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Toddlers and touchscreens: Scourge or salvation?

Because of a family vacation next week, I’m looking for some iPad apps in hopes of keeping my 16-month-old daughter entertained on the long flights. So far she’s shown very little interest in screens of any kind. I tried to sit her down to watch “Wonder Pets” the other day for a break when she had […]

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New blended learning certificate program for K-12 teachers

Pace University and the New York City Department of Education’s iZone program just announced a two-year certificate program in Blended Learning for K-12 science teachers who are part of the New York City Teaching Fellows program, which targets both new graduates and professionals changing careers. “We are looking for teachers who believe that in order to […]

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A tale of two summits: Sandbox vs. Education Innovation

I’m neither in Boston nor Arizona this week, but I am using Twitter and blogs to cover two important meetings in the world of K-12 blended learning. Together they give a sense both of the shape of the field and some of the gaps. The Education Innovation Summit at Arizona State University, co-presented by education […]

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Can a computer pass the “teacher Turing test”?

Have you ever spent any time with Eliza? You can reach her at this link. Eliza was one of the earliest attempts at artificial intelligence and natural language processing: building a computer program that can use language and interact in a conversation, more or less like a human. (The ultimate test of artificial intelligence, as posed by […]

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Five unexpected benefits of a wired school

Eric Sheninger, principal of New Milford High School in Bergen County, NJ is an unabashed ed-tech evangelist who has wrought some significant transformations in his “traditional blue-collar,” yet highly diverse public school through the use of technology, B.Y.O.D. programs, and particularly social media. He says the lightbulb moment came when he joined Twitter just three […]

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