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Follow Along With a Grad Seminar About Edtech: Part 1, Picking the Best Tech

This semester I’m teaching a graduate seminar on education and technology for Georgetown University. Over the next two months, I’ll share the experience and highlights in a series of columns for EdSurge with highlights from the course. When teaching a course on edtech, it’s logical to start with a look at how professors can select the best tech tools for their courses. That choice has gotten both easier and more complicated (and challenging) in recent years.

Teachable Moments: How Four Educators Learned to See Their Students Differently

When students struggle, so do educators. That’s why this week on the EdSurge On Air podcast, we hear from four educators who remember a time when they faced difficulty with an issue or a student, but overcame that struggle to find a positive outcome.This episode is the first of a four-part series about why teachers teach, called Teachable Moments. In this series we'll hear directly from educators who attended the EdSurge Fusion Conference last fall. They share important and sometimes challenging moments in their careers, but ultimately what brings them joy in teaching.

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10 Last-Minute Test Prep Ideas to Improve Test Scores [Infographic]

For educators and students alike, state testing days are often the most stressful part of the school year. And although those dates may be marked on the calendar the very first day of class, they can still catch many by surprise. If you find yourself running short on time as the testing window approaches, consider the helpful tips below. Your students will be ready to tackle the test in no time!

When His Roster Outgrew His Classroom, This Prof Mastered Modular Online Curriculum

It was an unanticipated scheduling issue that challenged Dr. Bruce Robertson to completely redesign a classroom course to fit an online/in-class hybrid format—in just two weeks.

Research Uncovers An Important Link Between SEL and Course Outcomes

To Sam Moulton, Director of Research for Panorama Education, a student failing a course is a wailing siren, signaling deep academic and personal challenges.

Why Elementary Schools Should Teach Kids to Play Poker

Maria Konnikova doesn’t buy the "10,000 hour rule"—that theory popularized by Malcolm Gladwell that it takes at least 10,000 hours of serious practice to become a world-class expert at an activity. She believes she’s found a way to short-circuit it, and it involves marshmallows and poker.

Move Over, Laptop Ban. This Professor Teaches a 5-Hour Tech-Less Reading Class.

David Peña-Guzmán starts off his Friday class at San Francisco State University like any other professor might: students file in and pull out their note-taking materials, and he opens his laptop to begin lecture.

Learn How to Teach Computer Science With MINECRAFT: EDUCATION EDITION [Infographic]

Looking for innovative ways to bring computational thinking and computer science skills to your STEM classes? MINECRAFT: EDUCATION EDITION might be just the teaching tool for you, whether you’re an experienced player or are just learning about Minecraft.Below are all the resources you’ll need to kickstart a game-based learning adventure in your classroom—no advanced degree in gaming required.

A Student Improved a Classroom Tech Solution—So the Company Hired Him

Tom Sargent, the information technology administrator at the King David School outside of Melbourne, had seen students try to tweak the school’s technology systems before. But when 10th grader Dean Levinson approached him with an idea to enhance their recently installed wireless screen-mirroring and video streaming technology from Vivi, it may have been the first time a kid had actually asked before he hacked.

Why Professors Need to Work to Inspire Their Students

The following is the latest installment of the Toward Better Teaching advice column. You can pose a question for a future column here.

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