These Educators Are Using Personalized Learning to Think Differently About Teaching

The familiar comment on education is that it hasn’t changed in a hundred years. However, pioneering educators have been thinking more critically about what schools should look like and how we can better cater to the needs of all students while keeping in mind the changing requirements of higher education and a new workforce.

With a Year of Crisis Text Line Data, California Community Colleges Launch Mental Health Program

Several community college campuses in California lack mental health services. But students today are increasingly seeking access to counseling to cope with depression, anxiety and other challenges.Now the country’s largest community college system is turning to technology to connect more students with mental-health services—and to better understand what challenges students are grappling with most.

After Layoffs, Math Curriculum Developer Reasoning Mind Sells to Weld North Education

This week, two online math instructional developers found themselves in the crosshairs of private equity firms. One of these deals made for splashy headlines: Dreambox Learning’s $130 million investment from The Rise Fund.

When School Districts Buy From Amazon, Are They Getting the Best Deal? Maybe Not.

Amazon has built its reputation by claiming cheaper prices and greater convenience for consumers. But a new report questions whether schools are getting the best deals by using the company.Among the concerns raised in the report, published by the nonprofit Institute for Local Self-Reliance, are that the company uses its dynamic pricing model in a large public-sector contract—and that, ultimately, school districts risk not getting the best prices and local competitors lose out on business.

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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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K-8 Math Program DreamBox Raises $130 Million from The Rise Fund, Adds Arne Duncan to Board

“I’ve been spoiled by the likes of Reed Hastings and John Doerr,” acknowledges Jessie Woolley-Wilson, CEO of DreamBox Learning. Those “patient investors,” she says, helped keep company running when its digital math product was still looking for its footing in the education market.

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6 Key Principles That Make Finnish Education a Success

I’ve worked as an elementary and primary school teacher here in Finland for more than a decade, and spent five years as a vice principal as well. Our education system is widely considered one of the best, if not the best, in the world.

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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Whole Brain Teaching Is Weird — and Weirdly Viral

Do a quick internet search for “whole-brain teaching” and it will pull up a string of videos of young students repeating words back to a teacher in unison, waving hands or conducting other movements, and turning to their neighbor every few minutes to share.In some ways, these classrooms look like organized chaos. But there’s a reasoning behind what’s happening on screen: The idea is to trigger different parts of the brain which maybe aren’t flexing their full potential in a traditional one-way lecture format.

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As College Innovation Efforts Grow, So Do Warnings of a ‘McDonaldization’ of Higher Ed

Do you want fries with that education? The question is one that many professors fear is essentially coming to colleges, as higher-ed leaders adopt practices from businesses in an attempt to rethink their operations. There’s even a growing body of scholarly work that outlines a critique against the corporatization of college—arguing that even when reforms are well-intentioned, they are making campuses more like burger franchises than centers of learning and research.

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