Using OER is hard. Finding good lessons, videos, articles and activities is hard. Putting these pieces together to create a coherent school year is hard. Making sure the approach to reading and writing across materials created by a bunch of different people is hard. Finding time to do that work is even harder.

Enlisting Educators in the War Against Prescription Drug Abuse

What happens to the ninth grader in Columbus, Ohio who finds her mother’s leftover prescription in the medicine cabinet? Or the tenth grader in Denver, Colorado who witnesses his older sister’s fatal struggle with addiction? Sadly, it’s easy to grow numb as Americans nationwide become just another statistic.

Three Principles of Writing Instruction in a Personalized Learning Classroom

Writing is a deeply personal act. From process to deadlines, no two people approach writing in the exact same way. Take, for instance, environment. While some people prefer to write in complete silence, others need the din of a coffee shop to focus. Or, if you are like me, the friendly hum of the same song on endless repeat helps the words flow. These disparate settings have one thing in common: excellent writing can emerge from each. 

Spotting Trends and Delivering Data to Connect Edtech Tools With Educator Needs

Data’s influence on modern education is immense; it drives policies, impacts funding—it even affects decisions about which tools and services edtech companies create for educators. And when it comes to helping edtech entrepreneurs understand those educators, Amy Rambo believes she has just the data that can help.

Jay-Z, Kanye, and MLK—Using Lyrics and Literary Devices to Teach Students to Write

Cree was scribbling aimlessly with her head down in an intentional posture that made it impossible to make eye contact with me. It was the third quarter of the school year and I was standing at the front of her ninth grade English class. Literary non-fiction was the unit, which meant the students were learning about essays, articles, and speeches. On that particular day, the class was set to examine speeches from Abraham Lincoln and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

From Personalized Math to Micro-Schools, This NewSchools Cohort Is Reimagining Learning

How do you find educators who want to completely rethink our notions of what a school is and design something entirely new?That was the question gnawing at Scott Benson two years ago when he ran into his friend—and fellow senior leader in education—Aylon Samouha in a hallway at the iNACOL conference in Orlando.

?Engineers, Recruiters and Professors Weigh In: Future Programmers Need Writing Skills, Too

Coding and computer science have yet to make their way into every school curriculum in the U.S. But the country isn’t short on initiatives—such as Google’s Code Next program or the White House’s Obama era Computer Science For All campaign—which aim to change that.

How to Integrate Multimedia and Writing Instruction With VR, Video and Digital Timelines

My kids love it whenever they get the chance to use technology as part of the writing process. My job is to make sure that the tech use is meaningful and purposeful - when used correctly technology can help enhance and transform my lessons, provide real-world activities, and increase student engagement.
Jill Weber, Cheney Middle School

To Prepare Kids for Their Futures, Incorporate Technology Into Core Curriculum

Your school just invested in a new set of Chromebooks or iPads. Now what?In a study of 140,000 classrooms in K-12 schools across 39 states, more than half showed no evidence of students using technology to gather, evaluate, or use information for learning. And in nearly two-thirds of the classrooms, students didn’t appear to use technology to solve problems or work collaboratively.

Empower Educators to Teach Writing with PD, Practice and Tools That Extend Their Reach

The caterwauling about the inability of U.S. students to write well goes back decades.
Newsweek published its ballyhooed screed Why Johnny Can’t Write in 1975. This past summer, The New York Times chimed in with Why Kids Can’t Write. Fifteen hundred readers weighed in on that piece. (Who says Americans can’t write?)

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