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Hechinger Report heads to #SXSWedu: Our top picks and tips!

South by Southwest Edu , this March 3-6 in Austin TX, has grown into a several-thousand-person big-tent conference about all things innovative in education: not just technology and entrepreneurship but new approaches to issues like inequality and social and emotional learning. “The same way seismic shifts in the music, film and technology industries fueled the […]


The secrets of networked teens: Q&A with author danah boyd

danah boyd is a Principal Researcher at Microsoft Research, a Research Assistant Professor in Media, Culture, and Communication at New York University, and a Fellow at Harvard’s Berkman Center for Internet and Society. She’s one of the most knowledgeable resources in the field of young people and social media. Her highly anticipated book, It’s Complicated: the Social Lives of Networked […]


How to shift kids’ screentime toward reading

A new survey from the Joan Ganz Cooney Center shows that for children 2 through 10, less than half of their two-plus hours of daily screentime is spent with any kind of “educational” media, mostly passive videos. As kids get older and start to make more of their own choices, that proportion actually drops. Two […]


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 […]


What Apple, IBM, Microsoft and LinkedIn Want with K-12 Schools

  There’s an ever-expanding universe of ed-tech startups out there, alongside the massive incumbents in textbook and educational materials that have moved aggressively into digital products and services. But to get a true picture of the direction of innovation in K-12, it is also helpful to look at how the big technology companies are tackling […]


Teens, mobile phones, and the digital divide

After $4 billion worth of federal grants over the past few years, 98 percent of Americans now have access to high-speed broadband Internet–in theory.  Yet 30 percent of Americans, according to the latest report from the US Department of Commerce, don’t actually have the Internet at home.  Broadband access is effectively no longer a matter of infrastructure, […]


Images from Reimagining Education

It’s become all the rage at conferences and events to have an artist create “graphic notes” to visualize the conversation. These images are from the “Reimagining Education” conference held on May 28 and 29 by the US Department of Education and the MacArthur Foundation (Disclosure: I am currently working with MacArthur on an unrelated project). […]


The promise of iPads for special ed

A music lesson in Virani’s classroom When Neil Virani walked into his middle school special education classroom at Mulholland Middle School, part of the LA Unified School district, three years ago, he encountered a roomful of students with a range of cognitive, emotional and physical challenges. But the most toxic problem they had to combat […]


How KIPP uses technology

While they have their critics, KIPP has among the best reputation of all charter school networks. There are over 40,000 KIPP students nationwide, which is expected to grow to 60,000 by 2015. Over 90 percent of 8th graders consistently outperform their public-school counterparts in reading and math. KIPP alumni, according to a recent report, are […]


Can technology teach grit?

I recently heard Dr. Angela Lee Duckworth speak about her research at the filming of a TED/PBS TV special all about education, which airs May 7. Duckworth is the University of Pennsylvania psychologist credited with the discovery of  “grit”–a cluster of so-called non-cognitive skills, including tenacity and perseverance, that may be even more essential to […]