EdSurge’s Plans for 2016

In late 2010, a group of four of us got together and began planning EdSurge. We had two ideas in mind: We wanted to support the education technology ecosystem that was beginning to take shape. And most critically, we wanted to give schools and teachers as much information, contacts and support as possible, with the goal of helping everyone make strong decisions about the emerging tools and the implications of using those tools for teaching and learning.
That’s what we’ve been doing for almost five years. It feels like we’re just getting started.

How Da Vinci Schools Built an Instructional Model Around 'Failure'

Within the first twenty minutes of my visit to Da Vinci Science High School in Hawthorne, California, I found myself sitting in a pitch-black room with three Da Vinci administrators, completely silent and waiting out the school’s “shooter-on-campus drill”—an annual event where students are instructed to barricade classroom doors and resist fake fire alarms pulled by a simulated “shooter.”

In Australia, Minecraft, Kangaroos, and E-Portfolios

Noelene Callaghan is a Teacher of Technology at Rooty Hill High School and a Councillor of The Teachers’ Guild of New South Wales, Australia. Here is a day in her life.

Jumpin’ For Joy: GoNoodle Raises $5M to Help Kids Dance and Get Fit

When education technologies comes to mind, so too do images of sedentary students staring at a screen. But here’s one that literally has kids jumping up and down.

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Education Myth: American Students Are Over-Tested

Andreas Schleicher, an international education expert based in Paris, attended a summit at the White House last month, and left feeling frustrated by the anti-testing backlash in this country.

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Are Hardware Toys the Future of Kids' Coding?

Plenty of games and apps teach kids to code. But educators and toymakers are betting that teaching computer science isn’t about coding at all.

Personalized Learning Is Not a Product

For all the hype surrounding so-called “personalized learning,” plenty of skeptics worry that it could do more harm than good—especially within the context of larger trends in academia. They worry that, among other things, personalized learning products will be used not to improve student learning, but as cheaper and “good enough” replacements for faculty labor. Jonathan Rees, a history professor at Colorado State University – Pueblo, articulated this worry in
a recent blog post:

Facing the Facts: Four Common Objections to Digital Textbooks

The debate as to whether digital textbooks can stack up to traditional print textbooks rages on, intensified by seemingly incessant research and data exposing the outrageous costs of traditional print textbooks. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, college textbook prices have risen a shocking 1,041 percent since 1977—outpacing inflation by more than five times.

'It Comes Down to Listening': Steven Dunlap on Teacher Choice in Professional Development

You’ve read about it on EdSurge: professional development stinks. Part of the problem is that teachers’ desire to have voice and choice in the design of PD days often goes unnoticed.

A Look Inside Intel Education Accelerator’s First Demo Day

“Color is the new black,” said Nick Lum, co-founder of Beeline Reader. And cobalt blue lights decked the halls and main stage at GSVlabs, where he was one of 10 entrepreneurs who pitched at Intel Education Accelerator’s inaugural demo day.

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