January 2014

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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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 […]

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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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Guest Post: The Peeragogy Handbook

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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Testing through play

An entire New York City public school classroom has been transformed into a fantasy cityscape, with skyscrapers made of cardboard boxes. There’s a Statue of Liberty, an Empire State Building, a Flatiron Building, a Lincoln Tunnel, even a Roosevelt Island tram made of string, with a car held on with binder clips. The sixth graders are […]

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