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Optimizing Professional Learning for Educators (Infographic)

K-12 teachers are clear about what they want, so why are professional learning woes common nationwide?Educators face many obstacles when it comes to pursuing professional learning. Not the least of which is time. Learn more about the issues teachers are facing and how schools can find a solution.

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Computer Science Educators Wanted: How This New Program Is Addressing the Shortage

In an environment of 21st century demand from tech-hungry students, educators are largely stuck with out-of-date or insufficient training to keep up with demand. Particularly in the area of computer science (CS), schools need more qualified teachers.

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Four Classroom-Ready Tips to Boost Reading Engagement and Drive Learning

What leads to reading success? In my view, success with reading doesn’t follow from drill and kill practices that stifle interest and motivation. Rather, it follows from nurturing a love of reading and closing the reading engagement gap—the discrepancy between how students engage with modern digital content and how they engage with traditional texts in school.

How Using Slack Can Improve Socratic Seminars

If you’ve ever tried a Socratic seminar with your students, or know a colleague who has, this story may sound eerily familiar: After spending the semester shoring up students’ contextual knowledge through multimedia presentations and analyzing primary and secondary sources together, students file in for the big day and gently pick up their Socratic seminar prep packet.

Where Are All the Faculty in the Open Education Movement?

Open educational resources (OER) are gaining increasing popularity. And as an active member in what advocates define as the “open education movement,” I frequently hear about the growing dissatisfaction of textbook costs and pedagogical concerns among faculty about outdated course materials.

How AR and VR Can Inspire Innovation—and Boost College and Career Readiness

At 17 years old, Christine Johns sat in a university classroom surrounded by men and women who were devastated as Pittsburgh's steel industry collapsed around them. Displaced steelworkers and stay-at-home mothers found themselves desperate for an education—and the work it would help secure.

These New Web-Based AR and VR Tools Are Perfect for Chromebooks

Today’s most popular augmented and virtual reality applications are typically available for mobile devices, but many classrooms have moved from tablets to Chromebooks, especially at the secondary level. The shift is often about giving students access to devices to help them build research and writing skills, but it’s also about funding constraints. Chromebooks are often cheaper than other laptops and tablets like iPads, and they’re simpler to manage for district technology departments.

How Students Can Lead the Way for Civil Debate on Challenging Topics

Several years ago, after observing a class of students in a tough area of Boston run their own debate for a full class period, I commented that I couldn’t tell who was friends with whom because they all agreed and disagreed only on the basis of convincing arguments. I wasn’t seeing any “I’m with him” or “us against them” attitudes.

Forget Memorization: Here's Why Language Class Should Focus on Excitement Instead

When I was in middle school, I was diagnosed with a learning disability, so the “typical” school experience was always a challenge for me. I struggled to sit still, focus, engage and memorize. School often left me feeling inadequate. I became a teacher to empower students who feel as disconnected as I did.

Four Ways Digital Financial Education Is Improving Student Outcomes

In 2015, my organization embarked on an ambitious initiative to improve financial capacity in middle school students across the United States. Research found that by the age of 12, students had developed an economic understanding that was “essentially adult”—but they did not have the education or skills needed to tackle many complex financial decisions.

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