Monthly Archives: December 2013

Tablets for Fifth Graders? Teachers Try Different Tactics

Schools across the country are increasingly starting to use mobile devices like tablets and smartphones as classroom tools. But some educators are still skeptical that devices will distract students as much or more than they enhance the learning environment. Because … Continue reading

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Fostering Teacher Leadership Through Collaborative Inquiry

The power to shift practice and improve student achievement lies in the hands of teachers who need to be entrusted with the responsibility of shaping and enacting change initiatives. Teachers as change agents have the potential to transform their classrooms, … Continue reading

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How to Get Started with Blended Learning

Administrators often get excited about the possibilities for technology and personal devices to enhance learning. But education technology experts offer a warning: Don’t buy devices without a plan for how they will enhance learning. Administrators must decide on specific learning … Continue reading

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Edutopia’s Best Education Posts of 2013

Looking back on 2013, Edutopia has had a fantastic year. With more than 650 blog posts, 6700 comments and thousands of daily interactions with educators on our social media channels, we’re thrilled to be connecting with so many talented and … Continue reading

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The Future of Learning—Digital, Mobile, Real-Time

There’s no need for a crystal ball, since it’s clear that the future of learning and education is becoming easier to predict every day: it’s digital. According to a 2013 Cisco report, the number of smartphones, tablets, laptops, and Internet-capable … Continue reading

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Competency Education: The Solution to Retention

Recently a group of teachers was working on performance tasks and assessments. They were aligning their units of study to competencies based on the Common Core State Standards. An interesting conversation erupted in the group.   It was clear that the … Continue reading

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Using Technology to Elevate Education

When investing in the future, as Chesterfield County Public Schools is with the adoption of a laptops program, not everyone will be pleased, for it is easy to see shortfalls in the ambiguity of the unpredictable. Yet, as a student, … Continue reading

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