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How to Make Education Research Relevant to Teachers

My goal is to make information useful, usable and used.Research shows that good teachers are the most important ingredient that schools can provide to help students succeed. This is especially true for struggling schools.Now here’s something we’re realizing about our current education research: Too few educators feel that the research that the US government supports has a tangible impact on their work in the classroom. That’s something that has to change.

What’s in a Name? The Potential for Students to Self-Advocate

Sometimes the hardest part is just getting started. That probably holds true for a lot of people. But for some, like myself, it boils down to more than garden variety procrastination. It’s a research-backed phenomenon—and with a little work, it can be overcome.

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Why Aren’t Schools Using the Apps They Pay For?

With thousands of education apps available today, it can seem like students' success is in the palm of their hands. But easy to forget is that technology is not in itself a solution. For it to work as intended, it must be paired with other critical elements: professional development for teachers, thoughtful implementation and consistent engagement.

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The Secret to Student Success? Teach Them How to Learn.

Sometimes the details former students recall from class is nothing short of amazing. A few years ago I had a student named Abby in my history class, who had always been in self-contained special education classrooms. Her teacher wanted her in my class for socialization purposes, and she did well. A year later, Abby began stopping by my class to deliver notes from the office a few times a week and I was always delighted to see her.

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When Less Is More: Designing for Education’s Data Overload

A Toronto-based hospital had a problem. Training scenarios in the emergency room had gone poorly because doctors and nurses talked over each other and gave conflicting directions. Treatments were botched. Patient outcomes suffered.

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How Do You Make Education Research ‘Accessible and Usable’ for Teachers?

Nearly every week, if not every day, a new report comes out detailing the latest findings and results around what works—or doesn’t—when it comes to the latest instructional approaches and tech tools. But what’s clearly not working is getting educators to pay attention to this research to inform their own work in the classroom.

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Polls Reveal What Teachers and Parents Want From School Data

Two new polls show that parents and teachers are in step when it comes to their beliefs on data in education. Both groups think data can help them make important decisions for students.

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Teens Know Social Media Is Manipulative. But They Just Can’t Get Enough.

Almost three-quarters of teens said they know social media companies are manipulating them into spending more time online. Yet somewhat paradoxically, they also say the technology has a positive impact on their wellbeing.

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Applying Artificial Intelligence to the Search for EdTech: An SRI-EdSurge Collaboration

Searching for educational technology (edtech) can be overwhelming. The number of products available is daunting: for example, Apple’s App Store contains more than 80,000 educational apps. And for educators, the decision has high-stakes implications for budgets and student learning.To assist in their search, some educators turn to online edtech product summaries. But it’s hard for these summaries to keep up with the pace of technology development. Product information can quickly become out-of-date, and it can take time to review new products.

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