Monthly Archives: August 2014

STEAM Adds The Arts Into STEM

STEM education–that’s science, technology, engineering, and math–has gotten an increasing amount of buzz over the past few years. And now, there’s a twist on STEM: the addition of the arts, making it STEAM. Supporters (including Elmo) say a more focused … Continue reading

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5 Steps to a Digital Professional Development Makeover

As technology continues to be a critical part of education today, education leaders are looking for ways to make professional development more relevant. Traditionally, educators don’t want to go through district-mandated professional development. And the type of training they receive … Continue reading

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A back-to-school conversation with teachers and school leaders

As teachers gear up for a new school year, I want to offer two thoughts. One is a message of celebration and thanks. The other is a response to a concern that has come up often in many conversations with … Continue reading

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How Next Gen Learning Boosts Rigor, Relevance & Relationships

A recent NY Times post made the obvious point that relationships matter to learning but incorrectly suggested that reformers and innovators don’t appreciate “bonds of caring between teachers and their students.” I’ve found the opposite to be true. The author … Continue reading

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News and Updates from the US DOE

E-Rate Modernization FNPRM On July 11, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) adopted the E-rate Modernization Order and on July 23, Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (FNPRM) was released. The FNPRM requests comment on a number of issues crucial to states, including meeting future … Continue reading

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How a Bigger Purpose Can Motivate Students to Learn

A few years ago, psychologist David Yeager and his colleagues noticed something interesting while interviewing high school students in the San Francisco Bay Area about their hopes, dreams and life goals. It was no surprise that students often said that … Continue reading

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17 New Laws In 12 States Help Govern Educational Technology

Technology is becoming an invaluable tool in today’s classrooms. Yet, there is a lot more to education technology then just ensuring every student has access to a computer. Teachers need to be adequately trained in incorporating technology into the daily curriculum … Continue reading

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