Innovation

MOOC platform Coursera falls afoul of US sanctions

At least since MIT Open Courseware started in 2001, users around the world have been enjoying free and open digital educational resources. It’s consistently reported that around three-quarters or more of users of MOOC platforms Udacity, Coursera and edX come from outside the US, from nearly every country on the planet. Until now. Coursera, which […]

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Guest Post: SXSW Edu Director on how educators are like digital creatives

Note: For the next 12 weeks I’ll be sharing this Digital/Edu space with some excellent professionals in the area of learning and innovation for one weekly guest post. In addition to helping bring new voices and ideas to our readers, this will help me as I finish the first draft of my forthcoming book, The […]

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Chineasy reinvents language learning through design

Less than one in five American public school students take a foreign language. Last year, a $27 million federal grant program funding foreign language instruction was cut, leaving schools scrambling for funding.  But there are more free and low-cost online resources out there than ever before for language learners. There are web tools like Duolingo and Livemocha, online […]

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Guest Post: The Future of School, Piece by Piece

Note: For the next 12 weeks I’ll be sharing this Digital/Edu space with some excellent professionals in the area of learning and innovation for one weekly guest post. In addition to helping bring new voices and ideas to our readers, this will help me as I finish the first draft of my forthcoming book, The […]

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How Schools Can Succeed Without Tests

  The Danville Independent School District in the small city of Danville in central Kentucky has just 1800 students. But they are currently experimenting with a transformational model for public education that’s being watched closely across the state and may spread further still. The district has applied for an exemption from this spring’s state tests, […]

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8 Ed-Tech Predictions for 2014, Part 2

This is the second part of a two-part post on Ed-Tech predictions for 2014. The first part is found here. I called up Dr. Jeff Borden, Vice President of Instruction & Academic Strategy and Director for the Center for Online Learning at Pearson to talk about what he’s seeing on the horizon for 2014. 5) Tablets: More schools will adopt […]

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The Top 10 Digital/Edu Stories of 2013

I took over this blog in March 2013 and it’s been an incredibly enjoyable–and educational!–experience so far. Thanks to all of you who have read, linked, and commented on the blog. I hope you’ll stay with us into 2014! At the suggestion of my editors at the Hechinger Report, I’ve compiled a list of the […]

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3 false facts about the brain

Last week I interviewed a self-proclaimed expert on the application of brain research to the classroom. Within minutes this person had mentioned the ideas of “mirror neurons,” and the “right and left brains.” Among brain scientists, both of these concepts have been widely criticized and undermined by current research. Right and left-brain dominance, it can […]

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An ‘Hour of Code’ in one classroom

Melissa Loftis is a third-grade coteacher at Albemarle Road Elementary in Charlotte, NC. Her class of 40 includes many English language learners, some from Salvador and Mexico, others refugees from Nepal, Burma and Congo resettled in the area by Catholic charities. This week her students are among ten million (and counting) around the country participating in […]

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CogCubed is a video game you can reach out and touch

A recent paper published in Developmental Science reinforced how tactile experience is important to learning in the developing brain. The experiment looked at how toddlers in a high chair learned the names of novel (edible) substances. Those who were allowed to get their hands dirty, quite literally, exploring the texture of the different samples, picked […]

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