Technology in School

The Next Education Renaissance Is Human ? Not Technological

This article is part of a collection of op-eds from thought leaders, educators and entrepreneurs who reflect on the state of education technology in 2018, and share where it’s headed next year.

The Greatest Enemy of Creativity in Schools Isn’t Testing. It’s Time.

Creativity is one of those ineffable skills that’s important—especially for jobs of the future—but hard to pin down. We know when we feel creative, and we know what creative work looks like. Measuring and assessing such work in a way that keeps kids inspired is another matter, though, and schools aren’t known for being good at it.

Helping Students See Real-World Applications for Economics

Students in Jacqueline Prester’s entrepreneurship classes melt wax for candles, sew hair scrunchies and formulate hand sauce (yes, hand sauce) as part of their learning. By crafting their own products, they get essential hands-on experience learning how economic principles are relevant to their current lives, their future careers and the world around them.

This Tech Tool Can Save Teachers 10 Minutes Per Class

While the fate of humanity did not rest on her pulling it off, Australian English teacher Sarah Gunn faced a daunting task. Her high school literature students at St. Laurence’s College in Brisbane had just 50 minutes to write up a formative assessment on the representation of robots and artificial intelligence in the movies. For that to happen, she had to play five-minute clips from both "The Avengers: Age of Ultron" and "Wall-E" in quick succession—twice.

Why Single Sign-On Has Teachers Cheering

That’s the beauty of ClassLink—it’s technology that makes using other technology easier. For us, SSO has become a learning enabler when sometimes technology can be a learning variable.Can you imagine an edtech tool so supportive and effective teachers cheer when it arrives?

How Playful Assessment Unseated Standardized Tests at One School

This is the second part of a two-part story looking at how one school is piloting MIT research on playful assessments to measure student growth. Read part one for background.

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If You Want Equity in the Classroom, Above-Average Readers Need Intervention Too

I think every child needs to have some kind of reading intervention.Michael Ballone, director of curriculum for the K-8 Marlboro Township Public Schools in New Jersey, has a clear idea of what most literacy instruction gets wrong: it only serves struggling readers. “I think every child needs to have some kind of reading intervention,” says Ballone, a former seventh-grade English teacher. “It might mean acceleration or it might mean remediation.

How Much Screen Time Is Too Much for Kids?

The digital divide between rich and poor students isn’t what it used to be. As more devices find their way into homes, screen time across the socioeconomic spectrum is growing. But some more affluent parents are starting to pull back, setting stricter limits on device use both in and out of the classroom.

VR Isn’t a Novelty: Here’s How to Integrate it Into the Curriculum

In the past few years, students at Washington's Leadership Academy have practiced their French while walking the streets of Paris, run for elected office, and visited the Hogwarts campus.

Helping Students See Hamlet and Harry Potter in a New Light With Computational Thinking

Like many kids of my generation growing up in India, I was an avid reader of Enid Blyton’s novels. Many of her books were written as a series (“The Famous Five,” “The Secret Seven” and “Five Find-Outers”) and I recall wondering if the lives of characters overlapped in any way. Did a character from one series ever run into one from another, for example? I recall wondering the same thing in later years about P.G. Wodehouse’s Blandings Castle and Jeeves series.

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