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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.

To Leverage Tech in Writing Instruction, This Superintendent Channeled Justin Bieber

As an educator, Jared Cotton has worn nearly as many hats as Dr. Seuss’s Bartholomew Cubbins—elementary math and science teacher, assistant principal, principal, district director of assessment and accountability, assistant superintendent, superintendent. There is little in his CV to suggest someone who might also be a begrudging admirer of Canadian pop singer Justin Bieber.But there is something.

There’s No Such Thing As Being Bad at Math: How Neuroscience Is Changing Attitudes

Imagine a parent telling a child, “I’m just not a reading person.” Sounds odd, doesn’t it? Now reread the same cartoon, substituting “math” for “reading.” Suddenly it doesn’t seem so absurd. But it should!

Five Ways to Build Confidence in Reluctant Writers

Lisa DiMichele has taught writing to all kinds of high schoolers—from inclusion students to honors students, from kids struggling to finish a sentence to future Faulkners. But DiMichele, an English teacher at Henry E. Lackey High School in Indian Head, Maryland, had never faced a challenge like the one she walked into this summer—a classroom full of students who had just failed ninth-grade English.Reluctant writers? Some of her students had never finished an essay, let alone crafted sparkling prose.

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?)

How Virtual Reality Helps This N.Y. School District Prepare Students for Their Future

In 2014 Jill Gierasch could see the writing on the wall—students from her New York school district were saturated in technology at home, but that wasn’t the case at school. Engagement in technology-free classes was waning and while the deputy superintendent for Plainview-Old Bethpage Central School District (POB) didn’t want students using technology just for the sake of technology—she wanted her schools and students to be future-ready.

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